Gorgeous Bride Tanja is a super talented creative lady, who runs her own brush lettering studio, Frau Hölle Studio. So naturally, she did all of the stationery for her big day. The whole thing is just truly beautiful – the couple opted for an apricot and pastel colour scheme, which contrasted perfectly with the dark interiors of their rustic barn venue and included pretty paper wheels and lots of balloons.
Tanja is clearly a true romantic at heart, as she bought Andreas a pair of Micky Mouse slippers as a wedding present, to match her Minnie Mouse ones – super cute. AND she made a speech to declare her love and joy at getting married to him. Enjoy this one lovelies, it’s full of gorgeous pastel details, delicious looking sweet treats, lots of smiles and one VERY pretty dress.
I can’t think of a better way to start a Monday morning than with our Brides vibrant pink hydrangea bouquet, it just pops out at you and you can’t help but smile. The fact that it was made by the Grooms Father just makes it even more special.
Talking of special Pricilla and John’s adorable children & Niece almost steal the show, they are such cute Flower Girl’s & Page Boy and look so adorable in their mini Mum & Dad outfits. Of course when I say almost it’s because the new Mr & Mrs look so classically elegant. Pricilla’s chic chignon up do is literally perfection!
As well as looking absolutely stunning Priscilla’s clever crafting, innovative flair and a little help from Pinterest inspired her to create the most delightful white & pink ombre themed wedding stationery which was then duplicated in the gorgeous wedding cake.
This is a truly beautiful Dutch wedding full of colour, love & family.
This wedding is just so pretty!! A lavender and dove grey colour scheme, the rolling Yorkshire countryside, a divine Cymbeline gown and bundles of gorgeous blooms.
Plus Katie and James’ adorable dog – an essential feature of a farm wedding as far as I’m concerned.
Katie wanted her big day to be as informal and relaxed as possible, full of personal and homemade details and I think it’s fair to say she succeeded. As I said at the beginning of the post – this wedding is just so pretty!!
Amy and Ric are Rock My Wedding readers and they told me that the RMW pages were a massive source of inspiration during their planning process. So now, in the style of that Kevin Spacey film from a few years back, Amy is here to Pay It Forward.
Amy The Bride: Our ceremony was at the Priory Church of St. Mary and St. Cuthbert, Bolton Abbey, in the southern Yorkshire Dales – a really special place for us. The reception was down the road at Newton Grange in Gargrave; a working farm with holiday cottages, which allowed friends and family to stay on site. Catherine and Rachael from Newton Grange were fantastic and basically allowed us free-reign for the whole weekend to create exactly the atmosphere we wanted.
The dress was Eleonor by Cymbeline, bought from Brides of York. Being a google-search-addict I had first seen it on-line and had a pretty good idea there and then that it was ‘the one’. I knew I wanted something relatively understated and bling-free, and have a real weakness for anything involving lace and a cap sleeve! I think it suited the laid-back feel of the day perfectly, and even survived a small gravy-related incident relatively well!
A Word From The Wise
With the words of Coco Chanel “Always remove one accessory before leaving the house!” (courtesy of my very good friend and bridesmaid, Louise) ringing in my ears, I did not want to over-accessorize, instead letting the chantilly lace of my dress speak for itself. I just went for some fresh chamomile in my hair, a vintage watch belonging to my Grandama and simple pearl drop earrings and was good to go.
After dreaming of a pair of Louboutins / Choos etc my whole life, I am somewhat loathe to admit I veered off course spectacularly with a bargain pair of comfy Carvela nude peep-toes from TK Maxx! My reasoning being
No-one will really see them.
We’re celebrating on a farm.
My back-up ‘in-case-of-a-mud-slide’ shoes were far more glam neon coral wellies, put to good use during Mr. Barbers’ off-the-beaten-track photo shoot.
Pom Pom Flowers
Tanya from West Row Hair in Ilkley worked her magic on mine and my beautiful bridesmaids’ hair. Again, I didn’t want anything too finished (or flammable!). I did my own make-up, but stock piled a tool-kit comprising Laura Mercier, NARS and By Terry beautification products, which I now get to keep – bonus!
Throughout the planning stages, I found I developed an unhealthy obsession with ‘yellow pom-pom flowers’ aka Craspedia, and knew I wanted them to feature heavily. I cannot recommend the team at Leafy Couture flowers, Otley, highly enough. After meeting them, and me banging on for an hour about the ‘yellow pom-poms’, they were able to realise my vision amazingly, coming up with some seriously beautiful bouquets and button-holes in a multitude of colours.
For the rest of the table decorations I turned to the ever-reliable e-Bay to form a collection of old kitsch tins and blue glass vessels in which to arrange matching flowers, also courtesy of the Leafy girls flowers. The day before the wedding my bridesmaids and I nervously set about some amateur floristry, but definitely achieved the unstructured look we were hoping for (aided by plenty of home-brewed Pear Cider!)
True Blue Bargain
The bridesmaids dresses were an absolute steal – midnight blue maxi-dresses from Warehouse. Again, my love of the cap-sleeve came through, and the overall shape echoed that of my dress (a happy accident!) I think they looked totally stunning.
The men-folk wore their own suits, with matching midnight blue ties with pale blue paisley print to coordinate the dapper bunch.
I think the contrast of the bright bouqets and buttonholes worked really well against the blue base.
A Bloke Bespoke
Ric scrubbed-up very well indeed (though I am horribly biased!) He wore a suit from Moss Bespoke – a sister company of Moss Bros started by former Savile Row tailors, creating tailor made suits at a fraction of the price. His rather gorgeous shoes he viewed as a massive splurge (considering he was previously the owner of a grand total of 3 pairs, 2 being trainers) from Grenson.
Fetch Me A Barber
The day was captured by the phenomenally talented Chris Barber, and his equally able side-kick for the day, Lee Allen. As soon as I happened upon his website, courtesy of RMW, I knew he was the one for us, and he did not disappoint! From our first meeting he put even the photo-phobic Ric at ease in front of the lens and we really enjoyed the time we spent with the pair on the wedding day itself.
The cake was created courtesy of Ric’s Aunt, and really did exceed all my expectations. The decoration was lace-inspired and very understated. In addition we had a mandatory cheese cake, to serve as fuel for the evening-do-dancing.
A New Romantic
Our first dance was to The Smiths ‘There is a light’. We wanted something that meant something to us, whilst avoiding being too cheesy. I think the lyrics are very poignant and fitting and Ric is a massive Smiths fan, so it was the perfect choice.
We bought customised badges from Awesome Merchandise based in Leeds, with our names and the wedding date on them. In the hope all our guests would don them for the night – they didn’t disappoint!
Understated & Relaxed
From the outset Ric and I knew we didn’t want to comply with a strict ‘package’ that many venues offer, and instead opted to do / plan as much as we could ourselves. The result was a day that really did reflect us; understated, relaxed and all about family and friends. I think the setting really stole the show; being surrounded by the stunning Yorkshire Dales was just perfect.
The only advice we would offer future brides and grooms is to stick to your guns and don’t be persuaded by anyone that you ‘need’ chair covers / white doves / a horsedrawn carriage (just examples!) if you don’t want them. Also, in the frantic few weeks leading up to the day itself, try and take some time out together to remember what it’s all about; that should make any niggling worries about table plans / colour schemes etc. pale into insignificance.
I am really loving those colour pop tins with the rustic florals. I am also hugely fond of the seating arrangements – I think long trestle style tables are a really good way to get all your guests mingling and they look fab too.
Finally, amazing car… Severe Triumph envy over here right now and those badges… Too cool for school.
And I know it’s still only January but this one is definitely going to stick with me for a long time. It is absolutely 100% my type of wedding. I can’t even begin to tell you my favourite bits. I literally love every single thing Emma and Tim did to create their perfect day. And the video. Well, just gorgeous and it gives you an extra insight into the perfectness that was their day.
Emma and Tim married in September last year in Islington Town Hall and held their reception at The Britannia Pub in Victoria Park. I can only describe their day as a blue and yellow boho vintage inspired dream…
Emma The Bride: After unsuccessfully trawling through various bridal shops in London, one of my bridesmaids recommended Miss Bush Bridal in Ripley. Almost immediately after walking in, the owner, Emma, picked out a dress for me called Fadela by French designer Cymbeline. Initially I had reservations as I had been looking at Grecian style dresses whereas this one was more vintage, but I did like the fact that it was quite boho. I could also tell by my sister’s face that she thought the dress was perfect. I always had Tim in mind too and I knew that he would love me in this dress!
I’m not very traditional and so I didn’t think a veil would suit me and a tiara would have been too glam. So, in keeping with the boho look I went with flowers. I tried flower headbands but they flattened my hair, so I decided to use real flowers and if any wilted during the day then I’d simply replace them with ones from the bouquet. I asked my florist to set aside some of the flowers from my bouquet and I picked them up the day before the wedding, and left them in water over night. I also added some Gypsophila which are excellent for pinning into the hair and they tend to last all day without wilting. I kept jewelery simple and wore pearl bracelets and a gold nose stud.
The Right Pair
In terms of my shoes, I decided to match our colour theme and go for yellow. I dragged Tim up and down Oxford Street until we found the right pair. As you can imagine, most yellow shoes are pretty ugly, but I managed to find a beautiful pair from Dune with straps and a comfortable heel height. They had a subtle pattern which matched the lace in my dress and the colour also matched the bridesmaid dresses.
Saved By An Usher
To keep costs low I had the idea that I would do my own hair and make-up, and paid for a Mac masterclass. However, Melissa from the Spitalfields Mac branch did such an amazing job that I ended up asking her to do it for me and she did an even better job on the day, keeping it natural but durable. For my hair, I simply wanted to accentuate my natural curls and my sister had originally offered to do it, but I didn’t want her to be stressed on the day, so I decided to go with a hairdresser. My regular hairdresser agreed to do it, but let me down at the last minute. With less than a week to go I had no one to do my hair! Strangely, in the end, one of the ushers(!) recommended his regular hairdresser, Nathalie. I thought, ok, his hair is curly so is mine and I had no other option and very little time. Thankfully, Nathalie was free to do a trial and free on the day, and as you can tell from the photos she did a wonderful job and was an absolute god-send.
We decided to go with Angel Flowers in nearby Islington. After an initial meeting with Sandra, we felt that she understood the brief, which was a rustic chic look at an affordable price. For the flowers I wanted bright colours, touches of yellow and blue to match our theme, and some green for that wild, freshly hand-picked feel. We went for corn flowers, delphinium, echinops, lemon germini, crespidia, yellow freesia, scabious, phlox, lisianthus, agapanthus, green berries, alchemilla mollis, dianthus and chamille daisies. Sandra gave us a great money-saving tip of reusing the bouquets for the tables. For the men Tim decided that he wanted to use crespedia in order to match the yellow in the ties, although according to one florist men tend to go for the ball-shaped flowers!
Our theme was yellow and blue with yellow being the dominant colour. I decided to search for yellow bridesmaid dresses on the high street. I’ve never been a fan of the typical long, formal dresses and I wanted the girls to be able to wear them again. Also buying from the high street is far cheaper, especially when you have to buy five! I eventually found beautiful yellow lace dresses in Warehouse, and with a discount voucher, I paid for five dresses at the typical cost of one traditional bridesmaid dress. The bridesmaids looked stunning.
Here Come The Boys
For the men, and in keeping with our relaxed ethos, we quickly ruled out tails and simply asked the ushers to wear their own grey suits. We wanted them to feel relaxed rather than stuffing them in ill-fitting hire suits. To add a bit of countryside chic we provided the ushers with yellow bowties from Ben Sherman. They looked very cool. Tim and the best men wore fitted suits from Mr Start in Shoreditch. Mr Start is very typically Shoredtich, so the suits are very slim fitted with trendy cuts. The best men wanted suits they could wear again so they opted for more traditional two-piece dark grey cut suits. Along with Tim, the best men wore yellow ties from Ben Sherman. The combination of Tim’s blue suit and yellow accessories perfectly matched the colour theme and he topped off the look with light brown shoes from Aldo. He looked super-hot!
Best Gift Ever
Our photographer was Gary Lashmar. Tim has a massive appreciation of photography, so I put him in charge. We could tell by Gary’s website that he would fit in well at our wedding as he had a relaxed East End charm. We had an engagement shoot, which we were both quite apprehensive about, but it allowed us to get to know Gary (and his partner Claudia) and we also had a good laugh. The photos from the wedding were simply amazing. They were so beautiful and have left us with many happy memories. We cannot thank, or recommend, Gary enough.
Claudia showed us a three minute wedding video one Sunday lunch time when we met with her and Gary that had been shot by Simon and Chas from Perfect Day Wedding. It was just stunning. It was short, beautifully shot and there was no dialogue, just the backing track (probably helped that the track was by Ben Howard, whom we had recently watched live).
We had practically finished our budget and after initial conversations with Simon we decided that we just couldn’t afford it. As the day came closer I started to feel quite sad that we wouldn’t have a video. However, out-of-the-blue I received an email from Simon advising me that Tim had purchased, as a gift, his services and that his company would be filming our wedding.
It was the best gift EVER! On the day Simon and the crew were hardly visible and were so polite. When the video was ready we watched it together and I cried. It’s like we’re transported back to the wedding whenever we watch it (and we watch it loads!). Simon and Chas are true professionals and their style of shooting is very unique and I would recommend them to everyone.
A Big Deal
We knew we wanted a cake, but our budget was tight. Thankfully Tim’s sister, who is based in Uganda, offered to get the cake as a present. Tim is from Uganda and wedding cakes are quite a big deal. We sent Annette a few example cake designs we had seen online – mainly yellow with white flowers, and left the rest to her. The cake was flown in all the way from Uganda a few days before the wedding and it was a beautiful three-tiered fruit cake with some pretty strong rum and absolutely delicious. As you can imagine it took a couple of bumps mid-flight and Tim’s brothers and mum scrambled around to find a cake-maker to apply a few gentle fixes. To help keep us within our budget we served the cake as dessert and this went down well with our guests.
Music Music Music
We both share a huge passion for music and agreed that music would be a key feature of the day. While searching online we came across Alive Network which is an online entertainment agency and where we found all our musicians.
For our ceremony, we chose to go with a very talented acoustic guitarist, Andy Cherry. Andy was absolutely great and looked the part too (he had a few female admirers). I walked up the aisle to the Wedding March and we exited with Move On Up! At the ceremony we got the guests to sing ‘Stand by Me’. It was a big risk, but luckily the guests sang their hearts out and it was one of the magical moments of the day.
We both had such a varied amount of music that we wanted to play for our guests during the afternoon and evening that it gave Tim the idea of creating a pretend “Wedding Music Festival” and he got his brother to create a poster showing the times of each act/genre of music. We had the pub place the posters in various locations around the venue.
The late evening entertainment was a Northern band called The Soul Boys who played Motown and soul. They were brilliant! We also placed a lot of importance on making sure the guests would have fun. We both really love Secret Garden Party, which is a whacky festival where everyone joins in and it brims with ideas and creativity. One of the features of the pub was that it had a massive beer garden and so we decided to turn it into a mini-festival with garden games (coconut shy, boules and table tennis), a marquee with fairy lights, vintage signs, lots of three-foot balloons in the colours of our theme, and a make-shift photo booth (which doubled as our guestbook) where guests could pick up a prop, grab a vintage frame, take a Polaroid snap and stick it in the guest book with a message.
Our first dance song was Madness “It must be love” we both agreed that the song had the right level of sweetness and fun, and represented the feel of the overall wedding. We decided to have the band play a live version, which was awesome!
We both agreed that unless favours are consumed on the day, guests usually get too drunk to remember to take them home! We also knew that it was going to be difficult to spend enough time with guests on the day and we had stumbled across the idea (possibly on RMW!) of writing personal messages to the guests. It was a tough task writing 120 messages (and stuffing them in envelopes) when you have a million other jobs to do. But it was totally worth it. Watching the guest’s reactions as they opened and read the messages was a very memorable moment. Many were extremely touched by our efforts.
The Britannia itself has lots of quirky and vintage décor, but at the same time it was such a large space that we were still able to incorporate our own ideas. We pretty much did everything and would do it all again! Mum helped make one-hundred metres of bunting, Tim made the coconut shy and a vintage sign for the garden, and together we made the vintage map table plan, table names, menus, the photo booth, poster for the music line-up and the favours. You name it, we made it.
One special thing the pub helped us to arrange was that during the band’s break we asked everyone to follow us outside. The pub garden backs on to Victoria Park and we went out into the park in the dark and lit lanterns. In the distance we could see the lanterns drifting towards the brightly lit Olympic venue in the distance. It was a great moment.
My advice would be to not feel like you have to tick all the boxes of what a wedding is ‘supposed’ to be. Pick and chose parts of the tradition that suits you as a couple and make sure it reflects your personalities. If you don’t like singing hymns (a pet hate of mine) don’t do it! RMW is great resource for finding cool and chic ideas to borrow or re-interpret. Finally, work together, both Tim and I put in a 50/50 effort and I wouldn’t have had it any other way, as it brought us closer together.
See, told you didn’t I. How gorgeous is Emma and Tim’s day!
The stationery, the mini festival, the flowers in Emma’s hair, Tim looking ridiculously handsome in his trendy suit. I love it all. And the video…did the little flash of Emma and her Mum get to your heart? I had a tear in my eye.
Please make sure you look through the gallery for this big day as well. I am a huge fan of Gary’s photography style and there are so many amazing images I found it so hard to whittle them down to just a few for the front page.
I’m off to play table tennis and dream of yellow and blue perfection.
It’s June 2012. We’re at the beautiful Chateau de Saint-Privat-des-Pres, about an hour and a half north east of Bordeaux. The village itself is tiny and set in absolutely gorgeous countryside – rolling hills, woodland, rivers, quaint country villages, and of course the beautiful French sunshine!
Seventy-five of Jez and Helen’s friends and family have traveled from all over the world to join them and celebrate their wedding-holiday.
On hand with the camera is M&J Photography. Interested….? Or course you are.
Here is Helen with all the delicious detail.
My dress was suitably French: by the Paris-based design team Cymbeline, the style is Fadela; a combination of delicate ivory lace, deep v-neckline without being too revealing, with a corseted body underneath. The dress suited my shape beautifully, it felt light and delicate, and just had that sort of French easy chic to it that I just loved.
Blackheath Bridal Boutique was my last stop on my big wedding dress hunt, we’d come back to the UK from Dubai to give our notice of intention at the registrar’s office and I’d booked in a week of dress appointments. I’d falled in love with another dress, which was completely different and would have needed a lot of alterations to make it work, but when I slipped into the Cymbeline number I knew that the search had come to an end!
A Crafty Veil
I loved the sexy/shy look of the birdcage veil, so being surrounded by crafty girls we bought a length of netting from a fabric shop just off Oxford Street, and we took the lace flower off the front of my dress. On the day of the wedding my girls literally crafted the veil onto my head, stitching it into my hair.
Jewellery-wise, I went for antique pearls – necklace, delicate bracelet and earrings on loan from my Mother. They were my Grandmother’s and were a lovely way for me to remember my Granny on my wedding day.
The Perfect Pair
I don’t do heals, I live in the heat and wear Birkenstocks everyday. My sister-in-law, Jo, would never allow me to get away with Birkies on my wedding day! I do love the look of heals and was in no doubt that I would be wearing heals on my wedding day, but I spent hours and days and weeks looking for the perfect pair – Dubai, London, the web – to no avail, everything was wedge or skyscraper high and I really didn’t want to fall over on my wedding day!
I had my eyes on a few designers, so when Rachel Simpson and Two Birds Bridesmaids launched their collaboration just weeks before the wedding, I saw the perfect pair – beautiful pale blush pink suede and soft gold peep toe heels. They were lovely and just the right height for me, saying that, I kicked them off about an hour after the ceremony and slipped into some way more comfy Havaianas!
Everyone Looked Stunning
I’m a very natural girl and wear minimal make up (aka mascara!), so the idea of being painted-up to look like something/one else really didn’t appeal to me. I wanted to look like me, just a bit more polished.
I was introduced to make up artist, Carolyn Gallyer, in Dubai by a good friend. Carolyn took me under her wing; we went shopping, picked up some goodies and I instructed me on exactly what to put where!
I’m very lucky that one of my best girlies, Heather, is a fabulous hairdresser and she very kindly offered to do all of our hair for the big day. Needless to say, she did an amazing job and everyone’s hair looked stunning.
A Big Fat Posy
My Mother does wedding flowers, so it was obvious who would be doing mine! I had very fixed ideas about what I wanted: big soft roses, hydrangea, peonies, and lots of them, with a sprinkling of herbs. One big fat posy for me, smaller versions for the girls, simple button holes for the boys, something a little fatter for Jez.
Tables where simple; lots of vases –big & small – with a mix of roses, hydrangea, peonies mixed up with potted herbs which we hired from a local garden centre.
I just gave my instructions and left my Mother to it! She had the flowers delivered to the chateau from a wholesaler in Holland.
My girls wore Two Birds Bridesmaids dresses in slate, it was such a flattering dress, and the colour shimmery almost two tone. With no real colour scheme, I was totally open about what the girls wear so long as they tied in together and made them look and feel special…and then I found the Two Birds dresses and the deal was sealed! The girls wore sparkly silver heels from Debenhams, a bargain at £20 a pair!
My gorgeous niece, Summer, wore the flower girl version of the Two Birds Bridesmaid dress in ivory with matching slate sash. The dress is absolutely perfect for twirling!
My Mother made Summer a matching doll as a gift, dressed exactly the same as Summer. The girls at Two Birds were great, sending over enough fabric to make the sash for the doll!
We actually ended up with two flower girls, as there was no way we could leave the gorgeous Edie out! She and Summer struck up a firm friendship and by the end of the long weekend were inseparable, it was so cute to see.
Jez wore a really beautiful dark charcoal three-piece suit from Charles Tyrehitt on Jermyn Street, London. My mother and I went with Jez to pickup/choose his suit (a week before the wedding!) and after much hoo-ha and faffing, Jez, walked out of the dressing room all done up and I turned to jelly! He looked gorgeous! He wore a white textured shirt and pale blue tie both from CCharles Tyrehitt…grrr!
Instantly In Love
Jonny and Morgane at M&J Photography were suggested to us, along with others, by the team at Get Married in France, our wedding planners. I fell instantly in love with their photos, their use of light, the colours and compositions were just stunning. They were such a pleasure to have around and we’re so pleased with the photos, everyone has commented on how beautiful they are and how well they capture the feel of the wedding.
You hear so many stories of couples being less than happy with their photographer and the results, I think we were really lucky.
All About The Cake
Mmm, cake! Being uber talented, my Mother made our cakes. Jez and I wanted carrot cake and chocolate cakes, I passed on to my Mother a recipe for our favourite carrot cake from the Lime Tree Café in Dubai and Nigella’s Guinness Chocolate Cake recipe. The decision making process around the cake decoration caused a few heated debates; Jez wanted Malteasers everywhere and I didn’t! I was also super keen for my Mother to be able to use her skills to the max.
We ended up with our carrot cake covered in vanilla butter icing with a heart on top made from raspberries, our Guinness chocolate cake again covered in vanilla butter icing with a heart on top made from Malteasers (marriage is all about, compromise!). My Mother also sneaked in a two tier fruitcake, iced and decorated with hearts with two rather silly bears sat on top! Everyone raved about the cakes, they were absolutely delicious, even a week after the wedding… Possibly the best cake I’d ever tasted!
Too Good To Be True
For entertainment we had Tomorrow band, a recommendation from our planners. The guys were great, they played a real mix of hits and the dance floor was rammed all evening. A good friend, DJ Duncan, then entertained us loooong into the night/next morning!
Oh and I was serenaded by Jez and his backing boy band to the sound of ‘You’re too good to be true’! I absolutely loved it, Jez has such a fab voice and we both love that song! I couldn’t help but dance along, I was totally mesmerized!
Twist And Shout
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong played by our band, which played into Twist and Shout, which was a great way to get everyone on the dance floor for a boogie! They’re just classic songs that we both love.
In keeping with the lighthearted approach of our invites, we decided to produce wedding memorabilia mugs, like the Charles & Diana ones but with our cheeky faces on them as favours. That way, when everyone has their breakfast cuppa they can remember our amazing day! The design, along with all our other stationary, originated deep in Jez’s brain but was made real by the super talented Jodi Magi, an artist, graphic designer and good friend of ours.
Inside were a Pukka Herbs ‘Love’ teabag and a little bundle of macaroons, made by the local macaroon specialist. Needless to say we made sure that there were a few extras macaroons for the bridal suite!
We didn’t feel there was much we needed to do as the chateau and grounds were so beautiful and the sun was shining. We just added flowers; pots of hydrangeas hired from the local garden centre, along with other blooms dotted around the place in old milk jugs, and flower heads in the fountain. The place just looked perfect.
Saying that, we had a lighting crew at Luminous decorate the place from top to toe in lights – from fair lights, to up lighters, candles and globes hanging from the trees, it looked truly magical as the sun went down.
We kept the furniture for the reception really simple – teak wood, white table clothes and parasols.
Laid Back Life
We’ve both got a very laid back approach to life and therefore we wanted our wedding to be an occasion that everyone could make into a holiday, with bonus wedding!
I think our mix of humor; expressed in the invites, favors and other stationary, and prettiness, everything else, worked really well together in the chateau setting.
We really couldn’t have done a wedding abroad without the input of our planner, Kate at Get Married in France …we’d have ended up eating pain au chocolat with frogs legs and snail salad served with warm beer!
Rock My Wedding readers Ange and Pat married in May at Pat’s parents home in Ivy Hatch.
In the garden stood giant tipi tents from Beautiful World Tents in place of the more traditional marquee.
This wedding has a beautiful subtle colour pallette of white and purple with a few other splashes thrown in for good measure. I was fascinated to read that their chosen florist grows all of the flowers and although commits to a colour scheme leaves actual variety choice until the last minute – so that you get the very best flowers that were in bloom on your big day. This adds a nice little element of surprise into the floral mix.
Photogrpahy today is from the truly fantastical (Excuse the man-crush) Phillip Allen – better known as Mister Phill.
You are in for a Tipi treat today folks.
Pretty Vintage Lace
My dress is from Mirror Mirror in Angel and the designer is Cymbeline. I went through numerous bridal stores trying to find the right dress, I had a picture in my mind of a pretty vintage style lace dress. When I tried this one at at Mirror Mirror I knew instantly and the reaction from my mother and brother confirmed it! I also customised the dress slightly by adding a different ribbon sash than what initially came with the dress. I bought the ribbon and Mirror Mirror where able to make the cute bow sash.
I decided to have flowers in my hair, which my lovely florist Jen put together to match the bouquet. I went with some statement earrings from Monica Vinader, they were also my “something blue”. I had never thought I would wear a veil, I tried a few on but they just weren’t me.
I wore cute little white satin kitten heels from Rainbow Club. A big part of our wedding was going to be outside in the garden so I needed to choose slightly practical shoes so I didn’t sink into the grass. In the end, we got married inside because the weather was touch and go, but I was still happy with my choice (even thought my husband is SO tall) as they were so so comfortable!
Fashionable And Soft
We enlisted Love to do the makeup and hair for the day. They have a network of stylists around the country. My make up stylist, Fiona and Hair stylist, Gina were both fantastic. I wanted my make up to look natural in photos but still feel nicely made up which Fiona did wonderfully.
For my hair, I didn’t want the typical wedding hair, I wanted something I bit more fashionable and soft. Gina was able to help work out what best suited from a large range of pictures I had at my trial and I was extremely happy with the result for both myself and my bridesmaids.
The Best In Season
Our florist, Jen from Blooming Green, is local to the area in Kent and grows all her own flowers on their plot! I wanted rustic style flowers for the wedding as the setting was in the country. We talked with Jen about colours, theme and style in the lead up the wedding, then she made up the bouquets, button holes and tables centres on the day based on what has bloomed on her plot. This way we got the best in season flowers and it was also a lovely surprise for us on the day to see what flowers were used. They were beautiful and we were so happy with them!
For the bridesmaids we purchased Dessy dresses through Reflections in Chiswick. My bridesmaids were located both here and in Australia so we needed to find a designer where the dresses could be tried on in both countries! Thankfully Dessy have a number of stores with their dresses both here and in Australia so we were able to choose something that suited all the girls.
Fro the Groomsmen We hired all the suits from Q Club which is a part of Austin Reed. We had a 3 piece grey silk suit for them. We purchased bright ties for them all from Ted Baker to wear on the day and for them to keep as a gift from us.
Tall And Slim
Pat wore a 3 piece tailored suit from Hackett. It was a lovely blue colour with very very bright lining! He looked so so handsome 🙂 He got a gorgeous white shirt from Selfridges (Eton, who traditionally make shirts for Swedish men, so they fit tall slim men with long arms!)
I saw a post on Rock My Wedding and thought WOW these photos are great! and exactly in the style that I was looking for. I checked out the credits which linked to Mister Phill’s page. We emailed him immediately! Not only was his photography fantastic, and told a real story of the day, but he was unbelievably professional and completely unobtrusive. He was able to go completely unnoticed yet get all of the perfect shots. Very few of his shots were ‘set up’. I think our wedding had a real impact on him, and it was an absolute pleasure to have him cover our big day.
Lizzie from Pure Cakes, again local to the area, helped bring our Victoria Sponge cake idea to life! We both don’t like fruit cake very much and we wanted something we could serve for dessert. We had a few photos of victoria sponge cakes from magazines and Lizzie was able to turn this into a lovely sponge cake with buttercream and jam, covered in fresh berries that really was very suited the setting of the day. We had the cake for dessert, along with some meringues, cream and coulis our caterer Purple Pumpkin put together.
All The Way From Wales
For our entertainment we hired Class of ’58 who were absolutely awesome! They completely tore up the dance floor for both their sets – guests were almost fighting for space on the dance floor from the time they came on until the time they left. We wanted an up beat band and really liked the idea of a jive / 60’s band. We were down near Shoreham on a long weekend kitesurfing, and went past the town hall and heard this amazing jive band rocking this little hall. We went in and got their details! They drove all the way from Wales to be with us.
The Time, by Black Eyed Peas was our song. It’s significant because it’s just a really fun song. We are not the slow dancing types so wanted to get grooving with everyone as quickly as possible!
Myself and my bridesmaid Sophie handmade all the favours from her secret recipe. We made Dukkah, which is really popular in Australia, so allowed me to add the aussie touch to the wedding without being too aussie. We also gave a little bag of Australian tea which my mum brough over 110 of from Australia for us!
A Splash Of Colour
We wanted the wedding to have a really relaxed feel but also have a wow factor. We kept the flowers and decorations to be mainly white with splashes of colour (mainly purple). We asked all the guest to come “Colourful and gorgeous” as was were hoping this would be what brought the most colour to the day. So all our decor tried to be romantic but subtle.
My brother designed a lot of the menus, emblems, stickers on the favours etc.
For outside decor, Pat’s little brother picked up some super cheap lanterns in China which we used to hang in the trees around the marquee. I think the effect in the evening looked really good.
The Little Things
Make your wedding, particularly your ceremony, reflect your personalities and not follow the norm. Get the right balance between a fun and at the same time serious tone. For example, I had a wedding vow about my shopping habits!
Be relaxed on the day, just let all the organisation be in the hands of others.
It’s all the little things that made a big difference like the hand made favours, the confetti, lanterns, tulips being in bloom, music in the ceremony, fun readings etc. We were also extremely lucky to be able to have the wedding at home.
Shop around for local suppliers as they gave me at least a better and more tailored service for a much more reasonable price.
Don’t be picky with the flowers, go with what’s in season, as I mentioned above, the flowers were such a lovely lovely surprise on the day as I had no idea what I was getting.
Ange and Pat succeeded. They wanted a relaxed feel with the wow factor and that is exactly what they got. With a little help from their parents, their friends…. and of course a bit off magic from Mister Phill too.