Yes, I know it's 3 weeks ago, but I had time only now
I got married on the 14th of May. The day was absolutely fabulous, it went on so quickly, as if it were a dream. From the moment I woke up up to the very end I wasn't nervous at all. I had breakfast, waited for the hairdresser to come in at 11 am, then had fun being pampered with make up and hair-do... she also put some false eye-lashes on me. Then the dress was put on... (to be honest, I am so glad I chose DH's brother's fiancé as one of my bridesmaids, as I would have had serious problems to have my dress buttoned up otherwise... my mum had got directions on how to put on the ribbon on the back from the ladies in the shop but didn't pay great attention... so luckily my bridesmaid had worked in a wedding shop!!!!) and the photos started.
We went downstairs and I cut the ribbon in front of my parents' home (an Italian tradition), then we went in the limousine and head off to the church. To be honest, my only regret of the day has been to have listened too much to advice on the net and have not wanted my mum and sister in the car with me (I had read it was unlucky), because we were late and my dad didn't want to wait for my mum and my sister to park and arrive to the church... so my mum and sister missed my entrance!!!
But my dad was very good afterwards and gave me away really well. The trumpet tune by Purcell was very nice and the procession of my pageboy with the rings, flower girls, me with dad and my bridesmaids behind me holding my veil was very much appreciated by the Italian public (in Italy we don't have bridesmaids, so seeing a procession so long was quite of a surprise to them!). The ceremony was a bit on the funny side because the priest didn't give full directions to people and the Irish didn't know when to sit... and he also spoke a bit of broken Italian (he is Indian) and some of his mistakes made people smile. But he made people appreciate more my husband's effort, as DH decided to read the vows in Italian and had exercised a lot for it... so he did really well. The church also started ringing the bells after my husband said the vows, and this brought big tears to my new mother in law's eyes and a couple of her friends. That's always a sign people are enjoying the day!
Anyway... the best part of the day was during the photo shooting for me and my new husband around Rome. There was a demonstration on, and the limo's driver didnt want to stop at the Colosseum because he aid the demonstration was still there. We wanted to take pictures there and he said we would come back. However, as we were driving on the small little road at the back of the colosseum, the limo suddenly broke down! Apparently it had overheated and the battery was dead. So... the photographer said to take advantage of the situation and brought us to take pics under the colosseum. It was a real experience to walk around as everybody congratulated us and loads of tourists were taking pictures of us... my husband was wearing the Irish kilt, which probably helped because people were definitely more intrigued
we felt like celebrities! Seriously, the photographer took a pictures from behind us of a group of Chinese tourists all taking a picture of us. he also took a pic of us in front of the limo which had to be jump started with the photographer's car LOL. we also took a picture in front of a bus... as if we had to get it to reach the location LOL.
The dinner went on very quickly. I haven't eaten much... I was always busy doing things and time flew for the whole evening. then there was the cutting of the cake and a little surprise by the restaurant -- the wishing balloon. Fill the balloon with hot air, make a wish and let the balloon reach the stars with it! I hope the wish becomes true because we really need it!
Then, another topic moment of the night -- my husband had to take off my garter with his MOUTH (he couldn't touch it with his hands LOL). Then we threw the bouquet and the garter... and funnily enough DH's brother AND his fiancée got both... and they'll probably marry next year... so it was accurate!
. My dad did a wonderful speech... I nearly cried! And everything went smoothly, including giving the favours and the following day. My husband's mates were all still there and we spent two relaxing days, one with my family and one with his mates.
The whole experience was amazing and the memory of it will stay with me for many years to come. And it's been even thanks to Sparks if I have been able to walk down the aisle wearing a size 6 dress. Me, the lifetime's woman size 22... I felt like a princess! THANK YOU Sparks and Weight Watchers!