As I write this, it is (almost) one year since I got married and a year and a half since my last blog post! I tried to keep on top of blogging but there was so much going on I had to give in, let life happen and just go with the flow. At the start of last year we were in the thick of house hunting for our first house and in the final months of wedding planning… the two biggest and most expensive things we’ve ever done. After the wedding we had an excellent three weeks away on honeymoon (more posts to follow) and I came back to a new job. Ever since then we have been trying to catch up, declutter, settle down and just take time to chill and process it all.
Given the timing of our first anniversary, I thought it is timely to share some photos (any excuse :-))! We’d planned to have a laid back weekend away in the Peak District with South African and English parts to it to celebrate both of our backgrounds. After many months of planning, folding origami cranes, making bunting, trying all the beer and wine, sign making, sewing, dream catcher making, sewing etc. it wasn’t quite as laid back as planned, but all the hard work paid off and we enjoyed the most wonderful jam packed, crazy few days surrounded by all our favourite people! To kick things off we had pizzas, drinks and fire pits with live music from our friends on the Friday night. On the Saturday we had an outdoor ceremony in a field surrounded by hills, sheep and all of our closest family and friends. This was followed by pimms, bake-off judging, a picnic and speeches, gumboot dancing, live music, beer pong, bubbles, a HUGE South African feast and a lot of dancing. It was literally one of the best weekends of my life! We felt so, so happy and blessed! So many incredibly talented and generous people helped to make the day what it was.
In case you’re interested in using any of our talented suppliers:
Venue: The Gathering - Edale (Tommy and Kirsty Noel) - We struck luck finding this place nestled in the Peak District hills, surrounded by the most incredible scenery. Tommy, Kirsty and their team could not have been more helpful!
Grindsbrook Barns - This is where Chris and I stayed. A lovely little quirky cottage (with another one next to it - hired together) at the end of the lane with a roll-top bath and beautiful decoration clearly collected from many travels!
Darren Andrews (Big 5 catering) - I can’t believe we managed to find Darren. Literally the nicest guy you’ll ever meet and the best South African food you’ll ever try!
Luyanda Lennox Jezile SACTUK - Luyanda and his team are seriously talented performers! People are still talking about them!
Edale Pizza Co - Mike and Viv - Best pizza and they live at the end of the lane so you can’t get more local!
Matt Baxter - such a brilliant singer and performer. We feel so lucky to have caught him in-between his far-flung cruises
Photographer: Weddings Vintage - Harriet Leaf - Well, the photos can speak for themselves :-)
Peter Lockwood Events - Peter Lockwood - Fab festoon lighting
Tailor Made Ceremonies - Jennifer Constant - Our lovely celebrant to helped tailor a wonderful ceremony to us and our personalities
HI-LIFE DJ: Mark Hepworth/ Bongos: Pete Williams - These guys blew us away. They played to the crowd, kept the dance floor busy all night and included an excellent South African set.
Wedding Cake: Lianna’s Cakes and Bakes - My mom made our cake and she never seizes to amaze me with her talent for baking and all things crafty. She will turn her hand to anything! If you live in or near Leicester and are looking for a celebration cake (or any kind of baking) look her up!
Flowers: Kelly Dyer - My best friend did ALL of the flowers for the weekend. Beautiful, unique, rustic, colourful!
Beer Kegs: Bradfield Brewery
Dress: Catherine Deane - Exquisite Bridal Couture
Veil: Blossom and Bluebird
Decorations: Friends, Family, Etsy, Sunbury Antiques
Wine - Majestic France
And now I plan (well I’m one year into it and doing well so far!) to slip into a nice quiet life… pottering in my garden, doing up our house bit by bit. And maybe the odd trip away and a bit of blogging :-)