Carol’s Real Wedding Blog

Our resident bride-to-be sorts the honeymoon...

Carol Driver

In terms of plans, we’re almost there, but, as always, there are some last-minute loose ends to tie up.


We got out pre-wedding photography trial photos back from James Ruane and we were over the moon (see picture)! He met us at our venue, the The Reid Rooms and spent more than an hour with us, finding amazing locations for us to pose for pictures.

James has an excellent eye; as an experienced photographer, he knows what to look for – spotting things that Rich and I wouldn’t have even thought of. We used some of the venue’s farmhouse area, to create a stunning urban backdrop – when I’m in my wedding dress and Rich is in his morning suit, the images will look fab.

The bridesmaid dresses had their final changes made. We’ve gone for a burnt red colour, as my three sisters are dark-haired. We bought them from Oriental Pearl.

Mia Sposa in South Woodford, from where we’re hiring our morning suits, made the (fairly extensive!) alterations to my dress. I’m picking it up two days before the wedding, so keeping my fingers crossed that it’s all OK.

Aside from getting excited about the dress, I’ve been in holiday mood as we’ve finally booked our honeymoon! We’re off for two weeks of sun in Bali and I cannot wait.

We’re staying at four different Alila properties – Rich proposed to me in the Alila in Chaa Am in Thailand, so we thought it would be nice to continue with the theme. First we’ll be at Alila Manggis which is nestled between the sea and Mount Agung, then on to Alila Ubud, set in an extraordinary location high above the Ayung river valley.

Then we’re off to Alila Villa Uluwatu. Perched high above the crashing surf of the Indian Ocean on Bali’s southern Peninsula, it’s located in what is considered one of the world’s most spectacular honeymoon locations. Lastly, we’ll be heading to Alila Villas Soori, from where we’ll explore the undeveloped west coast with its beautiful beach fronts. It’s definitely going to be a honeymoon to remember.

See you next week for my final blog about my big day!


Catch up with Carol’s May blog, and find links to earlier blogs here