birthday invitation
I’ve been a bit AWOL lately with the lack of blogpost but it has been such a month of madness! One of the things I’ve been looking forward to for ages and ages was visiting a good friend of mine from uni, Beth, in her hometown of Scarborough. I met up with Beth just before Christmas last year and she told us she wanted to celebrate her 30th birthday with a party. “I’m there with bells on” I said! I wouldn’t miss it! She got in touch in January and told us to save end of September free and it had crept up on us so quickly, I almost wasn’t ready for it! Even though I’ve been looking for an outfit for ages, I actually ended up buying something on the actual day! I wizzed through Topshop and picked up a really pretty black and white polkadot swing dress – I saw it at the front of the store and it was the first thing I picked up. 
Throughout the whole day, I worried about whether we should take the present to the party or drop it off the next day – because the box was so big, awkward and quite flimsy…I didn’t want it to take up too much space at the party! I questioned as to whether there was a specific area to put presents like they do at weddings. Anyway, we checked-in at our hotel, had a shower, got ready, grabbed the present and went on our way to the venue!
I feel a bit dippy because when we walked into the room, there was bunting that spelled out “Just Married” and a “Mr & Mrs” paper cut-out stuck on the mirror. It didn’t actually click and I thought nothing of it! At this point, I still thought that we were at a joint 30th birthday….. I just thought the “wedding” decor might have been an in-joke because they had been engaged since I’ve known Beth (back in 2005 when we started university – time flies!) or maybe the hotel staff had accidentally left  it on from the last event the hotel had.
She came to greet us, wearing the most beautiful white dress and revealed that she had indeed got married to her childhood sweetheart earlier on in the day! They kept it a secret for a year and it was the best surprise ever! I’m so glad to have been there to share the special evening with the new Mr and Mrs!
After spending the first couple of hours in shock (a happy kind of shocked!), we chatted with the couple’s friends and family but I always had our other uni friends at the back of my mind, wishing so much that they could’ve made it too. None of them could be in Scarborough in the end and their presence was missed, but we all know that life takes over and sometimes, timings just clash. We’re all scattered around the country and busy with work so it isn’t always easy to get everyone together in one place at the same time, but at uni, we always joked that Beth’s wedding was the first proper reunion we would have and we were sooo eager for her to set the big day so we could see each other again! 
The setting of the whole evening was romantic and perfect. Tea light candles in clear jars were placed around the room and the neutral-coloured centre pieces looked beautiful! 
Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs! Can’t believe you kept it so quiet for a year but it was truly the best surprise ever! Thank you for a lovely weekend! x
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