Archive for February 2010

Chalkboard Heart Placecards Part 3

February 28th, 2010 — 6:26pm

I pretty much live in Hobby Craft at the moment, I went on Saturday and picked up a few bits and bobs.  One thing I did buy was chalk paint pens.  They’re the pens that restaurants use to write on their chalkboards.  I was worried about using chalk for the place cards in case the names rubbed off.

Unfortunately the only picture I have was taken on a phone so the quality is a little naff, but you get the idea.

I want to give the hearts another coat of the chalkboard paint, so this was just a trial.  I can’t wait to see the finished piece!  It’s been so fun to do and it’s great to know that such a quick, easy and cheap project will add so much to our tables!
The making of my chalkboard placecards
The experiment, Part 1 - Drilling and mass spraying, Part 2 - Mass spraying the backs,

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Friday’s Photo

February 26th, 2010 — 5:08pm

A series of pictures from an engagement shoot by Daniel Kiyoi featuring water balloons!

The photos are amazing!  I’d love to be able to do something as fun as this for our shoot.

Such a fun idea!
The water in this photo is amazing!  Daniel did an great job capturing this

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Before I knew…

February 26th, 2010 — 4:53pm

I love asking Has question about how he planned to propose, maybe it’s because I’m a details person or just because I’m nosey but I seriously can not get enough of these stories.

From very early on in our relationship we had spoken about marriage and I’d always said I wanted Has to ask my parents for their permission.  It wasn’t because we needed their approval, but it’s one of the old fashioned traditions I really loved.  I also think my Dad would have been disappointed if he hadn’t have been asked.  My parents knew that I wanted Has to ask them, and would often joke with Has how they would only agree if Has was wearing an Aston Villa Football shirt.  Has is an avid Birmingham City supporter.  (If you don’t know about football, these teams are serious rivals!)  It’s a good job Has and my parents get on so well else there may not have been a proposal!

Me and Has with my parents

He told me he remembers the exact moment he knew he wanted to propose.  Early July 2008 he went to see Morrissey with his brother, he told his brother, Taz, there that he was planning on doing it.  Later that month
my cousin got married. Whilst I was preoccupied helping Alison get ready, Has took my parents aside and said something along the lines of “I’m not wearing a Villa shirt, but….!”  Obviously my parents were shocked and over joyed!  I seriously do not know how they kept it a secret for 2 months!

My Mom and Has had figured out that my ring finger was the same size as my Mom’s little finger.  Without my knowledge she had to go to a jewellers to get it measured and relay that information to Has!  Sneaky!  Has knew the type of styles I liked for an engagement ring but I have to say he did such an amazing job picking out my ring.  I couldn’t be happier with it.

My “Oh I’m just posing, what’s that you ask?  Just my ROCK!” pose

The day before we were due to fly to Las Vegas, we had to drive down to Heathrow as our flight left very early morning.  Before setting out on the journey we decided it would be a good idea to grab something to eat so I popped out to MacDonald’s to pick us up some fast food.  Little did I know Has was showing my Mom the ring and making sure it fit her little finger!

I could listen to these tales again and again, I love knowing the details and how (practically) everyone knew and was in on the surprise before I was!
The day we got to Las Vegas I rang my parents to say we had arrived safely and rambled on about how gorgeous and hot it was… meanwhile 5235 miles away my parents and brother were huddled around the phone expecting me to shout “We’re engaged!”   I saved that for 5am the next morning!

It was such an important few months in the run up to one of the most significant moments of my life and I almost resent not being part of it (My control freak side coming out!)  Saying that I’m glad it came as a surprise, and I wouldn’t change a single part of it for anything.

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Bride and Groom Cupcakes

February 25th, 2010 — 4:02pm

As we’re not having a traditional wedding cake we don’t really think the traditional bride and groom statue on top of the cake will look right.  Saying that I still want the cupcake tower to look like a wedding cake, I want our guests to instantly recognise that as our cake and not just dessert!  We’re having white icing and keeping the purple sprinkles subtle, so hopefully this will help, but I’ve been thinking of having bride and groom cupcakes.

I’ve seen quite a few of these around and think they look really cute.  I’m not 100% sure on what to have yet but I love these ideas.

Top Left: Super cute pirate and ballerina toppers the bride found at a local knick knack store.  This is such a sweet idea but I’m not really sure of what I would have on my cupcake?

Top Right: Sugar icing circles with the bride and groom’s initials.  I really like this idea and may go with something in between this and the bottom right photo.  I’d love the idea of having a purple sugar heart with our initials either iced or embossed on to it.

The bride and groom toppers in the bottom left photo are traditional with a twist.  I love these but have no idea where to get hold of them?!

Not only will this help people identify the tower as the wedding cake, I think it will ensure Has and I actually get a cupcake!  I have visions of them all being gobbled up before we get chance to enjoy one.

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Engagement Shoot

February 24th, 2010 — 1:23pm

As part of our photography package with Deborah Stott we have an engagement shoot.  It’s so Deborah can get to know us better and us her.  It’s also to allow Has and I to feel more comfortable posing for the camera so we don’t end up with awkward wedding day photos.

Quite a lot of photographers are now including this in the wedding day package and it was something that we really wanted to do.  Neither of us feel 100% comfortable in front of the camera, so it will be a nice way for us to relax into being the centre of attention before the big day.

from Shannon Nicole Smith

When we first spoke to Deborah she told us it was completely our decision.  Some couples choose to have their shoot at their venue and others pick a place that means a lot to them.
It would be nice to have it at Nailcote Hall, we could have a good wander around the grounds, they have quite a famous golf course, although I’m not sure how many photos we’d get away with before an angry golfer told us off!  It would be ideal as Deborah could become familiar with our venue and the grounds before the wedding.  On the other hand, we’ll have plenty of photos of us at Nailcote from the wedding day, so I’ve been trying to think of an alternate place.  Other than flying us all out to New York for the weekend I can’t really think of another place that is special to us both.

From Kyle Hale via Green Wedding Shoes


I’m not entirely sure when or where our shoot will take place.   I would like our shoot to be towards the end of the summer, early autumn.  Our wedding day will be cold, so it would be nice if the engagement photographs looked a little warmer, plus I don’t really want to be wearing a coat, hopefully I’ll be wearing a cute summer dress and cardigan!  (Although these photos in the snow are so cute!)
From Rebekah Westover via Ruffled

Should we take props?

Some of the engagement shoots I’ve seen floating around blog land have the couples posing with a few props, such as balloons, picnics, old record players and food, like cupcakes!  I think this will probably depend on where we end up having the shoot, but I think it would be nice for us to take a few things along, I think props can help relax you into the photo shoot.  That was definitely true for me when I had photos taken for Suzie’s hen party.  It was much easier to fool around with a sword or telescope than have to think about what to do.
From Shannon Nicole Smith via Rock ‘n Roll Bride

More and more engagement shoots are cropping up in my Google Reader and I keep saving them so I’ll have plenty of inspiration for when it’s our turn.

In fact I’m going to admit to being really cheesy… Has and I have a large mirror above our dresser.  It’s where I spend most of the evening, crafting or blogging, so whenever Has comes over to give me a cuddle or a kiss I look up in the mirror at our reflection and say “That would make a cute engagement shoot pose!”

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Magnolia Bakery

February 23rd, 2010 — 5:05pm

Made famous by Sex and the City, Magnolia Bakery has opened up a new stand in Grand Central Station.  When ever we’ve been to New York we always say we’ll go to one of the stores but as of yet we still have not tried one of these famous little cupcakes!

from here, here and here

Seeing as we’re usually based around Grand Central Station and tend to hop on and hop off the subway stop there we shall have no excuse not to drop in for a few cupcakes on our honeymoon!

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Saturday 20th February

February 22nd, 2010 — 8:44pm
Breakfast before hair and make up (!) and helping Suzie into her dress

Don’t we look nervous!
The happy, happy couple!
One of my favourite photos of the day
Cutting the cake
A beautiful day and look we survived… just!

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Tough Job

February 22nd, 2010 — 12:21pm
My bridesmaids bouquet

I can’t believe how drained I feel after this weekend.  I suppose it’s the first time I’ve been able to relax for a few days and now it’s hit me.  I still feel really emotional.  Has had filmed parts of the wedding day for Suzie and Rob and watching that back made me cry.  I was concentrating so hard on not crying and being strong and supportive to Suzie that I think it’s all coming out now.

When the evening guests arrived on Saturday, my parents asked me if I had been on the Red Bull because I was so hyper!  The truth is the last couple of hours I had been so intense that I hadn’t been able to relax.  I didn’t even realise this until yesterday when all my emotions tumbled out.

I don’t think I really appreciated the work of a bridesmaid before Saturday.  Of course I knew my role was to help and support the bride as much as possible in the run up and on the day itself (Suzie was a kind bride and took her dress off to go to the bathroom so we avoided the dress above the head to pee situation!) but emotionally being a bridesmaid is tough!

If I feel like this, I wonder how Suzie must be feeling?  I’m sure she is still in her blissful newly-wed bubble getting ready to go on honeymoon with her new husband.  One of our married friends told us that when she relaxed on her honeymoon she cried for 3 days purely because all of the stress and emotions were finally being allowed out!  I don’t think I realised how much emotional pressure a wedding can put on people!

Being a bridesmaid before my own wedding has definitely made me look at my own bridesmaids in a different light.  Of course I know they will do their very bests to be there for me, and help me organise the wedding but now I know how emotionally involved they will be.

I’ve had so much fun being Suzie’s bridesmaid, planning, organising and scheming! I just hope she will enjoying being my bridesmaid as much as I have enjoyed being hers.

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Suzie and Rob’s Wedding.

February 21st, 2010 — 4:33pm

I can’t believe it’s over!  After 18 months of helping Suzie plan her wedding, the day has been and gone and now my best friend is a wife!

I had the most amazing time with Suzie being by her side as she’s organised her wedding day.  It’s been so much fun sharing ideas and suggestions for each others weddings.  The last few days have been nothing like I expected them to be like.  I’ve never been a “grown up” bridesmaid (3 times before all under the age of 7) so I really didn’t know what to expect.  We were all completely calm right up until the end, we could all barely believe that the day had actually arrived!

On Friday Suzie, Beth and I set up all we could in the main ceremony room at he hotel and practised walking down the aisle about 20 (!) times before going back to our room to sup on bucks fizz and nibble on some room service.

We were all so calm.  We kept commenting on the fact that it didn’t feel real and we expected a lot more freaking out from Suzie but she was as cool as a cucumber!  I’m so proud of her.  She was the most beautiful bride I’ve ever seen.  Even on the morning of the wedding Suzie was a star.  So calm.  She was glowing, her big beaming smile never once left her face.

There was a moment in our room minutes before we were called to say they were ready, when it all got a little too much.  All of us were shaking, trying to take deep breaths and doing our best not to cry.  To lighten the situation we danced around the room to David Bowie, played eye spy and joked how Suzie’s underwear had a mind of it’s own…  I’ll never forget those last few precious moments with Suzie as a Miss.  I can not tell you how incredibly honoured I feel to have been with Suzie in those last few special minutes.

Once they were ready for us, we walked downstairs.  Well, Beth and I walked! Suzie practically ran! We met her Father at the top of the stairs and as he took her arm he looked at her with so much love and pride I found it difficult to hold it together.  When it was time to walk down the aisle all of the planning and timing we had worked on the day before was forgotten.  We ended up walking quite fast down the aisle but it really didn’t matter.
All morning we had been holding back our emotions to be supportive and strong for Suzie, but when I saw her walk down the aisle with her father I couldn’t hold it any longer.  She looked so gorgeous and happy, I don’t think there was anyone who didn’t shed a tear.

The ceremony was so beautiful, smiles never left their faces.  Suzie had asked me to witness their wedding, I was so caught up in the moment that when the registrar asked for the witnesses to step forward I wasn’t prepared.  I had to quickly pass mine and Suzie’s bouquets to Beth so I could stand to witness their vows.

I am ecstatically happy for the new Mr and Mrs.  I want to thank them both so much for allowing me to be a part of their special day.  Love you both millions! xxx

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Happy Wedding Day Suzie and Rob

February 20th, 2010 — 2:00pm

Right about now we should be walking down the aisle and Suzie is about to become a wife!

Happy Wedding Day Suzie and Rob, I hope it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of.
All my love always

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