Saturday, 15 October 2016

Wedding Day - The Prep

A good friend is a connection to life — a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. ~Lois Wyse


Malcolm, Helen, Josie, the groom, the bride, Kath, me, Dave,
Gareth and Owen 

Preparing for a wedding is said to be a stressful occupation, but if you are lucky enough to be surrounded by good friends there will be no tears of frustration, just a lot of laughter.  It is tradition in Turkey to openly invite everyone in the vicinity to a wedding, but I wasn't willing to see my only daughter off in this fashion so we planned a European style event with only close family and friends. (I may have to keep a very low profile in the village for the next year.)  It is common practice in Europe to employ a wedding planner to organise a wedding but we didn't do that either, I am extremely lucky to have a cohort of extremely talented friends who travelled out to Turkey and mucked in to make my daughter's wedding a day to remember. 



The younger generation got stuck in with wire cutters and secateurs to make the table wreaths


Dave did everything remotely technical when not chasing the dog with a broom.  




Kath turned the 12 rough layers of sponge that Esi and I baked a couple of days before into a spectacular wedding cake. Check out her blog http://cakesbykath.blogspot.com  and you will see her other creations. 



Helen and Malcolm provided the soundtrack, sorted out the most complicated music system and stayed around to help put up the metres of tulle that I'd bought as off-cuts from a curtain shop. 


And finally Netia, who you last saw catching frogs, separated bougainvillea blooms into individual petals to create natural confetti.  
In the meantime, the groom was collecting 200 kilos of ice in the back of his car to keep all our drinks cold. 
And what was I doing?  Mostly losing the scissors. 



27 comments:

  1. Sounds absolutely perfect ... xxx

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  2. How lovely to have so many talented friends. Glad to hear the day went well. Many congratulations to Esi and Celal xx

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    1. Thank you - I'll pass on your good wishes

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  3. Great blog post Annie. It was a real honour to have been there in the build up to the big day and be a part of the team. It wasn't just the scissors that we kept losing, the cable ties were a bit elusive too!! Kath (avid list maker!)

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    1. Couldn't have done it without you, Dave, Gareth and Owen. I've just found some cable ties in the pocket of my blue dress.

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  4. It was well worth the effort. The day went splendidly and I hope the locals don't give you too much of a hard time! Thanks again to Esi for inviting us. We were chuffed!

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    1. I'll avoid the village for a few months

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  5. That sounds like a nice relaxed wedding with lots of pretty touches.

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  6. Loved the prep and spending time with you almost as much as the day itself x

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  7. Friends are such a blessing especially those who rally around and support us at important times.
    Congratulations to lovely couple.

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    1. I am very blessed and very thankful.

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  8. What a super way to organise a wedding.

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  9. . . an all round great show by the sounds of it. Congratulations all!

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  10. Oh, dear Annie, I think it must have been the most special wedding; we always say it is really the people there at that special day, make it so ever special. Huge credit to you and your lovely family that you're surrounded by these amazing friends, many many congratulations to Esi & hubby and massive well done to you all, cok tebrikler ve sevgiler xxx Ozlem : )

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  11. Delighted to read (here and there..) that it all went so well. A special day - a beautiful bride and definitely all the trimmings. Sending hugs. Well done everyone! Axxx

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    1. We had fun with the trimmings, I've only just taken down the last of them

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  12. Sounds like the perfect wedding to me. No stress and all created by those close to you! Special memories. :)

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    1. As stress free as possible - that was the aim.

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  13. Annie, We were waiting with bated breath for this post. How lovely that your friends were with you helping to make the day a great one. A great way to really relax and enjoy the wedding with people who love you most. xoxo

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    1. Having just had a funeral where I didn't know half the attendees, I didn't want a wedding like that.

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  14. How lovely! Glad everyone pitched in to help! Congratulations to your daughter! :)

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