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Phil and Lisa get hitched!

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Well what can we say about our wedding day. For those of you who were there you will know that it really was the best day of our lives, it was truly perfect in every way. For Phil the day started with a nice walk down to the harbour, for Lisa it started with wanting to go for a nice walk down to the harbour but she wasn’t able to as her bridesmaids were both still sound asleep and she wasn’t allowed to ring her husband to be to find out if it was okay to go for a walk as she didn’t want to bump into him before the ceremony. So she was trapped inside the castle gates! The bridesmaids eventually got up , we all had our nails done and Lisa’s mother-in-law to be, Gill, came to put all the rollers in her hair then we had some delicious pancakes (made by Lisa’s mum)with strawberries and maple syrup. These were accompanied by a refreshing glass of Bucks Fizz.
Lisa’s morning felt pretty relaxing , she did most of her running around and stressing the previous day so that she was able to have a fairly lazy morning. Her hair was finished off and she was really pleased with it, it really did look just like she wanted it too. Thanks to Gill for doing such a fantastic job. Lisa had a quick glass of champagne with a few friends and family before getting ready at 12.50! Then Lisa, her brother Sam, and the two bridesmaids, Esther and Ardeep, made their way down to the ceremony.

Meanwhile everyone was seated in the hall staring at Phil in his throne at the front of the hall, which was pretty embarassing . We had arranged for the wedding music to start a good while before Lisa entered, but we should have told the registrar as she went running down the aisle to check that Lisa was still coming. Luckily she was and the rest of the ceremony proceeded as planned. We had a buddhist wedding ceremony, which was probably different to pretty much any other wedding, but all of the guests seemed to enjoy it and Jutika, who conducted the ceremony, did a fantastic job.
Vows made and registers signed we proceeded out into a clear, blue-skied, sunny day (a complete contrast to the general weather conditions for the month). We had champagne by the castle doors and then a few more drinks up on top of the castle gatehouse where we gazed over the castle and Strangford Loch, we could not have hoped for a more beautiful day.

We subsequently proceeded to the reception in the Dufferin Guest House where we had excellent food, speeches and dances. Esther won the bridesmaid competition by dancing with every male guest, and there were a number of exceptional dance routines performed by the guests (you will remember if you were there). We partied the night away and it was great end to a fantastic day.

If you were there, we hope you enjoyed the wedding and thank you once again for coming, you all contributed to making our wedding day very special indeed! We’d love to do it all over again so you all need to get saving and one day we’ll renew our vows in New Zealand!!

Link to website that Paul has kindly set up with loads of photos:

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Phil and Lisa's Stag and Hen do!

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On 6th June 2009, Lisa and Phil held their respective Hen and Stag do's.

My stag do was based around the Saddleworth Beer Walk, which involved an 11 mile walk with a pint of beer in 10 pubs along the way DSC00422.jpg (for more pictures and info see this site: http://www.beerwalk.co.uk/getdoc/12b490c4-2117-4712-87cb-db340d86eb15/2008-Beerwalk-(1).aspx). The do was quite a small affair, with Mark, Anthony, Steve and Steve ensuring that I was suitably embarrassed and humiliated! DSC00418.jpg

As you can see our fancy dress outfits were pretty terrible and basically consisted of wearing a set of combat trousers, however we did manage to raise about £20 for Oxfam, mainly through hijacking car drivers under the threat of a water pistol!

The walk took part during a gap in the rain that poured all weekend, so we all stayed pretty dry (apart from soaking each other with water pistols!). All in all it was a good event and I would certainly be taking part next year, were it not for the fact that I will be in New Zealand.

My hen do was a lovely evening. It involved delicious cocktails, superb food and lots of fantastic friends. It started at The City Inn Hotel where I met up with Anna, Ardeep, Esther, Jo and Katie. After some lovely champagne we headed to Cloud 23 where we met Janine, Sally, Dee, Bekki and Rachel A. We had to wait a little while but the cocktails were so yummy so they were worth the wait. We then all headed to Chaophraya Thai restaurant and were the last to arrive! In there already were Rachel L, Dawn, Sam, Becky, Sara, Sheila, Sharon, Angela, Bev, Tracy, Hayley, Amy and Lisa W. The food was delicious and there was loads of it! After filling up on food and wine I was presented with some pressies and had to guess what who each of the presents were from. Some were easier than others. I love all the pressies as they will remind me of each person who helped me to celebrate. After pressies was the quiz in which I ended up having to drink a lot because Phil got some of them wrong – as if he forgets having a crush on baby spice for most of his time at uni!

We then moved on the Tiger Tiger where Ardeep did well to get us into a VIP part which was much quieter and there was lots more room for us to strut our stuff on the dance floor! Headbands and badges were kindly provided by the bridesmaids – I felt like I still had that headband on for the next few days! The last of us got taxis home and or headed to the hotel around 3ish. It was a welcome relief for my feet to get into bed!

The fantastic weekend finished with a really nice breakfast.

Thank you everyone so much for coming and a special thanks to Ardeep and Esther who definitely organised the best hen do that I’ve ever been on! Perhaps they could hire themselves out!

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