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So this week it’s all about choosing the photographer that’s going to capture your day, and give you those lasting memories!

For us the photographer has to be a really important part of the day, you’re spending so much money on the day itself having no decent images to document that day and remember it by is such a shame.

My first step for choosing the photographer returned me back to google sheets and looking at local photographers in the area. I then went through the list and narrowed down the portfolios to ones that sat right with us. We met with 2 photographers one in person and one over Skype. We already had in mind the style of images we wanted, natural unposed and emotive. The one we met in person had beautiful images and was very relaxed understanding it was our day etc. The second photographer is who we met with on skype Nick Rutter. This man has so much passion and so many beautiful emotive images we came away from the conversation feeling so excited! It just clicked! Check out Nicks work by clicking here get him on your list of photographers to talk to!

The take home for me when booking the photographer is to meet all the photographers that you feel that has a portfolio you like and wait until you get that feeling of ease from them that you need. 

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So this week is all about that dredded guest list. For us it’s been the hardest part (so far), who do we invite, who don’t we. How do you narrow it down, who do you listen to, what if we offend people?

This week I’m keeping it short and sweet. A big top tip. 

This is Your Wedding YOU invite who you want there. 

It’s such a special day you need all those people who are closest to you and mean the most. Some venues have number restrictions on the day event. So your guests or evening guests will feel honoured to be part of such a special day no matter! (I know I do when I get invited to weddings) If they don’t, then there’s not a lot you can do. You will also have budget to deal with which is another big decider. You can go on Pinterest and find so many flowcharts for who to and who to not invite but ultimately, make sure it feels right to you! 

Hope this helps you… and gives you some confidence to go for it!

Ps today is my last birthday as a MISS 😝

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So… you’ve just got engaged! You’ve let everyone know! The next question they ask is so when do you think you’ll have the big day! 

Being in the UK we knew there’s no guarantee sunshine, and we really don’t feel the weather is going to effect our wedding, we’ve been to so many great weddings in October, a great month with beautiful autumnal leaves! (Also October falls out of wedding season *WIN for costs*)

We spent a long time thinking about places we could get married places we’ve been and loved, places near my parents (traditional) and his. We personally loved the idea of choosing somewhere that meant something to both of us, Brockenhurst Hampshire, where we first met at college! Once we had a rough idea of the location, out came the spreadsheets!

Google sheets has literally been my wedding planning best friend! I initially started looking at locations in the area that put on weddings- all put into a list with links so that me and josh could sit down one evening and think about what suited us and what type of wedding we wanted! It was also a great way to see costs and grasp some idea of a budget (I had no idea where to start with that) and how many people they could cater for. Once we narrowed down our options we contacted the relevant wedding venues to ask to view them. 

Something we really hadn’t thought about was guest list and how many guests we could/wanted to invite and keep the cost at a reasonable amount. And that was the first question we had back from the venues. “What’s you approx number of guests”. At the the time I chucked a ball park figure out there. Don’t do this. Spend some time on the guest list, make sure your happy with it! We underestimated how many people we we would invite and therefore lost negotiating deals!

Don’t forget most of all to enjoy it – I can tell you now this this was the funnest spreadsheet I’ve ever done!

Photo taken in the middle of our viewings

Hello again

So it’s been a super long time like 10months?

not going to lie this year has been a tough one in our house but as they say time is a healer.

So to stop annoying Josh, family members, friends and of course bridesmaids, with my inncecant ramblings about the wedding I’ve decided to start writing a series of blog posts all specifically Wedding based! The posts are going to be about suppliers, thoughts, things to think about, things to not think about and mistakes I’ve made in the “wedmin process”

This is the first post of. #weddingwednesday by me!

I hope you enjoy and can find this series useful. If you’re on your journey or Your just starting your journey! 


Wedding Fair

So having got engaged between Christmas and New year I saw this as a perfect opportunity to have a girls day out with my mum! She came up to London and we went to the Wedding Fair in the Excel!

It was interesting to say the least, we went along on the Saturday, hoping to have our minds filled with inspiration and new ideas. The morning was so busy we found the show very un inspiring and chaotic, not what we expected at all. Slightly disappointed, we decided to grab some lunch, and then go back into the show with fresh eyes and head to the catwalk. The afternoon was so much more interesting mainly, because the show itself had quietened down and we were able to walk around the show properly. The catwalk was great fun and we got some good Wedding Dress inspiration.

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A few things I am going to look into next time is, what stall holders will be at the exhibition ( the wedding fair seemed to have lots of teeth whitening, facial products and skin care), and what do I need to get out of going to the Exhibition. All in all we had a good day out, but think we will re-think what wedding fairs we go to before heading to one again.

So my top tip is: Do your research!

Hello January

Well Christmas and New year Flew by didn’t it just? As most of you probably know from my Social Media Sites I was lucky enough to have got engaged! So January for me so far has been pedal to the metal organising and planning, who knew you had to book a venue and service like 2 years in advance? Crazy! but so Exciting
So much for my quiet January this year…

So as you do in January January, I have set myself a few blogging goals this year, which I wanted to share with you all to get me started!

Goal 1: Blog fortnightly! – no more hit and miss blog posts once every 2 Months! I am aiming for consistency.. (lets face it I am going to need a break from all this planning)

Goal 2: Be more socially active. This means “hello…I’ll be popping up in blogger chats on twitter”

Goal 3: Grow my online following by 10% – I’m hoping this will come from more consistent blog posts and increasing my engagement going to blogger chats. (fingers crossed)

So that’s me! What are your goals this year?

From the Provence with love

This weeks post is being written whilist I sit here sipping on an ice cold G&T and the pool at my feet! Yes I am super lucky enough to be writing to you from the south of France. I wanted to let you know about an amazing village we found today called ‘Saint Paul De Vence’ wow this place is so beautiful and full of amazing art, sculptures and the a view to remember. Having been to this region for so many years not going here in one of my early visits feels like I’ve missed out! So I wanted to shar this beautiful French village with you all!

One to add to the list of places to visit! 

Time to reflect…

I have had a bit of time lately to reflect on my first year of blogging, this has been on and off with my blogging but an amazing year it had been! 

Recently I’ve realised what I originally set out to blog about is harder than I originally thought, and actually blogging about what I’ve been getting upto is so much more fun, adventures food and interesting things I generally just want to share with you all. It also gives me the chance to reflect on what I’ve been getting upto! 

So in that light I have changed my blog look, I hope you like it, making it more fresh modern and fun! Here is a really nice quote that I feel summarises why I have changed it up!

Le weekend a Paris

I was super lucky last week to be able to get away to Paris on a long girls weekend away! We had so much fun exploring the beautiful city and the excitement of Disney! 

Here are a few highlights from the trip!

We managed to get round a whole lot of Paris in the short amount of time we were in the city! We took a bus tour which was great to hop on and off to be able to see all the sights! I can highly recommend this if you don’t have much time! 

Whilst we were in Paris we also got to taste some of the most amazing food, and we both felt that the food was pretty reasonable. We started the trip with mussels, followed by creme brûlée. We also got to have a delicious fondue and on our last day crepes! Savoury and sweet of course! Oh wait I can’t forget the deliciousness of the Parisian macaroon, boy they were delicious!

Of course how can I miss the wonderful world of Disney! I must be the biggest kid around, I had so much fun running around, meeting characters and pretending that I  was 10 again! 

… I hope you get to experience the wonderful world of Paris! I am for sure going back.

R x

Exercising for free

With the amazing weather we are having in England at the moment it has become so easy to pop a pause on that gym membership and get outdoors to make the most of our weather and work out whilst saving a few bob. Here I wanted to give a few great ideas to help you feel inspired to get out and enjoy it.

1. Saturday morning Park run – this is a great run for all abilities, they are all over the country and is run by volunteers, it’s a great way to meet people who run around the same pace as you and also to enjoy some of the glorious sunshine we have been having! Find your nearest park run here.

2. Circuits at the park – gather your friends or go alone, get a few exercise movements together – squats, burpies, climbers, Emily Skye has some great ideas here. Get a pumping playlist and either in your headphones (if alone) or through your speaker (if with others) and create your own workout. Try to make sure your workout uses a variety of muscle groups and pushes you.

3. Get on your bike – a brilliant way to get fit while commuting, using your exercise as your journey this can help you save time too. Simple as that and effective to!