I’ll always leap at an opportunity to talk about weddings, especially when I’m asked about my own big day!
So, when a journalist got in touch to discuss wedding traditions with me for a feature she was writing for Wedding Ideas magazine, I was obviously up for the chat.
As much as I’m a hopeless romantic and love many wedding traditions, my husband and I weren’t afraid to ditch the ones which didn’t mean as much to us.
If you’re battling with the potentially controversial decision to go against traditions for some or all aspects of your wedding, have a read of this for some inspiration and encouragement to do what suits you.
With leap year day – February 29 – just around the corner, it’s got my mind flashing back to the last one in 2012. I’d completely forgotten that’s where our whole engagement story really began. You see, for years, Mr Robertson had insisted he didn’t want to go down the marriage path again, having already been there, done it and hated it. So, when the day where traditionally women propose to their men came around in 2012 – and we’d been together for two and a half years – I began “threatening” to pop the question myself.
For something that started as half joke / half giant hint from me, I was surprised by my then boyfriend’s panicked reaction. He literally was terrified I would go through with it! So, what I thought was a bit of fun turned into one of those deep and meaningful chats. At the time, it seemed to go well, although he was still nervous of marriage, he agreed we could go and look at engagement rings. Mixed messages aside, I had him in that jewellery shop quicker than he could reconsider what had just happened.
So, it was four years ago around now that I first put on THE ring (on my right hand, though, as I’m superstitious!). I’d always known the ring I’d wanted – a white gold trilogy diamond ring – and so it didn’t take much hunting to find it. Details noted, girlfriend beyond excited, boyfriend no doubt wondering how he’d got into this situation!
My husband and I (yep, still love saying that!) recently celebrated six years since we found each other through online dating. In fact, it was a whole week of me saying “this time six years ago, we…found each other/met for the first time/etc etc”. I love spending that week looking back on where we came from and how far we have travelled. I’ve even got those very first emails all printed out and stuck in a book so we never forget the first words said to each other – well, that’s the beauty of meeting online, there’s a record we can keep forever.
When good friends told us they’d been to the London restaurant made famous by one of our favourite TV shows, First Dates, we knew we had to celebrate our “anniversary” there. If you haven’t enjoyed the first couple of series, you’re missing out! It’s basically a real restaurant taken over by a telly crew to film couples on their first blind date. Some melt your heart and give you hopes for their future, while others are a disaster waiting to happen. It’s compulsive viewing and so we were hugely excited at the opportunity to dine at the Paternoster Chop House (www.paternosterchophouse.co.uk) overlooking St Paul’s. » Read more
As we all melt in the UK heatwave, my thoughts are taken straight back to this time last month when we celebrated our second wedding anniversary in the beautiful Tuscan sunshine. Italy is a place I’ve long been keen to explore, with a list as long as my arm of parts of the beautiful country I want to visit. So, our wedding anniversary seemed the ideal time to take our first trip.
Two years ago today, I became Mrs Robertson! On June 1, 2013, I finally became a bride and a wife to my handsome husband, Mark. It’s the day I’d hoped and dreamed of forever and yet struggled to imagine ever living out those perfect moments for real.
But, it happened and we were blessed with the most incredibly perfect day. Not a thing went wrong (ok, so calling him by his middle name during our vows will be a moment never to be forgotten, but…) and it truly was the happiest day of our lives. » Read more
You may have noticed the new television adverts this week from the Alzheimer’s Society. Showing a normal family lunch, you see children, parents and grandparents around a dining table and the usual chit-chat you’d expect. But then you notice the grandad’s face change, a sudden and frightening realisation he no longer really knows what is happening around him, who these people are and what they are wanting from him. He looks panicked, confused and completely alone. You then see him sat physically alone at that same table; a simply heartbreaking image of the head of the family.
This week is Dementia Awareness Week. A week when we are all being asked to Do Something New in a mission to demonstrate that “life doesn’t end when dementia starts”. The Alzheimer’s Society wants to show the work it does to help people living with dementia to continue on with their lives for as long as possible, even learning new things along the way.
Why am I writing about this on my usually cheerful wedding blog, you may ask? My family is among the far too many living with this wicked, heartbreaking illness. My precious stepdad, Dick, has been in my life since I was six (30 years this year!). » Read more
I’m a real romantic and I love precious times spent with my husband (I would imagine you’ve worked that out already!).
So, when we were invited to spend a night away at a luxury cottage made for two, I was beyond excited. Woodfarm Barns (www.woodfarmbarns.com) are a collection of the most beautiful mini cottages built in the grounds of the owner’s farmhouse in the Suffolk countryside. After research told him cottages are most often hired by couples looking for a romantic getaway, owner Carl Scott made it his mission to offer just that. » Read more
Another week, another wedding, another stunning photo for our wall! This weekend was the wedding of my brother-in-law. With my handsome husband as best man, I was even more keen to get a professional photo of the pair of us together. Step in wedding photographer Chris Deller (www.chrisdellerphotography.com).
Despite pouring rain all morning, as soon as it was time for the ceremony, the clouds disappeared and out came the sun! The backdrop to the photos was this far too stunning for words pink blossom tree in the grounds of Orsett Hall (www.orsetthall.co.uk) which, along with the bright sunshine, made for the most incredible colours.
Within hours of the big day finishing, Chris popped over these two incredible images for us. » Read more
Thrilled to have been sent this photo of my husband and I by Matt Heath Photography (www.mattheathphotography.com). Matt was the photographer covering my friend’s wedding over Easter weekend and he snapped this photo of us both enjoying the day.
It doesn’t matter how hard you try, you’ll never get a photo as wonderful as one by a professional. Sure, snapshots can be fun and full of meaning, but the colour and composition of this photo is just beautiful.
Thanks, Matt! Can’t wait to see the rest of the photos from the day now.
Ok, so it’s been more than 19 months since my own big day. Since Mr Robertson and I were centre stage and stars of our own wonderful show. We’ve been to two wedding parties since, but haven’t yet been a big part of anyone else’s wedding…until now, that is. In the coming weeks, we have three big weddings to attend – my cousin’s, one of my best friends’ and my brother-in-law’s. And it all feels a little bit surreal…