1 month & 10 days
Good Golly Miss Molly… How did I get here? I feel as though time has melted away and here I stand one month before I am due to be wed. I imagined a very flustered and flappy version of me to be running around crying and freaking out at bows and confetti… but alas! I am calm. Cucumber calm. In fact I would go as far as serene. The reason for this, I do not know for sure. But I believe it to be the fact that I am organised. I have this thing pinned down and I am all over it like a pigeon with a chip.
The dress, the photographers, the videographers, the venue, the flowers, the rings, the bridesmaids, the kilts (yum), the shoes… an endless list of To Do’s pretty much all ticked off. I am proud. Super proud. In actual fact, I am normally a last minute Annie. I can honestly say that the only thing I believe has gotten me this far is the fact that for the last year and a half I have been wedding blog obsessive. I believe that left to my own devices I would maybe be thinking about choosing my bridesmaids at this stage. So thank you Rock My Wedding and all the other lovely inspirational blogs out there, this one’s for you…
…Ahem, wake up Naomi, you still have a month and a bit to go. Plenty of meltdown time. But you know what? I’m ok with that. I think a bit of emotion is good. But at the minute I am going to enjoy my successes and show you a little bit of the most important tasks I have accomplished.
Invitations. You remember I was doing them myself? I had allocated a good month to get them designed, printed and sent. Queue day two of the design part, I experienced a massive Photoshop fail and in my huff decided to punt out a plea on Twitter for a designer to take over for me as I was failing miserably doing it myself. I received a ba-jillion tweets from designers offering their services, but one stood out from the rest. Lynsey from You Say I Make. She offered me help and encouragement to complete the task myself. She calmed me down, told me not to throw in the towel and kindly sent me email after email of free font websites and design tutorials. After a few more goes… I gave up. It was too much for me to take on at that moment in time and as I had received so much faith and support from Lynsey, I felt totally comfortable handing the whole thing over to her.
I was blown away when I received the box with all our invites… It rendered me speechless. After only a few emails and a 3 week turnaround, Lynsey had managed to capture exactly what I had planned in my head and make it real for me. I was so disheartened when I first started struggling, and I can hand on my heart say that Lynsey single handedly pulled me out of that and created a beautiful set of invitations that have perfectly set the mood for our day. Every one of our guests have raved about them!
My Shoes. The sparkly little sex bomb beauties. £60 from Aldo. I love these. In fact, so much so that I am thinking of wearing them to bed on the wedding night (I’m sure Gavin won’t mind). I could just lick the glitter right off these puppies… but I won’t. ‘Cause that would be weird.
Our rings. I should tell you that I dislike wedding bands. I like them on people with normal hands. But me? I have child fingers. Seriously, when shopping for engagement rings I was told by every feckin assistant “Oh, you’ve got such tiiiny little fingers!”. I was going to poke one of my miniscule digits in an eyeball if that persisted any longer. The idea of looking for a wedding band stressed me out. I knew that none of the beautiful bands I had my eye on would look right on me. The ring needed to be something fine, dainty and … well, a bit different. Then I spotted this from Azendi…
I was sooo disappointed to find out it was, in fact, a bangle. I searched for a ring similar but could not find one even remotely like it. Then Gavin suggested getting our rings made! I searched local designers and found Kirsty Eaglesfield. The girl is a genius. She took my image and Gavin’s idea of his perfect wedding ring and made us these. I am beyond delighted with them and cannot wait to have mine as a permanent fixture on my left hand.
My headpiece. Another fail. Well… kinda. I had it all cut out and hand beaded. Then stupidly left it in the sun for a few weeks. The beads were bleached gold. Not the colour I was going for. Running out of time and patience, I decided to sack the idea all together. I found an old Primark headband (yes really) and ripped the beaded part off. I have since been replacing some beads with my Swarovski crystals, stitched on some hairclips and a detachable veil and I absolutely love it! Bear in mind my hair won’t be like this on the day, but it’s pretty much where it will sit. Epic win for £1.50 I think!
I could go on more about my happy accidents and ticked off To Do’s, but I have a more pressing matter. A secret. A big… dirty… secret. Something I have been keeping from you. It’s about our honeymoon you see and I couldn’t tell you. But now I can, because last week, I told my boss. So I’m leaving… on a jet plane… don’t know when I’ll be back again. Yup, that’s right folks, Gavin and I have decided to sack everything. Jobs, flat, plants, everything! We are off on a one way flight to Thailand with nothing but a couple of backpacks. Our plan is to land in Bangkok, head for an island and spend the following however long travelling around, going where the wind takes us and enjoying our first year of marriage. *Sigh*… I’m glad that’s out. I feel so much better now I’ve told you…
Ever the big dirty backpacker,