25 May 2015

It was such a perfect day

I am sitting here reflecting on the past few days.  A warm glow inside at a job well done.  A perfect day from end to end.

To achieve that perfect day has been weeks (months) in the planning and lots hard work, to get everything ready and looking just how the bride wanted it to be and for us to provide the perfect backdrop to what was a low key, relaxed wedding.  The bride wanted colourful, whimsical, fun,  her sister spent hours on Pinterest looking up ideas, not that it was a chore for her!  I think we more than achieved the look she wanted.

I warn you now it will be a long picture heavy post.......

We started setting up on Thursday evening, dry and fine after a turbulent week of rain and hail. With the help of Rebecca, Rachel and Stuart we got up all the gazebos and positioned all the lights and the beer in place for it to settle.

Friday, Rebecca and Peter went into town to collect the flowers.  Rebecca had kindly offered to do all the flower displays (with the help of me in the end).  She had ordered from Adam of Stevens of Boston on Cambridge Market, here she is hard at work conditioning the blooms?!

The whole day was spent making everywhere look beautiful, it was a fun day, very relaxed, and not a cross word.  I think it helped that we had everything to hand rather than at a venue miles away, if we needed something it was just pop back into the house.  The weather was great and in fact just a touch too warm at times.

The finished flowers
Saturday dawned dull, but dry which was fine by us, so we dressed the tables and added the final touches whilst Rachel had her hair done. Our hair and makeup was done by Lucy Ridley, she did a wonderful job on us all.  Disco equipment arrived, thank you to Charlie from Pro-Event and to Tim for organising it.  Gareth from Crucial Cuisine popped by just to checked in before setup whilst we were at the registry office.


and so I expect you want to see the bride? Here she is.........

The bridal bouquet was knitted by me at Rachel's request it has been a labour of love and I am more than happy with the result.  I will do a blog post soon with how I made it.

Pictures of the happy couple, most of the following photos have been culled from her friends pages on Facebook, so I will attribute them where necessary.  My hands were full with Miss J.

by Joe Emms
by Joe Emms
by Claire Taylor
The bride and groom went for a photo shoot around Cambridge before the reception here are some of Phil's photographs

Meanwhile back at the ranch Rebecca and I added the final touches

great grandparents keeping the kids amused
Naked Wedding Cake by Stu's aunt Becky (it was yummy)
by Cara Clements
by Cara Clements
and then the party started....

by Joe Emms
by Joe Emms
by Claire Taylor
by Gemma Powell - the bride getting comfortable!
by Cara Clements - toasting marshmallows
by Cara Clements - all got a bit much for some

After they all went home.......

I could go on and on.  We are so looking forward to seeing the rest of the photographs from Caroline - Caroline Loves Photography and Phil  - Lusam Photography , you guys make a great team.

A big thank you to everyone involved in the day - to our grandchildren for being so good, the guests for making it such a special time and for all the compliments on the garden, to our daughter Rebecca - Really Pretty Useful for her creativity and help, to Tim for keeping the boys away til the last moment and helping with the clear up, to Wendy at Shades of White St Ives for the dress and shoes, and to all those already mentioned throughout the blog post. To Peter for doing so much to help me over the last few months and for putting up with my demands. To the weather for giving us such a perfect afternoon. And finally to Rachel and Stuart, you make such a beautiful couple, wishing you a long and happy life together. I give you the bride and groom

by LuSam Photography

21 May 2015

Thats more like it!!

This evening we start the wedding setup, so exciting......

I just checked the weather forecast for Saturday and it now looks like this

and from 4pm this

We may get a shower tomorrow at some point, but with that we can cope

The garden has had its final tweak, grass trimmed and borders checked, the willow is shedding leaves due to the wind, rain and hail this week so I'll need to do some sweeping but other than that it all looks great.

So without further ado I will go back to my list and see you on the other side of the wedding, bye bye

15 May 2015

8 Days to go

With the wedding just around the corner, all eyes are on the weather.

Our forecast for next week is rain everyday in varying degrees......... I have laid awake since 3am mulling over the possibilities of how to cope with 70 guests in the event of rain at our garden wedding........  we have plenty of cover so thats not really a problem, its just the getting in between places........ wellies, umbrellas, small children, wet feet..........

But do you know, I actually decided hey it doesn't really matter, Rachel will be marrying the man she loves and that's the most important thing.  The wedding will be beautiful anyway and they say its lucky if it rains on your wedding day.

So note to guests, bring your boots, umbrellas, coats, anything that makes you comfortable in the wet....... Hopefully they won't be needed.......... but it would be great if we could at least get setup in the dry!

12 May 2015

Knitting another shawl

I just popping in to share my latest finished shawl.  I had to do this one as the one I made the other week has been hijacked by the bride-to-be (very happy with that).  Same yarn as it goes well with my outfit.

This pattern is December Little Shawl.  Yarn is Sirdar Sunseeker The Linen Touch (discontinued now).  The yarn was a gift from a friend who was clearing out her late mother's stash a while ago.  There was 500 grams in total and its made two shawls and I still have 2 x 50 gram balls leftover, enough to make something small.

So happy to make good use of this.  I also have the same yarn in a different colourway.

Right must get going, I have a list of things to accomplish over the next 10 days......eeeeek!!  There will be so many posts to share once this wedding is over.  Its nearly killing me keeping everything under wraps.