Ever since I heard my first love story I started looking for “him”……
And then on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon almost 3 years ago I met the love of my life…my soul mate.
This was the day where my life changed for the better. My best friend Michelle in a strange twist of fate had met Ian over a year before at a social gathering and immediately said to me afterwards when we chatted that she had met my future husband & wished with all her heart that I could have been there so that I could have met him too.
Fast forward to the day we would meet, the plot thickens as a couple of his friends on top of that also said to me that I had to meet their friend Ian as I would immediately fall in love with him as he is just like me …same energy, laughter and a happy disposition. Eventually when I met him I knew I could rest my weary feet as my heart had finally reached its journeys end.
Ian and myself chatted for a while at the wedding until eventually my friend Michelle came up to the both of us and said “Hey, how do you know him”, I said “Who Ian”, with a shy smile on my face. She said “This is him, this is the guy I was telling you about, this is your husband”… and we have been inseparable ever since.
I have always been a bit of a hopeless romantic. This journey has taken me on a topsy turvy, crazy upside down ride. I sometimes believe you have to live your life upside down to live it right side up. A lot of heartache, broken promises, self-discovery and awareness was to be had but eventually it seems it was all worth it….as I met him…my love…my husband to be….and I finally learned my worth and met someone who knew and saw that too. It took him a while to find me, but you know men never stop to ask for directions anyway ;)
I always thought that people needed someone to complete them, but with Ian it is completely different. We are these two unique amazing human beings with so much to offer the world and each other. We have our own dreams & aspirations and together we help support & gently nudge each other to be better than who we were yesterday. I see it as we are each other’s cherry on top of this delicious cake we already are.
Our wedding day was a bitter sweet celebration on the 6th December 2014 on the most gorgeous outdoor ceremony with chandeliers in the trees above us, soft wind blowing and gently holding us and a little whispering brook flowing past us mere meters away. This is Marlenique Estate, where we got to share our love in front of our loved ones.
We both have had heartbreak in our life, with him losing his father and in the last 3 years me dealing with ill family members…and he was and is my ever standing rock (besides my sister Christina who is my unfaltering guardian angel). I could not have asked for a better co-conspirator to walk through this life with me than Ian. I almost lost my father about 2 years ago and my mom with battling a dreaded disease…. But God willing I got to dance with my dad at my wedding and my mother got to spin her magic doing my hair for my wedding… what could any girl ever ask for. We had to move our wedding earlier to incorporate my family & Ian’s who flew out from Ireland to join us.
From beautiful wooden hand fans for the ladies and wooden yo-yos to occupy the men this passed the time while we were taking our wedding pictures. Our wedding cake was the piece de resistance of 5 x layers of cheese topped with wedding toppers that looked just like us… never mind the most gorgeous candy buffet station covered in as many pastel treats that you could imagine. This sweetened the deal. We even had one naughty guest who could not contain himself dancing on the buffet table.
We had our own sweetheart table so that we could share every moment selfishly together while the world watched on and had a few stolen kisses. My husband even climbed on top of the bar counter to say his speech… am sure it was just so that I could have a full view of how handsome he looked on our wedding day (which he worked so hard on to realize our dreams even behind the scenes).
I know it is also not traditional for a bride to write a speech and I think the universe conspired against me not to give one as accidentally in a cheeky prank one of our guests stole & tore up my wedding speech that our MC was hiding away and mere minutes away from me having to give my speech I had a close friend trying to decipher and handwrite my speech from torn up pieces of my speech. What a fabulous evening.
If it is true that men are like stars with so many to pick from, but only ONE who can make your dreams come true…. then Ian is my one true star…. and I can’t wait for the rest of our dreams to come true. They say you don't marry the man you can live with …..You marry the man you can't live without…. and for me that's Ian. If he lives to be 100…. I want to live to be 100 less 1 day…. So that I never have to live a day without him… I love him with all the width, breadth, and depth of all my heart and soul….
I have been blessed with the greatest honour of having Ian to have and to hold from this day forth….I know the journey ahead of us is full of hope, happiness & sadness, but with him by my side… who could not prevail… and so this magical journey continues xx
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