After drinks on the Wednesday evening I had to go to the office once more before I was let loose on the poor unsuspecting bride. I think I was pretty distracted for a lot of that day! Finally I was released and ready to focus on the wedding. First on the list of jobs was to go the the Venue on the Friday afternoon to deliver various parcels and packages and generally be a bit nosy before the next day.
Dress safely delivered there was time for a quick rehearsal of the ceremony, working out the seating arrangements and of course practicing the all-important swoosh down the staircase ready for the grand entrance of the bride the next day.
This may or may not have involved impromptu dance moves as we rehearsed.
When we arrived we were warmly greeted by the extraordinarily lovely owner (who also appeared to be rather gifted at baking if the smells drifting from the kitchen were anything to go by). She listened to us patiently and then showed us the fresh white real rose petals she had all ready to go. Jo and I looked at them rather sheepishly and, feeling rather deflated, acknowledged that hers were much better than ours and we should just go.
We were trumped.
Instead we headed back to Ellie's for pizza, DVD's (Bridesmaid's of course) and wine and tried to keep the increasingly excitable bride from bouncing completely off the walls while the groom hit the town for dinner and drinks with other close male members of the wedding party before heading back to the best man's house where he would be spending the night.
We finally headed to bed and after absolutely no sleep whatsoever got to Mt Ephraim for 8am ready to start the beautifying process.
All too soon it was time to get Ellie into her dress (and desperately try to remember our lacing up the dress lessons). Thankfully we figured it out and got her laced in tightly. The final adjustments were made and then it was time for Ellie's father to see his daughter for the first time that morning. This was a particularly emotional moment and everyone got a little bit teary and took a quick gulp of their fizz.
Before the disco could get underway there was the small matter of the cake.
The cake decorated with lego.
This wedding was perfect for John and Ellie in so many ways, but for me, this symbolised the entire day. It was quirky, fun, and completely and utterly them.