Sorry I’ve been quiet for a bit, but things got a bit busy for a while there. Mainly to do with the fact that I got married four weeks ago, then went on honeymoon a few days later. So I am now Mrs Mansell! I’m still in the process of getting my name changed over for things.
The run up to the wedding got a bit stressful, and I was still finishing things off (place cards for the tables) at midnight, the day before the wedding!! Nothing like getting done at the last minute. The wedding itself, I don’t think could have gone much better if I asked. The weather was beautiful (which considering that it was the bank holiday weekend, was a miracle on it’s own), the venue was stunning, the cake was gorgeous, and the food divine.
The bridesmaids and I stayed over at the hotel the night before, so that we could get ready there. It was an early start, as the hair and makeup girls turned up at 8am to crack on with three lots of makeup, three adult updo’s and two child hairstyles. Everything went mostly to plan, though I did have a minor panic attack just before going down to the ceremony, I’ve no idea why. I think that it all just got a bit real when I saw all the guests gathering and my husband to be looking so smart in his suit.
The day passed so quickly, that most of it is a bit of a blur. The main thing is that I was married to the man I love, with all our family and friends to share the special day.
After the wedding came the honeymoon. We went to a stunning hotel in Cancun, Mexico. It was 5*, all inclusive and adults only. I’ve never been anywhere like it! It was heaven on earth. there were six pools, ten restaurants and eleven bars. As we’d upgraded to Club, we had access to members only pool, bar, lounge and beach. The staff were so attentive and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. It was so nice to just have time to chill and relax, without clock watching or having to rush around all the time. If we wanted to get up late, we could, if we wanted to spend all day by the pool, we could; alternatively, there were plenty of activities and trips for those who wanted to be a bit more active. We did a bit of both, we spent time chilling, but we also did a few day trips to see some of the local area. I love my ancient history, so visiting the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza was a must. It was stunning, albeit very hot, and rather humbling to think how little we actually know about the place. We also went swimming in a cenote (which is a sinkhole in the limestone bedrock exposing the groundwater). That part of Mexico has at least 10,000 cenotes, probably more, as well as one of the largest networks of underground rivers on the planet.
Another trip that we went on, was a catamaran trip to Isla Mujeres. We went snorkeling round the reef there, which isn’t something that I’ve ever done. We then had a few hours on the island to do our own thing, and we went to the Dolphin Discovery to go and swim with the dolphins. This is something that I’ve wanted to do for ages. It was great fun.
All in all, we had a great time, though again, it all went too fast. We came home with great memories, and I at least came home with a respectable tan. Once home we had to settle back into normal life, which came as a bit of a shock after 12 days of doing nothing. So now we’re back to the normal world of work, horses and running around like a headless chicken.