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Millbridge Court, Surrey Wedding with DIY Decor, Foliage & Giant Balloons

Nataly J Photography

Nataly J Photography

Gemma and Jonny’s Millbridge Court wedding was absolutely beautiful. Think foliage, giant balloons, and an incredibly well-dressed wedding party in stylish evening attire. All of this took place on a beautiful Summer’s day complete with amazing natural light and fun and giggles had by all.

Capturing all the pretty was super talented RMW recommended supplier Nataly J Photography who describes the day as “No stress, just love and laughter.”

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Laura & Andy

We, at RM Towers, are still riding high after yesterdays glorious Royal Wedding, eugh wasn’t it just delicious!!!

Today though, on this royal wedding boxing day we are here to ease you back into the beautiful reality of real weddings and this one is a smasher. 

A bespoke bridal gown, DIY decor, and pretty florals fill Cheshire’s Owen House Wedding Barn. 

The couple’s family and friends helped to create some wonderful treats for this wedding. Our personal favourites have to be the parents of the bride making the wonderful cakes, seriously special stuff guys.  

Photography by the wonderful Livi Edwards. 

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Becky & Jonny

There’s such a lot of thought gone into this rustic wedding at Curradine Barns; from the colourful DIY paper backdrop to the cute cat wedding cake topper and not forgetting all the adorable wood slice and wild flower reception centrepieces.

Bride Becky looks an absolutely vision in her sequin gown, and bridal accessories with the images captured by Chris Barber or her and groom Jonny in the field showcasing them beautifully. I also love that she found her Peach Mimosa Rachel Simpson shoes before her gown and just had to have them.

Such an adorable couple, and such a heartwarming wedding to see you into the weekend.

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Lizzie & Tom

The setting for this incredibly gorgeous country wedding is non other than our fabulous front page sponsors and Love Lust List members Launcells Barton, and oh my it is going to take your breath away.

Every moment and detail captured by McGivern Photography is incredible. You can feel the love bouncing off the page, especially during the magical sunset portraits. With fabulous DIY projects adding to the elegant rustic vibe, including the amazing wooden sign put together by the bride & groom, and sentimental gestures of tribal shawls from the Brides Mum to pay tribute to the brides heritage.

After you’ve finished swooning over this inspiring day and you realise you love Launcells Barton as much as we do, you’ll be pleased to know they have an open day at the end of January. Why not pop along, we promise you won’t regret it.

Now lets take a look…

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Laura & Andy

Fit. Seriously – So. Much. Fit. I don’t think I’ve seen a bride and groom with such amazing teeth and thus beautiful beams in every single image, they should model for Colgate*

Apart from the general mega watt smilies and pretty details what is also super special about Laura and Andy’s wedding is that they stuck to a strict budget, making clever choices and incorporating various DIY projects and help from family and friends and truly created the day of their dreams.

I especially love the “brownie baking” competition – what a fun way to incorporate your nearest and dearest into W-day AND provide a selection of delicious (and free!) desserts.

*other toothpaste brands are also available.

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DIY Devotee

I hope you’re all sitting down? This weeks DIY Devotee is somewhat of a big-kahuna-burger, (to coin a phrase of Laura’s!)

Sometimes, I look for really easy DIY projects, so everyone can get themselves some DIY style. But then sometimes I see some totally outrageous projects that I just cannot resist posting. And when I say outrageous, I don’t mean outrageously difficult, just outrageously, holy-$h*t-balls fabulous.*

*And may require a teeny bit more effort than other projects! 😉

There are several parts to this particular DIY extravaganza, BUT the main event is this breathtaking ceremony backdrop that is first clocked over on 100 Layer Cake, courtesy of Maddy at The Inspired Bride. A very big thank you to Maddy for allowing us to re-post this and share with you all!

Seriously. How gorgeous is this? And I can see it in so many different colours for so many different situations… behind your top table, to make a great photo booth back drop, to jazz up a civil ceremony… The full how to tutorial can be found over on Inspired Bride where there is also a ton of other inspiration.

The whole shoot is just beautiful, but there was one more thing I needed to share with you all… The DIY applique sequin stir sticks. How glittery pretty are these?

Find the DIY how-to post here!

Head on over to check out the whole shoot on The Inspired Bride, make sure you click both parts! Seriously, I cannot tell you how good it is – and there are so many steal-able ideas!

For a full list of supplier credits for those involved in the shoot, please visit here and see the bottom of post.

Yours DIY-Daydreaming Truly,


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Easter DIY and Inspiration shoot

I don’t know about everyone else around here but I’m just about beside myself at the prospect of the four day weekend. I’m planning some celebrations as some of my friends visit from the South and lots of birthdays coincide, along with a well deserved break. With all this in mind, the glorious weather and plans afoot for spring time festivities, when we got an email from the very lovely Lou over at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings asking if we would like to share some of her recent DIY projects, I was bouncing around like a mad march hare!

Last week Lou celebrated her blogs 1 year birthday and instead of sitting back and counting her successes, she went all out and completely DIY’d her own little Spring inspiration shoot. Flowers, Favours, table runners, cake display, the lot.

And boy is it Pretty with a capital P.

Every single item you see here is budget beautiful and lovingly crafted by Lou’s own fair hand. Even better Lou has been kind enough to give you all instructions on how to re-create some of the elements she slaved over. Obviously this is perfect Wedding Inspiration, but you know what… I am totally planning on re-creating some of these bits and pieces for my Easter table and celebrations! (I’ll send you the pics Lou!)

I’m particularly in love with that little cake topper and her ideas for RMW – customising the egg cups 🙂


So without further ado, I’m going to hand you over to Lou and her DIY tutorials… please make her very welcome ladies!

Hi Rock My Wedding readers!! I’m Lou from {www} and I’m so very excited to be guest posting for you today.

Cake Topper DIY Tutorial

There is a trend at the moment for simple, rustic, homemade-style cakes in the wedding industry and cake toppers are BIG news right now. It’s an easy, cute and quirky way to personalise your day.

There are so many toppers out there to choose from, but this one is very easy, you can completely personalise and adapt it to your taste and wedding theme.

What you need:

Assorted coloured paper

Two paper straws




Scissors/Craft Knife

Print off your selected words in your preferred font, preferably on card.

Draw around your letters onto the paper and cut out using scissors or a sharp craft knife.

Tie one end of your twine or thread to one straw, and start threading your letters onto the thread. Be sure to choose the same height to thread and thread through twice in each letter to ensure the letter lays flat. Be careful, the paper is delicate. You can use card if you wish but it may be harder to make the holes for the thread.

Once the row of letters is in place tie the other end of the thread onto the second straw.

When you start on the next rows of lettering, make sure the thread is shorter; you want the straws to be closer at the bottom and wider at the top for full affect. Also find out the diameter of your cake to make sure it is in proportion.

Now insert the straws into your cake. {Make sure you store the topper safely until your wedding day, a box is best, as it’s very delicate.}

Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it all adds to the ‘look’.

DIY Tin Can Centre Piece Tutorial

I thought for ages about what inexpensive way I could present my flowers in for the shoot. In the end I came up with tin cans, which given a lick of paint are given a whole new lease of life. They are the ultimate eco-friendly, budget and gorgeous centrepiece concept.

What you need:

Assorted Tin Cans

Paint {gloss}



Collect tin cans, different sized cans together look best.

Remove the labels and give them a good wash.

Start painting the cans in your chosen colours or patterns. Warning: I used acrylics and the cans started to rust, we ended up using some gloss paint we had.

Tie around mismatched pretty ribbons and fill them with gorgeous seasonal blooms.

DIY Egg Cup Favours Tutorial

Choosing original and fun favours that your guests will treasure is tricky, but I have the perfect solution for those Spring and Easter weddings…. Egg cups of course!

What you need:

Wooden Egg Cups

Paint {I used acrylics}

Paint Brush



Felt or Fabric




Lightly sand your egg cups, so that the paint sticks well to the cup.
Choose your colours and get painting; a contrasting colour on the inside makes it look really vibrant. You could even paint patterns such as the RMW polka dots!

For the name tags, get some felt or fabric and mark the initial lightly in pencil. Using your needle and thread, create a running stich along the initial. Cut to size. I like the little flag effect at the end, or choose another shape.

Get your twine and fold in two, thread it through the top of the tag and pull the ends through the loop.

Tie around your egg cup. For an extra cute finish why not put a flower head or some sweets in the egg cup?

I put my egg cups on mismatched fabric napkins with doilies on top of my plates to finish, for an extra touch tie some pretty ribbon around the cutlery. Layering really adds to the effect.
And voila, your guests will remember your big day each time they tuck into their boiled egg.

Top {www} Tip: Grab your egg cups cheap from eBay or craft shops.

Have fun and get crafting… your wedding day will have a personal touch, you will save money and of course it will look just divine 😉

Much love

Lou xoxo

Erm, supper pretty no? And are you not impressed by Lou’s dedication to the crafty cause with all this hard work! I hope you’re getting to put your feet up over Easter!

You can head over to {www} and see the whole post Lou did on her DIY inspiration shoot here, but do drop her a comment in the box below too and let us know if you will be using any of these little ideas for your Easter table or indeed big day! 🙂

Yours, Truly Inspired,


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The Perfect Design…..part 2

Well then.

Where do I begin?

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many times I pour over a W-day submission there are always lovely new things amongst the images I have missed and Katie and Harley’s Big Day may just be the greatest example yet. Even after completing the templates, editing, editing some more……there were still so many gorgeous decor surprises that I couldn’t stop looking.

A bicycle decorated with bunting, a retro radio, old cinema tickets, the prettiest ( and most unique) table plan, a chintzy lampshade, a step ladder laden with blooms…….the list is endless.

The Bride and Groom, wedding planner Lauren at Florence Blue and photographer Lee Robbins created what is a definitely a W-day with the Wow factor.

Enjoy Lovelies.

Journey’s And Jazz

We had a big red london bus to take guests from the museum which started the entertainment off. We had a fabulous silhouette artist who walked round and created the most amazing silhouettes of the guests to take away. My friend Mary Morris marymorrismusic@gmail.com and Dom Stichbury domstichbury@gmail.com were a jazz duo and sang and played piano to entertain guests in the afternoon tea section of the day. Lovely jazzy numbers.

We also had Metropolis which is one of Harley’s favorite films playing in the background.

Afternoon Treats

We had afternoon tea with delicious cakes made by Jo Nelson Angel Cakes angel_cakes@blueyonder.co.uk and biscuits from Bettys (which Harleys family often go to in Yorkshire) so we didn’t want to have another cake for after the meal as it might have been a bit cake overload. So being total cheese lovers we went for a ‘cheese’ tower cake from Country Cheeses in Devon (down the road from where my family are from)

The design museum laid out lots of apples and crackers so it was an amazing cheese tower with all the trimmings. Our cake topper was a little wire bike, we both are keen cyclists so this fitted in perfectly!

The Perfect Design

Lauren at Florenceblue managed the decoration of the Design Museum along with, Rebecca Nee who is the Events Executive at the museum. They were both amazing and worked so hard to make it all run smoothly.. By the time I met with Lauren a few months before the wedding, pretty much most of the details had been decided but Lauren was key in the afternoon part at the Design Museum and brought it all together on the day and made it all work brilliantly.

We wanted something whimsical, vintage, meets London chic and as the room at the design museum was a modern blank canvas there was lots to do. We decided on a vintage afternoon high tea with a cozy, living room feel where guests could be entertained, soak up the atmosphere and get some refreshments. Lauren found a great vintage shop in Wimbledon which provided us with old vintage tins, blankets, old bike, cups and saucers, chairs, dressers, stools, bookshelf, cake stands, coffee table, old suitcases, ladder and much more. We used furniture and more props from Drink Shop & Do in Kings Cross.

There was a soft seating area for guests to hang out, then a massive table of cakes and biscuits. We didn’t serve champagne till later in the afternoon so we provided warming whisky macs that were set up in the room for people to help themselves. There was a vintage Bureau where we put our guest book with old polaroid cameras for guests to add their photos and comments of the day. I made hot water bottle covers that were in keeping with the room style so that guests could sit outside with them as the weather was cold and take in the amazing views at the Design Museum.

I also made some little bespoke Harley and Katie tickets which guests were given, as guests were able to go round the museums exhibitions for free. Lauren made little bike themed paper cake flags and paper chains for decoration.

The room was lit beautifully with fairy lights and uplighters and festoon lights by Colin Head at Ash Event Productions Ltd

D.I.Y Decor

The restaurant was not changed too much as the view in the room is fantastic and does all the work. It was drenched in candle light which set the mood beautifully. I bought a load of little glass bottles which Lauren from Florenceblue used to put simple flowers on the tables. The table names were our favorite ales that they had tried or that just had a great name! I designed an ale label for each table which I stuck to painted white sticks which had the table names on.

I also designed the menus and wrote peoples names on little luggage labels which Lauren then tied up all together so everyone had a little package of napkin, menu and name tag as they sat at the table.

Food For Thought

The food was absolutely amazing and we went for big plates of salads for everyone to share on the tables and then big sharing beef pies and mash so everyone to get stuck into it. To accompany the pie we used a local ale company which brew there own beers, The Kernal Brewery

They were delicious and really great using another small company just starting out. Melissa Sargin and staff plus head chef Jeremy Lee worked so hard and fantastically to make the day be totally brilliant.

Stylish Blooms

The reception flowers were done by the wonderful talents of Jessica Phillips vidafloraweddings@yahoo.com. They were also in keeping with the season and fitted in with the style at the Museum.

The wedding felt extremely special to us as so much of it was so much about the two of us. As I am a designer I designed the invites and stationery which immediately set the tone of the wedding. We both wanted it to be a lot of fun and whilst still staying within the traditional wedding boundaries we also wanted to put a little twist on it and give all the guests a day to remember.

We also wanted it to have that home spun feeling as much as possible even in quite a modern setting at the Design Museum. St Paul’s was incredible and we felt extremely privileged to be able to get married there. We wanted something very London which the Design Museum gave us as the Thames view was perfect with Tower Bridge, The Gherkin and the City. We were keen to use small independent businesses in our wedding and some that were just starting out, it felt good helping those businesses grow and felt more unique.

We also were aware that if there was a friend with a skill that could help out it also made the day much more personal and unique to us. However much hard work it is I think the more you can do yourself and as a couple the greater satisfaction you get from the day and it feels like you are giving your guests a little part of you and what you represent as a newly married couple.

The Greatest Advice

The biggest advice we can give is soak it all up, enjoy it and have fun. We laughed all day and stayed in the moment rather than stressing about the next step, as by that point the best thing you can do is take a deep breathe, soak it all up and enjoy.

Silhouette Artist – Alison Russell

Biscuits –Bettys

Cheese Tower – Country Cheeses

Wedding Planner – Lauren at Florence Blue

Reception Venue – The Design Museum

Vintage Finds – Nicholas And Steele

Lighting – Ash Event Productions Ltd

Photographer – Lee Robbins

I know. So much pretty to take in.

I suggest you come back and have a second look, and maybe even a third…….

Big Vintage Inspired At Its Best Here On RMW Love

Charlotte xxx

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One Day Like This….Part 1

There is just tonnes of gorgeous on RMW isn’t there? gorgeous real weddings, gorgeous brides, gorgeous decor ideas, gorgeous accessories……

And although I can get a little over excited and (go on I’ll admit it)… a bit over the top at how I want to wear literally every gown we post, in reality, there are actually only a select few that I would seriously consider as the other “one” to my own W-day choice.

Well folks that few just grew to one more when John Day submitted the Cheltenham Big Day of Jo and Chris a wee while back, Jo’s frilly frock was so fabulous I nearly died….and wanted to outright steal it from her.

Now of course as well as delicious fashion there’s plenty of other garden party type lovely to swoon over and some particularly tear jerky images of love, laughter and together foreverness.

Friday’s just got a whole lot prettier lovelies 😉

A Packham Princess

My dress was “Amelia” by Jenny Packham, I loved it immediately because it was structured but still floaty and a bit bohemian.

The Vintage Touch

I wore a Jenny Packham side headpiece – Arcacia II which is vintage inspired and complimented the dress really well.

Gorgeous Maids

My bridesmaids all looked lovely in layered blue/purple dresses from Reiss.

The Wedding Party

We hired suits from Regency Groom in Cheltenham and the ties were a blue/purple colour to tie in with the bridesmaids and stationery. Chris wore dark grey tails with an ivory waistcoat, he looked great!!!

Bargain Shoe Candy

I wore Dune shoes but they were actually bought from ebay (!!), just a 2 and a half inch heel and some vintage brooch detail on the strap.

Natural Pretty

For my hair and make-up I waned a really natural look as that is my day to day style, I wanted to still look like me!

I wore my hair down in loose waves and quite subtle make-up, I was lucky enough to have a bridesmaid who did both beautifully!

Roses For Posies

I wanted a cross between a country garden and a wild flower aesthetic, very relaxed but still pretty. Rose Hamson did an amazing job and used a combination of hydrangea, scabious, stocks and herbs that all smelt delicious!

Bridal Gown – Jenny Packham

Headpiece – Jenny Packham

Bridesmaids Dresses – Reiss

Grooms Suit – Regency Groom in Cheltenham

Photographer – John Day

Florist – Rose Hamson

Do you lovelies want to steal the frill fabulous too?

Thought so.

And you can see so much more of it a bit later on this afternoon…..

Big TFI Friday Love

Charlotte xxx