When I last visited Mum in June she let me borrow a couple of her and Dad’s wedding photos to scan. I thought it would be interesting to show them here.:) Mum and Dad got married on a scorching hot Septembers day in 1972. They had met through friends ( on a bit of a blind date actually) and Dad ( a farmer) asked Mum ( a farmer’s daughter)”‘So how many sheep have you got?”, and love bloomed!
I asked Mum about her dress and why she chose it. Mum being Mum just said it fit so that was that! The dress was made from a sort of jersey material with a ruched top. Unfortunately she doesn’t remember what make it was or how much it was….though she does recall it was the fruit of a shopping trip to Liverpool. Mum also wore a hat and told me that in the early seventies it was the fashion for brides to wear hats, rather than veils.
I really love the bridesmaid’s dresses. Mum said she chose
them because they were different to all the other bridesmaid’s dresses in the shop. Well looking at them now, they are indeed very retro, with their lace trimmed wide sleeves and that very kitsch floral pattern. All the outfits were tied in together with salmon pink and white carnation posies. The bridesmaids were Mum’s two youngest nieces Karen and Jane and Dad’s youngest niece at the time, Linda. Don’t my cousins look cute!
Mum and Dad went on to work on the family farm together and have three children, myself and my younger sister & brother. Sadly Dad died when I was a teenager. Mum would eventually remarry and lives happily in the Lakes.
Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I guess that particular phrase is starting to pop up everywhere at the moment….but in my case ,it felt quite true for me at the weekend. 🙂
On Saturday I met up with a couple of friends in town and we had lunch and did a bit of Christmas shopping. It was Shop Local wknd so it was nice to wander round the little independant shops, small towns like my home town of Clitheroe have in abundance. I’m trying to buy as much as I can from these smaller businesses this year as they really do offer something a little different to the gifts you can find in the more well known stores.
I love the Christmassy drinks you can try in December. A friend and I enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate called ‘The Purple One’ inspired by my favourite Quality Street. 🙂
Just thought I would show you this Frozenesque ( Is that a word? 🙂 ) wedding gown in the window of ‘Orchid Designs’ in Clitheroe. I have walked passed it several times and wondered who will be the fairytale bride. I’m not sure if you can see clearly…but look at the blue snowflakes on the train.
And below is the Crib that goes up near the Castle. As soon as the little nativity figures are put in , the town feels so much more Christmassy.
On Sunday I went round to my friend Beckys and helped put the decorations up. My niece and nephew came too and we had fun with glitter, glue, crayons, paper, scissors and a singing dancing Christmas tree. Total chaos but lots of fun!
So the best thing so far about the build up to Christmas has been spending happy times with family and friends. Ho Ho Ho.And to round up this post here is a photo of little Hugo. I really must get him some antlers! 🙂
Yesterday I was a bridesmaid for my good friend Arwen who’m I have known since primary school. It was an amazing day and I feel so honored to have been chosen to share in her and Ian’s celebrations. I thought I would quickly show you a couple of piccies from the wedding….before I go on my holidays. 🙂
The wedding was held in the pretty Ribble valley village of Slaidburn. It was the first nuptials in the church there for two years. The wedding breakfast and evening reception were both held in the newly built village Hall and the catering was done by the local Hark To Bounty pub. So it was a real Village celebration.
Arwen wore a stunning gown from Orchid Bridal designs in Clitheroe and Vicky and I wore beautiful azure blue dresses from Amelias in Clitheroe. We loved the colour so much. I am very tempted to get mine shortened so I can wear it in the future as a cocktail type dress. If I ever go anywhere posh enough of course !
Hope you liked the pictures. 🙂
Thanks to Emiline Drachenberg and Sarah Allen for the photographs.
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