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[WEDMIN] What I talk about when I talk about wedding planning

I got engaged a month ago today to my amazing best friend-boyfriend hybrid, Andrew. Here’s his tiny little face:

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A quick overview: We’ve known each other for 10 years, and have been together for just over nine years now. We met in our home town when we graduated from our respective universities and were left thinking “Now what?” A mutual friend, Jess, introduced us and we quickly became really good friends. Andrew, Jess and I hung out together all summer, almost every day. I have never laughed so much in my life. Then in November Jess moved away with her family and Andrew and I started going out a few months later. About a month after going out we made the mental decision to go travelling together for eight months together. It was a make or break situation for us, and sometimes it was both. Ha! I guess the rest is kind of obvious. Andrew liked it so took eight or so years to put a ring on it. He is not a decisive character.

So now we’re planning a wedding… I have no intentions of turning The Z Factor into a wedding blog, but I will pop up updates as and when I think something is interesting (note: most of wedding planning is really dull).

A month down the line and what have we got locked down? Well, I picked my bridesmaids right away as I’ve known for a good while who I wanted to hold my hand through this process. Here they are:

Amy

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Amy lived with Andrew when we first moved to London, and we quickly all became excellent friends. We went on an amazing trip to visit friends in Berlin once, which must be one of my favourite trips ever. Amy is very organised and she also helped Andrew organise his proposal.

Jo

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Jo (here on the left) is Andrew’s little sister. Although it is customary to ask your future sister-in-laws to be bridesmaids, my decision to have Jo wasn’t governed by this. Over the years we’ve spent a lot of time together at family get-togethers, Christmases and even Glastonbury. She’s already been my pseudo sister for years.

Josie

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Josie and I met when I joined her school in sixth form. We got the train together to and from school every day and had all of our free periods together. Since then we have had many adventures together – and even more nights out. She now lives in Florida with her husband, so will be rocking an amazing tan at the wedding. Pass me the fake tan…

Phoebe

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I actually went to secondary school with Phoebe, but she was a couple of years below her so although I knew her we weren’t really friends. However, when I got together with Andrew he was friends with her and I quickly stole her as my own pal too. As with all the bridesmaids, she’s really important to both Andrew and I, and it felt totally like she should be a key part of our day together.

Immy

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My endlessly entertaining niece, Immy. She’s five at the moment, will be six when we get married. She was one on the most tricky of negotiators who campaigned to Andrew for him to propose, such was her eagerness to be a bridesmaid. Perhaps more excited than me about the wedding, she already has big plans for her dress (big and white, apparently) and is putting in requests for shoes. She’s such a massive character and I know she’ll keep all our guests entertained more than I will on the day!

We’re also having three page boys, my three nephews.

Archie – Head page boy

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He’ll be eight when we get married, and is a really lovely, funny and sensible little guy. We’re going to give him some little responsibilities so he feels really involved in the day. Maybe like giving a speech… Haha. Just kidding A Bear!

Henry & Theo

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My Californian nephews! Henry will be almost two when we get married, and Theo will be four. They might not have any big responsibilities as they’re still very young but wow will they be cute. I can’t wait for them to spend the day with their cousins as part of our bridal team. I hope they have lots of fun. (Theo at the moment thinks he’s going to be an actual page – a knight in training – as he’s obsessed with knights. He’s going to be disappointed)

Photo Round Up!

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My first photo round up for you! Sometimes I take photos and they’re not worthy of a whole post (same goes for most of the stuff I post, but hey ho) – so I thought I’d start doing collages – inspired by my lovely friend, Daisy!

Top Row: Cheeseboard to end a hen party, tequila to say goodbye to a dear old friend, my new dog cardigan!, champagne cocktails with a brilliant friend at Bourne & Hollingsworth

Second Row: A card I made (love washi tape!), homemade hodgepodge chicken salad; chicken with proscuitto, tomatoes and white wine cooked by me; paneer curry

Third Row: Planning a trip!, homemade rise & shine muffins, the view from my office window, MEATMarket

Bottom Row: Hen do cupcakes made by Vintage Rose cupcakes, homemade French brioche with warm blueberry compote, lilies from Andrew, champagne at my parents’.

I promise that’s as in detail I’ll ever go about cupcakes! Bit of an eclectic mix of stuff there.

 

Hello!

This is me!

So although there is a bit on this site about me, I thought it would be rude to not introduce myself! So hello, I’m Zoe. I’m at the “wrong” end of my 20s and work as a journalist/writer/editor in London. I live with my boyfriend, Andrew, in Islington, London.

This is Andrew and I together. See, he’s real.

This blog is basically going to be a creative outlet for me. Although I write every day, I never feel like I’ve said everything I want to! Bad luck, guys. Hahaha, errr…

So on this blog you will be able to find brunch ‘n’ burger reviews from restaurants across London, rants about rude members of the public, pictures of cool dogs I meet and some television recommendations. There might be other things too, let’s just let this organically unfold, yeah?

Welcome to the Z Factor anyway, I hope your visit is pleasant. Why not introduce yourself in the comments?

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