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Bridesmaid Duties, Dress Meltdowns and A Weekend in the Peak District...

on Tuesday, 06 May 2014.

Last Friday one of my closest friends got married and I had the honour of being her bridesmaid.  We have been discussing plans back and forth for so long that I still can't believe it has been and gone now. The wedding was held in the most idyllic boutique hotel in the Peak District and we headed up there on Thursday lunchtime ready for a weekend of wedding fun.

The bride looked beautiful, the location was perfect and the wedding was truly great.  It was laid back, relaxed but lots of fun at the same time and I could tell that everyone was really enjoying themselves.  With two small children to look after, the weekend wasn't exactly stress free for us, but we enjoyed ourselves and our few days of family time as well.

The girls behaved really well considering it was a long day, although the morning of the wedding started with Mads having a huge meltdown over the fact she didn't want to wear her dress.  After much bribery and persuasion the dress went on but not without many tense words from Mr E.  It is hard on children to be little angels when their routines are so disrupted, as well as being constantly told to quieten down during the service or while the speeches were on, but Mads and LL were lovely for the most part all day.  It was tiring and a little stressful for us though and it's certainly made me wonder whether we will take them to any weddings in the future as I just didn't feel like we could relax.  Poor Mr E went to bed with the girls at 9pm as they couldn't last a minute longer, but I got to stay up and have a few drinks which was nice of him.

I didn't manage to take a huge number of photos as I was busy with bridesmaid duties, and I didn't take a single one in the church obviously, but here are a few snaps from my phone and my big camera...

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Starting the day off with a glass of bubbly.

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All ready to leave for the church.

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Looking very cute in her dress, even if trying to get it on her proceeded to cause an epic meltdown.

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Vintage records playing outside.

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The latest thing she does is to point at everything.

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Matching pretty dresses.

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Endulging in a cake pop or two.

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The colour scheme was blush pinks, creams and greens and it looked beautiful.

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My pretty bouquet- was such gorgeous pink colours.

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Chatting to the other guests.

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Loved this idea, and the desserts were absolutely amazing.  Someone made this Rocky Road which was seriously the best thing I have ever eaten.  Even four slices later!

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Can't beat a cupcake.

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Just some of the desserts family and friends made.

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Doing the bridesmaid thing.

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Mr E did such a good job of looking after the girls all day.

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One of my best uni friends and his plus one who dutifully had to play outside with Mads constantly.

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My clever friend made these cake toppers herself out of wooden pegs.

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Having a chat to the beautiful bride.

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Gorgeous curls.

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Photo booth fun with bestest uni friends.

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My slightly loony family.

 

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4 Years.

on Friday, 20 December 2013.

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(Us- taking horrendous 'selfies' since 2005.)

 

On this day four years ago I married my best friend.  

1461 days as Man and Wife.

That day was the best day of my life bar the days our little ladies were born. A Christmas wedding,  with snow on the ground, and lots of twinkly fairy lights.  An intimate ceremony, with 35 of the people we love most in the world, followed by a Christmas party with 100 people we are lucky enough to call our friends and family.

I couldn't have asked for anything more.

Exactly a year and four days later Mads arrived in our lives.  And twenty six months later so did our littlest girl.  It's been a whirlwind few years.

Our relationship has changed since having our girls.  We don't have as much time for each other, we are constantly tired, we bicker more, we rarely spend any time alone and our main focus is raising our daughters.  

But we are closer.  We are a family.  We are ordinary, but we are happy.

I am so lucky to have my husband.  I am so, so proud of him, of us, and I know that he does a huge amount for us.  I couldn't have asked for a better man to raise my girls with.  He cooks, he comes home from work and runs me a bath so I can have a little relax, or he will bring home chocolate (always good) or send me happy texts.  He is the most caring and kind man I have ever met.  Even if he can't quite put the toilet roll in the bin when it is finished.    

The below video is my favourite part of our wedding day, our last dance, which we requested to be Take Thats 'Never Forget'.  We didn't have a videographer, instead friends and family picked up the camera and videoed snippets of our day for us.  There are lots of funny bits, like video 'selfies', random conversations and drunken dancing that we just wouldn't have got if we had a videographer, although the footage is a little shaky!

We still don't know who actually was holding the camera during this song, all we know is that they obviously had one too many drinks and couldn't hold it still, but I am so thankful that they did pick up the camera at this point.  I love the fact that no one knows they are filming.  

 It sums up our whole wedding day- everyone was a little bit tipsy (p*ssed) as it was the end of the night and only a hardcore few were still up dancing.  I start crying halfway through because I knew our day was coming to an end and the emotions of such a special day just got the better of me.  I had had a fair few glasses of fizz at this point in my defence.  

It's blurry, shaky, and cuts out half way through the very last song which was 'Fairytale of New York.' (My favourite Christmas song and one which we didn't realise was going to be played.)  I was also mortified because everyone got in a circle and held hands and made us dance in the middle.  I hate being the centre of attention, and had just about got through our first dance, only to have to do another one.  

 

It's imperfect but it's happy.

Which I guess kind of sums up our marriage.

 

Happy Anniversary Mr E.  Here is to another four years.  And hopefully many more after that.

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  NB:  I can't dance to save my life.  Sorry about that.

 

 

 

Three.

on Thursday, 20 December 2012.

This time exactly three years ago, I awoke to a freezing yet beautifully sunny day. You know the ones, where the air is cold and crisp, but the sunny is shining and there isn't a cloud in the sky.  There was also a thick white blanket of snow covering the ground.

It was my last morning waking up as a Miss, and I celebrated it in style with breakfast in bed and bucks fizz with three of my closest friends.

Later that day I became a Mrs, and a wife to my wonderful partner.

Today we have been married three years and I love him even more than the day I said I do.

Our life has changed dramatically.  We have gone from a couple who spent all our money on drinking and eating out, living in Leeds and London, to home owners with a mortgage and other outgoings.  We have matured and grown up with one another.

A year and four days after our wedding we got the best Christmas present ever in the form of Mads who was born on Christmas Eve 2010.  Soon our twosome became a three.

Being parents has changed us again- we don't have the money to treat ourselves like we used to, and we don't have the time together doing what we used to.  Instead we have quality time as a family, learning new things and creating memories as a three.  We bicker about silly things more, but at the same time we have created a person who is a part of both of us and that is an incredible thing.

In February we will become a four- I still can't quite believe that the same man I used to go out and down jagermeisters with is now the father to my children.  The same man whose hand I shook that day I went for the part time bar interview- little did I know then that I would hold those hands pretty much every day for the rest of my life.  Life has changed, but it most certainly has changed for the better.  And we still get to down jagermeisters, just very rarely nowadays.

Mr E has been a part of my life for eight years now, from when we were friends living together in our little flat together in Leeds, and there is not a single day that has gone by where I haven't spoken to him.

I know everyone says their husbands are the best, but I truly believe mine is, for me at least.  He doesn't have a selfish bone in his body and is the most selfless person I know. He would do anything for anyone, and especially for me and Mads.  He supports us, looks after us, gets Mads ready every morning, gets her to bed at night most evenings, cooks for us, helps me with the cleaning, and works so hard to provide for our future.  I am so incredibly proud of him, and so proud to call him my husband.  He always treats me, not necessarily with presents as much nowadays, but with hot baths filled with bubbles and candles, and a little card with meaningful words to show he cares.  The way he is with our little girl melts my heart, he would do anything for her and is so hands on with her.  Even when I was breastfeeding her, he would wake up on the night feeds just so I didn't feel lonely.

He can be grumpy, he uses the last of the toilet roll and instead of putting it in the bin he chucks it on the bathroom floor, and he seems to think our bedroom floor is his wardrobe, but he is one of a kind, incredibly thoughtful and I thank god every day I went into that bar on that sunny lunchtime all those years ago.

Happy 3rd wedding anniversary to my Mr E, I love you.  Thank you for being the best.

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A Drizzly But Lovely Wedding...

on Monday, 09 July 2012.

On Saturday morning our little family got up bright and early and made the two and a half hour journey down to Herefordshire to attend the wedding of one of my oldest school friends and her future husband to be.

The bride is my oldest school friend, we were best friends ever since we were 10 at school, when we bonded over the fact we both ate far too much chocolate and hated playing hockey.  We were inseparable from that moment on, aquiring new friends to our group along the way.  After school we both went to separate Uni's, me to Leeds and her to Nottingham, but we have always kept in touch.

Despite slightly grey and damp surroundings, we were lucky enough to watch her and her new husband seal the deal in a beautiful church on top of a hill.  The reception was then held in a gorgeous stately home where the rain held off long enough for us to drink lots of champagne and Pimms, and eat canapes on the lawn outside.

As often is the way as you get older, a lot of my old school friends live in London and as the bride now lives in Australia and was the glue that held us together, I don't see them all as much as I should.  We had a lovely day catching up with a few of my school friends who I hadn't seen in ages, and some I see more often, like my lovely friend Becky.

Mads was as good as gold all day, although she didn't have a sleep so got a bit ratty during the wedding breakfast.  However she was a dirty stop out and stayed out until nearly 10pm- she upstaged the bride at one point by dancing non stop on the dance floor.  It was adorable and soon the whole dance floor moved so she was dancing in the middle with everyone around her in a circle. She made us very proud and at one point I looked over at Mr E and he had a little tear in his eye when he was looking at her.  I am sure he would blame it on all the free booze but I know secretly he was thinking how amazing our little person is.

I didn't take many photos but here are a few of our day.  As is always the way, weddings make me feel totally nostalgic and super emotional, and I spent the Saturday night cuddling up to Mr E and thinking how lucky I am to have found the one I wanted to marry.  They really do turn me to mush- being able to be a part of two peoples special day is very heart warming indeed.

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