I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, Thank You!

My apologies for the lack of updates these past few months, life has been pretty hectic recently so thank you to those who have stuck around, I really appreciate it!

The main reason for my absence all comes down to one thing… getting married! Now that everything has settled down and the last card has been posted (as of this morning) all that remains is for me to write this final thank you, to everyone who helped make our day so special.

David and I decided early on that we wanted our wedding to be seaside themed (including peep boards, inflatable seagulls, postcard invitations and fish & chips!) and fun for all of our guests, which we couldn’t have done without the following people. If anyone would like further information or a more detailed review of who I’ve mentioned below, feel free to ask!

Southport Theatre & Convention Centre
We chose the beautiful Lakeside Suite for both our ceremony and reception, which had a fantastic view of the Marine Lake. The staff were incredibly helpful and made sure everything ran smoothly. They even arranged for us all to ride on the nearby Victorian Carousel!

La De Da Occasions
Katharine did a wonderful job of decorating the rooms for our ceremony and reception. The tables and chairs looked beautiful and went really well with the fantastic decorations (bunting, beach huts, deckchairs, seating plans, post boxes, table cards etc) my Aunty, her partner, my mum and myself had worked so hard to make!

Kevin Brown Photography
Kevin is a fantastic photographer, with a great eye for detail. We had a lovely pre-wedding shoot with him a few months before the wedding, so we knew what to expect on the big day. Kevin stayed with us from getting ready right through to our first dance and we couldn’t be happier with our album!

The Lemon Tree Bakery
Niki did an amazing job making our sandcastle cake, we were given a box of free samples to try before choosing which flavours we wanted our layers to be. It turned out exactly how we imagined and tasted wonderful!

Kirsty Doyle
My stunning dress was created by Kirsty Doyle, who turned our ideas into reality over the course of several consultations. It was so much fun to see the transformation of my dress from the very beginning to the very end!

Jeanette Flynn Makeup Artist & Hairby Kathleen
Kathy and Jeanette are lovely ladies who put us all at ease and did a fabulous job doing the hair and makeup for myself, the bridesmaids and my mother. It stayed perfect throughout the day, despite tears and plenty of dancing!

Refine Beauty Clinic
I went here with my bridesmaids to get our nails done the day before my wedding. The girls did a fantastic job and gave us the exact look we wanted. My manicure lasted for several weeks until I reluctantly had to remove it!

Kevin Linden Mobile Disco & DJ Service & All Steps First Dance
Speaking of dancing, Kevin did a great job entertaining the guests at our reception. We had a very specific play list as the evening was 1980’s themed and he stuck to it the entire evening, which we were thrilled with. To avoid any awkward shuffling during our first dance, we had a beautiful routine choreographed for us by Kim Land who was very patient and fully understanding of my limitations.

Newspaper Club
With David being a journalist we just had to make our Order of Service into a newspaper! Newspaper Club do a great range of styles and the end result is a high quality paper that’s totally unique. They provided a great keepsake for our guests and kept them entertained whilst waiting for the ceremony to begin.

The Rock Sweet Company
In keeping with the seaside theme, our favours were personalised sticks of rock which matched our overall colour scheme. You can get them a wide range of colours and flavours, but if you both have long names you may have to shorten them!

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Bloomin Crafty & Permabloom
Our buttonholes were supplied by the Ainsdale branch of Bloomin Crafty and were beautiful. The flowers stayed fresh all day and were presented in a lovely way. The bouquets were ordered from Permabloom and matched our colour scheme perfectly and were nice and light to carry around! They’re also a wonderful keepsake.

Paul Jackson & Bryan Glazier
Two incredibly generous guys who very kindly offered their beautiful cars and gave up their free time to provide chauffeuring services to us and the wedding party. Readers of Classic Car Weekly (31st August 2016) will have spotted David’s article about the lovely Rolls-Royce and MG!

Ramada Plaza Southport
We spent our wedding night in one of the stunning Marine Lake Executive Rooms, which had a balcony stretching the entire length of the room that looked out over the Marine Lake. It was the perfect place for our sunset photographs.

Hotel Asnigo di Cernobbio
During our Honeymoon, we stayed in a fabulous two story suite with a balcony that looked out over Lake Como. The views were breathtaking, the food was delicious and the staff were lovely.

Weddingspot.co.uk
I am SO glad that I found this website very early on in our wedding planning, it was a lifesaver! You can manage all of you guests, seating plans, budget, menu choices, suppliers… pretty much everything, all from the one website. You also get a free wedding website that you can share with your guests, which is always handy!

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Finally, our biggest thank you goes to our parents Ursula, Cathy and David S, our Maid of Honour Alexa, Bridesmaid Sarah, Flower Girls Michelle and Mollie, Best Man Gareth, Ushers Daniel and Stephen (who was also our wonderful Videographer), Witnesses François and Iain, David H for giving me away and to all of our wonderful friends and family, for all of their love and support throughout our relationship and during the big day. We’re so grateful for each and every one of you!

THANK YOU XXX

Over the Hills and (somewhat) Far Away

I’ve already decided on one of my New Year’s resolutions, which is to make a posting schedule for this blog and stick to it! All too often I find myself thinking “I’ll write about that when I get a chance” but before I can sit down long enough to form a sentence I find myself busy doing something else.

It would also mean I can attempt to do some justice to the wonderful places I’ve visited and the shows I’ve seen, rather than a hurried paragraph in a long catch-up post. I have a few ideas I’d like to try next year so hopefully I will have the time to do them.

In the meantime, the catch-up posts will have to continue as I have been busy wedding planning (designing the decorations, sorting the guest list, choosing the flowers and attending the all important Wedding Dress fittings) among other things! In my last entry, I mentioned I was going on a 007 adventure in London… Specifically Madame Tussauds with my mum to see the six James Bond wax figures.

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David and I went on a day trip to Norwich, which I would love to visit again and stay for longer as there was a lot to see but we only had time to do a little bit of Christmas shopping and see the Castle before most places closed due to it being a Sunday. Norwich Cathedral will be first on my list! We’ve also been to Keswick, Carlisle, Newcastle and the Metrocentre on our travels.

Another weekend was spent at the Honister Slate Mine to watch the VSCC Lakeland Trial, which has to be one of my favourite car events. It’s a fantastic sight to see vintage cars clambering up the side of a fell and guessing which ones will make it to the top. This year it was rather foggy, which made for some very dramatic scenery.

Speaking of cars, we have visited Brooklands Museum, Bicester Heritage and of course the The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC. I’m particularly pleased with the latter event as Classic Car Weekly used some of my photography from the show.

Finally, we we went to see Spectre which I was 99% happy with aside from the ending… I can’t put my finger on it but I just don’t like it, even after a second viewing. It’s not as good as Skyfall, but I am thrilled that the gun barrel is back where it ought to be!

So much to do, so little time to do it…

Hello again! It looks like this will be yet another summary post as I’ve been rushed off my feet again and my free time is now spent volunteering for the British Heart Foundation which is a very important charity to me, and I really enjoy helping out in our local store.

♥ I’m sad to see yet another chapter in the Harry Potter world come to an end, as Pottermore announced they are going to “move beyond the gates of Hogwarts” and change the site as we know it. I have loved exploring every single moment/chapter of Harry’s story and Hogwarts, and I shall miss it terribly. If you’re a member, don’t forget to download your personalised certificate by the 16th September!

♥ David and I visited the National Media Museum in Bradford, and I definitely recommend a visit if you’re ever in the area. There are loads of things to see and plenty of interactive sections (including a floor of old arcade and console games, which you can play) and best of all entry is free!

♥ We have also been to the Bradford Classic Car Show, Passion for Power Classic Motor Show, Ormskirk MotorFest and The Oulton Park Gold Cup, all of which were entirely different styles of car show, but all equally entertaining (although I will always have a soft spot for the MotorFest because it’s my hometown).

♥ It was Bailey’s first birthday on the 21st August and I can’t believe how much he’s grown already! Naturally he was spoilt rotten by us and had a lovely mini birthday cake and his favourite food for dinner.

♥ I’ve put my Lilac Fairy on hold for now, as I just don’t have enough to time to sit down and concentrate on it at the moment. Instead I’ve been working on smaller projects, such as this monogram pendant and chocolate cupcakes:

♥ Wedding planning is picking up speed now, even though we’ve done a lot, there’s still SO much more to sort out! I would be completely lost if it wasn’t for Weddingspot, which has been fantastically helpful so far. I’m also very excited for my next dress fitting with Kirsty at the end of the month!

♥ I’m loving the latest products from Lush at the moment, especially The Experimenter (which is an explosion of rainbow colours) and Pink Flamingo, which smells divine. Skydancer is also gorgeous, and it’s for a good cause too!

♥ Finally, we went to see The Man from U.N.C.L.E. the other week, which was pure brilliance:

So It Begins…

Welcome to my blog! A short introduction is probably in order…

I’m Natalie and I have recently moved to Peterborough with my fiancé David. We are currently in the process of navigating our way through the pricey and emotional minefield that is wedding planning!

I grew up in Ormskirk, which I try to visit as often as possible as I miss it very much. I also miss my gorgeous Bichon Frisé named Bailey who lives at my mum’s house.

I’m a proud Lancashire lass and Ravenclaw, who is a lover of books, crafts, music, nature and history… to name but a few things!

After almost 9 years of blogging on LiveJournal, I have finally decided to step out of my comfort zone and join the world of WordPress.

I will mainly be using this blog to write about places I have visited, shows I have seen and my latest projects. No doubt posts about things I love and future plans will also make frequent appearances.