Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Our wedding: Dresses, Suits & Bow ties

I've been dying to share details of our amazing wedding day on my blog! I've been waiting for our wedding photos from our wonderful photographer and they certainly didn't disappoint.

I didn't just want to dump photos into one post and after reading Milly's blog, I've decided to do a wedding series.

I thought I would start off with what we all wore on the day.

If you followed my wedding update posts you'll know that it took us a few attempts to find "the one". We finally found it in a bridal shop in Chester, my auntie actually picked it off the rail so she deserves all of the credit. It had a silky, oyster coloured slip underneath, the lace dress went over the slip and it was finished off with a silk, oyster bow. As soon as I tried it on I knew i'd found my wedding dress. It had my mum & auntie in tears so it was a definite winner.

At first I wasn't sure whether I wanted a veil but I'm so glad I had one. I chose a long veil with a lace trim at the bottom which complimented my dress. I felt that having a veil added so much more to the dress and really turned it into a "wedding" dress.

And I loved how Phil our photographer used my veil to create some amazing photographs.

My bridesmaids wore Ghost dresses. Finding the perfect bridesmaid dress was particularly tricky and we just stumbled upon these dresses by chance whilst in John Lewis one day. I think the colour really compliments my own dress and they all look stunning. The dress is modern but still very classy.

Ava wore a Debenhams lacy, flowergirl dress with a ribbon bought from John Lewis and stitched on by my gran.

Her little shoes were from Next and mine from Carvela

My cousin James, my page boy, looked very dapper in his grey Ted Baker suit.

All the men's Bow ties were from Mrs Bow Tie. The quality and service was superb! I went for the palest pink, satin bow tie.

Our ushers suits and waistcoats were slim fit and both from ASOS, as were their brogues. All of the shirts are from Ted Baker. Bow ties & pocket squares, Mrs Bow Tie. Nathan's suit is Ted Baker as were his brogues.

I've said it before I'm not a fan of morning suits and I'm so glad we went with modern slim fit suits. They all looked so smart!

I'm glad Nathan went with a different coloured suit. At one point he was going to have grey aswell but the navy really suits him and makes him stand out. He also had braces rather than a waistcoat.

So there you have it the first (very picture heavy) post! You can find more of Phil's work on his website if you are local and have a wedding coming up or would like some family shots, Phil's your man.

I hope you enjoyed the first of my wedding posts keep your eyes peeled for the next one!

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Ordinary Moments- The Reunion

Apologies if you follow me on Instagram, you will have already seen this photo.

I'm linking up with Katie again this week for The Ordinary Moments.

If you follow my blog you'll know that last week Nath & I returned from our honeymoon in Crete & Santorini.

When booking our honeymoon we toyed with the idea of taking Ava with us but realised that with a toddler in tow it would be far from the romantic honeymoon we'd hoped for. It was decided that Ava would spend the first few nights with my mum and the rest of the week with Nathan's parents.

I have to admit, in the lead up to the honeymoon I was terribly anxious, I felt awful for leaving her and was worried she would get horribly upset with us being away.

I needn't have worried, she had a wonderful holiday of her own and I caught up with our parents daily to find out what she'd been up to.

Last Sunday we were both so excited to see her again, the look on her face and the excitement was so lovely. She was so happy to see us and we were spoilt with lots of cuddles and kisses.

It was amazing to spend some much needed quality time with Nathan as we both know we won't have another holiday on our own until Ava has left home, but I'm so excited for next year's family holiday which we've started planning already!

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

An Autumn Walk

Although I'm a Summer baby through and through I do love it when we experience an Indian Summer, like we are at the moment.

All of the gorgeous Autumnal colours and none of the cold weather that knocks your socks off.

Ava and I are having a girly weekend. Nathan is currently in Ibiza on his friend's stag do so Ava and I took the opportunity to meet up with my dad & his dog, Murphy.

We went to a lovely little tea shop for a lunch of huge homemade sausage rolls with Bramley apple sauce, white chocolate rocky road & gallons of tea.

We then went to burn it all off at the local country park.

Although this one is a little blurry I still love it!

What a lovely afternoon we've had. I hope this Indian Summer stays a while!

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Our honeymoon in Crete and Santorini

I first fell in love with Crete when I was 14. My dad took my brother and I on holiday and I still remember breakfasts in the Marina, of sticky Baklavas and milkshakes. My love for Greece has stayed ever since and when it came to looking for honeymoon destinations that weren't too far from home, Greece was at the top of my list,

With full relaxation in mind we booked a week at the Sensatori resort in Crete which holds 5 stars, all of which are thoroughly deserved. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left the service we received was second to none. The resort was spotless, the food was delicious and the staff were amazing. Crete is Sensatori's flagship hotel, it has 7 restaurants in total (4 of which are included in the all inclusive package which we went for), 7 pools (2 of which are adults only), a spa, 3 bars and more sports and activities than you can shake a stick at.

Although we didn't take Ava with us the children's facilities looked brilliant, they have a nursery, designated children's play area, children's evening entertainment once a week and they even have their own area in the buffet restaurant.

Nath and I stayed in one of their plunge pool rooms which also had a sea view (the beach is across the road). The room was bigger and better than I expected and it was so nice to top off our tans on our own balcony and private pool.

I felt like a fat little hippo for the entire week, if I was not gorging myself on the buffet I was snoozing in the sun,

 We were lucky enough to be gifted a night in Santorini by my lovely auntie & uncle who booked us the honeymoon suite at Aroma Suites. Santorini has been at the top of my "must visit" list for so long and it truly lived up to my expectations.

We were greeted by white washed houses with blue domed roofs and little shutters at every turn, It was picture perfect.

The winding cobbled streets held everything from jewellery boutiques to Irish bars and gelato shops.

We were recommended a lovely restaurant looking out over the water and got to watch the beautiful sunset.

It was a perfect week although we missed Ava like crazy and couldn't wait to get back to her. I'd love to go back one day with Ava in tow. It's a holiday that I highly recommend and one that I'll never forget.

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