Wedding Plans, Exams and Holidays

wedding plans

In a week’s time, I’ll be in Nerja with Poppy and Harry. I wanted to make the most of a small window of opportunity between their end of year proms to take them away, before they both go on their own travels.  It might be the last time the three of us holiday together so it’ll be particularly special. We’re having four nights in the hotel in which we’ve stayed twice before. We love it there and we know we’ll hit the ground running the moment we arrive. To say we’re excited and ready for some sunshine is an understatement.

mohair wedding shawl


The last few weeks have been hectic. Poppy and Harry have had their heads down revising for A-levels and GCSEs respectively. The post-exam mood here has swung wildly from giddy relief to almost overwhelming despair. It hasn’t been easy to keep the status quo and keep their spirits buoyed, but the end is in sight. In a happy coincidence, they both finish on Monday. I planned to take them out to celebrate, but a brilliant work opportunity came my way. Instead, I’m travelling to London straight after my day in practice. I’m working with ZEISS on a campaign to raise awareness about UV damage and the eye. I’ll be in a radio studio all day Tuesday doing a series of live and pre-recorded interviews about this important topic. I do feel a little apprehensive because I haven’t done anything similar, but the overriding emotion is excitement. It’s a super opportunity and I feel honoured that they asked me. Once again, it’s something that wouldn’t have come my way if it wasn’t for my multi-faceted career as an optometrist and a blogger. I’ll do my best to share some pictures on Instagram stories and Facebook.

mohair wedding shawl

mohair wedding shawl


Talking of opportunities, I’m going on a second holiday to Spain in July with Ian when both of my children are away. We’ve had a few weekends away on our own, but not an actual holiday. Ian’s life is somewhat peripatetic and he’s had an incredibly busy six months, so we’re looking forward to some uninterrupted time together. We chose both the hotel and the resort because they’re renowned for their food. There are several Michelin-starred restaurants in the area, so we intend to dine at some of those. And we might even have time to chat about a few more ideas for our wedding.

mohair wedding shawl

mohair wedding shawl

Wedding Plans

We’re getting married in the summer of 2021. We booked the venue for the ceremony a while ago and we looked at a potential venue for the reception last weekend. It is perfect for us and the type of wedding we have in mind; I think we’ll begin our married life there. We want to enjoy, and take our time with the rest of the plans, though I can’t deny that I do now look at things through the eyes of a bride-to-be. This mohair shawl for example, is perfect for a bride or bridesmaid. It’s a gift from my friends at Samuel Tweed; you might remember that I’m fond of their serapes. The shawl is smaller and lighter so is ideal for draping around the shoulders to add a little warmth without detracting from the dress. Actually though, it’s perfect for barbecues, British beaches, picnics, proms, days at the races and any other occasion.

mohair wedding shawl

mohair wedding shawl and clutch bag

mohair wedding shawl

mohair wedding shawl

mohair wedding shawl

These Samuel Tweed mohair shawls retail in a Paris bridal shop for  €200. They’ll reach exclusive bridal shops here in the UK in autumn, priced similarly. However, by way of a gentle introduction, anyone that reads my blog can get one for £80. An excellent price for such a high-end, luxurious item. Clutch bags are also made to order. Please email for orders and enquiries.

The mohair shawl is a gift from Samuel Tweed and part of a paid partnership. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my blog.


  1. catherine dentale
    June 17, 2019 / 6:06 pm

    congratulations Lizzy both for your radio plans in London I wish i could get english radio here in the french alps !! and congratulations also for your wedding plans what a lovely bride you ll be ,I m really happy for you both ,you re a beautiful couple ,and I wish you nice holidays with your children and with Ian ,have a a nice evening

    • elizabeth
      June 17, 2019 / 6:08 pm

      Hi Catherine. Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I feel very fortunate to be going away on two holidays and I can’t wait to get married either! It’s such an exciting time. Thank you again for your kind words, love Lizzy xxx

  2. June 17, 2019 / 10:39 pm

    First I have to say you look divine in this lemon sorbet colour Liz, utterly divine. I love your choice of red varnish too, it really is a beautiful punctuation of colour. Well chosen lady.
    Your latest opportunity, in terms of blog/optometry sounds equally glamorous and I know you’ll kill it as a radio star. It was such a smart move on your part, to fully combine the two facets of your work skillset. I’m taking notes!
    As for the kids and all their new respective endeavours….well that just blows my mind. I’ll be back to you for advice in a few years 😉

  3. June 17, 2019 / 10:48 pm

    Liz HOW beautiful do you look in this soft lemon colour and the mohair??! It’s your colour for sure…!

    I think you are amazing in all you do to do with optometry; I can’t wait to hear you on the radio tomorrow, I’ll listen to as many as I can find! You’ll be awesome, I know it. And pleeeeeease tell P&H not to worry – I thought I did terribly in half of my exams and got top marks in some and at least passed the ones I thought I’d failed completely. Whatever happens they’ll be fine…!

    Can’t wait to hear more about the wedding plans – and have a wonderful couple of holidays! I’m very envious!

    Catherine x

  4. Suzy Turner
    June 18, 2019 / 9:08 am

    It sounds like you’ve got some exciting plans upon you, Lizzy! I hope the weather in Nerja is gorgeous when you go. Would you believe it’s raining here in the Algarve today!? And it’s overcast and rather grey…. but we’ve had little rain this past year so do need it!
    I can’t wait to read more about your wedding. You’re going to make the most beautiful bride. My hubby and I are still (occasionally) talking about renewing our vows at some stage. I’d love to have a big party again lol!
    Suzy xxx

  5. June 18, 2019 / 8:05 pm

    Lizzy Huge congrats on the wedding plans. I must have missed that announcement!
    same here re exams, where did the time go eh?
    love Ashley x

    • elizabeth
      June 20, 2019 / 10:01 am

      Oh thank you Ashley. Yes, we got engaged in October. So exciting! And I hope the exams have gone well for your family too. Lots of love xxxx

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