Mum and SIL hung the wicker hearts off the pew ends, while I got excited and spun around in circles talking to everyone. Anna arrived, having never met her before I thought (rather rudely) who is this random woman and what is she doing at my wedding rehearsal, and then realising who she was. Then it was time to start. I got tongue tied and giggly, and both of us were nervous. Ben, our vicar, was great, but nothing quite prepared me (even having seen 2 of my bridesmaids go through the dame thing in the previous 2 years) for being at your own wedding rehearsal. it was almost more surreal the night before, than on the day.We went through the rehearsal, in what seemed like 5 minutes. Ben put up with us asking about 200 questions, he had got used to me by that point, so wasn't in the least surprised when I produced a small list! After talking to everyone, we left the church and it was time to say bye. I got quite teary, and then had to try to pull it together cos one of my bridesmaids and her mum and husband were coming home with me to see our house. This didn't turn out so well, as about 20 minutes after we got home, I burst into tears for no reason.
For anyone reading this who isn't married yet, do not underestimate the amount of bizarre and unexpected emotions you may or may not feel. I thought I knew exactly how I would feel, I had no idea. all my emotions came out the night before, which in a way was good, but I just hadn't prepared or allowed for this. Only have around you people that you want, and don't plan ahead on what to do. if we had been having the big bridal group around for a takeaway like I thought I wanted, I would have been a wreck. I'm not saying don't do it, just be prepared for the unexpected!
After my bridesmaid left, I recovered my senses and my parents and I had dinner. I delivered the silly little present I had bought for James to where he was staying (he was out) and promptly fell asleep on the sofa.
(first two photos, by me, the rest by the stunning Anna Hardy)