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With our wedding round the corner in less than six months I naturally have a million and one thoughts darting round my head about our big day. The majority of them I expect are all pretty natural pre wedding jitters but I thought it would make for an interesting read especially when looking back on these once we’re married and hopefully wondering what all the fuss was about. And when I say pre wedding jitters I don’t mean apprehension about committing to marriage because in both our eyes we’re basically married anyway… its mostly the pressures of the day itself that I personally have the most concerns on!

We can’t control everything.

As much as we can plan, arrange and bloody well work our butts off for the day to run as smoothly as possible I have to learn to accept some things we can’t control. This isn’t as easy as it sounds for me because I do tend to like being in charge of getting things in order. Predominantly the weather is my single most worrying issue. Being that ours is an outdoor wedding venue it puts an extreme amount of responsibility on the shoulders of the weather God’s to perform to their best ability. But lets not be naive, this is England I’m talking about here so my expectations aren’t exactly high, I can only spend the next six months with my fingers crossed for a decent day.

Will it really be ‘the best day of our lives?’

Its supposed to be the biggest and best day of our life. That in itself puts immense amount of pressure on my shoulders. However I can’t help but worry that its often the over hyped things that sometimes end up being underwhelming. And for that reason I almost feel scared to over hype it! I’d rather play it down and then be exceptionally overwhelmed by the day. Obviously I’m doing everything in my power to try and ensure that it will be a truly wonderful day however I’d like to think we will live a long life together – so will this be the best day of our lives? Who’s to say that this one day really will be the best one?  Has something gone wrong or have we failed if we don’t think its the best day of our life? Right now I feel pressured by the fact it needs to somehow live up to this expectation. Maybe its just my thought process over thinking the situation and when the time comes it will just naturally be the best day of our lives…

What will it be like having all our families in one place?

Our wedding is going to bring such a mixture of people into the same place that right now its really hard to imagine what it will be like. Oliver and I have had this conversation a few times now as we have both tried and failed to picture what it will feel like to have all our family and friends in one place. Its nice in a way that a wedding is the rare opportunity to have a moment like this and we’ve both said it will be quite an experience: lots of our relatives meeting for the first time, family members travelling from across the world to be here for our wedding day and people seeing each other again after many years.

Saying goodbye to my surname is going to be bitter sweet.

I’ve been Grace Blossom Tree for almost twenty-six years now. I’ve come to love my quirky little name in that time. Its certainly been a conversation starter over the years whenever I’ve had to disclose my full name! And as much as it is completely my choice to take Oliver’s surname when we are married, I think I am going to find it a little sad to let go of my maiden name. However the thought of having a new name soon makes me feel giddy with excitement so I’m sure I’ll get over it.

Wondering what comes next…

Aside from the obvious step forward possibly in the next few years, what comes after the wedding? Our relationship has grown quickly from strength to strength, we’ve gone through so much in a seemingly fairly short space of time that I wonder what it will be like to not look forward to the ‘next big thing’ or so to speak. But then again, I’m very much my mother’s daughter, with a forward thinking mind so I’m not afraid things are going to ever be dull in our life together!

What are/were your pre wedding thoughts?

I’ve been a hobby blogger on and off for the last 8 years and even though I started this blog back at the end of 2016, its only really been something I’ve felt proud of in the last few months. Sure you can hit the ‘About‘ page at the top to find out a little more about me, however I thought it was about time I put a face to the blog posts and introduced myself properly.

I’m known as Grace – Blossom is the middle name, in case you were wondering. I have a lot of passions and interests which is why I’ve always put my hand to blogging at some point in the last decade. Fitness, beauty, pugs, home, the countryside, flowers, gardening, cooking…You see the thing is I just somehow haven’t ever really ‘fit’ into a category! Whereas I used to see this as a negative these days I realise its so much better this way.

I’m lucky enough to say this is just another nice hobby of mine and therefore I am not restricted by any kind of blogging categories or niches. My job that I love is 100% completely unrelated to social media. Due to the fact I am self employed it does give me flexibility and freedom to have a bit more time to enjoy the things I love, for that I consider myself extremely fortunate.

When I began this blog I knew there were some seriously exciting things around the corner that I wanted to capture. Little did I know just how many BIG things were going to happen in 2017, we got the keys to our first home, Oliver begun studying for a new career and he also asked me to be his wife. So as it turns out we’ve actually got an equally manic 2018 on our hands too!

If you follow me on any of my social media platforms you may have noticed that I started Youtube earlier this year. Predominantly as another creative outlet but I’ve really enjoyed it beyond my expectations so far! Due to the fact I kind of don’t really fit in to a specific category I think the vlog style best suits me. I can be as versatile as I like with vlogs: Oliver has been helping me loads with my footage which I love as it really feels like a shared venture – with him behind the camera and me on the laptop editing I think we make a great team.

At the end of the day I’m just creating content that we can look back on in years to come and if anyone else enjoys it along the way its a bonus <3

I wont lie, I was a little bit excited when I saw the bright daffodils and tulips pop up in shops with the promise of Spring around the corner. Even before this week it had felt like a pretty long winter. Day four of the snow here in Kent and I’m starting to realise this was just a cruel temptation and Spring is still a long shot away! I’ve missed out on virtually an entire week’s worth of work – the first time this has happened due to bad weather since I’ve started this job in 2014, and its pretty annoying to say the least.

Yesterday was undoubtedly a gorgeous day. Whenever we do tend to have snow here in England, it is usually accompanied by dark grey skies shortly to be followed by black slushy conditions making it feel like its the end of the earth. Not yesterday though. There was a piercing blue sky and bright sunshine, the birds were singing gloriously and it was like nothing I’ve ever experienced in my life before. It was sort of like something you’d see on someone else’s skiing holiday pictures. Wonderful and picturesque. Glorious even. I couldn’t help but feel joyous by the scenes I was experiencing – see it in action in my latest vlog here.

Today though, what remains is ice. Perishing winds. Freezing conditions. And an endless dark sky. The novelty wears thin quickly. Its only pretty for a day until it becomes a pain in the butt!

All I can say is, Spring I’m ready for you!

Oh its been a while since the snow caused Great Britain to come to a grinding halt. Just when you think the winter is on the way out and its safe to think Spring is on the way, we get this. Temperatures as low as minus 7 and up to ten centimeters of the white stuff laying neatly on the ground here in Kent. I’ll admit that I am charmed by the initial serenity that the snow brings, the soft fluffy white specks and the quietness that surrounds the air is a little bit magical. Losing a days worth of work and the thought of treacherous roads isn’t quite so magical.

We stuck our walking boots on and wrapped up in what felt like about ten layers and left our front door early this morning like the mad pair we are. We were on the hunt for a perfect white scene with a red robin but no luck! At first the specks were a light dusting but it really began coming down at one point. I refuse to take the car out in conditions like this as I’ll openly admit driving in the bad weather scares the life out of me. So of course we did that typically British thing and had to divert to the shops for bread and milk! Now I have no excuse to succumb to a cosy day snuggled up on the sofa!

The last time we made a visit to Arundel was at the end of a June heatwave. Yesterday’s visit was endured with freezing conditions thanks to the impending arrival of The Beast from The East. Nevertheless I can confirm that I absolutely adore this little town with its surrounding streets and delights round every corner. Arundel seems to have just about everything on offer from cobbled streets to clear blue lakes to a castle on a hill. Its idyllic even on a freezing cold day you cant help but feel charmed by this place. You can see it in action in my latest video here.

First we headed to Swanbourne Lake, where we discovered a lovely clear little lake filled with ducks and swans. The sun was glistening on the water and if it wasn’t so bloody freezing it would have been a pleasant spot to sit and enjoy the view. Arundel Castle can be faintly seen in the distance behind my head in the picture above.