What Tabitha Did… The Week of Wedding


Afternoon lovely RMW-ers, me again, doesn’t time fly!

We are now into single figures in our W-day countdown, yikes! Don’t panic everyone!

Since I last spoke to you we had what we call our ‘Week of Wedding’. This basically consisted of us taking the week off work and driving around the country (slight exaggeration) and ticking of some of the things on our giant to do list.

So I thought I’d take you guys along with us for the ride…

0Image from Judy Holme via Not On The High StreetSaturday… London

First thing on our list was our engagement shoot with Mr Chris Barber! We piled into the car on Saturday morning and headed to the Big Smoke to have our picture taken.

I’m not going to lie, I was bricking it a little bit/a lot. As I’m sure most people say, I’m not a big fan of having my photo taken and there are very few photos of myself that I like. I’m not what you would call…photogenic.

I spent about two hours doing my make up which meant, as usual…we were late and only just made it in time for my hair appointment at Hershesons Blow Dry Bar in the Topshop on Oxford Street. I went for the ‘wavy gravy’ and would really recommend; it was lovely to have a bit of pampering beforehand!

We decided to have our shoot around Little Venice in Maida Vale, a bit of London we really love. It’s really peaceful and feels like you’ve stepped into the countryside. It wasn’t quite as sunny as this on the day, in fact it was blinking freezing, but the sun did show himself briefly for which we were very grateful!

01Image via London Attractions

The session itself was AMAZING and so much fun!! Chris was awesome and had us both in stitches. I’m going to be a total meany and make you wait for the results but we are VERY happy with them 

Monday… Birmingham

Around comes Monday morning and again we shuffled into our bright lime green fiesta and took ourselves off to that there Birmingham!

Here I met Jodie for my make-up trial! I know the old ‘to have a make up artist or not to have a make up artist’ debate has been discussed very recently on these pages, but for me, I’m so glad I did! I can’t explain it…I looked like me just a whole lot better (ok so maybe I can explain it! Tabitha 2.0 if you will). One thing’s for sure though, individual lashes are my new best friend! Seriously they are amazing!

I’m very tempted to show you the photos but for now I will just share the photo I showed to Jodie and said ‘I want to look like that please’

02Image via Long Distance Loving

Next up we went to have lunch with Leanne from Blooming Lovely Films and needless to say Chris and I both came away with massive grins on our faces (despite the parking ticket we managed to get!). Not only is it very clear what an epic film she is going to make for us but we’re also super excited about having her there on our W day, I seriously can’t wait!

Tuesday… Newbury

Ok so this is where we actually live so not really a stop…but lets just all ignore this for now!

We finally went to give notice…and the place was posher than our actual ceremony venue…but again…not important!


Now to most people I’m sure this is just the boring admin part of planning a wedding, but I was so excited about giving notice, it made it all feel very real!

You see, when I’m not planning a wedding, moving house and writing Real Bride posts for RMW, I’m an Archivist 😀 and I look after records.

If we’re lucky enough to one day extend our little family, I love to think of our children’s, children’s, children and beyond researching us in hundreds of years time and pulling up our records and noting that on Tuesday 5th March we declared our intention to marry! Sad and soppy and completely nerdy I know but what can I say…that’s basically me!

Wednesday… Our house

Wednesday was the official day of rest, we slept in and ate cheese and Worcestershire sauce toasties… Nuff said!

Thursday…Exton, Oakham

Our wedding week took us to the very location of our forthcoming nuptials, Oakham! We went for a meeting at our reception venue, The Fox and Hounds, to discuss all things edible. It was so lovely to go back, even on a completely miserable day. The fact that I still love being there when it’s chucking it down reassures me that no matter what the weather, we will have the best day our lives!

I won’t bore you lovely lot with every detail of our menu but just to say our evening food is PIZZA!! A selection of homemade (by an Italian) massive pizzas, and trust me, they are lush!

04Image via Don’t panic

And you never know…we may get one of these to celebrate our wedding a la Kate and Wills! Although is it just me that finds it a little unnerving…

Friday… Nottingham

Phew last one…

Our final stop was my hometown Nottingham!

Not only did I go for my third fitting with the lovely Kula at The Lace Market Bridal Boutique on the Friday, but I also got a chance to assemble my gorgeous Mum and bridesmaids in one place on the Saturday, and we took a leaf out of Kitty and Becca’s books and had a ‘crafty’ day!

Altogether we decorated around 50 jars, bottles and vases that my friends and family have been diligently collecting. I hope you agree they look pretty fab!

For any of you ladies struggling out their on your own (I know I feel like that sometimes) I highly recommend a get together like this! Not only is it really productive and a great chance to get lots done…it’s also lovely to all get together and remind yourself that you’re not planning this wedding on your own! We had cream cakes, we had homemade fairy cakes, we had sweets and at one point we even had scrambled egg, but most importantly we had fizzy (well ya know it brings out those creative juices)!

05So a very productive/tiring week, but we got a lot done 

Guest Books

So since you were all so helpful last time I asked for your help, I thought I’d ask again, hope you don’t mind!

Guest books…

That’s as far as I’ve got, as in…nowhere!

So do I need one? Did you have one? What did you do? Answers on a postcard please (or in the comments box below…)

Lots of love

Tabitha xxx

Author: Adam Crohill
Adam likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.