Counting days, not weeks.



Up until I’d say probably mid-way through June, I was totally blasé about this whole wedding planning gig. ‘Stressful?’ I’d say, ‘Do me a favour’. But then the final weeks began to tick down, and the realisation that there’s a very good reason couples hire someone to handle everything for them hit me like a ton of bricks. There’s just so much to do! Liaising with contacts from venues and churches and suppliers, forms to be filled in, invoices to be paid, bottles to be bought by the crateful, and stationery to be designed- all small individual jobs, but they stack up like you’d not believe! I take my hat off to anyone who DIYs lots of elements of their wedding, really I do!

To be frank with you, the past few weeks have stretched Jason and I more than I’d ever imagined they would. Between the wedding admin and each of us working for ourselves (and all the tasks that go along with that), we’ve found it hard to keep being calm and kind and considerate to one another as well as juggling late nights and to-do lists and work. We found we kept talking about ‘powering through’ and ‘just getting through these next couple of weeks’, and almost forgetting why it is we’re doing this all anyway! Isn’t that the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard? I mean, we wound up bickered about handwriting (handwriting!) whilst filling in a supplier form at midnight the other evening. I think that tells you everything you need to know about how ridiculous things have been round here lately! ;)

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When the silly stresses have built up, it’s returning to the little things that’ve made us most happy. Playing our first dance song, and talking about the vows, and hearing our banns of marriage read in church over the past three weeks. Our vicar speaks often about ‘a life enriched by marriage’, and it’s a phrase I keep coming back to and feeling warmed by when it seems as though the tasks are piling up and time’s running away from us.

We’re now at the stage of planning out the wedding morning schedule, and booking in a ceremony rehearsal two days before the Big Day. We’ve decided that the rehearsal will be the last time we’ll see each other before the 17th, and that makes me feel fluttery with nerves and excitement and ALL the emotions! So many of our married friends and family have said that they found the rehearsal to be almost more emotional than the day itself, so I’ll be readying myself with the waterproof mascara and about 85 packs of tissues ;)

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But now, we’re counting days, not weeks. Twelve days only, to be precise! Doesn’t it feel just yesterday to you that I shared the news that Jason had asked me to marry him, and that I (so he says, and likes to remind me often!) thrust my hand in his face for him to put the ring on before I’d even said ‘yes!’? ;) (What can I say? He did such a good job convincing me a proposal wasn’t on the cards, in the moment I was just too overwhelmed with shock to behave graciously!)

I think we’ll end this little wedding-related stream of consciousness with a happy list, because I can’t think of more perfect moment to count some blessings! So, my friends, here’s a round up of the little moments that’ve brought me joy this week…

1. Watching my peonies open up and bloom! I’d almost given up hope they were going to open, but they’re just as extravagant and blousy as I hoped they’d be!

2. A Thursday night BBQ at Jason’s Mum’s house! Jason’s sister and her family flew in from Canada on Thursday morning for the wedding, so we spent the evening celebrating. Made me even more excited than ever to be gaining so many brothers and sisters in law!

3. Almond butter and Marmite on rice cakes. I honestly could eat an entire pack of rice cakes in one sitting, I’m *that* obsessed with this flavour combination. You must try it!

4. Soaking up the sunshine outside in the garden, whilst firing out emails at a rate of knots. The very best!

5. Ice. Ice in coffee, ice in water, ice in elderflower cordial- basically just all the ice.

6. The glittery butterfly wrist tattoo my niece did for me on Thursday. If only glitter tattoos were real, I’d have one for sure!

7. Freckles on my nose, forehead, shoulders, hands…

8. Taking time out to do a little yoga each day. It’s so amazing at helping you switch of your brain and allowing a little time simply to  b r e a t h e.

9. Putting together our playlist for the wedding! The most fun we’ve had whilst wedding planning in weeks, for sure! We’ve chosen some corkers too…ALL of the 80s classics!

10. Having my best friend home from her travels! Next up is her graduation (as a fully fledged Doctor, oh my!) and then we’ll be heading down that aisle!

Oh, and one more for luck, frog-dog Teddy in the photo below makes me happiest of all. I didn’t realise we’d manage to catch him mid-pounce until I was reviewing these photos on my laptop. Isn’t he the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever seen?


Right, twelve days to go. Let’s do this thing…

p.s. I’m wearing a crop top from H&M, and a similar skirt can be found here.

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  • Polly Rowan

    I can imagine things getting super stressful! But whatever happens it will all be perfect on the big day I’m sure! You look sooo lovely in these photos, I love the crop top and long skirt combo. x

  • Fruzs

    This could sound ridiculous since we’ve never met but I am so excited for both of you! I actually started reading your blog when Jason proposed so I feel like ‘I’ve been a part’ this whole process. I am so thrilled to have found your blog (don’t even remember how, probably throughout Instagram). It is such a big joy for me to read about your journey, to go on virtual trips with you and to relax in your company after a bad/good day. I cannot wait to read more about your adventures. Sometimes I just wish I had a blog where I could share with you mine. Thank you for doing this. I will tell you this on the big day, but congratulations and I truly wish you all the best! I’ll be there in spirits! ;) Happy Sunday my lovely friend!

  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    It must be so stressful to get all these last minute things in order, but I’m sure everything will come together by the day and you’ll be deliriously happy! I’m also putting ice into everything at the moment – iced tea and iced coffee are the best! xxx

  • Lauren S

    Oh my goodness, 12 days! That’s so exciting, I hope it all goes smoothly for you so you can enjoy the last few details :) An 80′s playlist sounds perfect – as does all the ice, ice is essential right now…

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • laura chambray and curls

    Oh you have just taken me straight back to that emotional whirlwind that is getting married! The last few weeks and days absolutely flew by! I promise, it will be worth all of the stress- saying your vows, with everyone you love there supporting you and filled with love for you both… It is truly the best feeling! And then you get to be married! And I can tell you- it is every bit as great as you would expect! So excited and pleased for you both Rosie!


    Chambray & Curls

  • Camille

    I can’t speak from experience but I’ve heard everyone gets a little burnt out on wedding planning by the end. You don’t have much longer to go though, I’m sure that must be very exciting! :)

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Laura Clarke

    Sometimes I wonder are weddings worth all the stress, but from my friends and families experiences the stress becomes a distant memory on the day! Stress makes things happen and sometimes we need a healthy amount, I hope you enjoy the next 12 days!x

  • ninegrandstudent

    Your engagement has gone so quickly, I remember your post about his proposal so clearly. Wishing you both all the best for your wedding day, and I’m sure none of your readers here mind if things “slip” a bit due to stress! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • emily couture

    I can’t believe that it is only 12 days! Wishing you the best :)

    emily xx

  • Kirsty W

    I can’t believe your wedding is so close now – it feels like only yesterday I was reading about Jason’s proposal! I can imagine things must be a bit crazy at the moment but I’m sure it’ll be so worth it on the day :)

  • Clare | Uncia + Tigris

    I can’t believe your wedding is almost here – I hope the next fortnight goes perfectly smoothly for you!
    And it’s been so hot round here recently, I don’t blame you for joining Teddy in the lake – lovely skirt as well. :)

    Uncia and Tigris

  • Polly Cat

    Weddings do seem to become incredible stressful and it’s such a shame because it’s meant to be your day to enjoy and remember! I’m sure you have it all under control though and that it will be a beautiful day :) glad you’ve had lots of happy moments this week x

    Polly Cat Contemplates

  • Amber Davey

    Fab photos! Wedding planning sounds horrifically stressful, well done you guys for remembering to remember why you’re doing it! xoxo

  • Sally Crangle

    Is Teddy part amphibian?!?! His little head is right in, in that photo!! Just wanted to pop by and wish you well and tell you to slow down and enjoy it all because very soon it shall be gone as quick as it has come around!!!! Your day will be magical, because i imagine, as stressful as all of this wedding planning can be, at the end of the day the important bit is that you’re both there, making a special commitment to each other, always and forever. And you can have strings of fairy lights and the like, but that’s the real butterflies in your tummy sort of happy. Lots of love, luck and happiness to you both darling lovely Rosie!

    This made me feel a little emotional! Think i’m just having one of those days! Off to try your rice-cake fixer to banish them!!!!

    Lots of love, Sal xxx

  • Bumpkin Betty

    12 days!!! How did that happen? It does definitely feel like only yesterday you announced your engagement! GOOD LUCK and have the best time!! xx

  • Alliyah

    omg you look sooo lovely! :’) and super excited for your big day too!

  • Laura

    From someone who’s been through it, the run up is incredibly stressful and some of the simplest things can seem overwhelming, but it will all be forgotten the moment you set foot on the aisle and see him standing there waiting to become your husband. Suddenly you won’t care less what the table plan looks like…. Although you’ll be glad you went to all the effort when you get the photos back!! Wishing you all the best for that big day, can’t wait to read about it x
    Laura |

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Weddings can bring out heightened emotions…and the crazies :P Enjoy the process of wedding planning! The anticipation of the wedding is almost just as good, or so I’d imagine :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Mimmi

    It’s so exciting that the wedding is so close! I really look forward to reading more about it. Good luck with all the planning that’s left to do! And these photos are just lovely – Teddy is such a cutie.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • rosie alittlelusciousness

    How exciting! Hope the rest of the planning goes smoothly. Teddy looking cute as always in these pics!!
    Rosie xx

  • Rosie McKay

    Love that skirt on you :)
    I love peonies, especially when they flourish!

    Do you put the almond butter & marmite together?!



  • Kezia @ Super Naturally Health

    Oh exciting times – its going to be great and good job on the yoga – been doing the same recently and breathing time is always underrated but always needed:)

  • Nevermind

    This feels so exciting! I hope you are enjoying this process as much as you can :) Wish you all the best!

    x M.

  • Suze

    Good luck Rosie, I’ve been there and know how stressful wedding planning can be but it will all work itself out on the big day and you’re right to focus on the little things that have made you happy recently

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • Rosanna

    Exciting! Can’t wait to see the wedding on here! :-)
    I’ve been meaning to ask you where you got your flowery dress you were wearing in your snapchat story last week? It was gorgeous. I think you were picking raspberries :-)

  • Rachel Elizabeth

    Beautiful photos. So exciting getting ready for your wedding day but very stressful too. Like you say it is so important to remember why you’re doing it and that things like handwriting aren’t really important. Hope you are basking in being the bride remember to enjoy the stressful lead up!

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