What is this warm sexy shade I spy…..couldn’t possibly be burgundy could it?
Well what do you know, I think it just might be. And paired with some super pretty blooms and a dress of frothy feminine ruffles – love.
Other things I love about RMW reader Jade and Mike’s Windsor W-day:
1. Peg people cake toppers
2. The fact Jade is a self confessed Monica Gellar
3. Those Sky-scraping gold glitter red-soled shoes
4. Dodgems. Yes, this bride and groom had actual bumper cars. I die.
All of the moments were captured perfectly by Andy Rapkins.
Well, where do I start? Mike and I got married on the 9th June in Windsor, Berkshire. We were living in Windsor before moving quite a way up north to Newcastle so it seemed only right to get married where all our family and friends were. Although it has to be said that planning a wedding from the other end of the country did come with a few difficulties… thank heavens for glossy magazines, email and Rock My Wedding to keep me in the wedding loop!
I am a great lover of scrap books, any excuse I get to cut and stick in an orderly fashion I jump at the chance (I’m a slight Monica Gellar at heart). So there I was up to my ears in glossy magazines, scissors and prittstick…my idea of heaven.
Every time I read about a wedding I seemed drawn to the ones that were in gardens or marquees rather than those held in manor houses. We then stumbled across some giant tipis on the internet, Wow! they looked incredible…. and they meant that we could have a festival wedding in the great outdoors. We love a festival, and couldn’t think of a more perfect way to enjoy our special day than to create our very own one.
Practice Makes Perfect
I hear a lot about brides getting dress wobbles but I suffered with huge shoe wobbles, and couldn’t find any I liked for a long time. But then I fell in love with some very sparkly gold Christian Louboutins. I loved them so much that I didn’t want to take them off and I brought them about six months before the wedding. Only as the wedding drew closer I started to panic that I was going to not so gracefully go arse over … (I am sure you can imagine).
I tried practicing the old ‘here comes the bride’ walk up and down my lounge and even timed how long I could wear them before my ankles started to fail me. You will be pleased to know I did manage to get safely down the aisle on foot, but I am afraid to admit the flip flops were put on shortly after arriving at the reception.
Found Via RMW
I found my wonderful hairdresser on Rock My Wedding, the fantastic Severin Hubert from Hepburn Collection, and he was simply perfect. I am so fussy about my hair and make-up and I rarely let anyone do it. I knew I wanted to look like me (which is why I did my own make-up) but I didn’t want my hair to be in the same boring day to day style that I wear. Sev was incredibly patient with me, to begin with I had no idea what I wanted. We decided it was best to the side as I often wear it down, so it still felt down to me but in a style.
Sev also did my mum, and bridesmaids hair. He was lovely to be around, and was a lot of fun to have around on the morning of the wedding.
My dress was called Denver by La Sposa dress and I got it from Bridal Rogue Gallery in London. They were absolutely fantastic in the shop and really made me feel at ease, before I had found this dress shop I was feeling rather disheartened about the whole dress shopping experience. I felt more like I was part of a production line than how I expected to feel. (like in the movies, where everyones clinking their champagne glasses and playing dress up)! I may have had a slightly warped view of the experience, but once I found Bridal Rogue Gallery I had the experience I was after.
My dress was absolutely nothing like how I imagined it would be. I thought I would see myself in a lace (Kate Moss style) vintage chic sort of a number. It turns out I am in no way vintage chic so I started trying on anything and everything in hope that I wasn’t going to get married in my usual skinny jeans and a t – shirt. When I tried on “the One” there were no tears (my friends are clearly made of stone)! So I wasn’t quite sure if it was the one. Until one of my friends said if you keep dancing in it in front of the mirror and smiling it must be the one!
I chose to wear a beautiful veil, and at the very last minute a little bit of sparkle in the form of a head band which was also purchased from Bridal rogue gallery. I tried to keep accessories to a minimum as I wanted it to be all about my dress. I had a few alterations made to it by having buttons stitched up the back of the dress and had the front frills on my bust sewn down.
Grey And White
Our bridesmaids dresses were from Coast, and our little girls bridesmaid dresses was from Dessy girls.
The groomsmen hired their suits and Mike had his made by Pal Zileri. He wanted a very fitted grey suit with a crisp white shirts. He was thrilled with his suit after weeks of panicking about it as he wouldn’t see it until it was the finished product, and may I say he looked incredibly handsome in it.
In The Meadow
Our ceremony was held in Windsor at Clewer St Stephen church. Our Order of Service was created by Folded Paper designs and we got our children to draw us some pictures to act as the illustrations for our order of service. It was lovely to know our children had put their own little stamp on our wedding and they were so excited to do it. My mum also did a reading at our wedding, she read Disserderata which was beautiful and really meant a great deal to us.
We decided to hold the reception at Wellington Country Park in Reading because the Stunning Tents company, (where we hired the tipis from) were very familiar with this venue. The venue was also local for all our family and friends, handy when you know a fair amount of alcohol is going to be consumed. We hired the Waterloo Meadow field at Wellington Country Park because the setting was beautiful, the field was full of wild Red Antler Deer which made a spectacular backdrop for the reception.
As I mentioned before, we are currently living up north in Newcastle so decorating the venue was proving a bit of a challenge. With work and family commitments it was hard to keep travelling back and forth so we decided that we needed some expert help. Through Stunning Tents contacts we were able to find someone who was also familiar with decorating the tipis and knew exactly what she was doing; her name was Henrietta from Snook events.
We (along with the trusty scrap book) took a trip down to their offices in London and gave her an idea of what we imagined our day would look like. We wanted to create a relaxed approach to the wedding where all our guests could just have fun. This meant no table settings or seating arrangement, which worked out well as everyone got to know each other by moving around throughout the evening. We had a hog roast in the day and a fish and chip van for the evening so there was no need for table settings, we wanted it to be informal.
The benches were dressed with lace table cloths and huge candelabras covered in flowers to create a rustic look with a touch of drama. With this we had huge rustic hanging balls of flowers suspended from the apex in two out of the three tents accompanied with twigs and roses wrapped round the beams. The look was finished with strings of fairy lights cascading from the top of each tent. The tents were breathtakingly beautiful and it was so nice to see the reaction of our guests when they walked in.
Although my dad is a gardener, I do not have the first clue about flowers. So I won’t sit here and list them and pretend I know what I am talking about. I wanted all our flowers to look handpicked, in keeping with the rustic, vintage theme. I created a page of flowers that I liked in my scrap book (obviously) and took it to the flower shop called Flowerz in Windsor and they did all the rest.
They were brilliant and the flowers were beautiful, the girls and I were so pleased with our bouquets. We had a selection of pale pinks and creams as well as the deeper purple colours I used for my bridesmaids and the buttonholes.
In The Moment
Photos of the day meant everything to us as we knew the day would go so quickly and there would be so much we didn’t see for ourselves. Our photographer Andy Rapkins was fantastic in capturing family and friends in the moment. We wanted the majority of our photos to be natural shots so that we could see the day from our guest’s point of view and to capture everyone enjoying themselves.
To add another touch of fun we had a white cab photo booth from Mega booth so people could dress up and have some fun. It was great fun and it was really nice to see all the pictures afterwards.
I have read so many times that people regretted not having the day captured on film. Mikes friend had started up his own company in filming and offered to film our day for us, which was a huge bonus. We can’t wait to see the video, although I am slightly cringing at the thought of watching my interview back!
We have three children of our own so it was important to us that the kids enjoyed the wedding as much as adults. We incorporated a bouncy castle which we hired from Reading party hire and dodgems hired from Irvin Amusements. I didn’t see much bouncy castle action mind you, the kids dominated that area. I did however get stuck in with the dodgems, which proved to be a real hit with the adults as well as the children.
Fitting in the car with my dress proved difficult and times but I managed to cram myself in there!
As Mike and I wanted to create a festival atmosphere we decided to book live music acts rather than a DJ. We went for an Irish singer for the earlier part of the reception called Rich McMahon who we booked through Stepping out Entertainment. He created the exact day time atmosphere we were after, with a mixture of Irish and mainstream music, he had a real gift for getting everyone up on the dance floor.
Following Rich we had a band we had found on the internet. We had booked them as soon as we set a date as we loved the look of them so much. They were called 4 Beats 2 the Bar and they were even better than we had ever expected. They played a variety of different tunes from Stevie Wonder to the Killers so everyone had a song to sing along too. Everyone at the wedding had mentioned how fantastic both acts were and they really did create a fantastic party atmosphere and had everyone on their feet.
With booking the country park there was a slight hitch with a noise curfew at 11pm. We quickly combated this with a silent disco. We used Marvellous Festivals. We thought that the silent disco might have gone down like a lead balloon, the two live acts were hard to follow and you can never tell what people think of putting headphones on and dancing around like idiots. Luckily out friends and family absolutely loved it, it was a huge hit and everyone was up dancing.
Our cake was made up of cupcakes with a fruit cake at the top for us to cut and keep. Neither of us got a look in with the cakes so they must have been tasty! We had some little peg people made as our cake toppers from What Katy Did Next at Etsy, and they looked lovely on the day.
We had some extra special touches at our reception. My very talented friend Jenny made us some collages of friends and family who were at the wedding, they were displayed next to our cake as you walked in to the tipis, so everyone immediately stopped to have a look and laugh about the pictures. It was a lovely icebreaker, and it’s so nice to have something that you can take away with you to keep. We had some bunting made reading ‘Love Is Sweet’ which hung over our sweet table.
Mikes mum also put her creative skills to work. In my trusty scrap book I had cut out a picture of huge cushion letters that hung on a string creating a saying. Jill had seen this picture and made us “and they lived happily ever after” out of cushions. It really was incredible and looked stunning hanging near the entrance of the tents.
Mike and I both had the most incredible day (even the great British weather held out for us)! Everything for us was perfect and neither of us would have changed a thing. My advice to other brides would be the same as what I read when planning this wedding over and over again. And that;s to enjoy it from start to finish, including the planning, the enjoyment of a wedding starts the minute you say “Yes”.
Brides hair – Sev at Hepburn Collection
Brides Gown – La Sposa at Bridal Rouge Gallery
Maids Dresses – Coast
Grooms Suit – Pal Zileri
Reception Venue – Wellington Country Park
Tipt Hire – Stunning Tents
Stationery – Folded Paper Designs
Blooms – Flowerz
Dodgem Hire – Irvin Amusements
Live Band – 4 beats 2 The Bar
Photography – Andy Rapkins
“How was your Wedding pet?”
“Oh lovely – got some of my train stuck in the door of a dodgem but hey ho….”
Big Bumper Love