Rachel & Matt’s Wedding at The Bell Inn, New Forest

We were delighted to start our New Year by joining Rachel & Matt for their wedding at The Bell Inn near Lyndhurst, Hampshire.

Close family and friends had travelled far to celebrate their day with Rachel & Matt with plenty hopping across the pond from Boston, US to join in the fun (and make a good effort in wiping Ringwood Brewery out of Forty-niner Ale).

The ceremony took place at 3pm, so after a leisurely time getting ready in the rooms upstairs (the wedding party had exclusive use of the entire place) we had to keep things super speedy after the ceremony to have any chance of photos outside (and so the Bride and Groom could make it back in time for their surprise choir during the drinks reception). Luckily, we’d already had a chance to scout out a little spot nearby a short walk away and did a little prep ahead to make it look a bit more sparkly.

With the night drawing in early the pub was a great place to batten down the hatches, light the candles and have a cosy night in with good grub and dancing.

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Abi & Will’s Wedding Prep at Stone Barn, Cheltenham

We’ve been lucky enough to head to the Cotswolds for winter weddings on many occasions now. It’s a really fitting place and suits the season

Abi & Will are getting married at Cripps Stone Barn in Cheltenham at the start of February and we headed up to have a scout around with them.

It was busy with lots of people scoping out the place to get married themselves and the weather was a little tricky, typically tipping it down as soon as we started - but we’re not bothered if that happens on the day. There’s so much scope to snuggle in and keep toasty.

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Rovaniemi

With yet another Winter filled with grey skies, incessant wind and rain we went in search of crisp, cold adventure. Previously, we’ve always headed South. Thinking about it, the furthest north I’d ever been was probably Alton Towers.

So, it was with excitement (and a bit of apprehension) we headed around 4.5 hours North flying time to Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland.

Rovaniemi is the official home of Father Christmas and the capital of Lapland. But it’s very easy to avoid the looping Christmas Carol soundtracks. Head out of the city and in around 20 minutes you can be the only person standing in a silent forest.

February looked like the ideal time to venture up there and we were proved right. The ground was covered in up to a metre of soft snow and lakes and rivers were (for the most part) completely frozen and safe to walk on.

We had 4 adventurous days exploring the landscape. We went in search of the Northern Lights (and found them!), donned snow shoes, made friends with Reindeer and went on a forest expedition with excitable huskies. Even a mundane trip out to stock up on biscuits and milk required wearing Merino base layers with temperatures averaging between -8 and -17°C.… Read Full Post