Team RMW squealed with delight when we saw this stunning wedding. We knew we had to share it with you all, as you’re going to love it too! I mean just look at that aisle lined with blooms…I don’t think an aisle that beautiful has ever existed before!! And it probably won’t come as a surprise to you as you pour over the floral loveliness, that Bride Rachel is a florist. It makes me very proud indeed to say that her company, The Rose Shed is one of our List recommended florists. It’s always wonderful to see our favourites suppliers work in action – even more so when it’s their own big day, as you really get an insight into their vision and creativity.
Rachel is clearly a lady with an excellent eye, as we’re lusting after her effortlessly glam Laure de Sagazan gown too and those mint green Rachel Simpson shoes. The whole day has a lovely vibe to it, a little bit rustic, a little bit industrial, pretty pops of colour and as the images captured by RMW favourite Matt Willis show, everyone is having a lovely time. And I know I don’t need to say this, but if you’re looking for a florist in the South West (Bristol, Bath, the Cotswolds) you should probably get in touch with Rachel as her work is simply stunning 🙂
Rachel The Bride: Working in the wedding industry I see wedding dresses all the time so I knew that the type of dress I wanted to wear on the day would be simple, elegant and unfussy. My dress was by Laure de Sagazan, from The Mews in Clifton Village, I had actually seen the dress on their Instagram a couple weeks before and knew I would love it so booked an appointment! It was a toss up between two dresses, but I really fell in love with the pretty lace back and cap sleeves. It was so flattering and comfortable to wear too, as a florist who spends her life in jeans and trainers this was important to me!
I tried on some lovely beautiful, big princess dresses and they do look stunning, but this dress was definitely ‘me’ and fitted in with the laid back wedding we wanted to achieve and with our venue.
My shoes were pale green, T bar shoes with a hint of gold, I knew I definitely didn’t want white wedding shoes, so these were perfect! I kept my accessories simple and wore some beautiful pearl earrings that Alex bought me for my 30th birthday. I didn’t wear a veil as I wanted to show off the back of my dress, so my hairdresser Jamie just roughly pinned my hair up in a loose design. My make up was also very classic and simple, with nude lips and brown smoky eye, my make up artist Emily deserves a medal for patience for the amount of looks we went through in the trails. She was fabulous in the run up to the day, and such a calming influence to have on the day with her friendly nature!
Alex went for a blue three piece suit from Reiss which he chose after a one-to-one styling and tailoring session in the Cabot Circus store. The jacket had a single button and a peaked lapel to give it a slightly more formal look. This was matched with a white Ted Baker shirt, a pink linen tie and ‘blood red brown’ shoes, which featured very simple brogue detailing. He also wore a plain white pocket square with a button hole made up of blush spray roses and foliage sprigs.
Choosing the venue was one of the hardest parts of the wedding, we initially looked at having a country wedding at home in Somerset, but realised it would make sense to be married in our new home of Bristol. When we came across Paintworks and realised the potential of the venue we knew it was so right for us. It is an old Paint Factory building, with steel girders and exposed brickwork, a huge space where you can really go town on the decoration. It also has a lovely outdoor terrace, where you can have drinks, perfect for the summer! You could also have the legal ceremony at Paintworks, which was something we were looking for, having the whole day in one place. Michele, the wedding coordinator was really great in the run up to the day and on the day itself.
As the venue was so urban I really wanted to add a natural feel to the space also. As the venue was such a large blank canvas, we decided to break up the space, having the ceremony at one end, and then the reception dinner at the other. We separated this by large birch trees, which added height and colour, and were a great impact. We also had two trees either side of our ceremony, which is closer to the initial idea of having a wedding outside in the countryside! The venue has a high ceiling, so we broke this up with ivory drapes and festoon lighting.
As a wedding florist, flowers were so important to me! I wanted them everywhere and to provide most of the decoration throughout the whole day. We choose pale pink, peach, warm pink, coral, yellow…just lovely all round, Summery colours! My bouquet had all my favourite peonies and roses in alongside some beautiful sweet peas, zinnias, dahlias, cosmos that my Mum had grown for the day. The boys had mixed tied, buttonholes in the wedding colours tied with ribbon, while the Mother’s had wrist corsages on ribbon.
We went to town inside with the flowers, a large hanging ball hung from the ceiling in the entrance, with the long tables being dressed with lots of glass bottles and vases filled with the seasonal flowers. Each side of the aisle was dressed with floral runners going down the length of the aisle, I wanted to create a flower meadow type look, where the flowers were growing out of the ground, and this added to the special feel of the ceremony.
I didn’t have any bridesmaids, but had two of my close friends getting ready with me on the morning. Alex had his Best Men and Ushers who wore their own blue suits. We bought them ties in shades of blue and pink, which tied them all together.
We kept the ceremony short and sweet! It was so lovely having my Dad walk me down the aisle, I was glad he was there before hand it is a nerve-wracking thing this getting married lark! Seeing Alex at the end of the aisle and all of our family and friends in one place was so special. We asked Alex’s Mum to do a reading.
After the ceremony we went outside for a drinks reception, and luckily it was a sunny day so the Pimms flowed! We created playlists for the day and throughout the dinner, and then for the evening we had a local band The ZuZu Men who got everyone dancing all night!
Although the day was quite informal, we wanted to have a sit down meal for the reception. We seated everyone on long tables to make sure everyone could have a good chat with everyone around them! We had canapés after the ceremony outside, and for our main meal we had Bristol’s favourite Pieminister pies, mash and minty mushy peas. For pudding we had a meringue with lemon curd and passion fruit, a lighter, summery dish after the hefty pies! In the evening we had cheese and biscuits and the cake, which my brother and his girlfriend lovingly made. It was a beautiful sponge cake, covered in butter icing with edible flowers, I was so thrilled with the cake and it meant a lot that they made it for us, it was just a shame the cake stand was a tad dodgy and the top tier ended up on the floor as we cut it…Not ideal!
Our photographer Matt was amazing, he’s the nicest person to have around on the day…in the background snapping away, but really helpful also in grabbing you away to take couples shots/groups etc. It is so easy on the day to get caught up in everything chatting away, so it really helps to have someone who can organise everyone in a lovely manner. The photos were stunning, I was thrilled and it’s so amazing way to look back on the best day at things you may have missed, and having moments captured of everyone you love in one place.
The day goes so quickly and you feel so many emotions throughout the day and moments to treasure, so make the most of it! It was lovely to head away on the Monday after the wedding for a few days to take it all in, it’s such an overwhelming experience it takes a while to sink in that you are now actually married! If I were to share any advice it would be to trust your suppliers as this takes the stress away…I knew I could 100% rely on everyone I booked and I knew that they all would do an amazing job!