Thursday, 8 August 2013
My blogging absence and my wedding
It's been a while since I last blogged and the reason was I was getting married.
What a lot of work and time it takes to organise. I had to really take myself off from my usual volunteer commitments.
When I say organise... I made a lot of things for this wedding: my dress (hard work to turn around within 6 months), my bridesmaid made her own dress, the bunting for the venue decorations, presents for the flower girls, the invitations... So on top of the usual wedding preparations there was a lot of additional. If you are thinking of making a wedding dress - this is a huge amount of work. It will make you exhausted for the number of hours you put in and it is not far off blood, sweat and tears. I think I should add that this was the first dress I've ever made so there was added pressure of steep learning curves, mastering easing and a whole host of other things. However, walking up the aisle in a dress that you've made really is priceless and well worth all that effort - I felt so proud of all our hard work.
My garden really missed me and I missed gardening but there was a gardening element to the wedding of course... My friend Tim Watts kindly gave me a wedding present before the event - my bouquet, button holes for family, ushers, bridesmaid and mini bouquets for our two lovely flower girls (they're both nearly 2 years old). He put me in touch with the wonderful florist Jenny John Flowers. The brief I gave her was cottage garden - no big show piece flowers - really natural feel with umbells if possible and lots of little different flowers. We picked the flowers 2 days before the wedding in Urban Veg (where I volunteer) - big thank you to Clare Savage. What Jenny came up with on the day was so beautiful I couldn't have been happier. She even managed to include a californian poppy - these grew in Grandpa's garden and I love them. This was not easy as they are so delicate and have such a short flowering length. I also had several herbs in there: mint, fennel, lavender and I'm sure there was much more besides. Big thank you to Jenny John for putting together such beautiful bouquets.
PS. I had help with the dress from 2 lovely friends: Janet Astle and Dawn Foster-Denham.
If you want a peak at some photos our photographer blogged about our day http://www.diamondsanddoodles.co.uk/2013/08/matt-claire.html