After being married for more than three months our wedding reception here in Malta finally took place on Sunday 9th October. The week before was very hectic, since it is tradition that the guests come to visit to give the presents. Luckily not all the guests came at the same evening, since they would not have fitted in our house. It was nice to have time to sit and talk a while with everyone, although it was a bit hectic at the same time, since I was at work during the days and immediately when I came home the first guests arrived.
I was very happy that my dad was coming for the wedding as well, together with three other guests from Finland. He had never visited Malta before, so I was anxious to show him as much as possible during his one week stay.
On the big day we had to wake up early, because Stephen had to accompany his best man Raymond to the venue Villa Oriana to bring the drinks, while the hair dresser came early to start with my make-up and hair. It took her almost two hours, and I was satisfied with the result. It felt a bit strange to see myself in the mirror, though, because normally I hardly use any make-up at all, so it was a big transformation.
At around 11 am my father and his friend Linda-Maj arrived in a taxi from their hotel at Ghadira Bay. We took a few photos in the house, and then we went out again to our wedding car, a white Bramwith. My father, his friend and Stephen's father accompanied us in the car. We were lucky to have sunny weather, after almost a whole week of raining. It was however very windy, so my hair got a bit messed up and I almost lost my vail
Luckily Stephen reacted very fast and managed to catch it just in time.
We were a bit early, so the driver took an extra turn before we arrived to Villa Oriana. We got out from the car, posed for some photos and had some champagne. Then we went inside, applauded by the guests. After some more posing inside we started to walk around among the guests. It took quite a while to meet everyone, since we had about 200 guests.
When we were planning the wedding we carefully chose the kind of food we like, to be able to enjoy our wedding to the fullest. But we soon realised that on your own wedding you hardly have time to eat anything, you are so busy
We spent some time outside in the garden taking photos and filming, and then we also took quite many group photos: with the neighbours, with Stephen's relatives (both from his mother's and his father's side), with his work mates and with his study friends.
Time really flied, and shortly after we had opened the Maltese table it was time to cut the cake. We had a bit difficulty knowing from where to cut, but we managed at last. The cake was very beautiful and also tasty. It was mine and Stephen's task to walk around offering pieces of the cake to all guests, I to the males and Stephen to the females.
When we finally left the party in Stephen's care we were very happy but quite exhausted. We still decided to drive to Dingli Cliffs, because we had planned to take some photos ourselves there. But disappointedly we discovered that we did not have any batteries in the camera
In the evening the best man Raymond brought all the left overs of the food and drinks to our house. We were busy all evening putting things in the freezer and organising.
As a conclusion I can say it is extremely exhausting and quite expensive to get married, but in my opinion it is definitely worth it!