My Wedding Photos – The Prep

Since I enjoyed my recent post about the wedding and the flowers we used so much, I wanted to continue and share a few more images from our Big Day. You might laugh, because you might know that I have another one coming up in just two weeks and I should be focusing ahead, but maybe this is all part of the process. Experience the joy we felt on our wedding day all over again, mentally getting ready for it.

Like my mother says to me, this is not a time to be exhausted and say “oh God, we have to do it again!”. This is a time to start getting happy and excited, so here’s to another great experience.

Oh, and I’m in the middle of a launch period. Just cos. *exhausted*

The Wedding Prep

On my wedding, I woke up criminally early and had about 4 hours to kill before everything was starting to kick off. Like really, I was prepping final deliveries at 7am and running in the gym by 9. The gym was a great thing to have in our hotel by the way, just because it gave me something to busy myself with before nerves kicked in.

My nervousness was all about making sure the day went as planned, much more than any actual jitters about whether this is the right man. That’s the good thing about marrying on your 10th anniversary. You probably know what you’re getting. After 10am, suddenly everything went very fast and here are a few impressions from our photographers after they arrived.

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My Wedding Photos: The Flowers

I’m married!!

Phew, and it’s already been 2 months. The last two months have really been very busy, with working life coming back into focus very much straight after our wedding and a real manic kind of a summer. I don’t know where to start, so much happened and I’ve not kept up with this blog and I haven’t even taken the time to talk about how fantastic the day was!

There were:

  • Cute kids
  • Beach Huts
  • 30 mile/hour winds
  • Wine glasses
  • Beautiful Bridesmaids
  • Dancing People
  • Touching Speeches

So instead I ask you to check out my photographer’s wedding report, and my German language one over on my good friend Verena’s blog. See, I did write! I’ve also been miss super productive, attending a conference in Glasgow, visiting friends, travelling to Sweden and creating more products. My new German course (my first German course!) is about to hit the digital shelves and I could not be prouder.

But enough talk. Let’s do what we really like and look at the pictures. I’ll start with some flower pics from our lovely wedding.

My own bouquet:

Buttonhole for the Groom:

Bridesmaid bouquets:

The Maid of Honour:

Confetti:

Looks good:

Smells good too:

And we kept it simple in the evening:

Let me know how you liked these pictures and the flowers and if you can, why not share your own wedding pics?

When a Plan Comes Together

In the writer’s chair today, you may imagine a woman whose brain is just taking the break that she seemingly needs. I’m kind of unproductive today a state that always bothers me. There’s a lot to be sorted out and a lot on my mind, and usually I’m able to create a lot of content and value at quite a clippy pace so maybe it’s time to take that break and view what’s going on.

  • Personal Life is going on, yo!

Today it’s 9 days until my wedding day, which means there are 8 days to get everything tucked away and ready, and the sense of tension is rising hugely. This morning I posted the invitations for our second wedding which is taking place later this year in Germany. They look awesome, C really did an amazing job designing them and they’re bilingual too. With such an important event looming on the horizon, it’s almost too easy to get lost in worrying ahead and forgetting about the big event that’s right in front of me! Of course I’m also keen to work hard and produce everything I want to produce, and the to-do list is one higgeldy piggeldy chaos of wedding things, work things, life things. It’s BIG STUFF.

Right now, hang on..I just have to take a second to add a few to-dos.

Just in case you’re interested, we planned our wedding ourselves and used Trello and Google Docs extensively.

  • Savvy Brand Bounced Back

In my last post on this blog that follows my personal and business and both journey, I shared the experience of an unsuccessful launch and how I ended up moving on from it. I created the Savvy Brand Toolkit because I wanted to keep offering the value and helpful notes that I know my course offered, but without freaking out about no one turning up on a specific sign-up deadline. Overall, the sales have been pretty positive for the last 2 months. I organised a live Facebook event to support more teachers and also shared my knowledge of practical teaching matters over at Udemy in a new course called Live Lesson Strategies for Online Teaching. Both of this had two really great effects on me: First of all I felt a return of my mojo and enthusiasm for helping online teachers through my experience. Secondly, I felt that sharing more of my knowledge and experience really helped me consolidate the brand.

The most important move I conducted was a shift back to Fluent, my core website about language learning and personal development. I simply took the Savvy Brand Toolkit and started talking about it on that website, and the teachers in my audience were very grateful, and AFAIK none of the language teachers took offence. This helps me become a more authentic language blogger, since I’ve been writing from the tutor’s perspective for years.

  • I’m an Educator, Still

Of course live services still form the heart of my work, and I’m feeling a strong pull to online education. I want to keep supporting live teachers and reach out to the thousands of people who are currently creating online courses about all kinds of great topics. After speaking to an inspiring friend who confessed to taking weeks of agonizing over a simple workshop, I realised that this is an area where I can and I want to help people! I’m a pretty good knowledge organizer and project manager, making me suitable for working with books and online courses. Obviously, I’m on number 6 of those in just over 2 years by now, and I don’t want others to stand in their own way when they could be reaching out and teaching already. In the past, I was very curious about becoming an online course consultant but I was intimidated by established big names in the field. But now the time feels more suitable, and I have a better sense of the market holding a little space for me. I have some packages and test clients ready, and a wonderful strategy for them that the amazing Audra Wilke helped me build. I’m ready for business and feeling pretty positive about this, so watch this space and contact me if you want to get in early.

That was kind of my speedy update. The challenge for this month is still course production and marketing, boosting my Udemy portfolio and revenue and looking into the best options for selling courses in the future. I’ll keep you posted..

Wedding Planning, update 1

I thought I should give you readers a break from the continued anxieties of career and identity today. Let it be said that I’m coming ashore in the land of the “portfolio career”, which means making my money with various things that I’m into and embracing it rather than feeling like a schizophrenic crazy lady. Ultimately, it comes down to this: Everyone is good at many things. Might as well use them.

But anyway, the wedding planning! I am very much enjoying my long engagement of two years. We’re now on 490 days until I have a husband, so that means there will be plenty of time to convince him that my last name really is the best. Now that the big day really is in the coming calendar year, we have also started getting a little more organised. Now here are the basic stats:

  • 2 weddings in 2 countries
  • civil wedding with a registrar in England
  • church wedding with my local Pfarrer in Germany
  • approximately 40 guests at each
  • an adult reception in the evening in England
  • our 10th anniversary

If that doesn’t add up to a lot of happiness, then I don’t know what does!

Venue Search

So, after deciding on the guest numbers and where everyone will stash their kids, the lucky couple gets to be wooed by many beautiful places. That’s how I like to think about it anyway, and so I’m really enjoying myself when looking around all the great places I could get married in. Not all of them are right for the celebration I am imagining, but they are all awesome in their own right and each of them makes for a great destination to visit.

Our favourites included:

Forrest Hills just outside Lancaster – This venue is by far the one with the most beautiful surroundings. It’s a quirky, eco-friendly building in Lancaster set in a beautiful golf course (but not the busy, arrogant kind) and next to a lake. With a fountain. God, it’s so lovely. Every time I look at the photos of Forrest Hills, I feel like my mind is made up. But sadly they have neither a licence for getting married on the premises nor accommodation for our out-of-town guests, and I still haven’t convinced myself that carting everyone from place to place on the day is what I want to happen.

The Midland Hotel in Morecambe – The Midland is an art deco hotel by the seaside. It’s elegant, interesting and very popular as a local place to get married…which of course gets my anti-herd senses tingling. But never mind that nonsense: this is a beautiful place and offers us the full package all in one day. The fiancé in question loves it, because its seaside views are special. Their cocktails are great too, and I hear stories of outdoor hot tubs for the lucky couple. But to me, the romance of the day doesn’t quite come alive there…no gardens, no greenery, you see? And is Morecambe’s faded glory what I always dreamt of? This is like a cliffhanger!

The Great Hall at Mains – This is in Poulton, where (as I’ve just learnt) Blackpool folks move to if they’ve made it in the world. And as a venue, it’s just so gorgeous! The Great Hall stems from Tudor times and it has everything: high ceiling, dancefloor, a knight’s armour and a very lovely garden. They give their couples the choice of caterers, too, and both couple and guests get to stay in THE BEST MANOR HOUSE EVER in the history of England ever. Our of our options, it’s not quite competing on the price range though, so I wonder if we could manage..

Other venues, which are also lovely regardless of my lack of a write-up were:

The Priory in Scorton (family venue, gorgeous walled garden, real friendly pub feel)
Hipping Hall (pure luxury, so much so that I could never afford it)

Do you have experiences with these venues above? Are you planning a wedding, or dreaming one up on Pinterest? I’m curious! I want to know, so share all of your dreams of pink meringue dresses with me. I won’t judge. I will LOVE it.