Filippa Scott

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Love Is A Rose.

When Ant and Vicky started searching for their venue for their wedding in July earlier this year they had three specifications.

Firstly that the venue ooze a laid-back atmosphere.

Secondly that it convey a ‘country feel’ for their guests.

And lastly, that it be on a farm or in a barn.

When they finally found Upwaltham Barns, they immediately fell in love and didn’t look back.

And lovelies, when you see this delicious array of images below, all captured by the wonderful Ed Peers, you’ll completely understand why.

We have a bride swathed in cappuccino coloured lace, a dapper groom complete with pipe, clouds of gyp and an adorable breakdancing youngster.

What’s not to love?

Cappuccino Lace

I’ve never been a really girly girl and originally was determined not to be a bride who spent huge amounts on a dress. I bought one online and when it arrived it was beautiful, but I never really felt comfortable in it and it didn’t make my mum cry (she cries at everything).

I reluctantly booked a few appointments at wedding dress shops and stumbled upon the gem that is Bridal Rogue Gallery in central London. The minute I walked in they made me feel comfortable and it was much more fun than I expected.

I had always liked lace and when I tried on their ‘Simone’ dress in cappuccino I loved it. Return trips with more bridesmaids and a suitably teary mum confirmed my choice and I joined the legions of brides who overspent on the dress, but didn’t regret it for a second.

A Most Prized Possession

My most prized piece of jewellery was a ring that belonged to my grandmother. It had particular sentimental value as a year before my parents had been burgled and all of the jewellery my mum had inherited from my grandmother was stolen, apart from this one ring which, thankfully, she had with her at the time. It meant a lot to me to be able to wear it.

For my headpiece the ladies at Bridal Rogue Gallery helped me out by taking the appliqué from a Filippa Scott ribbon bracelet I liked and putting it onto a band for me.

When it came to shoes I didn’t want anything too high. Ant and I are roughly the same height so I didn’t want to tower over him and am rubbish at walking in skyscrapers anyway. I got a pair of ‘Anya’ from Rachel Simpson in mink suede with gold detail that went really well with the dress.

They were so comfortable I wore them all night long.

The bridesmaid’s dresses were much harder to find then I ever imagined. Although we didn’t have a set colour scheme for the day I decided I wanted them to match the colour of the flowers, so we were looking for a pale pink. A few options were tried and swiftly returned and thankfully my lovely maids were very patient with me.

On one, slightly panicked, shopping trip just a few weeks before the day I did my best impression of Supermarket Sweep and tore round a department store grabbing anything in the correct hue. One of these was from Almost Famous and it looked stunning on all of them. It was such a relief, and they matched the flowers perfectly. They teamed them with nude shoes and did their own hair and make up.

A Family Affair

I decided to have quite natural make up in pinks and browns which went nicely with my dress and flowers. My make up was done by Arabella Hewitt who did a fantastic job of keeping me calm in the morning and was great fun to be around. I discovered Arabella when talking to her mum Meera who runs Full Bloom and did our flowers, so we kept it as a real family affair.

When we had discussed flowers Ant and I both liked the idea of keeping them fairly informal and having a country style element to them. We met Meera from Full Bloom at an open day at the barns and she had an example of a Memory Lane Rose buttonhole with her.

We loved the slightly vintage look to it and felt it would fit the style of our day, it was combined with some Gypsophila and Rosemary for my bouquet, the bridesmaids just had Gypsophila. They did such an amazing job, the flowers were absolutely stunning.

Winklepickers And Polka Dots

Ant wanted to get the best man, ushers and my dad a suit to keep, so from the outset we were looking to buy rather than hire. With 5 suits to find it wasn’t easy and Ant spent a lot of time pouring over various websites. In the end he managed to do an amazing job and got them all three piece suits in the Austin Reed sale.

They teamed them with winklepickers and polka dot cravats in different colours with Ant tying it together with a multi coloured number. He looked incredibly handsome, which made walking down the aisle much easier!

A True Classic

One of my favourite things about the day was my gorgeous car. My dad has always had a thing for Jaguars so when I found a vintage E-type for hire from Vanilla Classics I just had to get it. It was nice to just have the two of us in the car going to the venue and, even though it was only a short journey, he loved driving it.

A Self-Confessed Camera Geek

Photography was always very important to us, it’s the one thing you keep forever and we wanted to get it right, plus I am a bit of a camera geek. Neither of us are fans of staged photos and when we found Ed Peers we thought he would understand what we wanted. Meeting him confirmed all that and really put us at ease.

A number of guests have commented that they hardly noticed he was there, he blended in so well. The pictures he took of people laughing and enjoying themselves are exactly how we wanted to remember the day. I cannot thank him enough!

If Music Be The Food Of Love…

Music is a big thing for both of us, but more so Ant who is usually found with a guitar in hand.

Even our reading, read brilliantly by Ant’s sister Laura, was the lyrics from Bob Dylan’s ‘Wedding Song’. For the first dance Ant let me have one of my all time favourites – The Traveling Wilbury’s ‘Handle With Care’.

Ant wanted to make sure that we had the right music on the day and a band that could keep everyone dancing.

He found The Tumbling Dice and they had just the sort of set list we were looking for with a mixture of old and newer rock n roll, something for everyone but no cheese! They were perfect and had the dance floor packed all night long.

We also had a brilliant blues player called Lou Glandfield, again found by Ant, who played in the courtyard after our ceremony. Everyone loved him.

Music very quickly became the theme of our day and once it did everything seemed to fall into place. We made our own invites which were made to look like CD covers with a picture of us at Glastonbury on the front. I made table confetti from old music paper and we had different flavour cider’s to drink after the ceremony which gave it a festival vibe.

Continuing the music theme we named our tables after all our favourite artists with the top table being Neil Young. I also walked down the aisle to his song ‘Love is a Rose’. Neil Young is an obsession Ant inherited from his dad, who passed away last year. It was really hard not to have him there but good to know he would have loved those choices.

For our favours we decided to do CD’s with songs from the day so our guests had memories to take away with them. We found a brilliant company online called Band CDs who make CD’s to look like mini vinyl. We created two CD’s, A sides, chosen by Ant and V sides by me, which we burnt at home one (very long) evening.

Without doubt our biggest stroke of genius came when we were trying to think of ideas for a photo booth in the evening. We really wanted one but didn’t have the budget to stretch to another photographer. So we decided to make a DIY version. Ant made a screen that we set up in the garden of the venue and I collected a number of different film cameras from Ebay. The light bulb moment came when we decided to tie it into the music theme and ‘The Beatles Booth’ was born.

A few Sgt Pepper costumes and inflatable guitars later you couldn’t drag people away from it and the pictures are brilliant.

All The Colours Of The Rainbow

We weren’t sure what to have for a cake but wanted to make it a bit different. I saw a picture of a rainbow cake and thought they were a really fun alternative and Ant agreed. A friend of ours, Lauren Prater, made us a two tier cake with cupcakes as well. She really surpassed herself and not only did it look stunning but it was delicious!

I loved the fact that with a plain exterior everyone got a surprise when we cut it open to reveal the colours! I had also seen examples homemade cake toppers and thought it would be a nice touch so bought a kit from Goose Grease on Etsy and spent a fun Saturday sat in the garden painting them to look like us and making miniature bunting.

When Life Hands You Lemons

The one slight disaster we experienced happened two days before the big day. Ant’s mum had booked coaches for the return journey to our hotel and out of the blue received an email to say the company had gone bust.

Thankfully our lovely friends and Ant’s mum hit the phones and internet and found an environmentally friendly bus company that runs its vehicles on waste cooking oil. And so we ended the night on ‘The Big Lemon’ bright yellow bus and wouldn’t have had it any other way!

Boutique – Bridal Rogue Gallery

Make-Up – Arabella Hewitt

Shoes – Rachel Simpson

Bridesmaid Dresses – Almost Famous

Ushers Suits – Austin Reed

Photographer – Ed Peers

Blues Singer – Lou Glandfield

Live Music – The Tumbling Dice

Venue – Upwaltham Barns

Florist – Full Bloom

Car – Vanilla Classics

Favours – BandCDs

Cake Toppers – Goose Grease

Guest Transport – The Big Lemon

So folks, what do you think?

I, for one, am completely in love with Vicky’s beautiful coffee-coloured frock; it is exquisite and the back detail is to die for. I’m also secretly lusting after Ant’s three-piece suit especially the polka-dotted cravat – it would make the most awesome hairband.

And I also adore how both Vicky and Ant almost carried their Beatles photo booth theme all the way through to their guests’ transport…a yellow bus. Well it’s impossible to get a yellow submarine these days…

Proof that even if things don’t work out according to plan at the last minute, it doesn’t mean that everything is lost.

As my grandma used to say, things have a funny way of working themselves out.

All my love Lolly xxx

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Love At Lake Ohau.

We have a delicious destination wedding for you today peeps… And destinations don’t come much more delicious than Lake Ohau in New Zealand!

The spectacular Lake Ohau Lodge is basically in the middle of nowhere – 2 hours north of Queenstown. For a secluded and intimate celebration I can think of nowhere finer as I sit here in gloomy Birmingham!

Just by chance, super talented photographer Helen Cawte was honeymooning in Queenstown and took time out to take this amazing set of images.

Nina and Josh are our newly weds of the day and Nina is here with all the delicious destination detail.

Simple Vintage Taste

I expected finding a dress to be a lot more difficult living in the middle of nowhere. I flew to Auckland for a day to find something with my mum and sister and was lucky enough to find something in the first shop I went into!

My dress was designed by Sera Lilly who is based in Ponsonby. I didnt want a traditional wedding dress and Sera helped me to find something that suited my simple vintage taste.

Something Borrowed

As the lace of my dress was quite detailed I didn’t think I would need to accessorise much. My auntie lent me a set of beautiful pearl bracelets and another auntie some pearl earrings, which were perfect together and looked great with the dress.

Tried And Tested

I had worn my shoes as a bridesmaid to my bridesmaids wedding a year earlier and loved them to bits so decided to have them as my wedding shoes. They had a thick heel and were perfect for wearing all day.

Top Knots

A very talented friend and master of everything creative was kind enough to do my bridesmaids, flower girl, mothers and my own hair and makeup! Everything was very natural apart from my favorite red nails and lips to add some colour! We all had our hair up in top knots thankfully as the wind picked up during the ceremony and our hair just stayed put!

Less Is More

I wanted my hair up off my face so that I wouldn’t have to worry about it all day. My auntie’s pearl bracelets were the only items of jewellery that I wore, apart from my ring obviously. Less is more!

A Floral Mix

My lovely mum and Mother in law and auntie were in change of flowers and with a combinations of stems from Downies Flowers in Christchurch, along with flowers from local gardens they pulled together some beautiful bouquets and flower arrangements. The remaining were put in old jars and placed in the center of the tables.

A Perfect Ending

I thought the bridesmaid and flower girl dresses would be easy but in the end Jess, Lousia, Kate and Phoebe had to be very patient with me constantly changing my mind. Thanks girls! In the end we got the dresses made and they turned out perfectly. The greatest find was Phoebes shoes which were gold sequined ballet flats. So cute.

Online Shopping

The boys wore Topman pants and suspenders and boots from asos. Online shopping is a lifesaver when you live in New Zealand!

A Chance Visit

We were so lucky that Helen Cawte happened to be in New Zealand on her honeymoon when we got married. I don’t think we could have convinced her to fly out from the UK!

Josh and I entered a competition to win a photography package with Jim & Helen and although we didn’t win they still offfered to do our wedding. After an engagement photo shoot I was convinced we had made the right decision. They both made us feel relaxed and the photos were beautiful. Helen even brought chalkboard speech bubbles that were alot of fun!

We Formed A Band

Our friends formed a band for our wedding and picked 5 songs each to play on the night. They were awesome and had everyone dancing all night. They even let the Queefs take to the stage for a Ladyhawke cover.

Sweet Favours

As wedding favors we had jars of honey from josh’s parent’s house in Queenstown.

Expert Help

Josh and I have lived in Queenstown for the majority of our time together. Several of our friends have been married in Queenstown and being a small town it makes it a little harder to do something different. I loved the idea of having everyone together for a few days so we decided onLake Ohau Lodge for our venue.

Located high in the Mackenzie High Country wilderness, two hours north of queenstown, it was perfect for a little getaway! It was worth hiring the lodge just to have the help of Louise Neilson who is the owner. She is busy for a lot of the year with weddings so knows what to expect and how much work needs to be done which I clearly didn’t! I really couldn’t have done it without her.

Danish Pastries

To represent some of my danish heritage we had a Kramsekake made by Copenhagen Bakery. Kramsekake is a traditional Danish cake consisting of several rings, graduating in sized placed on top of each other to make a cone. It was delicious and got eaten very quickly!

Venue – Lake Ohau Lodge

Photographer – Helen Cawte

Dress – Sera Lilly

Shoes – Filippa Scott

Blooms – Downies Flowers

Cake – Copenhagen Bakery

I’m loving the open shirt and braces look that Josh and his groomsmen are rocking. Perfect for this laid back and casual affair. All of these images just ooze with a super chilled vibe…. And then you get a dose of rock concert thrown in toward the end… Just my kind of day.


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Big City Love.

Joanna and Dave we married over the Easter weekend earlier this year. Dave is from Southend on Sea and Joanna is from New Zealand and they both now live in London. Their ceremony was at the beautiful 1920s building that is Islington Town Hall. The guests were then whisked away to a reception at The Londesborough in Stoke Newington in a classic Routemaster bus.

Aparently there was a substantial amount of New Zealand bubbly on board to get everyone in the party spirit.

Photography today is by Joanna Millington.

Show A Bit Of Ankle

My dress came from the lovely ladies at Morgan Davies in Islington. It was important to me to have a dress by a British designer and I was delighted when I found ‘Heaven’ by Blue Bridal. When I tried it on, the pure silk fabric felt so luxurious and it fitted perfectly. I’d wanted a 1950s style dress from the start and was pretty sure that I wanted a ‘tea length’ dress. Being on the shorter side I thought it might be an idea to show off a bit of ankle! It’s such a buzz to twirl a full skirt with petticoats!

Perfect Sentiment

One of the most special pieces of jewellery was a silver filigree bracelet belonging to my late mum. My dad brought it over from New Zealand for me and it was a great feeling knowing I had a part of her with me. I’d been on the lookout for earrings for months, so I was delighted when I saw a beautiful pair that matched my engagement ring in a shop in Courmeyer, Italy. A very surprising find while on a ski holiday!

Shoes in Twos

Accessories are my weakness… I couldn’t have just one pair of shoes! For the ceremony I wore a pair of ivory silk Filippa Scott peeptoes, which went perfectly with the dress. I love to dance, so later in the evening the party girl was unleashed and I slipped into a pair of gold glitter Kurt Geiger peeptoes. I can’t wait to wear them again at another party, they are made for disco!

Half Up Do

Jaydean Allen was super at suggesting styles and advising on what would work with my hair and for the bridesmaids. To show off the dress I wanted a half-up do and went for a bit of lift at the front, then loose wavy curls at the back. I often wear hair combs, it is almost my signature look, so I really wanted to add a comb to my do. After trawling lots of vintage shops, I found the perfect one with a vintage vibe at Glitzy Secrets. Our make-up was created by Jane Weston, who did a fantastic job making me look like I’d had a full eight hours sleep! Jane had great ideas about lipstick and colours and even met me at Bobbi Brown to help choose a lipstick colour. When I saw my bridesmaids all dressed and done up, it almost made me cry – not good for my own mascara!

The Flower Appreciation Society

Our flowers were a real mix, roses, rununcullas, tulips, clover and so many varieties I can’t name! I saw the work of The Flower Appreciation Society and loved their style from the start. Ellie and Anna add lots of foliage and have wonderful country garden look. I went a bit mad and even sent them a ‘mood board’ of ideas and colours, but I left the selection of the flowers to Ellie and she captured the look perfectly.

Nothing Strapless

After a few false starts on the colour theme, I decided on a coral colour for the Bridesmaids. I didn’t want an identical look, so left the dress selection to the ladies. Our one stipulation was no strapless prom dresses! The search produced dresses from Oasis and Warehouse and the girls looked stunning. Their bouquets contained bright coral anemones which brought the colour to life.

Suit Suprise

If only shopping for a wedding dress was as easy! Dave and his best man Rob went out one Saturday and came back with suits from Ben Sherman. Dave thought since he wasn’t able to see my dress, that he would leave his suit as a surprise too. I couldn’t bear this and asked one of my Bridesmaids, Bryony to ‘inspect’ it. Luckily it passed the test and I am pleased to say Dave looked amazing and without any of my style input! Honestly, my heart skipped a beat when I saw him turn around as I walked into the ceremony.

The Story Of A Wedding

Our photographer was one of the first things we decided on. I’d seen Joanna Millington’s work and loved the way she captured details and people. Jo really tells the story of a wedding and when I look at my photos now I get transported right back. On the day, Jo just fitted in like one of my friends, lots of laughs and a real calming influence in some of the more anxious moments! Jo does more than just ‘shoot’ the day, she really concentrates on spotting little details that make up a bigger picture.

Well travelled

Our cake was truly jet set! My stepmother, Jillian made the amazing fruitcake bottom layer in New Zealand and brought it over the week before the wedding. Jillian even contacted Defra (the UK food agency) to get a permit to bring the cake into the UK in her hand luggage! That’s dedication we are so grateful for! The top layer was an amazing chocolate mud cake. Jillian iced it all here and we decorated it with fresh flowers to match the bouquets and two little porcelain birds that I made myself at my pottery studio.

Swedish Death Metal

DJ Neville the Devil was our DJ of choice. On our RSVPs we asked everyone to fill in: “the song that gets me on the dance floor is…..”. We compiled all the answers (minus some Swedish death metal requested as a joke) and gave them to Neville. This meant that everyone, including the older generation had funk, soul and 80s tunes to dance to. Luckily most of our guests had good taste! Neville is an interactive DJ and got involved on the dance floor. Everyone loved it and I didn’t stop dancing all evening!

We also had a photo-booth section with all the crazy costumes we had collected over the years – the results were hilarious!

Baby Let Me Take You

Dave is the music brains in our partnership. He told me many year ago that ‘Baby let me take you’ by the Detroit Emeralds would be his first dance song. When we were planning the wedding I reminded him of that and nothing else came close!

Handmade Touches

I’d always wanted a few handmade touches at my wedding, so I made lots of vases in my pottery studio that we used to decorate some of the side tables. At the end of the night I told all the ladies to take one home with the flowers inside.

Super Venue

The fantastic team at The Londesborough did the hard part of putting up the 25 white pom poms, 8 pink honeycomb ball and 20 meters of handmade doilies bunting. It looked amazing and really transformed the venue into a celebration.


One part of the day I will always treasure is the special moments I shared with my Dad on the way to the ceremony. In the lead up to the wedding lots of people said “remember it is your day”, but it wasn’t until that moment in the car with my Dad that I really embraced that feeling.

We put lots of effort into heartfelt handmade touches, from the invitations, to the decoration, but it wouldn’t have been half as successful without the help of friends and family. I will be eternally grateful to my brother who repeatedly burnt his fingers while ironing doilies bunting!

Dave’s impromptu serenade to the Kool & the Gang song “Joanna” has to be up there with priceless memories!

A Final Thought

It’s an empowering feeling expressing your love in front of family and friends, so make it as personal as possible.
Don’t buy into other people’s expectations, stay true to your vision.

Venue – The Londesborough

Photographer – Joanna Millington

Dress – Blue Bridal

Boutique – Morgan Davies

Shoes – Filippa Scott

Hair – Jaydean Allen

Hair comb – Glitzy Secrets

Makeup –Jane Weston

Blooms – The Flower Appreciation Society

I love the fact that Stepmum Jill phoned up DEFRA to make sure she could get a wedding cake through customs… That has to be one of the most random stories to ever grace these polka dotted pages!

I really do dig the chilled and relaxed feel to this cool big city celebration… but I also love those little bits of fun and excitement. The celebratory spin in the hallway of Islington Town Hall is priceless and the couple shoots on the adventure playground can not fail to bring a smile to your face.

Thanks to Joanna and Dave for sharing their big day with us.


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Happy Birthday to Liberty in Love: WIN £250!

Ok so, this is your last call for entries to our Liberty in Love £250 Giveaway!!! Fill in your details in the form at the bottom of this page (and we’ve filled the post with gorgeous new pieces of wedding candy to tempt you!) Entries close at midnight on Sunday 18th.

Oh Boy. Have we got a treat for you today. It’s going to make your Monday so worth it!

The very lovely Siu Coll from Liberty in Love contacted us recently to ask if we would help her to celebrate the first birthday of her business, Liberty in Love. An online Bridal Accessory store stocking everything from head pieces to shoes, Liberty in Love can kit you out from head to toe for your W-day. (And I’ve got to admit, even though I’m no longer a bride but an old married, there is tons of lobe candy and pieces of pretty that I would quite literally kill to get my hands on.)

Of course, we love a birthday here at Rock My Wedding, almost as much as we love a wedding 😉 and set about finding out how we could help! And instead of us helping her, Siu wanted to celebrate by giving stuff away! For free! To our very lovely readers!

And here’s the deal. All you have to do is fill in the form at the end of the post. The prize is £250 to spend at Liberty in Love. Two-Hundred-and-fifty-smakeroo’s worth of bridal pretty people! Wowsers. Can you tell I’m excited?!

So if you haven’t yet sorted out your adornments for W-day, this is your chance to cut back the budget and get a helping hand towards looking fabulous. And if you have, you should flipping well enter anyway! Aside from jewels and hair accessories, there is a selection of shoes, bags and lingerie to get excited about too.

I might actually cry because I can’t enter myself!

And once again, here’s what you have to do:
Step 1. Fill in the form below.
Step 2. There isn’t one. It’s that easy!

The giveaway will run until midnight on Sunday 17th April. The lucky winner will be announced the week after.

Make sure you drop us a comment and tell us what you would like to buy with all that £££!

Good Luck everyone!

Yours Truly,