If you like Anna and Anthony have just four months to plan your wedding (or any amount of time to be honest) then a good place to start is to write a “what’s most important” list.
Anna and Anthony did just that meaning they stayed focussed on the W-day items they loved and didn’t lose any sleep over small details that in the grand scheme of things, would not have made a jot difference to the enjoyment of their big day.
And what a big day it was too. Simple, understated and very very cool. Think all-white colour scheme, floaty grecian gown, A.mazing shoes and some immense hat-wearing type action.
All of the gorgeous images are courtesy of Brett Symes.
A Natural Polish
We got married at Bristol Register Office and then had afternoon tea followed by drinks and dancing at Goldbrick House.
My hair and make-up were both done by Nigit at Serenity Beauty and Hair in Bristol. My day-to-day look is quite natural, which is how I wanted to look on my wedding day, so I asked Nigit to help me create a more polished version of the everyday me.
A Grecian Goddess
My dress was from Monsoon. I tried on six or seven dresses in different styles and I fell in love with two of them – this one and a beautiful embellished sixties-style shift dress. I loved the shorter dress (and still do now) but after much deliberation and trying on, I chose the longer Grecian-style dress as it felt more elegant and special.
My bridesmaid was my sister whose dress was from Monsoon. I wanted her to have a dress that she loved and felt beautiful and happy in so asked her to choose what she wanted to wear. We went shopping together and both loved this dress. Anthony’s best man was his friend David who wore his own suit. He wore a navy blue tie to match Anthony’s.
Anthony bought a new suit for the wedding, he opted for a classic look, wearing a white shirt and navy blue tie. You can see in the photos how handsome he looked!
Fuss Free And Super High
A veil seemed too fussy for our relaxed wedding so I opted for a simple gold headband.
My dress was very long so I knew I needed some seriously high heels! I searched the shops for some coloured shoes (I initially wanted navy blue but couldn’t find any anywhere) but when I found these peep toe shoes in Next I knew they were perfect.
White On White
We wanted our day to be and feel relaxed and fuss-free so I opted for white flowers. Ruth at Scentiments Floral Design in Bristol created the most beautiful bouquets and button holes I could have hoped for. I remember exclaiming how beautiful they were to anyone in earshot when I first saw them.
Capturing The Imtimacy
Our photographer was Brett Symes. We didn’t want a traditional wedding or traditional wedding photography. We wanted our day to be relaxed, fuss-free, fun and intimate. When we explained this to Brett he understood what we were after straight away and had lots of ideas for how to make the photography interesting and different. We are so pleased that we chose Brett and absolutely love our photos, which capture the feel of our wedding day perfectly.
Raspberries And Cream
After a pre-work cake tasting session at Clifton Cakes (I didn’t realise there was a point at which it is too early to eat chocolate cake but I think 8.45am might be it..) we chose a two-tier cake covered in tiny duck egg blue and navy flowers. The bottom tier was chocolate cake with ganache and fresh raspberry cream and the top layer was lemon cake with fresh raspberry cream – it not only looked beautiful but tasted absolutely amazing.
Make You Feel My Love
We put together an ipod playlist of all of our favourite songs, which had our guests dancing til the end of the night. We had Bob Dylan’s “Make you feel my love” – Anthony is a huge fan of Dylan and we both love that song.
Goldbrick House is such a beautifully decorated place that we didn’t feel we could add to it or improve it in any way.
We didn’t want a traditional wedding with all the trimmings so when we first started the planning we wrote a big list of all of the items you could have on your wedding day and chose which ones were important to us (rings, guests, a beautiful dress, cake…) and crossed off the ones that weren’t (favours, flash cars, sit down meal…).
This helped to take all of the stress out of the planning as we didn’t get worried about the small things, we stayed focussed on what was important to us – making a lifelong commitment to each other and celebrating with our families and closest friends.
Anna’s Top Tips
1.Don’t listen when people say you have to plan everything two years in advance – we set our date in January and got married in May of the same year and didn’t feel panicked at any point whilst organising it.
2.Think about what’s really important to you and focus on that, don’t get bogged down in what everyone else has (and what people insist you have to have) on their wedding day. Make your day personal to you.
3.Your perfect day doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.
4.Set aside a little bit of quiet time just for you and your husband on the day away from guests – I think the most time we spent together all day was when we were saying our vows!
Brides Gown – Monsoon
Maids Dress – Monsoon
Reception Venue – Goldbrick House
Cakes – Clifton Cakes
Photographer – Brett Symes
Florist – Scentiments Floral Design
There has been quite a bit of hoo-ha in blog land of late, numerous postings around the web on W-day blogs allegedly only featuring weddings with lots of details, couples feeling intimidated that their special day well….isn’t special enough.
We love details here at Rock My Wedding. We love personalisation and that little something quirky, we love the effort that goes into D.I.Y projects and a bride and groom that dare to be different. We love variety.
But you know what?
Most of all we love the love.
And a perfectly captured moment of the way a pair of newly weds look at each other right after saying “I do” is always going to mean more to us that an image of a table centre, no matter how beautifully styled that table centre may be.
And that folks is all I have to say on the matter.
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