Friday, 27 July 2012

A big white tent, lots of roses and two peas in a pod!

My little brother got married! He got himself a gorgeous wife! The wedding pretty much kicked ass!

It was our first family wedding, by family I mean the ones who lived in the same house as me for quite a long time. You know, THE family! Out of the three of us, my little brother was always going to be the first to get married, that much I always knew. Just like he was always going to be the high flyer - somethings are just obvious. But, who he married and how amazing the day was, completely blew me away.

First of all you need to know the background... A couple of years ago him and his girlfriend went to work on the other side of the world, whilst they were there he popped the question, she said yes and they set the date. They planned to work in Oz for a couple of years, then do some travelling, then come home and get hitched.

So when most Brides-to-be are nil-by-mouth and stressing about whether the bridesmaid dresses are going to clash with the centrepieces, these two were doing this...

Bringing in 2012 in Oz; the year of The Wedding.

But they did come home eventually. And when they did it all came together.

As one of the bridesmaids I had taken it upon myself to send them lots of e mails with ideas on centrepieces, decorations etc. You know, being one of those "helpful" future sister-in-laws. I'm pleased to say they didn't do any of them, because what they did do was just perfect...

How to have an amazing but unpretentious wedding by Pip and Claire.

You will need:
  • a bride who is as far removed from a bridezilla as possible
  • a laid back groom
  • easy going guests
  • to let the bridesmaids and grooms choose their own suits/dresses
  • to make your invitations whilst travelling and send them  postcard-esque from the other side of the world
  • to buy your centrepieces from M&S the day before
  • to send a few e mails from a camper van in Australia to the guests/venue/caterers
  • to remove the "night do" invites - if guests are coming they are coming all day!
  • to encourage people to bring their children       
  • to write name places on luggage tags
  • to write the seating plan on a chalk board that happened to be lying around at the venue.
  • to donate the money you would have spent on wedding favours to a charity
  • to have your Dad turn up with a cake he had iced himself because it "was better than nothing"
  • to ask some of your friends,who are nifty with a camera, to take the pics
  • to not have a top table, just sit in amongst your guests
  • to most definitely NOT have a theme
  • to ensure you have a 3 year old page boy to blow out all the tea lights you had lit in church
 Basically throw all of the above into a big white tent, with some great food and a stunning location and it's pretty much gonna be a blast! Mix in plenty of booze, stir it up, play some classic "tunes" and sit back and enjoy!

As weddings go, Mr and Mrs P you totally nailed it!

I've got some pictures of the day, not many though, because I was too busy having a fabulous time whilst keeping half an eye on the boys. But I've got what really counts, great memories, of a great day...

But just in case one day my memory fails me, this is what I hope to never forget...

... How honoured I felt watching Claire get ready to marry my brother, her beaming smile, the wonder in her eyes as she effortlessly put together the pieces to create this...

Pink champagne! Cheers!

...Walking down the aisle, holding my eldest child's hand, a blur of faces in the pews and suddenly catching sight of Pip at the end, no longer a boy... a handsome, successful man. A husband.

Leaving the church as Mr and Mrs.

...How even as a bridesmaid you can do the following: breastfeed in a church; cry all your make away with happy tears; play hide and seek; fall over in the mud; and flash your knickers to passers by with the aid of an unruly breeze!

That's me in the green, you can't see because of the gorgeous bouquet but I'm actually flashing my bra!

... My brother's speech; his words, our laughter, her smile!

His Speech

Her smile.

...The pair of them dancing to Bruce - completely unchained from inhibitions. 

Even if we're just dancing in the dark

...Meeting new people, welcoming old friends, knowing they have great people around them.

...Catching up with family, realising that my Dad's cousin Sheila is still one of the coolest people we know and she can rock a pair of skinny jeans with the best of them!

Long-lost cousins

...Laughing, dancing, crying, smiling. Not wanting the day to end.

Still smiling.

Still dancing.


...Waking the next morning at 4.30 am and being gutted it was over.


  1. Great blog Fran... as always

    1. WAs just going to e mail you and check it was ok to publish! Beat me to it!

  2. Love this Fran! So lovely. I do love wedding stories and photos. What a gorgeous bride with the best dress too!! X

  3. That is really lovely and you have summed it up perfectly. We had a wonderful time and it was a pleasure to meet you all xx

    1. Thank you Julie. Glad you aporove! My only regret was not having enough time to talk to everyone for longer... Oh well, we can always persuade them to renew their vows in a couple of years.

  4. Brilliant - Looks like you all had a fabulous day, and a very laid back wedding.Loved the idea of luggage tags for place names. They sound like a very happy couple! Ps I recently tagged you in the beautiful blogger award!

    1. Hello You! It was really fab. Thank you. Re Tagging: I saw that i haven't got round to lookin at it yet, but I can pretty much guarantee I won't do it - "too many posts in my head, too little time" - but i love being tagged regardless, makes me feel blog-loved!

  5. LOVE IT! Seriously - this is my idea of a perfect wedding! x

    1. Oh thanks! It really was fab! Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

  6. Hi, i have found you through OlderMum. Lovely post. Sounds like a fab wedding!

    1. Thank you! I love THAT Older Mum... thanks for commenting, we really did have a blast - I'll remember it forever, or failing that, this blog will!