Archive for December, 2011
30 Dec 2011
As we teeter on the precipice of a shiny new year, filled with hope and promise, I want to briefly thank the people who have put me here today, writing these words. I recently looked at all the tweets I've favourited and it was an amazing chronicle of the process in setting up this business. The support I've received from a community of people who I have hardly ever met is just overwhelming.
28 Dec 2011
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein
23 Dec 2011
Children excitedly stacked their plates with everything except savoury food whilst enormous burly Scotsmen daintily munched their way through precise little finger sandwiches. In the spirit of wedding camaraderie, guests obligingly passed plates of food back and forth to one another, refilled cups of tea and even scuttled outside to the hot water urns to refill empty teapots. Happy, familiar chatter floated beneath the oak beams of the barn as friends and family supped their way through tea with Great British cheer.
21 Dec 2011
“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” - Pablo Neruda
19 Dec 2011
In a tiny microcosm hidden away from the world in the deepest part of the Devonshire countryside, a party of industrious wedding warriors worked busily and tirelessly to fulfil one bride’s to-do list. Arriving intermittently in the days before the wedding, friends and family all found themselves coordinated into a tribe of usefulness. From tying tiny slips of ribbon around jam jars to threading an unending string of fairy lights around trussed oak beams, every task had a box to be checked, and someone allocated to check that box. Over the course of two days, an isolated Georgian country rectory and coach house found itself transformed from a sleepy holiday home into a welcoming wedding commune prepped and ready for an elegant and lively party. In its isolation, Pyworthy allowed its guests to simply step back in time. Children ran around the perimeter of the house, squealing throughout the gardens as they gleefully chased each other, the breeze and their own tails. Grandparents nursed pints of bitter on benches surrounded by attentive relatives. It was as though Gameboys and televisions and iPhones had never been invented. At Pyworthy the only emphasis was on a family celebration.
16 Dec 2011
As a special Christmas treat, I am going to be publishing a fresh new wedding report for you next week. The bride in question spent many hours researching her wedding plans on blogs and online, which is how she happened upon this here lowly ole Wedding Reporter. I'm thrilled to be sharing this wedding from back in August, when the days were longer, the skies were clearer and the wonder of weddings was in the air. Check back for the full, unabridged first part on Monday. In the meantime, I offer some light entertainment in lieu of carefully crafted words today. Kick back, relax, let the onslaught of the weekend envelop you and feel the festive fun. Here are some things that have been keeping me inspired of late...
14 Dec 2011
“The very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.” - Jane Austen
12 Dec 2011
Stepping out from under the entrance canopy of the hotel, she made a beeline for the open portal of the car before stopping on the command of her photographer. Hustling the two bridesmaids closer to her, he attempted to coordinate a photo shoot right there on the shimmering wet pavement. She shook her head, held her hand up to indicate the falling drizzle and ducked into the car. The bridesmaids giggled amongst themselves whilst the photographer huffed and we carried on walking...
09 Dec 2011
Dashing Magazine is an 'online inspirational magazine for the stylish and spirited girl.' Does that sound like you? Well then clickety click that little mouse of yours and get over there for a look. The reason that I was particularly excited to see the launch issue was that I had been asked to contribute some words. Around 600 of them. When I received the email asking whether I would write something light-hearted but real about the conundrum of Christmas shopping for in-laws I did a little dance in my seat; this was not only right up my street but they had actually named the road after me it was so relevant.
07 Dec 2011
“When we hold each other, in the darkness, it doesn’t make the darkness go away. The bad things are still out there. The nightmares still walking. When we hold each other we feel not safe, but better. “It’s all right” we whisper, “I’m here, I love you.” For just a moment or two the darkness doesn’t seem so bad.” - Neil Gaiman