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My Luau Hen Party!

June 18, 2017

Last weekend my bridesmaids threw me a hen party and I’ve been bursting with gratitude and happiness ever since. The whole thing was a complete surprise and turned out better than anything I could have imagined or dreamed of.

Right after Nick and I booked our wedding, my super organised and thoughtful bridesmaids asked if I would like them to take care of the hen. I LOVE surprises and of course agreed and so off they went, led by my Maid of Honour and sister Rachael- who just happens to have the planning skills to rival a professional event planner. My one request was that costs for the hens were kept to a minimum, as our wedding is taking place in a land far away and I wanted them to enjoy everything without needing to spend much. And apart from that, I didn’t know a single thing.

On the week of the hen I flew into the UK from Germany and was picked up by a car full of excited bridesmaids. We drove to my Mum’s house in Chester. Her house is perfect for parties as she has a big garden and lot’s of room for guests. We put on the Practical Magic soundtrack (my favourite) whilst dancing around the island in the kitchen and preparing for our guests arrival. We cooked up huge batches of cookies, chilli, soups and all-sorts. They are all fantastic cooks and so thoughtful, they made sure that there were lots of options for our vegan and vegetarian guests. I still had no idea what was happening and could’t really sleep that night as I was so excited to see the rest of my friends the next day.

In the morning I was told to put on scruffy clothes and not to bother doing my hair or make-up. My hens began to arrive, along with my gorgeous Grandma who joined us for a delicious brunch and some hilarious games supplied by my younger sister Josie before the ‘top secret activity’. Everyone was looking super casual and I was trying to guess what we might be doing?

We all piled into cars and set off driving into the countryside. My friend LuLu told me to close my eyes towards the end of the journey and when I opened them we were in the middle of a muddy field…that explained the scruffy clothes then. We went into a little shed and were given camouflage overalls and helmets…Quad Biking! My sister explained to us that growing up I’ve never really been confident with driving or extreme sports. I just didn’t think I could do it and would watch my sisters but avoid it myself. Until last year when we went to Florida and my sister encouraged me to try jet skiing and then driving a jeep though the swamps in the country- both of which I ended up loving. Quad biking was another thing I would usually shy away from, but she knew I could do it and would enjoy it if I tried.

So off we went. Zooming through the mud and splattering it all over each other, we zipped through sunny fields of wheat (lot’s of Theresa May jokes) and bounced over/under obstacles along the way. We were all laughing so much as we got stuck in ditches or crashed into each other. It was amazing and it’s such a great feeling to go out of your comfort zone. Oh, and then Lola made the farmer hose me down with a power washer, another delightful suprise. Cheers for that, Lola.

We got back to the house and everyone began to shower and get ready for the Luau party.  I put my canary yellow prom dress on, after getting preened and pampered by two of my talented friends Sophie and Lulu (that just happen to be hair and beauty professionals), then my sister Rachael presented me with a stunning daisy veil which matched perfectly. She made it herself and my heart nearly bust at how much effort and love she’d put into it for me. I felt like Pricilla Presley and Lana Del Rey’s love child and didn’t take it off all night.

The hen party began. The garden was beautifully decorated with flamingos, everyone was drinking out of coconuts and we even had a tiki bar! We played some games which made me laugh so much my abs hurt the next day, the funniest was when we played the memory game. It was hilarious to remember some of the wild and ridiculous times that we’ve shared together over the years.

I was looking around at everyone and thinking how lucky I am to have acquired such beautiful, interesting and special women in my life.

We then went to Church, a beautiful old church which has been converted into a live music venue. The band played all of my favourite songs and changed all of the names in the songs to ‘Lucy’ while we danced the night away- I totally felt like we were in an American film. When we got back home we put more music on and ate the rest of the food that was left over!

The next morning we had a huge breakfast and some of the girls put on face-masks as we de-briefed, reminding each other of our funny antics from the night before. Such as Josie strumming the bass while Vanisha took over the mic. Everyone gave me presents too, they were so thoughtful: water from Glastonbury’s Chalice well (which is believed to have healing powers) and a mix tape of all of my favourite songs to dance to when I was 17.

I couldn’t ask for better friends and family, I was feeling pretty teary by the end of it all. They made me feel so loved and special. Thank you to everyone involved in making those memories that will last forever.

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BIRTHDAY OUTFIT OF THE DAY WITH BELL SLEEVES

May 28, 2017

Well hello there and happy Sunday! Thank you all for the birthday wishes. I feel particularly joyful because around the time of my last birthday I was recovering from my heart operation and things were a bit more somber. So ‘cheers’ to that being behind me, I am incredibly thankful for everything this year has brought me.

I spent the day getting spoiled by my lovely friend Kate (AKA Sole Satisfaction) eating tiramisu and soaking up the sunshine before heading out for more spoiling with my love.

I woke up the best way possible on my birthday. With Nick singing happy birthday, handing me gifts and cards from loved ones. We opened them and had breakfast in bed whilst listening to the new Paramore album and video-calling my Mum. She told me stories of me and my sisters when we were kids and we laughed about old times. This is a pretty significant birthday as it’s my last one as a Miss so we were feeling quite reflective. It feels crazy after so much planning that the wedding will actually be here really soon, it’s such a magical and exciting time.

Kate and I took these pictures on the afternoon of my birthday. We’d just had brunch at Lykke one of our favourite sunny spots and Kate had surprised me with balloons along with all sorts of thoughtful gifts. We took a stroll in the sunshine down towards Urban Spree where these photos were taken, stopping to look in the little independent boutiques along the way. The street art in this area of Berlin is incredible, if you haven’t been yet it’s a must see. And when the weather is nice there are some amazing beer gardens to kick back and relax in- which we obviously did with a glass of bubbles in hand.

If you’ve been to Berlin, if you’ve witnessed its nightlife and its fashion scene, you’ll have noticed a lot of the colour black. And this bell sleeved dress from ASOS is anything but black. But I absolutely love it and felt super comfortable. If you can’t wear every colour under the sun with bell sleeves on your birthday, when can you? The sunglasses were a charity shop purchase about four years ago and I’ve had soooo much wear out of them. My clogs are from office and were a gift from my Mum – thanks Mum! (she has a pair to match).

I had such a good day and am so glad that I was able to get some happy snaps of my outfit to share here. It’s been too long and I really enjoyed taking them. Speak soon!

Photo Credit: The ever talented Sole Satisfaction

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ENGAGEMENT SHOOT PART ONE

May 4, 2017

It is with great pleasure that I share with you our engagement photos. Nick won’t mind me telling you that an engagement shoot hasn’t previously been at the top of his list of fun things to do. But as soon as he met our photographer Viktor Pravdica in the flesh they got on like a house on fire. Any reservations about feeling awkward in front of a camera melted away instantly. The two of them bonded over third-wave coffee and Sophia Coppola movies and we laughed all day with smiles from ear to ear. Both of us truly enjoyed the experience. Now, every-time I catch a glimpse of the images I can’t help but do that same smile. If you are considering having an engagement shoot done before your wedding I would strongly recommend it. It helps you to feel comfortable in your photographers presence, and helps your photographer to get to know you better, so they can capture your vibe perfectly on the big day.

We took pictures in Berlin’s landmark photo-booths and drank coffee at Nick’s favourite roasters. In Berlin the streets are full of old cars, mopeds and vans that would have been taken off the roads years ago in the UK. I love that these little details are included and how they reflect our current lifestyle as we explore and fall in love with a new city. Viktor has captured our lifestyle and relationship so well, we are happy and in love and will treasure these pictures of this special moment in our lives, forever.

Photo Credit: Viktor Pravdica

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Our Engagement Story

May 1, 2017

lucys faveI was about to share our official engagement photos with you when it occurred to me that I am yet to share our engagement story with you, so here it is. Due to the excitement (and bubbles) that accompanied our special moment you will see in these pictures that faces are blurred and heads are cut off. But I love them because they are so real and preserve the excitement of our special moment forever. We had a professional engagement shoot taken by Viktor Pravdica which I love equally and can’t wait to share with you soon.

But first, here’s a little backstory about how we met. We met in our university campus art gallery, while Nick was doing a Masters in music and I was doing a degree in contemporary art. Nick asked me if I’d like to work with him on a project. I agreed and together we created a contemporary opera ‘The Life and Times of Virgil Edicere’. The music was composed by Nick and the visuals created by me. It was during that creative process that we began to adore each other. I went travelling around California for the summer, whilst I was there I had my fortune told, the cards said that love, sweet love was coming my way. As soon as I stepped off the plane Nick came to visit me, we did indeed fall in love, sweet love.

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 Popping The Question:

It was a completely normal and unsuspecting Thursday in Berlin, our new home city, having moved there from the UK one year ago. I was busy working on a photography project when Nick asked me if I was up for an adventure. I (of course) agreed, and he told me that I had 1.5 hours to pack an overnight bag as he had a series of surprises planned!

We got in a cab and first he took me to Paris Bar, David Bowie’s favourite place in Berlin which I had been longing to visit. There are legendary tales of Bowie and Iggy Pop’s nights spent in this authentic little venue. We ate steak and crème brûlée whilst sipping red wine surrounded by original artwork and eccentric creatives.

Then we went to the most beautiful hotel in Berlin, it was built in the 1930s, completely marble and with views of the zoo (we could see ostriches from our window) and Tiergarten the biggest park in Berlin. When we went up to our room I saw that it was full of roses, strawberries and my favourite Marina and The Diamonds song was playing. He took me out onto the balcony with a glass of bubbly in the snow and got down on one knee. He presented me with a stunning 1930’s diamond trilogy ring and I said Yes!

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