Well, it's all over. Two fun-filled weddings - spread over two weekends have now come to a close.
Firstly the Indian Wedding in Glasgow (July 7th).
Mr Sally and I got to Glasgow around 5pm on the Saturday and I headed over to Leah's hotel room for the 'henna party.' We all had fab looking henna tattoos on our hands and Leah had them on her feet and palms.Early night and up very early in the morning to get ready to be at the Temple for 9:00am.
Well, we got up early - we had breakfast scheduled for 8:00pm but unfortunately I couldn't get my beautiful Indian trousers on over my chunky calf's - I'd love to share this image with you of me lay on the bed, Mr Sally pushing the trousers up my legs and me shouting, 'I'm not fat - it's just muscle from my dancing days!'
Anyway, this unexpected blip in our schedule made us very late for breakfast, so we had to skip it and get to the Temple sharpish - thank goodness we ordered a cab because walking was very difficult in such tight trousers.
At the Temple, Leah arrived looking gorgeous. She was then taken in to a room and Mandeep (the groom) arrived and we had to barricade the door and make him beg to be let in!
Mr Sally was one of Leah's 'brothers' and had to do some rice throwing etc. It was all a bit surreal and exciting and even though nobody really knew what we had to do, everyone from Mandeep's side were very helpful and explained everything.
We did go in to the actual Temple where people were praying a bit later on - (Leah's ceremony was in another room). The actual Temple was beautiful and I shall save you from the story of me sitting on a mat and my Indian pants coming down. I don't think the old lady noticed because she smiled and gave me an apple on the way out!
We all had time to ourselves between 2-6pm and so we went back to the hotel and had a bit of a sleep. Leah had to carry on with some traditional games to determine who got the upper hand in the marriage - which I'm delighted to say she won!
Anyway, I changed out of my Indian outfit and put on a purple (not so tight) dress. Off we went to the Hilton for the evening reception. We were greeted music from drummers and a guy playing bagpipes. 400 people arrived for the evening do. As we were all seated the immediate family and bride and groom got introduced to the room waving and got beamed on to TV screens - it was like the opening of the Olympics. It still makes me giggle now!
Speeches, first dance then EVERYBODY got on to the dance floor and danced solidly for a good couple of hours and finally we ate.
It was a fantastic atmosphere, full of colour and laughter and most importantly Leah and Mandeep looked incredibly happy.
It was lovely to see lots of Leah's family I hadn't seen for years and get to know friends of hers I'd never met before and even nicer that we'd all see each other the following weekend for wedding number two...
To Be Continued!