Some of you may remember that last year I started a spin-off 'Wedding Diary' blog. Originally I was planning on making it a separate venture from Briar Rose itself, however I began to realise that I'd rather just focus on the one blog, and that there was no harm in redefining Briar Rose as fashion and lifestyle. Since this blog is now far more lifestyle orientated that it was last autumn, I've decided that the 'Wedding Diary' will instead take the form of a series of posts on this blog. After all, I'm assuming that if you're a regular reader you must be somewhat interested in my life, and my wedding is unquestionably going to be a huge part of that. Besides, wedding planning ties in quite nicely with general fashion and lifestyle! Over the next few days I'll be adding a 'Wedding Diary' button so you can filter these posts.
On Saturday I met up with Steph and Chloe in London to attend the Etsy Wedding Event. Etsy has been a huge part of my wedding planning thus far - both my wedding ring and registry office dress were bought from vintage sellers - so when Steph suggested their wedding event I snapped up a ticket. They were £5 each, and included a refreshing elderflower cocktail, a goodie bag, and a number of crafting workshops. It was great value, and I would absolutely consider attending other Etsy events in the future.
None of us are what you would call competent crafters, however the workshops were all very extremely beginner friendly, and we made kissing bride and groom clothes pegs, big doily pom poms and air-dry clay decorations. I liked that it wasn't so much about individual vendors shoving their business down your throat as some of the other other wedding fairs I've attended, and despite my general DIY-aversion I came away with a few crafty ideas for my own wedding - watch this space!
After a parting Starbucks with Steph - who was off to an evening wedding reception! - Chloe and I headed over to Covent Garden for a bit of browsing. I stopped off in Lush to stock up on my favourite hair products, and Chloe took her first trip to Laduree and bought her first macarons. I treated myself to a Rose Raspberry Saint-Honorés, since it was a special occasion. It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I wanted another Laduree bag to add to my collection...
Our next stop was the V&A, for a bit of lazy wandering. It was the first time I'd ever visited, and I must admit that it's an incredible place. A bit of a labyrinth, but amazing nonetheless. If anything that added to the intrigue! If I ever happen to find myself in London again with a few hours to kill, I'd definitely be inclinded to return.
Before I jumped on my train back to Bath, we treated ourselves to a McDonalds. We bonded over our shared tendency to dip our chips in our milkshakes - chocolate for Chloe, Strawberry for me - and earned a few bewildered looks from the people sat around us. As you may know, Chloe is a photographer, and she's going to be shooting my wedding alongside Lily from Red Brick Lipstick. It's going to be lovely having friends capturing our special moments instead of someone we've only talked to briefly, and I can't wait to see what magic they both create!