Posts Tagged ‘Wedding’

I got married over five years ago, 31st March 2007 to be completely precise! Whilst planning our wedding and trying to keep costs down we opted to not have a professional wedding photographer as we had two friends who were very good with a camera, so opted to pay them to do our photos!

The only downside to this is that we didn’t get the stuff you normally get after, the full photo album, the prints, the someone else doing the work! We did however get every single photo taken on a CD (yep every one, the good, the bad and the funny)! This did however leave us with 1740 photos to choose from!

I have wanted to put a photo book together of the wedding since we got married, but two babies and five years had passed by without me having chance to sit down properly. We had a bit of a sift through, well we got it down to our 923 favourites, but that was as far as we got!

Well, thanks to Photobox I now have a wedding album! Hard cover, 46 pages and over 350 of our favourite photos in a beautiful book!

So, how do you do it? Well that is the great thing, you got onto their site, pick you product, design and fill it and then Photobox print it and send it to you. You have the control to make it look like you want.

I started by uploading my photos to an online album (they are several choices of ways to upload, so find the one that suits you best), I then selected the photo book and the fun really started.

On each page you can select how many photos to use and the layout to put them in, you then just drag the photo you want into the position you want.

The great thing is you can then swap, move, zoom in, rotate and even edit your photos until you have them all just where you want them!

You can save the project along the way and preview what it will look like as a book too! I spent several evenings playing about with it till I got it perfect for me, but if you wanted to do a ‘quick slam in and job done one’, it is simple enough to do that too!

Once you are happy with it, you press order and that’s it! I was impressed too that the book arrived in less than a week.  So, what did it look like when it arrived! Well, I am sure you will agree, it looks fantastic!

Both Daddy and I are thrilled with the result! It is an actual book, a hard cover, beautiful book!

The pictures look fab in a book, I love seeing all our favourite photos in one place and have even taken it into work to show it off!  The result is even better than I thought it would be, I had doubts that something I put together could look good, and I was right – it doesn’t look good, it looks amazing! With the book we chose you could put text up the spine and we chose ‘The day we became Mr and Mrs Brett’, it is a lovely finishing touch!  The kids have loved looking through it too!

I am so chuffed with the result and can now look back at our big day in style! I will definitely be using photo box again for gifts and memories in the future!

I was given a £30 Credit to use towards my order for the purpose of this review


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Yes, I got suckered in, after saying so many times I would watch Kate arrive – just to see her dress – and then I would watch no more, I ended up watching right up until the kiss on the balcony! Didn’t she look stunning, so calm and elegant and how cute were the little bridemaaids and pages!

So, the Royal Wedding got me thinking about my wedding, my hubby and I got married just over four years ago, I loved every minute of the day, and I still look back with no regrets, it was perfect, not in the ‘nothing went wrong way, because there were a couple of slight hic-cups, but it was perfect to us!

We had a fab church wedding, nothing like the size of today’s church, a proper intimate do, with hymns we had picked and a poem written by me read by my mum! For the reception we had Hula Hoops on arrival (significant because hubby proposed with a hula hoop), a film theme, edible flowers and a cake made of cheese! It was awesome.

Anyway, all this thinking made me get my wedding dress out for a look, I still love it now, it is the one most beautiful item of clothing I own and I couldn’t resist, I tried it on.  It was a little snug but I am very happy to say I could do it up – WooHoo!! So here it is…..



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Hubby and I are celebrating our fourth anniversary today, so I thought I would share with you the poem that was read by my mum at the church.


The Story

In the beginning when you two met

The road in front was already set

Next did come the friendship game

You found your humour was the same

Love at this point began to show

Feelings that before you did not know

The feelings turned into something more

You both were happier than ever before

You grew together solid and strong

Supporting each other through right and wrong

Away from home across the sea

He got down on bended knee

You made a promise to each other

That you would always be together

Now you are here to make that vow

Your wedded bliss starts here and now

Once the service is over and done

You’ll go forward together, united as one

Now as one you’ll embark on life

Relax and celebrate as man and wife!


Copyright Kelly Brett

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This post was supposed to be a follow up to my Valentines Post but due to illness wasn’t able to get it up, so please enjoy and show my guest Lizzie from Chic Unique some blog love as she tells us her wedding story!


Me and Simon got engaged at Christmas in 2005 around the same time i found out i was pregnant with our second daughter, Emma. I started buying all the wedding mags and dreaming about all the things i wanted but before i knew it Emma had been born and i hardly felt in the wedding mood then with her ill turn in health it was pushed way to the bottom of the to do list.

In 2007 we talked about it again and we discussed each others ideas, prices, what we wanted etc but couldn’t agree on anything so again it wasn’t high priority, we were happy and that’s all that mattered. another daughter and 2 house moves later and in casual conversation in 2009 we toyed with the idea of finally setting a date!

We had decided we didnt want any more babies so now was the time we could spend planning and have 3 gorgeous bridesmaids! So when we went to register Zoe’s birth we made an appointment to see the registrar about getting married. If im honest I sort of floated in and nothing that was being discussed really sunk in, Zoe was only about 3 weeks old and she was a terrible night feeder and I felt slightly away with the fairys, not to mention slightly over weight and totally unattractive!!

So when we came out and he was telling me we where booked in for the 26th Oct, i just nodded and agreed, until it dawned on me that was just 3 WEEKS AWAY!!! OMG yes 3 weeks, we had no savings, we had to sort invites, the dress, cars, a suit, the reception, a cake…. so being creative and a spend thrift i got my thinking cap on and got to work. I hand made our invites and kept numbers low as we couldn’t afford a huge recpetion after the wedding. We invited a close friend each and their family and only very close family as i didnt want a massive fuss. I managed to get the girls these gorgeous grey tafeta dresses with black spots on and a huge bow at the back from Primark for just £6 each and they had tuell netting underneath, they where gorgeous!! I got matching shoes and socks for a few pound each also from Primark and that was them done.

Simon had a beautiful light grey suit he didn’t often wear for work so we had it dry cleaned and pressed and it looked new. I got him a deep burgundy red cravat, I got some gorgeous cream and white ballet pumps from Debenhams in the sale for £6 and I got my flowers from freegle, and enuf for everyone!

All was left was my dress. i desperatly wanted a 50s look calf length dress and i trailed the internet, ebay, preloved type of sites but everything was either out of stock or well out of my price range. Until my gorgeous sister in law to be suprised me with a shopping trip for a dress, this was to be our wedding gift and i couldn’t of been happier!! We looked for hrs..this by the way was seriously 4 days before our wedding day… until we found a tiny dress shop hidden away that specialises in ball gowns, the lovely guy that owns it took us upstairs to this fabulous wedding section and i chose a burgundy bodice with a gorgeous tulle white skirt, it was perfect!!!

I chose the cake from a local bakers who charged next to nothing for the gorgeous, yet small, cake i chose, but everything matched and as nervous as I was I couldn’t wait!!

We chose 2.15 in the afternoon so i had plenty of time to get the kids and myself ready! On the big day by 1.30 everyone but my mum had left for the registry office and my mum helped me get ready. when we came down to order a cab (a car was an expense we couldn’t stretch to) a grogeous cream rolls royce turned up outside, believe me i cried!!!! My sister in law to the rescue again!!!!

It was a lovely simple service with our own vows and i have to admit I got the gigggles thru nerves. we had a few photos outside then we went off to a local restuarant for something to eat, which my lovely mum paid for as a wedding present. we then headed back to ours for cake and a few drinks.  it took about 3 days for it to sink it that we where married… now 15 months on im more than ever proud of the way we did it, the only thing that was missing was my dad. RIP pappy!!


Thank you Lizzie – Check out her blog and jewelery

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Valentine’s Day is a perfect topic for a blog post, but I thought I would look at it slightly different, instead of looking at cupid, getting together and all the secrecy of Valentines, I thought I would celebrate those of us who have married our valentine!

I love being married, to me it is more than just a bit of paper, I don’t mind being someone’s missus and I certainly in no way feel like I am owned by someone or am someone’s possession (all things that have been said to me as reasons not to get married!). For me, marriage is important, I am glad I got married and I love being a wife!

So here are some piccies that people have allowed me to showcase in a small celebration of getting married! Enjoy!

On a personal note:

Happy Valentine’s Day to my Hubby, my Other Half and my Best Friend!

I Love you xx

Me and Him indoors!

Anne-Marie from Diddi Dance

Mary - 'Lincoln and Me'

Lins from Daisy Chain Baby

Nine Photos

Lizzie from Chic Unique

A massive thank you for allowing me to use your photos to Anne-marie from Diddi Dance, Lizzie from Chic Unique, Lins from Daisychain Baby, Mary from the blog ‘Lincoln and me’ and Joanne from Nine Photos

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