Have You Met Pearl?

Haaaaaaaaave you met Pearl?

Pearl blogs over at The Pearly Life. She’s 20 and based in Nigeria. She studied Biomedical Science in the University of Salford and graduated with a First Class with Honours (an incredible achievement!!). She started her blog in June 2016 but didn’t become very active with it until March of this year. She blogs about a mixture of travel, beauty, beauty, lifestyle and tips.

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I’ve been following Pearl for a couple of months now, and she has been killing the blogging game. She writes so well, and the picture she shares are always amazing! I love reading her posts, no matter the topic. She shares personal insights, blogging tips as well as beauty tips, and she’s such a sweetheart!

Here’s a snippet from her About page:

Although I’m a big lover of science and biology, I also love traveling, makeup, beauty and reading. I’m using this blog as a platform to express a different side of myself and hopefully inspire people and share the things I love to do! I also love rambling about random topics about life.

Now I’d like to share some of my favourite posts of hers:

Pearl does amazing flat lays by the way. In anticipation of her trip to Dubai, Pearl shares with us her travel essentials.

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Pearl was kind enough to nominate me for this tag, and it was one of the favourite ones I have ever done. This tag basically lets you know more about a lot of the blogger’s travel experiences and preferences. It’s always such a fun read!

Again, check out that flat lay!! Also, the title is like a dream come true for someone who is both lazy and a beginner when it comes to make up. Pearl shares some tools and products that are needed for said kit, as well as brand recommendations.

Back in July, Pearl reached 1000 followers!! This is of course an incredible achievement, and one that both Pearl and her blog very much deserve!

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Pearl shares with us what she’s learned during her time blogging, both the ups and the downs.

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In our daily world, negativity has a way of seeping in, especially in the online world. Pearl shares some tactics and advice on how she lets go of that negativity and focuses on the positive.

Be sure to check Pearl out on Instagram as well! She also has an Instagram account dedicated to just her blog.

Pearl, I love reading your blog! It is so inspiring, creative and insighful. Your photos are always incredible, and you write so well. I always look forward to seeing what you’ll share next!

So, have you guys checked out Pearl yet??

Angela.

Let’s Cook! (Teriyaki Chicken Edition)

Maggie recently shared a recipe for Teriyaki Chicken, which she originally found here! Rory and I love Teriyaki Chicken so we wanted to try this recipe! We halved the recipe though, since we just need it to feed us two.

As usual, we use our rice cooker.

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Here’s what you need for the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons cornstarch

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Combine honey, soy sauce, ketchup, pepper and garlic in a saucepan.

Over low heat, whisk almost constantly until simmering.

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Add cornstarch and keep whisking until the sauce has thickened, about 6-8 minutes.

Set aside and start working on the chicken. Cut it up into smaller pieces first.

Brown the chicken, and add the veggies.

Cook everything. Make sure the chicken is cooked well (not pink on the inside). Serve chicken with rice and sauce.

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It was so delicious! We definitely plan to make it again 😀

Angela.

Have You Met Bea?

Hey guys!

Haaaaaaaaave you met Bea?

Bea blogs over at BeaFree. She’s based over in the United States. She’s 23, and works as a teacher (Teachers unite!). She’s been blogging on and off since she was 11, but her current WordPress blog has been active since February 2016. She blogs about a whole bunch of topics, from life, to awards, to interviews with fellow bloggers, to tips about blogging and working out, travel, and everything else!

Bea is one of the most well-known bloggers at the moment. Her blog is very popular (as is she!), she’s recently hit 5000 followers, and 6000 is not that far away now! Bea is always so supportive and kind, I love reading her posts! She has so many series on at the moment. Blogging Tips, As Told By A Substitute, Monday Motivation, Get to Know You interviews, and so much more!

Here are some of my favourite posts of hers:

Bea shares stories from her susbtituting adventures. There are some hilarious anecdotes from the next generation here.

Another of Bea’s long-running series, she shares blogging tips and tricks with us all!

The Magic Garden is a unique museum located in Philadelphia, Bea visited it, and shares about it in this post!

This is one of my all-time favourite tags. The travel tag gets bloggers to share about their favourite trips, their travel habits, and it’s always a fun read!

On one of her recent Q’n’A’s, I asked if we could learn more about her adorable dog Riley! So Bea made a Get to Know post about Riley. We get to learn so much about him, and see so many cute pictures!!

Bea has been doing lots of OOTD posts lately, and I love them! They’re so well shot, and Bea shows off so many amazing outfits! This romper is my personal favourite 😀

 

Each month, Bea shares with us the photos she’s been taking. Her past one has lots of amazing floral pictures we you should check out!

As said previously, Bea recently reached 5000!! That’s incredible! This post is her thank you for helping her blog reach that crazy number 😀

Bea recently shared a typical day in the life post. This is for a typical workday, and it’s just fun to read! I’m always interested to know what you guys get up to on an average day.

Make sure to check Bea on Instagram as well!

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So, Bea! I wanted to say thank you for being so supportive and lovely. I’ve been following you for a long time, and you’re such an amazing presence in our community! I love that you were so sweet when I reached out to you to do an interview with you back in May, and I’m looking forward to this next one coming up soon! In fact, it might already be up, when this post goes up! I wanted to return the favour, and what better way than featuring you on my little Have You Met series! You’re incredible and I can’t wait to see where your blog goes next!

So, have you guys checked out Bea yet??

Angela.

Our Wedding

Our Wedding

*This was originally posted on April 3. We had just returned from our honeymoon, and writing this up was so much fun! I’ve included a few more tidbits and some more photos since then*

We’ve still got a few days before returning to work which is great. We are currently making our way through wedding cards and gifts, left over decorations, dry cleaning suits and dresses…basically everything we left before heading to Fiji! For now, I wanna think back on the happiest day of my life (so far!)

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6am. I woke up numerous times throughout the night. Why? No idea. Nerves, heat, excitement? We had just done the rehearsal the night before and had sorted out everything we needed to. Everyone knew what to do, we just had to do it later that day. I was still nervous though. Mostly about weather, it was said to rain that day. It was spitting all morning, but I talked it out with Rory and it’s okay. It’ll make the photos look cool if its raining. We have umbrellas, we’re prepared.

8.30am. We got to my parents house, so I could start getting my hair and make up done. Rory said he’ll see me later and went back home to relax until lunch. Hair and makeup take a surprising amount of time. Anyway, Dom got my hair to set, and I wandered around in curlers. My sister (and bridesmaid), Jo, got her hair done first, then Kruti (best friend and maid of honour), then Bex (Rory’s sister and groomslady). Then we started on makeup, we were all set to go by 12.30. Where Mum made us lunch. I kept looking outside and the rain had fully stopped. We could get our photo session outside!

Here’s the finished look, taken from Dom’s Instagram.

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12pm. On the boys side, they were all together at Rory’s dad’s place. They got their photos done and were all set by 1.

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1pm.  Kent came to our side, we got dressed, then took our photos. As I mentioned, it had been raining. So the grass was kinda mushy, our heels sank. But, just keep balanced on your toes and we made it through. My brother Andrew (also bridesman) joined us for the photo session. We also took many selfies that morning, because we were all dressed up and looked awesome. It helped to distract nerves. I also practiced walking around holding my train and bouquet, it takes more skill than I first thought.

2.30pm. We all separately made our way over to Percy Scenic Reserve. We were going to have a First Look shoot as we wanted to get photos done before the ceremony. So guests aren’t waiting around for us to come back before we dig into food. We didn’t really plan this well, Rory drove over as I was standing around without anyone blocking me. So he already got a quick look, woops. Also, a few of the groomsmen got lost on the way to the reserve. Double woops. We continued anyway.

2.45pm. Rory now had his eyes tightly shut as he didn’t want to see me again before the official shoot. He held onto Bex, who guided him to the first look location. I made my way through more mushy grass and got Rory to turn around by tapping his shoulder and saying something like ‘Sup’. This picture still makes me smile, even though he already kinda knew what my dress looked like, he was still emotional. After the first look, we did portraits, and lots of group photos. By the way, has anyone here done these kind of wedding portraits before. Cause they’re kinda weird. You’re moved into positions and told to act like they’re not there, or you have to suddenly smile or laugh. It feels a little awkward, I got into it more as the day went on, but there’s still that level of weird hanging around. At least in the official portrait photos.

3.15pm. When it came to the photos of just me and Rory. There was no awkwardness, he just told us where to walk and look in love. Easy.

4.15pm. Now we made our way back to the venue. This is when I  was the most nervous. Waiting sucks. We were just sitting around, and I had time to think about everything that could go wrong. I texted Rory and asked how everything looked. Everything was all good.

5pm. Dad texted me telling us to come on over. It’s showtime. We walked to the bottom of the stairs. Our procession was pretty short (as was the aisle). Rory’s side was all already up at the front. Walking up, our order was Maid of Honour (Kruti), Bridesmaid (Jo), Groomsman (Andrew), Flower Girl and Ring Bearer (Niece and Nephew of Rory), then me with my dad. I walked up the stairs fairly awkwardly, dress kept catching on my feet, but at least I didn’t fall completely over. Dad walked behind me trying not to stand on my dress. Then I gathered myself at the top of the stairs and held my  dad’s hand and went in. I waved to friends as I walked down the aisle, because why not?

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5.05pm. Ceremony time. We included the filipino traditions I talked about in Mixing Traditions for a Wedding. Except for the candle, because turns out the old wooden villa we were using has very strict rules about fire. That all went well.

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Next, the vows. By the way, during the rehearsal, Rory looked me right in the eyes, and with so much sincerity, said the vows, that I knew I wasn’t going to make it through mine without crying. I was right, and I cried and sniffled my way through the vows. So many emotions. I was determined to hold it together for the actual ceremony…I didn’t. Cried at the same spot I did the previous night. My friends were prepared for this, and a tissue was handed to me the next minute. Even Rory got a little teary. I made it through the rest of the ceremony without any more tears, then we kissed and were officially married 😀

5.45pm. Signing the license. We decided to sign right after the ceremony so it wouldn’t be forgotten. We all moved to the back, where all who needed to sign did. After that, I set off crying again. I couldn’t pinpoint why, just too much happy emotions I guess. Then Rory gave me a hug, so I cried more. Then family and friends hugged me and congratulated me, so I kept crying. Eventually, I pulled my self together for family photos.

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6pm. The next 40 minutes was a lot of talking, catching up, eating (food kept coming my way, I suspect my husband and/or maid of honour wanted to make sure I ate). The food was delicious. It also gave people a chance to sign our guestbook. I saw ideas on pinterest of how to shake up guest books, so we made a polaroid guest book. We used an instax camera, a LOT of film, photo corner stickers, pens, guest book and a sign explaining what to do. Everyone LOVED it. Also since there was so much film, lots of people took home little polaroids as souvenirs too. Bonus! Kent also took me and Rory aside to take some photos by the stairs, so we got some alone time which was nice. It didn’t happen all that often, which surprised me. I thought I would have lots of time with my new husband, but after the ceremony, we kept getting pulled in different directions. Funny that.

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6.45pm. Dinner time! We had a tv in the corner on a cabinet, so we tracked down photos of ourselves growing up, and my dad turned it into a cute little slideshow for people to watch while we eat. We chose the photos, so we kept out any awkward ones. More talking, eating, and having a good time.

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7.30pm. Toasts! We did the usual of best man and maid of honour. Both were very sweet and personal. Rory teared up when Daniel did his speech, I burst into full on tears during Kruti’s. (If you’re counting, that’s three times I’ve been crying). Then both our dad’s did their speech. Also both very sweet and personal. I will also say that our guest list was only 38. We didn’t want too many people, only close friends and family. This way, we were able to talk to everyone, and basically everybody knew each other, and we’re all nice people. So it was always going to be a hit really, I shouldn’t have worried. We opened it up to the floor then, and friends and family had their say about how lucky we are, our great characters, and the importance of family. I was on the verge of tears by this point, but I held it together.

8pm. Dessert! So before cutting the cake, it dawned on us that we hadn’t made a speech. So Rory thanked everyone for coming, thanked the wedding party, and opened up dessert. I said nothing as I was feeling teary again, and was trying to get myself under control. We cut the cake and dessert was open! Another note, we only had a one tier cake, and then we had lots of cupcakes. Three different flavours of them actually (choc peppermint, mocha and peanut butter choc), they got knocked down pretty fast. I looked over 5 minutes later and 80% was gone. Our cake was lemon & raspberry, so we cut up half into little pieces and everyone had a slice. Then it was more eating and talking.

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8.30pm. Hanging out. So normally, at this point in a wedding there’d be dancing. That’s not really our scene. Or our families, or much of our friends…also our venue was small, perfect for not dancing. So we all brought together a variety of board games so people could play that instead. Funnily enough, we never even used them. After dessert, drinking, taking more polaroid photos, laughing…we were happy just hanging out. People came up and started saying bye from this point. Rory and I snuck off one more time to take photos on the balcony. By 9.30, most people had left beyond the core family and friends. So we just started packing up our decorations. All the decorations, except for the floral displays, were pretty much set up by us the night before. It was fun actually. The rehearsal the previous night allowed both sides to get to know each other better, talk, and laugh as we set up decorations, then practiced the ceremony. Kruti made sure that the guest book was filled up with many many polaroids. I still love going through our guest book. I personally think it’s much better than just a book where people write their well-wishes.

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10pm. By this point, we were all knackered. So with decorations cleared, we all headed off to our rooms. Did I mention that the venue has a motel on-site? So most of us just walked back to our rooms and crashed. Before I crashed, I did upload an update to instagram and facebook. Social media is a lot more fun when you have something big to share 🙂 Then Rory helped get all the hundreds of hair pins out my hair, and massaged my feet that had been in heels all day. What a sweet husband I have! Then we literally fell asleep cause it was a long and exciting day.

There you have it! An almost too-detailed account of Rory and mine’s wedding day! Ours went incredibly well, I can’t think of any regrets. I mean, sure, some things didn’t go according to my very detailed timeline. But you know what, I didn’t really care. Which is great, when you hear about wedding nightmares and disasters. I credit a lot of this to the fact that we kept our guest list small and limited to only people we really wanted to come.

I will write a list of all the vendors who helped out during the wedding. They all had reasonable costs, and were amazing to work with. Videographers was something we wanted, but they were all out of our price range, luckily, my almost brother-in-law was happy to film the day for us 😀

Wedding Venue: Alfred Coles House

Photographer: Kent Yu

Dress: Diana by Sally Eagle

Bridesmaids Dresses: JJ’s House

Cake and cupcakes: Sweet Bakery and Cakery

Flowers: Em’s Flowers. For more shots of our flowers on the day, you can check out a post on Em’s Instagram page.

Hair and Makeup: Jo & Dom Styling

I also wanted to include our little highlights reel video that Tibor (my almost brother-in-law) made for us!

Feel free to share any comments you want down below. What are some different or unique things that happened to weddings you’ve been to? How did your own wedding go if you’ve been married?

Angela.

Looking Back on Our Wedding

Looking Back on Our Wedding

*Today is our five month wedding anniversary! In celebration, I’m sharing again my favourite posts recapping the best day! This was originally posted on July 6. Since going self-hosted, I can now share waaay more photos with you guys*

We recently got back almost 400 of wedding photos from our photographer Kent Yu over the weekend. Going through them all was amazing! So many moments captured from the best day ever.

Strap in and have a look!

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Groom and Groomsmen Suits
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Rory and co getting ready
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Bride’s Dress, Bridesmaids Dresses and Bridesman Suit
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Bouquets
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Rings
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Kruti and Jo helping me with my accessories
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Helping me with my dress
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Selfie Time
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My favourite photo of me a.k.a. I’ll never look this good again
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My crazy train
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Hugs with my love after not seeing him all morning
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Being all lovey dovey gazing into each other’s eyes
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Laughing hysterically as all our friends look on (and a few randoms off to the side)
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Group photo with the girls
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Group photo with Team Bride
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Gigggles with my man
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Following Rory around
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Happy in each other’s arms
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Sneaky kiss
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Mum chatting to Rory
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Ceremonial traditions
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Dad walking me down the aisle
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Holding hands
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Our ceremony
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Placing the rings on each other
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Making it official
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Happy tears from too much emotions
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Artsy shot
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Chilling by the stairs
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Toasting it up
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Lots of laughing
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Chatting away
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Catching up with guests
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Cake and cupcakes
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Rory digging into the desserts
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Up on the balcony
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Happy

Angela.

Wedding Sweets and Treats

Wedding Sweets and Treats

*This was originally posted on June 8. I’ve updated some info, and added more pictures*

Last year in May, I emailed two businesses about wedding cakes, one called Sweet Bakery and Cakery, and  the other one called Stiletto Studio Cakes. I had heard amazing things about both places. In June, we went to a tasting at each one.

First, Stiletto Studio Cakes is incredible. They do amazing and creative designs.

We went into the tasting with no idea about what we wanted. We just thought, hey…cake. The tasting was a group one with around 20 people. Everyone milled around trying cake. They had lots of little pieces of different flavoured cakes, as well fillings, icings, examples, and all sorts. The lovely people who worked there asked us what we were thinking for our wedding cake. We wanted something small ish, as we were having a small wedding, we didn’t want a huge cake, as who would eat it all? Other than that, we had no idea. We liked a few flavours (vanilla, and lemon and raspberry stuck out a lot), and said we would email through ideas or any questions we had.

Next, we went to Sweet Bakery and Cakery. They were a smaller business, but just as recommended. They did more ‘naked’ cakes, they looked less ‘spectacular’, but just as beautiful.

  

This time, the tasting was one on one. We met with the owner Grace, (who apparently is friends with our wedding florist), and she had brought lots of mini cupcakes in a range of flavours that we were interested in. In our original email, she asked what kinds of flavours we liked or were interested in, which we appreciated. I scoffed down all the mini cupcakes as we talked about details and what our thoughts were. She was the one who first suggested a cupcake tower, with a small one tier cake on top. I really liked that idea, and it stuck. I saw a few on Pinterest which I emailed through.

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After talking with Grace, and seeing the designs they did, we decided to go with them. We liked their style better, and we really got along with Grace. It was just a matter of personal preference.

Now, it took us aaaages to land on the flavours for the cakes and the cupcakes. We went back a few times to try out different cupcakes, because they were all just so delicious. Also, a week after our tasting, they opened up a branch of their bakery literally minutes from Rory’s work. I found out when he came home with cupcakes. I think it was fate to choose them.

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After literally weeks of discussion, we landed on Lemon and Raspberry for the cake. Grace talked about buttercream roses for the icing (we aren’t fans of ganache or fondant), and we decided we’d sort out the cake topper. For the cupcakes, we landed on Mocha, Choc Peppermint and Peanut Butter Choc. We rented a cupcake stand from them, signed the contract, paid and that was that! This was all sorted during June of last year. It was one of the earliest parts we landed on, along with the venue and photographer. It was also one of the most fun parts of planning our wedding!

So, to wrap up this post, here comes some photos of our wedding cake and cupcakes on the big day.

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Close up of cake and cake topper
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Close up of cupcakes
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“Love is Sweet”
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Rory digging into the desserts
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My best friend and M.O.H. Kruti took this lovely photo of her cupcake choice (Peanut Butter)

Now, I will end this on a serious, sad (at least for me) note. I did not eat any of the cake, and barely any of the cupcakes on my wedding. I KNOW! How could I?? Look, I really wanted to try them leading up to it, but on the day (and the rehearsal the night before), I didn’t feel hungry. It was really weird, I had scoffed all the previous cupcakes I tried, but the whole day, I  just didn’t feel hungry. I did eat between the ceremony and reception though, as food kept being thrown in my direction (Rory and Kruti’s doing). But I barely tried our amazing desserts. Our guests loved them though. We got more cupcakes than guests, so we encouraged people to take them home, which many did! Also, we split the remaining cake between our families, as we were off to Fiji and didn’t want it to spoil. Long story short, all those jokes about people saying that you wouldn’t eat much on your wedding day turned out to be true for me. That is probably my only regret on the day. If/When you guys do/did get married, remember to eat cake.

Angela.

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony

Even more wedding related posts! This one is a little more personal, it’s about our ceremony. This took a lot of time to figure out. After talking with our officiant, he suggested looking at ideas online. Turns out there’s a whole bunch of scripts and ideas for every single type of ceremony out there. Again, thank you Pinterest.

So, how I ended up with our ceremony script, was taking bits and pieces that I liked from a whole bunch of different places. I mostly looked at secular ceremonies, even though ours was kind of religious, since our officiant was my pastor from the Baptist church I went to growing up. But he was chill with us doing any kind of ceremony which was nice. He did start off the ceremony with a message (kind of sermon) about love. Which, I’ll be honest, I did let my mind wander, it’s hard for me to stay focused on those things. But when we got into the Filipino ceremony traditions, and the vows, I was completely involved.

Here’s how the rest of this post will go. I’m going to just copy and paste our ceremony script in, so you guys can have a read of it, and also I don’t want to lose it. I’ll also put in pictures along the way, to break up the words. If you don’t feel like reading, I don’t blame you. Just feel free to skim and look at the pictures!

  • Opening

Hello and welcome, everybody!  Please be seated.  Each person here is an important part of Rory and Angela’s circle of family and friends and they are so glad that you are here with them today.

We are gathered together on this day to witness and celebrate the marriage of Rory and Angela. We come together not to mark the start of a relationship, but to acknowledge and strengthen a bond that already  exists. This ceremony is a public affirmation of that bond and as their dearest family and friends, it is our honour and privilege to stand witness to this event. This day is made possible not only because of your love for each other, but through the grace and support of your family and friends. It is our hope that your fulfilment and joy in each other will increase with each passing year. Marriage is a commitment in life, where two people can find and bring out the very best in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal, a physical and emotional joining that has the promise of a lifetime.

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  • Filipino Traditions

The ceremonies  you are about to witness are uniquely and traditionally a part of the Filipino wedding. These traditional items were used in Angela’s parents wedding 28 years ago.

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Veil Ceremony

I invite Daniel and Kruti to join us and to lay a veil over you to clothe you together. Let this be a symbol of the faithful love you have for each other. Through the passing of the years, let the veil remind you that you belong to each other and to no one else.

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Cord Ceremony

I invite Bex and Andrew to place a cord over you. This cord symbolizes an infinite bond of love you share that keeps your relationship strong in the face of adversity, as well as that you both are no longer two, but one in marriage. And, may your love grow stronger and bind you closer together through the years.

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Coin Ceremony

Now let us do an exchange of the coins. These Coins are the symbol of the union of your faith with each other when it comes to material things.

The coins are a reminder of good stewardship for all couples; that they will mutually support each other, their children and the world around them. May God bless these coins that symbolize mutual support and responsibility.

Rory – “Angela, I give you these coins as a pledge of my dedication to your welfare.”

Angela – “I accept them and in the same way pledge my dedication to your welfare”.

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Removal of Veil and Cord

I would like to call on Michael and Jo to remove the cord and veil.

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  • Vows

Rory, do you take Angela to be your wife? (I do).

Repeat after me:

Today, surrounded by people who love us, I choose you, Angela, to be my partner. I am proud to be your husband and to join my life with yours. I vow to support you, push you, inspire you, and above all love you, for better or worse, in sickness and health, for richer or poorer, as long as we both shall live.

Angela, do you take Rory to be your husband? (I do).

Repeat after me:

Today, surrounded by people who love us, I choose you, Rory, to be your partner. I am proud to be your wife and to join my life with yours. I vow to support you, push you, inspire you, and above all love you, for better or worse, in sickness and health, for richer or poorer, as long as we both shall live.

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  • Ring Ceremony and Vows

Rory and Angela, these rings are an external and visible sign of the internal bond which unites the two of you. A bond built on a strong foundation of trust, respect and adoration.

Rory, as you place this ring on Angela’s finger, repeat after me:

“Angela, I give you this ring, as a daily reminder of my love for you.”

Angela, as you place this ring on Rory’s finger, repeat after me:

“Rory, I give you this ring, as a daily reminder of my love for you.”

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Pronouncement and Kiss

Rory and Angela, on behalf of all those present I pronounce you husband and wife.  You may now kiss the bride!

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If you made it to the end, congrats! What special or cultural traditions did you guys have in your wedding, or plan to have? Or just know of and want to mention? 😀

Angela.

Say Yes to the Dress

Say Yes to the Dress

*This was originally posted on May 11. I’ve added some new pictures as well*

My first idea for my dress was to buy one online. I was planning on buying my dress at JJ’s House. The one I was eyeing up was this one, which you can see from all angles here. There were a few others I liked, but I just really liked the look of this one, and there were lots of positive reviews from this site. Jo and Kruti got their bridesmaids dresses from JJ’s House in the end.

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However, for fun and giggles, I thought it would still be fun to go into a bridal boutique and try on some dresses. My sister was coming down to town that weekend (May 14), so I thought it would be fun for her and me to try on dresses and to bring along mum. Sounded like a lot of fun in general. So I contacted Sally Eagle and made an appointment to come in.

The below images are not mine, but from the official Sally Eagle site on Google Maps. But it shows just how beautiful and open the boutique is.

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Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers

I talked a little about this in my latest Pinspiration video about weddings. I wanted to share with you guys a little more about my wedding flowers. It was one of the parts that I really loved planning. From looking at Pinterest for inspiration, then talking to my florist, to the final result, it was all fun! I did tinker with the idea of DIY at the beginning, but I know myself too well. I would not have the energy for it, or the patience. I would rather work with someone who knows what to do.

First off, when I first investigated what kind of wedding flowers there were. Things got insane. There’s almost too much information out there. To all the kinds of wedding floral arrangements, what flowers are in season, colour of flowers, types of bouquets and arrangements, I was confused.  So I stuck with the basics first, a bouquet. I looked at all the different types of bouquets (there’s a lot), and decided on a posy. They’re the smallest types, and what with me being small too, it just made sense.

Globe thistle and hydrangeas are stunning blue accents to the peach flowers in this wedding bouquet.
Bouquet inspiration

I found a few pictures that fit with the blue/peach/rose colour scheme I liked. Then I emailed a few wedding florists around town, asking for general costs and sharing my current idea.

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Centrepiece ideas

I ended up going with Emma, from Em’s Flowers. This was in June. She’s a new, smaller vendor who does this just as a side hobby. But she is already well known and came recommended by both Sweet Bakery and Cakery (who did my cake), and Sally Eagle (who made my dress). We met up at a cafe and got to talking. We got along straight away. She knew her flowers (always a good sign) and talked to me about which flowers would be in season for the time of the wedding, what could go well together, how her costs worked, and so on. She was also happy to make mocks along the way, so I could get a look and feel of how the floral arrangement would be.

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Ceremony floral arrangement idea

As we met on and off during the eight months (I booked people earlier than I needed to), we finalised the floral arrangements. There were a few scrapped ideas along the way. Boutonnieres for the guys. Flower crown for me. More floral arrangements. These were mostly due to me finally realizing that the floral budget was getting more extravagant than it needed to be. Even with Em’s reasonable prices. The flowers we agreed on in the end was for bouquets, one for me, and three for the two bridesmaids and groomswoman. A floral arrangement for the ceremony, on top of the fireplace mantelpiece. Small loose flowers in jars for the centrepieces. That was that.

Enough talking, let’s look at pictures.

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A mock of my bouquet

So these were the final bouquets. We all had the same style, with mine being slightly more full. I’m so happy with them! The flowers were a mix of peach avalanche, sweet avalanche and solsy roses, blue hydrangea, lisianthus, hypericum berries, sea holly, chrysanthemum and greenery. Tied together with lace ribbon from my dress.

Our little centrepiece flowers. We didn’t fuss too much on decorating the reception tables. Pinterest led me down a rabbit hole, and in the end, we realized that it didn’t matter too much in the end. Just a few jars of flowers, a table runner, some tealights (that we forgot to light till the last minute), and we were happy.

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For the head table, we brought out the A & R block letters I bought on a whim. We also reused our bouquets, since we figured we don’t need them during the reception, we had them placed in jars and decorated our head table with that. Originally I was thinking of getting a separate floral arrangement, but Em suggested this, as it saves money (which she knew I wanted to stick to a budget as much as possible).

This collage I took off Em’s Instagram page. Funnily enough, the wall hanging and floral arrangement for the fireplace took me the longest time to be happy with. Throughout the planning, this was the part that I kept umming and ahhing about. On the day itself, I literally didn’t even see it until after the ceremony. I only had eyes for my future hubby, that I didn’t even realize how everything looked till I was munching on some nibbles after the ceremony, talking with friends.

Now of course, is the question of what to do with the flowers after all the wedding. Some of the girls kept their bouquets. I asked Em for help with drying mine. She took out the flowers that wouldn’t dry, and made them into a smaller arrangement. We hung them upside down for a few weeks, and now I have a small memento from the wedding. The rest, my mum kept (even though I told her she didn’t need to), she dried the ones that would dry, and now has them in a neat arrangement in a basket. I personally would have probably chucked them all, as I said before, DIY, not my forte.

That’s the long tale about my wedding flowers. I am trying to keep these short, but I’m having too much fun writing and reliving all the wedding adventures. So I hope this was entertaining to read, it was very entertaining to write!

How did you guys go about with the flowers if you got married? Or if you’re not married, what kind of flowers do you guys think you’d go for?

Angela.