Hold on to your hats: this luxe Lost Orangery wedding is otherworldly. The lakeside ceremony, soft pastel colour scheme, wishing tree and breathtaking blooms add a distinctly ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ vibe to proceedings – further enhanced by the fact that guests used the olive chair hoops as hair garlands, which glowed in the evening sun! The pretty pale green bridesmaid dresses perfectly mirror the soft pink drapery in the dining room, which must have also had such a dreamy scent from the orange and bergamot candles given to guests as favours. With the unforgettable Italian-inspired styling by RMW recommended Hollie Freeland – plus unlimited ice cream enjoyed on the lawn after dinner – this is quite some way to start your happily ever after.
During the most romantic week of the year it’s only fair we woo you with an incredibly dreamy engagement shoot in Rome.
The lovely Wedding Stylist Sundari teamed up with Cecelina Photography to produce an absolutely mesmerising pre wedding shoot for Rebecca & Lorenzo. Every capture is full of love, heartfelt moments and gorgeousness and I’m certain if you weren’t considering an engagement shoot before, you will be now.
Also, all the heart eyes for Rebecca’s Katya Katya Shehurina lace gown & olive leaves bouquet.
Sit back, relax and let this delicious array of fine art photography by Cecelina Photography wash over you.
From the delicate pastel colour scheme to the romantic florals and decor, every last detail will fill your heart and inspire you. But when the bride works in the industry, and has a wealth of talented contacts you expect nothing but perfection.
This greek wedding really is a thing of beauty. Not only is the location at Kinsterna Hotel and Spa an absolute dream surrounded by olive groves, orange trees and Greek countryside but the planning and romantic styling by Ioanna Vamvakari really sets it off beautifully.
Every detail is delicious. From the outdoor table scape surrounded by tea lights and full of elegant flower stems in jars and bottles, to the ethereal fashion and neutral colour palette. Plus there’s a horse and carriage!
Capturing this mediterranean wedding is Cecelina Photography, who’s fine art style and keen eye for natural beauty and emotion truly brings this wedding alive.
There are so many gorgeous details in this mornings wedding that I don’t know where to begin. Every single element of the day is beautiful, from the flowers, to the food, to the fashion. Thily and Wain chose the stunning Fetcham Park to hold their wedding day, which is home to one of the most incredible staircases I know. The dark wood, ornate bannisters and incredible murals make it truly one of a kind, the ultimate way to make an entrance.
Images come from the lovely Cecelina, whose soft, fine art style Thily and Wain fell for. The result? A stunning set of images they can treasure for the rest of time.
Headpieces seem to be THE THING at the moment.
Every time we feature a Bride sporting one you lot go crazy for it! Whether it’s vintage, boho or out-and-out Princess style…RMW Brides love headpieces.
Well today we’ve got an absolute feast for your headpiece loving eyes…the latest collection from Donna Crain, styled with gorgeous make up, delicious bouquets and luxurious gowns to show you their true potential.
Personally, I tend to lean towards the boho vibe – I’m coveting the Amelia, made with Swarovski crystals, pearls and a delicate vintage inspired chain that trails beautifully down the back of the head.
And not only do we have loads of accessory pretty for you, but make up artist Adele Rosie has details of all of the products used on the shoot too. We do spoil you lovely lot sometimes don’t we? Enjoy!
Keep It Simple And Natural
Adele Rosie The MUA: It’s so important to get bridal make-up right. From the preparation, product quality, colours and finish – it’s a lot for a bride to think about. So, keep it simple and natural. There’s a fantastic range of products out there to suit all complexions and budgets.
Davinia and Isabella were our models for the day and I created two different looks with each girl, to suit the dresses and Donna’s beautiful accessories.
Statement Eye Colour
With Davinia, I used a statement lilac eyeshadow by Shu Uemera to pick out the gorgeous tone of the flowers (alliums), which also worked well with Davinia’s olive skin tone. To set a good base, I used a Laura Mercier primer followed by a Dior foundation – Diorskin Forever which gives a lovely light but flawless finish.
Any imperfections can be evened out with Vichy Dermablend corrective foundation which should be applied with a very light dab over the foundation base and blended with a brush.
Change The Lips To Change The Look
Cheeks were bronzed with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish pressed powder. This product is great for a matt finish over key areas, but go a couple of shades darker than your skintone and it acts as a wonderful cheek colour. Highlight cheekbones with a pop of colour on the apples of your cheeks on top of the powder in either a pink or peach tone. My favourite blush for brides is MAC Powder Blush in Melba. It suits almost all skin tones. Try a cream blush if you want more of an unfinished natural glow.
To change Davinia’s look, I simply darkened her lips with a lovely rich plum colour to keep the palette on tone, and added a heavier kohl line to her pretty eyes with NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in black.
The Smell Of Summer
Isabella’s look was so easy to work with and could easily take a simple soft bridal make-up, but I wanted her to look a little more edgy for the second look. So I took the shadow out to the corners of her eyes to create a bolder look, but kept her complexion soft and dewy, with a soft slightly glossy lip.
I love Clarins Natural Lip Perfector which is a glossy tube and comes in the prettiest of neutral pinks and peachy tones – I’m using them on all of my brides at the moment. They’re not sticky or gooey, and leave a lovely polished finish, with a gorgeous smell of summer. Just a dab in the middle after your colour application.
Tricks Of The Trade
Always use a primer on your eye lids, it will help keep the shadow in place all day – whether you choose powder or cream. I used NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base.
Also, stay clear of shimmery and glitter shadows – they’re ageing and they don’t work well in photographs. Keep the tone natural with a matte finish in a buttercream colour and a wash of something lighter under the eyebrows to really open the eyes. I like Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Ivory as a base.
Soft greys and brown tones work well for brides depending on eye colour. I used a Dior palette – 734 which is a brilliant colour combination for brides.
Build lashes with DiorShow Black Out mascara or Max Factor Masterpiece and go for the waterproof just in case of a few tears! For the big day, I would advise having semi permanent lashes as they look great in photographs, and if done properly can look lovely and natural.
A cheaper alternative is individual lashes applied at the corners for a fresh wide-eyed look. Always apply a fine line over the lashes to build the overall look. It will also conceal any little mascara mistakes. I use gel pots – Bobbi Brown and MAC do great versions. If your hand isn’t so steady, use a pen. I like Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner.
Make Up Longevity
For the lips, I used Lipstick Queen in Medieval which is a super light red that builds with application. It’s easy for brides to wear if they want something a little darker, but won’t leave that red stain behind when the lipstick has worn off -not a good look!
To make sure make-up stays, use a finishing spray. Good old MAC do their version in Fix And Spray. It will hydrate your skin, as well as helping to keep your make-up in place all day.
Cecelina The Photographer: As every dedicated fashionista knows, vintage chic is huge at the moment. And Donna Crain has a particularly fine appreciation of the luxurious vintage styling loved so much by contemporary blushing brides.
At a recent photo shoot at the delightful, historic Elvetham Hotel in Hampshire, Donna revealed the inspiration for – and reasoning behind – the event.
Delicate Intricate Detail
Images are everything, so part one of the shoot was dedicated to taking stunning shots of Donna’s gorgeous new creations, the latest additions to her popular boho chic collection. And her exquisite, beautifully-crafted Niamh collection deserved professional photoshoot treatment too, bringing it to vibrant life in all its delicious, rich, intricate detail and revealing how to wear the pieces to their best, most magical effect.
Beauty In All It’s Guises
Donna Crain: I’m shamelessly seduced by beauty in all its guises. I just can’t help myself. Creating beautiful objects inspired by the glittering, sophisticated past – whether it’s the 1970s or 1920s – lets me indulge myself and, at the same time, play a part in transforming already outstanding wedding outfits into something absolutely perfect.
The Flowers And Décor
Cecelina: Donna also brought the lovely work of local floral designer Nicci-G’s studio into play to enhance the presentation of her wedding accessories. And The Finer Details provided outstanding craftsman-made invitations for the shoot.
The end results are well worth Donna’s dedication and hard work, a series of images so mouth-wateringly pretty and feminine they make you want to buy her creations lock, stock and barrel before someone else snaps them up… whether or not there’s a wedding on the horizon. The ultimate in temptation!
Headpieces and Accessories – Donna Crain
Hair and Make up – Adele Rosie
Dresses – supplied by BOA Boutique designs from Terry Fox and Anoushka G
Stationery – The Finer Details
Florist – Nicci-G’s Flower Studios
Venue – Elvetham Hotel
Models – Davinia and Isabella at GTM models
Photography – Cecelina Photography
Photographer’s Assistant – Tarik Ahmet
Aren’t they all gorgeous?
I love the idea of investing in a piece as an heirloom for your daughters and granddaughters.
And I think a Donna Crain headpiece is definitely worth investing in.
Lots of love,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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?