A few weeks ago I made my way down to East Sussex for Helen and Tom’s wedding. On the way down the rain was torrential and I was ever so sad for them, but, amazingly, by the time the dresses were on the sun was well and truly out. It turned into a gorgeous day, perfect for their shabby chic/English country day.

Both the church, St Peter & St Paul Church and reception venue, Peelings Manor Barns, were stunning and decorated beautifully with DIY decorations – Helen and her helpers did an amazing job. Even the confetti was handmade! I’m a details person and was not disappointed by the beautiful cake, flowers and decorations. Not to mention the haybales, blankets and fire! This, of course, means there are a lot of photos here!

I was very well looked after (and feel now is the time for a special thanks to the groomsmen for extraordinary group shot organisation! They all came prepared with shot lists and made it one smooth operation!) and can’t thank Helen and Tom enough for having me as part of their big day! I wish them all the best for the future and will sorely miss my weekly e-mail conversations with Helen!

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Helen & Tom Wedding, Peelings Manor Barns

A sneak peek of Helen and Tom’s wedding in East Sussex – as you can see the venue was absolutely gorgeous, it was a beautiful English country, shabby chic wedding, with bunting and flowers everywhere. I had such a lovely time and couldn’t be more thrilled for Helen and Tom!

Check back for more of their wedding, including the greatest wedding cake ever made.

On Sunday my boyfriend and I went to the Ben & Jerry’s Sundae festival on Clapham Common. Part of me feels I should resent [my boyfriend] paying to witness a day of shameless advertising, but it was such a slick operation and such a master-piece of marketing, that I was rather impressed with the whole thing. And I got to see Maximo Park.

Ben & Jerry's Sundae Festival 2011

>Ben & Jerry's Sundae Festival 2011

Ben & Jerry's Sundae Festival 2011

Ben & Jerry's Sundae Festival 2011

Ben & Jerry's Sundae Festival 2011

There was lots of free ice cream and little things to stumble upon, including the Vauxhall City Farm where I wondered if maybe I could pull off an amazing Alpaca haircut…

Vauxhall City Farm at Sundae Festival 2011

Vauxhall City Farm at Sundae Festival 2011

Vauxhall City Farm at Sundae Festival 2011

Vauxhall City Farm at Sundae Festival 2011

Quite possibly the best bit of the day was happening upon these two, blasting out a string of awful Dad Rock and leaping around playing air guitar.

Air Guitar at Sundae Festival 2011

Air Guitar at Sundae Festival 2011

Air Guitar at Sundae Festival 2011

Air Guitar at Sundae Festival 2011

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We really only went to see Maximo Park and eat free ice cream, but, wanting to secure a space at the front we set ourselves up at the stage before Gary Numan’s set. I know two Gary Numan songs, I can hardly be called a fan. But, we both really enjoyed his set, the way he just seemed to be enjoying it so much was contagious.

Gary Numan at Sundae Festival 2011

Gary Numan at Sundae Festival 2011

When I first saw Maximo Park at Glastonbury in 2005 I spent the entire set grinning like an idiot, proclaiming, “oh I love this song,” and falling head over heels with frontman Paul Smith. He came on in a suit and hat, leapt about with incredible agility and sang a lot of songs I love. I decided right there that I would marry him and every time I go to see them I’m reminded that I really do have a massive crush on Paul Smith and want to run off with him into the sunset. This set was no exception and this time I had the great pleasure of sorting through my photos for hours…

Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

“>Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

Maximo Park at Sundae Festival 2011

I think I got a bit over-zealous with my camera, but, never mind. I thoroughly enjoyed it and intend to go back next year (and buy some of that new coconut-y ice cream I now can’t remember the name of…).