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Koh Samui Day 6: we got married

I don't even know how it really even happened. One minute I was protesting that I didn't want to get married, the next I was waking up on my wedding day. 

I fretted. Everyone agreed with everything I said (wise choice). We ate the most beautifully presented pad thai for lunch. We ran late getting ready for the photographers (would you expect anything less?) who took the opportunity to capture the details.

And then we were ready. My new sister in law did a spanking job on our hair, and my maid did a bloody brilliant job on our make up. And the dress actually fit!

Mum gave me a pep talk.

And then Ms K and I were left alone to drink shambles and "relax" in my room while our guests arrived and took in the views and the decorations (good job team wedding villa!). There was even a Skype link up being broadcast back to the UK.

Then I remembered I hadn't looked at my wedding vows and tried to crash course memorise them at the last minute (it didn't work).

Dad came in to tell us it was time. We scooted outside and waited nervously, hidden from sight.

Then the music started, and we nailed the walk down the aisle. Go Dad!

I caught my first glimpse of the CG - and honestly, I've never seen a grown man cry so much.

We had the absolute honour of being married by Ev. What could be better than being married by someone who has known you as a couple from the start, who has travelled with you, lived with you, laughed with you and eaten with you? Having a close friend marry us, and write one of the most heartfelt ceremonies ever, was just perfect.

The CG and I wrote readings for each other, that our siblings read during the ceremony. It was our first time hearing what the other had written, and boy, was I impressed that the CG had managed to string together a whole page of related words (I really half expected a limerick).

I've seen less people crying at a funeral, no joke.

Despite all the tears, and the laughter, we managed to say "I do".

After lots of congratulations,

some group photos,

the most delicious seafood BBQ (best prawns EVER),

heart warming speeches,

delicious cake,

a DVD from our niece and nephews,

general fooling around,

wish lantern lighting,

and our first swim,

it was time to really start the party. We rolled into bed around 6am. Possibly not the most romantic wedding night, but definitely the most fun.

Thank you so much to Artem & Helen who captured our day perfectly for us. To everyone else - to our friends and family who not only flew halfway around the world to celebrate with us and who joined us thanks to the wonders of technology - who acted as hairdressers, make up artists, bakers, officiants, readers, chauffeurs, photographers, duty free alcohol mules, musicians, speech makers, video recordists, events managers and decorators....thank you just doesn't even cut it. We love you all so very, very much x