The Stylist wedding blog: the final countdown

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Natasha Tomalin

On the eve of her wedding day, Stylist's resident bride-to-be Natasha Tomalin draws together some finishing touches and considers what it's all really about

As I sit here on my last day at work before the big day, frantically writing my last blog post before I get married, I feel strangely calm. In fact, the most calm I have felt in the whole process so far. The reason? Everything is sorted. I have nothing left to worry about except turning up on time on the day.

Sure, I’ve had a few last-minute panics like discovering I’ve completely forgotten about confetti. Luckily Shropshire Petals were eager to help and even offer some tips for getting the perfect confetti shot. Who knew using small petals like delphinium or wild flowers provide the money shot as they are light and fall delicately and slowly?

I also managed to leave finding a photobooth pretty late as it was something I ummed and ahhed about for a long time but, as with most things at this wedding, my thinking behind the decision? “Oh, why not? You only do it once!”


Natasha and Ian's personalised photobooth from Republic of Photography

I emailed Republic of Photography, a company we often use for extremely flattering headshots in the magazine. They were more than happy to take me on at short notice and provide great, personalised touches like incorporating my invite design onto the photographs and actual booth.

And finally, after having my scent experience at Liberty, I got thinking about the overall scent for the day – probably a little too late in the day. Unfortunately, I can’t have candles in my venue, so scented candles were out, but reed diffusers could work perfectly. I went to the Neom shop in Wimbledon and had a good old sniff of all their scents (six in total) and decided on Complete Bliss, which invokes warm afternoons in Moroccan kasbahs, flanked by thousands of damask pink buds and blousy petals.

And let's face it, who doesn’t want their wedding to smell like that on a rainy, grey October afternoon…?

ian and natasha

"Its about Ian and I proclaiming our love for each other and that’s all that really matters"

So, finishing touches sorted, I can safely say I’m ready. But, you know what?

As clichéd as it may sound, it’s not about the flowers/venue/food/insane attention to detail, it’s about Ian and I proclaiming our love for each other in front of our friends and family and that’s all that really matters.

See you on the other side, b*tches!

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