On 5th September 2009, AJ and I got married in the beautiful Lake District. I can't believe it has been a year already. It really only seems like a few weeks ago
We had a very small yet intimate wedding - including AJ and I, there was 22 of us. This was because AJ and I are not centre of attention people and we really didn't want a big affair. We only wanted our closest friends and family to be there. It was a perfect day - apart from the weather which was very dull and drizzly. My brother gave me away (unfortunately both of my parents have passed away) which was very emotional but I am glad that he was able escort me down the aisle on behalf of my Mom and Dad. My friend Jo who I have known my entire life was my maid of honour, and AJ's best mate Dave was the Best Man.
We got married at 12.30pm- which was earlier than I wanted but now am glad it was early as I was really nervous and just wanted to get ready and get the ceremony over and done with as soon as possible once I was up and had breakfast. We had a lovely Wedding breakfast which consisted of Vegetable Soup for Starter, Chicken Breast in a Smoked Applewood Cheese and Mushroom sauce with seasonal vegetables for the main course, and profiteroles for dessert.
We never had any professional photos taken - I've a real aversion to having my photograph taken and knew a professional photographer would wind me up, so we had AJ's Aunt's partner Hayden take a few less formal pictures for us. They turned out to be really nice and I even like a few of the pictures with me in as well - Ha Ha!!
Afterwards, we had a couple of hours on our own in which we opened some wedding cards and presents, and our guests had time to freshen up and relax themselves before we had an evening get together with the most fantastic hot buffet, and then we continued in the hotel bar for the rest of the evening.
It was the perfect wedding for us. It wasn't your average elegant affair in a really posh hotel. We chose a really nice homely hotel on Ullswater, as we wanted the wedding to be as informal as possible. We organised things in a way which suited us, rather than worrying about how everyone would perceive the wedding, and following a tick list that you see in all the wedding magazines.
Would I change anything looking back? Absolutely no!!! The most important thing about that day is that AJ and I become one in marriage. We declared to our family and friends that we love and cherish one another and that we want to spend the rest of our lives together.
So Happy First Anniversary to my wonderful husband. I love you always xx