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Our Wedding Journey…

Right, let’s take you back to where it all began…. Quite a few years ago.

I’ll start with the proposal…

It was the 16th February 2014…

It was our 4 year anniversary so decided to go away for a weekend away to celebrate  to Suffolk, we headed off in the morning and had a wonder around the area, walked along the prom, went in the arcades and at this point it was getting late and we were thinking about getting food.

Tom asked if we could walk along the beach before we headed back and I agreed, then that’s where I turned around and saw him get down on one knee and ask me the question.  It was perfect. On the beach over looking the sea with the sun setting in the background. I cried and immediately said YES!

I rang my family, a few friends and they were all so happy for us.

We had talked about getting married but we had agreed to wait too as we were still both living at home and wanted to get a place of our own first.

Our Engagement Party 13th April 2013 – Tidbury Green Golf Club

There was no rush for a party but we set a date for a few months later after our engagement.  We looked around at some local venues with the help of my dad, we didn’t want anything too fancy just something we could decorate ourselves and celebrate with our close family and friends.

Then, eventually a few years later we started planning our big day…

Our Wedding Day – Henley Golf & Country Club

We  I, chose the year of 2017 to get married, it was a big year, as I turned 30, my dad was turning 70 and it was my parents ruby wedding anniversary so wanted to make it a year to remember for everyone.

All I knew was that I wanted a summer wedding.  We started by looking at venues and eventually after months of looking at various places we decided on Henley Golf & Country Club.

It was a beautiful setting for our big day, I just fell in love with it.

We set our date for Saturday 22nd July 2017, booked the venue, registrar and a few other essentials back in 2016 and sent the save the dates out.  Then in November I went to the doctors and found out I was pregnant, 9 weeks pregnant and due 2 weeks before the wedding.  I didn’t want to cancel the wedding so we then had to re think the whole wedding day and we decided to change the date to October 28th 2017, just a few months after the original date so we could settle into parenthood before our big day.

We had a lot to do between then and our baby been born and then after baby was born before the big day, but with the help of my parents it was all achieved.

I choose to go for the colour scheme of turquoise as it was bright and pretty and went well with the original summer planned wedding.

Wedding Stationery

I decided to designed and make my own wedding invitations.  They took me approximately 4 months from start to finish which I think was excellent.  I got so many amazing comments on them.

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Me & my bridesmaids

Starting from left to right: I chose my cousin Natalie, sister in law Rachel, my best friend Zoe (Maid Of Honour) and school friend Alexandra.  The dresses were from a shop called R&Z Dress World where you could mix and match any style with any colour.

The Groom, Best Men & Usher

Tom had his Brother Simon (Left) as best man and his brother in law Graham (Right) for his usher.  We hired the suits from a shop called  David Aitchison in Knowle.

The dress

I didn’t have a clue about the sort of dress I wanted, I had looked online at design and styles but nothing jumped out at me.  I went and visited several dress shops and tried on so many different styles, designs and colours of dresses.  The dress I finally chose was perfect, the detail on it was incredible.  There was diamontes all around the top of the dress to add a bit of sparkle and zip and buttons all up the back.  I bought my dress from Platinum Brides and my experience was perfect from start to finish, the attention to detail was amazing and nothing was too much trouble, the did all the alterations on site.

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And finally…

The Rings

I knew and pictured the exact wedding ring I wanted in my head, nothing big something simple that would fit with my engagement ring and which had a bit of sparkle.  It took us a few weeks after looking around and trying on to decide which we preferred.  We didn’t choose the most expensive or the cheapest but found something we like and took advice from the shops on recommendations and we came away with these.

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We never had a honeymoon as we had a 3 month old baby at the time so we have saved the money for a holiday of a lifetime in a few years time when Freddie is a little older as we would both love to travel to Australia or California.

Our day was amazing and everything I could of wished for and more, I just wished we could do it all over again as it just went far too quickly.

We will have been married for 2 years this year in October.

Would love to hear your wedding journeys

Freddie’s Two Year Update

Firstly let me apologies this is a little bit late, Life has just been so busy.

We now have a two-year-old boy. Two going on 22 sometimes, I swear.
Not sure where the last two years have gone. However, it has been a mixture of ups and downs but wouldn’t change it for the world.

We celebrated his 2nd Birthday the beginning of July and had a BBQ at home with friends and family, we all had a wonderful time, and he got genuinely spoilt rotten.

Freddie has a powerful personality, he’s cute, cuddly, whinge and has tantrums, and all this can happen in the space of a short time too and sometimes all over silly things.

Here’s Mr Grumpy

Since turning two he has suddenly gone from a baby to a little boy, his speech and the words he can say are amazing things like Koala, his name Freddie, cheetah, some words which I didn’t expect him to say until he was older, it has amazed us.   He knows what he wanted even if not all the time we can understand what he is trying to tell us.

His favorite things to do are play with his cars, toys, read his books or playing in the garden with his footballs and net, water/sand tray and slide. He loves being in the garden, and if you need him to come in, it usually takes bribery to work.

Freddie loves watching television too, usually when he’s tired he will curl up on the sofa and ask to view it. His favorite programs are: In the Night Garden, Teletubbies, Bing and Raa Raa the noisy lion.

He goes to nursery 3.5 days a week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Mornings till 1 pm and loves it.  He has made a few friends and has some of the nursery nurses wrapped around his fingers. He has Wednesday’s & Friday afternoons at my parents which he loves.

I will try to do a yearly update on Freddie going forward and you can then see how much he has changed.

Creating A Focal Point In The Lounge

But nowadays, you’d be hard-pressed to find, firstly a home with an old-fashioned fireplace, and secondly a decor that puts the fireplace at the centre of attention. In fact, since the apparition of the TV, the living room decor has been transformed dramatically. The average Briton spends about 24 hours a week watching television. Yes, you read it right, it’s the equivalent of one day every week. Most of us, however, admit that while turning the TV on is a habit when they come back home, but it doesn’t mean they’re actively watching. The main reason why the TV is always on is that it has replaced the fireplace in the living room design. Indeed, your TV is the new focal point. And it’s time to inject more personality to your lounging area to take your eyes off the screen!

The simple and cute trip down the memory lane

Nothing is more powerful than a happy memory. How about dozens of happy memories transforming your blank wall into a giant photo album that puts a smile on your face every single time you look at it? Indeed, making your own gallery wall can be time demanding as you need to select the pictures and order prints of varying sizes. But it’s worth all the time you’ll invest in it. For families, the photo wall is the perfect opportunity to hang your favourite shots and your most precious memories, from the birth of your little bundle of joy to the day you said yes to each other. It’s also the best place to hang the photos of the relatives you don’t get to see as often as you’d like to – parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, for example.

An effective geometric pattern that changes the room

Painting your walls may not seem like the most exciting idea when it comes to creating a focal point, but with a little DIY love, you could do wonders to that blank wall. First things first, if you’re going to use pain as a new accent in the room, it’s a good idea to stay away from the traditional neutral hues, such as Magnolia, Cream and Eggshell. This season’s trend colour is pistachio, and you’d be pleased to know that it’s an excellent choice for a living room. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could consider creating a geometric pattern using painter’s tape. Stick to a reliable brand such as FrogTape, which makes sure that the paint doesn’t bleed through. Then you can let your imagination show the way, from creating a simple colour-block division on the wall to using the tape to make a recurring diamond shape, for instance.

Transform the room for good

Ultimately, if you want to make one section of the room into the new focal point, sometimes the best and most effective way is to consider knocking a wall down. While that might sound like a rather extreme solution, your living room could benefit from the addition of a conservatory extension that lets the natural sunlight through. For small conservatories, you don’t even need planning permission. However, you might need funding from a trustworthy lender such as Buddy Loans, which can help you to get started rapidly. An indoor garden can not only help to purify your indoor air, but it also creates an inviting environment – you’re more likely to enjoy a cup of tea in your new conservatory than in front of the TV!

Nothing but the best sound tech

Forget the TV; you need music to relax. Whether you’re a Spotify addict or you still buy CDs in shops, it might be time to give your old stereo system an upgrade. You can find affordable sound systems that read all your favourite media, including your phone. Imagine, coming back home and relaxing to the soothing sound of Dean Martin’s voice singing Sway. Or perhaps you could have a playful dance with your child on Thriller by Michael Jackson – no child is too ever young to learn the moonwalk!

A little vintage touch

Most of us have a favourite brand when it comes to furniture – and, let’s be honest, family households love IKEA because it’s practical and simple. However, it’s easy to ignore your furniture when everything belongs to the same set. Instead, you can add playful elements to switch the focal point with quirky vintage items. First of all, if you keep your eyes open, you can find excellent quality vintage at a bargain price. But, more importantly, painting your vintage furniture – chalk paint has terrific results even for amateur crafters – can make it stand out even more in the decor. Nothing says look at me like a mellow yellow commode in the lounge!

Pet-lovers: Something monumental for the cat

Last but not least, pet lovers often struggle to introduce pet items into their interior style. The dog bed is often hidden behind the sofa or in the back room. You wouldn’t think of putting the litter tray in the lounge. But, have you considered building an oversized toy for your pet? Cat trees can be surprisingly elegant if you’re handy with woodwork – failing that, you could also order it from a professional! Why should you make your pet a part of your decor: What’s more entertaining than washing your cat climbing and playing? More importantly, it keeps you active because you’re more likely to play with your pet than watch TV.

Of course, creating an Edwardian living room is nothing that would work in the modern household. But you can nevertheless consider some modification to move your TV to the background while you add new focal points.

Parklife #MySundaySnapshot

Happy 1st September, we are off on our holidays this week so I won’t be joining in with this for a couple of weeks.  As soon as I return normal schedules will resume.

We took a trip to the park round the corner from us as the weather was decent, little man was loving life going up and down, round and round.  We spent a good hour there and he cried when we had to go home.

Do your kids love the park?

Happy Sunday!