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Our engagement party 🎉😍

Our engagement party 🎉😍

It’s been a busy few weeks at our house as Jonny started a new job and we had our engagement party!! We decided on a low key affair with all our nearest and dearest and it really was lovely. One of my highlights was my […]

A Winter Weekend in Rome

A Winter Weekend in Rome

Rome, the home of beautiful buildings, perfect pasta and pints of prosecco! A few years ago we started an unintentional, costly tradition that means that our birthday presents to each other are a trip somewhere. So last year when I struck lucky with the Ryanair sale […]

The Liverpool Wedding Show

The Liverpool Wedding Show

Today I went to the Liverpool Wedding Show with my Mum and Sister. I’m a bit pessimistic about wedding shows as whilst I love to be caught up in the Bridal bubble, I often feel that they are a bit over crowded which makes it impossible to talk to the suppliers you want to. I’m not sure if it was the time of year but The Liverpool Wedding Show wasn’t like this at all, there was actually room to move and I didn’t feel like stripping naked because of the heat.

There were over 100 exhibitors doing their thing/trying to sell you everything but I didn’t experience any who were too pushy and was able to quickly find those I had pinpointed to talk to. In my opinion the exhibitors at days like this aren’t always the best but it’s good to see what’s available. The best thing about speaking to exhibitors at shows is that they  sometimes offer show discounts, one of our caterers even gave me a 15% off voucher which was a win for me!

I was most looking forward to the catwalk show and it didn’t disappoint, apart from the gorgeous dresses and models (the men look way too good in their suits!) the catwalk was brought to life with music from Six15 (more on them later) and Gospel Choir 4 Weddings (also more on them). It lasted about 20 minutes and we managed to get a seat which was great as we’d just bought a pizza to snaffle whilst we watched!

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I also really wanted to watch a set by Six15, they’d been on my radar for a while as an alternative to a DJ and band but I was a bit put off by their house-centric website as house music really isn’t our scene. I was hoping that I wouldn’t fall in love as they are a tad on the pricey side but my god, they were fantastic and from what I saw they are well worth the money! There’s a DJ who plays all the songs you love whilst a percussionist and a saxophonist get the crowd going by playing along to the music, the performers are fab and look genuinely happy to be dancing amongst the audience whilst they play. Have a look at how unique and talented they are for yourself…

www.six15events.co.uk/event-category/wedding-entertainment/

The Gospel Choir that performed at the catwalk show literally sent shivers down my spine and are now on my wish list for performers during our civil ceremony. Not only were they fantastic entertainers but they were lovely people too which makes all the difference when they are going to be part of your special day. They also performed in the Palm Sugar Lounge later on in the day, here’s a clip from their version of ‘Happy’…

www.gospelchoir4weddings.co.uk

I also found a really nice magic mirror, photo booth company whose pictures were much better than others I’d seen. This might be because they use a beauty lamp so everyone looks extra gorgeous. They were really well priced too which was a bonus, just £395 for a basic package. Here’s the pic I had with my gorgeous family…

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www.probooths.co.uk

The next show I’m off to is at Tatton Park on the 5th Feb so look out for my highlights from that one.

Finding the perfect venue!

Finding the perfect venue!

Oh, the venue search… I don’t think I really understood what an emotional rollercoaster searching for the right venue would be! We decided to see as many venues as we could in the space of two weeks as we didn’t want it to be a […]

My best friend’s wedding

My best friend’s wedding

I couldn’t start a wedding blog without telling you about the wedding I went to in Italy back in June 2016… When my best friend said she was getting married in Italy, I expected a day that would be sunny, stylish and scenic. Whilst the […]

My proposal story

My proposal story

img_5193A few months ago we’d decided that we’d spend money on a post-Christmas break rather than on presents for each other so with a £25 budget I expected my Christmas presents to be underwhelming. We live in Manchester and were heading to Sheffield (Jonny’s home town) for Christmas Eve drinks so in my opinion the sooner the presents were done, the sooner we could have a pub lunch.

Sat in the lounge in our PJ’s, I passed Jonny his presents which I was quite pleased about considering the budget. I managed to get him some Calvin Klein PJ’s thanks to the ASOS sale (thank god for ASOS Premier!).

He then passed me the present that had been under our tree for a week with a ‘Fragile’ sign on top. In hindsight, how mean is it that it was in the lounge all along?! Inside a wrapped shoebox was a pair of PJ’s, a mini bottle of Lanson and a hand carved box…Box.PNG

As I looked up Jonny was on one knee and asked the big question, at this point I hadn’t even seen the ring but obviously said yes! I’d like to say there was a romantic moment where he put the ring on my finger but instead I took it from the box and shoved it on my finger as fast as possible (well I had been wanting this to happen for a while!). I didn’t know what I wanted in an engagement ring but I never expected him to choose one that was so perfect.

The luxury of a Christmas proposal was that we could tell our family and friends face to face which was absolutely amazing and meant we waited a few days to share the news with the world, which was great because all of the well wishes we received were quite overwhelming.

And now the dust is starting to settle, the fun of the wedding planning begins!

 

Christmas in The Lakes

Christmas in The Lakes

I am in love with The Lake District. I fell madly, deeply in love with it when I was having a battle with my anxiety 3 years ago. As soon as I approached those gorgeous, green hills I felt like my anxiety was easing and […]

In defence of only going to gym classes

It feels like if you’re not squatting 100kg in the weight section of your gym then you’re not part of the #fitfam at the moment. I’d like to call bullshit on this and say there’s no shame in doing a Zumba class if that’s what […]

Budapest

Budapest

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I must confess that I am a holiday addict and to fund this expensive habit I spend A LOT of time looking for the best deals. Our trip to Budapest is one I’m particularly proud of as I managed to bag the flights (Ryanair) and accommodation (Airbnb) for just £100 each for 3 nights!

As a city Budapest is laid back and as there aren’t loads of ‘must see’ sights, you have the pleasure of being able to potter around the city and live like the locals a little. If you’re visiting Budapest any time soon, I’d recommend the fitting in the following:

  1. Faust Wine Cellar – A wine cellar hidden beneath the Hilton by the castle is run by a married couple who serve up the most delicious cheese scones during the wine tasting. You can choose a 6 or 9 wine tasting, we started on the 6 but soon upgraded to the 9 when we realised the end was fast approaching… It’s worth booking in advance of your trip as there are only 6 tables for each sitting. http://gbwine.eu/index.php/en/
  1. Ruin Bars – This is the only bar I’ve visited where somebody has tried to sell me a carrot whilst I’ve been sat on an old cinema seat. They’re built in derelict buildings and decked out with glorified pieces of the junk, as a brucey bonus you can get a glass of drinkable Hungarian wine for about £2! The ruin bars feel like a less thought out version of the Northern Quarter which adds to their charm. If you fancy a visit to one then Szimpla Kert is the largest and most famous. http://szimpla.hu/
  1. St Stephen’s Basilica – Bear with me on this one… I’m not suggesting you visit for a Sunday service, instead buy a ticket (approx. £1.50) from the near the stairs and take the walk to the very top of the Basilica for great views across the city. We went up at about lunch time, there weren’t many others at the top so there were plenty of photo opportunities with the gorgeous views.
  1. Zeller Bistro – I think it’s time to get back onto food… you’ll see a pattern emerging in my posts soon enough. We were recommended this stunning Bistro by friends, it’s a little walk out of the centre and into the Jewish Quarter but it’s worth those extra steps! The food is all locally sourced from the owner’s family farm and it’s worth letting the staff recommend you both dishes and wine as they know their stuff. Another great thing to note is that the table cloth is a massive piece of paper so you can spend the evening colouring in. This is another one worth booking in advance so you’re not disappointed. https://www.facebook.com/Zeller-Bistro-486188564780604/
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