Colourful Wedding Theme

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Laid back and Loved up


Beautiful bride Brigitte is the polar opposite of a bridezilla. She and Sam made all of their wedding decisions together, applying their laid-back approach to life to their wedding day. The relaxed, family feel shines through in the images, as does their ‘togetherness.’ These two really, really love each other.

The ‘things we like’ theme is great as it creates weddings that are so natural, authentic and fun. Although it probably helps when the couple doing the ‘throwing things together’ are so stylish. Brigitte’s veil is stunning and works perfectly with her elegant and simple gown. And Sam looks every inch the dapper British Gent.

The venue also holds childhood memories for them both – I love the possibility that their lives crossed as children – so romantic. And the flowers make me very happy indeed – so vibrant and perfect for an Easter wedding.


Childhood Memories

Brigitte The Bride: The ceremony and reception was held in a beautiful 17th century barn at Blake Hall, Bobbingworth near Epping. We chose this venue as we both separately have great memories of this place – as children we would go here for the craft fayre.


To our luck they had the Easter Saturday available and that was it, we booked the venue. The venue has a really family feel, we’re not sure if it’s the history we have with the place or the great team they have there. Austin and Rachel were really great.

Naturally Beautiful

I did my own hair and makeup as we wanted a relaxed feel, whimsical if you like. For my foundation I used Dior Nude BB Cream (colour one) – I absolutely love this stuff.

My perfume was Diptyque Eau Rose and my nail colour was by Rococo and called ‘Whisper of Envy.’ I wanted my hair fairly natural, with a few waves and loosely pinned up with some flowers put in as well.


Subtle Elegance

I wanted a subtle but elegant dress that was not fussy so that I could accessorise. I really wanted a lace veil so didn’t want a lace dress. After going to bridal shops and thinking this just isn’t me, I opted for a J-Crew dress, a flowing, subtle and flattering gown(the Sofia dress). I’d seen this dress a long time ago and just kept thinking about it.


Sam’s suit was by The Kooples – a three-piece British check suit. He wore a burgundy Ben Sherman tie and his great great Grandfather’s pocket watch and chain.

All About The Accessories

I wore Rachel Simpson Anya peep toes, then Grecian style sandals from Oasis. I wore a gold bee necklace that my friend Jen bought me and my husband’s Grandma lent me a beautiful string of Pearls. These were Sam’s Great Great Grandma’s!


I changed my necklace in the evening, through fear of breaking the antique heirloom pearls. I opted for a mink colour petal necklace from BHLDN.

The veil was a talking point. I finally got my all lace veil. And I loved it. The rings came from Brighton, a shop called Finch Jewellers on Meeting House Lane. They were bought from a funny lady who was full of beans, we loved her.


Touches Of Burgundy

We had one bridesmaid, my sister Amy, her two boys Leo and Lucas as page boys and one Groomsman – Andy. My sister wore the Aliana Lace dress by Ted Baker; she picked it herself. She wore burgundy shoes to go with the pageboys burgundy suits, which they picked. Andy wore the York Jacket and York Trousers by Ted Baker and a Ben Sherman waistcoat with a burgundy Ben Sherman Tie.


We didn’t have a particular colour scheme in mind it just sort of grew from the boy’s suits and having little touches of the burgundy here and there really worked.

Things We Like

We wanted a colourful fun day but tried not to stick to any particular theme, we just picked things up along the way that we liked.
At the bar there were mini cocktail umbrellas, cocktail stick flamingos and loads of colourful paper straws. Around the barn we had bunting, lots of candle sticks and tea lights. We also found a great company to hire giant light up letters, these were amazing and a real talking point. There was an area with Moroccan cushions, a great place for the kids to relax after dancing.

As it was Easter we found some vintage inspired papier-mâché eggs for the children, filled them with chocolate mini eggs and little retro chicks we also hid eggs all around the barn for the children to find, they loved it!


Vibrant Flowers

Our florist was fabulous, very laid back and knew exactly what we wanted. We asked for colourful, vibrant flowers with seasonal wild and garden flowers incorporated but nothing too formal. They arranged the flowers in pressed glasses on a mirrored base with tea lights. The colours were so vibrant; I honestly have never seen flowers that bright in colour!

My bouquet was similar to the tables with wild flowers including bluebells and peonies, my bridesmaid had a smaller version. The page boys had wee little button holes, one little bud with a tiny sprig of wax flower. The Groom and Groomsman had colourful buttonholes which had craspedia as well as other bright flowers.


The aisle had potted Primulas that we gave to some of our guests; they looked so adorable and were just right for the barn. The barn didn’t need much decorating, all it really needed was the flowers and Achillea really did deliver.


A lump In Our Throats

The ceremony was very small and personal. I walked down to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole Somewhere/What a wonderful world. As the song started my dad whispered to me ‘ooh that’s your mother in tears.’ We waited a little until we walked down the aisle. And yes, my mother was in tears. The start of the song is so beautiful I think we all had a lump in our throats.

When the vows were over we walked down the aisle together and as everyone looked back Sam held me and we kissed, this was a really lovely moment and we could hear the awwws.


I Will Wait

Our first dance was amazing! Mumford and Sons – ‘I will wait’. It started off with Sam and I dancing then we called people up to join in, we all danced then some of our friends and family made a circle by holding hands and all the sudden we were in the middle, as we danced they span round us, it was a great moment that we could not have replicated.


At the end of the evening we had Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of your Life) and everyone held hands in a circle around us again. During the last chorus Sam picked me up, he timed it perfectly, again my mum was crying! Sam’s Dad David then walked into the circle and welcomed me to the clan!

Gaz from Discowed was our DJ, they made it into a great night out. Before the wedding Paddy even put us on the guest list of a few club nights they were doing in London, they didn’t treat us like customers; more like mates.


Let Your Hair Down

On our guest book table we had a big jar of chocolate eggs, champagne truffle hearts and wee little bags with a packet of lavender seeds and a chocolate coin as favours.

We also had a Polaroid camera with peel off sticky back prints so people could stick them in the guest book, this went really well and we had some VERY interesting photos from it.


On each table there was a small glass with chocolate eggs. For the evening we had a buffet with Sam’s favourite – beef and horseradish rolls. We paid for the bar which made a big difference as people really let their hair down. On our table we toasted with Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé Vintage Champagne, which was amazing and a fabulous bottle!


The cake was made by my cousin Keeley (she appeared on Master Chef) it was bright, colourful and full of flowers, it looked stunning. We left it up to her to design and she got it spot on. It was a mix of flavours and everybody enjoyed it.


Minty Fresh

The stationery was important, it had to be personal. We don’t know where the idea came from but thought flags in lemonade bottles would look good. We painted card a mint green colour and wrote on them with a gold pen. The name tags were painted mint green manila tags with bakers twine. The menus had blossom from Rifle Paper co. We bought some cards from there and DIY’d our menus. I made the table plan, bought an old frame and used a chalk pen.


Disorganised & Laid Back

We wanted our wedding to be colourful, fun, happy and as disorganised and laid back as we are. We tried not to have a theme as we felt that it puts added pressure on people to get it just right. We wanted to just go with the flow and for it to be all about close friends and family.


Team Work

We tried to do everything together, I’ve heard of brides giving their grooms specific tasks to do like music or entertainment and they don’t get a look in for anything else.To us we didn’t think that was fair, it should be a great experience for the both of you, enjoy looking up things together and deciding on what you want, don’t task each other to do separate things, work together, that’s why you’re getting married because you do work well together!


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Venue – Blake Hall
Brides Dress – J-Crew
Shoes – Rachel Simpson Oasis
Veil – Delphine Manivet
Necklace – BHLDN
Grooms Outfit – The Kooples, Ben Sherman
Bridesmaid and Groomsman – Ted Baker
Décor – Pipii, Vowed And Amazed
Stationery – Rifle Paper Co.
Florist – Achillea
DJ – Disco Wed
Cake – Cakes by Keeley Louise
Photography – Peachey Photography

A gorgeous set of photo’s from Katherine at Peachey Photography, who informed me that this wedding was shot entirely on film, rather than digital.

“…I’ve actually moved from shooting in digital to film early this year. It’s so much nicer – the colours and tones are lovely, much more flattering and it all feels much more special.”

The gold and mint green combination for the table names looks amazing and exposed beams bathed in golden light at Blake Hall makes for such an atmospheric reception venue too!

Not bad for such dis-organised and laid back people hey??

Lots of love,
Fern x

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Oh Kate!

Do any of you have a creative idol

Do any of you have a creative idol?

You know, someone that inspires you, whose work you can spot from a mile away and makes you smile even on the wettest, most miserable Monday. Someone who invites you to rethink your perspective on life, who encourages you to break your own boundaries, to try something new.

Perhaps you have a wedding idol – someone who has been a guiding light for you during the planning of your big day theme. Someone that has ignited your creative passion…if so we want to hear all about it.

I’ve talked about a couple of creative geniuses before – people that have and continue to invigorate me on my artistic pursuits. Today I want to share another of my favourites – one that you’re probably already familiar with.

Kate Spade.

I love this designer. In fact I love her style so much that I not only treated my bridesmaids to her sweet bangles as a thank you gift but I also indulged in her ‘Things We Love’ book as a birthday present to myself earlier this year.

Chic, glossy, girly and fun, it’s impossible to resist the Spade effect – I defy you to read the book and not find at least one thing that you can’t help falling in love with. I also adore how her style is imbued with a sense of humour too – there’s something a little bit tongue in cheek about many of her designs.

It seemed fitting then to try to imagine the Kate Spade bride in this week’s inspiration post – what flowers she’d pick, what she’d dress her maids in and the decor she’d choose.

The following is my take on it…see what you think.

Flashy Florals

Move along. There’s no room for shrinking violets here nor wallflowers either.

No sirree, it’s all about florals that pop. Single blooms of large proportions – think peonies, hydrangeas and roses – and florals of saturated hues so bright you need sunglasses. It’s all about making a flower fashion statement.

Granted, taking this approach is a much easier task for Spring and Summer brides when a wider variety of blooms is in season but you needn’t fear if you’re marrying late in the year either. The mantra of a successful flashy florals approach is to go large (or go home).

Flashy Florals Pink Kate Spade Inspired Flowers

Don’t be afraid to mix up colours and textures; bigger blooms rather than more delicate flowers should be used here and it’s ok to have clashing hues. I love combinations of hot pinks, burnt oranges and pops of turquoise and lemon. Try not to aim for a polished effect either; floral arrangements in this style look best when they’re a little wild and unruly – a bit like the morning after the night before.

If you’re still nervous about the bright bolshiness of your flowers, try limiting colour to your vessels instead. I love the glittery turquoise of this vase at the bottom which really pops against the white head of this blousey hydrangea table centrepiece.


Remember when you were younger and food was fun? When you cared less about the delicate balance of different flavours and more about how exciting something looked to eat?

Don’t fret, it’s easy to introduce a sense of drama and humour into your big day food and drink. Try adding colour through the display of dramatically iced cakes or play with proportion by fixing a supersized topper to your wedding cake using the brightest blooms.

Imbibe colour pop wedding inspiration cocktails

There’s no such thing as too much champagne either. Why not dust the rims of elegant champagne chutes with edible glitter to make the whole experience that little bit more magical. Trust me your guests will look fabulous with these in their hands.

Think outside the box – if you’re holding your nuptials at the height of summer why not introduce some cooling canapés into your champagne reception. I love these watercolour inspired ice lollies with their different stripes of dazzling colour. If you’re feeling really naughty then you could add a dash of alcohol into the lolly mix before you freeze them or even splash out on custom molds complete with your bespoke monogram.

I know – fancy!

Pink Ladies

Think sassy, think fun, after all a wedding is the perfect excuse to play dress up whether you’re a bride or a guest.

This look is less about the delicate wallflower; instead it’s about channelling the confident self-assured woman that you are. Someone who isn’t afraid to let her outfit pack a punch without letting go of her femininity at the same time.

Sexy heels, bright metallics, sequins, silks and tafettas, strategically placed bows, oversized clutches and the prettiest underwear translate just as easily to bridal looks as they do to maids too. Dress your girls in sweet skirts with architectural details or bold dresses in statement prints.

Pink Ladies Kate Spade Inspired Bridesmaids

Accessorise with abandon – after all overstyling is key to the Spade look. So stack up those bangles, wear that statement watch and ‘ring up’ with your most delicious cocktail pieces. I particularly love the idea of a modern bride accompanied by all of her favourite accessories with a statement clutch as a finishing touch. There’s no such thing as too much…

Keep make-up matte and fresh-faced. A favourite look of mine is to keep the eyes and skin simple, luminous and dewy but really going hell for leather on a bright lip in hot coral or pink. Just remember to appoint one of your maids as lipstick monitor to ensure that you look your very best all day.

Bright And Beautiful

I think a lot of brides (myself included) tend to veer away from using bright colour palettes in their big day – particularly in the decor – for fear of it appearing too much or not embodying a romantic enough vibe. With hindsight I think I fell into this trap. I worried that opting for anything too neon, too intense, too colourful would look brash and wouldn’t last the test of time.

But actually a striking colour palette, handled in the right way, looks amazing. It’s eye-catching, edgy and oh so fun and I do wish I’d been a bit braver with some of my colour choices on my big day.

Lately I’ve seen lots of weddings using a more muted palette of soft peaches, creams and ivories with a dash of pink or yellow here and there. And don’t get me wrong, they look breathtakingly beautiful but there’s something exciting about bolder colour palettes.

Bright And Beautiful Wedding Decor Inspiration

Bolder table settings using bright hues are invigorating, I mean there was a rational reason why dining rooms were all painted red back in the day. Richer, more intense colours stimulate conversation which is perfect if you’re having a particularly large do where guests may not know one another. Don’t be afraid to use pattern in your decor either – both spots and stripes are particularly hot for 2013 and beyond.

Trust me when I say that guests will delight in unexpected details too – sparklers as a centerpiece, dip-dyed cutlery, bags of glitzy sequins in the place of traditional confetti and even heart garlands strung from the back of the getaway car instead of tin cans.

Elegant glassware and playful accoutrements epitomise the Spade spirit – it’s worth looking into hiring key pieces for your tables if you’re keen to make a real style statement in your wedding reception. Even opting for glasses in the same colour as your centrepieces can really help bring a look together without breaking the bank.

Bright And Beautiful Wedding Inspiration Decor Pink Turquoise

Pay attention to your paper pretty. The Kate Spade bride relishes beautiful type and metallic foils as well as humourous and inspirational turns of phrase. Go all out on interesting table names, sweet place cards, luxurious favour tags and the all important thank you note.

Who else loves Kate Spade then?

Is it a look you’re considering for your big day or is it just a little too bright for you?

Perhaps you’ve got a style icon that’s inspired your wedding day theme – why not tell us all about it.

All my love Lolly xxx