• Wednesday, 15 March 2017

    A Wedding in a Week!

    So, if you don't follow me on Instagram (and you should @marthamylove_) you won't know that last week, my sister got married. Which is lovely.
    What wasn't so lovely is that we had about a week's notice. And being the resident events manager in my family / the only organised Smith for many generations it seems, a lot of the organising fell on to me.
    If you know me personally, you'll know that I don't have a biological sister. And if you don't know me, well unfortunately I can't tell you too much about it for security reasons, also that's why I can't show photos of faces. But very basically, my sister is older than me and turned up in my family's life when she fled her own country for her and her daughter's safety. She arrived at my parent's church as an asylum seeker with a five year old daughter and nowhere to stay. She ended up living with us for one and a half years and now lives down the road, seen as she got status to stay for five years. It's been a hell of a journey but I love the extra additions to my family, in particular my lovely niece. Who's taught me that actually, some kids can be kind of cool. Whenever I'm with her, I do get some funny looks, due to the obvious difference in skin tone. She is proof that family is not about biology. Anyway, on with the photos!
    When you have a week to plan a wedding, the fastest, quickest decisions must be made. My thought process behind the design was 'What flowers are cheap and in season? Daffodils? Brilliant. Yellow it is!' And that was that. We bought cheap milk bottle vases from Ikea that I stuck some lace on, found leftover ribbon from mine and Jay's wedding and bought two cheap yellow dresses for my niece and her friend.
    I spent two evenings learning how to make ties and ended up stitching four yellow gingham ties for the groom, my dad, Jay and my brother. They turned out better than I thought they were going to be.
    We had it in the church hall and we held a Jacob's join style party. For those of you with no Lancashire roots, a Jacob's join is a bring and share party. No, I don't know why we call it that either, we just always have. Chuck in some yellow party plates from morrisons, a ton of gold confetti and a homemade cake with a lot of sugar paper butterflies on it and voila. One wedding, in a week! We had a lovely day. I must say, I found it a much more emotional day than I expected. The arrival of an older sister when you're nineteen was quite something to handle and now four years later and through many ups and downs, I have a brother in law too. I'm looking forward to the next four years!
    Photography credit to Laura Cronin, my lovely pal who donated her skills. 

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