Since I started blogging my couples’ weddings, I have always loved writing a little sum up of their story.
This will sound cheesy, but falling in love is such an encompassing experience that very few people will live this experience without feeling the need to shout their feelings from a hilltop. We don’t do that, clearly. Who has time to climb a hilltop?
The feeling and urge to share a beautiful story however is something that remains, and that’s why my couples are always happy to chat about their experience and they love it when they can put it down in a few words that will accompany their Photostory.
This usually happens in person and I would then do a small write up to go in the blog post.
It does however happens, sometimes, that a bride or a groom is so happy and eager to tell it all, that they just come up with their own write-up themselves and I love it when that happens, because nobody could tell it better than them, who lived it.
So here’s the story of Jessica & Kenneth, written by Jess herself. You’ll find that the very beginning of it has actually already been shared here…
…Our decision to get married abroad wasn’t all easy, we knew there would be some family and friends that wouldn’t be able to make it which was hard. However, right from the start we promised ourselves not to get caught up in trying to make everyone else happy and just to focus on our dream day. We wanted our wedding to be relaxed and elegant. We didn’t want anything too formal or traditional just because we felt like we had to. We did tonnes of research online using blogs including French Wedding Style and lots and lots of Pinterest! I also read Cosmopolitan Bride and White magazine in Australia more than I care to admit.
Kenneth and I were probably the most laid back couple ever to plan a wedding – we were so relaxed about most of it and refused to get stressed. As we travelled for three months before our wedding took place (we had our honeymoon first!) we needed to make sure pretty much everything was organised before we left Australia. Thanks to email, Skype and Google we were able to plan any last minute details as we were travelling including my wedding dress. I had ordered one from Etsy before leaving Australia and had it shipped to London however it was a mini disaster so with just 2 weeks to go I had to find a new one. Thankfully David’s Bridal saved the day and I found my real dream dress just in time.
Our day was everything we’d dreamed of and more. We didn’t have a bridal party, just our little flower girl Lily who I used to nanny when we lived in Sydney. My sister Hannah and Kenneth’s brother Nicholas were our witnesses and in front of 20 close friends and family we had the most memorable day of our lives. As everyone stayed in the Chateau (Chateau de la Couronne), it made for a real wedding ‘experience’ that lasted for three days and meant that everyone was able to relax and enjoy every moment. We would strongly suggest arranging similar accommodation for guests if possible as it makes the whole wedding all the more memorable and special. Our only other advice for couples looking to get married overseas is to not get too stressed over the little details, at the end of the day getting married overseas is special enough in itself and if you focus on a few key elements that are special to you (for us it was venue, food and photography) it’s bound to be a unique and magical wedding.
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