While perusing Instagram recently, I came across bride to be Lauren’s account, @ourcornishwedding.
Lauren and her fiance Elliot got engaged last month (on a yacht in the Cote D’Azur, don’tchaknow!), and as well as sharing their planning journey over on Insta, Lauren’s going to be sharing what they’re up to here on Pasties & Petticoats too, YAY!
So, a big welcome to our new bride to be guest blogger, Lauren.
Here’s her first instalment…
Hi! I’m Lauren, Pasties & Petticoats’ “real bride in the making” and I’m so excited to be able to share my wedding planning journey. This is for everyone and anyone who’s had an amazing magical moment, where you’ve said YES to the man/woman of your dreams and then sat down to start planning your big day and thought “oh crumbs…..where do I even begin?”
To start, I suppose I should let you know a little about us.
My rather lovely Fiancé, Elliot (or Mr H as I often refer to him as) live in Falmouth in Cornwall and have been together for 2 1/2 years. We first met online, although with the number of mutual friends we had and have been in the same place at the same time on many occasions before we had even exchanged a single word – there are photos of us dancing next to each other at my best friends wedding – it feels like we just met via friends. At least that’s what we told the grandparents (sorry Granny!).
I don’t need to explain to any of you what it’s like to meet that one person that just completes you, because that’s why you’re here – you’re marrying them! But it just clicked with us. We have spent nearly every day together since we met and 2 1/2 years, one dog and a house purchase later, Mr H popped the question in September of this year – and of course, it was a big yes from me!
The proposal was a huge surprise and rather romantic. We were away on holiday in the Cote D’Azure, somewhere I had never been before but it was quite high on the “places to go” list. Following Elliot working as First Mate on a yacht charter for 10 days, I went out to join him and enjoy a week of sun and relaxation, staying on the beautiful Oyster 82 yacht and enjoying the South of France from the water. I must point out that I am not boaty at all and had never even slept on a boat before, so this trip was quite a special thing to look forward to.
Following a few days of staying at anchor in one particular port due to bad weather, we decided that the conditions were finally spot on for a really good sail, so off we set from Cannes to St Tropez (I felt very fancy!).
The sails went up, the sun was beaming down and the views of the land were stunning. So stunning that I was far too busy looking through the binoculars to notice the Elliot had got up and walked off. After a minute or two, I turned around to see where he had disappeared to, and there he was, down on one knee with the most beautiful white gold and diamond ring sparkling in the French sun, asking me if I would spend the rest of my life with him!
After my initial outburst of swear words, and in between the tears and nervous laughter I said “of course” and that was that! We were engaged! The rest is a huge blur, but it was the most magical holiday and coming home with a fiancé was the icing on the cake.
So here we find ourselves. Back home in Cornwall, about to start planning our cCornishwedding and, having not done this before, not really knowing where to start, but making a go of it anyways.
I hope you enjoy tagging along with me on the journey leading up to our big day and hopefully, I can offer some useful insight to my fellow brides to be.
I hope to update every month or so, however for more regular updates on what we are up to, feel free to check out my Instagram @OurCornishWedding.
Lots of love