Marriage A Year On

It’s been a year since we said I do…

Well a year and a day, as I’m a day late with this post.. But that’s a side note.
Were now into our eleventh year as a couple, and one year into our marriage. One of the most regally asked questions is what does married life feel like, and if I’m totally honest it feels the same as before, just some how more secure. I know that might sound strange but this is the only way I can really describe it. Nothing in our relationship has changed. It’s just nice to know we have made this lifetime commitment to each other. And with that, we’re in our own special club, with only us two as members, its our very own special married club.

I absolutely love looking down and seeing my wedding ring on my finger, every time I see it, I get a warm happy feeling. It’s strange to think that before meeting Dave I never really wanted to get married, I just thought it wasn’t for me. Now its one of the best things I’ve ever done. Gosh, this is getting soppy! I’ll try keep it a mush free as possible as I’m not that kind of gal.

I always knew Dave was the one and after nearly eleven years together and getting married, it’s pretty safe to say he is my true love. I guess over the years our relationship grew and I grew with it, it changed my mind about marriage and how I felt about it. Then one day out of the blue Dave popped the question and I couldn’t of been happier.

A year on, things haven’t changed much, I still have the same surname and we still don’t have a joint bank account. These are things that may change in the future but for now, we are happy knowing we have made this committed to each other in front of all our loved ones. We have a whole lifetime to do the typical married admin bits..

To celebrate our big day, I’m sharing some of my favourite snaps for our wedding and a special illustration I created in celebration.

Photos – Aden Priest
Illustration – Amy Purfield-Clark

Wedding Reception

Time to party! Here’s a collection of my favourites from our reception. Lots of booze and cakes were consumed during the evening. Games and prizes won on the penny arcade. Heels kicked off on the dance floor. Even my father played a drum solo at the end of the evening. All in all a bloody great party!

And just like that, our wedding was over. I’ve loved looking back and creating these posts to share with you. It’s been great to bring all the memories flooding back.

Even dispite the rain we had the best day. Srounded by all our nearest and dearest. Celebrating our love, in one of the funniest locations ever. With my true love in a rather dashing suit, in a funfair by the seaside eating fish and chips, what more could a gal ask for?

All our beautiful photographs were taken by the ever so talented Aden. If your looking for a wedding photographer he’s your man, we wouldn’t trust anyone else with our special day and even picked a date he was free for our wedding. He’s that good!

We’re also lucky enough to call him our friend, his beautiful wife and son joined us to celebrate the big day as Sam is a total babe and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Photos – Aden Priest

Wedding Day

Our ceremony was beautiful, we both cried. We went on to drink Prosecco in the tree top bar, not before we stopped for a huge confetti photograph with the whole wedding party. Confetti really does get everywhere! I was really pleased with how these shots turned out and all my hard work whole punching that confetti. Another thing I’m really proud of is my illustrations I used for our wedding stationary, table settings and wedding welcome. It was great seeing them in place and all the months of illustrating them paid off.

After a few Prosecco’s and a go on the rides, it was time for dinner and we all headed back to the ballroom for fish & chips. Followed by some very special speeches by our very loved family and friends.

In-between all this  and I snuck away for some couple shots. I loved our venue and it made the perfect backdrop for our wedding snaps. The day just wizzed by so fast and before we knew it, it was evening and time to party. Will share more of our evening do in the next post.

If you have any questions about our wedding day or planning a wedding, please let me know. I’d love to help advise with what I learnt.

Photos – Aden Priest

Wedding Day: Getting Ready

I can’t believe its been nearly 5 months since our wedding day!
I thought I better get my butt in gear and share our big day, especially as some of you have asked. As you can imagine I have a fair few snaps to share, I thought best to split the posts up.

Why not start in chronological order. Getting ready in our Air BnB was a dream. I had my Mother and Step Father and Clare with me, all the bridesmaids joined us at the house to get ready, it was fun all chatting and drinking gin. I felt like the morning was going by so fast, I had hardly slept, due to my excitement and neves. My father joined us intake for a gin. I was desperate to savour every moment but at the same time couldn’t wait to marry Dave.

First up I had my hair done by my lovely hair dresser Kailey. I went for a 60’s half up beehive style with loose curls. I wanted to stay true to my dresses style and I’m so pleased with the final look. My make-up was done by Karen and she did a cracking job making my skin looking flawless and giving my eyes the best winged eyeliner of my life. Honestly I’m pretty pants at doing eyeshadows and Karen made all my dreams come true.

I stayed in my PJ’s right up till the last moment, mainly for fear of getting anything on my dress. The minute I put my dress on was like a ‘ta-da’ moment with everything coming together. I felt truly beautiful and couldn’t wait to get down the isle and marry Dave! I will share more from our special day very soon.

Hair – Kailey Andrassy 
Make-up by Mobile Make-up
Bouquets –  Flowers by SP
Hair Vine & Bird Cage Veil – David Bridal
Wedding Dress – Lou Lou Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses – ASOS
Accommodation –  Air BnB 

Photos – Aden Priest

Whats In My Wedding Bag

– WEDDING DAY FRAGRANCE –

I’ve been reading many a wedding blog and magazine over the last year, one of the things I’ve taken away from them is treating oneself to a special perfume. I was in need of more perfume, as I’ve worn the same fragrance for years. I thought instead of buying my usual scent, I would test out what others are on offer and see what takes my fancy. Hoping to find a special scent to celebrate our day and help me remember it for years too come.

I love this Alexander Mqueen fragrance, it’s a stronger scent than I usually wear but made up from the same flowers thats in my Stella McCartney. It also lasts a lot longer which is perfect for a long day. Whats even better is that it came with a handy travel sized bottle. Which fits perfectly in my hand bag I’m planning to use. I also treated myself to a new red lip stick which I’ll share with you very soon. For now I must shoot off and pack up our bags as we leave to head down to Kent ready for wedding celebrations! I’m so excited now and can’t wait to share the photos with you all.

Bag – Topshop
Perfume – Alexander Mqueen
Lipstick & Powder – Chanel

THE COUNT DOWN IS ON

– ADMIT ONE –

It’s only 17 days till our wedding! I thought it would be fun to share some of the little details I’ve been working on for the big day. I’ve already shared our ‘Save the Dates’ and Wedding invites with you and to keep with the same theme we’ve gone for our wedding favours to be sticks of rock and our confetti to be fun and colourful.

One of our favourite photographs from weddings is the confetti shot. When searching online for biodegradable confetti my mind was blown by how expensive it is and just how much you will need. I just couldn’t get over it nor could I afford it. I went for the budget DIY approach and yes, this did take me ages to make. I found biodegradable and acid free tissue paper on Amazon, I also snapped up two heart shaped cutters, these candy stripe paper bags all for less than £25. A couple of evenings watching films and with friends over to help cut the heart shapes and our confetti was done.

With all the major things taken care of I can really start to enjoy the smaller details and see our day is shaping up nicely! I will be sharing some snaps of our day on Instagram so be sure to follow me on there for the first sneak peek of my dress and venue!


Using the design from our ‘Save the Date’ invites I had these stickers printed at Solo Press. I’m really impressed with the quality and price. I love the deign and can’t wait to use the left over stickers to jazz up note books and when sending letters.

For our wedding favours we brought classic sticks of rock from a local seaside store in Margate, they have Margate written inside them and have a cute picture of the seaside. Too add that extra personal touch by using our stickers.

Illustrations & Art Work – Amy Purfield-Clark
Photos – Shooting Dave

Bridal Beauty

– WEDDING MAKE-UP IDEAS –

With the wedding prep in full swing it’s time to think about how I would like my hair and make-up for the day. With the help of Pinterest I’ve been able to narrow down my look to a red lip and cat eyeliner flick, I love this classic look. I really like the retro vibe and think it will go perfectly with my style of dress and the venue.

I also love how dewy and fresh faced these looks below are, this is defiantly something I would like recreated for our day. Thankfully I have enlisted the help of a make-up artist to achieve this vision. Left to my own devices I would no doubt end up with wonky eyeliner! I have a trail arranged for a couple of weeks time and I can’t wait.

In the mean time its been fun playing with looks and trying to create this simple look, I feel a soft blusher with a golden highlighted eye would complement the cat eyeliner and red lip perfectly.

Do any of you have any advice for me?


– Look 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Via Pinterest –

Make up –
Eye Shadow Palette c/o E.L.F
Stella McCartney Perfume
Foundation – The Ordinary
Lip Stick – Clarins, Chanel
High Lighter – Topshop
Eyeliner & Conceal – Rimmel
Boiing Conceal & Mascara – Benefit
Foundation Brush – Primark

Designing Our Wedding Invites

– OUR WEDDING INVITATIONS-

It’s been great fun designing and creating our very own, I first shared our  ‘Save the Date’ cards (which you can see here) and now I’m happy to share our main wedding invitations with you too.
Dave and I had played around with themes and ideas and put quite a collection on our private Pinterest board.  After whittling them all down, a clear picture of what we wanted our invitations to look emerged.
Our venue is a retro style fun fair – meets theme park called Dreamland in Margate, UK. We wanted our design  to represent the fun and iconic location with wedding-esque classiness.
Nothing says traditional fun fair quite like a Helter Skelter and Big Wheel,  so these two iconic landmarks of Dreamland became the key features of both designs.

We chose to keep the colour palette to light pastel shades with a few coral and orange toned flowers thrown in to the mix – which I hope to reflect in my wedding bouquet.

You can see that we also placed the pattern I designed for the helter-skelter on the back of the cards to give them texture with a quirky,  fun touch.

I had the inspiration to create a graphic map of the town for our guests, picking out the many fun things to do nearby – such as  avisit the beach, Turner Gallery or even pop along to Shell Grotto. I think this part of the project took me longest to illustrate, getting it just right so it looked like an actual map and be as true to scale as possible.

We picked fancy envelopes too complete the look- well,  the red or blue prints were too beautiful to resist and we feel it gives our stationery that extra special edge.

I’m so pleased with the complete package and we have  had such great responses to the bespoke artwork from guests.  I’ve even had a couple people say I should design invitations and a stationery range for other peoples weddings and events; I’m not sure about that.

What do you think?

We loved creating these very ‘personal to us’ invitations for our big day. As the wedding is bespoke, surely it makes sense to make the stationery reflect me and Dave too?
It brings the date closer and now the countdown is on, with less than four months to go!
I’m so excited, I can’t wait to marry my best friend. Ah sorry guys, that got soppy real quick.

Illustrations – Amy Purfield-Clark
Photos – Shooting Dave

Designing Our Save The Date Invites


To Dave and I our wedding invites were really important. As we are both very creative people and wanted something that reflected both of us. We originally looked to our friends who are very talented illustrators and graphic designers but we ended up creating it ourselves. Which has meant its taken a lot longer to produce and finalise our design, but boy are we pleased with them. As this is our first time designing anything as important as this I thought I would share some of the tips and trick we used and learnt along the way.

I started by searching Save the Dates on Pinterest to gather inspiration for designs and styles I liked and thought that Dave would like too. I created a board full of styles, by showing Dave we whittled them down to about 5 or 6 designs. I knew I wanted some flowers and lots of white background but still lots of colour – if that makes any sense at all?

As we’re getting married in a vintage style theme park it felt right to incorporate this into our design. It must be said that one of the prettiest old style rides is the helter skelter, which we have featured heavily in our design.

Dave created the helter skelter line drawing on photoshop. I hand illustrated the flowers and scanned them into photoshop, I then coloured all the designs in. We’re really pleased with the final outcome and have sent them off to be printed.

I tested out a fair few printers before going with Papier, they are affordable and have a great paper selection. Our design is double printed and we opted for these fun envelopes to match. Once our invites arrive later this week I’ll share some snaps. Then once our main invite is finished and all other wedding stationary is complete – we are designing a map for our location and order of service. After we have all the elements we’re planning to photograph it, stay tuned!

Photos – Shooting Dave

 

Bridal Gang Inspiration

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For my second instalment of my wedding series I thought I’d concentrate on the bridal gang.
I have five bridesmaids, all with different style lengths. I’m loving the braided hair whether it’s a full milkmaid braided style  or a half up half down style with a braid.

I also love green leaf bouquets and soft pastel dresses. I’ve got my eye on a couple of dresses via ASOS. I’m torn between navy shades, blush shades and soft salmon. Eek which colour do I pick, it feels like such a big decision. Do any of you have any advice about how you picked your bridal gangs dresses?

Fancy keeping up to date with my wedding boards? Follow me on Pinterest for my Bridal Gang, Flowers and Wedding ideas .

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