Rosie and Ben married in September 2012 in the South of France near Thermes Magnoac.
She wore a simple yet detailed gown and he opted for traditional tails. The sun shone down as the guests listened to what has to be the coolest looking band ever…
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Rosie The Bride: I loved the wedding dress in The Time Traveler’s Wife, so I gasped when I tried my Lea-Ann Belter dress on. Although the one in the film may have had more layers I was thrilled with my dress.
Pearls And Roses
I found it really difficult to find a hairband that wasn’t covered in diamantes. I wanted something softer, more gentle to match my dress. I ended up having one bespokely made with pearls and small roses. I also wore my Grandma’s antique watch.
I bought some nude wedges from Russell and Bromley. Having an outdoor wedding I thought wedges would be the sensible option to avoid any sinking in the grass. They are the most comfortable heels I have ever worn! I didn’t even have to change out of them on the evening.
The aim for my hair was to have gentle cascading waves but I seemed to end up super curly. As the day went on it dropped some which looked lovely and almost like two different looks!
Choosing my flowers was more of a pointing exercise as my flower choosing French is not the best! My florist did a great job with the bouques and table centres and needed no instruction. My bouquet was cream roses and lizianthas. The bridesmaids had yellow and bizarre blue roses with Gipsophiilia. The buttonholes were cream roses. For the church flowers and marquee flowers Ben’s mother grew hundreds of yellow, white and blue flowers in the garden especially for the occasion which my mother and our army of brilliant helpers arranged in copper urns and little hanging buckets the day before.
The outfits for the groomsmen were largely bought and all tied in with colour scheme. My bridesmaids wore beautiful full length blue strapless gowns which looked amazing next to the flowers. They wore their hair in lose side twists and a single white rose for decoration.
Good Looking People
We chose Emilie from looking at her previous back catalogue. Not only does she capture the moments and light perfectly, but everyone seemed to appear very good looking in her photos so we hoped for the same! She really managed to capture the relaxed feel of our wedding and we love the images of our guests enjoying themselves.
A Grand Entrance
For the cake, we went the traditional French route of croqumbouche. Lots of profiteroles with chocolate, coffee and custard cream fillings, layered in a thick caramel crust. It got a grand entrance on the evening with massive sparklers and to the music of “Rise of the Valkeryie”!
Entertainment during the day consisted of various garden games like croquet and boules. A firm favourite was Viking which involves throwing wooden blocks at other wooden blocks! Incredibly fun. At night we got the band we’d met on a ski trip to Val d’Isere – The Cheerleaders. Both there and at the wedding, everyone went nuts for them (and wanted to leave their husbands for them!).
Our first dance/sway was to Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Shine. Perfect combination of nice slow music and beautiful lyrics, as well as the right amount of cheese.
Bunting Bunting Bunting
When considering the decor the main focus was that it should work for an outdoor wedding. We chose navy blue, light blue, yellow and cream as our colour theme. Bunting was a big feature. 300m of bunting was handmade and according to the colour theme, plus additional lace bunting that hung down the drive. We had pom poms and fairy lights in the marquee and lanterns everywhere which set a wonderful atmosphere when the sun went down.
Now THAT is a cake! And cutest bride in a sailors hat award goes to Rosie.
I love a blue wedding and the combination of different hues of blue have worked a treat when decorating their venue and the 300 meters of handmade bunting looked spectacular draped from the old oak tree.
Also, excellent tip on getting wedges if you’re to be an outdoor bride! Make sure you check out the gallery, there’s a cheeky bum squeeze photo and starry starry night gorgeousness.
Any body else planning an outdoors wedding this year?