Bag of the Season

Straw and wooden style bags are a big hit this Spring/Summer and if you don’t want to pay the price tag of the Cult Gaia Ark Bamboo Bag that everyone is talking about, then I have found the perfect designer alternative.

This chic half circle bag, handmade from Bamboo, just screams French Riviera vibes and for just £28.99 from a fantastic eBay seller, I couldn’t say no.


The Cult Gaia Ark Bag has been seen on many celebs, including the beautiful Jessica Alba but I just couldn’t justify the price and when I came across Katelavie’s Instagram feed I  just loved how she styled the bag. I instantly wanted to recreate a similar look and I’m so happy I managed to get my hands on the bag of the season at a fraction of the price.


I have a Wedding coming up in Cyprus toward the end of the year and it will make the perfect clutch to go with my outfit!

I love how versatile and statement this bag is. I’ve been teaming it with white culotte trousers and a simple floral cami top; adding this bag just makes any outfit effortlessly stylish. 


This bag is also available in a variety of shades. I opted for the natural beige but I’m tempted to get it in the white too as I already know this is going to be a staple in my wardrobe. The neutral shade also makes it versatile enough to be teamed with pretty much any outfit, from a flowy beach dress on those summer vacay’s to a simple tee and jeans for lunch with the girls. This is a bag that goes with everything and is perfect for any occasion.

Not only is the bag a delight to look at, it’s also lightweight and roomy enough to carry everything I need. It comes in 2 sizes; I chose to go with the small and it’s the perfect size to fit my necessities in. 

It’s different to any bag I’ve ever owned and I can’t wait for the sun to start shining so I can start wearing it. It really is an eye catcher!



Another way I’ve chosen to style the bag is by popping a satin paisley print scarf around the handle and tied into a bow.  This gives the bag a more boho, casual vibe and I’m 100% down for that look.





2018 Skincare Routine

Over the years I have experimented with many skincare brands, but for the past few years I have been using the same products and skincare routine and it has been working wonders for my skin.


I’ve indulged in my fair share of high end skincare products mainly because I’m a sucker for the beautiful packaging, but over the years I’ve always gone back to my Boots Simply Sensitive Face Cleansing Lotion which I use both in the morning and at night. I love the simplicity of this product, it’s not overloaded with ingredients but does contain aloe vera which feels so soothing on the skin. I apply with just my fingers in the morning, and a cotton pad in the evening. It’s so quick and easy and within minutes my skin is left feeling soft and refreshed.


You may or may not have heard about the moisturiser loved amongst many celebrities from Kate Beckinsale to Joanna Lumley. Astral Cream is known to keep skin looking plump and hydrated, I have used this since a course of acne treatment left my skin looking and feeling dry and lifeless. I use this day and night. It is a very rich moisturiser that takes a fair while to sink in but smells like a dream and feels so nourishing on the skin.

I feel like this is a very Marmite product, you either love or hate it. I love it and definitely feel like it needs more recognition. Astral Cream has been used through the generations of my family, once used by my Gran who had the most beautiful and youthful skin, my mum also swears by this stuff and now I’ve hopped on the bandwagon.

One of the main reasons I love this moisturiser is because it’s simple, it’s not packed full of ingredients, it just does what a mosituriser should do; deliver extra moisture to hydrate the skin. I’ve tried so many moisturisers which contain so many perfumes and ingredients which just leaves my skin irrtitated. I’ve found the more simple I keep my skincare routine, the calmer my skin is. So if like me you struggle with dry skin and you’re in the market for a new moisturiser, this is definitely worth a try!


I exfoliate approximately once, sometimes twice a week depending on how much makeup I have worn and literally swear by The Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream with Microbeads. After cleansing I massage this into my skin, wash away with warm water and then splash with cold water to close my pores before moisturing. It’s gentle on the skin just like it says in the title. It smells so delicious I could just eat it up! This is very much a creamy exfoliator that helps eliminate the dead skin cells and impurities. Every time I use this, I feel like my skin has had a deep clean. My skin noticeably looks smoother, pores are less prominent and the overall texture of my skin looks and feels much softer. I even used this on the morning of my Wedding Day because I knew my makeup would apply so much better after exfoliating. I love this so much I even got their body exfoliator which I’ve also been loving.


I had struggled for far too long trying to find something that could remove my eye makeup without leaving my eyes feeling itchy, red and sore until I came across Boots eye makeup remover pads. They come in a handy little pot making it great for travelling! They are basically a pot of 40 makeup wipes for your eyes. They are fragrance free and remove every single trace of my eye make-up within seconds. The only thing I have found is that it claims to remove water proof mascara and on the very rare occasion that I do wear it, I do struggle to get it all off with these. But I don’t wear waterproof mascara all that often so these are perfect for me!


I’ve been using the Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado for about a year now and I love how moisturising this is around the eye area. It makes applying under eye concealer so much easier after using this and it must be good if my husband thinks I haven’t noticed him using it! For such a small pot this is actually lasting me a fair while! The only thing is I do think it is slightly over priced, so if you have any other eye cream suggestions please do let me know as I think I’d like to try something more for anti-ageing, y’know now I’m nearing the end of my 20’s this girl gotta prevent those wrinkles!


Now that Spring is here I’ve dipped back into my Clarins HydraQuench Cream for days where I need a little more moisture. I love the Clarins Hydraquench range, I always find myself adding these products into my skincare routine during Spring/Summer to add a little more moisture into the skin which is much needed after a day in the sun! I also find their Hydrquench range leaves a cool, calming sensation on my skin, making it the perfect addition to my spring/summer skincare. I love the luxe packaging of this moisturiser; there’s just something about a glass container that makes me feel like I’m really spoiling myself with a product.

I tend to use this as a day cream as although it is for normal-dry skin, it is a lightweight formula. This cream also has the added benefit of containing Hyaloronic Acid! I’m not sure if you can still buy this exact cream anymore as Clarins have updated their Hydraquench range, though I think they may have just changed their packaging and added SPF so I will link their new cream which looks pretty much the same as this one.


For those days where I feel like a bit more of a pamper and my skin needs some extra tlc, I like to use a face mask. The Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask is one of my favourites. It is a very creamy texture, just what you’d expect from the name and contains Katafray Bark Extract which aids in restoring the skin’s ideal moisture balance. I apply with my fingers all over my face and neck, avoiding the eye area, and leave on for around 5 to 10 minutes, rinsing away with warm water. I remove any excess with a wet cotton pad. My skin instantly feels soft and hydrated. I like to use this once a week and my skin definitely thanks me for it!


The one thing missing from my regime is spf. I know I know, it’s so bad! I’ve tried heaps and all of them seem to break me out. If anyone has any good suggestions please let me know I’d be forever grateful!

Oh and FYI the ESPA Diffuser in the photograph is THE most amazing scent in my bathroom! I received it for my birthday and it’s pretty much ran out so I need to invest in another (the only thing is they are quite pricey, but they smell heavenly).

New Beauty Favourites

A few months ago I found myself rummaging through my makeup collection to find products I’d barely touched/not used but have fallen in love with ever since. I’ve chosen my top three to share with you guys.

The first product I’ve found myself reaching for is the Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation; the brands first ever liquid foundation in cushion form. This is perfect for those days I need a little more coverage than my usual Glossier Skin Tint. It had been hanging around in my makeup bag since before Christmas and I’d only used it once. My winter shade is Number 10, Ivory and is the perfect colour match. I would say this is the closest colour match to my natural skin over any foundation I have ever used; definitely a winner for me!






I love how compact this product is, making it great for travelling and popping in my handbag! It does come with it’s own applicator but I prefer to use my trusty Real Techniques sponge.  The foundation is light to medium coverage, easily build-able and blends like a dream. It leaves my skin looking fresh and dewy all day long and has an SPF of 20. I have dry-very dry skin and it doesn’t cling to any dry patches. This foundation leaves my skin looking glowy and hydrated, what more could I ask for? I will definitely be purchasing again.

The only down side is the shade range; there are only 8 to choose from, but if there is a shade for you then I highly recommend checking this product out.



I’ve seen so many You-tubers rave about the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer I just had to get my hands on it. I’d wanted it for so long but it is so hard to get hold of here in the UK so when my husband managed to get it from QVC for my birthday I was so excited. A girl gotta hide these dark under eye circles from sleepless nights with the pup and oh my, does this do the job!


This concealer has such high coverage so a little really does go a long way. I’ve been using this under my eyes, round my nose and a tiny bit on my cheeks. Hands down this is my favourite concealer ever. If you manage to get your hands on the Shape Tape you definitely won’t be disappointed!

The final makeup product I’ve fallen in love with all over again is the Nars Liquid Laguna Bronzer.


I’ve been using my Chanel Bronzer for over a year and haven’t touched any other bronzer until now. The product comes with a pump making the liquid so easy to dispense and is best to use once shaken. The colour is beautiful and looks very natural on the skin. I use my fingers to dot the bronzer where I want it and use my damp sponge to blend out. The bronzer has tiny golden shimmers running through it, perfect for a sunkissed glow. This is definitely one of my favourite beauty products atm so if like me you love a cream bronzer this is one to try!


Affordable Homewear & Fashion Haul

I feel like Matalan have really upped their game recently, both in their homewear and fashion so I thought I’d share a few bits that I picked up from my local store.

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I’d been eyeing up these Scandinavian style planters for a while on various websites but didn’t want to pay the price tag so was holding out for somewhere local to stock some. To say I was excited when I saw a complete dupe of the ones I wanted in Matalan is an understatement (but they came in a set of two, yes two, and in different sizes, for less than what I would have paid for one!) My husband definitely thought I was over reacting over what is essentially 2 plant pots with legs. He thinks I’m mad how excited I get over homewear but what does he know eh! I potted an Aloe Vera plant in one and a Monstera Deliciosa (definitely bought the latter because this is supposed to be a plant that isn’t easily killed -we shall see…) They add a pop of colour to our predominantly white and grey interior and make a great addition to our hallway and reading corner.


I didn’t really need another Winter jacket especially with Spring just around the corner, but I couldn’t resist this cobalt blue puffer. I’m usually a black, white and grey kinda gal but for a touch of colour this looks great! I sized up because I wanted a more oversized look, plus I wanted my chunky knits to fit underneath. I’ve been wearing this to run errands and walk the lil sausage and it’s kept me so warm, particularly with all this snow we seem to be getting atm!



Their Activewear section is definitely my go to. When I was in NYC I had splurged on some pretty pricey yoga leggings but after a few washes they looked old and worn so I wasn’t prepared to spend that amount again. I picked up three different styles from Matalan recently and have literally been living in them. They look and feel really good quality; they’re lasting well and are super comfy. I particularly love the black mesh paneled leggings which are totally in this season and makes a standard legging stand out that little bit more. I also grabbed some plain black and marl grey leggings because who doesn’t need them in their wardrobe?





The Dachshund Down-low

Mummy has let me take her over blog today, she says I’m mature enough to use her laptop now that I’ve turned 1.

Because it’s been nearly a year since my humans bought me home and so many people always stop and ask us what it’s like having me, she’s told me to give you guys what she calls ‘The Dachshund Down-low.’ Basically, all the naughty things I get up to behind closed doors. So for those of you who may be thinking of getting a Miniature Sausage Dog like me, then you may not want to keep reading!

1. For such a small dog, we have one hell of a bark on us. You’ll hear us before you see us that’s for sure! 

2. Your bed is now my bed and let me tell you, these long bodies can reallyyyy stretch out

3. I like to leave mummy and daddy little surprises around the house. Surprise meaning poops when their not looking

4. My favourite chews stink to high heaven. Who even knew that pizzles, aka bulls penis, was so yummy? I once stayed at my girlfriends house and her mum took us to a really posh restaurant and whipped one of these bad boys out – she had absolutely no idea what they were because my humans didn’t think to tell her!


5. Personal space is no longer a thing, even bath time you have company

6. When you ride up front and make daddy sit in the back, he knows the pecking order in this family


7. When you see your humans kiss you gotta get involved too

8. Every human who enters the house definitely needs their face cleaned

9. When you know to keep your stinky treats on the blanket but persist on bringing it onto their new sofa

10. Rain. I’m not walking. Nope. I’ll just sit right here thank you.


11. You have a better social life than your humans

12. When 50+ of us sausages take over the local parks/beaches they don’t know what they’re in for


13. You have your own Instagram page with more followers than your humans

14. Cause you’re small you get away with more. I even get my own handbag to be carried around in and when they’re not looking I climb on to the tables 

15. You have a bigger wardrobe than your humans. I had 2 Barbour jackets before daddy even got one!

16. No toy lasts longer than 2 minutes and then they ‘go to hospital’ aka, the bin

17. No walk is complete without hearing people ‘ohh and ahh’ over you with the odd ‘look there’s a sausage dog’ thrown in

18. When you’re just too cute so people stop and ask to take photos of you. Where’s my modelling career at?!

19. When you ignore all dogs in the park but as soon as you spot a fellow sausage you’re gone

20. People think we don’t need much exercise, but boy can we walk

21. These lil legs can outrun my humans. I’d give Mo Farah a run for his money

22. Must dig at the bed sheet a thousand times before bedtime

23. Stubborn is my middle name

24. If there’s a blanket in sight then it has my name on it. I’ll either chew a hole in it or burrow so watch where you sit!


25. But most importantly, I bring a smile to my humans faces every single day and they wouldn’t change a thing about me…


My Wedding Look

I had always planned to do my own bridal makeup on my wedding day. I wanted to make sure I felt and looked like myself, just a more polished version. If I’d had someone else do my makeup I feared I’d look back at the photo’s and not recognize myself so I knew  I wanted to give it a go.


My main priority when it came to doing my own makeup was making sure my temperamental skin was looking it’s best, so with that in mind, 2 months prior to the wedding, I began drinking hot lemon once a day, 5 days a week. I’d read so many benefits of doing this and I have to say I noticed a big difference. My skin looked much more radiant and a lot less dull.

With the run up to the wedding I was also using my trusty Clarins Hydraquench Cream Mask and Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream to ensure my skin stayed nice and hydrated. 


I’d been trying out a few new foundations in the run up to the big day, none of which suited my skin or gave me the coverage I wanted. After trying out various new products and none of them working, I figured I’d just keep it simple and keep to my normal everyday makeup but a little bit more.

I was unsure whether to stick to traditional pink tones or more bronze shades but as I had a tan (We were lucky enough to get a mini heatwave a few weeks before so I tried to catch as many rays as possible) I decided to stick to my summer makeup look.

I was impressed with how well the makeup lasted throughout the day, especially in 25 degree heat in the middle of what was supposed to be Autumn in New York.

The only product I needed to top up was my lipstick, (I blame it on too many newly wed kisses) which my husband kindly kept in his suit pocket for me to touch up throughout photo’s.



I kept my eyes very subtle with a light wash of neutral shimmery shades over the lids  (shades Bootycall and Verve from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette) and brown tones from the same palette to line my eyes. I’ve always found lining my eyes with eye shadow looks a lot softer on me.

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In the evening I added some of the Kevyn Aucoin Diamond Eye Gloss which added some extra sparkle to my lids. I also topped up my under eye concealer ‘cus lets face it who wants dark circles on their wedding day!



For hair, I kind of winged it on the day. I knew I was going to curl it so I used my trusty Mark Hill Wicked Waver Wand (which was the best Christmas present ever, I don’t know what I’d do without it! My curls last for days with this.) I decided to go with a simple half up half down style which stayed in place all day and night. I used a clear elastic to secure the hair and a touch of hairspray.



For the final touches I kept my jewellery simple and wore a special pair of earrings my mum had given me, along with my engagement ring and soon to be wedding band. I spritzed my favourite YSL Fragrance, popped on my wedding shoes and was ready to go get hitched!


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The Final Makeup Look


A little worse for wear, we returned back to our hotel room, married and makeup still in tact! I was so glad I didn’t put too much pressure on myself and felt like me on our special day.


A list of products used on my big day are listed below:

Kevyn Aucoin The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss – Holographic Cosmic

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronze Universel

Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation – Buff

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlight – Pearl

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand – Shade 1

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – Fair 1

Elf Stipple Brush

Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Naked 2

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick – Bitch Perfect

Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick – Sweet Rose

Ted Baker Lip and Cheek Tint (This is no longer for sale, I received it in a gift set for Christmas a few years back)

Not Another Glossier Review

That’s right, you’re probably thinking ‘not another Glossier blog post.’ But there’s a reason why everyone freakin’ loves this brand and if like me, you love the ‘no makeup, makeup look’ then Glossier will be your new best friend.

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Before Glossier arrived in the UK, I had the chance to visit their Showroom in New York whilst on our honeymoon. The store was such a unique experience, definitely unlike any other store I’d shopped in before. We exited the lift and stepped into a bright, fresh room filled with beauty and skincare products. Staff were bumbling around in boiler suits (pretty baby pink ones might I add) much to my husbands amusement and customers were ticking off their checklists and sampling the products on display.

After watching endless Youtube videos and reviews I’d already made a list of things I’d had my eye on. Though I didn’t purchase everything on my list; I figured I’d get a few bits and see if my sensitive skin agreed with the products first (now I wish I’d bought more because I am obsessed.) I knew Glossier were launching in the UK when we returned so I am yet to place an order and try out some more bits.

I came away with the Glossier Skin Tint in shades Light and Medium (the medium is definitely more my colour) and I have to say I am obsessed with this product!! I find myself reaching for it most days when I have ‘good skin days’. It lightly evens out my skin tone, has a very very sheer finish, blurs any redness I have (which I tend to get on my cheeks) and gives me a nice healthy glow. It does exactly what it claims to do and is now a must have essential in my beauty bag.

I also grabbed their Stretch Concealer in the shade light which is great for hiding whilst brightening my dark under eyes. It’s very hydrating under the eyes and doesn’t settle in to my fine lines which is a definitely a winner for me! I need to grab this in the shade medium to use as a concealer for the rest of my face as the light is just a little too light for anywhere else.

Whilst at the showroom I also picked up 2 of their Cloud Paints in shades Dusk and Beam. These are cream blushers and so easy to blend out with fingers. At the moment I do find myself reaching for Dusk more than Beam but sometimes I mix the two shades together. Dusk is a more pinky/brown shade and Beam is a coral which I will definitely use more of in the Summer months when I have a tan. They’re the perfect everyday subtle cheek colours and they’ll last a while as a small drop goes a long way.

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The final product I had to get my hands on was the Glossier Haloscope in the colour Quartz. This is such a natural looking, creamy highlight which leaves a soft dewy glow on the skin. I reach for this every single day, I will never be without this product now! It’s so lightweight yet buildable and doesn’t look like makeup on the skin. I find the best way to apply this is with dabbing motions on the high points of the face.

Sometimes when there is such a big hype over a new brand or product it can be disappointing if it doesn’t live up to it’s expectations but Glossier certainly didn’t disappoint. Maybe I’m taking the Glossier fan girl a step too far but I seriously think I’m going to get the Glossier Sweater too!

Rumours have been flying about that Glossier may be about to release an eye shadow after they posted an Instagram photo of Queen Bey with a hint in the caption. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled!

Our Wedding Day

Welcome to the best day of my life, 19th October 2017. It was 7.30am and I was waking up to the sun shining through our Park Central Hotel room, with the best city in the world staring back at me. I was in New York and I was getting married in just a few hours. I felt like I was in a dream.

I started getting ready whilst my soon to be husband was collecting my bouquet and the buttonhole from the Florist who kindly made up our flowers with less that 24 hours notice. I honestly can’t recommend them enough, nothing was too much trouble.
When Jonah returned to our room I was over the moon with my flowers. They were exactly what I’d wanted! He had also grabbed us some patisseries and grapes from the deli across the street.



The only tradition we had kept secret was my dress, (does that count when Jonah had to do it up at the back for me without looking? I’ll say yes!) I’d had my eye on a dress online for a while but didn’t want to pay the price tag. With just over a week before we were due to fly out, the dress went into the sale (it must have been a sign!!). Talk about last minute. (I did have a back up dress though in case this dress fell through.) It ticked all the right boxes, I wanted something simple, classy and nothing crazy overpriced so when I saw this dress reduced from £275 to £78 I just had to get it! The embellishment around the neckline is simply stunning and the fit was just perfect!


After revealing my dress, we hailed a yellow cab who took us to the West side entrance of Central Park and we made our way to Wagners Cove.


We arrived a few minutes before our Officiant and Photographer and we were overwhelmed with how beautiful the spot was. Once the Officiant and Photographer arrived our ceremony began; it felt very intimate and relaxed, just what we wanted. Some people had stopped to watch the ceremony, but in that moment, it was just me and my husband. After a few minutes we were pronounced husband and wife, and I don’t think anything could take the big grin off of our faces.


Our photographer then took us to some well known spots within Central Park which were truly breathtaking.



Bow Bridge


Cherry Hill Fountain

Bethesda Terrace (Definitely felt like I was in an episode of Gossip Girl)


We loved that our photographer captured this shot of us throwing leaves as confetti!



Cat Rock


We ended the photo’s at Cat Rock which literally felt like we were stood in front of a backdrop! Totally mind blowing!

After an hour of photo’s (and a few blisters along the way), we hopped onto a pedicab (which I had been begging Jonah to do from the minute we had landed in NYC) which took us to The Loeb Boathouse where we had reservations for our wedding lunch.

We were taken to our seats, where we had a stunning view of the lake. It was the perfect setting for our wedding lunch. People passing were congratulating us. The atmosphere was just surreal.

Within minutes of being seated, the waiter brought over 2 glasses of champagne courtesy of a couple behind us. We were so overwhelmed by their kindness. Such a lovely gesture really made our day that extra bit special. We enjoyed a 3 course meal, which I have to say was probably one of the nicest meals I’ve ever had. (For someone who hates fish, I had crab cakes for starter and they were delicious!)
After eating our body weight in scrumptious food we asked for the bill, only for the waiter to inform us that another couple in the restaurant who wished to remain anonymous had paid for our meal. They had left just before we ordered dessert so the waiter didn’t want to assume they were paying for that so they gave us the dessert on the house. He then handed us this note from the couple. We were so overwhelmed by the kindness of others, we had tears in our eyes.


Still to this day we have no idea who these people were but it really made our wedding day even more memorable and we will be forever thankful. If for some crazy coincidence the couple who bought our lunch ever read this, you have no idea how much that meant to us and we thank you with all our heart. It is clear that there are still some genuinely incredible people in this world.

After a few hours of relaxing back at the hotel, we freshened up and headed to Rainbow Rooms at the Rockefeller where we spent the evening enjoying cocktails with the most spectacular view of New York City.

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After a few too many, we made our way back to our hotel room where we stopped by Ray’s and picked up one large cheese pizza just for us.

Whenever I imagined or dreamt of my wedding day, I never thought I’d be in New York eating a Ray’s Pizza on the night of my wedding but I wouldn’t change it for the world.


How to elope in New York City

On October 19th 2017, my husband and I said ‘I DO’ in New York City. Since then, a number of people have asked us how we did it so I thought I would compile all the information and create a guide which will hopefully help others who may want to elope!


Firstly, decide if you want to marry at City Hall or get an officiant who can marry you anywhere you like.

We chose an Officiant to marry us  who was recommended to us by our photographer.

We booked our Photographer who we found after an extensive Google search. Finding a photographer we liked was probably the most tricky part of all as I had a particular style in mind and as you can imagine New York City has thousands of photographers to choose from. As soon as I came across Nicki’s page I loved her work and got in touch. Nicki was absolutely fantastic from the beginning and throughout; she gave us a list of contacts from officiants she had worked with to florists and hair stylists. Not to mention we had our wedding photo’s back after 2 weeks of getting married and we are over the moon with them! Nicki kindly acted as our witness (we only needed one witness).

Note – You can book a photographer whenever you like, we did this at the same time as booking our officiant to make sure they both had our date and time available.

Once you have found an officiant to marry you, you will need to apply for a marriage license.

We applied for our marriage license a week before travelling to America to save time when we arrived (application can be found here). The marriage license expires after 21 days so don’t apply too far in advance. Applying for the license is free of charge and takes not even 5 minutes to fill in. The application is simple and asks questions such as parents names, places of birth, any previous marriages etc. Upon completion, you will be given a confirmation number to print out and take with you to the City Clerks Office where you will finalize your application in person.

To do this you must both attend the City Clerks Office together. Here you will go through security to reach an information desk where you will be given a form to fill in along with a ticket. Fill in the form, wait for your ticket number to be called and present the application to a clerk alongside your ID (for us, this was our passports as we are overseas visitors). You must then pay $35 via Credit Card or Money Order, payable to the City Clerk. You will then receive your marriage license, wahoo!!! Once you have your marriage license, you must wait 24 hours before you can get married.

This process took us 15 minutes on a Tuesday morning.

We got married at Wagners Cove, Central Park on October 19th 2017, just the two of us and it truly was the most magical day of our lives.


We needed to obtain an Extended Certificate to ensure our marriage was legal in the UK. To do this, go back to the City Clerks office with your Short Certificate which you would have been given on your wedding day, along with both your ID. At reception, ask for an Extended Certificate Request Form and take this to the Records Room which is directly opposite the reception desk. You will be given a ticket number again, wait for your number to be called and your paperwork will be checked. You must then pay another $35 via credit card/money order and your Extended Certificate will be issued.

This process took us approx 30 mins on a Thursday afternoon. You can apply for the Extended Certificate as soon as you are married.

Head over the road to the County Clerks Office which is located in the Supreme Court Building, 60 Centre St, New York, NY 10007. Go through security and take the lift down to Room 141-B in the Basement. Get the certificate signed at the Notary Public Desk for $3 Cash only.

This process took us 5 minutes on a Friday morning at time of opening. We even got there 15mins too early so grabbed a Starbucks and sat on a bench opposite admiring the beautiful buildings.
Note – Our camera was temporarily confiscated after going through metal detectors.

Take your signed Extended Certificate to the Department of State Apostille, 123 William Street, New York, NY 10038. Here you will get an Apostille to authenticate the document. This costs $1 Money Order ONLY. Getting a money order is quick and easy. We used a 7-ELEVEN on 111 John Street, New York, NY, 10038.

You can get a money order from most pharmacies and 7-ELEVEN stores, we chose the one above as this was round the corner.

This process took us 15 minutes on a Friday morning.
Please note – the address given to us on our instructions from City Hall instructed us to go to the New York State Department of State which is next door to the actual building you need.

You may find you have to queue longer in each building if you choose to go at busier times of the day i.e. a Friday afternoon.
If you have been previously divorced you will need a decree absolute as part of your documentation.

The whole process for us was very quick and simple and I can’t recommend it enough. We had our wedding and honeymoon in one of the most amazing cities in the world, what could be more perfect?


Please bear in mind that all of the above information is a personal guide and as far as I am aware this guidance is still current on today’s date 18.01.18. However, please be sure to check all official information both in the UK and the State of New York.