Mere 4 Weeks Old

It was so exciting to share my daughter’s 1st birthday party with you last month. But it got me thinking about how much has changed since Aurora came into my life. And with that, I’d like to invite you to join me as I flashback to when she was a mere 4 weeks old, when we had Julie Michaelsen capture our little family as well as a nursery room tour. 

After agonising over what felt like 50 (no, hundreds!) shades of grey, I finally picked the perfect pale grey (Little Greene’s Shallows) for Aurora’s nursery, and added pops of pastel pink and neon pink to her décor. My husband and I wanted her to have a nursery that incorporated safari animals as I am originally from South Africa and my husband proposed to me while we were on safari. We found some adorable art prints (by Daisy and Bump) of six different baby safari animals which we knew we wanted to hang above her cot. My husband’s favourite is the baby zebra, while mine is the baby elephant. We also happened to stumble across fun art work whilst on safari for our babymoon featuring wild animals hanging from colourful hot air balloons, which we hung above Aurora’s changing table. We framed the hot air balloon prints with a bespoke string of fairy lights from Cable & Cotton in grey, pastel pink and bubblegum pink which glow beautifully at night. Aurora was mesmerised and comforted by these lights, and even now that she is 1, they’re still a firm favourite. To tie in the hot air balloon prints, I tasked myself with making Aurora a mobile to hang over her cot. It was the perfect project for me while I was pregnant to keep my mind and hands busy in anticipation of her arrival. I bought some felt fabric in hot pink, baby pink and grey and made Aurora a mobile with elephants that rotate around a central hot air balloon. 

On Aurora’s ever growing bookshelf, two of her first books included This Little Piggy Goes to Prada, and How to be a Lady – not your average children’s books, but they certainly entertain mummy! Alongside her books, we had bespoke alphabet blocks painted in white, neon pink and pastel pink to spell out Aurora’s name, as well as a very cute grey elephant light.

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While I was pregnant with Aurora, I mentioned to my husband that I had an idea to buy the iconic sheet music for Once Upon A Dream from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. My husband searched high and low to find an original and I was delighted when he told me he had tracked one down – and the illustrated cover matches the colour scheme of Aurora’s room perfectly, so it was definitely meant to be! 

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We are so grateful to Julie for having captured us and Aurora in her nursery when she was so little. This last year has been a whirlwind, but it’s amazing to see how much she has changed since she was four weeks old. 

Speaking of changes, next month, I look forward to sharing how my work life has changed since a year ago as I continue to learn how to juggle the fine art of being a Mumpreneur. 

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Photography by Julie Michaelsen | Pink tutu Flowers and Confetti with a vest with liberty print “A” for Aurora Fred and Olive | Large wooden white A by The Wooden Letters Company | Flower crown Moon and Back | Rose detail swaddle sleepsack and matching headband Mi and Ma | Liesl’s dress: River Island | Nursing chair: OlliElla | Alphabet blocks Myla & Oscar | Elephant shaped lamp (Zara Kids)

Elegant, luxurious, personal and impeccably organised. These are the signature features of weddings, events and parties that I plan for those with the highest expectations.

I have been organising weddings and events for over ten years and am the founder and director of Lamare London – a premier wedding and event business providing a truly luxury service for those looking to hold exquisite and memorable events, large or small. The Lamare London ethos is to ensure every wedding and event is filled with TLC to give it that wow-factor and personal feel – the “TLC” at Lamare London stands for Touches of Luxury and Character.

When designing and planning a wedding, party or event I cannot help but get excited and passionate over the personal touches, meticulous attention to detail and creativity that goes into each special occasion. Finding the je ne sais quoi that takes an event to the next level is one of the most rewarding parts of the job for me as it makes your celebration exclusively “yours”, oozing personality in a stylish way. 

I am dedicated to exceeding expectations and making the planning journey an enjoyable experience for each of my clients.

Having originally hailed from South Africa, I moved to the UK in 1999 where I now live with my husband, young daughter and three dogs. When I’m not planning weddings and events I love to bake and enjoy the delights of London’s finest afternoon tea establishments. {Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?!} 

I draw a lot of influence from emerging interior design trends, fashion, travel and exhibitions. And if asked to describe my style, I would say it’s feminine and modern with classic undertones. I love the stylish foundation of something classic or traditional and layering it with something a bit bold or contemporary – whether it’s in my home or what I wear. For example, I love a feminine black dress, but will add a statement necklace or a bright jacket or scarf for personality. I also have an obsession with grey.