It’s time for another version of my chatty life update post! I’ve just checked and the last one (which was actually the first too) was in August so I reckon there’s quite a lot of stuff that’s been on my mind lately.

 

SLOWING DOWN

I feel like over the past week I’ve really started slowing down. Making the most of being at home, and when I am busy and out and about, being mindful in those moments too, which I think is super important. Seeing every car journey as a chance for me to catch up on podcasts and ‘me-time’, instead of something I don’t particularly enjoy. I’m slowly learning that it’s okay to say no even if it’s something you don’t mind doing, but your body says otherwise. It doesn’t have to be a big dramatic gesture, you can just postpone it to the next day. It feels good I have to say.

FUN PLANS TO LOOK FORWARD TO

We’ve just booked our honeymoon, which is very exciting! We are going on a cruise around Dubai which came about quite out of the blue, but we just ran with the idea, and it looks incredible. There’s quite a few stops along the way such as Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, aswell as a spa on board which I will for sure be making the use out of! I’ve never been on a cruise before so I’m intrigued as to how it will be, and we go in February so not that long to wait. In other fun plan news, me, my mum and sister have booked a girls weekend to Sheffield at the end of the month which I’m really looking forward to. We did it in the summer and it was great to spend quality time together as a three.

INSTAGRAM

I spoke about this on my Instagram stories a few days ago so I won’t harp on about it too much here, but I did have a little Instagram self-doubt dilemma. Even though I’m enjoying posting and creating on there and my engagement is really good, my follower count was just dropping constantly. I got some lovely messages when I spoke out about it and from now on I’m really going to focus on the positives, and that even though numbers shouldn’t matter, the right people WILL find you online and stay.

 

Things I’m loving:

  • Amy’s Instagram stories
  • Where The Lights Get in by Lucy Dillon
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix
  • Pringles Texas BBQ flavour
  • Mrs Meldrum’s Youtube channel
  • ‘In The Moment’ magazine- every one is just so good!

 

I would love to know what’s been on your mind lately?

 

I have to say, September has probably been my favourite month of the year so far! It just felt like a month of pure joy and it was the happiest I’ve ever been I think. So I’m definitely hoping this feeling continues into October, but lets see how I did with my goals first…

 

SEPTEMBER GOAL RECAP

Don’t be as hard on myself. Granted this was kind of a tricky one to manage, but I tried hard this month to go easier on myself and calm the negative self-talk. Obviously this is something to still work on, but I feel I have achieved it at times and I’m also trying to include more positive affirmations in my everyday life which I always think helps too.

Keep up running. I feel very proud of myself to say I kept up with Couch to 5k this month, and I’ve just started week 5 which is exciting! I’m only one run in so far but it wasn’t as awful as I thought it was going to be. I think my stamina has improved a lot whilst doing it so far.

Spend more time on the blog. I FINALLY got all our wedding posts up, and it was such a nice thing to share on the blog. They seem to of went down a treat, so thank you to you guys for following along and reading them!

 

OCTOBER GOALS

Listen to my body more. This is something that I’ve been on quite a journey with, but in October I want to focus on listening to my body more. Seeing if it wants to work out, rest, and what type of foods I’m really craving instead of just heading to get biscuits as soon as my tummy grumbles (I don’t do that all the time, but sometimes I swear you can’t stop me!)

Re-do our bedroom! We’re not planning a total massive over-haul of our bedroom, but we want to change our bedside tables into ladder shelves, and maybe mix up the decor in there a little. I think October will be the perfect month to do this.

Declutter and change up my Autumn wardrobe. I’m a bit flaky when it comes to clothes, they aren’t my favourite thing in the world but I do like to feel nice and look good, and I’ve spotted a few stuff hanging up in my wardrobe that I’m not as keen on anymore, so I need to have a good sort through. I always give my clothes to charity once I’m done with them. With giving things away, I’ll need to pick up a few bits to replace them and I’m looking forward to seeing a few newer pieces in my clothes stash.

 

Do you have any goals for October?

 

Before we knew it the sun started to set and everyone went from enjoying the evening light to slowly making their way inside for the evening party.

 

We hired a Magic Mirror which is very similar to a photo-booth, but seemed better in our opinion. It wasn’t too expensive to hire for a couple of hours either and it went down a treat! People loved it. Plus we also got a spare copy of all the photos and people used them to sign our guest book with, which I thought was a really good idea and something we can look back on in years to come.

We cut the cake and then had our first dance, where we chose ‘Hey There Deliah’.

We found it hard to pick a song we both liked for a first dance song, as we both have different music tastes, and all the romantic songs I loved, Dan didn’t really like. I’m super glad with our choice though as it just felt like us. Everyone ended up joining us on the dance floor and it was flooded with happy couples.

We had a hot evening buffet fills with different types of baguettes and chunky chips, plus the wedding cake for afterwards too.

I spend most of the night dancing, and by 12am was totally shattered and this Cinderella needed her sleep.

 

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I can’t quite believe we are at the end of wedding week, it feels like such a long time coming and I’ve loved sitting down to reminise and relive it all over again with you. If you’ve followed along, or just read the odd post here and there, then thank you. I absolutely love this little community and hope to never be without it.

Thank you thank you, for reading and joining us.

xxxx

 

Choosing a wedding dress was one of the most exciting parts (if not, the most exciting) in the build-up to planning a wedding. To be honest, I still can’t believe a couple like us pulled the wedding off! But I think all the help I had from my mum and sister made such a difference, and they really took the pressure off me by lending a hand to sort things out.

It’s quite unbelievable how many things go into planning a wedding, even if you have a relatively small, relaxed one like ours! We had 60 guests who were all family, opted out of a few traditions (post to come on that one I’m sure), but it was still extremely time-consuming, as you can imagine.

 

 

Anyway, lets talk about the dress…

I got my beautiful dress and veil from the Harrogate Wedding Lounge, and it was purchased for me by my sister as a gift, which was such a kind and extremely generous thing to do, and something I’ll never forget.

I tried lots of different styles of dress on, and originally wanted something the opposite of this. I wanted something relatively plain, not fussy or show-stopping, loose and simple. But as soon as I tried those types of dresses on, they didn’t feel like my wedding dress. They didn’t make me feel the way I wanted to feel.

 

 

This was the second to last dress I tried on (I think I tried 8 in total) and I just knew it was the one. I imagined our wedding day with me wearing this dress and now I can say it was a dream come true. Cheesy but it did feel like the stars had all aligned when I tried this on.

It was romantic, it was elegant, and I felt like a real life princess. Like I was ready for my happy ending.

 

My shoes I actually got super cheap from Amazon as you couldn’t see them, but they were just some flat shoes with a bit of sparkle on, and were really comfy to wear all day too.

I wore my sisters earrings as my something borrowed, my late Grandma’s brooch on my bag as something old, the dress shop gave me a personalised garter that had a blue heart on, and my parents got me a diamond Swarovski bracelet as something new.

 

 

I told my hairdresser I wanted loose curls and my hair to feel very natural, and I kept my makeup low key too. I was really focused on the fact that I still wanted to look like myself, just the best version of me to ever exist! Which I think I managed.

The only makeup items I bought that I didn’t already have to use were a fancy YSL lipstick in a peach shade, a makeup setting spray so it would last, and a primer.

 

 

Dan rented his suit with the majority of the male wedding party and we chose a grey with a pale pink tie to match the rest of the decor and flowers.

 

 

As you can see, it was a lovely afternoon for me and Dan to get a bit of quality time together while having some photos taken by Emily Hannah Photography. We had Ryan from Riff Raff Photography  for our wedding video, we haven’t received it yet but I can’t wait until we do! They were both so amazing to work with, and gave such a relaxed, calming presence.

Tomorrow’s post is the last one of wedding week (I know right!) for the evening reception. BUT, in the next few weeks I’m planning to do a lot more wedding content giving different tips and tricks that we picked up along the way.

See you tomorrow!

 

When we got engaged, I knew immediately that I wanted to get married outside. It was definitely my number one goal in terms of looking for a venue. Both me and Dan are pretty laid back, relaxed people, so I felt like a church would of been too intimidating and not really ‘us’, the same for a registrar office.

I actually used to live close to Wentbridge House, our chosen venue, so I knew it really well, and I’d always admired the garden folly from afar. After searching around, we happened to make it fit our budget and booked a year in advance for the big day.

Over the year I was quite particular in terms of venue decor, I really didn’t like any bright carpets, chair covers or anything diamante, that was about as far as my ‘Bridezilla’ moment got I think! I just really wanted the space to look natural and beautiful.

 

 

We hired this antique mirror from a local company, Cherish (who were so accommodating and super lovely by the way!) and bought some Chalk pens off Amazon to write the Order of The Day on which would be stood outside for everyone to see the days agenda.

 

 

We actually picked up this table seating plan and the numbers from Sainsburys, which do a great wedding range that I’d definitely recommend having a look at. The candles and lanterns were bought from a local wholesale homeware store, and Ikea.

 

 

 

We also had a local florist who Dan knows very well do our flowers, and I chose something with a touch of pale pink, creams and lots of natural foiliage. Each table had a circular centre piece, whilst the long table at the top had a runner.

We were invited to see the room before everyone went to their seats and I was totally taken away by how incredibly stunning it looked, it was completely perfect and just what I had dreamed of. We also chose to use the same chairs as we had outside as we thought it suited the rest of the decor a lot better, so we were happy to pay a small charge for that to be possible.

 

 

My friend made our wedding cake, and I chose to go down the ‘natural’ cakes look as I just adore the style of them. We chose vanilla, lemon, and white chocolate and it was absolutely delicious! I wish I had a piece I could eat right now whilst writing this and reminiscing.

We picked up the ‘love’ cake topper from Homesense and all the balloons were from various places such as John Lewis, Sainsburys etc.

I just wanted to add a small note on to this to say I’m choosing not to share any of the wedding meal/speech pictures as they feature lots of family members, and I don’t feel its right to share pictures of people without their permission. Plus as I’m sharing everything else about the day it is nice to hold something small back, but let me tell you, it was the most nervous I’ve ever seen Dan! There was no need to be though as his speech was lovely, as the rest were too.

We had a melon fan, leek and potato soup for starter, I had the veggie option of a roasted pepper moneybag, the other option was chicken, and dessert was a white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake.

Tomorrow’s blog post will be about the dress, before we head on to the evening party!