6th Oct 2014

Jane & James


The Proposal

We planned a holiday to Malaysia in the summer of 2013, spending time in Kuala Lumpur and then onto the island of Penang. When we arrived in Penang, we had an unexpected upgrade to the top floor of the hotel with a beautiful view of the straits of Malacca. Our sister hotel was located in the capital of the island, Georgetown and ran a shuttle bus between the two hotels. James informed me one day that he'd booked us onto the bus there on one day and back on the next, but wouldn't tell me where we were spending that night. We spent the day looking around Georgetown before heading towards the hotel that he'd booked. Along the way, he pointed out lots of 'interesting' places that he could have booked us into, then we turned a corner and in front of us was the Eastern and Oriental hotel. The room that James had reserved was a suite overlooking the bay with a beautiful wrap-around balcony. We had drinks in the bar that evening, at which point James made a terrible excuse to go back up to the room and on to the balcony. He popped the question on one knee in front of the most amazing sunset, and of course I said yes!

Shop Till You Drop

The dress I wore on the day was actually the first one I tried on! Initially I wasn't sure as I hadn't planned to wear a dress like that one, but after hunting high and low with my mum we just couldn't find anything that felt as right as the Tia. We ended up in 4 or 5 shops trying to find something else that I liked, but it was the only one that felt like me.

A Perfect Day

The whole day was pretty special, I started at the hairdressers at 8:30am, and the day just flew. It was fantastic driving up to the church with my dad in the convertible beetle with the top down - although I was a little concerned about my hair and veil! The bridesmaids loved the VW Campervan I'd booked for them! Seeing James at the church was wonderful, but I couldn't help smiling at all my family and friends on the way down the aisle. Even one of my earliest friends' parents came along unexpectedly to see the ceremony, which was really touching. We asked two of our friends to do the readings for us - one from Corinthians, and the other from Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The reading from Captain Corelli was the only thing that nearly set off the tears on the day - having my friend whom I've known since we were babies, read it, was so special. Thankfully, we got the photographs done outside the church, as halfway to the reception venue the heavens opened! We managed to get out later with the photographer to take some more photos of the two of us once the rain had stopped. The best thing about the evening reception was the photobooth. It caused much hilarity among the guests and we were left with a guestbook full of pictures and messages from our friends and family.

Words of Wisdom

1. Make sure there is a place you can use for a whole group photograph if the weather's poor - I'm a little sad that we don't have one because of the rain.
2. Make time for your husband - James and I hardly seemed to see each other during the evening reception!
3. Stop and look around at points during the day - try to take it all in.

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