Rock My Wedding readers Ange and Pat married in May at Pat’s parents home in Ivy Hatch.
In the garden stood giant tipi tents from Beautiful World Tents in place of the more traditional marquee.
This wedding has a beautiful subtle colour pallette of white and purple with a few other splashes thrown in for good measure. I was fascinated to read that their chosen florist grows all of the flowers and although commits to a colour scheme leaves actual variety choice until the last minute – so that you get the very best flowers that were in bloom on your big day. This adds a nice little element of surprise into the floral mix.
Photogrpahy today is from the truly fantastical (Excuse the man-crush) Phillip Allen – better known as Mister Phill.
You are in for a Tipi treat today folks.
Pretty Vintage Lace
My dress is from Mirror Mirror in Angel and the designer is Cymbeline. I went through numerous bridal stores trying to find the right dress, I had a picture in my mind of a pretty vintage style lace dress. When I tried this one at at Mirror Mirror I knew instantly and the reaction from my mother and brother confirmed it! I also customised the dress slightly by adding a different ribbon sash than what initially came with the dress. I bought the ribbon and Mirror Mirror where able to make the cute bow sash.
I decided to have flowers in my hair, which my lovely florist Jen put together to match the bouquet. I went with some statement earrings from Monica Vinader, they were also my “something blue”. I had never thought I would wear a veil, I tried a few on but they just weren’t me.
I wore cute little white satin kitten heels from Rainbow Club. A big part of our wedding was going to be outside in the garden so I needed to choose slightly practical shoes so I didn’t sink into the grass. In the end, we got married inside because the weather was touch and go, but I was still happy with my choice (even thought my husband is SO tall) as they were so so comfortable!
Fashionable And Soft
We enlisted Love to do the makeup and hair for the day. They have a network of stylists around the country. My make up stylist, Fiona and Hair stylist, Gina were both fantastic. I wanted my make up to look natural in photos but still feel nicely made up which Fiona did wonderfully.
For my hair, I didn’t want the typical wedding hair, I wanted something I bit more fashionable and soft. Gina was able to help work out what best suited from a large range of pictures I had at my trial and I was extremely happy with the result for both myself and my bridesmaids.
The Best In Season
Our florist, Jen from Blooming Green, is local to the area in Kent and grows all her own flowers on their plot! I wanted rustic style flowers for the wedding as the setting was in the country. We talked with Jen about colours, theme and style in the lead up the wedding, then she made up the bouquets, button holes and tables centres on the day based on what has bloomed on her plot. This way we got the best in season flowers and it was also a lovely surprise for us on the day to see what flowers were used. They were beautiful and we were so happy with them!
For the bridesmaids we purchased Dessy dresses through Reflections in Chiswick. My bridesmaids were located both here and in Australia so we needed to find a designer where the dresses could be tried on in both countries! Thankfully Dessy have a number of stores with their dresses both here and in Australia so we were able to choose something that suited all the girls.
Fro the Groomsmen We hired all the suits from Q Club which is a part of Austin Reed. We had a 3 piece grey silk suit for them. We purchased bright ties for them all from Ted Baker to wear on the day and for them to keep as a gift from us.
Tall And Slim
Pat wore a 3 piece tailored suit from Hackett. It was a lovely blue colour with very very bright lining! He looked so so handsome 🙂 He got a gorgeous white shirt from Selfridges (Eton, who traditionally make shirts for Swedish men, so they fit tall slim men with long arms!)
I saw a post on Rock My Wedding and thought WOW these photos are great! and exactly in the style that I was looking for. I checked out the credits which linked to Mister Phill’s page. We emailed him immediately! Not only was his photography fantastic, and told a real story of the day, but he was unbelievably professional and completely unobtrusive. He was able to go completely unnoticed yet get all of the perfect shots. Very few of his shots were ‘set up’. I think our wedding had a real impact on him, and it was an absolute pleasure to have him cover our big day.
Lizzie from Pure Cakes, again local to the area, helped bring our Victoria Sponge cake idea to life! We both don’t like fruit cake very much and we wanted something we could serve for dessert. We had a few photos of victoria sponge cakes from magazines and Lizzie was able to turn this into a lovely sponge cake with buttercream and jam, covered in fresh berries that really was very suited the setting of the day. We had the cake for dessert, along with some meringues, cream and coulis our caterer Purple Pumpkin put together.
All The Way From Wales
For our entertainment we hired Class of ’58 who were absolutely awesome! They completely tore up the dance floor for both their sets – guests were almost fighting for space on the dance floor from the time they came on until the time they left. We wanted an up beat band and really liked the idea of a jive / 60’s band. We were down near Shoreham on a long weekend kitesurfing, and went past the town hall and heard this amazing jive band rocking this little hall. We went in and got their details! They drove all the way from Wales to be with us.
The Time, by Black Eyed Peas was our song. It’s significant because it’s just a really fun song. We are not the slow dancing types so wanted to get grooving with everyone as quickly as possible!
Myself and my bridesmaid Sophie handmade all the favours from her secret recipe. We made Dukkah, which is really popular in Australia, so allowed me to add the aussie touch to the wedding without being too aussie. We also gave a little bag of Australian tea which my mum brough over 110 of from Australia for us!
A Splash Of Colour
We wanted the wedding to have a really relaxed feel but also have a wow factor. We kept the flowers and decorations to be mainly white with splashes of colour (mainly purple). We asked all the guest to come “Colourful and gorgeous” as was were hoping this would be what brought the most colour to the day. So all our decor tried to be romantic but subtle.
My brother designed a lot of the menus, emblems, stickers on the favours etc.
For outside decor, Pat’s little brother picked up some super cheap lanterns in China which we used to hang in the trees around the marquee. I think the effect in the evening looked really good.
The Little Things
Make your wedding, particularly your ceremony, reflect your personalities and not follow the norm. Get the right balance between a fun and at the same time serious tone. For example, I had a wedding vow about my shopping habits!
Be relaxed on the day, just let all the organisation be in the hands of others.
It’s all the little things that made a big difference like the hand made favours, the confetti, lanterns, tulips being in bloom, music in the ceremony, fun readings etc. We were also extremely lucky to be able to have the wedding at home.
Shop around for local suppliers as they gave me at least a better and more tailored service for a much more reasonable price.
Don’t be picky with the flowers, go with what’s in season, as I mentioned above, the flowers were such a lovely lovely surprise on the day as I had no idea what I was getting.
Boutique – Mirror Mirror
Dress – Cymbeline
Earrings – Monica Vinader
Shoes – Rainbow Club
Hair And Makeup – Love
Flowers – Blooming Green
Maids – Dessy
Photography – Mister Phill
Cake – Pure Cakes
Caterer – Purple Pumpkin
Entertainment – Class of ’58
Tipi Tents – Beautiful World Of Tents
Loving that Tipi!
Ange and Pat succeeded. They wanted a relaxed feel with the wow factor and that is exactly what they got. With a little help from their parents, their friends…. and of course a bit off magic from Mister Phill too.