This post is a little bit of everything. Mainly it’s about throwing a fabulous party – this one happens to be a 30th but the ideas and styling can be used for your hen, your engagement do, even your wedding reception (everyone should have a cigar bar ok?).
However it’s also about Jo from Something Blue PR aka the RMW PR Pocket Rocket. You see Adam and I can’t take all the credit for how well RMW has done in these last six months, there’s been heaps of support and advice from Naomi, Jenny and Vix, our families, our friends and you lovelies – our awesome community.
But there has always always been Jo. Jo actually started her own business at a similar time to Adam and I and has since become the PR agency in the W-day industry. And we were really ruddy lucky to get on board her pretty PR ship when we did. The lady does on many occasions go way beyond the call of duty to look after her clients and we, being not your average um…client have probably pushed her to the absolute limit. But she has never ever faltered and over these last few months I can hold my hand up in the air (wave it a bit – sheesh hope my polish ain’t chipped..) and say I seriously don’t know what we would have done without her.
We certainly wouldn’t be in the position we are in now and we probably would have keeled over from sleep deprivation.
Jo Kent – We salute you.
And as well as saluting her I’m going to be sharing her “Flapper and Dapper” themed party which Mr O’Shea and I attended a few weeks back at Highroad House in Chiswick. Please do leave Jo some love in the comments section below and tell us which of her ideas you may be stealing…(I mentioned the cigar bar right?)
Jo Kent: Next month will mark my second wedding anniversary. And it also marks the start of my business, or at least the moment when I decided that a career in the wedding industry was for me. Ever since getting engaged and riding the emotional rollercoaster of planning the biggest event of your life, I’ve been hooked on weddings and everything that comes with them. I love the creativity of those in the industry, I love the romance and I love the daily eye candy that the world of weddings brings. And not just weddings, this somewhat unhealthy addiction extends to all manner of pretty parties. So it was little surprise to my friends and family when, six months before reaching the big milestone of 30, I announced that I was going to throw a party. And not just any party, a big birthday bash with all the trimmings – hair, makeup, cakes, flowers, stationery, a party planner and even a bespoke dress. Perhaps a little OTT if I’m honest but if there’s one thing a PR is known for, it’s our little black book of contacts and if there’s ever an excuse for another party, entering a new decade is a pretty good one!
And so the planning of the party (or ‘Wedding Take 2’ as my husband refers to it), commenced. I promise this isn’t intended to be a plug for my clients but there are some truly lovely people who deserve a personal mention for helping me pull together such a special and memorable occasion.
Every party needs a planner. If there’s one thing I could change about our wedding day it was the fact that we didn’t have a planner. I am a natural control freak at heart so I would never be able to hand over the reigns fully to someone else but the added touches, ideas and styling that they can add to a day is invaluable. Together with the lovely Kim at The Pink Pumpkin, the concept of a Roaring Twenties party to celebrate the end of an era was decided on and we spent several evenings designing, crafting and making DIY décor. On the day of the party (after a full day’s work styling a wedding for one of her clients), Kim rushed to the party to wave her styling wand over the venue and make it look pretty – no matter how many times I try and arrange tealights, Kim makes them look a million times better and that’s why she’s a wedding planner and I’m not!
High Road House in Chiswick is part of the super cool Soho House Group – a collection of boutique hotels, restaurants and bars that have remained a firm favourite of mine. The Member’s Club at Highroad House provided the perfect backdrop for the event with its art deco inspired design in the style of a Speakeasy Bar. We stayed overnight in the Play Pen suite, which was the ideal room to nurse a rather sore head the next day with a huge bed, roll top bath and rain shower.
A Feathery Flapper Frock
Beverly Lister was the designer of my wedding dress and my very first client. I adore her dresses and the understated elegance of her designs. After searching the streets of London for a party frock with no joy, I called on Beverly to “rustle something up” and thankfully she happily agreed, although I’m no sure we can call it a rustled-up design! Beverly designed a gorgeous little black lace number with ostrich feathers and I wore an original art deco headpiece by Cherished Vintage and earrings from Glitzy Secrets to match. The super sparkly Jimmy Choo clutch was a birthday gift from one of my best friends (hence the facial expression!)
When it comes to ultra glamorous hair, there’s noone else in my book that can style hair like Severin Hubert at Hepburn Collection. I met the charming Severin and Roz just before our wedding and ever since Sev has become renowned for creating the most luscious locks in the industry. Knowing just how busy they are, an appointment with Hepburn Collection was the first thing I did and naturally I wasn’t disappointed – my limp, polka straight hair was transformed into the biggest bounciest flapper bonnet.
I have long admired the work of Chanelle at Segerius Bruce who, above all, has a knack for making her clients look super slick. There’s some seriously gifted photographers out there and in the last few years the bar has been raised, with couples now expecting editorial style snaps. With several magazine and blog shoots under her belt, Chanelle really understands how to get the best out of people and achieves the perfect mix of fun and emotion with attention to the details.
Cakes and Candy
Krishanthi from Cakes by Krishanthi has a lot to answer for. Ever since we met last year, my waistline has continued to expand to the point where I no longer have a waist! I have officially nominated myself as her personal cake taster and I can vouch for the fact that every cake is utterly delicious.
Not content with just one birthday cake, I opted for a whole table of them together with meringues, cookies, macaroons and sweets. As I’m a Valentine’s baby, Krishanthi also made little heart shaped iced shortbread favours for the guests.
Balls Of Flowers
The carnation flower balls were provided by Nicole Liew at The White Orchid in Weybridge. Nicole is an exceptionally talented florist with a natural creative eye and the displays looked stunning in the venue. What’s more, it’s over a week since the party and the flowers still look beautiful which is a testament to the quality.
The stationery was designed by one of my personal favourite stationers – Dottie Creations. Zoe created a fun collection incorporating the red, black and white colour theme inspired by the era.
My husband surprised me on the night with a brilliant performance from 1920s band, the Charleston Charlies. Not only were the band fantastic, it reaffirmed why I married my man! It really set the scene for the evening before the DJ got the dance floor rocking until 2am.
A Final Note
To all the lovely brides who are fretting over facing the post-wedding blues once the big day is over, my advice would be that the wedding day is just the start of a lifetime of fun and happy occasions. Whether it be a birthday, anniversary, baby shower or christening, there’s always an excuse to celebrate in style!
Venue: High Road House
Photography: Segerius Bruce
Styling: The Pink Pumpkin
Dress: Beverly Lister
Hair: Hepburn Collection
Jewellery: Glitzy Secrets
Headpiece: Cherished Vintage
Flowers: The White Orchid
Cakes, meringues and shortbread hearts: Cakes by Krishanthi
Cake stands, votives and vintage props: Idyllic Days
Stationery: Dottie Creations
Striped tablecloths: Ikea
Band: Charleston Charlies
I mean seriously – how amaze was that dress?! I think we should be allowed to wear Ostrich feather trim Every. Single. Day.
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