Faye & Coops both work with Derren Brown, who was also a guest at this wedding. Relaxed, fun and gorgeous pretty much sums up their big day and they also lived by the RMW Mantra of “Your Day Your Way” choosing to do their own thing rather than play by the wedding rules.
Faye and Coops photographer Steve Gerrard is an old friend of Team RMW, when not shooting weddings he can usually be found shooting pop and rock stars so he’s used to rubbing up next to a celebrity or too… But after this wedding Derren Brown mentioned him in a tweet and temporarily crashed his site. Having had a good look through these amazing images I can understand why.
Faye The Bride:Langley Priory in Derbyshire was our perfect venue. We had a look on the off chance, as it was very close to Coops’ family home, and loved it. I’d always talked of getting married next to lakes and willows and this fitted the bill perfectly. Teri-lee and Tim were so lovely and accommodating, we couldn’t have asked for more. For the reception we opted for a teepee in the grounds from PapaKata, who were great.
I don’t wear lots of make-up normally so I didn’t want to go overboard. I’d hate to look like a completely different person walking down the aisle! It’s the same reason I didn’t smear on the fake tan – it’s just not me. I had understated lips with black eyeliner. My make-up artist was Emma Mc she was lovely and understood my minimalist needs.
I designed my own dress from images of other dresses with help from my dress maker Teresa. I knew that I wanted an A-line skirt in tulle but looking around dress shops everything I liked the look of restricted my movement. I couldn’t have that; I’m a very practical girl. In the end we even added pockets to my dress, it was wonderful. I went for a-line since it has always been the most flattering on my figure. Since the beginning I knew I wanted to wear some kick-ass boots with my dress. After some searching and unsuccessful wearing-in of boots that tried to eat my feet, I found these from Aldo. They’re so amazing and on the day I was definitely the most comfortably dressed. My headpiece was Jenny Packham’s Acacia II borrowed through eBay from Natalie at fab*furn8ure, £40 for the week which is really great value and counted as my something borrowed! I also wore a marcasite necklace that Coops bought for me when we were first together. We didn’t want a formal bridal party so the boys just wore their best suits. I’m really jealous of the bridesmaids dresses, the fabric we found was such a beautiful colour. My mum made them, they’re basically infinity dresses that you can wear in any style, £30 for both! She did a wonderful job on them, she’s got to make me one next.
We didn’t really have a colour scheme, we just knew we didn’t want a normal “white” wedding with chair covers and table cloths. The teepee and location really set the theme. We decorated the tables and teepee with antique books and old cameras, as they’re our main interests. All of the props came from Sarah at Something Old Something New. I can categorically say our wedding would have been nothing without her. She was unbelievably helpful and her props looked stunning on the day. My mum dyed some muslin dark grey for table runners and we hung ivy and fairy lights everywhere. I went round in circles trying to choose flowers and in the end I left a lot of it up to our florist Kerry from The Blossom Tree. I trusted her so much since every example picture I had shown her turned out to be one of her displays anyway! I went for white and green on the chair ends and tables and pastel shades for my own bouquet. My bridesmaids had bunches of white gypsophila and my mum, Coops’ mum, sister and auntie made buttonholes from white roses, lisyanthus and ivy.
I walked down the aisle to Stand By Me by Ben E King, not particularly original, we know, but it’s Coops’ favourite song. Since we’re both quite childish it was a complete surprise to me that my favourite part of the day was the ceremony. We both giggled and cried our way through it. Coops’ granddad read our only reading from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, ‘Love is a temporary madness’, a slightly altered version I found online. Immediately after the ceremony we played Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, it’s lovely hearing that song now. For the reception a friend of a friend set up his decks. Our first dance was Postcards From Italy by Beirut, we’ve always danced about the house to it so it seemed fitting.
Maverick, our caterers, were absolutely great. Yet again we didn’t want the normal fare, we wanted a selection of different bowl foods, thai green curry, prawn linguine, vietnamese beef salad, lamb tagine and sausage and mash. They were small portions so everyone could try more than one. Despite our slightly odd requests Maverick did a wonderful job and everyone complimented the food. For desert our friends and family had made cakes, they were all delicious! We have a brilliant graphic designer friend that knocked up our invites in a jiffy, based on a design I’d seen somewhere. We loved them, they were perfect. Place names for the tables were written on plantable paper (paper with wildflower seeds in) so they doubled as our favours. I was still messing with the table plan at 7pm the night before!
If I have any advice it would be to get your venue, marquee (or tipi!) hire, florist, photographer, make-up artist booked as early as you can. It was a real rush to get everything done, Coops was away on a theatre tour from Jan to July so he couldn’t help and the stress of arranging it all affected me a lot. We were incredibly lucky with who was available for our wedding but I’m sure it could have been a different story! Obviously lists are your friend, mine got so large and daunting I had to start new ones. Keep your spreadsheets up to date, 3 days before the wedding I found out I had only been quoted for coaches and not actually booked any, so that could have been a disaster!
BIG LOVE to our photographer Steve Gerrard with Alex Miller, they came up with absolutely perfect shots, couldn’t have asked for more. And such lovely people, really made us feel relaxed.