Could there be anything more glamorous than a black tie wedding? The cocktail dresses! The sequins! The romance! The fizz, pop and sparkle! If you’ve opted for a black tie wedding then congratulations: your nuptials are bound to be stylish and timeless. And if you’re on the hunt for the perfect frock for your best girls then you’re in luck, because I’ve rounded up the six best bridesmaid dresses for a glamorous and glitzy affair.
To start your weekend the RMW team thought they’d give you even MORE real wedding pretty…..yay!
And just to keep it y’know different from the Silver Sensation, Classic English Rose soiree and Western Wonder we’ve posted earlier in the week we’re going all out on the bold colour scheme front with this South African influenced beauty of a Big Day.
Monochrome it seems is forever popular and I love the way Simon and Clarissa have added huge amounts of striking yellow to their Prested Hall affair. Not to mention all of the little personal touches and general merriment.
Oh and what just might be THE cutest flower girl outfit EVER.
All images courtesy of Craig Williams Photography.
Simon and Clarissa met on a blind date and as Simon said in his speech he knew she was the one he was going to marry from the first moment he saw her….
The proposal didn’t go quite as planned as Clarissa dropped the ring and they spent most of the dark night trying to find it!!
With my shoes I went for comfort over anything, I never wear heels and I can’t walk in them so I thought it would be best to get something I could actually walk in!
The make was Rainbow and they were great, I kept them on all night!
My Mum really wanted me to wear one of her necklaces but unfortunately it would have been too much with my dress so in the end I just wore some pearl bracelets which I already had.
An Unlikely Choice
My Dress was from Berketex in Oxford Street by the dresser Rosetta Nicolini. I tried six on in this one shop and I ended up going for the second dress, I didnt go for it first off because it’s really not what I wanted!!!
I would never wear lace and I can’t believe I choose it. One of my bridesmaids came with me and she said “that’s the one” and I knew when i tried it on again it WAS the one!
I felt amazing, the lace was beautiful and it had a fitted corseted bodice which gave me a great shape. I like the idea of wearing something that i wouldn’t normally wear – it made the day feel even more special.
World Wide Maids
We got the bridesmaids dresses from Debenhams and they were perfect, they really matched the black and white theme I had going on. I brought a little bit of zebra print in where I could and although my bridesmaids didn’t look like zebras (!!) the white strip down the middle was perfect.
I had to send one to one of my bridesmaids in Canada and one to South Africa as I wanted them to try them on and see how they felt.
Simon’s Suit were hired from our local Debenhams. Simon knew what he wanted before he went so it was really easy for him to choose.
I had my hair done by someone from a salon called Take-Two in Kelvedon, I had it the style I did because I always wear it up and I was going to have it up for my wedding day…. but the lady at the salon said she would try something different! She thought it best if I at least try something I never normally have and after she did a test run I absolutely loved it!
My make up was done at the salon at Prested Hall. I wanted something really natural, the service was great and I had exactly what I wanted.
Floral Wow Factor
My flowers were done by Michelle’s Floral Design in Witham. I took her a picture of how I wanted my bouquet and she make them exactly like the picture – they were amazing. My auntie Kath did my bridesmaids flowers and table decorations which were all sunflowers, I loved the yellow contrast with the Black.
South African Influences
As I am from South Africa i wanted my favours to have a touch of it, i got black bags from organza bags and some zebra printed napkins which i lined them with and I got Mr and Mrs sweets on line from ” The wedding Shop” . I put a Zulu love letter from south Africa in the ladies favours which is a love message woven in beads by Zulu Maidens to be given to their lovers as symbols of love and affection. Each colour bead has a different meaning, like Green ” I have become thin like the sweet cane in a damp field and green as the first shoots of trees because of my love for you.”
The men had a small bottle of Amarula Cream made from the fruit of the Marula, or “Elephant” tree. When I took a trip back home I also got some really cool name place holders in the shapes of all different animals they looked really affective and I thought they fitted in with the whole theme really well.
We chose our photographers Craig and Kate because we loved the website and when we met with them we got on really well, they just seemed really approachable. The Pre-Wed shoot was a great idea and no one else seemed to do it and it’s something we really wanted as I was REALLY nervous about getting my picture taken! It really made me ready for my wedding day.
Their style was exactly what I wanted so we were really pleased we found someone.
My big cake was made by my 86 year old grandma which I loved as she really wanted to contribute to the day and we were really happy for her to do that. It was iced by a company called ” Sugar Box” in Cirencester and they also made our lovely little cupcakes, we got them to follow the Sunflower theme they were all fruit cake….. mmmmmmm lovely!
We had the people made for us which we put on top of the cake they were meant to be of Simon and I, I sent a picture and they made them to look like us. Check out Simon as a cool fireman!
Our first dance was by Eva Cassidy ” Songbird” we both really liked it anyway but we didn’t find out until we heard it on the telly and both said how much we loved it!
Advice For Brides
If I was going to give some advice for future brides out there it would be not to stress, I did and it wasnt nice, there is a lot to do especially if you both have full time jobs. The internet is a great source of information and ideas if you have the kind of job where you can get away with looking on line (!) Shop around and you might find different prices else where, but never scrimp on the things that are most important to you. Things can get really overwhelming but try not to let them and keep calm. Always look at more than one wedding venue – that’s the biggest chunk of your money so make sure its right for you and ask them loads of questions!
Oh and Simon has said to all future brides out there always marry a Fireman!!! 🙂
How lovely on a cold November day, a whole page of sunshine, love and together foreverness…..
With thanks to Clarissa, Simon and Craig Williams Photography for sharing the South African inspired pretty.
Big Colour Pop Love
P.S Want to know what Rebecca and I are actually wearing? Well pop back later to find out folks…
I am so excited to be sharing this wedding with you today and of course the second part tomorrow. Its a total fashion fest and really for me sums up why I love Rock My Wedding – being able to inspire with Serious Style like this. We’re kicking of with all the fashion and getting to the equally unique decor and reception style tomorrow.
The second reason is that this wedding was photographed by Jon Rouston – one of our earliest sponsors, I’m delighted to be able to finally share some of his stunning photography of an A.mazing wedding. – Thanks Jon!
A Gentle Gothic Dress
The dress was from The Ivory Bridal Collection in Barton North Lincs (beautiful shop!) I saw it on a mannequin as soon as I walked in and fell in love with it! It had a simple vintage feel and was full of all the unique details I’d been craving for like that of mixed textures & materials, a bit of lace here, netting there, messy but elegant, (it had a slightly gothic feel but in the creamy ivory looked so gentle!)
It was just like nothing like I’d seen anywhere ever and looked so beautiful and I’m the opposite of a silky or bling person, so it felt so me! It was a handmade dress (which would mean mine would be different in all its details to the one I tried on, even better!) It took 6 months to be made and to be shipped over from the designers (Cymbeline) in France.
A Spider Web of Lace
Whilst trying on my dress they brought out a Cymbeline necklace that had the look of a little jacket! It was amazing! Going round and up the neck but over the shoulder and hanging quite far down my back (which felt amazing!) It had the details, quirks and materials of the dress but transformed the whole look, being like and elegante lace spider web with beads and pearls in places! I loved it!
It was rather dramatic but by far the centre of the outfit and definately unique, something which I wanted all the details of our wedding to be! It meant though I had to keep everything else simple, simple but very long veil, pearl stud earrings, no braclet or tiara but I couldn’t resist having 3 small white ranunculus in my curly scrunched intentionally messy hair!
My dress and necklace had blown our budget (but worth it!) which meant as much as I am a shoe person, I stuck to £20 peep toe sling back dusty cream heals from New Look!! Although the best things I ever bought was £5 flip flops the day before, I wore them half the day and they meant I could really bust a move on the dance floor!!
Studiously messy Hair
My hair I really wanted curly, scrunched up, messy and natural (similar feel to my dress!) but my local hairdresser had struggled in practices to get the messiness of it and managed to pull it off just as I had imagined on the day! Then my sister in law/bridesmaid did my make-up, (which I had bought myself from Clinique and The Body Shop in the run up; – Saved the pennies and meant I had great make-up to keep!) Again we hadn’t got it right it practice but somehow on the day it was great!
My biggest concern had been my skin, but forgetting about it and drinking lots of water in the run up (that and praying!!) meant it was clear!! I went for a natural, pink cheeks & lips and lightly smoked eyes look, ballerina-esque!
The Too Cool for School Groom…
Andy loves quirky and unique stuff just as much as me so as soon as we spotted a modern but vintage feel light grey suit with black trimmings in Topman he had to get it! He got some gorgeous black long toed worn leather shoes, skinny black tie and he insisted on braces! It suited him perfectly with his black hair and stubble!
Black and White Chic
As soon as Andy and I got engaged we wanted a black and white theme but wanted it to still be happy and fresh so tried to major on the white, with spurts of fresh spring green here and there but trying to keep it simple too! We bought the Ushers black skinny ties, white shirts and black umbrellas (incase of April showers!) and they wore their own black suits!
My Bridesmaids wore a white strapless dress with a black sash from coast (from the sale!!!!!) with black pep toe heels, chunky black necklaces and matching earring and bracelets finished with a bouquet of white tulips!
So thats the fashion… come back tomorrow for the flowers!