Friday, 31 December 2010

Sarah & Gavin's Wedding 29th December 2010

My cousin got married in Norther Ireland this week. The weather had been grey and overcast all morning and then in a metereological minor miracle it cleared by lunch time, just in time for everyone arriving at the church.

Nena, Bride's mum
This is my Aunt, as she arrived at the church. How incredibly beautiful does she look? Nena swims in the sea. Every. Single. Day. If it is anyway responsible for how fabulous she looks I think it might well be worth considering. She wont mind my saying that she is no longer in her 50's!

Pew end.
The pew ends and boquets were tied with rafia as a nod to my grandad who is no longer with us. He and my grandma Rosie were very close to Sarah, the bride so this was a lovely gesture. Grandad was a nurseryman who always used rafia in his work at the nursery, hence the use here.

The shoes.
I am a big fan of photos of the little details and I had a feeling the official photog being an older man might have missed this one. When I checked with Sarah he had so I decided it had to be done, I needed her to lift her dress with both hands so I took the boquet from her and passed it to the nearest by-stander and asked them to hang on to it. Unfortunately the nearest by-stander was the official photographer and he was not at all impressed with his new role as my assistant. Ooops! I did apologise and get out of the way asap but I think the damage was done!

Bridesmaid and her man
My sister, Ness was bridesmaid and this is her with her hubby Alex, how co-ordinated are they with his tie matching in with her dress?

Bridesmaid's boquet
Bridesmaid's boquet. Like this photo.

Seriously, how cool are this lot?
My nephews, Connor, Dan & Ash (left to right) and Tom (far right). Please, how cool do these guys look? I think this looks like an album cover shot for some trendy boy band and I LOVE it!

Sarah & Gavin
Official photographer wasn't taking in the car photos, which I thought was a really missed opportunity as I loved the ones from our wedding. So I stepped in and am pleased with the result.

The Car
The car was beautiful. This photo just had to be black and white! ps the blog photo size has cropped the edge off - the full photo has all of the car!

Mother of the bride

The bride's mum, my Aunt
Photogenic Aunt strikes a pose.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas 2010

My absolutely favourite day of the year, I love the excitment, the anticipation, the pleasure of making and preparing lovely food for lovely people and the way the house smells delicious as a result. And I love that Emily at 18 is as excited now as she was when she was a tiny chubby little girl who could stand and gaze at the Christmas tree for ages and who's first sad face was when she came downstairs the night after the decorations had been taken down, stood in the middle of the room looked all around and said "all gone" and did a specially sad face, it was priceless. We actually had a long and frank conversation whilst prepping food today as to whether Santa's elves get Christmas Eve off, or whether they just up and start work on Christmas 2011, apparently this is a cause for concern for Emily!!
Em and Digby waiting for Santa.

I love cooking my ham, this time I have reduced the cooking liquor and am freezing it as stock for making soups in the New Year. Thank you Mr Ramsey for that top tip!

Slight cock up, made the pastry with butter, 2 egg yolks and self raising flour! Oops, so sort of squidgy but crisp too and utterly delicious.