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Life: 10 Things I Miss about University

I can't believe it's been 12 years since I started at Leeds University in 2005. I look back at my University days with such nostalgia and happiness - it was one of the best times of my life and I made lifelong friends (and found a husband!). Hope you enjoy some of my Uni snaps - cringe! Here are 10 things I miss about my University days.

1. The impromptu nights out. So many nights being sat on the sofa and saying to the girls "shall we go out tonight?" and all just being able to get up and go. These days it takes a few months of planning and a Doodle poll to get a night in the diary!

2. Having 6 hours of lectures a week. Yep, that's right. Communication Studies did not have many hours! I used to have a 10am lecture and getting up for it was a mission and a half. What I'd do to go back to a 6 hour 'working' week.

3. Living with 7 other girls (and their wardrobes) - one of my favourite things about Uni was getting ready in our house with music playing and sharing clothes and make-up. 

4. Sunday's. These were usually spent hungover and watching T4 all morning - Shipwrecked, the Hollyoaks Omnibus and loads of tea and snacks.

5. Trekking into town to visit Primark - and only Primark. Obviously we were poor students so our budget wouldn't stretch to River Island or Toyshop, so head to toe Primark it was! We were walking adverts at one point.

6. Taking approximately 400 photos on a night out - remember when you used to take a digital camera out with you? We'd take hundreds of photos and the next day would be spent uploading them (all) to Facebook and going through each one together. We'd all sit laughing for hours at the photos.

7. The long holidays - how good are University holidays?! I feel like that is how life should be - a month for Christmas, a month for Easter, 3 months (or more) for Summer. Yes please!

8. Eating at 5pm. And then having a second dinner at 9pm. 

9. Pre-drinking. I loved making pre-drinking plans; deciding who's house we would all descend on with our cheap bottles of vodka and mixers. And we'd always end up playing Ring of Fire before realising how late it was and piling into taxis into town.

10. Naps. Ahhh, so many naps. To be fair, I still enjoy a lot of naps but I feel like at University, they really came into their own.

Daisy x

My Month: October

Photos from my Instagram: daisyelizabeth87

October has been one busy month! I've been away every weekend and if I'm honest, I am very excited for the first weekend in November as I have no plans and can sit and watch Netflix all day long.

Saying that, I've done some really fun things this month and have been enjoying the official start of Autumn. We spent the start of the month in the Cotswolds for our penultimate wedding this year, and this was followed by a weekend in Leeds with my friend Flora. We looked at Bridesmaid dresses, shopped, went for lunch at Le Pain Quotidien and had a lovely chilled night with Strictly and a M&S dine in for £10 (such a bargain). I love being back in Leeds - it makes me so nostalgic for when I lived there during Uni and the year afterwards. The shopping is also amazing - need to go back when I've won the lottery. We also went for brunch at the Ox Club which was incredible - I had the Smoked Confit Tomatoes and can't stop thinking about it.

Another weekend was spent at our friend Matt's house to celebrate their birthday. 30 of us descended on his local restaurant and enjoyed 12 hours of food and drink. It was a little bit messy but lots of fun. We also booked our flights to Cape Town next March for our friend's wedding- am ridiculously excited!

Last weekend my besties and I finally enjoyed our 30th birthday celebration of a weekend in Bath. We may all be closer to 31 but we were determined to make it happen and it was lovely. We had a delicious afternoon tea at No.15 Great Pulteney and brunch on the Sunday at Cosy Club.

This is being posted as we spend a long weekend in Centre Parcs with the family. One of my favourite happy bubbles. We are going to the new Aqua Sana spa, playing lots of table tennis and badminton, and just having a chilled out weekend together.

Phew - I told you it's been a busy month! Bring on November because November equals honeymoon!

Daisy x

Wedding: Photographer and Videographer

Wedding photography by Jo Hastings

It's the last post in my wedding series - how sad! I've absolutely loved writing each post and reliving the details of the day. I'm sure there will be more posts coming up with wedding-related content as I just can't get enough.

The final post is about how we captured our day on film. I am obsessed with photos- I'll often sit at my laptop looking through old Facebook pictures and reminiscing, so knew that getting the perfect photographer was going to be important. Our amazing photographer was Jo Hastings and we have been absolutely blown away by our photos - I think they speak for themselves! I knew that I wanted a photographer who would document the day in a natural way, with minimal posing and a really soft and light style. Chris was also really adamant that he didn't want unnatural shots. Jo is all about capturing the moments of the day as they unfold, and also at taking the most beautiful couple photos (the golden hour ones are especially dreamy). We have so many that we want to frame! 

Looking through the photos (and I look through them all of the time) makes me so unbelievably happy and I notice something different in each photo every time I look. There are some moments that have been captured that I will treasure forever - having a dance with my beautiful Grandma; hugging my Dad when he saw me in my dress and all of our friends and family looking so happy. We've also had lots of compliments from friends and family. Jo was also a pleasure to work with - easy communication and super organised. We received our USB in the most lovely way and it was such a nice touch.

My top tip with the photos is to make sure you get one with your Mum. This is often forgotten about and was a piece of advice from a work friend. Towards the end of the night, I grabbed Jo and we went outside with my Mum for a few lovely photos together. 

Now, onto our wedding video which was organised fairly last minute. A couple of months before the wedding I realised that I 'needed' a video of the day. I just knew I would really regret not having one and spent ages looking at other people's and wanting one so badly. Chris really didn't want one, but I talked him round and told him it wouldn't be posed, or forced, and there wouldn't be a camera in his face (even though by the end of the night he was loving the camera!). The only issue was the expense as videographers are so pricy, but very luckily for us, my sister's girlfriend Isabelle mentioned that her sister would be happy to do it for the experience as she loves creating videos. So the wonderful Sophie joined us for the day (and also helped with Bridesmaids hair and many other things!) and created the most incredible video for us. It was cool, fun and captured the feel and tone of the day so perfectly. She's also sending us all of the footage and the speeches in full.

My top tip would be to get your wedding on video! If you can't afford a videographer, see if a friend can help out, or just ask your friends to film clips on your phone and send them to you. It's so nice to see the day as you forget so much of it in the wedding haze. And definitely record the speeches if you can. 

I hope you enjoyed these wedding posts - you can read all of them here.

Daisy x