Getting a brother-in-law

At last, some of the pictures from my sister Rebecca’s wedding! My new brother in law is Simeon and we like him a lot 🙂 We had a great day, even though it rained a fair amount in the afternoon. Fortunately we bridesmaids had matching umbrellas to look stylish! It looked totally planned. These aren’t in order…because it has taken SO long to even get them posted that I’m not going to risk playing around with them.

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My sister and brother in law!

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Jessica loved our bridesmaids’ “bouquets” – a wand, rather than a bouquet. She used it like a sword for a lot of the day.

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This is my new favourite picture of Jessica. She looks so thoughtful. I love that I have little blondie sister.

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All six of us – Callum, Abigail, Rebecca, Jessica, me and Jonathan

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All the bridesmaids together – Rebecca had her two best girl friends from Uni, her best friend from school, and Abigail and I.

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Mum and Rebecca

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Mum, Rebecca and Simeon

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Quick shot during the ceremony

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Rebecca and the ‘maids!

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Signing the register

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AAALLLLL the siblings! Simeon is one of 4, and there are 6 of us…pretty intimidating!

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Our family and Simeon’s family

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Rebecca and the children – our sister Jessica, and Simeon’s cousins

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Rebecca and bridesmaids again…no umbrellas this time!

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Jazzy

This Wednesday, Rosie and I went to see Chicago at the local theatre. I had so much fun!! I  haven’t seen Rosie in a little while, other than saying “hello” at church, so it was lovely to spend a whole evening with her. We had dinner at hers beforehand and caught up a little, then off we went to the Marlowe.

I love Chicago! The staging of this version was particularly impressive because the band were on the stage, rather than in the ‘pit’. They incorporated the band area by having doorways/entrances to the stage and the musicians were very much a part of the show. And, instead of having the characters in the wings, they had chairs lining alongside the band’s stage so the entire ensemble was on stage for the majority of the time.

Roxie was played by Ali Bastian, who used to be on Hollyoaks. Velma was played by someone whose name I can’t remember and Billy Flynn was played by Steffan Booth. It’s a bit funny actually, because Steffan was on Hollyoaks too – back in the day (I think I was about 13) and he played Ali’s character Becca’s boyfriend, Jamie…who died in a potholing accident.

It was a bit weird to remember that  I was very into Hollyoaks for a couple of years as a teenager. We’re talking online forums and absolutely could not miss an episode or the omnibus (I think one time I cried because I’d missed it…) Nowadays I can’t think of many programmes I’d less like to watch!

Anyway, the show was great and it was lovely to spend some time with Rosie. There are lots of shows coming up at the Marlowe that I want to see…Dirty Dancing for one! I think Ro and I are going to see that together.

And now, I’m back in Devon for a much anticipated long weekend. I drove down last night, and my sister and her fiance were supposed to be driving down then too – but they got to Birmingham and their car broke down. They have breakdown cover and we thought they had journey completion…apparently not. The recovery driver insisted on taking them back to Bangor. Fortunately though, it was a quick thing to fix and they are somewhere on the M5 at the moment. Hopefully they will be home by 11 and can get a decent night’s sleep because…

TOMORROW we are looking at wedding reception venues and then in the afternoon we’re trying on dresses! It’s a proper action packed weekend with a real-life written down agenda…so I’m a bit thankful that I’ve had a whole day off with Mum. We did a bit of shopping this morning and I’ve been crafting and relaxing all afternoon.

There was a point where I nearly died…climbing the ladder into the loft and the ladder gave way. I was literally half in/half out. Could have been quite badly injured but fortunately we just laughed hysterically whilst I dangled there!

…and on that note, goodnight!

-x-

Rosie and Dave’s Wedding

Rosie and Dave got married this Saturday and their reception was probably the best I’ve ever been to (and I’ve now been to a fair few weddings!) It was so laid back and relaxing, everyone had a great time and best of all, they had fun and got to share the day with loads of the people they love. (When I say loads – 22 tables with 9/10 people were table – wowzers!)

Here are a few pics from the day – none of them are mine, since my camera is still awol – I’ve copied them from Facebook.

My friend Eleanor (r) and I

 

Summer is almost over…?!

We just had the last Bank Holiday of the summer…boo!! But I don’t think Summer is over yet. At least, I’ve pretty much decided it can’t be, because I haven’t completed all my Bucket List things!

I do have plans for completing them…but most of them will happen in September. And I’ve resigned myself that some of them won’t happen at all, probably (spending a whole day with my three sisters means a visit to Plymouth and I can’t get down there until October)

Oh well. I do think that having the Bucket List has motivated me to do more with my summer – only most of the things I’ve done didn’t actually make it onto the list!

This Bank Holiday weekend was Rosie’s Hen Weekend, and it was really good fun. She had no idea what was being planned, except for it being in Gosport (she found the house for us) There were 18 of us over the weekend, which seems a lot but Rosie has a close group of friends from her school days, a close group of Uni friends and also a close group of church friends, so we were all there.

We went to Gosport in Hampshire to stay at the most gorgeous rental house (http://www.gosportaccommodation.co.uk/)

It was amazing staying there – the rooms are all huge, and it had everything we wanted (except a teapot!). Considering that there were so many of us, we weren’t all on top of each other and the most people per room was 3 so we all had loads of space. The best thing was the second dining room, which had a table long enough for all 18 of us to eat together! I have house envy.

The weekend started on Friday when we all descended on Gosport from our various localities (in Canterbury, Bexley, Maidstone, Poole, Hertfordshire, East Grinstead and London) and most of us got stuck in traffic on the M25 and the A3, but that was ok. Those of us that got there in time went to Playzone for their Adults session – we all dressed in black with leopard print accessories (leopard print was a bit of a theme!) and went slightly mental playing on the slides and stuff. We took loads of pictures…but they’re not shared on Facebook yet so I can’t upload any.

On Saturday we had a lazy morning, breakfast with loads of fruit and yoghurt and pastries (this was a big-food weekend) and then me and two other girls went to do the food shop whilst the others went into town and got fancy dress costume stuff for the evening. The afternoon was spent pampering and prepping whilst watching Maid of Honour (yay for wedding themed movies) and then we had fajitas for dinner before getting the ferry over to Portsmouth dressed as Superheroes!

We went to a club called Tiger Tiger where one of Rosie’s friends had booked us VIP booths including nibbles and cocktails and we had a good dance and played some games, like handing out Man Awards to different guys (Best Biceps/Most Impressive Pecs/Mr Congeniality etc) before getting the ferry back across to Gosport and crawling into bed around 2.30am.

Sunday was a verrrrry lazy morning – we ended up eating our breakfast (fry-up!) at 12noon, but that’s ok because it was fun the night before. After breakfast/brunch/lunch, most of the girls took Rosie to the fun-fair whilst Louise (the maid of honour) and I set up for the afternoon’s event: a garden party Bridal Shower with cream tea. We had loads of cakes, sandwiches, drinks and decorated the house’s gorgeous garden with bunting. We had each gotten her Bridal Shower gifts – lots of bath stuff, lingerie, candles, generally pretty things, and a photo book with pictures of all of us and messages of love for her. She cried 🙂

After the food we watched a couple more movies, played Articulate and Scrabble, and just generally chilled out together. Around 9pm getting Chinese food was suggested – more food!! But that was yummy too.

On Monday we cleaned and tidied up the house and everyone had left by around 11. I took two girls back to Bexley and got home myself around 3.30, and I was so tired from all the fun that I just crashed out for the evening! Today I feel a little more human, which is good because my Mum and sister are coming to stay today!

-x-

Day 29: a good day for a wedding

I’m cheating (again) by posting a day late, and also by ignoring the blog prompt. For a good reason though:

Yesterday – 29.03.12 – my gorgeous friend Debs and her utterly lovely fiance Aaron got married!

I have better photos but haven’t uploaded them yet…so these photos belong to other people. I’ve stolen them from Debs’ Facebook profile!

Aren’t they just beautiful? And so in love!

-x-

Prince William and Catherine Middleton

ROYAL WEDDING!!!!!

This is the first Royal Wedding of my generation and I am SO excited – I’ve been up since 8am wathing the coverage on BBC, and it’s just amazing 🙂

Days like this make me very proud to be British. I love that we have a monarchy, and that even in this era when the world is worried about wars and famine and poverty (which we of course should be concerned about) we can still be happy for our future King and his bride.

One of my earliest memories was watching all the coverage when Princess Diana died, and I remember seeing Princes William and Harry walking down behind the funeral cars…I was only little, but these are the things that you remember, aren’t they – and I’m feeling very patriotic and excited that we are getting our future Queen today.

Yay for Prince William and Catherine Middeton 🙂