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Six Months

26 Mar

It has been almost six months since my last post on Bonfire Night Bride and my, how things have changed. When I decided to put my blog to bed I did so with a view to concentrate on the last minute preparations for our wedding and simply being able to enjoy the month before our big day without having to worry about the blog. I have to be honest, no longer blogging was a huge weight off my shoulders and being able to spend more time with Tom was lovely, just what we needed. After all, you only experience the run up to your wedding day once!

As many of you will already know, our wedding went with huge success and it was featured on the fabulous Brides Up North and So You’re Getting Married blogs. I had lots of support from Julia (Brides Up North) and Phoebe (So You’re Getting Married) throughout my wedding planning which was lovely and so it was an honour to grace their pages of prettiness.

My favourite wedding photo

I won’t write much about the wedding as you can read all about it on Brides Up North but I will say that I surprised myself at how laid back I was about it all. The majority of things went to plan which is amazing and the things that didn’t, didn’t matter in the end. Our favours were eaten by mice in the castle the night before the wedding (fortunately the little buggers left just enough for each lady to have one, the men had to go without!), we forgot the sparklers and our florist was late THEN we couldn’t use most of our flowers, including my bouquet, as our florist omitted to tell us that the eucalyptus leaves would leak bright red dye(!!) but in the grand scheme of things I didn’t care. We were married and that’s all that mattered.

Getting on for five months after our wedding I have to say that being a Mrs is still weird. Hearing Tom refer to me as his wife – weird. Signing a completely different signature – weird and something I still haven’t mastered. I have only managed to change my name with my main bank and my GP purely because changing things is hassle and I’m all about an easy life. I even travelled to Spain earlier this month in my maiden name. Let’s face it, in this day and age who has a spare £77 to change a passport?! Daylight robbery.

The Honeymoon

Now the honeymoon, something I’ve been meaning to blog about since we arrived home, was out of this world. We crossed the Atlantic from Southampton to New York on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, the epitome of luxury. The crossing took a week and it was the perfect excuse to do pretty much nothing for seven days – just what you need after the stress of a wedding. We ate (and must have gained around a stone in weight), drank, slept and treat ourselves to time in the spa – having a massage on a moving ship is a very strange experience! The one thing that I was hoping for throughout the week was to see dolphins, it’s something I mentioned every day and I think Tom got a bit sick of hearing about it. On our last full day however, Tom and I were playing scrabble on the 2nd deck, as you do on your honeymoon, when I saw two little grey fins approach the window that I was sitting next to. DOLPHINS!! I was alone in my joy as Tom had left me, probably to go and bring us some more food, but I was like a five year old at Christmas. It was as if their display of jumps and spins was just for me as they scurried away just before Tom arrived back at our table. I’ll assure you I wasn’t hallucinating! This was magical and made my week. 

Enjoying champagne as we wait to set sail

Sailing into Brooklyn past the Statue of Liberty, a once in lifetime experience for us, was breathtaking. New York City is a favourite place of ours and after spending a year at university it New York State it holds an extra special place in my heart. A home from home. We stayed downtown at the trendy Soho Grand where it’s much quieter and you can escape all of the hustle and bustle of the busier uptown areas of Manhattan. We have done the tourist things previously so we didn’t want to spend too much time on those although we did visit the Top of the Rock as Tom hadn’t done this before. The views were spectacular, like looking over a Lego city below. As we were uptown, after the Rockerfella Building we went for an eyeful of the Tiffany’s holiday windows, it would have been rude not to!  We ate premium steak at Keen’s Steakhouse (divine) and took advantage of breakfast at The Cupping Room, conveniently across the road from our hotel! We also paid a visit to the talented Sarah Schor at Kings Avenue Tattoo for some cheeky honeymoon ink, something that we had been planning for a while to the horror of my mum and we drank cocktails at Soho House, a private members club in an old warehouse in the Meatpacking District. 

Breakfast at The Cupping Room

Taken on an evening walk across The Brooklyn Bridge

Top of the Rock

Tiffany's Holiday Windows

Before returning home we hopped on a train from NYC for a two day stay in Boston, somewhere Tom had always wanted to go. As it was Thanksgiving over in the U.S, Boston was very quiet but that suited us! Staying at the lovely Nine Zero hotel on Boston Common we were in a pretty central location, although Boston isn’t actually that big. We ate (once again), watched The Muppets and went on a Duck Tour which we loved!

A Duck!

Quincy Market

Freedom Trail (excuse the hair!)

Since Returning Home

We returned home from our honeymoon to the run up to Christmas, it was all go with preparations and present shopping and it gave us something to look forward to rather than feeling glum about the end of our wedding celebrations. Although I LOVE Christmas and tend to go ‘all out,’ this Christmas was naturally going to be a little bit overshadowed by the truely spectacular wedding and honeymoon that we had just experienced. What on earth could live up to that?! Well… I will tell you.

I had been feeling a little bit ‘funny’ since our honeymoon. It wasn’t something that I could put my finger on, just a feeling in my stomach that something wasn’t normal. I did have a feeling what it COULD be though and on 14th December my feeling was confirmed. After a Tesco ‘big shop’ (so very glamorous) I took a pregnancy test which was positive! EEEEEEEEEKKKK!

I sauntered through into the living room, as laid back as always, where Tom was watching TV. “Tom,” I said calmly, “I think we’re going to be a mummy and daddy.” This was music to Tom’s ears. We hugged, teary eyed and ecstatic. We were planning on starting a family straight after our wedding but we didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. Going by my dates it seems that I fell pregnant three days into our honeymoon! When the ship’s a rocking…

The next step was – what do I do about telling people? Due to the nature of my job in a mental health hospital I had no choice but to tell my manager which was very hard as I had suffered a miscarriage in 2008 so instinctively there were reservations about telling people before our first scan. Fortunately my manager was great. I was whisked off to an office away from patient contact and we came up with the excuse that “my back was buggered.” Then came the dilemma of telling my parents. At only 6 weeks pregnant we decided that we would tell our parents sooner rather than later. After all, we didn’t think it was fair that my colleagues knew but my parents didn’t and as my mum, Tom and I all work for the same NHS Trust with the same people we would have hated my parents to find out that I was having my first baby via hearsay at work.

So, the arrival of Christmas Eve gave us the green light to spill the beans. We had planned to tell my parents in the morning then travel over to Wakefield to tell Tom’s mum which is exactly what we did.

We wrapped up some bibs for my parents and as Tom’s mum is the driver of a 2 seater sports car we took her an Auto Trader. Obviously our parents twigged straight away when they opened their little gift, much to their delight. Mum cried, dad congratulated us followed by Tom announcing “he shoots, he scores.” Yeah, thanks for that Tom. Tom’s mum took a little bit longer to understand what we were trying to say, looking at her latest issue of Auto Trader with a puzzled face. When we gave her a little nudge by telling her she’s going to need a new car she got it with a gasp and hug! Our amazing news made Christmas a lot more special for everybody than we have ever imagined.

So today, at 19 weeks pregnant I still can’t believe it. I have been trying to get my head around the fact that I’m going to have to go through birth in five months time. I have been sick most days, some days violently (nice). I’ve had quite a lot of time off work and have been suffering from terrible head, back and leg aches. All in all I’ve been having a pretty miserable time but I do not hold anything against the little person growing in my belly. Saying that is as weird as hearing myself being referred to as a “wife.” We are so unbelievably excited however, only having two speeds – slow and stop, I have not yet looked into anything ‘baby’ other than prams.

We have settled on the Joolz Day Expedition which might not look as pretty as the traditional style prams but it does amazing things!

With a Labrador, a baby and a pram there isn’t going to be much room to move in our car so we wanted something small, light and easy to use which this is. Who’d’ve thought I’d be talking about prams six months ago when I posted my last post on Bonfire Night Bride?! I certainly didn’t. The only other baby related thing that we have is the moses basket. We are using the basket that my mum was bought for my eldest brother almost 37 years ago. It was then passed down through the family, used for both of my brothers and myself and then for my gorgeous nephew who is now two. It’s touching to be able to use something so sentimental that can now be called a family heirloom.

We have no idea about names or how we’re going to decorate the nursery, both of these things we haven’t made a start on yet. We don’t have a clue about sterilizers, bottles or what we need to do to prepare for having a baby but we have our next scan on 11th April where hopefully we will see that everything is ok and we will know whether it’s a little boy or girl in there. This will give us a kick up the backside to get cracking with all things baby!

So here we are. The past few months have been a huge turning point in our lives – evolving from newly weds to the prospect of being new parents in the space of a few weeks. But, it has to be said, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Laura x


Au Revoir!

5 Oct


If you saw yesterday’s stunning nautical wedding you will already know that Lori & Hassan’s post was my last on Bonfire Night Bride and I feel like I owe my readers an explanation as to why.

After much deliberation over the past week or two, I have made the decision to retire from my 9 months of blogging in order to fully concentrate on enjoying my own 5th November wedding. ‘But you have been blogging throughout your wedding planning,’ some may say. You’re right, I have and I have loved every minute of it. I have had the pleasure and honour of featuring some of the most amazing wedding suppliers,  some very excited brides to be and last but not least, the work of many super talented photographers and I send my huge thank you to each and every one of you. Without your support this blog would not have been!

As I said in Lori & Hassan’s post, I am as yet undecided as to whether or not I will be blogging after our big day. I adore being a part of the wedding world and I can safely say that,  although I will soon be a Mrs and no longer a bride to be, I will remain fascinated by all things pretty, sparkly and wedding. It is also highly likely that I will suffer from some sort of wedding planning withdrawal but only time will tell! On the other hand, working full time (and strange higgledy piggledy shifts at that) makes it very difficult to dedicate my time to blogging as well as trying to maintain some sort of normal family life with Tom and our dog. I find myself being shouted at a lot for spending too much time at my computer when not at work.

We do need to be able to enjoy our wedding and honeymoon without having to worry about the blog in the final run up and whilst we are away. All of this being said, I am going to take it one day at a time and see where the wind takes me in the blogging world upon our return!  The site will remain live and so you can pop back as you wish and I will definitely be sharing our wedding day with you. In the mean time – if I see something that just needs to be shared with you I will share it. So… you definitely have not seen the complete last of Bonfire Night Bride!

Laura x

100th Post Thank You!

8 Sep

Back in January I was off work ill with a bad case of flu – real flu, not man flu. Due to daytime tv not being as good as it used to be (bring back Going For Gold) I had to find something else to fill my days with – I began to get more into the wonderful world of Twitter and wedding blogs and subsequently ‘ummed’ and ‘aahed’ about starting my own blog as a journal of my own wedding planning.

After much deliberation Bonfire Night Bride, named after the date of my own wedding, and its first post went live on February 20th 2011 and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every minute of the blogging world! It started from nothing and has slowly but surely evolved into not only a hobby but a great love of mine. Meeting and featuring new and amazing wedding suppliers, photographers, brides to be amongst many other wonderful wedding folk has become a real passion of mine and I would like to take this opportunity as my 100th post to thank each and every one of you who have been involved with Bonfire Night Bride, you have all been amazing and without you there would be no blog! So here goes…

Brides Up North

Danby Castle


Hello! Lucky

Knots & Kisses

Britt Chudleigh

Wedding Sparrow

Vintage Amethyst

Cute as a Button

Celia Mannings

Lady Amy Bespoke Wedding Design

The ‘Bridestock’ Bride

Marie Lloyd

Fiona Kelly

McAvoy Photography

Blue Lights Photography

Travel With Jules

Matt Foden

By Gina

Carolyn Scott Photography

Shabby McFabby

Dreamy Weddings

Beyond White

South House Boutique

Crafty Pagan Stationery

Jollydays Luxury Camping

Orly Lyndon Photography

Chris Jackson Photography

Amy Georgina

Vickerstaff Photography

Elle is for Love

Steve Oatway Photography

Bobbi + Mike


I Am Nat

Precious Petals

Graham Young Photography

Frosted Delight

PH Weddings

Victoria Mary Vintage

Michael Marker Photography

Fatamadrina Wedding Planning

Rob Grimes Photography

Misha Linden

Jel Photography

Bill Corris Photography

Belle & the Bunting

TMT Photography

Dream Veils

Peachey Photography

Nicola & Guy Wakefield

Sheena Holland

Elizabeth Davis Photography

Laura Babb

Emma White

Whitney Lee Photography

Rachel Beasley

Karen Ard Photography

Katie Byram Photography

Laura Hampson

Two Bright Lights

Leah Golden Apple

Last but certainly not least, I would like to send a HUGE thanks to my Tom as without you I wouldn’t be a bride to be and you wouldn’t have been the inspiration for all of this!!

Laura x

A sad few days in the UK

9 Aug

Words cannot even begin to describe how I am feeling right now. Over the past couple of days I have experienced feelings of intense hatred, anger, sadness and pure disregard for the human race. I have caught myself thinking “if these thugs are the future of this country then what hope do we have for the future?”

This evening however, I have had to remind myself that it is the majority of people across the UK who will be suffering the same emotions as myself and only a small minority (in the grand scheme of things) are condoning and commiting these horrific acts of pure hooliganism. I cannot even begin to imagine how the innocent people caught up in the violence are coping with what is going on around them.

I am not going to get into the politics of it – the ‘why’s,’ the ‘what aren’t being dones’ and the ‘what should be dones’ – that is not why I have written this post. I know my words don’t mean much at all taking into account the huge scale of the devestation but I sincerley hope that people take care of themselves and each other until this awful situation passes. Stay safe people and let us hope that these animals are contained before much more unnecessary damage is done.

Laura x

Quick tip: when wearing in your wedding shoes…

27 Jul

…don’t forget to cover them with socks! I know, not the most glamourous of looks but you want to keep your special shoes shiny sparkly clean for your big day don’t you?

As my shoes are ivory I try to stay extra cautious by putting clean white socks over them just in case any colour or bits of fluff rub off onto them. You can never be too safe!

I posted this kinky picture on twitter which lead to a fellow bride to be and twitter friend Brizzle Bride to send me a photo of her wearing in her own shoes with the ‘keep clean by sock cover’ method!

If there are any other brides to be out there who use the same way to keep your wedding shoes clean I’d love to hear from you and if you could throw a quick pic my way that’d be aces! 🙂

Laura x

Apparently Birds of a Feather Flock Together

18 Jul

Thanks to Phoebe Miller I have a new love in my life, Pinterest. As I am in up all night mode ready for more night shifts during the week I thought I’d pass some time by browsing through my new found ‘even more addictive than twitter’ website. I came across this photograph. Now, judging by the caption on the photo and by the fact that I found it in someone’s ‘funny’ section I’m guessing that a lot of people might potentially find the girls in this photo very odd looking. I however, think they’re fabulous and fun! I guess the world would be a very boring place if we were all the same…

Laura x

A Perfect Cover Up

29 Jun

If you are having a winter wedding it is a good idea to have something to cover up with for outdoor photographs and getting to and from the ceremony. It’s getting to the stage in my wedding planning when I’m thinking more about the coat that I’m going to wear now my dress has been chosen. I have more or less settled on a design for my bridal coat however I would like to share with you this piece of outright beauty.

This gorgeous cover up, a duchess lace number from BHLDN costs $610 (£377) but without a doubt it is totally worth it. It’s perfectly vintage. Oh how I love it so. I  have cape envy.

Laura x