The Wedding Of The Summer

Wow, I cant believe 1 week has gone past since Trina & Nicks wedding, they have been officially man & wife for 7 days! We had such a lovely day and it was so relaxed and laid back, everyone really did look like they were having a fun time! Trina was stunning in her dress, myself and Helen hadnt seen her dress until she walked down the stairs after getting dressed & I had to hold back the tears, there were a few moments where the tears were ready to flow, but I did well and kept myself composed! I wanted to share with you all some photo’s that were taken on the day, I hope you enjoy them!

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Congratulations Trina & Nick

Today is the day that my gorgeous cousin Trina and her lovely Fiance Nick become husband and wife. I am so honored to be asked to be a Bridesmaid and part of their big day.

I am in total awe of how relaxed they have both been in the lead up to the wedding and I am sure with their laid back approach the day is going to go swimmingly!

When this post uploads, Nick will be waiting for his beautiful bride to walk down the aisle ready to make her his wife and spend the rest of their lives together, so all that is left for me to do is wish you both a life time of happiness, I cant wait to see what the world has in store for you.

Lots Of Love

Emma xxxx

Weddings Galore!

Since I have been asked to be a Bridesmaid x2, I have been assisting in helping the brides to fill up their pin boards on Pinterest, because of this my news feed (if thats what its called) has been full up of suggestions to do with weddings etc. So I thought, there must be hundreds, if not THOUSANDs of you out there that are planning weddings or thinking of the best way to ask your girlfriends to be your bridesmaids or maybe your fella is stuck with how to ask his brother to be his best man? Here are some bits that I wanted to share!

Best Man Problems??

If your man is anything like the other ones that I hear about, they ring their brother/best mate or have a chat down the pub, a few grunts here and there and boom – best man & ushers have been decided! I found these brilliant alternative ways of doing it….

How Cute!

How Cute!

I also saw these, you can buy these on Etsy through the shop called carinapaperco they are £2.54 each card and will be shipped from the US, so there will be postage on top too – I love these and if I was getting married, would make Matt send these out!

The Dreaded Seating Arrangement

I cant imagine that any couple that get married have no issues over the fact that Uncle Bob cant sit near Cousin Frank and Aunt Mary cant be anywhere near Aunt Carol! Once you have manged to decide who is sitting where, you need a really pretty way to tell everyone. All of these can easily be done at home, alternatively you can purchase them online too!

Here Comes The Girls!!!

Are you struggling on ways to ask your girlfriends how to be part of your big day? I have seen loads of different ways of doing it on Pinterest but these are my top 3 – there are just too many to pick from!

The Cake

I think that a wedding cake is really personal to the couple and I know in the states a grooms cake is really popular! Here are a couple of idea’s that I liked the look of & could probably fit any wedding!

So there you have it, just some bits I have been inspired by on Pinterest. I promise I am not planning my own imaginary wedding, but I wanted to share the gorgeous things I have seen!

Bridesmaid Fun!

A couple of weekends ago now my beautiful cousin Trina had her Hen Party! It had been planned out for a few months and when the day got here I was shocked that it had arrived. Trina was very specific about what she wanted do and wanted to play a big part in the planning process, she hosted a ‘Team Bride’ evening and it was decided on Afternoon Tea & a night out in a club with a cocktail class thrown in for good measure!

Me and fellow bridesmaid Hels had a bit of a last minute dilemma over getting her some quirky bridal party bits, but managed to get some sashes, name badges and a veil for Trina to wear. Once everyone had arrived at Trinas that was getting a taxi to the hotel we put on all her fun bits ready for an afternoon out with the girls!

The Blushing Bride

The Blushing Bride

We headed down to a Hotel on the seafront and we’re joined by various family & friends of the bride. We were all then served a lovely afternoon tea, consisting of various finger sandwiches, cake and of course scones! Hels did a lovely little speech thanking everyone for coming and we all chatted and giggled whilst sipping champagne!

To make sure there was plenty of posing preparation for the wedding we got everyone together for photos before heading to Tiger Tiger.

When we arrived at the club we were taken through to one of the rooms where the cocktail making fun commenced! Everyone got to make 2 cocktails from the list and the guys that were teaching us were fantastic and made the night great. We had booked out a booth in the hawaiian themed room and it was HUGE! The drinks kept flowing and there was plenty of dancing!

All in all everyone had a great night including Trina, it was certainly a fun way to celebrate becoming a bride!

Bridesmaid Duties Part 3

I cant believe how long it has been since I have written a blog about my bridesmaid duties! To be honest, there is a lot I could tell you about my duties as being Hayley’s bridesmaid and helping to organise her Hen Party in November, but she reads this and I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

However, I haven’t written this as a meaningless blog (well, some people might think it its!) as I wanted to share with you all that my bridesmaid duties have INCREASED. My cousin Trina is due to get married in July this year & originally decided that she didn’t want to have bridesmaids, so when I got a text from her on Tuesday asking if I wanted to be her bridesmaid, I couldn’t say no! I have to say, its going to be a mad few months as we need to get dresses and a hen party sorted but her laid back attitude I am sure will keep the bridal team calm!

At the moment, I am part of  2 wedding pin boards on Pinterest, trying to remember what secret I cant tell what bride and I’m not even organising the whole day!

I have to say though, although my holiday to Vegas is motivation, the fact I need to get into a bridesmaid dress in 6 months time has spurred me on and I went back to the gym tonight for the first time in over a month! I also need to get rid of my Christmas chocolates!!!

So over the coming months, I am sure there will be lots to fill you in on so keep your eyes peeled, oh and just to keep you entertained here is a gorgeous picture of me and Trina!

trina & I

Love

Emma xx

Bridesmaid Duties Part 2

Sunday Me & the moon boot met up with Hayley, Sarah & Livvi for a Bridesmaid Tea Party at Para Siempre in Fareham. I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive after our last session and was worried we wouldn’t find anything, but Lou was lovely and put us all at ease, I think the cupcakes & Bucks Fizz definitely helped with that!

We started to hunt through the dresses whilst Hayley was showing Lou her book for the wedding and Livvi found her dress straight away and me & Sarah found 5 that we liked and wanted to try on. We also took a look at the wedding dresses for Hayley and she found quite a few that she liked and even tried on a shorter one that she liked! The store was adorable, and the amount of dresses she had was brilliant, there was a lot of choice and each dress looked really unique, even the chairs she had were really cosy! We definitely enjoyed ourselves!

Gorgeous Cupcakes

Gorgeous Cupcakes

Just A Small Selection Of Her Dresses

Just A Small Selection Of Her Dresses

Yummy!

Yummy!

Now I do have to say that I am really limited to what pictures I can share with you today as me, Sarah & Livvi all believe we have found the dress that we want to wear, we have a couple of options and I don’t want to post them and spoil the Surprise! Now when we were trying on dresses me & Sarah soon realised that all the dresses we picked were of a similar style, luckily the one we picked we both thought would flatter us both & Helen (who is chief bridesmaid) and Lou has said for our next appointment in August, she will aim to get some more sizes in stock. There were a various amount of sizes, but the dresses we liked were either too big or too small, but with “magic” clips you would never have known!

Me & The Moon Boot

Me & The Moon Boot

Not only were there a lovely selection of dresses, there was also accessories dotted about and whilst Sarah & I were hidden by the curtain (in a changing area big enough for 3 people!) I think Hayley & Livvi were enjoying sampling the accessories and the free mints!

Enjoying Her Pink Lemonade

Enjoying Her Pink Lemonade

Found My Shoes For My Big Day.....If It Ever Happens

Found My Shoes For My Big Day…..If It Ever Happens

A True Diva Princess

A True Diva Princess

Once we were all dressed out and happy with our choices Lou was writing down our date for our new try out session, she gave Hayley a goodie bag containing information of people she would recommend for hair, make up, photography, cakes etc poor Livvi looked so disappointed as it contained a massive lollipop. Lou then handed out another 3 goodie bags to Livvi, Sarah & I and Hayley said we all looked like we were ready to do a jump for joy!

Our Goodie Bag Contents

Our Goodie Bag Contents

As we left the store we were all really pleased with how our afternoon went and were in giggles with the amount of mints Livvi had consumed! She then went on to say “mum I need a belt!” we weren’t sure what she meant until she erupted in a fit of giggles and we realised she had a pocket full of mints!

Our Little Mint Thief

Our Little Mint Thief

If you would like to visit Para Siempre in Fareham, why not contact them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/parasiempre.bridal and arrange an appointment.

Bridesmaid Duties Part I

Well I don’t think I have shared this with you but I am going to be a bridesmaid in 2016 to a good friend of mine and I thought I would share with you over the next year or so the story of my journey to being a bridesmaid!

It all began in February 2012 my friend Hayley who I work with accidentally proposed to her long term boyfriend Lee via text on 29th February (a leap year!) and he said yes!

I Don't Think Hayley Expected A Yes!

I Don’t Think Hayley Expected A Yes!

About a month after that he got in contact with me to say he wanted to come into work to propose to her and give her the ring that she chose! I was super excited to be involved in the secret planning until Hayley starting panicking as to why the ring hadn’t arrived and why had Lee changed his password to his account so she can’t see any updates! It was hard telling her she was worrying too much and that she just needed to relax! She soon realised why when she got the biggest shock of her life and he was knelt down beside her on one knee in front of the whole office!

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About a month or so after that, I got a text from Hayley asking if I would be her bridesmaid! I was completely shocked as it was sooo unexpected and I had never been an ‘adult’ bridesmaid before, of course I said I would be honoured and I even got a bridesmaid badge to wear at their engagement party last September!

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Over the last 18 months Hayley and I have set up a wedding board on Pinterest and we are constantly pinning things on there – Hayley & Lee have decided on a Somewhere Over The Rainbow theme for their wedding inspired by Hayley’s love of The Wizard Of Oz! So there are LOADS of ideas on Pinterest and Hayley had come to the idea of a short dress for her and us bridesmaids with us each having a colour – I am yellow!

The Link for our pinboard is http://gb.pinterest.com/princessepink/wedding-ideas-for-hayley

Hayley messaged me a few weeks back to say she had booked an appointment at a friends bridal shop to try on some dresses and see what she liked, so we headed down after work and met up with her sister and niece and watched Hayley try on some amazing dresses, it was lovely to see her out of her comfort zone and realise she DOES have an amazing waist hidden under her baggy clothes! Me & Livvi (Hayley’s niece) even got to try on a bridesmaid dress when Hayley thought she had found the dress to see if went with hers! When we left Hayley seemed pleased with her choice, but I was suprised as she hadnt tried on a shorter dress and our dresses were long…now I know people can change their mind but I couldn’t help wondering if Hayley was 100% happy with her choice – but I know what she is like and wouldn’t say anything!

Look At All The Gowns!

Look At All The Gowns!

Ignore The Black Bra Straps!

Ignore The Black Bra Straps!

Overthe weekend Hayley text me to say she was having 2nd thoughts about the dress and isn’t sure if she really liked it and thought she wanted a 50s style dress, I told her to make another appointment and try on a shorter dress just to see how she feels in it and reminded her that she hadn’t put a deposit down on the original dress so she wasn’t tied to anything! It left me thinking about the bridesmaid tea party we are going to this Sunday and hoping Hayley would find some inspiration from there…..