Bank Holidays

I love ’em. We should have more. All Mondays ideally… but no, ignore that, that’s not practical for a productive working life.

However when they do come along it’s good to use them. For the most recent bank holiday weekend (Easter) I made mine into a beaut of a five dayer. That’s right folks five whole days off and I am going to tell you how I spent them.

Thursday was spent:

  • Kitchen Shopping – I have my heart set on a Homebase basic, country style like this.Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 3.59.29 pm
  • Hen Planning – Myself and my buddy Alice are busy planning a hen for our lovely friend Ailie who is getting hitched in June. I will share some info after the event, for fear that she might get wind of what the deal is.
  • Holiday Planning – I’m tagging on to my sisters holiday in September for a long weekend in Majorca and I can’t wait!Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 4.04.43 pm

Friday was spent:

  • Waking up some hungover men – J went out with some Sussex based buds for what I am calling his sussex stag.
  • Lunching with Fran and Amy at Burgers & Cocktails by Giraffe – It was lush and I was good and had a salad until I had a delicious Sundae for dessert. Oops.Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 4.09.34 pm
  • Visited the Brighton Museum with Amy
  • Date in the evening with J – We headed to Meat Liquor for our first visit. I have to say: I didn’t love it. Maybe I am too old, uncool and stay home too much but it seemed loud. Loud visually and audibly. I did like the food, which is a surprise as a veggie in a meaty world but the veg burger was good and the cocktails were lush. But I couldn’t think. Couldn’t enjoy them or J’s company because I wanted to Get Out! That’s just me though…

Saturday was spent

  • Being lazy – then feeling bad about being lazy and going to the gym.
  • Going for Dinner – With the lovely Lou, Lou, Adam and Jo – We went to Breeze and I’d go again. The food was tasty and it had a good vibe (forgive me for the use of vibe). It was very hot there though – knitwear not necessary!

Sunday was spent

  • Eating – Easter Sunday lunch was spent with all of J’s family tucking into a great lunch his dad cooked and too many dessert and then chocolate eggs. We did venture out on a little little walk around the village but not long enough to warrant the sheer quantity of chocolate.
  • Watching a detective drama – Vera on ITV on sunday evenings – I don’t know that I am sold but I did watch the whole thing. Ask me again after this weekend.

Monday was spent

  • Walking – We were so lucky to have such beautiful weather for a walk on Monday (the second bank holiday) and I got sunburnt would you believe it! We saw lambs – spring lambs! Awwww.Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 4.46.07 pm
  • Eating – after a significant walk (2.5 hrs round trip) we got to The Coach and Horses and sat out in their Garden for some grub. It was good and you should definitely eat there if you are in the area (Danehill/Chelwood Gate)
  • More Eating – We had takeaway round our flat with some friends from Mumbai Express in Brighton – what we believe to be the best Indian takeaway in the City. Personal opinion but you should totes check them out – I love the vegetarian Thali.

So I think you’ll agree a lot was packed in, and I probably need to go on a fast to repair the damage done to my pre-wedding eating plan but it was fun and I can’t wait for the may bank holiday in a few weeks time.

What did you do with your weekend?

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Getting Hitched

If you didn’t know: We’re getting married this summer.

J and I will have been together six and a half years by the time I become his Mrs and he my Mr, but there are a lot of things I hadn’t thought about when it came to planning our wedding. (In spite of knowing about 5 and a half years ago that he was definitely the guy I wanted to annoy forever!)

Like:
  • Do we want confetti?Confetti
  • What do we want to hang as decorations in the marquee?marquee-decs
  • What is an appropriate gift for your parents to say thank you for “Everything”?
  • What Hymns do we want to sing?
  • Where do we need to get our banns read for our church wedding to be legal?
  • Do we need a license to have an event at my parents home?
  • What colour knickers should a bride wear?
  • Should I test waterproof makeup out in advance for effectiveness?

Engagement has been a wonderful, excessively happy time. But I have found myself at times overwhelmed with questions and the number of possible answers.

If I were giving advice to newly engaged couple it would be:
  • Don’t overcomplicate things.
  • Remind yourselves it just one day, and it’ll be lovely whatever you do: you’re marrying the person you love.
  • The path of least resistance might be worth taking. This one I have struggled with, and there have definitely been avoidable arguements as a result. Will it really matter if we ended up with bunting, or not having Pimms on the day…

Just remember to enjoy your engagement with each other!

 

Wedding Wishes

So, since getting engaged in July, I have fallen headfirst into the rabbit hole that is weddings on Pinterest, so I wanted to share some of my favourite Pins.

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Originally pinned from greenweddingshoes.com
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Originally pinned from cupcakesandcashmere.com
Wedding Dress
Originally pinned from Etsy
bridal makeup
Originally uploaded and pinned by Sandro Merkvilish

You can check out my full summer wedding board here: http://uk.pinterest.com/lauratells/summer-wedding/

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