Monday, September 19, 2016

Wedding revisited....

I can hardly believe that after a year in the planning, my son Brendan's wedding to his beautiful bride Virginia, has now been and gone.  Two weeks and two days and now it seems like 'ages' ago!!  Anyway, I thought I would share some photos of the day on here.  I did take my own 'proper' camera with me but the truth is I was so 'caught up' in the day that I never got to even take it out of it's case so am relying on photos taken by other guests, most of which were using mobile phones so the quality is not always great.  But regardless, I hope you will enjoy seeing some of the photos and memories of their day.  It was a fantastic wedding, the best wedding I've ever been to, to be honest, and I've been to lots, but it really was....OK I appreciate I'm prejudiced, but so many of the guests said the same!!!  One friend said to me that she'd had three of her own children's weddings and hadn't shed a tear but at Brendan's she cried buckets!!!  (It wasn't that bad, was it Carmelita?!! ;) )

The day started early with me having my hair done at 9am, my hairdresser did an 'up do' but in what she called an 'informal' style.  I was really pleased with it and it stayed in place for 15 hours and would have stayed more had I not taken it all out when I went to bed.  Thanks to a ton of hairspray and a million metal hair pins! :)

Here is us three just before we left the house....my stomach was doing somersaults and I thought I was going to be sick, I was so nervous!!!  Pity about the hanger in the background, I didn't realise that the neighbours would 'storm' the house to take photos of us!!!

(Apologies to those of you who are 'friends' with me on Facebook, you'll have probably seen all these photos posted by my hubbie and are sick to death of seeing them by now!)  Photographer below is my closest friend Magdalena.


Our closest friends, Magdalena and Joaquin had a surprise for Brendan, they'd secretly hired a convertible Chrysler LeBaron car to take us to the ceremony and wedding location!!  Brendan was delighted as he loves all things American...and it went well with his Converse sneakers!!









Virginia leaving her house with her parents and her sister:


Her parents had also hired a vintage convertible car for their journey to the ceremony, as a surprise for Virginia!


Doesn't she look just gorgeous!




The ceremony, in fact the whole wedding, was held in the open air.  It was so incredibly hot but fortunately there were a lot of parasols and shade!!!





The ceremony was beautiful.  Both Virginia and Brendan read out lovely 'statements' in both Spanish and English and Brian, my husband, actually wrote and carried out the ceremony.  The representative of the local mayor did the 'legal' bits...it was very emotional!  I was glad to have waterproof mascara! ;)



Below, in the first row sits Virginia's grandmother in pink, my mum and my brother.


After the ceremony the newly weds went off with the photographer and video guy for photos etc.  The 160 guests were served all sorts of lovely tapas and very welcome cold drinks....it was so incredibly hot, 36C in the shade!  Fortunately only two guests succumbed to the heat, two Spanish ladies, who thankfully were better later.

The following photos are random ones of the afternoon and evening.  The music and dancing was great fun, I had to admire the DJ who played non stop for more than 7 hours!!!  However, when this wedding was over at midnight, he then went on to his next wedding and didn't finish up until 8am the next morning.  Now that's what I call stamina!




I love this photo which is just so 'them'!!


 Enjoying all the delicious tapas....



The tables were all set out ready for the guests to sit down and enjoy the food to come.... 



An area was set out with 'props' for guests to have fun taking photos....this proved really popular with everyone!


Two of our Brit friends, Jackie, who lives quite near us and Lynn, (who with her husband Dave, owns and runs a bar/restaurant on the coast here in Spain), enjoying themselves!



With the help of my mum and Virginia's sister Rocio (who supplied me with photos of Virginia) I put together this collage to go on the wall at the reception....


The first dance of the evening..... 


 
The DJ played lots of fun music to get everyone up and dancing....not that it takes much for Spanish people to dance :)  They know how to enjoy themselves!




The Conga is fun in any language, don't you think!



My dear hubbie and me enjoying ourselves!


I love these photos, they are so natural!





It was such a relief to get my heels off and these canvas plimsolls on....and they matched my dress perfectly, don't you think!!! (My ankles were so swollen from the heat!!!)


My brother John with Virginia's mum Mari Carmen...


Friends and neighbours....





Another dear friend, Sue, (below) and my godmother's husband, Colin, who with their partners came over from the UK to share in Brendan and Virginia's special day....


My lovely godmother Mary, and her equally lovely husband Colin....


Brendan's two best friends from school, James and Eamon, who came over from the UK especially for the wedding...




The newlyweds are joined by their respective grandmothers and Virginia's mum, to watch a video made especially for them :)  By this point Brendan seems to have lost his shirt!!!!  Fortunately he got it back on again when he'd cooled down!



Brendan with my brother and my mum...


And with our closest friends, Joaquin and Magdalena...


And Brendan with his proud mum!


Two of Brendan's closest friends here in Spain, Mario and Mangas (Jose)...


Soooo, what is a group of archeologists called?  No idea?  Me neither!!  But below is just such a group, Virginia with her friends who are all in the same profession :)   What a great bunch!


Well I think I've shown you all enough photos but really hope you've enjoyed seeing them......I'm sure there'll be more once the professional photos are released.....please come back LOL!  Thanks so much for looking!

We really did have the best time, it was a day that was so incredibly special that I'm sure my family and I will be talking about it for ages.






24 comments:

  1. What a fabulous day you all had Sharon :) Virginia looked gorgeous and Brendan scrubbed up well to! It's lovely to see some of the informal photo's and nice to see Brian getting in on the act. I thought is that Brian marrying them? and then you confirmed it.
    You looked wonderful in your dress and Brian very dapper :)

    I'm not surprised you didn't get the camera out with all that happens when your child is getting married ! Luckily everyone else takes loads of photos and shares them and it means you get some great shots that the professional photographer was not about for.
    Looks like a beautiful day Sharon. Looking forward to seeing more when you get the other photos. hugs xxxx

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    1. Thank you very much Dee, we really did have a fantastic day, it was just wonderful....I know I'm prejudiced but so many people said the same! And yes, Brian did indeed marry them, he has his licence and everything and as they didn't want a religeous ceremony, it was the perfect answer! Thank you also on my dress :)
      Yes, fortunately there are masses of photos and lots showing things we missed which is great...and soon we'll get to see the video too!! :)
      xxx

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  2. Thank you for your words, the truth is that if .. finish frankly badly the following day to the wedding of Brendan and Virgirnia... Total Loss of voice, a kiss.

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    1. Manuel, He oído que al día siguiente, que tenía una lista de su voz! Pero sí magníficamente, conseguir que todos, incluso los británicos para obtener el baile! Siete horas de diversión musical, que se merece una medalla por su resistencia!
      Un besito!

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  3. What a wonderful day/photos of you all enjoying it! Disappointed there were none of your chihuahuas dressed up in bridesmaids/best men outfits :)
    Congratulations to the happy couple and I wish them a long and happy life together!

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    1. Thanks very much Ronny. Well we had intended to put big bows around their necks and have their photos taken with us or with Brendan, but the morning just ran away from us and before we knew it neighbours were knocking on the front door and flooding into the hall and I was still putting on my fascinator!! So the doggy photos got forgotten!
      xxx

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  4. Such a joyous day, thanks for sharing Sharon x

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    1. Thank you very much Tricia and you're very welcome!
      xxx

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  5. Wonderful - thank you Sharon for showing us.
    I've enjoyed the photos on FB too along with Brian's funnys!
    Congratulations to the happy couple may they have many happy years ahead.

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    1. Thanks so much Rosie, I'm glad you enjoyed them...and Brian's funnies indeed!!! I'll give him funnies, you must have seen that awful photo of me that he put on there, I could have throttled him!
      xxx

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  6. Obviously THE wedding of the year! Everything looked to be such FUN! Thanks for sharing.
    Congratulations and every future happiness to Brendan and Virginia.

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    1. Thanks very much Kendal, I'm glad you enjoyed it! And yes, it really was fun!
      I will pass on your good wished :)
      xxx

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  7. Best wishes to Brendan and Virginia for many happy and loving years together. The photos are wonderful Sharon and thank you for sharing them. A beautiful event and you look gorgeous in your red dress. :) xxx

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    1. Thank you very much Ginger, I'm glad you enjoyed them. And thank you too on my dress, I must admit that after my initial wariness of being so 'done up', I did feel good in it...apart from the heat!
      xxx

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  8. Wonderful photos Sharon, I'm so glad you shared them here as I'm not on FB. Love your dress, both you and the bride look beautiful. Looks like everyone had a great time, bet you all drank a bit in that heat. :) Congratulations to Brendan and Virginia, hope they have a wonderful future together.
    Hugs,
    X

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    1. Thanks so much Xanadu, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the photos. You are probably fortunate that you're not on Facebook, my husband bombarded the place with photos and having tagged me in all of them, so my friends and contacts must have got them too...poor things! Once he learned how to tag people, so there was no stopping him!
      xxx

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  9. The day looked amazing, as did the bride and groom and the mother of the bride looked fabulous!! Look forward to seeing more 😄X

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    1. Awww thanks very much Louise, I'm glad you liked seeing the photos. I will be sure to post some of the official ones once I get my hands on them!
      xxx

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  10. Thank you for those great photos! You must be so proud, they make a beautiful couple. They also have very handsome parents - your dress was gorgeous and your hairdo very becoming. But 46°c would have been way too much for me...

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    1. Thanks so much Ursula, I'm glad you enjoyed them and yes, very proud, it was such a beautiful wedding :) I'm glad you liked the dress and everything, thank you again!
      xxx

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  11. Congratulations to the newlyweds! They are a realy loving couple and from the pics you have publish the party has been great fun . You looked gorgeous;-)

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    1. Thanks so much Daniela, I'm glad you think so. I did have a wonderful day and was so happy to see Brendan and Virginia getting married at last, after ten years together! I thought the day would never come, LOL!
      xxx

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  12. Hi Sharon,
    I am just now catching up on blogs and these photos are wonderful! What a happy day for you all. My twin sister is getting married on Friday and we're all so excited. :) You look gorgeous in your red dress and your new daughter-in-law is stunning! I love her hair and dress. Looks like lots of fun was had by all. It's amazing how quickly it goes by.
    Hugs
    Farrah

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    1. Hi Farrah, thanks so much for the lovely comments. I hope your sister's wedding went well and that you all enjoyed yourselves. Will you blog about it? I hope so!
      Didn't Virginia look lovely, she is a very pretty girl and on her special day she looked just stunning :) I'm very happy to have her as my new daughter in law!
      Hugs to you too, xxx

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