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    Default 4th June 2012 - a day I will never forget!

    OK, it***8217;s about time I posted a report on our big day! We***8217;ve now been married for almost 16 weeks and the time is flying in!

    Background info ***8211; Fraser and I have been together for 8 years. He***8217;s 34 and a Police Man. I***8217;m 29 and a Solicitor. We***8217;ve lived together for 6 years now. He***8217;s originally from Milton of Campsie and I***8217;m from a tiny wee town called Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway. We got engaged in a whirlwind 24 hours back in August 2010. On the Thursday I found out I was being made redundant and 24 hours later on Friday the 13th we got engaged on a sunny afternoon on the shore at Cameron House at Loch Lomond ***8211; talk about an emotional rollercoaster for me! We decided to get married in 2012 as we were not sure how long it would take me to find a new job and we didn***8217;t need the pressure of a wedding into the equation! I eventually found another job and my focus was then purely on planning our wedding!

    I don***8217;t intend to go though the whole planning process but will start our story with the day I finished up for work ***8211; Thursday 31st May!

    I was in work quite sharp although I don***8217;t think I really did any work that day because of all the excitement. I got into work and my chair had a bride to be sash hung on it and there were balloons all around my desk together with confetti. I nipped out around 10am to take my engagement ring to the jewellers to be cleaned. I don***8217;t think I did any work that day but luckily my boss was fine with that. I eventually finished up around 12.30 but not before there had been a big presentation in my department with a lovely gift from my work colleagues, a card and some champagne! When I left work things went a bit mental! I had so much to do ***8211; buy more ribbon for tying the napkins, collect my ring from the jewellers, get a card for my husband on the morning of the wedding, buy a new suitcase and pop into House of Fraser to choose my Chanel perfume and other goodies for the morning of the wedding. I had a hospital appointment at 2.30 at the Royal in Glasgow ***8211; no ideally timed but it was essential that I went for it before going on our honeymoon. After leaving the hospital it was a dash back down to my work to collect all the things that I had left there and then dash to Eleganza Sposa to collect THE dress! It was about 6.30 by the time I got home that evening and I had barely eaten a thing since breakfast time. I managed to find some time to sit down with my hubby to be and have a takeaway before throwing myself into the task of finalising our order of ceremony and making a cd of music for during the meal. Went to bed absolutely shattered!

    Here's a little picture of the finished order of ceremony booklets we made.

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    Aggh, I've got to go out now! Hope you write more for me to read later! X

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    Friday 1st June!

    An early start today for both Fraser and I. There had been a dress disaster the previous night! When Iíd got home the night before I had briefly hung my dress in our bedroom before deciding to move it to the dining room where I was able to lock the door to stop Fraser from seeing it. In the process, unbeknown to me, one or two of the crystals on the shoulder straps had fallen off. Fraser found one on the floor and knew instantly from my reaction that it had come off my dress. I was gutted that my dress was falling to bits and even more gutted that he knew part of what the detail was like on my dress. I couldnít get through to Eleganza Sposa straight away and was freaking out the more and more my calls went unanswered. We carried on rushing around doing various things that day. We had to collect the cream aisle runner which took up more space in the car than I had predicted. I also had to go for a waxing that afternoon too and we had to collect the marriage licence. We eventually headed into town where I dropped my dress back off at the shop. They wanted me to wait while they took five minutes to fix it. I put my foot down and explained that I had a million and one other things to do and asked if I could not come back in and collect it tomorrow morning. They initially hummed about that as apparently Saturday is their busiest time but eventually they agreed I would be able to collect it on the Saturday morning. I was determined I was not having my day mucked about because they hadnít checked my dress properly.

    I then went for my waxing and my hubby to be took the train down to Ayr to go and collect the marriage licence. I followed him down when I was finished. Tip number 1 Ė do not leave collecting the licence until the last day possible! Fraserís train was delayed and the registrars office shut at 4pm. I had to speed down the A77 to Ayr as fast as possible whilst Fraser was sitting on the train willing it to go as fast as possible. He got off the train in Ayr and sprinted to the registrars office and got there at 3.55pm! Not good for the nerves!

    We had a meeting with the wedding co-ordinator and dropped off the aisle runner and some other things for the wedding. We were heading back up the road to collect some things from my bridesmaid when we got a call from one of the best men. Heíd been to collect the kilts for all the boys with help from Fraserís Dad and when heíd checked them at home he noticed some of the ties were different colour. Tip number 2 Ė make sure everything is triple checked before leaving the kilt shop! We diverted round to the best manís flat and sure enough some of the ties were wrong. Thankfully we had sourced ties for the two best men to match the bridesmaid dresses and between all the ones that were left we had enough of the correct colour for all the ushers etc. Takeaway again for tea. Went to bed absolutely shattered! (Youíll notice a pattern emerging here!)

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    Loving your updates Gayle x

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    Can't wait to read more!!

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    Saturday 2nd June

    This was meant to be a relaxing day. It started and ended that way but the bit in the middle was anything but relaxing!

    We had decided that we wanted some spa treatments before the big day. We headed off to Pure Spa at Silverburn for 9am! We had booked Fraser a facial and massage while I had a Lime and Ginger Salt Scrub. Iíd had the treatment on my hen weekend and loved it. It was really relaxing and a lovely way to start the day.

    We came out of the spa and then headed into town to sort out cash for paying all the suppliers on the day Ė we had a momentary panic that we might not be able to get enough cash out at the bank without giving them notice but it was fine. We then headed up to Eleganza Sposa so I could collect my dress. I went in and the place was dead! So much for being mobbed on a Saturday. I checked the dress and the crystals had been sewn back on. I asked if theyíd checked the others to make sure no more were loose and I was told everything was fine with it. We left the city centre and were about to head home when Fraser got a call on his mobile from his Dad. He had checked the kilts that he had in his possession and had noticed that some of the sporrans were a much lighter colour than the others Ė aaaaggghhh! I was slightly annoyed that he hadnít double checked it all the night before when we had asked him to check the ties. We had to make another trip to the south side and to the best manís flat to check on the kilts he had. Sure enough when we got there half the sporrans were grey seal skin (like we had ordered) and god knows what the others were but they were not even vaguely similar! Fraser phoned the kilt shop and spoke to them about it. Initially they were not very helpful. They said they didnít have any more grey seal skin sporrans. I was raging at this point in time. I could just about make out what was being said on the phone. Iím sure the woman in the shop could hear me ranting about it in the background. I eventually said to Fraser that he needed to tell them to think about how they were going to sort it out and phone us back in 15 minutes. He did this and it was decided that weíd take the sporrans with us and that we would head back to our house so that I could get on with what needed doing and Fraser would go to his Dadís and get the other sporrans and head to the kilt shop in Falkirk. On the way home the kilt shop phoned and said if we headed back with the sporrans they would sort it for us. Thank god for that!

    At home whilst Fraser was away sorting the sporrans I had a million things to do. Cut the grass, tie bows around the roses that we had bought for the mumís, do washing, pack my suitcase and finish making the orders of ceremony. One of the best men had offered to help with things at the house and eventually he arrived together with his girlfriend. At about the same time Fraser arrived home. The kilt shop gave us sporrans that were meant for sale and we were under strict instructions that they should not get scratched. I was glad it had been sorted but it was definitely a stress we did not need. We chilled together for half an hour and had takeaway (again!) before setting up a factory in the dining room to finish making the orders of ceremony and menus for the day. Between the four of us we managed to get them done in an hour or so Ė I was so grateful for their help! Went to bed absolutely shattered (again!)

    Another picture - the dress all hanging up ready with the crystal embellishment on the shoulder straps finally sorted!

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    Good reading, can't wait for next installment

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    Sunday 3rd June Ė the eve of the wedding!

    Another early start for both of us.

    Fraser is a keen runner. Heís ran marathons and half marathons and was captain of the uni running club. When we met, I was most definitely not a keen runner and I wouldnít say I enjoy it even now but itís something that he encouraged me to do and the first race I did was the 5k Race for Life in Glasgow in June 2011. I did that one as my Papa died from lung cancer in 2003 and it is a cause that is very close to my heart. I got such a buzz from doing it and felt very proud and I decided there and then that I would try and do it each year. Unfortunately, in 2012, it fell on the eve of our wedding! You might think that Iíd simply give it a miss as the day before a wedding can be very stressful and busy Ė oh no, not me! I decided that Iíd do it anyway Ė it would only take me 25 minutes or so and would be good to do something active to try and help me sleep on the night before the wedding!

    So 9.30am I set off from Glasgow Green on the 5k Race for Life. I had on my silly veil from my hen weekend (that blew off half way round) together with a message on the back of my shirt so people knew I was getting married the next day Ė I had so many people wishing me well! I completed the race in just over 23 minutes Ė 4 minutes quicker than my previous best time. I must have been running fast as I knew I had a million things to do. Fraser was there supporting and encouraging me. I felt the same buzz on completing it as I had done before. I bumped into my friend Jen at the end of the race - Jen was a guest at the wedding and was doing a reading for us during the ceremony!

    Afterwards we had a mad dash around town picking up last minute bits and pieces we needed for our honeymoon. At this point we decided that we would change our plans and come back to our house the day after the wedding and finishing packing for our honeymoon then. The original plan had been to go to Cameron House straight from the wedding venue the day afterwards but we had so much to do that we just decided to take packing for the honeymoon out of the equation Ė Iím so glad we did. We got home, had a quick practice for our first dance, and Fraser finished getting his bags packed to go and stay with one of his best men. My hairdresser arrived about 3pm as she also does nails and makeup and Iíd asked her to do my nails for the wedding. Both bridesmaids arrived to and were so helpful by running to Tesco for last minute supplies and then hoovering my house and dusting in the living room Ė I hated the thought of everyone being in the house on the wedding day and things not looking as tidy as they normally do. I said goodbye to Fraser and was excited that the next time Iíd see him would be walking down the aisle Ė it was about this time it started to feel real! The rest of the day was just as busy laying everything out for the morning. My mum arrived about 8pm, we had takeaway (again!) and some bubbly and chilled watching the tv for the evening. I felt very fidgety that night and kept getting up and down to check everything was sorted. Mum went to bed first and I wasnít far behind her at about 11.30. I had been worried I wouldnít sleep well the night before so I took a sominex tablet before heading to bed. I couldnít believe that the next day I was getting married!

    Here's a pic of me with Jen (in the middle) and one of her friends after the Race for Life.

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    Monday 4th June Ė The Big Day!

    I woke up at about 6.40am after a really good nights sleep. I think the champagne and the sleep tablet really helped me. If anyone if worried about not sleeping the night before then Iíd highly recommend sominex. I was glad I was not waking up with bags under my eyes. I could tell without even looking outside that the sun was shining Ė perfect! I lay in bed and was browsing on facebook etc for 5 or 10 minutes. I was the first one up and in the shower. By the time I came out at about ten past seven nobody else was up. I woke my bridesmaids up as our hairdresser and makeup artist were coming at 7.30. I felt remarkably calm on the morning and was glad when the hairdresser (Lesley @ Pamper & Polish) and the make-up artist (Jacquie Bruin) arrived. I got my hair done first and then was able to enjoy having some breakfast whilst watching Jeremy Kyle on tv and I even put on a load of washing that needed done (mental I know!)

    Things really kicked off at about 9.45am when both the florist (Flowers by Cherry Blossom and the photographer (George Lammie) arrived. They were both trying to talk to me and I was getting my make-up done at that time so was not really able to talk. I managed to quickly dive through to the kitchen to look at the flowers which were gorgeous before Jacquie finished my make-up. Before I knew it, it was 11am and my Dad arrived. He looked really smart in his kilt and seemed quite emotional. The girls and my mum were getting the finishing touches to their hair and makeup. I think I was so keen to get into my dress that I got into it before I even had a touch-up of my makeup. Never mind, I swung my dressing gown back on over the top of my dress and went back down so Jacquie could touch up my make-up. I was then standing in the living room with my Dad with my dress on, veil on, everything in place but with my dressing gown on top. I was quite cold and didnít want to take it off and wanted to wait for everyone to be there. Eventually both the girls and my mum were ready and when I took my dressing gown off I could not even look at my Dad as I knew he was emotional. Jacquie captured some great shots on her camera at this stage as George had dashed off to get down to the hotel which was an hours drive from our house.

    Iíll post a few pics just now to cover the morning of the wedding.

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    My flowers

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    My beautiful bridesmaids

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    Chilling before getting into my dress

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    With the girls!

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    Getting to the venue!

    You may ask why this deserves a post all on itís own Ö well I didnít have your usual form of transport thatís why!

    May years ago I watched Donít Tell The Bride and the Bride and Groom flew in a helicopter from their church to the reception venue. I always joked with Fraser that when we got married thatís how I would arrive! It was our little joke that nobody else knew about. When we got engaged we even joked about the fact one of our possible venues had a helipad outside! Alas we didnít choose that venue though. The day we showed my parents the Western House Hotel my Dad came away and while walking through the car park turned and jokingly (or so I thought!) said to me that he thought they could land a helicopter on the racecourse for me! We laughed and just forgot about it till a few months later my Dad emailed me to say that he was serious. Iím his only little girl and itíll be the only time he ever escorts his daughter to her wedding. We went to a wedding show in Ayr the following January when I met Duncan from Skyway Helicopters. A few weeks later our transport was booked! Eek! Fraser wasnít meant to know but he was there when I opened the email from my Dad so we just kept quite and pretended he didnít know.

    How it worked on the day was that my car arrived first at 12 oíclock. Duncan had a top of the range Range Rover that collected my Dad and I. My bridesmaids and mum waved us off and their car arrived half an hour later to take them to the venue. Duncan drove my Dad and I to the helipad just outside Dalry in Ayrshire. My stomach was doing cartwheels! My hands were really clammy too. I didnít have a large dress which meant I was able to fit into the helicopter with ease. First thing I did was ask where the sick-bag was in case I felt ill! After about ten minutes we were up in the air and on the way to the venue. The view was absolutely incredible. The weather conditions were perfect for the flight. Before I knew it my Dad pointed out the race-course, I couldnít believe the flight was so quick. We actually went past the race-course and carried on down towards Alloway before doubling back to the race-course. The hotel staff all knew what was happening and one or two select others. The guests were all ushered outside and stood at the far side of the paddock in amongst the trees. We flew along the race-course and I could make out the people in the trees. Before I knew it we were landing in the winners enclosure. I was beaming with excitement and waving at our guests, the photographer, the videographer and my mum and bridesmaids who had arrived safely in their car.

    Quite possibly the best way to get to your wedding Ė ever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gayle View Post
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    just wow!
    makes for amazing piccies too, unusual to say the least!! :O

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    I'm going to pause here for now - I think that's enough to keeping you going! Hubby is on his way home from watching football and I need to do my wifely job of getting his tea all sorted. I'll hopefully post more tomorrow!

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    Will be watching out for the next installment Gayle. You looked absolutely stunning and so serene and happy sitting on the couch in your robe. As for the helicopter arrival - there is no topping that!!

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    Looking forward to reading more! What a great entrance !x

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    Quote Originally Posted by carirw View Post
    Will be watching out for the next installment Gayle. You looked absolutely stunning and so serene and happy sitting on the couch in your robe. As for the helicopter arrival - there is no topping that!!
    Thank you - it's one of my favourite shots from the whole day. I really was surprised at how calm I felt on the day!

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    Loving it so far Gayle! Can't wait until tonight till there's more! X

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    Been looking forward to reading your report Gayle, it's all sounding fab so far.

    Small world...The other girl in the pic of you after your race for life is my friend Debbie, who is also my wedding photographer!

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