Diary of a Designer Bride to Be : What? No Peonies??

I’m only human. Well…. a female-human. I will admit that I have had the odd thought about how I imagined my wedding might be when the time came. These fleeting thoughts mostly included me smiling (looking fabulous), handsome man in tow, basking in clouds of confetti with the sun shining. Pastel fresh colours, Peonies galore and drinking bubbles on a fancy lawn somewhere marvellous.

Images L-R Wedding Chicks, Colin Cowrie Weddings, Pinterest.

Images L-R Wedding Chicks, Colin Cowrie Weddings, Pinterest.

However, project 'wedding reality' has somewhat shattered all that. I’ve got the handsome man and I can potentially work on the fabulous bit, but sunshine? Outside on the lawn? Peonies??? Nope.

Peonies from bouquetweddingflower.com

Peonies from bouquetweddingflower.com

Mr. R’s occupation as a Race Engineer means that there’s almost more weekends in the year when he’s NOT here then weekends when he is. Because of his jetsetting tendencies and the unforgiving F1 calendar we are left with very few periods in the year when we can guarantee that he will actually be in the country. It’d be a bit awkward if we booked the wedding and it turned out he actually had to be on a race track in Singapore or somewhere equally as far-flung.

Me and Mr. R at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (When his driver Kimi Raikkonen had just won!)

Me and Mr. R at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (When his driver Kimi Raikkonen had just won!)

So. We are left with August or December. I mean, August would fulfil my previous fantasies of pretty sunshiney Peony goodness, right?

Wrong. Having got engaged at the end of November 2013, August 2014 was a bit too soon. All the good venues would have been taken and I wanted to enjoy the planning, not turn into some kind of schedule-obsessed, sample sale dress-grabbing crazed Bridezilla… I’ve got it in me, believe me. But August 2015? No way am I waiting that long! (Did I mention I’m really impatient?)

“So… December??” I asked Mr. R shakily. Yes was the answer. 6 days before Christmas to be precise. But… there’s no sunshine in December! No basking out on a magnificent lawn playing croquet in my wedding dress in December! And definitely no PEONIES in December! Yikes.

Definitely no Peonies in there buddy.

Definitely no Peonies in there buddy.

After a few gins, I calmed down. A quick look at Rock My Wedding’s ‘Rock My Winter Wedding’ Pinterest board made me feel a bit better. Cogs turned, notes were written, pins were pinned.  A Winter wedding doesn’t need to mean ghastly diamante snowflake-encrusted wedding invitations, or Christmas trees as bouquets, or red and green bridesmaids attire. A winter wedding can be soft, pretty and glamorous, with hints of sparkle (sans the ghastly diamante snowflakes). We can still have the beautiful colours, the warm atmosphere (candles!!) and none of the risk involved with planning outdoor activities only to have plans scuppered by the Great British Weather. I am now COMPLETELY excited at the prospect of getting married in December and have fully embraced my inner Winter wedding goddess.... roll on the 19th of December!

Images from the Rock My Wedding 'Rock my Winter Wedding' Pinterest Board.

Images from the Rock My Wedding 'Rock my Winter Wedding' Pinterest Board.

Oh, and if one of your bridesmaids is an awesome Wedding Florist then you can get round the peony problem too.... (Thanks Ailsa!)

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest