Sunday, 6 October 2013

Stacey & Cassy's Wedding

Hello Readers!
I told you I would get a blog entry done eventually, it took a while to get the right words for this particular blog, so I hope you enjoy this read. Be sure to share this blog to spread the word :)
So, the 31st August of this year was an important day in the lives of one of my best friends Stacey Wigg and her girlfriend Cassy Barnes as they were getting married!!

I woke up at 7:30 that morning, it was the most perfect weather for a wedding, pure sunshine and lovely cool breeze to balance out the heat. Before me and the rest of the guests got on the travel bus to the venue, we had some pre-drinks and had a catch up with some of the people on Stacey's side of the family and her friends.
Upon arrival, I had never even heard of it so I honestly weren't sure what I was looking out for... until we saw a whole bunch of guests standing outside a gate. It was such a lovely venue with a refurbished barn and a nice setting for the reception included with a large area for everyone to sit and of course, a bar!

Got to see some old friends that I've met at Stacey's 21st as well as Stacey & Cassy's engagement party, and it's always nice to meet some new faces from Cassy's friends and family. Whilst waiting to be let into the ceremony hall, everyone was ducking and diving (in particular Leonie screaming) of all the wasps and bees that were floating around the area.

Bateman Barn, Harleston

After a while, we were eventually let in and were seated awaiting the arrival of the brides. The music played... this young talented singer started playing "It must be love, love, love.." a beautiful rendition of that song, as the flower girls and bridesmaids made their way down the aisle.
Then came Stacey. As I saw her walk down the aisle with her mum, I welled up - she looked amazing in her dress and I couldn't be happier for her that her happy day with Cassy had finally arrived. She was followed shortly by Cassy, who also looked incredible in her dress.
The ceremony was lovely with readings from their loved ones expressing love and how Stacey & Cassy personify love and happiness. With the readings pronounced and the rings placed ont heir fingers, they were finally announced life partners.

After the ceremony, everyone got a chance to take pictures of the new Mrs & Mrs Barnes before proceedings continued. Stacey & Cassy released trained white doves together. Soon after, they released two more white doves to commemorate Stacey's dad who unfortunately couldn't be there for Stacey on her special day.

 It was a beautiful presentation with group pictures and the throwing of the confetti to top it all off. It was time then, for the photographer to get pictures of the brides with their family members. While this happened, I socialised and managed to take some pictures of the guests.
Here's a few selected pictures:

Keiran & Imogen

Stacey & Cassy on the bouncy castle!

Jess, Aaron & Julian
After socialising for a while, we were called altogether again as Stacey and Cassy were about to cut the cake. It was an amazingly presented cake and it was another picture opportunity for them both as they made their first cut into the cake.

We were then led into the reception area for dinner, speeches and chit-chat. It was a lovely set up for the reception with flower centre-pieces and personalised sweets in everyone's champagne glasses. I was placed on Table 8 with mine & Stacey's uni friend Luke and his girlfriend Ana, Stacey's friends Jess, Aaron and Julian, and two of Cassy's friends.

On with the speeches, Stacey's aunt Julie gave a lovely tearful speech providing a couple of funny "Stacey moments", then Cassy's sister Amy provided a very entertaining toast with a twist - she presented a "Mrs & Mrs" game show into it, which was great to watch. We also got treated to seeing some pictures of young Cassy and her many fashion choices over the years, one particular favourite was Cassy rocking the spice girls top! Classic.


After Amy's entertaining speech, Stacey's mum Lisa gave a lovely toast leting everyone know how much of an amazing couple Stacey and Cassy are and how perfect they are for one another. Which then led onto Cassy's dad who gave a lovely speech about his daughter and how happy he was to be including a daughter-in-law into the Barnes family.

After a lovely dinner and more socialising into the early evening at Bateman Barns, it was time to get the party hats on for the wedding party to commence. Starting with the traditional first dance for Stacey & Cassy..

It was an amazing party with everyone getting involved in dancing and having a good time with everyone and around them celebrating Stacey and Cassy's special day. Here's a couple of pictures of the night's festivities:
(Luc, Leonie and Indy)


And finally, a personal message to Stacey and Cassy (if you're reading this) ...
I cannot think of two people more perfect for each other than you two ladies. You both looked simply beautiful in your dresses, such a perfect day with the sun shining and I was so honoured to be a part of your special day to celebrate your happiness. I'm honoured to have gotten to you know you two over the last three years, and I'm so happy that you two have found each other and had a lovely honeymoon away in Mauritius, you two deserve a lifetime of happiness :) x x