An orange travel themed wedding in a barn-The Report
So here we are, nearly 3 months after the big event, and I have finally got around to starting the report!
If I'm honest, there was a little devil on my shoulder who was going on about me not really having time to be writing a report right now, as work is really busy, luckily though, the angel on my other shoulder managed to drown him out with her cries of 'EXCUSE ME, did you or did you not pilfer millions of ideas from other Y&YW brides!! Do you not owe it to other brides to share a few of your ideas?!?!'. So needless to say the angel won and as I finally have an evening of no work I thought I'd make a start.
Our story is taken directly from my planning thread which can be found at http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/forum/your-planning-threads/an-orange-travel-themed-wedding-in-a-barn-the-planning/373730-16.html but thought I'd better copy it over for any newbies:
We met at college back in September 2002 in a geography AS level class, I say AS level as opposed to A level as J didn’t make it to the A level part! I was 16 and he was 17. I first noticed him as soon as he walked in to the room and, although I actually had a boyfriend at the time, I remember saying to my friend that the boy in the orange t-shirt was ‘fit’ lol (Who knew that orange would go on to be a massive part of our lives?!?). So, a week later, the boyfriend dumped me, I was heartbroken blah blah blah and a few weeks later J and I had become firm friends. Everyone was asking why we weren’t a couple but I didn’t want it to seem like I was ‘on the rebound’. Well, I soon gave up on that and on fireworks night I text him asking when he was going to ‘ask me out’. A few seconds late he rang me and officially asked me to be his girlfriend-aaaahhhh!
A year later J quit college as he decided it wasn’t for him. I thought that him not being at college with me would spell the end for us but we managed to make it work. Eventually, with a bit of gentle encouragement, he sorted himself out and started a training course as an electrician. I finished college and took a gap year when I didn’t make it onto the Uni course I wanted. I worked for a bit and then went to Australia for a month. Again this could have meant the end for our relationship but instead it just made us realise that we couldn’t live without each other. On my return home I applied to Uni to do a degree in primary teaching. In September 2005, I started Uni and J started his apprenticeship in electrical engineering. We both worked very hard and fitted in seeing each other whenever we could, 4 years later we were finally qualified for our chosen careers.
After Uni I had no choice but to move home, but my parents kindly allowed J to move in. We saved for a year and in November 2010, 8 years into our relationship, we bought our first home and were finally in a position to start saving for our dream wedding!
The following summer while on holiday in Cape Verde (No this isn’t the engagement bit!) we were talking about where we would want to get married (We always knew we were gonna get married at some point we were just waiting for the money). J suggested we go and view a venue that I had found on the internet and fallen in love with (yes that’s right, I was not engaged, however I had already began the hunt for my wedding venue!). So after speaking to my parents they agreed to come and view Rivervale Barn in Yateley with us. Mum was a little reserved at first, in her head her little girl was going to get married in the village church where I had been christened, however as soon as she step