Monday, 27 June 2011

Til Death Do Us Part

Two years ago today was the very best day of my life - it was when Mr Biddle and I tied the knot. Two years ago today was when we created a brand new family. Two years ago today was the first day of the rest of our lives. And every day since then I've thanked my lucky stars to have found the person who makes life sweeter, happier, more full of adventure and fun and love than I could ever have imagined.
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Our engagement took place at the top of the tower of Southwark Cathedral in London as it's where Mr B was working as a singer at the time. And six months later, on a boiling hot day, to the sounds of gorgeous choral music and the applause of tourists in Borough Market, it's where we took our vows. The groom wore a pale blue suit from Ted Baker with a floral Liberty print tie and Marc Wallace shirt. I wore a 50s style short wedding dress by Dolly Couture (the 'Milan' style) with a cathedral length veil (well we were in a cathedral!), pink peep toe heels and a bouquet of pink peonies.
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After Pimms and ice creams in the cathedral courtyard, guests followed hand drawn maps and walked along London's famous Southbank with us, over Tower Bridge and through St Katherine's Dock to arrive at the faded, vintage glory that is Wilton's Music Hall.
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The world's oldest surviving music hall, Wilton's is a majestic, dilapidated masterpiece hidden away in the East End. The paint is crumbling off the walls and it was truly magical for our reception covered in festoons and fairy lights.
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I made mismatching table runners in pink and mint florals to match the 50s bridesmaid dresses from Vivien of Holloway. We bought pink peonies and roses from the New Covent Garden flower market which we displayed in a variety of jam jars collected by friends over the previous few months. Place names were written onto small manilla envelopes which we stamped with vintage butterfly and aeroplane images and filled with homemade pin badges, favourite recipes and poems written by Mr B. And dessert was a table of cakes - we asked our nearest and dearest to bake their speciality and ended up with a table of the most yummy sweet treats.
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Speeches and dinner were followed by entertainments hour - singing friends of Mr B sang a set of acapella barbers shop songs. Then our theatre friends performed a specially written comedy play enacting the story of our romance before we all had a good old sing around the piano and danced the night away. 
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It truly was the most incredible day - surrounded by our friends and family, overwhelmed by love and starting as we meant to go on. And everyday since has been touched by that magic too. I love you Mr Biddle. Happy anniversary.

1 comment:

  1. Mrs Lawton, mother of your esteemed friend Rowan, asserts that this was the loveliest of weddings and quite the best she has been to.....until, that is, the tying of the knot last September between Mr Lawton junior and his Australian wife, Emily Barker!