Wedding Wednesday…Suzy’s Colour Theme

Choosing a colour theme for your wedding is quite important to establish early on in your wedding planning. It drives a lot of decisions, and can even impact your choice of venue. Most venues are fairly neutral and take on any colour theme you choose, but some more established venues may have an existing style and décor  that may not sit right with the theme you want.

It also impacts on the selection of wedding party outfits, floral choices, invitations, the cake, table and venue décor. For us, it was a natural progression for us to choose a deep, dark red, ivory and black theme for our special day. It’s a colour we both like, and we knew we didn’t want an overly feminine theme for our wedding, as it doesn’t suit both our personalities.

I’d seen this floral pin fairly early on in the wedding planning stage, and Bobby loved it too so without too much further discussion we decided that we would have those colours in mind for our wedding. I love roses and was inspired by the bouquet design along with cala lilies and the black band on the wedding dress.

We’ll do a fuller post on various other wedding colour themes and palettes, but for now here’s a few pictures of the details from our day.

Suzy xx

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Throwback Thursday…. Track 12

This weeks track is not a huge throwback, its from Ryan Adam’s 2014 album, Ryan Adams, and it’s the track ‘My Wrecking Ball’. 
I’ve chosen this song this week after my husband gave me a very intimate performance of it on Valentine’s Night, on his acoustic guitar. My husband has a wonderful singing voice, and I don’t get to hear it very often, so him choosing this song to sing for me was a very special treat. He’d been practicing all week without me knowing!
I actually think his version is better than Ryan’s, but until he lets me record him on video, you’ll just have to settle for the original version.

Enjoy, Suzy xx

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I don’t usually get excited about Valentine’s Day. I am one of those people who think that we should actively love each other every day. I don’t expect dinner or fancy gifts, although we do always buy each other a card. In the early days of dating, it was an opportunity to show each other how you felt and that was exciting but as the years go on, I believe that love should be shown and felt daily.
This year my thoughts on Valentine’s Day are different. This year I was excited! It has been 15 months since we became parents and our little daughter has had almost all of our attention. I knew that we would have less time for one another but I didn’t expect that becoming parents would test us as much as a couple. I’m pleased to say that we have settled into our routine as parents and we are able, with a little more sleep under our belt, to carve out time for one another. So, I was excited for Valentine’s Day because I’d gone over budget on a gift for my hubby and I’d written a card (a hilarious card – see below!) that I believe explained to him that I still love him, still get excited to see him and that he still gives me butterflies despite the fact that I don’t always communicate that to him. This Valentine’s Day was an opportunity to think of him, to think of a gift to make him smile and an opportunity to remind him how important he is to me.
Lucky me, he viewed the day in the same way!
How have you spent Valentine’s Day? Whatever you have been up to, I hope you have felt loved.
Clare xx
Image (c) Gin Bunny Prints

Image (c) Gin Bunny Prints

This is the card I got for my hubby – the whole range is hilarious! You can find the Etsy shop for Gin Bunny Prints here.

Our Wedding Story

Bobby and I got married in August 2013, after 6 years together. Our day was the most wonderful days of my life, I’d never felt so excited, and my husband, family & friends made me feel so special, loved and cherished. It was a day I’ll never forget, and memories from our day pop into my head constantly, always bringing a smile to my face.

We first met in 2007, after finding each other on an online dating site. Our relationship blossomed very quickly, and it was obvious to those we knew that we were meant to be together (I know that cos everyone tells me so!). We moved in together after 18 months, and started making plans for our future together. And they were exciting plans too, a home, marriage, kids, the whole lot! We’d been planning to move back to the West Midlands (where I’m from) from Leicester (where Bobby is from), for a while, and when I got made redundant in 2009 it was the perfect opportunity to make the move. There was however, one thing we both wanted to do before we settled completely, and that was to travel. With the money from the redundancy we set off on an around the world trip for 10 months, and the trip solidified our relationship in ways I never thought possible.

It was during this trip that Bobby asked me to marry him. We were on a remote island in Fiji, sat on the beach one night when he bought over a couple of glasses of champagne, got down on one knee, made a wonderful speech about our relationship and he asked me to marry him! Overwhelmed with joy, I said yes, followed very quickly by ‘Have you asked my Dad?’. Of course he’d asked my Dad! Knowing how important he is to me, and how much his blessing would mean to me, Bobby had skyped my parents a few weeks earlier and asked his permission – all without me knowing! He’d also managed to buy the ring without me knowing too, and when you travel with someone you are together ALL THE TIME. No mean feat, and he pulled it off in spectacular style.

It was 2012 before we felt settled enough with home and work to start talking about planning the wedding, and after an impromptu visit to a wedding fair, we decided to get going on it! Within a couple of months, we’d booked the venue, the photographer and the accompanying suppliers so after a flurry of decision making, we then took a very laid back approach to the rest of the planning for our day. It was probably only the last 6 weeks or so, with dress fittings, meetings with the venue, meetings with the florist & cake company that we were back in full tilt wedding mode, and I have to say, the reason we did not get so stressed about it all is because we did it together. Bobby was definitely not one of those grooms that just lets the bride get on with it, he was involved in all the decisions throughout, and it was most definitely more fun that way! But more of that to come in our future Wedding Wednesday posts. Looking forward to sharing my experiences of wedding planning with you!

Suzy xx

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