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Elegance
Elegance
Super Luxe White, Grey & Gold Elegant Wedding Inspiration at Orangery, Holland Park, Kensington, London | Planned & Style day The Events Designers | Timeless Bridal Gowns | Blue Sky Flowers | Ghost Chairs | Eva Tarnok Photography
Ceremony
Ceremony
Super Luxe White, Grey & Gold Elegant Wedding Inspiration at Orangery, Holland Park, Kensington, London | Planned & Style day The Events Designers | Timeless Bridal Gowns | Blue Sky Flowers | Ghost Chairs | Eva Tarnok Photography
Embrace
Embrace
Super Luxe White, Grey & Gold Elegant Wedding Inspiration at Orangery, Holland Park, Kensington, London | Planned & Style day The Events Designers | Timeless Bridal Gowns | Blue Sky Flowers | Ghost Chairs | Eva Tarnok Photography
Tablescape
Tablescape
Super Luxe White, Grey & Gold Elegant Wedding Inspiration at Orangery, Holland Park, Kensington, London | Planned & Style day The Events Designers | Timeless Bridal Gowns | Blue Sky Flowers | Ghost Chairs | Eva Tarnok Photography
Altar
Altar
Super Luxe White, Grey & Gold Elegant Wedding Inspiration at Orangery, Holland Park, Kensington, London | Planned & Style day The Events Designers | Timeless Bridal Gowns | Blue Sky Flowers | Ghost Chairs | Eva Tarnok Photography
Intimate
Intimate
Super Luxe White, Grey & Gold Elegant Wedding Inspiration at Orangery, Holland Park, Kensington, London | Planned & Style day The Events Designers | Timeless Bridal Gowns | Blue Sky Flowers | Ghost Chairs | Eva Tarnok Photography
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Orangery Wedding Inspiration

We’ve all gone totally bonkers for glasshouse, orangery or clear marquee venues at Rock My HQ, it’s not hard to see why when they literally light up your wedding and illuminate every inch of the decor and details.

The lovely Holland Park, Kensington, London was the perfect backdrop for such elegant proceedings. From the immense hanging floral installation by Blue Sky Flowers, to the elegant tablescape, complete with ghost chairs and romantic candle light.

Every elements was planned and styled beautifully by Katie Stocks of The Events Designers, and working her magic behind the lens was Eva Tarnok Photography.

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Ne-et & Rob

Bride and groom Ne-et & Rob share a love the English countryside, so their wedding planner Emma from Something Blue found the perfect venue for them in the beautiful Pennyhill Park. Not only is it a magical 19th century mansion house surrounded by beautiful parkland, but it also includes the most picturesque pavilion which was the stunning backdrop for their outside ceremony.

Florist Liz from Blue Sky Flowers draped the archway of the pavilion in an abundance of pink and peach roses, white hydrangeas, and greenery and echoed the beautiful blooms in the reception with floral chandeliers, installations and epic arrangements. Gold edged glass plates, Charbonnel et Walker favours and gold foil menus by Emily & Jo stationery completed the elegant look, and together it is nothing short of spectacular.

Beautiful bride Ne-et wore a princess-style wedding dress by Sassi Holford purchased from Leoni Clare in Brighton, and beige Rockstuds by Valentino, and groom Rob looked just as fierce in a tuxedo by Dolce & Gabbana.

All of the style and elegance was captured to perfection by Anushe Low Photography & Reel Weddings film, so much so you’ll want to view it again, and again.

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Sonia & Amr

It’s a good job our intro’s aren’t done in sound bites because mine would be very high pitched and excited this morning. I’m not even sure you’d understand what I’d be saying I’m so giddy. There is so much to take in you really need to make sure you are sitting comfortably so you can appreciate every last detail of this multicultural wedding at Hengrave Hall, because it has ALL the WOW.

Featuring many of our absolute favourite suppliers including photography by Modern Vintage Weddings, a film by WE ARE // THE CLARKES and all the dreamy planning by Katrina Otter Weddings. Talk about dream team.

Make sure you look out for the indoor Wisteria Tree, the personalised monogram lighting, absolutely breathtaking blooms everywhere, stunning fashion, and a spectacular fireworks display, plus SO much more. Honestly it is all going to knock your socks off, you have been warned 😉

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As Boundless As The Sea

I love sharing wedding inspiration shoots with you all because they really allow the suppliers to showcase their talents and creativity. Every single person involved in this shoot is one of the industries finest and so the results are just beautiful.

Set at the stunning Gallivant Hotel, one of our recommended wedding venues, which is located right on the beach, you really couldn’t find a more magical setting for an intimate wedding breakfast. I love the combination of bold, sumptuous, berry toned florals with icy blue and grey linens. The dresses by Cherry Williams are dreamy too!

It’s like a glorious ship wreck of wedding dreams has just been washed up on the beach, along with a ridiculously gorgeous bride and groom…definitely one to lose yourself in this evening!

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Nicola & Ross

I think Nicola and Ross have taken a slice of the fit pie, in fact the whole wedding party look like they’ve indulged in a portion too. The bridesmaids look absolutely stunning in bespoke pink floral gowns from ASOS, the groomsmen are very dapper in navy suits from Reiss & Ted Baker and bride Nicola looks utterly breathtaking in a lace Enzoani lace gown that fits her like a glove. As a wedding party there’s some serious squad goals to feast your eyes upon, but is it any wonder they all look so stylish when bride Nicola works as a buyer at fashion giant ASOS.

Her attention to detail and creative flair is echoed in the DIY delicate pink & white stationery, adorable signage and hand made soap favours for the guests, with the sweet flower stems in bud vases looking adorable as table centrepieces and making a great focal point on the grand fireplace within the Grade II Fetcham Park reception.

All the deliciousness has been captured by Julie Michaelsen Photography, making this classic pink wedding an absolute delight to view.

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A Labour Of Love.

Cecelina Photography

It’s fun Friday here on Rock My Wedding with this very pretty and bright affair bought to you by Cecelina Photography and Bride and Groom Christine and Colin.

With perfect pinks and purples, lots of smiles and lots of dancing to a live South African band this is sure to bring a smile to your face.

A labour of love

Christine The Bride: We got married at BMA House. After looking at several venues, we were feeling hopeless. When we saw MA House though, we instantly fell in love with the Prince’s room. The high ceilings, the warm fireplaces and the big windows all contributed to the grand feeling that we were looking for. We also liked that we would have the whole venue to ourselves for the day and that we could do our photos on site in the beautiful courtyard and garden.

A labour of love

Rosie Blush

Hair and make-up for the Bridal party was done by the lovely Adele of Rosie Blush. I chose light pink suede shoes by Faith for the day time to match my flowers. For the evening dancing I wore the brightest purple shoes I could find in Aldo. My earrings were Swarovski and my sole silver bangle was an old favourite that I’ve had for years.

A labour of love

Simple But Elegant

I wanted a simple, but elegant dress and I found exactly what I was looking for in my LouLou Bridal dress. The bridesmaid and best man both came from out of town just before the wedding. We didn’t choose specific items for them to wear but we did discuss colours and style.

A labour of love

Pink And Purple

The flowers were done by Liz Inigo Jones of Blue Sky Flowers. My bouquet was a mix of pink roses and ranunculus and my handsome groom’s boutonniere was light pink ranunculus to match. The bridesmaid bouquet was a mix of bright pink roses and vivid purple anemones. The groomsmen and family all wore boutonnieres of bright pink roses.

The flowers on the registrar’s table and the center pieces for the dining tables were done with purple hydrangeas and pink roses. We had pink and purple orchids for the mantle pieces and two candelabras surrounded with a mix of hydrangeas, roses and anemones in shades of pink and purple.

A labour of love

A Mrs

Our dinner menu was created with my husband’s African heritage in mind. BMA House chefs were so accommodating in offering us delicious Jerk chicken, Jollof rice and steamed broccoli. For dessert we had a decadent dark chocolate marquis. Instead of a wedding cake we chose a delicious selection of chocolate and vanilla raspberry cupcakes provided by The Cake Parlour.

I wanted to make something for the wedding myself and since I’m not very creative, the only thing I could think of was to do the table numbers and place cards. A trip to Paperchase was all I needed to get started. I chose a different colour for each table number and made the place cards in the same colour. For the head table I made Mr and Mrs place cards for my husband and I. It was so thrilling to sit down in front of my Mrs place card!

A labour of love

Songbird

Music for the ceremony and dinner was provided by Prelude Entertainment. We had a pianist for the ceremony and drinks reception and a solo violinist for the dinner music. Our first dance was ‘Songbird’ by Eva Cassidy. Following dinner we had a South African band come in and we danced for hours!

A labour of love

Reliving Memories

We can’t recommend our photographer highly enough. Cecelina of Cecelina Photogaphy captured the day so incredibly well. I still look at our photos every day and am filled with the memories of our special day.

I wasn’t very convinced about filming the ceremony but when I saw the video the next day I got emotional all over again. Every time I see it I’m so grateful that we preserved that memory. I felt like I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the day, and I was relaxed and didn’t feel rushed at any moment. Still, I think maybe it’s not humanly possible to fully experience that much happiness all at once. The video helps us to relive and revisit the happiness and love. I would recommend trying to arrange for a video if possible.

A labour of love

All About Us

And finally, enjoy. Many brides think of their wedding day as their princess day. I’d like to think I took a very different approach in that my husband and I made it all about us. We planned it together and each added parts of our personality to create a day that reflected us individually and as a couple. I think this has strengthened our relationship and helped us to learn to put each other’s needs before our own. Planning a wedding can be difficult and stressful, but it is a labour of love and in the end, we wanted the day and the lasting memories of the day to reflect that.

A labour of love

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Venue – BMA House
Brides Dress – Lou Lou Bridal
Hair and Make-Up – Rosie Blush
Florist – Blue Sky Flowers
Cake – The Cake Parlour
Photographer – Cecelina Photography

How pretty are those blooms? The pinks and purples are unmissable and really pop in every photo.

So many smiles during this wedding. And what a proud Momma Christine has.

Really great advice from Christine as well. A wedding is something wonderful to plan together.

How much is your groom involved in the planning of your day?

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The Magic Beans.

Anna Hardy Photography

Katie and Gianluca are also affectionately know as ‘The Beans’; a nickname that they first used as a term of endearment for each other but which has stuck for nearly seven years. This gorgeous pair first met in 2006 at a friend’s birthday party and got engaged five years later on New Years Eve.

Just wait until you see what we’ve got in store for you today lovelies.

Blue skies and sunshine. The sweetest bridesmaids. An ultra-luxe BBQ and the lightest of Victoria Sponges.

And did somebody say Wang?

Yes folks. Katie wore the fluffiest, dreamiest Wang dress I’ve ever clapped eyes on.

Utterly lush.

Vera Wang Gisele

A Secret Enchanted Garden

Katie The Bride: Gianluca is half Italian, half Austrian and has lived all over the world. I am half Turkish, half Welsh and a born and bred Londoner. We toyed with the idea of getting married abroad and in the end decided on a bit of countryside close to home and fingers crossed for the weather! We got lucky! Our wedding was on a beautiful sunny day in September.

We had our marriage blessing at a gorgeous tiny church in Colchester. A friend of mine, Victoria sang three songs in the church, one of which she had written for us. It was such a wonderful moment and her voice is truly stunning. The reception was held at Westwood Park, the one and only venue I went to see only three days after getting engaged. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the perfect place for us.

Anna Hardy Photography

I wanted somewhere with a country feel and lots of greenery and flowers that wasn’t too far from London. We knew we wanted to have a marquee and lovely grounds. Westwood Park reminded me of a secret enchanted garden and was a great mixture of elegance and theatricality. It looked beautiful in deepest winter and in the sunshine, it was truly stunning. They had two dates left for the year so I picked one and got it booked. My parents surprised us with a beautiful vintage car to pick me up and then take us to the reception which certainly made those two journeys very special and memorable.

Gisele

As an actress, I wanted a dress with a bit of drama. I saw a lot of pretty dresses that looked nice but none of them gave me much of a feeling. After three weeks of trying dresses in every wedding dress shop I could get to and not finding anything that bowled me over, my mum and I went to the one day sample sale at Browns Brides just to ‘look’. Being very bad at making quick decisions, there was no way I ever imagined I would get a dress in a situation like this.

Anna Hardy Wedding Photography

However, after queuing for an hour and trying two very expensive dresses that weren’t for me, the lady brought me one more to try before leaving. I still wasn’t sure but as soon as I put it on, I knew it was everything I had been looking for. I felt like me in it, it was so delicate yet dramatic and made such an impact. It had the most beautiful mixture of materials, swirls of lace and tulle and from the back especially was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. It also happened to be designed by the one and only Vera Wang! I walked out the shop with it twenty minutes later! It is such a beautiful creation and I’m so glad it found me!

Vera Wang Gisele Moss Bros Morning Suit

Total Magpie

I am a total magpie and so, after many a day spent browsing RMW pages, a particular vintage crystal Jenny Packham headpiece kept catching my eye and I knew it would really complete the look and match with the embellishment on the dress. Knowing, there was no room in the budget to buy it, in the end I managed to hire it on eBay for a fraction of the price and paired it with a simple veil I got for £10 on eBay that I wore in the church. My earrings and necklace were borrowed from my Mum’s extensive collection.

Blue Sky Flowers Florist

At 5 foot 11 and a half with a groom of the same height, skyscrapers were never an option for me but neither were flats. After a lot of looking, I eventually went for a pair of Vivienne Westwood silver piped court shoes with a small heel that were cool and comfortable and a little bit quirky.

Make up artist Hayley Barr came to do our hair and make up on the day. I opted for a natural look with big lashes and a loose side bun for the church, which I then pulled out into loose curls for the reception. Not being good at decisions, I mostly went for both options rather than deciding on one!

The Best Of Both Worlds

Flowers were tricky as I love lots of different types. I absolutely couldn’t decide between classy pink and white blooms or a mixture of colourful country flowers. After lots of changing my mind back and forth, lovely Liz of Blue Sky Flowers decided I should have both.

Anna Hardy Photography

We had pink and white blooms for the church and then a mixture of bright colours for the reception to bring the marquee to life, which meant I got the best of both worlds. The bouquets and pew ends were subtle and gorgeous and then walking into the white marquee and seeing the burst of bright happy colours was a great moment.

Let’s Play Dress Up

My bridesmaids were my best friend (since the age of four) and my two sisters who are identical twins and rarely wear dresses or heels. I was so excited about getting to dress them up ad make them girly but wanted them to love the dresses too. The second dress I looked at turned out to be perfect on all three of them. They were a fairly neutral dusky pink with intricate silver beading and came from Debenhams. I loved their delicate vintage look and how they made the girls look like fairies.

Blue Sky Flowers Florist

Gianluca was dashingly handsome in a traditional morning suit hired from Moss Bros with an ivory Hermes tie his mum gave him as a gift. The Groomsmens’ morning suits were the same as Gianluca’s and hired from Moss Bros.

It Must Be Fate

Anna Hardy took our photos. I looked at lots of photographers work but Anna’s photos were so brilliant and artistic and made me laugh and cry. No other photos had moved or impressed me in the same way so I got in touch. She was sadly booked up for our date but then fate stepped in and she had a cancellation. I’m so happy we got her. She was lovely to have around and we love the pictures as a reminder of the day.

Westwood Park Wedding Venue

A Perfect Summer’s Barbecue

Food was a big priority for us and we had Talbooth Catering provide a wonderful barbecue and hog roast which couldn’t have been better for the summers day. It was all delicious, not that I got to eat much. I was too excited and the dress was pretty tight! Again, inspired by RMW, we chose a three tiered Victoria sponge with strawberries that was made for us by Elizabeth at Betty’s Bakery. It was delicious and just perfect for a relaxed summery day.

Stamp Sharp Wedding Stationery

For entertainment we went for an evening disco and used BlackJack DJs who had done a number of weddings at the venue. The dance floor was never empty which was exactly what we wanted. Our first dance was to ‘Turn Your Lights Down Low’ by Bob Marley ft Lauren Hill. We both love the song and the relaxed vibe. I took off my shoes and we got everyone up on the floor dancing with us.

The Bean Theme

We had beautiful stationery designed and made for us by Sharp Stamp Design. They helped us to create the classical/theatrical secret garden look we wanted to tie everything together and went for a Bean theme with the table names as most friends know us as ‘The Beans’. Our name places were designed as bookmarks tied with ribbon and a little blue glass evil eye good luck charm to reflect my Turkish roots.

Rustic Victoria Sponge Wedding Cake

As well as the beautiful colourful flowers, we decorated the marquee with coloured balloons and colourful bunting that I made with my hens as part of my hen weekend. It was so lovely to have something we all made ourselves decorating the marquee on the day and brought back memories of a great weekend. We had tea lights inside glass jars decorated with lace and filled with beans and crystal table confetti.

Kiss Your New Husband…Lots

We had such a beautiful day that was so full of warmth and love in every way. We were surrounded by family and friends from all over the world and it was so special. I think we achieved the balance of formal and informal, relaxed and sophisticated that we were going for and we were so blessed with the weather.

My advice to brides would be to savour and enjoy every day of your engagement and every moment of your wedding. I adored all the planning. It was so much fun and then so lovely to surprise Gianluca with some of the choices I had made and see how much he loved them. It goes by so fast and it is truly overwhelming to see all your planning come to life and to be right there in the moment you’ve been thinking about for so long. Advice for the day; relax, dance talk to as many people as possible, celebrate your love and kiss your new husband, lots!

Talbooth Catering

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Venue: Westwood Park
Dress: Vera Wang
Boutique: Browns Bride
Florist: Blue Sky Flowers
Maids: Debenhams
Photographer: Anna Hardy
Stationery: Sharp Stamp Design
Catering: Talbooth Catering

I love Katie’s wedded philosophy – not only to be right there in the moment but also to kiss your new husband…lots!

So much so that I’m going to smother the boy in kisses when I get home tonight; he won’t know what’s hit him.

Congratulations you two – you brought a whole heap of sunshiny joy to my morning.

All my love Lolly xxx

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