So happy to share Rachel & Chris’ fun London wedding. Filled with personal touches, surprise singing from the groom, romantic gestures and city intimacy it is a total joy. You can really tell how much Rachel & Chris love their City and how it has inspired their day.
The soft grey’s in Rachel’s dress and Chris’s suit make such an elegant pairing and the super cool venue, St John is giving me all the city thrills.
I literally adore the raw beauty of the Asylum in London. It’s rugged paintwork, exposed brick and stain glass windows bring SO much character and charm to a wedding ceremony and the abundance of church candles placed at the altar are the perfect finishing touches to soften the mood of this fabulous urban venue.
There is a black and white image of the Groom sitting at the altar waiting for his Bride staring off into space with a slight smile on his face that literally made me sigh as I can only imagine all the lovely things he must be thinking. As I continued through the images and saw the beam on his face when his Bride did arrive I think my heart skipped a beat! I absolutely delight in perfectly captured moments like these, and take my hat off to the super talented Mister Phill for making me grin like a Cheshire cat alongside them. I challenge you to not feel the same… you just can’t! A simply adorable couple having the time of their lives on their wedding day.
Liz & Fraser were married at Stoke Newington Town Hall and held their reception at the stunning MC Motors in Dalston. The flowers are absolute perfection, everything is clean and urban yet with an unmistakably feminine twist – my favourite kind of styling. And it’s all just so sexy.
If your Tuesday started out a little drab and dull it’s just about to do a complete 180 lovelies, prepare to be dazzled!
Can I just start by saying what a handsome couple and bridal party Emilie & Charlie have, everybody is SO stylish, sexy and cool! The ASOS dresses Emilie found for her bridesmaids are gorgeous and would rival a wedding dress or two! Not Emilie’s Johanna Hehir’s gown though; the lace detail and delicate low back of the dress is absolutely stunning!
I haven’t even got to the beautiful florals yet, which were all arranged by an old family friend turned florist and captured the woodland outdoor garden element Emilie was so desperate to recreate at her urban city wedding.
This wedding truly proves anything is possible if you have a clear vision and a few helpful friends.
Georgie and Michael are both extremely artistic people and their creativity poured into every aspect of their big day. Michael designed for all the stationery including the beautiful invitation and the paper goods at the reception… And that is just for starters.
This was a real global gathering with family flying into London from Australia & Ireland; and they all chipped in with the decoration… It was a totally DIY Affair.
You wouldn’t believe how many times the RMW team get asked “What’s your blog’s style?” as in, what kind of weddings do we feature.
Well the answer is and isn’t straight forward. We don’t have a set “requirement” for the type of Big Day that we post, we above all promote variety and we like to offer a whole range of inspiration to our readers, how could we do that if we just stuck to one particular theme or genre?
Having said that we do always seek the pretty, the startlingly in-your-face-story-book-princessy-shimmering kind of pretty, the eclectic, fashion-forward, sophisticated and chic kind of pretty, the rustic, outdoorsy, flouncy and romantic kind of pretty……
Uh Huh folks. We adore ALL pretty things here at RMW HQ.
However, what we also have a huge appreciation for is what is perhaps the not so obvious kind. The colourful, gritty, edgy and sometimes downright dirty kind of pretty that may represent a couple more than any of the above.
Rock My Wedding reader Steph is marrying Chris at the end of this month, not only do they exude cool ( Steph literally smoulders for the camera) but they have also expertly written about their upcoming nuptials and plans for their I-can’t-wait-to-see-it reception to share with you gorgeous lot.
Take a moment to enjoy the urban eye candy. And another to really really make sure you are planning the wedding of your dreams, not someone elses.
All of the gorgeous images are courtesy of Guy Collier.
I am writing this having just received the pictures from our e-shoot with the expertly talented Guy Collier. It’s moments like this that, amongst the chaos of trying to organise a wedding in four months you are stopped dead in your tracks by the incredible hard work & skills that others are contributing to your special day. Not only does it reassure you that it will all be worthwhile in the end, it reminds you to take stock of the moments that happen in between. Last Sunday was one of those moments.
Buzzing with activity, Brick Lane is an infinite source of inspiration for both of us so it was the obvious choice of location (and also rather conveniently comes with endless streets of colour & urban grittiness – romantic foliage based frolicking was never an option). Guy tapped into this seamlessly and the result was not only a set of jaw-dropping “wow-Is that really me?” photographs, but a far more relaxed Bride and Groom warmed up (well smouldering apparently!) and raring to go for the big day.
This was also achieved thanks to the supremely talented Katy Messer of Make-up by Katy who I am lucky to have as my Best-woman. She expertly created an edgy yet wearable makeup look perfectly suited for the shoot and in contrast to my wedding day makeup.
The Wedding (so far…)
Driving into the venue for the first time I peered at the surrounding fields loaded with sheep and proclaimed that I wasn’t really sure about getting married on a sheep farm. Reminding me that I am signing up to become the new Mrs Woolley… my husband-to-be had hit the nail on the head, and so we had our theme. Since embracing the idea I have discovered so many opportunities to adorn things with wool that I am having to tame my enthusiasm, especially since discovering the incredible “Good Yarn Stall” in Spitalfields market… un-spun silk yarns to die for!
Inspiring a sightly grungy/Allsaintsy kind of look, the graphic identity kicked off-with invitations plastered with Ram skulls and roses printed on recycled brown card CD covers. We knew from the start that the paperwork would be DIY as we’re both handy in that department, but when our ideas escalated beyond home brew potential I had to call in a favour. The result, our guests have a little piece of artwork that I hope they will treasure, courtesy of a t-shirt printing factory in Edmonton!!
But the DIY doesn’t end there. Having met at Bugjam some seven years ago, we spent at least 6 of them restoring our campervan. Because the wedding is all under one roof however, we won’t need a wedding car so without wanting it to go to waste there will (hopefully) be a photo booth with a difference… mechanics permitting!
Hurtling towards the big day we still have lots of ideas to squeeze in, thankfully with the help of some great people. There aren’t any bridesmaids but best-woman; the fantastic MakeupbyKaty and Big (extremely pregnant) Sister who’ll be giving me away, so co-ordinating dresses are off the menu!
Having a creative eye, finding a dress was no easy task. Uninspired by the traditional numbers I was dropped into at my first appointments (and the rush fees!) I smugly bought myself a stunning Jenny Packham sample and crossed the task off the list. That was until (ironically) a blog dedicated to it made me realise I had bought “the wrong dress”, and wiped that smug look right off my face. Several panic-stricken appointments followed, until I found Blackburn Bridal Couture. They could tell that I wouldn’t be satisfied with an off-the peg, so a different sample and a few pins later and I had my dress. Just got to wait for it to stop snowing so I can have a fitting!
The peeling paint. The graffiti covered walls. The dirty pretty perfection of it all….
What kind of pretty are you today lovelies? Do tell 😉
Yup that’s right you gorgeous lot, we’re looking for a confident reader ( or two!) with a sunny disposition and a big smile to model in a fabulously cool and kitsch photo shoot in the big smoke on the 24th January….
There is an A.mazing team of creatives on board, an uber talented hairdresser, a make you super pretty make-up artist, wedding planner and stylist extraordinaire, GORGEOUS venue, to-die-for designer gowns and of course some of our favourite photographers to capture everything to perfection.
Due to dress size restrictions we are ideally looking for a lovely lady who is a UK size 10-12 and about 5 7/8″ however, don’t let this deter you if you are a petite princess or a curvaceous vamp, we will be putting together all sorts of fashion magazine-worthy fancy in the coming months and hope to include as many shapes, sizes and styles as we possibly can!
The shoot will of course feature on these famous blue polka dot pages and you will not only experience a completely delicious day, but also get to keep copies of all your favourite images for all to admire.
And what do you have to do to enter I hear you ask?
Well, firstly you need to be available on the 24th Jan and be willing to spend the day in central London, secondly you need to email a few snaps of yourself ( we need to make sure you’re not shy!) your dress size/measurements and the reasons why you should be Rock My Wedding’s next Top Model to Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org