I love nothing more than to see a total mix of styles that when all thrown together make utterly gorgeous Rock My Wedding worthy W-day eye candy.
Romina and Rich did just that with a generous helping of Old Hollywood glamour, fresh modern florals and an amazing amount of personal ways to entertain the guests.
Keep your eyes peeled for all of the RMW inspiration 😉
The Lawsons Rock!
We came across Lawson Photography through Colette who had worked with them on another wedding. We went onto their site and were really impressed by their pictures. Now we are no professionals on photography but these pictures stood out from the rest!
Rich hates having his picture taken but they made him and me feel completely at ease. They’re a lovely couple and it turns out I knew Laura from our dancing days at university! Pictures are so important to me; they capture a single moment in time but will last forever. We are so happy with our pictures and couldn’t recommend them enough…..The Lawson’s Rock!!
D.I.Y Table Plans
I love old black and white movies and the whole old Hollywood era, everything was so glam back then. After getting engaged at the top of the Empire State building and a surprise trip to Tiffany’s it seemed apt that this would be our theme! We decided to name our tables after old Hollywood stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. I made black and white pictures of each star and popped them into some crystal frames, again sourced from our local garden centre.
Our table plan was placed in individual frames along with some pictures of past family weddings. It was lovely to show our family history and to think that one day our picture will be used in the same way!
For our guest book we chose to do a DIY photo booth. We bought lots of props, an instant camera, a big photo frame and made some ‘slogans’ Charlotte O’Shea style and voila! I’d seen the idea on RMW and thought it was fab, guests had lots of fun with the props and we have and even funnier guest book to look back at!
Needless to say the props ending up spilling out onto the dance floor in the evening! Again I took inspiration from RMW and made myself some personalised bunting! I handed it to Laura and Pete and said we can use it if you want, I wasn’t sure if it would look silly but the pictures look ace and started off an impromptu tug of war!
We loved our cake and it got so many compliments on the day, not only did it look awesome it tasted delicious! I found the design online and asked a local cake maker if they could replicate it, Patisserie Viennoise in Otley did an amazing job.
We had a small 3 tier to cut and around 50 balls of different sizes. Neither of us particularly like fruit cake so went with vanilla, chocolate, lemon and carrot cake, each one more scrummy than the next.
A Sweet Idea
We thought about favours for a while but if we are completely honest didn’t find anything we liked for the money we could spend. We’d seen pictures of sweet tables and thought it was a really fun and quirky idea so decided to go with that. It made a much bigger statement than individual favours but also did the job.
A Relaxed Atmosphere
We wanted our guests to have fun and the atmosphere to be happy and relaxed so we chose to have a band play during the drinks reception and meal, in the hope they would get the party started. They didn’t disappoint! ‘Mad Dog and The Sophisticats’ greeted us outside the church straight after our ceremony with a rendition of ‘Congratulations’……it was fabulous! They played Jazz music whilst guests enjoyed cocktails and canapés and more mellow music during the meal before finishing on a complete high.
They managed to get each and every guest singing and dancing in their seats to songs such as ‘I am the music man’ and ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ it was amazing! For the evening we decided to have a DJ who played motown and disco as we thought this would appeal to all ages.
Me and Rich don’t really have a song, the only one that we could think of was ‘oops upside your head’ which we used to dance to back in the day at the local club whilst at university together.
In hindsight maybe we should have gone with this but we didn’t think it fitted in with our theme and I wasn’t about to get down on the floor in my dress. However, we happened to come across ‘At Last’ by Etta James which seemed appropriate in two ways. One, the words our lovely and two, it took 8 years for Rich to propose so by the end I was shouting “At Last!” My close friend Kristen Spitty sang it beautifully for us which made it extra special!
Making It Yours
Every wedding is unique and special to the couple getting married. I was blown away by the choices and decisions I would have to make when I first looked into planning our wedding. You feel a pressure to come up with something new and interesting to make your wedding stand out from the rest! Does anyone actually care or notice for that matter that the ribbon is the perfect Tiffany blue colour or that the font used on the invitations is carried through to the place cards? I don’t think so!
The day is about you and your fiancé and the commitment you’re making to each other and that’s the most important part. Don’t get me wrong I loved, yes LOVED planning all the little bits and they were important to me but they weren’t unique…..I grabbed inspiration and ideas from anywhere I could (mainly the lovely RMW)! Take what you like and make it yours and don’t be worried if it’s been done before. After all that’s why the lovely team at RMW do what they do……..to inspire all you lovely brides to be!
Enjoy every moment and remember that perfection is a road not a destination!
Much love, Romina and Rich (The Thornton’s….whoo) xx
Well Well Well……what a lovely lovely wedding and such wise words from the bride. It’s submissions like this that make all the hard work completely worthwhile.
Big Inspirational Love