Hi peeps, Adam here again introducing another new bride-to-be to the RMW real bride legacy
You know what to do by now! Give Rebecca a super warm RMW welcome…
Oh my giddy Aunt, it’s actually happened….I’m a RMW Real Bride!!!
I cannot begin to tell you how shocked/excited/nervous I am. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your kind words on my entry and a MAHUSIVE thank you to Charlotte, Adam and all the RMW team for actually putting six of us through. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have met such a fabulous bunch of girls
Right, enough gushing (well, I don’t want to make you sick)……
As I said before I have been pretty nervous about writing this and nervousness in Rebecca-land leads to procrastination…think the sudden urge to spring clean, sort out my photos, write cake-pop how-tos – I kid you not! Well there is no hiding now, I have got myself a little glass of vino to steady the nerves so here I go…
It’s Only My 27th!
It all started on the first day of December in 2010, just another birthday, or so I thought! My present this year was to go and see Arcade Fire, a band Dave and I just adore, and as I had the day off Dave had arranged for us to go for a spot of lunch in London. Feeling very smug that all my not-so subtle TopTable hints had worked, we headed into London town. Now I must add here that I have this ‘thing’ where I must have something to open on my actual birthday (completely my mother’s fault). As I knew about the tickets I had spent all my efforts reminding Dave of this fact and was delighted when he showed me a poorly wrapped box (bless he had tried)! the only catch was I wasn’t allowed to open it until later……..
So we get to Covent Garden, took a little stroll and Dave showed me the restaurant he had booked. OH.MY.DAYS it looked gorgeous. All I could say in my stunned state was ‘it’s not even a big birthday, it’s just my 27th’! Clos Maggiore was as absolutely magnificent inside as it was from the outside. We were seated in the middle of their ‘courtyard’ surrounded by beautiful white blossom and fairy lights (google it, you’ll see what I mean), and the food was divine. Fast forward to main course and I was told I was finally allowed my present. I excitedly unwrapped the first box to find a second & then opened the second box to find a third! At this point my present was taken away from me & it suddenly dawned on my…..*oh my gosh he’s going to propose!* Well I’m not ashamed to say I blubbed like a big girl, but these were tears of joy, absolute joy. Luckily for us, there were a lovely couple of ladies who were ‘lunching’ and once they had cottoned on to what was happening they took some snaps (apologies they only had an old Nokia!). I can honestly say that has to be one of the best days of my life, I was on cloud nine. That Arcade Fire gig will be the best gig I have ever been to & that’s not just because all our friends kept buying us champagne!
So, I hear you ask, why are we still not married? Well we made a joint decision that we would need more than a year to save up for our perfect wedding and agreed that 2013 was the year for us. It also happens to be the year in which we celebrate our 10 year anniversary so I think it is quite poignant to be getting married then. This was a decision we questioned many times, but I stuck to my guns, and boy am I glad we did. This year we have already been to 3 weddings and still have a handful left to go and I know if we were also getting married this year then we would be spending our whole year worrying about all the costs instead of enjoying what is really important. This way we get to relax and enjoy seeing our friends and family celebrating their commitment to each other on their special day.
So 2013 it is…..
We’re Just A Couple Of Old Romantics At Heart
As soon as we got engaged both Dave & I knew we wanted to get married in a church and choosing the church was a no-brainer. St John the Baptist has been Dave’s family church for as long as he remembers (his mum is a lay preacher there) and in the years we have been together I have also attended a number of services and know what a pretty little church this is with a lovely congregation. So on 22nd June 2013 I will make my way down the (not so long) aisle to become Mrs M.
Now for my bit of pretty, The Gatsby. I have to say I am a little bit in love with our reception venue and not just because of its amazing cocktails, although I cannot wait to sip a yummy Apple Strudel Martini in my wedding dress! Now, I have to admit that up until today Dave & I have been in a bit of a wedding lull, Dave has been studying hard and I have been busy with other people’s weddings so we haven’t really had time to get anything more done for the wedding. But then we got our inspiration back! YAY! It was exactly a year to go and unbeknown to me Dave had booked a surprise visit to The Gatsby for dinner, it turns out this was exactly what we needed. As soon as we walked in and saw those stairs again the smiles grew across our faces, our wedding mojo was back! We coo-ed about how amazing the chandelier is in the bar, daydreamed about the photo possibilities and more importantly we finally got to try the food there (yup we had booked a restaurant as our venue before we had even eaten at the place)! The food was divine, the wine yummy, the leather seats sumptuous and the pianist perfect. Oh did I not tell you? Our venue has a white baby grand piano sat amongst the dining room! So here are a couple of piccys of our gorgeous reception venue to feast your eyes upon…..
As I have mentioned before (and you may be able to notice in the pics) The Gatsby has been lovingly restored to resemble its 1930’s roots – the entrance to an old one-screen cinema. The architecture has hints of art deco throughout and the walls are littered with old movie posters. They even had old movies being screened on one of the large walls to side….just think Dave & I could have lots of black & white movies being screened during the arrival drinks?! Or maybe we could make a movie of pictures of us and have that screened in black & white? The possibilities are endless so watch this space….
So all that is left for me to do now is to introduce you to the people who, for the next year (eek, it’s now officially a year to go!), will be putting up with all my bridal ranting and waffling! The girls in my life…..
Alex (Maid of Honour)
I’m sorry but I am going to boast a little now but I think I may have the best MoH ever! From the moment I told this young lady that I was getting married she has been so excited for our plans – even more so than me at times! Even with a gorgeous little boy to look after, she has made time to be dragged around the National Wedding Show, travelled up to see me for her birthday only to be dragged around London wedding dress shopping and has even put up with my ‘almost’ meltdown after putting the deposit down on ‘my dress’ (that’s a whole other blog post). She is one of three girls who kept me sane when I left all my friends in Hertfordshire and moved to Folkestone after uni (I will introduce you to the others in a mo). She kept me smiling when I was missing Dave, never let me feel lonely & more importantly introduced me to Tequila Rose!
Claire & I first met in our first year at uni, she was dating my housemate (they married earlier this year) & so practically lived in our flat. We discovered a joint love of music, we both love a good Blink 182 number, and so for the next few years we kept each other company while going out with the boys. She was my rock at uni and although we live further away now I know I can always count on her to be there for me whenever I need her, with a bottle of fizz of course.
Awww my Robin Hood! Keli and I played leads in an AmDram version of Robin Hood, and since duetting ‘A Kind of Hush’ we have had a special bond! She was another of the girls that saved me from a life of boredom in Folkestone with her warm and fun personality. You will often catch us drinking too much wine and attempting to re-live ‘A Kind of Hush’…
This young lady constantly has me in stitches, her sarcasm knows no bounds & I love her for it. Nights out in Folkestone are never dull when Michelle is there, which is pretty impressive as there are only ever a handful of places we dare venture! Yes Michelle is the last of my Folkestone saviours and for that alone I am eternally grateful.
Lastly my wonderful newlywed sister-in-law. Only a couple of weekends ago this brave young lady took on the challenge of marrying my little brother!! (you love me really little bro!) Seriously though, Mims is the sweetest girl I know (along with above lot obviously!!) and she has made my brother the happiest man alive. I was honoured to be bridesmaid at their wedding and am chuffed she has said yes to being mine.
Hannah (The Flower Girl)
Oh and I mustn’t forget the stealer of the whole show……..my beautiful goddaughter (and our niece). How could you not fall in love with this face
So there you have it, that is our wedding so far!
Next time I hope to have booked a few more important bits, like maybe a photographer! I know we are leaving this a little late but I promise we are on the case (‘on it like a car bonnet’ as my fellow Real Brides would say). On this subject can I ask how many of you are not paying for an album straight away? Is this because you are doing your own? Or are you waiting to get this at a later date? I only ask as this is our current conundrum: do we go for a cheaper photographer so we can get the album with the wedding photos or do we go for the more expensive photographer, who I think I prefer, and not get the album until our anniversary. Seeing as the first anniversary is paper I was thinking this might be a nice way to celebrate our first year together as Mr & Mrs, what do you lovely peeps think?
Big ‘I hope this was ok’ love
ps. Apologies for all the exclamation marks in this and any future posts, I just can’t help myself!