26 Today is the day – Henrietta’s Wedding

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I can’t believe it, after 18 months of planning the day has finally arrived. It has been a roller coaster couple of weeks, we had our stag and hen weekends last weekend which were great fun but have taken some recovering from, then RT’s Dad and Stepmom arrived on Sunday and since then it feels like we’ve never stopped. Yesterday we had our rehearsal which was really peculiar ‐ it’s almost as though this is happening to someone else ‐ then suddenly something will happen and it feels very real. We then had the rehearsal lunch which was great fun ‐ there were about 28 of us ‐ just the wedding party, we had drinks outside in the pub garden and then into the private dining room for lunch followed by speeches by anyone who wanted to say something ‐ you can imagine that once people got to grips with that some funny and lovely things were said.

RT and I then went to spend a little time on our own to try and reflect on the days ahead ‐ it didn’t really happen that way though as I think we were both pretty hyper but it was lovely to just be alone together ‐ he dropped me off at Mum and Paul’s and went back to the hotel to be with all our friends and family, right now he’ll be playing golf with his dad. I spent the evening at home, I was going to have an early night and generally relax but I just couldn’t sit still so instead Charlotte (my sister) and I set about tying ribbons on the order of service and menu cards ‐ seemed like a good idea at the time. At about 10.30 I went to bed, but despite 3 herbal sleeping tablets I don’t think I got more than 2 or 3 hours of sleep, which I suppose is quite normal for a bride the night before she gets married.

Right now it’s 9am and I’m sitting typing this in a bid to calm myself down! I not sure what I’m nervous about, I can’t wait to be married to RT ‐ infact being his wife will make me so proud but the whole day is right now quite terrifying. It’s weird it’s times like this that I most want to be with Russell to relax and chat about what’s going to happen and yet it is the one time that we’re not allowed to even chat to each other, I know that as soon as I see him standing at the alter all the nerves will disappear and I can get on with the real business of the day! Everything is done now, and we really couldn’t be any more prepared than we are ‐ I’ve got the hairdresser and make‐up lady arriving in an hour and I suppose everything will hot up from there. I can’t imagine I’ll behaving anything to eat in the near future ‐ my stomach couldn’t handle food right now ‐ even the pre‐wedding champagne is looking decidely dodgy (can’t believe I just said that!). The weather is cloudy ‐ with a few sunny spells, it looks like it might rain later but fingers crossed we’ll be lucky ‐ either way I just know that as soon as I get to the church I am never going to be happier than I have ever been.

I’d better go now and have my bath ‐ I hope this has made sense and doesn’t sound like the ramblings of a mad woman, next time I write it will be as Mrs Thornton and I will be married to the most amazing man in the world.

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