Friday, 10 May 2013

The One Where We Have A Secret Wedding

I've not been around much this year because I've been a busy little bee. Since we last spoke I've become a married lady - and we didn't even tell anyone what we were planning!

As some of you may know, last August I was lucky enough to win an amazing holiday of a life time on a competition on the Carte Noire Facebook page. The trip was a 5* holiday for 2 to Thailand.

We were ecstatic but with the prize only being for 2 we were in a bit of a predicament - what about our little stars - Little E and Mister A?! After weeks of too-ing and fro-ing, will we, wont we go - we agreed to take my parents up on their offer to take Mister A and Little E off on a holiday of their own so that we could stop fretting and head to Thailand. We eventually selected a date in April to fly out and the holiday was booked.

The weeks went by and then one night, Chris and I started talking about how we'd always wanted to get married on the beach. And that was it.

We decided that we'd do it. Just the two of us  - on our dream trip.

We looked on the internet (natch) and then took it from there. We found out all the rules and knew that only one stood in our way...

Hmmm. Questionable. Despite knowing that both of us are in fact slightly insane we proceeded to research online.

In order for two British National's to be married in Thailand they have to visit the British Embassy in Bangkok. Perfect - our trip included 3 nights at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bangkok!

Our remaining 7 nights were at the Banyan Tree, Phuket. We contacted the hotel direct and made all of our plans with them via email. Everything from our ceremony right through to hair & make up and photographer was all done via the Banyan Tree on email. There was never any stress or worry and with no guests at the wedding the only thing we really needed to do ourselves was choose our outfits!

So I chose my dress...

And my Vivienne Westwood Anglomania shoes...

Chris ordered his linen suit (less important - obvs!)

The days went so fast and I was bursting at the seams to share each exciting detail but I couldn't!

Then on Sunday 14th April 2013 at 4.30pm, Chris and I married on beautiful Bangtao Beach after 12 years together (10 of them engaged!).

I walked down the sandy aisle to a beautiful version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow by - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole.

We had a traditional Thai Ceremony...

... blessed by a Buddhist Monk.

Followed by a traditional Western exchanging of vows and rings.

After the ceremony we walked back up the beach to Your Song by Ewan McGregor from the Moulin Rouge Soundtrack.

We cut the cake...

popped the champagne...

and had our first dance to Come What May by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman also from the film, Moulin Rouge. The lyrics are just beautiful.

After having a million photographs taken on the beautiful beach...

...we headed to the lagoon for our Sanya Rak dinner cruise where we boarded a traditional Thai longboat for the evening.

Once aboard we had our very own private chef to cook us THE most amazing 5 course meal we have ever eaten and a Thai Kim player to play beautiful music.

We watched the sun go down as we ate our wedding meal, drank copious amounts of champagne and Chang beer. After dark we returned to the jetty where we had a Lantern Blessing and Loy Kra-Thong Ceremony – where you make a wish and send your Kra-Thong floating on the lagoon.

It was just a magical day.

We returned to our villa to find candles lighting our villa, petals scattered on the floor and the outdoor bath filled for us with hundreds of orchids added. Another bottle of champagne was waiting and all of our wedding flowers from the beach had been moved to our room. It was such a special touch - they'd even swapped our cotton bedding to silk!

I never wanted the day to end.

Eventually, late that night, we shared our news with our family and friends and now I'm sharing it with you.


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