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We have some very exciting news! Lula&Rye are joining forces with the gorgeous Harry Makes It Up, (who is also my sister!) on a webinar next weekend on my favourite subject – WEDDINGS. Harry herself only just got wed a couple of weeks ago and it got her thinking about brides and the cost of paying to have their make-up done for the big day. We’ll be talking about this and she has asked me to come along and share some of my own tips with you! I’ll be covering a few DIY decoration ideas and also talking about some venue ideas.

This will be a great opportunity for any one wedding planning to get some really practical advice about venues, decorations, make up and all most importantly it’s all budget friendly…what’s not to love!

It’s going to be so much fun, so come hang out with us on sunday 26th June 6pm GMT! For all the details and to reserve your spot CLICK HERE. We'll be doing a live Q&A and I'll be doing a special offer on our services for anyone joining us. See you there!

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Be my Guest!

Following on from our blog post recently about welcoming your out of town guests and being a great host, this doesn't need to stop there, there are little things you can prepare for your guests to make them feel super special during your wedding festivities, they might even benefit you too! Here is a list of my favourites...

Flip flops for party feet - ladies that are partial to an uncomfortable shoe and all night dance floor session, this is for you! Sometimes you really want to get rid of those shoes but the alternative is to end up with blackened feet at the end of the night...alternatively pop a basket of flip flops in different sizes in the ladies rest rooms or on the dance floor

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Toiletries for women in the restrooms - this follows a similar theme to the wedding day emergency kit but for guests; think perfume/tissues/deodorant/plasters/grips/hair bobbles - I might be going a bit above board here but your guests will massively appreciate this! I found this hilarious list online of dos and don'ts for the rest rooms

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Umbrellas - I think this only really applies to the great British wedding, where even booking a wedding during the summer months could result in the rain pouring down. Keep your guests and their hair dos dry with a selection of umbrellas, this is mainly if you're travelling to separate venues for the wedding and wedding reception

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Heel protectors - These are such a saviour and something you would probably never think to have but for anyone having a wedding that involves gardens/fields/grass these are a must. The ladies (and their shoes) will thank you A LOT

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Blankets - Perfect if you have any outside seating areas, people will want to mill around during the evening reception and a nice basket of blankets will be great to keep your guests warm

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Being the perfect host

As much as your family and friends will be absolutely over the moon they got the invite to join you in celebrating your big day, they are usually spending their own money to be there whether it be on a hotel, new outfit or travel. As the hosts of your wedding day/weekend/holiday, whatever it may be it's nice to make your guests feel special and welcomed especially if they've travelled a long way to be there. If you are hosting a wedding in a location which people are travelling to or you head off to another country, how about creating a 'Welcome Pack' for your guests - now you don't want to blow additional £££ on the wedding budget but even going to the effort of printing off a map of the place and/or schedule for your guests and including some sweets for them to arrive to could be a really nice touch.

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....failing that, I'm sure a kit kat and a lucozade would do to help curb the wedding hangover!

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The New Wedding Planner

When I think about how the traditional wedding planner role has changed over the years, I can't help but think about the impact of digital. Never before have we had so much access to content; how tos, hints and tips, inspiration that gives us the tools and more importantly the confidence to make us feel like we can go it alone, that feeling that you can plan and style your own wedding, and it can actually look pretty amazing too. If you look at blogs like Love My Dress and Rock My Wedding, there are pages full of beautiful weddings and most of them contain some sort of element of DIY...all hail the DIY wedding and the new wedding planner mastermind behind it...YOU. Don't get me wrong, if you had the money I can imagine having a wedding planner, someone to do the groundwork and shortlist everything for you, make the bookings and take away the stress of wedding planning would be incredible! Especially if you have a stressful job or busy family life.

But what happens if the wedding budget is finite and there just isn't room for someone to do that all for you? There are ways you can make it work for you, have all the fun of planning it yourself but you won't have to worry about a thing on the big day. Here are a few of our favourite ideas:

When you're planning, assign out tasks to the groom or certain family members and/or wedding party (my bet is that they would love planning food, drinks and/or music)

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Rope in your friends to help - if you have a relaxed morning before the big day, get your girls or guys to come over and lend a hand; lay out favours or flowers...it's kinda what they're there for!

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Plan all the big day yourself but get a professional to come in and set up everything on the morning of the wedding - put your feet up, relax an feel happy that you've paid a fraction of the cost for someone to come in and help when it's most important - check out our set up service where we can help achieve exactly this!

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I relish in the times when people want to do it themselves, I don't think there is anything more satisfying on the day seeing your visions come to life but use these helpful hints to make your wedding planning fun and not too stressful.

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Need a venue? How about one of these London gems?

So you're engaged! You've got the ideal date in mind, maybe the type of wedding you want; the hard part comes when you actually need to find the venue. Tricky things to figure out...how far away is it? How much does it cost? How many people will it fit inside...the list goes on and are all really important questions to ask when you're thinking about the type of day you want and who you want there. At Lula & Rye, you know we love blank canvas venues like village halls and marquees but over the last few months we have been introduced to some amazing venues right in the heart of Central London that have so much to offer and would make an incredible backdrop for your big day. On a regular Monday to Friday they are galleries, bars, restaurants but come the weekend, these places turn into hives of wedding activity and each are so amazing and unique I just had to share them!

If you're looking for something a little different in Central London, have a look at these beauties...

Happy venue hunting!

The Asylum, Peckham

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06 St Chads Place, Kings Cross

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06 St Chads Place

The Pump House, Battersea

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Battersea Pump House

Battersea Pump House

East5, Clapton

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Lumiere, Southwark

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Bistrotheque, Bethnal Green

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If you're engaged...CONGRATULATIONS!

Firstly, a big congratulations if you got engaged over the Christmas period! It is without a doubt one of the most exciting, stressful, whirlwind periods in your life but all I can say is soak it in and enjoy every second, no matter how big or small the wedding. I would be surprised if you don’t argue with your partner the most you ever have during decision making processes (I did!) but let it go, compromise and make sure your partner also has the big day they envisioned too. If like me your wedding is something you have thought about for a long time try to understand that the big day is for both of you and they deserve their say too….

Enjoy this time to be engaged, have drinks and celebrate with all your friends and family as it’s a really special time!

When you start thinking about wedding planning the possibilities really are endless, even if you’re on a budget, that dream wedding can be a reality. Now it is so easy to create the wedding of your dreams with loads of DIY shortcuts and calling in favours from friends. The best place to start is probably the budget as it’s easy to get carried away with venues and catering so if you set a figure in mind you know instantly what sort of range you are looking at.

Use Lula & Rye as a planning tool; we have loads of blog posts for the savvy, creative couple with great money saving tips, DIYs and ideas to make your big day wonderful. We have a section of styled shoots, real weddings and other fun stuff on our website for inspiration and if you need more help for the day itself, have a look at the props we have on offer to help make your day just a bit more magical, we love working with couples to create a vision for their perfect day. There’s no job too big!

Most importantly, HAVE FUN! This really is the most amazing time for you and your partner and whatever you do the day will be perfect, so enjoy the madness on the run up to it….

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Seeing the signs

If you have a venue spanning a couple of different buildings/fields/areas etc, having signage is such a great way to guide your guests around or  introduce them to a particular section of the wedding and also adds to the decor of the whole day with the popularity of modern calligraphy through the roof these days....take a look at these ideas below for inspiration! There is an amazing array of calligraphy courses these days  if you fancied trying it yourself or Lula&Rye can do this for you! We have a few different signs that would look perfect for your big day!

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Catering Alternatives - Afternoon Tea

Anyone who's anyone knows that weddings don't come cheap even when you're consciously on a tight budget, particularly if you have a big guest list, quotes for things like catering can be eye watering. Generally the cheapest menu for a 3 course meal is around £24.95, that’s nearly £3,000 just for food alone for 120 before you factor in the alcohol....but now there is a fantastic array of alternatives which mean you can feed your guests in style without breaking the bank! If you think about meals that would sit well on a long summers afternoon, what better than the great British classic Afternoon Tea!

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Adored and popular in our nations capital London, Afternoon Tea has become a complete trend, with fashion inspired and children’s story themed versions to name a few, the idea has now firmly made its way on to the wedding scene and is really popular...what is more exciting is that you can find Afternoon tea catering starting at around £9.95 a head. Winner!

TOP TIP: Competition is TOUGH. All the best caterers get booked up quickly, some a year in advance, so act fast.

If you are having a small gathering and wanted that same afternoon tea vibe with a vintage style, Lula & Rye has a great selection of props that can help add to your day, including crockery and tea pots and lovely hessian table runners to add to that rustic feel

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Drinks stations

Styled weddings have become so popular in recent years with every aspect a chance to show off the couples own personal style or personality. The reception always had a tendency to be that awkward in between bit after the wedding where everyone is generally a bit ancy to get eating (that could just be me)....but not any more! The reception is generally the first chance to introduce your guests to the feel or vibe of the day and also to get them that all important first drink whether it be champagne, prosecco or something more seasonal like pimms or freshly made lemonade. The drinks station is the perfect area to get the tastebuds tingling and also get guests excited about the rest of the day and night unfolding.

Take inspiration from these lovely drinks ideas and check out Lula & Rye for props you can hire to create these lovely destinations, we also have some real wedding pics in our inspiration pages!

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These are just a few ideas but such a great way to get yours guests excited about the post wedding drinks and will set the tone for the rest of the day!

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Wedding Cake Alternatives – Naked Cakes

A simple cake lends itself beautifully to a rustic/homemade/DIY wedding, you could even give it a go yourself! A huge trend has emerged for these rustic looking beauties and is totally adaptable to your colour and/or flower theme with your chosen flavouring inside. image

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Nice flavour combinations include the classic Victoria sponge with vanilla butter cream and Strawberry jam, lemon curd filling with fresh raspberries, or a forest fruits decorated version. Before my wedding I tried to create this myself just to see if it was something I could potentially do for the big day (was a little harder than I thought hence there being no pictures attached). The one thing I would say is make sure you have plenty of mixture to bake as the idea is you cut through the middle of the cake to fill with whatever you choose so you need a big cake to begin with! Alternatively you could always sandwich 2 cakes together.

Are you tempted to make your own wedding cake?

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Lula&Rye's guide to flowers on a budget

The cost of flowers can creep up quickly especially if you are having the wedding and reception in 2 different venues. Even if you have something small planned for a church like pew ends you will easily need a fair few flower arrangements for each end which all adds up to your overall flower budget. Here is a simple way to decorate your venues instead of using flowers...

Transform a wicker heart in to a beautiful and dainty accessory which will perfectly fit with most weddings (similar to buy can be found here). All I did to this was remove the white satin ribbon and replaced with jute twine (just follow how the shop bought one was tied) then added some gypsophila which is one of the cheapest buds you can find!

Et voila! These cost around £2.50 each to make and I think they make a really elegant decoration

We have these to hire out on Lula&Rye if you didn't want to have a go at making them! Have a look here for a few more Pinterest inspirations…

The best thing is, after a church service these can be transported back to the venue to be added to the backs of chairs around the party. They could also be given as presents to your friends and family who may want a piece of the wedding to take home.

A top tip for saving money on your flowers is to look at the type of flowers you're using, is there a cheaper alternative you can use or can you intersperse with a foliage? I've put together a little collage of inspirational images below of bouquets that are still beautiful without breaking the budget

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I think you'll agree that the above ideas look just as beautiful as if you had spent a small fortune on floristry, your bank balance will definitely thank you for it

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Decorations

If you are struggling for decoration inspiration and you fancy collecting some of the décor yourself, try and look into bric-a-brac or second hand market stalls. I often go to my local garden centre when I visit family in the midlands and they are the greatest source of inspiration and you can often pick up items at a great price (especially with a little barter as they are generally cash only). You can find everything from napkins/table cloths to glasses to tea pots and even props like milk churns, old suitcases, jukeboxes and wooden crates. These little additions can be added to give character to a blank canvas marquee or tipi, village hall or outdoor wedding; they really help carry the theme throughout the day.

Wooden or tin boxes -Great vases for flowers or central table decorations

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Tea pots -Great to serve your tea in at the end of the wedding breakfast or equally cool for cocktails

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Tablecloths -Add a bit of character to a plain table with a crocheted or lace cloth

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Place mats - Perfect underneath plates or could even be used at intervals along the table in place of table runners

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Crates -Perfect for storing drinks or keeping favours together

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Tea sets -These can be used as a feature on your table as side dishes/tea cups & saucers or great for an afternoon tea wedding breakfast

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Check out your local papers or churches/garden centres on the weekends to see if they have anything like this going on

Have you sourced any of your own props?

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Wedding Perfume

When I was planning my wedding, a friend gave me a really lovely suggestion with regards to Wedding perfume, something that at the time I hadn’t even thought about yet. She said that 5 months before her wedding, on her birthday she received some Chanel No.5 perfume. That afternoon of her birthday, she was flying out to her hen do, so naturally as she was getting ready she used the perfume. When she came back she noticed that she was wearing the perfume for all her wedding related errands by complete coincidence, and most importantly not at work. On the big day, the perfume was part of the morning getting ready ritual. Now whenever she smells the Chanel fragrance, it takes her back to her wedding day and brings back all those amazing memories. I thought this was such a great idea and definitely something I took influence from!

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I did a bit of research to find out why smells can bring back memories and it seems that the part of the body responsible for our sense of smell is closely linked to the parts of the brain which are associated with emotion and memory…so just as the smell of freshly cut grass or the smell of home baking may take you back to your infant summers, your perfume could be the scent that for years to come will remind you of your wedding day….GENIUS.

A COUPLE OF TIPS…

- Don’t wear the scent for work

- Wear for all wedding related activities

- Search for a fresh or classic fragrance which you won’t get bored of over the next few months

- Buy a size big enough so that you don’t run out before the big day! (or if it is a smaller size make sure you can easily get hold of it again)

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Sophia Webster Bridal Collection

Now this is not my usual blog content and is a far cry from my world of props but is wedding related all the same, I just had to write about the new Bridal offering from accessories extraordinaire Sophia Webster. Sophia has re-imagined a selection of seven of her signature shoe styles and her iconic speech bubble clutch in a romantic palette of baby pink, ice blue and ivory. Every pair of shoes in the collection is marked on the soles with Sophia Webster’s signature ‘WIFEY FOR LIFEY’ slogan. I just absolutely love the playfulness of this and is perfect for the bride looking for something a bit different for her big day.

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Sophia said of the collection, "When I first decided to do bridal shoes I was not yet married so thinking about what I would wear for my wedding was a great starting point!  As the collection was being brought to life I imagined all sorts of women slipping into the shoes and feeling like queens for that special day. With that in mind I wanted to use really feminine touches like satin uppers, crystal heels and gem stones, all in delicate tones that would work with classic dresses but add a little flourish.”

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Love love love!

The Sophia Webster Bridal collection is available for purchase at sophiawebster.com and Net-a-porter.com so get going!

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Discover Pinterest!

If I could only give 1 piece of advice for wedding planning, over the setting up of budgets and guest lists hands down it would be to set up a Pinterest. You just set up with your email address and password of your choice then you are off! Start pinning…I would 100% recommend to categorise your boards so you don't have masses of pics to search through when you want to find something….I've listed a few useful categories below:

Total wedding inspiration - helps give you an idea of the feel and look of the wedding you want. You can think about the vibe and venue whether you want cute church/vintage theme/super minimal/modern chic. It will also help move the wedding planning forward and is also great for DIY tips.

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Then I would recommend smaller sub categories with more specific titles:

-Dresses

-Catering

-Flowers

-Decorations

-Table settings

-Colour themes

The world is your oyster!!

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The Pinterest boards you create are especially useful to take with you to any appointments where visuals are a must - it gets your point across in seconds. Head over to Lula and Rye's Pinterest where we have a host of wedding boards full of inspirations for your big day.

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Venue Ideas

Particularly if you are on a tight budget, think outside the box on this one. Village halls can be completely transformed for fate type weddings or tea parties, or if your parents have a big garden or your local school has grounds could you have a marquee? We knew we wanted to spend as little as possible on the venue; this can be a huge chunk of the budget and you can pay in excess of £10,000 to have an incredible location on a Saturday. My parents have a field so we instantly thought why dont we just get a marquee and use our own land (you also won’t have a kerfew). My mum also started having a barn built in the field last year to house their airstream caravan, so we had the brainwave to kit this out with the marquee next to it. Pretty amazing venue sorted and we’re not breaking the bank.

**The only thing I would say about sorting something like this is there is slightly more to consider with the alcohol license and logistics like toilets but all easily sorted**

This was the barn during the build, it made the most incredible venue once it was finished and decked out, you really can make it beautiful! And perfect filled with Lula&Rye props

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MARQUEE TIPS

- Ring around a few marquee companies to compare prices, usually they will come out and do a free survey for a full quote

- Check what can come included in the price - we managed to get the lights, tables, chairs, bar, dance floor and table cloths all included in a fixed price

- The more you can bulk book the less stressful it will be to organise the deliveries on the run up to the wedding (this is what I’m hoping anyway!!)

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So get creative and save some pennies!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

This is my first post in 2015 for Lula & Rye and indeed my first post for a while after a few lovely months off post wedding. Since the wedding I have tried to slow down and enjoy the first few months of being a newlywed and it has really been amazing and has also made me re evaluate what is next for me.

I think it’s really healthy to have a stopgap to take some time to think about what the next phase of your life is going to look like, last year was undoubtedly the best of my life but also one of the saddest having lost Rich’s lovely dad. This year I am going to focus on positivity and embracing new challenges…here’s to the new year ahead!

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Truly hope it’s magical for you to!

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THE DEBRIEF

So it’s a couple of weeks on now and I still think about the wedding everyday in some capacity. I think for something you have worked so hard on for so long it’s hard not to keep thinking about it. I think one of the biggest things you mull over with your partner is how it all went down, could we have done anything differently/better. I can honestly say…. ….I WOULDN’T CHANGE A SINGLE THING

Yes sure there were decorations we missed out, I forgot the pew ends in the church, my lego bride & groom on the cake and the table confetti and I also poorly planned out letting my caterer know where the cheese was for the evening but it made it out ok, I honestly don’t think anyone noticed.

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This may be my perfectionist personality coming out but I have actually had those thoughts and feel bad that I missed some stuff out but after the amazing time everyone had I don’t think it made an ounce of difference. You are also probably the only person that knew those details anyway so it won’t matter!

The thing I realised, after all the DIYS and endless slog to make everything look ‘just right’ is that your friends and family are the ones that make the day anyway! Of course it’s lovely for everything to look nice but don’t let this stress you out on the run up and let the little things go…

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My T minus 1 Week post, 2 weeks Late...

It’s so funny reading this 2 weeks on, this was my post that I forgot to schedule from a week before…if only I could turn back time!

"I must apologise for my absence over the last few weeks, my mind has been consumed with meal choices, cheese, pork pies, wedding cakes, disposable glasses and decorations mostly….but this is it, we are so nearly there!

It was officially 1 week until the big day on Saturday and I couldn’t be more excited now (and maybe a smidge anxious!) everything seems to be coming together. However it’s hard to relax as if you’re anything of a perfectionist like me you’ll be thinking about all the tiny aspects that need to come together…I think I need to relax a little. All the major things are done now so if we have missed anything it won’t be the end of the world.

I have also been trying to eat more healthily in the run up to the wedding, not to lose any weight as my dress fits like a glove, but just to make sure I feel the best possible on the big day, and also to try and fend off any illness.

So from now I’m going to relax and enjoy the run up to the big day, as I’m sure the time will fly and it will be over before we know it; to make the most of it we are having get togethers on the Friday and the Sunday just to make the celebrations last a little bit longer before we head off to Florence for our honeymoon!”

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The Mini Moon

After the wedding we had a couple of days at home to recover/relax/help tidy up then we headed back to London on the Monday…it had been such an amazing week at home finishing with the wedding I had to hold back the tears as we drove away from my mum and dads house!

But feared not as we were headed for sunny Florence and thanks to Owen (1/2 best man) and his wife Jo, we were fully equipped with comedy t shirts for the flight!

We had a brilliant time and ate ourselves into oblivion every day, heaven. We were so pleased to have a break after all the stress of the week before just being Mr. and Mrs. Henderson…

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