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To Thine Own Self be True.

Cover-ImageRock 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!

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A Crazy Idea.

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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…

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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!

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Hot Hair

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.

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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!

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The One

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!

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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!

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No Distractions

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!

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Two Birds

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!!

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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!

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Pretty Bits

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Mardi Bum

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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DIY Invites

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!!!!

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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.

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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,

Captain Adam.

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A Highschool Romance.

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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.

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School Dinners

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.

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Nude Heels

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Dress: Maggie Sottero
Boutique: Go Bridal
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Make-up Lesson: House of Fraser
Hair: Zaks hair
Hire: Greenwoods
Groom: Next
Maids: Debenhams
Photography: Chris Barber Photography

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.

Obviously.

Adam.

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Love on the Thames

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.

She had tons of energy all day…I don’t know how she kept it up!  I couldn’t be happier with the photos and would recommend her to anyone in a heartbeat.

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.

Flash Mob

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.

Incredible Collections

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.

Becky
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The Fabulous 50s

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.

Photography today is by Love Lust List member Richard Jones.

Vintage Style

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!

Satin Blue

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!

Family Blooms

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.

Groomsmen/Bridesmaids attire

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!

Spinning Around

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.

Awesome Badges

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

Cake:Foxys Cakes

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.

Adam.

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One And Only.

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.

Dress Panic

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.

Simple Jewellery

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.

Blooming Lovely

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.

Fresh Gypsophilia

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!)

Scouts Honour

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

DJ – Big Bopper Entertainment

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.

Adam.

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Celebrate Your Love.

Quite a fashion fest for you this afternoon, we have a “not-a-wedding-dress” dress in a pinky peach, grey maids and a groom in burgundy.

You are going to love it.

Rock My Wedding readers Imogen and Jamie married in April with a reception at Packington Moor Farm in Lichfield.

All of the ace images are courtesy of Mirrorbox Photography

On Time

Dan, one of our parent’s best friends and our friend, married us. His talk was so funny, personal and casual that both Jamie and I and our guests felt at complete ease. The ceremony was important to us so I made sure that I arrived bang on time!

Blushing Bride

I knew that I wanted to look like a bride but without the stereotypical bridal gown/look, I knew it wasn’t really me… I found a beautiful blush pink/peach Anoushka G evening dress online and rang every supplier on their list and managed to source one dress in a size 8 at the shop in Leamington Spa. My dress wasn’t from a typical bridal shop but an evening/prom dress shop called Revolve in Leamington Spa. I went the next day and I knew it was special, different and very me. So I decided it was to be mine. The price was also a beauty, at only £695 I knew I could then afford some beautiful Kurt Geiger shoes.

It’s hard to describe the style – I’d say Star Trek/ Lady Gaga/ Titantics/ 1940’s. The heavily embellished shoulders were a talking point amongst guests.

Minimal Detail

I have always known that I didn’t want a large veil or tiara, I have always wanted to keep it simple and informal, but when I tried on my entire garb I felt like I was missing something. So a week before the wedding I purchased a birdcage veil with very minimal detail from a seller on ASOS Marketplace for only £30. For the evening (as I knew a birdcage veil was going to irritate me all day) I bought a small pearl hair slide from Debenhams that I just quickly slid in after welcoming drinks.

As for jewellery, I’ve never been a big wearer of jewellery so all I wore was my engagement ring. I knew I’d be forcing something that wasn’t me if I wore a large amount of jewellery so I stuck with what I felt comfortable with.

Extra Height

For my shoes it was skyscrapers all the way!! At only 5ft 1 I needed all the extra height I could get. As my dress was a blush, soft pink, I knew that I couldn’t go for white shoes (not that I wanted to) so I trawled online and found a pair of gorgeous grey, suede Kurt Geiger heels with large bows on the front which I had to have, also they were in the sale for £40! Absolute steal! Though extremely painful by the end of the night, I love them and they are currently sitting on my dressing table for me to admire daily!

Simple And Loose

As my dress had heavily embellished shoulders I knew my hair needed to be in an ‘up-do’, but I wanted something simple and loose, nothing stuffy and tight, I still wanted to look like myself but just a more pristine version. My local hairdresser, Socorra at Kennedy’s, came over in the morning and took care of my hair. I decided on a loose, low, pinned back look (I must have had a hundred bobby pins in my hair!) and I was so happy with the finished look.

I can be quite fussy about my make-up…so I decided to do my foundation and blusher myself – using all Mac products. Then I made my way over to the local beauty salon, Essentials, to have my eye make-up done, I decided on a smokey grey eye to match my shoes and a very subtle soft pink lip.

Spring Fresh

We’d always envisioned our wedding to be relaxed and informal and I wanted the flowers to carry on with this theme. After approaching a few florists with my ideas I was given some rather ludicrous quotes! So I decided to speak to a family friend, an ex-florist, and asked if she’d like to do my flowers. Fortunately she said yes and understood exactly what I wanted and I have to say that the final result was fantastic, I couldn’t complain about anything even if I wanted to, they were stunning.

I wanted them to look like I’d picked them out of a garden that morning – fresh, spring flowers – so I had a selection of Ranunculus, David Austin roses, lisianthus, stock, rosemary and veronica’s.

The bridesmaid’s bouquets were just slightly smaller versions of my own and the table centres were made up of a number of different size and style vintage vases collected from charity shops over the months filled with the beautiful orange, peach, cream, white and green flowers.

Polka Dots

We asked our ushers to wear navy suits and we purchased their white Topman shirts and River Island burgundy polka dot ties. Again, I didn’t want typical bridesmaid dresses and after trawling for hours with no success on the internet I decided that they needed to be made. A family friend is a seamstress and between us we came up with a simple design, decided on a beautiful grey dotted fabric and went from there. My two bridesmaids (my sister and sister-in-law) are very different shapes, so we decided on two different styles but in the same fabric. I wanted them to feel comfortable so told them they could wear any shoes and accessories they wanted. One wore green shoes, the other pink, but it all just worked!

Burgundy Suit

Ah, the handsome groom! We went on a trip to Paris for a music festival and stumbled into a The Kooples store. Jamie immediately fell in love with a stunning burgundy three piece suit and tie. They were bought then and there and honestly, he did not stop talking about it until the honeymoon, he adored it!! He wore some lovely Hudson brown shoes and white Ted Baker shirt. Walking down the aisle, I did swoon, but because I knew that he felt as comfortable and happy as he possibly could.

Relaxed And Comfortable

Photography was extremely important to us and we knew we had to get it right. We wanted photographers that were fun, took risks, created informal, candid, subtle ‘capture the moment’ images and who also dabbled in lomography.

I stumbled across Mirrorbox Photography on RMW and immediately fell in love with the beautiful images. We got in touch with Sam at Mirrorbox Photography and after a friendly chat Jamie and I had faith that they would be able to produce the images we were after as well as a relaxed and comfortable environment for us, family and guests. We have to thank Mirrorbox Photography for the beautiful images and highly recommend them to any future brides out there!

Battenberg

Every girl loves cake so we wanted it to be tasty. My friend’s mum is an excellent cake maker and as a wedding present she offered to make our wedding cake free of charge. We opted for a three tier, battenberg covered in the most scrumptious butter icing! It was then decorated with three tiny tissue paper pom poms. As I was dancing all night I sadly didn’t even get to try any, but I heard it was delicious!

Indie Covers

Kindly my mum desperately wanted to buy a band for our wedding as a wedding present. We wanted a live band that played our style of music, so opted for a local indie cover band called The Atlantics from Leicester. They were fantastic and played songs from the Beatles to The Rolling Stones to Amy Winehouse. We always knew we wanted it to be a fun party and The Atlantics kept the crowd dancing all night! They even unexpectedly pulled Jamie and I up to sing. A DJ then followed on to keep the party going until late.

Home

Our first dance was to Home by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. We’ve always loved that song and the lyrics mean a lot to us. It was made even more special when we went to a music festival in the woods in Paris and we heard it live, we knew it was the one. There’s always that one song that makes you think of the other person and that should be the one you choose, even if it’s not considered ‘weddingy’ because it doesn’t mention ‘love’ every other word.

A Few Questions

Favours was a difficult one… I knew we wanted something for our guests but didn’t want to spend a lot of money. So, on each person’s place setting we left a ‘Bride & Groom Wedding Questionnaire’ and a personalised pencil that they could take home. The questionnaires were purchased from a seller on Etsy and provided some light hearted fun for our guests as well as amusing us when we read them after our honeymoon.

As an extra something, I personally bought earrings and necklaces for my best girlfriends that I hid under their napkins for them to find during dinner. I wanted them to know that even though they weren’t bridesmaids, they still have a special place in my heart.

Vintage Inspired

My cousin works as a set designer for Hammonds and she gave me free reign of her store cupboard so I was able to find odd bits and bobs for the tables such as stacks of books and unusual vases. My house is full of old vintage furniture and I had always envisaged a ‘vintage area’ at my wedding, so my cousin and I created a corner with an old chair, cupboard, suitcase and odd bits and bobs such as a typewriter and vintage camera, to provide a great photo opportunity and to put our personalities into the barn.

My mum and I also slaved for hours making tissue paper pom poms that I had seen previously on RMW, we attached them to the beams and the back of mine and Jamie’s chairs. They had such an amazing effect on the barn and they were even recycled for my cousin’s wedding later that month.

Our stationery was created by my father (a graphic designer) from a personalised drawing of Jamie and I and we used it on our invitations, menus and table plans. We also used grey and white yarn pom poms to decorate the barn and cars.

Stay True To Your Style

What made our day special was that it was completely ‘us’. You are given advice when planning a wedding and advice that you feel obliged to take on board but it’s important to stay true to your own style and personalities. Never feel under pressure by comments such as ‘that’s not very weddingy’ as it is weddingy to you.

Remember why you are arranging the wedding, it’s to celebrate the joining of each other in marriage and the love you have, so don’t stress, not everything needs to be perfect, so what if one table has one more vases than the other! Have one night a week where you agree not to mention the wedding even once, and just enjoy each other’s company without the wedding planning hanging over your heads. Your wedding day will then be completely joyful as opposed to stressful and genuinely will be the best day of your lives.

Venue – Packington Moor Farm

Dress – Anoushka G

Boutique – Revolve

Shoes – Kurt Geiger

Make-up – Essentials

Groom – The Kooples

Photography – Mirrorbox Photography

Band – The Atlantics

Those portrait shots are so beautiful aren’t they?

Also, I am loving The Kooples a lot at the moment and now I am seriously thinking about making some burgundy investments.

Adam.

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Ballroom Glamour In Rye.

Emma and Paul got married at The George in Rye in April 2012. The George was the first venue they saw and both fell in love with the bulding and the staff instantly.

Once they had their perfect venue, their theme and other decisions about the day all started to fall into place.

Photography today is by Jacqui McSweeney.

No Bling

I knew I wanted something with a vintage feel to it and it was recommended I look at White Mischief Bridal in Henfield. I tried on about 30 dresses but as soon as I had tried my first Jenny Packham I knew that was it. I had to have one of hers. I must of tried on her whole range and actually dismissed my Saskia dress first of all due to the bows on the shoulders. On my second visit this new dress appeared and was just right. It was the same Saskia dress minus the bows. It was perfect. I had clearly said no bling and as you can see from the dress I went against my initial judgements but the detail is of birds kissing which matched perfectly with some of my details and the Georges wallpaper.

The Whole Hog

As I was trying on the Packham dresses I thought I might as well go for the whole hog and try on all of her beautiful accessories. A visit up to her bridal shop allowed me to see the whole range but I eventually ended up with acacia ii and the bracelet to match. They were beautiful alongside the dress and topped off the whole wedding. I often find myself sitting in the house with them on now.

Nude Satin

I went for complete skyscrapers, I don’t do heels but got my shoes before the dress. Beautiful nude satin peep toes from Kurt Geiger. I did also have some Irregular Choice white and silver kitten heels for the evening, they were eBay finds and unfortunately one was shiny and one was matte… Oops.

Relaxed And Pampered

I really wanted my hair on one side and with a 40s hollywood style, my hair is not good long but I grew it as I am sure many brides do. I wanted a vintage theme and came across the wonderful Truffle hair salon in Rye. Their whole salon is in a vintage theme and Sarah the owner came up with a wonderful updo. She also came and did makeup and my bridesmaids hair on the day, giving me a relaxed and pampered start to the day. I felt so glamorous. and Sarah and her assistant were wonderful.

Vintage Lace

Cafe Des Fleur in Rye did my flowers, I knew I wanted antique style roses and Hydrangeas as my main flowers but wanted to keep a English garden feel about them. The bridesmaids were in sage green and so Lucy added sage and other herbs throughout the flowers. Our bouquets were green and pink in keeping with the colour scheme and mine were wrapped in vintage lace I had picked up at a fair months ago for the occasion.

The boys wore similar flowers. Every table was dotted with large cut glass vases of mixed flowers with the roses and Hydrangeas and then 3 cups and saucers filled with flowers on each table. I had been collecting these too for months. On the beautiful fire places stood a collection of vintage vases, and jars of flowers (which again I had collected) and on the top table were bird cages to keep with the bird theme (from the wallpaper) filled again with the same flowers.

Green And Grey

We hired the groom’s and boys grey suits, but kept with a sage green theme to match the bridesmaids dresses in the ties and hankies. The girls dresses were from Coast. I had those about a year before the wedding and before I got my own!

Paul wore a grey suit and waistcoat. He looks incredible in a suit and looked wonderful. He wore the cufflinks I had made for him at Christmas too.

High Standards

Jacqui McSweeney was incredible. I am a photographer and photography teacher so my standards were high. I looked around the Brighton area and came across her almost straight away. Her laid back images and beautiful lighting drew me to her and when we met her she put us both at ease. It was wonderful having her there it felt like a friend taking photos.

Cupcake Capers

We both love cupcakes so went for those. They were from the Angel Food Bakery in Brighton. We decided on a number of buttercream covered cakes, some in cream with little pink roses, others with green buttercream or pink with little pearls to decorate. We also went for a topper cake, a giant Cupcake which we had great fun trying to keep still when driving to Rye the day before the wedding. The cake didn’t do well thanks to Paul’s driving and he spent a good part of the day of the wedding trying to beautify it. Thanks to our chef no one noticed its bumps and bruises. I had also found beautiful floral cases which we decorated each cake with.

Cheese Please

We were lucky to have a DJ provided as part of our package at the George but made sure that the music was an eclectic mix of cheese, current and old school tunes. During the speeches I had whistles and clappers, even kazoos for the tables. That caused some entertainment (and frustration) for the two best men (Pauls brothers) when they were trying to speak.

Greatest Day

I am a huge Take That fan as are many of my closest friends (stems from teenage-hood) and Paul has kind of inherited them as a band due to me. We love The Circus album and Greatest day has to be our best singalong song. I think we spent most of the first dance singing rather than being at all romantic.

Fruit Picking Favours

I knew what I wanted for favours from the word go. I started them actually rather early on in the planning. I made lots of handmade jam and filled and covered each mini jar with vintage and found fabric, ribbon, a button and a little tag printed with our initials.

What was lovely was the support we had in getting the fruit for the jam. My bridesmaid Vicki, my Mum and Stepdad and bridesmaid Kirsty and her two sons all helped pick the fruit. Callum one of the little boys in particular loved the picking and probably ate as much as went into the baskets.

A Bride In her Element

I styled every aspect of my decor making a lot and sourcing a lot as I went. I started a mood book from two days into the engagement and had an exact idea of what I wanted and what Paul wanted from day one.

The ballroom where we married and had the wedding breakfast has beautiful silk hand painted wallpaper and this very much dictated the style and look of the wedding. In the Benson room (the bar) I had filled old kilner jars with sweets and made my own vintage button peppermint creams which sat in a crystal glass rose bowl. The jars had hand printed labels on them with little lines to tempt the eaters! In the same room we also had childhood photos of us both and on our gift table an old parisian hat box for cards. There were cut out birds for decoration and pearls and lace. Theere was also a chalkboard (link to me being a teacher) which I had personalised and decorated as our order of service.

In the ballroom, bunting made by a work colleague decorated the balcony whilst the tables were scattered with pearls, birds and lace. Our seating plan was a bird cage with luggage tags tied on, each hand printed and decorated. Our tables were named after one of the many names I call our cat Sammy and I had hand made each table number.

I am a head of art at a secondary school and trained artist so was in my element. Each table also had a photo of the cat.

I made our ring cushion, which was printed with our names and wedding date and had buttons that were my Nans sewn on. Even on the door there was a chalk board covered with my Nans buttons (she was a seamstress) with our names chalked on. Oh and I had made my own invites which I used as decoration during the day.

A sense Of Anticipation

We had a long engagement as we knew we wanted to be able to pay for it and not leave ourselves in debt but the wait added a sense of anticipation to the day. It allowed us to find the perfect venue, for me to make so much of the decor and for us to find people who would help us visualise our dreams. We kept our numbers small, to the people we really wanted to be there, making the day so intimate. Our family, especially my mum, helped me and Paul so much in the preparation of the day which really made the day feel like a group effort.

If you have a vision and know what you want – don’t compromise, stick with it, do your research and don’t be afraid to have a go at doing bits yourself. Establish relationships with your venue and your suppliers and create a moodbook or board!!

I have been so inspired by my day that I am now in the process of setting up a wedding blog and design service called Hearts And Buttons.

I am bursting with creative ideas and have definitely caught the wedding bug. We had such a beautiful day and I am so happy to share it with others.

Venue – The George in Rye

Photographer – Jacqui McSweeney

Dress – Jenny Packham

Boutique – White Mischief Bridal

Shoes – Kurt Geiger

Hair & Make-up – Truffle

Blooms – Cafe Des Fleur

Cake – Angel Food Bakery

Bridesmaid Dresses – Coast

A good idea when planning a theme is to find one single item, object or accessory that you love and then build your theme from there. Emma and Paul loved the silk hand painted wallpaper that was at their venue and as Emma mentioned, this then dictated the whole style and look for their big day.

At Rock My Wedding we call this item a ‘piece of pretty’. So if any of you are unsure on choosing a particular look or theme, perhaps you can think of a ‘piece of pretty’ That will provide you with that starting block and then hopefully everything else will start sliding into place.

Adam.

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Wash Away The Blues.

This wedding really should come with a nudity warning… During the speeches Paul decided to reveal arguably slightly too much about himself. I’m not really sure why, but some things are best left unexplained :)

However, it’s not the flesh on display that’s referenced by the “blue” in the title to today’s wedding… It’s the casual and relaxed classic blue colour scheme, lifted with the occasional accent of green and yellow.

Gill and Paul married at St Maty the Virgin Church followed with a reception ot The Olde Bell in Hurley. Photography is by the super husband and wife team Jordan and Innes from Source Images.

Dress Number 2

My Wedding dress was by Suzanne Neville – Manhattan, with a Sassi Holford lace top. I knew it was “the one” when I realised I preferred it to the first dress I’d bought! (An expensive discovery).

A Sassi Veil

My veil was fab and was from the same company, Sassi Holford. I bought it from Ellie Sanderson in Beaconsfield.

Something Old

I wore my most-favourite-of-all-time (and a bit worn) Kurt Geiger pink satin peep toe shoes with a snakeskin mega heel – awesome! )

Genie In a Bottle

I had my hair put up with loose ringlets: A bit Christina Aguilera of old. My make-up was by Lauren Dunn from Channel 4’s 4Beautyteam. She was brilliant and gave me bright blue eyes.

Blue Blooms

I adored the flowers. We had blue hydrangea bouquets; blue agapanthas; delphinium and hydrangea. Wendy from Sonning Flowers in Reading was brilliant.

In The Navy

For our Groomsmen and we bought navy suits with blue ties and blue/lime green buttonholes.

Dressed To Kill

Paul wore a tailor made 3 piece suit from Dress2Kill. He looked trim and fab (until he got his red cabbage tattoo out in the speeches).

A Perfect Day

Jodan and Innes from Source Images were amazing and they were brilliant people too. The images are beyond my dreams and a perfect record of a perfect day.

A Bit Cheesy

We decided to have a cheese cake (Literally) with tiers of cheese from La Fromagerie in Marlyebone. PJ helped us choose it all and found the heart shaped camembert to it. We served the cheese with bottles of port to finish the night off.

Loud And Proud

We used a local DJ to provide entertainment. There was a strict decibel limit at the venue which we kept exceeding. This was an amusing near-disaster!

A Very First Dance

Our first dance was to Human by The Killers. It was the first song we ever danced to (aaahhh!!)

Boutique Chic

Jo and Andre De Jong, awesome event experts, themed the entrance and link room with quirky candles and boutique chic glass candelabras.

Up-lit with blue and green lights it absolutely transformed the ‘weaker’ area’s of the venue.

An Amazing Team

Alanna Mells at The Olde Bell is the best wedding organiser I can imagine and James and the team were amazing with the food and service.

Frankie Says Relax

My one piece of advice would be just try to be totally relaxed about the whole day, then nothing will disappoint you and you will have an absolute ball.

Venue The Olde Bell

Dress Suzanne Neville

Accessories Sassi Holford

Boutique Ellie Sanderson

Shoes Kurt Geiger

Photographer Source Images

Make-up <Lauren Dunn

Flowers Sonning Flowers

Suit Dress2Kill

Cheese La Fromagerie

Gill says to relax, that might be easier said than done for some of us – but if you can manage it, it’ll really show though on the day and in your photos. Of course it helps to have a great photography team on standby and Source Images never fail to produce classic and timeless imagery with comfortable and natural looking portraits.

Adam.

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