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Laura & Omid

Non stop rain – it’s not ideal conditions for an outdoor woodland camping wedding is it? Laura and Omid and their guests had to make a mad dash for tiny hall in the middle of their campsite venue for their ceremony as the weather was so very….British. And you know what? it didn’t matter a jot. The images are beautiful, everyone clearly had a ball and actually, the abundance of umbrellas and laughter certainly made for some beautiful and fun captured moments.

You can’t ensure the sun puts his hat on for the big day unfortunately and it’s perfectly ok – it is the people who are there to share your commitment to your forever partner that make a wedding truly special.

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Sally & Stuart

Sally might be the happiest bride in the history of Rock My Wedding real wedding features, a mega watt smile in every. single. image. beautiful.

Sally and Stuart held their ceremony at Orleans House and had their reception at The Turk’s Head, both in Twickenham. A super stylish city affair if every there was one, I love the simple yet pretty details and the sweetheart table not only means both bride and groom share some valuable “just married” time together but also works as a real focal point in the room.

Also I must mention Sally’s best girls in leather jackets….awesome. And why not if it’s a wee bit chilly outside? combing comfort with cool, that’s my kind of fashion.

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Jayne & Andrew

You will be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported back in time to the roaring 20s when you see this elegant Great Gatsby inspired wedding. The beautifully captured black & white images by Matthew Long Photography make you feel like you are viewing a romantic silent movie.

The commitment to the theme really shines through in all the details and decor, none more evident than the fabulous attire the wedding party is adorning. Suave tuxedos and decadent gowns complete with vintage hair and makeup make for one glamorous wedding party.

The array of showstopping art deco cakes are also pretty spectacular, note the plural as there was not one amazing creation but several, each one as mesmerising as the next. What a truly amazing treat for all the guest to indulge into; and all made by the super talented Bride her self.

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I Wanna Be Adorned.

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Not so long back I was lucky enough to be invited to a wonderful lunch hosted by the lovely folk at Etsy UK in order to celebrate the brand and talk to some of the talented suppliers who sell their products on the site.

For those of you not au fait with Etsy, I recommend that you get yourselves acquainted with this awesome site quick sharp. Essentially though it’s a site where you can buy (and sell) all things handmade and it is particularly handy for those of you planning a big event like say a wedding for example. That’ll be most of you lot reading this then….

From a personal perspective I could wax lyrical all day long about the delights of Etsy. I’ve bought everything there; from bespoke paper napkins (complete with an oak tree and both my own and the boy’s initials) for our engagement party, ironic and satirical prints which I’ve framed in their tens for the new house, cute cuddlies for newborns, cards for all manner of occasions, decor for hen dos, Christmas decs and even the odd fancy dress accessory.

In fact I love the whole Etsy buying process from start to finish – it’s simple to buy, easy to communicate with sellers and then doubly wonderful to receive deliciously wrapped items in the post from all over the world. And they are wrapped with such care and such love that opening the goodies themselves is just as much as a treat as the actual product inside is.

You can see why it was especially lovely then to meet some of the UK team who help to run the site as well as some of the sellers who produce such wonderful products for the rest of us to buy. If you check into Rock My Wedding regularly then you’ll know that we like to showcase those Etsy products that have caught the eye of the RMW and RMS Teams from time to time and this afternoon is one of those occasions.

We’re feeling a little bit glitzy, a little bit glamorous this afternoon so here’s our pick of all those metallic, golden and glittery must-haves that we’re currently coveting from the site…

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How To Create A Midsummer Night’s Dream Inspired Wedding.

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Every so often I like to share a moodboard or two with you lovelies. In the past these glorious concoctions of delicious images, carefully curated from my favourite blogs and sites, were a far more regular occurrence but I confess I’ve probably been a bit remiss of late in sharing such inspiration with you.

This makes me sad. I have been a bad blogger. But I’m determined to redress the balance over the coming weeks and set about on my mission to inspire and invigorate you beauties once more starting with this Midsummer Night’s Dream affair this afternoon.

This post is a bit of a departure from my usual inspiration posts however. Because I’ll readily admit that as nice as it is to see the most wonderfully composed images slotted perfectly into a neat and tidy moodboard there’s always a part of me that scratches my head and wonders where I’ll be able to source that elegant vase or those calligraphed place names or even that elaborate headdress.

Have you ever felt like that?

The lightening bolt feeling when your eyes land upon the most perfect cushion/desk/pair of sparkly shoes on paper yet you cannot for the life of you find a source for the god damn things and google won’t play ball either.

Well far be it from us to add to your daily frustrations. This post will provide you with a link to each and every item that appears below should you take a shine to one thing or another. Yep we’ve scoured the very best of Etsy (because we love the blinking site!) to come up with a series of beautiful objects to help you plan your Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired wedding…Let’s hope they don’t sell out eh?!

You can thank us later…

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The Heart Of The Woodland.

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Elena and Neil’s destination French wedding is perhaps one of the most eloquently executed woodland themed wedding I’ve seen on these pages. I’m telling you, once you cast your peepers on the tablescapes folks you’ll be blown away!

It’s clear from looking at all of the delicious details in this big day that Elena poured her heart and soul into all of the planning – from the romantic candle ceremony to the rose chandelier hanging from the trees as she and Neil said I do. Everything has been created with the greatest care and love.

Perhaps my favourite element of this wedding – from purely a decor perspective that is – is the totally bespoke ‘confetti bar’ that the pair provided for their guests. From ‘devotion’ to ‘virtue’ and so on and so forth, guests could choose which ‘blessings’ they wanted to bestow upon the lucky couple. Such a brilliant idea!

What would you choose?

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Lakeside Loving In Romania.

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Drumroll please….

This afternoon folks sees the first Romanian wedding to appear on the glossy pages of Rock My Wedding. In fact, the gorgeous big day of Rebeca and Traian took place in the middle of Transylvanian mountains just down the road from Dracula Castle.

I know. Immense!

They put so much effort into planning their special day which I’d describe as contemporary with a beautiful outdoor religious ceremony but still with oodles of Romanian tradition. I love all the beautiful touches like the personalized wooden plates and the handmade swing with their initials.

Oh and you have to check out the sunset images by the lake as the stars came out; they’re absolutely gorgeous.

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9 Ways To Gift Wrap.

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This afternoon’s post is one of those posts that does what it says on the tin – literally nine super duper ideas to inspire you on your gift wrapping journey all the way through to Christmas Day.

From an early age I loved helping my mum wrap up our family members’ Christmas presents. Being super creative she always picked out the most beautiful papers and accessorised them with the prettiest gift tags. She is also to my knowledge an unbeaten champion in tying the best ribbons that the world has seen; they are always exactly proportioned and in the most perfect bow shape.

Anyway I digress…

You can’t failed to have noticed that it is festive week at RMW HQ (I’m actually wearing a huge flashing Christmas bow on my head as we speak, Charlotte is a reindeer, Becky a tree and Adam…well he’s a chimney) and so in keeping with aforementioned theme it seemed a no-brainer to post some Christmas DIY gift wrap ideas for you lovely lot to feast on.

It’s no secret that the RMW team are huge favourites of Etsy; we regularly feature Etsy products in our monthly newsletter recommendations and we picked the best of the best in this year’s Christmas wish list. Santa I hope you were reading!

It made sense then to select the lushest ribbons, the funniest gift tags and the most delectable papers from this oasis of handmade heaven when it came to packaging up the gifts of our nearest and dearest too.

Let’s take a look.

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There’s nothing that sets the heart racing in anticipation quite like a beautifully wrapped gift is there. Equally, there’s nothing that says Christmas quite like a Fair Isle Sweater complete with prancing reindeers which is probably why I adore this inspired paper at the bottom here.

If you’re an eco-friendly kinda gal then consider using this gorgeous red and white floral fabric above to wrap up your presents. Beautifully finished with ribbons sewn on to boot, ‘HappyWrap’ comes in a range of vintage patterns and prints which means that you can swathe a myriad of gifts to your heart’s content whatever the occasion.

If you’re feeling fun then Nikkipea’s Santa wrapping paper is perfect for kids and adults alike with its cute Christmas puds, snowmen and canes. Finish up with these luxurious letterpressed ‘Noel’ and ‘Cheers’ gift tags from Missive.

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It was love at first site when I first clapped eyes on Strand Redesign’s stag wrap – perfect for the boys in your life. If you practice a monochrome chic lifestyle then this is for you…alternatively swathe your stag parcels in bright red ribbons for a colour-pop style statement and stick a glittery antler or two on top.

If your gifts are small then it might be worth forgoing the traditional paper wrap and opting for a quirky paper bag instead. I love the silvered chevron and red spotted beauties from Whisker Graphics which can be sealed with a sticker or bound up with some bakers twine.

Nikkipea’s starry wrap is both elegant and contemporary and the quality of the paper is right up there too. Plus you can guarantee that the colour will harmonise perfectly with your Nordic pine.

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If traditional Christmas wrap isn’t your thing or if you’re an avid scientist looking to incorporate the wonders of the world in all areas of your life then may I suggest the ‘White Molecules’ gift wrap by Mozaiq. I couldn’t resist looping a garland of snowballs over the top for an added dose of excitement.

There’ll be a part of my sister that will be gutted that I didn’t use this turquoise blue and golden deer vintage paper for her Christmas gifts. The Goose And The Hound have the hugest archive of paper pretty from the days of yore. From snowy scenes, holly berries and even fluffy kittens in stockings you’re bound to find something that you love. They also stock wedding related vintage paper too in case you’re interested…

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All of the beautiful ribbons used to envelop the parcels came from The Ribbon Retreat. Check them out – they have literally hundreds of different patterns and widths in every shade of the rainbow. Also don’t be afraid to overlap one ribbon over another or tie them in an unconventional arrangement.

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If you’re looking for something a bit different then these pennant flag shaped tags from Oh Hello Magpie are super sweet. Mix things up by using combinations of both ribbon and bakers twine in different shades of the same colour.

Alternatively let those friends with a mischievous streak know that they’ve been naughty with their very own sticker from JulieAnn Art (pssst..she makes some brilliant cards too!).

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Glitterify your life with these twinkly stag head cut-outs. Literally you can pop them on anything….paper bags, ribbons, even cocktail stirrers. Sturdy as well as pretty, these little beauties would also be perfect for those brides looking to incorporate a stag motif into their big day…Cough ahem Stef ahem.

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And I couldn’t resist providing a close-up of some of the darling tags used throughout, particularly these hilarious Santa gift tags that come in a set of seven – ‘I know what you did last summer’ particularly tickled me…

I also fell head over heels for the clay Christmas trees that could double up as a Christmas Tree ornament once the present giving is over too.

So there you have it lovely people.

Have you started your festive wrapping and packing yet? Have any of these products caught your eye? It’s worth remembering that lots of these suppliers shut up shop for the holidays very soon so it’s worth putting your order in super soon to be in with a chance of receiving them in time.

Lastly what was the best present you ever received? We want to know!

All my love Lolly xxx

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The Ultimate Cocktail Bar.

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As summer slowly sidles off-stage in the wake of Autumn’s first flush of colour, cool drinks on the terrace and in the parks and pub gardens start to become a distant memory. But the inevitable drawing-in of September nights doesn’t mean the party has to stop there.

Instead, we at RMW towers say, bring the refreshments inside with you as you reside by the fire and revel in the ‘cocktail hour’. Be it due to the popularity of Mad Men or the influence of our cousins across the pond, we’ve seen the resurgence of cocktails and bar carts of late. And from your enthusiastic response to the lovely Lauren C’s bar tray it seems that you can’t get enough of them either.

It was William Morris that said ‘have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful‘ and the bar cart is no exception. Whilst your bar cart serves a functional purpose there’s no reason why it can’t be aesthetically pleasing or sentimental too.

Below are my top tips in styling the ultimate bar cart*

An idea packed inspiration post showing you how to make a glamorous and chic bar cart for your home and wedding.

If the budget allows it then it’s worth investing in an actual cart – preferably one that moves on wheels since this makes it so much easier to ‘take the party with you’ as and when required. I’d recommend spending as much as you can possibly afford to boot – remember folks you really do get what you pay for.

Choose a cart that has a high storage capacity (there’s nothing worse than a crammed bar cart where glassware and bottles jostle with one another for space) and a rail to hold everything in place. Better still are removable trays to allow easy transportation of drinks from cart to guest and inbuilt racks to enable wine to be stored on its side.

If space is at a premium or there’s just no way that you’re going to be able to afford the cart and that pair of shoes that you’ve had your eye on for the last two months, then consider creating a bar ‘tray’ using a vintage tray or a reclaimed side table instead. I particularly love this mother of pearl version from Zara below.

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If you want to be considered Queen of the Cocktails then make sure that you’ve got the necessary tools for the job; most cocktails utilise either a shaker, an opener, a stirrer and/or strainer at some point in their creation so it’s definitely worth adding these items to your cart’s inventory. On a side note, it’s always a good idea to invest in an savvy ice bucket and tongs too.

One of the key components of a successful bar cart is gorgeous glassware. Be it a set of priceless cut crystal wine glasses that have been handed down through your family, some kitsch babycham saucers (LOVE those!) or a collection of mismatched colourful tumblers, it’s always worth paying due care and attention to the vessels in which you serve your drinks. Alternatively pretty up plain glasses by entwining some blooms around then stem for a cheap quick fix alternative.

Speaking of glassware, try picking bottles that match the beauty of your drinking vessels when kitting out your cart – Hendricks Gin and Chambord are both examples of great design as well as taste. Alternatively if you’re a fan of a particular type of spirit but you’re not so keen on the design of its container then it’s worth dispensing it into a different vessel such as a cut glass dispenser or these etched ‘white’ and ‘red’ beauties shown here.

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Stop right there.

Whilst we’ve talked about the tools of the trade and the glassware and the booze, you don’t actually have to cram every single piece of ‘barware’ you’ve collected on the way onto the aforementioned cart. Talk about over-egging the… ummmm… eggnog.

Instead mix it up. Keep things versatile by choosing a variety of different liquor bottles, decanters and glassware as well as colours and textures too. Don’t be afraid to play with the organisation and arrangement of the cart either. Ultimately in this case, it’s all about balance – not so little that your bar cart looks as if someone’s already been at the drinks cabinet the night before nor so full that everything goes flying when you try to mix a cocktail.

One of the easiest ways of changing it up is to opt for coasters, napkins and stirrers in a particular colour scheme or theme. Etsy abounds with plenty of examples that won’t make a major dent in your pocket but if you’re feeling crafty then it really is very simple to make your own stirrers and napkins by commissioning a bespoke stamp with your initials on or even a faux crest.

Oh, fancy!

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Think outside of the box when it comes to styling your cart too; display a voluminous arrangement of sweet smelling blooms in a statement vase next to your glassware or light up your treasures with an oversized lamp instead. I particularly love to have a pot of mint (in a mercuried silver vase of course!) on my bar tray so that it’s to hand when I’m making a mojito or two.

Above all, your bar cart – like all of your interiors – should be an extension of you, of your personality, your style and your life journey so far. Wherever possible try integrating items that either reflect your personal style and tastes – as Lauren did with her glitzy and fun pineapple forks. Such ‘items’ can include anything from favourite bottles of wine, a treasured set of glasses, monogrammed shakers or even vintage metal cocktail sticks.

What will you choose?

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So have we whet your tastebuds then?

Will you be integrating a cocktail hour into your big day?

And how many of you are already the lucky owners of glamorous drinks station already? And what component can’t you live without?

And come and tell us what your favourite tipple is….I’m partial to gin and elderflower flavoured tonic water or two.

All my love Lolly xxx

*RMW takes no responsibility for any violent cases of the green-eyed monster caused as a result of following these steps.

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