On the 25th September my hubby and I will be celebrating our very first wedding anniversary. We married last year to mark our 10 years together, and it was the best day of our lives. We didn't want an extravagant wedding, just something small and personal.
The night before Rob stayed with his parents and brother, so I had a relaxing night just chilled out with Bobbie, our gorgeous Jack Russel. In the morning my bridesmaid and I took him to be looked after for the day by a kennel that I know and trust, and I remember balling my eyes out because I didn't want to leave him, whilst he skipped off happily with one of the ladies who worked there. Seriously! He didn't even look back!
My next job was to get to the hairdressers and get my up-do sorted. I've been going to Bex Hair Design for years, and the girls there did a fantastic job. With my hair done I headed back home to an empty house, sat and thought, what shall I do now?! The wedding wasn't until late afternoon (I didn't want a wedding that dragged on all day!) so I did what any normal woman with the house all to herself would do.... I cleaned up! I remember having the most beautiful hairdo whilst vaccing up and dusting.
After lunch my Maid of Honour arrived and we started to get ready, makeup and the rest. Her husband and my close friend Adrian (who gave me away) were downstairs having some bubbly, and when we were ready we took a few informal pics. Then my bridesmaid Lizzie from earlier arrived, then shortly after our beautiful wedding cars did too, and we were good to go!
We got married at the local registry office, Leeds Town Hall, and as we pulled up to the building I could see everyone making their way in. The photographer was snapping away as I then followed into the building. This was the part of the day that I wanted over and done with, I wanted to get to the party! With all the formalities done we headed back outside, took more photos, then made our way to the next venue for the wedding breakfast.
We had the meal and party at Calverley Golf Club, my bridesmaid Lizzie had done the most amazing job setting the venue space up, it was perfect! Not over the top at all, but pretty in pink, white, and silver. Everyone who came to the wedding was invited to the meal, and instead of having a top table with lots of other tables, I wanted one big setup where we could all sit together. The table was in a large conservatory overlooking the golf courses, and as the evening drew in, the twinkly lights above began to shine. It was beautiful.
With the speeches and food out of the way, it was time to party! The evening guests started to arrive and the photo booth was set up! It was great! Everyone looked like they were having a good time, which is what we really wanted. We cut the cake, which was lovingly made by one of our colleagues and friend Rachel, had our first dance to Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer, and schmoozed with everyone, and because there wasn't hundreds of people there, it was so easy to work our way round everyone. The photo booth went down a treat too, we have some bloody amazing pics from in there haha!
At the end of the night everything was packed up, and we said our goodbyes. It really was the most perfect day. I'm so grateful to everyone who came and shared it with us, including my Auntie and Uncle who flew in all the way from Australia to be there! Which means the world to me and I still can't quite believe it! Everyone involved really made the day so very special, and we are really lucky to have such wonderful people around us.
So happy 1st Wedding Anniversary Rob, I love you more than ever and look forward to spending many more years together and creating even more wonderful memories with you.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed, there's a couple more snaps from the day below, if you fancy a scroll through!
Love, Leanne Xx