A classic feeling wedding at Rockley Manor with morning suits, bright florals and a delicious semi-naked cake. Rockley Manor was the perfect venue for drinks on the lawn followed by a beautiful wedding breakfast in the open marquee. However, the bride and groom were determined not to follow the traditional wedding mould and wanted to involve as many guests as possible, coming up with fun (and some unusual!) ideas to entertain and make their day extremely memorable! Well, we don't think there's a chance that their guests will be forgetting the cake cutting ceremony with kazoo accompaniment or the evening filled with karaoke where the whole wedding party were belting out their favourite songs!

What Made Our Day Unique

We knew we didn’t want a cookie-cutter wedding, and that we wanted to involve as many of our guests as possible. Cal was the mastermind behind some (arguably) over-the-top ideas, such as a cake cutting "ceremony", complete with a Master of Cake Cutters (the Grand Duke Sir Lemon Drizzle), a 4-foot Celtic sword and the groomsmen kazooing "God Save the Queen". During the evening party between the band’s sets, we organized mandatory group karaoke, bringing unwitting family and friends up on to the stage to belt out the songs with us. The photos of everyone singing their hearts out are some of our favourites!

Angela & Cal

Morning Suits

Although the couple incorporated non-traditional aspects to their big day, they kept some things traditional, including the morning suits the groom and groomsmen wore (all 10 of them!). The bride chose a pretty low back, lace wedding dress from Essense of Australia that she paired with drop earrings and pastel pink wedding shoes. Perfectly complementing her bridal party, made up of seven bridesmaids wearing different variations of pastel pink and lilac dresses and clutching small bright bouquets.

Inspiration & Styling

The vibe for our day was elegant and botanical. We were fortunate enough to have glorious British summer weather on the day, allowing us to hold the cocktail reception outside on Rockley's beautiful grounds, with the wedding breakfast in a traditional marquee with the sides up. Our florals were English country garden-inspired wildflowers, interspersed with tall vases of foliage. The flowers, coupled with the tables and chairs placed directly on the lawn under the marquee, created a sense of being out in the British countryside, which we both love.

Angela & Cal
Our groom, Cal, looks super smart in his morning suit, however, what do grooms really think about wedding planning? In this episode of our RMW podcast Becky chats all things wedding planning from the groom's perspective - from sharing tasks to how grooms feel about the upcoming celebration. rock my wedding forum
Imogen Read

Written by Imogen Read

Venue: Rockley Manor | Marquee Hire: South West Marquees | Bride Dress Designer: Essence of Australia | Bridal Boutique: Anya Bridal | Grooms Suit: Moss Bros | Fashion Accessories: Etsy | Shoes: Carvela | Catering: Bread & Flowers | Flowers: Chrissie Wiltshire Flowers | Hair & Makeup Artist: The Boho Bride | Stationery: Dahlia by Lauren | Entertainment: LDN Entertainment | Realtime via Last Minute Musicians | Planner/Stylist: The Planning Lounge | Transport: London Vintage Transport | Drinks/Bar: NJAC Event Bars | Pizza Truck/Ice Cream Cart: Rusty and Roses Catering

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