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Rebecca & Dave…The Best Day EVER! (part 2)

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Afternoon lovelies! Thank you SO much for the love yesterday on part one of RMW Real Bride Rebecca and Dave’s wedding.

I know you’re all more-than-ready to see the photo booth, LOVE lights, feathers and The Watling Street Band, so let’s just dive straight in.

We left our lovely pair just as they arrived at The Gatsby

Traditional Church Wedding Of Rock My Wedding Real Bride Rebecca With Bird Cage Veil And Ellis Brides Gown Rolls Royce For Wedding Car And Fabric Flowers For Bouquets And Buttonholes With Groom And Groomsmen In Grey Suits From Debenhams 1

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The Perfect Design…..part 2

Well then.

Where do I begin?

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many times I pour over a W-day submission there are always lovely new things amongst the images I have missed and Katie and Harley’s Big Day may just be the greatest example yet. Even after completing the templates, editing, editing some more……there were still so many gorgeous decor surprises that I couldn’t stop looking.

A bicycle decorated with bunting, a retro radio, old cinema tickets, the prettiest ( and most unique) table plan, a chintzy lampshade, a step ladder laden with blooms…….the list is endless.

The Bride and Groom, wedding planner Lauren at Florence Blue and photographer Lee Robbins created what is a definitely a W-day with the Wow factor.

Enjoy Lovelies.

Journey’s And Jazz

We had a big red london bus to take guests from the museum which started the entertainment off. We had a fabulous silhouette artist who walked round and created the most amazing silhouettes of the guests to take away. My friend Mary Morris marymorrismusic@gmail.com and Dom Stichbury domstichbury@gmail.com were a jazz duo and sang and played piano to entertain guests in the afternoon tea section of the day. Lovely jazzy numbers.

We also had Metropolis which is one of Harley’s favorite films playing in the background.

Afternoon Treats

We had afternoon tea with delicious cakes made by Jo Nelson Angel Cakes angel_cakes@blueyonder.co.uk and biscuits from Bettys (which Harleys family often go to in Yorkshire) so we didn’t want to have another cake for after the meal as it might have been a bit cake overload. So being total cheese lovers we went for a ‘cheese’ tower cake from Country Cheeses in Devon (down the road from where my family are from)

The design museum laid out lots of apples and crackers so it was an amazing cheese tower with all the trimmings. Our cake topper was a little wire bike, we both are keen cyclists so this fitted in perfectly!

The Perfect Design

Lauren at Florenceblue managed the decoration of the Design Museum along with, Rebecca Nee who is the Events Executive at the museum. They were both amazing and worked so hard to make it all run smoothly.. By the time I met with Lauren a few months before the wedding, pretty much most of the details had been decided but Lauren was key in the afternoon part at the Design Museum and brought it all together on the day and made it all work brilliantly.

We wanted something whimsical, vintage, meets London chic and as the room at the design museum was a modern blank canvas there was lots to do. We decided on a vintage afternoon high tea with a cozy, living room feel where guests could be entertained, soak up the atmosphere and get some refreshments. Lauren found a great vintage shop in Wimbledon which provided us with old vintage tins, blankets, old bike, cups and saucers, chairs, dressers, stools, bookshelf, cake stands, coffee table, old suitcases, ladder and much more. We used furniture and more props from Drink Shop & Do in Kings Cross.

There was a soft seating area for guests to hang out, then a massive table of cakes and biscuits. We didn’t serve champagne till later in the afternoon so we provided warming whisky macs that were set up in the room for people to help themselves. There was a vintage Bureau where we put our guest book with old polaroid cameras for guests to add their photos and comments of the day. I made hot water bottle covers that were in keeping with the room style so that guests could sit outside with them as the weather was cold and take in the amazing views at the Design Museum.

I also made some little bespoke Harley and Katie tickets which guests were given, as guests were able to go round the museums exhibitions for free. Lauren made little bike themed paper cake flags and paper chains for decoration.

The room was lit beautifully with fairy lights and uplighters and festoon lights by Colin Head at Ash Event Productions Ltd

D.I.Y Decor

The restaurant was not changed too much as the view in the room is fantastic and does all the work. It was drenched in candle light which set the mood beautifully. I bought a load of little glass bottles which Lauren from Florenceblue used to put simple flowers on the tables. The table names were our favorite ales that they had tried or that just had a great name! I designed an ale label for each table which I stuck to painted white sticks which had the table names on.

I also designed the menus and wrote peoples names on little luggage labels which Lauren then tied up all together so everyone had a little package of napkin, menu and name tag as they sat at the table.

Food For Thought

The food was absolutely amazing and we went for big plates of salads for everyone to share on the tables and then big sharing beef pies and mash so everyone to get stuck into it. To accompany the pie we used a local ale company which brew there own beers, The Kernal Brewery

They were delicious and really great using another small company just starting out. Melissa Sargin and staff plus head chef Jeremy Lee worked so hard and fantastically to make the day be totally brilliant.

Stylish Blooms

The reception flowers were done by the wonderful talents of Jessica Phillips vidafloraweddings@yahoo.com. They were also in keeping with the season and fitted in with the style at the Museum.

The wedding felt extremely special to us as so much of it was so much about the two of us. As I am a designer I designed the invites and stationery which immediately set the tone of the wedding. We both wanted it to be a lot of fun and whilst still staying within the traditional wedding boundaries we also wanted to put a little twist on it and give all the guests a day to remember.

We also wanted it to have that home spun feeling as much as possible even in quite a modern setting at the Design Museum. St Paul’s was incredible and we felt extremely privileged to be able to get married there. We wanted something very London which the Design Museum gave us as the Thames view was perfect with Tower Bridge, The Gherkin and the City. We were keen to use small independent businesses in our wedding and some that were just starting out, it felt good helping those businesses grow and felt more unique.

We also were aware that if there was a friend with a skill that could help out it also made the day much more personal and unique to us. However much hard work it is I think the more you can do yourself and as a couple the greater satisfaction you get from the day and it feels like you are giving your guests a little part of you and what you represent as a newly married couple.

The Greatest Advice

The biggest advice we can give is soak it all up, enjoy it and have fun. We laughed all day and stayed in the moment rather than stressing about the next step, as by that point the best thing you can do is take a deep breathe, soak it all up and enjoy.

Silhouette Artist – Alison Russell

Biscuits –Bettys

Cheese Tower – Country Cheeses

Wedding Planner – Lauren at Florence Blue

Reception Venue – The Design Museum

Vintage Finds – Nicholas And Steele

Lighting – Ash Event Productions Ltd

Photographer – Lee Robbins

I know. So much pretty to take in.

I suggest you come back and have a second look, and maybe even a third…….

Big Vintage Inspired At Its Best Here On RMW Love

Charlotte xxx

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A Planet Flowers Wedding… Part 2

Welcome back and prepare to be absolutely blown away by this afternoons visual feast. Autumn brides take note and be inspired, flower fanatics enjoy with tea and cake. Scottish brides make note of all the suppliers involved (they are the best!) and cake-lovers, decor fanatics, colour scheme enthusiasts everywhere just enjoy the stunning wedding Gemma created, all captured perfectly by Blue Sky Photography,

Abundant Decor

On the walls we hung malus apple wreaths with velvet ribbon – I just adored all the textures!!

Again in the room we had our drinks reception we wanted it to be relaxed and autumnal!! The room had no furniture so we brought in a huge wooden side board unit and filled it with apothecary jars filled with autumn goodies like leaves, physalis, cinnamon sticks and malus apples.

We added lots of candles and vases full of malus apple branches, with the addition of a few personal touches like photos of our parents on their wedding day, some Old Letterpress Printer Blocks and framed poems written by grandmother it was such a great focus in the room.

I made huge wreaths of autumn leaves, physalis and birch that we hung around the room too – I am in no way a romantic but I read somewhere in one of many wedding magazines(!) that the wreath is a symbol of eternity and it just stuck with me so I decided to make as many as I could!!

As I am a wedding florist it was really important to me to do something different that I hadn’t seen before for the reception tables – the best way was to seat our guests on a long table – creating “tablescapes” for long tables is probably one of the most enjoyable things for me.

Having all that space just for me to play with is a joy! As we had chosen gorgeous dark grey linen from 88 events and had designed material ruffles for the back of the chairs I knew what ever we did it would have to be dramatic! We switched the autumnal vibe a little and although we still used lots of leaves and trees we turned it around and painted the branches grey.

We took the colour from the plum coloured plates and bowls we hired from 88 events and filled the table with plum carnation balls, vases full of callicarpa and black mamba orchids. Every other detail we made grey – all the candles and moss/ leaf details all grey.

I wanted it to be so full and abundant, so there was never a bare space – every time you could look at something different.

Detailed Photography

I know so many absolutely amazing photographers so this was the hardest thing to choose! When I thought about what we wanted from a photographer we knew we wanted lots of relaxed shots nothing posed or formal.

As I am a details girl and I knew I would be doing a lot of DIYing it was important that our photographer understood that I wanted a picture of all my little details that I worked hard on.

Lastly it had to be someone fun and someone that made us relaxed and that we were completely as ease with – before Chris even met Blue Sky I knew he would love them and how chilled out they were! Niels and Alie could not have done a better job for us; they really truly were part of the whole days experience.

It was like we had two more guests at our wedding that wanted to experience the day as much as our family did! We had such great fun wandering around the Hopetoun Estate – seeing parts we had never seen before.

They didn’t miss a single detail or moment that I wanted to remember.

Both of our families are cheese lovers so it had to be a cheese stack that our caterer Heritage Portfolio organised rather than a cake! I made a flower base for it to be stacked on and finished it with two personalized mice from The House of Mouse via Etsy.

I love Amy Atlas! I have been following her work for years so when the opportunity came up to do a dessert table I grabbed it with both hands! I decided I didn’t want to go for the normal sweetie table and instead wanted to make it more of a dessert table.

Using the ruffle idea that we had on the back of our chairs we created a huge back board for the table which we clothed in the grey again. I wanted to build it up with lots of heights and wanted to keep everything really neutral in colour letting the stationary bring the colour in. I knew for sure I HAD to have a macaroon tower but other than that I wasn’t too sure. The macaroon tower sat on a grey plinth my dad made to give it height rather than using a cake stand. All the other cup cakes, cake pops and meringues were made by the super talented Nicki at Cup Couture. She is absolutely full to the brim with dessert ideas! Everything tasted A M A Z I N G!! I didn’t want to ruin all the hard work that Cup Couture put in by putting everything on plates that didn’t fit in with the scheme so I went to TK Maxx and bought a load of random large really ornate photo frames which I lined with biscuit coloured paper and spray painted grey.

The result was excellent and they really looked the part – we placed these on different heights of flower pillars and along side the ceramic that we also painted full of cake pops it was finished 🙂 Susan from Knotty Stationary made signs for all the bits and pieces bringing the plum colour back on the table.

Entertainment

We decided to have an acoustic guitar and solo singer through our ceremony and drinks reception – giving that informal rustic vibe. At the evening reception we had a live band to get everyone up and dancing! We also hired an air hockey table from Night Train Productions for the night reception. It was a huge hit and there was pretty much a queue all night to have a shot 🙂 such a brilliant ice breaker!

Neither if us are big dancers so we decided to have a party song instead that everyone could get up to! My mum loves Barry White so we had “my first my last my ev erything” as our first dance. We put far more thought into our ceremony songs than our evening music – we just felt it was better letting the band doing what they do best!

A Personal Touch

We didn’t really have any favours, I suppose I felt the dessert table would do that job. Although I embroidered everyones names onto their napkins rather than having place cards and all the guests seemed to take them home if that counts!

The Finishing Touches

The venue lined the courtyard with fire buckets – with us getting married the day before Halloween they gave the fireworks night feel.

At the end of the night we had a sparklers farewell which looked brilliant and was one of my favourite moments of the day. We had baskets of blankets ready for guests to wrap up and keep warm with.

Our mini groomsmen held our rings in a personalised ring bowl from Paloma’s Nest – it was so cute, plus side is I have a ring bowl that can sit on my dresser now as a reminder of our day.

Instead of a guestbook we had a finger print tree where guests could “leaf their print” it went so well with our style and looked great hanging on the wall once everyone had left their thumb print.

We really wanted to have no stationary on our table so our great stationary lady Susan from Knotty Stationary designed a menu come escort card all in one – I loved them so much! We used an old mirror frame and hung them in the wall so guests could find their table and see the menu all in one 🙂 Knotty also used the same handwriting design to make all our signage around the venue.

The food was seriously delicious our guests were blown away by the meal that Heritage Portfolio provided.

Advice from a Super Bride!

For me my day was made special by all the amazing people involved. We were extremely lucky as we knew so many brilliant suppliers in the industry. I suppose my advice would be once you have chosen your suppliers put your trust in them let them do what they do best as you will get so much more out of them that way.

We made our wedding as personal and informal as we could keeping things relaxed and I think that’s what made it for me seeing everyone laughing and smiling and being altogether.

Flowers and Decor – Planet Flowers

Photography – BlueSky Photography

Cake Topper – The House of Mouse via Etsy.

Dessert Table – Nicki at Cup Couture

Air Hockey Table – Night Train Productions

Venue – Hopetoun House

Catering – Heritage Portfolio

Paper – Knotty Stationery

Ring Bowl – Paloma’s Nest

Wow. Just wow. I’m not sure I have any words.

You know what though, for all of you sitting there thinking that you just don’t have the budget or the contacts for this, then start thinking laterally. If there are elements of this wedding you absolutely love and can’t do without, then budget for them, great floristry, photography, stationery and catering can’t all be DIY’d this well. However, if you can be sensible about what you want, prioritise your must haves, then think about DIY-ing the rest… Lots of the wreaths here are made of dried seed pods and leaves so could be made well in advance and I’m just loving the symbolism attached to them. Pumpkins and squashes can be grown easily on a big patch of land and if a cake table is a must, think about asking friends and family to contribute then pulling it all together with DIY plates and chargers like Gemma did. Add small touches that make a big difference like the ring bowl, tiny mice and straw flags for drinks.

Thank you so much to Gemma for choosing Rock My Wedding to showcase her insane talent and beyond beautiful wedding. We are inspired and hope all our lovely readers will be too 🙂

Yours Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

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A Kick Ass Wedding… Part 2

Welcome back for the seriously bright and cheerful wedding of Emma and Neil. Nothing like a bright Pink Gerbera to brighten up the day eh?

All the fresh modern photography is by Steve Gerrard. Make sure you go check out his website if you want to see some more seriously kick-ass Rock’n’Roll Photography.

Eye Popping Brights

We wanted flowers that were really bright and tied in with our colour them (pink, purple, red & orange!) – Hearts & Flowers, Warwick, did an amazing job.
The men had pink gerbera button holes, I had a gorgeous hand-tied (organza) bouquet with gerberas and dark red and white roses, the bridesmaids also had gerberas which went perfectly with their dresses.

Instead of having flowers in vases at the church, I wanted guests to be able to have lovely flowers to take away – I also loved the thought of walking down an aisle of flowers 🙂 We ordered extra gerbaras and our page-boys did a fanstastic job of handing them out as they walked down the aisle. (People also brought their flowers to the recpetion so we were able to use them on the tables as well)

Rockin’ Photography

The right photographer was really important to us – we wanted to avoid what we’d consider cringe-worthy style pictures and we needed someone who got who we are and what kind of pictures we were looking for.

As soon as I saw Steve Gerrard’s Website – the picture of the couple with the traffic cones, awesome gig and band shots, the beautiful, creative photos – I knew he would be perfect.

Steve was lovely to have around and the pictures speak for themselves 🙂

A Cheese Cake

I was so excited about the wedding cake! Again, we wanted something alternative – we both love cheesecake so it was amazing to discover the English Cheesecake Company!

They do incredible cakes and deliver all over the UK – We went for 2 Giant Cookies and Cream Chocolate Fudge Cake (7.2 kilos!) and an ‘In full Bloom’ cake on top with chocolate roses and a heart disc with our names on – tasted AMAZING.

No to the Cheesy D-I-S-C-O

Our biggest ‘NO’ for the wedding was a cheesy disco!! We knew we wanted a great band that all of our guests would love – I came across Alive Network who list bands and our contact was so lovely and helpful.

We hired an 8 piece funk band called ‘The White Keys‘ (previously called Soul Education) – They were above and beyond anything we had hoped for – they are fantastic and the dance floor was filled by the end of the first song – would definitely recommend them.

We weren’t really in to the idea of an official first dance with everyone watching, so instead we just jumped on the dance floor to the first song the band played and we had also asked them to play (but not formally announce!) – Kings of Leon ‘Use Somebody’ as it’s a gorgeous song.

Sowing the Seeds of Love

Loved this part – We made up bags of sweets (with haribo ‘wedding theme’ sweets i.e. rings, love hearts etc) and gave them to our guests as they arrived at the church. We also used seed-paper for our Order of Service so people could take them home and plant them and grow flowers as a keep-sake 🙂

Unique chic

I’m from Weymouth, Dorset and we both love the beach so our home-made invitations replies were sea-side themed post-cards.

We had a cream-tea reception at the church (collected lots of tea-pots from charity shops), and we had buckets of sand on each table to hold table numbers. Neil designed an amazing butterfly table planner and table numbers/names – We went for ‘our favourite places’ as names for the tables.

We wanted our friends to be part of the day and also to use recycling where possible – Friends of ours designed some beatuiful butterfly place-names which balanced on the wine glasses, another friend designed a canvas butterfly hanging which went behind the wedding cake. We had fun making our own candle holders with recycled jam jars and glass-paints!

Making it Ours

Our wedding day was special to us because it included the people and things we love the most – we could see that everyone had a lot of fun which was really important to us.

Arriving at the church in a VW Herbie Beetle has to be one of the happiest moments of my life! And hiring a 15 foot slide that adults (including me and Neil!) could go on was a lot of fun!

Advice from a Bride

In terms of advice I’d say..

Don’t be pressured by anybody to do anything you don’t want to (especially in terms of what is considered ‘traditional’) – be creative, have fun and do what you both want to do.

Brides, I would definitely recommend looking at wedding dress shops in stores like House of Fraser – they have similar versions of designer dresses at a fraction of the price. I’d also recommend letting your bridesmaids pick their dresses (you can go with them and be part of the shopping) – means that they will be loving a dress that suits them and that they are comfortable with.

Before buying decorations \ favours \ invitations etc have a think whether you or friends could make them instead… try to be as eco-friendly as possible… Make your own invitations and if possible, marry a graphic designer! 😀

We hired a local school-bus company to transport our guests – Amazing price compared to coaches a lot of fun!

Remember children in your planning – we really wanted to make sure that children who came to our wedding had the best day and were as welcome as the adults – we had an early dinner for children and we also hired a soft-play area from Tickety-boo to go inside the marquee, which the children loved! (It also kept them entertained during dinner and the speeches).

It was really helpful to have lots of ‘wedding day plans’ printed out so that everyone who’s part of the wedding knew; what’s happening, when and where and the contact numbers for suppliers.
I also had quite a few girlies staying in the house the night before and the morning of the wedding and we found it so helpful to have a bathroom rota so there was no last-minute-fighting-for-the-mirror stress! 🙂

Your wedding is going to be one of the most amazing days of your life!! Enjoy! xx

Well said Emma and congratulations to both of you from the RMW team. This is one seriously Kick Ass Wedding 🙂

Are you going to be foregoing tradition and funking up your wedding?

Yours Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

Steve Gerrard is a Rock My Wedding Sponsor, however all Real Weddings are chosen on individual merit and no part of this wedding is sponsored.