Mid-week fashion fest alert peeps!! Charlotte got all hot and bothered when she found out that Kuofi, this mornings bride had Sergio Rossi clad tootsies for her big day marrying her beau Matthew. I was all like “what’s this Sergio Rossi fellah?” (said in a mockney accent) and I think I nearly got the sack there and then. Our groom wore Gucci. Phew… I’ve heard of them.
Anyway, once I looked though all the glorious images by Kathryn Edwards The Sergio Rossi fascination started to make sense… In short, the fashion on dispay here is SPECIAL. Shout-out-loud special. The Olde Bell in Hurley did not know what hit it back in October 2012.
Vintage Meets Modern
Kuofi The Bride: The dress was from an Australia designer called Collette Dinnigan.
As I work in the fashion industry, I have always been inspired by vintage looks mixed with modern design. Initially I was hoping to get a vintage wedding dress that was in the 60’s era, but the styles I found were not as I imagined. Then the power of google brought me to Collette’s bridal collection, I booked an appointment and tried this dress on – I knew it was it. LOVE the lace and the slim elegant style.
A Matching Band
I wear hair bands a lot usually, and I wanted to have band on the special day too so I was super pleased to find Jennifer Behr‘s work matched my gown. The hair band again is very simple from Jennifer Behr, this perfectly matched the vintage earrings from my mother.
I wore classic satin nude/dusty rose colour Sergio Rossi peep toe wedge heels. They were an impulse buy and I instinctively knew they would be great to give a vintage yet modern feel.
I always wanted a very natural look for my wedding day with a classic 60’s hair do, the look was inspired by Betty Draper in Mad Men and the Louis Vuitton campaign etc, Sarah at Thorne Brides knew exactly how I wanted and she made me feel so pretty and natural on the day.
Peony is my favourite flower, but since the wedding was in October it was too difficult and out of budget to get them so my amazing bridal florist Janine from Green Parlour used a lot of David Austins to create the vintage shabby chic look for me, the smell was so so gorgeous! LOVE the purple flowers mixed with the dusty pink and ivory David Austins.
We didn’t have any colour scheme for the wedding, the dress attire was based on my inspiration – vintage, modern, 60’s, elegant, rustic chic.
We bought the attire for our ushers and bridesmaids as a part of the thank you presents. The Groomsmen were in navy suits from Zara with black bow ties and the maids wore black floor length dresses from twobirds bridesmaid. We wanted them to be able to keep their dresses and suits for future occasions and I thought it would be good to have black and navy colours mixed in with an English country cottage wedding.
Our cutie flower girl was in a pretty little Zara dress, again, I wanted her to look very natural and not in over-the-top children’s wedding outfit.
A Gucci Guy
My lovely husband was in his sharp fitted Gucci suit in grey, he always wanted to have a classic English look and he chose his suit with my help, I thought grey would go well with ushers’ navy suits so that was perfect.
Rock My wedding
We had the amazing Kathryn Edwards as our photographer and we were so so so happy. We found her through my favourite wedding site – Rock My Wedding on their Love Lust List wedding directory and we contacted her immediately.
After a quick meeting with Kathryn we reviewed her portfolio We fell in love with her style and we knew she was the one, especially after our super fun pre wedding shoot, we knew the wedding pictures would be simply beautiful.
Shut the Box
We chose Shutterbox Films to do our videography. We were so, so pleased to find Lee & Dawn, because we wanted to keep our special day recorded but did not want a cheesy wedding film. After looking at clips of their work, we knew they would be the best and the way they edit films made the wedding look so beautiful, I melt!
A Cake Classic
We had our cake queen Ms Olivia Zampi who made amazing cakes for celebrities birthdays, we were so happy she could make a simple English Victoria Sponge for us. Since we chose an English country cottage wedding with all the vintage touches, we thought the cake had to be a simple classic Victoria Sponge.
Simple & Fun
We had pretty fun but simple entertainment, no band as we had my sister playing piano for us throughout the day and in the evening we had Mark at Mighty Fine, the in house DJ from the Olde Bell.
My sister, one of the bridesmaids, played piano for us during guests arrival and during ceremony, it was so special to have her playing the songs we knew when we were little.
Our first dabce was to Let There Be Love by Nat King Cole – we both like Jazz a lot and this song was just made us want to dance.
Our Top 12
We had CDs & personalised napkins as wedding favours. The CDs were all our own DIY, we chose our top 12 favourite songs which meant something for us and burned them to discs then we made the CD jackets ourselves with all personalised artwork and wrapped evertyhing in twine.
We wanted guests to play games and mingle before the dinner and incorporated this into the seating plan and arrangements. As I am originally from Taiwan, I had all our Italian linen napkins embroidered with each guest’s name in Chinese phonetically. We had table place cards in English so our guests were still were able to find where to sit. The napkins were favours for them to take away after the dinner.
Natural & True
We feel our wedding was special is because it was totally us, it was intimate (65 guests), cosy and we didn’t pretend to be anythign we aren’t. It looked so simple but it took a lot of effort to organise our wedding.
My little advice to the bride-to-be is to imagine how you would like your big day to be, but be as natural and true to yourselves as a couple. Your wedding will be naturally beautiful and not contrived. Check all the websites and perhaps like I did – add Rock My Wedding to your favouritea and check daily for inspirations.
Dress: Collette Dinnigan
Venue: The Olde Bell
Shoes: Sergio Rossi
Hair band: Jennifer Behr
Florals: Green Parlour
Photography: Kathryn Edwards
Maids: twobirds bridesmaid
Cake The Bakery Lounge
Videography: Shutterbox Films
DJ: Mighty Fine
Yeah, what can I say… I think you should all take Kuofi’s advice and add RMW to your favourites RIGHT NOW!
Hope you enjoyed this visual feast, with more labels than you can shake a designer stick at. I Really loved the way Kuofi and Michael mixed high fashion with some realy nice home made DIY touches, and it is always super special to see a Rock My wedding readers big day celebrated on the blog.