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Bridesmaids, baking

& bird-cage veils

Today we’re catching up with Hannah, who is starting to count down the weeks to her wedding! Having dealt with the paperwork, she is now embracing the super fun jobs – making up a gift list, sampling cake and going for dress fittings, to name but a few. Here’s what she’s been getting up to since she last blogged…

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“With only two months to go until the big day, I’m getting more and more excited! I feel like everything is falling into place and our plans are all coming together. I haven’t felt in the least bit stressed. Lots of people have commented on how calm I am, which is strange as I’m usually quite a stressed person (maybe doing a PhD at the same time as planning a wedding means I’ve got something more stressful to focus on!). I’ve loved every minute of wedding planning. Honestly, the best part is having more excuses and opportunities for David and I to spend time together, as well as spending more time with our families and friends. We recently spent a fun day in Glasgow, collecting our wedding rings and then picking out items for our gift list in John Lewis. Going around the store with a scanner was great fun, and the free tea and cake definitely kept us going. We celebrated the completion of another wedding task with cocktails!
“Over the last few weeks I’ve had a couple of dress fittings. I love how my dress looks and how much it has changed since I bought it. It’s a Stephanie Allin dress, which I bought from the sale section of Lamesley Bridal in Edinburgh. As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was the one! When I bought it, it was a at least four sizes too big and was shorter at the front than the back. Now it fits perfectly and is all one length. I love it so much and it’s amazing to see how much it has changed each time I try it on. In my last post I mentioned that I was going to a milliner to look at hair pieces. My mum and I visited the very talented Mairi Brunning a few weekends ago and we had a great chat about different options. I’ve chosen a really beautiful and unusual hair piece and bird cage veil – that’s all I’m going to say as I don’t want to give too much away!

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“My very talented sister offered to make our wedding cake. She loves baking in her spare time (she works as a nurse too!) and makes really delicious cakes, so we were really excited when she said she would like to make ours. We’ve spent the last few months chatting about types of cakes, flavours and decorations. We’ve settled on the most amazing tasting sponge, with lemon icing and blueberry jam, which is decorated with fresh blueberries. My sister was up from London for a visit last weekend, so she had a trial run at making the cake, as well as a family taste test session. The finished result was so delicious and we can’t wait for everyone to try it on the day.
“The next few weeks are going to be busy and exciting, mostly filled with hen parties (I’m lucky enough to be having three!) and having our tasting at Cannonball. I’m really looking forward to meeting Louise, our wedding planner at Contini, to discuss all of the details about our reception, and then trying all of the food that we might have for our meal. I can’t wait to see Cannonball again; we loved it when we saw it in December and haven’t been back since. We’ll be discussing décor, table plans and the plans for the day. We’re going for quite a simple, elegant look, with white linen table cloths, little vases of flowers and lots of candles. I have a slight obsession with candles, so want to have as many as possible throughout the venue. I’ve seen a few ideas on Pinterest that I’d like to try, so I’ve been collecting lots of glass jars. This is probably the only DIY aspect of our day, as I’m not very creative! But you never know, I might discover a hidden talent…!
“I can’t wait to spend time on my hen weekend with my three bridesmaids – my sister Alice, and best friends from university, Ashley and Toni. They’re doing a great job organising my hen weekend, and family hen day, and have successfully kept everything a secret from me (which is difficult, as I like to be in control!). I can’t wait to see what they’ve got planned for me. In terms of their dresses, I found really beautiful pale blue dresses on ASOS, which we all agreed were perfect. They’ve got a lovely lace top, which goes so well with my wedding dress. I can’t wait to see them looking so glamourous on the day.

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“We’ve only got a few things to sort – I’ve got a hair trial in May; I need to make final decisions about bouquets and button holes; we need to sort out our table plans and decorations. Oh, and I also have to think about what I want to say in my speech!”
So exciting, I’m getting butterflies on Hannah’s behalf! And how delish does that cake sound?! Anyone else getting a talented friend or family member to get their bake on? Christina x
Hannah & David are planning an intimate ceremony at Lothian Chambers registry office, followed by a reception in Contini Cannonball Restaurant, Edinburgh. “Simple, casual, fuss free” is how she describes her perfect wedding day.