I know, I know, it’s been aaaaages since I last posted. But I’ve got a good excuse, honest – I got married this summer! So with all the planning and organising and then celebrating and honeymooning and settling into married life, you can see why blogging hasn’t been top priority.
Now, though, I’m really excited to share a few of the gorgeous handmade touches that made the day so special for me.
First, there was the invite and order of service – the arty stuff was all thanks to one of my talented bridesmaids, Pippa, and I did the computer design bits and bobs:
Our postcard style invite, styled and photographed by Pippa Joyce
I used Pippa’s invitation design to create the orders of service
I spent ages planning the reception decor, which included 70m of handmade bunting (thanks again to the incredible Pippa, as well as my good friend Lorri), vintage tables from Virginia’s Vintage Hire and lime washed chiavari chairs from Valley Furniture Hire:
I’m so pleased with how the bunting turned out
The dessert table was piled with gorgeous homemade cakes and puddings on the day, thanks to so many kind friends
For the tables flowers I chose simple gypsophila in glass jars (what else?!) decorated with burlap, ribbon and lace, and the paper cups, straws and napkins added to the ‘indoor picnic’ feel:
You can’t beat paper plates and cups for easy clearing after a party!
I got lots of simple but effective ideas like this from Pinterest
It’s so handy that my favourite soft drink comes in such pretty bottles
It took absolutely ages to make up the rosemary and lavender bags that decorated the chairs (thanks to Geoff, Zandra, Ingrid, mum and Ami for your help!) but they looked – and smelled – so good:
This was another Pinterest inspiration, and well worth the effort
As well as the official photographer, I asked some of my talented friends to bring their cameras along, and was thrilled with the results, like these shots by Heather Stanley of my bouquet (courtesy Xanthe at Ivory Flowers) and the cake (thank you Sue!):
Under the simple looking icing is a lemon sponge with raspberry filling, a vanilla sponge with strawberry filling, and a rose sponge with rose and champagne filling!
These are currently drying out in my airing cupboard, but I’m so glad I have this great picture of how they looked on the day
There are a gazillion more thank you’s to say – to friends, to family (especially my mum for her generosity), and to the talented folks who contributed their various skills.
Most of all, thank you to my gorgeous bridesmaid – Ingrid, Kat and Pippa – and to my new husband and two gorgeous step daughters. Thank you all for making my dream day come true.
From left to right: Kat, me, Ingrid and Pippa
My new family