September Highlights

 Image courtesy of Rifle Paper Co.

Image courtesy of Rifle Paper Co.

September’s disappeared in a bit of a whirlwind, hasn’t it?! Considering August was one of the longest months in the history of the world, September seems to have whizzed by in the blink of an eye, and here we are, at the end of the month, nearly at the end of 2018, and less than a year away from my wedding day (popping the champagne as we speak, quite literally!). It’s been a fantastic month and really, there’s been so many amazing things going on that I’ve not been able to squeeze it into just four or five this month… read on for the updates:

A Weekend in Glasgow. An impromptu weekend away is always good, and a couple of weekends ago, we enjoyed just that. Lewis had a work event scheduled for a Friday evening, and on a whim we decided to book a cheap hotel and make a weekend of it , so we could spend some time with his brother who lives there too. I headed over after work on Friday and we went out for delicious tapas and a few too many margaritas, and then the next day, we went to the newly-renamed Finn Market (formerly The Chelsea Market) in Finnieston for a serious brunch. It was so lovely to just spend time in our other favourite city without having to think about the last train home - just relaxing and enjoying our time as it unfolded. We’re going to be in Glasgow so much over the next year anyway, so I’ll be looking to turn every wedmin trip into something super fun too!

A Girls’ Night Out. If you read my last post, you’ll know that I took my bestie/bridesmaid along to a blogger party last week - and we had a great time. What I’d pitched to her as a casual night for an hour or so turned into four hours of bottomless cocktails and canapes, and far more frose and prosecco than is advisable for a Thursday night. I think we were both suffering on Friday morning, but it was so worth it for such a fun, glam night out! It was lovely to get a little bit glitzy with my favourite gal and enjoy a catch up in the sparkliest of surroundings - and being fuelled by free food and fizz is never a bad thing…

Getting Our Wedding Stationery - Part One. It all got a little bit real this month when we sent our ‘save the dates’ to the printer. We came home to them sitting on our doormat one afternoon and just having them in our hands, with our names and our date on them, was magical. Time to start writing out the envelopes now!

Making Plans to See Family. This month, I booked two family weekends for October and November. It’s been a big year for my family, with both good and bad things going on, and I felt like it’s been important to try and see everyone, even though we haven’t managed as much as we’d have liked to, with having to save up for the wedding. Next month, I’m taking my mum to Aberdeen to spend the weekend with my grandparents, and then in November, I’m heading back home to London for what’s lining up to be a very special weekend. One of my closest, oldest friends had a baby at the start of September, and I can’t wait to meet him properly whilst I’m there, and I’m also taking my mum and nan to a bridal shop that stocks my dress, so that I can show it to them properly. My mum is turning 50 a fortnight later so I’m tying it in with some special surprises too, and there’s another amazing reason I’m looking forward to heading home too…

I’m Going to be An Auntie! Barely a week ago, I got the most amazing news that next Spring, I’m going to become an auntie for the first time. 2019 is shaping up to be the most special year and I’m already so excited for us to meet our niece or nephew!

The Secret Project Launches. In my previous ‘monthly highlights’ posts, you might have noticed that I’d been alluding to a little secret dream project - and now I can tell you all about it! I’ve been writing for Hood magazine, which launches on Monday (tomorrow!), and I am so excited about everybody finally getting their hands on it and reading the pages the team has been working so hard on for the last few months. You can find out more about Hood here, but in a nutshell, it’s Scotland’s first free, national women’s glossy magazine, written by women, for women. It covers just about everything you could want - and it has a very special (and funny) columnist giving a man’s perspective - Iain Stirling! I’ve written for magazines before as an intern and freelancing, but it’s always been my dream to be properly on the team of a magazine, and working on the launch has been a really amazing experience. You can pick up a copy of Hood from train stations, airports, museums, galleries, shopping centres, coffee shops and 54 branches of M&S from Monday - eep!!

The Countdown Begins. Friday marked one year until our wedding day! I’ve been on countdown since we got engaged nine months ago, but now we’re at the year mark, it feels like we can really get super excited about things (in public I mean - in private we have been buzzing for months!). It’s the time to really start thinking about the details of the day, now that all of the ‘big stuff’ is taken care of, and start working on and planning all the little fun surprises, details and decor that will shape our day, as well as planning our ceremony and, of course, our honeymoon! I can barely believe that this time next year, I’ll be Mrs Mearns - it’s been a long time coming but we’re finally on the home stretch!!!