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Hannah & Jon… The Most Perfect Start (part 2)


Like A Dream

The ceremony went like a dream, we had readings from two of our oldest friends …who both know each other from primary school too! Andy read an extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Rach lightened the mood with a humorous poem by Bee Rawlinson.

We said our vows…I cried again!

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We sat and signed the register… girls if I have one piece of advice… look at yourself in a mirror when you sit down in your dress, I tested sitting down to see if I could, but didn’t see myself… I know I wanted cleavage… but not so much it was indecent! Those pics, unfortunately won’t be making the album!

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I felt like I was in a film walking out through the guard of honour, mum being mum had made and handed out dozens of confetti bags full to the brim! It was a moment to remember when everyone cheered and gathered round to wish us well. We couldn’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness and with the Pimms flowing the day was off to the most perfect start.

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Keep The Weather At Bay

Anna our photographer, and now friend, did an amazing job of capturing all the moments. I had asked for as few group, posed pics as possible so we spent about half an hour having group shots and then managed to get some time as a couple having some fab pics with Anna. Gav one of our friends did a wonderful job of keeping the weather at bay with golfing umbrellas… which made for some equally brilliant pics!… View the full post.


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Hannah & Jon… The Most Perfect Start (part 1)


Adam here… Introducing the next w-day from our last bunch of lovely real bride ladies, today is the turn of Hannah who married Jon on April 13th.

If you are new RMW reader unfamiliar with Hannah’s journey so far then read no further!!! Firstly read Hannahs whole planning story right here. Go. Now. Read…. and then come back for this, the penultimate post from Hannah…

Hannah: Hello again.. It’s been a while! I can’t believe that I’m now writing this post as a married lady. It’s been a wonderful year or so and great fun having you all along for the ride. Not only have we had a wonderful wedding, but we’ve made so many friends because of this blog and there are lots more exciting things to come, with Jon & I moving to RAF Valley soon and we’re getting a puppy called Bear! …

I’m one contented wifey!

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But before I go into any detail, I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped us during the run up and on the big day itself. Family and friends were just amazing, as were all the suppliers who have now become friends. It’s been a really great time, and I’m pleased to report that I managed to take a step back and enjoy it all.

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The Night Before

So the big day actually started the night before, Jon and I had agreed that from midday on the Friday we wouldn’t speak to, or see each other until the ceremony the next day.… View the full post.


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What Hannah Did… Began The Final Countdown.


So here I am two days before the wedding… and my brain has gone to wedding mush! I have ticked off list after list, had crazy wedding dreams…to the point I’m starting to think some of the things I have dreamt are real… and now I’m chasing my tail ringing suppliers, packing up all the wedding ‘stuff’ and having those last minute beauty treatments! But mostly I am just sooooooo excited!!!!

Everything seems to be coming together now, and if I could give any tiny bit of advice to any brides to be out there, I would say do everything as soon as you possibly can…people thought we were mad buying our rings, or sorting out bridesmaid dresses or making the fruitcake 14 months before the wedding… but I’m so pleased we did! The two weeks running up to the big day are just crammed full of appointments and sorting out payments for things or having fittings…not to mention most of your guests will probably start looking at the invites… and then there are millions of questions that flood in after that! So whatever you can do to alleviate that pain… do it!

That’s where the ‘Bible’ has come in…no I haven’t suddenly found God, but I have written a wedding bible… this document is my life at the moment…even today is timetabled! It’s proven to be invaluable for making sure I have everything and trying to minimise the number of questions my suppliers have (I have sent them all a copy too).… View the full post.


What Hannah Did… Went Full Steam Ahead.


So… with just over a month to go it’s full steam ahead with wedding prep and I finally feel like I have worthy things to tell you all about…and to show you!

It seems to all be coming together this month and with not a free weekend in sight, the big day seems to be quickly approaching!

So Jon and I kicked off February with our engagement shoot… the lovely Anna Clarke met us in Solihull’s Breuton Park on what was a pretty miserable and cold day to capture the feel of Jon’s magical proposal… Even though it was a year on and not a crisp Winter’s evening as the engagement had been, Anna really captured the atmosphere and although I felt a bit cringy at times (especially with people all around!) she really put us at ease and by the end of it Jon was pulling out catalogue poses all over the place! (See the great lunge shot).

I was probably a more difficult subject, and although I definitely won’t be giving up my day job to become the UK’s next top model. The shots Anna captured are lovely and will be adorning many of our families living rooms over the next few months. They’re delighted to get a good shot of us together; I think we could count the number we have on one hand which isn’t great after ten years!

So here’s a few… see what you think!


I thought that the day of our e-shoot would be the best time to test out the make up for the big day… so Jodie Hazlewood arrived at my mums with a suitcase of lovely products to paint my face with and get me looking half decent for the pictures in the afternoon!… View the full post.


What Hannah Did… Venue Visits & D.I.Y


Into 2013 and its all starting to feel very real! Jon and I just can’t believe how quickly 2012 went, so here we are with less than 3 months to go till the big day, we are both so excited.

Since my last post Jon and I have been finalising all the details which has been helped enormously by the Caterers and the Venue, the wonderful Dodford Manor. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve woken up with a start thinking how much we’ve got to do, only to have a meeting or two and realise that all is not lost and we’re in very safe hands.

One big decision has been to choose a delicious meal for all our guests… too many wonderful choices. After much debate we’ve decided to go for something a little different for the main course, fish! And though this might be a bit unusual I’m thinking it will be quite nice & fresh for a spring wedding… As yet the only guest who doesn’t eat fish is my lovely mum.. But she’s happy with her bespoke duck dish. Naturally, this will be followed by a selection of sumptuous chocolatey desserts. Yummy! Once we had made up our mind we passed our selections on to Jenkinsons and they are off to do the rest.

We also met up with Sabrina and the gang at Dodford Manor for our final meeting. It all felt so real, walking around the venue knowing that the next time I would be there I’d be all in white.… View the full post.


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What Hannah Did… Tea Towels And Love Spoons.

Hello again all you lovely brides out there, today I’m talking details..starting with favours.

These have proved to be controversial for many… To give or not to give, after all, you are providing people with entertainment and food… So do you really need to give them a gift too? I have decided that to me there’s something special about a favour… It doesn’t have to be extravagant and it doesn’t have to be expensive… It just needs to remind you of the wedding, mean something to the couple and most importantly offer a little thank you to the guests.

This year we have been to six weddings, some had favours others not but there were two that really stood out. The first being a couple who gave a spoon, not just any spoon but a Welsh Love Spoon! If like me, you didn’t know the origins of these hand carved beauties here’s a bit about them courtesy of the classic website wikipedia:

“The lovespoon was given to a young woman by her suitor. It was important for the girl’s father to see that the young man was capable of providing for the family and woodworking.

Sailors would often carve lovespoons during their long journeys, which is why anchors would often be incorporated into the carvings.

Certain symbols came to have specific meanings: a horseshoe for luck, a cross for faith, bells for marriage, hearts for love, a wheel supporting a loved one and a lock for security, among others”

This was a lovely little gift to receive.… View the full post.


What Hannah Did… Pretty Paper And Marvellous Make-up.

So this month Jon and I have tried to stick to our ‘to do list’…and you know it’s actually working!
First on the list was to get the wedding invites sorted… as a Graphic Designer there’s so much pressure to get that bit right (!)…especially as they’ll be making their way through my designer friends letter boxes.. I even pondered the idea of asking someone else to design them to avoid the potential embarrassment of them being deemed too ‘twee’, over designed… or the worst… just a complete disaster! However after trawling endless wedding fairs only to be greeted with the same diamante and ribbon adorned designs (completely understand peeps going for this look btw..just doesn’t suit me!) I decided that unless I wanted to spend a fortune (which I could happily on stationery…but Jon wouldn’t get it!) my only option was to design them myself.

So I set about collating inspiration and got pen to paper to come up with some ideas…I finally sent them to print last week and will put some pics up when I have sent them out…don’t want to ruin what I hope will be a nice surprise for the guests :) …(and no… unfortunately my budget didn’t stretch to letterpress if you’re looking at my inspiration pics with excitement!) In the mean time I have also decided to venture into the world of stationery design to help other brides like me find something that really suits their style without being budget breaking!…I have to thank my fellow Real Brides for being amazing test subjects too!… View the full post.


What Hannah Did… Just A Matter Of Time.

So as I sit here trying to write down everything that’s happened in the past month my head is buzzing with things to write, bits that will help other brides out there and how to get it all down on paper… but for me it’s all a matter of time, (or lack of it!) why is it that the year just seems to be getting quicker and quicker, and now I find myself nine months after Jon’s proposal hitting a wedding wall.

The first three months were filled with wedding shows, blog scouring and collecting heaps of magazines and samples, I bought my dress, the bridesmaids dresses, designed the stationery, chose the venue, sorted the guest list and hotels, booked a pianist, chose the DJ, went to food tastings and did all sorts of pretty DIY bits and pieces but I now find myself in September panicking that there’s so much still to do with no time to do it…before we know it Christmas will be here! But equally I have hit a bit of a wedding wall…has anyone else got that, where so much is planned and there are so many things left to organise (never mind pay for!) but you’re just wishing the time away not really being very proactive?

I spoke to a friend about it who used to be a wedding planner, then I realised it’s the fact that wedding planning is actually a full time job…So it’s about managing time and putting in deadlines for yourself to hit…so I now have a plan and this is how it looks!… View the full post.


What Hannah Did… Wedding Breakfast And Bunting.

So I’m sitting here wondering what I can tell you… thinking ‘I haven’t done much since my last post’ then I remember we have done loads with the help of our families! It’s not necessarily really exciting like trying on wedding dresses but it’s all the little bits and bobs that go into making the day special…

Yummy Yummy… Food Fit For The Queen!

So after my last post we went to the venue for our food tasting which was lovely, all of the images above were taken by Stott Weddings. It was the first time we’ve seen Dodford Manor in the daylight and with the sun shining! We were on a table with two other couples… The only ones who hadn’t taken their parents with them! (eek! Sorry mums… we just thought it would get too confusing with lots of people there!) Jon and I have a fairly tight budget, so that ruled out sea bass and fillet of beef but we loved the duck and the goats cheese tart so went away feeling happy that whatever we picked would be tasty. So although we are yet to pick our final choices… we’re thinking we might go with salmon… although after speaking to people they say that’s a bit of a risky choice in terms of lots of people not liking it…(would love to hear your thoughts…?) We also recently found out that our caterers – Jenkinsons catered for the Queen when she popped in at Cosford Airbase!… View the full post.


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What Hannah Did… Got Started!

Hi people!

Please welcome our next new RMW Real Bride Hannah… Leave her some love folks!

Hi everyone, really excited to be writing on here (I have to admit I’m a tad nervous as I’m definitely not a natural writer!) but I’ll give it a go and hopefully it will keep you entertained! A big thank you again for everyone who voted for me and Jon, we were completely bamboozled by all the kind messages you wrote.

So this is all about our wedding planning so far…

Romance In The Park!

Jon isn’t known for his romantic gestures, but on this occasion he really pulled off a day to remember. He suggested we should go shopping on Christmas Eve (I thought he was mad – he doesn’t like shopping at the best of times let alone Christmas eve!) Anyway, we called in at my mums then set off into town to do some last minute shopping. He had a bag with him, in which he said was a present that he had bought for me that he didn’t think was right so would take it back and swap it (I was thinking how could he have bought a present that I didn’t like after nearly 10 years of being together!) We wondered around town, then went our separate ways (for him to ‘return the present’). We met up again at a coffee shop we used to go to all the time when we first got together. I quickly finished my hot chocolate as I was keen to get back to mum’s because she was cooking.… View the full post.