When I was a little girl, I’d be sent to bed super early the night before the first day of the new school year. I think my mum knew I struggled to sleep on nights like those. I’d lie in bed till the early hours of the morning tossing and turning whilst wondering what new girls we’d have in our class, what our new teachers would be like... the list goes on. The night before my wedding was similar...though a muuuch later bedtime. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Make the night before your wedding a relaxed affair, catch up with your maids and laugh about old times, get an early night, invest in some new silky pieces for sleep (like these 👆🏼 personalised ones by @daisysheldonembroidery or I also love @pompadourg ‘s gorgeous sets). They also make beautiful getting ready shots and can be more comfortable and cooler than a pretty robe. 🕯🕯🕯 Light some candles (@neomorganics ‘Sleep’ are my fave for the wind down before bed), listen to relaxing music or meditation podcasts and just try and be! You have a lot of dancing to do the next day! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What helps you get to sleep? Do you think it’s even possible to get an early night on the eve of your wedding?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ooh I’m also partial to a bit of lavender or coconut pillow spray... what are your fave calming scents? My current fave is the Neom Scent to Sleep range (remember and turn your candles off before dozing off though!) Tap for credits #fuji400h #richardphotolab
The story of a leaf who isn’t ready to let go from the tree.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And then, high up on an icy branch, a scarlet flash.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One more leaf holding tight.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “You’re here?” called the Little Yellow Leaf.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I am,” said the Little Scarlet Leaf.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Like me!” said the Little Yellow Leaf.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Neither spoke.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Finally… “Will you?” asked the Little Scarlett Leaf.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I will!” said the Little Yellow Leaf.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And one, two, three, they let go and soared.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger #XTfavereadings #weddingreading #weddingideas #marriagegoals #destinationweddingphotographer
I knew that the man I was marrying would make a fantastic husband. He was supportive, ambitious, family orientated and kind. A good egg. My island of tranquility. I suspected he would make a fantastic father but I never anticipated how much so. I'm so proud of him and overjoyed that Otto has such a fantastic role model as a daddy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy Fathers day to all the FANTASTIC fathers out there, including my own father (slide to see how handsome he was as a young chief marine engineer) and very zen father in law.
6 years on and approx 400 speeches later, I feel quite confident to say I know what makes a good speech, or at least what has the guests laughing deep from the pits of their stomachs to shedding a tear. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wanted to share a few tips whether you are a groom, father of the bride, best man or (all hail!) a bride doing a speech! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. The MOST important, guests should either leave thinking “that is sooo [bride/groom/couple names]”. If you can nail the essence of their character through anecdotes, you will unite the room. Stay true to their character. 2. Share the real (where appropriate) side of them. Guests LOVE finding out the naughty/devlish side of the bride or groom. 3. A wedding speech should not be a description of their CV, unless absolutely linked to the purpose of the story! Please please trust me on this one! Nothing will make your guests eyes glaze over than a month by month account of their roles and responsibilities! 4. Best men are guilty of googling jokes. Who’s heard of the honeymoon/Wales joke? I’ve heard it so many times now and quite likely with the amount of weddings that guests go to, they will have heard it too. Be original and remember punchlines aren’t needed to make a good speech. 5. Grooms (and brides!), people want to hear about your love for your spouse! Why you love them? What drives you nuts about them (but makes you love them deeply anyway!)? While it’s nice to pay homage to your family, In laws and friends the balance should tip favourably in the way of your love! 6. Speak from the heart. A wedding is the time to lock your stiff upper lip in the cupboard and declare your love! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And remember don’t be nervous. Everyone already wants to hear what you have to say. They are already on your side! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What are your pet peeves with speeches? What have you seen that’s worked really well or that’s burnt the reception to the floor? Are you a fan of brides speeches or like a more traditional approach?
Masons, when they start upon a building, Are careful to test out the scaffolding; ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points, Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And yet all this comes down when the job’s done Showing off walls of sure and solid stone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be Old bridges breaking between you and me ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall Confident that we have built our wall. - Scaffolding Seamus Heaney, Another reading we featured in our Indian ceremony. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #XTfavereadings #weddingreading #weddingideas #marriagegoals #destinationweddingphotographer
What’s your love language? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My husband and I recently took a test online to find out our love languages... (ok I asked him to but I think he was pretty impressed with the results). What did we learn? Our top two were- Mine: positive affirmations and physical touch which doesn’t surprise me, I love giving and getting a good cuddle. His, acts of service and quality time. - It’s been a really useful tool, as our lives get busier with work, baby and a hopeful house move to know what the other needs to feel valued and loved and equally important to recognise when the other person is showing you love, the way they know how. You can discover yours at 5lovelanguages.com... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you already know yours? Can you guess? Do they differ from your partner? Share with me what yours are below! I’d love to hear yours!