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En Provence.

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You may have noticed over the last couple of months that we’ve showcased a veritable display of French Weddings. From Cecile and Kevin’s chic Parisian soiree to Olivia and Marc’s dreamy provencal do, we’ve really been a little bit spoilt with all this loveliness.

Spoilt and inspired too…

Which is why this week’s inspiration post is inspired by the chic nation that is the French.

Rather than taking the luxurious route reminiscent of Versailles fashion, the moodboards below are suggestive of a simpler, more understated provincial charm.

Les Belle Dames

Lighthearted and bright, ‘Les Belle Dames’ is all about adding a modern twist to elegant classics. Simpler silhouettes are the watchwords here with the look less about the volume and more about finely crafted materials and tailoring.

French brides prefer freer flowing fabrics with silk and crepe being the most popular materials of choice. Add a touch of lace draped softly over the shoulders and down the back and the look is pure elegance.

Les Belle Dames

One or two key accessorises are all that’s needed to compliment the look. I particularly love a knotted veil, a string of small seed pearls knotted down the back or a delicate headpiece.… View the full post.

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Alabaster And Ivory.

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For some inexplicable reason I find myself drawn time and time again to weddings utilising an all-white colour scheme. I can’t explain why but I find the soft layering of chalky whites against buttery ivory hues immensely soothing.

Whilst more colourful soirees have that instant wow-factor, and look amazing on film, weddings employing a neutral colour scheme are, for me at least, balm to the soul in their effortless grace.

It’s less about the instant gratification and more like a love affair that sinks its teeth into you and never quite lets you go.

If I had to pick an icon that represents this colourway then Grace Kelly would be Alabaster and Ivory, a subtle yet timeless overlay of white on white that we keep returning to again and again.

But… I hear you shout how do I ‘do’ this colour scheme without it appearing pallid, flaccid and well…boring.

Don’t fret, we’ll show you how…

Soft Linen

We’re seeing quite a few brides opting for gowns that feature cotton lace in some shape or form and this hot trend looks set to continue through to 2014 and beyond. If you love the idea of a neutral colour scheme but don’t know where to start then it’s worth considering linens in this fabric for your tables too. Broidery Anglais is another wonderful material that translates very well.

I’d recommend introducing several different alabaster tones to your table settings not only to add depth but also interest.… View the full post.

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Cocktail Hour.

If there’s one thing I’ve gleaned during my time within the wedding industry it’s that there’s much we can learn from our cousins across the water.

Sure enough, the Yanks have taken the simple wedding and raised it to an art form with so many different components that us traditional Brits don’t quite know where to put ourselves.

Whilst sometimes this can feel overwhelming, I actually think their ‘go big or go home’ attitude can be pretty exciting. ‘Why?’ I hear you ask. Because it forces us to rethink the parameters of what constitutes a ‘wedding’. Indeed, the modern day bride and groom possess an unprecedented amount of freedom in their wedding related decision-making.

When RMW exhibited at the National Wedding Show earlier this year, mums informed me time and time again that they’d never had this much choice when they were getting married. Their big day was almost pre-determined for them so they were thrilled that their daughters were experiencing a different reality – the chance to do things their way.

I fear I may have become a little philosophical for what essentially is just an inspiration post. You want the pretty don’t you….

Bear with me.

Essentially what I’m trying to say is try not to be intimidated by the amount of choice open to you. You don’t have to do everything. The beauty of having such choice is that you are free to choose what you want to incorporate into your big day.… View the full post.

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Veiled.

So here I am writing my first post as a married woman.

Married.

I had to say it twice just so I actually believe it.

You see I can’t tell you how wonderfully surreal this feels, this sense of glorious elation that I seem to experience every time I look at my boy. Every time I catch a glimpse of his gold encircled finger or that knowing look in his eye.

I’m actually somebody’s wife.

I half expected the post-wedding blues to have kicked in by now with the wedding day having scampered into the past and the honeymoon following quickly after its heels. To my surprise they haven’t though.

Perhaps this is because it all feels like an amazing dream that I’ve woken up from but which never actually happened.

Honestly I’d be half inclined to believe that if it wasn’t for the stacks of wedding cards decorating every shelf-like surface of my house, the slightly grubby hemline on my beautiful dress and the post-party discussions that I’ve had with so many of my guests who attended the big day.

In fact it was one of these conversations with RMW Blog Queen aka Charlotte that sparked the inspiration for this post. She noticed that rather than taking my veil off after the ceremony I actually wore it for the vast part of the day.

And she was right.

I always knew I was going to wear a veil. A cathedral length whisper of the softest net complete with sparkles cascading past my shoulders.… View the full post.

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Romantic Liaisons

Have you ever been swept off your feet?

You know what I mean.

Like in a film, where a man turns up at your door with armfuls of red roses looking at you in pure adoration as he pours his heart out to you about how you make his life complete.

Perhaps for you, it’s the little things take your breath away, that make your heart pound like an iron hammer against your ribcage and your eyes grow misty.

For me, it’s the poems that my boy writes. Really gritty, heart-wrenching, soul-confessing streams of thought that he’ll compose every so often to tell me how he feels. That and the way that he’ll look at me from across the room in a crowded bar with pure love in his eyes – it makes me melt every single time.

This post is an ode to romance, a delectable feast of beauty for you lovely lot.

Because sometimes we need a sprinkling of the pretty to pep up our day.

I love the diversity of today’s weddings, from back-garden, glorious bunting-filled affairs to chic, city soirees. Amidst this menagerie of different themes and styles the more traditional, overly romantic look seems to have been neglected.

I’m talking blush and pink palettes, splashes of antiqued gold, pretty ballerinas, and oodles of thick, perfumed roses. Candyfloss, chiffons and tulles and tutu skirts.

So this inspiration post is my way of showing you gorgeous lot how beautiful this look can be if executed effectively.… View the full post.

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Good Enough To Eat.

I have something to confess.

This week’s post is a slightly selfish affair derived from my current obsession with all things menu-related.

You see folks, tomorrow is a big day. Tomorrow brings with it a fairly momentous event in my wedding planning journey so far. Tomorrow is all about sampling the menu that will be served at my wedding and I am SO excited.

So, with this in mind, this week’s inspiration post is more of a discussion post if you will – taking its cue not only from the paper pretty that I present to you below but also an exploration of the different shapes and forms that wedding breakfasts appropriate in our modern age.

I want to know what you think, what your experiences of wedding day food have been, which foods turn you off as well as those edible delights that have made a wedding a roaring success for you.

We want to hear ALL about it.

You’ll also notice lovelies that today’s post is somewhat shorter than normal. You see folks today is also a #prettynaughty day. Eeek!

Yes it’s finally arrived (how time flies!) so we’re currently running around like headless chickens making sure that everything is tip-top for later on tonight. Don’t worry I’ll be back with oodles of inspiration for you next week.

In the meantime, shall we begin?

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Blooming Lovely

One of my enduring memories from when I was a wee one was catching one of the most beautiful bouquets I had EVER seen from the hands of a stunning bride who I believed was a princess.

Granted I was stood about 3 feet away from her and she more or less handed it to me rather than tossing it over her shoulder. I should mention here that there was also an absence of overexcited females jostling for prime catching position in case you’re picturing me as a miniature Vinnie Jones having elbowed my way to the front.

Nonetheless for the rest of that day I felt special, like I’d been given access to an exclusive club because I’d caught the bouquet. Not even going home in my M&S vest and pants, having been divested of my bridesmaid dress because it was rented could tarnish my little glow of glory.

That was the best day.

I’ve always believed that my triumphant catch was the catalyst for my life-long obsession with beautiful blooms and especially with wedding day bouquets.

So allow me to indulge this weakness of mine and let me show you lovelies some of the best arrangements out there in wedding land (in my humble opinion).

I want to hear about which ones are your favourites.

Which style pulls at your heartstrings?

What colour scheme have you selected for your big W-Day?

I’m all ears…

Carte Blanche

There’s something beautifully exquisite about white blooms.… View the full post.

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Taking Centre Stage.

If you read one of my very first posts for Rock My Wedding then you’ll know that flowers and all objects of the floral variety are my kryptonite. If I was asked to choose, then pretty florets would certainly be one of my desert island luxuries. Ridiculous I know but there we have it – I lose all sense of rhyme and reason when it comes to beautiful blooms.

I have also been known to spend a small fortune in the small hours at my local flower market. If you haven’t been then I suggest you go. Granted, it’s difficult getting up at that time of the morning but it is so worth it. I love talking to the market traders and getting their insights into the latest floral trends. You also get to walk away with truckloads of flowers at bargain prices too. Everyone’s a winner!

But this post isn’t about my forays into the horticultural world, nor is it focused on the more popular subject of the wedding bouquet. No, not so fast lovelies…

Where on your list of wedding-related priorities do centrepieces and reception flowers sit?

Are they important to you or are other aspects of the wedding day such as photography and videography paramount?

Perhaps flower related matters make you come unstuck or perhaps even freak you out. Or are you like a pig in mud and are chomping at the bit to have your first meeting with your florist so that you can show her ALL your ideas.… View the full post.

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