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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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The Perfect Design…..Part 1

Photographer Lee Robbins last W-day to be featured on RMW was a sure fire hit and Katie and Harley’s city chic affair is definitely going to follow suit. The fashion is both glamorous and accessible and the pretty pale blooms add the perfect dose of modern and feminine charm…….

And that is what the entire event is like, perfectly executed and perfectly designed. In fact, the reception details are like nothing I have ever seen before, a whole host of unique ideas and vintage-inspired va va voom.

Katie and Harley were married at St Paul’s Cathedral with a reception at The Design Museum, Shad, Thames. Katie is a book cover designer and illustrator and all of the stylish stationery is her very own handy work.


Oh how we love to make your Monday’s memorable 😉

A Lifetime Of Beauty

I decided to do my own makeup. I went to Liberties a few weeks before the wedding and got a trial makeover at the Laura Mercier counter. I have never owned a huge amount of make up but the trial was a great way to try things out and see what suited me and then a bought quite a few of the items for the wedding and the great thing is I also have makeup that should last me a lifetime!

It was just so nice myself and my bridesmaids all doing our own makeup together, chatting, it was just great fun and memories I will keep forever.

Vintage Shoe Candy

My Shoes were from a vintage shop just off Brick Lane. Silver peep toe not too high beauties.

My hair was done by Steven at Clipso London It was a very friendly place and worked perfectly as myself and my bridesmaids went there on the day and we all got excellent service. I wanted something very me, and so just pinning the front part back is something I often do but done professionally it made me feel like a bride but still very much me.

Something Borrowed Something Old

I borrowed my best friends sparkly hair clip which went in to clip my fringe back. My friend who designs bridesmaid dresses and does alterations and wedding accessories made my beautiful veil for me as a wedding present , Genevieve Leicester-Thackara. I wanted something soft and feminine to add to my dress as I walked down the isle. My engagement ring was my great grandmothers and a friend of a friend is an antique jewellery dealer and she found me my victorian antique wedding band.

She was amazingly helpful and talented at finding the perfect ring.

Vintage Meets Modern

We hired best men and ushers suits from Moss Bross to match in with the groom so they wore grey. And their ties matched into the colour of the bridesmaids. Bridesmaids dresses were from Reiss. Colour scheme ended up being a deep teal ocean blue for the bridesmaids. Teal for ushers and best men ties. Grey suits and white for me!.

The Groom wore a dog tooth grey 3 piece wool suit we bought from Suit Supply. A slim fitting suit which had the right feel of vintage classic meets modern.

Glamorous And Elegant

My Dress was from Babyceylon in Notting Hill. It felt vintage but modern and fitted perfectly. It was approx £150 which was amazingly good value for such a beautiful dress. I loved the elegance with an element of chic 40’s glam which was just the look I was after.

White On White

My bouquets/buttonholes were done by Aflorum florist in Kings Cross. I was keen to have flowers in season. We went for white hellebores and ranunculus which I love and they looked beautiful on the day.

Second Time Lucky

When organising the Design Museum we needed someone to set up one of the reception rooms as we could not get to it the day before or obviously on the day. I googled wedding planners to see if I could hire any help. I came across Florenceblue’s website and knew that Lauren could help me out as her style was just what I loved.

Lauren suggested Lee Robbins as we had another photographer double book us so we were on the hunt for a photographer who was available at short notice and style I was interested in.

Lee’s photos had a real sensitivity, romantisism, slightly quirky and excitement which I was immediately drawn too. After speaking with him I knew he got what sort of look I was after and he was fantastic, friendly and really hard working but also a really good chap to have around on your wedding day. We were really glad we had been double booked as it meant we had Lee on board!

Hair – Steven at Clipso

Veil – Genevieve Designs

Groomsmen’s Suits – Moss Bros

Maids Dresses – Reiss

Brides Gown – Babyceylon

Florist –Aflorum

Stationery – Katie Tooke

Photographer – Lee Robbins

Now I may be biased because I actually purchased the Reiss dress myself earlier in the year….. but how very lovely are the bridesmaids?

And a wedding gown for £150?!

Bargain of the century me thinks.

Just make sure you don’t miss part 2 lovelies. It’s pretty darn special.

Big We’re All About The Design Love

Charlotte xxx