Playlist: Winter Winds

November 27, 2016

Music + Playlists

Winter Winds playlist

This is a playlist I return to every year around this time. A playlist of songs that aren’t quite Chrismassy but seem to evoke the seasonal spirit.

It’s perfect if you’re beginning to feel festive but you aren’t quite ready to embrace Bing just yet…maybe you’re a Grinchy Christmas music hater, or maybe you just love folky types singing about winter – either way, this one’s for you!

Track List

Kate Bush – Army Dreamers
Antony and the Johnsons – For Today I am A Boy
Mumford & Sons – Winter Winds
Laura Marling – Goodbye England Covered In Snow
Martin Grech – Push
The Staves – Winter Trees
Joni Mitchell – River
Matthew and the Atlas – Come Out Of The Woods
Rufus Wainwright – Hallelujah

Check out my other playlists and recommendations in the Music + Playlists series.

(image via Unsplash)

Seasons in the Frame: Squash Watch

November 11, 2016

Photography

Squash Watch, Pumpkins on truck

During autumn over the last few years I have been sharing pumpkin pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #SquashWatch.

When I started popping the Squash Watch tag on my posts back in 2014 it was really just so I could look back through them myself; nothing makes me happier than the sight of pretty pumpkins at this time of year. The idea of the Instagram community connecting via a hashtag was not so much of a thing two years ago as it is today, not in a way I was aware of anyhow.

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|@blidandhatton | @catherine_frawley | @hellokiddostudio | @littlegreenshed |

Since my lovely friend Kym shared the #SquashWatch love, the # feed has been filling up and looking so very gourd-geous! This post features just a few of my favourites but please jump on to Instagram and marvel at the beautifully styled shots on the feed; it is entirely my happy place right now. And of course, keep tagging #SquashWatch – Halloween may have been and gone but the pumpkin party is still going strong on Instagram!

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|@jmpsmithdesign | @muustardgirl | @kymgrimshaw | @littlegreenshed |

The Pig near Bath: Our First Wedding Anniversary

October 29, 2016

Travel

The Pig is a small chain of hotels with five locations across the south of England. As a self-proclaimed “restaurant with rooms” The Pig is a dream getaway for foodies so treating ourselves to a night at The Pig near Bath was the perfect way to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.

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Wanting to make the most of our time away we headed out of Bristol just after lunchtime and checked in at The Pig in the early afternoon.

Opting for a ‘Snug’ room (The Pig’s smallest, cheapest option) certainly didn’t feel as though we were scrimping in terms of luxury at all. The lovely room, with its Pinterest-worthy bathroom, huge bed and gorgeous countryside view was perfect for us and included all those little touches that make a stay feel that bit more special. I’m almost certain you won’t find such a well-stocked room fridge in any other hotel! As tempting as it was to just don robes and stay in bed all day devouring the contents of the mini-larder, heading out to explore the grounds won out.

The gardens at The Pig near Bath are some of the best kitchen gardens I’ve ever had the pleasure of wandering around. I think we were especially lucky to visit at what, in my opinion at least, is the best time for gorgeous produce; surely there is nothing better than a greenhouse full of pumpkins?! We had such a dreamy afternoon wandering around the grounds, admiring the abundance of veg, visiting the resident pigs and deer. We also shared a pizza from the outdoor oven and enjoyed a couple of beers in the September sun.
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One of the things I love about The Pig near Bath is how many different spots there are to just stop and sit and enjoy your surroundings. There’s just something that delights me so much about a well-placed bench in a secluded spot or a vintage armchair in a cosy nook –  it conjures up and encourages ultimate relaxing experiences – drinks on the terrace, conversations under  the trees, watching the sunset over the deer field, reading by the fireside. Of course, all this luxuriating and relaxing can be taken to the next level as The Pig has a potting shed spa treatment room – next time maybe!

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Starting with a celebratory cocktail in the bar, dinner was divine. In our typical indecisive nature, we opted to share a selection of ‘Piggy Bits’, starters and small plates to try as much of the menu as possible. Everything was delicious with Will and I agreeing that the cured salmon, which is smoked on site, was honestly some of the very best smoked salmon we’d ever had; and despite all the amazing things we sampled our resounding favourite dish was the bacon jam on toast!

After dinner we decided to retire to the library room to enjoy a cheese board and another couple glasses of red wine, we even found our favourite board game. Sat in the cosy room by a roaring fire, playing backgammon with cheese and wine we felt quite at home.

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The breakfast spread at The Pig is what I imagine mornings must look like in heaven – fresh sourdough, homemade granola, boil-your-own eggs; plus we ordered from the cooked breakfast menu to boot!

Determined to squeeze every last moment out of our stay, we ordered a final coffee after we checked out and whiled away another hour with a book in the comfort of the drawing room. Can you tell I would have happily stayed at The Pig near Bath forever!?

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I’m a girl who enjoys life’s simple pleasures so to me, true luxury is feeling totally relaxed in beautiful surroundings accompanied by good food… that said, what can’t be improved on by a sea view and fresh seafood? Pig on the Beach I’ve got my eye on you for the next special occasion!

Pumpkin Salad with Fig & Goats’ Cheese

September 30, 2016

Food + Recipes

This seasonal pumpkin salad with fig & goats’ cheese is so full of the joys of autumn I simply love it!Pumpkin Salad with Fig & Goats' Cheese

I have this thing with pumpkins, they just bring me so much joy to look at and eat that I can barely walk past them without buying one. Seen as my local greengrocer has a lovely display of brightly coloured seasonal squashes at the front of the shop I’m currently bringing home pumpkins home like little lost kittens! Although I’m perfectly happy to have them brightening up my home, I thought seen as we’re still a month away from Haloween I better cook one up before the collection gets out of hand!

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I’m a big advocate that salads aren’t just for summer, and this pumpkin salad with fig & goats’ cheese is just the ticket for the transition into warm salad season. The spices added to the pumpkin for roasting bring depth and a little heat with the cinnamon adding that extra hint of the cosy season upon us. The soft squash contrasts wonderfully with the crispy chicory and the sweet figs and goats’ cheese combo is always a winner. This is a lovely simple bright supper to make as the evenings draw in. Oh, and the method I suggest below is my absolute favourite way to cook crispy bacon which is amazing in salads!

Pumpkin Salad with Fig & Goats’ Cheese

Salad
1 small pumpkin or seasonal squash – skin on, cut into wedges
Cumin seeds
Chipotle flakes
Cinamon
2 figs – quartered
50g goats’ cheese
4 rashers of good quality smoked streaky British bacon
2 heads of chicory – 1 white / 1 purple
A couple handfuls of other salad leaves – rocket, little gem, red oakleaf etc.
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds – toasted

Dressing
balsamic vinegar
small tsp dijon mustard
small tsp honey or date syrup
olive oil

Place the pumpkin wedges into a roasting pan and drizzle with oil; dust each slice with a little cinnamon and sprinkle over cumin seeds and chipotle flakes. Roast at 200c until cooked through and caramelising slightly. Toss the pan once during cooking. Remove the skin before serving if you prefer.

Line a tin with baking paper, lay rashers on the sheet and cover with a second sheet of baking paper. Place another heavier tin on top to keep the bacon flat and bake in the oven for 20mins. Cut into squares once cooked.

To assemble the salad: Separate the chicory leaves – slicing the larger ones in half lengthways and add to salad bowl or platter with the other leaves; top with the warm squash, fig quarters and bacon; top with crumble the goasts’ cheese followed by toasted pumpkin seeds; dress and serve.

My Loves: ‘Reversal Of The Muse’ Podcast

September 23, 2016

Music + Playlists

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I am a podcast junkie – I listen to them on a daily basis and love their company when walking or travelling, whilst working, when I’m doing house chores or in the wee hours during bouts of insomnia.

As I listen to them so much I’m always on the hunt for new shows to download and my current favourite new discovery is a show called ‘Reversal Of The Muse’. The podcast is hosted by the amazing Laura Marling and features Laura in conversation with a variety of fellow female musicians and women who work in the music industry.

“Reversal Of The Muse began as conversations between friends about female creativity.
In reversing the muse it became an experiment.
As a small part of the global conversation about women in the arts, it became an obsession.
It occurred to me that in 10 years of making records I had only come across two female engineers working in studios.
Starting from my experience of being a woman I began to ask myself what difference it might have made had I had more women around, if any.I wanted to know why progress has been so slow in this area and what effect it would have on music.”

I’ve been telling everyone about this podcast and I wanted to share this recommendation here. I frankly feel it’s a bit weird that I’ve never really engaged with the fact that there is almost a complete lack of women involved in the technical side of music creation, so I feel like I can’t stress enough how great it is to hear these conversations.

Each episode has been fascinating to listen to and has really got me thinking – about women in music, female creativity and gender roles within the workplace in general. If you’ve listened to it I’d love to know your thoughts !

Listen to the podcast at reversalofthemuse.com or subscribe via iTunes.

Farewell Number 36

September 19, 2016

Home / Life

Farewell Number 35, View of Feet in Bed, Striped Bed Sheets,

We moved house back in the middle of July so in some ways our previous place seems like a bit of a distant memory already, however I wanted to jot a few things down about our dear old flat for memory’s sake.

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Six years is a long time to live somewhere. Here are a few of the things – good and bad – that I’ll remember the most…

The small but lovely kitchen where I experimented with food, learnt new skills and my love for cooking truly grew. And the oven which I always accidentally set to grill.

So many dinner parties. Especially the ones that started out so civilised and ended with dancing on sofas.

Parties with people crammed into small rooms. Brilliant nights spent with best friends. Countless bottles of wine.

The often overgrown garden belonging to the downstairs flat but sometimes shared. It may have been filled with Japanese knotweed and a hideous amount of earwigs but that didn’t stop epic BBQ birthday parties.

The girl who lived downstairs who became one of my best friends.

Games nights on cosy evenings.

The wind howling down the chimneys and rattling the old wooden window frames.

Hours spent together planning and crafting a wedding.

Christmas trees.

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Watching foxes from our windows.

The 2nd neighbours we didn’t get on with who managed to have fun far too loudly, even at 2am on a Tuesday.

A mouldy, mouldy bathroom.

The view across the city.

Sitting on the bay window drinking trying to make the most of summer evenings.

The afternoon light that filled the living room.

That time I came home to pumpkins and a marriage proposal. 

… Farewell Number 36 – you were pretty awesome.

 

Hello Number 14

Evening meals eaten in the garden. Washing hung out on the line. A lack of storage space that’ll take some getting used to. Vintage furniture purchases. New neighbourhood to discover. Spaces filling up with new plants. Magical morning light that makes patterns on the bedroom walls.

Playlist: Last Days of Summer

September 18, 2016

Music + Playlists

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I’ve made a playlist of new music for these last days of summer. Hazey tracks that suit the mood of this changeable weather and  won’t quite let go of the summer vibes.

Listen to this playlist it whilst enjoying the September sun or during your last barbeque of the year. Listen to it while getting cosy at home and dance around your house while it’s stormy outside (it’s a good playlist to dance to). Listen to it in between obsessively listening to the new Glass Animals album like I am.

Track List

Animal Collective – Golden Girl
Glass Animals – Youth
D.D Dumbo – Satan
DJ Shadow (feat Run the Jewels) – Nobody Speak
Sylvan Esso – Radio
Wild Beast – Big Cat
Radiohead – Identikit
BadBadNotGood (feat Samuel T. Herring) – Time Moves Slow
Metronomy – Night Owl
Michael Kiwanuka / Nas – Rule The Wold (I Came From the City)
ANOHI – Drone Bomb Me

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Buying A Vintage Wedding Dress On Etsy: My Tips

September 15, 2016

Love + Marriage / Style

Tips for buying a Vintage Wedding Dress on Etsy

It became clear quite earlier on that buying a vintage wedding dress on Etsy was going to be the way forward for me. I always had a very clear picture in my head of what style dress I wanted for my wedding but I knew early on, after peaking in a few boutiques that I wasn’t going to find what I was after on the high street. Another thing I was sure of is that I didn’t want my wedding dress to come with a crazy price tag!

If you’re looking for a wedding dress that’s unique and doesn’t cost the earth then going vintage is the way forward. One of the many beauties of using Etsy is that you are able to browse items from a multitude of different vintage boutiques at once, making finding your dream dress that much easier. I found that the best boutiques were based in the USA but that the vast majority delivery internationally. Price wise, in my experience at least, vintage dresses on Etsy seem to be a fraction of the cost of dresses in bridal boutiques. Mine was less than £200! So if, like me, you’re keen on a genuine 1950’s tea dress or whether your bridal style inspiration is anything from 20’s glamour to 70’s boho – there will be a vintage wedding dress on Etsy that could be perfect for you, not to mention one that comes with a whole history of its own.

Tips for buying a Vintage Wedding Dress on Etsy

My Tips for Buying a Vintage Wedding Dress on Etsy

Favourites
When browsing on Etsy you can click the heart to favourite any item you like the look of. Search for dresses in the style or era you’re looking for then use the favourites tool to keep track of dresses on the ‘maybe’ list; saving them for looking at in more detail later. Etsy is also very clever at showing you lovely items related to your favourites so next time you log on your home page will be full of dresses that will be up your street.

Measure Up
First things first you need to know your vital stats when looking to buy a dress online. As well as the garment measurement, Etsy stores tend to include their model’s measurements too and often use the same model for all their listings. Study pictures of the model in other items and get a feel for how you’d compare. Obviously comparing yourself to a model is not normally sensible life advice but seeing how my dress looked on the lovely Consetta’s Closet model and comparing her measurements to mine definitely helped me get an idea of how the dress might fit me – especially height wise.

Make Amends
If you find a dress that is almost a perfect fit it may be possible to make alterations,
have a professional seamstress deal with anything major like letting out seams or adjusting hemlines. You make be brave enough to attempt smaller modifications yourself. For example, I unpicked bands which were at the edge of the sleeves with *extreme* care.

Stalk Socials
Sellers often post sneak peaks of items due to be listed on Instagram and other social media channels so if you see something that takes your fancy you can be poised to snap it up.

Ask Away
Etsy sellers tend to be lovely so don’t be afraid to contact them with any questions you might have about the condition or details of a dress. Ultimately they can’t make your mind up for you but I’m sure sellers would be happy to help if they can.

Duty Calls
You should expect to pay import duty if you’re buying a dress from overseas. My dress actually managed to avoid it but many an item I’ve bought from The States has not. There are details on what you can expect to be charged here. The most annoying thing about being charged for imports isn’t the tax itself but the £8 handling fee. Just remember if you do return the item you can claim the tax back.

Go For It!
Obviously, with buying a vintage wedding dress online there’s a risk that it won’t be quite perfect for you when it arrives but the end of the day if it’s not right you can always send it back or even sell it on. However, if you do find something right for you, you’ll have the pleasure of wearing something truly unique on your wedding day. Ultimately if you come across a dress you love the look of in your size don’t agonise over it, go for it!

Wedding Bride and Groom Entering Bristol Register Office

A Few of My Favourite Etsy Stores:
Concettas’s Closet – This is shop my lovely dress came from. Currently stocking beautiful vintage wedding dresses from as early as the 1900’s! Not to mention their non-bridal selection is so dreamy!
Dear Golden – A large and stunning collection of vintage bridal wear.
Breanne Faouzi – Particularly unique styles from the 50s, 60s & 70s
The Vintage Studio – Perfect dresses for your inner the Prom Queen!

In taking a chance on a vintage wedding dress on Etsy I found just what I was looking for! You can check out my bridal inspiration board on Pinterest.

I hope my tips may encourage you to at least have a look at what Etsy has to offer – do you have any tips of your own? I’d love to hear them. Oh and any tips on removing a cranberry juice stain from a vintage wedding dress would be nice too! (Whoops!)

Our Wedding: Vows & Readings

Love + Marriage

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As I mentioned in my last post, our reason for doing our ‘legal bit’ separately was to give us the freedom to have exactly the day we wanted on our main wedding day; this included the ceremony itself being conducted by one of our best friends as well as writing our own wedding vows and choosing wedding readings special and personal to us.

Vows

Technically we more adapted our own vows than wrote them from scratch. We found these vows on Pinterest which struck a chord and used them as a basis. We changed wording that didn’t work for us and then added our own few lines at the end. This is certainly a technique I would recommend as a starting point for anybody who might like to write their own but is apprehensive – it’s an incredibly daunting task!

When I was wedding planning I became pretty obsessed with finding examples of what real people had chosen (opposed to Buzzfeed-style lists!); so I’ve included both our vows and wedding readings in full for anyone who is doing their own research or just fancies reading some pretty words.

Our Vows

C: I can’t promise you that dark clouds will never hover over our lives,
or that the future will bring us only sunny days.

W: I can’t promise you that tomorrow will be perfect or that life will be easy.

C: I can promise you my everlasting devotion, my loyalty, my respect, and my unconditional love for a lifetime.

W: I can promise that I’ll always be there for you, to listen and to hold your hand, and I’ll always do my best to make you happy, and make you feel loved.

C: I can promise that I’ll see you through any crisis, and laugh with you, dream with you, build with you, and always cheer you on and encourage you.

W: I’ll willingly be your protector, your advisor, your counsellor, your friend,
your family, your everything.

C: I will promise to try my best not to make us late, to find the ‘funny’ in all situations, and make you tea every morning.

W: I can promise that I’ll try not to rush you, I’ll go to gigs with you on a Monday night, be your kitchen companion and accept that there is no such thing as watching Buffy too many times.

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Yep, that’s confirmation in our vows right there ^^^ that I can watch as much Buffy as I like for the rest of my life! 😆

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Readings

We really wanted to have readings from that rang true to our passions and geeky nature. I think researching words from the worlds of literature, cinema and music was one of my favourite tasks when wedding planning. I even found myself delving through our cookery bookshelve wondering if a reading of a favourite recipe would be appropriate! We decided against that, but it was fun to analyse unusual sources in the context of being read aloud as a wedding reading.

In the end, we chose readings from my favourite film, Will’s favourite book and a song from a favourite band of ours. These were ‘Come What May‘ taken from Moulin Rouge which was read (rather emotionally) by Will’s mum, an amazing acoustic performance of ‘Sunday’ by Bloc Party by one of my cousins and an extract from ‘The Amber Spyglass‘ by Philip Pullman, read beautifully by another cousin.

Wedding reading number 1.  ‘Come What May’ taken from the film Moulin Rouge

Never knew I could feel like this
Like I’ve never seen the sky before
Want to vanish inside your kiss
Every day I love you more and more
Listen to my heart, can you hear it sing?
Telling me to give you everything
Seasons may change, winter to spring
But I love you until the end of time
Come what may, come what may
I will love you until my dying day

Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place
Suddenly it moves with such a perfect grace
Suddenly my life doesn’t seem such a waste
It all revolves around you
And there’s no mountain too high, no river too wide
Sing out this song and I’ll be there by your side
Storm clouds may gather and stars may collide
But I love you,
Until the end of time
Come what may, come what may
I will love you until my dying day

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Wedding reading (song) number 2. Cover of ‘Sunday’ by Bloc Party

Heavy night it was a heavy night
Feels like we come back from the dead
Heavy night it was a heavy night
I cannot remember what I said to anyone

If we get up now we can catch the afternoon
Watch the under 15s playing football in the park
Let’s sit in St. Leonard’s in this alcoholic day we’re doing the best with what we’ve got

I love you in the morning,
When you’re still hung-over
I love you in the morning,
When you’re still strung out,
I love you in the morning,

I work hard all week, and so do you
We deserve to let off some steam
Less orthodox creeping when we need to rage through this life
There might be ones who are smarter than you
That have the right answers
That wear better shoes
Forget about those melting ice caps, we’re doing the best, with what we’ve got

I love you in the morning,
When you’re still hung-over
I love you in the morning,
When you’re still strung out,
I love you in the morning,

With you I am calm
A pearl in your oyster
Head on my chest and a silent smile, a private kind of happiness
You see giant proclamations are all very well
But our love is louder than words

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Wedding reading number 3. Taken from The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

She sat down slowly, and he sat down beside her.

“Oh, Will,” she said, “what can we do? Whatever can we do? I want to live with you for ever. I want to kiss you and lie down with you and wake up with you every day of my life till I die, years and years and years away. I don’t want a memory, just a memory…

“No,” he said, “memory’s a poor thing to have. It’s your own real hair and mouth and arms and eyes and hands I want. I didn’t know I could ever love anything so much. Oh, Lyra, I wish this night would never end! If only we could stay here like this, and the world could stop turning, and everyone else could fall into a sleep…”

“Everyone except us! And you and I could live here for ever and just love each other.”

“I will love you for ever, whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead I’ll drift about for ever, all my atoms, till I find you again…” 

“I’ll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you…

We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight.”

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Hope this may have been interesting or even useful. I’d love to know what you chose / are choosing / would choose!? Let me know!

Our Wedding: The Legal Bit in Bristol

September 14, 2016

Love + Marriage

This month marks our 1st wedding anniversary so I’ve got a few wedding-y posts lined up to share. As well as a few pics of the big day I’ll be sharing our readings and vows and my tips for buying a vintage wedding dress. First up here’s a little about our ‘Legal Bit’, our Bristol wedding…

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As our lovely wedding venue in South Devon didn’t have a wedding licence we decided to not worry about having a legal ceremony as part of our day and instead took care of that bit beforehand. This allowed us to have a very personal ceremony, exactly how we wanted it, in a beautiful setting at our Devon wedding. Although we were already officially married, that day was the real thing to us and we celebrate our anniversary on September 12th, but of course doing the legal bit beforehand seemed like a fine excuse for a little pre-celebration-celebration…

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The “legal bit” took place in Bristol the Saturday before. Will and I got ready and arrived together and met a few close friends at the Bristol Registry Office. In the end, we decided against inviting our families to this part. As they all live outside of Bristol and it felt like making too much of an event of it to invite them all along. The point was to keep it all low key and chilled out, which it was… and also quite a lot of fun.

The morning ceremony at our Bristol wedding was short and sweet, we didn’t have any readings or exchange rings as we saved all that for the following week. We did, however, have an exciting surprise guest as my friend had just flown in from Australia. I didn’t know she was going to be there so I was pretty surprised and happy when I saw her as me and Will walked in together!

We also took the opportunity to walk down the aisle together to Father John Misty’s ‘Honey Bear‘ – we deemed the lyrics too risque for our proper wedding – so we loved that.

Wedding Bride and Groom Entering Bristol Register Office

^^^ Super surprised! ^^^bristol-registery-office-bride-and-groom-signing-wedding-certificatebristol-wedding-bristol-registry-office

^^^These guys! ^^^bristol-wedding-bride-and-groom

After the ceremony, our group of nine took a little walk around the harbourside before heading to our favourite pub, The Christmas Steps. We had a yummy lunch and spent the majority of the rest of the day sat in the pub drinking bubbly, chatting and laughing. After a funny, merry walk home, the evening ended with a whole lot of dancing in our living room – which is pretty much my favourite way to end any night in Bristol.Bristol Wedding Bride and GroomBristol Wedding The Christmas Steps Pub Champagne BottlesBristol Wedding Bride Groom Black & White Christmas Steps

Doing our legal vows separately from our main wedding day may seem rather untraditional but it really did allow us to have a very personalised ceremony the following week in Devon. This included our own vows and our ceremony being written and led by a friend, which was incredibly special. The day of ‘the legal bit’ turned out to be pretty special too and I also love that we sort of managed to get married in both a beautiful farm by the sea and got our Bristol wedding in our darling home city – who says you can’t have your (wedding) cake and eat it too?!

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A year on and I’ve noticed many couples  seem to be choosing to do something similar to enable freedom on their ‘main’ wedding day. It’s definitely one of the best decisions we made and I’d certainly recommend it if you want to use a beautiful venue that might not have a license or don’t want to ferry people from one venue to another. That said some people might feel that doing the legal bit on a different day takes away from the big day somehow. What do you think? Would it / did it matter to you?

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