Friday, 30 July 2010

A splash of colour.......

As promised yesterday I thought I would tell you about our wedding flowers, they may be considered a small thing but defiantly deserve a post all of their own!
Our wedding flowers were really important to me as they were the only source of colour in the whole day. I wanted vintage looking garden flowers in muted lilacs and pinks and lots of ‘dusty’looking foliage.
After contacting several florists I was starting to think I was talking a strange language (seriously you should see some of the photos I was shown!)

My Brother’s girlfriend put us in contact with a school friend of hers, Johnny, who was just starting his own florist business and after a 10 minute phone conversation I knew I had found my man!

I was so impressed I let him do his own thing along my theme and am so glad I did! We had so many complements and even the registrar said they were the best flowers she had ever seen and took Johnny’s card!

Here are some photos for you to see for yourself!

(our professional photos are still to come! for now these are a few that other people took!)

The table arrangements were placed onto huge, tall martini glasses!

The registrar table arrangement later went to the top table! The mantel arrangements were amazing!!

We gave the arrangements away to our 'special' people so that they could be enjoyed properly. Here is Victoria's family with their booty!

Vitoria's mum also took charge of my bouquet to try to dry it for me (I have to say I was gutted that it wouldn't stay the same forever!)

Don't they look pleased!!!

Have a lovely weekend whatever your plans are! (I'm working!)

Lots of Love


Thursday, 29 July 2010

You Shall Go To THe Ball.......

So we found the perfect venue and I have the perfect ring! It was time to dress ourselves!

As we had very little time I wanted to pick a colour scheme that wouldn’t take much thinking about and what is simpler than black and white? We decided that everything other than the flowers would be monochrome. (more about flowers tomorrow!)

The boys, including my 9 year old page boy, had gorgeous grey morning suits hired from Moss Bros, My lovely friend Keith manages a store and he gave us his staff discount of 50%!!!

Next came the bridesmaids! As you all know I had asked my lovely friend Victoria and James’ Sister Sam to be my bridesmaids and wanted them to look really special!

I had been admiring this Monsoon dress for ages

I thought it would be perfect for them, luckily they agreed and the right sizes obtained (with a bit of phoning round on Victoria’s part!)

These shoes (chosen by Sammy on a fun girls day out!)

and some fab fascinators (we had fun trying on anything we could and wandering round the shop!)

We chose white for Victoria and black for Sam to complement their colouring (and avoid the whole uniform thing!)

Now for the moment I had been dreading… dress!

I know I should have been excited but I wasn’t (sorry) I had been dieting before the pregnancy and had lost about a stone and a half, then the weight loss stopped and despite a week of eating little other than cucumber, lettuce and cottage cheese when in Egypt (not aware that I was 6 weeks pregnant!) I came back 2 pounds heavier!

I had had awful experiences in wedding shops in the past, being made to feel bad for not being a size 10 (If they can reduce me to tears believe me they are awful!)

I was feeling really down about myself and was seriously doubting I would get anything nice at such short notice! Then we went to see Peter! Peter owns a family run company called Heartbrides and stocks wedding dresses from a size 10 to a size 36 and he is quite simply a genius (as are his lovely ‘ladies’ who help you dress and offer honest advice!) I let him pick out dresses that he knew would suit me and they all looked nice on!

I picked this one as I thought the beautiful detailing would go with our theme (and it looked pretty good too!) Peter fitted it really well (leaving room for my growing bump!) so it was comfy all day!

I wore it with black, sparkly killer heels!!!

I picked a veil and tiara but then decided that was far too boring for me and asked Peter to make me a SATC style fascinator….much more ‘me’!

What do you think?

Lots of Love


Wednesday, 28 July 2010

I'll start at the very beginning........

My severe lack of posting over the last 7 weeks has meant I have neglected to share loads of exciting stuff!
I realise it would be a travesty not to share all with blogland but I'd rather not bore you (and myself!) telling you everything in one go!
I thought I would tell you about the run up to the wedding and honeymoon in bite sized chunks starting with the proposal!

When we decided to get married it wasn't really the most romantic event, finding out about our baby and planning the wedding so quickly meant that we kind of bypassed a proper proposal!
I'm not one for grand gestures (I find it really embarrassing!) but being pregnant and emotional I couldn't help but feel disappointed that he never got to actually ask me properly!
I shouldn't have worried, James had it covered!!
After a fabulous weekend away in Paris (don't worry I'll tell you all about it soon!) we went out for a lovely dinner. Half way through James took off the temporary ring I had been wearing to 'look at' I didn't even notice when he slipped a new one back on!
After he realised I hadn't caught on he said 'I don't like that ring, you better check that one out!'
I looked down and burst into tears! Well wouldn't you?

(excuse my lack of grooming, manicure required!)

After I stopped blubbing he asked 'well, will you then?'
as if I would say no!!!

I'd love to hear any of your proposal stories if you would like to share!!

Lots of Love


Monday, 26 July 2010

I can't believe its been seven weeks since my last post, the time has flown and so much has happened!

Wonderful things that this time last year I could never have dreamed of happening to me!

I hope you will forgive and join me in a small backward glance today, not to dwell on the past, but to celebrate how far I have come in the last year!

Those of you who have known me from the start of my blogging journey will know that this is my second blog, the first lasting only 17 posts!
My first blog ended at the same time as my first engagement and reading this post I can still remember how sad I felt writing it. Despite knowing I had done the right thing ending this unhappy relationship I was very, very scared.
I will always remember the advice given to me by the lovely Duchess of Tea, she said:

'at times we are sad for an unfortunate event; however, if we only knew how this turn of misfortune will help us in the future, then instead of tears we will pop champagne'

I hoped she was right and now I know she was!
Now, one year on I could not be happier! I have a wonderful husband and we are expecting our first baby!

I know you are all eager to hear all about the wedding and honeymoon and hope that the posts from Victoria and Rosie P have helped ease the suspense!
Over the next few day's (or weeks!) I promise to fill you all in on all the details but for now I'd better be signing off as I have so many of your fab blogs to catch up on!

Lots of Love