As I stand in front of the mirror on the morning of my wedding, dressing in my white Vera Wang wedding gown, that is cut low at the front & back with a deep V, my favourite neck line for me, I added a green satin sash low on my waist but the ribbon flowed all the way to the floor, the skirt is slightly fitted but full with many layers, I so feel beautiful, I feel like I finally see what Conner sees in me.
Conner has given Samantha a gift to give to me, he was thoughtful, I hadn’t even thought to get him something for our wedding. Lucky Samantha gave it to me before I had my makeup done, tears flow freely as I read the attached note.
You are more beautiful & precious than this gift, you are my everything. My happily ever after…
I can’t wait to marry you today.
All my love
I open the small box that Conner has given me, inside is a platinum necklace with a bezel set large square emerald pendant, I gush over the necklace showing the girls asking Savannah to put it on me.
My hair is curled & loose around my shoulders, my hairdresser has clipped a few tendrils up from near my ears pulling them loosely to the back meeting in the middle with a comb that was encrusted with green coloured stones & I didn’t want to wear a veil. I slip on my bright green heels with the help of my sister & the photographer snaps a picture, I had told the photographer I didn’t want many posed photos because I wanted more candid shots of the wedding party & us.
The girls fluff my dress at the end of the aisle as Pachelbel Cannon starts to play over the sound system. I am not nervous, I am excited to marry my best friend, the person who I tell everything to, the strongest person I know, the man in my own personal romantic movie who wants to take care of me in so many ways. Sophie, Savannah, Hannah & Samantha all walk down the aisle before me in different green dresses, once they all reach the end it is my turn to walk, it’s the longest two minutes of my life before my favourite part of the song plays as I step down the aisle slowly, with my dad on one arm & my mum on the other holding me steady, I look up the aisle to the man I love who is looking at me the way I always hoped he would, with a smile on his face that proves to me how much he loves me. I reach the end of the aisle, Conner has a tear in his eyes, he is so breathtakingly handsome in his wedding tuxedo, I can’t believe that I am this lucky! My parents both kiss me & my dad gives my hand to Conner, he takes it leaning into to me, pecking me on the lips so softly but I can feel the passion he has for me, as he pulls away he whispers
“You look stunningly beautiful” he squeezes both my hands.
We recite the traditional wedding vowels with the celebrant but we also wanted to add our own, I am first to recite mine
“It took a long time for me to get here, I kissed a lot of frogs before I found my prince & I found him in you” some guests laugh as I hoped “You are my rock, my knight in shining armour, the man of my dreams. I can’t believe how lucky I am to marry you today. I love you with all my heart” he squeezes my hands tightly, his eyes watery, mine are too, my sister hands me a vintage handkerchief for me to wipe my eyes discreetly
“Kristie, I stand here today marrying the most amazing woman I know, I fall more in love with you every minute. With you, my past doesn’t matter as I have everything I ever wanted standing in front of me. My life only started when I met you, I can’t wait to build that life with you.” He pauses as he reaches in his pocket & holds up his hand in-between us, his fingers slowly open out flat, revealing our rings “You are my happily ever after” he holds them up to show me the inscriptions, his has been engraved with ‘Our Happily’ & mine is engraved with ‘Ever After’ When did he do that?
We then exchange the rings with the same vow “I give you this ring as a visible & constant symbol of my promise to be with you as long as I live” There is not a dry eye in the crowd as the celebrant declares us husband & wife, announcing that Conner may kiss his bride, we look deep into each other’s eyes as we solidify our union with a soft passionate kiss, he cups my face pulling me in closer to him, as we pull apart & hug for a long time, he spins me around in the air, I squeal & all our guests clap
“I love you Wife” he says putting me back down
“I love you more Husband”
“Not possible.” He winks at me, I swoon, he is so sexy when he winks & he’s your husband now!
We sign the register, posing for a few photos that the photographer insisted had to be staged, however he did clicked away taking several candid shots too, while Sarah McLachlan sings a cover of Wild Horses, Conner holds my hand as we walk back to the aisle but before we walk down Conner raises our hands in the air & shouts ‘we’re married’, everyone claps & cheers as we start to make our way back down the aisle together hugging all our friends & family, who congratulate us, Conner holds onto my hand the entire time.
When the canapés are served as we are away from the party, around the grounds of Carrick Hill having some photos taken, it finally gives me a minute to talk to Conner
“When did you engrave the rings? That is so special” Our weddings bands had also come from Tiffany’s, mine was the matching platinum band with round brilliant cut diamonds, Conner’s ring was a plain platinum band, it suited him.
“I had it done last week so you wouldn’t know” I look down at his left hand, now with a wedding ring on
“You know” I toy with the ring, twisting it on his finger “There is nothing sexier than a guy with a wedding ring on” I smile sexily at him
“Then… I’m never taking it off” he pecks me on the lips
“You’d better not”
We walk back to the reception to be introduced officially as Mr & Mrs Reynolds, our bridal party is introduced first with Happy Together by The Turtles being played in the background our MC announces us, we have only opted for a main meal so that there isn’t too much sitting down & we can mingle with everyone. Conner doesn’t seem to want to let go of my hand, we walk around talking to everyone but when I have to go to bathroom he reluctantly releases my hand, I can’t help but smile. I talk to a few people on my way back in when I hear our song start, Conner is in the middle of the dance floor the crowd parting, we lock eyes, it is totally like a movie! I walk towards him, he twirls me around & dips me before shuffling around the floor
“I am so fucking lucky, I am the happiest man alive right now with you in my arms”
“I am too, although I’m a woman but you know what I mean, you make me so happy” I laugh at my stupidness but he kisses me gently
“You look so beautiful” he kisses my nose “I can’t wait to get you naked” He pulls me tighter, I laugh
“We can be naked the entire three weeks of our honeymoon” he chuckles & kisses my forehead
“I can’t wait” he leans down to kiss my mouth “I can’t stop kissing you”
“I don’t want you to stop kissing me” He squeezes me tighter “I almost forgot to say thank you for this beautiful necklace” I finger the pendent
“It is nothing compared to you baby” We stare at each other with stupid looks on our faces, it’s enough to make anyone sick, as our song ends & the MC invites the bridal party onto the floor with our second song In The dark by DJ Tiesto, an usual song but one of my favourites, the MC then invites everyone to dance continuing with regular wedding music I chose a few weeks ago.
As our wedding comes to an end I am sad that the day went by so quickly I’m but also excited to leave with my husband, it’s traditional for family & friends to make an arch way for us to exit through so we can say goodbye to everyone, Moon River by Andy Williams sets the tone for us to leave & see the world, in two days’ time we were heading off on our amazing honeymoon.
“You look stunning today Kristie” My mum whispers in my ear as I say goodbye, we are not going to have much time to see anyone before we leave for Bora Bora so I hug her tightly “I’m so happy that you are so happy, he loves you so much, the way he looks at you… it makes me jealous” I laugh & as I open my mouth to respond, I hear my dad shout ‘You better look after my baby girl’ & slaps Conner on the shoulder, he wraps his arms around my waist kissing my neck quickly “I fully intend to Max” Conner smiles at me as I kiss my dad goodbye too, turning to face my husband & start my new life as a married woman.