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It’s Friday And It’s All Getting A Bit Fruity.

Nope, I am in fact not talking about flirting/being a bit naughty (although you are welcome too – it is Friday after all…) I’m talking about a fresh fruity colour scheme for W-day. Namely YELLOW. Which apart from blue and grey and um…peach (!) is quickly becoming my favourite hue for all things decorative.

As I mentioned last week, I’m a magpie for beautifully styled inspiration shoots and this sunshine infused delight styled by Stacey-Marie Chalk of Cherry Topped Bespoke Weddings and captured by photographer Juliet McKee is delicious. Not only would I like to wear the white carnation and bright yellow craspedia headress every day for the rest of my life, the 3/4 length sleeve scoop back gown by Jesus Peiro is one of the classiest, regal and most sophisticated frocks I have ever laid eyes on. Let me tell you – Madam Middleton may have had to have donned a third dress had she spied this wee beauty.

Oh and if you are having a winter affair (or let’s be honest – any other ruddy season for that matter) then I suggest you get a wriggle on and hot foot it over to Miss Bush Bridal to go try it on.

And the smoky peepers and pale nudey lips a la Brigitte Bardot?


I defy you gorgeous lot not to find at least one little idea you want to steal, and if you do I want you to tell us what it is in the comments box below. And if you are willing to share, later this afternoon we may even treat you to a somewhat controversial discussion post written. by. a. boy.

Happy Friday lovelies 😉

Juliet Mckee: Some months ago I decided to approach the lovely Stacey-Marie of Cherry Topped Bespoke Weddings to see if she would be interested in a collaborative bridal photo shoot. We have worked together before and Stacey-Marie has a brilliant eye for style and detail. Well lucky for me she said yes and so we set about planning an exciting project. We wanted to create a fresh, bright and bold style which would combine the fun feeling of the summer of love with the elegance of Audrey. We went for a deliciously bright sunshine yellow colour to run throughout.

To gather our ideas and inspiration we used the hugely addictive Pinterest to share images we both came across which hinted at the style, colour and design of the shoot. Stacey-Marie then compiled an inspiration board which we shared with the suppliers who we set about contacting to see if they’d be interested in working with us. I’ll let Stacey-Marie continue the story behind the inspiration and how she went about bringing the style together…

Stacey-Marie at Cherry Topped: With our vision and inspiration in place we wanted to make sure that our ideas were feasible; for brides to be able to create them themselves and to provide alternative colour and design inspiration. It turned out (after the photo shoot day!) that the yellow colour is said to be big for next year according to Pantone’s colour report – “Solar Power”! So on to the details…

Emma Meek’s (Miss Bush Bridal, a Surrey Bridal Boutique) stock of Jesus Peiro dresses and a Udo Zaldi dress were perfect for the sixties look that we wanted to create with our model Gemma. With the first dress by Jesus Peiro (style 2003) we wanted to accessorise this with a bespoke oversized yellow dupion silk bow to sit perfectly at the back to create drama and fun. Gemma also wore Pink’s “Tease” shoes which were dyed to match the bow colour swatch. Emma and her seamstress Janet worked their magic with creating the bespoke pieces for the shoot.

Gemma’s second dress, also by Jesus Peiro (style 1014) with its ¾ length sleeves is perfect for a winter wedding. We wanted to keep this look classic in all ivory and to mirror the bow on the dress in Gemma’s hair and on the shoes. Janet’s sewing skills came to the fore again with making a bespoke ivory satin bow for Gemma’s hair.

Gemma’s final dress, by Ugo Zaldi (style B126) is a fun short bridal gown, perfect for a second outfit in the evening. With a simple blusher veil it creates a stylish contemporary look.

Gemma’s hair and makeup was styled by Gemma Sutton and her assistant Stacey. The high beehives, dark smoky eyes and natural lips characterised the sixties feel and the addition of the white carnations and bright yellow craspedia at the base of the beehive gave that quirky dramatic feel.

Steph from Fairynuff Flowers provided the stunning bouquets. After sharing the inspiration boards with Steph she completely understood the look we were after. Steph created a vibrant yellow and green bouquet and a contrasting contemporary dome bouquet of white carnations; simple and classic.

Sunflowers and daisies were part of our inspiration for the sunshine yellow colour. Inspired by the flowers Janet Mohapi-Banks created “Summer” a beautifully striking 4-tier wedding cake covered in delicately hand crafted sunflowers and daisies, perfectly bold and elegant with a touch of fun too!

We wanted to have a fun sweetie buffet as part of the shoot, for which Sarah from Creative Candi provided her beautiful vintage apothecary jars of sweets. To finish off the look of the sweetie jars, we attached some little “Sweetie Mix” labels with ribbon, beautifully designed by Wendy at August Moon who use the shape of a sunflower as inspiration for the artistic design.

To go with the outdoor sixties party feel of the shoot we hired in some funky martini shape glasses from Jones Hire and some elegant glassware from Nest. The water jug and water glasses filled with iced lemon and lime water were perfect for the outdoor drinks reception feel together with a cloche style cake stand filled with lemons and limes.

The stunning venue for our shoot was Pendell House, in Bletchingley, Surrey. I visited Pendell House some months ago and loved its relaxed intimate atmosphere. Once the inspiration and colours were sorted for our shoot I thought of Pendell House with its decor suiting the design perfectly. The poolside location suited the cocktail drinks reception atmosphere and the elegant interior with ornate furnishing suited the classic elegance of the shoot. We just loved the gold gilt chair, inside and outside!

Last, but most definitely not least, is Juliet! Working with Juliet is just such a brilliant experience! She worked so, so hard making sure all details and elements were captured to their very best, in the best locations and in the best light (literally!). She has captured the look and feel of our ideas amazingly!

Everyone involved in this styled bridal shoot were absolutely adorable to work with and all put in so much effort to bring the style and design together. By pulling together your initial wedding ideas and inspiration to show your wedding suppliers, they can then use their expertise and imagination to create each element of your wedding day to suit your requirements. We hope that this has inspired you even in some little way by showcasing different ideas and ways of introducing variety, colour, and personalised touches into your wedding day!

Venue – Pendell House

Photographer – Juliet McKee Photography

Coordinator & Stylist – Cherry Topped Bespoke Weddings – Stacey-Marie Chalk

Model – Gemma Underhay

Dresses and Accessories – Miss Bush Bridal

Cake – Janet Mohapi-Banks

Flowers – Fairynuff Flowers – Steph Turpin

Stationery – Wendy Li at August Moon

Hair & Makeup – Gemma Sutton

Sweet Buffet – Creative Candi

Anything here take your fancy folks? it’s funny, although I am a W-day blogger I always forget that you can in fact dye ivory shoes to pretty much any colour of your choice…anyone thinking of giving this option a go?

Oh and I know what colour mine would be today.


Big Fruity Love

Charlotte xxx

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Everything’s Just Peachy.

Way back when last year Team RMW dedicated a whole week to all things peachy keen. Because we LOVE this feminine shade for W-day. Especially when combined with grey, or nude, or pink or green….. basically any combination of colours that may take your fancy.

A few weeks back photographer Chanelle Segerius-Bruce and wedding planner and stylist Helen Carter contacted Rock My Wedding to see if we would like to feature their recent bridal inspiration shoot, a vintage country style extravaganza with the prettiest decor and one single common theme throughout…

Yes you guessed it people, PEACH.

The make-up, fashion and hair is particularly delicious and don’t even get me started on the florals or the paper…. seriously, if I was planning my own big day I would be stealing every. single. detail.

Helen has kindly written all about the ideas and suppliers behind the shoot so you can go create something equally as delectable for W-day should you chose to.

Enjoy you gorgeous lot.

Helen Carter from Helen Carter Weddings: I’d been wanting to do a styled bridal photo shoot for some time, but somehow it was one of those things that just kept slipping down my to do list. In my mind I knew I wanted to create a look that was very design-oriented with a real focus on the little details, but that also offered realistic inspiration for brides looking for ideas for their own day.

I’ve ‘known’ Chanelle from Segerius Bruce via Twitter and e-mail for well over 12 months, but we hadn’t actually met until April this year. We got chatting about photo shoots, and right from the start I could tell that we were on the same wavelength. This was really important, as I knew I needed a talented photographer who could shoot beautiful model shots without overlooking all the little details I wanted to incorporate. Fortunately for me Chanelle was on board with all of my crazy ideas (!), so I set about putting everything together my very first styled shoot.

The Design

I already had an idea in mind for the design (which fortunately Chanelle loved!) – a subtle vintage country style with a duck-egg blue and peach colour scheme. However, when I started getting into the details I had so many ideas that I soon realised that just one look wasn’t going to be enough! So I decided to split the shoot into two parts – the first would be an elegant vintage style with hints of duck-egg blue, long flowing dresses and a formal table setting, whilst the second would have a more relaxed and country feel, hopefully (weather permitting!) using an outdoor setting. Both would have an individual feel, but would complement each other by using the same peach-based colour scheme and accessorising with lace, pearls and peaches.

The Location

Because I wanted the shoot to provide brides with inspiration, I didn’t want to use an impractical or inaccessible location. However, I wanted it to have the right outdoor space to complement the rustic side of the design, as well as having a beautiful interior that worked with the vintage look. Not an easy task!

After much searching I discovered the George in Rye, a gorgeous boutique hotel in Sussex. The exquisite silk panelled ballroom was just perfect for the vintage look, whilst the pretty little courtyard was exactly what I wanted for the outdoor country tablescape. And as an added bonus, with its quaint cobbled streets and quirky little store fronts Rye also offered a great backdrop for some gorgeous model shots!

The Suppliers

I knew for this shoot I was going to need an amazing team of suppliers who understood the two different, yet still complimentary, looks and exactly what I was trying to achieve. As a wedding planner I am lucky enough to work with some incredibly talented and creative individuals on a regular basis, so I went straight to my little black book of trusty contacts!

The flowers, provided by the lovely Leanne at Wild About, comprised a seasonal mix of peach and pink tones punctuated by smatterings of vibrant green, with two different bouquet styles to complement the vintage and country designs.

One of my favourite cake designers, Zoe Clark at The Cake Parlour, provided the cakes and confectionary. As soon as I saw the George in Rye I knew I wanted to do two completely different cake displays. For the vintage look we took inspiration from the beautiful silk panels in the ballroom, with Zoe hand-painting the hummingbird design onto a striking 3-tier creation, whilst for the country style she designed a beautiful 2-tier peach cake with sugar flowers that we set up in the courtyard.

For the stationery I again took inspiration from the ballroom decor. Jenny at In The Treehouse did a fabulous job of creating the ‘usual’ stationery items (e.g. invitation, table number and menus), and also created some quirky little pieces that we used for the drinks and cake displays.

Because of the mismatched nature of the accessories and props I wanted to incorporate, I sourced many of the items from Ebay, charity shops, car boot sales and antique centres – a bit of rooting around and you can find some great bargains! Some of the larger pieces were borrowed from Vintage Style Hire, who have loads of different props and accessories that are just perfect for accessorising a vintage wedding.

The ‘Brides’

Stephanie Allin provided four beautiful dresses for the shoot, which all had their own distinct style but complemented each other with the continuing use of lace and soft fabrics. We accessorised these with a range of shoes from Rachel Simpson, and beautiful headpieces and jewellery from Chez Bec.

For the bridal shots I really wanted to have two distinct looks to complement both the vintage and country designs, and Gemma Sutton did a fantastic job on hair and make-up. The vintage looks were characterised by more formal up-dos and sparkly headpieces, whilst the country look used loose curls, pearls and floral accessories.

Designing and organising the shoot was a great experience, and I would like to thank everyone who was involved for all their hard work and support. I really hope you like the ideas and find some inspiration for your own wedding day!

Styling, planning and design: Helen Carter Weddings

Styling assistant: Andri Benson

Photography: Segerius Bruce

Flowers: Wild About

Cakes and confectionary: Zoe Clark at The Cake Parlour

Stationery: In The Treehouse

Hair and Make-up: Gemma Sutton

Dresses: Stephanie Allin

Shoes: Rachel Simpson

Hair accessories and Jewellery: Chez Bec

Props and Accessories: stylist’s own, Vintage Style Hire and Jones Hire

Models: Megan and Agata

Venue: George In The Rye

Behind the scenes video: Iota Media 

A peach place setting with a flag. Can someone please have that for their own W-day?

And if anyone is considering similar styling/colour schemes then we would love to know, tell us all about your ideas in the comment box below.

Big I Dream In Peach Love

Charlotte xxx