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Monday 8 July 2013

Oh what a beautiful day

Good morning all. I hope you've enjoyed a very sunny weekend.

We had an absolutely fabulous day on Saturday at Stephen and Gemma's wedding...woke up to gorgeous sunny weather which set the tone for the rest of the day. The bride was late.....the wedding car broke down 5 minutes into their journey and they had to call a taxi to take them the rest of the way, much to her and her father's amusement. I don't think it did anything for the groom's nerves though! The service was beautiful with Gemma emitting an uncontrolled giggle whilst saying her vows. The venue at Alnwick Gardens looked fabulous in the sunshine and we had a superb afternoon and evening.

They had a sweepstake on the speeches, there were four in total - the Bride's father, Groom's father, Groom and Best Man. All four were very eloquent and they ran for just over 50 minutes from beginning to end!! 
Stephen managed to reduce me to tears though...he started by saying he had along list of people to thank - I was top of that list (which set me off straight away!), after thanking me profusely, complimenting me on my obvious patience and work I'd done he stopped and looked down at his notes again (that's it thought I next one's turn and started to compose myself!) when he looked up he proceeded to say how he'd not really known me very well before the wedding plans, with me living so far away but how great it had been spending time with me and getting to know me again...by the time he'd finished I was a gibbering wreck along with Gemma and most of my family! I then had to get up to go and collect a pressie from them, by this time the  tears were streaming uncontrollably and Stephen's mates (all Newcastle supporters) were apparently chanting "There's only one Aunty Carol". My brother came soon after on the list and he was preparing to stand up and say you'd better not make me cry when he did precisely that so he ended up in only a marginally better condition than me which of course had the effect of setting me off again!! Luckily my mascara was fully waterproof!!

Any way enough waffle, last night I just had to start scrapping some of the photos I'd taken and some which were being shared on Facebook.

Created in Craft Artist using a kit called Peaches and Cream which I got from My Memories, perfect for the album as these were the wedding colours.
The large photo is my Mum, me, two of my sister's, my niece and our other halves plus my eldest as we congregated to go to the church. From the left the smaller photos are me, hubby and son; Stephen (groom) and his two brothers; my brother and his wife; and my sister and her hubby (mother of the groom) who looked stunning in her black and ivory outfit.

This is obviously the happy couple taken at Alnwick Gardens by another guest. Gemma's dress was gorgeous and the men all looked so smart in their suits.

The night ended on a rather funny note for the groom's two brother's and their partner's who headed back to Wooler after the do to stay at the family home. My sister had given one of the girls the key to get in as neither of the boys had a key with them.....when they got there it was the wrong key...luckily it opened the garage door though and they managed to get a set of ladders to reach Christopher's bedroom window which had been left open....Graham being the skinnier of the two was elected to climb the ladder and Christopher took this brilliant shot!!

Luckily we've got it all to do again in February when the next one gets married .......which means I've got to try to get a final design done for the invites this week before we head off on holiday...happy days ahead :)

Challenges entered:
Lasting Memories - precious family
CRAFT - here comes the bride

Carol x


  1. Aaaaw! Precious memories to keep. Glad you had a great time. Love the pictures. Enjoy the rest of the week, Carol!
    xxx Asha
    Sunny Summer Crafts

  2. So glad all went well Carol, and these pics are gorgeous...and the bride and groom stunning...
    All your hard work paid off...luv anniexxxx

  3. It sounds like you all had a wonderful time Carol. It's nice to know how grateful everyone was for all your very hard work these last few months, makes it all worthwhile I'm sure.
    Such gorgeous photos, the happy couple look stunning.
    Sue xx

  4. Definitely sounds like it was wonderful Carol. All your work was beautiful and the bride and groom look wonderful. Really beautiful work and so happy to hear you were mentioned too! Rest a bit now, you deserve it after all your hard work! Karen x

  5. The photo's are wonderful Carol, love the colour of your outfit! all your hard work was totally worthwhile and appreciated, everyone looked happy and I'm so glad the weather was nice for you huggles Sue xxx

  6. Hi Carol, I have loved your post today hun, you couldn't have asked for better weather and how wonderful the bride and groom looked. You must have felt fit to burst with pride when you saw your hard work on display and then for the wonderful speech, I was welling up for you! OMG that picture is sooo funny, can't have a wedding without a few hiccups and bless Gemma having to take a taxi, oh well, all memories. Now they have all the scrapped pages to look forward to from Aunty Carol and another wedding, my you are going to be busy. You deserve a holiday my love.
    Hugs Sue W.

  7. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous post today Carol. You looked beautiful in the photographs and the layouts you have made are fabulous.

    Linda xxx

  8. I could tell right away that was your sister Carol you both look so alike! The pictures and layouts look fabulous! So pleased it all went well and what a difference the weather makes! Susan x

  9. Great photographs Carol, you look fabulous - I love your dress. The bride and groom look so happy, I'm so pleased that the weather was so nice for you all. It sounds like you really had a day to remember.

  10. Awww what a fabulous day had by all and l could feel tears from myself reading your lovely story of what happened on the day, the happy couple look gorgeous and what a tale to tell the children about being locked out and the legs of an uncle or so hanging from the window l'm looking forward to Feb when the other wedding takes place l'm sure it will be another happy and amusing event, great that the weather was lovely too it really does make a difference thanks Carol for sharing your wonderful day xx

  11. Fabulous layouts of what looks like a fabulous day! Great pictures of a happy occasion!

  12. Sounds like a lovely wedding! I think perhaps i have been to the venue...Is Alnwick in Northern England? I think I did the tour there on my last visit to England! Your photos are gorgeous and the scrapbook page is a gem!

    I hope you do come to Canada...especially Western Canada as you just happen to know a very willing tour guide! I do know the fancy schmancy places to show you too...not just fishing and camping and ranches. teehee

    And best of all, I have several scrapbook/papercrafts stores nearby! See...well worth the trip to Canada!

  13. Sounds like you had a fantastic time Carol and what a great way to remember the day than with the gorgeous layouts you have made ,beautiful work ! x

  14. Looking at the photos I can see what a brilliant day you had Carol. You look so lovely in that gorgeous dress! I can just see you all tearful at the thanks you got. Of course they were thrilled with what you had done, you really did make their wedding special. Your layout is fabulous, good memories of a wonderful day. I look forward to the next one! Michelle x

  15. Carol, this is a STUNNER! Love the colors and the LO!
    Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories

  16. Nice picture. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge. Hope to see you again for the next challenge.

  17. Great Pages using brilliant pictures. What a stunning couple that`s a great photo.
    Love your picture you look really beautiful.
    Glad all went well

    Patricia xxx

  18. Such a fabby page Carol. Sounds like a super day and you looked stunning.Got an outfit, home shattered! Carolxx

  19. Oh Carol this is fab and what a great post reading all went on and thank you so much for sharing with us at Craft in one of your happy days good luck for the next wedding.

  20. Lovely post Carol, fab LO, great pics.....sounds like you had the most wonderful time &
    best of all you get to do it all again!
    Hugs Jo x

  21. Fabulous layout. Thanks for sharing with us at lasting memories. PS the open widow picture is brillant

  22. Awesome two pager! I love the color you chose, really makes the pictures pop. Thanks for joining us at lasting memories.


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