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Relaxed Summer Wedding in the Chilterns,

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  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride
    MrsCToBee wrote (see post):

    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 :)

    Yes me too! Their things are just gorgeous. I'd discounted as they were expensive but I couldn't resist at half price. 

    Yes that's the one, I can never remember it's name!

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride
    Ashley72 wrote (see post):

    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!

    Thank you :) I think you're right, it will feel like me. Plus it's just so much easier to deal with even if I grow it out I'm sure I'll have got fed up and chopped it off before then anyway!

  • Sian91Sian91 Posts: 829 New bride

    Love your hair as it is and the dress! 

    Were having cheese and cake in the evening- going to add some bread, cold cuts and fruit

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride
    Sian91 wrote (see post):

    Love your hair as it is and the dress! 

    Were having cheese and cake in the evening- going to add some bread, cold cuts and fruit

    Thanks :)

    Sounds great! Our wedding is going to be no meat but something like that sounds perfect. Where are you getting the cheese from?

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride

    I was super busy on the 3rd but a week and a day ago it was exactly a year!

    We're going to have most things completely sorted ages in advance which is good..

    .. but also it feels ages away and I just want to marry him now!

  • Sian91Sian91 Posts: 829 New bride
    Cecilia13 wrote (see post):
    Sian91 wrote (see post):

    Love your hair as it is and the dress! 

    Were having cheese and cake in the evening- going to add some bread, cold cuts and fruit

    Thanks :)

    Sounds great! Our wedding is going to be no meat but something like that sounds perfect. Where are you getting the cheese from?

    Our catering supplier is organising it- but I’ve heard people pre ordering from supermarkets or delis too. 

    What about dips, olives, sundried tomatoes and grilled veggies? We would have more of this stuff over cold cuts but don’t want it to be too much like the main food! 

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride
    Sian91 wrote (see post):
    Cecilia13 wrote (see post):
    Sian91 wrote (see post):

    Love your hair as it is and the dress! 

    Were having cheese and cake in the evening- going to add some bread, cold cuts and fruit

    Thanks :)

    Sounds great! Our wedding is going to be no meat but something like that sounds perfect. Where are you getting the cheese from?

    Our catering supplier is organising it- but I’ve heard people pre ordering from supermarkets or delis too. 

    What about dips, olives, sundried tomatoes and grilled veggies? We would have more of this stuff over cold cuts but don’t want it to be too much like the main food! 

    Yeah that sounds great! I love olives so much though they'll all disappear within 5 mins of being put out. If they even make it there ๐Ÿ˜‚ I'm also partial to a marinated artichoke so they may make an appearance..briefly.

  • Sian91Sian91 Posts: 829 New bride

    Mmmm artichokes. Sure there’s no space at your wedding? I’ll bring my own chair? 

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride
    Sian91 wrote (see post):

    Mmmm artichokes. Sure there’s no space at your wedding? I’ll bring my own chair? 

    The more the merrier ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride

    Flowers/decor

    Not sure of I've spoken about this yet, but I've been chatting to my mum about it and now can't sleep so thought I'd do that now!

    Firstly, we're not having an official florist, table settingy flowery extravaganza. They're beautiful but expensive and I don't want to spend lots on things that will die (and I'll be sad). So for table settings, I'm collecting lots of jam jars and vases and things and I'm going to have candles /flowers in lots of different colours in those. The flowers will be purchased on a trip around our local Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose the day before. I'm hoping for gypsophila to be included but whatever happens I'll work with what is in the supermarkets!

    Decorations wise I think I want outside the tipi to be super colourful, so if weather permits I'm hoping to have lots of things like these up in the garden:

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  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride

    Flowers/decor continued..

    .. as well as lots of fairy lights everywhere!

    I would LOVE to have something like this for photos (we want a Polaroid/photobook station and we are determined to make it look awesome):

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    So that would be outside, and we also have visons of a chill out area with rugs, beanbags/cushions (whatever friends and family can donate) and a couple of pallet tables with a lantern or candles or something on.

    Inside, I want to hang paper pompoms and paper lanterns in white and ivory with touches of gold leaf/gold trimmings, and I think I'll buy some hoola hoops and tie ribbon/bits of tulle to hang from them and string them up too. Mostly subtle shades of white and ivory and cream and gold as we'll already have colourful tables. For the lanterns I want white ones and I'll add handmade Papier mache flowers in white, shimmery, ivory, gold, pearl etc. A bit like this but not real flowers and some with ribbons hanging underneath:

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    Just not those colours! 

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride

    Flowers: bouquet

    I may have previously mentioned that my mum is a fantastic artist, and she is going to make my bouquet from scratch (no real flowers). I don't think I'll actually see it until the day!

    I have sent her some that I love that are more conventional, and we have discussed her taking inspiration from them but then creating something more sculptural with swirling fabric, gold leaf, entwining foliage and beautiful flowers she will create. I will put some of the bouquet and fabric inspirations down below but basically I have no idea if they're anything like what I'll end up with! But she's super excited about it and I'll end up with something stunning and unique that I can keep forever. 

    imageimageimageimageimage As you can see, I like tumbling, contrast, foliage and a bit of wildness, and sheer fabric with touches of gold leaf and shimmer. Who knows what will happen in the end! I've also asked her to include little gold bees and beetles because I'm weird and I love them. It's going to be spectacular and super dramatic!

    She's also going to do small things for bridesmaids as well, a lot more simple though.

    Our wedding will certainly be unique anyway..

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,459 New bride

    If you want specific flowers without using a florist, consider using Triangle Nursery - they are a wholesaler who also sell flowers to the public and the flower quality is far superior to supermarket flowers for the same price or less, and they deliver the flowers to your door.

    I used them when I did the flowers for my brother's wedding and will be using them for mine too.

  • Kelly224Kelly224 Posts: 962 New bride

    I love all your inspo pics and ideas.  It all sounds so inventive and different!  Your wedding will be unique in a really awesome way! 

  • Sian91Sian91 Posts: 829 New bride

    Love the backdrop ideas! We're using triangle nursery too :) I would also look at flowers from the farm too as you have a year 

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride

    Thanks for the flower advice both :) I definitely love the idea of going and choosing my own at a flower farm, I'll have to see how expensive it would be! It might be a nice thing to do with bridesmaids, maybe I can have a sort of evening out cocktaily henparty a while in advance and then a day or two before the wedding go with a couple of them to have afternoon tea and pick flowers and that kind of thing! That could be really lovely. 

  • nicki126nicki126 Posts: 248

    Been lurking on your thread for a while now - love your vision and creativity!  What a fantastic garden to work with!

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride
    nicki126 wrote (see post):

    Been lurking on your thread for a while now - love your vision and creativity!  What a fantastic garden to work with!

    Thank you! It is really lovely, I'm very lucky to have relatives with a place like it :)

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride

    So today I went shopping with one of my  bridesmaids, Soph. She's stunningly beautiful so everything looks amazing but she doesn't really wear dresses and especially anything with sparkles or tulle or frills make her feel super uncomfortable. I've told her I'm happy for her to wear trousers or a skirt or whatever she wants but she is insisting we look at dresses despite the fact she hates them all!

    But it was lovely to see her and as we were walking around Debemhams I happened to see this absolutely gorgeous Jenny Packham shrug for £50. I fell in love and immediately thought ooh I can have that for if it gets a bit chilly in the evening! Now it's very detailed, and so is my evening dress, but I'm not exactly a subtle person, and if you're going to be way too sparkly (like that's possible!?) for a day in your life might as well make it your wedding day! So I'm moving from beautiful traditional dress and veil to basically being a walking ivory disco ball. I couldn't resist it. Sorry for the horrendous pictures (I can't exactly get Ralph to take them for me!):

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    You can't see how sparkly it all is, but it's all so shimmery and catches the light beautifully. It's absolutely over the top, I know, but ๐Ÿ˜. I may just wear it even if it's boiling. 

    My sister said it reminds her of something out of a Jane Austen adaptation a bit. It's funny because obviously it's nothing like that but somehow I know what she means?! And Jane Austen is one of my all time heroes, I think she was brilliantly witty and funny and beyond her time, and so I will now wear it with even more pride, even if nobody else gets it! I always wanted to be Emma or Marianne, so I'll consider it a modern interpretation of one of those.

     

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride

    Here are better pictures from the website (I like it more with my dress though!):

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  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride

    Spent too much money on alcohol in Sainsbury's today! There was a deal on Aperol so got a couple of bottles of that, and a small bottle each of passionfruit liqueur and peach liqueur, all for our gin station. Our box of gin/liqueurs is now full so if we get any more we need a new one:

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    We now have: 2 x Greenalls, 1 Bombay Dry gin, 1 elderflower gin, one Ophir Spiced, one Strawberry Bloom, one Earl Grey gin my mum got me, Adnams Copper, Edinburgh Plum and Vanilla gin liqueur, passiofruit and peach as mentioned above, lime liqueur, Chombord (raspberry, not pictured as I can't fit it in!) and then 2 x Aperol and 4 x Sipsmith London Cups. I think that's probably enough now ๐Ÿ˜‚.

    Also found little miniature bottles perfect for my bridesmaid gift bags for £3 each. I've decided to do little gift bags for each bridesmaid and both MOB and FMIL. They will be filled with: mini liqueur bottle, pair of glittery socks, little box of Hotel Chocolat choccies (need vegan alternative for FSIL, any advice?), and a nice candle each. And a personal card each!

    So I bought 4 miniature Chambords, 3 mini Rhubarb and Ginger gins and 3 mini Quince gins, and somehow resisted extra ones for myself, despite the fact I felt like I needed one after my first solo drive this evening. (Passed my test on Tuesday, yay! Feel like a grown-up)

  • Becky111Becky111 Posts: 210 New bride

    I've just had a bit of a binge read through your thread. 

    You are doing so well, everything looks so lovely. 

    You're evening outfit is fab but your reception wedding dress is so so beautiful! I love it!

    And yes we are veil twins. The assistant told me to take it out of the plastic packaging and wrap mine in acid free white tissue paper. She said the plastic can sometimes discolour it. Not sure how true it is but better to be safe than sorry!

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride
    Becky111 wrote (see post):

    I've just had a bit of a binge read through your thread. 

    You are doing so well, everything looks so lovely. 

    You're evening outfit is fab but your reception wedding dress is so so beautiful! I love it!

    And yes we are veil twins. The assistant told me to take it out of the plastic packaging and wrap mine in acid free white tissue paper. She said the plastic can sometimes discolour it. Not sure how true it is but better to be safe than sorry!

    Thanks :) and thanks for the advice. Mine is hanging up in my wardrobe at the moment but maybe I should do that, I wasn't sure how to store it really! 

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride

    Small rant:

    Everything has to be stored differently, my ceremony/reception dress is hanging up in it's bag so H2B can't see it at all, the evening dress is heavy for itself so has to be stored in it's box, I've hidden my shrug and veil behind big dresses in the wardrobe but not next to each other coz I don't want the veil catching on the beading, plus the bottom of my wardrobe is stuffed with candles and tealights/holders, jars, my shoes, my Jewellery, etc  .

    I have the big box of gin etc in the kitchen and by the end of August will also have all the wine and sparkling wine and everything which will be several boxes, plus I'm going to be getting some small vases and more jam jars and saving clear glass bottles, as well as ordering lots of fairy lights whenever I see them on sale and lots of paper pompoms and fans and things eventually too.

    I wish I had a bigger house coz I'm running out of space with a year still to go eek.

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride

    So today I drove to Watford just so that I'd driven on a motorway before my solo drive tomorrow to Enfield (eek) and so ended up doing a bit of shopping. 

    We looked at wedding rings for H2B, and saw some nice ones but he needs to try them on while holding vibraphone sticks to see if they'd affect his playing so we didn't get anything yet, but we're looking at gold court rings.

    I got some more miniatures to add to my bridesmaid gift bags, little hand creams:

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    And I also found a velvet clutch. Now this not 'bridal' at all but I really like it, and it does have cream in the pattern so it could probably tie in with the dresses.. I'm not really a bag person, and haven't ever bought a clutch I don't think, and certainly not a bridal colour one. I normally have highly patterned rucksacks and my current one is rose gold iridescent and shiny. So for me this is quite understated:

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    I feel like that could go ok? Or is that crazy?! I could add tiny touches of gold or sparkle in some way potentially to make it more special. 

  • So have been meaning to have a binge through your thread for ages but just been so busy recently! With H2B working nights this weekend I have sat down with a glass of wine and read all the way through it and wow I love the sound of everything! 

    Your food and drink choices sound fab, me and H2B would love nothing more than a wedding where the drinks are gin and ale! 

    Also I have to say that although your hair looks lovely long, I prefer it short. You have such personality and individual style and I think that seems to be represented so much better in your short hair, I definitely think you're making the right decision to keep it short and if that's what H2B prefers then it's a no brainer.

    Can't wait to keep up with all the rest of your plans! 

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride
    FutureMrsTomlin wrote (see post):

    So have been meaning to have a binge through your thread for ages but just been so busy recently! With H2B working nights this weekend I have sat down with a glass of wine and read all the way through it and wow I love the sound of everything! 

    Your food and drink choices sound fab, me and H2B would love nothing more than a wedding where the drinks are gin and ale! 

    Also I have to say that although your hair looks lovely long, I prefer it short. You have such personality and individual style and I think that seems to be represented so much better in your short hair, I definitely think you're making the right decision to keep it short and if that's what H2B prefers then it's a no brainer.

    Can't wait to keep up with all the rest of your plans! 

    Thank you, that's really lovely of you to say :) I do feel it's more me, even if it's not as classic/pretty. It's also nice to know someone has read all my ramblings! I hope it turns out the way it is in my head.

  • Sian91Sian91 Posts: 829 New bride

    That clutch is stunning, I’d chose that over something bridal any day! 

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride
    Sian91 wrote (see post):

    That clutch is stunning, I’d chose that over something bridal any day! 

    Thanks! Me too, and everything else is mismatched so this may as well be too.

  • Cecilia13Cecilia13 Posts: 431 New bride

    Just a small post about a couple of things!

    FMIL has found us a bottle for Malfy gin (with a touch of lemon) which is lovely of her and now we have a special bottle from both mums to add to our bar :) .

    One of my bridesmaids (Nay) found this and immediately sent to me and I think I'm going to try and recreate it; even if it doesn't rain it could create some beautiful photos!

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    And talking of photos, I am determined to have smoke grande photos! I've become obsessed and I think they could be so beautiful; and transform any  location into stunning photos as well so we wouldn't need to go too far from guests and reception. Here are some I like:

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    I think it's really romantic and hazy and fairytale-y and so much fun!

    I'm trying to concentrate on nice wedding images as I have my nice late breakfast as I'm freaking out because I am performing a concerto (solo with orchestra accompanying) this evening and I'm VERY VERY NERVOUS. However as soon as that's over, my reward is that tomorrow I am going to Germany for a little holiday! Ralph and I are going to my dad's holiday house with another bridesmaid (Antonia) and her partner (Ed) to do wine tastings and select wine from the wedding! My dad worked for an absolutely amazing Winzer for a while out there (he has won several highly respected international awards for various wines), and it's his gift to us (I think he will get a good discount as well). So that's really exciting and I will post some pics of the trip as it's wedding related :) . Just need to get through this concert first!

    Edit: this turned out to be a very long post, in fact. I ramble at the best of times, let alone when I'm nervous. Sorry about that!

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