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Tutorial: how to make a floral bouquet
The School of Thrift has had a wedding theme for the last couple of weeks, and it has been really inspiring to see lots of ideas on the Festival of Thrift Google+ page! I’ve already written a tutorial post about how to make some simple thrifty fabric bunting, and I wanted to show you how to make a bouquet too. So here’s my tutorial: how to make a floral bouquet. It’s actually surprisingly easy, and if you’re looking to have a crafty wedding or a wedding on a budget, then it’s one of the ways that you can save money and create something beautiful and unique to you. I made the bouquet in the photo for just £10!

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Our amazing wedding cake

Our gorgeous friend Hannah very kindly made our wedding cake, and it was wonderful! It was actually the first wedding cake that she has ever made – can you believe that?! The detail in the flowers was incredible, and many people thought that lots of the flowers were real! I used our new snazzy camera to take these close-ups of the flowers that we’ve kept, and have put together this little gallery to show off Hannah’s amazing talent. Enjoy!

Petra Segreta Resort and Spa, Sardinia

We went to Sardinia on honeymoon and stayed at the incredible Petra Segreta Resort & Spa. It was definitely a ‘once in a lifetime’ holiday for us and it was pure luxury. The food was the best we have ever eaten, the location was perfect and it was absolutely wonderful. If you’re looking for relaxation or a dream honeymoon, this place comes highly recommended. We booked through Sardinian Places, who also come highly recommended too!

Make your own floral buttonholes

20130828-204208.jpg Making buttonholes is surprisingly easy – but it is a good idea to have at least one practice before the big day! I wanted to include a gerbera in them because they’re my favourite flower, but couldn’t find a tutorial that used one. So I ended up doing what I usually do – I made it up! If you’re going to use gerbera I’d suggest that you buy more than you need, just in case you break them (I broke about three…). Continue reading…

Grays Court York

We held our wedding reception at the gorgeous Grays Court in York, and we were blessed with lovely weather all day! Part of the house dates back to 1080 and it is possibly the oldest continuously occupied house in the United Kingdom. Grays Court is just behind York Minster, and the walled garden can be accessed from the city walls (find out more about the history here). A huge thank you to Rhiannon and all the staff at Grays Court – we had the most perfect time!

Here are a few photos to give you a taste of Grays Court. Check out their website for more information – the restaurant comes highly recommended and they also do a fantastic afternoon tea!

A very special project

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This year I’ve been working on a very special project for our wedding. Tom’s Dad, Keith, is a methodist minister and he took our marriage service, which was wonderful! As lots of you know, I made waistcoats for the dads and groomsmen, but wanted to make something extra special for Keith – so I decided to make a stole for him to wear during the service. Continue reading…

Our wedding day!

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I’ve been so excited to tell you about our wedding day and have finally got the time to sit down (with a cuppa, obviously!) to write a post about it! As many of you already know, we spent lots of time planning and making various things for the day – there have already been several posts about my wedding waistcoats but I’m planning to do a few more about other things that we made too, so watch out for them over the next few days! It was important to us that our friends and family played a part in the day, so many of them helped out too – a huge thank you to you all 🙂 Continue reading…

Wedding Waistcoats – complete!

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After months of planning and making, today I finally finished the waistcoats for our wedding! To be honest, there were many times when I didn’t think I’d get them done, and an equal number of times when I wondered why on earth I had decided to start in the first place…but today I’m so pleased that they have turned out better than I thought and that they all fit! 🙂

 

I must say a huge thank you to my Mum, Tom’s Mum and our lovely friend Hilary for all of their help – I really could not have done it without you! And also thank you to Tom, who has put up with me sewing at every spare minute since the start of the year, and also has been very supportive throughout (I’ve had many meltdowns over these waistcoats). He still wants to marry me, so that’s a good sign!

 

Super excited to see the men in them on the day! Less than 4 weeks to go now – yippee!

Wedding waistcoats – almost finished!

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Our wedding preparations are in full swing – only just over a month to go (which explains why I haven’t been able to blog as much recently!). I had set myself a deadline for finishing the six waistcoats by the end of June, which hasn’t quite happened but I suppose it is only the beginning of July! I have finished two of them though and I’m so happy with how they have turned out 🙂 This one is Tom’s – he has an extra special one with snazzy buttons that I embroidered (I’ll do another post about the button-making when I’ve got a bit more time!). I’m really pleased with how they turned out, and the hearts, leaves and flower tie in nicely with the embroidery around the top. Continue reading…

First attempt at buttonholes

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Tonight I started work on something that I’ve been worrying about – buttonholes! I put together a piece of practice ‘waistcoat’ with some scraps that were left over. I started sewing them by hand, but this proved more difficult than I imagined! I thought I’d be able to control it much more easily than on the machine, but it was really tough. So, having said that I wouldn’t try machining them, I thought I might as well have a go. It was actually easier than I thought and looks a lot neater. But I still need to do loads of practice before it’ll feel confident enough to do one on an actual waistcoat! Wish me luck…I think I’m going to need it!