Sunday, 23 March 2014

Happy Day



Yesterday was a happy day; my sister, Katy, got married to a very lovely man. It is the second marriage for bride and groom and, I don't know, maybe that just made everyone very relaxed. No big white dresses, no anxious in-laws. They organised everything themselves. The reception was in the same room they got married in, at their church. Chairs were quickly cleared to make room for round tables decorated with balloons and spring flowers. Each table was laden with big bowls of Thai vegetable curry, chicken curry, lamb tagine, rice, couscous, naan breads, and we all helped ourselves. Chocolate brownie sundaes for desert. A children's entertainer kept the small ones occupied in a next door room during the speeches; everything was easy and child friendly.

Bella and Angus, plus their cousins, made a merry little gang of four bridesmaids and two pageboys. The girls all carried floral wands and the boys had little rosebud button holes. Angus looked adorable (small boy in a suit and tie, just too cute) and was pristine for about thirty minutes. He snapped the rose bud off his buttonhole half way through the service. By the time the photographer was ready, he also had peanut satay sauce (from John's canape) over his sleeve and grass stains all over his trousers. Shortly after that he spilled chocolate sauce all down his white shirt. Bella fared slightly better, her "ballerina" bun mostly intact. I nearly burst with pride for them both, my babies.

I cried a little when the bride and groom danced their first dance. Maybe's it's because she's my sister, maybe it was the warm, accepting atmosphere, maybe the music, but there was a lot of love in the room yesterday.

And when the happy couple left (for St Lucia, lucky things) Happy, by Pharrell Williams was playing. 

I can't think of a more perfect song.





48 comments:

SaraJ said...

Glad to hear that the day was a success. We went to St Lucia for our honeymoon - almost 25 years ago!! X

Sharron said...

Congratulations to the happy couple, it sounds like the perfect day was had by all. Those images are wonderful Gillian. The food sounds SO yum! I love that song, and I can imagine everyone tapping their feet and swinging their hips to it?!! How fantastic x

Christina said...

What a wonderful day you've had Gillian. You must be so proud and happy to see your sister being married, no surprise that you cried a little. I like the sound of the menu, too, and the child friendly atmosphere. Have a lovely week. Cx

the linen cloud said...

I love that song ... looks like you all had a fabulous day ... the little wands were inspired ... Bee xx

Marion Ogden said...

What a happy day! Love the bride's bouquet- the colours go perfectly with the bride's dress. Bella and Angus look adorable! Have a lovely week!

RedSetter said...

That sounds like a fabulous laid back day all about the love. Just what a marriage should be!

Jennifer said...

That is definitely the perfect song! Love it. The wedding sounds lovely. I'm very happy for your sister and I wish them both all the best.

Clare said...

Sounds perfect congratulations to them
Clare x

sweetpea family said...

I'm so pleased you had such a wonderful day - family occasions are always a roller coaster of emotions you will have flitted between being a loving sister, a very proud mum, a much loved daughter, a special wife all wrapped up into one - and such good music I hope you had a little dance with your perfect little ones. X

krayolakris said...

What a perfectly wonderful event! How clever to have someone there to entertain the small guests. Food sounds yummy and is that a quilted piece on the wall? It's beautiful! Congrats to the family.

Gracie Saylor said...

Delightful, Gillian! Thanks for sharing the happiness with us :) ...I always cry at weddings...for the joy of the occasion! Blessings to you and yours xx

Bungalowgirl said...

Sounds absolutely glorious Gillian, bet your kids had a ball with those desserts! What a great leaving song too, would you believe that at our school we don't have a bell at 9 and 3, instead the loudspeaker plays a song and Happy is the song for this term. mel x

Taciana Simmons said...

So nice to see our loved ones so happy. I am happy four you n your sister! It looks like it was a very fun wedding and the kids look adorable.

Thomasina Tittlemouse said...

Sounds a perfect day Gillian! And how lovely that it was so relaxed - weddings can be quite unrelaxed sometimes. Wishing your sister and her new husband all the very best and lots of happy memories of their day. You did make me laugh about Angus and the state of his smart clothes - boys for you, I fear! lovely pics of them both blowing bubbles - bubble-blowing kits are must-haves for all celebrations I think! I love them! E xx

Jacqui Galloway said...

Lovely photographic memories to remind you of a perfect day.
Jacqui xx

Jooles said...

Congratulations to the happy couple! sounds like an absolute gem of a day.
Your little ones look so adorable and I bet they looked even more adorable when they were a little dishevelled ..... so sweet!
happy new week
Love Jooles x x x

mylittlecorner said...

How lovely. Congratulations. I wish your sister all the happiness . Looks like a lovely day.

Kate Eastwood said...

What a wonderful weekend of memories, and photo's to be treasured, lovely.
Kate x

Lisa said...

A truly happy day indeed. Best wishes for a life full of health and happiness to your sister and her husband.
Lisa x

A little happy place said...

Sounds like the perfect Wedding, thrilled you all had a lovely time! Sarah xo

Joy said...

Sounds and looks like the perfect day and Bella and Angus look 'top notch'! What a happy song that is too, thanks so much for the link Gillian! Isn't it amazing how boys can always find the drips and drops to land on their best clothing but not on their runaround play clothes!!! Happiness always to the lovely couple!
Hugs, Joy xo

Linda Gilbert said...

Well that has brought tears to my eyes. Such a lovely post and your two looked absolute stars. So glad you had such a happy day x

Susan Smith said...

Congfrats to your sister and new hubby. Hope second time round for them both will be long and lovely. I can vouch that it can be, as it is seconds for us and we've been together nearly 39 years, so heres hoping it is a great match. Take care.

FunkySteph said...

It really does sound like a perfect day. Best and warmest wishes to your sister and her husband...

Janice said...

the kids looked luverly. My first marriage was church, flowers, choir, a sit down meal for 85 guest, three weeks in Acapulco - it lasted 3 years. My second marriage was the local registry office, us, two witnesses and two new shiny stepchildren. I beamed from ear to ear throughout the whole ceremony and had never experienced faceache like that before.
I reckon a second marriage is a triumph of optimism over experience, and often yields happy, happy results.
x
Good luck to your sister

CJ said...

Oh how I love little boys, they are in a league of their own. Congratulations to your sister and her new husband, it sounds like the perfect wedding, it really does. Beautiful photos, your two little people look so sweet. Hope you have good week Gillian. CJ xx

pandchintz said...

Sounds like the perfect day! Best wishes to the newly weds.

Emma Pearce said...

That sounds absolutely perfect. Simple and beautiful xxx

Anonymous said...

Your kids look adorable - great bubble pictures! What a delicious idea for the food - much better than so many wedding menus! And St. Lucia, oh, I am jealous!

Jacqueline said...

What a perfect day for you all!

Rachel Jaques said...

Just beautiful x

Amy at love made my home said...

I'm so glad that everyone had such a good time. Congratulations to everyone in your family!! xx

forgetmenots blue said...

Looks like such a lovely day. x

Home and Garden said...

just beautiful!!!

Michelle H said...

What a lovely day! Congratulations to everyone, and prayers that your sister's marriage is a blessed and happy one! My marriage is my second one, and although it was painful to be in a bad marriage followed by painful divorce, I am ever so grateful for a second chance, and for my husband of almost 15 years!

Julia said...

What a lovely, happy day for everyone, and congrats to your sister. The song "Happy" is my favorite these days! I listen to it over, and over, and over again!

Chrissie said...

Wonderful, simply wonderful! A most memorable day for sure...Chrissie x

PinkCatJo said...

What a lovely day! I love all the personalised touches - it seemed like a very unique and special day. Congratulations to your sister. x

Jo said...

Perfect everything it seems, what a great family day. Jo x

A Little Blue Dragonfly said...

What a beautiful day! Your little ones look adorable! Best Wishes to your sister and her lovely man! :)

Julie said...

Sounds perfect and a lovely relaxed atmosphere - just my kind of thing. I love your sister's bouquet too. x

Sandra (Cherry Heart) said...

What a lovely day, sounds lovely!

S x

Claire/Just a little less said...

I'm not surprised you cried. Love the first photo xo

Jay said...

What a wonderful day, it sounds just perfect and little boys with suits and grass stained knees - too cute! Your photos are lovely, they capture a perfect day.

The Creative Academic said...

What a lovely day and a thoughtful post. You look like you had a wonderful time.

Col | Hello Olive said...

Sounds so lovely! Congrats to all of you. x

Hannapat said...

Awh what a very special day you will remember for the rest of your days. Your sister looked gorgeous and from a distance you look very alike! Your kids are gorgeous too! xoxo

Kate-Em said...

It sounds like a wonderful day, perfect to have a relaxed and personal wedding.