My apologies for the length of time between posts recently, I've just been ridiculously busy. Probably don't move house and get married in the same month if you don't want to be ridiculously busy!
Me and my new wife got married on 27th August, and the day went about as well as you could ever expect it to, so I was really happy. We ended up being really pleased to hold it all at The Bentley Hotel in Lincoln, who did a great job, and it was so easy with everything being all in one place (the ceremony, the meal, the reception and a place to stay that evening).
There was a little bit of panic before it all got started. There was a crash on the bypass in Lincoln in the late morning, and gridlock on the damn roads I was travelling on and knew people coming to the wedding would prefer to be clear! After dropping Clark off at the Bentley in the morning having looked after him that evening, I picked my best man up and fortunately he has some supreme knowledge of all the back roads around here so we could get ready in time.
Panic number two was that Liz hadn't ironed my shirt! Apparently she didn't want to take on board her wifely duties a day too soon! The thing is I have probably ironed about 5 shirts in my entire life, I'm a "let the creases fall out while it's hanging in the wardrobe" kinda guy. I gave it a go, but was scared of ballsing it up, and with only 90 minutes to the wedding I made the rather shameful decision to take it to my mum for her to iron, lolz.
Everyone had been asking me for months if I was nervous about the wedding. I always thought this was a bit of a silly question as me and Liz have lived together for 4 years and have a two year old boy, I think we had already done the commitment side of getting married. Nevertheless I was getting butterflies the hour before the ceremony.
Liz looked absolutely gorgeous walking down the aisle to this really beautiful Alicia Keys song:
The ceremony was quick and went without a hitch, although I was rather thrown off when I was told to put Liz's wedding ring on her right hand ring finger and not on the finger with her engagement ring on it. This is because the wedding ring goes underneath the engagement ring (Liz informed me after, thanks for the heads up!).
Liz had allowed me to name the tables after wrestlers, wiiiiii, so after the ceremony I went to sit on Shawn Michaels. Let's hope that's the last time I say that. After a really nice meal it was time for the speeches. I was actually pretty nervous about my speech, although obviously it's the best man has the main speech. Being the exceptionally organised person I am, I had written it the night before, so it wasn't exactly memorised though I did have my flash cards to guide me along.
Apparently my two best poker mates who came to the wedding, Dan Carter and Stu Rutter, had a prop-bet on how long it would be and they had the under/over respectively at 11 minutes. It actually went really well, although perhaps I was a little self-indulgent after they told me I had rabbited on for 16 minutes! They also had a drinking game going where whenever I said "Liz", Dan would have to down some drink and whenever I said "Thanks" Stu did. Trust poker players to do something like this at your wedding lolz. They actually called a truce half way through as they were both getting crushed!
My best man, Aston, did a really good job with his speech, he got a lot of laughs, and although he brought up a fair few embarrassing stories, it was all very funny (except perhaps for the embarrassing photo of me wearing only paper pants at a Spa in the Dominican Republic that he had somehow gotten his hands on and put a copy of on each table, gfdhsgfgdhgjsdf!!). He ended the speech with a joke that got a lot of laughs: "Somebody told me today that James is going to Spain for a week for his honeymoon. This confused me, as I thought he was going to North Wales after I spoke to him and he said he was going to Bangor all week!"
The whole day actually flew by, as I was basically talking the whole time to different people. I did my best to speak to everyone that came, but we had ~80 guests so it wasn't all that easy dividing my time up. Although it was difficult I did really enjoy it and it was really nice to have all my friends and family in the same place at once. Ironically the only time I really got to spend with my new wife was during our first dance!
I didn't end up having much to drink as I was just so busy talking most of the time, but that's probably not such a bad thing! I was absolutely shattered by the time it all finished at midnight. Me and Liz had the honeymoon suite at the hotel, but let's just say Clark slept between us! Although actually that was really nice, as he had been the most amazing little boy all day. He was really well behaved and had such a good time playing with all the other children that came to the wedding.
We haven't got the official photographs back yet, so I have just added a few that other people took, and below are a few video clips that my Auntie and Uncle kindly took throughout the day...