Archive for January 2011

We’ve Moved

January 30th, 2011 — 4:03pm

We’re in our new flat and have come out the other side a little battered, bruised, emotionally exhausted and completely worn out!

It was a lot harder than we ever thought it would be. It has taken a lot of hard work to get it anywhere near comfy.

Unfortunately we arrived to a couple of problems including a broken sofa, heater and extractor fan, we’ve also had issues with getting the oven working and the key from the car park to the apartment doesn’t work. We’ve been in touch with our letting agency and whilst the problems are easily fixed in our fragile emotional state the problems seemed to stack up and somewhat dampened our moving house excitement.

We are now, after getting a few good nights sleep, feeling a lot happier. It probably has something to do with the fact that we’ve unpacked a lot of our stuff and have really made the space feel a lot more like us.

We haven’t had chance to set up our Internet yet so posting and tweeting will be as and when I can grab a wifi spot

I’ll also get a few pictures up when I can so you can see our new digs!

Until then, I have 12 more boxes to unpack!

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We’re Moving!

January 27th, 2011 — 10:00am

That’s right – today is the day we are moving in to our new flat!

We’ve taken a bit of a higgledy-piggledy route to get here, but right now we couldn’t be more excited. We are moving into a 1 bedroom flat in the city centre of Birmingham. Has will be able to walk to walk in under 15 minutes, rather than a 45 minute stop-start, leg aching journey there and back again. Quite a few of our friends live in the city, so we’ll have a nice little network of people around us. It means no more expensive taxi journeys back after a night out and we’ll also be smack bang in the middle of both sets of parents.

Packing has been overwhelming, we found out we had the flat just before Christmas and ever since we’ve spent any spare time going through everything we own. Sending things off to charity shops, storing what we might be able to sell at a later date and packing up the rest.

We’re lucky in the fact that although the flat was advertised as fully furnished, but it’s only furnished with the basics. So we have a lot of room to make it our own. The living area is large for a city centre apartment, open plan and has a kitchen one end and the lounge the other. It has quite a large double bedroom, with an extra walk in closet. Separate bathroom and two extra storage cupboards.

Hopefully by the end of the weekend we’ll be somewhere close to settled in, we have furniture arriving on Saturday and a trip to Ikea is scheduled for Friday. I’m not sure how long our internet connection will take to set up, hopefully not too long I need Twitter! But I shall be back with pictures of our new crib!

Source: Incredibly cute aluminium keyring from Etsy

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The Honeymoon – Dallas

January 25th, 2011 — 11:44am

We woke up exhausted and despite barely being able to keep our eyes open we were more than excited.  It was the 7th November and the honeymoon Has had been planning with expert precision for the last year or so was about to begin.

We got ready, grabbed our suitcases, checked and double checked we had our passports and headed to the airport.  Our flight was pleasant, well as pleasant as it can be when you’re stuck on a plane for 10 hours!  We arrived in Dallas, picked up our bags and headed outside.  It was warm, sunny and actually quite quiet.  Has had researched the best ways for us to get from the airport to our hotel, which happened to be a taxi.  Our driver was lovely and drove us past the Grassy Knoll and the Book Depositary building where JFK was shot. A short while later we had arrived at our hotel, checked in and were lying on the bed watching Sunday night NFL.

Honeymoon in Dallas

Our hotel, The Aloft Dallas was uber modern and very comfortable.  Despite feeling incredibly tired we knew as we weren’t in Dallas for very long we wanted to make the most of it, so walked over to the Sixth Floor Museum to learn about the life, the assassination, and the conspiracies surrounding John F Kennedy.  It was an incredibly interesting place, unfortunately you couldn’t take photographs inside or get anywhere near the window in which Lee Harvey Oswald was alleged to have shot through.

Honeymoon in Dallas

The next day my husband (!) woke me up with a hot chocolate and pastry from the hotel’s Re:Fuel bar in the lobby. We spent the morning exploring more of the city and could not believe how clean and quiet the place was.  We visited the Dallas World Aquarium which was really fun, then ate at Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse.  Yum!

Honeymoon in Dallas

We had tickets for the evening to see the Dallas basketball team The Mavericks, who were playing the Boston Celtics.  It was a really great game and The Mavs managed to win by the skin of their teeth 89 points to 87.  Because it was such a tight game, everyone around us was so excited and we couldn’t help but get caught up in the atmosphere and cheer along with them.

The next morning we left Dallas on a greyhound bound for San Antonio.  Our short stay in Dallas was the perfect place to begin our honeymoon.  It is somewhere we have both been very curious about visiting, it was slow paced enough so we didn’t feel like we were thrown in at the deep end but had enough to see and do to keep us occupied.

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January 24th, 2011 — 11:51am

I think if you have lost someone close to you, you can’t help but think about them on your wedding day.  I was very close to my Grandad George and know he would have been so proud to see me walk down the aisle.  Although my Dad raised a glass in his speech to people who could not be with us on our wedding day, I wanted a private way to remember my Grandad.

He used to always wear a tiny white horse pin on his lapel, so a few days before the wedding my Mom and I sewed it into the lining of my dress.

It was a nice way for me to have my Grandad close to me on my wedding day.

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Memory Boxes

January 19th, 2011 — 11:41am

As I’m sure you are well aware by now, I am a huge sentimental sap.  I keep old tickets, cards (especially this year’s Christmas cards!) photos, emails, text messages, pretty much anything that I can look back on and smile.  I know I was going to keep a lot of bits from our wedding and wanted somewhere to display them, so I added two memory frame boxes on to our gift list and we were very generously bought them.

In the first one I framed our invitation, our chalk board heart place cards, the wine charms, our save the date magnet and the clay hearts Has’ mom made to hang on our favour boxes.

The second one included dried flowers and petals taken from my bouquet, the lace that was wrapped around the stems, the pearls that were intertwined with my bouquet and the vows I said to Has.

I really love these boxes, we are moving very soon and I can’t wait to have them hanging on our walls.  They are such a lovely way of preserving special memories.

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Parent Albums

January 12th, 2011 — 12:11pm

We had decided some time ago that it would be really lovely to give our parents photo albums of our wedding as Christmas gifts.

Given the fact that we didn’t arrive home from our honeymoon until the start of December and we had Christmas postage cut-off dates to think of, our deadline for getting the album finished was exceptionally tight!  Half way through the project my laptop decided it could no longer handle the size of the file I was working on and kept freezing, so just days before our postage deadline I had to start from scratch and design it all again on Has’ laptop.  We actually sent the albums to print just a week before Christmas, and if that hadn’t been enough the snow and the delay in Royal Mail post certainly sent me over the edge.  The albums arrived on the 23rd December.  I can’t tell you how relieved I was to see them on the door mat – I jumped, squeeled and danced around the kitchen.  True story – ask my brother, he was there to witness my excitement.

We used Bob Books, as I’d used them before to create our guest book and I was just as impressed.  All of the hassle, stress and nervous nail-biting was totally worth it our parents were really touched with their albums and thankfully love them.

We haven’t started our album yet, but something tells me it’s going to be a huge project!  Hopefully once things calm down a little I’ll have the time to concentrate on our wedding album.

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January 8th, 2011 — 2:40pm

One of the lovely things about blogging and tweeting, is that I’ve been able to get to know some of our suppliers a little better than I maybe would have.

They all offered us their best wishes for the day and genuinely wanted to see photographs from the wedding.  Once we were back and settled I sent out emails to everyone expressing my gratitude for their lovely messages and also sent pictures.

Flo and Percy, who made my gorgeous Wilderness Hair Comb have since put our photograph on their VIP page (You have to scroll through the pictures)

Also Yarwood-White, who made my stunning Modern Heirloom Necklace, Earrings and Brooch made me their Bride of the Month!

Go check it out!

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Table Plan

January 6th, 2011 — 9:26pm

Like most of my crazy DIY wedding ideas our table plan was a challenge!  It all started with our tables being named after New York City landmarks, I had an idea of incorporating a NYC map into our table plan.  I searched online for a map we liked and couldn’t find anything that would fit our bill. (Budget, size, taste) So… I decided to draw a map of New York.

If I’m honest that wasn’t really the trickiest part.  I enjoyed drawing the map, it took me a while but I wanted to get the details just right.  Initially I had wanted to draw the landmarks we had named the tables after and link them to the list of names, but the map started to look too crowded and I wanted to keep it as simple as possible.   (I did leave the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge as we had tables named after them)

Of all the DIY projects I did for our wedding, our table plan was the one I liked least.  The trouble was I hadn’t really given much thought to how I wanted the plan to look and by the time it came to putting it all together, when my first idea didn’t work out too well I lacked the energy and brain power to start again.  Having said that I was still happy with how it looked,  I just wish that I had given more thought to something a little more imaginative.

Still, it served it’s purpose and I’m pleased to say all of our guests found their way to their tables easily!

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Wedding Suppliers: Roll Call

January 5th, 2011 — 2:26pm

So many fabulous people that need a mention, so without further ado

My Dress. Justin Alexander Style 8422. Purchased from Brides and Grooms of Shirley

My Shoes.  Red Herring from Debenhams

We all had our hair styled at Dialema in Shirley Solihull

My hair accessory was the Wilderness Comb by Flo and Percy

My jewellery.  Necklace, Earrings and Brooch were from the Modern Heirloom Collection by Yarwood White

My Bracelet was Thomas Sabo

Bridesmaids dresses were Emma from Ebony Rose.  Purchased from Mel and Claire at Wedding Belles of Four Oaks

Bridesmaids Shoes were from New Look

Men’s Suits were hired from Slaters.

Flowers were by Jennie Cooke.

Photography by Deborah Stott.

Our Wedding Cupcakes by Blue Door Bakery.

Rings were from Jon Keith Diamonds

Venue, Nailcote Hall

Our awesome band were The Subterraneans

Our fab DJ was Pete Hayes

All of our suppliers were amazing and I would recommend them in a heart beat.  I also know how difficult it is choosing your suppliers so if anyone wants any more details please drop me an email.

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