So, at the grand old age of 3 years and 9 months we took our ‘baby’ to her first wedding on Saturday.

Now we have been to a few weddings since she was born but always felt she was a little too young and needing naps etc (& being a difficult sleeper) it just wouldn’t be any fun for any of us on someone’s truly special day.

We really felt she was now ready to enjoy the day as much as us, and friends kindly invited us all – so we made the long trip up north & made a weekend of it.

We regularly use Air B&B. Travelling with children this usually works best ( we’ve used it all over the world from home to South Africa and it’s always worked out well) so we were delighted when we finally arrived at our little house in the town of Nantwich.

such a cute town, the house was situated next to a stunning church, with VERY LOUD church bells ringing out every 15 minutes. Didn’t stop any of sleeping thank goodness! We arrived on the Friday evening in glorious sunshine and went for a walk to explore the town. My daughter settled down for the night with ease which is always a relief when staying somewhere different.

Up early the next morning we had a nice relaxing morning before we got ready for the wedding. I wore my beloved Lily & Lionel dress with a straw hat from H&M that I accessorised with a huge white rose & my beautiful bamboo bag from Shop Glamour items. I was going for a boho chic 70’s look. Knowing I would be on Mum duties all day I wanted a comfortable look so I could run around with her but still look wedding glam.

Lily and Lionel dress

Glamour Items bag

My daughter wore a little lightweight white dress from Next, along with her little straw sunhat from TK Maxx and I think she got quite into the excitement of dressing up.

To the church! We took a seat to the back to ensure easy departure with minimal fuss should anything happen. But she was a dream. We did bring books to entertain her, and snacks for bribery, and we were able to enjoy the wedding in one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever been in.

The reception was held in a marquee in the grounds of a beautiful stately home called Dorfold Hall . There was so much space for her to run around in, and the weather was beautiful it was so much fun for her and I managed a cheeky prosecco! We bought her ball and bubbles with us which were perfect in this setting.

Dorfold Hall

The day went so well, our friends had arranged a special menu for her and my husband got to have his ‘first dance’ with his daughter. Which was so special, even tho she was miss popular with the guests and everyone wanted to dance with her.

It was such a beautiful day, the bride & groom looked stunning and everyone there could not have been more welcoming. We bought the iPad with us but it turned out we didn’t even need to use it. I wouldn’t hesitate to bring her to another wedding now and felt I enjoyed the day more having her there. Obviously I had to leave early but my husband stayed on (as they were his old friends) but my daughter and I went home very happy. Full of food & lovely memories.

thanks for reading

The SummerMama

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