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Relaxed Summer Wedding in the Chilterns,

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  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride

    Picked up the suit today! It's lovely and hanging up in the wardrobe, I'm so pleased that's sorted.

    I also got a bit carried away and bought 96 tealights from Waitrose as they were reduced and smelled so beautiful. Here they are fetchingly arranged on my bunny shirt (I'm ridiculous):

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    Unfortunately only one peony and rose pack was left but the lilac and sage ones smell particularly amazing, and Ralph really likes lavender and I love jasmine so they seem appropriate!

    Collecting some tealights tomorrow and I've got some jars on hold on Facebook marketplace, until I pass my driving test and can go and collect them hopefully. Gradually going to keep an eye out for cheap glass vases and pillar candles and things and hopefully by next year I'll have a good collection of different sizes and shapes.

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride

    I now have 50 glass tealight holders, thanks to a quick meeting in London with the lovely QueenD!

    I also lost a bit of self control again and ordered some packs of jam jars and a big string of white outdoor lights from Hobbycraft in the sale. I should never be allowed anywhere near that shop or their website!

    Tomorrow I'm going to visit my grandparents to count their tables and chairs (which sounds ridiculous) and see how many we need to add onto the quote for the lovely tipis, so we can go ahead and book them as soon as possible.

    Not the most fascinating update, I know, but I'm excited and as Ralph is on tour I have nobody to waffle at!

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride

    Reception Dress..?!

    Ok so..

     

    I was wondering about a dress for the evening part of the reception for a while. And I was just happening to browse  and discovered there was a sale on dresses that I had absolutely loved and never considered as they were super expensive for me (about £850 which was way beyond budget). Then I found this wonderful dress and my mum bought it for me and I'm so in love with it, but I was wondering about dancing in the evening as it's got a massive skirt and is very warm.

    Anyway this amazing  dress  from Needle and Thread was reduced to just over £400 and it's gorgeous and perfect for an evening. So I messaged them on Facebook ( they're super fast at responding) and asked how loose/wide the skirt is, as I'm a cellist and would only buy a second dress if I could use it for recitals) and they said it's easily wide enough for that so..

    I ordered it 

    I ordered a size 12 which is too small for me at th moment but what I'd like to get to, so there we have it. And it's GORGEOUS!!

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    So I get that in the evening and, to remind you and show off a bit, this beautiful beautiful thing for the ceremony and drinks reception and maybe dinner (depending on how hot it is):

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    I can't believe how beautiful they both are! Hopefully Ralph agrees..

     

    I also went and counted the tables and chairs my grandparents have that they have enough for 84 people! So we really don't need many to add at all which is a relief. We also found these beautiful tablecloths she has and so we're going to use them! They're from the town in south of France near their holiday house and they remind me so much of my childhood, and have a nice relaxed feel. They don't go with the colour scheme at all but really that only has gone as far as what bridesmaids and groom are wearing so I don't care!

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    I won't be using their crockery (pictured) unfortunately but I really like the pattern of the tablecloths and I think jars of candles and some green potted plants and pretty flowers will look lovely and relaxed on them, and we don't have to spend money on table runners we'll only use once!

    So feeling good about things right now. When my reception dress arrives and I don't fit in it yet I'm sure that will go out the window but for now yay!

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride

    My Hobbycraft order has arrived, so I now have:

    -50 glass tealight holders

    -24 mini hexagon jam jars

    -96 tealights

    -24 normal sized/slightly large round jars

    -Two boxes of different outdoor white lights

    -A box of fake petals for the aisle

    Plus my granny has 8 little glass vases I can use for some flowers. 

    So a few more jars and candles over the next few months will probably be more than enough, and then I can just buy some plants abd succulents from IKEA just before the wedding to finish off table settings.

  • Ashley72Ashley72 Posts: 1,137 New bride

    I love how you’re so organised and it’s all comig together so well! Your grandparents home sounds like an absolute treasure trove. I love your evening dress. So pretty! It’s exactly what I would picture for a relaxed country tipi wedding! I think the shape of the back really makes it. How cool you get to wear it again too!

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride
    Ashley72 wrote (see post):

    I love how you’re so organised and it’s all comig together so well! Your grandparents home sounds like an absolute treasure trove. I love your evening dress. So pretty! It’s exactly what I would picture for a relaxed country tipi wedding! I think the shape of the back really makes it. How cool you get to wear it again too!

    Yes it's amazing! It helps that they really love  having big events so they've got a lot of experience and equipment. They even have a fridge for drinks that's the height of a fridge/freezer but all chilled not frozen, so we can keep the wine in that etc!

    Thanks :) I'm really thrilled with it, and yes that's the great thing about being a cellist, I get to wear beautiful dresses quite often so I'm glad I can make use of it !

  • Hullass1972Hullass1972 Posts: 545 New bride
    Cecilia13 wrote (see post):

    Drinks

    I'm probably thinking about this ridiculously far in advance, but I have a clear beverage vision!

    Wine - my dad has very kindly said he will buy the wine as a gift, as he used to work for a winzer in Germany where his holiday house is and can get a good discount, and it's absolutely amazing wine (his old boss has won international awards, it's absolutely amazing). My only request is that I have my own personal bottle of his amazing Beeren Auslese (sweet white wine) for the day.. I could drink about 20 of them easily which is worrying! We also know an amazing 'sekt' (sparkling wine/prosecco equivalent) producer out there so we will have that for when people arrive! Ralph and I are going out to Germany with one of my bridesmaids and her partner to 'select wines' in August (basically a wine drinking holiday but it's being officially labelled wedding planning) So that's going to be exciting! It's all Riesling, from our village Enkirch on the River Mosel.

    Reception - I like the idea of either sparkling wine or Sipsmith London Cup (better version of Pimm's) on arrival, so I've bought a couple of bottles of the London Cup already!

    And the most important one:

    GIN AND TONIC STATION

    I immediately knew I wanted this because I am absolutely a gin girl, and Ralph rather likes it too.. so basically I've been buying a bottle every month or so, building a collection of a couple of standard ones, some interesting ones and a few liqueurs to make it interesting. I'll also put out some Belvoir cordials and things like fresh herbs, pink peppercorns, cucumber etc!

    This is what I have so far (arranged in front of one of my painting attempts to try and make it look nicer!):

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    A couple of Greenalls and Bombay, Strawberry Bloom, Elderflower gin, Adnams Copper House (special to me as we bought it in Aldeburgh where perform a lot, and it's my happy bubble place), Edinburgh Gin plum and Vanilla liqueur, and Ophir Spiced. I also have a lime liqueur, a sour cherry one and a Chambord. Some of those might get consumed this summer though so I didn't include them in the pic, but I can easily get hold of more little fruity bottles! 

    We will have a token vodka, rum and tequila bottle as well I think for those weird people who aren't obsessed with gin!

    Beer- we will probably go and get a lot from Tring Brewery as it is pretty local to us and Ralph loves their beer.

    Soft drinks- I'm thinking a big vat of elderflower, and one of homemade lemonade? And a couple of bottles of coke for young cousins! (And water of course)

    Asda are having a gin event at the moment so you might get some bargains from there!

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride
    Hullass1972 wrote (see post):

    Asda are having a gin event at the moment so you might get some bargains from there!

    Ah thanks for the heads up! Will definitely go and have a look 

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride

    So tonight I'm going over to my mum's, as tomorrow I have to get to Birmingham University by 11am and I can't do that from Chesham .

    But two weddingy things will happen!

    1) I'll be showing my mum bouquets I like as she is making mine (makeing flowers and abstract shapes and things, she's an artist) and I have a nice shiny bridal magazine to look through with her and one of my sisters.

    2).. who will be trying on her bridesmaid dress, fingers crossed it fits eek! It's this one:

    image If it's too big that's fine as it can get taken in.

    Unfortunately my other sister can't join us as she's in Poland for a jazz singing competition (she hasn't made the final but it's super amazing to get into an international competition in the first place, plus she came third in another one in South Africa earlier this year so we're extremely proud).

    It's a shame though because it's very rare we can all get together and I know they'd like to be involved in the planning process, but we're all freelancing creative people with random timetables that rarely line up! (The youngest who is going to be there is an actress, middle one is a singer and I'm the cellist ! What were our parents thinking?!)

  • Mila-rose3Mila-rose3 Posts: 264 New bride

    I just seen in today's paper they have a gin event next week too. I knew I'd read somewhere someone was setting up a gin bar xx

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride
    Welshbride3 wrote (see post):

    I just seen in today's paper they have a gin event next week too. I knew I'd read somewhere someone was setting up a gin bar xx

    I really wish I could go but I'm off to Birmingham (on the train atm) to look after the teenagers  of National Youth orchestra of GB for the next 12 days so I'll miss it :( I'll have to send Ralph when he gets back to the UK, a gin event seems to good to miss!

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride

    My evening dress has arrived but I'm stuck in Birmingham and can't see it! It's so frustrating!

    I also am feeling like a lump which is depressing, I know I won't fit in when I get back :( it doesn't help that this is how my sister looks in her bridesmaid dress..:

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    Serious dieting and exercise has begun!

    This is me at the moment:

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    It's the biggest I've been, so I'm really upset and just madly hoping this all works! My main dress ALMOST does up, but I want to lose enough that it gets taken in. About 2 sizes basically, from a 16 to. 12. 

    imageimage imageThese dresses are deserving of a confident, slim me I think! And I have to fit into the second one which is a 12. So there we go! Any advice for particularl diets / exercise plans would be much appreciated! I'd love to get a personal trainer but just can't afford one.

  • Hey Cecilia, im gonna drop you a PM about the fitness stuff, im a PT! (no sales tactics!)

  • MrsS85MrsS85 Posts: 688 New bride

    Your evening dress looks gorgeous, and your sis in her bridesmaid dress.

     

    Have you tried Slimming World? I know a few people who have done well on it and its easy to stick to once you change your eating habits?

     

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride

    Thanks both! I'll look into everything suggested :)

    Good news about the tipis! We are going to go ahead and confirm and pay the deposit. They are very kindly adding some extra poles to be able to open up more of the sides . This is the floorplan (tables would be slightly different, no top table but more normal ones!):

    image So now a lot of the sides will be able to open up, including the extension panel which gives us quite a bit more music/dancing space or space for the bar/food if the weather is terrible and it all needs to be moved inside. We are also adding some festoon lighting over the top of the tipis.

    So I'm thrilled we'll be getting our tipis!

    We're also going to move back to mostly veggie for the food. People are just going to have to deal with it! So we're going to have a mild veggie curry of some sort and a Chana Masala instead of Chicken and Lamb (but keeping my beloved prawn Dopiaza) and people will just have to deal with not eating meat! Ralph is veggie, I'm mostly pescatarian, and the best man and a couple of bridesmaids and parents are also veggies. Also I feel like curries are interesting without meat, so if you are going to be veggie for a meal it's the cuisine to choose. 

    All hopefully booked by the end of this week, and then that's all the big things booked! Subject to tipi site inspection but I think it will be fine..

  • Sian91Sian91 Posts: 829 New bride

    Exciting! Chana masala is one of my favourite curries too- definitely don’t miss meat! 

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride
    Sian91 wrote (see post):

    Exciting! Chana masala is one of my favourite curries too- definitely don’t miss meat! 

    Yes it's amazing! I'm sure someone will make a fuss but it's all gonna be delicious so I'm sure they'll shut up when they try it.

  • KaybridetobeKaybridetobe Posts: 153

    Just read your whole thread. Your grandparents garden looks absolutely stunning and I’m so glad you got the tipis  it’s going to look amazing! Loving the dresses too x 

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride
    Kaybridetobe wrote (see post):

    Just read your whole thread. Your grandparents garden looks absolutely stunning and I’m so glad you got the tipis  it’s going to look amazing! Loving the dresses too x 

    Thank you :) I'll  have a read through yours now!

    Edit- realised which one yours is and already reading it and loving it :)

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride
    Kaybridetobe wrote (see post):

    Just read your whole thread. Your grandparents garden looks absolutely stunning and I’m so glad you got the tipis  it’s going to look amazing! Loving the dresses too x 

    Thank you :) I'll have a read through yours now!

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride

    A few little updates!

    First, I've been away but am on the train back to London for rehearsals and when I get home this evening I get to see my evening dress in real life!! I know it won't fit yet, but I'm just anxious to see the fabric and cut and everything..

    We also have paid the deposit for the tipis! I'm so excited. We finally ended up with a good balance of a few extra things to give us more space, like an extension panel, and a couple of strings of festoon lighting over the top so it will look pretty at night! They have been really helpful and very kindly added some more lifting poles for free so that we can open even more of the sides up. If anybody is interested, they're called Country Tipis ( www.countrytipis.co.uk ) and they're very friendly and easy to deal with, as well as beautiful tipis with built in chandelier and fairy lights.

    I'm also dithering about growing my hair out. I kind of like that it's short and easy to deal with but I don't feel very pretty or feminine and it's getting me down. I might grow it out but then have an undercut or something at the back so I keep some of the edginess that I like, I had one before and I really loved it. We'll see!

    image (me now)

    image me with long hair (on the left).

    image ..again with long hair.

    Any thoughts?

    Also decided that a good plan for evening food would be a cheese cake as well as a wedding cake. We've been trying to figure out what we could have that we could do ourselves and not worry about having to fix it all in the evening and I saw some really nice cheese cakes in several planning threads and reports on here. So the thinking is now that we have curry and home-made desserts for the wedding breakfast, and then in the evening cut both the cheese cake and the actual cake, and just put out lots of crackers and chutneys and grapes and things. Cheese and crackers and cake, what do you think? We could add a couple of quiches if people are super hungry.

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    Maybe something like this, or the one that is a size bigger (cheese wedding cakes from finecheese.co.uk)

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,457 New bride

    On the subject of the hair, your hair is beautiful long - you are super pretty either way though. You will have more choice of hairstyle with it longer obviously.

    Evening food wise - you may need to include something other than cheese and cake. My brother, for example, doesn't like or eat cheese at all. Maybe some pates, baguettes and a few platters of deli meats/fish/dips just to cater to the non cheese lovers might be appropriate?

  • GinAndBlingGinAndBling Posts: 1,259 New bride

    I must admit, I absolutely love your hair longer- that fringe just perfectly frames your face. You look beautiful in both though! 

    Cheese wedding cake is the dream. Costco ones review really well, too. 

    Our planning thread: We're completely winging it.

    My weightloss thread: Diet denial! 
  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride
    MrsCToBee wrote (see post):

    On the subject of the hair, your hair is beautiful long - you are super pretty either way though. You will have more choice of hairstyle with it longer obviously.

    Evening food wise - you may need to include something other than cheese and cake. My brother, for example, doesn't like or eat cheese at all. Maybe some pates, baguettes and a few platters of deli meats/fish/dips just to cater to the non cheese lovers might be appropriate?

    Thanks :) yeah definitely gives  more options, but I'm currently struggling to imagine what I'd have if it's long, definitely not something too 'bridal'. I'll try growing it out a bit and see what happens I think.

    Good point about the cheese. I just can't comprehend the idea of someone not liking cheese! But we would have to put some vegan things out anyway, I was wondering about hummus and aubergine dips and olives and some baguettes, and maybe 3 or 4 of my mum's homemade quiches ๐Ÿ˜ .

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride
    GinAndBling wrote (see post):

    I must admit, I absolutely love your hair longer- that fringe just perfectly frames your face. You look beautiful in both though! 

    Cheese wedding cake is the dream. Costco ones review really well, too. 

    Thanks :) I do miss my fringe (although not the upkeep!) it helps that I was a bit slimmer then too. But I'm aiming to return to that weight for wedding anyway so it should work ok.

    Oh I haven't looked into Costco ones, I'll have a browse, thanks for the tip! I've fallen in love with the cheeses used in the ones in my above post though..

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride

    Having spoken to H2B and my MOH, they both love my hair like this, and I think they're the people who are most important to me and I love the most.. so I think I'll keep it short!

    The whole outfit has been based on short hair too, my hairband and everything that I chose was with this hair planned, so I'll stick with what the two people who know me best think. My problem is that I change my mind every month or 2 about my head, and every time I try to grow it out I get fed up and chop it off, and then look wistfully at the long hair pics as soon as it's been short for a while again!

    Also I got home to my evening dress and tried it on and it's AMAZING and I feel better about mysel. For a start I fit into it just! It's a little tight but losing a bit of weight will make it perfect, and I could get away either with what it is right now or with losing quite a bit as the straps and back ties are completely adjustable.

    Here are some pics! Sorry they're rubbish, I don't have good mirrors. I'd also just been travelling for 2 hours with a cello and was very hot and all my make-up came off so ignore the face!

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  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride

    image image the detail is really beautiful, my only concern is if Ralph might think it's a bit fussy and frilly but I love it so much!

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 430 New bride

    Trying really hard not to just prance around in my dresses whenever Ralph isn't in, I really don't want to wear them because I want them to feel special so I have resisted so far.

    I'm trying to distract myself with other things, so my current mission is first dance related, and so this evening I am going to show R the film Labyrinth, because I really really want the song from the masquerade ball scene. I've played him the song and h likes it, but I want him to understand the context and why I am so in love with it.. I think it's beautiful and David Bowie probably had my favourite voice of all time, but certainly the magic of the film affected how I listen to it. So fingers crossed he understands why I think it would be perfect. He's really not a dancer so I think something slow we can stand and sway to is ideal!

  • Ashley72Ashley72 Posts: 1,137 New bride

    Your evening dress is gorgeous on you. You have fab bone structure to pull off short hair, I don’t think you’ll regret keeping it short, it’s gorgeous and you’ll look and feel like you!

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,457 New bride

    The dress is gorgeous! Love Needle & Thread dresses in general.

    I love Labyrinth too, great song choice! You mean As The World Falls down I assume. Gorgeous :)

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