Our Wedding Day

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V E N U E  &  D E C O R

The one and only place we visited when choosing our wedding venue… Rockbeare Manor is stunning and almost instantly we knew it was where we wanted our wedding to be. We kept to a few traditions but the main thing was that the wedding reflected us – if something wasn’t ‘us’ then we changed it so it was! We wanted our day to have a relaxed and fun feel. We totally believe that ‘less is more’ and didn’t want to overdo it with the decoration; I love the simple elegance of the Manor so we kept it all fairly minimal. It is quite easy to get caught up in the planning of a wedding and forget that, as cheesy as it sounds, the day is a celebration of love! Then everything else is a bonus ♥

Spring is my favourite season and I had sort of imagined our wedding day to be a beautiful spring day with soft colours, greenery and sunshine to fill the rooms – we completely lucked out because this is pretty much what we got! I feel so lucky and still can’t believe that this was our day…

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H A I R

Laura Elisabeth (Instagram – @lauraelisabethmua)

 

‘Simple, elegant and a little bit messy’

…is how I described the look I was going for! I didn’t have anything specific in mind but I liked the look of some hair up and some hair down, plaits, loose curls and a little bit of gypsophila as a finishing touch. I wanted it to work with my dress and the elegant feel of it but didn’t want to go for a typical bridal hairstyle. It was the perfect balance of simple and sophisticated with a little bit of messiness! 

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M A K E  U P

I decided to do my own make up on our wedding day. I didn’t want anything too different to what I’d normally do and I still wanted to ‘look like me’. I started to try out new make up (foundations, concealers, eyeshadows, etc) in the year running up to the wedding and I knew exactly what I was going to use on the day. I think, on your wedding day especially, it’s important to wear what you feel comfortable wearing and to stick with what you know looks good and lasts well. I really enjoy doing make up anyway so the time spent doing it on the day with my best friends and bridesmaids by my side is one of my favourite memories!

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C A K E  

Sweet Escake (Instagram – @sweetescake_devon)

“That is not our cake?!” – were my exact words when I first laid eyes on it! I couldn’t believe that Beccy had managed to recreate the Pinterest cake I showed her, but even better. I love the rustic look of a ‘naked cake’ and the strawberries and flowers were the perfect finishing touch. She also catered for gluten-free with little cupcakes – so cute! The cake very quickly became one of my favourite parts of the day. I’ve never had cake that tasted as amazing as it looks and I’m so glad that I finally got to experience this on our wedding day 🙂

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F L O W E R S

Peamore Flora (www.peamoreflora.co.uk)

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I sometimes found it difficult to make decisions around the ‘look’ we were going for in the early stages of planning because I didn’t have a specific vision in my head. People would often ask what our colour scheme was and, to be honest, I never really had one! After meeting with Grace at Peamore Flora and showing her some photos for inspiration, I felt confident that she knew what to do. When I saw the finished bouquets I realised she had managed to create EXACTLY what I wanted – beautiful, soft-coloured spring flowers with gorgeous greenery! We also chose lots of foliage and spring wildflowers to put in clear jars along the centre of the main table and around the venue to tie it all together.

P H O T O G R A P H E R

(Instagram – @helencourtphotography)

Our Wedding Day was beautifully photographed by Helen Court. Most of the time we hardly noticed Helen taking photos on the day and we are so pleased with the way they turned out. She really captured the feeling of how chilled and happy everyone was on the day, with a mixture of natural and posed shots. Here are a few of my favourites from the day…

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let  love  s p a r k l e …


We truly had the most amazing day and are so grateful to everyone that helped to make it so special.

SP x

Twenty Four Things

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So I’ve been wanting to write a new blog post for a couple of months now but I’ve really been struggling to find a ‘topic’ or anything of interest to write about. When I started my blog I knew I wanted to write for myself and nobody else, but at the same time I am very conscious of what I post on social media. I’m naturally quite a private person and I have to admit that I do often find the ‘sharing’ part of it all quite difficult. Blogging is a bit out of my comfort zone because I am opening up and sharing my thoughts, but at the same time I don’t really want anyone to listen.

I sometimes feel with social media there is a pressure to be open and share things about our personal lives with people we might never normally speak about it to. I think I could quite easily never share anything about my life online again. Think how different it would be without it all? It would be like the good old days… Ha! With that being said, I do think social media has its good parts; I love photos which is probably why the only social media channel I really use is Instagram. I like to see updates shared by those I care about or feel inspired by – I enjoy following different people’s adventures through life.

As I recently reached the grand old age of 24 (lol), I thought I’d do something I normally wouldn’t do and share 24 *completely random and probably won’t add anything to your day* things about me that I haven’t shared on social media before…

  1. I’m told my name was inspired by both the actress Stefanie Powers and the tennis player Steffi Graf.
  2. One thing I am most scared of is moths, especially when they fly INTO your face?!
  3. I’d love to learn more about our solar system and space – I find it so interesting and it also helps me to remember how insignificant our time on Earth is (sad but true). In a way it helps me to stop stressing over something really stupid!
  4. I am happiest when around those who make me feel comfortable and warm inside. I love when people help you to be the best version of yourself – they are keepers 🙂
  5. Although I have nothing against tattoos, the thought of getting one myself terrifies me. What if the tattoo artist messes it up?! I could never get one, haha.
  6. My favourite band is Little Mix and I’m not sorry ’bout it 😉
  7. I sometimes feel let down by people who don’t do for me as I do for them. I try to remember the quote “Be a rose which gives fragrance even to those who crush it” – I think it’s really powerful and a great one to live by.
  8. I get quite annoyed by loud eaters… #ytho?
  9. I also can’t stand watching or listening to people brush their teeth. It honestly makes me feel something so horrible inside (tell me I’m not alone) haha!
  10. I used to be a massive worrier but as I am getting older I’m learning the hard way that it’s a complete waste of time and energy.
  11. I prefer savoury food to sweet… I am a bit obsessed with sausage rolls and would eat them daily if I could get away with it. Why is all good food bad for you, lol.
  12. Not a day goes by where I do not sing; I swear it just makes you feel better!
  13. My favourite season has got to be spring, closely followed by autumn. To be honest though I do love every season!
  14. I feel inspired by people who don’t take life too seriously.
  15. I also love good people. Those who support others and don’t make them feel silly if they make a mistake.
  16. My eye sight is getting so bad but I cannot stand the feeling of having glasses on my face and the idea of contact lenses kinda freaks me out. I’m hoping for a miracle (or eventually laser eye surgery? haha).
  17. I enjoy the feeling of having one sock on and one sock off.
  18. My favourite breakfast is a cup of tea and toast. Not too much milk in the tea and the toast has to be 2 slices with raspberry or strawberry jam and 2 slices with marmite. Yes, I’m a weirdo, I know!!
  19. I am a perfectionist which……. can be really annoying. Ha.
  20. I get really determined to complete something and hate giving up.
  21. I always try to see the good in people, even though sometimes it can be hard! Lol.
  22. I really believe that your mind is a powerful thing and when you fill it with positive thoughts your life will start to change. This is something I have really tried to do more of this year.
  23. I find it hard to make decisions but I am getting better!
  24. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – I believe this quote to be one of the truest I have ever heard.

Well, if you made it to the end then congratulations!! You must be bored 😉 haha. Let me know if you too feel unnatural sharing things on social media. Do you think there’s anything wrong with feeling this way? Actually maybe don’t answer that one… lol!

Thanks for reading 🙂

SP x

Our Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

Saturday 12th August 2017
Woodbury Common, Devon

If I’m completely honest, when I first heard that ‘pre-wedding photoshoots’ were a thing part of me cringed at the thought of staged PDAs and awkwardness as people watch on! Despite this, we did think the photoshoot would be a good practise for the real thing — we both dislike the thought of us being the centre of attention… but I guess our wedding day has to be the one exception!

We planned to meet our photographer, Helen, at a place we would ordinarily go for a walk, so it made it a bit more ‘real’. She made us feel comfortable really quickly (apart from the few shots where we were sat on prickles!) — I think you’re always critical of yourself, but many of the photos are lovely and we are so happy with how the shoot went. We did initially say that we prefer more natural shots over staged ones, but Helen got a really good balance of both. She also had to put up with our slightly immature sense of humour at times!

The photoshoot has given us some great memories and we definitely feel a lot more prepared for our wedding day. I’m pretty sure Mart thinks he is a professional model now though… he puts me to shame! Lol! Anyway, enjoy the show 😉

SP x

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Photos by Helen Court Photography

A Breath of Fresh Air

Saturday 1st July 2017

It’s been a busy few months to say the least! We got through the pain that is moving house and we are slowly settling back into ‘normality’ (basically anything that isn’t unpacking boxes and boring life admin tasks).

They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do… along with planning a wedding (ha, perfect timing!) – it certainly didn’t come without its challenges! So after a hectic few weeks we were looking forward to spending time with two of our favourite people on a lovely sunny day.

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After a quick stop at Fingle Bridge we were ready to begin our walk along the trail overlooking the Fingle Gorge and River Teign.

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We wandered through the gardens and had lunch at a little café near Castle Drogo – much needed before the trek back! I can’t help but feel so lucky to live in Devon… it is truly beautiful!!

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This is one of those days I wish I could go back to and relive! It was definitely, as my Dad likes to call it, a ‘good to be alive’ day 🙂

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New Beginnings.

S p r i n g — my favourite time of the year!

I am SO looking forward to blue skies, greenery, beautiful flowers, long walks and the feeling of warm sunshine on my face 🙂 Lighter evenings also mean the day doesn’t end as quickly, so spontaneous trips to the seaside after work become the regular thing to do – I absolutely love it! I really do believe that the sun (and weather in general) can have such an impact on your mood.

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I must admit I have been feeling a little overwhelmed recently (can you ever just be ‘whelmed’?!) There are some very exciting things happening at the moment which does make me think that negative thoughts are completely silly! That can often be the worst part – failing to understand why I am feeling this way when I have so much to look forward to. I do sometimes struggle to remember that those moments will pass and emotions are only temporary. I cant help it if I’m highly strung… haha!!

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We’re currently waiting for our new home to be built and I am so keen for it to be ready so we can move house! I’m very much looking forward to the design and décor part and doing lots of shopping for homeware. YASSS 🙂

I’ve also been keeping busy with wedding planning and last month it was my turn to pop the question(s)! I asked three very special ladies to be my bridesmaids and thankfully they all accepted. I will be so happy to have them by my side when I become Mrs. T… only 381 days to go!!

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My ‘Best of 2016’

This year I have experienced some of the best times and the memories that surround them I will treasure for life.

When scrolling back through the moments I was lucky enough to capture on camera, I realised that even the simplistic, day-to-day life kind of days actually formed some of my most loved memories – those where I have felt the happiest and simply content.

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Feeling comfortable enough to be myself, spending quality time with those who mean the most and taking each day as it comes is what I will carry with me from 2016. I have realised that not everything will go the way I want or imagine it to, but this is also not necessarily a bad thing. I learned that it is okay to be anxious, but to worry myself almost to the point of self-destruction is a waste of time and energy. I have always believed that everything turns out the way it is supposed to even when I cannot immediately see the reasoning behind it.

I’m excited to live the moments that are still to come, in the places I am supposed to be, with the people I am supposed to be with. Here’s to 2017!

SP x

 

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…The day I became a fiancée!

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29th November 2016

…My 23rd Birthday 🙂

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Am I missing something?

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Over the past few years I would occasionally experience a feeling that my life was lacking something. This is without wanting to sound ungrateful, as I have everything I need and more. I just felt as if something was missing and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It’s a tough journey to ‘adult life’ and it can be a bit overwhelming at times. The feeling when a number of life challenges are all thrown at you at once likes to make a regular appearance!

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I recently figured out that what I have been missing in my life is a creative outlet. As an adult, it is up to you to realise what it is you are good at and what it is you enjoy; whether it be a sport/hobby/art or something else. I realised that nobody is going to push you to try new things or get involved like they did when you were growing up. Once the school years have been left behind it is pretty much up to you to keep that spark of creativity within you alight. No one will force you to find something you are passionate about and keep at it.

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This is where I am now. I have decided that my creative outlet is blogging as I find it is the perfect way to document my life and travel diaries, thoughts and feelings, photographs…etc. I wouldn’t say I am the most creative person in the world but I have always enjoyed writing and having my own little creative spot on the internet (throwback to the Piczo website days… circa 2006?!) – blogging is appealing to me because no one is being forced to read it, unless they wanted to.

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I hope that anyone who reads my blog posts feels welcome to do so and enjoys them, but at the same time I am creating them for myself to look back on in the future, so it doesn’t really matter how many are paying attention. I think for a lot of people nowadays their happiness almost correlates with the amount of ‘likes’ they get on social media and the acceptance or approval they feel as a result.

Personally, I think it is so much more important to get to a place where, if you stripped all of that away, you feel content with just being you and living the life that makes you happy.

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SP  x