This coming Wednesday (18th May) will be 4 years to the day that we exchanged rings and became man and wife. I feel like I've known Matt all my life but then when I think back to how we first met and our wedding and honeymoon, it only seems like yesterday. For those of you who haven't read the story of how we got together, even though I say it myself, I recommend you do, it's a good one - 'He's Definitely My Favourite'.
Matt proposed to me 31st January 2007, over dinner, at one of our favourite restaurants. We had gone out for a meal to celebrate 3 years to the date that we first met. He took me totally by surprise saying how much he loved me and how much he couldn't imagine ever being without me and then presented me with the ring box and said "Will you marry me?". I didn't need asking twice.
When I accepted his proposal, his exact words to me were:
"I want a marriage, not a wedding"
I couldn't have been happier. Neither of us wanted to wait, nor did we want a big wedding so we planned it for May 18th of that year, a mere 3 and a half months later.
My Sister is a Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths at a nearby registry office and luckily the registry office where we planned to get married knew of my Sister and granted her permission to perform the ceremony. My Sister wrote out a special ceremony for us as a surprise.
I'll never forget the moment she said:
"Matthew, do you take my little Sister Heather to be your lawfully wedded wife?" *
I don't think there was a dry eye in the house.
We wanted only our immediate family and closest friends there (if we could have run off and do it we would have!) and a meal afterwards. We chose The Stables Restaurant where Matt had proposed to me and just invited our other friends over for a drink in the bar at a local hotel in the evening. For us, it was perfect.
To complete our marriage celebration we booked a fantastic honeymoon - 3 nights in San Francisco, 3 nights on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii (where we learnt to surf) and 9 nights on the island of Maui in Hawaii. It was amazing!
Our first wedding anniversary in 2008 we spent on a self-planned 21 day holiday tour of America and Canada. We spent the night of our first wedding anniversary and the night after in a gold lake view room here at Chateau Lake Louise. It was magical!
So anyway, how are we spending our 4th wedding anniversary next week? We are travelling down to Hampshire on the Wednesday of our anniversary for 2 nights and taking our daughter to Peppa Pig World on Thursday. Oh how times have changed! Although I'm sure it will be amazing and magical for other reasons.
|Friday 18th May 2007...MwaH!|
|Signing the register - Matts family weren't happy he |
decided not to wear a tie to the wedding...the rebel!
|Our balcony over-looking Waikiki Beach in Honolulu|
|Yes that's me riding the waves of Waikiki Beach. What a sight!|
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*Obviously she read out our full names but I felt a bit strange about writing our full names (and my maiden name) out on the Internet and yet photos of me looking a bugger surfing (or looking like Deirdre Barlow) I'll happily post. If the link doesn't work there that's because BLOGGER are IDIOTS and they still haven't restored my post from Thursday!