You say that you first spotted me walking down the stairs at the dive bar we both used to frequent. I was just 16, you were 21. You assure me you can remember exactly what I was wearing – a sheer pink top with a denim pencil skirt, and freshly dyed pink tips at the bottom of my hair. “That’s the girl I’m going to marry” you turned to your friend and said. “Yeah right”, I replied when you told me this story, years later. But that is just so typically Gareth – you’re just always right about everything.
I thought you were fit but also ‘too nice’. I was still in my “I want a bad boy” stage – the cannabis smoking, skateboarding, treat ‘em mean, keep ‘em keen type. You were nothing like the other boys I knew.
It took me a while to give you a chance. “Hey, wanna go out for a drink?” came the text on my 18th birthday. I didn’t even remember giving you my number, but you’d saved it all that time. “What do you have to lose?” my friend reassured me, “He was cute and sweet. Go for it!”
We went to play pool. I’m pretty sure you let me win. I remember one of our very first conversations was me asking you if you liked football. You said you hated it and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Oh I do love seeing a bride who’s brave with her wedding outfit. Mind you, if I had Stephanie’s figure I’d most likely be wearing a jumpsuit every day of my life! She married Ben in February at a cottage that they rented in Kauai, Hawaii.
The New York couple fell in love on the islands north shore, so it was only fitting they returned there to get married. “Our wedding theme was ‘no stress’!”, began the bride. “I even surprised Ben and hired a private yoga instructor in the morning of the wedding for a couples yoga session. Wanted to set the tone for the day.”
“The best bit of the day was watching the sun rise with a cup of coffee and exchanging our personal vows. A magical moment. Also, seeing Ben’s jaw dropped and hearing him say ‘Am I marrying Beyonce today?’ when he saw me for the first time before the ceremony! My jumpsuit was Gucci and my shoes were Charlotte Olympia. I decided to wear a jumpsuit instead of a traditional wedding dress as coming from a fashion background, I knew I wanted a statement piece, something designer and well made. I did the go to a bridal boutique and try on a princess gown thing. It just wasn’t me.”
There was no way Aaron and Belinda could pick just one theme for their Queensland wedding. So they did a bit of a pick n mix, grabbing inspiration wherever they could! From the groomsmen on motorbikes, the Delorean wedding car and the Mexican and geometric influences in their reception décor, the was one truly unique celebration!
“We really wanted our wedding to be casual with a party vibe so we threw formalities and traditions out the window to give us more time to enjoy ourselves”, Belinda said.”We got ready together with our bridesmaids and groomsmen and had our photos done before the ceremony. This made the day so enjoyable and so much less stressful. We got our photos in some of our favourite locations including a laundrette that I used to work next to and a bunch of art deco buildings that I love in the area.”
“We didn’t stick to one theme; we just tried to incorporate everything we love. The ceremony was simple with a touch of pop culture and more than a few nods to Star Wars. The reception was Mexican and geometric themed because I couldn’t decide which theme to choose and I felt they would work well together.”
There was a lot of rain for Maja and Gavro’s Slovenian circus themed wedding, but that didn’t put a dampener on one hell of a party! The day was circus themed and planned in just five months. The bride wore an AMAZING one of a kind wedding dress. She bought a relatively plain gown online and added the coloured tulle and black sash herself.
“We met in high school but we fell in love when we were finishing our studies and also partying a lot in Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital”, Maja told me. “After 10 years and 4 incredible kids, we decided to get married. Among the reasons was also to have a great party with closest friends and family.”
Happy Thursday! This week was awesome, what with it being my birthday and all. I was well and truly spoilt by Gareth! On Tuesday I woke up at 7.30am and saw a card in a rainbow envelope by my side of the bed. Written inside was this lovely message (ha!) but also the first clue for a treasure hunt for me to find my present!!
I jumped out of bed and starting dozily wandering around the house finding clue after clue until I opened a unassuming brown box at the end of our bed (which had gone unnoticed for days, yeah we might need to tidy our bedroom a bit!) and inside was the leather jacket from Whistles that I’d not so subtly been harping on about for weeks! The boy did good.
We didn’t have any concrete plans for the day, but I knew I wanted to get out of the house otherwise I’d end up working! We decided to hop on the train to London where we went for afternoon tea at Sketch (the pink gallery room is even more amazing in real life!) followed by a meander though the daffodils in Green Park, a stop off to see the Queen at Buckingham Palace, a leisurely stroll down the Southbank and finally a sushi supper. The sun was shining and it was a perfect, perfect day!
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OK, Thursday treats time! Here’s the rest of the stuff that’s been amusing me over the past seven days:
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Loving this colourful wedding!
♥ This metallic theme would be awesome for a wedding too!
♥ These fashion-forward wedding dresses are amazing
♥ DIY colour blocked test tube table plan
♥ Spring inspired wedding inspiration with a handpainted gown
Shannon Duggan Photography
Victoria and Matthew both work in the music industry (the groom is in the band Madina Lake) which is how they first met. Despite living on opposite sides of the world, the bride in the UK and the groom in America, that didn’t stop them dating!
“Matthew’s band was touring in the UK and I had organised in-store signings at my retail stores with the support band”, Victoria told me. “They invited us to the show afterwards and while we were hanging with our friends in Fearless Vampire Killers, drinking Madina Lake’s beer, their set ended and Matthew walked in.”
“The main inspiration for the wedding was to trade in the traditional for a healthy serving of original; we’re really not traditional people”, she continued. “We wanted the day that was meant to celebrate us to actually represent us, our personalities. We didn’t have a best man, ushers, bridesmaids, speeches, a fancy car or first dance. We just felt that none of those things were for us.”
“With half the guests being American, we wanted lots of British and Mancunian influences”, she explained. “The venue was a Victorian mansion and we hired the whole place so every guest got a room. Each room had a free standing bath tub and lots of original features, fireplaces, ceiling roses – very British!”