Sunday, 29 June 2014

I still do


Last week I mentioned that Mr Gertie and I were thinking about renewing our wedding vows when we were on our cruise (you can read why in ‘a new beginning’). However as I’m not yet back on my two feet following last year’s hip surgery we decided to put the vow renewal on hold.

Unfortunately Silversea must have got their wires crossed as once onboard the ship Mike, the cruise director, asked if we could meet with him to discuss finalising things for our renewal service. 

We decided the best thing would be to explain to Mike that there had been a misunderstanding and regrettably we would not be renewing our vows this cruise. Alas this didn’t go to plan either !!

No sooner had our bums touch the lounge seats, Mike went into full flow with what had been arranged for our ‘big day’. When he asked if we had any questions Mr Gertie and I looked at each other and the same thought came into our heads. As they’ve gone to such a lot of effort that it would be disrespectful to cancel so we replied ‘no, everything seems perfect’.....

Once back into our suite panic set in; what to wear? Had I known we were getting married I’d have made something suitable. Thankfully, however I did have a spare dress that would do and Mr Gertie had brought an extra suit; who to invite? Mike had said we were to let him know the names of people we would like to attend so invitations could be sent out.

  

As luck would have it we made friends with two ladies who we thought might like to attend. They were delighted to be asked, and as they were travelling with another couple, we extended the invite to them too. We’d also made friends with another couple and their companion so invited them as well.


Along with our invited guests several of the ships officers and crew attended the service too, including my 'three bridesmaids....'


Once the service had finished we were then serenaded by two of the ‘Artists of Silversea’.

Whilst the cake was delicious we knew we would never eat it all so ask that it be shared amongst the crew, which was very much appreciated.


When we retired to bed there was a lovely surprise waiting for us from our butler and suite attendant.

Although it was a bit unexpected I’m so glad we did it.

Have a great week.

Gertie xx

PS why not pop over to Handmade Monday to see what other fellow craft bloggers have been up to.


16 comments:

  1. Congratulations on renewing your vows. I think it was something of a lovely surprise. Your dress looks gorgeous. Is it one of your own makes? The cake looks really pretty with all the hearts. Does this mean you now have two wedding anniversaries? Have a lovely week.
    Ali xx

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    1. Sadly the dress isn't one of mine. I will though be taking a pattern from it.

      I never thought about the two wedding anniversaries - brilliant idea; two cards, two meals out.... xx

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  2. Congratulations to you both, lovely surprise and good memories.

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  3. Congratulations! It's about the sentiment, not the organising so it probably worked out best this way! What an exciting story to tell xx

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  4. Congratulations - what a lovely part of your cruise and at least you didn't have any time for stressful planning as it was a surprise! What a delicate pretty cake too x

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    1. I remember wanting to throttle my mam when she started taking over the wedding planning. Here, we just had to turn up !!!! xx

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  5. Aww sounds like it was meant to be! I'm glad to hear they took such good care of you, i'm sure the ceremony made the cruise extra special :) x

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    1. Some things are out of your control and I believe that was one of them.

      The ships crew couldn't do enough for us. Waiting on our table at the restaurant was a signed congratulations card from the Maître d'hôtel and no matter which member of staff we met around the ship, they all stopped and congratulated us !!!! xx

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  6. Congratulations and Many Happy Years! What a great way to renew your vows. You look fabulous in that dress and that cake looks so yummy!

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  7. How romantic, it sounds like they really took care of you and put so much effort into organising everything. It's great to know that there are such lovely people in the world.

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  8. Congratulations what a lovely way to renew your vows & the cake looked fab

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  9. How lovely. I think you were totally right to seize the day.

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  10. That made a lovely read :)
    Congratulations
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