Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Simplicity


Monday, September 29, 2014

Taco Tuesday

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited along to celebrate #TacoTuesday with Old El Paso.  Matthew and I love Mexican food and I adore all things cooking, so the chance to toast Mexico's independence with delicious fajitas, cookery and a glass of white was perfection.




One of our chefs for the evening with one of the many spice mixes available!  This was the second event I've been invited to at the Underground Cookery School and it's always pitched so well - I picked up some great tips while not getting overwhelmed with jargon.

  
Hard at work on the bain-marie!


It's always so nice to meet other bloggers and chat while putting together a tasty meal!



Have you tried the new boaty-fajitas (note: not their actual name, I believe Old El Paso went with 'Stand and Stuff')?  Much easier to fill, but still with the potential to explode as you chow down. I love the potential for drama and getting ones hands dirty.  Here's my veggie effort!


As well as fresh guacamole and scrumptious fajitas, we also made a gorgeous chocolate torte!  It's flour free, so I'll definitely be rustling it up for my friends who avoid flour soon!


Thank you to Old El Paso for a really fun, tasty evening and to the Underground Cookery School  and Reprise Media teams for their hospitality.  And thank you to Stefanie, Tina, Laura, Leyla, Serena and all the other bloggers I chatted with for a super time!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Woot! September is nearly done!


In teaching, there are two manic months (June & September), two lazy-ish months (July & August), and 8 fairly-busy-but-things-like-sleeping-and-remembering-birthdays-become-possible.

It's nearly October!  Woo!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Our Wedding: Group / Formal Shots

Because it's tradition, right?

Photos once more from the delightful A Sweeney Photography.



I love that the niecelet is on Matthew's side!


GIANT BADGER!


Bridal squad.


Team groom.


With my side of the family.


And Matthew's side too.


The whole gang!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Our wedding: The Ceremony

All photos once again courtesy of the multi-talented A Sweeney Photography.

Fair warning, there are lots of photos in this post.  But you don't get married every day, right?


Matthew and his groom team.


Nick ushering up a storm!


With my gorgeous bridesmaids and my dad.


Loved this part - so cute!


The boys realised bridal squad are on the way - action stations!


Pretty girls!



My parents walking me down the aisle.


Mum & Dad.


A shot of the whole shebang.


Singing away.


Hee.  I don't know what's going on here, but I do like that we both seem to be quite chilled and silly with it!


Henry read beautifully from Corinthians.


And Jane gave a gorgeous reading from Union.


Clearly deep in thought!


Getting a blessing.


Ooooh, exciting!


I'm so pleased we got the words right!


Husband and wife.



Signing the register, surrounded by so many of our favourites.


Yep, lots of beaming and grinning going on.


I was clearly thrilled to see my colleagues from the English department and their families!


Confetti!




Love this shot of my Auntie Sandra making sure we got hit with every last grain of confetti!


And we're married!  Off to the reception...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Our Wedding: Before the Ceremony

Yay!  Our wedding photos have all arrived and I'm so excited to share them.  Our photographer was the amazing Andy Sweeney, who Matthew and I have known for quite some time, and who we were thrilled to have at our wedding!

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing some of my favourite shots from Andy.  Today, the pre-ceremony elements are the focus.  Enjoy, if weddings are your bag!


Our reception was in a marquee on my school's sports ground.  I was so pleased with how it turned out.  On every table was a collection of games, things to read, and knick-knacks.


Our welcome table, complete with a gorgeous hand-drawn table plan from the hugely talented Emily of Under a Glass Sky, who was part of our 'bridal squad'.


Sweetie buffet!


As well as sweeties to take away, we made up little favours of teacups, tea, shortbread and a bookmark.  It felt like it summed up a lot of our favourite things!


The pavilion & marquee.


Our ceremony took place at St Clement Danes, the central church of the RAF.  We both wanted that part of my family's history to be part of the day, and the church was just the perfect venue.


Such a beautiful church!  The little blue shapes are the many, many squadron badges of the RAF.


A priest's-eye-view - brilliant organ!


Matthew and his best men greeting the guests.


Bridal squad.

Yep.

I had fourteen bridesmaids.

How lucky am I?


Visions in yellow!


We were so lucky with the weather!  The days either side were rain, rain, rain.  On the wedding day itself?  Nary a drop!  Here, bridal squad members await go time.


So many people were kind enough to make time to join us for the celebrations; we were incredibly touched!  So many others who were unable to make it spoiled us with cards and good wishes.  It was so lovely to be at the epicentre of so much goodwill!


Such a fabulous guard of honour :)


The ushers look like they may be plotting something...


I'm here!  I love Siobhan's reaction!


One last primp from Emily and Siobhán...and then it's time to go!

Hi, I'm Claire...

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