Images by Christopher Ian
Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!
It’s 2018, and so I can finally say it – I’M GETTING MARRIED THIS YEAR!! Ian and I took a well-needed planning rest over Christmas, and spent two lovely weeks of down time with family. It’s amazing how refreshed we felt coming back to the spreadsheets and notebooks this week! It’s also amazing how much of a kick up the bum the words ‘we have a wedding to plan this year’ will give you! And we’ve really got back into the swing of things quickly.
I met up with our gorgeous florist Rachael of Sweet Peony Penarth last week – I am blown away by Rachael’s down to earth vibe, and I just know she has my brief bang on! I’ve also been sourcing table linens, props and décor, accessories and Ian has even started looking at suits (not a moment too soon!). This weekend I head off with my gorgeous Maid of Honour Stacey for a browse at some bridesmaid dresses, and we also have some coming from online stores – more on that in a later post. On Wednesday we have the final menu tasting with our caterers, and heading into February I get to spend the day planning at the venue with all my creative ladies (marquee, flowers, styling, venue management!). We’ve just started writing up the wording for our invitations and putting together a wedding ‘wed-site.’
If that wasn’t enough, my gals are in the process of arranging my hen, and I’ve set up a new business this month too!
For me, 2018 is the year of joy – and so what better way to celebrate it, than with a new website dedicated to all of life’s small pleasures. Through this new site I’ve committed to helping support small, local and independent brands – as well as some of the bigger companies and people who have formed an important part of my life. I’ve already come into contact with some really exciting new brands and can’t wait to work with them. If you fancy some positive vibes, head on over to www.fortheloveofhygge.co.uk
ANYWAY! Today’s post is about something completely different, and it’s ridiculously exciting.
If you remember in my last post, I explained that I had been very ill at the end of last year. Well, unfortunately by November I was all but housebound, unable to work at all, and we did consider cancelling our wedding entirely (I know, I know, all the cry eye emojis.).
We had arranged to meet with our photographer, Chris, on the Isle of Skye to have our engagement shoot done as well as to have a celebration for Ian’s birthday, but I wasn’t sure I was going to make it.
However, after much back and forth and soul searching, we decided to embrace some carpe diem and head up to Scotland as planned. I was really unwell during the travelling and driving through the night on a wet and cold winter night on Skye was, let’s say, interesting! But boy oh boy was it worth it.
If you haven’t been to the Isle of Skye, don’t delay, get there ASAP! I was worried it wouldn’t live up to the amazing things I had heard about it, but it surpassed my expectations and some!
After possibly one of the worst years of my life, during this trip, at one point, I actually found myself at the bottom of a valley, with nothing but mountains around me. I mean I know it sounds ridiculous, but I said out loud to myself – well this is it Beth – this is LITERALLY rock bottom – and the only way is up.
And it was.
We met with Chris and Lydia the next day, and had the MOST fun day I can remember. We adventured over moorlands, we traversed a cliff to find a waterfall, we hung out in a bothy, and we petted some highland cows. Chris sent us our pictures on Christmas Eve and I can say without hesitation that they were the perfect Christmas gift. These pictures will forever be priceless to me, as they truly capture the spirit of a couple who will stay together in the face of any adversity, these photos are the beginning of a wonderful new chapter – 2018 has JOY written all over it, as if I’m going to cancel my wedding – nah mate, this boy and I are in it for life.