La Sposa

Image by Dale Weeks Photography - La Sposa Lace Wedding Dress with Pink Bridesmaid Gowns from ASOS & a Bespoke Grooms Suit for a classic wedding in a barn with Naked Cake & fabric petal backdrop decor.
Naked Cake
Naked Cake
Image by Dale Weeks Photography - La Sposa Lace Wedding Dress with Pink Bridesmaid Gowns from ASOS & a Bespoke Grooms Suit for a classic wedding in a barn with Naked Cake & fabric petal backdrop decor.
Image by Dale Weeks Photography - La Sposa Lace Wedding Dress with Pink Bridesmaid Gowns from ASOS & a Bespoke Grooms Suit for a classic wedding in a barn with Naked Cake & fabric petal backdrop decor.
Image by Dale Weeks Photography - La Sposa Lace Wedding Dress with Pink Bridesmaid Gowns from ASOS & a Bespoke Grooms Suit for a classic wedding in a barn with Naked Cake & fabric petal backdrop decor.
Image by Dale Weeks Photography - La Sposa Lace Wedding Dress with Pink Bridesmaid Gowns from ASOS & a Bespoke Grooms Suit for a classic wedding in a barn with Naked Cake & fabric petal backdrop decor.
The Boys!
The Boys!
Image by Dale Weeks Photography - La Sposa Lace Wedding Dress with Pink Bridesmaid Gowns from ASOS & a Bespoke Grooms Suit for a classic wedding in a barn with Naked Cake & fabric petal backdrop decor.
Image by Dale Weeks Photography - La Sposa Lace Wedding Dress with Pink Bridesmaid Gowns from ASOS & a Bespoke Grooms Suit for a classic wedding in a barn with Naked Cake & fabric petal backdrop decor.
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Alana & Jamie

I literally want to put Alana & Jamie in my pocket, they are so adorably cute & indisputably very much in love. They have an incredibly romantic story and have had such fun on their travels together before becoming Mr & Mrs, which I’m sure will continue.

Their relaxed country wedding is just beautiful. I LOVE their cleverly crafted fabric flower display which genius-ly adapted as the ceremony altar and then later as the top table backdrop. But that’s not the only DIY magic going on, they also created some gorgeous chalkboard signs with fabulous calligraphy.

Such a carefree young couple with a classic and very elegant wedding…

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Spanish Wedding Splendour In Gaucin.


It’s not often that we get to share weddings in Spain with you lovelies but our luck has changed this afternoon with Helen and Ben’s luminous big day in Gaucin.

It’s a bright and breezy affair with panoramic views galore and a thirst-quenching orange and navy colour scheme that has me reaching for the Pin It button. I adore how Helen has opted to integrate both the colour and the fruit into all parts of her big day – from her bouquet to the decor on their aisle canopy all the way through to her table centrepieces.

And can we just take a moment to gawp over Helen’s luscious mane; it’s so long and so thick that I’m really very VERY envious right now.

Let’s go take a look…

Destination Wedding In Gaucin In Spain With An Orange And Navy Colour Scheme And A La Sposa Wedding Dress With Photography By David Jenkins._0001

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Rain In Spain Did Not Stop Play.


They say that the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain don’t they. Not so for Gary and Eleanor and their beautiful destination wedding at Cortijo del Marques in Granada. In fact the pair were subjected to a spot of flash flooding in Granada whilst a heatwave raged back at home in Wales.

But the rain did not stop play – in fact this gorgeous pair fully embraced the elements moving their courtyard based wedding reception into an exquisite old barn that they’d wanted to use in their day but just couldn’t work out how. Serendipitous I think…

So sit back, relax and enjoy this exotic adventure.

A Spanish Destination Wedding At Cortijo del Marques In Granada With A Emma Victoria Payne Wedding Dress Photographed By Joseph Hall Photography._0001

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A Full Military Affair.

Jemma and James married at St Peter’s Church, Alton, Staffordshire with a reception at home on Fairfield Farm.

A visual treat is in store for you today, and I am not just refering to the men in uniform. The florals pop beautifully and will put a shine on even the dreariest of November mornings, the maids dresses are simple pastel perfection and Jemma looks stunning in her fish tail dress accessorised with an intricate head peice.

And capturing this abundance of loveliness was all down to Love Lust List member Jo Hastings. And she did so perfectly.

I Burst Into Tears

My dress was by La Sposa and had a lace bodice with a fishtail tulle skirt and a small amount of detailing on the bust. I’d seen a La Sposa campaign online and loved their designs so tracked down a local supplier (The Bridal Lounge – Newcastle-under-Lyme)
I put it on and burst into tears! I knew it was how I wanted to feel on my wedding day.

Simple Jewellery

I’m not into a huge amount of ‘bling’ so my bought a vintage inspired hair vine from Ivory and Co Tiaras. I also bought my cathedral length veil from there also.

My jewellery on the day was very simple, diamond studs, a diamond tennis bracelet which was a gift from my Mum and a diamond solitaire necklace which my lovely hubby gave to me on the morning of the wedding!

Shoe Fetish

I have an absolute shoe fetish so my wedding shoes were by Christian Louboutin. The heel was mid-height as I didn’t want to be in agony by our first dance! They were complete princess shoes, silver/gold and glittery!

Vintage Hair

I’m a trained Bridal make-up artist (London College of Fashion) so did my own make-up. However I had my hair styled. I love Vintage inspired styles so tracked down the very talented Bethany Jane Davies to do my hair. She’s a Vintage hair and make-up artist and did a cracking job of giving me a perfect 50’s Hollywood wave. My hair stayed in so well it still looked great the day after!

Country Garden

The flowers for our wedding were a mixture of country garden flowers, English roses, dahlias, sweet peas, (plus a few others I can’t remember the names of!)

I found our Floral Designer, Juliet of Thoughtful Flowers, at the National Wedding Show at the NEC. I put my complete trust in her as I was overwhelmed by her portfolio. I knew that our flowers would be grown especially, so whilst I had a rough idea of colours and varieties, the bouquets and displays were a lovely surprise on the morning of the wedding!

The flowers were the main decoration at the reception as they were so beautiful anything else would have detracted from them. The table centres were a combination of tall displays on mirrors, smaller arrangements in vintage crystal vases and individual stems in smaller crystal vases.

A Full Military Affair

The bridesmaids wore oyster pink prom style dresses that I bought from Coast that I had adapted slightly (I had a tulle skirt sewn in to match my dress) and oyster pink lace shoes that I found in New Look and were an absolute bargain.

As the wedding was a full military affair most of the groomsmen were in uniform. The Best man’s suit along with both the Father of the Bride and Groom’s were hired from Cameron Ross formal wear.

Complete With Sword

My husband is an officer in the Royal Navy so he was in full dress uniform, complete with sword! He was also in floods of tears which completely set me off.

We Were On The Same Page

Our photographer was Jo Hastings – I met Jo at the NEC National Wedding Show and loved her portfolio. After chatting our day through with her on the phone I knew we were on the same page so looked no further.

Heart Shaped

My lovely mother-in-law made our cake. It was a 3-tiered, heart shaped jam and buttercream sponge and was absolutely gorgeous.
I’d seen a few heart shaped cakes in wedding magazines (which I became slightly addicted to!) that I gave to her as inspiration.

Jazz Canons

During the reception and meal our DJ played songs by Ella Fitzgerald who I adore. It created a really lovely atmosphere. After our first dance the entertainment was kicked off by the 7 piece swing band we hired, The Jazz Cannons.

After that our DJ, Chris Bevans, kept us partying until the early hours. I put a song request on our RSVP’s so everyone had something played that they loved.

At Last

Our first dance was to At Last by Beyonce (from the Dream Girl’s soundtrack) The words of the song were really significant to the both of us. When I first played it to James he welled up! I insisted we have the Beyonce version as I’m a huge fan.

Plum And Damson

As the wedding was held at the family home I wanted as many personal touches as possible. We have a plum and damson orchard so after a fantastic harvest in 2011, we made plum jam and damson gin which constituted our favours. They were a labour of love as bottling it all took an eternity!

Candles And Trees

The flowers made up the majority of the decoration as they were so gorgeous we didn’t need anything else. We also hired bay trees to line the entrance of the marquee and had hundreds of candles throughout the venue.

A Stich Up

Because it was a full military wedding, touches like the sword arch, Naval toasts, the Naval flag flying at the church and the fact we cut our cake with my husband’s sword made it really special. Also, most of the women weren’t complaining that there were 20+ officers in uniform!!

I kept all the details I’d planned as a surprise so our guests were over-joyed to find a specialist Gin bar, free flowing champagne, restaurant quality food, fantastic wine, a reveal area that housed the club-style dance floor and stage, the 7 piece swing band, a photo-booth and a fish and chip van that arrived at 10,30pm! I also completely stitched my hubby up by arranging for him to sing a song with the band… He had no idea but was fantastic!

My advice to other Brides would be sweat the small stuff but don’t drive yourself crazy. I felt it was the little, personal touches I did that really got people talking. For example everyone really appreciated the basket of flip-flops and toiletries I put in the ladies bathroom especially when their feet were hurting and their make-up had worn off from so much dancing.

If you have time to organise things like this, definitely do it!

I’d also say try and make time on the day to have 10 minutes with your new husband. It all goes so quickly it’s great to just have some time to take it all in.

Dress – La Sposa

Boutique – The Bridal Lounge

Hair Vine – Ivory and Co Tiaras

Shoes – Christian Louboutin

Photographer – Jo Hastings

Band – Jazz Cannons

DJ – Chris Bevans

Florist – Thoughtful Flowers

Mmmm… Gin.

Jemma and James provided lots of things to entertain their guests, but Jemma is spot on when she says it’s the little personal touches that really make your guests feel special and sometimes that can be a budget saver too. A bit of home made jam (or gin in this case!) will always be remembered and it won’t necessarily break the bank either.


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Beach Boho… Part 2

This is the perfect post for a Friday, Not only is it breezy, beachy and super-full of sunshine – perfect for lifting our spirits on this miserable (still! – um, it’s June!) Friday. It also has some brilliant snippets of advice between the stunning photographs. If you didn’t read Part 1, go back now and have a look, then come back and read this part!

Creative Compositions

Being a designer/general arty-type, Stephen was determined that we had images of our day that were visually pleasing to his particular style. His exact wording to prospective photographers when describing the sort of thing he wanted was: “A selection of black and whites, bleached, rich or vibrant colours (think movie poster) and a couple of safer shots just in case we grow old and boring……A touch of drama …Creative compositions”. I, on the other hand, was not so sure what I wanted – although I very much agreed with Stephen when we looked at some photographers work on-line, that we both preferred the photo-journalism style.

A general cruise of the internet found us 3 photographers that we then met with, but even before meeting them, our favourite images were those of Bournemouth-based photographer Phill Allen. His pictures just seemed so thoughtfully composed, yet captured a split second moment – suggesting to us he had a real eye for a good picture. His work also seemed so consistent – so important when you only have one day to catch it!

After chatting to all 3 photographers, our decision was clear to us – we wanted Phill Allen to photograph our wedding. Not only were his pictures amazing (it would seem that so many photographers have adopted a photojournalism style but Phill was the only one we saw whose pictures showed a true narrative), but we really liked him too. He appeared to us someone who really enjoys people, and therefore really enjoys his job. He was honest and open, both traits that Stephen and I really value.

We were in no way disappointed. The Photographs that we have of our wedding are outstanding. They are not only beautiful, but a true reflection of our day – we are so pleased to have them as a lasting memory of our amazing day.

Beachy Florals

When it comes to flowers, I’m pretty clueless – and there wasn’t anything obvious that sprung to mind for flowers, when you considered our theme. We decided fairly on, then, that we didn’t want flowers for our table centrepieces. Thinking about what we’d seen that we’d liked, and with some great advice from our fantastic florists, Kerry and Laura, at Penn Hill Flowers, we came up with fish bowls, with sand at the bottom and shells, floating candles, and grasses around the inside of the bowls. The candles carried our colour scheme of tiffany blue into the centrepieces and the sand, shells and water were all suitably beachy!

For the bouquets and button holes, we went for white flowers – as blue flowers are fairly hard to come-by! As I said, I’m pretty clueless when it comes to flowers, so Kerry and Laura were really helpful, showing us pictures of some of the sort of things we might like to go for. I fell in love with lily-of-the-valley, but unfortunately having a whole bouquet of that was going to blow the budget, so mine and my bridesmaid’s flowers were hand-tied bouquets of cream, small headed flowers with lily of the valley and panicum grass.

The men’s buttonholes were single, cream Avalanche roses, with foliage. Stephen’s also had some Panicum grass and lily-of-the-valley incorporated.

Shades of Grey

Having succumbed to buying a dress (rather than making it myself) I decided that my creative efforts would go into making our wedding cake. This, at least, could be completed weeks before our wedding day and would not need to be subject to any last-minute alterations! From a very practical perspective, then, fruit cake was chosen, as it can be made so far in advance!! I had in my mind that I would keep it simple – a stacked, tiered cake – either round or square, and decorated with shells or pebbles, to tie-in with our beach theme.

I very clearly recall the conversation that Stephen and I had regarding the shape of the cake – it went something like this:

Beth: What shape wedding cake shall I make – Shall I go for round or square? (I’ll be honest, it was a token question, I thought he would leave the decision to me).

Stephen: (after some thought) Both of those are a bit dull – couldn’t you make something a bit more interesting…a sandcastle shaped cake maybe?

Beth: I don’t think so – might be a little bit tacky.

Stephen: What about making a cake that looks like stacked pebbles…

…and so the idea was born! And so, with the help of my Mum, the two of us just about managed to create pebble-shaped cakes and I’m sure Stephen and I are the only couple in history that has ended up with a grey wedding cake! Did it look home-made? Yes, very much so – but it was one of many very personal touches to our wedding day and I loved being involved in doing it.

Beachy Blues…

Wanting to be a little bit different, but not wanting to break the bank, we made CD’s of some of our favourite songs for our guests. As they were all songs that had featured somewhere in the day, we called it the “Sound Track to Our Marriage Day” – Stephen made cardboard sleeves for all the CDs. It was important for us to give our guests something that would act as a real reminder to our day.

As well as the CD, I painted everyone’s first names onto pebbles, to use for the name place settings. I was pleased to see that the majority of people took these with them too – so they ended up serving a double purpose!

Althought the chairs at our venue were very lovely, we went for chair covers with Tiffany-blue sashes, to bring our colour into the wedding breakfast room. We also continued the beach theme throughout with scattered shells (collected by Stephen and myself from the beach…and painstakingly cleaned!), naming the tables after some of our favourite beaches and with the pebble place-name settings. Stephen, who designed all the stationary, had included a 3-shell motif, and that cropped up on the orders of the day, the table plan, the table name cards, the CD cases for the favours – even the children’s treasure hunt clues!! We did our best to really tie everything together.

Children of the 90’s

Although, strictly speaking, not entertainment, we had a harpist play for our ceremony. I love the elegance and romance of the Harp, and it really suited our venue. We met Jess King-Holforth at a wedding fayre at our venue, and she played beautifully. I walked up the Aisle to Cannon in D by John Pachabel – so beautiful on the harp, it really added a special touch to our ceremony. She also played some of our favourite contemporary songs on the harp for the signing of the register, which was a lovely touch.

Being children of the 90’s, Stephen and I share a love of alternative rock…indi…brit-pop….call it what you will. We also love live music – even if it’s just a guy with his guitar down the pub, so the obvious choice was a live band. We also reckoned on a band doubling up as the evening’s entertainment, in a way that a disco/DJ never would – you can still enjoy watching a band, even if you don’t fancy a dance.

Not knowing any live bands that we thought would fit the bill, we hunted around the internet and came across Warble Entertainment, an on-line agent for entertainers of all sorts. The site was great – you could listen to clips of the acts, which all had reviews, and felt more confident that you were hiring through a reputable agent. We still felt, just very slightly, that we were taking a bit of a gamble…what if they were a let-down?!

We really needn’t have worried. The Indie Killers were brilliant. Brilliant musicians, unbelievable showmen and incredibly professional. They learnt our first-dance song to play for us (Athlete’s “Half-light”) and then played 3 amazing sets – with a DJ option set up between sets, perfect for those who would prefer to dance to some of the more classic wedding-party tunes.

Although it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup-of-tea, having a live band was a real wow factor and talking point of the evening. I wouldn’t hesitate to make the exact same decision again!

As I’ve already mentioned, our first dance was to Athlete’s Half-light, played live. Not a typical first dance, by a long shot, but very special and personal to us.

The song was released in 2005 – a time before Stephen and I were a couple, but were best friends, but both knew in our heart-of-hearts that we were soul mates. It was also a time that I was planning an open-ended trip to New Zealand. The song really struck a chord with me, and I learnt to play it on the guitar (an instrument we both play), and would play it to Stephen, sat in his garden. In my last week in the UK, at the beginning of September 2005, some of the lines in the song seemed to hold real meaning to the both of us:

“So when I see you next, we’ll make the most of it, tell the sun to start moving again”


“but all that I’ve seen, means nothing to me, without you”

Unbeknown to either of us, neither could listen to that song after that week without a tear coming to our eye, and thoughts of what could have been. But of course, the story didn’t end there. I was back after a year, and the feelings we’d had hadn’t changed. And the rest is history!

As neither of us are particular fans of the lime light, so a big dance number it was not – more of the “A-Frame shuffle” as we like to call it, but lots of people joined us up on the dance floor.

Advice from a Bride

The thing that made our day so very special to us was including the things that we loved – the blessing down on the beach, the live music in the evening – even the food was the type of food we loved. So many of our guests told us that our day was a real reflection of us. One of my big tips to other couples would be to, at the beginning of the planning process, to sit down and think about what is really important to you – what you want to get out of your day and what you want people to remember about it afterwards.

On the day, just relax and enjoy – and try to take in as much as you can.

Try on as many wedding dresses as you possibly can!! Even if you think you know what you want, try different things on – you’ll never get the chance to do it again!

Don’t be too ruthless with the guest list…there may be budgets to be stuck to, but at the end of the day, you’ll want the people you care about the most to be there, so don’t cut people out just because of numbers (although if you don’t want them there, that’s different!) – you could end up missing them on the day.

Photographer – Mister Phill

Venue – Italian Villa, Compton Acres

Flowers – Penn Hill Flowers

Stationery/Table Plan – Groom

Harpist – Jess King-Holforth

Band – The Indie Killers via Warble Entertainment

Wise words and brilliant advice from a very down to earth bride! 🙂

Have a Beachy Breezy weekend folks!

Yours Truly,


You can find Mister Phill 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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Beach Boho… Part 1

It’s apt that we are sharing a wedding by Phillip Allen aka Mister Phill this week, as his weddings are amongst the most emotively shot that we ever show on Rock My Wedding.

The ethos behind this wedding makes me think of all the things I would do if I did it again… the relaxed vibe, the chilled out bride and the beautiful great outdoors playing such a big part in their ceremony.

Enjoy ladies – it’s perfect for Friday daydreaming…

We (Stephen and Beth, as we are known) got married on Thursday 21st April 2011. Despite mid-week weddings gaining in popularity (I think due to both cost and availability), we felt we’d done really well getting this Thursday to be married. It was the Thursday before Good Friday, so the following day was a bank holiday. Not only was it significantly cheaper for us to hire our venue on the Thursday (even compared to the Friday), we were also able to use all of our preferred suppliers, as they were all still available – despite us being a little bit late booking certain things!!

Bronzed and Beautiful…

Stephen’s very lovely cousin, Lou – who just happens to be an accomplished hairdresser, offered to do my hair for me, which I gratefully accepted. Lou did a fantastic job of interpreting what I was asking for – up-styles that were still quite relaxed and informal – tying in with the romance and whimsy of my dress. My hair looked amazing on the day – and still was in one piece by the end of the evening (a near miracle for my hair – I can tell you!)

Lou had also, very kindly, offered to do my make up for me. I was having a spray-tan for the wedding (off-white dress against off-white skin = not a good look!) and so needed to get some new foundation, as of course, I would be darker than my normal skin colour. I had a “practice” with the spray tan a couple of months before the wedding (something I would thoroughly recommend – it gave me the confidence that I would be a nice brown, not an orangy brown, as my Mum was so concerned I might be). It also meant that I could take myself off to Bobbi Brown, fake tan in situ, and get some foundation and conceler that were the right colours for the “bronzed” me. Lizzie at Bobbi Brown was great – and I really recommend their make-up, it lasted all day. Lou did my make-up in quite natural coulors – shimmery browns for my eyes and pinks for my lips and cheeks. My make-up looked really lovely on the day – natural, but highlighting my features, and also looked great in the pictures. Lou, you are an absolute star xxx

Simple Shoes

I stayed quite simple with my shoes – 3 inch heels to give me a little bit of height (but not too much – I didn’t want to be towering over my 5’4” father as he walked me down the aisle!), Ivory satin peep toe shoes, which I bought online from www.1stforweddingshoes.co.uk. Because the bottom of my dress was lace, I was advised to stay away from shoes with anything attached to them, which might get caught in the lace! I also invested in some “clean heels” heel stoppers – hardly the most glam accessory, but they made walking on grass sooooo much easier…still had to take my shoes off for the beach though!

Finding The One

I had initially considered making my dress myself, being that dressmaking has been a hobby of mine for many years and I had always thought I would make my own wedding dress. However, on my Mum’s advice (which I would consider to be well-informed considering she made both her own wedding dress, and my sisters when she got married 10 years ago) I decided that, with all the other planning that goes into a wedding, making my dress might just be a little too much, so off to the shops it was…

I started off my dress hunt with genuinely no clue of what I wanted (other than I didn’t want it to be the same as everybody else’s!). While this was a little daunting at the time, I think it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it meant that I really explored every available style and possibility. I tried on dresses from Alice Temperly to Monsoon – Liberties to a Vintage Dress shop my design conscious, architect brother knew of in Notting Hill. Although so many possibilities meant making a final choice quite difficult, I was also confident when I made a decision, that I wasn’t going to regret it or see something I preferred….plus I had an amazing time trying on all those dresses!!

After such an extensive search, I ended up finding my dress in Daisy Bridal, a really gorgeous bridal shop in Bournemouth. The dress was by La Sposa and called “Denia”. It was a beautiful lace fish tail dress, with a tulle and lace overlay, which went into a beautiful train at the back. I must admit, that when I tried it on, I wasn’t hit with the thought that this was “the one” – but just that it was a really beautiful dress. It was much more “bridal” than I thought I would go for – I loved the Jenny Packham and Temperly dresses that I tried on, which were more of a Grecian style and had initially thought that this was what I would go for. My thoughts, however, kept going back to the La Sposa dress – and whenever they did, I would get really excited about it. I knew it would suit the elegance of our venue, but was also whimsical and romantic enough for our beach setting, and it was when trying it on for the 3rd time that I was certain it was the dress I wanted to get married in. I never once questioned my decision. Leanna and her team at Daisy Bridal were fantastic and gave me fantastic advice about the size, fit and style – even down to the type of accessories I should think about going for – and all their advice was completely spot-on.

Because I am quite short and petit, I was a little anxious about over-accessorizing. My fear was that jewelry, or a headpiece that was too large would simply end up wearing me, instead of the other way around, and wouldn’t suit the delicate lace of my dress. I decided upon a hair vine, worn like a delicate headband for my hair, which I bought online from Essesea. My friend, Becky, then lent me her diamond earrings and diamond pendant (my something borrowed!), which were beautifully delicate and suited my dress really well.

Finding the Perfect Venue

We got married at the Italian Villa, Compton Acres – a beautiful venue set in 10 acres of gardens only a couple of miles from where we live. Choosing a wedding venue was certainly our first challenge – and it took some time to pick the perfect one. The problem lay in the fact that, as both great lovers of the beach, the sea and surfing, Stephen and I had our hearts set on a beach wedding – currently not legal in this country (our photographer brought the Any Campaign to our attention). We briefly considered a wedding abroad, where weather is more predictable, but threw this idea out fairly quickly, as we knew it would mean that some people who would be able to attend – and it meant that we would not be able to be as involved in the planning of our day as we would like to be.

We spent some time looking at some of the beachfront hotels here in Bournemouth and Poole (thinking that, at least we’d be able to see the sea – and maybe have a drink and some photos on the beach), but none of them were what we were looking for. Either the style of the venue was wrong, or the capacity wasn’t enough. In our search, we went and looked at the Italian Villa and, although it was beautiful and perfect in every other way, it was a whole 2 miles from the beach!! We sat down and had a long think and talked it through. What we did know, was that we wanted a civil wedding ceremony, but with a Christian blessing as part of our day.

It seems so simple now – looking back on it, but it took a while for the penny to drop. We could get married at Compton Acres – by far our favorite venue, and due to it’s close proximity to the beach, we transport our guests down there for a blessing! We knew we couldn’t guarantee the weather, but we knew that, worse case scenario, Stephen and I would be there – along with my brother-in-law, Simon (who agreed to conduct the blessing) and to have just a small part of our wedding on the beach would mean the world to us both.

The beach was also really helpful to us, as it gave us a theme – a motif to run through our day.

Grey for the Groom

Stephen chose grey, three-piece lounge suits for him, our Dad’s, his best man and two ushers. The suits were by Peter Posh and were hired from “Well Groomed”, also in Poole We bought the ties and pocket squares separately online from Dessy as they did a really close match to Rachel’s bridesmaid dress colour – they did have to be fed-ex’d in from New York – but I’m afraid I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and it was the closest I could find! They looked so smart on the day, that it really didn’t matter.

Stephen looked very handsome, but the thing that touched me most when I first say him waiting for me at the end of the aisle was just how excited he looked. He also looked incredibly nervous (I was late, and that is very much unlike me, which I think threw him a little!) but just so excited!

Photographer – Mister Phill

Venue – Italian Villa, Compton Acres

Hair and Make-up – Brides sister-in-law using Bobbi Brown.

Shoes – www.1stforweddingshoes.co.uk.

Heel Stoppers – Clean heels

Dress – La Sposa from Daisy Bridal

Hair Vine – Essesea

Suits – Peter Posh from Well Groomed and Pocket squares, Dessy.

No wonder Stephen looked excited, what a beautiful Bride and what an amazing day – that blessing on the beach looks so relaxed and dreamy. Part 2 coming up in just a few hours folks!

Yours Truly,


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