Category Archives: Contemporary Cool
Loving Maddy and Luke’s choice of first dance… And I’m sure Grandma didn’t read too much into the lyrics
This wedding looks like so much fun, and despite a few elements that didn’t quite go to plan, Maddy easily proclaims it as the best day of her life.
Home From Home
We fell in love with the Crab and Lobster the moment we set foot in the front door – it had just the right balance between wedding venue and home from home. It’s so unique and the extra luxury of the manor house meant that we could spend the whole weekend with the people we love the most. We did have to find another venue to accommodate the 65 guests for the ceremony and, after days of looking, we found Bedern Hall hidden away in the centre of York. We loved it’s chapel-ish feel and the two venues gave us a good excuse to hire a vintage bus for the guests and my dream car (Nissan Figaro) to get back to the Crab and Lobster!
3 Minute Routine
I am not a big make up wearer – I tend to just throw it on in the same 3 minute routine everyday, so I wanted to look like ‘me’ (but extra amazing). A friend of mine Rachel Furr did me a perfect set of eyelashes and oyster pink Gelish nails and I found Hayley through a friend to do my hair.
If you have entered our Winter Pinterest competition then you may recognise Jo’s stunning headpiece and over-sized bun, we made sure this luscious image was on our very own board.
As well as covetable accessories and perfect locks (where does one purchase such an incredible hair donut?!…) there are also a pair of pretty pink Kate Spade shoes, a dreamy Jesus Peiro gown and some of the most elegant table decor I’ve seen in a while.
I love candelabras. I love a timeless muted colour palette. And I love it when a bride chooses to throw in some uber glamorous yet slightly unexpected pieces into the mix such as a bright blue glittery Anya Hindmarch clutch bag.
All To Ourselves
Babington House is a private member country club and part of the Soho House group. This meant having the entire house and beautiful grounds all to ourselves on the wedding day! On top of that Somerset is a lovely part of the countryside not far from London so it was ideal for anyone travelling to and from the wedding.
There is also a “Cowshed”-brand spa and every single room inside Babington House is simply gorgeous. It wasn’t a hard decision to make.
I wore my hair in a massive bun on the top of my head going for a sleek yet classic look. I had found the biggest hair donut ever which worked out perfectly and used my nan’s brooch in the middle as my something old.
Pop Of Pink
Simon and Sarah’s intimate and effortlessly cool big day is definitely one of my favourite weddings of 2013 and it’s not just because their ridiculously cute cat makes an appearance in it. Yes folks, I am a huge cat lover…but I digress.
Perhaps it’s because Simon and Sarah very nearly didn’t get married – I’ll let Sarah tell you the story in more detail in a mo – perhaps it’s the deep love and affection that these two have for each other. You can see it in their decision to get ready together on the morning of their wedding, in their smiling faces as they read through their vows in their taxi on the way to the ceremony and in their life-affirming kiss when they’re announced husband and wife.
Actually that kiss is definitely the best kiss I’ve seen on these pages all year.
There are braces and bow ties, a chic urban venue, beautiful flowers and a brass band! And then there’s a whole heap of love and laughter on top.
A Long Engagement
Sarah The Bride: Well to start with, I have to confess that we very nearly didn’t get married. Or at least we very nearly didn’t have a proper wedding. We’ve been together for ages (for twelve years to be precise), so we didn’t really feel the need to get married. Simon proposed after seven years because he wanted to make a grand gesture about his intent to spend the rest of his life with me.… View the full post.
Welcome to Festive Holiday week on RMW!! Now, on the surface of it, Kathryn and Greg’s Liverpool wedding in an old industrial warehouse may not seem that Christmassy to you…but bare with me on this one.
Christmas is about spending time with those you love most? Well, Kathryn and Greg’s massive wedding party and family filled affair definitely ticks that box.
Christmas is about over indulging in delicious food? Wait until you read about the picnic themed menu and see the GIANT tumbling tower of chocolate brownies. Yes, that’s right. A giant tumbling tower of brownies.
At Christmas time we also like to put on our best frocks and raise the glamour stakes on the make up, yes? Well Kathryn’s cute 50s style gown and stunning make up are most definitely occasion worthy.
And finally, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a roaring log fire. Well, ladies and gentlemen, Kathryn and Greg provide fire breathing aerial artists to keep you toasty warm.
Ready??? I’ll pass you over to Kathryn.
Freedom To Be Creative
Kathryn The Bride: Camp and Furnace on Greenland Street in Liverpool was the second venue we visited and we just loved it straight away. It’s got such a lovely feel about it, really warm and cosy when the furnace is lit. It has the most amazing space and the food is fantastic.
The style and the freedom to make unique it were big selling points and the late bar of course!
Make Up Of Make Up Artists
Richard and Marta had an effortlessly cool wedding that had quirky touches and a very personal vibe. The day was all about sharing, loving and being together. An ethos that the pair stood from the very start as they decided not to uphold the traditions of being apart until the ceremony, instead opting to get ready together – sharing every single moment of their wedding day.
Creative & Quirky
Aynhoe Park. Its the first venue we visited, so that didn’t help when we absolutely fell in love with it. It’s the most creative, crazy, quirky place you can imagine. Filled with taxidermy, amazing pieces of art and a great atmosphere.
After visiting a few others, we couldn’t take Aynhoe Park out of our minds, we just knew this would fit our style and our party, so we went for it.
I’m not really a girly girl, so I just booked a hairdresser & makeup artist through the location. I Didn’t do any trials and I didn’t have a brief other than: not too much. I didnt want to have my hair up, so I just asked on the day for something pretty.
I wore my usual perfume and got my nails done the day before at the spa at Aynhoe Park. I Went for a flashy pink on the toes and a regular bridal colour for the hands.
Simple Yet Stylish
It’s been a while since we shared a chic and contemporary city wedding on the blog but lovelies have we got a treat in store for you this morning. Rachael and Joe’s big day is the epitome of urban cool despite it taking place in the summer heat earlier this year.
There are dapper men in tailored suits, some of the photos of which are possibly my favourite ‘men getting ready’ photos ever to appear on the blog. There are also coral clad maids, a super simple and oh so elegant wedding dress and TWO pairs of wedding shoes.
Oh and there’s the epic walk down the streets of London and the short tube ride that Rachael and her maids took to the wedding ceremony at Swiss Church. I can only imagine that the anticipation of the journey and all of the well-wishers’ words of congratulations would have been truly immense.
And when you thought it couldn’t get any better, there’s a Ceilidh dance organised by Joe’s parents no less. I so would have loved to have been a guest at this wedding.
Come on, let’s take a look.
Rachael The Bride: Our wedding took place at the Swiss Church in London on August 3rd 2013. We decided against a religious ceremony and instead chose a Humanist celebrant, which resulted in a ceremony which we feel was really and truly a reflection of us. Our celebrant, Rupert Morris was the most warm and creative writer who constructed a wonderful ceremony based on the many conversations we had with him in the process of preparing for the wedding.… View the full post.