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Tuesday, December 2

Man creche and dog hats! Must be Christmas!

Christmas is now officially on it's way in the Harrison household! 
On Sunday we decided to take a walk down to the local Christmas Market, and were pleasantly surprised. 
First stop was the Christmas Tree Festival at The Methodist Church, Sleaford. This is the 13th year of the festival and it has become a real Christmas tradition for us and a lot of others to visit it each year. There were 85 trees in total - all made by schools, groups, business's and individuals - anyone can enter a tree and it's completely free!!! 

Anniefloribunda's tree

I always enter one for Anniefloribunda now, but this year I entered one for Mr H too (who is a butcher, for those of you who don't know us). 
His tree was The Great British Breakfast Tree 
and made lots of people smile that day! 
There were some really great entries this year. 
Katy Katezart entered a tree made from a wooden pallet and there were gorgeous little miniatures from the local miniaturist club too.


Next stop was the craft fayre at St Denys Church Hall. I'd promised friends I would pop by and support them. Picked up a beautiful glass Christmas bauble from Beatty Mae Vintage and also got a pressie for baby Flo' who is due to arrive on December 10th!

Coming out onto the Market Square, we stopped to listen to the children from Alvey school singing a funny song about the stresses of Christmas shopping - wish I'd videoed it now :-( 

Standing watching the entertainment I got a bit chilly - so popped into The Greek Taverna and warmed up with a scrummy, hot chocolate (with brandy & squirty cream!) - well it is (almost) Christmas!
We missed the Morris Dancers this year much to Steve's disapointment but Loved the Round Table's novel idea of raising money with their "Man Creche" - one of these is needed on every high street!!! 

We walked the whole route of the Christmas Market and popped into EDS on Southgate for a gorgeous glass of Gluwein and hand made Stilton cookies where Arlo modelled his Christmas hat for us! 



Hope you are having as much fun in your run up to Christmas! 

Merry Christmas!! 







Sunday, November 9

Bride of the blitz...

I know I've posted it before... but I love this picture of a #wartime #bride..

This young bride is stepping through the rubble after her parents house was bombed during the war... Windows blown through, having to lift her dress and pick her way through the debris,

yet not even that can dull the obvious joy she is feeling on her wedding day!
Beautiful! What a feisty lady!
Seems a fitting picture for the blog today...


Tuesday, October 28

Winter Wonderland WEdding


I have several Winter Wonderland Weddings this year - take a look at the slideshow for some of my favourity ideas so far that I got from Pinterest...

http://www.smilebox.com/playBlog/4e4445304d5451784d44673d0d0a&blogview=true

Saturday, October 25

Made me cry!

When I first started chatting to Michaela about her wedding, I knew it was going to be a very special day. Her thoughtfulness at each small detail was incredible and she seemed to care more about everyone else having a fantastic day than herself! 


Two of Michaelas four children have NCH (which has a realllllllllly long name), an illness which means they are in wheelchairs and need 24hour care. 
I was pleased when she said that she was having the sparkling backdrop as I knew that both Jenson and Lyla would be able to appreciate the sparkles! 
The aisle runner was a surprise for her dad. What dad wouldnt want to hear this from his little girl? Queue the welling up of eyes when I was laying it (and the going frantic as guests in high heels walked over it - willing it not to rip before he saw it!!)




I set up the ceremony room (with my brilliant helper Lisa) and then we had to wait about for the couple to get married until we could get back in the room to decorate it for the reception. 
I don't normally get to see the actual wedding so I was very excited at seeing Michaela in all her finery and waited patiently until all the guests were seated, best man and groom at the top of the aisle.
I have to say that Liam made me cry, pushing Lyla along in her wheelchair, he looked so proud, responsible and grown up... and then when I saw the "Daddy here comes mummy" sign on Lyla's lap, well, that was it for me. 
T.J Followed on pushing Jenson who appeared to have nodded off and was completely oblivious to all the excitement around him. He carried the cushion with the rings on - he looked like an angel and again I got a lump in my throat.




Earlier that day, I had put all the special presents and cards out on the table for these children and was really touched at how Michaela had made sure that they all had special jobs and felt included in the ceremony. 
Needless to say, they all looked amazing and we left the reception all set up ready for them to party on! 



LOVE my job! 


...and absolutely LOVED this fabulous cake topper that Michaela had made <3 font="">





Friday, October 24

Woodhall Spa's fabulous new wedding venue




We were delighted when Ruth and Hayly from Precision Wedding Consultants asked us to help with a photoshoot for one of Lincolnshire's newest wedding venues - 
The Manor House, Woodhall Spa

We've put together a short slideshow for now, but please come back and see the full blog soon! 
Click on the link below to enjoy! 

Friday, October 17

Crystal pom poms!

Sorry, I couldn't wait for the professional photographs! 
I just had to show you our lovely new organza, crystal pom poms! 
Here they are (in my kitchen window, ha,ha!)
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!
#excited #muchly!



Available to hire from Anniefloribunda at £3 each for up to 10 - discounted price for larger amounts. You will be able to see some professional photographs of these soon - my photography skills do them no justice at all! x
Visit our facebook page! 

#let's have #fun with #crystal #organza #pom poms! 

Thursday, October 16

That's rather personal...

I often get asked by brides "How can I make my wedding really unique and personal to us as a couple?". So I would like to share with you today some ways that real brides we have dealt with in the past managed this. I hope you enjoy reading about them and it inspires you to bring some personal creativity to your day...

Matt and Amy, Loved vintage and wanted Matts career in the RAF to be incorporated into their wedding...




Amy wore a pretty vintage style dress and we made her table plan from an upturned vintage suitcase and small frames - the tables were named after aircraft types.








I love this photo taken outside on the steps of the Grantham Guild Hall where the grooms RAF friends are all resplendent in their uniforms...


The brides mum made this fabulous fun cake topper of 
Matt, Amy and their little girl...
 Another vintage suitcase provided a place for guest to leave their cards 
 We provided Matt and Amy with mismatched china crockery for 
their afternoon tea

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Kelly had always dreamed of a Caribbean island wedding, but not wanting to spend that much money on their wedding day, they opted to bring the Caribbean to Lincolnshire! 
Bright, bold and Desert Island 


 We made them a rich silk coloured ribbon backdrop for their ceremony table

The ceremony chairs were dressed in alternative rows of colour

 We made HUGE paper pom poms to go with bright fresh flowers for the table centrepieces- 
each table was a different colour

 And a fun "message in a bottle" alternative to a guest book was made up 

 We gave the couple the suitcase to keep as a wedding pressie from us - to use as a memory box 

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Matt and Suzy choose Stoke Rochford Hall for their wedding, a stunning location and their theme was love and lace. Their tables were all named after special places in Italy for the couple and the decoration was simple and elegant...




We used a lot of gypsophelia at this wedding and decorated the table candelabra and fireplaces with it

 We used a lace overlay over the teal satin sashes and tied them in a simple, classic, "overtie". 

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Jen & Wayne, wanted to incorporate their love of their allotment, beer drinking and steam trains into their wedding!! - here's how we did it...

 Jen's bouquet included stems of Rosemary and thyme from their allotment



 Ruth from Precision Wedding Coordinators lent me some wonderful old Hornby trains and accessories. The Steam train took pride of place on the top table, pulling trailers of freash flowers and again rosemary from their allotment. 
 Their table plan was centred around a vintage suitcase and tin plate train station from the 1940's
All aboard the wedding express! Destination - Party!!! 
Guests took their luggage label table names to the bar to get them clipped for a complimentary drink
We sprayed beer bottles with gold paint and decorated them with Gyp' to represent the beers frothiness and some rosemary from the allotment - 
the room smelt DIVINE! Jen and Wayne also had special bottles of beer brewed for their guests




Five very different weddings that Anniefloribunda has been involved with - all decorated to reflect the couples personalities. If you need help decorating your wedding and just dont know where to start, then please visit our albums on our facebook page or our website for lots of ideas! 


Or for some DIY ideas - take a look at some earlier posts on this blog for some great tutorials!