For our last entry, we’re going full-on Winter, with a particularly cosy looking winter affair from Becky and Tristan.
Some girls have a scrapbook; most girls have a dream. But I’ve never been one of those girls. While I never hankered after a big marquee, or a small country church, or even spent any time trying to conjure up a picture of how I wanted my wedding to be, I’ve always loved Christmas, coming in from the freezing cold and curling up in the warm. So, here I am age 28, planning my wedding – and those frost-tinged memories is where my wedding scrap book has been started.
To me there is nothing nicer than being curled up in a big old sweater drinking a hot chocolate or a good glass of red in front of an open fire. Consequently when Tristan and I started the daunting task of shaping what we wanted our wedding to be the one thing I was sure of was it had to be winter and our special day had to be crammed full of those cosy, loving feelings.
It was really important to me that Tristan had a genuine opinion about our day other than “Whatever you want, I just want to make you happy” (I’ve learnt this is a default groom to be answer when faced with a decision). On a Sunday afternoon I sat him down with a pen, piece of paper and some magazines and asked him to write down 5 words he didn’t want our wedding to be and 5 words he did. After some initial grumblings about ‘being managed and bossed around’ his list was done and we had our eureka moment, we both wanted the same things! Phew – we are meant to be together after all.
So here are our five words. We’ve created a sort of manifesto with them and even Tristan has become quite passionate about staying true to our original ethos.
Wintery, fun, intimate, cosy, non-traditional
We’ve only made three definite decisions so far, date, venue and photographer.
We’ll be tying the knot on Saturday 8th December with our ceremony in a beautiful old hall in a 12th century Abbey. Our reception will be 10 mins away in what has to be one of the loveliest pubs in England in the beautiful Somerset Village of Hinton St George. The Abbey is a much grander than I thought we would go for but as the reception is in a pub (albeit a lovely one) we thought it was important we had a venue for the actual deed that was special enough for such an important occasion. We will have 60 guests for the day, our nearest and dearest family and best friends, then we will be inviting more friends to join us for a brilliant party in the evening.
We’ve got a long way till the actual day so we are going to make as much as possible. I want our day to exude ‘us’ and I’m actually quite excited about the prospect of getting crafty over the next year. I have no idea about colours and things yet but we’ll take our inspiration from the best of the season without it being about Christmas chintz. Think mistletoe, winter berries and an extortionate amount of candles!
I’d absolutely love to be a RMW real bride as I’d love the community to help me shape my special day. We’ve got a limited budget and this will be a DIY, Winter warmer with bags of personality!
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