My Week #60 – Shopping & Sandwiches

*Pickles thinks he’s Superman *Yummy sandwich at West Corner NQ

*Topher bought a horrific t-shirt *We found the Harry Potter section at Primark

 

The honeymoon is coming!

I’m beyond excited. We’ve been doing some shopping to make sure we have everything we need (and don’t need). Including a trip to Primark – how cool is their Harry Potter section btw? If you have a Primark near you, you should definitely check it out.We may have gone a tad overboard but it’s all stuff we’ll use.

I also found the leather jacket of my dreams at Primark. It’s not real leather of course but it really looks like it and it fits amazing. Plus it was only £14! Bargain times.

So now that Topher has been and come back from his festival we’re I’m in full on honeymoon mode. I finally got to sit down with him and go through everything we’re doing and he’s convinced that we’re going to collapse from exhaustion. Which may just happen. Look at my trips to London and calculate that by two weeks. Yep, we’re going to need so much sleep when we get home. Sorry Topher!

I’m now on the Youtube bandwagon

In terms of watching Youtube videos, I mean. Though I am looking to start vlogging myself. I’ve just been trying to psyche myself up for it. I never thought I had time for watching Youtube videos but apparently when you’ve run out of things to watch on Netflix you have a lot of free time on your hands! I’ve mainly been watching tip videos for different aspects of the honeymoon but I’ve also been watching stuff from some of the blogs I follow. Do you have a channel or a favourite channel to watch? Let me know, I’m looking for recommendations.

We went to West Corner NQ to celebrate our first month as a married couple

It’s a New York style diner. My salt beef sandwich was yum! It was nice and I had been looking to go there for awhile but it wasn’t out of this world if you know what I mean. Topher enjoyed his chicken burger but I think because we’re heading to New York, we’re just looking forward to the real thing. So excited!

How was your week?

 

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Our Wedding DIY’s and Details

There were so many little wedding DIY’s and details that went into our day.

So today I’m going to give you a little inside look into what we did and where everything was from. Photos are a mix of our friends and also our photographer Nikki Cooper (you can tell which ones are her – they’re super good!).

So lets dive in! I already talked about my outfit during the main wedding post so now it’s Topher’s turn. His suit was from Moss Bros, as was the rest of the groomsmen’s suits. His little pin is the Rock n Roll Husband pin from Veronica Dearly (a collaboration with Rock n Roll Bride) and I have the matching Rock n Roll Wife one which I attached to my bouquet. The buttonhole I made myself.

Wedding DIY's - topher's suit

The buttonholes were the last DIY I did before the wedding and I had no clue what I was doing. I knew how I wanted them to look but I had no clue how to achieve it and mainly how they would be attached to the men’s jackets. I made the flowers and the dinosaurs I spray painted but then what to use for the main stem? Luckily this is where my dad stepped in and suggested using a safety pin.

I attached the flower stem to the bulky part of the pin by wrapping blue twine around it and securing with the glue gun. The dinosaurs were placed on top and also secured with the glue gun. And they held all day – score! The flowers were a little worse for wear by the end of the day but nothings perfect. They looked good for the photos and that’s all that matters.

Wedding DIY's - buttonholes

Topher really wanted some nerdy cufflinks so I scoured Etsy to find the perfect ones. He had a clear idea of what he wanted so I ended up finding an awesome cufflink shop called Showstopper Supplies who did a custom order for us. He wanted the eye of Sauron on one and the Deathly Hallows on the other one. To represent the two of us and our nerdy loves.

Wedding DIY's - cufflinks

So onto the bridesmaids & bouquets. I actually forgot to say my earrings are also from Etsy and you can’t see them but these are the girl’s hair clips which are also from Etsy. The dresses were a pain to find but we got them from eBay (all the way from China!) and then altered locally.

The bouquets were made by me. The main pink flowers in my bouquet were made using this tutorial and the blue ones and the bridesmaid bouquets used the middle section with just one layer of petals glued straight on. To make stems I just used pipe cleaners in green which worked pretty well. The pink flowers are tissue paper (Paperchase), the yellow middles are crepe paper (Hobbycraft) and the blue petals are actually napkins!

The main pink flowers are also what I made for the centrepieces and decor for the ceremony table and seating plan. To finish off the bouquets I just added ribbon that I found on Amazon.

Wedding DIY's - bouquets

To thank my bridesmaids and also give us something to use as handbags on the day, I purchased these little clutches from Oh Squirrel. They were so cute and I filled them with things I got from the pound shop for us to enjoy on the night before the wedding.

Wedding DIY's - bridesmaid bags

So, back to the flowers! These were all of the centre pieces. The flowers sat in light cream terracotta plant pots from IKEA. They were just under £3 each so not bad going! I’m really happy how they turned out. Thanks to my mum for cutting out all the petals for me! I kept getting them in the post from her which was pretty funny. And thanks to Claire’s mum and step-dad for helping me get all these (and everything else) to the venue – something tells me my little car wouldn’t have been able to handle them!

Wedding DIY's - centrepieces

As I mentioned before, the ceremony table also used the centrepiece flowers but I had to be a bit more inventive with how to display them. Luckily I spotted this garland in Hobbycraft. Since the flower stems were pipecleaners, it was all too easy to wrap them around the garland.

Wedding DIY's - ceremony table

The main decor in the rest of the room was definitely the streamers. Another buy on Amazon, I think they looked great. The venue even took the left overs and put them around the venue (like the stage and the balcony). They actually ended up dropping kind of low so the venue cut them down the middle after the meal and they rested against the white curtains at the side of the room and looked just as amazing. Good call Bowdon Rooms!

The same ribbon I used in the bouquets were also used on the chairs as you can see. Thanks to Claire and my mum for making them!

Wedding DIY's - room

Wedding DIY's - streamers

The seating plan was a combo of paper flowers and more ribbon. The actual grate is something I’ve had lying around my parents have had lying around for me for years. Look familiar? My dad printed out the table cards on his nice printed and I fixed them on with mini clothes pegs along with some polaroids of Topher and I.

We weren’t sure at first what to call our tables at first but then we decided on locations from nerdy films and programmes we both love.

Wedding DIY's - seating plan

The last little bits of ribbon were used on our cars. Since my parents have nice white BMWs, we decided to use those instead of wasting hundreds on wedding cars.

Wedding DIY's - car ribbons

So, onto the tables!

Wedding DIY's - table

The candles are from Primark and IKEA – we managed to find them in all 4 of our wedding colours. And the tea light holders are also from IKEA.

As I mentioned, we named the tables after locations in nerdy stuff and we added in a romantic quote from each. The frames were from Claire and Steve’s wedding (thanks guys!) so keep in mind if you have friends getting married not long before you that you can use each other’s stuff!

Wedding DIY's - table names

Now, the dinosaurs! People asked us a lot, why dinosaurs? We could only say, “Why not?” So as cool as they look, I had no idea how hard it would be to source the dinosaurs. Either kids aren’t playing with them anymore or they really are and are not willing to sell them. There were so many times when we considered changing them to something else but I’m glad we stuck to our guns. We managed them all in the end and though we might have had a table with some slightly much bigger dinosaurs, I don’t think anyone noticed.

So the plan was to have each table to have all the same coloured dinosaurs on it – I think it would have been just a bit too messy looking if we had just mixed them up. The spray paint was from Hobbycraft again (I lived there this year!) and I had my dad, Claire and Emma help me spray paint them. Then Topher and I tied the names to them in coloured twine.

Wedding DIY's - dinosaurs

Having been to so many weddings in the last 12 months, I’ve found that edible favours are always a winner so I thought long and hard about what to include. Having been to Blogtacular a month before the wedding, I stumbled across Honeywell Bakes who make the most amazing looking and tasting biscuits. How cute are these?

Wedding DIY's - favours

We finished the favours off with a sticker that had Topher’s and my names in Arabic. I think it’s safe to say the biscuits were a hit – not a single one was left behind!

Wedding DIY's - stickers

And finally, what’s a wedding without cake? Our wedding cake was made by the super talented Sarah from Pink Cocoa and it was perfect. It looked good and it certainly tasted good too. Since we served it as dessert and also with the evening buffet, there were only a few slices left to take home – it went down a treat. It was chocolate, vanilla and Butterbeer! I always dreamed of a drip cake and she even made our flowers out of sugar.

The cake topper was a combo of eBay and DIY. The Wall-e and Eve models are from eBay and the rest including their accessories and the bunting was made by me. The bunting is actually from hobby craft but I cut off all the little flags and added my own. I think it worked really well.

Wedding DIY's - cake

And that’s it – I think I covered everything!

Did you make anything yourself or plan on making anything yourself for your wedding?

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Our Wedding Video

We got our wedding video back last week!

Just in time before Topher headed off to Bloodstock so we got to watch it together. I may have watched it a few times since…

The video is by Tregoning Weddings and I think they did an awesome job. I definitely recommend them.

Check it out:

I’m so glad we decided to have a wedding video – as much as I love photos, video just captures a little bit more.

Enjoy!

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My Week #59 – Car boots and de-cluttering

*Car boot noms *New light fixture in the living room

*New sparkly shoes *Pickles being cuddly AF

 

The rain held off long enough for Emma and I to do a car boot in peace.

Phew! More stuff gone. I might even do another one this weekend if the weather holds out. Though looking out the window right now that may not happen! I’m really getting on it now with the house. I got so sick of all the rubbish in the run up to the wedding and now I have the free time to finally do something about it. Just wait, soon everything will have a place.

I lost half a pound at Slimming World

With the mountain of crap I ate this week I was shocked that I still lost weight. But the ladies there have a theory that I’m shedding the stress weight I put on just before the wedding. Fingers crossed I keep going the right way because I’m in danger of not fitting into a couple of things I bought ages ago for the honeymoon.

Speaking of the honeymoon…

Everything is now booked and currency is sorted. Plus I found out that The Color Factory existed through Instagram and immediately signed up to their mailing list to await ticket sales for September. How amazing does it look?! It only opened this month in San Francisco and so I thought it would be a cool idea to go while we’re there. Only a few days later they went on sale and I pounced. I got tickets for Topher and I and I am beyond excited.

I also got some new sparkly trainers which I can’t wait to wear over there. I immediately changed the shoe laces to regular ones (thanks eBay!) as I wasn’t a fan of the wide ribbon ones they came with. I’m already packing my suitcase in my head. Is it too early to start packing? It’s just under a month away…

In other news of capitalism I think I may have jumped on the pin collecting train

All in my head of course – it ain’t quite payday yet! So for those who follow me on Pinterest, I profusely apologies for the pin spam over the last 24 hours. I would say I won’t do it again but I’m lying. #sorrynotsorry It all started with this pin right here:

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How was your week?

On a side note – I’m looking for guest posters for while I’m away next month so if you fancy writing on here, get in touch. 

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Our Wedding Day – 15/7/17

Our wedding day without a doubt was the best day ever!

So far we’ve only had sneak peek photos from the day but they were so awesome I couldn’t wait to share them. Prepared to be photobombed.

All photos by our amazing photographer Nikki Cooper who I highly recommend – it was like having another friend there with us on the day.

There’s a running joke that Topher can’t dress himself if it’s more fancy than jeans and a t-shirt so I had to laugh when I saw they included a photo of him trying to put on his cufflinks. Bless!

wedding day - cufflinks

I had both my hair and makeup done professionally and it was really nice to feel pampered.

wedding day - makeup

It was such a humid day so this was inevitable. I love my bridesmaids!

wedding day - fan

We got married at The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham and the venue were amazing every step of the way. They made my vision come to life. I’ll be doing a separate post with all the DIY details next week so stay tuned.

wedding day - ceremony

I love this picture!

wedding day - confetti

wedding day - everyone

Of course I had to get a jumping photo in there. I definitely don’t have enough jumping photos in my life so this is a great start! Will be getting at least one in on the honeymoon.

wedding day - jump

wedding day - diane and topher

wedding day - woods

My dress was from The Case of The Curious Bride, the bouquet I made myself and the veil was a custom piece by Crown and Glory adapted from their Nebula Ombre Embellished Veil that they collaborated on with Rock n Roll Bride. I felt like a princess. One that had free movement and didn’t need any help in the bathroom!

wedding day - veil

wedding day - speeches

We didn’t have any entertainment, just a spotify playlist. We were worried but it turned out amazing. Since we made the playlist ourselves it was perfect – actually a little too perfect. We spent the whole night on the dance floor and had friends saying they needed the bathroom but didn’t want to miss a song! So lesson learned, throw in a few less loved songs.

wedding day - dance

All in all it was a perfect day. I loved having everyone we loved in the same room and I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos and also the video.

See here for all my wedding planning posts:

We’re Engaged!

The Proposal – His Story

Our Engagement Party

Adventures in Paper Flower Making

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips for Introverts

How to Stay Zen When Planning a Wedding

Wedding Planning – The Groom’s Point of View

Thoughts on Wedding Planning – The Good, Bad and the Ugly

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