…dilly dilly, lavender’s green. When I am King, dilly dilly, you shall be Queen.
Here’s a DIY on how to make your own lavender cordial. Add to gin with a splash of lemonade.
Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar with 500mls of water in a saucepan and boil until the sugar dissolves, it takes roughly about 1 minute.
Remove from heat, add the lavender blooms and cover. Let stand for 1 hour, or up to 4 hours.
Strain syrup and discard lavender
Decant in to a beautiful vintage bottle (or any odd one you can find)
You know what would go fantastically with this mood board? A peach bellini. Did you all have tropical thunderstorms today? It is now lovely outside but my longing for a picnic has subsided, perhaps tomorrow.
Something turquoise for a grey drizzly Tuesday. I am meant to be on holiday and currently sulking. We still have a flat tyre and there appears to be no sunshine forecast. Rachel was meant to be taking the blog but is under the weather. Send her some love @rachelswedding.
Where can I buy lavender oil/essence? I want to make these…
My first ‘takeover’ post and as it’s nice and sunny out there, I won’t bore you with words – it’s ‘One Photo Friday’.
It’s from the Marchesa Autumn 2011 collection.
I’m having grey as one of my wedding theme colours. I want this…
As an addition to this post, fruit in ice-cubes. Not novel but a great accompaniment to the flowers. Drinks have never been so colourful!
I think the how to is rather simple, don’t you?
Just so you know, I’m wearing my best dress and new shoes while I write this – it feels like my first day at a new job and I have to impress the boss!
I’m Rachel and I’ll be blogging from Leeds on behalf of Phoebe next week while she goes off on her travels. Every blogger deserves a holiday so I will be stepping into her (high heeled) shoes and making sure you don’t miss out on wonderful wedding pretty in her absence.
So a bit about me – I’m getting married next July and currently in full ‘planning’ flow. That’s if you call ‘having loads of plans but not quite sure how to put them into action’, full flow! I am a sucker for ideas. I am an advertiser’s dream. Show me something pretty, classic and unique and the chances are I’ll want it. I’m going to end up with so many ideas for my wedding, I might as well get married in a circus. It’s (usually) Phoebe’s job to give me a kick to either a) concentrate or b) start doing things! I have to confess that I don’t always listen. Goodness only knows why she’s letting me loose on her blog. But this week, I will try to be logical and reign in my thoughts but sometimes the best ideas come from the most random of beginnings so come along, pour yourself a cocktail, grab a slice of cake and join in.
I’d love to read your comments, see your suggestions or say hi on twitter – I’m @rachelswedding. You can also read about more of my wedding planning over on my blog ‘The White Diary’.
And, of course, in true ‘So You’re Getting Married Style’ style, here’s a few fun facts about me:
A Quick Q & A
Favourite Colour: Yellow
Favourite Film: Breakfast At Tiffanys
Favourite Song: Michael Buble – Some Kind Of Wonderful
Favourite Month: July
Favourite Drink: Chocolate milk
Favourite Food: Cake
Favourite Perfume: SJP – Lovely
Favourite Book: David Nicholls – One Day
Pretty and practical. Perfect for a summer wedding or cocktails on the veranda. Here’s the how-to…
Do your research, you cant just eat any old flower…
Wash the flower, submerge it in the water in your ice cube tray and voila! Easy. Personal favourites are Lavender, Borage, Elderberry and Sugar snaps.
Whilst perusing Pinterest I came across these bird seed favours. They are easy to make, inexpensive AND eco-friendly. Not only do they thank your guests, they can put them in the garden for the birds. Wonderful!
Heres what you need:
(Makes approximately 21 two-inch hearts)
– 96g flour
– 125ml water
– 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons)
– 3 tbsp corn syrup
– 350g birdseed
You will also need:
– large mixing bowl
– heart shaped cookie cutter
– nonstick spray
– chopstick or bamboo skewer for making a hole
– parchment paper
– cookie sheet
– jute or raffia
– card stock
– rubber stamp
– rounded corner punch
– hole punch
Mix flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup. Add birdseed and stir well.
Spray the inside of a heart cookie cutter with vegetable cooking spray. (You could also wipe it down with veg. oil.)
Place cookie cutter on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Spoon mixture inside of cookie cutter, pressing mixture firmly with greased fingers. (The more you press it down, the less shedding of seeds you will have.)
Using a chopstick or bamboo skewer, make a hole near the top of the heart
Carefully pull cookie cutter away from birdseed heart. Repeat until all the mixture is used up. (Spray the cookie cutter after every six hearts, that way it won’t stick.)
Let dry 6-8 hours. (the lady let hers sit overnight.) Cut 10-12 inches of jute for each heart. String jute through heart and add a tag.
The woman behind the idea says:
“I created my thank you tags by using a rubber stamp, card stock and a rounded corner punch. Tie the jute in a knot after you have added the tag. (You can tuck the knot inside the hole so it doesn’t show.) You can hang these from branches at your wedding, or place inside bags or boxes”.
After writing this post, I realised that not every bride would want to wear heels. Below are a selection of flats. Nude, comfy flats may be more appealing to a tall, or non heel wearing bride or bridesmaid. Enjoy!
I reckon it is probably the shortest most important walk you will ever do. And it is set to music. Parfait? Non. I spent ages thinking about what I wanted my entrance music to be. When the vicar told me it could be anything in the whole world I knew exactly what it was…
My cue to enter the church was at 1.31 seconds in. I missed it due to dress fluffing and bouquet arranging, hence a speedy walk down the aisle to reach Michael on time.
It still gives me goosebumps.
This was our other option, my parents said no. It would have been my genius moment that everyone would be talking about for years to come…sigh.
Tell me what you will/did have as your entrance music? Did you make your cue?