The two most important factors of W-day for Bryony and Brian were “gorgeous food and good vibes” both of which were perfectly achieved and then some. This gorgeous wedding was held in Belfast, a traditional church ceremony followed by a reception in Coppi, a modern industrial themed restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere.
It is so wonderful when we receive a beautiful submission and it turns out the Bride and Groom have sourced so many fantastic suppliers via Rock My Wedding. Katherine and Martin discovered both the divine Iscoyd Park and super talented Shutterbox Films via our pretty pages.
This perfectly executed Spring affair was captured almost exclusively on film by long term sponsors Christian and Erica, the soft muted tones create a feminine and timeless colour palette and the sartorial choices are spot on, from the mis-matched Groomsmen suits to the dove grey Bridesmaids dresses to Katherine’s elegant lace “Dominique” Sassi Holford gown.
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, especially when there is a gorgeous wedding going on and a fabulous nautical theme with seaside trinkets.
I love Charlotte’s beautiful Johanna Hehir wedding dress and that she adapted her look to suit her style by adding a super cute lace Sassi Holford cape. The bridesmaids, flower girls and page boy all look adorable too in their budget friendly high street fashion and how can I leave the Groomsmen out who look very dapper in their traditional morning suits.
All the guests look like they are having a super time in the giant tipi and surrounding gardens, and who wouldn’t with all the fabulous games, food & entertainment on offer!
Rock My Wedding readers Carly & Simon both love the arts, particularly music and theatre. They reflected their shared passions with a Shakespeare themed wedding in old London town.
With a Justin Alexander gown, maids in Jenny Packham for Debenhams and photography by Dominique Bader this vintage inspired wedding is as beautiful as one of Will’s sonnets. I love the fact that Carly and Simon got up on stage to contribute a few lines in a play performed for their guests at the reception, check it out!
Hello party people! This is Captain Adam speaking. Welcome aboard Venga Airways.
After take off we’ll pump up the soundsystem… Cause we’re going to Ibiza…
We’re Going To Ibiza
Heather The Bride: We originally had a UK wedding booked at a Barn in the Cotswolds but it was becoming a very big affair with lots of pressure and expense and as parents we couldn’t justify our children not having a holiday and the day just didn’t feel like Us – so we cancelled and decided to make a holiday of our Wedding with our closest family and friends. Many of whom thought we had gone slightly crazy…
There’s a big wedding market in Ibiza and to be fair all of the Venues are special. Within minutes of meeting Vickki from Eat Ibiza we knew we wanted her to take care of our day and after an afternoon of viewing various Agroturismo’s in the Ibiza Countryside we had one place left to view – Elixir Shore Club. Vickki had actually just bought Elixir and was renovating ready to open. As soon as we walked in we both loved it, the stunning view, the interior couldn’t be more our style and the menu looked REALLY REALLY good including a BBQ option, which was exactly what we were looking for. We were so excited to show everyone a year later and got the exact same reaction from all of our guests!
I was certain I wanted my Hair Up because of the Heat and I didn’t want to have to think about my hair throughout the day. Once its up, its up!I couldn’t find an exact style I wanted but had lots of similar styles pinned on pinterest and Sara from Smack Ibiza came up with something that ticked every box.
With my make up I wanted to look young and fresh but not look heavily made up and again Sara got exactly the look I wanted. Before applying any make up my skin was nourished with REN products, it was like a mini facial and really relaxed me and then Smack use a MAC airbrush silicone based foundation which is their secret weapon in my opinion – it didn’t move all day. I treated my Mom and bridesmaids to the Smack Treatment too for their hair and make up and on the day we all felt at our best ever, Sara and Corina who run Smack take what they do very seriously and it reflects in their work!
I was planning on wearing Jean Paul Gaultier Classique but the night before the wedding I smashed it on the kitchen floor, I was gutted as it was a treat from Steve the day we flew out to Ibiza – so instead my bridesmaid Leigh donated a gorgeous Jo Malone scent!
I saw my dress on the Annasul Y magazine advert and fell in love with the entire Collection, Samantha’s Boutique were the nearest Annasul Y stockists to me and when I tried a few of them on, I wanted them all! But my dress was definetly the one for me. I had my heart set on Lace and loved the way the Tulle flowed , the dress originally had a keyhole back but I had the strap across the top removed which turned it into almost a V Back. I love the detail and still managed to tie it up underneath and spent most the night on the dancefloor! My parents bought my dress which was so generous and I love it so much, now the day is over and I have it at home I just keep unzipping the bag and looking at it!
I originally wanted Louboutins but the day I went shoe shopping I found my Strappy Gold Kurt Geiger shoes that seemed so better suited to Ibiza, I would never have had them for a UK wedding and they were 1/5 of the cost of Louboutins!
It took me so long to choose between head piece or Veil! It was a tough battle but the Veil won 2 weeks before the wedding and after hours of searching online for the right one I found a Rainbow one on Preloved that another bride had changed her mind on, it was a gamble just buying it from a photo but it couldn’t have gone any better with my dress, the colour and tulle were an exact match and the veil flowed into the dress exactly how I wanted it to! I didn’t want to distract anything from the dress so went for minimal jewellerey with some pearl earrings I bought in Ibiza the day before the wedding!
Having just two bridesmaids meant I could treat them!! My sister especially as she is a very hard working Mom of 2 and doesn’t know how gorgeous she is, so I really wanted her to feel amazing on the day. I did look around at other Bridesmaids dresses but was always bought back to the Two Birds ones, they are the champagne colour which makes you think Gold but they’re more of a neutral shimmer and blended in so well with the setting and sunshine and I told them to choose the style they were most comfortable in so they didn’t match completely which I liked. The Two Birds app came in very handy whilst we tried to figure out how to wrap them securely!!
Steve was the complete opposite with 3 Best Men and 2 Ushers and we got all of their Suits from Next so they could keep them. We were so impressed with the style and quality of them and I love that shade of grey!
Steve went for a Blue Suit to seperate himself from the Groomsmen, it was a Simon Carter suit and the fit and colour were perfect for him, he never wears suits so it was extra special to see him in one on the day, I loved it!
There wasn’t a particular theme we strictly aimed for – the venue is so stunning that you don’t need to go mad with decor, I did still add some pretty bits from BHLDN like paper fans and pinwheels and lots of Lace around each chair, napkin and the Cake but our main priority was that the day told our story, we’ve been together for 10 years (since we were 18) so I spent so many nights putting together a photo line from our first ever photo together as a couple right through all the big moments in our relationship.
I set up a secret instagram account and spent hours uploading photo’s, instagramming them and then ordering polaroid prints from printed.com but it went down so well! Seeing all our guests look through it made it more than worth it! Then photo’s of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents wedding days and little signs scattered around the venue. My best friend/bridesmaid made us some runners for the tables with Fabric we got from Birminghams Rag Market, which really finished them off nicely, every guest commented on all the little touches and decor we had which made the very heavy suitcases worth it!
Pretty In Pink
All fresh flowers are imported into Ibiza and the venue advised us to use their selected florist, but I was very relaxed about them as I’d seen lots of pictures of their previous work and it was all gorgeous! I just asked for a selection of Amnesia Roses in a dusky pink with Peonies and lots of Gypsophila (I LOVE Gypsophila.) I couldn’t have been happier though, they were so pretty. Even the buttonholes were amazing, we had bouquets for the Maids and I and then a gorgeous big bouquet as a Centrepiece for each table and on the back of our chairs for the Ceremony, it all tied in so well!
Exactly As We Wanted
We used Anna Kathleen from Ibiza Cermony, we wanted it to be relaxed but meaningful and she personalised it to us so well, she spoke about how far we’ve come already, especially as we are parents and included our 2 sons and so much of our history in the ceremony it was lovely and really reflected how much we’ve been through to get to this point.
Some of the things she said were like she’s known us for years and a lot of our guests said the same, we’re not religious people but being married means the world to us and it came across exactly as we wanted. I was so nervous at the thought of speaking up for the vows but when the time came I felt so comfortable, the ceremony was the highlight of the day for both us, it just felt so perfect and well suited to us.
We booked a DJ for after the meal and decided to do the rest of the music from our own selection on the iPod, as the day got closer I did worry that it would seem a bit boring just having the iPod played through the soundsystem but I really don’t think any entertainment was neeeded, everyone was busy mingling, chatting and soaking it all up and the music just complimented it. The music was Steve’s department as he sat and did playlists for different parts of the day. We are both big music lovers and even managed to bring it into the day, we named the tables after songs;
Artic Monkeys – Mardi Bum
Pharell & Jay Z – Frontin
The Killers – Mr Brightside (top table/first dance!)
Justin Timberlake – Senorita
The Kooks – Naive
Each song triggers memories from different parts of the last 10 years together!
When each table song came up it was their turn to go to the BBQ, this worked so well and I’ll never forget the ‘Frontin’ Table dancing their way to the BBQ, it was so funny and again was a little something I’d worried people wouldn’t get, but they did!
We both hated the thought of a first dance and decided not to do one but then on the day we decided to do The Killers, Mr Brightside with our sons Joel and Ellis which took all the First Dance pressure off and just made it really fun!
A Decent Meal
This bit was really important to us and we really wanted to give our guests a good, decent meal as a thank you for travelling to be there, it turned out that the package we went with included a free bar too which was a nice surprise for our guests as we were keen to make them feel looked after for the day!
We knew the food would be good but we were blown away with how good, Chargrilled Prime Fillet Steak, Slow BBQ’d leg of Lamb, Sticky Champagne & Mustard Sausages, Local Fresh Fish Parcels and the best Salads and Sides I’ve ever had. For Dessert an Indulgence Platter of bite sized chocolate fudge brownies and Madagascan Vanilla Bean Baked Cheesecake with Wild Strawberries. I think every one commented at some point how good the food was. We also did the Speeches before the meal so everyone could sit down and enjoy their food without speech nerves spoling their appetites!
As Favours everyone got a CD with a picture of the View printed on and 20 songs from the day! It’s the most random album anyone will own but we’re still getting messages from guests now saying they love it, also in each CD case was a scratchcard for everyone to do after the Speeches and a Cancer Research Pin Badge, we’ve got some lovely photo’s of guests opening their favours and looking very touched by it all. The Children got Kids Albums with lots of One Direction and Gangham Style which have gone down well too! We had One tier Chocolate swirl cake with white chocolate swirls with a madegascan vanilla bean flavour, it looked gorgeous and tasted so good!
I made our invites which were luggage labels directing people to the wedsite we made www.kavanaghwedding.co.uk which gave everyone details on the wedding, accomodation, flights etc to make it as easy as possible when booking up!
I also used stationer Julia Eastwood. I found Julia through RMW when she joined The Love Lust List and I’m her biggest fan, it was originally just for Order of Service booklets but once I’d received them I then added Place Name Tags, Table Plan, Table Names and then finally little stickers for the front of the CD Cases for the Favours and some gorgeous Eye Spy Cards for each table. Her style is so pretty and unusual and top quality, the majority of guests took their paper goods home as keepsakes.
Once The Party Is Over
A massive must is photography, do your research and find someone that really captures your day, there are a lot of photographers around and choose carefully, also book up as soon as you’ve set your date and venue, the good ones are in demand! We see our photo’s as an investment as they are all we have left now the party is over, yes you will pay more for a good photographer but I can’t imagine the horror of being disappointed with your photos, remember it’s possibe that your cake will not be eaten and no one will see your Shoes so if you have to reduce your budget on other aspects of the day to cover your photography it will be worth it.
We are SO happy with Nicola from Daffodil Waves, I think I’ve told her that I love her more than I have Steve since the wedding day. I literally didn’t know she was there all day and the way she got photo’s of everything is perfect, our pictures are so real and I’ll never forget the day we received them, we laughed and cried as we looked through them all!
A Sunshine Celebration
Make decisions together and let your day be the way you want it to be, don’t obsess about following the rules and tradition or worry what people think. We are so happy to finally be married and just wanted a Big Party in the sunshine to celebrate!
Everybody says it I know but it’s so important to Absorb every moment of the day, from the second you wake up it will be filled with little moments and gestures from all the people you love and will be over in a flash, don’t waste any of that time on stress, just relax and enjoy!
I can pick out so many special moments from our Day and can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing. Going abroad was originally a risk in our eyes but turned out to be the best part about it all. I feel so lucky that we made good decisions with all of our suppliers, picked such a stunning Venue and decided to stick to what seemed like a crazy idea of getting married in Ibiza, we’ve had 12 months of funny looks off strangers assuming we were getting married in the middle of a nightclub or something but now we have our favourite little part of the world and all our friends and family know about it too!
Oh and our boys are the coolest kids in the class going to Ibiza for their Mom & Dad’s wedding!!!!
Venue: Elixir Shore Club.
Hair & Make-up: Smack.
Dress: Annasul Y.
Venue: Samantha’s Boutique.
Shoes: Kurt Geiger.
Maids: Two Birds Bridesmaid.
Groom: Simon Carter.
Stationery: Julia Eastwood.
Photographer: Daffodil Waves.
What a perfect addition to Sexy Summer Scorcher week. Heather and Steve had a total party-fest of a destination wedding. Served up with ice and a slice.
It’s not often that I feel compelled to make a special mention of the menu from one of our featured weddings but I am patting my belly at the thought of Chargrilled Prime Fillet Steak, Slow BBQ’d leg of Lamb and Sticky Champagne & Mustard Sausages right now. That’s my kind of wedding breakfast.
That was epic wasn’t it? I used a lot of photos this morning because I simply couldn’t decide which of these beautiful images from Daffodil Waves could be left out. I reckon you should go and see them all in our gallery.
Thank You For Flying Venga Airways,
Lydia and Jack got married on Rock My Wedding home turf… The good old Midlands. The service was in Gornal Wood at the church Lydia had known all of her life.
I love a wedding with an urban feel and this one certainly has that, but in there amongst the concrete we have the green pop of fields and the blue pop of Jack’s suit. The colour and vibrance jump off the screen and little details like the hanging hearts and paper lanterns really shine through
I am also loving the trees that were brought into the reception venue. A little bit of outside greenery invading and breaking up the stark lines of internal space… Just call me Kevin McCloud.
Lydia The Bride: Jack and I did the whole venue search for our reception, and wanted to go for a place where there was enough space for around 180 guests whilst not costing the earth. We ended up choosing a secondary school, which I was slightly concerned about, as I didn’t want my wedding day to be like having a school dinner! However, the school is a brand new building with a wall full of large windows overlooking a nice green view, with lots of light and space; the risk certainly paid off-phew!
My dress was a Maggie Sottero number called Darlene which I purchased from Go Bridal in Birmingham. I always thought I’d go for a lacy style dress, but as soon as Darlene was on I thought ‘this is the one’ and, much to my amazement, it was only the 2nd dress I had tried on! I tried on lots more dresses all different styles after it, but, in the end, went back to Darl. I loved the little floral design to the side of the dress and the roche effect that gave. I decided to have some cap sleeves attached just to give it a bit of a unique feel.
I felt my dress had all the bling that I wanted to have, with the beaded diamantes on the top half of my dress. I decided to go for some simple pearl earrings, which I borrowed from one of my bridesmaids, ones that she had worn on her wedding day. I wore a simple pearl bracelet. I decided to skip the tiara as my hairstyle was already quite detailed. I wore a long veil, which provided some entertainment for the day when it decided to fly out of my air when we were having photos taken outside. This ended with Jack and our photographer sprinting for the veil across the school car park. It was all very funny.
I’m 5ft 11ish, and decided to listen to my mother’s practical advice for my wedding day and went for a cute pair of Kurt Geiger kitten heels. They were nude in colour, and were very comfy which was a great help when walking down the aisle, as some would say I’m rather clumsy.
Light & Lovely
I met lovely Jo in House of Fraser in Birmingham. Lovely Jo spent hours with me and taught me all about how to put my make up on properly and what shades suit my skin colour, the lot. I went with Bobbi Brown makeup on the day and it was just right for me. It lasted well, and felt light and lovely. I had my hair done by wonderful Zoe at Zaks hair in Kingswinford. Zoe couldn’t help enough, and wanted me to be fully happy, following my nonsensical explanation of what I wanted very well!
Simple White Roses
Flower wise, I spotted a bouquet a few months ago when I rwas eading one of RMW‘s posts and fell in love. I had simple white roses, with a tinge of green around the edge of the petals that matched my bridesmaids’ dresses. The bridesmaids had the same but their roses had a tinge of light pink. My florist insisted that it’s always nice for the groom’s button hole to be different to the best mans and ushers. I went with her advice and Jack wore a big white rose, roughly the size of a planet, with a hint of green. The others all had white roses with a hint of pink to match the bridesmaids. We went for a more economical option for the flowers at the venue. My mom and me took a lovely trip to Morrisons on the Friday morning before the wedding on the Saturday, and bought them out of gypsophila, roses, and lots of mixtures of flowers. My mom’s lovely friends did the flowers in church, which consisted of white roses and gypsophila. All quite simple, but looked beautiful.
Lively Blue Suits
The ushers wore a grey suit that we hired from Greenwoods. We found them to be very organised and helpful, much more so than what we were! We decided that Jack and his best man would wear a lively blue suit from Next with the ushers wearing ties, which complimented the blue. It was a bit of a risk, as we didn’t really know what it would look like until the day itself, but it ended up working well. My 3 bridesmaids wore a minty green, knee length dress from Debenhams. It was a cheaper option but they looked stunning. The whole theme was meant to be ‘rustic’ but that ended up going out of the window when I found other colours I liked. However, it all seemed to work, thankfully! I had my two handsome nephews as my gorgeous pageboys. They definitely stole the show with their cute blonde hair, blue casual trousers, shirt and waistcoat combo from good old M&S (plus cheeky red converse). They looked adorable!
Jack looked perfect! The blue really suited him, and he felt pretty swarve. He combined it with some brown brogues from schuh. The blue mixed with the brown, his lovely auburn locks and his cute face made him the most handsome bloke I’d ever laid my eyes on.
A Chuffing Good Photographer
Photography wise, we went with the talent that is Chris Barber. Being a regular reader of RMW, we spotted him on there, and fell instantly for his photographic skills, and the vibe he goes for. He made us feel so relaxed which we appreciated as we were a bit nervous about what poses we would have to do and how unlike ‘us’ it might be. However, it was all au-natural, and he just told us to be ourselves which included a good old game of charades, hoorah! Chris captured every emotion expressed during the day, and his photos told the story of the day perfectly. We always find something new that we love when we look through our wedding photos, and say each time how thoroughly happy we are that we went with him and how he’s a chuffing good photographer.
School Of Rock
If i’m honest, I just copied a cake that I saw on RMW. My mom’s friend, lovely Di, made our cake(s) for us. I took some photographs in of the kind of cakes I like the look of, and we decided which one to go for. When I went to pick it up the Friday before the wedding, she had made three of my fave cakes. The one I wanted, which was a 2 tier, flower stencils, white ribbon, sponge cake, along with, a country feel victoria sponge cake, and a huge, beautiful iced fruitcake for those who prefer the traditional fruit cake. What a gem!
For entertainment, Jack asked some of his friends that he used to be in a band with when they were teenagers to lead the show and they definitely pulled it out of the bag. They rocked the theatre in our school venue, filling it with crazy dance moves to the likes of Mysterious Girl (obviously!) and a bit of One Direction, mixed in with some other tunes. We loved it, t’was a lot of fun.
Love On Top
I’m not the most romantic person in the world, and sometimes I feel a little uncomfortable with it all. However, I do like to strut my funky stuff on the dance floor, as does Jack, so we therefore decided to ‘show off’ our amazingly (limited) dance moves extravaganza. We had our first dance to Beyonce’s ‘Love On Top’, just because we really like the key changes she does at the end of the song! As we were in the middle of some of our finest moves of all time, my little nephews came and joined us. It made our jig, and although we weren’t exactly having an intimate dance we both felt so happy within that moment.
Our favours were produced by a friend of Jack’s, lovely Lynn! She’s a chocolatier in Northumberland, and she hand made two delicious chocolate truffles for each of our guests!
An Eclectic Theme
Due to our reception being in a school, I was keen on getting lots of decorations just to make it a tad more ‘wedding like’. Through a contact, I ordered some silver birch trees for inside the venue. They brought the massive hall space together, and added something special to the venue. They also matched the inside of the venue with the big green view that was visible through the glass wall, bringing the outside in (sort of!)! Nora Noelle is a dress maker, and we asked her to make lots of cute decorations for us including stuffed material hearts and birds, as well as some doily bunting. She was amazing, and we were so happy with these decorations, we highly recommend her (her website is currently under construction, but you can email her here). This really added to the venue, and definitely put a ‘Lydia stamp’ onto the school. On top of this, my amazing sister-in-law made 50 metres of beautiful bunting, which fitted perfectly across the windows in the venue. We had an eclectic theme for our tables, with different vases, flowers, sweets, lanterns, sticks with hearts, going on. I loved seeing it all scattered around and it added more loveliness to our day.
Crazy, Manic & Hard
Prior to getting married, we had both been warned about how crazy, manic and hard it is to plan a wedding. We both didn’t have the time to get too worked up about it all so we took on more of a relaxed approach. Jack says that 90% of wedding-related stress is self-inflicted and you can help yourself massively by focusing on having a good time with people you love rather than making sure everything is completely perfect. I think as long as you don’t automatically think ‘stress’ in planning a wedding, and don’t get swooped into the current of ‘Argh, this is going to be so difficult’ and actually enjoy the process, it makes for a calmer and more joyful wedding. I wasn’t thinking about the mix match in colour scheme on the wedding day, or the fact that we were sitting in a school for my wedding venue, I just looked around, and saw everyone enjoying themselves, I had my husband next to me, and to me, it was all perfect.
That last image is priceless… What does one do if you’ve just danced your noggin off on the most fun packed and manic day of your life? Collapse in a gorgeous heap in front of the school lockers.
Paola and Darrens’ wedding is bursting with colour…and love. It’s literally spilling over.
The flowers are stunning and I’m loving the coordinating blooms, lips and nails. Breathtaking.
What I love most about this day is the joy that went into planning it, the months of collecting pieces and the dedication put into the cakes (wait until you see the cakes!). There is something very personal about it and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
Breakfast By The Thames
My wedding was on a sunny Saturday, 11th August 2012. My name is Paola and my husband is called Darren. We live in Walton so married in my local church, St Erconwalds and then we had our wedding breakfast in the amazing Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington by the Thames.
A Happy Ending
I bought my dress from a shop in Weybridge called Surrey Brides (a shop I used to look at every day on my way to school!). The designer was Benjamin Roberts. I knew I wanted a lace dress and as soon as I put it on I immediately loved it – it felt pretty and dramatic at the same time. I must admit, it was also within budget so with the two put together, it was the dress for me!
For any brides that have a panic when the dress they order comes in, and think that they don’t suit the dress anymore, ignore the reaction! When my dress arrived for my first fitting, I still loved it but didn’t like myself in it anymore and was convinced it didn’t look as nice as I wanted it to.
Apparently this is completely normal. The next time I went I took my cousin, Gabi who was also one of my bridesmaids, and she completely put me at ease! Take people that can be excited and help you feel positive about your decisions. I still don’t know why I freaked out – I absolutely loved my dress and once Deborah at Surrey Brides had all the fittings made to suit my shape – I was more than happy with the result.
The Perfect Pair
I worked in Teddington at the time and I kept passing this beautiful shop filled with vintage accessories so I made an appointment with Gillian Million and found a stunning head piece that I bought before I found my dress. I then had a pair of earrings, a bracelet and small brooch made to match. I defy anyone not to find something amazing to wear in Gillian’s shop.
With all the money I had spent on my dress and accessories, I knew I wanted a simple pair of shoes so Kurt Geiger provided the perfect pair. I then bought a pair of shoe clips off ebay.
Intense And Bright
I wanted a hairstyle that was relaxed and down, so simple curls were what worked best. My hairdresser was recommended to me by my make-up artist. I love make-up and so this was the perfect excuse to have myself done up.
I like intense eyes or bright lipstick. Another of my bridesmaids, Marisa, has a friend who is a make-up artist and Kate came to turn me into something fantastic! It was a lot of fun for myself, my Mum and the bridesmaids to have their make-up done by a professional.
A Single Rose
The wonderful Jo Butler at Jo Butler Flowers in Teddington provided the flowers and they were prefect. Vintage roses with bright cerise roses to off-set the more subtle colours.
I had a bird theme running throughout the day so I bought bird cages for the centre pieces that Jo filled with the same flowers as my bouquet, which were then placed on hardback books. I had 2 large bird cages to decorate the church and venue that Jo decorated too. I decided to have a single rose for each of the bridesmaids and my maid of honour, and I think it looked really pretty.
A Flash of Pink
I didn’t want a colour scheme so I bought the gold bridesmaids’ dresses from Marks and Spencers and the groomsmen were bought blue suits to match Darren’s. The maids were given brooches to fit on their belts and the men were given Paul Smith ties and pink socks!
Vivienne And Paul
Darren loves all things British so it had to be a Vivienne Westwood suit! He looked so handsome in it and along with the Paul Smith tie, tie pin, pink socks, brown Barker shoes and pocket watch, he looked perfect and I think he was really pleased with the end result.
Exactly What I Was Looking For
When I saw Rebecca’s portfolio I knew she was the photographer I was looking for! And she was absolutely amazing – she really captured the day. We met with her a couple of times before the wedding, and on the day she was so warm and unobtrusive; she even popped over to where Darren was staying to capture some photos of him when he was getting ready and nothing was too much hassle.
A Piece Of Cake
My aunty made an Italian cake and I decided to make the rest so I had a table of cupcakes, cake pops and normal cakes. It was a bit mad the week before and I was icing cakes the Friday night before the wedding, but it was worth it.
My brother had a 30 minute DJ set which was really fun and then the brilliant Wedding Smashers took over for the rest of the evening .
When Darren and I first met we discovered we had a mutual love for Ryan Adams – he’s really special to us so we chose ‘I Love you but I don’t Know what to Say’ and our good mate Paul, who I went to school with, choreographed the dance for us and made us look good. He also choreographed a group dance so my mum, dad, friends and family all got on the dance floor after the first dance to join us in a flash mob which went down really well.
Badges and Bulbs
For favours we had terracotta flower pots filled with flower bulbs for the women and for the men, a miniature bottle of whisky or vodka. We weren’t going to have any favours but then these came within budget and I’m really glad we went with them. We also had some really cool badges made for everyone that I bought from etsy.
The Landmark is an incredible venue but you do have to hire everything in and I made much of the decorations myself. I decided on the bird theme so for 10 months I just kept collecting things that would be nice to use. Etsy, Cox and Cox, ebay and charity shops were the best places for me.
Go With Your Gut
I think making the day as personal to you as you can, and going with your gut is a good starting point. Make the time to enjoy the planning process so it doesn’t get stressful nearer the day. Ask for help when you need it and enjoy it!
Venue: Landmark Arts Centre
Boutique: Surrey Brides
Dress: Benjamin Roberts
Head Piece: Gillian Million
Shoes: Hurt Geiger
Flowers: Jo Butler Flowers
Bridesmaids: Marks and Spencer
Grooms Suit: Vivienne Westwood
Photography: Rebecca Photography
Entertainment: Wedding Smashers
Bridesmaids: Marks and Spencer
Grooms Suit: Vivienne Westwood
So people…a wedding flash mob! Absolutely essential to make any wedding a success.
Didn’t you love all the little touches? The badges, the socks, the roses? And how ruddy dapper is Darren’s suit!
I would love to hear what you think.
Hannah and Greg married at Lillibrooke Manor in Cox Green, a farm opposite Hannah’s Dad’s house. Hannah’s Great Grandfather used to run the farm in the 20s right up until he retired. Hannah explained to RMW that the room where the ceremony was held was used to store asparagus which he used to help pick!
Lillibrooke Manor has been a big part of Hannah’s family history so it must have been amazing for her to marry there.
I had an original 1950s dress with the jacket by Elizabeth Avey. I wasn’t going to have any accessories thing but I entered every wedding competition going and I won a hair slide from Satin & Lace, which was awesome!
I went for a 50’s peep toe, satin blue shoes with a silver heel, from Kurt Geiger on sale!
Make Me Fabulous
I’m a lucky girl, my very good friend Camilla is a make-up artist and stylist. She runs a company called Make me Fabulous. I wanted a show stopping Brigitte Bardot look which Camilla created. Hair was via Camilla’s friend Claire who is also a professional bridal hairdresser.
I felt really confident and glamorous thanks ladies!
My mum Catherine, uncle John and mother in law June arranged and sourced ALL the flowers, apart from the bouquets.
Blue & green were my main colours and we wanted to use lots of wild flowers, ivy, herbs, anything we could obtain for free or grow ourselves.
The large displays in the small ceremony barn were arranged by my uncle John and family friends Richard & Brendan. John is known for styling some amazing London properties, so I knew I was in safe hands. Window boxes were made by June.
My mum organised and arranged the button holes, the wild flowers on the tables and grew the herbs I used as centre pieces (she also made her whole wedding outfit & hat from a 50’s Vogue pattern)
The flower display outside the barn was managed by Keith & June Greg’s parents.
We hired suit jackets and trousers for the best man, my brother, my dad and my father in law. We went with a company in Marlow who were extremely unreliable and I wouldn’t recommend them. Too much unnecessary stress was caused….. The shirts and ties I sourced on line. The tie colour was a vibrant royal blue which matched my shoes.
The bridesmaids dresses were from Collectif.
Originally I wanted to get them from Vivien of Holloway but they let me down. Everything I wanted or needed was out of stock…, plus the quality of the Collectif dresses, the shape and the colours were much nicer.
Shoes were from New look, pashminas from M&S.
Suits You Sir
We had a suit made by A Suit That Fits.
We wanted a vintage look but something that Greg could wear again. It was a herringbone fabric, 2 piece suit. We teamed this with a matching blue tie which pulled the theme colours together and his shoes were from M&S.
A Familiar Face
Photography was an easy choice as I know Richard Jones and love his work… We loved all the detail shots, and the candid people snaps. It was lovely to have someone I know taking my wedding photos. Rich made sure all the details were captured forever.
Simple And Yummy
We had fairy, cup and mini bite size cakes, in lemon, vanilla and almond. Simple, yummy and easy to eat. I made the flags to distinguish the dairy & wheat free ones, and nestled in some farm animals, as the barn had been a fully working farm!
Cakes made by Foxys Cakes.
Rock N Roll
We had a DJ for the evening rather than a band. We wanted, 50s rock n roll, northern soul, 60s & 70s rock, 80s dance, AND hip hop. Phil The Disco was able to supply it all.
We asked Greg’s Cousin Tim to sing for us during the ceremony. He’s a seasoned musician & performer who’s played at Wembley and we knew he would be amazing.
He performed ‘Anyone Else But You’ by the Mouldy Peaches and he composed a song for us which he recorded with a full band and made it in to an actual vinyl record for us!
The whole wedding party danced to ‘Long Tall Sally’ by Little Richard. Every single person was up and dancing. It was brilliant. The song is taken from the opening scene to one of our favourite films, Predator. We didn’t want to spin around on our own, on an empty dance floor… this was a much better way to get the party started.
Each person had a bespoke badge attached to their name card. We found images of our favourite 50s heroes; Marilyn, Liz Taylor, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Buddy Holly, Audrey Hepburn, Johnny Cash etc and tweaked them in Photoshop. Awesome Merchandise printed these for us.
We also had jars of sweets so people could help themselves and lots of home grown herb pots for people to take home and keep.
A Family Affair
The whole concept and all the decorations were organised / made by myself and my family.
I commissioned Greg’s dad to make and design all the bespoke signs to hang around the venue. He used old bits of scrap wood, proper recycling. Our mum’s made about 200m of bunting, from all their old fabric, which was my main request. I made the table herb pots, table plan, favours, button flower displays, and sourced the paper ball decorations. The old marmalade jars used for table flower displays were borrowed from Greg’s Parents next door neighbour.
A Bit Of Nostalgia
The theme was the 1950s, because my family had lived on the farm during this period, plus it was the era when our parents were children and it has a nostalgic feel to it. The old fashioned, homemade style suited the venue particularly well but the fact that everything was actually handmade with love and affection by my friends and family made it really special.
I wanted to create a feast for the eyes and my expectations were exceeded. I have set dressing and design experience professionally so I am all about the detail and personal touches; I loved that everywhere you looked there was something creative, fun or pretty to look at.
Mostly everyone got involved and came in 50s inspired clothes which looked amazing.
I have 7 years event and production management experience and I recently started a wedding & events business with my friend Hayley, called Penny & Poppy (weddings parties & events):
We are used to bringing other people’s ideas to life, but when the concepts are your creation it’s the most amazing feeling to see everything come to fruition. I was so proud of everyone. All the planning and hard work was worth it. It was the happiest and most stylish day of our lives.
Venue: Lillibrooke Manor
Photographer: Richard Jones
Dress: Elizabeth Avey
Accessories: Satin & Lace
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Make-up: Make me Fabulous
Groomsmen attire: A Suit That Fits
Entertainment: Phil The Disco
For Hannah and Greg a vintage wedding was absolutely perfect. The nostalgic venue set the scene and from there the theme grew organically and feels completely natural. Hannahs’s accessories from the gloves to the Satin & Lace hair slide to those colour pop blue shoes are spot on, funky, retro, glamourous and fabulous.
Will and Helen got married in June 2012 at St Nicholas Church, Willoughby and they had the reception on the front lawn of Wills’ family home, Manor Farm in Willoughby.
WARNING… This wedding contains sheep, flip flops and images of spirits being consumed directly from the bottle. If any of this offends you then it might be time to find an alternative wedding blog 😉
Photography is by Mr Super Star Chris Barber.
My dress is Justin Alexander style 8530 and was bought from The White Dress Boutique in Leamington Spa. After under-estimating the time needed to pick a wedding dress let alone the ordering time, I panicked last Christmas and had to combine choosing my dress with finishing my final accountancy exams.
After convincing myself that I would fall in love with the first dress I tried on (yeah right!), I came across my dress some time later on my own, in my lunch hour of my final mock exam (I was obviously giving it my full concentration). The next day my mum and sister met me for lunch and that was it. The dress however needed some work to make it the right one for me, step in the wonderful Stacey Louise miracle worker and dress maker extraordinaire. She wasn’t fazed by the extra metre of lace I turned up with or my plans to cut into the delicate lace neckline and in a matter of weeks turned the ‘boat neck’ neckline into a perfect V neck.
Due to the lace detail in my dress I wanted my jewellery to be kept very simple. In the end it was all a lovely surprise chosen by Wills some pearl drop earrings and a matching bracelet.
I had a veil all ready to go on the morning but kept changing my mind, last minute I decided on a single stem of white freesia which better suited the more relaxed feel I was going for.
A No Brainer
Being once likened to a ‘constipated penguin’ whilst attempting to walk in heels, my decision to wear flip-flops was a no brainer. To soften the blow to my shoe obsessed sister I chose a pair of sparkly Kurt Geiger flip flops which were super comfy all day and many a time after.
A Messy Half Up Do
I was lucky enough to have my sister’s friend Louise and her friend Sarah do our hair on the morning of the wedding. To have someone that I felt comfortable with and trusted around on the morning was great and I knew that Wills would want my hair down, so a messy half up do was just enough to stop me fiddling with it all day. My bridesmaids had very different hair types and colours so they just chose what made them feel comfortable.
Our make up was done by Paula at Secrets, Daventry. Make up is not my forte so getting the professionals in was essential however we did put her skills to the test especially in the waterproof mascara department.
My flowers were one of my favourite parts of the day, created by my super talented mother in law Elaine, family friend Sue and some lovely ladies from the village they managed to create the home grown, swooped up from the meadow look I envisioned.
The bouquets included Peonies, Stocks, Corn, Lavender, Gypsophilia, September Flower and Sweet Williams. The boys buttonholes were bound with string and smelt like roast lamb including Rosemary, Lavender, Corn, September flower and Sweet Williams.
The Tipi was brought to life with the same flowers displayed in the families Jug collections and jam jars, which I think suited the long wooden tables (that we were lucky enough to borrow from the village hall) better than centre pieces.
The bridesmaid dresses were the first thing I brought, I nabbed a brand new one from eBay for £30 and couldn’t believe it when I could order a matching one from the wedding dress shop (almost two for the price of one!). The dresses were Dessy Style 6556 in Kiwi. The girls wore them with fresh gypsophilia in their hair (another last minute decision) and sparkly flip-flops to match mine.
Wills hired a suit for himself and the groomsmen from Moss Bros, the not so formal 3 piece grey suit lended itself to the more relaxed theme we were going for. They all looked gorgeous with their sage green ties and herby buttonholes.
Cosy With The Cows
Choosing the right photographer was very important to both of us, we both love photos and wanted someone informal and laid back who wouldn’t mind getting cosy with the sheep and the cows. Chris Barber…. come on down! He even turned up to our engagement shoot on the farm on a very wet weekend in a pair of perfectly white pumps. A pair of emergency wellies later and we knew we had made the right decision. We will treasure our wedding photographs forever, choosing Chris was the best decision we made after all it’s what keeps the memories alive forever.
The Milkybars Are On Me
The cake was masterminded by my super talented mum; it was made of three tiers of Lemon Madeira, Chocolate with dark chocolate ganache and milkybar butter cream, and boozy fruit cake. The tiers were separated by wood and topped with wedding sheep and mini bunting all handmade by my mum.
The Perfect Waltz
Our first dance/shuffle was to Adele’s One and Only, we just about managed to last through the first verse before dragging everyone else on. One of my fondest memories of the day was seeing Wills’ grandparents on the dance floor putting us all to shame with a perfect waltz. DJ Shaun from Big Bopper Entertainment played us into the night and there was never an empty space on the dance floor (at least until the hog roast came out!)
Having the wedding at home in what was once described as a ‘scout tent’ by my mum meant we were left with a very blank canvas. Will takes the credit for choosing the tipi, but mum and I take all the credit for the décor! After being inspired by many fabulous homemade weddings on Rock My Wedding, and with time on our side and the most talented family anyone could wish for we got out the sewing machine and got to work.
Hundreds of meters of fabric and hessian bunting later (we had 100m of agricultural hessian to use after all), Table runners, Table mats, Fabric napkins, Lavender hearts for the girls and seat pads for the over 60’s it was starting to come together. My Mum, Sister and Sister in law also made hundreds of shortbread biscuits topped with chocolate sheep for favours.
For the table names we brought a little bit of Vegas to the farm, as homage to a recent family holiday the tables were named after the hotels on the strip. In an attempt to bring the outside in, a young silver birch tree stood in the entrance to the tipi, and each guest had a tag hung on the tree to tell them which hotel they were staying at. The place settings were chunks of wood with polaroids of each guest on (we loved stitching people up). My dad also painstakingly wrapped fresh ivy and thousands of fairy lights around the wooden poles in the tipi which when it all came together created the cosy, homely atmosphere that we were trying to achieve.
Food was also a big part of our day, with Wills’ dad’s homegrown beef as the star of the show, accompanied by salads, ‘grazing boards’ to start and a ‘Pudding Table’ contributed to by anyone who offered. We then had a hog roast in the evening, which was a gift from Wills’ Auntie and Uncle’s farm.
Frills And Fancies
Our wedding was special to us because we were lucky enough to have it at home; it took me a while to get my head around the concept of spending so much money on all these frills and fancies to essentially have a party in the front garden. It however meant we could easily create a day that was unique and personal to us both. It meant I could have my sheep proudly on show (best Christmas present ever), Hughie the dog wandering around and more importantly I could walk down the driveway to church and we could have the family photos in the front of the same house generations have had before.
Our wedding was a huge family effort, right from the early stages of preparation to the mass tidy up the next day. They all taught me to enjoy every moment and take time and enjoy the run up, we enjoyed the week before preparations as much as the wedding day itself. Use your families talents, I even got my 14 year old brother off the xbox and onto the sewing machine. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, trust the professionals to do their job, delegation is the best word in the dictionary and don’t stress about the little things. Remember at the end of the day in the words of my very wise father in law ‘it’ll all be alright you’ll find’.
Photography – Chris Barber
Venue – Home
Boutique – The Dress Boutique
Seamstress – Stacie Louise
Dress – Justin Alexander
Flip Flops – Kurt Geiger
Make-up – Secrets
Maids – Dessy
Hog Roast, Catering Tables, Fridge Trailer, Heaters, Toilets etc – Gordon Stretton
Grazing boards… Genius.
I can understand what Helen means when she says she had to get her head around spending so much money on frills and fancies. Let’s face it – a wedding doesn’t come cheap… Even when you have it at home.
What you hope is that you provide the sort of party that goes down in history – a celebration of your love that all your friends and family will remember forever. And it looks to me as though Helen and Will achieved that. With Knobs on.