Category Archives: Rustic Romance
As soon as I read Iola’s musings about the sea mending the soul I was hooked. It was almost as if she was reading my mind and I instantly felt a connection even though we’d never met.
And then I cast my peepers over her glorious wedding; my jaw dropped and remained open for the entire time that I looked through her big day photographs. Because lovelies they’re beautiful. Full of love, laughter, passion and soul.
There’s oodles of DIY and amazing wedding decor – just check out the stationery and wedding favours – immense hair and florals, actual dancefloor rules, a monster of a wedding cake and genius centrepieces.
And have I mentioned just how beautiful Iola is? She and Steve are made for one another…
Iola The Bride: We both live for the beach, it’s where we’re happiest and love the way it mends the soul after life’s stresses. Steve proposed at Kynance Cove, the most beautiful beach in Cornwall and there was only one main criteria for our wedding venue – to be able to see the sea. Boy, did we get lucky on that one! We originally wanted a yurt, high on a headland but we kept looking at Tunnels Beaches and wondering whether this was in fact our yurt/headland reality.
So on a rainy September day, weirdly exactly a year before our wedding date (and yep, it was raining!), we stepped out of the tunnel, and were blown away by what was in front of us.… View the full post.
Victoria and Richard live in Northern Ireland but decided to make the trip across to Scotland so that they could be married in Inverness, the place they had first met seven years previously.
Embracing the great Scottish outdoors Victoria opted for an outside ceremony and they celebrated their nuptials with a back garden replica of the Highland games. If you have never seen a bride tossing the caber before then this just might be your lucky day. Beautiful Alan Hannah dress, super scottish kilts and a record player… There is something here for everyone.
Victoria The Bride: We both live in Northern Ireland but I (Victoria) wanted to get married in my home country and Richard was up for it so we made the journey to Inverness in Scotland – which is where we both met originally 7 years ago. Bunchrew House is in a stunning location on the banks of the Beauly Firth and we knew that we wanted a venue that was exclusive to us so took the hotel for two nights and made it our own – kind of like the ultimate house party. The staff were incredible at Bunchrew and couldn’t do enough to help us. Really couldn’t have asked for a kinder more helpful bunch of people.
I wanted to go for a really natural and relaxed look for my hair and makeup on the day. I didn’t want to look completely different so kept my usual curls but styled them up with my blue feather hairpiece all the way from Australia.… View the full post.
They say you should never have any regrets…and I very rarely do, especially when it comes to W-day. I see so many beautiful things on literally an hourly basis that it would be fairly easy to “wish I’d thought of that” or planned certain aspects differently “had I only known this” etc etc
The thing is, in reality, I wouldn’t change a thing….because then it wouldn’t have been my day, and if that was the case then Rock My Wedding possibly wouldn’t be here at all.
Can you imagine?!
However, there is one thing I would change. And that would have been the fact I would’ve worn blue. I was always going too – my Mum wore blue for her big day, it’s my favourite colour, it’s the colour that suits me the most…so why wear ivory?
I guess just like a million other brides out there, sometimes you just conform, regardless of that slightly disconcerting niggling feeling that you are making the wrong decision.
Today’s bride Liz wore what I consider the perfect shade – a super flattering blue/silver with an equally stunning feather-inspired statement headpiece. I love this gown. I also love the scaffolding, the Hong Kong influences and the immense dancing imagery.
Liz The Bride: Our big day was on Friday 1st June 2012. We are called Liz & Ozzy. The spectacular ceremony venue was Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire and the reception was in tipi’s in the garden at my Mum’s house in Barnt Green, Worcestershire.… View the full post.
Julie’s hair is immense. A half up, half down beehive. It looks incredible, I am more than a little jealous.
With a grey colour pallette and subtle accents of yellow – the shoes are so cute – this wedding is so fresh and inviting.
It brings you awesome wedding transport, a delicate daffodil within a beautiful bouquet and a ruddy lovely story of a joyous wedding planning experience. Oh, and there is a bit of butt grabbing…we all know how I feel about this. Such a super in love couple! Julie also gives you a great list of suppliers that she worked with to make her wedding dreams come true.
So, without further ado…
A Fairytale Venue
Julie The Bride:I did some research on the internet and made a shortlist of possible venues. The first venue we looked at was Sandhole Oak Barn and it was just beautiful. A wedding barn on a farm…overlooking a lake! The barn itself was huge with so much light and stunning views. It was simply perfect for our rustic country wedding. It felt as though we were miles from nowhere, so peaceful apart from the geese on the lake! The venue was completely exclusive which is exactly what we wanted and another big plus for us was having accommodation on site for guests to stumble back to after the party!
18 B&B rooms and a gorgeous bridal cottage, with breakfast served in the farm house over looking the lake- we knew we wanted to spend time with our guests the morning after the wedding.… View the full post.
This is rustic…but done a little differently. Karla and Pat married at Stokbridge Farm in Sherborn, Dorset. It was the first venue Karla looked at and it ticked all the boxes. She wanted something magically rustic and she got it.
There are so many sweet details and I love the seating plan and cute lavender favours.
Karla tells the story better than me…so here goes…
Karla The Bride: I saw one of Patrick’s friends get married in a blue sequin dress and knew at that moment that I didn’t want to wear white. I decided that I wanted a timeless look reminiscent of 1940′s Hollywood glamour. I have a pear shape and wanted a dress that hugged my hips and made me look like Jessica Rabbit! My dress was the Winter Kate Limited Edition Nicole Dress in Pink, designed by Nicole Richie. I got it for a quarter of the price on Outnet.com. It was a dusty rose colour with tailored paneling. A distinctive feature was the fishtail. I wanted my dress to be catwalk moment.
A Little Lace
I wore a lace cover from Etsy. I wanted something white for the ceremony. I had a quicksand dusty pink rose in my hair. I’m half Latin-American so I wanted to have a slightly Hispanic look. I wore a third generation Rose gold bangle, my mum’s pearl earring and a necklace my dad gave me.
Are you hungry? If you’re not I promise you will be by the time you have finished with this wedding. Seriously. The levels of food immensity have reached new peaks with Ali and Cams ‘Love Feast’.
They both poured so much of themselves into their day and the results are spectacular.
There’s not much else for me to say. I’ll let Ali do the talking.
So Much Pressure
Ali The Bride:I really didn’t enjoy the whole dress shopping experience. I just felt so much pressure to find ‘the one!’ along with the additional pressure of shop owners telling me I had to order before Christmas if I wanted it ready for June.
Early on in my search I’d tried on a dress of a similar style to my final choice and it just stuck in my head. As it was literally the first dress I tried on I felt compelled to keep searching but throughout the process I kept coming back to that style. Eventually I found the one in a little shop down in South London called London Brides by designer Winston near to where I was born and near to a ‘proper’ Pie & Mash shop which my family had been visiting for generations. I did have a little wobbly during my first fitting and wasn’t 100% sure I’d made the right choice although once the alterations had been made it fit like a glove and I felt amazing in it.
I didn’t think that I wanted a veil until they made me try one on with my dress.… View the full post.