22.07.2009 - 28.07.2009 21 °C
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: