A Wedding Gift….

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The way H asked me to be her Bridesmaid

A few weeks ago, a year of careful planning came together & created possibly the most spectacular wedding I have ever attended. Weddings: they occur daily across the globe. A promise & commitment between two people: in itself this is a very ordinary gesture- we make promises & commitments as part of our daily routine (whether we follow through with these is an entirely different matter!) yet in the presence of friends, family & loved ones, within a ceremonial procession, this ‘pact’ constitutes an extraordinary moment none the less.

I had the honor & pleasure of being a bridesmaid to the Beautiful, stunning H. After hours of trawling ‘Not on the High Street’ & ‘Etsy’ for a suitable gift to present H, in light of our friendship & as an expression of thanks for being involved in her special day, I drew a blank. There was nothing I could think of that would meet the grade (on my mummy budget anyway!) Then it occurred to me, I should play on my strengths. So I threw tradition out of the window, caution to the wind & decided to write a little something for my eldest friend, taking it back to the old skool by writing her a letter, like we did in our pen-pal days…………….

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…..The toddler Days (H left, me right)

revised letter 3
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….I just hope H is still talking to me after sharing some of our childhood snaps! *retreats underneath the stairs*





  1. 26/09/2014 / 10:34 AM

    This is beautiful – so a lovely thing to do.

  2. 02/09/2014 / 8:50 PM

    Oh my word, what a beautiful letter. You are your friend H are blessed to have each other and you both looked gorgeous on her wedding day.

  3. 02/09/2014 / 1:47 PM

    Ahh katrina this is so sweet. What an amazing letter to your friend. You both look absolutely stunning in your photo. So great to have a lifetime of memories together and sharing the big milestones of a wedding now too. Amazing and so beautifully written! Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round! #sharewithme

  4. 02/09/2014 / 12:09 AM

    Childhood friends are special, even more special when they survive the test of time and continue into adulthood. I have two similar friends that have been in my life since I was a toddler and I hope will stay in my life forever. We’ve grown up together and gone our own ways but whenever we meet up it’s like no time has passed. I think that’s the sign of true friendship.

    Your letter to your H (I’m also known as H to my friends) is simply beautiful, what a wonderful gift to receive.

    Heledd xx

  5. 29/08/2014 / 7:55 AM

    Ah bab! 1) you both look so beautiful! 2) what a lovely and long lasting friendship. It is hard to keep friends going when you have a little one and you have both done a fab job. And that bridesmaid card is hilar! xxx

  6. 26/08/2014 / 8:25 AM

    This is beautiful and what a lovely gift to receive (better than a gravy boat). xxx

  7. 25/08/2014 / 8:16 PM

    What a lovely post! The letter is just wonderful as is the photos x

  8. 25/08/2014 / 3:56 PM

    What a lovely letter, I am sure she would cherish this much more than any traditional gift. You both look very beautiful x #OrdinaryMoments

  9. 25/08/2014 / 9:58 AM

    Mrs Bananas what a beautiful note… and a beautiful gift that will last longer than a traditional choice.
    You have expressed yourself so clearly and vividly that even though we don’t know your friend I know she must be very special indeed. Beautiful picture of you both together on her big day – and I’m sure she was proud to have you by her side.


  10. 24/08/2014 / 10:54 PM

    This post. Oh this post! I wish I had a friendship like yours, one that survives round the world moves, uni and babies. I am so envious but so, so happy for you and your H. That friendship is something to bottle and keep forever. Lovely post – it brought tears to my eyes and I am now following on Bloglovin 🙂 x

  11. 24/08/2014 / 3:30 PM

    Ah K what a gorgeous gorgeous post, and how lovely to have such a close friendship. I am the same with my two oldest friends, we can drop off the radar and not talk to each other for a few weeks but it is always the same. What a lovely letter too, your bestie is a very lucky lucky girl to have such a special letter to treasure. And what a beautiful bridesmaid you made. x

  12. 24/08/2014 / 3:25 PM

    What a wonderful gift – so much love contained within these words. Thanks so much for sharing, but weddings never really are just #OrdinaryMoments, are they?! 🙂

  13. 24/08/2014 / 10:36 AM

    Oh wow, what a lovely post (and letter)- I feel a bit teary and I don’t even know your friend! Xxx

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