The Gift of Being Present: Christmas and Holiday Wishes 2019

It most certainly has been a year.

Sharing more of your joy, your love stories, more memories and more championing for diversity in the wedding industry and 2019 will see the introduction of Nu Bride The Wedding Show and I for one, can’t wait!

Of course a personal highlight for me that cannot be topped is having the pleasure and privilege of being invited to attend the wedding of the Duchess and Duke of Sussex (Harry and Meghan) at Windsor Castle as press for the BBC was quite a career highlight. Overwhelming and exiting in equal measure and of course taking part in this documentary for  Sky News about Race, weddings and Harry and Meghan. It’s been quite a year. (You can catch up on some of my TV coverage here, here and here!)

Dressed with a little help from my wedding industry friends – Wearing a bespoke dress and jacket made especially for the wedding by Olga Anderson, accessories by by Lola and Alice  and a stunning hat by superb milliner Beverley Edmondson 

Even though Christmas is one of my most favourite times of the year, this year it feels different. It feels bitter-sweet. We recently lost someone Dear to me and my family just a few days ago, so it is a stark reminder of how the future is not promised to any of us.

If Christmas and the holiday season is painful reminder for you, of those who you cannot be with, or those who are no longer here. I see you and I am sending much love.

With planning a wedding it can be easy to countdown to the number of days left, but I beg you, be present.

If you are outsourcing your happiness to the future, (I’ll be happy when X. I’ll do this when X) Please stop.

From today, please intentionally carve time out for yourself and the people in your life who matter. Live now. Enjoy the journey to your wedding day (or whatever life event or adventure you are counting the days down), don’t wish it away. Be present . Even if you are not where you want to be – even if you feel you do not have the means, even if you are hurting, even if you are depleted. Live now. Reach out, make time, take a risk, take a break, seek help, stop tolerating nonsense, but take action. Whatever you need to do to live fully and be present. Do it. Stop outsourcing your happiness to the future. It’s not promised to any of us.

I want to share this beautiful video shared with me by my colleagues at Refinery29 as part of their World Wide Wed Series. Here’s to celebrating life, fully.

Thank you for sharing this corner of the internet with me.

Sending you all much love, some rest and quality time with the people in your life who matter. Here’s to 2019. Looking forward to sharing more of your love stories and getting up to mischief with you in 2019.

Nova x

The Talent

Header image: Styling by La Fete and Photography by: Megan Elle

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One Response to “The Gift of Being Present: Christmas and Holiday Wishes 2019”

  1. Heather
    January 1, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

    Dear Nova, I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We lost my father in law a few years ago and the holidays are a bitter sweet reminder of wonderful memories but also not having him here with us. Thank you for taking the time in your grief to remind us all to be present now & appreciate every moment. In solidarity, Heather
    P.S. your accomplishments in 2018 & the joy and passion with which you pursue your work & life are an inspiration to us all.

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