I adore Rock My Wedding reader Emily, not only was she the absolute vision of the classic, elegant and beautiful bride but her Big Day planning write up is honest, hilariously funny and full to the brim with unadulterated joy. By the end I was almost as excited as she was and I wasn’t even there…..
Although I feel like I was, every little special moment of the sophisticated soiree was captured to perfection by Jo and Simon at Shoot Lifestyle Photography and the happiness literally bursts through the images like a giant ray of sunshine. Perfection.
Emily and Jason were married at Coombe Lodge in North Somerset, think timeless, think effortless, think super SUPER pretty.
Third Time Lucky
Our wedding took place on Friday 11th February 2011 at Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, North Somerset.
It was our third venue ….. 7th date? Whoops.
We lost a fair chunk of money in deposits, but if you are not 110% happy with your venue then keep looking. I am so happy we chose Coombe Lodge, it was Perfect in every which way. A Beautiful Blank Canvas and the people could not have been nicer. Really, they even tried to fix my eyelashes. (A whole other story there…..).
Luxe For Less
I am really rubbish with accessorising.
Shock Horror with this accessory mad world we live in at the moment.
So I thought for my wedding day I would go OTT (and why not I am “The Bride” after all).
I found my veil first at All About Eve Bridal Wear on a random trip to my Mum’s seamstress in Cheptstow. It was just as I envisaged, cathedral length with sections of lace and little sparkly bits. Wonderful – job done.
I also wanted a headpiece, not a tiara as I kept reminding my mum. A Headpiece. (Foot stamp, pouty face). But I didn’t have the confidence to pull off something “cool”. I love Jenny Packham, and decided Acaccia II was the way to go. Apart from the price tag, eeek. You forget to budget for things like that, but then I found the lovely Suzzanah from Elegant Wedding Creations and hired it for a grand total of …. 45 Great British Pounds!
RMW To The Rescue
I was planning on wearing my mum’s diamond studs, but decided at my fitting (2 weeks before) I needed dangly ones. Oh dear. I looked everywhere – and resulted with a big fat Nothing. I kept remembering a fabulous pair I had seen in Liberty In Love (thank you RMW!) but again hadn’t budgeted for. It got to the point where you just think “who cares?” they were vintage enough, sparkly enough and just plain gorgeous.
One problem, it was Monday and the wedding was Friday. Order time you ask? 6-8 weeks. Eeek! So I called the lovely people at Liberty and it just so happened they had a pair.
I had them on Wednesday.
Thank you Liberty!!
So all the bits were sorted, nice and simple just as I imagined. (or not.) Sometimes, things just come together and work, it was all subtle and pretty and just right on the day.
A Beautiful Moment
My dress was Erin by Enzoani – purchased from Wedding days of Cheltenham.
I didn’t want to try it on.
I REALLY didn’t want to try it on.
I was hot – too much on the clamy side for my personal liking, I was getting a teeny tiny bit whiney.
But it didn’t look like it would fit into the “cool” or “vintage lace” categories I had in mind for my dress.
They – my mum and Lexi (the lovely shop assistant, she was an absolute peach) – made me try it on.
It was dress number 5 of the first dress shopping trip extravaganza.
My mum cried.
I faintly recall myself saying something along the lines of “I just look so beautiful”.
And Lexi had a very I-told-you-so smug smile.
We left having set the bench mark, and it only had one contender – an Ian Stuart with flowers and lace and pretty much everything you could think of putting on a wedding dress.
But it wore me.
So Erin it was. With all her lace detailing by the bucket load.
Now, when we went to the fitting after it came in, it was ever so much shorter than previously (I’m only 5ft, wore low heels and didn’t plan on carrying a box around with me wherever I went) and the train ……. kind of filled the room.
So 2 weeks before the wedding we hacked (well the lovely sewing lady nicely removed) pretty much half the train.
It was perfect.
Remember YOU are in control, YOU wear the dress, not the other way round.
One Day Only
I hate bridal shoes. With a passion.
I wanted Funky-Sky-Scraper-Heels. “Shoes I could actually wear again” I would say from my moral high ground.
Couldn’t find any. Didn’t like any.
Ended up with low heeled bridal shoes.
And I loved them!!
They were comfy and pretty and vintage-esque, though they weren’t Funky-Sky-Scraper-Heels and I won’t get a chance to wear them again, I just like looking at them. One Day Only Shoes me thinks.
The Prettiest Maids
The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Monsoon and the very first W-day purchase! I really really recommend monsoon for both older and smaller dresses. Sometime overdone I agree, but that’s only because they are just so lovely!
I had a few trials done for my hair, and they all ended up with me looking like something out of a Coronation Street episode early-mid 90’s.
Nobody quite ‘got’ my loose low bun. (Believe it or not I really don’t like bridal hair ….. no offence but when does one ever walk around with a birds nest stuck on the top of scraped back hair?…. “When you get married” was my mother’s response.) Then my mum found a salon and booked me an appointment. They were fab and ‘got’ it. The front bit ended up looking messy at times, but that’s “romantic side swept fringes” for you.
For my make up, I just wanted to look like a more polished version of my everyday made up self. I went to Bobbi Brown for my base and cheeks and Dior for my eyes.
I spent a fortune and loved every single minute of it.
And I didn’t even feel an ounce guilty. Oh no, not even an ounce.
I fell in love with another man. A man Named Mr. Marc Wallace.
I think that says it all. Jason had the MW floral waistcoat in pewter with the plain tie, and the ushers had the floral ties (no waistcoat).
I’m not the biggest fan of traditional (seeing a pattern here?) mourning suits anyhoo, so got the boys suits from good old Marks and Spencers (Oh I love M & S I do).
But my Dad lived the dream and had a bespoke suit made by Mr Wallace himself (well, probably not himself), it was beautiful and if you have the budget – recommended.
AND … AND they have a new shop in Bath too. Whoop whoops and Hurrahs all round.
Venue – Coombe Lodge
Headpiece – Jenny Packham Accacia Hired From Elegant Wedding Creations
Earrings – Liberty In Love
Veil – All About Eve Bridal Wear
Gown – Erin by Enzoani at Wedding Days Of Cheltenham
Maids Dresses – Monsoon
Hair – Parks Hairdressing
Grooms Suit – Marc Wallace
Photography – Shoot Lifestyle
Told You, laugh out loud funny isn’t she?
And I’ve saved all of the gorgeous blooms and delectable reception details for part 2 lovelies, coming right up tomorrow Morning for y’all.
Big Joyful Love