#goingtotheChappel2015 >> #beentotheChappel2015!

The past few weeks have gone by every bit as speedily as everyone warned us they would…and yet somehow also, it feels as though we’ve been away from normality for months and months! I keep referring to the time before the wedding as ‘last year’, and feeling as though we’ve come back from honeymoon to a world where everything feels exactly the same, and yet totally and completely different. I’m not sure I can even articulate quite what I mean- am I making sense at all? (I think I’ve forgotten how to write in the past couple of weeks!) It’s just been the most blissful almost-three weeks, I’m still kind of floating along in a daze. My face honestly has been aching from smiling so hard, for so long!

It’s the strangest feeling, working for months and months for this one single day, and feeling as though the work will never end and the day will never arrive, and then in the blink of an eye- the day’s been and gone! It’s hard to even begin to explain how amazing it was- I remember the day as a total rush of elation and laughter and dancing and music and cameras flashing and clicking non-stop! I kid you not, when I finally closed my eyes to go to sleep that night, I actually saw iPhones dancing around on the backs of eyelids after having had so many held up in front of us all day long!

I’m so, SO very excited to share more from our day with you, and am waiting on our photos to arrive from the wonderful Sam before I start trying to whittle down the 700-odd pictures he’s sending over into blog posts! In the meantime, we’re going to be talking bridal beauty (I did my makeup myself, so will be sharing a roundup of all the products I used to put together the look), and, of course, honeymoon!

Thank you, from us both, for all the lovely well wishes we received over the course of the wedding. You made the past few weeks even *more* exciting than I ever thought possible, and that really is saying something!

Stay tuned for posts from the island…

* photo by our wedding photographer, Sam Docker.

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Remember when I first shared the news of our engagement with you, and I wrote ‘I can’t quite find the words’? Well, words have left me again now. The lump that’s sitting high and heavy in my throat is making it just as difficult to express in words all the whirlwind emotions I’m feeling now, as it would be to tell you in person. So I’ll just say this…

Thank you, a hundred times over, for following along with all that I share of our lives here on Cider with Rosie. I can’t even begin to express how special and heart-warming and wonderful it’s been to share the process of planning our wedding here with you, and how much your sweet messages and emails and words of support have meant to us. You, each and every one of you, bring more happiness into our lives than I could ever express, and I’m so excited to have such a wonderful community here to share with as Jason and I step into this next, most exciting chapter of our lives.

With love and kisses from, as of around 2pm on Friday 17th July…

Rosie Abigail Chappel ! xx

p.s. We’re tagging all things wedding on Instagram and Twitter ‘#goingtotheChappel2015′ if you’d like to follow along over the next couple of days, and on the blog-front, it’ll be business as usual here whilst I’m away on honeymoon! And so, again, see you on the other side! x


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As Jason and I are getting older, both the quantity and frequency of wedding invites that land on our doormat (and are delivered straight to our hands by Teddy, the ever-eager postman’s assistant), is without shadow of a doubt on a serious incline. It seems that every time we blink, another of our friends or family members are announcing engagements and setting wedding dates, and it’s such a thrill! And hey, we’re contributing to the trend ourselves!

Whilst my own outfit for that Big Day in July is pretty much set in stone (bar the endless last minute panics about hair styles and accessories I’ve been having…), I always think that the task of dressing for a wedding as a guest is a tricky one. You’ve got to contend with the ‘no white/cream’ rule, and the fear of accidentally showing up a dress that looks like you’ve come as a bonus bridesmaid. You need shoes that’ll carry you through the whole day blister-free, and that’ll stand up to at least 4 hours of shimmying on the dance floor. You’ve got to try to match the tone and feel of the day (will it be super formal, or a relaxed affair?) without looking like you’ve tried too hard. It’s a minefield!

And so, to help navigate this etiquette-laden minefield, this summer I’ve teamed up with Anthropologie to assemble not only the perfect summer wedding ensemble (or at least, I think it’s pretty perfect anyway!), but a charming and personal gift for the happy Mr & Mrs too!

Hold onto your fascinators friends, because we’re going Off Registry… ;)
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T H E   O U T F I T

If you ask me, the most failsafe choice for a summer wedding is a patterned maxi.

In opting for a patterned dress, your chances of committing the Oops I Look Like A Bridesmaid faux-pas (can you tell I have a mega paranoia about that?) are reduced to 0.01%- trust me, I’ve done the maths. And a full length gown will look glamorous and elegant and all those other wonderful things, *but*, it’s also comfortable and effortlessly bohemian AND you don’t have to wax/shave/tan your legs! A no brainer, right? This beautiful one is soft as can be (it’s made from jersey), and just begs to be danced in.

For the extras (shoes, accessories, you know the drill), I say go timeless and versatile.

A chunky heeled sandal is, as every woman knows, just about the comfiest high heeled shoe imaginable, and these ones are so heavenly I’m debating whether or not to do away with the inevitably painful ivory stilettos I’ve got lined up as my wedding day shoes, and to just wear these instead! ;) They’re the sort of shoe that’ll pair with any dress imaginable, and for those among you who, like me, obsess over a new pair of shoes and like to wear them as often as is humanly possible, they also work just as nicely with jeans as they do with dresses.

What I’m wearing ::
Dress - Nova maxi
Shoes - Talena heels
Bracelet- Gilded Paths cuff
Clutch - Rosie Raffia

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T H E   G I F T


I remember my Grandma telling me years and years ago about the old fashioned concept of a ‘bottom drawer’. It was, so I learnt, a little set of crockery and linens and all sorts of other homewares that a young couple would collect together and save, ready for when they could afford to move into their own house and set up home together. I thought that that concept, of a little collection of gathered pieces with which to furnish your first home, was such a charming and sweet one that it captured my heart and has stuck with me ever since.

This little wedding gift box is a nod to that sweet ‘bottom drawer’ tradition of gathering. Instead of the usual registry selection or vouchers, I propose picking out some lovely activity for the couple to do together, and putting together a gift box filled with items around the theme. Perhaps pizza making (think pizza stones for creating crispy bases, basil plants, and a wooden serving board) or a cocktail kit (shakers, martini glasses, muddlers, and a bottle of the couple’s favourite spirit)?

For this one, I’ve gathered up all you’d need for a beautiful and lazy weekend morning breakfast in bed- sweet blue-edged glasses to sip fresh juice from, cups as big as side plates to hold froth-topped coffees, beautiful handmade bowls (perfect for granola or oats or for catching the syrup running off a stack of pancakes) and even love-themed porcelain spoons to eat it all with. And, to round out the set, candy striped napkins (for colour and also to act as bed linen protectors…), and a sweetly scented something to brighten up the morning.

Charming, unusual, and oh so personal.

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Summer wedding season? We’re ready for you.

* This post was created in collaboration with Anthropologie. *


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A few months ago when Jo first put her Maid of Honour, hen-weekend-organiser-in-chief hat on, she asked me if there was anything specific I’d love to do as part of the celebrations- and if you’ve been reading here for a little while, I’m sure you can guess what my reply was. Afternoon tea, of course! Sitting down to a feast of tiny sandwiches, and towers of cakes and sweet treats and pastries is up there amongst my all-time favourite activities, and is a pretty unbeatable way to spend a sunny summer afternoon if you ask me!

Over the past year or so, I’ve been lucky enough to have some pretty special afternoon teas. We’ve gone fashion-themed at The Berkeley, sampled a modern take on the classics at Selfridges, and delighted in Laduree’s classic French offering. But a rose-themed tea put together by my Mum and my Mother in Law, hosted in one of my favourite places in all the world? Well that’s truly something special. My Mum and Julia had been in cahoots for a couple of weeks putting together the tea party, and they did the most beautiful job on it! I mean, would you look at that table? Roses everywhere, even on the chinaware!


^^ We each had a floral mug to take away with us as a party favour- the sweetest idea, right? ^^

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Between them our Mums had made my favourite treats from both sides of our families- Julia’s famous carrot cakes and miniature sticky toffee puddings (baked in individual cases to hold a sea of toffee sauce!), Grandma’s rice crispy cakes (recipe handed down to my Mum, who’s got them down to a fine art now!), as well as a veritable feast of other desserts and sandwiches cooked up by them both!

My Mum did her usual trick and overcatered spectactularly (I mean, she made three cheesecakes to serve 11 people, and quadrupled every single recipe she worked from ;), which, since it meant we all got to take away boxes stuffed with the leftovers, turned out to be quite the happy accident! The leftover slices of raspberry and honeycomb chocolate tiffin I’d demolished by early afternoon the following day, and Jason and I polished off the last of the crispy cakes whilst marathoning OITNB two nights ago. It’s been a great few days, really it has!

Oh, and don’t worry, I’m going to ask my Mum for that tiffin recipe to share with you here. It’s *killer*. Like, ‘make pointless visits to the kitchen just for the excuse of snaffling another bite from the fridge’ kind of killer’. I had to eat the lot in one day just to get it over and done with, really…
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^^ Sticky toffee pudding for one! Seriously the tastiest ever. Julia’s got the recipe nailed! ^^


Our niece (and baby bridesmaid!) Sienna spent the afternoon pottering around the garden hunting for snails, and then terrorising my sister with them! I like to think of it as retribution for all the years Cesca spent driving me to distraction when she was a tot, and our 8 year age gap seemed oh so very insurmountable! ;) And now look, I have to stand up a step from Cesca in photos just to get a little help in the height department! Where on earth have the years gone?
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And with a whole lot of photos and a happy frolic in the garden later- we’re done with the telling of the hen weekend tales!

I can’t even begin to say how touched I was by how much effort my nearest and dearest went to to make the weekend so very special.

It was the greatest ‘send off’ into married life I could’ve wished for.

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