Post wedding!

I thought I would do a little update post wedding as it’s been a couple of weeks since the big day.

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Lots of people have asked me,‘So how’s married life?’‘No different’ is my usual response but there are a few changes…

○ Being called Mrs Byford. To begin with this made me feel a bit sad, I’d lost my identity as Roseanne Green but now I’ve got used to it I’m quite proud to share Tims name and be the Mrs Byford to his Mr Byford.

○ I feel a bit more adult now that I have a husband!! (Not much) but a little bit. It’s very odd being a MRS!!

○ We made a cleaning/chores rota! (Finally) The only thing me and Tim have ever bickered about since sharing a home is chores and now that we are married we thought why spoil the married bliss?! so, instead we solved the problem and it actually works really well. We share them out much more evenly between us.

Having been together 5 years our relationship as it is hasn’t really changed massivly since becoming Mr & Mrs but I think it does make you think about the vows and promises you make and I hope that we always remember those that we pledged to one another and enjoy sharing our lives together as a “legally binding’ couple.

We havnt quite finished sorting out all the wedding stuff yet but I have put some of our lovely decorations to good use around the flat 🙂

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I thought it would be nice to freshen up the flat, now that the wedding planning is done, by moving things around a bit. In the summer I like to be able to have our double doors to the Juliette balcony open.
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We are still getting wedding post and Mr & Mrs cards which is always nice!

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I ordered some photos from the free prints app This is great as you get 50 free prints a month and only pay postage.

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I used this alot for the wedding and I thought I would get a few pictures of the wedding printed that our guests took and that were shared on facebook…
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… It’s nice to have some to look at until we get our official ones through.

Well, that’s all for now!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂
(RAB)

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Happy Fathers Day

As you’ll know,  this Sunday was Fathers Day. This year we thought it would be nice (weather permitted) to have a BBQ. Thankfully we were lucky and the sun shone for us, it was a lovely day.

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I got some cool gold & blue striped plates, cups and cutlery from Tiger as well as some bunting to match (also from Tiger)
They did this disposable range in a few different colours, great for a party, but we thought the blue was best for this occasion.

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Once everyone had arrived we got the food going on the BBQ…

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We had a lovely selection  of food, Dad brought along some kettle chip style crisps, I’d brought some of the Slimming World burgers and sausages as well as some Coleslaw, Sarah had prepared corn on the cobs, veggie kebabs with halloumi as well as some other sides and Charlotte brought along some more sausages, burgers and chilli & mango chicken, Yummy!
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For dessert we had chocolate brownies with cream and trifle, safe to say we were all suitably stuffed by the end.

What a lovely way go spend a Sunday! ☆

HAPPY FATHERS DAY DAD!

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Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

The final wedding update (15) ♡

Here it is, my final wedding blog post! I can’t believe I’m saying this but it’s a just over a week since the big day, a fact that has made me feel pretty sad this week.

It was AMAZING.

The cool thing about doing this blog after the wedding is that I can include lots of pictures without ruining anything for the guests.

Apologies but it’s a long one.

The Thursday before the wedding me and Sarah started the wedding prep by getting our nails done. We got acrylics with gel polish. I them.

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The Friday before we spent all day at Wantisden Valley setting up. Although at times it was stressful I loved bringing it all together and finally seeing our vision  in the flesh.

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Here are some pictures of the venue slowly coming to life….

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The ceremony room

I loved the pink and green flowers for the chairs and the Daily Prophet programmes.

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The table decorations

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The flower centrepieces that I made from Pinterest looked fab on the tables, I was really pleased that all the hours of cutting and pinning were worth it, they added a unique and handmade twist to our table centrepieces.

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More of the venue including the photo booth & our Honeydukes themed sweet shop

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Outside the venue

It took us from 11am until 6pm when the barn closed to get everything ready but it was SO worth it and went really smoothly with all our helpers pitching in.

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The next day it was all systems go from 8.30 am! First stop, hairdressers. My friend from work left us a bottle of Bucks Fizz for us to enjoy whilst we had our hair done which was lovely. It was really nice getting our hair done professionally and to see Sarah and Roxys hair as they didnt have a trial.

My hair looked as lovely as the first time, I really started to feel like a bride when they put my veil and tiara on too.

Next stop, Charlotte’s to get ready.

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Choccy crossaints, demolished and make up beautifully applied by Demi and it was soon 12.15 and time to leave for the venue. When the car pulled up it was so much more amazing than I ever imagined. Without a doubt it was one of my favourite bits of the day ♡

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Wedding car selfie with Dad!

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I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous as I was walking down the aisle and standing doing my vows but, it was really lovely too, a special moment between me and Tim. People don’t lie when they say it’s a bit of a blur and that wasn’t just because of the tears!!

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After the ceremony me and Tim went for a short drive in the wedding car which was one of my favourite moments of the whole day, it was lovely to take some time together alone on our special day.

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Next up it was Pimms o clock, brushetta canapés and photos with our guests.

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Once we had taken all the photos it was time for the speeches and wedding breakfast.

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The speeches went down a treat as did the food.

Our caterers were the Mobile Pizzeria and the food was fantastic!! We had antipasti to start with pizzas, rosemary & garlic potatoes and salad for main. Dessert was either Eton Mess or baked apples with ginger biscuits. All delicious.
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Here is our gorgeous cake made by my mum’s friend Gill, she did such a fantastic job!! We loved it.

I saw the design for this cake in a shop window and gave that design as the basis for Gill to follow. Our little Venetian masks that we got in Venice when we got engaged looked great on top too.

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Cutting our cake

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We chose Stand by me by Ben E King as our first dance song. It was Tim’s suggestion and I thought it was a lovely and different choice for a first dance song.

I really enjoyed this too ♡ although it’s wierd everyone watching you dance and I kept standing on my dress haha.
You can’t see them, but I actually had cream sparkly converse on instead of my heels!!

All that was left to do after that was to party the night away…

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It was lovely to see more of our friends arrive in the evening and we had more yummy food from the Mobile Pizzeria, pulled pork baps and Mac n cheese.

Our DJ Paul Allen was amazing and kept us and our guests dancing all night! Me and Tim even had a game of Mr & Mrs which was a lots of fun.

Iyla (my sister Sarah & her husband Dans niece) caught our bouquet! She was so excited bless her.

At the end of the night we had our final song Never Forget by Take That and Paul let off two confetti cannons in our pink and green colour scheme, that was really cool and an awesome way to end a fantastic day!

It was the best day of our lives and was as amazing as we had hoped. The planning, preparation, money and stress were more than worth it ♡

I loved this little summary of the big day from Tim’s cousin Emma…

Tim and Roseanne became Mr and Mrs Byford with an amazing, original and heartfelt wedding. Roseanne was the chilled-est happy, beautiful bride – Tim was a beaming, witty (seriously loved your speech) and proud groom. The cake was awesome (who made it?!) the wedding breakfast was Pizza!!! There were chocolate frogs and it was in middle earth. Roseanne won Pinterest. Pimms and canapés in the sunshine. Big group pictures and a baby A who covered his suit in smears of goats cheese. Fast forward to chocolate fountain, delicious pulled pork baps and tasty mystery meat pies and some class music and dancing. Dancing to a bunch of early 00s hits, so glad to hear year 3000 played.
Meanwhile Tim is in the midst of becoming a Pokemon master. Suddenly everyone has put their tie around their head, crazy wedding tribe. Particularly great with Tim’s bow tie. Glad we got Stacey’s Mum and some sk8er boi in there. Classic disco. Beautiful Congo line.
All tied up with Take That ‘Never Forget’.

So how does it feel to get married?

I’ll finish with this quote from Giovanna Fletchers latest book ‘Always with Love’

‘I needed to know that I’m unequivocally and unquestionably loved, and that whoever I choose to give my fragile heart to can be trusted to house it and keep it safe alongside their own.’

Until next time,

Mrs Byford 🙂

The penultimate wedding update! (14)

The more I get sorted for the wedding the more mixed feelings I get, on the one hand its so good to tick things off the list and be at a point when most things are now done, but on the other hand I’m sad that the organisation and prep is coming to an end!
You only do this once and I have loved organising a day that we will love and that represents me, Tim and us as a couple ♡ I can’t wait to share our special day with all our family and friends.

Final make up trial

Demi came round last Tuesday evening to do my final make up trial before the big day. We went through all the pieces of make up I’d previously chosen and decided on a few more finishing touches.
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Once we’d decided on everything Demi did my make up as it would be done on the day, I loved it and can’t wait to have it done again on Saturday! Exciting.

Wedding shopping- buying the last few bits

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On the bank holiday Monday I did some serious wedding shopping! I had so many bags I was aching by the time I got home, but I managed to tick lots off the list.

I brought a few more gifts for people who have helped us or will be helping us on the big day.

I also found some lovely green gerberas (fake ones) in wilkos home department. They will look fab along with the white and pink flowers we’ve already got for the ceremony room.

I also brought a few little bits and bobs like string to hang up photos in the venue and pins etc, very important all the same as these will make decorating on the Friday before much less stressful!!

Final catering arrangements

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On Saturday evening me and Tim spoke to our caterers (Mobile pizzeria) about our final numbers and pizza allocations for each table.

It was good to speak to Tim (confusingly our caterer is also a Tim) about the food and service as apart from a few emails Tim has done most of the corresponding with him.

Once all this had been sorted and the final invoice had been sent over we were able to pay! That’s the last big thing we needed to pay for so we are pretty much done!!

The only thing left are:
○ My hair
○ Me nails
○ The hotel for the wedding night

These are all being paid for on the day!

5 days to go!!!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Eating out: Cult Cafe

Me and my friend when for a chilled out dinner at a little cafe/bar called Cult. It’s right around the corner from me and is so lovely. I’ve mentioned it in a previous blog as they also do amazing tea and homemade cake.

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For dinner I had one of their yummy ‘Bento boxes’. The bento box is a combo platter that includes a mound of white rice with a mai-kee sauce, miso noodle soup,  a house salad and djanga pickles.

You then get to choose two accompaniments, I chose the Nakatomi Scrampi flies which is mashed up prawns with ginger and spring onion that are balled up and fried, and the Holly momos which are three pork and shrimp dumplings sautéed and fried. So delicious!
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There’s so many different flavours and textures, a really tasty meal.

The ‘Bento Box’ is £10 which is a bit pricier than some of the other options but the fact that it’s super yummy and customisable is great.

A diet coke was only £2 which was great to wash down my meal, refreshingly served on a glass with ice.

The decor is wicked and it has lots of unique pieces.

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Give it a try!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂