* Yes I know I know….sticking my big old beak in again…
Just to say that this is Robyn’s last post before W-day so I would really appreciate everyone leaving her a comment of support and thanks. Because there is D.I.Y and then there is ROBYN AND ROBIN D.I.Y.
Seriously, building a wedding venue from scratch?! There are pictures of actual SCAFFOLDING AND EVERYTHING.
Robyn and Robin we salute you. Paper poms ain’t got NOTHIN’ on you pair.
Have a fabulous day Saturday 😉
The time has come to write my last post before the big day. My feelings are pretty mixed right now. Sad that this wonderful world of RMW is coming to an end and excited to start a new chapter with my husband. Ooooh, HUSBAND. Such a novelty. I have been debating whether to write this in here or save it up for the marathon write up of the big day but I thought what the hell – I better share this now while the feelings and memories are still crisp in my mind.
Robin and I are legally married. Eeeeep! Yep, that’s right folks. We are husband and wife. As most of you know we weren’t able to do the legal bit on the farm so for a few reasons we decided to do it bit a wee earlier than initially planned…
The night before the Registry office was pretty damn emotional. Partly because of the excitement/anticipation/stress/nerves I could go on, that you encounter and partly because I felt like I was saying goodbye to my parents – no matter how much I knew they would always be there for me. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would feel this much emotion and I sure as hell never thought I would cry a little, OK a lot the night before. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me?!
When I woke up the next morning I felt so calm and after Rob being as cool as a cucumber the night before he was the one starting to flap. There are a couple of things that really got me going on the day…
My Mom and my Sister
My mom, sister and I got ready together – I wanted to spend some time with them before saying ‘I do’. We didn’t have long to get ready but the time spent together that morning will always stay with me. I would find it very difficult to function without them, they are a huge part of my life and I wouldn’t wish it any other way.
I will never forget the feeling of hugging my dad and holding his hand before we walked into the room. It took everything inside me to keep it together, I was trying desperately to swallow the giant frog that was lingering in my throat – wobbly lip alert! I adore my dad, he is always full of wisdom and can get the room roaring with laughter in a couple of seconds. Letting go of his hand to take my place next to Rob made everything feel very real.
Saying I do to ‘The one and only’
Standing next to Rob, clutching our clammy palms (mmm, nice) and saying our vows was the most amazing feeling. Every other stress melted away and the moments that we shared were unforgettable. Now, I’m going to try not to gush as there are far more pressing matters to fill you in on such as the building of our bar (sorry Rob) but I will say that I have never met a more amazing man, he is my soul mate and I feel incredibly lucky to have found him. I love him unconditionally and I hope that we both feel this way for the rest of our lives. It was seven years ago this summer that I met Robin on my parents farm (they have an annual summer picnic). I can vividly picture what he was wearing and I remember thinking, DAMN – that guy is HOT. We got talking (and laughed about how we had the same name.. I was doing my best eyelash flutter) and the rest was history. If the weather is good we will actually be having our blessing in the very spot we met, which by the way has only dawned on me a couple of weeks ago.
We had our parents and siblings at the ceremony/no photographers/no massive celebration and we kept it on ‘the down low’ because we wanted it to be as low key as possible. So, family and friends who are reading this and don’t know.. surprise! We haven’t exchanged rings, we will do so at the blessing and cannot wait to celebrate with everyone now. We are gonna P.A.R.T.YYYYYYYYYY, because you gotta and WE WANNA!
Right, well speaking of THIS SATURDAY here’s how the prep is going.
The bard was built by my cousin Toni, my Mom and Rob. It is looking FAB-U-LOUS and we can already see all the boys hanging out at the counter waiting for their pints of beer. It’s another brainchild of Military Mom. She had the idea to make it look like a wine bar so we have been collecting empty wine bottles from friends and family and ourselves of course… It is the best excuse to drink wine EVER.
The flowers have done exceptionally well. We cannot quite believe our baby seedlings have withstood the life threatening weather conditions. The have grown from strength to strength and exceeded all our expectations. The lavender flowered far too early (from the very early heat this year) and the other flowers have almost overtaken the Red Robin trees but hey we are not striving for perfection – they are alive!
Bits & Bobs
Even though all the grafting is done we still had a heap of crafty bits to do. As the time has whittled away we called in some friends and family to give us a hand at our sweatshop. We made lanterns out of jars and frosted on some little Robin’s, cleaned up all the remaining jars for the flower arrangements, painted the piggy (to be revealed at the wedding- I shall say no more) restored an old suitcase for pressies, cut and painted MDF to make blackboards, cut and sanded all the cheeseboards and cake stand and started writing up all the place names. Rob and his dad started hanging all the fairy lights up and sorted out the electrics. All in all it was a pretty successful day. All these things are really easy to make so in the big write up I can do an easy step by step guide if you like. I have waffled on for too long to do it here.
There are endless people to thank for helping us, our friend Robert – who has been coming up once a week to help for the past year! Our beautiful bridesmaids, sister and friends who have been there every step of the way and of course our families. Thank you guys for your love and support, we really, really appreciate it!! Last but not least, a HUGE thank you to Rebecca, Adam & Charlotte and to you RMW readers, for being here on our slightly mad journey and confirming the choices we have made are the right ones. Without sounding like a Barclycard advert, your support has been priceless!
See you after the honeymoon,