I’d like to start this post by saying thanks for all the really helpful advice you left on my last post. It’s really nice to know that we’re not the only people going through the trials of where to have our nuptials. We’ve decided to stick with our guns and have a small civil ceremony and a blessing in the woods. We’ll have the civil ceremony a day or two before the blessing and reception- that way there will me no manic panic of trying to squeeze everything into one day.
So, to get back to the nitty gritty, let me tell you how ‘A Military Mission’ is going…. We have our new barn! Gone are the old shabby sheds and up is the new beauty!
After days of demolishing the old buildings/cleaning/trips to the dump and huge bonfires we finally have our new barn area. To save on labour and echo my mothers ethos of ‘why would you pay someone to do stuff when we can do ourselves?!!’- followed by a lift of the eyebrow. As if to say ‘are you mad?!’
Much to our delight (and Rob’s hard-work) dismantling the sheds were relatively easy which was a very welcomed surprise. The hard bit was emptying the contents and going to the dump about 20 times. Why do we all accumulate so much rubbish over the years?! When the area was clean and clear (too tempting not to say ‘and under control’) the steel workers came in to put up the barn. Much to mom’s disappointment and much to our delight this really is one area that we could not do ourselves.
This gorgeous new shiny barn will contain the bar, dance floor and mobile fridge trailer we’ve hired- serving warm beer is a big bad sin in my dad’s eyes so this fancy cooler was a must. Although the steel looks a bit industrial, I don’t think it’s anything a whole lotta fairy lights won’t fix.
The next stage was to even out all the flooring. Here our DIY skills were put to good use again by mixing and throwing tons of concrete. The one plus of all this labour is that I am hoping to achieve a lovely pair of toned ‘Jennifer Aniston arms’ by the wedding. But the rate we are going I may just look like Popeye! Not a great look.
My mom set up an outdoor coffee station which ensured we weren’t tempted to go inside for a break and sit on the sofa. ‘You’ll never come back out if you go inside!’ she exclaims. She is right of course. Dad shoots me the – lets just get this over with look. I do wonder where she gets the energy!
My friend Zoe More O’Ferrall illustrated our save the date cards. She’s a very talented artist so was my first port of call when the time came for stationary. Amoung loads of other stuff she designs invitations and wedding maps that are unique and very personal to you.
Zoe is a pleasure to work with and sent me the artwork file once it was completed. I got it printed on some nice thick card at our printer and once it was sent I could hardly wait to receive them. We love them and they couldn’t be more perfect for us. I am so exited for her to start working on our invitations.
Sorry to jump from one subject to the other but I thought I’d better give you an update on how our little plants are doing. A lot of the cuttings we took back in July seem to be doing very well (touch wood) and a few are on deaths door. We’ve brought them into the conservatory to give them some extra warmth as the arctic conditions outside are just too much for the poor things. The lavendar has taken a bit of a beating with the snow. We covered it and tried to protect it as much as possible but Mr Frost is a mean old character. I never thought plants could cause so much heartache and worry.
With 8 months to go we have most things under control. We’ve booked the caterers (who deal with all the tables, chairs, cutlery, linen), the mobile fridge and luxury loos. The cake is being made by our aunt, Rob’s uncle is blessing us, my friend Zoe is doing our stationary, our friends Chanelle and Craig are the photographers and our flowers are being done by our friend Jo who has just opened her first florist shop. I feel very relaxed about all of the above mainly because our friends and family are a very talented bunch, we feel extremely privileged that they are all contributing to our day. As for the music, well that’s another story. Do we go for a live band? Or do we have a DJ? And where do you find them? We considered just having an ipod with palylists compiled by close friends but have been advised it may be a complete disaster. Baaah, suggestions needed please!
With love from,
a very musically confused Robyn xx