Our wedding was absolutely perfect in every single way. It was a tiny intimate affair. We’ve both been married before so all of the usual wedding hype wasn’t necessary, we just wanted something really simple to celebrate us getting married.
I only had one disaster, where I knocked the head off the rose of my bouquet. That doesn’t sound that dramatic but seeing as I only had three roses in total it was quite a problem. Stamping Up ribbon to the rescue and a few pins and ta-da bouquet fixed!
My lovely Marmie wishing me all the best before the big day.
We literally stopped the traffic on the way to the registry office! The main road was so busy we had to get the traffic stopped for me to get there. We arrived a bit late but Ian knew I would turn up I’m sure!
The ceremony went really well, I was much more nervous than I thought I would be so was relieved when I was allowed to hold Ian’s hand to say my vows.
A photo of some of the family; a rare picture with little Robert, our page boy grandson, actually being caught on camera before he runs off. Isn't he the cutest?!
Doesn’t my princess look adorable, very Audrey Hepburn?!!
Thank you to all of the McGuires for welcoming me into your family.
Ian with my new stepdaughters!
After the ceremony we went back to the Old Mill House for afternoon tea served with Choccywoccydoodah cake.
We had two butterflies (you can only see two here though) and one dragonfly added to the cake for Natasha, my daughter, and Ian’s two girls, Sabrina and Charlotte, my new step-daughters. Ian wanted to have two red shoes on the top of the cake for my ‘Ruby 2 Shoes’. In one shoe Ruby 2 Shoes was written inside, the other the number 210. The number 210 is really significant to us. It pops up all over the place for some reason, really weird, so we thought we would have it in the other shoe to symbolise ‘two people, one love, no doubts’. The roses were done darker to match the Baccarat roses in my bouquet and
We had so many people doing special things for us it’s hard to know where to start with a thank you list, but the girls that were helping Fi, our very special friend, with the catering, Tara and Chris, had added in a few special extras.. the first being some embroidered aprons with ‘Ian & Ruby’s Do’ badges for them all to wear.
They then tied our cake knives/slices with big ruby coloured ribbons to match my dress and decorated the tables with the same materials. When we got back from the ceremony they had also tied some of our remaining roses to the bridge with some more fabric.
Our photographer, Jeanine, was fabulous. I don’t know if I’ve ever said but I hate my photo being taken! I only have a few rare pictures that I really like, so a day like a wedding is a day to be dreaded in my book lol. We felt like the paparazzi were there, such jaw ache lol. Jeanine really made us relax and just enjoy the day, she has taken some gorgeous photos. I even got a few taken of Lulu, well she had to be in on the day too, didn’t she! Ian’s Dad also took hundreds of photos too so we have them to look forward to. Ian’s Mum says there are some fab ones, so I may even bore you with a few more at some point lol.
and this one, three generations of hands… My Mum, Tinks (aka Natasha) and me..
We managed to get a sneak peak of our wedding photos at the airport on the way out to Italy for our honeymoon, I asked if Dixons would let us look at them on one of their pc’s. Cheeky, but you have to don’t you lol. Thanks Dixons!! When we got home though we couldn’t get the memory stick to work and a lot of the photos got corrupted. Fortunately, our photographer has a backup on her pc. Phew!
She also took this picture of some of the craftiness of the day which was in the collection of photos, such a lovely surprise..
Early evening was when the food and speeches commenced, with Ian’s brother Aaron, giving a fabulous best man speech. You never know what is going to come up with speeches, do you? Aaron did us proud. It was such a pity that Ian’s other brother, Martin, wasn’t able to be there with his fiancee Angela. Let’s hope we can catch up with them soon.
The celebrations went on until late evening when we sat in a beautiful candle lit garden and the boys set up a fire. Ian’s Mum made up candles for us, she has her own little company Vandles Candles, you should check them out! They smell so yummy.
Here is a picture of my dress, with us standing by the smoking fire! It was funny watching the guys being all manly getting a fire going while us girls watched on.
We finally collapsed into bed in the early hours of the morning with just a few hours to spare before leaving to set off for our honeymoon.
Our biggest thanks have to go out to our friends Fi and Malc
who hosted our very special day. It couldn’t have been more perfect. They worked so hard to get everything just right. What wonderful friends we have. We had our wedding in Dorset, at their beautiful Old Mill House… Their grounds were just so very pretty for the photos..
One of their friends even came out and decorated the arch for us the day before the wedding.
The Old Mill House with the beautiful river..
We have felt so blessed with beautiful cards, gifts and wedding wishes from all over the world, it’s been incredible. Thank you to everyone who helped to make our day so special. We can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together now.
What a day! I would live it over and over again, it was perfect! I love my Mr McGuire!