Birthdays / Family / Photography / Winter

Our 30th Birthday – London & family meal

11.10.16

It’s not been long since my husband and I were in London last but as a 30th birthday surprise he bought us tickets to see Aladdin the musical which meant a welcome return to one of our favourite cities. We went the weekend before mine and Lucy’s birthday which happened to be bonfire night so we managed to take in some fireworks at Southwark park while we were there. We also visited the Natural History Museum and The London Dungeons, and had a gorgeous meal at The Savoy, with a cocktail at the American bar to start the evening.

On the day of our birthday, we spent the day at a spa, courtesy of our lovely parents, where we had a lovely time relaxing and being pampered. In the evening we shared a beautiful meal with our nearest and dearest, including our new-born nephew who came into the world only two days earlier.

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Events / Everyday Life / Recipes

Our Sister’s Baby Shower: Recipes

10.30.16

We’re lucky enough to have another little niece or nephew on the way as our sister gears up to have a baby in a week or two, so a couple of weekends back we thought we would throw her a mini shower. She didn’t want any fuss, just a few friends and family together for some afternoon tea style celebrations. So that’s exactly what we did. We pulled out our favourite recipes, asked guests to bring along any goodies they wanted and assembled a gorgeous spread of food for the mum-to-be. We had a lovely afternoon and thought we’d share with you a little of what was on offer.

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Recipe One: Carrot & Cinnamon Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml sunflower oil
  • 200g carrots, grated
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C / 160C fan. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, flours, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and orange zest.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and oil, before stirring into the dry ingredients. Also, stir in the grated carrot.
  4. Divide the mixture between the 12 cases and bake for between 20 and 22 minutes.
  5. Cool on a wire rack before icing.

For the cream cheese frosting

  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 300g soft cheese
  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 carrot shaped sugar decorations
  1. Beat the butter until light and fluffy, before beating in the soft cheese, icing sugar and vanilla.
  2. Use a piping bag and nozzle to swirl the icing on top of the cakes, then top with with decorations.

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Recipe Two: Clotted Cream Shortbread

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Our Weddings / Videos / Wedding Inspiration

Hana’s Wedding Video by We Create

10.27.16

Now that you’ve had the opportunity to peruse our wedding photos, I thought it would be a good time to post the highlights video produced by Simon & Taylor of We Create. We love the moments they’ve managed to capture and think it gives a great glimpse into our special day. Nearly 4 months after the event we’re still waiting for the full video, but we’re really hoping it will arrive soon and that it will be worth the delay.

Our Weddings / Photography / Summer / Travel

Hana’s Honeymoon Photos

10.24.16

You may have caught a glimpse of what my honeymoon entailed from the lovely video Lucy posted a few days ago, but as you could probably tell I didn’t get a chance to shoot much so I made up for it with photos.

We spent an idyllic 11 nights in the beautiful Kuramathi Island Resort in the Maldives. It was exactly what you expect when you picture that part of the world, white sands, perfect blue seas and all the snorkelling you could ever wish to do. We chose this resort as we were advised that it was quiet, for a lovely relaxing de-stress after 2 years of wedding planning, yet had plenty going on with a great selection of restaurants, watersports and walks to keep us entertained between sunbathing. We stayed in one of their newly opened deluxe water villas and it was definitely worth forking out the extra money for as it had its own private swimming pool right outside the backdoor. Following on from this we had a 2 night stopover in Dubai on our way home and it was the perfect contrast to the Maldives. We spent a lot of our time in the Dubai Mall where we spent far too money, visited the amazing aquarium, did as much sunbathing as we could stand in the 45⁰C heat and sailed around Little Venice. We had an incredible time on this once in a lifetime trip.

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Babies / Everyday Life / Family

My Miscarriage

10.22.16

Miscarriage

I wrote this post down in a notebook about a week ago, on October 14th to be exact. It was during pregnancy and infant loss awareness week and I wanted to put down into words what I had been through. Here is what I wrote.

There are fewer more gut-wrenching words to hear than “I’m sorry, I can’t find a heartbeat” and I wouldn’t wish these 7 words onto my worst enemy. We went to our first hospital appointment (September 27th) after finding out that we were pregnant full of hope, happiness and excitement; we came out of that appointment heartbroken and with another scheduled for two days later when I would start a medically induced miscarriage. I thought I was almost 13 weeks at that stage, but we were told that our baby had died a little shy of 9 weeks – we had no idea until that moment. Apparently, my body hadn’t figured it out yet. Maybe it just didn’t want to let go of that little baby.

Our world came crashing down on us that day and the two weeks that followed were the worst of my life. We had a hospital stay on the Thursday night (September 29th) and once we left on Friday afternoon we thought it was all over. I had passed our baby and he or she was gone. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. The following Tuesday night (October 4th) included an ambulance being called, another overnight hospital stay and a very scary few hours as I bled heavily and was in a lot go pain. Although I had passed the baby the previous Friday, there was a lot left behind and needed to be gotten rid of. After an ultrasound scan, we knew it was all finally over.

We are still grieving for our baby a few weeks after that first scan day and I know that I won’t ever be the same. I’ve experienced something deep and painful and I have days where I find it hard to function properly, constantly thinking about the baby we lost and all the plans we had for him or her. We might go on to have children and, truthfully, I’m desperate for that, but it’ll take some time to be brave enough to try again knowing that this could happen for a second time. And I know it has happened to many women more than just twice, and my heart breaks for those women.

Family and friends have been the support we’ve needed over these past few weeks and I don’t think either my husband or I could’ve done it without them – we really are so lucky to have the best people around us. They’ve been there when we’ve needed them, even just to say “sorry for your loss” and sit quietly by our sides. They’ve shared our sorrow and held our hands as we’ve cried and given us everything they could to get us through.

Some days I feel positive and really feel like we’re moving forward, other days it feels like I’ll never be able to get past this sadness and I ache for our baby. I’m broken and it’s going to take time to put myself back together again, but I will do it with my husband right by my side. We are stronger because of this experience and I adore our family of two right now.

It seems apt to be writing this during baby loss awareness week, which happens every 9th-15th October. The charities leading Baby Loss Awareness Week provide support to anyone affected by pregnancy loss and the death of a baby, and work with health professionals and services to improve care. Tomorrow, October 15th, is Baby Loss Awareness Day and we will join in the Wave of Light to remember our little one. We will light a candle at 7pm local time and leave it burning for at least 1 hour to remember all babies that have died too soon. We will then, and always, remember our precious angel baby, who was too beautiful for earth, as we move forward with our lives.

I carried you every second of your life and I will love you for every second of mineUnknown

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Baby Chestney

Due 6th April 2017, lost 30th September 2016.