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Tipi Wedding Staffordshire

Lizzie & Craig first found me nearly a year ago. They had searched for a relaxed photographer in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire and Google hit the jackpot and gave them my name. After a brief chat, I knew that their wedding was going to be magical and that they were most definitely my kind of people!

Pre-Wedding.

A month before the wedding we met up and had some fun doing a pre-wedding session. It was clear to see that these two were going to have a blast on their wedding day. We had a really good giggle. JCB Rocester proved to be a great location for a half hour wander around and chat.

Bridal Prep.

Fast forward to bridal prep at the lovely home they have made together ...... and well, it was the height of calm. Tunes were playing, Bucks Fizz was being sipped and the Pink Ladies as I nicknamed them (awesome matching p.j's Lizzie!) were enjoying a chilled out morning of preparations and giggles. It was then that it hit me, my brides are definitely "more chilla and less zilla." Lizzie was the epitome of the chilla bride. She positively floated around the house, soaking in the atmosphere and love.

After a quick bite to eat, it was action stations as bridesmaid Megan worked her magic on Lizzie. Applying a light make up that was perfect for her. Time was ticking away and in no time at all Sophie Bentley was plaiting and curling Lizzie's hair into a gorgeous soft, tumbling down 'do' that would look stunning with her Pronovias dress. The bridesmaids were to wear Multiway dresses from Victoria Lou Bridal which complimented their skin tones beautifully. 

Getting into THE dress and looking in the mirror was quite an emotional moment and one that Mum Katrina and sister Amy were close by to share with Lizzie. It was a moment that gave me goosebumps.

Lizzie had mentioned that she would love to do a reveal photo. Her dress had been kept under wraps from her Dad and bridesmaids, their reactions were priceless. See the pictures!

Tipi Tastic.

Lizzie & Craig had booked their tipi from Peak Tipis and had it sited on a friends field for their wedding. With stunning views of rolling fields it really was quite breathtaking. Craig and best man Stuart were already there looking the part when I arrived, wearing green Harris Tweed waistcoats from The Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop at Trentham and buttonholes made from baby's breath they looked dapper AND at home with the Tipi setting.

It really had been a family effort creating the dream wedding that Craig & Lizzie had envisaged. Craig and Lizzie had done lots of prep, wrapping bails in hessian, putting out framed pictures and place cards and providing flip flops and blankets for their tired guests. Craig's Dad had created a beautiful arch for the couple to marry beneath and Craig's Mum had weaved flowers into it as well as creating a stunning floral chandelier for the tipi.

In no time at all the bridesmaids and bride arrived and we were ready to go. I think it was fair to say that Lizzie was smiling from ear to ear.

Their outdoor ceremony was possibly one of the most personal and heartfelt I have photographed. Their celebrant talked about how the couple had met whilst working at Argos, how their friends had played a big part matchmaking & how the couple have gone on to support each other in their chosen careers. She then went on to perform the Rose Ceremony followed by a Handfasting, a first for me. 

After group photos the guests all retired to the tipi for a gorgeous buffet and later on some epic shape throwing on the dancefloor.

Thank you!

Thank you for picking me Lizzie and Craig! Also a big thank you to all your fabulous family and friends for making me feel so welcome and letting me hit the dancefloor with you. I loved having a boogie with you all.

Check out their wedding slideshow here ............

Wedding dress: Pronovias

Bridesmaids dresses: Victoria Lou Bridal.

Hair: Hair by Sophie Bentley.

Groom & Bestman: Waistcoats Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

Tipi: Peak Tipis.

Wedding rings: Mitchel & Co, Jewellery Quarter Birmingham.

Photography: Claire Meldrum Photography

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Autism Awareness Week - Mum of an Autistic girl.

Some of you may know already that our eldest daughter is Autistic. I wanted to share a blog post with you that's from the heart during Autism Awareness Week.

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Our eldest daughter has always marched to the beat of her own drum. A brilliant sense of humour, kind & loving, she has a strong sense of justice, adores books, science, baking and riding her bike. She is also Autistic! You see she doesn't "have" Autism, it's not like a virus or a bad cold that will one day go away. She is Autistic and it's something that is intrinsic to her. As she grows up I want her to be ok with this.

Part of her being ok with it will be down to everybody else too. Kindness, acceptance and a smile!! In order to get to that point us as parents of Autistic children need to be their advocate though. So I'm chucking myself out of my comfort zone with this blog post.

I've known since she was 3 that she was Autistic. People didn't listen, you see I was just a Mum, a Mum who was seeing things that others couldn't. I often got told "well she's not like the Autistic boy I taught, she doesn't line things up" and "she doesn't have meltdowns in class." 

You see everything you read says "Autistic girls aren't like Autistic boys" ....... now that's a phrase that bugs the sh*t out of me. Girls and boys are dissimilar anyway let alone chucking Autism in to the mix too so why say it. Evidently though we still compare Autistic girls to the Autistic boys when it comes to diagnosis. My eye roll couldn't get any more pronounced ....... sorry Mum!

So this my friends is what Autism looks like to us.

“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism,” Dr. Stephen Shore

 

 

You see our super star has awesome powers, yes that's right I call them awesome powers. Here are just some, some of which you will identify with I'm sure.

She has this incredible sense of smell and could happily sit smelling something gorgeous for ages. The smell of baking, freshly washed clothes, flowers, anything from Smiggle and perfume all make our girl happy. 

She has this super sense of touch. Certain clothes feel really good and the texture gets compared to silk. 

She can make the most incredible amount of enjoyment from food that pleases her senses.

She can take a subject and learn every tiny little detail about it.

She is inquisitive about everything.

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Now the flip side to this is the bit that maybe you can't identify with.

She doesn't cope with change very well, conversations can be tricky as she doesn't read social queues and will talk over adults. Kids can really confuse her with their behaviour, high levels of anxiety, loud noises scare her and she is often happiest with a hood up over her ears. If something smells bad then she won't go in to a room. That same sense of wonder about the softness of the fabric or the beautiful scent can lead to repetitive behaviour. The same people who make the lovely soft clothes also go and insist on sewing the most gigantic scratchiest labels known to man inside them!

She gets very, very tired. Why? Because Autistic girls mimic to fit in with their peers. Imagine how tired you would be pretending to be something you are not for the whole day.

So this is what Autism in girls looks like to us. It's inquisitive, frustrating, eye opening but most of all it's opened up a world to me that I never knew existed. I smile often, not because I'm laughing at her but because I'm looking at the world through her eyes.

I'm going to leave you with this question. She asked it me when she was 4 ...... yes, 4 years of age. When you look at the world through Autistic eyes you see a whole lot of puzzling things!

"Mummy, why is the Queens husband a Prince and not a King?"

Let me know what you think.

 

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http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/tmi/top-tips.aspx

http://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is/asd.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saving the planet with shiny hair.

I love a good product or something that makes life easier so thought I’d post something different for you. Also the last few weeks have been quite tough, doing something with my girls has been just the tonic I needed.

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