A little party in the woods: making wooden cars, swinging from the branches and toasting marshmallows, there was even a tent floating from the trees. What a way to celebrate our little buddy turning 6. Happy birthday Nathan!
We're thankful for: Cheese, health, Run DMC, getting to know our neighbours, Our gospel community family, macaroni, HMRC, eyesight, sunshine, our Americans, nature, Belgian beer, ginger people, Bouff, international travel, Ofsted, being together, warm homes, Erdington and at least 81 other things.
1. Their wedding cake was 16 layers high, decorated with bunting and flags. 2. Each guest's place setting had a ball of playdoh for modelling as they wished. 3. They'd really thought through the wider impact of their wedding and majored on recycled options and fantastic fair trade products. 4. Their reception venue was a play farm where Fran used to work. They utterly transformed the breeze-block barn with lights and balloons. (This is their venue) There were baby animals! 5. They had a second cake- 5 tiers of cheese. 6. The whole wedding party wore Tom's. 7. The first dance was a flashmob style barn dance with their bridesmaid, groomsmen and groomsmaids all taking part. (This is their band). Later all their guests danced in a circle round them an sprinkled good wishes on them. 8. They served made-to-order stone baked pizzas as their wedding breakfast. (These guys where great) 9. They also had food stalls around their reception room with pic 'n' mix sweets, gourmet popcorn (from here) sampling, cheese wedding cake and jars of jelly and ice-cream. 10. Each car load of guests completed a car quiz trail on the way to the reception, following clues and competing for a box of prizes.
Ben & Clare's Wedding is now posted in full on our portfolio section. These guys got engaged in one of our favourite places and we couldn't resist going there to make them a special piece of wedding beach art. And we love these guys so much that we thought we'd also throw in a little wedding stop motion movie of their day without them noticing.
Here, without further ado, is the full version of the video.
During Simon's speech he gave out several awards to the people he was thanking, including: "Best Parents 1978-2012", "Most Beautiful Bridesmaid"and "Most Sympathetic Parents Towards an Ever Increasing Number of Guests". It was so much fun.
In fact, we thought the wedding was so much fun that we'd decided to award it some awards of our own...
1 Laura and Simon's wedding breakfast was catered by their local fish and chip shop. There was a large box of fish and chips for each guest served with plastic knives and forks. Gentlemen (complete with bow ties) served up some extra food and drinks and the guys from the chippie were on hand to serve out mushy peas and curry sauce! They were Catering Ledgends.
2 This wedding was the best for babies. There must have been at least 25 small people wandering around keeping everyone amused at this wedding. It was so sweet- they really know how to bring the party, they were the first on the dance floor and probably the last to bed. So they are officially our Most Entertaining Fleet of Mini-Guests.
3 When we spoke to Laura and Simon they weren't sure what to do for their first dance. Well they need't have worried because their first dance turned out to be the Best Spontaneous Dance Session. 2 key players made all the difference: The DJ who stepped in last minute (literally he was called that afternoon!) and their friend who took to the stage an lead the whole crowd in a samba lesson. Pretty sure you couldn't have planned it better.
4 The two best men had prepared their speech in video format complete with vox pop interviews about the groom. Thanks to some genius wedding guests and their Triumph Over Adverse Technology, we all got to watch it complete with sound (including a bit of DJ Hammer).
5 Finally we couldn't leave it without a mention of the Finest Stage- Diving Bride and Groom who were some of the most laid back people we've had the pleasure of photographing. Seriously nothing could phase them, so when their DJ publicly challenged them to do "the lift" from Dirty Dancing they just got right on with the crazy business of stage diving in their wedding clothes!
We spent last Saturday in the beautiful Midlands town of Bewdley for the nuptials of Simon & Laura. These guys are awesome fun and really relaxed, which made it a good day for us and all involved. Laura is the polar opposite of a bridezilla and Simon is her perfect partner in crime.
There'll be plenty more details over here shortly including some loads of cute kids, a Great British feast and their very own dirty dancing moment. In his wedding talk their vicar told them never to stop taking risks or having fun and these chaps started as they mean to go on...
The snow's made it to the UK and parts of Europe are struggling with the freezing cold, so here's a sunny Aussie wedding to warm your toes.
Chris and Kelly's Wedding has now been uploaded to our portfolio here.
This was the hottest wedding we've been to so far and we had a great time getting to know loads of the guests. Check out all the sweet details that Kelly and her Mum arranged, and the amazing venue over looking the city of Perth.
We're also really excited to share our first stop-motion wedding video.
It was so much fun to be part of an Australian wedding- so thanks again chaps for having us!
It was my sister's 18th birthday today. She had some people round for food. My parents are having a load of work done on their house and the most convenient available party space was a room that's recently been stripped down, knocked through and freshly plastered. I think they were a bit embarrassed about it, but I thought it looked pretty suave in a continental, unpolished, minimalist sort of way. I told them not to bother with the new floorboards. Here's the birthday girl by the way:
Mum threw a garden party to celebrate her big birthday. She made a tun of tiny cakes so that everyone could try a bit of each and most people didn't stop at one, particularly with the mini-meringues (topped with chocolate paste).
There was a hammock and two sofas in the garden to lounge on. We decorated with swathes of bunting and a spot of reused tissue paper...
Drank a fair bit of Pimms...
Milled around chatting...
And did a spot of photo boothing in the summer house!
Mum turned 50 this week so she and I hopped down to London to celebrate with Corinne. We found dinner in LEON then desert and champagne in Caffe Vergnano 1882.
And let our hair down in the hotel.
Bathurst Mews- I'd take one of these houses for free. You might not be able to see it, but there is a horse standing outside its stable at the end of the street. And that Olive Tree is quality.
Mum and I strolled through Hyde Park and sat at the Lido by the Serpentine for some elevenses. There was a heron, plenty of other close-up birds and two chinooks, cue plenty of "oh wow, that's amazing!" from Mum.
Then we stumbled across the rose garden, which is incredibly scented and full of delicate colours.
We'd planned to walk past Buckingham Palace on our way to lunch with Corinne but this crowd persuaded us to linger and watch the Changing of the Guard. Reader beware: if you go to watch the Changing of the Guard, what you will actually do is watch the back of the crowd watching people marching around, while you shuffle around trying to catch a glimpse of some red and gold on your tip-toes. (And when you do finally get a clear view of the procession, your camera battery will have just conked out). Still, if its not raining, its pretty good fun.
Along with a third of the world we were celebrating on Friday. Our party was held at our friend's Staffordshire farmhouse. There was jollity, cups of tea and far FAR too much food. It was great. Thanks to Tom and Helen and, of course, our very best wishes to the royal couple.