I’m super pleased with my summer project this year, it’s made a massive impact to the house. For a while I’ve wanted to update and clean up the exterior of our house. As it’s Victorian I’d always planned to remove the exterior tiles and re-instate the trading all tiles. So recently my mum and I went to a reclamation yard to see what they had. There were some gorgeous ones but they were expensive and not it the style I liked. Instead I brought some exterior paint for the door (Dulux, Weather Shield in Gallant Grey) and it made a huge difference and suited the tiles really well. I finally grouted the tiles and freshened up the masonry paint. I’m so pleased with it.
The big conundrum of how to make sure your guests have a good time, whilst keeping hold of your budget kept us in discussion up until the day before the wedding!! In an ideal world we’d have: a free bar; photo booth and band. As with anything is wasn’t in our budget, so we went about making sure we did a few things well and came up with cheaper alternatives.
What we decided to do was buy our own Polaroid camera and my bridesmaid luckily had the props which she brought on the day. These went down so well and we enjoyed looking through the cracking pictures the following day (it was clear to see the deterioration of drunkenness as the evening went on!). The guests had the option to include their photo in our guestbook (which I brought from the lovely Liberty of London shop) or peg them on our notice boards. We were a bit apprehensive about the outcome of this but it worked perfectly. Phewf!
The football season has begun. Oh joy! If I was to say my husband is a fan, is an understatement. The one sport I can’t seem to endure/enjoy, he’s obsessed – give me the Olympics any day. So to keep myself entertained, I’ve started colouring. The recent obsession of adult colouring is a perfect activity to do on a Sunday afternoon whilst he watches sport. Here’s my 70s inspired floral piece:
As an engagement present, my lovely sister brought me a wedding scrapbook. It was really cute with different sections linked to areas of the wedding that I needed to plan and pockets and lots of areas for lists!! I love to write lists!
Throughout the wedding process, I was really good at filling it in once I’d booked something. In the past I made a scrapbook for my traveling adventure and never finished it…something that still annoys me to this day.
So luckily, it’s done. It’s now up in the loft in my wedding keepsake box but I know in a year or two I’ll love flicking through it and remembering the planning process.
Here are a couple of pages I that I’m particularly pleased with…
Our good friend, Ally, who is a designer, did a fantastic job at designing our wedding stationary. I was totally in love with it and think it is definitely is worthy of framing. When we got to discuss the ideas, I really wanted a floral touch with an information card as when I’d attended previous weddings they had used a website which they never updated.
This is what she came up with…
A couple of months later she designed the table plan for us, using some of the floral details from the invites.
We also got too many invitations printed so using the floral piece at the top, I made the table names. I wanted to use pictures of our family members from their wedding days as a nod to them and make sure they were included. For a DIY element of the wedding, I was really pleased with how they turned out. What do you think?