Inspiration Behind The Styling
We went for a modern minimalist style with a vintage twist – think lots of jungle leaves, gold and a quirky vintage photobooth. I got a lot of inspiration from cafes, shops or hotels we visited over the period we were engaged. I took so many photos and kept sending them to people saying, “Can you help me make this?!” The venue was a blank canvas and we did absolutely all the decorating and planning ourselves: my mum and step-dad gathered all the glass bottles for the tables (we had over 100 in the end!) and my aunt filled the floor-to-ceiling cabinets in the dissection room with tokens that reminded her of Ben and I. There was a breakout room, which we decorated with throws and a home-built photobooth, whilst my uncle – an artist – created amazing industrial-style sculptures for us.
Polka Dot Wedding VeilHere at RMW, we absolutely love bridal accessories, and the veil is one of the most iconic. Indeed, ask any newlywed and she will tell you that the moment she first felt like a bride was the moment she tried on a veil. But, as with all things weddings, veils are not a one-size-fits-all accessory. You don't have to have a cathedral-length lace number just because your mum thinks it's traditional, nor do you need to wear a blusher - the bit that falls over your face as you walk down the aisle towards your beau - if you don't want to. If you prefer a polka dot wedding veil like Siobhan (which we love), or perhaps even a bridal cape, go for it. Remember, like every element of your wedding, this is your day, your way, so do you.
Advice For Brides-to-be
The best thing someone said to me on the day was, “Look around the room at how happy everyone is. You have created this atmosphere and this buzz”. I really felt this rung true and probably would have been the case even if we were all crammed in the local pub! Your friends and family are just happy to be there for you on your special day. I would also say that if you feel up to it, do a speech. Even though I was a little nervous, it was a wonderful opportunity to personally thank people, including Ben!