We were lucky enough to be able to turn our wedding into a relaxing, long weekend away from home – and we loved every minute of it! We had quality family time, ate and drank a ton and generally got to enjoy some holiday time before the big day. If I could do the whole thing over again, I’d do the very same thing and I encourage anyone who can to really allow yourself the time away to really chill out before the inevitable anxiety of the occasion sets in. I think this was a major factor in why I was so calm and relaxed going into the big day itself, I had been in holiday mode for a few days and was really enjoying myself, so stressing about little wedding-related things didn’t seem important.
We had such a great time exploring some more of the little towns around our venue and then welcoming various friends and family members as the days went on. It was, without doubt, the best time I’ve ever had and if I could do it all over again, I’d do it in a heartbeat. We had gorgeous weather on the first day, which we took full advantage of, with lunch and drinks outside, followed by some wandering, scone eating and enjoying all the sunshine. It was perfect. The hotel we stayed in for three nights was stunning and it felt like such an amazing treat to have booked somewhere so special for the occasion. No, we can’t do things like this regularly, but for such a rare treat, it was unbeatable.
My sisters and their partners arrived at lunchtime on the second day, which was followed by some pampering spa time – I loved this and vowed to make more of an effort to schedule some ‘treat myself’ time on arriving home. It was another opportunity to really relax and feel special at such an important time. It was pure indulgence and I adored it.
About half of our guests arrived on the third day, the boys choosing to partake in some clay pigeon shooting, while the ladies drank tea and cocktails – everyone loved that day (especially me) and it was such a great opportunity to spend time with our loved ones before the wedding itself. The day itself passes by so quickly, that we relished this extra time with all those people we adore, I wouldn’t give this time back for the world.
I’ll do a write-up on the day itself in the coming weeks, but I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos from our wedding weekend, and can feel what an amazing time we had.