Relaxed Summer Wedding in the Chilterns,

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  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 486 New bride
    Aw thank you! The complexion thing is absolutely due to the 'beauty' setting on my amazing camera, I really struggle with my skin so I use the setting that smooths it.
  • GinAndBlingGinAndBling Posts: 1,281 New bride
    You look gorgeous, love the headpiece. 

    I’m using a lady in Holmer Green, I can send you a message with her number if you like? She charges £20 an hour and gets good reviews. Not sure if that’s a good rate or not but she knows her stuff. 
    Our planning thread: We're completely winging it.

    My weightloss thread: Diet denial! 
  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 486 New bride
    Thank you that would be amazing!
    One of my bridesmaid's parents are tailors but very old-school and when I had a zip issue with one of my concert dresses she said that they don't do zips, so I discounted them, however I woke up to a message from her saying they want me to bring it for them to look at and see what they think needs doing. So my current thinking is take it to them and see what they say / what they can do and then probably take it somewhere else for the zip. So a number would be fantastic, and that's so close to me! Thank you :)
  • GinAndBlingGinAndBling Posts: 1,281 New bride
    Have messaged you :)
    Our planning thread: We're completely winging it.

    My weightloss thread: Diet denial! 
  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 486 New bride
    Thank you!
  • Gorgeous, like a beautiful fairy princess but also like a cool, funky beautiful fairy ❤️
  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 486 New bride
    :D thank you!! Funky fairy will go on my favourite things anybody has ever said about me, haha! I love it :) thank you.

    I'm currently writing this from the ambassador's residence in Rome! Being a musician has some crazy moments..
    (There is literally a Roman aquaduct ruin in the grounds)


  • God im so jealous, you get to do such cool things!
  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 486 New bride
    This is totally not normal for me, especially for the weird contemporary branch of classical music that I specialise in. It feels totally surreal. 
    This has been my morning so far:
    (Honestly I feel like I have to whisper here!



    It's really amazing to have this experience for the type of music we're all so passionate about because it's normally very badly supported and paid. I really wanted to include some in the wedding ceremony but I'm going to sort of compromise and find something kind of my style but more generally acceptable to people who aren't huge new music nerds like me 😂
  • GinAndBlingGinAndBling Posts: 1,281 New bride
    This looks so incredible. I'm so jealous of your travels and also your talent! 
    Our planning thread: We're completely winging it.

    My weightloss thread: Diet denial! 
  • So. Very. Pretty.  I can't recommend a seamstress but that kind of alteration should not cost much at all; it's a "one-for-one" replacement if you get my meaning.  If you don't get an suggestions on your thread here, you can always try creating a separate post looking for a recommendation.
    I'm so excited to have a nosey at the Russia thread - thank you for taking the time to create it!
  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 486 New bride
    Thanks :) I have a recommendation from GinandBling so will look into that!

    I thought while I'm not really sorting out wedding stuff, I should put a bit of my performing on here so you understand my weird life haha!

    In advance, I'm sorry for the weird expressions and double chin- I look really bizarre when I play for some reason! Here are 2 parts of one  of our performances in Russia:

     

     And 

    Here is a funky, weird and super difficult piece I recorded on label Nonclassical:



    Cello and piano piece I recorded for a CD a couple of years ago: 

    Everyone will probably hate this, but this is an example of a super weird opera workshop I did : (me in the bright red!) 



    And a lovely piece written especially for me and my accordionist, with much double chin and extreme need of haircut from early last year:




    And some other lovely pieces of music:





    I think that's excessive an amount but it sort of demonstrates some of what I do :) 
  • Oh my goodness, thank you for posting some of your music- I literally thought of asking you to do so last night after viewing your thread on Russia, but I didn't know if you would want to share or not. You are crazy-talented!!  Completely off topic, but red is a great colour on you!
  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 486 New bride
    Yay thank you so much for listening! I realised I mention it all the time but it's hard to put into words.
    I wear red so much! I love wearing strong red, golden yellow, all sorts of powerful colours but red has been the most constant. It's such a powerful colour it gives me confidence when I wear it!
  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 486 New bride
    Not much to update but a few small things!

    First of all, it's taken me months but I've FINALLY decided on the music I want to walk down the aisle to. It's called 'Spiegel am Spiegel' by the composer Arvo Pärt. I suggested it to Ralph and his parents and they all loved it so we're going with it! Version for violin and piano, played by one of my bridesmaids Antonia (who wanted to play anyway to avoid walking down the aisle because she was super nervous!) and my pianist Jo, and they're both amazing so it will be super beautiful.
    It's this piece:

    So that means..

    Aisle: Spiegel am Spiegel

    Signing of the register: - a song by Ravel (haven't decided which one yet) arranged for violin and piano
                   - finale from Britten's opera A Midsumme Nights Dream, arranged for piano, violin, possibly viola, and a few people from my family singing (sisters and maybe aunts!)
    It's from about 0'40" to 2'30", and it's one of my favourite pieces of music ever and makes me cry every time they reach the high notes!

    Exit music: Queen - You're My Best Friend

    During reception: solo set of tango and fun things by my accordionist
    Also considering asking my aunt's Irish folk group to play a bit, we'll see!
    Then jam session with Ralph's jazz friends and then a playlist for later of all our favourites and some things we danced to at our 90s primary school discos 😂.

    In other news, did my first cake at home with my new mixer! It was a bit messy, but totally delicious and I got slightly carried away with decorating it to hide the imperfect buttercream smoothness, so here it is, spiced plum, vanilla and cinnamon cake:

    I'm making one tomorrow for Ralph for Valentine's Day and will post that too.

    Honestly it's nice to make some progress with the music because generally I'm feeling overwhelmed and stressed about the wedding at the moment. Not the ceremony part at all, that's simple and will be special and lovely, but with everything else I'm just so aware of how much we have to do and now we have less than 6 months! Which is exciting but terrifying because our list of tasks is VERY long.

    My granny just called because she wants pictures of the tipis so her  gardener can see what they look like and plan the garden accordingly (apparently maybe something that mirrors the shape or something?! I have no idea what they're on about but leaving that up to them so I obliged re sending photos and that's that!). But it's nice that they're really wanting to make the garden lovely and blooming at the right time.

    Turned into a super long post, sorry!

    P.s. I couldn't help myself and bought another bottle of gin for my gin bar. If I even just try one drink of each I'm going to be completely out of it and I have to start teaching at a music course partway through the next day so that's going to be interesting 😂
  • wedscotwedscot Posts: 43 New bride
    Wow, your cake looks amazing! You're so talented
    Our planning thread here
  • cs2thecoxcs2thecox Posts: 260 New bride
    No words... I adore ALL of this!
    And I clearly need to negotiate a gin bar with my venue!!
  • That cake looks fantastic!!! I'm pleased you sorted the music, they're really lovely pieces. 
    Hopefully you can start ticking things off the list and it doesn't get too overwhelming, you've got this! <3 
  • GinAndBlingGinAndBling Posts: 1,281 New bride
    That cake is the stuff of dreams!!! I'm at work at the moment but I'm making a note to listen to your music later. How lovely of you to share with us. x
    Our planning thread: We're completely winging it.

    My weightloss thread: Diet denial! 
  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 486 New bride
    cs2thecox said:
    No words... I adore ALL of this!
    And I clearly need to negotiate a gin bar with my venue!!
    Thank you! And yes it's one of the things I'm most looking forward to! The latest bottle is Rhubarb and Rosehip 😁
  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 486 New bride
    edited 14 February
    Thank you everyone about the cake :) I have some improving to do before the wedding cake but next practice today so I'm excited!

    I love the music and it's not what most people would know, so wanted to give some idea of the tone :) last night I did some research into songs and I think instead of Ravel I'm going to arrange these two for violin and piano:



    sorry the sound quality etc is terrible and old on that one but it's a recording of the composer Britten playing it with his partner singing so it's a special one!

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 486 New bride
    Chocolate cake with chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream filling and coffee and vanilla buttercream coating. Sorry for crap pictures!


    Valentine colours sort of!

    Our valentine's Day celebration = takeaway curry and cake . Super glamorous and romantic as always 😂
  • Omg, that looks delicious! You're very clever 😊
  • That looks lush!! We had a takeaway too! Pudding was courtesy of Simmons because i cant bake to save my life haha. 

    I'm loving seeing these cakes, you should do it on the side!
  • Just caught up.....it's unbelievable how much you miss when you're off the site for a little bit.  I love the two headbands together, they look really good, I never realised how nice that style would look on.  I love the cakes you've been making, the second to last one is a real show stopper!  I love your exit song, I was trying to convince my other half to have it as our exit song, but we've gone with his suggestion of The Wedding March, fingers crossed he'll be happy with us having it as our entrance song for the wedding breakfast.
  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,615 New bride
    Your cakes are fab!
    We are having You're My Best Friend as our first dance, great song :)
  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 486 New bride
    Just caught up.....it's unbelievable how much you miss when you're off the site for a little bit.  I love the two headbands together, they look really good, I never realised how nice that style would look on.  I love the cakes you've been making, the second to last one is a real show stopper!  I love your exit song, I was trying to convince my other half to have it as our exit song, but we've gone with his suggestion of The Wedding March, fingers crossed he'll be happy with us having it as our entrance song for the wedding breakfast.
    Thank you! We wanted nothing too traditional because I play at so many weddings, so I wanted to choose things I haven't had to play before but all my choices were quite serious so for exit music we decided some Queen would be good :) something upbeat and positive!
  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 486 New bride
    MrsCToBee said:
    Your cakes are fab!
    We are having You're My Best Friend as our first dance, great song :)
    Thank you :) I love the song but I definitely wanted a first dance song that requires minimal movement (Ralph is not so keen on having one at all) so I chose the Bowie because a)I love it /loved him/ the movie it's from, and b)it just requires a bit of swaying haha! No real dancing.
  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 486 New bride
    That looks lush!! We had a takeaway too! Pudding was courtesy of Simmons because i cant bake to save my life haha. 

    I'm loving seeing these cakes, you should do it on the side!
    I hope to do cakes on the side at some point but I have a lot to learn first :) Ralph liked it so much he's brought half of it on our trip to Liverpool to work with a Youth Orchestra for 3 days so obviously it's gone down ok 😂
  • Cecilia13 said:

    From the front! Tomorrow I will try it with my headband/crown thing and see what it looks like, and potentially the dress. I had a small operation on my toe today so I can't do much moving around and the dress is in a wardrobe behind boxes on the top floor so it may not happen but I'm interested to see how it all feels in combination.

    My mixer arrives tomorrow so soon I can start practicing cakes soon! Pictures will of course be put on this thread. 

    I can't remember if I've posted about my hen party before, but the current plan is 10 of us (8 bridesmaids plus me and my mum) and my lovely MOH has booked some activities for us. Plan: Saturday afternoon makeover and photoshoot, then dinner and cocktails and potentially some dancing somewhere. Sunday: life drawing, brunch, burlesque dance class! It sounds absolutely perfect for me, and if someone is uncomfortable with something they can just miss that thing and come later or leave early. I'm wondering if I should book an Airbnb in London overnight to crash in for those of us who want to, but that could get super expensive!
    Also what slightly concerns me is I thought yay life drawing (I love it) but Ralph just had drinks with his best man, who said that his friend used to do life drawing modelling for hen parties and it involved brides being posed WITH the model which isn't what I had in mind 😂 but we'll see!

    An amazing cake stand I ordered arrived today, I need to experiment to see if it's strong enough but it's a potential for the wedding cake!

    Omg! 😍 That cake stand is exactly what I've been looking for. Can I be cheeky and ask where you got it from please? 
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