First Year of Marriage

While we often hear about the “7-Year Itch”, it is often said that the first year of marriage is the hardest. Whether or not you agree with that point from your experience, the vast numbers of couples that get divorced … Continue reading

Time flies when you’re having fun

I genuinely don’t know how it happened – but from an avid countdown, it has now been nearly 6 weeks since Rahim and I (and indeed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) have been married. Mental.

Not sure if it was the same for Kate but that last 2 weeks before the wedding was what I can only describe as ‘incessant’ – I barely even managed to find the time to get upset with NEW magazine for doing what I suspected, feared and then thought ‘no… why would they?’ – i.e. missing out the blog mention and link in their article. Yup, that’s right – this blog was the very reason why the journo found me – yet it wasn’t mentioned in the mag. *rant over*

However [moving on swiftly], most importantly – the day was magical. Absolutely magical – more than we could have ever hoped for. See a couple of the fab shots by the lovely and talented Beena from Kumi Photography below.

Enjoying every second of the day!

Thanks again to everyone who played an integral part in making it such a fantastic day. My mum, aunts, bridesmaids, honorary bridesmaids, in-laws… You know who you are!

These days my blogging will exist on http://limitlesscoaching.blogspot.com/ so please don’t hesitate to come find me there!

Gina Visram  x

Something NEW

Last year when I walked into bridal stores looking for dresses and was asked what sort of dress I want, I had a stock answer “I don’t want to look like Jordan… I have no illusions that I am a princess!”

Fast forward a year and the irony of that statement is hitting me in a variety of ways:

  1. The wedding of a real life princess (to be) on our day means that bridal comparisons to princesses are even more stark
  2. There’s been a fair amount of media interest in couples getting married in / around the day of the royal wedding – and yesterday Rahim and I got a taste of that interest as we had a few photos taken for a piece in New Magazine. (A UK women’s weekly magazine upon which Jordan has graced the cover more than a handful of times)

Weird huh?

Photographer Philip was our 2nd taste of a photoshoot within the last month so by the time our wedding rolls around in 12 days, we’ll be pros!

I figure it’s all harmless – as the early promise of the magazine to promote this blog (i.e. the reason for participating in the article) means that the quid pro quo nature of this agreement would make it worthwhile. It has to be said though, if the article misses out a mention of this www.royalweddingcountdown.wordpress.com blog, I may be tempted to do something I’ve never done before…

… throw a tantrum… of princess level proportions!

Let’s hope it won’t come to that.

The Princess and the Pea

This week, I discovered that I have something else in common with Kate Middleton. It’s uncanny. I am not looking for similarilities [from a very young age my parents did an awesome job of leaving me with no doubt as to the fact that I was my own person… and should be proud of my individuality] … however these similarities just pop up once in awhile.

So what is this similarity you ask? Wedding date? Well yes… we know about that one.

How about dress designer? Wedding budget? Hair and makeup look for the wedding? Music policy at the reception? Um… no. (Although – looking at this, I feel like I am doing pretty well in most of these categories – even coming up trumps in a couple of the above)…

Today’s similarity is the age-old bridal favourite… watching our weight. Really, show me a bride who doesn’t want to look their best on their wedding day and I’ll show you a fashion designer who’s not wishing Kate would chose them to design her dress!

Bringing a new dimension to the ‘princess and the pea’ – this week, Kate Middleton was impressive when it came to flipping pancakes on a recent official engagement however admitted that she would not be eating any as she was ‘watching her weight’ – as reported by Vanity Fair and many many other outlets.

She may flip em... but won't eat 'em

It seems the combination of flour, water and eggs – with delicious maple syrup / honey / lemon and sugar / nutella toppings are not currently on the agenda for our future queen. Perhaps this princess is more likely to be dining on peas than pancakes.

… and this is where I can relate. I am on day 12 of a South Beach Diet influenced detox (you may have noticed that I am not comfortable with the word ‘diet’) – and I too missed out on the pancake related joys of Shrove Tuesday!

I wish I could say I was quietly getting on with it – but I think I have been quite vocal in my desire for some of my favourite carb laden foods.

Resolve can be an incredible thing though and it was actually on Day 1 that I realised how determined I was not to let myself down with my detox. In an extraordinary occurence, on the first day of my healthier eating plan – the Chairman of the company I work for decided to bring us a treat… in the form of 3 boxes (i.e. 36) Krispy Kreme doughnuts! And where were these bad boys housed… yup – you guessed it. Either side of my desk. Literally… to my left and to my right – all day.

Detox challenges: Day 1

I am proud (and a little shocked if I’m honest) to say that I did not touch any. As Charlie Sheen would say: #winning!

Day 2? Uber generous Chairman at work decides to keep the treats coming… this time in the egg and rabbit shaped form of chocolate. Unbelievable. Yet, I managed to quash the chocoholic within and again resist.

From then… as much as I wanted pasta, pizza – wholemeal bread even (though I’ve never really had a craving for the latter!) – I knew that I could do it.

Now, on day 12/14 of this particular detox… my ‘cheat’ to date has been in the form of a muller (fruit) corner yoghurt – not too bad.

The important thing in all of this however – for me, and if I may be so bold as to make a suggestion to our future queen as well – is not to get too carried away. Both of our fiances fell in love with us how we were – and hopefully both Kate and I are fully aware of when we look and feel best. The media is suggesting however that Kate is at the stage where she is losing too much weight (with some columnists being presumptous enough to write open letters on the subject!)

That can only be Kate’s judgement (judgement which hopefully is not being influenced by the palace or any other sources) – but what I would say is that if and when you sense the curves are beyond being toned / streamlined but are in fact disappearing… it’s time to put down the peas and pick up a pancake. Quickly… if not sooner.