Marriversary

Kat&Gareth-28

People always ask me about my own wedding. Sometimes it makes me cringe. There are so many things we’d do differently, the elusive “Oh if we only knew then what we do now…” But there is one thing I’d never change.

Gareth is my world, my life, my favourite, my reason for being… He supports me more than any husband should. He tidies and cleans our house from top to bottom as I’m chained to my computer and saying “Hey baby, takeaway for tea?” with frightening regularity.

Without Gareth, Rock n Roll Bride would be nothing but a dream… in fact not even that, I simply wouldn’t have ever imagined it. Words can’t express how much he puts into this little business of ours. I may be the ‘front of house’ but without him I wouldn’t even have a house to stand in front of…

Thirteen years ago he saw me (probably) stumble down the stairs at The Purple Turtle. I was wearing a denim skirt and ruched, sheer pink mesh top. He was wearing jeans way too baggy for his boyish frame and a giant navy FUBU puffa jacket. My hair was dip dyed cerise and his resembled that of Tin Tin. I was drinking snakebite & black and he was downing WKD Irn Bru. He turned to his friend and matter of factly told him “That’s the girl I’m going to marry”.

It’s just like Gareth to always be right. 

Eleven years ago I received a text on my birthday from a number I didn’t recognise, “Hey Kat, It’s Gareth. Remember me? Wanna go for a drink to celebrate your birthday?” “Go for it!” my friend encouraged, “he’s cute and he always had a thing for you”.

As our first five years together drew close, Gareth hatched a plan. He visited my parents and asked them permission to marry me. As he left, my mother and father held each other and cried. Cried with happiness and pride. Their eldest daughter had found a good one. On our five year ‘dativersary’ Gareth got down on one knee and asked me that biggest of questions, “will you marry me?” I forgot to say yes right away, but that’s a story for another time.

Exactly a year later, five years ago today, we sealed the deal. “I’ll love you forever” I declared in front of everyone we know. “You look awesome” he whispered in my ear. We walked back up the aisle as husband & wife to ‘The Power of Love’. People laughed and whooped and cheered, but all I could see was my husband’s beaming smile, and all I could feel was his hand squeezing mine.

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Big love to Foldable.Me, who have just launched their bride & groom range of outfits, and sent these over for our anniversary!

These have been the most amazing, exhilarating, happy and loving years of my life. I never thought I’d ever get so lucky. Would I alter things about our wedding if we were to do it all over again? Certainly. Would I alter even one little thing about the guy that I married? Not on your life.

Many things have changed since we first met, since we first got together and since we were married. But there’s one thing that hasn’t and will never change. I told Gareth I loved him within two weeks of being together. Luckily for me he said it right back… and we’ve been saying it back and forth ever since.

Happy five year wedding anniversary, Williams. I will love you, always & forever.

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44 comments

  1. Clare Hallewell

    Awwww i have tears rolling down my face…… Those words are straight from the heart, i have been luckly to meet you both and you are an amazing couple…….

    Happy Anniversary to you both X

  2. Petey Pete

    Yes yes yes! Awww love you guys, so bloody lovely. What a fab story… Annnnd chuffed you’re just as mushy as me and Case! 🙂 xx

  3. Deirdre

    Nobody is prouder than we are because we see how much you love each other & you have made your relationship work in a way that suits you both. You are a great advert for a happy modern marriage.

    Mum & Dad xx

  4. Ha! You’re a big softie afterall! What a lovely story. So did you ever ask Gareth where he got his psychic power from? 😉 you guys are the cutest together, happy marriversary and go spoil each other today. Love you both!!! xxxxx

  5. Loved this. Aw…loved your Mum and Dad’s comment too. Too sweet. x My dad read my blog once and set up a twitter account to tweet a post. (He had no followers but the intention was there.) x

  6. Natasha

    Sneakily reading this in a meeting. Bad move. Hiding tears in front of my entire team is not easy!
    Lovely, genuine post, Kat x

  7. How cute is this! Loving your Mum and Dad’s comment too! My dad follows me on Twitter but have no idea whether or not he actually reads my blog though!

    Happy Anniversary! xx

  8. Emma Rose Williams

    Awww so lovely! Getting married next year but am now more excited about celebrating a “marriversary” haha! Congrats 🙂
    (ps my Mam’s name is Deirdre too, they make the best Mam’s 😀 )

  9. Pasquel

    This just made me cry! So sweet! I’m getting married in 2 weeks – hoping to get all the crying out of my system so I can function normally on the day haha! xx

  10. This is such a lovely post. So happy for you both, seeing you work together it’s clear how solid you are and how much love there is between you. It’s an inspiration and I hope in five years we’re as happy as you are.

    You deserve all of this, I hope you know that! xxxx

  11. Ellie

    This is so sweet and touching. I’ve been with my Mr as long as feel just the same! Congratulations x

  12. Katrina

    So cute! April must be a good month to get married- we celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary on the 26th! Have a fab day xx

  13. Lauren

    I love these kinds of stories, so beautiful! We will have the same wedding anniversary, this day next year I’ll be marrying my best friend!

  14. Jamie

    Simply lovely and touching. You’re very lucky to have eachother. And super jealous of your adorable mom & dad.

  15. Mich

    Hi Kat. What a beautiful ode to pure unadulterated love. It makes me all warm and gooey inside :). May you have many more years of love, laughter and devotion together ! x x

  16. Maggie S.B.

    You hit my feelings right on the head. Would I change things? Wedding: yes. Partner: not for anything ever in all of anyone’s imaginings. Thank you for this, Kat.

  17. Kat… this is SUCH a lovely post. Happy Marriversary to you both! That balance that you’ve described is something that I can really relate to with my hubby and like with you guys, I think it will take us far. Thanks for sharing. x Gina

  18. I normally don’t bother commenting when there’s so many comments already all saying something similar to what I’m about to say, but I just had to this time. This is the most beautiful post I’ve read in a really long time. First it just gave me goosebumps on my arms (my usual reaction to anything wedding related) but then it spread to my whole body. It makes me so happy to read something like this, because it’s just so full of love, when everyone out there just seems to be so miserable, it’s good to see when someone actually appreciates the person they’re with! Thank you for making my evening, I hope that one day I’ll write a similar post!

  19. Congratulations on your anniversary! Lovely post. My husband and I celebrated our fifth anniversary too, a week ago on the 5th! Recognising a lot of what you are saying about having a supportive husband who makes it all possible – they are great, eh? Also, I lived in Reading back in 2002-03 and also frequented the Purple Turtle 🙂 so I can picture your first meeting vividly, hehe!

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