We’ve gone from delicate, pastel hued inspiration of yesterday afternoons feature, to rich, sumptuous jewel tones of this beautifully planned & styled wedding by wedding directory member, Rachel Rose Weddings. (Nobody can say we don’t like variety) and what a gorgeous Spanish destination wedding it is.
Taking place at Rachel’s newest wedding venue Cortijo Rosa Blanca in the heart of the Andalucian countryside, Southern Spain, and all looking absolutely delicious decked out in vibrant florals and vintage decor.
Anna Gazda Photography has done an amazing job of capturing all the emotion, fashion, florals and details, so get those pinning fingers ready as you’re going to want to recreate it all!
There are some very fluttery eyelashes for you today, along with a little bit of vintage Chanel, a fabulous fur jacket and the ever gorgeous Eden gown by Jenny Packham. Jane and Duncan married at Love Lust Member Iscoyd Park. All the weddings we feature from here seem to have the most beautiful, atmospheric outdoor shots – have a look at our own Lolly’s amazing wedding at Iscoyd here.
Jane’s theme of a romantic spring day really comes through in the colourful mix of tulips and roses and in the amazing cake – it looks absolutely scrumptious. Apparently Bride Jane is an avid RMW reader and used us lots for inspiration – all the best Brides do!
Modern Touches And Elegant History
Jane The Bride: We were not sure exactly what we wanted in a venue before we stepped into Iscoyd Park. Immediately, we were struck by the beauty of the venue but also the welcoming hospitality of its owner and host Phil Godsal. Phil has created an amazing flow to the house – making the whole day seamlessly fit together. The perfect mix of modern touches married with its elegant history – make it an exceptional place to be. The location was also perfect as Duncan grew up nearby and it’s also in easy reach of Ireland for my family. It was the first and only venue we went to but we knew that it was the one. The only available weekend date they had for that year was only six months away, it didn’t take us long to confirm…
First School Dance
I wanted to go for a minimalist and classic look to go with my dress. So I bought some natural Bobbi Brown products and some red lipstick. My aunt Kate, a make-up artist who did my make-up for my first school dance was also there on the big day.
For my hair – I wanted something with a natural and feminine flair. Iscoyd recommended Louise Huxley as our hairdresser and she was amazing. She created exactly what I wanted and managed to get round more than ten ladies on the morning. I wore Diptyque’s Eau Rose on the day for a spring-like and fresh scent.
Romantic And Glamourous
My dress was Jenny Packham’s Eden dress in ivory. Before I got engaged I never had ‘the dress’ in mind but when I started looking I knew that I wanted something romantic and glamorous with no frills. With no idea where to even start looking and only six months to go, I thought Alice Temperley and Jenny Packham would be a good place to start.
The staff at Jenny Packham’s Bridal Boutique were so helpful and made it feel like such a special experience. As soon as I tried on the Eden dress, I knew it was the one – it was so elegant and pretty with a touch of ethereal glamour. It was the dress that really inspired everything else on the day and helped me come up with the theme ‘wild flowers and romance.’
Duncan wore a gorgeous three-piece cashmere navy suit from A Suit that Fits – he really wanted to have a tailored suit on the day and he looked like such a dapper gentleman! His look was finished off with shoes from Kurt Geiger and a floral spring tie from Thomas Pink.
My shoes were the hardest part of the outfit! I searched and searched for the perfect pair but with no luck. Then I came across a vintage pair of beaded Chanel shoes on Louise Paris which is run by Eloïse who lovingly handpicks each piece on her website. They came in perfect condition and had never been worn.
I also wore a beaded Jenny Packham belt with my dress and my Granny’s brooch on my bouquet. My Mum lent me her fur shrug which was absolutely perfect and so snug in the chilly air. Wanting to keep my jewellery simple, I wore a Tiffany heart bracelet that my husband gave me at our first ball and diamond studs that my step-mother lent me on the day.
Pretty And Elegant
I wanted the bridesmaids to feel pretty and elegant on the day so we eventually found the perfect dresses in Coast which suited them all perfectly. Duncan wanted the groomsmen to feel relaxed so they all wore their own suits, accessorised with bright spring buttonholes.
Wild Flowers And Romance
With the dress helping to create our theme – we stuck to the ‘wild flowers and romance’ idea and set up a Pinterest board to explore different ideas. The focus was really on creating a romantic spring day with fresh, locally grown blooms. My sister is an amazing jewellery designer and made us beautiful props for the day including a vintage box for the rings, tassles for the dance floor and Mr&Mrs signs for above our chairs. But as Iscoyd is such a stunning venue – it largely spoke for itself through its own classic elegance.
Local Seasonal Flowers
Our florist, Juliet from Thoughtful Flowers was absolutely incredible. Juliet’s enthusiasm and creativity really shone through all of the arrangements. We loved the fact that she grows all of her flowers locally and according to the season. She hung pretty jars around the marquee and made vintage pots of flowers for the tables. She created the most gorgeous bouquets and button holes for the bridal party and put scented narcissi on each ladies place setting.
The Most Beautiful Way
We had a fantastic local string quartet on the day called Sounds Interesting – they played Romeo and Juliet for my entrance in the most beautiful way. We had a very emotional exit to an Irish classic – Sweet Thing by Van Morrison. We asked some of our family members and friends to make readings for us, made up of poems that we chose.
We had a DJ for the evening and asked all of our guests to request a song on their RSVPs. Our first dance was ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, it was completely un-choreographed – we just danced around and had fun!
The centrepiece of the evening was our cake which was made by our amazing bridesmaid and chef. She made us layered vanilla lemon sponge cake with lemon and mascarpone icing and decorated it with spring flowers – it was divine!
We’re big foodies and it was a really important part of our day. Thankfully Iscoyd’s caterer is absolutely brilliant and is headed up by chef extraordinaire Rupert Frazer Worden. We had smoked salmon and Irish wheaten bread, lamb with dauphinoise and chocolate fondants with pistachio ice cream. This was topped off by macaroons and a cheese-cake for the evening food, yummy!
We spent a long time looking at table plans and finally decided on escort favour bags. Finding the right bags was the hard part, thankfully we found Debbie from Looty Bags – a local supplier who was just fantastic. Debbie makes all of her own bags and she created them exactly to our requirements. We filled them with all of our favourite treats such as bubbles, French carambars and chocolates, crème eggs and wham bars.
Stationery wasn’t our top priority – with less than six months to go we didn’t have much time to ponder on designs! So we designed our own on Hello Lucky and directed our guests to our wedding website that we created through Wedding Wire. The website was such a useful tool which we could update regularly and was especially handy for guests who lived abroad.
Stay True To Yourselves
If I was to give any advice to anyone planning a wedding it would be to stay true to yourselves and what you both want. It’s so easy to get carried away in the planning and trying to please everyone in the process. The most important thing is your love for each other! Our photographer Philippa James captured our day in the most beautiful way. She is so talented and was so supportive throughout the whole process and took pictures that we will treasure forever!
Jane has some seriously gorgeous eyelashes doesn’t she? And I love it when red heads wear a red lip. She looks stunning.
And how unbelievably glamorous to have vintage Chanel for your wedding day?? I’m off to find myself some vintage designer pieces on the Louise Paris website.
Lots of love,
I can’t help but feel a connection with this morning’s couple – Sophie and David – since they held their wedding at Wethele Manor, a venue that I actually attended a wedding at only two weeks ago. I’ve experienced firsthand the rolling lawns, the sweet courtyard and the converted barns so I know just how wonderful it would have been to have been a guest at the wedding of this beautiful pair.
And it is beautiful.
From Sophie’s super chic Rosa Clara dress to her gorgeous auburn headed chignon and her bountiful bouquet to the sweetest maids and gambols on the lawn to the setting sun. I promise you’ll love it.
Let’s take a look.
Sophie The Bride:Our reception was at Wethele Manor, only a few miles from where we married. It’s a farmhouse with beautiful converted barns and a marquee. We chose it because you can tailor the day to how you want it and there is so much outdoor space. There are ten bedrooms in the main farmhouse so our close family and friends were able to stay the night and join us for breakfast the next morning.
Friends And Neighbours
My friend Angie from the Ginger Lily salon in Kenilworth has been mine and my mum’s hairdresser for several years so she was always going to do my hair. I knew I wanted an up-do which complemented the dress and veil. After showing her some photos she came up with the final creation and I loved it!
My parent’s neighbour, Hannah is a professional make-up artist. I have always been a bit scared of make-up and I am not particularly adventurous so when Hannah offered I quickly said yes. She used a great product, Miracle Mask by Nude which did an amazing job at making my skin look good. It’s something I have invested in since the wedding.
I have always loved Rosa Clara dresses and I was lucky enough to find mine at Miss Bush Bridal. I had joked that if I couldn’t find one in the UK I’d be off to Barcelona! I had seen the dress on the Miss Bush website before my appointment. I didn’t tell anyone about it. When we arrived for my appointment it was the first dress my mum spotted so I knew it was the one!
I wanted a dress which was different and this dress was. The fabric was so unusual – a thick, silk cream, dotted brocade. Janet at Miss Bush Bridal did an amazing job with altering the dress and making me my own tutu to hold the tulip shape of the skirt. I loved the big pockets which were great for storing wedding day essentials!
My veil was my something borrowed, from my sister-in-law. It was a Jenny Packham veil edged in a cream satin which worked perfectly with the cream fabric of my dress. My something old was my Grannie’s engagement ring. I wanted everything to be simple so I didn’t go overboard with the accessories. I wore a pearl bracelet my mum and dad had bought me a few years ago and some earrings bought from a small shop in Leamington Spa.
When we first got engaged I did what every bride does, I spent hours going through wedding magazines and searching the internet. I came across Artcadia, a husband and wife team who produce beautiful wedding stationary. I love the colour pink so when I saw their antique pink design I knew this would be the colour for the day. I wanted a simple, romantic feel and I think this colour captured it.
My bridesmaids wore pale pink dresses from Coast. I managed to find some shoes which matched the dresses perfectly from a shop in Leamington Spa called Revolve. To complement the pink wedding decor theme David and his men wore navy suits from Austin Reed hire.
Classic And Romantic
Ailsa who did my flowers works from her home, around the corner from my parents. She was amazing – she did our flowers four months after having her son! Her style is very classic and romantic. With her guidance we went for pale pink and ivory roses and hydrangeas. At the church a lot of eucalyptus was used which smelt gorgeous. We used big blooms of hydrangea heads as our pew ends too. We didn’t want the table arrangements to go to waste so we decided to give them to our relatives and friends as a thank you.
To save some money we also bought cream plant pots and Kalanchoes from Ikea for the windows in the barns. Outside the church we had two olive trees which my mum decorated with white hearts and ribbon. After the ceremony my uncle brought them over to the reception and we placed them at the entrance to the main barn.
We married at Cubbington Methodist Church on the 21st July. It was the minister’s first wedding. I am not sure who was more nervous – us or him! It was a very special ceremony – both my parents and grandparents had married at this church and my brother and I had been baptised here.
During the ceremony the minister gave me a bible which had been given to my Grannie and Mum on their wedding days. I was unaware that the bible existed so when he gave it to me I couldn’t stop the tears! Sadly my grandparents are no longer with us but we were lucky enough that two of my great aunts who had been bridesmaids at my grandparent’s wedding were able to share our day.
A Hat Parade
The sun shone after our ceremony so we were able to have the tops down on the Morris Minors we had hired on our way to the reception.
We wanted the reception to be relaxing, and light-hearted. My mum came up with the idea of having a hat competition. David was a bit sceptical but it really did work. The best man shortlisted the guests and then they had to ‘parade’ around their tables! The final decision was down to me and David – no pressure. Thankfully our mums were not included!
We wanted to try and involve everyone with our first dance so my husband mixed 30 seconds of Beyonce, Love on Top, followed by the Conga. The only people who knew we were doing this were my parents and my brother. It was great that everyone was able to join in.
My husband’s friend Moss kept us dancing into the night with his band. Unfortunately their lead vocalist was sick but Moss’s girlfriend, Lexi came to the rescue. To top it all off my husband surprised me later in the evening & took over the vocals for a couple of songs! It was so special. I think everyone else at the reception knew about it apart from me. They did a great job at keeping it a secret.
An Italian Feast
We both love Italian food so our caterers, Aubrey Allen came up with an Italian inspired menu with sharing platters of Italian deli items and a chicken main course with mozzarella and parma ham. We couldn’t decide on a dessert so went with a trio – crème brulee, chocolate brownie & lemon tart.
In the evening Wethele Manor organised a hog roast, and cheese boards. Our cake was from Marks & Spencer which Ailsa decorated with some pale pink hydrangeas.
Sweetie Tress And Goody Bags
We ordered our save the dates, invitations, table plan and table names from Artcadia. We found an old pigeon-hole shelf which my mum used to make the table plan. For the place names we used chalk hearts which a lot of people ended up wearing later in the day.
The children were kept entertained with goody bags made by my mum and also a sweetie tree. My mum spray painted a branch and placed it in a vintage white jug and suspended their sweetie bags from it.
Take It All In
If on the day you can, try and take 10 minutes when the two of you can get away from the buzz of the reception to take everything in. This advice came from a friend. She was so right. The day is amazing and goes so quickly and it’s nice just to have a few minutes together and look back at all the friends & relatives who are there to celebrate it with you.
We looked at ways of trying to save money, and we had thought about asking a friend to take photos and not have a professional photographer. We decided to go down the professional route i in the end and I am so glad we did. John from John Day Photography was amazing – he is really laid back and we loved his style. I still look back at the photos now and seem to see something new everytime I look at them.
Sophie and David’s portrait session has produced perhaps some of my favourite couple shots in recent memory – you can practically feel the love oozing from them can’t you.
And it’s love that really sums up this pair’s big day for me – from the memory laden bible that Sophie laid her hands on in the church all the way through to the conga-ing first dance (by the way you need to check out the gallery for some excellent Conga shots!)
Each of the RMW team will pick out something entirely different from each real wedding we feature as their “favourite detail” or their “favourite moment”, I 100% guarantee it. That’s not a bad thing of course, it simply goes to show that we are all individuals with varying requirements for what makes us tick. Much like you gorgeous lot in fact, and why we endeavour to showcase as much variety as we possibly can.
When I first saw Lucy and Chris’s Big Day it was the dress that first caught my attention, so swishy, so elegant, so glamorous. And then it was the blooms. Peach, pink, lilac and spring green, a ray of sunshine all tied up in one ribbon wrapped bouquet.
Of course all that pretty is easy to admire, and as much as I love the obvious aesthetics, my favourite part of this London soiree has got to be when Lucy is walking up the ailse. The way Chris is looking at her. The anticipation of Lucy looking at him. The way they look at each other …..
For my hen party ‘Emma Dennis’ did all my friends hair and make-up for a 1930s themed evening. She did a fab job so I asked her to do my wedding hair and make-up. I went for a fairly natural look so I looked like an improved version of ‘me’ it was definitely worth having a make-up artist because it stayed on all day and night!
I looked at Jenny Packham head pieces but I decided it would have been a bit too much with all the detail in the dress so I decided on a simple cream flower with wavy hair for a soft look.
The Dream Dress
My dress was from Morgan Davies in Islington. It was Papillon by Jenny Packham. I had thought I would pick a very simple grecian style dress but I fell in love with the detail, sequins, beading and beautiful 1930s style of Papillon. It felt amazing when I tried it on. After one day of dress shopping I knew I had found my dream dress.
My engagement ring is an antique Edwardian cluster ring. I wanted to fing some earrings to match but on a budget! I found exactly what I wanted on Etsy.
My shoes were peep toe heels from Monsoon. They had some beading at the front and matched the dress perfectly. For a girl who is not usually drawn to jewels and beading I had turned into a magpie!
An Honourable Maid
My maid of honour was a trooper and we went dress shopping on Oxford Street when she had given birth only three weeks before! We picked a long navy dress from Coast to match the grooms suit, she looked stunning. Our flowergirls were our three year old nieces they looked very cute in pretty Ivory dresses from John Lewis with big net skirts which they loved and matching handbags.
A Subtle Vintage Theme
Juliet from Kensington Flowers did an amazing job. I described to her that I wanted a soft vintage look using pink, peach, cream and different greens. She came up with exactly what I hoped for.
My Mum provided lots of different glass cake stands for the table arrangements and small glass vases for the ceremony table they fitted the vintage theme perfectly.
In The Navy
Chris picked a lovely three piece navy suit with a fine pinstripe from Ted Baker. His Best Man also had a navy suit from Ted Baker with a slightly different pinstripe.
So, while we had the lovely ladies together last week we thought we might as well squeeze a little bit more out of the day… nothing like setting yourself a challenge! We spend a considerable amount of time here at Rock My Wedding talking about bringing maids fashion up to date and making your best ladies look a million dollars. We love a colour scheme as much as the next person but we also like individuality, unique style and a bit of good old fashioned affordability so we thought we would put together a couple of looks to show you how good ideas that are often seen in shoots can look in real life.
We put the styling together on a very last minute basis, used a combination of the girls own dresses and our own clothes and a bit of sheer luck when it came to fit and theme but I don’t think the results were half bad?
First up, in keeping with this season block colour trends, how about mixing your brights?
If you’ve been living under a rock, then you may not have heard, but we’re certainly taking no credit for breaking this trend… Spring/Summer 2011 is all about block colour. And that means juicy or primary brights mixed and matched. If you’re a little shy then you can add in a spot of neutral, this look certainly isn’t for the faint of heart and neither are our girls…
For this part of the shoot, Mahj wore a yellow ‘Sunray’ dress from Girl Meets Dress by Ruth Tarvydas. It might sound a little outdated but if you want your ladies in designer and super stylish GMD might just be the budget friendly option… at £59 to hire, thats a lot less than most spend on bridesmaids dresses, which lets face it, are unlikely to be worn again.
And yes… it had pockets. I’m sensing a theme here 🙂
Naomi wore a dress of her own, jewel toned and be-pocketed, it rocked with her slick of fuschia lip. Naomi tells us this was a Dunnes Stores bargain 2 years ago but we think it’s more than worthy as a maids dress and looks chic and modern. Pink shoes by KG and gold feather earrings, Accessorise.
While Naomi was rocking her statement quiff, Julie’s hair had been changed once more to pull the bun down and work a low side pony with luscious curls, again, just a touch more modern for your maids. Her dress was from Limited Collection by Marks and Spencer’sthe flouro pink working perfectly with those minxy eyes!
For a winter wedding, this is a super easy look to pull off, and what keeps it modern is the mix and match vibe of fabrics and even metallics… who says silver and gold don’t mix or that mix and match isn’t chic?
Based on a background of modern neutrals – grey, navy and black, these dresses are up to the minute, suit each girls style and shape, but still look really co-hesive and well put together. For a winter soiree, with the addition of bouquets and chic cover ups, you couldn’t do much better 😉
Accessories throughout this week have been supplied by Siu Coll at Liberty in Love, for which we are eternally grateful. Aplogies to anyone left blinded by the beauty of this bling…
And thats it. Sad face.
On Sunday, we’ll be giving a huge shout out to the team behind the shoot, and we really want to stress how fabulous each and every person involved was. If you’re looking for suppliers for your wedding, I don’t think you could get a better recommendation than seeing them all at their best like this! Go check ’em all out right now!
The festive season is looming and it’s time to choose a party frock, but it’s also planning season in full swing for the winter brides out there. Todays city chic wedding makes me think of the most stylish maids in cocktail attire, looking and feeling fabulous, but where can you find perfect party frocks, special enough for a Bridesmaids dress, without breaking the bank?
Coast had become a little, dare I say it… predictable for Bridesmaids (and I think I’m allowed to, as my own Bridesmaids wore Coast) but a recent flick through the website left me pleasantly surprised and I just had to share some options for the chicest maids, prettiest parties and general festive flirtations 😉
Navy remains one of my all time favourite colours for bridesmaids. Perennially chic, suited to all seasons and just a general all round winner, it’s classic whilst remaining modern.
I’m particularly loving the old gold colours here with Navy, a really subtle and sophisticated pallet suited to the colder months and a hefty dose of city chic.
I’m really loving the idea of bridesmaids wearing shorter frocks these days… the short skirt revolution is nothing new, but cocktail styles and grown up maids are a match made in chic heaven…
Though most of these are well suited to a winter months affair, I can see the purple with floral details at a fun summer celebration with jewels tones and bright shoes.
Whilst black is not my favourite shade for a bridesmaid, monochrome is a totally different ball game and there are occasions and settings where it can look timeless, modern and up to date in the style stakes. Super stylish, these designs would look just as at home on a summers day as in a winter warmer of a wedding day.
Add glitzy accessories, wrist corsages and a statement clutch for modern maids in monochrome.
Want to ramp up the glamour with a bit of va va voom for your maids? Channelling a retro vintage look? Then tell me these gowns are not a vision of elegance? I’m particularly loving the central dress from the Coast Couture range… could almost be straight out of a forties movie.
I’m thinking heels, gloves, furs and hollywood hair. Simply divine Daahling… 😉
Head over to Coast to see if your party dress solution awaits…
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!
Rachael and Andy were married on Saturday 10th April at New Life Church Scunthorpe, followed by a reception and evening do at Normanby Hall North Lincolnshire.
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!