Those of you that follow Rich or me on Twitter or are friends on Facebook will notice a little wee event on Thursday just gone. We got married! It was a fantastic glorious sunny day in Edinburgh and we had an amazing time – but seeing as most of our friends knew we were planning an October wedding, I thought I would write a blog post to explain the change of plan.
Rich and I got engaged in March – now THAT was an intended surprise. We didn’t tell anyone we were going to New York and used Foursquare to check in to places as hints (we did of course tell our family and close friends by phone once we got to New York). It was so much fun!
After that excitement we quickly settled on an October wedding in Edinburgh.
My lovely and wonderful Dad has been suffering from a rare form of lung cancer for the last few years. He’s had two major operations removing fibrous tumours. In the last four weeks we found that that his condition was terminal. We do not know the timescales involved (this rare form of this rare cancer is particularly unpredictable) but we do know that there’s quite a bit of pressure on his heart, caused by the tumour which is making him very fatigued. It was all of a sudden evident that he wouldn’t be able to make a trip out of the house for a wedding – and that October might be too far away.
Rich and I weren’t too sure what to do in the first instance, but what we agreed on immediately was that the original plan would need re-thinking. In the end we decided to get married as soon as possible and surprise my parents. Our decision was difficult to make but we had a fab set of friends and family to help us out. After speaking with both the Swansea and Edinburgh registry offices we settled on Thursday 14 July at 10:45 – just 15 days away. It proved to be too complicated to get married in Swansea (you have to be resident to get married there). We decided not to tell my parents for two reasons: the first that they would spend the next two weeks worrying about my dad’s health affecting the wedding and the second that they would feel worse KNOWING they were missing out. We booked flights for the afternoon of the wedding to visit my parents on the wedding day.
So on Thursday, with Rich’s immediate family, my aunt and uncle and some close friends, we tied the knot at the Registry Office. Then, had a quick brunch with Rich’s family and my Aunt and Uncle, jumped on a plane to Cardiff, hired a car and drove to Swansea. My parents were absolutely delighted by the surprise – even more so than I imagined! Tears all round! We even had time to visit my Grandma to give her my bouquet and photos from the wedding!
We also managed to fit in a delicious dinner and night at the wonderful Fairyhill on the Gower before flying back to Edinburgh Rich to go to work on Saturday. (NB: both our places have been AMAZING in giving us time off at peak time of the year!)
I know wedding days are special and everyone’s is the most special day. We both had an amazing time and despite the slightly risk strategy involved – had the best day ever!
I’m going to have to write a blog post of thank yous to follow so watch this space – there were so pretty amazing people involved!
I’ll leave you with a wee pic from Thursday – what an amazing day!