25 November 2016

Our Wedding Pictures

I can't believe the wedding was almost 2 months ago now. Time is seriously flying by! As our wedding photos are now back I thought i'd share a little about our day.

I was surprisingly calm on the day, I really thought i'd be an emotional nervous wreck but I wasn't! I was so teary on the lead up to the wedding so I was so proud of myself for keeping it all contained. 

One thing that I was most worried about was the weather. It absolutely poured down in the morning, I really wanted it to stop as our venue has the most amazing outside space where our drinks reception was to be held. We were so so lucky as the rain literally stopped just before the ceremony and the sun even appeared during our drinks reception.











The venue looked absolutely amazing. It was exactly as we had envisioned, lots of natural colours and textures with ALL THE CANDLES!




The ceremony was beautiful. We were just so happy to finally get married after 10 years of being together. We were surrounded by our family & friends, everyone had such huge smiles on their faces; you could just feel the love in the room : )








Look at that sunshine in the picture! We were so happy that the rain disappeared, so lucky! Our venue was surrounded by the rolling countryside so we managed to get some lovely photos.









The whole day just flew by, we've never known time to go by so quickly. After our photos were taken we had the yummiest sit down meal, fun with the photobooth we hired and lots of dancing till the end of the night.






After our guests had left, we sat in the courtyard with a blanket and hot drink, surrounded by the fairy lights and stars. It was so cosy and romantic! This was the first chance we had to just sit and let the whole day sink in, we couldn’t believe we were finally married! The whole day was truly amazing, we'd love to relive it all again.

I'm going to share lots of the little details in their own blog post to inspire lots of other brides to be, so keep an eye out soon!

Gemma xXx





6 November 2016

Enjoying Autumn




Autumn is 100% my favourite time of year. The colours everywhere in nature are just beautiful, home feels more snug and it's just that little bit closer to Christmas :) I always expected to have terrible 'post-wedding blues' but the Autumn cosiness has seriously helped to beat that. Feeling cosy with my husband *so weird saying that* on chilly evenings with our bellies full of comforting food has felt amazing.

The past month has been filled with LOTS of pumpkins. We found a farm near work that grows 100's of them, all different shapes and sizes. The munchkin ones are just so cute, I could of bought so many of them.




We had a pumpkin carving competition in the family before Halloween. So much fun! We had a quiet Halloween with just one knock at the door...we didn't mind too much though as we scoffed the chocolates to ourselves!





Another thing i've enjoyed is bubble baths! It is so cold out now that a hot bath is heaven. This bubble bar from Lush is a new favourite of mine, it made the bathroom smell like a Spa. I only bought one so will be stocking up with a few next year.


Have you been enjoying Autumn so far? What's your favourite thing about it? 

Gemma xXx

16 October 2016

We did it!



Hello! Sorry for the major hiatus but whilst I was away we got married! Finally! Yes I had big intentions of sharing our wedding planning up until the wedding but the planning literally took over our lives. I'll of course share lots now that we have all this free time on our hands :)

The wedding was absolutely amazing! It was exactly what we had wished for and more. We couldn't stop smiling at each other all day! It so lovely seeing family & friends all together and everyone was so so happy. We've been in a happy married bubble for two weeks now and we still can't stop talking about it.

We have to wait a few weeks to get our photos back from the photographer but from the pictures I have I'd love to share more details on decorations, invitations, our venue & more! Anything to keep talking about our wedding for a bit longer ; )

Gemma xXx

12 July 2016

Chicken and Aubergine Summer Salad





This week I've teamed up with Sainsburys to help try and inspire the nation to be creative with vegetables. I've made a yummy summer salad which is perfect for mid week dinners as well as when entertaining friends. It's jam packed with seasonal vegetables, full of colour and flavour! I love vegetables but the baby corn in this is my favourite as its so sweet and crunchy.

You will need:

- Mini Chicken breast
- Aubergine
- Courgette
- Red Onion
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Low fat Halloumi 
- Clove of Garlic
- Baby Sweetcorn
- New Potatoes (cooked in the microwave for 8 minutes to give it a head start)
- Salad Leaves
- Dried Oregano
- Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Balsamic Glaze (optional)

Method:

Making this is so easy as you simply chop it all up and roast together in one big roasting tin. I chopped up my veg and tossed it with oregano, salt, pepper and a little olive oil and roasted at 200c for 20 minutes with the chicken breast (turning after 10 minutes). Chop your halloumi into cubes and add to the vegetables, cooking on for an extra 10 minutes until everything has a beautiful char.

Serve on a bed of salad leaves and drizzle with some balsamic vinegar glaze to give it an extra special touch!

I really love this dinner as it is full of summer flavours and reasonably quick and healthy.

Gemma xXx

N:B - I was sent a Sainsburys voucher to buy my ingredients. As always all opinions are my own.

23 June 2016

A Night Away In Stratford Upon Avon

This past weekend Ian & I had our long awaited engagement photos taken. It's something i've wanted to do for ages, so saw it was a chance to get to know our photographer before our big day in October. We ended up choosing Stratford Upon Avon as our shoot location, staying in a hotel for one night. With its cute cobbled streets, historic buildings and lots of green along the River Avon it seemed like a perfect place.






We hired a little rowing boat, did lots of smiling, kissing and walking hand in hand. It was probably the most public display of affection we've ever had..HA! I really can't wait to see the pictures in a few weeks time.

After we were finished we were desperate for a cold drink so headed to a pub, then onto Pizza Express (my first time there!) for pizza, then back to the hotel for a big glass of wine :)






The next day we had a yummy hotel breakfast, headed out to do a little shopping and then it was time to get back home to reality.


It was so nice just to have a little romantic break for 24 hours...roll on the next one!

Gemma xXx




19 May 2016

Wedding Wednesday - Wedding Cake!

*Edit - This was meant to be posted yesterday but blogger schedule had let me down. Sorry!

As you know i'm a sucker when it comes to cake. As well as choosing the cake design and i'm excited to do some cake tasting. Flavour wise we haven't made any decisions but we like the idea of a lemon tier, a victoria sandwich tier and then something a little less traditional such as carrot cake (this will be our wild card for sure!)

I love looking on Pinterest at all the beautiful cake designs. Some of the work and dainty detail that goes into them is amazing. They are almost too pretty to eat! Here are some of the designs that are our favourites.

Lace Wedding Cakes...

I love the slight colour contrast on these

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Naked Wedding Cakes...


I love the rustic look and all the berries just finish it off perfectly

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Textured Cakes...

So simple yet sophisticated


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Alternative to Traditional Wedding Cakes...

A tower of cupcakes. They are so pretty!


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A cheese cake..Ian would love this!


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A tower of donuts.


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With so much choice it will be difficult to make a decision. What is your favourite design? What flavours would you choose for your cake?

Gemma xXx

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