Category Archives: Plan & Prep
If you read our vlogging post earlier this week then you’ll already know that I’m an interior infatuated, art loving, frustrated florist. You’ll also be aware that I’m obsessed with all things paper. Be it a gorgeous print, exquisite handwritten type or the sweetest suite of personalised stationery you can guarantee that I’ll be hooked or it will be pinned to within an inch of its life on my Pinterest boards. (Incidentally you can follow me here if you’re interested in seeing what’s caught my eye this week.)
Ever since I first entered the wedding world (some time ago now folks) I’ve adored, lusted after and admired in equal parts the work of Abigail Warner.
To say she’s a perfect paper genius would be an understatement.
Abbey is the woman (actual guru!) behind the luxury paper goods company Abigail Warner creating beautiful designs for weddings, businesses and paper obssessed folk such as myself.
From designing and selling greetings cards in illustrious boutiques such as Selfridges and Paperchase the world over, to her latest venture – an interiors project with fashion and textile designer, Pearl Lowe – Abbey continues to push the boundaries of the stationery world.
And so today lovelies, we have a real treat for you; we’ve managed to persuade the lovely Abbey to down tools for a few wee hours to answer all of your stationery conundrums and perhaps suggest some solutions to your paper related woes.
Perhaps you’re having difficulty with a certain turn of phrase within your invites or you need some guidance about how to start the process of commissioning a bespoke stationery suite.… View the full post.
Morning you gorgeous lot you…today as you are reading this I shall be on my way to the wedding “weekend” of some of our very good friends Lisa and Will. I am so excited I haven’t been able to sleep for a week….and the event is truly turning into a genuine a right old “Rock My Wedding” affair with RMW sponsors Anna Clarke and Simon Clarke capturing everything on camera and film, Mr O’Shea donning his fancy usher suit and our very own Adam Crohill second shooting…….Yours truly is even assisting with the blooms.
I’ll be posting a few sneak peeks on instagram (Charlotte O’Shea) if you want to keep updated!
Now then, just as I can remember from my own experience the amount of time and effort it takes to plan a big day (yes even a relatively small, intimate affair like my own) I have been very recently reminded having been involved in only a teeny tiny part of Lisa’s decor and logistical dilemmas.
As a result I thought it would be a good idea to perhaps incorporate some general wedding planning advice and tips in our Ask The Experts column courtesy of luxury event organisers Hawke and Hughes.
Launched in early 2012 by , luxury wedding & event design company Hawke & Hughes creates beautiful, bespoke and elegant weddings throughout the UK taking inspiration for its event design from the world of high-end fashion bringing a distinctive, cutting-edge look to every occasion.
Schooled by the renowned Niemierko Wedding Academy, Hawke & Hughes’ founders Emma Zamani-Hawke and Sam Hughes both have formal event planning expertise and an enviable black-book of industry contacts.… View the full post.
One of the things I love most about London are the fresh flower stalls scattered seemingly everywhere in the city. As we move into Spring for me it’s all about the daffodils and the tulips – The O’Shea abode is full of them right now.
Marlon and Danielle chose the Columbia Road flower market for their engagement shoot…which is basically my idea of heaven. Not only is this a lovely love story but Danielle also shares her wedding plans which frankly sound AMAZING….
A glitter ball? Not one but TWO designer bridal gowns? I think I may need a lie down.
And as a couple they are so freakin’ cute…..loving Marlon’s tweedy flat cap.
I have also just begun a personal mission to find a stylish sheepskin cape type coat with hood as per Danielle’s outerwear of choice – please point me in the right direction should you be aware of an establishment that sells such fashion awesomeness.
Danielle:Marlon and I met about 6 years ago when we were both working for Ozwald Boateng on Savile Row. Marlon was Ozwald’s bespoke manager and I was Ozwald’s PA – we then got together about 18 months later once Marlon had left. We have been together for nearly 5 years and have lived together for 4 years on Hackney Road which is parallel to Columbia Road and the location of our engagment shoot.
Columbia Road is very special to us as we and our group of friends in the area have spent many happy Sunday’s there together, in both the flower market and the pubs in the area.… View the full post.
This year I’ve had the pleasure of attending two friend’s “winter” weddings, styled and planned around the inevitability that it will be chilly, the very real possibility it will rain…and hell, based on recent years maybe even snow.
As a bride there is some comfort in the inevitable I think, I know when I was planning my own end-of-May day it was very much a case of making a lot of plan B’s should Mother Nature decide to not bless us with blue skies and sunshine.
To get the best of both worlds then I guess you could aim for both, a secret ceremony in Sydney Australia and the opportunity to experience re-living some of those intimate moments in the frosty folds of the Peak District.
This is exactly what RMW reader Sophie and her husband Matt did last year, and as you know – I love something W-day that’s a bit unusual, especially when paired with a beautifully written account.
And this folks is beautifully written.
Besides, who can resist a bride in mittens?! Seriously, these should be the new accessory du jour.
And for all of you October through February brides out there, I have some wee questions at the end of this post that I wouldn’t mind you dropping me a response on in the comments section when you have a minute.
Sophie The Bride: When Matt and I decided to get married we knew from the start that we wanted something relaxed, intimate and fun. We also had a serious case of itchy feet, so when we were finally able to take a month off to fulfill our long-held dream of travelling around Australia we decided to combine the trip with a small and very secret wedding.… View the full post.
Morning lovelies, are any of you not choosing to get wed in the UK?
Dreaming of sunshine on your chiffon layers and the sand underneath your (perfectly pedicured) bridal toes?
Well if you are then I’m sure you must have some queries on how to go about it, which is ever so handy as Love Lust List member and Caribbean Wedding Designer, Michelle Pierre-Carr from Pierre Carr Wedding & Event Design is sharing her top tips on creating an immense destination wedding.
Michelle will also be on hand all morning to offer all sorts of tips and tricks so please do drop your destination W-day related questions in the comments box below.
Michelle Pierre-Carr: With a large majority of couples now paying for their own weddings, the decision to get married somewhere exotic with a smaller gathering of close friends and family now means that destination weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years. According to Mintel, one in six (that’s 16% of British weddings) now take place abroad. That equates to an estimated 51,300 overseas weddings, a massive 43% increase since 2003.
By combining great weather with high standards of service, a destination wedding has become increasingly more appealing for many UK couples. However, whilst many brides dream of a wedding abroad, there are a number of reasons why many back out. So if you are a bride (or groom for that matter) who loves the idea of an overseas wedding but is concerned about possible limitations, here’s my top tips on how to not only make a destination wedding possible, but turn it into a once-in-a-lifetime experience.… View the full post.