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A Spring Wedding

I’m going to tell you my favourite love story. It’s the love story of my best friend and her husband. Their first meeting was a memorable one. Rachel was working behind the bar of their local pub and Ben had plugged Freddie Mercury into the dukebox and was showing off his “signature” move. It was love at first laugh. Within a few months, to their complete shock, Rachel found out she was pregnant. It was a tough start to the relationship while they fought to earn as much money as possible, bring up their first child and build a relationship.

3 children, a house and 9 years later, Ben finally proposed to Rachel on New Years Day of 2013. It was only right that their wedding date be their 10 year anniversary, so Friday 28th March 2014 they were married.

I was beaming with joy when Rachel asked me to be their Maid of Honour. I’d never been part of a wedding party before and love everything organisation and list related (obviously) so naturally, I got to work starting with a Pinterest board of everything I knew she’d love. Naturally, the theme of the wedding became “love”. Over the following months, we had monthly “meetings” and attended wedding fair after wedding fair gathering ideas and inspiration.

We finally settled on a venue, the dress had been chosen and many tears had been shed.

The day arrived quicker than we could ever imagine.

Having not slept the night before from nerves and an uncomfortable pregnant belly, we were up at the crack of dawn waiting for hair and makeup to arrive. Phoebe was first to be glammed up and she loved it. She had one lady on hair, one on makeup and me painting her nails. She is 4 years old!

Then it was on to Rachel’s hair and makeup. She had chosen a beautiful vintage headpiece to complete her up-do and natural makeup added to the glam factor of the dress and hair.

It was a beautiful morning with lots of giggles, dancing and champagne. The bridesmaids were on hand to make sure Rachel had everything she needed (mainly a topped up wine glass) and our wonderful wedding dressers were on hand to dress the bridesmaids (and my big bump!).

And before we knew it, it was time to head down to the cars. 4 very emotional bridesmaid, one beautiful bride, a gorgeous flower girl and mother of the bride to hold us together.

Brides dress :: All Aspects Weddings, Southbourne. Bridesmaid dresses (1 dress, wear different ways) :: Dessy at All Aspects

As we watched the cream Rolls pull out of the drive, it all became real. Our best friend was about to get married.

Time for a quick #bridesmaidselfie before we walk to isle!

As we arrived at the town hall, emotions hit us all. We prepped Rachel and told her it was all going to be ok, before handing her over to her amazing granddad who was going to be walking her down the isle.

And there is was. The giant wooden doors opened and everyones eyes were on us. The sounds of “Kissing You” from Romeo and Juliet were the only sounds in the room. I looked at Ben, and in that moment, I knew that this really was the best love story in the world.

We all witnessed the most beautiful ceremony that afternoon. We laughed as Fletcher dropped the wedding rings, we smiled as they said “I do” and we cried and they were finally announced as Husband and Wife. I could not have been happier in that moment for my two best friends.

After all the wedding pictures in the beautiful sunshine, it was back to the hotel to prepare for the breakfast and celebrations. Just look at these beautiful babies!

Me and my boys.

The afternoon that followed was perfect. The wedding breakfast was perfect, the food was wonderful and the party had officially started.

The brides beautiful flowers of blush pink tulips and cherry blossom. Inspiration from here.

The cake was a magnificent three tiered fruit cake, typically full of booze!

The centre flowers were simple tulips in blush pink and white.

The favours were personalised love hearts ordered from eBay.

We decorated the reception room with bunting and fairy lights, a giant sweetie stall, casino tables and a photo booth. The whole day was the day that Rachel had dreamed of for 10 years. I feel so honoured to have been part of it.

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Jacomb, I love your love story almost as much as I love the two of you!

Lochmara Wedding

Under the blazing sun and with the most perfect backdrop I had ever seen at a wedding, Natalie and Adrian said “I do”.

Could you imagine anywhere as perfect as this?

A beautiful, emotional wedding ceremony on the grass at Lochmara Lodge really was incredible. The sun sizzled our skin as we watched this perfect couple marry. As the ceremony drew to a close, the party headed onto the decks for champagne and canopes.

(5 months pregnant here… and no idea!)

Natalie, our beautiful bride looking so amazing.

Before the sun disappeared for good, we headed onto the jetty for some photo fun.

The “signature” pose.

After the photocall and lots of bubbles, it was time to head inside for the wedding breakfast. The backdrop for each table was just mesmerising. The mirror lake reflections of the hills and the green of the water just made everything more magical.

Each table had been designed by Natalie. Every place card, menu and jar of jam or chutney, made at their home in Wellington. It was the most beautiful personal touch.

First up on the menu, New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels. Probably the best mussels in the world.

Then the most delicious and tender fillet steak with a rich red wine sauce. All washed down with fine New Zealand wines. Perfect.

After dinner, we partied on into the night, taking in every last minute of this wonderful adventure.

instagram catch up

It’s been a while since my last Instagram post, it’s also Monday which we all know is my least favourite day so you’re in for a bit of a treat today, I’ve had an great big Instagram clear out.  So without further ado…

As you know, my best friend is getting married next year. Over the last few months the wedding planning and preparations have started in true stressful fashion. Wedding fair after wedding fair, and our favourite part? The cars, obviously.

The beautiful bedrooms at the Langtry Manor Hotel, fit for kings and queens.

I’m still as rediculously obsessed with stripes as I was in my last post. Maybe even a little more.

I finally got to eat at the new Richmond Pub in Charminster. Believe it or not, this is a butternut risotto and not something that happened after a long night of drinking. It tasted delicious.

The new camera has arrived!

We went wedding dress shopping. I bought the ultimate partner in crime and we played like princesses amongst the shoes, dresses and tiara’s.

The bikini body diet has been in full force for over a month now. Salmon salads are a popular daily choice.

Nothing beats breakfast in bed.

Spring arrived.

Another wedding fair means too many lattes.

Bedside reading.

My little monkey paid us a visit for large doses of Ribenna and Harribo.

My Macbook and Beats have become my new best friends over the last few weeks. 12 hour days are not something I want to get used to any time soon!

I brighten up the office at work with these beautiful daffodils.

We’ve had some lovely Sunday Club walks which always end with giant mugs of hot chocolate, whipped cream and marshmallows. Our new favourite addition is chocolate shavings. I mean, come on.

More stripes and print.

My new favourite Shellac colour, “cake pop”. If the name doesn’t sell it to you, then maybe my sparkly glitter gold finger will?

The countdown has begun!

A rare loving moment with my wingman.

I picked up these wonderful silk flowers at Home Sense and displayed them on my rather empty dining table. So I spend saturday listening to the storms blowing outside and more work, work, work.

Talking of storms, our building was struck by lightening on Saturday night. Possibly the scariest thing to happen when you’re home alone and not something I’d want to experience any time soon!

Experiencing my first Thai Boxing fights.

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