Grow Old With Me | Wedding Edition.

There it is! My post about one of the most special days in my life. The title is for our song during the ceremony, so it has a special meaning now. Tom Odell - Grow Old with Me.

The day before the wedding I went to the location with my sister and dad, so I could put our decoration on the tables and my sister was able to put some last effort into the wedding cake. My closest family hired a farm nearby the wedding location and it was great to spend my last hours as non-married woman, haha, with them. I am completely honest when I tell you I wasn't nervous at all. I was just anticipating this big moment with joy and excitement. The farm was a nice location and they had a cute kitten I played with. There were some cows (I even laid down on top of one of the biggest cows I have ever seen, for good luck) and it had a peaceful atmosphere.

On the morning itself I had a few flutters in my belly and I also wasn't able to eat a lot, again, all mostly because I couldn't wait to see my beautiful future husband. I was aware that nothing can be perfect and no matter what was going to happen, it would not ruin this day. I was having a little bit of a struggle when it started to pour outside (after having so many sunny hot days, I couldn't believe it), but I just closed my eyes and went into hair and make-up around 9. The moment she finished my hair, the sun broke through and we had the perfect weather throughout the entire day. Not too hot and sunny. It was like faith was smiling upon me, because if there is one thing I was hoping for, it was good weather. The make-up artist made me feel beautiful, I don't think I have ever experienced such a strong happy feeling about myself. I looked like the perfect version of me and she kept the make-up close to myself. Together we created this updo with several braids, decorated by my veil and some fresh flowers. I had a few tears after seeing my dad's reaction.

Friends of our family, who are practically my second mom, dad and two brothers, have an old timer we could use to take me to the castle. I went with my two bridesmaids, dad and second dad. It was such a special feeling to walk down the isle with my dad, towards someone who makes me incredibly happy. The first look was a high light of the day and I am happy I used the instrumental version of Tale as Old as Time. That song never lets me down. After an half hour talk, a speech from both our witnesses (his brother, my sister) we finally said YES, put on our rings and went outside to cut the cake.

When we went for our photoshoot, together with my two bridesmaids, our guests were able to eat ice cream serves on paint palettes while having a try at shooting with a bow and arrow. This was something Jasper wanted to arrange and it was such a good plan! The guests had a lot of fun (we asked two people to make photographs, so we could enjoy their fun later on) and it was the perfect fit for our location.

The photoshoot was a better experience than I could have hoped for. We are both not really comfortable in front of a camera, but we choose an experiences and friendly photographer who made us feel at ease. It shows in the photos, because not one of them looks forced. It portrays us as how we are: happy, without a fake feeling. I'm more than pleased with the results and will show you a few at the end of this posts (are you still with me?)

Next up was dinner. We made our own table pieces and I think we did a great job at keeping it close to us. It was simply, yet effective.

The meal was delicious, with a shared entree and dessert. We quickly disappeared to our own room to get some last practice for our opening dance and this is where the stress hit us. We simply weren't able to perform the dance with my wedding dress, so after some struggle I changed into a summer dress I had with me for the next days. The dance was spectacular, if you ask me. Two people who have never danced before suddenly put down a difficult piece from the new Cinderella movie. We had practiced around 2 months and my heart almost burst with happiness when we bowed at the final tones of the song. Such a good feeling. I never thought I would be able to do such a thing, mainly because I don't like to be in the center of attention, but this completed our day.

The party was a lot of fun. I don't think I ever danced so much, because I told myself 'this is THE moment. If you are going to hold back now, you will regret it forever. Don't care about what anyone thinks about you and just let go.' So I did. We also arranged a photobooth and this was probably the biggest success of the day. We have so many awesome photos in our guest book now, with different people together in one picture who had never seen each other before. Definitely a tip if you are looking for something fun to do during the evening + to get yourself an unique guest book!

The location, the weather, the people, the love, that feeling of being the most beautiful bride in the world, the happy tears, the fun and the promise of being there for each other for the rest of our life made this a day we can look back to. It is also special to me that my two grandfathers and two grandmothers were there.

Here is a selection of some photos, but if you want to see more, check out my instagram account @Mel_1704 where I also have a Wedding Story.