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‘The name’s Porter, Mr Porter.’

Sounds sexy yes?

Well, ladies, this is a little heads up for you. The online Fashion dynamo retailer we all know and love, Net-a-Porter are soon to launch, Mr Porter, the mens store.

MR-PORTER

For those of you a little disinterested, (yes we know, this is a wedding blog) the reason we’re telling you is because we think if your future husbands are as stylish and savvy as you beautiful ladies are, there’ll be a literal stampede to find out what’s in vogue for their big day fashion choices.

More and more Grooms are opting to inject a bit of personality into their wedding day outfit and where better to find some sartorial tips and style advice than with those in the fashion-know. AND, no hoards of shoppers to compete with, tricky sales assistants or weekends ruined with shopping. We don’t know a guy who doesn’t love the convenience of online purchasing delivered to his door.

Right now you can sign up to be a Founding member of Mr Porter and get…

Exclusive access to the site before it launches to the public

Complimentary shipping on all purchases made during this period

Seasonal previews and MR PORTER exclusives

Access to a team of Personal Shoppers for expert style advice

Just click the invitation above and sign up… (spaces are limited) and obviously, this is one to forward to all the fashion forward gorgeous grooms you know. 😉

Yours Truly,

Rebecca
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A Silver Sensation… Part 2

Welcome back for part 2 of this eclectic wedding day, captured in the unique style of S6 Photography. I haven’t seen photography that makes me sit up and notice a fresh take on a wedding for some time and this one did exactly that – that and the seriously good time everyone seems to be having!

Last Minute Florals

Flowers were a last minute thing for me, I decided 2 months before the wedding that I’d quite like a bouquet after all. I still didn’t want the huge flower arrangements as I wanted something different.

After looking at different florist I began to wonder if anyone would do what I wanted. I wanted something vintage looking and when I eventually found a florist, Monica F Hewitt in Sheffield, the only way I could describe what I wanted was ‘fluffy’. I didn’t want perfection, flowers are beautiful without being arranged, I wanted something that looked like it had been put together haphazardly. I chose a variety of flowers in white/cream and wanted them holding together with vintage lace. Andrew had freesia as his button hole as this was my Nannan’s favourite and the bridesmaids had corsages.

Instead of the huge flowers on the tables I decided I wanted vintage quirkiness so went mad in charity shops and on eBay by buying every vintage tea cup and saucer I saw. Monica F Hewitt brought us various flower heads to put into the tea cups and these were set along the top table.

Super S6

After looking at hundreds of photographers ranging from awful to ok, Jon at S6 wasn’t just a breath of fresh air he was a dream come true. He was recommended to us and as soon as we looked at his website we just fell in love. Every picture was out of this world and even though I didn’t know any of the people in the photo’s I just had the biggest smile on my face.

Having never had any interaction with a professional photographer before we didn’t really know what to expect and as I have an annoying habit of pulling crazy faces on photo’s I did wonder if he’d get any shots where I hadn’t ruined the photo. How wrong I was.

Jon was really good at putting you at ease by just being himself and I mean this is the nicest possible sense but he just blended into the background. I never once thought ‘oh god, pose, the camera is here’, I just got swept along with the happiness of the day and his photo’s completely captured that.

When we got all the photos, Jon had said it would be a Kleenex moment but I hadn’t quite prepared myself for it. As I watched the slideshow that he had put together big, fat, happy tears just fell down my face. We were blown away and looked at them over and over again that night. No matter how many times I look at them I still fill up.

Now the happy memories I have in my mind are saved forever. Jon captured every single emotion of the day and we really can’t thank him enough.

Cute Cupcakes

Neither of us wanted nor like the normal wedding cake, when we chose them cupcakes weren’t in such high demand but we saw them and thought they were perfect. We shopped around and then one day I overheard someone talking at work about their girlfriend who had her own bakery business. I was just cheeky and asked if she would do ours and she did.

She gave us samples and we chose butter cream on the top to tie in with the ivory bridesmaids with silver edible hearts on the top to tie in with Andrew and me. We had lots of little cupcakes and then one huge one on the top for cutting. They were delicious although I didn’t get to try one until the next day as I forgot all about them.

DJ Difficulties

We initially wanted a band for the wedding but couldn’t find anyone we loved, plus every venue we visited seemed a little nervous about it and questioned whether they had the correct insurance.

Entertainment seemed to cause us the most problems throughout the wedding, we contacted various different people ranging from Dj’s to singers and all seemed reluctant to get back in touch. We eventually found a Dj about 2 months before the wedding. In hind sight we should have focused on this a little more as we had given him a play list of the songs we wanted but he didn’t stick to them. Despite this though pretty much everyone was on the dance floor until the end of the night, me included.

The first dance was a song we’ve both loved for a long time. We didn’t want current songs in favour of something that had some class. We chose Al Green, Let’s stay together and every time I hear it I smile from ear to ear.

One of my Mum’s friends who couldn’t be at the wedding gave us a gift, as we unwrapped it we thought it was a photo frame but as we opened it further inside the frame was a 7” record of Al Green, Let’s stay together. Touchingly it was the first record she had ever bought having saved up all her money.

Sowing a little Happiness

We wanted favours but I don’t think you need to spent hundreds of pounds on them, a lot of people have compact mirrors or lottery tickets but we wanted something more personal.

I had been thinking of something like flower seeds and had been looking around for different ideas. On eBay I found someone who had made little seed favours. They were made from handmade paper shaped into a heart and filled with seeds. On each heart was a label that read ‘Sew these seeds to remind you of our special day’. I loved the sentiment and the fact that it was environmentally friendly so snapped them up.

For the children we bought endless supplies of colouring books, pens, and stickers etc to keep them entertained. It worked; I didn’t hear a peep from them.

Vintage Unique

The Old House where we held our ceremony and reception is, as the name suggests, old. It has been tastefully updated and still has many original features. We wanted to compliment this so chose vintage items to dress the room with.

On the front steps of the venue we had candle bags lining the entrance. Sadly I never saw then at night time but fortunately Jon (S6 photography) took a photo of it and it looked so lovely.

Making it Ours

Every aspect of our wedding was exactly what we wanted. We didn’t have anything because it was the norm or tradition. We made our day perfect and everyone agreed.

People have commented on the little touches that we added. Everything was made by us from the invites which people have saved to the wine charms on each glass. Everyone seemed to really appreciate the effort that we had gone to. We had rolled the napkins and tied them with stings of pearls and for the rest of the night everyone seemed to be wearing the pearls around their wrists. Other people have even taken ideas from our wedding, one friend mentioned that she now has vintage tea cups as decoration in her house that remind her of our day.

The budget wasn’t huge for our wedding yet every single part of it was perfect. For weeks afterwards people have been saying it was the best wedding they have ever been too, even the makeup artist said she had such a good time doing our make up as we were all chatting and laughing.

We put in so much effort with this wedding and it completely paid off. For weeks before I worried that people wouldn’t enjoy it or like what we had done but couldn’t have been more wrong.

We very much wanted a party atmosphere for the evening and that is exactly what we got, people laughed, danced and chatted the night away, we even had to ask the Dj to stay on for a further hour as people just weren’t ready to leave.

We loved every single minute of our wedding day and have the most amazing memories. I had always dreamed of getting married one day but never did I think it would be that amazing and that I could possibly feel so much love and happiness.

Thank so much to Jon from S6 for sending this in and to Victoria and Andrew for allowing us to share it! Have you spied some inspiration tucked away in this one?

Yours Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

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Gentle Wild Gothic… Part 1

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!

Yours Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

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