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The Bride Diaries. Amy’s Final Countdown
11.07.2014

This afternoon I have Amy’s last feature before she tied the knot!! Ekkk, her wedding will be featured oh so soon, and I am super excited. But for now lets take a peek at some of her final choices and crafting… amazing!! XOXO Lou

 

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Hello!

 

The final countdown came around so much quicker than expected! And I kept a lot of my DIY projects until the last couple of weeks so I have absolutely loads to talk about. But before that came a final shopping spree so I’ll talk about that first.

 

I always thought that I’ll probably do my own make-up, and I decided to have a “bridal make-over” on a make-up counter to get some tips on how to do this. I don’t wear much make-up, and I’ve never spent money on it before, so it’s been a real treat getting myself some really good stuff. I was really unhappy with the make-over, they put far too much foundation and various other products on, and despite it being a very upmarket brand I thought I looked pretty awful, but it really helped cement the fact that I want to do my own! I have since had a bit of help from a couple of other brands, and I’m amazed by how good expensive make-up is. I’ve also bought a few nice skincare products, all of which has made me feel like a real grown-up woman! I have a skincare routine! It’s so addictive though, I had no idea how many products I needed! I’m hoping that just by making me feel my best, even if they’re all nonsense and I look no different, I will feel confident and that’s what matters really.

 

We’ve decided that instead of just having wine on tables we’re going to also have some nice bottled beers, and have ordered our beer choices from our local beer shop called The Curious Hop. We try to shop here rather than the supermarket for beer, so we’re both really pleased to be able to use the shop for the wedding, although their insanely good range made it really difficult to choose! We’ve mostly gone for local stuff, and luckily for us a lot of local brewers have been releasing bicycle themed beers to celebrate the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire in July, so we even have one bottle with a bike on to fit our (very loose) “bicycles and sewing” theme perfectly! Another big purchase has been made: Dan finally has a suit! So we should all look super smart. Speaking of which, I bought an extra dress for dancing in the evening, what a diva.

 

We’ve also made our final cake order. I mentioned right at the beginning of our planning that we’re using local vegan bakers That Old Chestnut for our cake table, and I’m really really excited for their ideas to spruce up their cakes so that they’re extra special for the wedding. I wont give anything away, but I can’t wait to see them! Both my mum and I are going to bake something each to add to the cake table, so that there’ll be absolutely loads of the stuff to go round all evening. We’ve also ordered some flowers from a really lovely organic flower farm called Ducks and Daffodils. We’re buying a couple of buckets of flowers and then doing our own really basic arrangements in bottles and jars. My attempts to grow my own flowers have been mixed, but I hope to have a few to add to what we’re buying. My main enemy when I first planted the flowers out was my toddler Rose; she found them terribly exciting and pulled up handfuls of defenceless stems, and even smashed two plant pots moving them around! She now understands that they’re not for touching, but has been replaced by a new super enemy: slugs. I hate slugs. I have been out in the rain several times to pluck them from my poor plants, and the record for one evening is 20 slugs. A lot of the plants had no chance against such an onslaught, but against all odds some are still going strong and a few have rather annoyingly even flowered early. I will be so so happy if we have even a small bunch to show for all this hard work!

 

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So, on to all my crafting. I’ve stitched table numbers on a mixture of fabrics to put into frames in the middle of the table. I’m more happy with some of these than others, some were a bit rushed but never mind. I learnt some new embroidery stitches in doing these, and I enjoyed them so much that I think I’ll try to use my new skills to make some new products once I’ve recovered from the wedding.  I’ve also made various other little bits, in fact this has been a bit of a problem for me. I’m really used to making tiny things because of making little brooches , so I’ve struggled a bit to think big. I’ve made some tiny little flags and bunting to stick into cakes, which is cute but wont really do much to decorate the room!

 

 

 

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The Bride Diaries. Kate’s Cakes, Crafting & Suit Buying
06.06.2014

Afternoon you lovely lot :-)

WWW real bride Kate is here to share her latest wedding adventures. The boys are suited and booted, the cakes chosen and Kate has done some gorgeous crafting :-) LOVE XOXO Lou

 

Real Bride Diary Journal

 

Hiya.

Well it is exactly 4 months today until I sashay down the aisle in my frock and greet my man in a gorgeous blue suit at the end of it. Yes I said blue suit, this means that we have successfully managed to sort out the third most important outfit of the day (sorry guys but the Brides and Bridesmaids come first hehe). All along Mr C has wanted a blue suit and we originally investigated the hiring options but we quickly realised that most hire places only seem to offer the tails option which isn’t what we were after. After some research we came across a lovely suit in Reiss and just like that the suit mission for the Groom was accomplished as it was absolutely perfect. I also accompanied my Dad shopping and after convincing him to try on a navy suit he admitted that he quite liked it and navy wasn’t that bad after all…you wouldn’t believe how many conversations were had about his dislike of the colour haha. We also managed to secure my mum a lovely cream jacket to go with her gorgeous dress, so the wedding party is slowly shaping up, eeek it is all getting very real.

 

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Also we have had the pleasure of munching on some cake. Sally, a family member has very kindly offered to showcase her baking skills and offered to make us some cupcakes and a larger cake to cut. I discovered her yummy cakes whilst on a hen weekend, check out the photos of the bride, groom and bridesmaid style cakes. She also made red velvet cakes which were a huge success amongst us girls. We have gone for red velvet ourselves as a result of how lovely these cakes were. I am not overly a fan of cake or traditional icing and despite initially being adamant that I wanted a naked cake I realised that this was in fact a tad on the selfish side as some folk just like icing and my hubby to be is quite an icing fan. Long live red velvet cakes :-)

 

 

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So onto crafting, firstly I must apologise as my giant K has not received any TLC as of late, I need to get off of my bum and get covering. I am tempted to try and use fabric as an experiment although that could prove disastrous. But none the less I have still been pretty busy with my crafting endeavours. I have hand stamped some luggage tags to tie onto our invitations (more about those next time as they are top secret for another couple of weeks but I am busting a gut to get them posted) I am pretty pleased with the tags and am hoping to use tags as name places at the wedding… good job as I have 300 of them ooopsie. I have also made some burlap table number flags for one of my BFF’s weddings which is in just over 2 weeks’ time, hopefully that has got me some bridesmaid points ;) . I am so chuffed with how these came out and I can’t wait to see them in situ, she’s having jam jar flowers so hopefully they will be rustic perfection. I am also hoping to knock up some bunting between now and then too.

 

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The Bride Diaries. Kirsty’s Hen Do & Less Than 2 Weeks To Go
30.05.2014

I cannot believe the time has come already for WWW real bride Kirsty’s last bride diary entry. With less than 2 weeks until her wedding day she has been ensuring the finishing touches are ready and has had her hen do. Thanks so much Kirsty, I hope you have the most amazing wedding. Cannot wait to hear all about it already XOXO Lou

 

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Hello Brides! My final post before I become Mrs P, less than two weeks to go, where has the time gone!

 

I’ve been busy making things for the wedding (still!) and tying up lose ends. I don’t think I appreciated how many decisions and how many silly things I would have to think about like making sure we have brown tape for the caterers to secure the menus around napkins for name places, what!  Speaking of which, let me know what you think…

 

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I’ve pretty much recreated something I saw on Pinterest and our caterers have kindly offered to put them all together for us on the day.

I have also had my hen weekend since my last post which was really amazing. My twin cousins who are my chief bridesmaids couldn’t have given me a better weekend in Bristol. They had bunting made with the date of the hen do, individual bags for all the guests with goodies inside include perfume samples!

 

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They decorated the house we were staying in with even more bunting (my favourite) and even managed to get hold of some strobe lights! There were 17 of us in total and everyone got on so well, I didn’t want the weekend to end! But it made me even more excited for the wedding as it hit me when they said “see you at the Wedding in two weeks!” We all took part in ‘It’s a Knockout’ on the Saturday day which was hilarious despite the torrential rain all afternoon!  I’m far too competitive for my own good and ended up losing my voice from all the shouting (with encouragement obviously!). Here we all are before our night out…

 

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The Bride Diaries. Amy’s Been Shopping & Crafting
16.05.2014

This month Amy has been shopping, making some important purchases (which sound super beautiful) and getting some crafty bits and pieces done. I am so excited to see her wedding day already :-)) Thank you Amy XOXO Lou

 

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We’ve been relatively busy ticking wedding stuff off the to do list this month. Well, it depends what you define as wedding stuff. If listing everything I own on ebay for 99p to fund the bloody thing counts then there’s been lots of that. I’ve not found time to finish any of the craft projects I’ve got planned, but I have at least started some. I sell my work (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/amypanda) at craft fairs sometimes, and this Christmas I took part in Renegade Craft Fair in London which I found hugely inspiring. There were some really interesting and creative decorations and ways of displaying work; I see a wedding as basically a one-off set decoration project and each craft stall was like a mini-set. I’m still tweaking a lot of my own stall decorations and props, and for Renegade I made some little felt flags with text stitched on, which turned out great and I’ll definitely be making some for the cake stall and for the guestbook.

 

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I’ve also been finishing off our wedding favours. We foraged blackberries in September last year, and we used them to make blackberry whisky. I’ve been dawdling over making a decision on what type of little bottle to go for, I really like the tiny ones with cork stoppers but felt a bit stingy giving each guest less that a shot of the good stuff. So I eventually settled on some little bottles from ebay, they’re a reasonable size so we’re giving one per couple – I think the contents should be enough to make two nice drinks. As well as deciding on the bottle I had to decide what to do for the label, did I mention how bad I am at decisions? I went with some cute scalloped edged round stickers from a lovely etsy seller https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/girlindustries , and I’m really happy with how they look on the bottle. I’m not the biggest fan of my handwriting, but I do think handwritten labels look cute so I braved writing them out myself and they don’t look too bad. I’ll write out a brown label with who they’re for and tie them to the top of each bottle. I’m really happy, I think they’ll look so cute on the table. (more…)

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The Bride Diaries. Kirsty’s Engagement Shoot & Tin Wedding Flowers
09.05.2014

Afternoon WWWers, this week Kirsty is here to share the results of her gorgeous engagement shoot. I love these relaxed shots by the lake, thanks so much to Sue Kwiatkowska for sharing her imagery with us. I also love the trial run of the wedding tin flowers, so pretty!! XOXO Lou

 

Lake Engagement Shoot http://www.suekwiatkowska.com/

 

Hello Brides! Apologies it has been so long since my last post, I’ve not only been busy planning the wedding but also starting my own business running craft workshops. A lot of our DIY bits for the wedding I’m now running as classes where people can learn how to make their own decorations for home or wedding!

 

So back to the wedding, less than 6 weeks to go! Where has the time gone, I’m panicking a bit now!!! We’ve managed to book some excursions for our honeymoon to Cuba, created a detailed itinerary (it’s amazing how much pressure it takes off!), had bridesmaid fittings and I have my wedding dress fitting and hair and make-up trial in the coming weeks. Oh and we also found time to complete our PADI open water scuba diving so we can make use of the free dives our hotel offers on our Honeymoon!

 

A few weeks back, Steve and I ventured to one of our favourite places, Swanbourne Lake in Arundel, for our pre-wedding shoot with our lovely photographer Sue Kwiatkowska. Here are some of the photographs from the shoot:

 

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