The month of April brought with it a mini-break to Scarborough. Neither Rich nor I had visited before, and being the type of people that would rather like to visit every single place ever, we gladly accepted the offer of a trip away to Ox Pasture Hall Hotel.

The hotel itself is set in such tranquil grounds that you could get lost in for hours on the various walks. There are nooks to sit in just outside the hotel both day or night and the views from our lounge window went on for miles. When we arrived we were warmly welcomed and the staff continued to be as efficient, warm and friendly throughout, pre-empting our every need and always on hand if we had any questions.

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We sampled breakfasts, afternoon tea and dinners during our stay. I’ve sat pondering how to explain just how good it was but I’m not sure I can do it justice. It would be no word of a lie if I said that the five course (yes five!) dinner was the best food I have ever eaten. I realise that’s quite some statement, but entirely true. The pea and mint risotto was incredible, as was the soup, not forgetting the multiple deserts I consumed too. Rich and I are both vegetarian and were both so pleased by the separate vegetarian menu – it makes a change to have such a array of gorgeous foods to choose from. Even if you’re not in a position to stay at Ox Pasture, make sure you book a table in their courtyard restaurant – you won’t regret it, honestly.


As a wedding photographer, I was interested to find out that Ox Pasture also host weddings after spotting some confetti on the path leading up to reception. It would be a stunning backdrop so if anyone fancies hosting their special day there, let me be your photographer – I’d love to return! As we drove aware from the hotel, I was sad to leave. We both had such a relaxing time that we left rejuvenated from lazy mornings, delicious food, lots of baths and walks in the fresh air surrounded by beautiful views. Thank you Ox Pasture Hall Hotel for the perfect mini-break.

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After our wedding back in September, I’ve been meaning to give you an insight in to our big day! So, here’s the first post. Let’s start at the very beginning with our save the dates and invitations. There was never a doubt in our minds that we’d either design them or make them ourselves – firstly, shop bought invitations can be ridiculously overpriced, and secondly, it just feels that bit more special to make them.

For our save the dates, we asked a dear friend to take a trip with us to a nearby woods for a picnic with my polaroid camera in tow, our image was captured (plus my finger prints added, whoops) and the rest came to me as I sat at my iMac. Being a dab hand with photoshop and design in general (even if I do say so myself), our actual invitations were whipped up in a jiffy, with Rich keeping the teapot filled and giving his opinion where needed. I created a pinterest board of my favourite ideas, then did a few scribbles on paper before getting to work at my desk. We also drew up a map giving directions and some RSVP cards too, simple! We didn’t have any ‘all day’ invitations left, so the above is our ‘evning only’ one, but they were near identical!

We had them printed by, well, printed.com after discovering their ‘Wedding Collection‘ section. It’s refreshing that for once, the price isn’t hiked up just because the word wedding is mentioned – honestly, they were the cheapest we found and the quality of the finished product was superb. What was important to us, was choice. With printed.com we were able to choose the size, texture and thickness of the card we used, the style of envelopes and pretty much every other little detail we needed. You’re totally in control. As a kind little gift from the printed.com team, they’ve given me a discount code for you all to use! EDI10

If that’s not enough, up for grabs is £100 worth of printed.com credit for one lucky reader, and £25 each for 2 runners up. Exciting huh? £100 could buy you 100 invites, belly bands, and save the dates all printed on luxury paper, the options are endless. To enter, just comment below, – ends April 25th 2015 at 11pm. T&Cs apply.

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