One of the biggest and most beautiful trends for this year has been hanging florals – where single stems are hung upside down and grouped together to create the most gorgeous arrangements. Make sure you have a good look inside Emily and Luke’s tipi as their hanging floral display is simply beautiful, all candy shades and lovely textures.
Ever the gent, Luke surprised Emily on the morning of the wedding with a pair of Manolo Blahnik flat sandals – because whatever shoes you’re wearing – whether heels or flats – they need to be special on your wedding day. Lots of the couples suppliers are some of our very favourites who you’ll find over on our supplier directory, The Love Lust List. Enjoy gorgeous ones, it’s such a pretty day, showcasing some excellent North East wedding talent…
If you like your weddings with a pastel colour scheme and lots of travel inspired details, then you’re going to fall head over heels for this pretty wedding day. Jen and Andrew decided that after being together for 11 years, their day needed to be all about them. But also, they wanted to throw a massive party.
Jen had almost signed on the dotted line with another venue before stumbling across the gorgeous Larmer Tree Gardens. There really isn’t another wedding venue quite like it. If you’ve never come across it before, then allow these images from Razia Jukes to show you what I mean…
Putting together this wedding has filled me with warmth and I have a big smile on my face. I caught it from Bride Ellie, whose happiness is simply contagious. And I’m not surprised either, she looks gorgeous in a floral print Alan Hannah dress and is marrying the love of her life at her Grandma’s beautiful house in the countryside!
And it’s not just Ellie, everyone is clearly having the time of their lives and this really looks like one of those weddings that would have been such fun to attend. Matt Ethan has captured it perfectly, I’m in love with the couple portraits which are dreamy and oh so romantic.
I’ve had lots of fun putting this together for you lovely lot, why I hear you ask? Well because Lorna & Dave had a fabulous music themed wedding and every time I stumbled across some lyrics or a song title I just couldn’t resist bursting into song! Their invitations were even customised CD’s with a soundtrack to their lives. So adorable….and erm where can I get one?
This laid back city wedding in Leeds just oozed so much style. Dave had a gorgeous three piece navy suit tailor made and Lorna, well Lorna (fabulous name btw) she wore the most adorable Alan Hannah tea length dress with a stunning cape and fabulous glittering gold Red or Dead shoes peeking out at the bottom.
Now there’s one thing I need to mention before I leave you to marvel in all this beauty & love and that’s the flowers. I had to restrain myself from including all of the pics as they are all truly stunning. Especially Lorna’s bouquet, which I swear each angle I looked at it, it looked different and I noticed more pretty blooms.
This morning’s pretty wedding was all about gathering together friends and family and having a big old party. To be honest, I think that’s what all weddings should be about – especially if everyone is going to look as happy and content as all of Charlotte and Jason’s guests!!
We seem to be featuring more and more weddings where the Bride and Groom do a ‘first look’ – so rather than seeing each other at the end of the aisle, you meet before hand and basically dazzle your other half with your beauty (or something like that). Charlotte and Jason’s first look is lovely – you can feel the sense of anticipation pouring out of the images, then their beaming smiles when they see each other just says it all really.
I love that they decided to walk down the aisle together – we’ve said it a million times before, but if a tradition doesn’t work for you – then don’t do it!! You’ll be much happier for it – just look at this pair 🙂
Jodie and Dan’s big day is wonderfully styled. Jodie has kept things really simple and paired back and it just looks so effective. It also shows what a versatile venue Cripps Stone Barn is – we’ve featured countless weddings from there, and every single one looks so different!
Jodie also went simple with her beautiful Alan Hannah gown, which fits her perfectly and actually makes her look cool, as well as beautiful and elegant!
It’s so lovely to see Bridesmaids in red too. These girlies look so pretty and striking, it makes me wonder why more Brides don’t opt for the bold colour?
There is nothing like a face smackingly gorgeous pink wedding to wake you up on a Monday morning and that ladies and gentleman is what I’m bringing you this morning.
There is some devine decor and two halves of two different dresses bought together to make the perfect one for Charlotte.
This wedding oozes fun and laughter so enjoy and happy Monday to you all.
Charlotte The Bride: Our wedding was held at Nonsuch Mansion, in Cheam, Surrey. We didn’t look at many venues; we fell in love with Nonsuch Mansion as soon as we saw it! It was exactly what we were looking for in a wedding venue, stunning from the outside, beautiful grounds and some lovely contemporary décor inside, plus the staff were super friendly and really open to suggestion as to how we could do things. We were so lucky with the weather on the day as it was beautiful and sunny, so we could make the most of the outside! Nonsuch has won lots of awards for their yummy food, it was so delicious and so many of the guests commented on how amazing the food was on the day.
A Dress Of Two Halves
I was really losing encouragement with the dress hunt; I had tried on so many different styles in so many different shops and didn’t like anything (I really didn’t want a strapless dress and loads seemed to be like that); luckily I then went to the Pantiles Bride in Tunbridge wells where the lovely owner Maria suggested taking the top and bottom of two Alan Hannah dresses and having them built into one dress – I loved the end result, exactly what I had in my head but couldn’t find anywhere! Slightly nerve racking waiting 6 months to see what my dress would look like but definitely a great idea if you are struggling to find “the one”!
I accessorised my dress very simply with pearl jewellery and had a fabulous pearl headpiece made by Gillian Million. She has some beautiful designs at her shop in Teddington and I spent a lovely afternoon there trying on pretty things (I so could have come home with the whole shop).
The lovely Jo & Zoe from LoveHair did both my hair and make- up and the bridesmaids on the day – they were both super relaxing to have around on the morning of the wedding; and did a great job visualising what we wanted! I knew I wanted my hair part up/part down & Jo created a style that really showed off the beautiful hairpiece.
My shoes were incredibly sparkly Benjamin Adam shoes; not too high, and no way near as comfy as I hoped they would be on the day! I lasted as long as the first dance with them on then resorted to bare feet!
Hydrangeas are my favourite flower ever, I knew they had to feature heavily in the wedding! My brief to our fab florist Michelle Rust, was lots of pale and deeper pink hydrangeas; with other flowers added in to add texture, and a focus on blocks of colour rather than broken up with greenery – I was amazed on the morning of the wedding as to what she had created, the displays and our bouquets were all much more than I had imagined when it all came together. She also made gorgeous purple button holes for the gents, and beautiful table centres that were a mix of the various shades of pinks & purple.
I wanted elegant and simple bridesmaids dresses; we found these from Dessy – dresses in a gorgeous deep purple chiffon. I loved the contrast that they made against the colour block bouquets we had. The men in the bridal party all had grey suits we bought as we couldn’t find any nice hire suits, and cravats in the same deep purple – they all scrubbed up well!
Steve was the quickest shopper ever getting his outfit – we were browsing in Ted Baker just after we got engaged and he found a lovely grey three piece suit (with a purple lining – must have been a sub conscious decision to match him with my colour theme, I was thinking green at that point in time!). This was tried on and bought within about 15 minutes! He paired this with an ivory cravat and pale pink button hole – he looked amazing when I saw him waiting at the end of the aisle!
Capturing Every Moment
We chose Sarah Legge to do our photography after being recommended by a friend then seeing her previous work. Sarah did an amazing job and we are so happy with the end result – she captured every moment perfectly in a really natural way – the kind of photos that I love!
We also had a videographer – something the groom and I disagreed on (he didn’t see the point, I had been told by so many brides that this was a must have) Clearly I won, and I Do Productions produced a brilliant record of the day, complete with hilarious interviews with a lot of the guests. Would say to all brides to be that they so have to get a videographer if they can afford it – even the groom came round at the end and agreed with me that it was money well spent.
A Little Last Minute
Our cake was half fruit cake, half sponge and very special to us because my mum made the fruit layers. It was decorated with the help of her professional cake maker friend – 4 tiers completely covered with pale pink petals and absolutely beautiful. It tasted yummy as well!
Given our favourite tipple is amaretto, we decided to give each guest a miniature bottle as favours – these went down really well. I also got a little over ambitious the week before the wedding and decided to hand make a hundred pale pink macaroons as an extra favour. This turned out to be a much bigger task than I anticipated and I had my four bridesmaids helping finish up the evening before the wedding, nothing like last minute! The ladies also all had a pink hand fan when they arrived which turned out to be very useful given the gorgeous weather!
A Suitcase Full Of Candles
I bought the most amazing 3D number candles for our table numbers which were one of my favourite wedding details – I had it in my head that I wanted something like this but couldn’t find them anywhere, then we were on a weekend away in Barcelona and found an amazing candle shop that had.. pink and purple number candles! Hence a suitcase full made their way back on the plane with us.
My hugely talented friend & stationary designer Philippe created everything stationary wise for the wedding – beautiful invites, order of service, menu cards, place names & table plan. We went with a heart design that had the word LOVE and our names repeated within it. I loved the fact that they were so personal to us. We also had a wedding quiz on the tables that he designed, that created a lot of debate within the guests as they sat down for dinner.
We had purple & pink lighting around the venue, I was a little sceptical about spending money on this pre wedding (this was one of the things the groom organised!), but it really helped bring all the other details together and looked amazing on the day so he got brownie points for that one!
My piece of advice to brides to be… make sure you listen to your instincts around suppliers – sounds silly but you put a lot of trust into them helping make your big day perfect, so you want to be around people that make you feel relaxed on the day. I really felt that all the suppliers we chose did that which meant we could really relax and enjoy things.
Our day was special to us because we had everyone we love together in one place; did everything our way, and focused on what was important to us as a couple – mainly eating yummy food, drinking lots, and seeing everyone have so much fun on the dance floor!
I really love the bridesmaid dresses. So vibrant and a great shape for any figure.
Has anyone else top and tailed two dresses to make one? I love this idea. A brave move to get the one of your dreams but if you get the right boutique you can trust them to give you the right advice and point you i the right direction. Well done to Charlotte on a brave decision.
Do you have any plans to keep your guests entertained throughout dinner? A quiz is a great idea. Not only is it sure to bring some laughs but it gets guests who perhaps don’t know each other so well talking and feeling more relaxed around one another.
Also very much enjoying the Amaretto miniatures as favours (this also helps with the feeling relaxed).
I hope that brightened up your Monday morning. It certainly has mine.
A wee while ago the very fancy and luxurious bridal boutique Adamo ran a competition to offer two lucky customers the opportunity to enter their prize draw.
And no it wasn’t to win a bridal gown but to wear one, or two…or um three (!), then be photographed in full styled glory by the lovely Craig and Kate from Craig Williams Photography.
I know. Lucky so and so’s right?
The shoot took place at Cliff Barns where there are two “venues” to choose from, Dynasty and Dallas, both full of quirky touches and eclectic southern charm. It was Dallas that was the location of choice and provided the perfect backdrop for real bride winners Joss and Abbie to showcase a wide variety of accessories, frocks and general fabulousness.
And as well as unique W-day inspiration there is a whole heap of rock-the-dress idea gems and hair-do could -do should-do greatness on these pages today folks.
Oh and must mention the cake.
I am completely and utterly obsessed With. The. CAKE.
So without further ado…… let’s do Dallas lovelies.
A Raw Country Influence
Lauren at Adamo Bridal:Our brief was Rustic, Country, Raw, Cool. Not the instant association you would make with a typical wedding dress, which may usually conjure up words such as ‘pretty’ and ‘princess’…and that’s exactly why I loved this shoot!! Our brides at Adamo tend to love the quirky and we really got to use some of our quirkiest dresses to stand out against the rustic grandeur of the venue Cliff Barns.
Alan Hannah’s full-skirted gowns with an edge (amazing appliqué silk flowers and specially commissioned checked fabric); Cymbeline’s layered lace and bustled-up skirts; MiaMia’s all-over ruffles and Ugo Zaldi’s flowing silks….each one utterly unique and just that little bit (dare I say it) ‘different’!!
The moral of the story is – your wedding dress shouldn’t be wearing you, you should be wearing the dress! If something isn’t ‘you’, then don’t feel you have to wear it just because it seems to have the tear factor with your Nan. Our models showed off exactly how to bring the cool to your wedding day style!
Craig Williams Photography: We did the shoot as this amazing venue called Cliff Barns, they have two venues based on Dallas and Dynasty and we were at Dallas! This shoot is full of Stag Heads and cowboy saddles galore and with two stunning brides in the pictures we think the results were incredible.
Love Your Hair
Cassandra Rizzuto: Lauren Williamson asked me to be involved in this shoot i was given the guidelines of 1950’s but I did not want the hair to look like we just played dress up with the Models, so I just went with what came to me on the day. Although I had in my head Quiffs and Rolls. Our first look was some elegant loose curls to compliment the gorgeous dresses and brilliant make up by Lucy.
Then it was time to Rock it!!! With Abbie I went with a really high quiff but kept it textured but kept the back very sleek to make sure the quiff stood out. I styled the Quiff free handed with my fingers and my favourite hairspray Big Sexy Hair “Spray and Play Harder”, the name says it all.
Our second model Joss I went with a side roll, again with a lot of texture because her hair had previously been curled to spice things up a bit and give her a more of a New England charm (As seen in May’s Vogue Magazine).
Lucy Baker:My initial inspiration for the shoot was make-up a bit like Dita Von Teese wears but in a modern fresh way, i.e not quite so traditional. The models both had very different colourings though so I worked that look for Abbie, who had black hair, as she could take a lot of colour, the red 50’s hollywood glamour lips and matt skin worked so well on her!
The second model, Joss, was much fairer so I really wanted soft pastel colours to accentuate her lovely big eyes and great smile. I was aiming for a more wearable, slightly vintage bridal look with peachy undertones to suit paler women, which is why I used the soft dusty colours and powdered the skin quite heavily so it didn’t look modern and sheen-y.
Then it was the bold, bright and beautiful florals.
Altogether the perfect ingredients for the kind of styled inspiration shoot the RMW Team know our gorgeous readers will adore. And as soon as we saw it we simply had to have it.
The very sweet and talented Louise from Bow Occasions submitted her most recent project to us as she too thought it had Rock My Wedding written all over it, with a delectable selection of gowns, catwalk- worthy hair and make-up and a whole host of completely do-able table scape ideas for you lovelies to steal…. we couldn’t agree more.
It’s Friday folks and let me tell you – We. Have. Got. It. Going. On.
Louise Bow Occasions: The shoot came about after I met Dasha from Exhibit Emotions on twitter. After talking weddings for a while, we discovered that we both have a common passion for colour and decided to plan a photo shoot for the start of spring which would inspire couples to be brave with colour when styling their weddings.
With a starting colour palette of pink, purple and turquoise with hints of gold, Dasha and I set about finding talented wedding suppliers to enable us to bring the whole look together. It was important that each supplier contributed their own ideas for the shoot; therefore free creative rein was given. Each supplier was sent an inspiration board with the words to describe the shoot being bright, playful, colourful and fun and not much more.
The main table set up consisted of a standard white table cloth with a hessian table runner through the middle. Each place setting comprised of a gold charger plate, turquoise napkin, white dinner plate, a kraft lunchbox with a wooden fork and either a pink or clear wine glass. Gorgeous, bright flowers in pinks and purples filled three vases to make up the centre piece and then the whole look was finished off with a sprinkle of sequins. Many of the items for the shoot were purchased from the high street so not only is the photo shoot gorgeous, it is budget friendly too.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside and within easy access to both London and the South Coast, Winters Barns is a charming barn with vaulted ceilings and stunning grounds which will take you a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
The L Shaped Barns which date back to 1690 sit in the most perfect setting with so many hidden spots making for perfect photography opportunities.
“I absolutely loved working on this photo shoot. The whole team just ‘got’ the idea and everyone was on the same page. It is very important to have that for your wedding as well. The combination of location, styling, beautiful wedding dresses, colourful flowers and all the details made it a photographer’s dream! Also, Ethel and Will are a real couple and have been together for a while, so it was such a pleasure to capture that connection and love they have for each other”.
Make-up artist, Mariam Jensen, has been creating gorgeous makeup for over twelve years, specializing in Airbrush Makeup for HD and Digital Photography. I was so excited to have Mariam on board and knew that she would exceed expectations.
“I loved that the shoot was vibrant and fun as it allowed me to use colours that you may not see on a bride usually. I wanted to utilize colour, lashes and glitter to enhance the makeup. Wedding make-up doesn’t have to be boring and use of texture, lashes, etc can add a lot of impact and glamour to the make-up”.
Cassandra Rizzuto of Love Your Hair pulled out all the stops and created fantastic, statement hair styles that complimented the models make-up beautifully.
“When Louise brought her Eclectic Chic idea to me I had a hayday making my mood boards and at 10 pages later I knew it was going to be a great shoot. I wanted to make Victoria, Jess and Ethel look different from each other so I chose hairstyles that were completely different to achieve that. Louise had suggested adding a plait in somewhere so I decided to make Victoria’s whole style a plait to make it simple against the great lashes that she was wearing.
For Jess’s style I went with a sleeker modern 40’s inspired style to offset Victoria’s (with both being blonde) when they were photographed together but with red hair being my favourite hair colour I was so happy that Ethel was available to be there. I wanted to keep Ethel very natural so I did that in giving her some loose natural curls that made her pop on camera. With the dress changes there had to be hair changes too and I took them slightly outside of the bridal hair box with Victoria’s maiden inspired tight bun with height around the face to Jess’s High and wild bun made with a few hair extensions for the extra bulk and lastly I back combed Ethel’s curls with my fingers to give her a wilder look.
This was a lot of fun especially with Mariam’s creative and beautifully done make up”.
Kerris from Blue Dove Weddings worked her magic on the florals, putting together two hand tied bouquets as well as centrepieces for the main table and displays for the dessert table.
“When I was given the brief I was extremely excited as the colours that Louise came up with were some of my most favourite colours. The flower arrangements came together as a fusion of passion for bright colours. Having worked for a colour forecasting company in the past our most successful colour combinations were the bright ones so I knew the colour scheme would go down well which it did to a T. Having done flowers for many weddings the most comments I get are from the ones that are brightly decorated. I wanted to introduce a mixture of texture and shapes into my floral arrangements, and I feel I achieved this.
The flowers that were used in the arrangements are Baby Pink and Violet Lisianthus, Hot Pink Ranunculus, Blue Forget-me-not, Purple Statice, Pacific Blue Roses (antique purple Roses), Baby Pink Milano Roses, Deep pink Sweet Akito roses and Purple Freesia’s”.
Adamo Bridal have a fantastic range of dresses suitable for all shapes and sizes not to mention an absolutely gorgeous bridal boutique. Lauren brought along a number of styles for the shoot, each one equally as beautiful as the next with designs by Alan Hannah, Cymbeline and Ugo Zaldi.
The main focus for the models was to be on the dresses, hair and make-up and therefore no there were no accessories for the shoot.
The Dessert Table
Dessert Tables are a hugely popular trend in America with the trend slowly starting to make its way to the UK. Harri from Crumbs! Couture generously provided cupcakes and cake pops for the dessert table which were extremely delicious and popular with the team after a fun days’ work. A gold frame was used as a focal point on the table and paper poms provided by Juliet from Paper Poms UK added a splash of colour.