A day to remember…

…except that I don’t remember it all that well…

I’m still being sent photos and thinking ‘I have absolutely no recollection of posing for this’ – and most of said photos were taken before we’d got to the reception. It’s all such a blur!

However the bits I do remember were great fun and it was amazing to see my vision come to life. Guests got stuck into the fresh bread, paté and artisan cheeses from the picnic hampers and helped themselves to the hog roast, dressed salmon and salads. It was a very laid-back affair, exactly what we were aiming for.

I vaguely remember the first dance. We attempted some choreographed silliness to The Smiths’ This Charming Man which mainly consisted of me flamenco dancing (in bare feet – my shoes killed me) around Gavin. I still can’t bring myself to watch the video.

Anyway, here are a few of the day’s snaps, in no particular order. I’ll post more soon.

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Photos courtesy of Momenterry and Firgrove photography

Glitter DIY wedding decorations

Glittery wooden ‘Mr & Mrs’ wedding decoration

Glitter DIY wedding decorations

Mr & Mrs glitter DIY weddings

Despite going for the rustic theme at our wedding next summer, I’ve decided that I’d like at least one piece of the decorations to be eye-catching. So, after a recent trip to my nearest Country Baskets store (I love that place!), I devoted one Sunday afternoon to customising one of their plain, wooden bunting-style ‘Mr & Mrs’ signs with a lot of glue and a few sprinkles of glitter from another of my current fave shops, Fred Aldous.

Now I have a shiny, spangly sign to hang at the top table, advertising our new marital status! Yay!

Top tips:

• Make sure you cover your table with old newspaper or magazine pages so you don’t damage the surface with glue

• To avoid wastage, pour any excess glitter on the newspaper back into the pot

• Lightly spritz the letters with hairspray to stop glitter falling off when you come to moving the sign after the glue has dried
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Jar lanterns

I’ve been asking my family to start saving empty glass jars for me, so I can make them into rustic-style lanterns.

To make one, all you need is a jar if any height, that’s wide enough to fit a tea light in the bottom. Get yourself a sheet of printed music paper from Paperchase (£2.75 per sheet) or go buy a cheap old music book from a charity or second hand shop and cut a love heart in the middle before trimming it down to size and gluing it carefully around the jar.

Get some garden twine from your local craft shop or garden centre and tie a bow around the neck of the jar.

You’re good to go!

I’m going to have these either on the tables at the reception after night falls, possibly even on the steps leading up to the venue too. 20140611-190914-68954020.jpg