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Colour Me Pretty ….part 2

There was a LOT of love for the peachy blooms and nude shiny Loub’s in part 1 of Amy and Matt’s W-day and I’m sure there will be just as much adoration for the gorgeous reception details.

Matt designed all of the paper goods himself (I know, so clever) and Amy made a variety of decor items including the table plan, mini poms (love!) and teeny tiny bunting to decorate the (delicious looking) cake.

And it all looks so professional. And so personal.

Happy Tuesday lovelies.

Love/Lust List Worthy

The photographers… oh my, I really can’t praise our photographers enough!! Originally, we weren’t going to have a wedding photographer but I fell in love with Jo and Simon’s at Shoot Photography on these very pages of RMW and once I’d spent hours trawling through their blog I just knew we had to meet. They were the only photographers we met and and as soon as we did we were sold!

These two are the loveliest people you could wish to have at your wedding and everyone has commented on not only the awesomeness of our wedding pics but how great they both were on the day at getting everyone (including Matt and I) to feel completely at ease in front of the camera.

I must also say their service is impeccable – Jo was always available, answering my emails no matter the time, and I couldn’t believe how quickly we got our pics back! We got to see a sneek peek of some of our shots THE DAY AFTER our wedding (how quick?!) with the full batch of photos waiting for us when we got back off honeymoon in a gorgeous parcel – it was a real pick-me-up to brush off the back-from-honeymoon blues.

We are sooo in love with each and every photo – they capture our day perfectly and we can’t thank Jo and Simon enough. If anyone reading this is currently looking for their photographer, I seriously cannot recommend these guys enough!

A Cake-Shaped Compromise

Throughout all of my blog reading and tearing bits out of magazines I kept falling in love with wedding cakes and then would find out they were from the USA. I loved the look of frosted style cakes (nice sharp corners) rather than the more traditional soft icing but was finding it quite difficult to justify spending money on a bespoke cake when we were originally going to opt for an off-the-shelf M&S one. So, a compromise was made and I traded in a wedding car (that hardly anyone would see) and started looking for someone to make us a yummy, sharp cornered(!) cake.

It was Jo, our photographer, who recommended Rachel Edwards in Sheffield to us. We met and she completely ‘got’ what I was wanting. Rachel gave us samples of some of her cakes that were all amazing and we decided on two tiers of lemon sponge with lemon curd and buttercream and a traditional tier for the base. I spent a day cutting and stitching miniature bunting which Rachel applied to the cake once it had been iced and Matt illustrated our amazing cake topper to tie in with the rest of the wedding stationery.

We also had little birds featured on our wedding stationery so I contacted Dawn Painter of London Clay birds (we have one of her creations on our bookcase) and she made us two cute little birdies, even painting them white, for us to have sat beside the cake… a little bit of London! The cake tasted gorgeous and we were so pleased with how it looked!

Strictly Come Dancing

We opted against a band or DJ and instead Matt took the music playlist on as one of his jobs. He spent many an evening shuffling through our extensive music collection to create an afternoon and evening playlist that everyone would enjoy. He did good – the evening ‘disco’ had everyone pulling out their best dance moves at some point including my 85 year old grandad who was one of the last standing!

We never really discussed our first dance at length… the thing I love most about our relationship is how much fun we have together. We make each other laugh a lot and, given we both love Fleetwood Mac, we thought the sentiment of ‘You Make Loving Fun’ was just perfect for us so it was quite an easy decision. We swayed a bit, managed to stumble into an impromptu samba roll (I’m a big Strictly Come Dancing fan) and had everyone dancing along before the end of the song.

Fruity Favours

For the favours, I wanted to make something that people would hopefully want to use. I’ve enjoyed making my own jam before for Christmas pressies so thought this would be a personal gift. I narrowed down the choice of jams by trying to tie the colour of the jars in with the colour scheme(!) and after giving up on an early season for apricots, settled on Peach and Vanilla Marmalade and Lemon Curd.

I have to say they both tasted yummy and we’ve had good reports back from our guests! Matt tied the label design in with the rest of the stationary and we made the jam hats out of left over material from the bunting.

A Joint Effort

There were quite a few DIY projects we took on for the wedding starting with the stationery which Matt designed. Matt’s a graphic designer and this was one project he could really get his teeth into – he did us proud and created some gorgeous save the dates, invitation packs, order of service, table name signs, seating plan, menus and all the other paper goods used throughout the reception. I was so excited sending out the invitations as they were so personal to us and seeing everything on the day looked amazing.

We also made the table seating plan using a frame we picked up quite cheap in York, some more of Matt’s stationery and some ribbon and jewels I picked up from the haberdashery shop on one of my many visits!

With the help of my mum and my brand spanking new sewing machine we set up a bunting production line whilst Matt and I were at my parents house over Christmas and made loads to hang in the garden of Grays Court to give it a nice English summer garden feel and tie in with the colour scheme. I bought fabric from ebay and various haberdashery shops to try and get fabric that would help bring the colour scheme together.

I also dread to think how many hours i spent making fabric ‘pom poms’ – these were for a garland to hang between the trees in the courtyard at Grays (which tied into the invitation and menu design). I’d seen the instructions for this a long time ago in blog world and loved it! Given all the driving we were doing from London to York in the run up to the wedding I’d take my bag of fabric and spend most journeys busily sewing the pompoms!

Other personal touches included a make-shift photo booth area, which we set up in one of the rooms at the venue, with some lips and mustache props that we’d made out of fimo following instructions from these very pages(!) and a pick and mix table to satisfy our guests’ sweet cravings… I know these are becoming increasingly popular but it’s for a reason, they went down a storm!

Advice From a DIY Bride

I had such an amazing wedding day… I’ll be the first to admit there were times throughout the planning when it felt like we had taken on too much but seeing everything come together on the day and hearing so many lovely comments from our friends and family made everything well worth it. We wanted to make sure our guests had a great time so we never resented the time we were spending on the little tasks – they were fun and doing things together really made it feel like ‘our’ wedding and I know it made Matt feel more involved in the planning.

For all other DIY brides it’s definitely important to set yourself a cut off point when you have to accept whatever isn’t done by that point can’t be done. It was a friend that reminded me that nobody else knows what you have planned to do except you and your hubby so there’s not going to be gasps of horror if the confetti cones don’t get made (ours didn’t)!

On the day itself remember to enjoy yourself! You’ll only get to do this once so trust the people you have put in place to help rather than worry about things yourself, have a decent breakfast, make sure your lipgloss is never far away and just relax! Plan your morning to try and allow for a little time (if only 5 minutes) before you leave for the ceremony so you don’t feel rushed and stresses and take a deep breath before walking down the aisle and savour that moment when all your friends and family are there for you both and you see your hubby to be waiting for you – it’s a very special moment that you’ll always remember!!

Cake – Rachel Edwards

Venue – Grays Court York

Florist – Louise at Heaven Scent Flowers

Photography – Jo and Simon at Shoot Lifestyle

Stationery – The Groom

Decor – DIY

Charlotte O’Shea: A sucker for a confetti shot. And a Rock My Wedding bride.


So anyways, I don’t know about you gorgeous lot but I’m finding an excuse, any excuse…. to bake a cake and make mini bunting to decorate. I’m not sure it will look any where near as fabulous as Amy’s efforts but hell, I’m willing to give it a try!

Big Colour Me PEACHY Love

Charlotte xxx

You can find Shoot Lifestyle Photography on The Love Lust List, however, all real weddings are chosen on individual merit and no part of this post is sponsored.

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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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It’s All In The Name….part 2

One of my favourite things to look at when we receive a real wedding submission is the accessories, being a lover of “dressing up” a relatively simple outfit with statement jewellery or fancy shoes I find I can really gain a sense of the brides style from her carefully considered selection.

…And good Lordy is Steph one stylish Madam, if you want to know how to put knitwear with your gown come your winter W-day then look no further, Steph makes it look completely effortless.

Talking of a seasonal soiree, the soft muted colour palette works so well in terms of appearing contemporary whilst remaining both timeless and elegant.

Last but not least I must mention the stationery. Steph made it herself. I think she should go into business as I have never seen anything like it. Talented and uber cool…. I officially have a new girl crush folks.

Hand Tied Pretty

We wanted an informal feel to the flowers which were expertly provided by Julie of “Pink on Green” (pinkongreen@gmail.com) who patiently listened to my ideas over pints of tea and transformed them into beautiful arrangements. She mixed fresh flowers with silk for the larger displays which she kindly loaned us to help with our budget, and arranged the table centres into vintage champagne buckets which we bought on ebay.

I carried a small bouquet of my favourite stems; purple lisianthus, faith roses, freesia, rosemary and eucalyptus hand-tied in wool that cascaded and blended with the textured lace of my dress.

The groomsmen’s buttonholes incorporated wintry thistles, while the table centres contained purple cabbages for an agricultural feel that suited the venue down to the ground!

The Devil Is In The Detail

We designed and created the stationery ourselves which was an epic task in itself, but possibly one of the most important as a graphic designer. The grungy Allsaints inspired look was an unusual approach to wedding stationary, not least because of the Ram skull element, but it really worked and shows that you really do have to take inspiration from within when it comes to something as personal as your own wedding.

The devil truly is in the detail and although it’s extra work it certainly doesn’t go unnoticed, many of our comments have been about the small touches and personal details that make your day stand out as your own.

A lot can be achieved in 4 months, but give yourself 5 if you can!

Personal Favours

We met at Bugjam festival, so found toy cars for the guys favours (though Chris struggled to part with them) which we bought on ebay. The ladies favours were hand crocheted brooches by the multi-talented Rebecca who also sang during our ceremony.

The Very Heart Of The Action

We hired photographer Guy Collier and what we actually got was a friend, counsellor, wedding advisor and overall top bloke. When we first saw his work on Rock My Wedding a few months ago we knew immediately he was our man, so were delighted that he could shoot our wedding.

We had no doubt after our amazing E-shoot with him that our wedding photos were going capture all the special little details and moments that could have been missed in the blink of an eye, and he didn’t disappoint. Every shot is natural and uncontrived, thanks to his ability to put the guests at ease by blending in and getting right into the heart of the action. He didn’t miss a beat. My heart skipped several when the photos arrived.

Inherited Chic

We are fortunate to have random inherited things in the shape of old typewriters, sweet jars and scales which we added to for the table styling. We picked up signage and glassware from various markets and shops, with Barker&May a particular favourite.

The venue expertly recreated the table styling for us, following our every obsessive detail!

Entertaining Inside And Out

We spent the first few years of our relationship locked in a labour of love restoring our campervan but without the need for transport at Gaynes Park we had to come up with an alternative use for it at our wedding… and so the camperbooth (camperbooth@gmail.com) was born.

We were amazed on viewing the pictures afterwards at how much it was used – guests were lining up at one point and trying out all the props with hilarious results. It was great was to capture groups of family and friends (up to 9 at a time!) having fun in our VW, so much so that we will be hiring it out for other peoples weddings and events so watch this space.

Live music was a must as we wanted to rock the countryside and “The Escorts” did just that. They played a mixture of classics from Elvis to Greenday, with their last song “Good Riddance” filling the dance floor.

The Cheese Tower

Taking inspiration from other entries on Rock My Wedding we decided to go for a cheese cake of champions, a staggering tower of fromage from the passionate & knowledgeable Alex of Androuet. He wowed me with his delicate cheese flowers that decorated the lower tier, with caramelised walnuts and fig rolls.

We served it to our guests in the evening, with hampers of crackers and chutneys alongside Hot dogs and steak sandwiches, while Chris and I tucked into our top tier of goats cheese at the end of the evening while reading our messages.

An Old Favourite

We danced to “Drops of Jupiter” by Train which is an old favourite from when we first met so it was an easy choice.

I dreaded the pressure of dancing in front of an audience so our friends twirled in and joined us towards the end, meaning the dancefloor was full from the moment the band kicked in which really got the party going.

Venue – Gaynes Park Barns

Photography – Guy Collier

Decor Finds – Baker & May

Band – The Escorts

Cheese Cake – Androuet

Things I would Steal from this W-day:

The colour scheme
The pretty paper
The accessories ( I would DIE for those shoes!)
A photobooth in a campervan
The bouquet (can’t believe I didn’t mention that in the intro, ’tis textured and informal, my inspiration for 2011!)

So that will be basically everything then.

With huge thanks to Steph, Chris and Guy Collier for sharing the winter style with Rock My Wedding

Big Knitwear Rocking Love

Charlotte xxx

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It’s All In The Name….part 1

If you remember our Dirty Pretty Things engagement shoot post then you will recall how Steph and Chris’s W-day plans sounded completely and utterly out-of-this world amazing.

And you know what? it was. Unbelievably so.

It’s no secret that I’ve been looking forward to posting this one-of-a-kind W-day since photographer Guy Collier let us have a sneak peek a few weeks after the event as there is not one element I don’t love, from the sexy shoe candy ( McQueen people McQueen!) to some of the most unique and delicious paper pretty I have ever seen.

Steph is a Rock My Wedding bride in the truest sense of the word and if you want “doing it your way” inspiration then it’s right here folks, Steph and Chris knocked it clean. out. of. the. park.

Best Face Forward

My make-up was by the legendary Katy Messer of “MakeupbyKaty”, who also acted as my Best Woman, rock and all round wedding advisor. Her years of experience and talent as one of the leading industry make-up artists were on hand to create an edgy yet elegant bridal look that made me feel my utmost confident as I prepared to walk down the aisle.

My hair was styled by Cassandra Rizzutto who not only created a style that suited perfectly, but provided the most incredible sense of calm throughout the whole preparation and stayed right up until the last minute before the ceremony.

Dramatic Fashion

The dress was sample of Cymbeline’s “Dubai” . It replaced a Jenny Packham dress that I bought originally and decided didn’t suit me; and is now available here on this very blog, so it was really important for it to be right.

I had already tried it on in several boutiques, but the fantastic ladies at Blackburn Bridal adapted the style to created a plunging back that dramatically altered its whole look, and more importantly satisfied my need for a bespoke element.

Urban Accessories

The Venue was an obvious choice when we realized it was set in a sheep farm – the perfect location to become the new Mr & Mrs Woolley!

The Angora shrug was chosen to fit in with our wool theme, and was eventually found on Portobello after trawling vintage shops and markets for one that complemented my dress.

I wanted to include some personal elements in the accessories so I made a corsage of lace from my mum’s wedding dress and vintage family jewellery, with my parent’s photographs as a memento and tribute to keep with me throughout the day. The stag brooch and diamond hair pieces were also inherited which enabled me to add that one-off feel to the look.

Show Off Shoe Candy

The shoes were Alexander McQueen, real snakeskin with the trademark swarovski crystal embellished skulls and 5 inch heels that remained proudly on the dancefloor! I literally swooned when I saw them and knew that they would be the perfect finishing touch.

My seamstress wasn’t happy that they towered above my original shoes (it wasn’t just the dress I got wrong first time!) but I was more than happy for them to be on show.

The Natural Selection

In-keeping with the general theme we wanted our crew to look natural, with just a hint of co-ordination. My blossoming sister, Kate, proudly gave me away in a gorgeous silk dress from Mamas & Papas, accompanied by Best Woman Katy in her own stylish LBD from Oasis. They wore bolero’s from Phase Eight but apart from that, they rocked their own individual style as we worked the gravel catwalk!

The groomsmen had complementary tie colours, and all wore cuff links by the Grooms favourite designer Paul Smith.

Designer Wool

During one of our (countless) visits to spitalfields market we stumbled across the charming Roberto and his stunning suits. He dressed Chris in an immaculately tailored pure wool 3-piece suit so he truly was a sheep in wool’s clothing… (sorry!).

Chris then complemented his Paul Smith shoes with purple socks and laces, and Paul Smith cupid heart cufflinks that proved you can take the boy out of Nottingham… but you can’t take the Nottingham out of the boy.

Make-up – Make Up By Katy

Hair – Cassandra Rizzutto

Bridal Gown – Cymberline at Blackburn Bridal

Accessories – Vintage/Heirloom

Shoes – Alexander McQueen

Maids – Oasis and Mama’s and Papa’s

Grooms Accessories – Paul Smith

Photographer – Guy Collier

There is nothing quite as personal as basing your big day on your new married name is there?

And the angora shrug with beautiful brooch detail?……..they rock my socks.

Wait until you see part 2 folks, completely divine.

Big McQueen Love

Charlotte xxx

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Liberty Love……part 2

Not only was Rhiannon and Will’s floral-fabric inspired big day super super pretty it was also a whole lot of fun. Check out the dancing images and the sumptuous spread, who said you needed to dine a la carte to tickle everyone’s fancy anyhow?

Oh and they had blue polka dot stationery for the reception. Uh huh. You know we LOVE it.

All of the gorgeous photography is courtesy of Caroline Alexander.

Wild Blooms

I used the same florist as my sister who was married two years ago Olga in Bloomers Cirencester. I knew I wanted Scabious as it matched our blue theme and my grandma had those in her bouquet on her wedding day. Apart from that I was pretty clueless. I knew it needed to be relaxed and not too tight or stiff.

I was inspired by a piece of Liberty Print fabric so I took that to Olga and explained that I wanted it to look as if we’d been for a walk in the nearby fields and picked the flowers ourselves. We had cornflowers, scabious, matricaia (daisy), astilbe (three different colours), alcamilla mollis, beargrass, salla and mint. Bridesmaids’ bouquets were the same as mine only slightly smaller. Cornflowers were used for the headband and for the buttonholes.

The flowers were AMAZING and they looked great with the fabric, which was used as handkerchiefs for groomsmen and for the order of service booklets.

Pew ends and church flowers were put together by a good friend who also decorated the marquee using more or less the same blend of flowers cut and put in jam jars on the tables.

Tasty Treats

The cake was made by the same lady who made my sister’s wedding cake. It was a low key relaxed cake with buttercream frosting. We chose a blueberry cake as it fitted with our blue colour scheme and blueberries are my favourite! SADLY we didn’t get any official photos of the cake! As it was fairly hot in the marquee it was hidden away in the mobile refrigerator. We almost forgot it as we were so into the dancing. It was so delicious though…..

A friend kindly re-created a pair of love birds like these to go on top of the cake. They were beautifully handmade using vintage fabric. She refused to show them as she was making them so they were a surprise and she didn’t let us down. What is lovely about them is that we still have them as a gorgeous memory.

Delectable Decor

As the venue was home my family had gone to amazing effort to make everything so beautiful for us. Mum had spent months preparing the garden for us and including lots of blue and white flowers she had even grown agapapathus for us. There was an army of people helping to weed and primp up the garden area. My sister saved baby jam jars for me to put tea lights in for the evening.

The garden looked amazing! Mum had also sewn meters of bunting that was hung in the garden and the marquee.

Everything to do with pattern and colour was linked to the invitation design that Amy and her boyfriend Ryan had made for us.

They made the beautiful order of services, menus, escort cards, table numbers, save the dates and invitations. They used beautiful polka dot ribbon to tie everything together it was perfect!

We hired vintage crockery from Eve Coombs at Vintage Me. Eve was so helpful and gave us ideas about styling etc. she helped with the flowers too. The pieces of crockery and cutlery were gorgeous.

Afternoon Tea

We decided not to have a big sit down dinner as it was about 4/5 o’clock by the time we were eating. We chose an afternoon tea as I am obsessed with all things cake! A local lady called Annie Murchie made the tea. She was meticulous about detail and it certainly shows but the food not only looked beautiful it tasted out of this world. She decided to make canapés that were a three course meal we had mini prawn cocktails, quails eggs, mini Yorkshire puddings and mini trifles it was all so cute!

Later on in the evening we had a hog roast that was delicious.

D.I.Y Favours

We left favours to last as this was something that was not essential if we ran out money. We decided on little pots of mints. We lined the tins with Liberty Print fabric and filled them with mint imperials. The tins were something I thought guests might use again. A friend once told me ‘never refuse a breath mint’….

Festival Fun

As for other entertainment we had a barn dance. We had difficulty finding a band as there was a local festival going on that same weekend. Everyone I emailed was so helpful and eventually we found Hetty Pegglers Tump. They were sooo much fun. Everyone was dancing…… right through to the bitter end.

After the band we had a selection of i-pods that kept us going until about 3AM.

The First (Barn) Dance

Tony Gibbons from Hetty Pegglers Tump was amazing and talked me through all the options for a first dance. He tentatively introduced the idea of doing a simple barn dance as our first dance and Will and I LOVED the idea. It involved us dancing together for a bit then going off and getting other partners etc etc it ended with lots of people on the dance floor.

I think it gave the message that if we can do it anyone can do it!

Having A Ball

The help from friends and family made our wedding day so special. So many people were involved in helping us make things work. It was lovely to spend this exciting time with our close family and friends and it made them feel like part of the day and they all loved that.

Having people to help meant also that everything had a really nice handmade feel.

We tried to avoid manufactured / mass produced things to make our wedding really unique. We met some fantastic people and what is sad about the end of the wedding is that we won’t see them again. Whilst I was very fussy about things and making sure everything matched the theme Will kept on saying that the theme of the wedding was ‘having a good time’.

It was so true, people were there to celebrate with us and what was most important was that they enjoyed the day and had a great time. We didn’t have a strict timetable about what time things would start and end, were so happy and relaxed and I think the photos show that.

A good piece of advice that some friends gave us was to make sure that as bride and groom you take some time out, just the two of you and look around at the venue and people enjoying themselves and absorb it all because it goes soooo quickly.

I don’t know about you lovelies but I have a burning desire to go have a picnic in a cornfield and then make my way to a barn dance, especially if someone was to buy me one of those cute dresses from Anthropologie….

I can but dream.

With huge thanks to Rhiannon, Will and Caroline Alexander for sharing the liberty print inspired gorgeousness with Rock My Wedding.

Big Polka Dot Love

Charlotte xxx