I’m a Bride Up North


A few weeks ago our lovely photographer, Sarah Mason, who I’ve raved about time and time again (on our bump shoot and our baby shoot as well as our wedding) contacted us to say she had been approached by Julia from the Brides Up North website, who was interested in featuring our wedding. As a reader of Brides Up North, especially when we were planning our wedding, my favourite feature was always the real weddings so obviously I jumped at the chance.  Our wedding went live on the 30th May and you can find it here if you want to have a look.  It’s lovely to think our big day is now featured on this fabulous website for the world to see, so a big thank you to Julia for approaching Sarah regarding it and also to Sarah for agreeing to it.  

You can also have a peek at my post on our wedding here.  I would love to have a nosey at some of your wedding posts too so leave me a link in the comments if you have one for me to look at. 

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Mr & Mrs – DIY Details

When I set out on my wedding planning journey I had no idea that I would find it so difficult in the beginning.  As most brides I attended a few wedding fairs but every time I went I left feeling deflated, disheartened  and annoyed. As a 50’s girl at heart I thought the ‘Vintage’ wedding fairs may be more up my street but they too left me feeling the same, if not worse, mainly because they are NOT vintage, they are more shabby chic or kitsch than vintage (don’t get me started). It seemed that everywhere I looked I saw nothing that interested me and I suddenly started to dread our wedding.  Then I discovered Unique Bride magazine.

This magazine showed me that I could embrace my inner starlet, be rock n roll chic and still have a wedding I and others would love.  Then I explored the vendors etc for the things I wanted and realised I would need a small fortune to get that wedding, unless……. 

I DIY’ed it! 

I have never been very artistic or crafty but if I wanted the wedding of my dreams then a Craft Queen I would become.  And I did, In the end I DIY’ed: 

Invitations 
(I don’t have any pics of these but I assure you they were bloody good!)

Bouquets


Buttonholes 



Table Centre Pieces with customised candles.


Table Plan


Favours/Place Settings


Bunting
(I don’t have pictures of the bunting either but it was 3 different colours and there was about 28 metres of the stuff!)

Sweet Bar 


Guest Book 
Card Box

Best of all, everything turned out just right & went together perfectly. My wedding was exactly as I’d imagined it and cost me nowhere near as much as it would have if I had bought most of the things I wanted.  I’m telling you, DIY is the way forward!

The Jukebox Jets

Our wedding had a slight theme running through the day, the 50’s, the era I should have been the age I am now.  Because of this it was a no brainer for us to want a Rock ‘n’ Roll band at our evening do.  
The Jet-Setters are the band we hired for our wedding and I cannot tell you how amazing they were and how lucky I feel that we had them making our evening do the perfect end to our wedding day.  
I spent hours scouring the internet for a band and the one we initially booked pulled out, which is when The Jet-Setters stepped in and man am I glad that they did.  


I literally spent the whole night dancing, I don’t have a clue who was at my evening do as I didn’t talk to anyone unless they were on the dance floor.  The dance floor was full for every set and they even got my Uncle Simon up.  This may not sound like a big deal but he had a massive stroke quite a few years ago now and his mobility isn’t great so it wasn’t easy for him to dance, but more than that he has never danced in his life.  He has never been up on the dance floor even before his stroke so what does that tell you about them?  


They played for our first dance which was to this, Hallelujah I Love Her So, but with their own rock n roll twist to it. 


They even had a little competition for our guests, we chose 6 couples to get up and have a dance off, eliminating a couple after every song.  Tania & Ant were our winners and wore the crowns they won as a prize all night! 


Absolutely everybody who came to my wedding told me the band were excellent, even those who don’t really like 50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll said so.  Furthermore though the band members were absolutely lovely, between sets they were chatting to our guests and joining in the frivolities of the night and the next morning joined our guests for breakfast. 

If you are ever on the hunt for a band then these are the guys for you. They were worth every single penny and more and I am already trying to think of another excuse to hire them. 

So I would just like to say a MASSIVE thank you to them from my husband and myself, you really made our wedding day perfect and made me a very, very happy bride. 

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter or on their website.  


Mr & Mrs – Our Day in Pictures

Our wedding day was absolutely perfect. I spent the whole day laughing and smiling and at no point did I feel under any stress. I think a lot of that was down to having amazing friends and family who helped so much before and on the day.  I also think that taking the advice of other friends who have already had their magical day helped. After listening to their advice I adopted the attitude of f**k it. If it wasn’t done by the day of the wedding or it didn’t go quite right, it didn’t matter. The important thing was that we turned up and said our vows. That is exactly what happened and everything else was a bonus. There were things that didn’t quite go to plan on the day, the buttonholes disappeared, the spare buttons to go in the centre pieces also went missing. The father of the grooms shoes were odd sizes so he had to wear different shoes to the other males of the bridal party. I woke up with a massive spot. Luca refused to wear his braces and a few other little things but not one person noticed and it made absolutely no difference to our day. 
Our day was captured beautifully by our amazing photographer Sarah Mason.  Sarah has followed us on our journey into a family, she took our bump and baby shots, a pre wedding shoot and then finally these amazing photos below.

Here is our day in pictures.

The Preparations


The Official Bit


Our Wedding Party


Mr & Mrs


 


 The Speeches


The Details


Some of our Fabulous Guests



The Party!



I feel so lucky that our day was so perfect and these are just a small selection of the amazing photographs we have to remember it by.  Our special thanks go to Sarah Mason for capturing our day so beautifully and making out pictures something we will treasure forever. We couldn’t have wished for a better photographer. 

Thank you Sarah! 

If you would like to hire Sarah to capture memories you’ll treasure forever you can contact her through her website  or through her blog. You can also find her on Twitter or Facebook.




"So….how's married life?"



Everyone who has ever got married will tell you that everyone you speak to for at least a few weeks afterwards (I don’t know how long it lasts, I only got married 3 weeks ago) always starts a conversation with “So…how’s married life?”.  My response is always the same, “Like it was before”.  This may make me sound like an ice maiden but for us it is. We have lived together for 6 years and have a one year old so apart from my name, nothing has really changed.

Having said that though, I do FEEL different. I can’t exactly put my finger on it but somehow I feel more grown up, more like a woman than I was before.  I don’t know why because as I said our day to day life is exactly as it was before my status as a ‘Mrs’ but something, somewhere has changed.  

I feel like now I’m more qualified or able to make grown up decisions like buy a house and haggle over a deal on an upgraded car. I feel like I can now legitimately act like a grown up without feeling like I’m pretending. I feel like I can take on the world now with more strength and confidence.

Can someone please explain to me why?  How can a piece of paper that says we are now married make such a difference in my life. 

Whatever the reasons behind it, I like it. I like that I am now legally part of an amazing partnership. I like that I am going to spend the rest of my life working hard trying to make aforementioned partnership as perfect as possible, whilst we hopefully provide a happy, contented, loving household to raise, parent and expand our family in. 

Most of all though I LOVE that we now all have the same surname and somehow we feel like even more of a family.


So bring it on world, me and my boys are ready to make the most of you. 

New Things August 2013


I’m sorry for another late post but here it is anyway!

In August we did a huge New Thing as a family! We got MARRIED as I’ve previously mentioned and will probably mention a few more times too (sorry!) There were a few other New Things we managed to squeeze in though as well. 

New Thing 24: My mummy and daddy got married this month which meant I got to be a page boy.  I got to wear fancy clothes and everybody cooed over me and told me I was cute. I quite liked it for a bit but then I did get very fed up of it.  My friends were page boys too, Dylan and Zack, but I was the best page boy. 

New Thing 25: After the commotion and crazy week leading up to my mummy and daddy’s wedding they decided it was a good idea to get away from it all for a few days.  This is the first time we have ever been away together as a whole family. Me and mummy have been away for a weekend, but not with daddy.  We had lots of fun together and mummy and daddy had even more time than usual to play with me. It was great.



New Thing 17:  I got married!! This is this first time I’ve ever been married so its a pretty big new thing for me this month.  It really was, as cheesy as it sounds, the best day ever. It was absolutely perfect and I spent the whole day laughing and having fun with those who mean the world to me. I am gonna do a few posts on our amazing day so keep your eyes peeled. 


New Thing 18: With the wedding came another new thing for me, I got a spray tan. As this country is never hot enough for me to bare enough flesh for long enough to get a tan (I like it HOT), I am quite pale. I decided as I was wearing a white dress and my bridesmaids are all quite tanned, I would probably look better with a bit of colour so I braved it and got painted. Luckily I have a brilliant friend, Sarah, who did my tan for me and left me feeling lovely without feeling orange. She also made me feel beautiful on the day by doing all my beauty treatments for me, she is fabulous. 

So there, those are our New Things for August. 

What I Wore Wednesday – My wedding dress!

So on Saturday I got married! Eek! 

Still can’t quite believe how perfect the day was and how amazing I felt all day.  All thanks to my fabulous friends Jade, who did my hair and makeup, and Sarah who did all my beauty treatments. 

But mostly I felt amazing because of THE most important wedding item, my dress! 

(Apologies for the photo quality, it was stolen from a friend)

I literally felt like a million dollars in this dress so thought I’d share it with the world (stay tuned for more wedding themed posts).

Wedding dress – Vivien of Holloway
Custom Petticoat – HoneyPie Boutique 
Shoes – Nelly 
Belt – Vivien of Holloway
Necklace – Etsy
Custom Birdcage Veil – What Katy Did Next

My bridesmaids also looked beautiful I think you’ll agree?

Bridesmaids:
Dress – Vivien of Holloway
Petticoat – Vivien of Holloway
Shoes – Debenhams
Necklace – Etsy