Patchwork Couple: Steph & John’s Wedding & USA Road Trip Honeymoon

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Steph and John met 9 years ago when they were both travelling with friends in Australia. After they got chatting on a small Whitsunday island, they realised their parents lived fifteen minutes apart and that they even had a few mutual friends. It really is a small world! They travelled along the East Coast and spent New Year together, but Steph had to get back home to start a job. So far, so holiday romance, right? Wrong! As soon as Steph got home, John called her and they spent the next few months Skyping (thank God for technology) until they could be in each other’s arms again. Aww. Skip forward almost a decade and they’re newlyweds! We asked Steph all about their sunny wedding and Patchworked honeymoon.

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How did you get engaged?

John proposed to me during a friend’s 30th birthday weekend. We had gone to a cute forest cabin weekend thing and were all out trying to walk off the amount of alcohol we had consumed the night before. There was an amazing field of flowers so I decided to run through the field in an ethereal way (maybe I was still a bit drunk?!). John came running after me which I thought was weird and then when he caught up with me he was staring at me in a CRAZY way. I asked him if he was ok and then he got down on one knee. I honestly have no idea what he said or what I said, apart from yes of course.

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We hear you had an amazing hen do – tell us more!

My bridesmaids are my best mates, Kat, Lex, Carly and Amber. They are the dream team and organised the most amazing hen, focusing on my other true love; Eastenders. It was fancy dress and friends arrived as everyone from Bepe DiMarco to Nancy Carter, 2 Bianca’s and Wellard. My friend Laura came as the River Thames and painted herself blue! I had 3 character changes throughout the evening, Bianca Jackson, Shirley Carter and Peggy Mitchell. There were Eastenders themed games throughout the evening (The Wheel of Walford was a highlight) lots of shots and a cardboard cut-out of Danny Dyer. It was the best night ever.

What kind of wedding did you plan?

We just wanted our wedding to be fun. We wanted everyone to feel like they were on holiday and we wanted it to last for more than one day. John also suggested it should be outside of the UK as he knows I can SOMETIMES get too into the detail and over worry. He suggested if the wedding location wasn’t within arm’s reach it would help me as I could only do so much. While at times this was hard, it was the best decision we made. We planned to visit a few different European cities and try and find somewhere we liked but as soon as we visited Lisbon we fell in love and knew that was where we were going to get married.

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We got married at Quinta De Sant’ana, a vineyard location about 30mins outside of central Lisbon. There were 100 guests, mainly friends to be honest and pretty much everyone came for the whole weekend. Our welcome drinks on Thursday was almost as epic as the wedding! Our friends Carly and Tas officiated the ceremony, one of our friends was MoC and we had our friends do DJ sets, it all felt really personal and unique to us.

We had the legal bit in London a few days before we flew to Lisbon. This was at Hackney Town Hall and we invited our family (no friends) to our local pub in the evening to celebrate which truly was a lovely day. I feel so lucky we got to have two weddings with all the people we love.

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Did you have a first dance? What was it?

We did. I love dancing one of my number one priorities was to create a wedding situation that ensured the dancefloor was full all night long. That was the main reason we had a first dance, I knew it would ensure everyone was in one place on the dancefloor for when the music started! Our first dance was Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac but to be honest, the second tune was most important as that was the track we wanted to get everyone dancing. That song was Vogue!  

What advice would you give to other couples on their wedding day?

Try, try, try to not worry about little things on the day and be in the moment. It’s one day/weekend and it flies by. My dress was a bit big on the day and I have no memory of walking down the aisle or the ceremony really as I was just worried about my dress falling down! And I guess with that in mind my other piece of advice would be make sure your outfit fits you properly! Ha!

How did you decide to use Patchwork?

We wanted to fund our honeymoon to America, starting in New York, flying to Nashville, then driving all the way to the Florida Keys. We really wanted our friends to feel like they helped us do the amazing things we got do on our honeymoon. It made the honeymoon even more special. My friend had used Patchwork for her wedding gift list so we knew how nice it was to feel like you are contributing to your friend’s honeymoon happiness! It’s just so easy and everything is online, even your busiest friends and oldest family members can use it.

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What kinds of things did your friends treat you to?

Someone bought us an evening at a New Orleans Jazz night – this was quite possible our favourite evening of the whole honeymoon. Our friend recommended seeing The Soul Rebels who were playing in New Orleans when we were there. They are an eight-piece band who play Jazz but sprinkled with hip-hop, pop, funk and rock. If you ever see them listed anywhere, GO.

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We were also given water park tickets – despite being a total wimp and frightened of everything I weirdly love water parks so including this on our patchwork was super exciting! Nothing can beat a Universal Studios water park. The number 1 ride at Volcano Bay involves climbing to the top of said volcano and getting into a plastic capsule with a trapdoor. The floor disappears beneath you and you free fall into a tube that just shoots you out at the bottom of the volcano . The whole thing is over in about 10 seconds. It is AMAZING.

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Friends also chipped in towards our hotel in New York – putting this on our patchwork allowed us to stay in a great part of Manhattan. And this hotel had a happy hour that included Whispering Angel – my FAV rosé. Dreamy.

Would you recommend your trip to other honeymooners?

If you are interested in food, music and culture this is the honeymoon for you. Seeing how the food and music changed from place to place was super interesting. And then being big kids in Florida was the perfect end to our epic adventure.

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Thank you Steph & John for sharing your Patchwork story with us. And a huge congratulations from Team Patchwork!

If this has inspired you to make your own honeymoon fund patchwork, just customise one of our readymade patchworks or create one from scratch.

P.s Listen to John & Steph’s first dance song(s!) in our ‘First Dance’ Spotify playlist, made up of our lovely Patchwork Couple’s first dances.

Patchwork Couple: Jeremy & Catherine’s Intimate Wedding & African Adventure

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Jeremy and Catherine met at a party in 2013 and moved in together (on a narrow boat!) six months later. They’ve been living together, on a boat, ever since. They even showed up to their wedding on it. Jeremy told us all about their wedding day and the incredible adventure that followed.

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How did you get engaged?

On the boat! I made a curry and proposed after dinner. Then I took Catherine away to the Cotswolds to go hiking for the weekend to celebrate, before we shared the news with friends.

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What kind of wedding did you plan?

We wanted a really no frills affair – we were married in Bow Town Hall and the party was at Stour Space in Hackney Wick, where we pulled up in our boat! We just wanted a fun, relaxed party to celebrate with everyone.

The invitation said ‘wear whatever makes you happy’ so people came in all sorts; from fancy dress, to a top hat & tail, to shorts!

We were able to buy and supply all drinks and food at the venue. We did lots of online shopping, went beer tasting in Bermondsey Beer Mile and bought all the things we love – bread from E5 bakery, bagels from Brick Lane, pies from Broadway Market, chocolate from South Africa!

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What was your first dance?

Bare Necessities from the Jungle Book.

What was your favourite part of the day?

Just having all our family and best friends, from all over the world, in one room.

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Why did you choose Patchwork for your honeymoon fund?

We thought it was a super cool idea and we really didn’t want ‘things’, we have everything we need on our little boat and both love to travel, so thought this was far more fun than people buying us cake forks and whatnot.

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Instead we asked for various experiences that we hoped to do on our trip to Africa, where we planned on travelling for a few months. We asked for things like seeing the mountain gorillas and climbing Mount Kenya. We were so excited when we left to start our trip, and very grateful for everyone’s generosity.

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It was super easy to set up, the patchwork looked really awesome and it was so easy for friends and family to contribute – they all thought it was an awesome idea.

Would you recommend your trip to other honeymooners?

There is nothing as amazing as travelling and to spend a year seeing the world with your partner is so incredibly special. You’ll make memories that will last a lifetime and have so many stories to tell the grandkids!

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Thank you Jeremy & Catherine for sharing your Patchwork story with us. And a huge congratulations from Team Patchwork!

If this has inspired you to make your own patchwork, just customise one of our readymade patchworks or create one from scratch.

P.s Listen to Jeremy & Catherine’s first dance song in our new Spotify playlist, made up of lots of Patchwork Couple’s first dances.

When Giving is All We Have

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A poem by Alberto Rios.

This poem was included in December’s Patchwork LOVES newsletter. Patchwork LOVES is a place for us to celebrate the things that make us happy to be human. Each month we share stories, music, ideas and inspiration around a new theme. This month was all about GIVING. Want to sign up to get the next instalment? Click subscribe in the top left here.

Patchwork Couple: Chris & Kirsty’s Scenic Scottish Wedding

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Chris and Kirsty first met each other in 2009, when Kirsty responded to a room advert in London and moved into a flat share with Chris and his mate Phil. Kirsty says they were very much functional flatmates during they time living together – rarely speaking as they passed in the hallways. It wasn’t until a few years later – when they found themselves single and training for a triathlon – that the bonding experience of trudging through boggy lakes finally brought them together.

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How did you get engaged?

It turns out Chris had asked my Dad for permission back in February whilst we were up in Scotland – they were sitting with Ben Nevis in the background, roaring fire and whisky in hand – so it was the perfect setting! I think my Dad was beginning to think he changed his mind as it was 3 months until he eventually popped the question! We got engaged in May 2016 in the New Forest. We’ve spent several weekends there in the past and always loved it. Chris chose a beautiful ring after a few months of secret plotting.

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What kind of wedding did you plan?

We knew that we wanted to make a full weekend of our wedding celebrations, have somewhere the whole family could stay, which was informal, relaxed and had lots of personal touches.  Chris stumbled across the Lodge of Loch Goil whilst we were searching for venues online – despite the rainy, grey day when we visited we knew it would be perfect for us – we knew we wanted a Scottish wedding and a unique setting.

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As it turns out, we got married on one of the warmest days of the year in Scotland – we ended up changing out plans last minute, and got married outside, the guests needed their sunglasses on and I got burnt! Chris and the groom party all wore kilts too – which was particularly novel for them as they are all English!

We both loved the whole day from start to finish – we couldn’t have asked for it to go better. We had written most of the ceremony ourselves so it told the story of us and our friend wrote a beautiful speech from songs of our favourite bands. My mum made a beautiful cake and Chris’s parents made the table plan. We also loved the little personal touches like the gin bar, cake topper and smore station over the fire pit which went down a treat – and the band were also awesome so there was plenty dancing!

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What was your first dance?

We both already knew what our first dance would be – Birds of Prey by Editors – so that was really easy! We’re pretty aligned in terms of approach and what we like – which made the whole planning process fun and stress free.

Why did you choose Patchwork for your honeymoon fund?

We chose Patchwork as we wanted a site where our guests could contribute to our honeymoon in South Africa. The best thing is really being able to personalise the content and build the patchwork yourselves. It also seemed really easy for our guests to use which was important to us. We had a number of people comment on how great the site was!

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Would you recommend your trip to other honeymooners?

Yes definitely. We went to South Africa 5 months after we got married – everyone had been so generous and we knew we had a trip of a lifetime ahead of us. We had a great variety of experiences to enjoy including safari, wine tasting, kayaking and lots of delicious food. Our trip started off with safari which instantly immersed us in a completely different world – and over 4 game drives we saw all of the Big 5 which was amazing! Then we ventured to Camps Bay in Cape Town, took in amazing views from Table Mountain, enjoyed the beaches and incredible food. Then we moved to Franschhoek and the winelands. From there we then drove along the Garden Route, exploring different towns along the coast.

South Africa is a beautiful country, with hugely diverse landscapes, amazing experiences and gave us a great mixture of experience and relaxation time during our honeymoon!

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Thank you Kirsty & Chris for sharing your Patchwork story with us. And a big congratulations from Team Patchwork!

If this has inspired you to make your own patchwork, just customise one of our readymade patchworks or create one from scratch.

Patchwork Couple: Chris & Harriet’s Manchester Wedding and Californian Road Trip

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Harriet and Chris met six years ago in a chip shop at the end of a night out in Sheffield, where Chris was studying. They overheard each other’s Brummy accents, started chatting and hit it off instantly. They’ve since moved to Manchester together and married this summer in a humanist ceremony. We asked Harriet all about their wedding day and the road trip honeymoon that followed.

How did you get engaged?

We got engaged in New York, it was always very important for me to get married, but for Chris it was never really a big thing. When Chris bought me a holiday in New York for Christmas I honestly thought it was his way of buying himself more time! We’d been away for 4 days before he popped the question in the most beautiful candlelit bar in the East Village, with a ring made by one of my best friends, Naomi Jago – we decided not to tell anyone until we got home which meant we were in the most perfect love bubble – it was really lovely.

What kind of wedding did you plan?

We planned a city centre party, with our friends and family as the main focus – we really just wanted everyone to have the nicest of days, lots of booze, great food and dancing. We had a very personal humanist wedding ceremony in the People’s History Museum in Manchester, followed by a party in an old cotton mill in Ancoats – it was important for us to get married in the city we live in and both the venues were so laid back, so we really could do anything we wanted.

What was your first dance?

We had the Villagers cover of Elvis The Wonder of You – the words said everything that we felt about each other.

What advice would you give to other couples on their wedding day?

The one thing I’d say is to do whatever you want – weddings are great when they reflect you as a couple. We love having people round to our house for dinner so really wanted it to feel like a big dinner party. That’s how I ended up serving our guests my home made desserts and since the wedding so many of our guests have commented how nice that was – so just do whatever reflects you as a couple!

Why did you choose Patchwork for your honeymoon fund?

Of all our wedding decisions Patchwork is up there as one of the best ones – for us it was a no brainer. We have lived together for 5 years and have recently renovated our first home, so we have everything we need. All we wanted were lots of memories that we would treasure forever, and with Patchwork our guests could help us have the BEST summer.

Everything about using Patchwork was incredibly easy – from making the Patchwork to the gift giving itself. It also made it very exciting as we planned our honeymoon so far in advance, so people could buy us very specific things.

We were originally worried about how the older members of our family would feel about us asking for money as well as the technology side of Patchwork – but they all loved it – they loved knowing what they were buying for us and loved how simple it was. Our friends loved it – a few of them are now planning on using it for their weddings next year.

What did you ask your wedding guests to contribute towards?

Our Patchwork funded our Californian road trip from San Francisco to LA. We picked this as although we have had many brilliant holidays before, we really wanted our honeymoon to be the dream holiday – and we would never have been able to fund a holiday like that on our own. We started in San Francisco for 5 days, then travelled down the Pacific Coast Highway stopping at Monterey, Santa Barbara and then we arrived in LA, stayed in Santa Monica and then finished off in West Hollywood.

Knowing that all of our friends and family had paid for us to do certain things made me so much more emotional about everything. We took pictures of ourselves cycling down Venice Beach and eating posh dinners and sent them to the friends that had bought us that gift. It was so lovely to thank everyone in that way.

Harriet and Chris’s top 5 tips for a Californian road trip: 

  1. Spend a day at a winery
  2. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
  3. Head to Jon and Vinny’s in West Hollywood for pizza
  4. Go shopping in Santa Barbara
  5. Hire bikes and go for a picnic on Santa Monica Pier

Would you recommend your Californian road trip to other honeymooners?

Our trip was the perfect mix of busy city life and dreamy hotel relaxation – one day we were celebrating with a posh dinner and champagne after a day of sightseeing – the next we were having room service in a lovely comfy hotel after lying by the pool. Also – if you love wine it’s the most perfect trip for beautiful vineyards!

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Thank you Harriet & Chris for sharing your patchwork story with us. And a big congratulations from Team Patchwork!

If this has inspired you to make your own patchwork, just customise one of our readymade patchworks or create one from scratch.

All wedding photography by the brilliant Babb Photo – www.babbphoto.com

P.s Listen to Harriet & Chris’s first dance song in our new Spotify playlist, made up of lots of Patchwork Couple’s first dances.

Knot & Pop Giveaway: Win a Two Hour Consultation

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For couples with bigger budgets, hiring a wedding planner is something of a no brainer – they hook you up with the best suppliers, they get you the best deals, and they know exactly what you want and how to make it happen for you. But for the rest of us, it can seem like an expense we just can’t stretch to.

Well for couples on an average wedding budget there is now a brilliant way to tap into the insights, ideas and expert guidance that a wedding planner brings – Knot & Pop have launched K&P Consult, a service to kick start your wedding planning, for couples who need that initial steer in the right direction, or are in need of an SOS tailored session to help get you unstuck in any areas of worry.

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Susie Young, Founder of Knot & Pop. Photographed by www.jacobandpauline.com

Here’s what Susie, Founder of Knot & Pop has to say:

“With so much to do and consider with weddings it can be a maze to meander. It’s no surprise that couples can easily become confused and overwhelmed, whether lost in the pretty of Pinterest or the balancing of the budget.

Having the right information and advice from the get-go will save you endless hours of research, allowing you to avoid disappointment and keep the stress at bay.

We’re totally flexible to your needs. Whether you need the consultation to address budget allocation, scheduling, unlocking your theme and scheme in a design session, offering supplier recommendations, or discussing venue options, we will share all of our intel and insights to get you on the fast track to plan your wedding like a pro.”

Photo by natalyjphotography.com

We’re giving away a two hour consultation with K&P Consult (worth £200!) over on our instagram page so if you think this is perfect for you or know someone who would benefit from some expert advice, all you need to do is follow both Patchwork and Knot & Pop on instagram, then tag a friend in the comments of this instagram post. Ends next Thursday the 2nd of November. Good luck!

Full Ts&Cs here.

Patchwork Couple: Anna & Ollie’s Arty Wedding Registry

Anna and Ollie met at a ‘spots and stripes’ party in Leeds 8 years ago, but didn’t get together until fate intervened when they bumped into each other at Secret Garden Party (where Ollie followed Anna around like a lovesick puppy). After that they went on a lunch date at the Phoenix pub and ‘snogged outside Sloane Square tube station’. Hooray! They moved in together not long after that, and married this year in a beautiful garden ceremony. We asked Anna all about their wedding and their very arty wedding registry.

How did you get engaged?

We added on a few extra days to a family holiday with his parents. We had 5 days staying in Seville and near Cadiz. We were staying in a little eco hut in this Swedish hippy guy’s garden. Ollie found it on Canopy and Stars. He had kept asking if we could go on walks, some of which I was up for, like view points and random cliffs! At one point he took me up a hill where his plan was ruined by some very threatening cows. In the end it happened over a beer on our little balcony. It was lovely – I interrupted his speech and said ‘OH MY GOD YES’ before he had even asked me.

What kind of wedding did you plan?

We were very lucky because my mum lives in a pretty house in the middle of the countryside. We didn’t want a religious service but wanted a ceremony. We got married on the Tuesday before in Salisbury Registry Office and then had a ceremony and party on the following Saturday. There is a pretty wood next to our house, so we put hay bales out in it and made a little aisle. My dad, a celebrant, did the ceremony, my stepdad’s choir sang and my mum gave me away. It was a beautiful sunny day. We were so lucky. We then had drinks on the lawn, a big hog roast and a boogie in some tipis in the field. It was great.

What was your first dance?

KC and the Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight. And yes we did a routine.

Why did you choose Patchwork for your alternative wedding registry?

I am a big fan of the company. I agree wholeheartedly with its non materialistic ethos. I hate getting given presents now and totally agree with the idea of people pooling together to get people actually something they want!

What did you ask your wedding guests to contribute towards?

We were so keen to get some art for our flat. One day we walked down this little alley in Peckham and there was this random exhibition on. This guy paints all these incredibly atmospheric details of mountains with creeks running down them, in Wales. We instantly wanted one. With our wedding round the corner we thought a Patchwork would be the perfect option.

I loved how engaged everyone was with the whole thing. Usually people buy a present for a wedding gift and nothing really ever gets said. I was amazed by how many people got in touch saying what a great idea they thought it was. People loved the idea of giving us art as well. I think they resonated with its special significance. It felt like a little connection between us, the wedding and our family and friends. As soon as we bought it we sent a picture to everyone!

How did it feel to go and pick your artwork – knowing all of your wedding guests had bought it for you?

It was the best feeling transferring the money and the artist dropping off our painting!! He was so chuffed to be giving it to us. When we went into choose it, we walked in, it was like fate. There were only two in the whole workshop and we both pointed at it, and went ‘that one!’ It now hangs in our stairwell and it makes me happy every day.

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Thank you Anna & Ollie for sharing your patchwork story with us. And a big congratulations from Team Patchwork!

If this has inspired you to use Patchwork to get your own piece of art just customise this template or create one from scratch.

Patchwork Couple: Stace & Rosie’s Super Colourful Wedding Day

Stace and Rosie met twelve and a half years ago in secondary school when they both studied music for GCSE. Rosie had switched class to be with her friends – lucky she did, or the couple may never have met. It was fate! Since then they’ve been to University, lived in other countries and travelled the world together, and as Stace says, ‘it just works’. We asked Stace about their wedding day and what they decided to patchwork.

How did you and Rosie get engaged?

We went travelling a few years ago and by this point had been together around ten years, so I decided that it was finally the right time to propose. I had a bit of a hard time deciding where to do it (Peru, Brazil, Mexico etc.) but eventually settled on Machu Picchu. I waited until most of the crowds had gone at the end of the day and proposed on the edge of an Incan Terrace overlooking the main part of the site. I carried the ring around in my belt for 3 months!

When it came to the wedding day, what did you plan?

We wanted a wedding with a traditional structure but a relaxed, familiar and fun feel. The “theme” of the wedding was Latin America inspired by our engagement and travels. We used very vibrant colours for the flowers, decoration and ties. Our venue was actually a walled garden, as we both wanted an outdoor ceremony, and the garden was really great for our guests to enjoy into the evening on a warm summer’s day. The food was on sharing platters, because we wanted to try and avoid awkward moments on those tables where people had never met one another before.

What piece of advice would you give to other couples?

Be a team, take your time, don’t sweat the small stuff. Something will always go wrong but it will still be the best day of your life. Don’t worry too much about everyone else’s opinions – do what feels right for you.

What was your first dance?

Our first dance was “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5. We chose it because it’s a song that we’ve both been listening to together for a long time. We actually got a lesson in to funk the dancing up a little, but unfortunately when it came down to it, Rosie’s dress was too big to do it!  

What was your favourite part of the day?

We wanted to make sure that our cockapoo, Leo, could be a part of our big day. It was great when Carla from Dogvision brought him in to mingle with everyone and have photos taken – he was very well-behaved. It’s as though he knew! Exchanging our vows – we kept our vows a secret from one another and it was worth the wait to hear each other’s promises. Walking out of the garden after the ceremony and coming back through the wrong door – it gave us a long walk all the way round the venue and some time to ourselves between the ceremony and the drinks reception. We came back in through the back doorway. With all the guests waiting to throw confetti – everyone was very confused, but it all worked out!

What made you choose Patchwork rather than a traditional gift list?

We chose Patchwork because we were already living together in a little cottage, and had everything that we need, but it seemed like a nice and personal way for people to contribute towards a shared present, that was an experience rather than anything material. It also meant that we could afford to have some extra luxuries while we were away, that we may not have been able to otherwise.

The best bit about Patchwork was how easy it was to set up and use. We really liked the visual aspect as well – like piecing together your holiday. Once it was complete, it was really nice to look at.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We planned a mini-moon to Andalucia in the south of Spain. We’d been to Andalucia in 2011 but had a bit of an accident with our hire car, which meant that we missed out Cordoba, one of the most important cities that we’d planned to visit. Despite this, we’d both really enjoyed our trip there and wanted to go back and finish it. This time we went to Malaga, Ronda, Cordoba and Cadíz. We drove again this time and thankfully everything went to plan!

Would you recommend your trip to other honeymooners?

We both really enjoyed our time away in Andalucia, partly because each place that we stayed was so different, but the drive times weren’t that long – it was the perfect balance between relaxing and seeing new places. It’s also a great area to combine beach with city sightseeing.

We started in Malaga – due to the flights, it made sense for us to stay there for the first night. We had our doubts about Malaga, because of its reputation, but the city is actually very charming and when we checked out, we walked up the old fort and castle that overlook the city and coastline, before heading to Cordoba in the afternoon.

We stayed at the most amazing little boutique posada in Cordoba (Patio del Posadero), inspired by the Moors. There were just 4 rooms, each with a different style – ours was styled around the colour blue (Laceur). The breakfast was handmade by the owner – Jose, every day and each day was slightly different and almost like a tasting menu with a shot of kefir to start, followed by a trio of desserts and then the traditional bread with the family’s very own olive oil, fresh tomato puree and sea salt.

Although it was really hot in Cordoba, it was great because we could split our day up, so we would go out in the morning and visit the sites, come back in the afternoon to our cool room, or hang out by the pool on the terrace and go back out in the evening when it had cooled down. Cordoba is a beautiful city, with so much to see and lots of great places to eat.

Ronda was next on the itinerary and had some amazing scenery – we stayed at the Mirador, which had a very impressive view over the valleys below.

We went to Jerez on our way to Cadiz, which is the home of sherry, if that’s your thing.  

Cadiz is a lovely old city – great for sunsets, seafood and long walks on the beach. We enjoyed the junior suite at Hotel Argantonio which even had his and hers showers!

It was really great to be able to think of each experience or dinner we had while we were away as a gift, and in a way, this made the joy of the gifts last longer.

What did your wedding guests think of your honeymoon fund?

They really liked that they could contribute towards something, and that it gave them an insight into what we might be visiting or doing whilst we were away. A lot of people commented on how sweet it was that they could buy our dog, Leo, a ball and bone, to keep him busy during our time away.


 

Thank you Stace & Rosie for sharing your patchwork story with us. And a huge congratulations from Team Patchwork!

If this has inspired you to make your own patchwork, just customise one of our readymade patchworks or create one from scratch.

Wedding photography: jennifersmithphotography.co.uk

Brides the Show Competition

Hello and a big thank you to everyone we met at Brides the Show! And an extra thank you if you entered our competition to win £100 towards your wedding registry.

Big congratulations to Sarita Mavjee. Thank you for telling us the one thing you want. Your entry of ‘Sri Lanka & Maldives’ won our Brides the Show competition!

You have won £100 towards your patchwork. All you need to do to claim your prize is create your patchwork and get in touch!

National Wedding Show Competition

Thank you to everyone we met at the National Wedding Show who entered our competition to win £100 towards their wedding registry.

And a big congratulations to Serena Gannon. Thank you for telling us the one thing you want! Your entry of ‘Honeymoon in Tanzania, to climb Mount Kilimanjaro’ won our National Wedding Show competition.

You have won £100 towards your patchwork. All you need to do to claim your prize is create your patchwork and get in touch!

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