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Ladies in Red… Part 2

You know what? I have LOVED putting this wedding together. Not only is is totally my-kind-of-wedding, but the images are just beautiful. So fresh and modern yet there is a touch of vintage timelessness in them that I can’t imagine ever dating.

Jodie is a legend. Officially.

The Picture Editors Photographer

We chose the lovely and talented Jodie Chapman.

Being a Picture Editor and looking at hundreds of portfolios and photographers’s websites during my career meant that photography was really important to me and something that I wanted to get completely right. Both myself and Chris knew this was an aspect of our wedding that we wouldn’t scrimp on and we both wanted to spend a good deal of time on our wedding day getting beautiful pictures.

The pictures were exactly what we hoped for and we still get so many comments about them one year on. Escaping into the woodland of Richmond Park was exactly what we had planned before the wedding and jodie captured some beautiful moments of us both…and for the record the rainbow was real not Photoshopped!

(The wedding car in some of the shots was previously owned by Abba! We didn’t pick it for this reason though, we just liked the style – honest!)

What I don’t like…

I must admit flowers did come later in our wedding planning, we were more excited about things such as photography, the food, the music…

However I had a couple of ideas of what I didn’t like in terms of flowers and styles and I liked the idea of red poppies but that was all! Although I would say knowing what you don’t like is really useful and helped our florist to present some different options to us.

The florist we used was Dawn Jennings. Dawn was great at bringing our ideas to life and everything seems so smooth and easy.

We settled for red anemones for my bouquet and cream anemones for the bridesmaids with ranunculus for button holes.

The flowers on our tables were of the same variety with some additional Spring varieties. We knew we didn’t want to go for formal displays on the tables and wanted to go for a more homemade and mis-matched feel. So prior to the wedding we started collecting glass jars – large, small, interesting shapes and bottles…plus tins…I think we went through a lot of baked beans in the last few weeks before our wedding! But the result was fantastic. I particularly liked the arrangement on the top table which was a long row of flowers in different jars and glasses that ran along the front of the table – a perfect organised mis-match!

Taking to the Stage

We decided to ask one of Chris’s oldest friends if he would play at our wedding as a gift, Chris Macaree.

After he performed a couple of songs we took to the stage to sing our own song! A rendition of the Moldy Peaches ‘Anyone Else But You’ which we had written our own lyrics to.

Also as entertainment we continued the toy theme (from Chris’s job) and had retro games for everyone to play after we had finished dinner…Pop up Pirate, Buckaroo, Screwball Scramble – they were a big hit! : )

Photography – Jodie Chapman

Florist – Dawn Jennings

Entertainment – Chris Macaree.

Three words. Bright, Fresh, Clean.

And totally and utterly no-fuss-because-this-wedding-doesn’t-even-need-it gorgeous.

Yours Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

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Ladies in Red… Part 1

We don’t see many Red Weddings here at Rock My Wedding and I’d venture to say that Red has been done a bit of a disservice over the years, with a time in the recent past when there was a monotony of deep red maids in stiff satin and roses….

This wedding however is a breath of fresh air – bright, airy and modern with a simple, slightly preppy vibe and lots of London cool. All Photographed beautifully by Jodie Chapman.

Chris & Nicola were married on 27th March at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park, Surrey.

Sleek Simplicity

My dress was by Chandrika Thomas.

I wanted something very simple and although I tried on a few bigger and fussier dresses I knew that simple and sleek was for me. My bridesmaid who is very nifty and creative made the distressed flower which was clipped to the dress at my hip to add a unique touch.

Fashion DIY

My headpiece was again made by my bridesmaid Liz who is a fashion design lecturer and maker of all little crafty bits and bobs!

I knew from the start that I wanted something like this rather than a veil, especially with my short hair, I knew it would give a different look which was what I was after.

As Liz doesn’t live nearby all the additions such as this where quite last minute and we were still fiddling with the headpiece and cutting pieces of it when we should of been in the wedding car on our way! I then opted for simple additions – tiny pearl studs and a silver bangle.

Handy Helpers

Working in magazines and arranging photo shoots as part of my day to day job meant that when it came to choosing hair and make-up artists I did already have some people to hand! I decided on Lou Morgan who I have worked with on several occasions over the years.

I wanted someone I would feel comfortable having around on the day and Lou was perfect, so calm and relaxed and it was great to have her as part of my wedding day.

Ladies in Red

For the bridesmaids the dresses were a lovely bright ruby red with a red ribbon sash and flower (you can guess who made them!) These dresses were absolute bargains, I am hesitant to reveal where they are from and how much of a bargain they were!

All the groomsmen wore hired grey suits from Moss Bros with cream waistcoats. As a thank you for the day we treated them all to a silver Ted Baker tie with a cool ornate design.

Chris decided that if ever he would buy himself a nice suit then it would be for our wedding day! So he opted for a Paul Smith suit. Also with a cream waistcoat and tie to match the ushers.

Customised Cake

Good old Marks & Spencer! We didn’t want to spend a fortune on a fancy cake, as long as there was a cake and it looked nice that was fine for us : )

We customised it with bride and groom figures that my husband made. Long story but wedding related!…Chris is a toy designer for Wow Toys.

All the toys he makes come with little figures, so prior to the wedding he adapted two figures to look like him and me. It took quite a lot of sanding, filing and painting but it was worth it!

Photography – Jodie Chapman

Venue – Pembroke Lodge

Dress – Chandrika Thomas

Grooms Suit – Paul Smith

Cake – Marks and Spencer

I have totally saved the best for last here with the modern and chic florals bound to wow you all tomorrow. Come back soon peeps 🙂

Yours (Loving the Clean Modern Wedding) Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

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