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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


A 1920s New York Union – LaShekia & Craig

21 Sep

Sometimes I see a real wedding or engagement shoot that makes me say “aaahhh.” This gorgeous 1920s styled engagement shoot is one of them! Sent to me by Jennifer at New York based Ayres Photography, I just love how romantic this couple come across on camera.

LaShekia and Craig came to us with an amazing creative vision for a 1920s themed engagement session and we did our best to bring their vision to life in these images! The couple live in NYC but LaShekia is a Buffalo, NY native and wanted to take advantage of the amazing architecture in her home town. All of the styling for this shoot was done by LaShekia herself and we think she did a fantastic job! The couple plan to use these images as the primary decor for their wedding. 

Just beautiful. I wish LaShekia and Craig all the happiness in the world for their wedding day! I’d also like to send a huge thank you to Jenn at Ayres Photography. You can visit their blog-site here.

For more inspirational engagement shoots visit the Engagement Shoot pages on Bonfire Night Bride.

Laura x

A Classic NYC Rooftop Wedding – My Friends Nicola & Guy

24 Aug

Nicola was a friend of mine at university who I met through our mutual London dwelling pal, Jess. On a trip down south for my birthday late last year Tom and I met up with Jess for a drink. “Oh did you know Nicky is getting married in New York?” she asked me. “No but I will need to see that!”

And here we are – Nicola and Guy’s beautifully classic New York City wedding. I have to admit I am just a little bit jealous! An absolutely gorgeous day had by a fab couple!

Well its a bit long winded this but we chose to get married in New York for a number of reasons, Guy has his own business so if we had married in our hometown of Grimsby we would have had to invite a lot of business people to not offend and it would have become more about business and guests you had to have there rather than want there so abroad it was…. We had been to America 3 times together, so America was the country it just seemed ‘US’ pardon the pun ha. We got engaged in Vegas so we wanted to keep that for that and have somewhere different for the wedding. New York was perfect, it was somewhere we had been together already at Christmas and we both wanted to see it in the summer months, NYC is also somewhere people can go for as long as they like, so it suited my idea of weddings abroad as we really wanted people to make their own holiday out of it rather than just go all that way for a wedding. Venue, Midtown loft & Terrace, 5th Ave, was perfect, everything we had ever imagined, it was really easy as we both saw it, thought WOW and booked it. I’m still a bit obsessed with the website! The date was not a special date, it was pick around A-level exam dates, Nic’s Uncles shift patterns and just inside school hols ending as we had no children attending it didn’t seem fair to make people pay more for flights for no reason! week days are cheaper than weekends so we got married on a Monday, 27th June 2011 🙂

The Dress
Well, roughly two weeks after booking the venue, we discovered we were expecting a baby, and so the dress hunt began earlier than anticipated. I have a really sort attention span, I’m crap at making decisions and I change my mind all the time so this didn’t excite me, I was very worried about picking a dress and getting bored of it. Long story short, I tried loads on, spent alot of time in changing rooms feeling the morning sickness but kept looking for the same dress, the same one I tried on first. It was an Ian Stuart dress, Premiere. I was always going to have a simple dress, I’m not one for bling and busy looking dresses, although I always thought I’d have a short 50’s style. Premiere is classic and simple, so I just had to have it! And no, I didn’t get bored of it, and luckily the post baby diet worked and I got into the size I ordered at 11 weeks pregnant! YAY me.
Bridesmaids were three of my old friends. Emma the chief is my best friend, we met at nursery but became close when met again at college. Natalie, who was my friend from secondary school and the third, Abigail, who I know from college. It was lovely that our bridesmaids were able to come such a long way to our wedding, we were very happy that they were there. We did end up with a fourth, Harriet, our daughter. She was 10months old and my mum carried her down the alsie, she looked amazing. The girls wore lemon chiffon dresses by Ebony Rose which we had them shorted to knee length. They wore hand made flowers in their hair bought from Etsy, by percyhandmade. They were stunning, all the way from Australia.
Guy buys me a lot of Jo Malone and without really planning it, that became our style. We had black, white and grey for most things. Our bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen’s ties were lemon, it gave a nice touch of colour. I really wanted a timeless feel to the wedding and we were both really happy with the end result. The groom stood out with a handkerchief and brought a bit of ‘him’ to the wedding day by wearing some batman cuff links Harriet bought him for fathers day. Guy loves Batman!!

I knew exactly what I wanted when it came to flowers!! Just a simple bouquet of peonies. The bridesmaids had a different flower but the same colour. They had hydrangeas as they remind me of my mums garden. The groomsmen had an ivory rose. We had hydrangea’s on the tables with yellow orchids which was the florists idea, we were happy with the splash of colour they gave. We also had hydrangeas on the chairs down the aisle. Lots of flowers!! I threw my bouquet to ‘single ladies’ by Beyonce. Abigail one of my bridesmaids caught the it, which maybe means another family wedding as she dates my brother!
We had UK scratch cards for the men in little wallets which read “for richer, for poorer” and the ladies had a bracelet made from hemp, these were called “a wedding wish” basically when the bracelet breaks your wish comes true. We found the idea on another wedding blog and thought it was really sweet, and easy for us to transport to NYC.
The First Dance
For our first dance we had At My Most Beautiful by REM. Guy picked it, it wasn’t one of “our” songs but we had listened to it together a lot and the words seemed prefect. We toyed with a few different songs but settled with this one. We played the others for cutting of the cake, during the cocktail hour and for our last song of the evening. We danced with Harriet after our first dance to an acoustic version of Everlong by The Foo Fighters then I danced with my dad to I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith….cheese it may be but who cares!
Our honeymoon plans were to follow on from NYC somewhere close and family friendly so we three Wakefields hopped on a train up to Boston and a ferry to Cape Cod then we spent our final night back in NYC for July 4th. It was perfection and the weather was beautiful. It was so peaceful, just what you need after a busy 8 nights in a city like New York!
Extra special touches
My dad read out a ‘Will’ that I had written when I was 13 during his speech. I didn’t have much at the time to leave anyone but left the following:
I leave my South Park Badge (Stan), my bank money and my Ellesse jumper to my brother Alex, My Ring and my cat to my Mother Judith, I leave my childhood things and any other 3 things to my Dad Roger, I leave my cat toys bought out of my money to my cat Mouse Codd, I leave my Hifi to my friend Rachael, I leave my Bike to my friend Natalie…. and the list went on…. how embarrassing!
Photography – Brian Friedman

Nicky, being a total sucker for NYC I just adore everything about it and you made the most stunning bride! A HUUUUGE congratulations to you and Guy. I wish you both (and little Harriet of course) all the love and happiness in the world as Family Wakefield.
Laura x