Inspiration

Spring may still be alluding us - what did we expect ahead of a Bank Holiday weekend? - but that's no reason not to fill your day with sunshine courtesy of this late-September wedding, which is blessed with blue skies and golden rays. Hot-to-trot couple, Zoe & Jamie, chose the most magnificent venue - RMW recommended The Copse, in Oxfordshire - for their wedding weekend, making the most of the gorgeous gardens, canopied ceremony area and stretch tent reception space with smoke bombs, peacock chairs and a sweetheart table all featuring. Stunning fashion and radiant smiles come as standard, alongside beautiful blooms from the bride's favourite London florist, Grace & Thorn.

Inspiration Behind The Styling

We tried to do a lot of the décor by hand, so designed all of the invites, save the dates and stationery, as well as the banners at the venue. This not only saved money but also enabled us to be in complete control in creating the vision we really wanted. We spent a lot of time on Pinterest and RMW, researching ideas for a ‘wedding theme’. The overall result was quite a boho feel, with copper details, succulents and dinosaurs! A few things I was desperate to have were a vintage rug aisle, peacock chairs and vintage cut crystal champagne glasses, so spent the year in the run up to the wedding scouring eBay for bargains.

Zoe & Jamie

Peacock Chairs

If I could have my own wedding day again, peacock chairs would be non-negotiable. Less tacky than a throne, more special than a standard chair, they are - in my mind at least - the most special seating option for the bride and groom during their wedding breakfast. Plus points for pairing with a sweetheart table too; Zoe & Jamie's first meal together as man and wife must have felt wonderfully intimate whilst also placing them at the centre of a big dinner party with friends.

Advice For Brides-to-be

Make sure you support each other throughout the process and manage your time well. Our wedding took a lot of planning, but we never felt stressed or like we were taking on too much. And be sure that you enjoy every second. We had the venue for four days, so our wedding felt like it lasted forever. We would also truly recommend having brunch the next day with your guests; it was so much fun to get everyone together to debrief.

Zoe & Jamie
Now then, here's a question: are you a smoke bomb lover or hater? Here at RMW, we're usually pretty united on wedding trends, but smoke bombs have the team split down the middle. For what it's worth, I love them, and weddings such as Zoe & Jamie's are proof why: their smoke bomb shots are stunning. However, not all my lovely colleagues agree. Have a read of our post, 2018's Biggest Wedding Trend Has The Whole Team Divided, and comment below to let us know which camp you fall into.

Written by Victoria Honan

Venue: The Copse | Dress Designer: Novia D'Art | Bridal Boutique: Morgan Davies Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Sophia Webster | Groom's Suit: Gresham Blake | Groom's Shirt: Pretty Green | Bridesmaids: ASOS | Leather Jacket Illustration: Bee Davies | Florist: Grace & Thorn | Caterers: Jamie's Catering | Band: More Is More

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