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Win The Lady Mary Tiara From Liberty In Love & Chez Bec.

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Yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you…you DID read that right…

This afternoon we’re giving you the chance to channel your inner-aristrocrat and win the beautiful Lady Mary tiara from Liberty in Love, designed by Chez Bec.

At RMW we love Liberty in Love – they have such an amazing collection of Bridal accessories and we’ve used pieces from them for most of our Editorial shoots.

In fact, the Lady Mary tiara was worn by lovely model Steph in our latest shoot which you can see right here in our super-swanky new downloadable magazine. (Didn’t realise Team RMW had created a magazine too?!? I know – we really do spoil you. AND it’s completely free!!!)

I’m not sure you need me to say this, as you can see for yourselves how stunning it is – but believe me the Lady Mary really is a thing of beauty. Wearing something so sparkly and decadent can’t fail to make you feel like a princess and I love that it is statement enough to be worn on it’s own, but could also be dressed to the nines with tear-drop earrings…and the hairband-esque shape means that the Lady Mary can be worn with up-dos or loose luscious locks.

For a chance to win the gorgeous tiara read on…

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Win A £200 Shopping Spree To Spend On Bridesmaids’ Jewellery!

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With Summer raising her head above the parapet (how gorgeous was the weather at the weekend!) and a whole heap of weddings just around the corner for so many of you lovelies, bridal accessories expert Liberty in Love is helping to prolong the sunshine by offering one lucky RMW reader reader a bridal jewellery shopping spree up to the value of £200.00.

Yep you heard right…a whole two hundred smackeroonies worth of glitzy jewellery!

I KNOW! How generous is that!

You can choose from all of this pretty…

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Win a £250.00 Valentines Shopping Spree!

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It’s Valentine’s Day soon people… and to help spread the love (and the bling!) Liberty in Love has teamed up with Stephanie Browne to offer one LUCKY Rock My Wedding reader a Valentine present to top all others. Yep that’s right – a Stephanie Browne couture bridal jewellery and accessories shopping spree up to the value of £250.00.

You can choose from all of this pretty…

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What Alex Did…Went And Said A Big Fat I Ruddy Well Do! Part 2

Proud. That’s how Alex described her emotions as her brand spanking new husband stood to address the room brimming with nearest and dearest. I must take this opportunity to say that we at RMW are proud to have had Alex as one of our real brides.

Her tales has never failed to be entertianing, honest and always written from the heart. And this last bumper installment is arguably her best work yet.

So, without further ado let’s jump back into part 2 of Alex’s report – acommpanied by the awesome imagery of Especially Amy. And if you have not read part 1 yet then check it out now!

Food Glorious Food!

We went back up and before we had time to even speak to everyone it was time for dinner yay! So, we were announced as Mr and Mrs M and took to our seats, which by the way is super difficult in a huge dress and veil and it took some time to get sat down.

The speeches began and my godfather started it off with a lovely and touching story of me growing up and of our favourite memories, perfect. My sister then did her tale of my childhood and everything since and that too was just perfect and had plenty of people laughing, especially me! Then, my gorgeous groom took to his feet and did me super proud with his speech, the right amount of jokes, compliments and thank yous, I have never been more proud.

We had a delicious three course meal (chicken liver parfait or spiced prawn cocktail, goats cheese stuffed chicken with crispy bacon and dauphinois potatoes, veg and roast potatoes and a beef wellington parcel served with the same, and to finish a chocolate hobnob base vanilla cheesecake with chocolate ganash topping or sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce). We have received so many compliments about the food at Malmaison, that it wasn’t the typical wedding food and barely any was left over! Glasses were kept topped up and looking around the room seeing all our nearest and dearest enjoying a lovely meal and having a good time was really wonderful.

Evening Shenanigans

Dinner over with, time had flown so time for a quick change of hair, touch up of makeup and pinning up of dress and the evening guests were arriving! It was really great to have a fresh lot of people come and see us for the first time as a married couple and ready to have a good time.

We headed on over to cut our wedding cake, which was a beautiful fruit cake made my Mr M’s auntie who had also made us a chocolate fudge cake, a carrot cake and a tower of amazing cupcakes! We didn’t manage to get any but were assured they were to die for by our guests!!

Then we whizzed round for the first dance, this was somewhat difficult because we are not good dancers, and the first song was a pretty slow number “The book of love” by Peter Gabriel which we then quickly changed for Stevie Wonder’s Signed Sealed Delivered for a bit of up-tempo dancing!
Our Ipod playlist became somewhat of a disaster as our evening guests were after a bit of a boogie and put their own music on to dance to and we had put our guests favourite songs on our Ipod for them to listen to. But, the dance floor got filled and people danced and to be honest it didn’t really matter too much other than a few disappointed day guests that didn’t hear the song choices they asked us for. I think overall they didn’t mind too much.

Time To Elope

We were ready to elope together by about nine thirty (I know, how sad!) so we hung about and made sure people tucked into the delicious buffet food, again tons of compliments about the standard of the food! And my husband and I went up to our room at a respectable ten thirty pm, and we laughed and talked and dissected the day and the day before until about one in the morning. And waking up in the morning to see my amazing husband laid next to me about to start our married life together was one of the best feelings! I was more excited the morning after the wedding than the morning of the wedding… Who would have thought! We went down and all had breakfast together which was another really nice time and something that will probably rarely happen, and then off we went on our honeymoon!

Things I Wish I Had Done/Thought About!

A few things I probably need to mention. No matter how much you think you might need to do yourself, it’s probably best not to leave yourself too much to do the day before and the morning of the wedding in order to relax as much as possible. If you’re not the relaxing type then fire away, but I wish I had had a bit more time to just wind down rather than get everything set up and ready.

The morning of the wedding was such a rush and in the final hour especially and I ended up walking down the aisle without my something old (my grandmas wedding and eternity ring), my something borrowed (my sisters garter) and a gorgeous fur stole I had bought from Suzanne Neville that my sister had taken into her room by mistake. However, I quickly got over it and put my garter on for a wee while in the evening and it didn’t affect the day at all.

I know some people really love planning their wedding and are gutted when it’s over, however my wedding planning wasn’t exactly what I expected and didn’t take over our lives or stress us out and to be honest I can safely say I am really happy to be on the other side. Our wedding day was lovely but being married is by far the best thing and essentially all we wanted out of it. The venue and the staff at Malmaison Leeds were out of this world and we could praise them enough, it is definitely somewhere we will always go back to and would recommend to anyone looking for a city wedding.
Lots of married love,

Alex xx

Photography – Especially Amy

Brides Dress – Suzanne Neville

Brides Earrings - Liberty In Love

Brides Shoes – Coast

Make-up – Thembi at MAC

Flowergirl Dresses – Monsoon

Grooms Suit – Reiss

Venue – Malmaison Leeds

Thank you for sharing your journey with us Alex, and I don’t blame you one bit for slinking off a bit early.

Alex really does have a way with words – her report is actually very calming to read and really paints the picture of a beautiful day that was clearly full of love and emotion. I love the bit about stayiong up till 1am… Laughing and dissecting the days events.

Alex and Mr M may just be the cutest couple to ever grace these polka dotted pages.

Adam.

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What Alex Did…Went And Said A Big Fat I Ruddy Well Do! Part 1.

This afternoon I want to say a very special Hello and welcome (back!) to one of the RMW real brides Alex who is now….offically married!

I’m sure Alex won’t mind me saying that she has never been a lover of the camera – in fact she confessed to having serious “face hate” issues on various occasions, which of course none of us could understand. The lady has one of the prettiest mugs I have ever had the pleasure of being extremely close up to and actually makes me kill myself laughing with her one-liners and continuous sunny disposition.

So lovelies, I would like you all to spare a few minutes of your time to leave Madam Alexandra and Mr M some serious love at the end of this post, it’s a brave (and time consuming) task sharing your deepest darkest W-day secrets with the RMW community as a real bride and essentially sharing the results of all that hard work is the ultimate end goal… And this one is a cracker, I laughed until I cried.

Oh and the face hate thing? these images by Especially Amy definitely prove otherwise.

Enjoy you gorgeous lot.

So, here I am, nearly two months into married life, sat watching cupcake challenge which is due to my new obsession with baking (just call me a stepford wife!) whilst my wonderful amazing and gorgeous husband cooks our tea. Married life is so fricking awesome and I can’t imagine ever not being this happy to be a wife and a Mrs to the man of my dreams.
Day before the big day!

So then, onto the good stuff. The week before the wedding went by a lot faster than I thought, even though on the Monday and Tuesday I still kept thinking we had a bit of a way to go. The early part of the week was full of last minute eyelash extensions, final hair trim and colour, final dress fitting and picking the dress up, last minute candle holders/vases and flowers that I was doing myself. Not too stressful really, and then Thursday night came and I had a to do list for Friday and Saturday morning as long as my entire body (ok so 5”2.5 is not that tall but still…long enough in list terms)!

I had a ridiculous list of things to pack for the Friday/Saturday/Sunday plus our honeymoon stuff, and not to mention taking all the sisters/mums and nieces and nephews stuff for Saturday as well! The plan for just the one car journey to the venue on the Friday was looking far too optimistic and I was starting to get a wee bit edgy about it. Mr M and me were getting a bit tetchy with each other and I think I may have had a little melt down about our Ipod playlist not having some of my favourite songs on and decided to have a bit of a dramarama moment. This resulted in us not practicing our first dance one last time and also not practicing the first kiss (does anyone even do that or was it just me being a dweeb?) and going to bed pretty stressed out on our last night before the big day.

Anyway we woke on the Friday, full of new energy but yet not quite excitement as we still had so much left to do. It took about half an hour to load the car…maybe more and by the time we had our stuff in and the dress was laid (or stuffed) over my mum and the whole of the back of the car…we realised this was going to be a two journey thing. So off we went to the venue, and I was starting to get a bit miffed that I still wasn’t that excited, where was it?

When we were nearing the venue, I phoned Emily our events manager to let her know we would be arriving, and once we pulled up outside, there they all were waiting for us to help us unload all our things. It took a fair while to unpack into the hotel; they must have thought we were mad! Then I said my goodbyes to my lovely Mr M and off he went to pick up the sisters and their stuff. My mum and I and Emily and her team carried all the things up to our room and the weddingy stuff to the function rooms for me to sort out that evening. The staff were ever so helpful; I couldn’t believe how easy they made everything for us.

Our room was stunning, and my amazing husband to be had asked them to pop us two bottles of bubbly in our room and lots of yummy chocolates for our evening! What a gem!

Finally…a bit of excitement started flowing, realising that this was the room I would spend my last night as a Miss in and seeing my beautiful gown hanging on the door looking so elegant and pristine. My mum and I decided to head to the bar to have a drink whilst waiting for the sisters to arrive, and there we happened to spot a Mr Derren Brown!! He was staying in our hotel…I was ever so slightly star struck (my mum didn’t even know who he was!) and it made me even more giddy.

The sisters arrived and unpacked and we headed into the city to go get our nails pimped up for the big day. It was a lovely time, drinking champagne (possibly a bit too much) and having all our nails made lovely. We then had a few last minute jobs to do before heading back to the hotel to set up the wedding rooms, including still buying more flowers to make my arrangements and realising I had bought no wedding underwear…yes indeedy. As much as I joked to Mr M that he needn’t expect some foxy suspenders and corset type gear as my dress had cost enough and frankly didn’t require corsetry underneath as well as on it…erm I had actually gone and forgotten to get ANY. Luckily that super sexy lingerie boutique Marks and Spencers saved the day with a pair of lacy white knickers and a lacy top. I kid you not peeps, that is how crap I was.

Setting the rooms up in the evening took way longer than I thought and I had probably got far too much stuff for tables etc … I was a bit gutted my table names hadn’t quite gone as planned…the photos I printed off were a bit blurry and a bit too big for the holders; needless to say it didn’t matter a jot on the day. Seeing it all set out made my heart thump…looking at the top of the aisle where in less than 24 hours I would be looking up at a room full of family and friends made my tummy flip!

Nice Day For A White Wedding!

I woke up on the 25th February to my hungry stomach growling for breakfast, it was about seven am and daylight was barely breaking through the curtains. I got up and looked out over the river into the city and saw it was a lovely day about to begin, no dark clouds, no rain, just clear skies. My sister woke up and soon my mum and other sister were in our room with us, and off we went for breakfast.

The hotel served us some bucks fizz with our breakfast and we had a variety of gorgeous food to eat, our hairdresser arrived as did my littlest baby niece and we had a lovely time just relaxing before the busy morning ahead of us.

About nine am we went back up to the function room and staff had already been busy getting the rooms complete. As the Ipod dock wasn’t working with our Ipod the amazing team on that day had arranged for one of the guys to go and bring his own in from home to allow us to use it for the wedding breakfast, absolute stars! Our wedding flowers had arrived so they were taken up to our room for us and anything at all we needed the staff were more than ready to help us with.

When we went back up to the room and I clocked my flowers, I think I might have done a little squeal, my bouquet was epic! It was way bigger than I had imagined but the flowers were just stunning! The button holes were perfect as were the bridesmaids’ bouquets and the arrangements the florist had done for us, I was so relieved they were all perfect.

In went my hair rollers and I started doing my sisters and my mum’s make up for them as they each in turn had their hairs done. We laughed a lot while all this was going on and I didn’t have an ounce of nerves at all, to be honest it didn’t even hit me it was my wedding day, it just felt like a nice girly morning together. Thembi, my makeup artist from MAC in Leeds, arrived with a suitcase of make- up I more than a little bit wanted to steal! She set away doing my makeup and I absolutely loved the sex kitten eyeliner she had done with the ever so slightly sparkly eye shadow and a nude lip…LOVED IT! Once that was done it was my turn in the hairdressers chair again and out came the rollers, I had a lovely bouncy curl that in hindsight I wish I had just kept as that…but hey ho it didn’t really matter in the end. The hair was a little disaster as I had wanted a beehive type plait and it just wasn’t as big as I wanted, however when she started trying to make it bigger it just fell apart and I ended up with a bun. People said it looked lovely and to be honest in the scheme of things, it was a minor thing, but there are some pictures where you can see it is falling out and in the evening I swapped it for a half up half down curly affair.

Let’s get ready to rumble…or cry as the case may be!

So, hair done, make up done and blimming heck sooty it’s one pm and the wedding is at two! Scott, one of the team looking after us, came up to the room and said guests were already arriving at which point tears started pricking my eyes as it dawned on me this was really happening! And pretty much from then on every so often tears would just start appearing as I thought about the enormity of what I was about to do (in a good way). It hit me that this was the day I had been dreaming of when I was a little girl, that no matter how many people tell you the morning will go so quick you don’t actually realise how quick until it is upon you.

So many things I kept thinking of and it just made me really emotional, everyone who had seen Mr M that morning saying how calm and collected and great he was just created even more tears. So that was it, I was going to be a crier, which is odd for me because I am so not a crier in real life. I just don’t, not because I am heartless or anything, I just don’t often feel I need to cry about things (maybe from my dad always saying it never solves anything, which is kinda true). My mum went downstairs pretty early, I think it was because she was already a wreck and seeing me (the non crier) crying a bit would send her over the edge. Soon it was just me, my sister and my nieces. My nieces donned their gorgeous satin sage green dresses with a huge purple corsage which were from Monsoon, I didn’t want the typical bridesmaid look and these were perfect. My sister put me in my dress, joked about not remembering how to do it up…not funny, and helped get my shoes on. I put the finishing touches to the outfit, the earrings that Mr M had obviously seen I wanted via this here blog, the Bo Peep earrings from Liberty in Love and the hair comb I swooned over many a time on the internet.

The hair comb with the weight of the veil was just not happening and ended up coming out after the ceremony, but we did pop it back in for the evening.

My dad arrived and my sister went downstairs and I can remember someone coming up saying everyone was there and was I ready? Well I was and I was ten minutes bloody early!! So off we set, ready to go down and get married. This by the way set off another set of tears, I had to try super hard to rein them in being with the biggest non crier in the world…my dad haha, he has no time for tears! So, we arrived in the reception bit, and were met by the registrar and all the staff lined up in a row down the corridor I was about to walk…here came the tears again. She introduced herself, told me how amazingly calm my groom was, about the music and the bridesmaids, and all the time I am crying. Weird bride girl, why now? Why start sobbing just as I am about to make my grand entrance?? We set off down the corridor, me sobbing all the while, and stood at the entrance to the ceremony room. I could see through the crack in the door my family and friends on the left, I heard the registrar asking everyone to stand up, and I heard the start of my entrance music (kisses and cake from the PS I LOVE YOU soundtrack if anyone is interested, it’s lovely).

The two little bridesmaids set off walking ahead of us, and I could not stop sobbing, my legs were like jelly and I honestly thought I was going to throw up. Then we set off. I looked up and saw my groom, my one true love, and all I could see was him and his beautiful warm smile and I just wanted to get to him. I don’t think I even looked at anyone else, how rude, and I so wanted to make sure I looked and smiled at all our guests but darn it that walk is so quick and all you see is your groom. My groom did look ever so ravishing in his Reiss suit, the smartest I have ever seen him. He accessorised with shirt and tie from Next and shoes from Topman, he looked blimming divine and even after all the “discussions” about him not wanting to wear a waistcoat and me really wanting him to..he did cos he is awesome. So, I arrived at the top, covered in tears probably looking like something out of a horror film, and Mr M touched my hand, smiled and told me to pull it together or he would start crying and no one wants to see that. Haha, I know it’s not really romantic but it was just what I needed to hear to stop me blubbing and because he knows me he knew that it would help.

Cermonials!

Our ceremony was the most perfect and out of this world experience I have ever had, if I had know how perfect that moment would be I would have had that and nothing else. My sister did our reading beautifully which was one I saw on here the first time I came on and read Madame O’Shea’s report “Maybe”. It summed up everything I thought and everybody said how emotional it was and wonderful, my sister’s lip quivered ever so slightly but my other sister stifled it by laughing (we are staunch non criers people). My oldest niece played a guitar solo that was just so perfect I burst into tears again, in fact one of my favourite photo’s is of me clapping at the end and my sister handing me another tissue, I may have “WOOP”’ed her as well. There were a few funny moments when the registrar asked if anyone had any reason to object and Mr M and I scanned the room really quickly and both said “nope” and also when I went to put the ring on Mr M’s right hand because I am that bad with my left and right. Seriously tear jerking stuff.

I kept my calm while we said our vows and each word we said just made my heart so happy and I felt so full of love and joy and will just always remember that moment we were announced husband and wife (I may have WOOP’ed again I won’t lie). We signed our register and REM played while we had photo’s taken.

Then walking back down the aisle to the prodigy song “Stand up” which never ceases to make us smile, it was the most surreal but amazing experience.

We said hello to all our lovely guests and then Amy our fabulous photographer took us away for our photo’s just us two. It was such a lovely time to have to ourselves and chat and I was just so pleased to be reunited with Mr M and to know we had two glorious weeks ahead of us on holiday. Amy, off of Especially Amy, was an absolute star and was more than a photographer, she helped so much in the morning when there were countless people knocking on our door. She kept helping me to take a deep breath when I was filling up, gave me a hug when certain things didn’t go to plan, and just so friendly and lovely to have around.

Many of our guests were chatting to her throughout the day, and she has given us the greatest gift, a whole lot of beautiful images to remember our big day with. Walking around Leeds City Centre in a huge wedding gown and a snazzy suit was certainly an experience; we got wooped by a lot of people and asked to kiss whilst on the bridge having photo’s taken.

Photography – Especially Amy

Brides Dress – Suzanne Neville

Brides Earrings - Liberty In Love

Brides Shoes – Coast

Make-up – Thembi at MAC

Flowergirl Dresses – Monsoon

Grooms Suit – Reiss

Alex…..you are such a beauty.

And there’s more! Hooray!

Come back soon for Part 2 folks.

Big Alex Love

Charlotte xxx

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Happy Birthday to Liberty in Love: WIN £250!

Ok so, this is your last call for entries to our Liberty in Love £250 Giveaway!!! Fill in your details in the form at the bottom of this page (and we’ve filled the post with gorgeous new pieces of wedding candy to tempt you!) Entries close at midnight on Sunday 18th.

Oh Boy. Have we got a treat for you today. It’s going to make your Monday so worth it!

The very lovely Siu Coll from Liberty in Love contacted us recently to ask if we would help her to celebrate the first birthday of her business, Liberty in Love. An online Bridal Accessory store stocking everything from head pieces to shoes, Liberty in Love can kit you out from head to toe for your W-day. (And I’ve got to admit, even though I’m no longer a bride but an old married, there is tons of lobe candy and pieces of pretty that I would quite literally kill to get my hands on.)

Of course, we love a birthday here at Rock My Wedding, almost as much as we love a wedding ;) and set about finding out how we could help! And instead of us helping her, Siu wanted to celebrate by giving stuff away! For free! To our very lovely readers!

And here’s the deal. All you have to do is fill in the form at the end of the post. The prize is £250 to spend at Liberty in Love. Two-Hundred-and-fifty-smakeroo’s worth of bridal pretty people! Wowsers. Can you tell I’m excited?!

So if you haven’t yet sorted out your adornments for W-day, this is your chance to cut back the budget and get a helping hand towards looking fabulous. And if you have, you should flipping well enter anyway! Aside from jewels and hair accessories, there is a selection of shoes, bags and lingerie to get excited about too.

I might actually cry because I can’t enter myself!

And once again, here’s what you have to do:
Step 1. Fill in the form below.
Step 2. There isn’t one. It’s that easy!

The giveaway will run until midnight on Sunday 17th April. The lucky winner will be announced the week after.

Make sure you drop us a comment and tell us what you would like to buy with all that £££!

Good Luck everyone!

Yours Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

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Rock Your Real Bride Style… Naomi, the Modern Glamour Bride: Part 2

Welcome back for more of Naomi’s style and our take on glamorous modern Bridal. Each of the girls wore two dresses so we could play with some different looks and with Naomi we made two very different choices….

Look One – Frill Fabulous

First up, we love a frill so we tried Naomi in this Essense of Australia figure hugging dress with a frill fabulous mermaid bottom. Not only did it LOVE her curves but it was feminine, sexy and romantic all rolled into one, whilst being undeniably modern.

With her soft waves and curls this look was all about feminine glamour, with the soft waves complimenting the flowing lines of the dress.

We used the main staircase in Hampton Manor for getting some shots of the dress full length and fabulous and enjoying those a.mazing frills, before we headed out into the garden to rock it up a bit.

The leather was a last minute addition (and who can blame us – she was freezing!) but just looked so totally rock’n’roll we had to make a feature of it… Just goes to show, in a bride this pretty with such a feminine look, a tough edge brings the look up to date and make a great prop for your portrait shots.

For accessories we kept this look super pretty with a side band from Liberty in Love’s own brand, the Cristalle Side Tiara band which is an absolute steal at £80.00. Here at RMW we don’t do Matchy-matchy so instead we looked for something co-ordinating and picked out the marquise shaped stones in the band and went for small drop earrings and a matching bracelet both called ‘Boucheron’ by Stephanie Brown.

Look 2 – Rocking The Big Dress

One of the things we see all the time is the dilemma of a modern bride wanting to Rock a big dress and that is totally do-able. Naomi was super keen to try on a big dress so we chose this simple style, by Essense with floral detail and a Grace Kelly natural waist which stays modern by keeping the silhouette clean and the details pared back.

And how do you keep what is essentially a classic look modern? Why you add a rock star hairstyle complete with quiff and a slick of a statement lip! We then added a Deco-style comb and earrings to complete the look with stand out but chic bling, both from the Nova collection by Stephanie Brown at Liberty in Love.

THE Shoot.

Of course, we couldn’t let the moment pass without hearing from Naomi about her day with us. So here she is, with her side of the shoot story…

I could not believe my luck when the email asking Real Brides to model dropped into my inbox. I was sooo buzzing about the idea that I immediately knew it would be more than worth the 600 mile round trip.

After batting away a few obstacles that tried to prevent me from making it to Birmingham (with the help from the girlies), I landed on the Friday night. The next morning I stepped out of my hotel to a particularly bouncy Charlotte, followed by Rebecca waving her hands mentally from behind her steering wheel. The excitement was palpable.

Pulling up to Hampton Manor was gob smacking. From the minute we walked in I was perving every detail. Lime green and purple furnishings teamed with rich natural wood and jaw dropping light fixtures. The bridal suite was no different, the room was gi-normous! After unloading the cupcakes, bubbly, gems and dresses, everyone started to arrive!

Everything after that is a blur of hairspray, fake eyelashes, bulldog clips and camera flashes. I L.O.V.E.D. every tiny minute of it. It evoked so many feelings. I felt gloriously pampered at the hands of Catherine, our superb make up artist. I closed my eyes and covered my Champagne glass as Sev doused me in hairspray and for a few seconds indulged in the “this is the morning of my wedding day” fakery. I giggled with Charlotte and Rebecca as I was pinched, squeezed, prodded and jiggled into delicious pieces of wedding pretty. I rocked a leather jacket with a wedding dress. I posed my little wannabe model heart out for Chris the photographer and delighted in the cupcake making skills of his hilarious wife Dani. I tried to convince everyone to let me slide down the banister in a big princess dress. I gazed in wonder and awe at the transformations of Mahj and Julie. I pulled dodgy faces and evil laughs for Aaron the videographer. I sported a platinum mohican. I learnt how to perfectly apply fake lashes. I convinced Adam that a curry is the best hangover cure. I laughed so much and above all… felt totally rock & roll.

Indeed, Rock and Roll Baby. Thank you so much Naomi – you were a complete STAR!

Gowns – Essense (Style D1170) and Essense of Australia (Style D1174) both at Mamfii Bridal

Accessories – Liberty in Love.

Make-up – Catherine Hughes at IvyClara

Hair – Severin Hubert at Hepburn Collection

Photography – Dani and Chris at CBMedia

Styling – Rebecca and Charlotte

Want to look this hot, fancy making waves or rocking a statement quiff? Well, tomorrow we have the most awesome DIY hair special for you plus some real wedding perfection.

Yours Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

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Luxe Louis

I’m pretty sure one of the most difficult things to find during my wedding planning was appropriate headwear. As with everything wedding, there’s always a multitude of options, but when you know what you don’t want rather than what you do, all the options are irrelevant until you find the right thing.

For my big dress, big church wedding I had initially though flowers only… nobody is searching for a Jordan-esque tiara monstrosity after all are they?! Flowers are modern, pretty and low key… but my head was turned one day by a tiara and I surprised myself with the admission that my dress and my face for that matter, suited it immensely. I had to put aside my preconceptions on style, what was modern or I didn’t want (ahem, that had previously been anything ‘tiara-esque’) and go looking for something perfectly me.

If a real heirloom headpiece is what you are after, there are sadly not many options. I bought my ‘Bandeau’ from Andrew Prince, jeweller to the Royal Family and famous for the quality for his costume jewellery. I had not seen anything similarly beautiful until I heard about Louis Mariette.

Louis Mariette, milliner/designer extraordinaire (and ex-Britain’s Next Top Model judge) has an amazing collection of headpieces that fashion-forward brides will just totally love. Lady Gaga, Lily Cole and Kate Moss are just a few of the names that have worn his designs… His Bejeweled collection will be available at Liberty in Love from the end of November.

His pieces are oh-so fashion, but the Bejeweled collection is really accessible too! Prices start from £55 for Cecilia to several hundred pounds


*Louis Mariette Amour headpiece and featuring in ‘Something Blue Something Beautiful‘, photography by Binky Nixon. Top right, Paisley.

Speaking of fashion forward… Fancy emulating SJP a la SATC? How about this stunning Bird of Paradise piece…

And for those of you looking to emulate a Deco vibe, how about Moyra? Shown below with a very special Sneak Peek at a wedding we’ll be featuring in the not too distant future.


*Image Credit: Especially Amy

Louis Mariette Headpieces are available at Liberty In Love from this January and the lovely Siu Coll would be delighted to help you choose the perfect accessory for your gown, head over and view the rest of the Louis Mariette Collection and the other accessory delights Liberty In Love have to offer.

Yours Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

Image Credits throughout: Still Life product shots, Liberty in Love. Model shots: Philip Volkers

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