Friday I’m In Love.

As you are probably already blissfully aware, it is Retro Week here at Rock My Wedding. To celebrate we have teamed up with and we are giving a whole bunch of lomography cameras and goodies away to lucky commentors on every single post this week.

Our real weddings this week all have bags of retro elements and inspiration and today’s vintage-esque shindig is no exception.

We have a buttercream vintage-inspired dress from the bridal arm of Anthropologie, currently one of Charlottes most favourite sites on the inter web, Matched perfectly with some beautiful crochet gloves, which although I know herald from a decade long before the 80’s still make me think a teeny-tiny bit of Madonna…

Maybe I’ve got retro on the brain…

Also, having read Natalies report I was reassured to find out that I wasn’t the only kid who collected novelty shaped rubbers in the 1980’s… Random fact of the day peeps.

The classic imagery laid out before your eyes is all by supertog team McKinley-Rodgers Photography. Enjoy.

The Cobbled Streets Of Chester.

Jez and I have been together for a long time, and once he had popped the question and I had said ‘YES’ we didn’t want to hang around so we were married just three months later! We wanted to celebrate in the city where we live and where we met and we had decided that Chester Town Hall was the perfect setting for our civil ceremony, but refurbishments meant that we had to do it this summer or wait almost a year – so we just went for it. The ceremony was wonderful – really easy going and personal. After an initial ‘moment’ when my dad, my bridesmaids and I walked into the room, I couldn’t stop smiling – nay grinning – like a Cheshire Cat. We took a risk in writing our own poem for one of our readings and my brother – who read it – had initially described it as ‘a bit left field’, but because everyone there knew us, they got it, and it went down a real treat.

For our reception, we all wandered through the cobbled streets of Chester to the beautiful Guildhall – the former parish church of the city – where we had a very tasty informal late afternoon tea of little sandwiches, crisps and scones which our amazing deli-owning friend Chris put on for us, followed by lots of mingling, dancing and catching up within the beautiful setting of the Guildhall. Pie, mash, gravy and peas were served for a good northern supper later.

Ric-Rac Detailing.

My dress is the ‘Fondant Tea Dress’ from Beholden by Anthropologie – with a name like that who wouldn’t want it? I loved it the moment I saw it online, and when it arrived just a few days after I was delighted – in fact could just have eaten it! I had been trying to find a vintage dress but time was running out, and I found that most bridal boutiques asked for far more time than I had to play with. My dress was a mix of a beautiful vintage inspired shape, made with fabrics and techniques that I already adored. The buttercream silk felt so light, the delicate sheen of it contrasted beautifully with the tiny tulle frills and ric-rac detailing, and the pin tucks gave the dress a naive twist.

A Time Gone By.

I chose accessories from Beholden too. I just fell in love with the crochet ‘unabashedly’ gloves that are presented with the Fondant tea dress online. They really are from a time gone by, and complement the dress perfectly. After a couple of emails backwards and forwards with stylists I also decided on the ‘Bow-Topped’ bolero as it was made with the same buttercream silk as my dress, and I felt it would balance out the look. It fitted perfectly and was exactly what I had been looking for without even knowing it. When I started to research mid-century looks I saw a lot of shorter veils. The unconventionality of the dress meant that my veil needed to be a bit different too so I decided on a birdcage veil. I like to make things – I knit, crochet and sew (a little) – and I had my mum’s cream veil that I thought I could use as the basis for my own creation. A quick search on the internet threw up a few different ‘how to’ guides so away I went. A £2.50 haberdashery spend and a few hours of head scratching, needle threading, 70s lace flower and ric-rac positioning later, and my very own creation was born. I also had my something old into the bargain.

Lady Dragon.

I knew that I wanted my shoes to stand out because of the length of my dress. Making a statement with my tootsies was surprisingly difficult. I wanted a mid-heel height, comfort and style. Apparently, these three things don’t come together all that often. Three purchases and two returns later, I had my perfect pair – my Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Lady Dragon shoes. They were the perfect height, the perfect colours and better still, they smelt AMAZING. It was like a nostalgia trip into my novelty rubber collecting 1980s childhood!

Sort Of Wavy, Sort Of Curly.

I was completely open about what to do with my hair and in fact didn’t even think about it much until the Wednesday before we got married. My hair length was quite restricting – in a not short, not long kind of way (that would be mid-length then), so I just let the people at my regular hairdressers, Essensuals in Chester, play around. They curled it, tied it up, took it down, put it up again in a different way, and then when they took it down for me to leave, there it was! A sort of wavy, sort of curly, down do which was a little bit different but still very much me. That was that. I did my make up myself. I just kept it simple and comfortable as I wanted to feel myself but spent a bit longer getting my foundation right using a primer beneath it and a translucent powder over it to keep it in place. My one new item was a gorgeoups lippy from Mac called Lady Bug (ooh I do love a good lipstick name).

British Blooms.

I intitially wanted to do all of the flowers myself. Bad idea! I tried to make a buttonhole for Jez a couple of weeks before but after one hour it had drooped hideously. If I couldn’t make a buttonhole work there was no way I was going to attempt a bouquet on my wedding day. We were so pleased with our final decision. We bought five large boxes of freshly cut British flowers from the fabulous and filled decorated jam jars for the table decorations. My mum and I had put the jam jars together a couple of weeks before armed with titbits of ribbon I never throw away, buttons, some lace I found at a vintage fair and a glue gun.

The bouquets and buttonholes were created by a local florist. The ladies at Snapdragon listened to my very open brief (just a week before the wedding I might add), – ‘just gathered’, British blooms, no particular colour scheme – showed me a picture of an edible bouquet which also had herbs in, which I loved the idea of, and then created the pretty, simple bouquets and buttonhoples wrapped in lace and ric-rac that I’d provided them with. I’d specified very little really, but I was absolutely delighted with the results.

A Little Help From Our Friends.

Getting married at such short notice, and wanting to play by our own rules, we decided to ask a few people to help out in the bridal party, but wear what they felt comfortable in. This worked really well for our wedding. Everyone felt comfortable, looked great and complemented each other beautifully! Their buttonholes and bouquets distinguished them very nicely so that people knew whom they could ask for help and directions.

Charcoal And Pale Green.

Jez found his wedding suit in John Lewis’s own range. It was charcoal grey with a little bit of a rock ‘n’ roll satin trim around the collar and pockets. He loved it, felt comforatable in it and better still, will defintately wear it again! He wore it with a beautiful shirt from a local outfitters in Chester – G:Rooms – and a pale green tie. He looked just perfect. Perfectly Jez. To top it all off was his unique and priceless smile. He smelt pretty good too in his ‘Midnight in Paris’ scent. I caught myself leaning in towards him a few times during the ceremony just to get a little sniff.

A Late Booking.

When we finally decided to have a photographer, we knew the kind of style we were looking for. We were keen that our photos would capture our day through lenses that were sympathetic to our own vision of our day. McKinley-Rodgers Photography seemed to have the perfect style for us. Their gorgeous website and online portfolio enticed me and what we found were photographers who had just the right tone for us.

Penny’s charming emails and telephone conversation convinced us that we had made the perfect choice. We weren’t even able to meet before the wedding as it was such a late booking – literally a few weeks! – but Pen was just superb on the day. Easy going, intuitive, discreet and just generally lovely.

No Cake.

Although Jez is a BIG cake fan, we decided not to have a wedding cake. Instead we invited our friends and families to bring a cake to the table for everyone to enjoy. It worked great. We had allsorts of beautiful cakes that people just devoured. We were going to cut one of them in trad style, but in the end, we lost track of time, and nobody noticed anyway!

Hey Mr DJ.

Jez is very much a music fan – so much so, that the line ‘a CD a day is good for us. it is not ridiculous’ found it’s way into the poem in our wedding ceremony! He bought some software – ‘Djay’ for his Mac – taught himself, then taught our friend Mike, and away they went. Hours of playlist building, software learning, tea drinking, PA and light hiring. Good music, good friends and good (and some not so good) dancing – a perfect mix!

God Only Knows.

Our first dance was to the Beach Boys’ ‘God Only Knows’. It’s a perfect old classic which we just love. The lyrics are so lovely and singable. I thought I’d be really worried about it, but in the end we really enjoyed our moment.

When we eventually decided we would have favours it was purely based on what I accidentally found browsing the web. Paper hearts? Embedded with the seeds of wild flowers? YES please!! The hearts looked really pretty, and hopefully, people will be planting them as we speak so they can continue to enjoy them.

Generous Pals.

Our reception venue is such a beautiful grand building in itself, with stone archways and a cavernous vaulted ceiling, that there wasn’t a lot that we could possibly do to make it more beautiful! However, a few of our fabulous friends and family came along the night before and transformed the white linen covered tables into pretty, understated pieces of art adorned with vintage mismatching crocks borrowed from a fabulous friend, tea lights, borrowed from another fabulous friend, and decorated jam jars filled with a higgledy-piggledy assortment of freshly picked British blooms.

With the seed paper hearts in the cups the tables were complete. We adorned the edges of the room with just a little bunting – again borrowed from generous pals – and the room was complete. Just lovely. Very pleasing.

A Cello Bass Bride.

One of my favourite things about our day was performing in our very own little concert! Jez plays guitar and is in an on-off band with our great friend Mike. Befittingly they’re called ‘Things That Never Happen’! They had played a few songs at Mike’s wedding a few years ago – including ‘Just Like Heaven’ by The Cure. They decided to re-form for this occasion, and how befitting in true rock ‘n’roll style to do a response in the form of ‘Friday I’m In Love’ also by The Cure – after all, it was Friday and we were in love.

I wasn’t happy in the sidelines providing tea, so I suggested that I play a bassline on my cello which I started to learn last year. It was a challenge as I’m certainly no virtuoso, but I thought it would be fun and worth it in the long run. It was SOOOOO brilliant doing it. I didn’t dare look up at our friends and family in case I missed a note or got a giggle fit, but I think they all enjoyed it judging from the applause! I think it was a real glimpse into us and our world – particularly for people who we don’t see all that often.

Beg And Borrow.

Three months is not a long time to prepare for a wedding, but it’s definitely achievable and I would advise anyone who wants to and can do it to go for it. We chose the things that were really important to us to get right – the venues, the ethos and the people – and everything else we were pretty easy about, spending where necessary but also very happy to beg and borrow, craft and thrift. When our photographers asked us to describe our wedding in three words, we replied with ‘our own rules’. And that would be my advice for any betrothed couple.

We didn’t have a massive budget, or lots of preconceptions about what we wanted our day to be like, so we just hatched our outline plan and things unfolded as we went along. We worked it all out together. If you stay true to your own rules, work together and don’t get too stressed, then your individuality and personalities will shine through. And when you look back on that day, how it will make you smile!

Venue Chester Guildhall



Shoes Vivienne Westwood

Hair Essensuals in Chester


Florist Snapdragon

Photography McKinley-Rodgers Photography

We bloody love The Cure at RMW, infact Charlotte and I can often be found jumping about to the sounds of Friday I’m In Love when really we should be doing something more sensible like writing a post.

I think we may have touched on every single decade in retro week with this beaut of a wedding! – share your favourite part of Natalie and Jez’s day with us in the comments box and just like every post this week, you could win a stupidly cool retro camera or notebook from

Spread the retro love peeps… even though it’s Wednesday not Friday.


72 thoughts on “Friday I’m In Love.

  1. Bow-tastic gloves and jacket. I do so love a good bow. And I have just noticed that the glove bows are embellished with seed beads…you may have a rubber obsession but I have a seed bead obsession…oooooo again, another wedding I want to touch!

  2. Beautiful dress and the shoes oh em gee the shoes! Just shows that DIY weddings and help from friends can look just as lovely, if not more lovely and personal, than expensive designer ones. Theres hope for all of us!

  3. I also collected rubbers, I had one that was shaped like a packet of refreshers and was scented with … refreshers.

    I also had a glow in the dark heart one that was my favourite…

    @Pamela – I also am obsessed with beads, when I was younger I used to want to actually own a bead shop.

    Beautiful wedding Nat and Jez – that dress is to die for.

    Charlotte xxx

  4. I wish I had been at this wedding!!! Looks so much fun.

    And I do believe that’s the prettiest bride and ensemble I have seen on these pages. 🙂

    The pride of my childhood rubbers collection was one shaped like a burger with different layers for bun, lettuce, burger and tomato. Genius.

  5. I love those gloves! And the dress! And the flowers! What a beautiful wedding, made even more special by the fact that their friends were so involved. X

  6. Oh my, I took a little gasp when I saw these pictures. Natalie looks just beautiful and as for her buttercream dress, it’s gorgeous. I love bhldn and have long been cooing over their bridal hair accessories. Knowing that the delivery time is only a few days makes me a teeny bit tempted! The photos really capture the little personal touches and the atmosphere of the day. Thank you RMW for showcasing such inspirational weddings.

  7. Lpve bhldn. On it all the time! I ordered loads of decorations for our wedding off their site, it’s amaze-balls. I was thinking of ordering a dress but as a bigger lady it’s hard to guess a fit and I got scared!! Beautiful wedding, it has such a nice atmosphere!! Wick.

  8. Love this wedding. The dress is gorgeous, and I SO WANT those gloves!

    I had the burger rubber too! But my favourite one was enormous and said ‘for BIG mistakes’ on it!

    Now, I’m off to buy myself some Lady Bug lipstick…

  9. Arrrgggghhhh! Amazing wedding! we are having our wedding reception at The Guild hall in 7 weeks time! Great wedding and so lovely to see the guild hall ‘done up’ without chair covers and god knows what else…well what im trying to say is that its definitely worthy of the rock my wedding pages!!

  10. The gloves are just perfect!!

    I think my favourite picture has to be of Natalia warming up in a back room with the children looking on at her. So cute!


  11. Beautiful wedding! It’s almost like stepping back in time, from the images to the location – perfect! I had a HUGE collection of rubbers too – including a brilliant coca-cola one! Where did they go? I know I never used them. Also – love the seed heart – where did you get those from? WIth my other half being a gardener they would make perfect favours. x

  12. ha ha I had a BIG MISTAKE rubber too!! I am LOVING the short dresses this week… making me wish I’d been brave enough to go short!!

  13. ps the black and white ‘textured’ shot is absolutely out of this world… if that was mine I’d, I don’t know, get it printed onto a handbag or a tshirt or something.

  14. Having grown up in Chester with family still there, I have never been inside the town hall (in 25 years is a long time)

    After seeing that stunning interior I thinking am in love!

    P.s. the photo of the groom waiting is my favourite!

  15. What a gorgeous dress! And I have massive love for the shoes (although totally biased because the exact same pair are sat under my bed waiting for some w-day action – not bought my dress yet but the shoes are sorted!) I have to agree, the smell is fab – almost like bubblegum!


  16. OMG! Those gloves! I’ve been on the hunt for some cuties, think I’ll be checking out bhldn. Such a gorgeous retro day. Amazing that it was pulled together so quickly.

    I too was a novelty rubber addict! Every where I visited I would buy one. Strangely though, I’d never want to actually use them for their purpose! Was that just me?

  17. man, I love that Cure song

    I also love this wedding

    goes to show you don’t necessarily need 2 years and fifty squillion pounds to have a super sweet wedding

    mrs r x x x

    PS I also had the burger rubber but my favourite one was a teeny tiny one shaped like a rocking horse. srlsly, you could only have rubbed out like, one mistake with it and it would have been gone – pointless!!

  18. Those flowers are so beautiful, I absolutely love them!

    Plus if I could buy every single thing on BHLDN I would, including that dress!!! X

  19. Delightful!

    I too LOVE I just can’t afford anytime form there but it’s nice to look!!!!

    This wedding is just SO cute! To me it seems to me to be calm and content two great qualitys me thinks!

  20. I LOVE The Cure – especially Just Like Heaven, how georgeous.

    Love the dress too.

    And I too had a rubber ‘habit’ – it was the scented ones, I used to sit in class with them jammed against my nostrils inhaling like a lunatic! My favourite was a pineapple scented one with a sparkly sticker on the case. I think I inhaled all the scent out of it!

  21. OMG!! I was obsessed with collecting rubbers! I used to love the stripy ones from the museums visited with school, or the long thin ones shaped like a pencil.

    Haha, i’m remembering all of my rubbers now, I even bought one in Florida that was in a ‘Florida Orange’ carton and I used to keep them all in a Hello Kitty pot. I wish I knew where they all are now. I think the obsession must have continued with me as I have also bought the Vivienne Westwood shoes but in pink with a peach heart, they are just delightful!

    I looked a Wiggly Wigglers for our flowers, they are really lovely! Infact, come to think of it, my wedding is pretty much shaping up the same way as this one!

    Too excited! I think I may explode before August! Arrrrghhhhhh!


  22. Think this is my favourite wedding ive seen on RMW, love the dress,love the crockery, love the birdcage veil (gonna try and have a go myself me thinks) xx

  23. Is anyone in the same camp as me in that they never actually USED any of the rubbers? They are still at my mum’s house in a box… just me? erm……

    Nat’s hair is beautiful in fact she just looks fantastic from the top of her birds nest barnet to the rubbery tips of her lady dragons. Gorgeous dress, have only discovered but having found it I must have lost at least 3 hours while I browsed EVERY SINGLE THING for sale! Amazing.

  24. Love the seed favors, love the shoes, love the scones, love the sandwiches and love the strawberry’s oh would I of been happy at this wedding breakfast 🙂

    @Fiona I didn’t use mine either…how sad, bet they’re still in my mum and dads loft somewhere

  25. This wedding is beautiful. Cannot believe that it all came together in 3 months.

    Loving the gloves and dress combo!

    Wishing you both the best of luck for your future together!

    Retro week has been fab so far! A leopard style lomography camera would look excellent when I’m on safari on honeymoon as well adding a retro twist!

    Loving the ideas on the site!x

  26. I love the laid back entertainment with the bride and groom (and friends) providing the music – makes it so personal and unique. I would deffo have Friday I’m in Love as my first dance… if I wasn’t getting married on a Saturday! As it is, we’re desperately trying to find a Smiths/Morrissey song where no-one breaks up, dies or disowns one another!

  27. I am also tempted with seeded paper, although was thinking about using it as part of the invitations… There’s a great company called Ellie Poo Paper that do seeded paper. They also do hand made paper with petals, paper form elephant poo and all kinds of amazing other varieties, including paper from denim or bananas! I’ve been planning on getting paper for my wedding invites from here for years, way before even getting engaged. It’s just so cool.

    I am also loving the idea of planning a wedding in 3 months, way less time to stress about it all and to enjoy it all together in one concentrated moment. It’s a shame I’m too organised to let myself do it this way.

    Amy x

  28. I LOVE RMW! So far this week you’ve sorted my make up and now thanks to this I’ve sorted where to get my flowers from too! I love everything about this wedding, the dress, the photography, the flowers…..lovely.


    P.S I also had a rubber collection, the pride of my collection was an assortment of “sushi” rubbers. I *may* also have had a soap collection and I still have a buttons and beads collection!

  29. I could not love this wedding more! The dress, the birdcage veil, the venue, the music and the LACY JAM JARS!! Great photography too….complete weddingy perfectness xx

  30. I Love this wedding! I love the fact it looks so much fun & quirky & proves you do not need a mahoosive budget for an ace day!
    Also much love for the rubber loving going on… I too had a mini tiny wee rocking horse rubber & fluorescent stripy palm tree one. Those stripy ones were rubbish at rubbing out, they always left a big dirty grey smear over your school jotter! 🙂

  31. She has my shoes!!!! I am getting married at the end of March and I also went for the Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon beauties! Same colour and all! I can’t wait to wear them and hope they look as great with my dress as they do with Natalie’s.
    The crazy thing is, I TOO collected novelty rubbers in the 80’s and had 100’s. It’s something I haven’t thought about in a long time and made me smile! Maybe that’s why I keep sniffing my wedding shoes……
    Love this wedding! Just looks like they had so much fun! Is 52 days long enough for me to learn the cello??? 🙂 xx

  32. Everything about this wedding is just so beautiful – the dress, the shoes(!), the flowers, and omg the venue!! Can’t believe they pulled this off in three months. Stunning.

  33. Love it all and especially the lack of fussiness. My fav was the flower jars!

    I have just discovered this site and love all the links but what would be even better is if the links opened in another page and then I could still have the main page open and flick between. Just a thought!

  34. I’d never head of bhldn before today but now I think I love it nearly as much as my fiance (did I say that out loud?!). I really hope my wedding is as lovely as this one, it’s made me realise how much nonsense isn’t necessary. One year and one day to go!

  35. Oh my goodness-this is such a beautiful wedding!! I LOVE the little jacket with the bows-gorgeous! Also a big fan of the Vivienne Westwood shoes-I’ve bought them for my own wedding in July but unfortunately my Fiancé is only an inch taller than me so they’re a bit too high!! (can’t bring myself to return them yet, it’s ok to have Hen Party shoes isn’t it?!!)

  36. Soooo pretty…a lovely relaxed-looking day – perfect!!! I am in love with the blooms, they are exactly how I imagine mine to be. Beautiful photography too, what a gorge couple 🙂 xxx

  37. Whoa – this wedding is EPIC! That dress/shoe/jacket/glove combo is TO DIE FOR!
    Seriously cool stuff, and beautifully captured as always by Mackinley-Rogers.

  38. Those gloves are so sweet and really add the finishing touch to her outfit 🙂

    Might have to go put some Cure on now 🙂

  39. Beautiful wedding – I love the pale green ties and the lace gloves. We got married on a Friday and made sure that “Friday I’m in love” was on the music list – I LOVE that song, it never fails to make me smile 🙂

  40. I loved every minute of our wedding day and loved seeing it in black, white and full colour all over again today! Yes, hello it’s me, Natalie!

    Such kind comments from everyone, and I am so glad to have sparked off the novelty rubber nostalgia neurons! My rubber collection also included the burger that came to bits btw!!

    Oh, and Helen, I bought the seeded heart paper from – packs of 25 large hearts.

    PS: Jez says that whilst he did not have a novelty rubber collection, he did once have a pen that smelt of Christmas pudding, and hopes that this fact may gain him entry into this thread!

    PPS: Thanks so much Pen (of Pen McKinley-Rodgers!) xx

    1. What an amazing wedding. Any chance you want to help me organise mine?

      If you got married at the Townhall, you probably met my Mother, Linda Clements?

      Thanks for the inspiration.

  41. Thanks for featuring Natalie and Jez’s wedding today. It’s lovely to see the images here and to read the fabulous comments (including Nat’s!)

    And can I just say I had a massive rubber collection too! Growing up in Hong-Kong, one of my favourite shopping excursions was to go traipsing round the stationary section of the Japanese department stores! Oh this brings back memories 🙂

  42. Oh my goodness what an amazing wedding outfit, how did you get that dress in the UK!?! Was it imported. I basically want that outfit for the breakfast the day after, shoes and all!!! So so beautiful 🙂

  43. Gorgeous wedding, i’m thinking I may need some crochet gloves, can I work them with a 1970s dress?!

    Loving the retro rubber chat! We all used to come into school on a monday morning & set up elaborate displays on our desks, to show off our latest additions! This would be followed by intense negotiations for swapsies…

    I always wanted my friend’s penguin pencil sharpener which had a rubber under his top hat! None of mine could ever quite match that, no matter how amazingly scented….

  44. Did anyone else have those rubbers shaped like dinosaur’s that you could remove their arms and legs?

    Oh how I long for rummage round my mum and dads loft!


  45. Ever since I saw mentioned on RMW I have been seriously addicted.. those gloves are beautiful! And I think the centrepiece jars wrapped with lace, ribbons and buttons are just so pretty! x

  46. The whole vibe of the wedding is great, but it was the mention of the novelty rubber collection that made me post. My favourite was one shaped like a teddy bear that had removable arms and legs that clicked back on.
    I also never actually used mine, must have a look at the parents house! I too ‘may’ have collected novelty soaps!

  47. WAH it’s too much! The flowers, the veil, the gloves *be still my beating heart* so so PRETTY! I saw this dress when I was looking and it is lovely – you guys look amazing! x

  48. Wow, what a fab wedding. From the lace around the different jars to the gloves to the shoes it looks so elegant and well put together.
    As far as I am concerned DIY wedding = couture wedding 🙂

  49. Hello Jenny Lane … yes I’m afraid I did have to import the dress direct from the website – but very pleased I was with it indeed! I would heartily recommend a BHLDN transaction – duties and all! I <3 my frock!

  50. Such a fabulous dress – I just don’t have the nerves to order online. I also really like those bold block coloured flags hanging in the wings. I am now trying to work out how to make and erect those in my venue.

  51. Oh my gosh! I happened across this article because I just love wedding blogs, and recognised the bride and groom as 2 of my teachers from secondary school 12 years ago! How nice 🙂

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