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I had a lot of fun picking out all the flowers for the wedding. My bouquet and the bridemaids bouquet were the only ones we had made professionally. The rest of the flowers in the church and at the reception my mum made herself in a flower frenzy the night before the wedding. We probably did save money but I’m not sure my mum would agree the stress was worth it!

I would love to tell you all the flowers that were in my bouquet but to be honest I can’t remember! I asked for deep reds and dusky whites and wild flowers. I also gave the florist a strip of blue velvet fabric from my coat which she wrapped around the stems and pinned in place with pearl pins.

I asked for blue anemones for the bridesmaids bouquets. The florist was reluctant to use them as they tend to droop within a few hours of being out of water but I have to say these stayed beautiful for the whole day and looked amazing.

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The Victorian boots I bought were really scuffed so I scoured the internet to find London’s best cobbler (no easy task). I went to one of those recommended and he examined my boots and then told me that the leather itself had discoloured and the only way to get them white or cream was to paint over them! It seemed obscene to me to paint over 100 year old leather so I went to another cobblers to get a second opinion. It happened to be just around the corner from where I was living at the time and I’d read that they mended shoes sent to them by the major fashion houses. They took my boots promising to clean them but with no guarantee as to how they’d turn out. A nerve-tingling week later I went to collect them and hurrah they were like new!

They were one of my favourite things to wear at the wedding (and super comfortable) and I was so glad we managed to resurrect these beautiful boots.

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So I was walking down a cobbled alleyway on a mission to find a knife when I found my wedding ring. Camden Passage is a street in London’s Islington district lined with antique shops. I love the thrill of walking through there on a Saturday morning never knowing what I’m going to come across. Last week I bought a giant golden walnut-shaped nut cracker.

The knife or knives in question were a set of mother of pearl cheese knives for my friends parents 30th wedding anniversary. While we were browsing through shop windows, I spied a wishbone shaped ring surrounded by kitsch rings and bracelets. The woman in the shop said it was not the kind of thing she normally stocked in her shop, she being more interested in quirky retro treasures. I tried it on with my engagement ring and it was perfect. It seemed as though the two rings were meant to go together. I hadn’t planned to buy a ring with diamonds but its very pretty and I couldn’t resist the sparkles!

My fiancé was busy and I didn’t want to buy the ring without him seeing it and so I have left it behind until we can both go to the shop together to have a look and (hopefully) buy the ring!

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I’m looking after my parents house in Devon while they’re away on holiday – four cats, three fish, one dog and one duck to look after! All these animals make this empty house feel like a home and besides, in a couple of days, my fiancé will be arriving too.

In the meantime, I’ve been keeping myself busy: taking the dog for long walks in the forest, buying cake and flowers from the Women’s Institute, working on a wedding map (more on that later) and trawling the charity shops.

I’ve picked up some great things like these glasses for the limoncello. We’re going for a eclectic mix of old sherry glasses rather than the usual shot glass it is served in. Only 146 more to buy…!

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For the candy buffet/sweet table, I also found an apothecary jar. They are surprisingly difficult to come by even in the net and I need about 4 of them. This one is way too small but gives a nice idea of what they will look like filled with sweets. Will have to keep my eyes open and my fingers crossed.

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And then there were the many purchases that have nothing to do with the wedding but I thought I’d share with you.

The cherry stoner. I’d never used one before and when I tried it I was amazed at how effective it was. When I told my fiancé he said yes of course he had used one most people had and the next thing I’d been telling him about this marvellous device I’d discovered to remove screws from objects called a screwdriver! The cheek.

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These cute little hammers are for breaking up toffee. I doubt I’ll ever need to break up a slab of toffee but I’m a sucker for things in miniature.

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And all the wrapping made Tiger the cat very happy indeed.

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I found this 1920’s wax orange blossom wedding tiara in a vintage shop. I had toyed with the idea of buying one for a while but wasn’t sure if it would look too old fashioned. I saw a similar headpiece in a shop in London for £100 so couldn’t justify buying it too see if it worked. So when I came across this in Devon for £10 I snapped it up!

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The headpiece which sits on top of your head like an alice band, came with an attached tulle veil but had tears and rips in it so I took it off.

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Now I need to do some adaptation! The tiara is made of 3 wire ‘bands’. I could simplify that to one band, taking flowers of the other two bands and wrapping those across the other band that would go across my head.

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The flowers are so pretty. I also thought I could ignore the headband idea all together and create a new hair piece using the flowers which could go to the back or side of my hair.

Maybe create something like this:

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I love the way this bride-to-be wore her vintage headpiece on the back of her head

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I guess how I wear my headpiece all depends on how I wear my hair. Or how I wear my hair all depends on how I wear my headpiece. Oh brother.

Any suggestions on how to customise my tiara (or how to wear my hair!) please post here!

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Escaping the Big Smoke and spending the weekend in the countryside with my parents is always great: home cooked meals, playing with the family dog Merlin and with my little brother on one of his blood thirsty video games. It also helps that where mum and dad live is home to The Best Charity Shops in the World.

So on a recent visit I picked a lusterware tea service, a book about Chester, a stuffed bird and lots of pretty sheet music. I rifled through a box of papers looking for interesting type and detail to use on our wedding invitations which were designing ourselves. The scrolls and lettering on these are great. Its also a really nice coincidence that this happens to be a wedding song.

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Our invites will have a much more simplified version of these details but we want it to have an Edwardian/Victorian feel to it.

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I came across this too…I couldn’t resist buying it!

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I also bought a sweet copy of the bible so we can pick out one of our wedding readings. It must have been a gift to someone at their communion. It has a zip around it and gilt edged pages. It looks like its never been touched. Bad catholic!

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My Mum dug through the many cardboard boxes in the attic to find her wedding photo album. We’re looking for a potential picture for the family tree project. Neither my Mum nor I had looked at this album in a long time and it was great to go through the photographs together and share her memories. The photos are lovely and very, VERY Seventies!

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This is the church where they got married with my mum and dad’s heads floating above the altar (I will not be asking our photographer to use a similar effect!).

My mum was a beautiful bride.

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Mum says she still has the cake topper somewhere.

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My Dad loks pretty grumpy in a lot of the photos. Mum says that was because he had had his stag night the evening before the wedding and was feeling a little ill the next day. For ‘ill’ read hungover!

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I had to include this. I think its a fantastic photo maybe the epitome of a 1970s wedding: The huge glasses, the hair, Dad’s face imposed on my mother’s silhouette.

Love you Mum and Dad! Here’s to 30 years of marriage and 30 years more!

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