A Labour Of Love.

Cecelina Photography

It’s fun Friday here on Rock My Wedding with this very pretty and bright affair bought to you by Cecelina Photography and Bride and Groom Christine and Colin.

With perfect pinks and purples, lots of smiles and lots of dancing to a live South African band this is sure to bring a smile to your face.

A labour of love

Christine The Bride: We got married at BMA House. After looking at several venues, we were feeling hopeless. When we saw MA House though, we instantly fell in love with the Prince’s room. The high ceilings, the warm fireplaces and the big windows all contributed to the grand feeling that we were looking for. We also liked that we would have the whole venue to ourselves for the day and that we could do our photos on site in the beautiful courtyard and garden.

A labour of love

Rosie Blush

Hair and make-up for the Bridal party was done by the lovely Adele of Rosie Blush. I chose light pink suede shoes by Faith for the day time to match my flowers. For the evening dancing I wore the brightest purple shoes I could find in Aldo. My earrings were Swarovski and my sole silver bangle was an old favourite that I’ve had for years.

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Simple But Elegant

I wanted a simple, but elegant dress and I found exactly what I was looking for in my LouLou Bridal dress. The bridesmaid and best man both came from out of town just before the wedding. We didn’t choose specific items for them to wear but we did discuss colours and style.

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Pink And Purple

The flowers were done by Liz Inigo Jones of Blue Sky Flowers. My bouquet was a mix of pink roses and ranunculus and my handsome groom’s boutonniere was light pink ranunculus to match. The bridesmaid bouquet was a mix of bright pink roses and vivid purple anemones. The groomsmen and family all wore boutonnieres of bright pink roses.

The flowers on the registrar’s table and the center pieces for the dining tables were done with purple hydrangeas and pink roses. We had pink and purple orchids for the mantle pieces and two candelabras surrounded with a mix of hydrangeas, roses and anemones in shades of pink and purple.

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A Mrs

Our dinner menu was created with my husband’s African heritage in mind. BMA House chefs were so accommodating in offering us delicious Jerk chicken, Jollof rice and steamed broccoli. For dessert we had a decadent dark chocolate marquis. Instead of a wedding cake we chose a delicious selection of chocolate and vanilla raspberry cupcakes provided by The Cake Parlour.

I wanted to make something for the wedding myself and since I’m not very creative, the only thing I could think of was to do the table numbers and place cards. A trip to Paperchase was all I needed to get started. I chose a different colour for each table number and made the place cards in the same colour. For the head table I made Mr and Mrs place cards for my husband and I. It was so thrilling to sit down in front of my Mrs place card!

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Music for the ceremony and dinner was provided by Prelude Entertainment. We had a pianist for the ceremony and drinks reception and a solo violinist for the dinner music. Our first dance was ‘Songbird’ by Eva Cassidy. Following dinner we had a South African band come in and we danced for hours!

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Reliving Memories

We can’t recommend our photographer highly enough. Cecelina of Cecelina Photogaphy captured the day so incredibly well. I still look at our photos every day and am filled with the memories of our special day.

I wasn’t very convinced about filming the ceremony but when I saw the video the next day I got emotional all over again. Every time I see it I’m so grateful that we preserved that memory. I felt like I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the day, and I was relaxed and didn’t feel rushed at any moment. Still, I think maybe it’s not humanly possible to fully experience that much happiness all at once. The video helps us to relive and revisit the happiness and love. I would recommend trying to arrange for a video if possible.

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All About Us

And finally, enjoy. Many brides think of their wedding day as their princess day. I’d like to think I took a very different approach in that my husband and I made it all about us. We planned it together and each added parts of our personality to create a day that reflected us individually and as a couple. I think this has strengthened our relationship and helped us to learn to put each other’s needs before our own. Planning a wedding can be difficult and stressful, but it is a labour of love and in the end, we wanted the day and the lasting memories of the day to reflect that.

A labour of love

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Venue – BMA House
Brides Dress – Lou Lou Bridal
Hair and Make-Up – Rosie Blush
Florist – Blue Sky Flowers
Cake – The Cake Parlour
Photographer – Cecelina Photography

How pretty are those blooms? The pinks and purples are unmissable and really pop in every photo.

So many smiles during this wedding. And what a proud Momma Christine has.

Really great advice from Christine as well. A wedding is something wonderful to plan together.

How much is your groom involved in the planning of your day?


Author: Becky Sappor
Becky is at her happiest when dunking a slightly chilled chocolate digestive into a very warm, very milky cup of tea. She also loves her job and pinches herself every day to make sure that she isn’t in a graphic design dreamworld.