This is just the sort of story that leaves you feeling all warm inside, a true life Christmas fairytale! When Lalle contacted me to design her railway themed wedding table plan, I had no idea of the story that lay behind it. Photographs by Sacha Miller.
You see, Lalle met her Vince on a train just before Christmas 8 years ago, while they were both reading the same book (2066, by Roberto Bolano, in case you're wondering!). Vince had boarded the train at London Paddington and Lalle sat down next to him after joining near Oxford.
Lalle was extremely skeptical when Vince declared he was reading the same book she'd got out of her bag to read, however it was indeed true. They chatted all the way back to South Wales, where they were both travelling to to spend Christmas with their families.
Fast forward 7 and a bit years and Lalle and Vince were planning their summer wedding back home in Wales. Struggling to find a way to weave their fairytale meeting into the wedding, Lalle then discovered an example of a train line table plan and it was just the ticket!
Lalle asked for the table plan to reflect the main colours of the wedding - blue, pink and apricot. She's originally from Swansea, so the table plan reflects stations on the route they met, from London Paddington (top table, and where they now live) all the way to Swansea, via Vince's home town of Newport. We created (at Lalle's request) a vintage Great Western style design, and they were delighted with the results!
As much as possible, they tried to match people to relevant table names - e.g. Lalle's bridesmaids and school friends were on the Swansea table; Vince's family were on the Newport table.
The couple were married at the family run, stunning Caer Llan. At almost 30 degrees, the Welsh weather and location left guests feeling as though they were abroad, creating the relaxed summer vibe they'd hoped for.
Lalle wore a full length gown made in Swansea, guided by the expert eye of Stephanie at Stephanie Allin in the Mumbles.
Florist Emma Webster created a beautiful bouquet, bringing to life what Lalle had in mind exactly.
For their alternative to a wedding cake, the new Mr and Mrs treated guests to a gorgeous brownie tower! Made and supplied by Gower Cottage Brownies.
Photographer Sacha Miller is described by Lalle as a calming influence and true professional, he's given them wonderful photographs with which to remember their unique Welsh summer wedding.
Lalle and Vince, we wish you a very merry Christmas as Mr and Mrs!
I always think buying gifts for Mother's Day is harder than for a birthday; there's a little more sentiment behind it. The months and years seem to roll around so quickly these days and each year seems to get a bit harder!
I've actually started a kind of present diary now, I make a note of what I get people (mainly family) so that I can refer back to it; I can also make notes of gift ideas I think of throughout the year. It helps avoid repeating presents too!
With Mothers Day just around the corner, I've put together a list of my favourite gifts for Grandma (or Nanny, Nana, Granny, whichever name you use!).
From doughnut walls to abstract masterpieces, wedding cake trends continue to evolve, but what will be big in 2018?
I've got the low-down together with some gorgeous examples to get those creative juices flowing!
I don't know about you, but I always feel like a Valentine's gift has to hit the right tone. Somewhere there has to be some kind of meaning or romance to make it worthy of being presented on the day of love!
Well, I've spent hours exploring ideas to fit the bill (and the budget) and assembled my ten favourites here.