Monday, 7 July 2014

Champagne Corks.

On the 7th June our very, very good friends Christine & Tony's eldest daughter Alice married Mark in the lovely Devon countryside, the Yurt Camp near Newton Abbott.

I was so looking forward to it, of course Mum was as she has seen Alice grow up, I nearly have as I am older. The boys were looking forward to it as it is a day out and they haven't been invited to a ceremony before, just one other evening 'do'.


Louis isn't quite as tall as me, but we are talking nano-millimetres now. I shall stop feeding them now to stunt their growth as I cannot condone such events.

So Tony was there to meet us and he looked resplendent in his waistcoat and Ali's eyes lit up when he saw him as Tony had hurt his knee and was using a stick to help him walk. I am not talking a walking stick with badges from towns visited; I am talking a Gandalf staff. Now anyone that has been around here for a while will have heard me tell of Ali's obsession with pokey sticks, (you can read about it here) and this was the best he had ever seen. "I have got to get me one of those!" he said immediately (and grammatically incorrectly ;-)).

We soon started moving down to the ceremony area which was lovely, set in a nook, a thatched building, benches for us to sit on with billowing sails for cover and a wooden walkway. Louis wanted to use the DSLR and he took some great photos of the wedding party arriving.

The ceremony was a humanist service (they had the 'legal' service a couple of days earlier at Exeter) which I found really moving and full of their personality together as a couple. As it was coming to an end the faint sound of champagne corks popping in the distance sounded like celebratory fireworks and was just perfect.

The boys were so interested which was great to see.

After the photos had been done it was time for champagne, canapรฉs and chat. The Yurt camp has an adventure area with a zip wire so they got changed and headed off before lunch and then we had a scrummy dinner with loads of great speeches from the couples friends and family who are obviously great supporters of them, full of love and humour.

It was such a beautiful day, full of fun and love. I wish the happy couple the very best of everything forever.

Oh and if you are ever in Scotland, they are running The Inn At Kippen and they are doing great things there, I can't wait to go.

Of course it is scrapbooking gold and I have thoroughly enjoyed reliving the day while I have created my pages today. I made a 12x12 layout, 2x 6x12 layouts and a pocket page.

The papers are new Maggie Holmes Vellum and old Prima that I have been saving for a special occasion.

I used Jen's great challenge over at UKS, good better best. You take a photo after each stage to take it from good to better to best.
So here it was as 'good'

and the accompanying pocket page

Many, many thanks and love to Chris, Tony, Alice & Mark for inviting us to their special day.

Tune in next time for the coastal walk layout, it is done, just needs posting. Have a great day :-)


  1. Lovely, looks like a beautiful day & event. Great photo of you and the boys. I love the Lo's, really lovely xx

  2. You have made it sound like such a special day I'm sitting here reading with a smile on my face. That's top class blogging :)

  3. Fab story Jen, I love that you are going to stop feeding the boys, I tried that with mine, in an effort to stop them growing out of their clothes!!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. Sadly, it failed as they are all now over 6'
    Great scrapping too xxx

  4. Fabulous - the story, the layouts and the film- you've missed your calling my lovely:)

  5. I love your blog posts, Jen. You have the knack of transporting me to whatever you are reporting about. Fabulous!
    Sue x

  6. Thus sounds and looks like a perfectly wonderful occasion - and your 'best' does it justice! I like the 6x12 format too - really let's the photo shine. I smiled at your comment about Louis' height and not feeding him!

  7. It's beautiful I love the pages and all the pockets - looks like a great day :)

  8. well they are lovely! bright, sunny, cheery! fab day too! jx adding a follow

  9. well tried to add a follow but I cant! I will pop back to see you again, promise :) jx

  10. Lovely LOs and a happy occasion to record. Lovely!

  11. What a lovely post.. and such a great wedding video.. awhh Jen, you are such a lovely lady x


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