Possibly one of the most creative wedding themes I have ever witnessed – and I have seen a lot. Hannah and Simon created a “great partnerships” theme including some of the expected greats such as Romeo and Juliet to Del-Boy and Rodney and Ross and Rachel (!)…..GENIUS. The groom even hand drew and painted all of the centre piece cool couple illustrations himself, quite the talent. And the perfect unique addition to such a spectacular display of statement florals.
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.
Rock My Wedding Readers Polly And Jon Married in May 2012 on a beautiful sunny day.
What we have here is a super cool rustic affair in grey and yellow. We are huge fans of this colour scheme at RMW and so it is always lovely when one as cool and classy as this lands on your wedding bloggers doorstep.
I know it sounds totally cliché and I expect every bride says it but…. I truly believe Jon & I are soul mates. I was in a dark place when we properly met (I’d admired him from afar for a couple of years, but we’d never spoken) he really did turn my life around.
He proposed on a beach in Thailand in Dec 2010, I cannot describe that feeling- I was THE happiest girl in the world. You can watch the video here
We set about planning it straight away really…. Setting the date, booking the venue, the tipis, the dress. All in all we couldn’t have been happier, and then totally out of the blue on 07/07/12 I was diagnosed with cancer. Our happy world was turned upside and instead of weddings weddings weddings, it was hospitals hospitals hospitals! Chemotherapy lasted from August 2011 til March 2012 (two months before the wedding!!!)
Jon was an absolute star, he was my boyfriend, my best friend, my carer, my nurse, my wedding planner. He made me smile when I physically didn’t think I could & really kept me sane. He saw and did things that nobody should have to do to their 26 year old fiancée and he took it all in his stride with a big smile on his face. The love I have for my husband now; is on a much deeper level; than I could have imagined.
Relaxed And Laid Back
We wanted our wedding to be relaxed and have a laid back feel. I had always imagined I’d get married in the village church in my home town of Tanworth-in-Arden… But I haven’t lived in that area for a few years now, so the search in Essex/Hertfordshire began.
North Hill Farm in Chorleywood was the only venue we visited and it was just perfect for our festival-esque wedding. The farm was made even better by the fact they were building a tree house-where we spent our first night as Mr & Mrs Demetriou!
Now we’d found the venue we needed a church. We stumbled across St Michaels in nearby Chenies-It was beautiful (and it had bells). Despite having no connection to the church, Rev. David Allsop the rector at the church seemed to like us and gave us permission to marry at the church with the condition that we attend regularly.
It was the perfect church to get married in and it looks so amazing in the sunshine.
An episode of Don’t tell the bride that Jon and I had watched a few years ago introduced us to Tipis. So after we got engaged, we knew we had to have them for our festival wedding. They don’t come cheap so we had to save hard but they were worth every penny and Tipis4hire were amazing, so helpful & friendly
My dress…I really thought I would have difficulty finding the dress-as I’m very indecisive. Myself my mum and two of my best girls headed to Colchester Essex to The Wedding Shop. I had an idea of what I wanted and tried a few in the style I thought would look best on my body shape; how wrong was I! They really didn’t suit me at all, so I began trying on every dress that the girls picked out for me.
In the end it was Blue by Enzoani Ancorage that I swooshed in… Once you swoosh that’s it. I felt so comfortable in it, and even though it wasn’t my size (cue massive bull dog clips) I knew it was the one. Everyone agreed so we put a deposit down then went off for a bottle of bubbles. 12 months to go and I had the dress I would marry my prince in.
I always wanted a veil, I think they’re so magical and I really wanted my dad to lift it when he gave me away to Jon. I chose a simple mid length plain veil with a silk edging.
Well, of course I dreamt of Christian Louboutin and I had a picture of a lovely crystal pair saved in my wedding photo gallery. And of course I knew we couldn’t afford them. Then I found Benjamin Adams… Electra became my new friend so sparkly and gorgeous and I couldn’t wait to wear them.
Well… This is where things go wrong. I have always known how I wanted my hair on my wedding day; even as a little girl. So when I was totally bald 3 months before the wedding day it really was my worst nightmare. I had known since I was diagnosed I would wear a wig, so the wedding wig shopping began. There were are few nightmares on the search but eventually I found and bought a lovely one from Trendco in London; my hairdresser high & lowlighted it to a beautiful warm blonde. It was actually styled and pinned two days before the big day so I literally just had to pop in on just before we left the hotel to go to the church.
I had my make-up professionally done by the beautiful Krystal from Iammakeup, she knew exactly what I wanted & transformed me into a princess.
Rustic And Un-done
I knew how expensive wedding flowers were, but it seems Jon didn’t and when he found out I thought he was going to have a heart attack!! So my Mum and her dear friend, Sally came to the rescue… I knew I wanted Sunflowers, yellow is such a happy colour. The other flowers; I wanted them to look like they had just been swept up and put together from gardens woods and roadsides (literally). Mum and Sally knew exactly what I wanted, they got up at silly o’clock on the Thursday before the wedding and went to Covent Garden Flower Market. They returned with buckets and buckets of pretty little flowers then spent two days making them look rustic and un-done.
They were simply amazing!
I knew straight off that I didn’t want the formality of the usual morning suit. We wanted it to be informal and for them to feel relaxed throughout the day So the groomsmen provided their own suits, we just asked them to wear grey. They didn’t wear ties just each had a different coloured pair of braces and matching socks. They all looked totally fabulous!
My best girls… I knew I wanted grey bridesmaid dresses and whilst browsing the Dessy website we found the cutest dresses with pockets; I love dresses with pockets! The dress really did suit them, and all my girlies looked seriously beautiful.
Awww; my Prince Charming, well he just looked gorgeous. As soon as I turned the corner and saw him standing at the bottom of the aisle smiling at me, my heart just melted. I could not wait to marry my best friend! He looked dashing in his suit a lightish grey from Jermyn Street and the cute yellow pocket square that matched his braces topped off the whole thing.
A Constant Memory
Photography was a big deal for us, it’s the pictures that are a constant memory. We met Julia 18 months before the wedding and immedialty knew she was the one to capture our day. She made us feel totally at ease and her style of photography is perfect. We called her on our way home to say we’d love her to be the one 😉
I cannot thank Julia enough, not only was she there for me through some hard times in the run up to the wedding she also sourced lots of things for me… I had a panic attack a few months before the wedding because I couldn’t find the campervans I so wanted. Julia introduced me to Buttercup Buses and we booked them straight away. Julia (and her super husband Ian) were totally amazing on the day, they really captured every emotion. they were with us for about 12 hours taking hundreds and hundreds of photos it was just like having two friends there that happened to have big cameras. The photos are simply perfect, exactly what we wanted.
Cake For Breakfast
Once again, my Mums friend Sally came up trumps and made our beautiful chocolate cake for us. It was a a gorgeous chocolate sponge with butter-cream icing. She did an amazing job and everyone commented on how brilliant it looked; sitting on logs with raffia tied around each cake.
It came in handy the next morning for breakfast, during the mamooth clean up operation:)
A Live Band
I let Jon take care of the entertainment. He is really into music, and had a definite idea of what he wanted and more importantly what he didn’t want. Thankfully his ideas were good and I agreed with them one hundred percent . We both hate cheesy discos and DJs that play things like “Oops Up-Side Your Head” so our only option was a live band. Jon knew a guy from school who was in a band called Columbia who are based near us in Essex. We went to see them play at a local venue, they were amazing and had everyone in the pub on their feet dancing and singing – so we booked them!
They do covers of modern pop and rock and they really know how to work a crowd. In addition to the main band; Jon organised an awesome string quartet to play during the church service and at the reception; called Quattro Strings. He organised it so they appeared from behind the scenes in the Church just before I walked in. He wanted it to be a little bit like the scene from Love Actually where a band pop up from nowhere and begin playing “All You Need Is Love” Rather cheesily he also arranged for them to play “Suddenly” (The song they played in Neighbours during Scott and Sharleen’s wedding) just after we did the “you may kiss the bride” bit!
When I first met Jon, he introduced me to a song that he loved and said that he always imagined being his first dance song. I had never heard it before, but the first time he played it to me I fell in love with it. It is called “I’ll Be” by a guy called Edwin McCain. The lyrics are beautiful with the chorus being “I’ll be your crying shoulder, I’ll be your love suicide, I’ll be better when I’m older, I’ll be the greatest fan of your life” Jon also used this song as the soundtrack to a little video he made of his proposal.
Our personal opinion is that favours are a waste of money and something that people spend the day trying not to lose and don’t know what to do with when they get home. It’s one of the traditions we were keen to do away with. My parents however, wanted to do a little bit for a charity which is close to our hearts – The Lymphoma Association. So they donated a sum of money to the charity and we created little cards with a Lymphoma Association pin badge attached to them for people to wear.
A Beautiful Atmosphere
We wanted to create an understated look with the décor. The Tipis we used had a rustic look to them and filling them with balloons and covered seats would have ruined the whole look. Instead we had bare, wooden, picnic style tables, with wooden benches to sit on. The tipis had minimal lighting. With fairy lights wrapped around a few of the supporting beams and the entrance awning, and a couple of chandelier’s on dimmer switches. This created a beautiful atmosphere inside the tipis, especially as the sun set.
We were inspired by things we had seen on TV and the internet. Mostly Rock my Wedding!! We were just adamant that we did not want the generic British wedding, we both wanted something bespoke & personnel to us. We wanted people to know they were at OUR wedding, and hoped that no one had ever been to a wedding quite like it. We did not want a point in the night where the lights went up, the bar stopped serving and the music had to stop. We also had strong opinions about people paying for drinks (as bars at wedding are notoriously expensive) we wanted people to have a good time without worrying about spending too much money. North Hill Farm was perfect as it was unlicensed and had no curfew. They were relaxed about the music and gave us no time limit to finish the party. We bought enough booze to sink a pirate ship, hired a barman and partied into the small hours!
Here are a few things that I love… VW Camper Vans. I MUST own one at some point and pootle around Europe in it. Braces, love braces… Probably more than trousers themselves, although without trousers they are fairly pointless. I also love a good romantic story. I can admit that… I’m in touch with my emotions 🙂
Anyway, this wedding has all of those things, and a hell of a lot more. It’s a one stop shop of pretty. Love it.
Thanks to Polly And Jon for sharing their extra special story with us.
There was a lot of love yesterday for the gorgeous Polly and Ralph and I’m not suprised, the so-in-love pair held a pretty, colourful and relaxed garden soiree that was filled with love, laughter and spectacular blooms.
Oh the blooms…..lots of gratuitous images of those lovelies!
I’m so having a purple and yellow moment right now.
And I can’t not mention Polly’s female guests, what a fantastically dressed lot they were – I want their ENTIRE wardrobe.
Iris And Ivy
I always knew I wanted sunflowers and iris at my wedding and I wanted my flowers to look quite natural and not too prissy. We therefore just found a local florist in Eye in Suffolk and she was brilliant at helping us choose what would go with them. In the end the bouquets were sunflowers, iris, gyp and ivy. For the button holes I found a picture on line of some button holes made with purple asters which have both purple and yellow on them and I emailed this to the florist and she agreed to make them up.
The bridesmaids and mothers had purple lisianthus in their hair. For the church we ordered two big pedastools from the florist of sunflowers, iris, gyp, daisies, ivy and lisianthus then we brought some more of these flowers not made up and my kind auntie and bridesmaids put four more flower displays together. Ralph’s mum kindly offered to help with the table decorations and she did a fantastic job with some old milk bottles, sunflowers, daisies and corn from the next door field.
Seeing is Believing
My cousin got married last year ( infact they were on RMW… Fran and David!!) and we were really impressed with her photographer. We asked for their details and were so lucky they were still free (we only took 5 months to plan the wedding) and we booked Christian Ward straight away. We have been so impressed with their service from start to finish and could not rave about them enough.
From the edgy pics from the pre wedding shoot to our gorgeous wedding ones, we feel they captured each moment so well we would recommend them to everyone!
We borrowed some hay bails from the local farmer and, as well as the main marquee, kind friends lent us a champagne tent and some gazebos in case of rain. We didn’t want people to get bored so we also set up some games around the field such a table tennis, croquet and a coconut shy.
We wanted the whole thing to have a relaxed feel and so most of our guests camped in the field next door.
Dancing ‘Till Dawn
My family is starting to get kind of a family wedding band as this is the third time we have used “Payback” for a family wedding. That is because they are SO good! Considering we only had a few months to plan we were really lucky they were free and we had seen them twice before so knew they were good.
They did not fail to impress and there was never an empty dance floor!
Mmmm the cake! Two of my bridesmaids are very close family friends and their mum has been making us the best chocolate cake since we were born! We therefore approached her to ask if she would make our wedding cake and she said yes! We wanted to stick to the country theme so had the cake displayed on slate on 3 trunks of wood. We cut the cake and then our amazing caterers Penni Black served it as desert (there were about 13 more cakes waiting out the back – thanks Jude!) with creme freche and tropical fruit skewers.
A Song For Sweethearts
Our first dance song was “Up Above the Clouds” by Turin Brakes. We met at university and this was one of the first songs Ralph played to me. It was very significant and yet not mainstream or too cheesy!
What made our wedding special was that all of our friends and family were there to celebrate with us. We are so grateful to our families for making the day possible. Oh and my advice? Just enjoy it!
Let’s talk about one of woman kinds most delectable obsessions. Because let’s face it folks, what was it that led Prince Charming to the most beautiful bride in all of story book fiction?
Her flowing golden locks? Her pouffy swishy ballgown? Her ability to cook a mean Sunday roast?
No, Nope and triple Nada.
What lured his royal handsomeness to our favourite fairytale heroine was in fact the most perfectly fitted high-heeled SHOE.
And because the RMW team like to give you what you want, we have searched the United Kingdom far and wide for the prettiest soled fancy available. You lovelies have been asking and asking for this particular inspiration so we hope there is at least one pair here that makes your heart skip a beat ( and your Bank Manager not have an actual heart attack)
Usually I like to finish these style savvy pieces with my favourite, this time however I’m going to start with the one I love the most – variety being the spice of life and all that.
The Cream Of The Cinderella Crop
The ANA peep toe court by Ted Baker, made from a sexy shiny textured leather. I can’t imagine anything more glamorous poking out from beneath your bridal gown. £140.
Charlotte’s “Go With Everything” Picks
If you really want a colour pop but are concerned about a potential W-day frock clash then you can’t go wrong with soft greys and muted neutrals, they work with both bright white and ivory.
Dune have come up trumps with this seasons glitzy toe-detail selection that could just as easily be worn to the office Christmas party ( if you even need “another wear occasion” to justify a purchase that is)
From left, Jadored £110, Gerard £250 and Jezzamina £110.
Attention Grabbing Metallics
I have never owned a gold shoe. But I would VERY much like too – especially if they were as gorgeous as the diamante studded Gisella platform from French Connection. £95.
And if gold isn’t your fairytale thing then how about bronze? these Haisley beauties from Miss KG are just the prettiest and a bargain at only £65.
Subtle And Sophisticated Satin
If girly pearly princess is your choice du jour then the Harmony by Kurt Geiger maybe right up your street. Another poke-out-from-underneath-your-gown winner. £110.
Something blue? something sparkly? something chic? Well then, Jitterbug also by Kurt Geiger ticks all of the requirement boxes. £100.
Cinderella’s ACTUAL Pair?
If I were to take a genuine guess as to what shoes Madam ‘Rella actually wore to dance the night away with her ultimate fantasy man then I would simply say this: Crystal Encrusted.
Because seriously – if you were allocated a fairy godmother that could deliver ANYTHING you desired you just would wouldn’t you?
And if you want a similar look for the Big Day then I suggest you check out Benjamin Adams, they offer closed toe, peep toe and sexy sling-back swarovski ladened styles.
From left: Gaga £250, Charlize £299 and Electra £250.
Oh and if you missed our big dress special “Cinder-Freakin-Rella” a few weeks back then go take a sneaky peek. And we have even more fabulous fairytale fashion on it’s way over the coming weeks 😉
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