THE MOST SPECIAL DAY

Saturday, 27th May 2017.

A day I will never forget.  The most special day of our lives.  And it really was perfect.

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From wearing my beautiful wedding dresses, to marrying my husband in such an incredible building and celebrating with all our loved ones, I couldn’t have wished for anything more.

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We have just received our wedding pictures back from our photographer Jay Rowden. Jay is an award winning photographer based in London. When we first started looking for wedding photographers I really had no idea where to start. With St Paul’s having such strict rules on their photography it felt very important to us to have someone who had photographed here before and knew the area well.

The day went by so fast, it does feel like a blur but we enjoyed the entire weekend thoroughly! I want to do it all again!!!

We had an early 7:30am start where Nala & Knot arrived at my amazing suite at Hotel Cafe Royal to make myself and my bridesmaids look beautiful.

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I would say I was a fairly relaxed bride the morning of our wedding, however as the time got closer to me getting in my dress I really could feel the butterflies creeping in! I had a mixture of nerves and excitement. The day had been such a long build up I was just so excited to get to the Cathedral and see Scott, and of course wear my beautiful bespoke Dando London wedding dress. The help we had from our wedding planner Helen and Jennifer on the day and for the run up to the big day really helped me stay calm as I felt like the pressure of dealing with things on the day was taken off me.

I had bought my bridesmaids little gifts for the day and my dad a keyring that made us all tear up. Scott wrote me a lovely card from him and our doggies followed by my stunning wedding present.  The girls dressing gowns were from Boohoo and mine was off Not on the High Street.

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As we left Hotel Cafe Royal, my journey to becoming a married woman was actually happening.  When I am nervous I barely speak, and so my dad was used to this in the car ride after having taken me to so many music exams and recitals! We had a beautiful Rolls Royce from SPM Hire that drove us the 25 minute journey to St Paul’s Cathedral.

It was an absolutely glorious day with the sun shinning down on us.  The grounds were packed with tourists who became intrigued at a wedding car arriving! I felt like a bit of a celebrity!

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And so this was it… the day had finally arrived where I was about to become a wife. Mrs Bell. Scott’s forever and always…!

The moment that I had got into my dress to arriving at the Cathedral was just a blur of happiness.  I can remember standing with my dad asking him what time it was (and I was only 1 minute late!) and getting ready to hear the beautiful music we had chosen.  I could hear my bridesmaids behind me wishing my luck and preparing to walk me down the aisle.

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And then I heard the music, the choir. Our song was ‘I Was Glad’ by Hubert Parry.  When we listened to this song, I had goosebumps. I just knew it was the one for us.  The choir sounded incredible.

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The ceremony was absolutely beautiful.  If I am honest, I don’t remember much of it because I was just so overwhelmed with being there and stood next to Scott, it was all a blur.  But I do remember thinking that all the hymns we chose and all the readings just blended perfectly.

One of our best friends, Julia read a biblical reading, “A Love Poem Between Two Lovers”

My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance.

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.’

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.

Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love; neither can floods drown it. If one offered for love all the wealth of one’s house, it would be utterly scorned.

And my maid of honour, Rebecca, read a beautiful poem I had found, “Sooner or Later”

“Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines, and romance in the movies.  We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives.”

The ceremony only lasted 45 minutes, which was a perfect amount of time.  Our witnesses Amy and Louise signed the registers and it was official. I was now Mrs Bell.

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We allowed around 45 minutes for our photographs at St Paul’s and Scott had organised a vintage route master to take a guests from the Cathedral back to Hotel Cafe Royal, with a apparently very funny bus tour by our Usher Tom!

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Our wedding breakfast started with the father of the bride speech, followed by dinner, groom’s speech and best mans speech.  All of which may I say were brilliant.

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8:30pm soon came round when it was time for us to cut the cake and show off our first dance skills! I literally could not believe how fast the day had gone but I was ready to party the night away.

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For our evening reception we had booked a band called The Hot Shots, and they were fantastic!! Great choice of songs which meant nearly everyone was up on the dance floor throwing some shapes!

As a surprise, I wanted to do a father-daughter dance later on in the evening.  It meant such  lot to me for my dad to walk me down the aisle and I thought doing a dance together would end the day perfectly.  My favourite song is ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ ever since watching My Best Friend’s Wedding as a child, I always wanted that song at my wedding.  We both went to dance classes and learnt a special dance that Arthur kindly agreed to sing live for us towards the end of the night.

Of course with such a special moment, it meant that I should have a dress change! And so, for the last part of my evening I wore a Stella McCartney wedding dress that my seamstress Emily had customised for me by adding in a side split. The dress was perfect for dancing the night away as it was such a hot summers evening!

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There isn’t anything I’d change about the day, except for just making time go that little bit slower!

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I want to thank everyone who contributed to our wedding day and to all our friends and family who travelled far and wide to make our day perfect.  It was so nice to catch up with everyone at one time and celebrate becoming a married couple.

Even though the wedding is over, I’m still living my dreams through my future brides at Kimberley Anne Bridal Boutique! I feel like I am an expert is wedding planning and inspiration now and I give my all into helping brides have their perfect day.

I’m lucky to work in such an amazing industry and my business, as well as my husband and three dogs, is now my life and soul. I have a few more blogs to write on here for inspiration and tips so stay tuned.  If you want to read more about what I’m doing and other inspiring bridal posts then follow my business blog http://www.kimberleyannebridalboutique.com/blog/.

To all my followers, family and friends, speak soon.

Lots of love, Mrs Bell!

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