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    Default Our Wedding Day, National Piping Centre, 4th July 2009

    My Husband (still can't get used to saying that!!! ) got married at the National Piping Centre on Saturday 4th July. It was 2nd time for both of us and our emphasis this time was on our families.

    The day before (Friday 3rd July) was a bit overcast but we had loads of wee errands still to run so we were out most of the day. The plan had been for me to leave home at around tea time (I was spending the night at the Piping Centre) then H2B would sneak away and we would have a last romantic meal together before the wedding. Talk about the best laid plans......!

    Around 3pm the rain started and got progressively heavier and heavier and then torrential! One of our children noticed that a man hole cover at the side of our garage was being lifted up by the water. We all trooped to the door to have a look and then....whoosh....the man hole cover lifted right off and all sorts of raw sewage was pouring down our garden and out the front gate. I phoned Scottish Water and spoke to a very nice lady. Although she was sympathetic, she advised that half of the West of Scotland was experiencing flash floods so there was little they could do until the following Monday!!!

    By the time I had calmed down a little, our Best Man phoned to say he had broken his ankle and was in plaster up to his knee. Cue hysterics and more floods, this time of tears! After a wee while, he confessed that he was bored and had decided to wind me up!!!

    By now it was nearly 9pm. No chance of a romantic meal! Quick dash down to NPC with all my gear in tow AND my 13 year old daughter! Very hurried goodbye to H2B and a cuppa before bed.

    Up bright and early next morning and headed to hairdressers for make-up and hair styling. Suddenly remembered that I hadn't lifted the money to pay our celebrant and had to dash on the underground, complete with full face of slap and birdcage veil. Bearing in mind I was dressed in "bride to Be" sweatpants and a "gorgeous bride" top, I must have looked a picture! The girls in Alliance & Leicester Byres Road were lovely and ushered me to the front of the queue. Everyone waved me out of the building society and wished me luck. I had my first tears of the day as I sprinted back to the underground station.

    The taxi we had booked to take us back to the venue did not turn up so we (my daughter & I) jumped in a black hack on Dumbarton Road to head back to Cowcaddens. Half way along St VIncent Street we got caught behind the bands of the Orange Walk. More tears!!! I also had a "Runaway Bride" moment when a guy on a Harley Davidson motorbike pulled up alongside us. I shouted out the window "I get married in two hours. Could you take me on the back of your bike?" Needless to say, the poor guy was speechless!

    Finally got back to NPC at the same time as the florist who had also been caught in traffic behind the bands. Then I find my sons (4 of them) all dressed in their kilts in my bedroom scoffing sandwiches! More tears and some shouting! Chased them out so that I could get dressed.

    Half an hour before the ceremony, I heard the Piper playing outside and the nerves kicked in for real! I have NEVER been so nervous in my life. My sister laced me into my dress and promptly burst into tears. So unlike her as she is not usually a sentimental person. Our Mother died 9 years ago and we both missed her so much on my Wedding Day. More tears!

    Then Gemma, the General Manager of the National Piping Centre came to take us down stairs. My 2nd son, who was escorting me down the aisle, took my arm and said "Mum, you look lovely". More tears! Then he qualified it by saying "Well, you scrub up no' bad for an auld burd!" Laughter and more tears!

    Waiting for my music to start at the ceremony room, Gemma whispered "are you alright, Kyle?" He held out a very wobbly hand and replied, "Gemma, I'm shaking like a shi**ing dog." More laughter!

    Our music started and I walked down the Aisle to my fiance. The best bit of the day was when he turned to me with tears in his eyes and said "I've waited 30 years for this moment and you are even more beautiful today than you were then." More tears!

    Our Humanist Celebrant, Helen Wood, enable us to laugh and cry and to thoroughly enjoy our ceremony and AT LAST we were Husband and Wife!! Tears, laughter, kisses & champagne!

    We had an amazing day and can't praise Gemma and her staff enough for making it so.

    If you haven't lost the will to live yet, here is the link to some pics.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/40626661@N07/page4/

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    Congratulations to you both, your photos are lovely, you both look so happy to have finally gotten married!!

    We have been together for 9 years now and our wedding is next year so i hope we look as happy as you both did..makes it worth the wait eh?

    Can i just say that your dress is lovely and i really like the little jacket that you were wearing, is that what you call a bolero jacket as i am looking for something like that as i am not very keen on my upper arms due to weight gain and loss and gain again so something like that would be perfect.

    Also i am guessing you like stars as much as i do? Where did you get your cake and your bride and groom cookies, they are beautiful ?

    I can't believe how your best man tricked you into thinking that, what a cheeky monkey, i would have been so stressed out, i find as i get older my stress levels are getting a lot less so god knows how i would have coped with that on top of your flood and everything else.

    Glad you had the perfect day though.

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    Hi Lesley

    Congrats on your wedding, glad you had a lovely day. My partner and I are getting married in the Piping Centre too (its 2 years away but i cannot wait!) Just had a quick question on the entertainment you had. We were considering taking the package they offered- ceilidh and DJ. Did you do this or did you get in another band? I'm finding them quite pricey
    Thanks for any help or advice you can give!

    Jenn

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    Hi there, Bobbysgirl!

    Thanks for your lovely comments. Yes, my jacket is a bolero and I got it (and my dress) from Berkertex Brides in Bath Street, Glasgow. My dress is called Adrienne, although the picture on their website is rubbish and does not do the dress justice. What dress size are you? If you wanted, I would be more than happy to send you the bolero. I felt it was more appropriate for me to be "covered up" during the ceremony and took it off afterwards. I also have a gorgeous tiara, necklace, bracelet and pierced earrings set which I had made by Kirsteen at TwinkleTwinkle Tiaras which I didn't wear. They are very sparkly and feature my star motif which you would be welcome to have, too. E-mail me on lesleymitchell155 AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk (without the spaces), if you are interested.

    Our wedding cake, pre-reception cup cakes and our iced star cookies were made by a lovely girl called Charlott Hill. http://www.enlightenedcakes.co.uk/. She was brilliant and our cake was a real talking point as well as being delicious!
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    Hi Curls!

    We had a ceilidh band called "Raise the Roof" ceilidh band and they kept the floor filled all night. I think we paid just under 1,000 and they played a ceilidh set, then a dj set and finished the night with another ceilidh set. I would recommend them very highly. If you are interested, email me on lesleymitchell155 AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk and I will send you their details.

    Also I have pics of how the auditorium is decorated for the ceremony and reception if you are interested.

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    Lesley, A big congratulations and i love all the "laughter and tears".

    I feel as if that is what i will be like - hopefully at the same time!

    Photos are great.............you make a lovely couple and look really happy.
    x

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    you look so lovely, your dress is fab thats exactly they sort of style i want. I also want a bolero as i have tattoos on my shoulders which i dont want on show during the ceremony but dont mind in the evening.

    you looked like you had a fab day and i had had a wee wobble reading how your day went.

    congratulations.x.x

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