Well…we did it. I married my Mr Monster and we had the most amazing time. We have so much to show you, but for now we have just had a champagne breakfast and are off for a mini-moon to the local zoo and the travelling Moscow State Circus.
Over the next few days I will show you everything I made and everything we got up to over the wedding weekend, but for now, here is a little teaser from our official photographs of the day!
We got some very unexpected congratulations to add to our ever growing display of wedding cards. My sneaky Mother had written to a few of my favourite public figures telling them about my upcoming nuptials and asking them if they would send me a card to celebrate the big day.
She received apologies from Professor Brian Cox who was off ‘doing science’ somewhere exotic, and from Kate and Wills who said they were very sorry, but they had to decline as it wouldn’t be fair on other newly weds.
She did however present me with cards from two of my heroes which resulted in me dissolving into a puddle of girlish squeals. We got this one from the delectable Matt Baker, love of my life (after Mr Monster of course), Blue Peter heart-throb turned Strictly dance floor tottie.
And as if that wasn’t enough, she then produced this:
Stephen ‘freakin’ Fry!! I still can’t quite believe it. There are even blobs of ink on the inside of the card where he closed it up while the ink was still wet. I didn’t think it was possible to get any happier on my wedding weekend, but these amazing well-wishes elevated my joy to the next level!
Not long to go now. I still have a few jobs to do but for today I decided that my best option was to have a bit of a rest. I’ve been pampered from top to toe at the beauty parlour, and I got to try my hand-embellished dress on properly for the first time. I have to say, I was pretty proud of what I’ve achieved and am looking forward to walking down the aisle in my own little work of art. Even if people don’t like it, one of my bridesmaids tells me that it makes me look like I have a tiny waist and an impressive rack. What more could a bride want?!
Comfort and wisdom can come from the most unexpected of sources, and today it came to me from thousands of miles away, from a person I have never met. A comment was left on my post about wedding stress by a lady in Wisconsin, America who has followed my blog for sometime now and often leaves little words of encouragement. This was what she had to say:
“Stress, anticipation, hype, expectations…all the emphasis on a future event distracts you from the present moment, which is the only “real” moment anyway. “Why anyone would want to marry you just now,” is a great reminder that your relationship with Mr. Monster is really about all the “just nows” that you will experience together. Looking into each other’s eyes, feeling his breath raise his chest, listening to the thud of his heart, watching a smile spread across his face, all of the ways that you are attentive to the immediate moment will keep you grounded and perhaps make you feel less cranky!”
Beautifully put, and so true. It’s so easy to lose sight of what’s important and I thought I was the kind of person who wouldn’t get caught up in the planning and the stress. I guess I have been beating myself up for that rather than just enjoying the experience and going with the flow. This comment reminds me to be mindful of the present, to let go of unproductive worry, and to revel in the little things which make life, and love so worthwhile. I have been feeling needy of late and pestering Mr Monster for affection, and I guess that’s because I haven’t been soaking up the simple everyday things which are what a relationship is all about.
Thank you to Scillagrace for continuing to follow my ramblings and for giving me a much needed kick up the bum on these last few days before the wedding. Go on over to her blog to get to know her, and to check out some of the beautiful images she’s creating with her new camera.