Thursday

Wedding // Photobooth Loving

With it still being July aka 'First Wedding Anniversary Month' I must absolutely tell you all about the wonderful Photobooth we had at our wedding. It was so difficult to find a beautiful photobooth with a vintage style to it's photos. Sebastian and I were looking for black & white strips that our guests could stick into our guest book with a message for us as well as taking a copy home with them. We also wanted the booth to look the part alongside having cute, vintage and fun props to play around with.
Finding all our requirements rolled into one was almost nigh on impossible ... until I stumbled upon The Vintage Photobooth Company. Not only did they tick ALL the boxes, but they are local too!
Scrolling through their website I noticed that they had two vintage style booths and one of them had old cinema seats - erm... YES!!
I absolutely loved everything about the booth. The lovely owners were so understanding when I requested only vintage style, fun props too. Sebastian and I didn't want brightly coloured wigs, ginormous glasses and the like you usually find in the prop boxes. They hand selected floral crowns, vintage cameras, wooden tennis rackets, moustaches, straw hats, head scarves, spectacles and more, oh and not forgetting their trusty Heron friend.
Not only were we particular in what we wanted in our props trunk but we were also offered a custom design for our strips. With being THAT couple that hops into a photobooth any chance we get, we really wanted a black and white finish like the many souvenir strips we've collected on our adventures. There are a few layout options to choose from and once you've decided on 'the one', the team will take elements from your wedding stationery and add a little something extra special. In our case it was the pressed viola and washi tape motif with our names. When I opened the example in my emails before the big day I was very excited! That little design in the bottom corner just makes the finished product just perfect.
I loved the idea of our loved ones taking funny and sweet snaps and then sticking half of it in our guest book with washi tape provided and leaving us a message or two. I have been to so many weddings where the guest books are half empty because the guests just don't get around to doing it. Doing it this way made it sort of mandatory... which it technically shouldn't be but hey, we wanted to laugh at their silly faces too!
I absolutely love love love flicking through our guest book. It is a real coffee table worthy book to have laying around for visitors to peek at. To some extent I favour looking at these over our wedding album purely because it makes us laugh so much. I remember the morning after our special day we sat in bed opening all our beautiful cards and going through these and laughing so hard we cried! Memories are a wonderful thing.
Our guests loved exchanging hats, glasses and 'staches and I felt so happy they all had fun. We toyed with the option of no props at all in the beginning, especially when all the booths that came up were garish, 'ugly' props which really put us off. But I am so happy we found this company and that we did decide on fun accessories because our guests had a blast! (and we obviously got gorgeous photos to show for it!).
I am so so happy we had this at our wedding. It made a wonderful afternoon even more special... and amusing! My only regret is that I wished I had had enough time to dive in and out of it more as I only managed a few go's. Perhaps I can convince a couple of friends/family to hire it at upcoming events so I can selfishly keep queuing up!! The snaps I have though are pretty special so I shall be grateful for those.

Looking for a Photobooth of dreams for your upcoming wedding or birthday party? THIS is definitely the one to choose. It's gorgeous to look at and will stand out in a good way and the finished product is perfect. Oh and the staff are fantastic! Exactly what you need. You also receive ALL images on a disc. So all my naughty guests who didn't stick their photos in, I have the copies so I can print them myself if I wanted which is a wonderful idea. 
Have a little peek at their website here.

Monday

Mondays

My favourite kind of Monday is when we have nothing planned at all. No pressure, no need to go out, just time to catch up on naps, routine and housework.
Today, Olive and I played on the mat together. I read her a couple of stories, we danced and sang (me!) to Mary Poppins that played on the record player. I cooked up a couple of batches of meals for her in the week, washing up as I went along. As well as writing a meal plan for her.
We sat at the table and had lunch together, which has to be my new favourite thing. I have always dreamt of the day I get to sit and enjoy meal times with my family and it has already begun. Whilst I mainly had cold toast by the time I got to it, Olive nibbled on a portion of butternut squash puree and toast with houmous- which she loved! We have finally succeeded in getting her to drink water too. HOORAY for the Doidy cup! After 2 sippy cups & 1 beaker later, the Doidy cup is THE ONE. I am one very happy Mama. It got to the point where I found myself forcing water upon her last week as it was so so hot, and I worried she was dehydrated, which in turn made her not want it even more (she went all toddler trantrum on me!). We are saved.
After a successful day of playing, singing, napping and generally being cheery, Olive enjoyed her first pasta meal for dinner followed by a visit from her Nanny. We caught up over a cup of tea and cuddles with the little lady whilst making plans. Then it was time for bed. Sebastian got home later than usual as he does the weekly shop after work on a Monday, so Olive missed out on goodnight Daddy cuddles. However, the weekly shop means cake. We always have cake on Mondays- it's our thing.
After our dinner we had pink milk and an apple turnover whilst catching up with each others day.

What did you get up to?

Sunday

29/52


A weekly portrait, once a week for a year (though I am cheating and using TWO!)

Olive Mae, 7 months (30 weeks):: This little lady of mine turned 7 months this week. She is such a happy little thing. Smiling at passers by, poking her tongue out to say hello, and excited toothy grins at her Daddy. 
Lately, she especially loves to 'oooh' and 'babababa' and is beginning to crawl, though not quite grasping that her hands need to go forward with her. It's all very exciting.