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A catch up

October 27th, 2010 — 9:39pm

Posting from me may be a little sporadic over the next few days, but I promise to pop in frequently to keep you updated.

The last few days have had us reconfirming details with our suppliers.  I’ve emailed a list of group shots over to our photographer Deborah Stott, who said “I’m really looking forward to your day now, I can’t wait!”. I spoke to the DJ after sending him our suggested play list… his words were “This is going to be awesome!” and I emailed our venue with additional numbers for guests and to also ask for buckets of water to be placed outside so we can extinguish our sparklers correctly.  My Dad laughed at me for doing this, saying I was thinking in too much detail… isn’t that the point!?  I don’t want people to be standing around with finished sparklers asking me what they do with them!  Anyway Michelle at Nailcote Hall replied straight away saying everything would be sorted and signed off her email “Not long now!!!!!!”  I love it when our suppliers are as excited as we are!

Tonight we went to see our florist Jennie Cooke to make payment, discuss the plans and to deliver one of our vases for her to practise with and the ribbon we want used to wrap the bouquets.  All went well and Jennie told us she’d call us next week just to check in.

Yesterday Hayley came round and we finished the order of service!!! Yay!!  It wasn’t without incident though Hayley has gone away with two tiny staple holes in her fingers…  I’ll be doing a separate post for the unveiling of the fiddliest wedding project ever!

I’ll also be taking on a few more (yes I know I’m a sucker for punishment!) projects – they’re only small and shouldn’t take me long but will hopefully make a big impact.  I will of course blog about them in due course.

Suzie dress fitting went very well and now all of the girls dresses are with the shop waiting to be steamed ready for me to pick them up on Tuesday.

All very exciting stuff, next week is going to start out very relaxing with nail, hair, facial and body smoother appointments.  I can’t believe we’re approaching the 1 week countdown!

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October 26th, 2010 — 9:44pm

Things have been more than hectic lately and my daily blogging has suffered for it.

The last few weeks have been nothing like I had expected them to be. I have actually felt very overwhelmed, very pressured and tearful. I had expected the last few weeks to be nothing but excitement and girlie giggles but on the contrary it’s all started to weigh on me.

Quite a lot has happened over the last few months, my company went into administration and I was made redundant. I still haven’t received any of my wages, redundancy or notice pay. I’m sure you can imagine with a wedding just days away money is tight enough as it is.

Then sadly we had to say goodbye to our family dog Meg. To lose someone who has been in your life for over 17 years is a huge adjustment, I still forget myself and find myself thinking she’s still with us.

This week thanks to the support of many fabulous friends and family I’m feeling a lot brighter, I want to enjoy the run up as I’ll never experience anything like this again. I’ve been told it’s normal to feel like this, so I should probably stop feeling so guilty about it – which I’ve been worrying about and in turn enhancing the problem!
The way I’ve been feeling completely took me by surprise. Never in a million years would I have guessed I’d feel like this.

The next 10 days are mine to enjoy and cherish, I’ve got a new outlook no more stressing, worrying or fretting. I’m getting married and as long as on the day me, Has and the registrar turn up who cares what else happens!

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Stuart and Ashlee

October 25th, 2010 — 8:39pm

This Saturday Has and I attending the wedding of Stuart and Ashlee.  The last wedding before ours.

Stuart and Has met at Cheltenham University and lived in student halls together and then moved in to a (disgusting) student house for the last 2 years.  I spent a huge amount of time in Cheltenham so got to know Stuart pretty well and in turn Ashlee too.

Funnily enough they announced their engagement around the same time as we did and their wedding day is obviously close to ours too.

We had such an amazing time celebrating with them, Ashlee looked stunning and Stuart scrubbed up well too.  All throughout their day they made the effort to come talk to us and even get excited about our day.  Their day was beautiful with so many lavish and gorgeous details.

Stuart and Ashlee are honeymooning in St Lucia, they actually land the morning of our wedding and driving straight from the airport to be with us and we couldn’t appreciate it more.

Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your wonderful day.  We can’t wait to see you both again! xxx

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Some things for the weekend

October 24th, 2010 — 5:53pm

Slightly late – I hope you’ll forgive me!  We’ve had a rather manic but lovely weekend.  Has’ University friend Stuart got married to his childhood sweetheart yesterday in East Sussex.  It was a beautiful wedding and was a nice way for Has and I to forget the wedding worries and panics and really enjoy the idea of our wedding as well as celebrating our friends’ special day.

I can’t believe we’re less than two weeks away now, I’m flitting from excitement to nerves, to complete denial that it is in fact very close now.  I’m going with Suzie tomorrow for her final fitting, then Hayley is popping over on Tuesday to help me (hopefully) finish the Order of Service.

I know they’re late but here are some links I’ve been loving.



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I’ll Miss…

October 21st, 2010 — 4:18pm

I’ll miss the planning.  I’ll miss being the bride-to-be.  I’m sure it’s more than normal to feel like this, with 2 weeks to go until our wedding day I’m starting to think about what “normal” life will be life.  Life without the wedding being just around the corner.

I’ll miss

  • Being the bride-to-be
  • The excitement of knowing something really big is about to happen.
  • The DIY evenings with Suzie, Hayley and my Mom.
  • Gossiping with Has about how we think things will go on the day
  • Having a project to plan and coming up with new ideas to make our wedding day extra special.
  • The facials and pampering sessions!
  • Reading wedding blogs and magazines with a purpose.

But I’m really looking forward to…

  • Hearing the words “I now pronounce you husband and wife!”
  • Being Mrs S!
  • Saying the phrase “My Husband”
  • Our amazing honeymoon
  • Having an air of calm and peace.  No more jobs on my to do list.
  • Having more money!!
  • Our first Christmas as Mr & Mrs
  • Seeing our Wedding Day photos and reliving the entire day again and again.

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Spare Change {part 2}

October 20th, 2010 — 9:00am

Back in April I posted about our coin jar, our idea was to save any spare change we had and when it reached £100 we would take it to the bank deposit into our account and convert it into dollars.

Well… look what happened (and just in time too!)

We reached £100!  We spent Sunday morning separating our coins and bagging them up to take to the bank.  Unfortunately because you can only deposit full bags we were only able to pay in £82 – which still isn’t bad!!  We have more change still to deposit but because we’re about £3′s worth of 20ps short of £10 and £2′s worth of 5ps short of £5 we were unable to pay those into our account.

I’m going to change it into dollars tomorrow and we’ll be able to treat ourselves to something nice on our honeymoon.

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I can’t help myself

October 19th, 2010 — 4:00pm

Has and I bought, what I’ve been calling, His and Hers luggage.  My case is bright pink and put it this way – it’ll be hard to miss on the carousel!

Once I got it home I couldn’t resist not packing just a little bit…

I’ve already bought “honeymoon clothes” that were hanging on the outside of my wardrobe so they may as well live in my case for the next 2 and a bit weeks!  I always pack at least 2 weeks before I go away, I’ll then take everything out and repack at a later date but that’s besides the point!  I just can’t help myself!

I’m trying my hardest to keep my luggage to a minimum, we’re restricted on a lot of our flights with weight and I’m sure we’ll be picking up bits along the way so I want to make sure I only pack essentials.  This is easier said than done!

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17 days

October 19th, 2010 — 9:00am

Things have been a little manic lately, I’m sure you’ll all forgive my lack of online presence I do have a good excuse.  Promise!

I thought I would do a little catch up post for those of you that are interested.

I went for my second facial over the weekend and I’m now addicted, I seriously hope I will win the lottery soon so I can keep up my luxurious habits.  I’ve actually booked myself in for an all over skin smoother just days before the wedding.  I have eared enough points on my Clarins Bonus Card to get the treatment for free.  So not only will be face look radiant but my skin will shine too!

The two youngest bridesmaids have been to their final fitting.  They both look so beautiful!  My youngest cousin Sophie didn’t stop smiling when she had the dress on – she’s adorable.    I can’t believe Natalie is only 14, she looks so much older in this picture! (If not a little moody – she’s convinced her hips look big!?)

We’ve booked several more trips and shows for our honeymoon including the Audio Tour of Alcatraz, a basketball game in Dallas (Celtics vs The Mavericks – which means we’ll get to see Shaquille O’neal play!) and possibly the most exciting event we’ve booked is getting to see Bret Michaels in Atlantic City!

I’m still working on our order of service…(!)  But the table plan is coming along quite nicely!  All the pieces are slowly coming together.

I have my final dress fitting on Thursday and Suzie has hers the following week.  I have quite a few bits and bobs left to buy (including my underwear!) and we’re slowly running out of time.  We only have TWO weekends left.  This weekend we’re travelling down to our friend’s wedding which we are both super excited about and the weekend after we’re going to Wembley for the NFL game.  Despite only working part time I feel like I don’t have enough hours in the day to finish everything off!

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Look what the cat dragged in

October 18th, 2010 — 9:27pm

Let me explain.  One of my favourite bands. Ever, is Poison.  Number 30 on my 30 before 30 list is to see Poison live.  I ran the Race for Life this year wearing my pink Poison tshirt

and this was my birthday card from Has this year.

Bret Michaels is the lead singer of Poison.

Has rang me today and said “Guess who is playing 2 and a half hours away from New York when we’re there?”  I think you can see where this is going!

Bret Michaels is playing the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Alantic City and YES we’re going to take the 2 and a half hour train journey to see him and I’m fidgety with excitement!  There is no way I could pass up the opportunity to see him when we are so close.  Poison hardly ever tour and the last time they came to the UK I was 6 and had never heard of them!

Plus it’s also cool that we’ll get to see another place, I can’t hear Atlantic City without thinking about that Sex and the City episode, in fact I’m going to have to watch it now… right after I finish listing to my Poison album!

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Thank You Ian!

October 18th, 2010 — 6:46pm

I have to show you these photographs.  Our friend Ian, a very talented photographer surprised me this morning with a link on my Facebook wall to some photos he had taken of our invitations!

I absolutely love these shots – such a lovely little keepsake of all our hard work.

These are just a few of the utterly gorgeous photographs Ian has taken, you can view them all via this slideshow

Thank you so much Ian!

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