This week I’m writing all about our wedding day on the blog! Read the last post about the wedding morning here, and today is all about the wedding ceremony.
Arriving in Charing
While us girls were getting ready, Alex and his groomsmen got to the church in Charing, a village nearby, early to welcome our guests. It was amazing and overwhelming to have so many of our family and friends all in one place, considering around half of them had come from Australia and other parts of the world.
The girls arrived on time and waited at the back of the church. It had started raining by now but luckily was still pretty warm. The drive to the church felt longer than it ever had before. We pulled up in the rain and it was eerily quiet but we knew there were 80 people waiting inside! They look a bit serious below… obviously getting the low-down from the priest.
We arrived a little late (sorry Alex) and my wonderful little brother walked me from the car to the church with the umbrella, whilst I tried very hard not to get my dress wet on the ground just yet. He was a very happy sight to be greeted with. My gorgeous bridesmaids went first, as is traditional in Australia, and we walked down the aisle to Sigur Ros.
As my dad and I walked down, I tried to walk slowly (which obviously didn’t work, we sped down), and looked straight into people’s faces. I remember catching the eyes of friends from uni, a family friend, Alex’s family, and then my dad whispered to me ‘look at Alex’ and I remembered to look up at the person I was about to marry!
The ‘I do’s
We sang our first hymn and it gave us a chance to take a breath and for me to take in the surroundings. I remember really wanting to turn around and say look at everyone but also being really nervous! It’s quite intimidating having so many people watching you, even your closest friends and family. I kept sneaking little glances instead ha! We sang Lord of all Hopefulness as our first hymn, one of my favourite hymns ever after singing them everyday throughout school.
Reverend Canon Tim Marwood who married us was actually my headmaster at primary school so it was really special and comforting to have him marry us! My friend Lorna, who I’ve known for 22 years (!) read this beautiful reading so perfectly. Our second hymn more specifically about marriage ‘We Pledge to One Another’ and our second reading was read by Alex’s sister Steph who also read beautifully! It was so meant for us (here’s a snippet):
We two make home of any place we go;
We two find joy in any kind of weather;
Or if the earth is clothed in bloom or snow,
If summer days invite, or bleak winds blow,
What matters it, if we two are together?
We two, we two, we make our world, our weather.
I loved having the hymns and readings as it slowed the ceremony down a bit. It went so fast once we started saying our vows! Seeing as I usually cry when I watch someone’s wedding video on Facebook who I hardly know, I thought I might blub through the vows. In actual fact my voice only wobbled once and we both got our words out just fine. I couldn’t stop smiling, my cheeks were hurting after the ceremony already.
My favourite part was when I couldn’t get Alex’s ring on his finger. It made such an intense experience a lot lighter after having a laugh. After a minute of shoving, Alex managed to get it on ha! And suddenly, we were married!
Our dearest friends who had flown over from Canada were our witnesses for our register. I love how they look like proud parents here! And then we were off! We greeted everyone as they left the church and then had a confetti shower. The plan was to hang around the church lawn for a bit but as it was raining lightly we just all jumped in our cars to drive back to my granny’s.
All photos by our brilliant photographer Jo Crawford