The best thing that ever happened to me? As sappy as it sounds, it was meeting the love of my life through my best friend, which then led to the best day of my life - our wedding day.
Stiff competition but a very easy close tie for "Best Day Ever" is now my own best friend's wedding. Not just because I had the honour of being "Matron of Honour", or the honour of making the wedding cake, but because there was finally some proof that my meddlesome character had some merit - I had persistently pestered my husband's friend and the bff to meet up almost 5 years ago and what an incredible thing it was to witness them getting married this past weekend!
It had me thinking all sorts of deep profound thoughts, which isn't my usual gig. As I watched the ceremony I had a little look around and saw so many known faces - our many friends in common, family members and extended network of friends I've come to know over the years, and of course my husband. All through the one chance meeting through being allocated a room in uni halls next to who is now my dear best bud.
Sure, I felt like a million bucks having my hair and make up done by Claire Bowring in my very glam, yet comfy, bridesmaid dress and saw the most beautiful sunset at the unique Tunnels Beaches (incredible wedding venue in North Devon), but most of all I felt so lucky and proud to see two people I love be in love and celebrating them with so many others who love them too.
I must have got a lumpy throat and teary on 14 separate occasions being so overcome with emotion. What a mess! Aghh the deepness is killing me so I'm going to swiftly move on to the CAKE.
We embarked on our road trip from London to Ilfracombe around mid-day on Friday having decorated THE cake in the morning. We ran with the buttercream colours from our Horn of the Unicorn Croquembouche cake which oddly enough matched some of the beautiful sunset over the horizon colours. We decorated it with baked doughnuts, macarons, ice cream cones, candied popcorn and profiteroles and choux buns over three tiers of vanilla and chocolate sponge layers. And of course, two little chocolate love bird toppers for the newlyweds Mr & Mrs Bird!
It was a hair-raising 6 hour drive with horrific traffic along the way. At times I was so nervous about the buttercream as we were in standstill in the sun but remarkably the cake reached the destination in MINT condition and we could finally relax.
All in all, I've come back brimming with happiness, albeit a bit depleted of energy but full of warm fuzzies. What ultimately makes people happy is cherishing and nurturing our relationships while we're here, be it family and/or friends. And gosh, the realisation of how one random encounter can have such an enormous ripple effect on our lives, eh? DEEEEEP. Here's a very serious photo of me to match the sentiment.
Lots of love,