Bex’s wedding – 4 days to go!


Hello again!

I know it’s time I wrote another blog, but, honestly, all I can think to write about is what is revolving round and round inside my head, and that is Wedding, Wedding, Wedding!

Thank you, all of you, for the lovely comments you wrote the last time I mentioned our plans for Rebecca’s wedding. Many of you have been exactly where I am now, a few days away from your daughter or son’s wedding, feeling the weight of responsibility for the organisation of the day itself, which is causing adrenaline in my chest. But also feeling the excitement and anticipation of your first-born’s special day and the butterflies in the stomach that brings.

In just a few days’ time I will be a mother-in-law! Luckily, to a lovely young man who is adorable, and certainly adored by my Bex! I spoke with her this evening as she was walking to the tube home from work. She has put in over 39 hours as an F1 junior doctor at Barnet Hospital in the last three days, 28 of them over the weekend. I’m not going to get political here, but she is virtually dead on her feet. Her main concern today, as she did over two hours unpaid overtime at the end of her day, because she was needed, is that she is so tired she can’t think straight, so how can she be an effective doctor? Still, I’ll leave that for another day. I have given her truckloads of Vitamin C, zinc, echinacea and other immune system-boosters, in the hope that she won’t fall ill as soon as she stops work on Thursday night. I pray that she can enjoy every moment of what really should be the best day of her life so far.

She has had some highlights already, as Olley’s speech will explain: sporting successes; excellent academic results leading to qualifying as a doctor; and some wonderful adventurous travels with amazing friends. Having read the words that Olley will speak after we’ve enjoyed afternoon tea on Saturday, I’m not sure either of us will have dry eyes. We are certainly very proud of our gorgeous girl. I know we’re biased, but as Olley will say, she’s not just beautiful on the outside…

I am very much controlled by my ‘to do’ lists and boxes to tick, and I’m hopeful that I’m on track for everything to come together on the day. But I have managed to give a few minutes’ thought to what will happen six days after The Wedding.

Christmas, of course.

I have my supermarket order made (I booked the perfect Christmas delivery slot at 3:50am one wakeful night!) and sausage rolls and mince pies are in the freezer. And we’ve got all the decorations up too.

Working at QVC means I see so many stunning ideas, and I find it hard to resist Bethlehem Lights, Bella Notte and all the other wonderful decorations we showcase. The decorations in the photos below are all courtesy of QVC, not all this year but gathered and enjoyed over the years (I notched up 15 of them as a QVC presenter last summer!).

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One of my favourite purchases this year is one that won’t last for years, as it’s a wreath made from real foliage and berries. It’s from one of my favourite garden brands, Plants 2 Gardens, and is absolutely beautiful as you can see from the photo. Unfortunately it’s no longer available, but check out what else they have to offer. And look out in February, as they have a fabulous Gardening Pick of the Month coming!

FullSizeRender (2) editI love our twig tree especially when I position it in front of the mirror in our hallway. It really brightens it with the reflections. I keep the hanging decorations on it simple – just a few glass angels and reindeer, to add to the glistening effect.










FullSizeRender (5) editOur main Christmas tree is new for this year – it was a Today’s Special Value from Santa’s Best for our Countdown to Christmas event in October. I’m really pleased with it – beautifully lit with full, even foliage. The photo of it was taken by Olley as he enjoyed a glass of wine in front of the football. His team (Chelsea) were less than impressive, so he amused himself taking photos from the sofa. I especially like Santa and Rudolph at the foot of the tree!








FullSizeRender (4) editIf you have just pulled yours from its summer resting place and it is looking tired and bedraggled, take a look at the selection we have, still available for Christmas delivery. My personal favourite is from Bethlehem Lights – what’s particularly good about it is that it is slim line, so will fit into a smaller space and still look festively beautiful. Our tree is covered in decorations made and collected over many years, but the oldest and most special is right at the top. It’s an angel crafted from cotton wool, cardboard and glitter by Bex when she was just three.

Now, 21 years later, she is set to take the starring role in a Christmas wedding. Our little angel has grown up!

Wishing you all the best in your preparations for Christmas. And, as always, remembering those for whom this is a particularly difficult and sad time of year. Next week I hope to cheer you with the first photos of the wedding!

Until then, take care.

Kathy x


  1. Elaine December 15, 2015 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Hope all goes to plan on your special day for all of you.Will look forward to seeing the photos on here . Good Luck and Merry Christmas x

  2. fiona carne December 15, 2015 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Dear Kathy good luck for the wedding,I know how your daughter feels because when I had my first child the young doctor,who came to check before I could go home had been on call for two days,poor thing looked so tired, looking forward to the photos of the wedding. Have a lovely Christmas..

  3. Jill December 15, 2015 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy what an exiting time for you all. I love your tree and the Angel, I have a couple of decorations the girl made for me when they were at playgroup, a set of bells made from cardboard egg boxes make it to my tree every year! The doctors and staff of the NHS and other emergancy services do a fantastic job all year round but especially at this time of year, Bex im sure is one of thoes dedicated to her vocation and should be highly rewarded for all the hard work they give us all.
    Onto more pressing things, the wedding! Have a fantastic day. My daughter was married in September, I too am blessed with a wonderful son-in-Law. My day was emotional,and as I looked at her getting into her dress she looked radiant. If I can say one thing. Have 2 minitues together, just in the quiet of the moment alone.I bought my daughter the TSV Links of London 2 ring bracelet and I gave her this as we stood quietly together before we left for the ceremony. Such a special moment before she became a married lady starting her new life.
    Best wishes and love to all. Have a very special Christmas.

  4. sandra riley December 15, 2015 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    All the very best for your daughters wedding my nerves would be a mess with it all, you will have done her proud I don’t wonder
    My daughter and I work for the NHS where would we be without them
    Happy Christmas

  5. sharka December 15, 2015 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Take a deep breath and just enjoy the day, as I did when my daughter got married in 1992.
    She is still as happy now with two lovely children.
    xx Sharka

  6. Denise December 15, 2015 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Hello Kathy, how lovely to read about your plans. At this moment in time my head is full of Christmas so for you to also have wedding preps too I’m full of admiration for you. As the mum of a son who married last year I can say that his wedding day was just a magical day and I know you will feel this way too. My advice which people often give is to relax and enjoy every minute as the day will whizz past. I wish you a wonderful,wonderful day -I look forward to seeing some photos of the happy day. Also have a very Happy Christmas.
    Denise x

  7. Sue Smith December 15, 2015 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    The day will go by in a blink of an eye so saviour every moment, my mum didn’t shed a tear on our wonderful wedding day almost 27 years ago as she said I am very happy I am not losing a daughter, I am gaining a wonderful son in law, & even when she was near to leaving us, mum whispered in my husbands ear thank you for being such a wonderful son in law. Just enjoy this joyous family occasion you will all share

  8. Lorraine December 16, 2015 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    I can only imagine all the excitement and emotions that you and Olley must be going through this week, not to mention Bex. My lovely girls are of a similar age but not at that stage of their lives yet ( hopefully one day though!). I sincerely wish you all the most wonderful day and beyond and love how Bex and her future hubby have decided their wedding day will be tasteful and meaningful and not an over the top extravaganza. Sooo looking forward to seeing the photos. Have a lovely memorable time, With warmest wishes.x

  9. Sandy December 16, 2015 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    Dear Kathy
    I remember following you being pregnant on breakfast tv and you came back in with her. I have one of my children born just before Rebecca time goes so quickly.
    I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy yourself.
    I will be looking out for pictures and the mother of the bride outfit.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year
    Love Sandy xxx

  10. Susan Haskey December 16, 2015 at 5:44 pm -  Reply

    Hope u have a wonderful day at the wedding, try to enjoy every moment as it will go so fast.xx

  11. theresa December 16, 2015 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    I wish your daughter Becks and her husband to be a wonderful day. I remember my sons wedding and tears flowing so take plenty of tissues or hankies, my friend gave me two edge in lace said being the mother of the groom it would look better than kleenex. Hope you and Olly and the rest of your family also have a wonderful time and I look forward to the pictures, take care x

  12. Jackie December 17, 2015 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, I so enjoy watching and listening to you on QVC, you are such a genuine, kind, lovely lady and a wonderful Wife and Mum. Hope all goes well with the wedding, it will be a wonderful day for you all, I am sure. The venue sounds perfect. I wish the Bride and Groom well as they begin their lives together as a married couple. Enjoy!!

  13. Denise December 17, 2015 at 10:38 am -  Reply

    Me again Kathy I forgot to say that I wish Bex and hubby to be my very best wishes for a super day and a long and happy life together .

  14. Christine December 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy it’s all go between the wedding and Christmas. Just enjoy your daughters day. Sure you will be proud. Good Luck on the day. X

  15. Susan December 18, 2015 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy!
    What a brilliant blog as always! I am so excited for you! How amazing it must be to have your first born’s wedding! I hope you all have a fabulous day and I am so looking forward to the pictures!! You’ll all be stunning. You will be full of excitement and emotion tonight.. Not that you’ll read this til next week!
    Quickly re the junior Dr hours. I totally agree. The most important of jobs and just ludicrous hours and expectations.
    Enjoy your wedding day and Christmas next week!
    Loved Susan x

  16. Susan December 18, 2015 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    PS you should write a book as you have a lovely way with words. Only thing is it’s becoming predictable with so many books at qvc! But join the club!x

  17. Lorraine December 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Many many congratulations to your daughter and very soon to be hubby. Can only imagine all the emotions that you must be going through today but what wonderful memories to treasure. Wishing you all the most terrific day. Looking forward to the pictures. Warmest wishes.x

  18. Julie hartley December 19, 2015 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    All the very best for a perfect day you will treasure , had my daughters wedding 4 years ago , we now have a 2 yr old granddaughter time has flown with fabulous memories , I look at their wedding pictures regularly . Enjoy every Minuit . Love Julie xx

  19. Sue Dominey December 20, 2015 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Hope the wedding went well and now you can relax and have a lovely Christmas . Merry Christmas

  20. Tricia coulsonwood December 20, 2015 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

    Hello Kathy, I thought I was the only mother of the bride who could not think of anything else the week before my daughters wedding October 3rd ten weeks ago.!.My hubby captured me on his ipad pacing the house at 2am!.
    Now your wedding has taken place, I hope you had a wonderful day and evening just as we did.I hope your daughter managed a pre wedding night sleep?. My daughter was so excited she could only cat nap.
    Look forward to seeing some of your photos.
    I am in touch with the wonderful Ali, she has been so helpful to me with my eldest daughters Jans illness.I absolutely think she should have recognition for her help and support to so many . She never falters even when she herself is feeling badly,
    I took the liberty of sending her a picture of our wedding.
    Best wishes to you and your family. Tricia.

  21. Julia Skone December 22, 2015 at 9:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy-My husband & I are watching this morning-it was lovely to see your emotion about your daughter-you got my husband & I in tears. It is lovely to have empathy with other people.
    LUV Julia & Mike

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