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THE WEDDING INVITATION CARD
Jezz has to take the credit for the creative way this invitation card is opened. I created the design and put together the artwork. I then arranged for our printers to print the cards, 4 side A4. When we got them back, we glued to the inside, a measured strip of rainbow ribbon with a loose knot in the middle. The idea was then when the card is opened by the invitee, the ribbon will tighten, thus "tying the knot."
The evening guests all received a single A5 invitation card with the relevant details:
THE THANK-YOU CARD
We sent thank you cards to everyone who came to the wedding ceremony and reception. This was the artwork featuring one of the best photos of Jezz and me, seated on the dance floor, back to back in front of the Mr & Mr sign. The back cover thanks everyone who contributed to the making of the wedding, and the inside had a measured piece of laid paper with a personal printed letter to each person who received the card.
The Ceremonial Party
The suits were hired from Moss Bros, originally at the Hove branch but we've had dealings with Kingston and Colliers Wood branches too. The suits are actually blue in colour (though they do look black in this photo), they're Ted Baker and three-piece tails.
Pictured left to right: grandson Jake, sister Nikki, me, Jezz, best man Andy and grandson Ethan. I'm so incredibly proud of my boys.
Originally the rings were an impulsive buy for the pair of us, but with the idea of a marriage somewhere in the distant future, they were re-named 'engagement rings.' They were bought from Venus Diamond, one of the many jewellery stores in The Lanes, Brighton. It's managed by Arkham, and we were served by both him and Jo on 19 May 2019.
As we prepared for the wedding, it made sense to have the rings engraved. So, I designed what needed to be added, and they were hand-engraved in plenty of time for the day. And here they are... the first image is my submission for the engraving, and the next image is how they looked when we got them back.
Jezz bought me gifts that featured: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. The new were these gorgeous cufflinks. Each one unscrews and reveals a personal message. Click/tap on image to see messages.
Jezz and I spent a long time making stuff. Not so much to save money because I'm not sure that we did... lol. But amongst our developing HobbyCraft skills, we made these buttonholes for those who identify as male. Click/tap on image to see a larger version.
And after creating the buttonhole, we had to have something for those who identify as female. Click/tap on image to see a larger version.
ASOS DESIGN loafers in black glitter with snaffle detail. These were Jezz's idea, from ASOS, glitter shoes. Well, of course! Click/tap on image to see a larger version.
... AND THE TRAINERS TO MATCH
Halfway into the evening, Jezz and I changed out of our suits and into grey Diesel jeans, a Gant pink and rainbow t-shirt and these, glitter trainers. Jezz bought his first, and we couldn't get hold of a pair in my size, but I stumbled upon these on eBay... they're Vans and were about £40. Fab.
THANKS FOR COMING
THANKS TO THOSE WHO ATTENDED
Amanda, Mother and Sara, Jezz and Wayne, Nikki and Caiger, Michele and Dean, Debbie and Jim, Kelly and Chris, Ethan and Jake, Zoe and Neil, Stacey and Spencer, Andy and David, Wendy and Helen, Vicki, Ali and Simon, Simon, Harrison, Tim and Miranda, Sarah and Karen.
Debbie, Kim, Sam and Ian, Janette, Matt, Paddy and Rose, Robert, Tony, Ryan, Louise, Lizzy, Angela, Aimee, Jess, Liz, Laura, Aileen, Helen, Peter, Lizz and Kate, Simon and Michelle, Julie, Emily, Anthony and Ciara, Claire and Spencer
What was the best bit?
As guests talk to both Jezz and I about the day, we made a point of asking them what they remembered most or thought was the highlight of the day. Here are some of the responses.
Jezz's vows and Wayne's duet with Kelly.
Jake, singling me out for the security inspection.
Ethan's face when he saw his Granny's inhibitions.
Betsey, the Registrar.
The 'Happy Birthday' mob dance.
The welcome and acceptance from Kelly, Zoe and Stacey.
The reading of both vows.
Wayne's speech and the grooms' suits.
Grooms enter the ceremony room.
The reading of both vows.
Wayne's speech and the 'Happy Birthday' mob dance.
Nikki fell off the rodeo before she got on and Jezz's face during the 'Happy Birthday' mob dance.
The first dance.
Jezz and Wayne, at the sweetheart's table, looking romantic.