I’ve never been particularly maternal. It’s not that I don’t like children, but in all honestly I wouldn’t ever choose to be in a room with a load of them. In fact at my parent’s Jubilee party which was frequented by rather a lot of screeching neighbourhood rugrats, I spent then entire time cowered in the corner staring at my lap/my glass of champagne/the dry sausage rolls and hoping none of them would try to talk to me. It’s ironic really, I’m pretty outgoing with adults, but anyone under 12 and I don’t know what to do. I guess I’m scared I’ll make them cry… or I’ll accidentally drop the f-bomb and scar them for life or something.
Sure, there are some kids I like, I have a few friends who are fantastic Mothers and have gorgeous children who are actually pretty fun to hang out with (they also find me fascinating which is quite hilarious. I’m pretty sure they think I’m actually a real life My Little Pony). But as nice as it is to be adored by these select few, it’s also really nice when they go to bed and we can have a drink and talk about things that don’t involve CBeebies’ characters. On the flipside I have had friends who have swiftly become ex-friends once they started popping out sprogs. I don’t know if that’s my fault…or theirs… or a combination of the two… but either way it’s happened.
Gareth and I were out to dinner the other night as we started chatting about children. I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that he always said he wanted children, although recently he’s started to change his mind. As he’s got older and our life has got more comfortable, he’s ended up pretty happy with our little child-free set up. I wonder if he, like I, always assumed that we would have kids, because you know, that’s what married people do.
I’ve always been on the fence. I’m not saying no way not ever… but I’d be alright with it if we didn’t end up having them.
Lemons with a pea via Etsy
Brett & Louise had an quirky and personal afternoon ceremony which was held at the Mt Coo-tha Botanical Gardens in Brisbane, Australia. Their untraditional ceremony featured two rituals, both a ring warming and a hand-fasting ceremony. Photographer Rebecca told me all about this fun and family-oriented day:
During the ring warming ceremony the rings were past around the guests who were asked to give their blessings and to make a wish for Louise & Brett’s future together. During the exchange of rings Louise went from tears to laughter which help to create fantastic emotive images of her. After the exchanging of the rings the hand fasting was performed. This ceremony involved Brett and Louise’s mothers winding and tying a piece of ribbon around their hands binding them together in life.
Yeah so I’ve gone a little nuts with this post. Sixty four photographs may be a lot to share in one bumper go, but once you lay eyes on these I know you’re going to allow it!
Chad & Christine, what can I say? The super stylish pair had a fabulous eco wedding at the end of October at Lake Oak Meadows. The bride wore a Sue Wong dress which she bought from Saks and both she and her groom had wooden rings made by Gustav Reyes which of course complimented their rustic, eco, hippy-chic theme to a tee. The bridesmaids all chose their own dresses from David’s Bridal and the boys wore suits from Men’s Warehouse.
When it comes to the topic of children at weddings there are usually two rival camps. The first op for a more grown up affair, favouring a lack of screaming kids throughout the vows whereas the other tends to embrace the screaming and go all out to make the children a big part of their day.
Oh. My. GOD!
This hippy chic, picnic stylee wedding with a woodstock vibe is nothing short of phenomenal. Finding amazing hidden gems like this has got to be one of my favourite things to do. I feel as though I have unearthed a complete treasure.
Forget everything you think you know about weddings. This celebration makes all that seem futile. Can you imagine being there? Cramming into a tiny tent, siting on your friends laps or on the floor just to see your best friend’s get married. She’s wearing a stunning vintage gown (which the little girls all clearly adore!) and he’s wearing a fabulously retro velvet suit. And the car…and the swing…and the random panda head…oooh oooh oooooh!
I want to go and run around a field like a child and celebrate the joy of love right now…
I woke up today feeling like I didn’t want to get out of bed. At all. However I dragged my sorry self out of my pit and boy am I glad I did. I swear, I think the stuff I have to share today may be by favourites ever. I have had some absolutely phenomenal bridal shoots and weddings land in my inbox overnight.
Think I’m exaggerating? Well just check out this photo shoot sent exclusively to meeee. All the dresses were supplied by White Orchid Brides. If you’re in the Knoxville area methinks you need to check these bad boys out. Erm..hello beautiful!
Tara and Colleen you literally rock my world…
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