Saturday, 11 May 2013

The Inevitable Wedding Round-Up Post

So although I still haven't gotten the pictures from the photographer back (for various, and totally understandable reasons), I think I've gathered enough shots from various friends and family to be able to give you all a look and our big day! Some of these shots are from camera phones, so I apologise in advance for the poor quality. There also seemed to be a disproportionate amount of photos of people (myself included) throwing crazy shapes on the dance floor, so I'll leave most of those out! You may also notice that I look terribly awkward in any posed shots, which is why we asked our photographer to take more candids - I do not photograph well in general!

Although I enjoyed the wedding, it was over awfully fast. For all the planning put into it (and I'm sure a lot of couples would say the same) it did seem to be a bit of a blur! Though now my evenings are blissfully free, with no more crafting or planning, and I'm enjoying that a lot!

This post will probably be long and picture heavy, so feel free to jump ship at any point!

The groom (in the middle) and his best men. I made the bunting on the ceiling and it looked amazing with the mirrors in the room. The blue flags had the Tardis on it!
Handmade goodies!! The flags were instead of confetti, and people did wave them, which was great! The vintage hankies were just hand stamped with 'for happy tears'. The wedding program took FOREVER to get right! I wrote it all myself, printed and bound it with a row of machine stitches down the spine. It had a personalised crossword, wordsearch and a groovy magic eye (which said 'WE DO!' though few people managed to see it!)
One of the paper crane curtains we made. There were two in the ceremony room, and single origami cranes everywhere! Our bridesmaids along with my brother, sister in law and friends helped put the rooms together the night before the wedding. They were awesome! Thanks guys!!
My bouquet - my mum made these with flowers we picked up at the supermarket - no need for expensive florists!
I was so nervous here, and I've no idea why! Funny that! Despite the fact that we already have kids, live together etc etc, and had tried to convince ourselves the wedding was no big deal, we both suffered nerves terribly!

This was out guestbook - we had our wedding reading (which was 'The Day The Saucers Came' by Neil Gaiman) blown up and printed with a wide white mount around it for people to sign. We're planning on hanging it in our hall.
One of the tables - each one was named after a geeky fandom we love! This one was Gallifrey - the home planet of the Doctor. I made all the paper flower centrepieces as well as the fabric fortune cookies on the side plates. All the fortunes were slightly nerdy too - I was told there was a lot of reading at the wedding, and since I love to read, that's no bad thing!
The flowers had paper cranes in, obviously, and little figures representing each table name - you can just make out a red Dalek in this one.
My favourite part of the day! Our Dr Who inspired cake :)
Our first dance, with two of our sons.
Our youngest son dancing by himself!
One of the only photos I actually managed to get on the day with my mum in it! (In the pink dress)

This conga was done to Adam Ant's 'Prince Charming' :)
Last dance of the night - Bohemian Rhapsody with everyone on the dance floor :)

You know, this is the first time I've had a good look at all the photos, and it really does help jog my memory! Despite it seeming like a whirlwind, it really was a great day!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Back to Reality

So, I'm back from Belfast and it's official, I'm now a wife. To be honest, so much of the wedding is a blur, and since we had only two days honeymoon, it feels like we've come back to reality horribly quickly. In fact, we spent the last week with a poorly boy on our hands, as our youngest came down with a nasty tummy bug that he really couldn't seem to shift. The honeymoon is truly over.

Everyone seemed to really enjoy the wedding, and really appreciated the decorations I had spent months making. In fact, there was a battle or three over who got to take home the table centrepieces. It felt good to know that all my hard work wasn't for nothing! I don't have very many photos yet, but hopefully I should be getting the professional ones back soon, and I'll be able to do a proper wedding roundup post :)

In the meantime, this post is serving two purposes - one, I'm letting everyone know that my Etsy store is open once again, and I'll be refocusing on that until uni starts in the autumn. So expect new cross stitch patterns and accessories in lovely, nerdy fabrics! If you haven't already, you should pop over to the store's Facebook page to keep up to date with all the goings on.

The second purpose is to share that I was given the Liebster award by Claire of I want to be a turtle (awesome blog name!) I've only recently started blogging with a vengeance again, because when I finally decided to take the plunge into serious sewing, the sewing blogger community was a huge inspiration and help to me, and I wanted to be an active part of that. So I'm happy that other sewists read my blog too :)

The Liebster award is given to blogs with less than 200 followers, which is most definitely me! I have to answer ten questions posed by Claire, and nominate 10 other bloggers to do the same. I had a stab at answering the questions, but I think it's fair to say my brain is like swiss cheese at the moment, so I struggled more than I should have, which is embarrassing. I also couldn't find ten bloggers I follow who fit the criteria who haven't already had the Liebster award - it seems to have down the rounds pretty thoroughly! So while I'm super touched to receive the award, I won't be passing it on in the usual way. I will, however, suggest you check out Claire's blog and also have a look at Lost in Japan, which I'm obsessed with at the moment. Ashley is pretty much living my dream - before I settled into domestic bliss, I had planned to move to Japan. Obviously that didn't pan out for me, but it did for Ashley and her blog is genuinely fascinating.

So anyway, that's it for now but I plan to be back soon, hopefully with a post about the crepe de chine Tova I threw together before I left for Belfast :)