A Culture Inspired Floral Fancy….part 2

I’m not going to waffle on too much, the Bride Anita has written a brilliant account of her Big Day herself and it is laugh out loud funny ( especially the piece about the entertainment – I so wanted to be there!)

Enjoy Part 2 Lovelies.

Injecting Personal Touches

The wedding had little bits of us to make it personal – Indian-inspired touches in the decor because I’m half-Indian, newspaper front pages for the table names because we’re both reporters, The Marriage of Figaro playing as we walked out of the church because it also happens to be the theme from Martin’s all-time favourite film, Trading Places

No Cake And Accidental Favours

We didn’t have a cake. It just struck us as a lot of money for something that everyone forgets the instant they’ve eaten it. It was a controversial decision with the mums though…

We didn’t because we couldn’t think of anything good enough and inexpensive enough – but guests did nick off with the napkin ties, which were made with Indian fabric and stitched together by my mum’s dressmaker, so they ended up being like favours, really.

They were one of the cheapest elements of the decorations but so many people commented on them. I made the place names using an ink stamp with an Indian motif.

Pale, Bright AND Interesting

For the table centres I went for vibrant lime greens, hot pinks and bright purples – serena gerberas, roses and orchids. I also fell in love with these bright pink butterflies from VV Rouleaux which I stuck in the middle. The bright colours didn’t look quite right for the church so I toned the bouquet and the pew-ends down to slightly paler shades.

The florist was Diane at Leaf in Rawdon, near Leeds. She was great – I didn’t know the names of many flowers or have any concrete ideas, so I just took a magazine in and pointed at things. She constructed these gorgeous circular arrangements as well to hang from the ceiling of the marquee.

Showcasing Simplicity

The marquee people were brilliant because they were using our wedding as a showcase for prospective clients so they chucked loads of stuff in, like an outside seating area and a chill-out room. I had all these grand plans to decorate the place with sari fabric drapes, but when I saw the marquee it looked so nice on its own that it didn’t need any more decor. That, and I’m really lazy and had just realised how expensive saris actually are…

I Can’t Help Falling In Love With Elvis

So my first phobia was walking down the aisle, and my second was the first dance. Can there be anything more cringeworthy? So we hit on the perfect solution. We’d already chosen the entertainment – the completely, utterly awesome Chinese Elvis (just check out his website, that’s hours of entertainment in itself). The first dance was his suggestion – the DJ began playing I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You, everyone assumed it was a record, and then Chinese Elvis suddenly popped up from nowhere and began serenading everyone.

It ended in a big singalong. There’s a way to deflect attention from yourself!

His DJ, Harvey Harris, was also great – we gave him a list of all the records we liked and told him the wedding was an Abba-free zone, and he obliged.

Modern Photographic

The photographers were Ian West and Julia Ford at Modern Photographic, and they were completely wonderful. I’ve been friends with Ian for 10 years – I’m a journalist and he’s a press photographer – and he was the automatic choice. He’s seen me drunk and dishevelled so many times over the years that he looked quite amazed to see me scrub up on the wedding day.

He and Julia are a dream team – he did the formal shots, which took a maximum of five minutes because that’s how press photographers are used to working, and Julia did the reportage shots and hung around with the bridesmaids while we got ready.

Their pictures are amazing – I normally cringe at pictures of me but now I’ve got these I can’t stop looking at myself!

An Important Read

The best advice I could give would be to ignore everyone (and particularly insane wedding magazines) who says you need to plan things years in advance and go totally Bridezilla. I’ve never been one of these people who imagined their perfect wedding from the age of three. I wasn’t even thinking about it at thirty-three.

So apart from the venue, which I had to get in the bag quite early, everything was last minute – I started dress shopping with 14 weeks to go (the cut-off for ordering was 12 weeks), chose the flowers and menu two weeks before, and was still making things with bits of paper and glue the day before. And it all worked out just fine. I know it’s cheesy to say it, but what makes it special is that your friends and family are there, just being really happy for you.

Love that last image, so natural.

Just goes to show – as long as you believe in yourself a beautiful W-day can be planned in a short time frame.

With thanks to Anita, Martin and Julia Ford for sharing this gorgeous Big Day with Rock My Wedding.

Big Last Minute Love

Charlotte xxx

Author: Charlotte O’Shea
Purveyor of short shorts. Make-up junkie. Hopes to grow old disgracefully.

12 thoughts on “A Culture Inspired Floral Fancy….part 2

  1. Your marquee is just stunning.
    On another note we also had a tribute Elvis – you’re so right about it becoming a massive sing-a-long, making the first dance less cringeworthy and it includes all generations.

  2. Eeeep! Those napkin holder thingys are fab, they are the first thing that catch your eye.
    Think I am also in love with Anita’s wedding dress!

  3. Ok so now I want chinese Elvis 🙂

    Love that first picture, the colours are so vivid. In fact I just love all the colours in this!

  4. Perfect wedding alert!!! Totally loving the whole relaxed feeling that comes across in this wedding. The photography has captured some beautiful moments and fun shots. How original and cool is the Chinese Elvis idea?! Brilliant!!!

    I LOVE that pic of the Indian ladies in their beautiful saris on the bench! Great contrast of colour and vibrancy against the neutral shades of the building behind.

    The marquee looks so pretty and not overly fussy. Your tables too, just right and not too busy but oh so pretty. This has been a great reminder to me to KEEP IT SIMPLE 😉 It is sooo easy to get carried away with all the weddingy ideas we all see…gah… One of the best weddings featured on RMW yet!

  5. I llloooovvvvveeeee the 1st & last pic! Along with the beautiful flowers, venue & dress. What a wedding!! I totally agree with fleur with respect to keeping it simple 🙂

    I love these lunchtime doses of RMW as it’s my moment to escape the world of engineering and dive into prettiness xx

  6. Stunning couple! Love the napkin holders too what a brill idea! The photography is beautiful too. The dress is perfection.


  7. What wonderful compliments to Anita and Martin, it was fabulous. And Chinese Elvis was AMAZING (and hilarious)!!!!!

    I’ve blogged about this beautiful entry myself, thank you girls and keep up the great work. You two are an inspiration xxx

  8. That is the nicest marquee I have ever seen and I LOVE that last image, they look so happy and relaxed. Keeping it simple seems to be the key xxxxx

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