Maternity Photoshoot

on February 7, 2016

I’ve been thinking back to my pregnancy a lot lately, maybe it’s because I’ve nearly forgotten the trauma of childbirth ha!

I made it my mission to document my pregnancy lots through photography, both personal and professional. I knew I’d want to look back and remember exactly how I looked, how my body changed and adapted to grow another little human being. I have never felt so proud of my body for what it coped with during pregnancy…our bodies are truly remarkable and well designed for such a task.

My lovely friend and photographer, Emmylou Kelly, was kind enough to take some photos of me, hubby and bump during the latter stages of my pregnancy. These were taken at the end of June last summer, so I would have been approximately 35 weeks pregnant.  Continue reading

27 Questions to ask a Wedding Venue on a show-round

on January 31, 2016

So you’ve narrowed-it-down to a few venues that you’d like to visit for a proper show-round, hoping that one of them will be THE wedding venue.

It can be quite an over-whelming experience visiting venues, as there is so much to take in and so much to remember. Definitely go armed with a camera and although you may feel silly, take a note-pad with you too. It helps as you can note down little things specific to that venue. You’ll be surprised how confusing it gets once you’ve seen a couple of places and believe me, you think you’ll remember which place allows corkage and which supplies you with a cake-stand, but you really won’t.

Also, don’t forget, Wedding Planners at venues are there to sell the dream. I should know, I was one! Luckily most of the planners out there are very honest and will be forth-coming with information, but some aren’t as open with the venues “bad points”. So you will have to remember to ask the questions. Continue reading

Hawksmoor Manchester

on January 29, 2016

I have been dying to go for dinner at Hawksmoor, Manchester for about a year now. I was pregnant when it first opened and refused to go and have an over-cooked steak, so I had to wait. And finally the time came…the hubby and I were both free, so was our babysitter and off we went on a Friday night. Excitement doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt (sad, I know) as we jumped into a cab and made our merry way to the restaurant. Continue reading

Baby At Tiffany’s – My Baby Shower

on January 24, 2016

This is a bit of a flashback to last Summer, when I was fairly heavily pregnant and two of my bestest friends in the world, threw me a Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed Baby Shower, at the Great John Street Hotel in Manchester.

It was a Saturday in June and the sun was shining. My friend and hair stylist, Vic, did my hair in an Audrey Hepburn-esque beehive and I put on my stunning Tiffany Rose lace dress. (A highly appropriate designer for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed event I thought!).  Continue reading

A Year in Instagram 2015

Perhaps a tad late in sharing this, but it’s still January, so I think I can get away with it.

For anyone who doesn’t follow me on instagram, here’s a snapshot of the last year in photos. As you’ll see, there’s been a fair few significant changes in my life over the last year, the biggest one was giving birth to our first child. The best thing ever!

I still managed to sneak in a couple of holidays, a few outings and lots of eating and I’ll continue to do so in 2016. Continue reading

Antica Osteria – Lucca, Tuscany

On our recent trip to Tuscany, we headed back to where is quickly becoming one of our favourite places to spend time – Lucca. It was a gloriously sunny day and we were hungry…

After wondering through the town and enjoying perusing the windows of the stunning shops, we stumbled across a little courtyard filled with perfectly set tables and fairy-lights in the trees. A promising start for an al fresco dining experience. We quickly had a glance at the menu and all agreed this would be our spot for a special lunch. This was the Antica Osteria, the restaurant at the 5-star Hotel Noblesse, in Lucca’s city centre.  Continue reading

The Miraclesuit

Has anyone else booked a holiday and thought, uh oh, I don’t quite feel ready to get into that swimsuit or bikini? That was definitely how I felt in November when I popped over to Italy for a couple of weeks with the family.

Now, I wasn’t being too tough on myself as I’d given birth just 3 months prior to this getaway, but I still wanted to feel good about myself and knew I wasn’t ready for a bikini or anything too skimpy. Plus, not being summer, I wanted a swimsuit that was more of a cover-up, more demure (some might say).  Continue reading

Who else needs a digital detox?

So if you’re anything like me (and I’m a bit ashamed to say this), the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning, is grab your phone and check your social media and messages. Then you get up and brush your teeth, then you probably check your Facebook. Then you have a bowl of cereal, which you eat, balancing the bowl on your lap, the spoon in one hand and your phone in the other. Then you go about your day, intermittently responding to the vibration in your pocket or handbag, tweeting about what you’re wearing, instagramming a picture of what you’re eating and texting your other half regular updates. Then you get home, Google a recipe for dinner or order a take-away via an app and have a little read through the latest posts on your blog roll. Then, if you’re feeling tired, you’ll have a bath (the perfect opportunity to flick through Twitter, taking much care and attention not to drop your phone in the water) or you’ll put your feet-up in front of the telly, watching the latest Netflix box set, with one eye on the Whatsapp alerts popping-up. Then before you know it, it’s time for bed and you climb in between those crisp, cold sheets, have one final glimpse at all your social media accounts and then pop your phone onto vibrate (so you can still hear it if a notification comes through), as you close your eyes and try to unwind before drifting off to sleep. Continue reading

What to wear to a Winter Wedding

on January 10, 2016

Winter weddings are becoming more and more popular for many reasons. First things first, they’re often cheaper than summer months, they give you the opportunity to have roaring open fires and glittery centre-pieces and, if you’re lucky, you might even have a white wedding full of fluffy snow. Continue reading

Bride: The Wedding Show Tatton Park – Your exclusive discount

on January 9, 2016

For all you brides and grooms-to-be out there, if you haven’t gone along to a wedding show yet, then I’d highly recommend that you do. Bride: The Wedding Show Tatton Park is the perfect opportunity for you to gather lots of inspiration for your big day and get that lovely wedding-y vibe that brings a smile to all our faces.

Bride: The Wedding Show will be returning to Tatton Park for its 14th year on 6th – 7th February. So if it’s been going for 14 years, you know it’s gotta be good! Continue reading