Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Just Say 'Yes'

So on Saturday night we finally held our engagement party in Glasgow in a wee pub venue where we danced, tripped, thanked and, most importantly, ATE.

It was a wonderful night, I got to spend it with some of the most important people in my life. Old, new and ancient friends sat all around us, alongside family and the 'other halfs' which had been dragged along for the ride! 
I'm a big believer in a group effort. It may the Italian blood in me. But with the contribution of family and friends helping cook, bake and make decorations, there were plenty to reasons to be thankful, and a great excuse to publicly embarrass them with gifts at the party! 

Future sister-in-law and bridesmaid, Amy, giving my wee maw her big bunch of flowers. Thanks for giving birth to me (and making two out of four lasagna's for the occasion!)

I've been part of four weddings in the past, so from experience I know there's no better feeling than knowing you've contributed to someone's special day. This is why Iansy and I wanted to get as many people involved in this party as possible; it's how we want our wedding to be, and it's how we want to live our lives...You just can't do it alone, and why on earth would you want to? With all the amazing people who surround you everyday, it would be daft to not make the most of them - and get them working for their

That moment when you know you've embarrassed somebody good and proper...

Big shout out for Iansy Preston! Beautiful speech, from the heart, something I know I couldn't do into a microphone. A lot of people are skeptical about an engagement party. I know I used to be. It seemed a weird  thing to celebrate something that hadn't happened yet.

But as Iansy said in his speech "It's the biggest thing we've ever done, and by far the best, and we wanted to celebrate with you all." 

 A wee cheeky cheesy dance to our song...yeah, we're one of those couples who have a song.

But we also had little paper cut-outs of ourselves on the table. 

We're happy with who we are.

My AMAZING in-laws to be! Iansy with his parents and sister Amy. 

What a good looking bunch. 

My wee da, who had a hypoglycemic attack just before the party but still managed to arrive and look damn good in that suit. The man cannot be stopped <3

 These people know how to eat a buffet. I mean, party.

I love and appreciate you all... 

My big bro Carlo and sister-in-law Laura who provided 1 lasagna and 1 awesome cheesecake (so I'm told as I was not quick enough to get any!)

Big bro Michele and sister-in-law Charlene who provided home-made sausage rolls which were NOM and are still making me happy today...

Me with top lass, and bridesmaid to be, Ayden. As well as helping out with the party baking, decorating AND looking after my presents all night, she also gave me and Iansy the fantastic gift of a wee spa session at the luscious Bythswood Hotel.

She's a good egg! 

 Iansy, his sister and her glass of wine have a wee spin on the dancefloor! 

And if there's any trouble...

BIG PHIL will sort ye! 
(Who would have thought snapping an innocent pic of my dad straightening his collar could be so dangerous?!)

We are awfully thankful to everybody who turned up and celebrated with us, and those who were made-of-awesome enough to give us the further gift of giving a gift!

Money and vouchers will keep our wee home going, and possibly go towards the big day if we can hurry up and choose somewhere.

Just some of the truly awesome and thoughtful gifts we have received from friends and family. 

And with the engagement party past it's time to get onto the real business of organizing a wedding! Something I've been warned about by all my sister-in-laws married to my brothers...but surely my experience in organizing short films and art department will give me a wee head start.

Personally I couldn't be more excited. I've got three amazing girlies to help with the journey, and an even more amazing fiance to make the scary phone-calls, horsey-pat my nose when I'm being a bitch, feed me Doritos when I'm stressed, and take them away when I'm feeling fat. 

He is a good lad, and I can't imagine anything more exciting than our future right now. Wedding, adventures, hard work, and kids are on the horizon, and all the troubles in life that you can't avoid. But they don't seem so bad with a big strong set of shoulders to cry on. 

Love you, Iansy. 

Roll on 2013 :) 


"And the old despair that was often there suddenly ceases to be. For you wake one day, look around and say 'Somebody wonderful married me'." - Cabaret

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Life Goes On...

"I look back on where I'm from. Look at the woman I've become...and the strangest things
seem suddenly routine." - Hedwig and Angry Inch

From this...

To this...

In three short years <3

Friday, 10 June 2011

Something Happened...

"How the world can change. It can change like that! Due to one little word...married."

- Cabaret

Love you Iansy bear :)


Thursday, 19 May 2011

Wear Sunscreen

Auld Paw and wee nephew Luca

Forgive me, Blogger, for I have sinned. It's been two months since my last blog, which would be more excusable if I had nothing to write about...

In reality I've attended a brother's wedding, completed my Graduation Showcase, embarked on a ground-breaking personal project, bought a bookcase, found a new recipe, worked on a Grad Film, been pole dancing,  registered for graduation, and experienced a bit of a personal realisation about happiness and success, and the way I want to be and why. 

My absence can be explained, but not satisfactorily in a public domain. Ha. That sounded a bit mysterious - well, there's no conspiracy; I've just been a bit dejected lately. However, after a few life-affirming moments, a wonderful film project, a wee cheeky job offer, and dampening some beautiful people's shoulders, I'm starting to feel a little more like my old self again. 

I don't want to filthy this blog post with thick globs of dirt from the muddy past few weeks. So I won't. No more worry, or panicking, or frantically looking for answers.

The only way is forward, and the things which keep me accelerating to the person I want to be.

However. As I'm trying to be all about positivity and silver linings and what not, I am going to post here, forever, the highlights of this rubbishy time, in the hopes that in the future, if ever I peruse these old posts I will look here and remember this time only for the good.

I had loads of fun painting this pretty birdy. He lives in our livingroom now...

Wee business card holder I made <3

A prop I made, carved, painted and adored

Having amazing friends over to my flat for dinner

That's ma name!
A cheeky wee trompe l'ioeil... yum

A lovely wee family
New Sis 

Old Bother...

Yer Maw

Graduation Showcase

Grad Film. made prop for 'My First Spellbook'

Me and Gavin, check out my crazy art-directing hands!
The superstars that were Jake, Sonya and Sophie 

Filming in a primary school means school dinners! <3

And sometimes, when you're trying to get back on track, there's nothing better than some song wisdom. 

"Don’t waste your time on jealousy:
Sometimes your ahead, sometimes you're not.
The race is long; and in the end it’s only with yourself."

"Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much,
Or berate yourself either.
Your choices are half chance.
 So are everybody else’s."

- Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
Baz Luhrmann