Down The Aisle | The Morning Of The Wedding

This follows on from the week leading up to the wedding! I’d love to say that on the morning of my wedding that I rose from sweet slumber and that I was up early because I was nervous. I did in fact wake up very early on my that day of my wedding. One AM. To get to the loo and be sick; not because of nerves, but because I was ridiculously poorly.

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I had been poorly all week and it really came to a head the night before the wedding and it was clearly settling in for the long haul. The positive part of me was thinking that, actually, if I got everything up now, I’d be ok for the rest of the day. The problem was I hadn’t been eating or drinking properly for a week anyway, so there wasn’t anything to get up. I had eaten two cheesy Doritos and had two sips of coke about 9pm the night before.. and that’s about it.

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I went back to bed but I was still up every couple of hours to be sick. I even went through to speak to my auntie who was staying with me that night and had a half hour chat with her about how crappy I was feeling. I had yet more sips of coke thinking that I just needed something sugary but that didn’t stay down very long either.

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Roll round to the crack of dawn when people start getting up. Nobody really fancies any breakfast (especially me!) so one of my bridesmaids pops the Prosecco and even though I was feeling like crap, I could not turn down at least a sip on my wedding day. So I’m there, glass in hand and gingerly sipping away. I’ve got my ‘Bride to Be’ dressing gown on and there’s a lot of excitement in the air. I honestly just wanted to go to bed and sleep it all off before this whole wedding started.

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We obviously spent the morning waiting for the pros to arrive (photographer, hairdresser and videographer) before we started getting ready properly. Becky, one of my bridesmaids but also my make up artist for the day, started getting our faces together, the TV was on and I just knew the time would either drag, or go really quickly. It didn’t seem to do either but I knew it would be today.

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Once my hairdresser had pinned my hair up in curls ready to be put up properly, I decided to step outside while she got on with the other girls. I really just needed some fresh air and, because it was so cold, I didn’t feel so ill. The cold air totally filled my lungs and I sat on some steps near the accommodation office and drew it all in with a blanket wrapped round me – and it was the only place I could get any wifi!

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I came back in and out a few times and then decided I wanted to see all the decor. As I went outside I heard Jamie say ‘Jade?’. I was thinking ‘oh no, please don’t see me!’. He didn’t but he’d just been to have a look himself at all the hard work that had gone into it. I managed to finally get a look at the barn and saw how it had all come together as perfectly as I’d imagined. There wasn’t a thing out of place and it was everything I’d wanted for our wedding day. I’ll do a separate post on all the decor just because there were so many little details that most people probably didn’t even notice.

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After that I went back to my cottage as it really was time to get our butts into gear and get ready! I sat in the make up chair and was having that done while simultaneously getting my hair done only for me to realise when she was almost finished that we had totally forgot about putting the headpiece in. We did manage to wiggle it in but we had to cut the ribbon that would’ve tied up at the back – oops! My dad turned up a little while after which brought tears to my eyes and his and he had to turn around and walk straight back out again.

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Jamie’s dad brought the boys to see me during the course of the morning and I was so excited to see them having not spent much time with them over the last couple of days but they were just so fascinated with everything that was going on they didn’t know who they wanted to play with first. They then went back to their cottage to finish getting ready and I was finally ready and just needed to get dressed! I’d had moments where I’d been standing around and had been brought to tears because I couldn’t believe I was getting married and there were even little flips of the tummy, but I was soon put in my place by the illness – great!

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The girls got their bridesmaid dresses on and I was finally able to put on my dress and shoes that I had been dying to wear for so long. My auntie kindly let me borrow her gorgeous jewellery and one of my other aunties had gotten me a pin that was blue with some charms on it and that was my “old, new, borrowed, blue” as I have to give the pin back. I wore my mum-in-law’s garter from her wedding day.

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Jamie was in a separate cottage with his parents, groomsmen and our two boys getting ready and I have no idea what went down in the cottage that morning but I’m sure they had a great time getting ready, even if Jamie was feeling as crap as I was!

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But that was about it. I was done. Ready. I just needed a spray of perfume, my bouquet and I was ready to step out the door…

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