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What Matters Most.

I hope you are ready for elegance and sophistication this Monday morning. Carla and Ryan’s gorgeous wedding has more than a touch of class about it.

The flowers in particular are unbelievably dreamy. Carla scoured Pinterest to gather floral inspiration and chose spray roses, lisianthus, amaranthus, gypsophila, wax flowers, asters, dahlias and eucalyptus.

Combined with elegant long white candles, silver candelabras and hanging crystals; the effect is exactly what Carla wanted – romantic and cosy. I’m sure she’ll be inspiring future Brides via Pinterest herself.

There is some serious cute factor in this wedding too, with Carla and Ryan’s two little boys acting as page boys in mini Zara suits. So adorable.

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Wedding Research Junkie

Carla The Bride: From the day my husband proposed to me, I brought every single wedding magazine off the shelf. I’ve always wanted to get married but I never imagined what it would be like, so I spent the next two years researching everything wedding!

When I first started looking at venues, I was looking in Dorset where we were living, and also looking in London because there was a chance we was moving back! We then decided to get married in Dorset no matter what, mainly because we grew very close to our priest who was going to marry us, so it would of made the day even more special.

I looked at loads of venues, and I was VERY fussy, something was always wrong, normally the interior design! I eventually found Chewton Glen, we fell in love with the venue, it was beautiful. The wedding coordinator Dahlia Hill there was amazing! She made sure everything was totally in place and nothing was impossible, she wanted to make sure we had the wedding of our dreams, and would go out of her way to help us. I called her the fairy godmother.

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I Knew What I Wanted

I knew I wanted my hair to be up so you could see all of my dress, and my make up to be quite natural with just a little bit of colour. I got lots of inspiration from pinterest, blogs & wedding mags.

After a few trials with different people I eventually found my hairdresser via my photographers Facebook page, and my make-up artist was recommend by my wedding coordinator at Chewton Glen.

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Next Step New York

I was sooooo excited about finding my dress, I went to a few local Shops in Bournemouth and found lots of lovely dresses, but not “the one”. I fell in love with the designer Enzoani so me and my mother-in-law went to the Enzoani designer day at The Wedding Shop in Essex to try on dresses from the new collection.

I had a list of 13 dresses I wanted to try on and once I got through them all I realised none of them really suited me. While I was trying on the dresses there was a gorgeous Pronovias dress called Dietrich just hanging randomly in the background on a dress rail. My mother-in-law told me to try it on and I was thinking the same thing – because it kept catching my eye.

As soon as I put it on I knew it was “the one”, it had a lovely feather detail on the front and a diamond brooch and beautiful lace! It was perfect. I didn’t have any tears, just pure relief, because I think my next step was New York! I loved telling everyone my dress had feathers on it, but wouldn’t tell anyone where, they always looked a bit worried!

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Simple But Stunning Accessories

I bought a gorgeous veil the same time I bought my dress, but three weeks before the wedding I saw a bride on a blog wearing a gorgeous veil called Jackie’O from the shop Mirror Mirror. So I called the shop and brought the veil on impulse and I’m so glad I did, as it was perfect.

My shoes…..I loved my shoes!!! They are called Vita by Jimmy Choo, the heels were 5.7 inches and I didn’t take them off until the wedding was over. They were so comfortable. I didn’t want to wear to much jewellery because my dress had a lot going on with the lace, feathers and diamond brooch, I just wore some lovely diamond pear drop earrings.

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A Very Stylish Wedding Party

My older bridesmaids wore gorgeous Ghost dresses calked Gabriella. Originally I bought all of the dresses from the on-line sale in the same colour, but then they called to say they only had two available. So I kept the two I had and then got two in lilac – it actually worked out great.

My two junior bridesmaids wore lovely white skater dresses from Miss Selfridge with matching lace white gloves, my little flower girl wore a lovely white dress bought from Boots.com. My two little boys (page boys) wore Zara. The Groom and Groomsmen had their Navy suits custom made from Moss Bros, and Ryan had our names and wedding date sewed to the inside of his jacket.

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Romantic And Cosy

I didn’t really start out with a colour scheme but because the Lake Suite in Chewton Glen was lilac and my bridesmaids dresses ended up being lilac, it sort of ended up being my colour scheme.

The main thing for me was everything tied in – so I wanted the flowers in the reception room to match the décor of the room and I wanted my bridesmaids to compliment each other. I wanted the reception room to feel romantic and cosy, lit by candle light and a few up lighters so it felt more warm and intimate.

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Flower Perfection

My bouquet was inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest, it was gorgeous. The flower design consisted of hydrangea, mixed large headed and spray roses, freesia, and dahlia, as well as a hint of foliage with the lush lace handle.

The bridesmaids bouquet was white hydrangeas with a bit of lilac gypsophila. My church decoration had gypsophila tied with white tulle at the pew ends, and at the front of the church we had two large vases with a ball of gypsophila and tea lights around the bottom.

My reception flowers were wrapped around a lovely table candelabra. The flowers used were spray roses, roses, lissianthus, amaranthus as the feature flowers, then filling in around this was gypsophila, wax flowers, asters, dahlias and eucalyptus sprayed gold, and lovely crystals hanging down. My florist was amazing, she was so patient and helped me narrow down my choice, I had a very long Pinterest board for blooms but I was so happy with the choices we made.

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A Family Ceremony

We had our rehearsal the day before and I think that was when it finally hit us. Up until then it was all about flowers, dresses, shoes etc, but at that moment the nerves and excitement really kicked in, and the fear I was going to mess up the vows was my new worry! On the day I was so laid back, a couple of things did go wrong – including that I was getting over a stomach bug and I got poked in the eye with the mascara wand on the morning of wedding so had a red weeping eye all day! People thought I was very emotional!

But I really didn’t care, all I could do was laugh! And all that mattered to me was marrying the love of my life, so walking down the aisle and the whole ceremony was perfect. It was even more special that our little boys got to witness us getting married and came and sat with us during the ceremony.

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Sweetest Love

I found our DJ through a wedding blog, on their website they have a couple demos you could listen to and I found myself loving every song and having a little dance in my living room – so I knew I found the right DJ.

Our first dance was Sweetest Love by Robin Thicke, I used to listen to his album all the time! But my husband is more into hip hop. When we did try and pick a song together the hip hop kept coming on, so I just went with the song I liked, with his blessing of course! Halfway through our first dance we got our Mums up and both had a little dance with them to so it was really lovely.

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A Proper Sunday Roast

The food was gorgeous at our wedding. All our guests enjoyed champagne and canapés on the terrace overlooking the stunning grounds. After the drinks reception we sat down to a 3 course meal and after everyone kept saying they were totally stuffed!

The first course was thai fish cakes, since we got married on a Sunday I thought I’ll keep it simple with a Sunday roast as the main, for desserts we served a trio of desserts – chocolate brownie with ice cream, strawberry pavlova & apple tarte tatin.

Later on in the evening we served bacon baps, chips, mini burgers, cheese toasties and wedding cake. LOTS of food :-).

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Elegant Stationery

I loved our wedding invites, they were designed by Emily & Jo. The day invites were grey with silver letter press and the evening were white with grey writing. Chewton Glen provided all the stationery at the venue, including a white post box for the cards. We also had a Photobooth set up in the evening, I think it’s great to capture the fun side of a wedding.

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Don’t Lose Sight

The only bit of advice I can say is don’t lose sight of what the day is really about. If things go wrong with the decoration or if the weather’s not right etc don’t let it effect you. All that matters is the the person you’re about to marry. So enjoy and celebrate your day as much as you can.

When you look back in years to come, none of the material things will matter, but your partner will.

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Dress – Dietrich by Pronovias at The Wedding Shop
Shoes – Vita by Jimmy Choo
Hair – LadyB Event Hair Design
Bridesmaids – Ghost and Miss Selfridge
Flower Girl – Boots.com
Page Boys – Zara
Groom and Groomsmen – Bespoke at Moss Bros
Venue – Chewton Glen
Florist – Concept Flowers
DJ – Wedding Smashers
Stationery – Emily & Jo
Photography – Hayley Savage
Videography – Blooming Lovely Films

The flowers are stunning aren’t they?

Carla and Ryan look giddy with happiness in all of the images too.

And you’d never be able to tell that Carla had been stabbed in the eye with a mascara wand…she looks radiant.

Lots of love,
Fern x

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Serious Style In Somerset.


Today my loves we are going out-and-out glam. Ali and Trevor’s wedding is a stylish feast for the eyes. From the antique pink roses, to Ali’s slender Amanda Wakeley gown, from the candelabras to Trevor’s Tom Ford suit – everything about this wedding is elegant and beautiful. Ali has styled her gown with a gorgeous gold cuff and fabulous Jimmy Choos – she really does look like a supermodel. Babington House is a truly exceptional venue and I love the fact that Ali and Trevor managed to spread their celebrations across three days. Are you ready for a big dollop of glamour this Tuesday? Thought so…


Smart But Relaxed

Ali The Bride: We held our wedding at Babington House in Somerset. We’d heard about the venue and knew that being part of the Soho House group that it would set the right tone for our wedding, smart but relaxed. It also has 32 rooms allowing many of our guests to stay overnight which was really important for us. When we visited we were simply blown away by what a gorgeous a venue it is. The staff work really hard to maintain a perfectly chilled atmosphere which we loved. We couldn’t wait to go back!


The Wow Factor

I used Sophie McMullan for my make-up and Claire Urquhart for my hair. I was recommended Sophie by a friend’s sister who event manages a lot of high-end weddings so my expectations were high but Sophie was fantastic, as was Claire who she in turn recommended. I wanted a really natural look with a bit of wow factor which sounds like a contradiction in terms but she achieved the perfect look for me. Claire was also brilliant not only at perfecting my relaxed side bun but keeping the flower girls and page boys occupied at key moments like the registrar arriving for her pre-ceremony checks!



I don’t wear a lot of lipstick and wanted a nude look. Sophie recommended a lovely combination of a No7 lip liner in ‘Nude’ and MAC gloss in ‘Fulfilled’ which achieved the perfect glossy pout. I also wore eyelash extensions by Flutter Eyes which were pricey but so worth it – instant glamification! I also wanted to achieve perfect nude nails but found it almost impossible to find a nude shade which goes on without looking streaky, despite a recent move to New York and being inundated with nail salons at every corner! In the end I plumped for a French polish on my fingers and Essie Primaballerina on my toes, which is nice and opaque, perfect for not so perfect toenails. Sophie and Claire even stepped in to help me sort out my pedicure when I realised I’d smudged the varnish the night before!


Nothing Too Fussy

My dress was by Amanda Wakeley. I can’t recall exactly how I came across her, but looking at her designs online I felt that her dresses really stood out from the gowns that you come across in most bridal shops. I’m not the sort of bride who has been mentally designing her wedding dress since childhood and I came to the process with as much trepidation as excitement. I was especially worried about wearing anything too fussy.

Amanda’s designs are as stunning as they are elegant with simple lines and shapes and beautiful materials, rather than a lot of fussy detailing which just isn’t me. In the end I chose the first dress I tried on – in some ways it utilises shapes I’m used to wearing, such as a silk georgette boat neck – but is still extraordinarily glamorous, with a satin bodice and peplums over layers of silk georgette to form the full length skirt and train. I never anticipated wearing a train but it was rather wonderful!

Trevor will kill me if I don’t mention his suit was by Tom Ford and that the buying the right suit was almost as important as getting the right dress (apparently!)


A Dollop Of Glamour

Having recently moved to New York I was at a bit of a loss where to start to look for accessories to go with my dress, which I had ordered in London before I left. My friend Nadya flying over for a very long weekend was the perfect opportunity to shop with that ever valuable second opinion. We searched seemingly endlessly for shoes in the big name department stores. I was looking for the perfect heel height as my groom is the same height as me and he wasn’t too keen on me towering over him, but flatties and even kitten heels just didn’t have a big enough dollop of glamour.

In the end I decided on a sparkly gold pair of Jimmy Choo sandals which I had spotted in Saks, but when I went to the Jimmy Choo shop to get them, this incredible pair of nude metallic sheen snakeskin peep toes screamed out for me to buy them. And I did. So glad I checked out the boutique as well as the big stores.


I was inspired by the way that Amanda Wakeley styled her dresses on her website with a number of models being styled with statement gold jewellery. Wandering down West Broadway in NYC I spotted my fabulous cuff in the window of Robert Lee Morris’s flagship store. He is an iconic New York designer with a lot of his designs based on his originals from the 1970s so this was the perfect jewellery for me as keepsake from both the wedding and my time in New York. Plus it’s too fabulous not to wear again!

I wasn’t sure whether to invest in a shrug for my spring indoor wedding but was so glad I did when winter weather hit again for Easter! I found my shrug originally in a New York department store although it was from the UK brand Coast for well over £150. I decided to check online on the UK website and it turned out to be a good call as it was much cheaper and in the sale for only £45. Fantastic as I didn’t want to spend a lot on something I wouldn’t wear for long. My lovely hair comb was made to order by the designer from some gorgeous designs at Regina B.


Twinkling Candles

We didn’t select a colour scheme, I wanted to keep thing simple and preferred the flower girls in gorgeous little white dresses from John Lewis. The colour for our wedding was introduced by the antique pink roses that have always been a favourite of mine. The best men wore their own suits, although we requested navy blue to go with the page boys and we treated them all, plus the Dads to silver silks ties from Ties.com which toned brilliantly with Trevor’s silver grey tie, despite us ordering them online without checking! They also do mini ties for the boys – super cute.

Babington House really do have their décor nailed, we didn’t have to do anything at all, which is why we chose them. Flowers by Passion looked after the table setting for us, creating a gorgeous scene for dinner with mini flower displays in vintage bottles, towering candelabras and tea lights. It really was magical as the light started to fade during dinner and hundreds of candles twinkled around the room.


Antique Roses

We used Flowers by Passion for all of our flowers – the team behind the every day flowers, and many of the weddings at Babington, so they really knew what they were doing. From our initial conversations and follow up they got exactly the look I was hoping for and then some. We had antique pink roses with hydrangea and ranunculus, displayed in antique bottles and jars. My bouquet was made with roses softened with senecio and the flower girls carried smaller simpler bouquets. The page boys had gorgeous little button holes. We also had candles in storm lanterns down the aisle and glass globe tea lights hanging in the windows.


Heartfelt And Fun

Our ceremony had just the right mix of gravitas and fun and our registrar was fantastic. My sister, Helen, read a passage from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin which was really romantic and our friend Derren read his own creation put together from the titles of songs – sounds crazy but it worked really well and gave a lovely personal touch to our ceremony.

We also wrote our vows so that they were personal to us whilst keeping them very simple but heartfelt. We had the Urban Soul Orchestra string quartet who played our selection of upbeat and contemporary music before and after our service. As I walked down the aisle, they played their interpretation of “A day like this” by Elbow. As we were signing the register, “It must be love” by Madness, both of which were simply gorgeous.


Leave Right Now

We chose to have a DJ in the evening rather than a band for a more intimate feel and used Nigel Peirce, who is the resident DJ at Babington. He was also good enough to let a couple of our mates who are experienced DJs on the decks, so a good time was definitely had by all. Our first dance was “I think I’d better leave right now” by Will Young. Possibly not the greatest sentiment for a wedding but our song so it had to be! An amazing benefit of Babington is that their license doesn’t finish at 12 like many venues so we had dancing right up til 2am and the party carried on for some time after that!


Bring Me Food

Babington House offer exemplary food with a ‘Bring me food’ family style menu, which meant we got to choose 3 starters, 3 main courses a dessert and cheese. All three dishes for each course are brought to the table on platters and everyone helps themselves which proved to be a fantastic ice breaker and really meant every got chatting around the tables. You can view a similar menu here.

We offered Mojitos as well as champagne during the drinks reception and I drank champagne all day! Our beautiful cake was created by my cousin Carolyn Knight who creates incredible sugar flowers and scrumptious cakes.


Not Drowning In Details

I didn’t want to waste too much time or money getting bogged down in details. A friend of mine recommended Paperless Post to me and it was perfect for getting out invitations to guests in the UK and elsewhere from our location in New York. Babington created the place names for me, Passion created gorgeous table names by using vintage mirrors and my lovely friend Rob created our table plan and fantastic ‘thank you’ frames – we had our photo taken with these and are using the photography to create our Thank You cards, hopefully physical ones this time.


Drag It Out

Relax and enjoy it. Don’t sweat the small stuff because you won’t even notice it on the day. Like us, drag the whole thing out to 3 days with friends and family if you can, as it’s over all too quickly. A perfect moment for me was a friend of ours Rita getting Trevor’s 87 year old Grandma up on the dance floor. Absolutely priceless!

And of course there must be a special mention for our wonderful photographers, the girls from Dottie Photography who did the most wonderful job of capturing those special moments, right to the bitter end.


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Venue – Babington House
Make up – Sophie McMullan
Hair – Claire Urquhart
Bride’s dress – Amanda Wakeley
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Groom’s suit – Tom Ford
Cake – Carolyn Knight
Florist – Flowers By Passion
Invites – Paperlesspost.com
DJ – Nigel Peirce
Photography – Dottie Photography

Doing your wedding shopping in NYC?? This is the stuff of dreams people!!

Ali’s advice of using shapes you are used to wearing to help choose your wedding dress is great – you only look good when you feel comfortable. Also those eyelash extensions look amazing – definitely worth a spurge for your wedding day.

I’m in love with the candelabras too – there is no other way to create such a magical atmosphere than with lots of candlelight.

Lots of love,
Fern x

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A Fairytale Dream… Part 2

We’re going straight from a tulle dream of a gown collection yesterday, back to this tulle sensation of a wedding. Many of you agreed yesterday that this was pretty princess perfection and I for one think Victoria and Russels day was beyond sensational whilst channeling classic elegance. Part Two sees a lot of their personalities come through and you can really see the hard work they put into making such a perfectly poised, yet personal day.

All the images, once again courtesy of the lovely Chanelle Segerius-Bruce. Thanks go to both her and Craig, both from Segerius Bruce-Photography, for submitting this wedding.

Gillian at Jennifleur also did our table centers and amazing wow factor urns.

We used ivory hydrangeas, avalanche roses, akito roses and stephanotis, my favourite flowers.

My Mum and I did the flowers in the Church, using lots of Roses and other pure white flowers for the Church

Stand out Photography

We chose Chanelle and Craig of Segerius-Bruce Photography to be our photographers.

The minute we saw their book, we knew they were the photographers for us.
Their portfolio just stood out against the sea of other photographer’s predictable wedding photography.

We loved Chanelle & Craig’s use of light and creative direction. Their eye for detail was exception and their pictures were just breath taking. Perfect for our special day.

Making it Personal

There wasn’t just one theme to our day, it all related to Russell and I. There was the Peachy/Blush theme, Roses, Art, but what I wanted to achieve more than anything was a relaxed timeless elegance. Russell designed both the table plan the table names, I bought the frame for the table plan from the internet. We chose our favourite Artists for the table names because we met and fell in love at Art School

He also designed the place settings which I tied to the sparkling pink wine favours.

We had hanging decorations in the walled gardens, myself and Russells mum spent months finding these buying them gradually, all in the theme of love. They all came from different places, garden centers and crafty shops

I loved the overall look of our Wedding; the Church was filled to the brim with gorgeous pure white & ivory flowers and Braxted Park looked gorgeous at night when all the lights in the grounds were on, reflecting in the lake and the water fountain.

Fabulous Favours

We had mini bottles of Pink sparkling wine, the peachy hue really complimented the colour scheme.

For the non drinkers- Tiptree (A local Essex Company) Jam in Victoria Plum flavour, we loved this idea as it was my name and again worked with our colour scheme.

Other little touches included Flip Flops and Pashminas for our guests to help themselves to in the evening, for tired feet after dancing and just encase the night got a little chilly, a wooden planter box with our names and the Wedding date etched on and The Sweety Bar! My mum and I spent months buying lots of different sweets – all Russell and I’s favourites from our childhood. We thought this would add a bit of fun and nostalgia to the evening party!

We used Le Talbooth Caterers and ate Prawn Cocktail, thick cut Sirloin of Beef with Bordelaise sauce, potato rosti and water cress salad then meringue with fruits and cream.

Elegant Cakes

A family friend made our wedding cake – a mix of Chocolate and fruit wrapped in lace. We kept it all ivory too.

Our inspiration came from lots of different places, but mostly from everything that Russell and love.

Dancing the Night Away

We had a band- The Van Goghs. They were fantastic, they had just about everyone up on their feet, shaking their thing. They created such an upbeat celebration atmosphere. The day was quite intimate and then lots more guests came in the evening and we all partied the night away until 12.30am

Our first dance was to Stand By Me – Ben E King, Russell and I love the music from this soulful era and the lyrics to Stand By Me are so romantic, it always makes me feel emotional when I hear it. When Russell and I were doing our first dance, I was so into the song and Russell, I felt like I was floating on a cloud.

Top Tips from an Organised Bride

Get organized! Keep a diary with dates set for getting different tasks completed and a big check list of things to do, when you see it all getting ticked off you will feel really great! Make sure you shop around to get the best prices.

Do it yourself too –
Try and use family and friends talents and skills where ever possible.
*My Mum is great with flowers so she helped out there and made our cupcakes which went down a storm, they can cost £5 each from some suppliers!
*Our friend works at a printing company so we were lucky enough to have all our stationery printed by them as a present.
*Russell has fantastic design skills so he designed all our stationary.
*We bought the favours when the wine was on offer and then decorated them ourselves.

Just lovely.

Classic, elegant and timeless. Nothing more, nothing less.

Yours Truly,


Segerius-Bruce Photography are Rock My Wedding Sponsors 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 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.