Charlotte and Jim's Wedding - 12th May 2007

allyCharlotte (Lottie) joined our wedding forum on the 3rd January 2007 telling us how she was struggling to find the right wedding shoes - within two days she had ordered some that Ally had found; that was dilemma number one solved.

By the day of her wedding there had been more questions, from getting the right patterns for her bridesmaids dresses, finding shops specialising in selling bridal lingerie through to trying to get hold of hire car that did not cost the earth for just 5 miles of driving!

Happily everything was sorted by the time the big day arrived so without further ado, I will hand you over to Charlotte to tell her story, in her words.

Coco and His Gang Help Start the Day!

We got married in a small village church in Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire. On the morning of the wedding I woke up fairly early and managed to force down a bowl of coco pops. I was at home alone as Mum and Dad were staying in a hotel around the corner and my Maid of Honour had a 4 week old baby to look after!

Mum and Dad soon arrived and we sat and chatted over a cup of coffee. My hair and make-up lady was really late and I was pacing the driveway from about 9 till 11 just urging her car to drive round the corner!

Jim's Mum and Sister had been brought to the house by one of the Ushers and were now busying themselves getting there hair and make-up done.

At 11:00 I finally sat down to have my hair and make-up done and luckily this was finished by about 12.15, I think this must have been record timing!

charlotte and bridesmaids

Putting The Dress On - No Easy Task...

It was then time to get into my dress, which was no easy task with all the lacing up that had to be done. In the mean time my MoH had arrived and was having her hair and make-up done. At the same time all my little bridesmaids arrived to get dressed. Because my hair and make-up lady was late I was literally just ready when the photographer turned up. We had several photos at the house before the car turned up and it was time to set off for the church. We all crossed our fingers that the rain would hold off!

I arrived at the church (several more photos) then had to run down the long path as the heavens opened. The service was lovely. I was absolutely pertified walking into the church with the bagpipes playing (my MoH's husband is a piper) but as soon as I got to the front I felt a sense of calm and I settled down. The service went without a hitch and I didn't cry - which I was impressed with :)

Rain Dance (or Was it Dodge?)

cakeAfter dodging the rain trying to get some photo's outside it was off to the reception with my new Husband. I remember feeling a sense of relief that the hard part was over and that I could now relax and enjoy myself.

The marquee looked amazing, the caterers had done a fantastic job, especially considering how it had looked the day before! The food was brilliant and everyone seemed to have a lovely time. We had a farily traditional meal of pate to start, roast chicken with all the trimmings and mini raspberry pavlovas and cream to finish.

Jim's mum managed to fall over with a deafening crash, but was ok and was able to laugh about it! The rest of the day went without a hitch (apart from the rain) We had our first dance to Suddenly by Billy Ocean and then proceeded to dance the night away!

The time came for us to leave and we were wisked away in a taxi to a nearby hotel. It was a perfect day despite the rain, which apparantly is good luck.

I will never forget it as being the happiest day of my life. This was followed closely by the amazing honeymoon in Mexico, where we were literally treated like royalty.

More photos can be seen on the forums.