Keep on running

To tie in with the theme, we purchased some hessian and made some table runners. I realised during making the runner that:

  1. Hessian smells and sheds fibres like hell which can leave you looking like you have lived with a very hairy dog for a very long time.
  2. Long pieces of material can be a headache to measure and this leads you to move a lot of living room furniture around.
  3. My sewing machine is temperamental and has the occasional urge to munch hessian.
  4. Sewing long strips of material can be incredibly dull
  5. Dress pins hurt when you stand on them and they bury deep into your foot
  6. Sewing machines make me swear a lot

The runners are done, and I hope with all my will that they will be long enough. If they aren’t, then they will be quirky…OK??!!

 

keep on running

keep on running

all sewed up

all sewed up

 

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Did someone say tea and cake?

I have to say John Lewis really do know about good customer service and make their customers feel special. Mister B and I went to the Cardiff store last week to try and finalise our wedding gift list. We were handed a scanner, given instruction on how to use it and then let loose in the store. More importantly we were given vouchers for tea and cake in the cafe. Now as many of you will know that is one way to keep Mister B and I happy-CAKE!

We have popped together a list and may add a couple of items with Next as well and will pop the web links to them when they become live which should be around the 20th April. We have some expensive items on there so please don’t fall off your seats. There is an option to contribute or buy gift vouchers, we didn’t want people to think we were being cheeky! We will keep you posted as soon as we know. I must admit it took longer than expected to go around the shop. There were so many nice things that we did get a tad distracted. It was so nice to get a nice brew and a custard slice afterwards I can tell you. I also have to say that John Lewis do bloody amazing cake!

Mister B before Billie Jean video remake

Mister B before Billie Jean video remake

 

 

Dress update…

I have been for a first fitting on the dress, well half a dress at least. Audrey (for those who don’t know, she is the lovely dressmaker) has removed the old bodice from the dress and has remade it. She also made a template for the additions to the dress, so we trialled that as well. I must admit at the moment I just can’t picture what I am going to look like. One thing is that I will not be as sleek as I would like but I will just have to accept that. Here is a peek of some of the lace:

Lace

Lace

The next fitting will hopefully be more exciting, as Audrey will have made the proper bodice and attached it to the skirt. I am excited but at the same time a little bit scared.

I have also bought a couple pairs of shoes and am waiting to try them at the next dress fitting to see which ones are best. One pair is from Red or Dead and the other is from Irregular choice. I have to say that most of the wedding shoes I have seen were either a bit bland/old fashioned or just so expensive I would need to take out a mortgage. Unless you are planning on wearing them again, seriously is it worth spending over £300 for only the guests to see them peeking out from under your dress or on a photograph? I decided not.

I have one pair which has kitten heels and one with a medium heel. I think I will end up with both pairs though, I am a sucker for shoes. If it tips it down with rain I may have to resort to wellies but we will wait and see. I have bought some umbrella’s for the bridesmaids and I just in case. Even if it doesn’t rain they will be great for the photographs at least. So operation dress is in full swing. Next fitting is at the beginning of April….

In sickness and in health

I seem to be testing Mister B with the sickness bit at the moment. My immune system is rather dodgy and I just seem to skip from one bug to another which is making the organisation of the wedding even more tiring than it should be. I am considering wearing a biohazard suit at work to stop myself from getting anything else. At the moment I feel like my head has been dunked into a glue bucket as I can’t hear much and my nose whistles every time I try to breath through it. I am amazed so much gunk can come from one human being. Really rather extraordinary!  So apologies for the delay in writing stuff on the blog. We haven’t forgotten about people and we have been busy with wedding stuff.

A few weeks ago we were invited to meet with our vicar and all the other couples who shall be marrying in Apedale parish this year, to talk through our wedding plans, ask any questions and really think about why we are getting married. I have to say we were both a little apprehensive and really didn’t know what to expect. I know you should not have preconceptions about things but I had visions of sitting round in a circle and singing Kum ba yah. We drove up early to get there and were met with another couple who looked just as uncomfortable as us. I was starting to feel a little bit better. We were met by both of the parish vicar’s and swiftly given a nice cup of tea, which I have to say was much needed as both Mister B and I were a little on the flaggy side. I wedged myself at the end of a big sofa as close to the fire as possible and Mister B made a quick jump for a rather bouncy rocking chair. All he needed was a pipe and some slippers and he would have looked part of the rectory furniture. More couples turned up, all looking a tad on the sheepish side.We weren’t the only ones to have travelled a far away with some from  London, Warrington and Broseley. With us all wedged in we did some introductions and then was given sheets with questions on, which as couples we had to discuss. In our couples we were sent off to other rooms,  of course we ended up in a children’s room with books, tractors and so forth. I have to say  though we did actually go through the questions. Working through them was actually not as bad as you would think and made us realise that we are getting married for all the right reasons and that we do actually know each other fairly well. Seems strange but from my point of view, I think the process actually helped to bring us a little closer. I didn’t think it would be that worthwhile an exercise but actually I was pleasantly suprised. Once we finished all our questions, the children within took over and we both couldn’t help ourselves!

My little friend

My little friend

Mister B' s new wheels

Considering the weather at the mo...

Considering the weather at the mo…

We also had the opportunity to meet the organist John, who quickly set about playing some different processional and recessional music for us to hear. I have to say I don’t particularly like the Wedding March. I am always reminded of being back at school and hearing’ Here comes the bride, 40ft wide’. So that has been banished. I have to say choosing a processional piece is not as easy as you would think. Where we are getting married only has a very short aisle so we can’t have anything too lengthy. Now don’t laugh, but Mister B and I have been back to the church and have actually paced and timed the aisle. Anyone who could have seen us would have had a field day. The first time Mister B was a bit keen and was pulled straight back to the start. It takes roughly 40 seconds from door to the front of the church. That is if I don’t knock something over, trip over or my dad charges full throttle down (which will probably be the case). SO for the past week I have been listening to lots, well actually hundred’s of pieces of music to find the right one.

Some of my remarks….

‘NO NO NO!’

‘It’s ruddy funeral music’

‘I want to dance down the aisle to this…hmm maybe dad won’t be that keen’

“oh this is great, oh wait, it is about a break up’

‘What the ?’

‘Bit too slow and there might be complaints from the congregation ‘

‘It’s the March of the animals…. I like it but it is the Elephant so maybe not’

‘Nah I think the vicar wouldn’t approve’

Eventually after knowing the entire back catalogue of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Beethoven and all those other composery chaps I landed on one that wasn’t too traditional but was very fitting for the organ and church. To say I was relieved was an understatement. I haven’t listened to that much classical music since I was at primary school and we had a rather enthusiastic teacher who loved all the ballet music.

We have chosen some recessional music which we hope will provide some light entertainment when we march out. It raised a few sniggers at the rectory when we mentioned it but John the organist or ‘John the fingers’ as he is now known has given us the go ahead so it is all systems go.

Who would have thought that getting the Order of Service sorted would be such a faff though. It seemed to take forever to do. As we are having hymns we also have to get copyright permission to print the lyrics. We have decided on three hymns and two readings which all being well, will be known by everyone so we can all have a bit of a sing song. I set about creating a design for the Order of Service on Indesign and it has been approved by the vicar so we just have to get it printed out.

Here is a sneak peek:

Sneaky peek

Sneaky peek

 

One step closer folks!

 

A stroke of luck?

The theme that seems to be running through the wedding is that of a woody one. As the bottom tier of the wedding cake will be pretty mahoosive, I was concerned that a normal wedding cake board would be a little on the flimsy side. I spotted that a few weddings on Pinterest which had used lovely pieces of tree trunk for their wedding cake base and thought it would be cool idea. I shopped around on the net for pre made ones but to be honest I just couldn’t justify paying stupid amounts of money for them. So I have been on the look out for chopped up tree every time we drive or walk somewhere. I was starting to think that I would need to send Mister B out singing ‘I’m a lumberjack and I’m ok’ with his chopper in his hand but then I spotted a nick chunk of tree in my father’s backyard. We managed to save it from being chopped up for his log burner and it was brought swiftly home. Mister B soon whipped his chainsaw out and it was then sliced in three lovely pieces.

Preparing to slice

Mister B is a lumberjack

Mister B is a lumberjack

He then sanded the wood and added some varnish to seal it. It is not completely round but this will enable us to decorate the base further. We plan on using one of the wedding cake, one for the cheese cake and one for some other stuff we have up our sleeve. I think Mister B did rather a decent job of saving this from the burner don’t you?

All Sanded

All Sanded

Not too shabby?