Wednesday 1 July 2015

The week that was #23

Last week was a good one. Work was busy, as per, but we were looking forward to a week off that would start with my sister-in-law's wedding, so excitement was in the air.

Here's a run down of the week that was...

DOING There's not much else to share from last week other than counting down to the wedding and enjoying the big day itself.

And what a day it was.

I woke on Saturday morning with a tummy full of butterflies and felt much the same as I did on our wedding day (which you can read about here if you like), almost five years ago.

All the bridesmaids were getting ready at my Mother-in-Laws, with the hair preparations starting at 6.45am. The bride was pretty calm by all accounts and over the course of the morning, we all transformed ourselves into 50's style bombshells. Victory rolls, red lippie and these amazing dresses from Lindy Bop, complete with frilly petticoats.

That was the aim, and by all accounts, I think we all looked pretty amazing.

The bride then came down the stairs, dressed in porcelain, with a stunning lace top over her dress. She looked beautiful. And still oh so calm!

We had classic 1930's cars to take us to the church and us bridesmaids were all a bundle of nerves.

When we arrived, I saw the two handsome gentlemen, below left, for the first time in their wedding outfits. Spiderman has also decided to join us for the day.

Ethan was joining the groom's son Sebbie as page boy and they led the bridal party to the alter. He was an absolute star throughout the ceremony, sitting with my Mother-in-Law, calling to Erin and waving at the congregation and saying 'Hiiiii!'.

After the ceremony, we travelled to the reception at Moxhull Hall.

The Bombshell Belles, pictured in the red dresses below with us bridesmaids, were on the patio entertaining us with 40's and 50's classics and spins on current songs like 'Bad Romance', and we all enjoyed a couple of glasses of fizz, some canap├ęs and had our photos taken in the grounds. Meanwhile, Ethan followed Sebbie everywhere and enjoyed exploring.

The wedding breakfast started at 4pm with the Father of the Bride speech, which included 75 Elvis / Jersey Boys song references, and then we enjoyed a lovely five course meal. The tables were decorated with ice cream sundaes made from flowers and our favours were Coca-cola bottles; as a surprise, we had bought the newly-weds personalised coke bottles last year, and the set of six read 'Mr Mrs Holt, Erin and Rob'.

Ethan was still full of energy at the table and was doing so well and time just flew.

The groom made a lovely speech to his new bride and the two best men did their best to embarrass the groom. We had some down time whilst waiting for the evening to get started and then around 8.30am, the bride and groom took to the dance floor for 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You'.

It all flew by, as special occasions always seems to, and I was just so full of happiness for the both of them.

They're now in Sorrento for their honeymoon and the start of many new adventures as Mr and Mrs.

We spoke on Sunday before they flew; they'd spent the afternoon opening cards and gifts and I was so glad that they had ours to open too. Erin is a big Disney fan (all the cool people are) so we bought them a word print in a frame which said 'We go together like' then listed lots of Disney couples like Mickey and Minnie, ending with 'Erin and Rob'.

We also gave them his'n'hers mugs, saying 'Mr' and 'Mrs' in Disney font, with their wedding date on, and I made them a special scrapbook to keep their wedding memories and favourite photos in.

I ordered a print of the lyrics to their first dance designed in a circular fashion like a vinyl record, with their wedding details in the centre. I then mounted this on a square black scrapbook, added some love heart ribbon, a few paper flowers and three badges which said 'Mr', 'Mrs' and their wedding date.

They were really pleased with their gifts and I was so happy that we had got them something special, and so 'them' too.

WEARING Well, the only thing worth mentioning is my bridesmaid dress and the whole 50's look to boot! I have always loved this style and black flicked eyeliner and red lips is a signature look of mine so I spent the whole wedding feeling fifties and fabulous.

You can find out all about how I achieved this look in my recent fifties make up guide, and I'll be sharing my pick of the red pouts soon too.

And this is how I did my nails for the day - I got many a compliment and I would love to have nails like this all the time.

WATCHING I love having a good series to get stuck into and was so pleased when series three of Orange is the New Black started on Netflix. It's a great show with really interesting characters and I'm already half way through.

On our day off on Friday, we went to see Jurassic World and it was amazing. Hubs loves the original, as do I, and we do love our dinosaurs as a family, so we were excited to see this. It's a great story that kind of re-tells / re-treads the same ground as the first film but from a modern day perspective and we really enjoyed it.

DRINKING It's summer so that means one thing in particular - Pimms! So imagine my joy when I found that Pimms Cider, together at last! I've had one or two of these this week and enjoyed every last sip.

FAVE PRODUCTS As you may have seen from my fifties make up post, I've been trying to perfect this look and there's a couple of things I've found that will have a firm place in my make up bag now.

If you want an eyeliner that has real staying power, L'Oreal's Black Lacquer Super Liner is the best I've found. It stays blacker than black, gives a crisp line and strong flicks and it lasts.

Also, I'm a fan of Benefit's They're Real gel eyeliner pen and now, they've introduced blue, brown, purple and this rich green to the range. I picked it up to complement my bridesmaid dress and it's a really nice alternative to black for the summer months.

I've also been keen to get on the contouring bandwagon and was recommended the Benefit Hoola set (an early birthday present). I wouldn't have normally picked it up as being so pale, I don't think bronzer works with my skin tone, but the assistant showed me how this could give me a natural glow and help contour at the same time, and even hubs noticed the difference straight away. So brownie points all round!

So, that's what I was up to last week, in a nutshell (kind of!) and now I am enjoying a week at home, on holiday from work, and just enjoying the two extra special men in my life.

Kelly x


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