This past weekend we celebrated our first wedding anniversary (Saturday the 9th!) and although life right now is a bit hectic with work and looking for a place to live and generally cope with what life throws at you, we still had a lovely day, just the two of us. We had breakfast/brunch in central London (there was prosecco and it made me super tired) and after we went for a walk. We ended up at Selfridges where we bought Nespresso coffee pods (super romantic) and wandered around looking at £600+ KitchenAid mixers. We really live the life, but for someone who never really spends a whole day with her husband, it was a real treat. Until next year...
For our wedding (yes, more than 6 months ago) I decided that our sweets table would be useless without some gold love birds on it. And I had to make them myself. Normally this is not a problem, but I had this idea about 5 days before we were due to walk down the aisle, so timing was not great. The lovely thing about being a craft supplies hoarder is that I had both gold paint and oven bake clay lying around the apartment. Who doesn't, right? So I went all crafty and hand shaped two birds, which I was pretty happy about, and cooked them in the oven according to the instructions on the packet. Not that they look the exactly the same, that would be very difficult, but they did look pretty cute on the sweets table. Can't say they made the biggest difference, but after they were made I was much calmer. Anything to calm a stressed bride!
It's hard to believe that it's been 6 months (and 1 day...) since we "tied the knot". How does time fly by so fast? And how does it at the same time feel like our wedding happened years ago and not earlier this year? If you want to see what happened when we married I wrote a bit here about the day itself and then there was the blog post on Love My Dress which was exciting!
A lot of people ask if it feels different now that we are married but to be honest it didn't change much at all. Since we were already living together the biggest change was our surnames (I gently suggested the husband take my surname as a middle name and he did) and the hassle of getting a new passport. The everyday is still much the same. I did have this idea in my head that once we were married it would be so much easier to find time for each other. I actually find it's even harder to find time for each other now and with our economy being a bit tight due to all the expenses that comes with getting married and also attending 3 other weddings, 2 of them abroad, within 3 months, going out for dinner is not really on the top of my to do list. Anyways, ramble over. The point was: I love being married and I love the feeling that being married gives me. It feels like we took the next step in our relationship and who knows where we are going in the future. We also had the most wonderful wedding day
I am very excited to have our wedding featured on Love My Dress today. I read this blog all the time before the wedding and well, sometimes I read it even now, when there is no wedding to plan. The blog is such an inspiration and along with Pinterest it was where I found inspiration for our big day. So I guess you can only imagine how fun it is to be one of the weddings that get to feature there! Not to mention it is one of the biggest wedding blogs in the UK. No big deal... Anyway, if you want to read a bit more about our wedding and see the pictures, head over to Love My Dress.
After a wedding and a (very!) short honeymoon we had so many pictures to remember those days by that well, I had to make a photo album. How long have we been married? Almost 3 months. And have I finished the albums? No. While I LOVE the idea of photo albums and it would be amazing to have the pictures printed and ready for me to look at and wistfully think back, making said album takes time. So much time. For the record, all the photos are printed, and I have slowly put things in order and found the correct place for the photos in the albums, but the cutting, gluing, positioning, decorating and writing little notes. That is yet to happen. I now move the albums around the apartment with hope that if they are lying next to my bed I will just go to bed early and sit down to finish them. Or maybe if I put them next to the TV and DVD's I will pick them up next time I watch a movie? Or how about putting them on the dining tables, so I can sit there after dinner one day and just finish what I started? No. It just hasn't happened yet. So here is to a fresh start to the week and possibly getting on with what I have put off for about 3 months. And then come the rest of my DIY projects that are currently on our living room floor (yes, all of them) in little piles. Could we please have more hours in the day? Thanks.
Being off on the weekend feels like a weird luxury now that I spend most weekends at work. Not that I am complaining, but having both Saturday and Sunday off? Weird. On Saturday we were in the Cotswolds for a beautiful wedding at Barnsley house and yesterday was spent on the in-laws couch in Berkshire. I think I possibly want to move out of London and live in a house where I can drive to the grocery store. Is that bad?
Back to the wedding: It turns out that when you go to a wedding just 2 months after your own wedding, it's hard not to compare everything to your big day, think about when you got married and basically re-live the whole thing. Which is of course nice! But you need to remember that it's not your wedding anymore, get over it. I was very unlucky on Saturday and struggled with a serious migraine, which did put a little damper on the day, but when dinner was finished the migraine disappeared (heavily aided by serious painkillers) and we danced the night away and ate our body weight in food at midnight. I am also featured in some seriously ridiculous polaroid pictures (and we sang "shake it like a polaroid picture" EVERY time we took one) in the bride and grooms guest book. I hope they like them.
The past week has been a bit of a whirlwind. On Thursday 8th May we loaded two cars full of stuff and headed to our wedding venue, Monkey Island, to get ready for our big day. We spent the day cutting and arranging flowers, preparing little details and socializing with the bridal party. In the evening we had arranged a small dinner which ended up being 25 people, so not small at all in the end, but so lovely. We took the closest family and friends to Windsor to a little pub and had a great 3 course meal and enjoyed spending some quality time with people we care about. In hindsight this was such a great idea as your wedding day flies by and who doesn't want to spend more than 1 day celebrating? It is a pretty big deal to get married and it deserves a bit of attention.
I went back to Monkey Island with the girls and my then future (and now current!) husband went to his parents house with the guys, as we didn't want to see each other in the morning. I'm not going to lie, Thursday night was long and filled with very little sleep for me, I think I was both nervous and excited and I had hoped with all my heart I would manage to sleep, but nop. I have a body I love but it does decide to be annoying at the most inconvenient times. I get a lot of headaches and migraines and I was so worried this would happen on our wedding day. and of course it did! It was probably just the nerves, but still very annoying to have to share our big day with my headache. Luckily it did disappear later in the day, and despite the lack of sleep I was not tired at all during the day or evening and could easily have stayed up past my 3am bedtime. Pretty pleased with that one! (But I did severely crash on Saturday evening and fell asleep with the TV on about 9.30pm).
We had such an absolutely amazing day, I could not have asked for ANYTHING else and can't get over how amazingly supportive and wonderful our family and friends are. Most of our guests even got out of bed the day after the wedding and joined us for lunch at the in-law's house (50 people, no biggie, no stress) as a semi "after party" to our amazing day. When can we do it all again?
After the past week I have had it is a bit difficult to know exactly where to start, for one we just came back from our honeymoon, and we also got MARRIED. No biggie or anything... I need to let everything just sink in a bit before I start looking at the pictures, and there is also a serious guest book to look through (plenty of Polaroid pictures were taken...) and honeymoon pictures to sort through and albums to make. Not ready to let the wedding stuff go just yet.
Picture from Pinterest
So I know this is super cliched, and I know I am one in a million here, not the first to make the decision to marry, say yes to a proposal, plan a wedding and eventually walk down that aisle. With less than 2 weeks to go (let’s face it, we are closer to 1 week now) to the big day I don’t feel nervous, just very happy and lucky. I feel like this is big, guys, very big. And I want to talk about it, I want to tell everyone I meet how fun it is to be engaged to be married and to know that soon I am going to walk down that aisle and say “I do”. People ask if I am nervous, but what is there to be nervous about, really?
Except maybe walking down the aisle with everyone's eyes on moi, not the dream scenario, but it's got to be done and luckily I have someone lovely waiting for me at the end, yep, the future husband. It feels weird that so many people are going to be there to witness this big day in our life and it also feels great to be able to share such a big moment with the people that are most important to us. I am really looking forward to getting married and it is just so surreal that this is going to happen so soon and that we are starting our life as a married couple in less than 2 weeks.
This week is all about weddings, more specifically ours, as I have crafted my little heart out by making place card holders, wedding favors, pom pom's, print material for different signs and of course worked a bit on the never-ending veil. This stuff does take time and for me the stress element is mostly that there is so much of it to do and I just have absolutely no patience. It needs to be finished yesterday, y'all. And the reason I am not finished with everything is called the internet and more specifically wedding blogs. Bad, bad idea to read those as they give you more inspiration and ideas, and they are also full of beautiful pictures and I can loose hours while browsing real weddings. In fact I have lost several hours just this week.
I came across this super funny little thing of kids and their thoughts on marriage. Give it a read if you need a little cheering up. I really want these placecard holders, not for the wedding, just for dinner parties in general. Is that weird? Dear swan cake topper, we could be best friends! I need a second wedding cake to put you on, as I already have grand plans for the cake. Always interesting to read things about marriage and although I am not on board with number 3 and the religious element, the rest seems like pretty good advice. And marriage tips from a divorced man, also worth reading.
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x