If you are a regular follower of Rock My Wedding you’ll know our ethos is ‘Your Day Your Way’ (It’s also the title or our wedding planning & inspiration book), so it was really lovely to see Sarah & Mark’s following the exact sentiment and having a moroccan themed wedding in pub with epic floral installations, lanterns and an abundance of cushions and throws. They also decided not to have speeches and carried on their celebrations over a two day period. because why not.
If you’re attempting to plan a multicultural wedding – this is how to do it. Zahra is British but of Pakistani heritage and so wanted to include aspects of both cultures in her big day. I LOVE that she wore Pakistani dress, but in ivory, rather than the traditional red, meaning that she still felt like she had a ‘white wedding.’
Groom Jon also wore traditional dress, but changed into a sharp blue suit for the evening. The Bridesmaids were super excited to wear pink saris for the day and don’t they look beautiful? That shade of pink with gold is just so pretty!
The lovely couple had an outdoor ceremony at Love Lust List recommended Venue Larmer Tree Gardens which provided the perfect East meets West environment for their big day.
And the best part of their multicultural day?? The surprise Bollywood dance from the Wedding party…
Oh. My. word. This wedding is beautiful. It is classy. It is elegant. It is so super sleek. We’re talking the most beautiful of pastel shades for bridesmaid dresses, the most glorious backless Jenny Packham gown, stunning stationery and festoon lights. They are my very favourite kind of lights.
Photographer Lelia Scarfiotti has captured the mood perfectly with her romantic and dreamy shots. Prepare to swoon.
Good morning brides, I hope you are feeling fashionable today. Our feature this morning is a little bit different. It’s not actually a real wedding as we would normally present them, but Eva and Mark are married. Puzzled? Well, read on…
Eva and Mark got married in Australia last year, but wanted some pictures of them in Hampstead, as that is where they met and lived. Eva brought along a whole lot of props – including bouquets that she had made herself, and Anna Taylor took this set of stunning photographs.
So, it’s part real wedding, part couple shoot and part fashion inspiration.
Eva The Bride: My wedding dress search was a year long process that involved trying on over 90 dresses. NINE-ZERO! The first ever dress I tried on was during a visit back to Sydney to find a wedding venue. My mum and I ducked into a little boutique called La Luna in southern suburbs of Sydney where I’m from. I really loved it however it wasn’t what I’d originally imagined myself and didn’t want to go with the first dress I’d tried on.
After returning to London and with the dress toll climbing to over 50 I discovered by chance that the designer of the dress, Rachel Gilbert was having a sample sale. I was hopeing that this dress might be in the sale which was a long shot as it was from a few seasons ago, but my very patient and wonderful parents found the sale in a back street of inner Sydney and as fate would have it the dress in the right size, was there and heavily reduced.
I went back to Sydney a few months before the wedding to finalise preparations (and ensure I had a correctly fitting dress!) and with the hope of making a few slight alterations to my Rachel Gilbert gown to customise it. Unfortunately it was impossible to alter it in the way I wanted so I ended having a dress made (and in 8 weeks!) by the very talented ladies of Nelder Jones in Paddington in Sydney.
I still wanted to be able to wear my Rachel Gilbert dress especially as it was quite sentimental given all the trouble my parents went to so being able to wear it again for our photoshoot with Anna Taylor was a real blessing. My birdcage veil came from a Tessa Kim in the US and the flower was from David Jones, a department store in Australia
We wanted black tie for Mark and not the traditional morning suit as we wanted something he could wear again and also was timelessly classic and sophisticated. Mark chose a dinner suit from Gieves and Hawkes and wore it on our wedding day as well as on our photoshoot. Hopefully He will be able to wear it for many years to come and each time will be reminded of our perfectly beautiful day! His shoes are from Paul Smith and are fantastic!
I made my bouquet, Mark’s buttonhole and the tabel florals from flowers I had bought from New Covent Garden Market. A great resource for all things floral. The foliage selection is unsurpassed. I bought the magnolia branches the week before to give them time to open up fully. I wanted branches in all stages, budding, semi open and fully bloomed. The cherry blossom branches were cut from a tree in our garden.
I am budding floral designer so having the chance to work with my most favourite flower types (hydrangea, magnolia, cherry blossom and jasmine) was the ultimate treat. It was also a very seasonal bouquet as magnolia trees are blossoming brilliantly and the cherry blossom was at its peak. Ranunculus was at the height of the season and hydrangeas are just starting to make an appearance at the market. I secured them all with some gold ribbon from John Lewis.
The table styling contained 2 cakes that I made and decorated with buttercream frosting (I am also a budding baker) and topped with big blousy peonies, plus little heads of ranunculus in a tea cup from a charity shop. The big glass vase was filled with more magnolia and hydrangea. The table is one that lives in the living room of our house and covered with a table cloth my mum gave us.
It was all trasported in a transit van and assembled in Hampstead Heath.
Ha ha – I love that little plug for Transit vans at the end there… If you need to transport a load of wedding decor and trinkets to Hampstead Heath then we recommend a Transit van if you want to do it in style…
Seriously though… Eva and Mark have very unique taste (and talent) and they really went for it in terms of alternative wedding day fashion choices.
What do you lovely readers think, have any of you been inspired to do things a little differently?
Make sure you check out the gallery for the full set of these fashion forward piccies by Anna Taylor.