Amy Murrell

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Love Is Like A Rainbow.

Quite unintentionally this weeks weddings have been particularly pale and interesting. And to mix it up a bit (because more than anything we know you lovelies like variety) we’re throwing some full on colour pop cool into Friday.

Faye and Dave’s London W-day is simply divine, eye-catching blooms, unique fashion choices and a whole rainbow of love, laughter and fun.

All of the gorgeous images are courtesy of Especially Amy.

Big Love In Little Venice

Our wedding was in April 2011. The Ceremony was held at the Marylebone Registry Office, with the reception party at the Amadeus Centre in Little Venice, London. This venue is a renovated 19th century Welsh Presbyterian chapel which is now run by a charity. You can do so much in there and they are the lovelist people, so accommodating.

5th Time Lucky

My dress was the 5th one I tried on and as I wasn’t really looking for a typical ‘wedding’ dress and when I put this on I suprised myself as I knew instantly this was THE DRESS. I loved the detail, it’s so delicate and pretty, and I loved the shape, 50’s in style but with a modern cut. The dress is called ‘Fiesole’ and designed by an American bridal company called Pricilla of Boston and the only retailer in the UK is Angelica Bridal in Islington – so it was fate that it was the only bridal shop I went to.

Reclaimed Vintage

I decided against a veil – I was getting married in a registry office so didn’t feel comfortable, but I did want something special in my hair so I found a designer of bridal headpieces called Gillian Million and she made the most amazing head band using reclaimed vintage costume jewelery.

A Love Story On South Molten Street

I went for Electric Blue Suede shoes. fell in love with them walking past the window of Author on South Molten Street and knew that they were the ones. I had them 6 months before the wedding!

Feeling Special

Amy from Percy and Reed did my hair and was the sweetest girl to have around in the preparation. As I didn’t want to end up looking like a different person when walking ‘down the aisle’ we decided to keep my hair down and just give it some height. I had amazing makeup artist called Lucy Gibson do my my make up, and my mother and sisters too, so we all felt rather special!

Bright And Clashing

I decided early that I couldn’t choose a ‘theme’ or colour so opted to have all colours, so with the flowers I wanted bright and clashing native spring blooms. The bouquet, posy and button holes were made by Tim at Birksen who did an amazing job. we decided to save money and do the venue flowers ourselves – buying directly from Covent Garden flower market the morning before the wedding and my mother and oldest friend arranged all the small vases that made up the table decorations. It was really special actually to know that they were personal to us.

Dressed To Impress

my maid of honor was my sister and she wore a dress from Anthropologies bridal collection – BHLDN, beautiful but we did have to get it shipped over from the US! My gorgeous flower girl’s dress was handmade by her granny! Dave wore a dark navy Costume National suit and looked incredible in it.

Blending In Perfectly

The lovely Amy Murrell took our photos and did a better job than I could ever have hoped for. I found her website via a recommendation and on seeing the beautiful, natural, candid moments she caught I knew she was the perfect person for us. the best confirmation that I’d made the right choice was that our friends and family assumed she was my friend, as she slipped seamlessly into the picture.

Super Sounds Of The 70’s

God only knows walked me down the isle, and ‘Mr Blue Skies’ and ‘Baker Street’ played as we signed the marriage register. I was so excited to hear the music – songs that we love, that it made me want to dance right there in the registery office! ‘For Once In My Life’ was the first dance – just because.

After dinner we had a swing band start the dancing off – which was perfect as the ‘grown ups’ at the event got to have a proper dance. Then we upped the game and had the funky ‘Loose Cannons’ DJ for us.

Sugar Hit

Our amazing caterers Food Events made the cake on request from us. we had a tiered victoria sponge wedding cake!
I wasn’t going to do favours – but my mum went and made chocolate truffels and chocolate mini cupcakes and wrapped them up in clear plastic and ribbons and i’m so glad she did as by the time the guest left they really needed a sugar hit to get them home.

All The Colours Of The Rainbow

I didn’t want too much in the way of decor, subtle was the key – so I wrapped the poles in the room with thin ribbons in all the colours of the rainbow, and flooded the room with candles. we had a pea light canope and a few coloured lights and that was it, apart from a custom made LOVE sign to fill an empty wall – which my brother designed and made for us.

Make It Last

Walk slowly down the isle – whether in a registry office or church. It’s the best bit of advice I got – and I’m so pleased that I can remember all the smiles of my friends.

Venue – The Amadeus Centre

Dress – Pricilla of Boston

Boutique – Angelica Bridal

Headpeice – Gillian Million

Shoes – Author

Hair – Percy and Reed

Make-up – Lucy Gibson

Flowers (all but venue) – Birksen

Bridesmaid dresses – BHLDN at Anthropologie

Groom suit – Costume National

Photographer – Amy Murrell

Cake – Food Events

Has this brightened up your Friday?

Lovely. Because later this afternoon we’ve got some decor ideas in a similar theme that you are going to adore.

Big Rainbow Love

Charlotte xxx

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In the deepest grass of springtime

Good morning, and welcome to a beautifully laid back and touching story from early Spring. Looking through these exquisite photographs from Especially Amy started to conjure up in my mind the lyrics of Elbow’s Guy Garvey… and so that is where I (shamelessly) stole the title for todays featured wedding.

If you have it to hand, pop a copy of “Build A Rocket Boys” on to your Phonogram/8track/reel-to-reel/cassette deck, sit back and enjoy Rock My Wedding Reader Cathy’s very detailed and incisive account of her big day…

Granny’s Gardening Diary

Paul and I were married on the 8th April 2011 at St Peter’s Church in Barton, Cambridge. My auntie conducted the service which made it even more personal. The reception was held at Anstey Hall in Trumpington, Cambridge. It’s an amazing venue and the owner, John de Bruyn, was hands on and brilliant, every step of the way.

We chose April as we both adore Spring and wanted the flexibility of not getting married in peak wedding season. I also checked in my granny’s gardening diary and for the past 3 years, April 8th had been glorious. It certainly proved to be the case as we found ourselves getting married on the hottest day of the year so far!

I Heart Dresses!

It has to be said, I’m quite a girly girl when it comes to clothes and jewellery. I heart dresses like there’s no tomorrow and so I could not wait to start looking for the ultimate dress. However, I didn’t bank on having to spend hours stripped to my underwear in front of complete strangers! I was also surprised by how heavy most of the dresses were and got more than a little tearful at trying on dresses that had looked so lovely in magazines only to find my curves being clipped into them to within an inch of my life and feeling like a fat fairy (the tulle dresses that looked so lovely on the magazine models were a non-starter for me)!

So in short, there were loads of gorgeous dresses I fell in love with and that fitted my idea of a wedding dress with but only one that felt like me and something I would actually feel comfortable wearing.

The dress was Duyen by Cymbeline and I bought it from Blackburn Bridal Couture. It made my sister cry! I had always wanted something lace with a vintage / Jane Austen / old fashioned romance / elegance type of feel, that would stand the test of time and more importantly, a dress that Paul would recognise me in – Duyen fitted the bill perfectly. I would have passed it by on the hanger had the owner not picked it out for me and I knew it was the dress for me when I tried it on, my eyes lit up, a huge smile spread across my face and I refused to take it off!

Added to which it was light as a feather to wear and the hand sewn sequins reflected the light beautifully and gave a delicate shimmery feel to it. To make it unique, we ditched the white satin bow it came with and accessorized with a long antique rose satin sash (bought by the seamstress in her own time) and a gorgeous sparkly brooch from Vintage Bridal Jewellery that satisfied my inner magpie ☺

I really can’t recommend the staff at Blackburn Bridal highly enough or their incredibly talented seamstress, Jan. We had quite a few ‘challenges’ to deal with during our planning, which was only 7 months long and with just 4 months to go I ended up in hospital with appendicitis. Cue 6 weeks of recovery, not being able to exercise and having to re-arrange all our key supplier meetings! As we were getting married in Cambridge and living in Surrey it was tricky to coordinate everything and we ended up pinning everything on one weekend in February (with the wedding at the beginning of April)! But back to the dress. What with everything, I was in a bit of a state by the time it came to have the dress fittings. Jan was much, much more than a seamstress and in those last few weeks she was so warm and had such a calming influence, that she turned the whole experience from being very stressful to actually quite enjoyable. Buying a dress from a boutique where the staff and team were genuinely lovely and made me feel looked after was a huge plus – definitely something I’d recommend other brides to think about.

Fur Coat No Knickers

I pretty much knew from the start that I would wear a pair of long dangly crystal and diamante earrings from Monsoon that are about 7 years old! I wore them for our first date, they’re Paul’s favourite earrings of mine and over the years they have become a bit of a lucky mascot. My bracelet and necklace were both Monet at John Lewis. They matched the simplicity and elegance of the dress but added the requisite sparkle. The budget had been blown on the dress and with so much great and affordable costume jewellery around I was really spoilt for choice. Glitzy Secrets provided all the earrings for my bridesmaids and for my sister (and maid of honour), I bought a gorgeous vintage necklace from Fur Coat No Knickers.

The most important accessory though was always going to be the Veil. Crumbs – it was all I could do not to take them on honeymoon with me! The first time I tried on a veil I felt transformed in to a bona fide bride to be. I really wanted to embrace the sense of old fashioned romance and tradition that a veil brings, however with so many options I really struggled to make a decision.

I know other RMW brides have said that sometimes the pressure to make the right decision about the dress, jewellery, indeed all the aspects of the day that you only get to do once, can be huge. I found myself at times in pieces about making a decision – about a veil for heaven’s sake! So I ended up with two (the best decision I ever made), a simple long silk one from a href=”https://www.blackburnbridal.co.uk/”>Blackburn Bridal Couture for the church and a mid length tiered one with lace, sequin and pearl detailing from House of Fraser bridal, for the reception.

Not Too Matchy Matchy!

First off, I hate my feet. They’re, ahem, slightly wider than normal and I find shoe shopping a real trauma. The only time I’ve really fallen in love with a pair of pretty shoes was when shopping last September for a pair to wear at a close friend’s wedding, at which I was bridesmaid. They were by a Spanish designer called Jaime Mascaro, and supremely comfortable. Slightly gold / silver metallic with a peep toe, they weren’t too bridal or matchy matchy (just not me) and as soon as I saw them I think I knew they would be doubling up for my own wedding… plus they came with the great reminder of my friend’s big day and had stood the 5 hour dance test!

Capturing The Love And Happiness

I did my own make up as I really enjoy doing it and wasn’t keen on the idea of somebody else trying to make me, look like me. I went for a couple of make up counter trials but always felt that they didn’t quite know what to do with red heads and tried to convince me that I would need ‘a lot of make up for the photographs’.

I don’t wear huge amounts of make up normally but do have a look which is basically pinks / golds and the complete opposite of the colours that make up counters were advising me to wear! I also never wear foundation and although when I look back at some of the photos and can see that my face doesn’t look picture perfect and flawless, at least I felt comfortable and like me on the day – and that was the most important thing. Plus Paul was going to spend the whole day looking at me in the flesh and not a photo of me, so I could never buy into the whole, wear far more makeup than you would normally, as it will be better for the photographs malarkey! And for me the photography was all about capturing the love and happiness rather than a day long fashion shoot. I may have been a bit shiny at times with creased eyeshadow but it didn’t matter at the time as I was having so much fun!

Hair though was a different matter. I’ve had the same style, basically longish and straight, since I was 5 and am hopeless with doing anything imaginative to it. As it’s quite fine I knew it would look lanky and limp if I wore it down and so the brilliant Heike Martin, managed to bring to life my inarticulate mumblings of ‘I want to look a bit like a romantic heroine from a Jane Austen novel’ in a modern way without looking daft!

Haphazardly Elegant

For the flowers, I always wanted a country garden, informal look and something natural, sweet, pretty and elegant. Our bouquets consisted of roses, ranunculas, lisianthus, rosemary and ivy in shades of white, cream, pale yellow and green. They followed the natural Spring theme and I trusted our florist, Leen, at The Flower Boutique, completely. In hindsight however I would probably have gone for a smaller bouquet as it ended up being quite heavy!

The theme was carried through to the church and the reception venue with the addition of gypsophillia, freesias and pansies in shades of white, yellow, lilac and purple. I had a very clear idea about how I wanted the flowers on the tables to look (although not about anything else!!) and spent a lot of time trawling through charity shops for mini cut glass and crystal port, sherry and liquor glasses. The Venetian ballroom at Anstey Hall is such a beautiful room with ornate detailing but also very light and airy, so I wanted the table flower arrangements to look haphazardly elegant and as though they had just been plucked from the garden with little buds in miniature glasses mixed with an understated main vase in a very natural arrangement. The glasses and vases were a total bargain and it’s lovely to know that they will be used again and stay with us through married life.


Our colour scheme was built around Spring colours, shades of white, yellows, lilacs and purples. The bridesmaids dresses were silk strapless maxi dresses from Monsoon and they all looked totally gorgeous! Not being a big lover of pastels, I fell in love with the bright fuschia / purple colour of them and they fitted in with the simple and elegant feel of the day. It felt only right that Paul should get to make some decisions on the day(!) and so I left him in charge of the groomsmen’s suits. He and his brother, who was joint best man, bought 3 piece suits from Austin Reed in dark grey and looked fab. Our other best man and usher wore their own suits and looked great. They all wore M&S silk ties in a purple / lilac except for Paul who wore a cream Marc Wallace tie that I found in a charity shop for £2.50 and which he loved! His shoes were a pair of tan Oliver Sweeney’s that I gave him as a birthday present a couple of years ago and not long after we had got together. They were a hand-stitched special edition pair and I had no idea at the time that Paul would be wearing them to our wedding just a couple of years later!

The Man Of My Dreams

My heart melted when I saw my husband-to-be waiting for me as I walked down the aisle. But if I’m honest I didn’t realise how great he looked in his suit until much later in the day as he just had so much love in his eyes, that was all I was focused on and I was so, so, SO happy about the fact that I was about to marry the man of my dreams! At that point, he could have been wearing his habitual lycra cycling gear and I wouldn’t have noticed!

Especially Amy

For us, the photography was all about capturing the love and happiness on the day. Neither Paul nor I are particularly comfortable being photographed and props and things just aren’t our thing. I stumbled across Amy Murrell (Especially Amy) purely by accident when a friend on facebook recommended her page to me. I am SO glad she did! As soon as I saw her photos I knew she was the photographer for us. Her style is predominantly reportage and she has an exquisite eye for capturing moments and infusing her pictures with a prettiness and artistry that makes me melt whenever I look at our wedding photos (still about 20 times a day!)

You can tell that she really puts her heart and soul in to her work and at the wedding, she felt like more of a guest than a photographer, so it’s testament to her skill and professionalism that she made working so hard look so effortless. It was a pleasure to have her there and she was such a calming influence in the run up to the big day and on the morning itself, helping to tie my bow and generally just being lovely and relaxed. Did I also mention she made us a wedding cake?! Amy has not only gone on to become a good friend – she was also responsible for introducing me to RMW via a link on her FB page – and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Say Cheeeeese!

We decided to go for a cheese wedding cake as we’re both massive cheese lovers and trips to La Fromagerie in Marylebone featured heavily in our first 12 months together, (before I realised you can’t eat unlimited cheese and not become the size of a house)! We also didn’t have the budget for evening food so though that the cheese, along with chutneys, bread and crackers would double up as both wedding cake and sustenance for more dancing!

After much research, we decided to go with the House of Cheese – they had rave reviews and were brilliant in offering advice as to what would work best. We went for a whole Brie de Meaux as the base layer, followed by Cornish Yarg, a Stilton, Manchego and Cashel Blue. It was divine and the florist decorated it beautifully.

However when some very generous friends, including Amy, realized we weren’t having a traditional wedding cake, they offered to make us cakes, which we were incredibly touched by. Cue, a gorgeous Jamaican rum cake made by a friend at work, Amy’s fabulous fruit cake and a 4 tier iced fruit, chocolate and vanilla sponge cake made by our very talented upstairs neighbour! It was true cake heaven and we felt very lucky to have such talented bakers wanting to help us out (although I did worry at one point that I was unwittingly walking around with an ‘I like cake’ sticker pinned to my back)!

An RMW Inspired Boogie

Our DJ, ‘DJ Wayne’ was included in the cost of the venue. Both of us just wanted a really good boogie for us, our family and friends. We gave him a playlist (refined by the RMW playlist post – thank you Charlotte and for reminding me to include Sex on Fire!) which had everyone dancing all night.

Dreams Really Do Come True

We both love our music and getting it right was one of the most important elements of the wedding. We really wanted to use it to build the atmosphere of the day so started off with Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World at the church while everyone was waiting. I reached the church entrance to hear ‘And the dreams that you dreamed of, dreams really do come true’ and I nearly dissolved in a puddle of tears! Luckily the piece we had chosen for me to walk up the aisle to was the second movement of Mozart’s piano concerto No. 27 in B Flat Major, K595.
It’s a beautiful, calm gorgeous piece so there were no tears, just lots of smiles! For the signing of the register we had Stand By Me, as sung by the Croydon Male Voice Choir. A friend sings with them although we had a recording rather than the real thing! And to really get everyone to feel the love and in the mood for partying we had Jackie Wilson’s Higher and Higher to walk out to.

I always knew that getting Paul up on the dance floor in front of everybody would be an immense task. At first we decided on Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me to the End of Love as the lyrics are beautiful and very personal. We’ve also both seen him live and thought he was awesome. However after a couple of disastrous attempts at dancing to the song at home, we realized it was almost too personal to dance to and might bring the mood down a little. So we went to the opposite end of the spectrum and chose I Love to Boogie by Marc Bolan which kept with the up tempo feel of the day. It’s a huge favourite of ours and I don’t know how anyone can listen to it and not want to get up and dance. In fact we played it twice on the night! It was perfect and whenever I listen to it it’s a brilliant reminder of the day.

Our Favourite Restaurants

The great thing about Anstey Hall is that it really doesn’t need anything doing to it at all. Its rooms are packed with personality and beautifully decorated so we felt very little need to add anything, other than the flowers on the tables and some mercury style votives and tea light holders.

A good friend calligraphied our place cards which were in fact cream luggage tags from paperchase, tied to the napkins with fuschia ribbon from good old John Lewis haberdashery. We had used the same ribbon for the orders of service and the invitations (which in retrospect I wish I had got a photo of) and I drew a fuschia flower design doodle thing on each of the tags to echo the design of the invitations. Note to other brides to be – I’m glad I did this as it was nice to do something creative and personal – but I should have done the maths and been better organised. Each one took about 10 minutes and with 80 to do it worked out as 13 hours of work just a few days before the wedding!

My sister, who is brilliantly creative, made the table plan and the table name cards, all named after our favourite restaurants. Ours was Salt Yard in London and where we went for our first date. I trusted her completely and rather than give her a brief, just let he get on with it. She did an amazing job. Likewise, I left the orders of service to my mum and auntie as it was a relief to have one less thing to worry about and really nice to have their involvement. They looked fab.

Special To Us

I also probably shouldn’t say this, but I found the planning very stressful. More so, because I had heard so many people say how much they enjoyed it and then I felt like a failure for not basking in all the tiny details. The RMW community really helped de-bunk the myth that the planning should be shiny and joyous and for this I am forever grateful.

There is also a real pressure when planning a wedding to put your own stamp and personality on it, especially as you only do it once and the desire to make everything perfect can at times feel overwhelming. At some points I even ended up doubting my commitment to the wedding because it didn’t have enough DIY elements and I wasn’t hand sewing bunting and making everything from scratch.

And really, I shouldn’t have fretted. Our wedding was special to us because of the music we had throughout the day, our readings, the food and the wine we chose, and by far the most important thing of all, the wonderful friends and family that shared the day with us. That was truly what mattered the most; That those closest to us were able to play their part in one of the happiest days of our lives. As my friend Helen said a month before the wedding ‘don’t worry, as long as you two are there and you get married, everything else is just frippery.’ It’s so true; it’s the people that make it special, even if there’s just the two of you and you elope as my sister and he husband did. And by far the best bit of all is that while the wedding is just one day, marriage is for life and it’s amazing.

Photography – Amy Murrell @ Especially Amy

Venue – Anstey Hall

Hair – Heike Martin at Cambridge Wedding hair

Cheese Cake – House of Cheese

Flowers – The Flower Boutique

Shoes – Mascaro

Dress – Cymbeline at Blackburn Bridal Couture

It always brings a smile to my face to hear when RMW and our super duper community have played a part in your big day.

Whether it’s design, inspiration, fashion or some good old fashioned friendship and support when the chips are down and you are feeling the planning panic!

Bye for now,


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The Chic Season…..part 1

I don’t know about you gorgeous lot but when I think of a December wedding I immediately envisage a traditional Christmas colour scheme, rich reds, greens, golds…… a flash of silver perhaps?

Justine and Tom incorporated a pinch of festive cheer into their North Yorkshire Big Day but in general kept to a crisp white and ivory palette that was sophisticated, chic and timeless. And Justine is one stylish bride, with an ability to accessorize her stunning Rosa Clara gown to absolute perfection.

So a little thought for a Monday, don’t feel the need to go full on with “seasonal” shades just because the day your W-day is on falls into a particular month, just chose whatever colours/decor/pretty you darn well please.


With huge thanks to Amy Murrell for the eye candy.

The Ivory Tower(s)

For shoes there was only one choice, ivory satin skyscrapers by Jimmy Choo!

Head Candy

My Headband was from Louis Mariette, I didn’t want a veil and as the dress had quite a 1920’s feel to it I thought a headband would be more in-keeping and I found this art-deco style one on-line.

A Glamorous Gown

It’s a cliché but I did know immediately when I tried my dress on that it was the one for me. I’d tried lots of more traditional dresses that just looked awful and that I didn’t recognise myself in. The Rosa Clara dress I loved the second I saw it – it was more like an evening/cocktail gown than a wedding dress and I just felt relaxed and comfortable in it – not the most obvious reasons for choosing a dress I suppose but important when I knew I would be feeling very self conscious anyway and the last thing I needed was to worry about the dress.

Glossy Locks

Alexis Daly was recommended by our photographer Amy and was brilliant. I didn’t want to look too “done”, more like the best possible version of myself, which Alexis did brilliantly. She was also a great person to have around on the morning – calm, supportive and encouraging. And great with the mums!


All Groomsmen stuff was hired from Moss Bros – the only brief was that it had to be warm so we went for frockcoats (which sound awful and very Dickensian, but were actually really smart and suited everyone!)

Tom also wore a frock coat suit from Moss Bros, he didn’t want the traditional patterned waistcoat so the only nod to wedding attire was an ivory tie and pocket square. Usually a particularly scruffy individual, it was very nice to see him looking smart with polished shoes for a change!

Pale And Interesting

I chose calla lilies for the buttonholes, calla lilies and vendella roses for the bouquet, and vendella roses, sweet avalanche roses and eucalyptus for the table centres, all from www.thetopiarytree.com

Bridal Gown – Rosa Clara

Head Piece – Louis Mariette

Hair And Beauty – Alexis Daly

Reception Venue – The Black Swan

Blooms – The Topiary Tree

Suit Hire – Moss Bros

Photographer – Amy Murrell

I am having a big moment over the swishy tiered style dress right now, and Justine does it so well.

More chic coming up soon lovelies 😉

Big Seasonal Love

Charlotte xxx

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Once Upon a Cornish Fairy Tale… Part 2

I don’t even know where to start with the inspiration-fest that this wedding is. It’s just an explosion of pretty, unique, and super chic FUN. Exactly what we love. And these detail shots are amongst the prettiest I’ve ever seen.

If you can, maybe later, after work, click through to the bands link below and play the sample medley they have on their myspace page. I often play these while I’m putting a wedding together and it absolutely sets the scene musically.

I wish I had been a guest at this one!

A Meeting of Minds

Amy Murrell was our photographer – fantastic, captured the feeling of the day and we didn’t even notice she was there!

Amy is super cool and as soon as I saw her previous pics, I knew that we were of a similar mindset in terms of wedding photographs which is so important.

Cake Pop!

The cake pops were by Pop bakery – we wanted something a bit different and we stock Pop bakery at Harvey Nichols so we went for a load of delicious cake pops with S & Ls on top! Plus a Victoria Sponge on top for us to cut!

Make it Yours Decor

The decor was something that I had lots of ideas about – My inspiration came from the Sofia Coppola film ‘Marie Antoinette’ and the interiors at the private members club, Babington House, Somerset. I love the colours in the movie – dusky pinks, duck egg blues, cream lace, lemon yellows. Then I love the sophistification and eclecticism of Babington house. Boconnoc House as a venue was chosen to compliment the two inspirations – the cool grey slate of the building and the ornate cornicing in the rooms. I then worked with a friend of mine, Fiona Leahy, who worked her magic on bring all these elements to life – she runs a design company and produces lots of the events for Harvey Nichols so I talked her through my ideas and we set in motion putting things into practice.

We had candlelabras with beautiful lilac, celadon and grey candles, Monogrammed lace with ‘S&L’ and a Love seat in the garden with netting pom poms in ballet slipper pink, blue and white.

For food suprises a herb bar served mohitos with freshly picked mint. A little garden shed served Falmouth Oysters and hay bales were covered with cool grey linen.

Huge weather balloons lined the drive in cool grey and peach and rosettes were given as name places at the table settings, which guests wore all evening!

The dancing room was a rich maroon colour so we simply had an S&L neon on the fireplace. Fiona has such a unique creative vision to make everything look beautiful and really understood my ideas and brought them to life.

For Entertainment, we wanted a rock and roll band – choosing the Hot House Playboys who played 60s and 70s Rock and Roll, including my favourite, Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire!

Our first dance was to a Nancy Wallace cover of ‘You’re the First, the last, My Everything’. A beautiful cover of a very apt song.

How much fun, style and general ‘out-of-a-fairy-tale-storybook-prettiness’ is splashed all over this page right now? It’s heartstopping, mesmerising and breathtaking all in one.

I am so glad that Amy Murrell found Rock My Wedding and knew this was perfect for us instantly – if you want to make your wedding look this beautiful, definitely go and check out her website. Big thanks to Shona and Luke for allowing us to share this too.

Just Wow.

Yours Truly,


Especially Amy is a Rock My Wedding Sponsor however all Real weddings are chosen on individual merit and no part of this wedding is sponsored.

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Once upon A Cornish Fairytale… Part 1

Drum roll please… because we are kicking off fairytale fortnight with a stunner of a wedding. And in true Rock My Wedding style, this fortnight isn’t necessarily going to be about the things you would expect to see in a Fairytale fortnight… the predictable things you might see elsewhere. Repeating our Mantra, this about making it your kind of fairytale.

We occasionally get a little bit of stick for pushing the boundaries, encouraging you guys to be unique, individual, but ultimately do it your way and this wedding is here to show you that you can kick every single bit of wedding tradition to the curb that you don’t like and still have the most ridiculously pretty but rockin’ day.

And that’s what we’re all about folks.

Shona and Luke were married this September at Boconnoc House, Cornwall. All the stunning photography (you might remember that I got a little bit excited about his lady in her introductory post as a sponsor) is by Especially Amy and totally lives up to the hype!

Roaring Romance

My dress was from the Vintage Wedding Dress Company. I knew I wanted something with a 20s dropped waist but loved their decades range which bring an updated look to vintage styles. I also love the creamy lace they used for my dress and the palm tree lace at the bottom had an art deco feel to it which I loved.

Artistic Accessories

I wore an Alyssa Norton piece of jewellery which ran from my finger to wrist and was made from vintage pieces. My necklace was a present from my bridesmaids, an Anina Vogel heart charm.

In my hair I wore a simple cream veil and a vintage diamante hair clip. My shoes were Miu Miu kitten heels with diamante bows. I wanted a little bit of party glamour under the dress!

Hair Heaven

As I work at Harvey Nichols I was lucky in having my hairdresser, Ryan from Daniel Hersheson and make up artist, Scott from Shu Uemura in Knightsbridge Harvey Nichols.

They understood the look I wanted – really soft, feminine 20s style hair, and for make up I wanted something with a touch of glamour but again with a soft, feminine finish.

Beautiful Bohemia

My bridesmaids (my little sister and my best friend) have very different styles so I wanted them to wear something they feel comfortable in and I can’t bear matching dresses for bridesmaids so they chose dresses within the colour palette I was working with.

One wore a dusky pink Philip Lim dress with YSL tribute shoes and the other a lemon yellow Karen Millen dress with Vivienne Westwood jelly shoes with cherries on the front.

Babington Blooms

My super talented friend who is an ex florist, Marcus, helped with the flowers. I wanted lots of herbs so we used rosemary, wild mint, yellow and white dill with roses and hydrangeas. They smelt delicious and were the right balance of looking a bit country house and still very chic.

Sophisticated Suiting

Luke wore a midnite blue Richard James suit with Oliver Sweeney tan shoes and Kilgour silver blue tie.

What a super cool, yet super pretty bridal party… And this bride totally rocked out her kind of fairy tale for the decor…

Just you wait! 😉

Yours Truly,


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