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Love Makes The World Go Round.

Dottie Photography

If there’s ever a couple that’s gone hell for leather on a theme then it’s Anna and Mark.

And I for one applaud them.

The gorgeous couple married last year at the Old Naval College in Greenwich before dancing the night away at the uber cool venue, MC Motors. Just wait until you see the venue’s decor.

It is to die for.

In fact it is so cool that it actually makes my bones ache.

And then you see all the details and the love and attention paid to the order of service, the table plan, the guestbook and the finishing touches. There’s a special story behind the theme for the day but I’ll let Anna tell you about that.

Folks, I love this wedding…there is an adorable flowergirl, giant balloons and cakes on a piano.


Let’s take a look…

MC Motors Wedding

I Knew It Was The One

Anna The Bride: My dress was from Angelica Bridal in Islington. I went along with my Mum with the intention of trying to figure out what styles I like. It didn’t start too well. The bus was caught in traffic and we were 20 minutes late, meaning I could only try on four dresses rather than the normal six. I knew from the start that I wanted a floaty fluffy bottom to the dress and I thought I’d prefer a really plain upper part so I could have a cool statement necklace.

Sifting through the dresses, I remember coming across one with a detailed bodice that I really liked and went into the possible pile. I tried the first three dresses and wasn’t convinced, I then needed to make a call on the last to try. I don’t know why but I opted for the one with the detailed bodice and fluffy layered bottom. Once I’d stepped into the dress and the assistant started pulling it in, I knew it was the one. As I showed my Mum the assistant dropped in to the conversation that the exact dress would be going into a one day sample sale at the weekend (this was Thursday) and would be significantly reduced – perfect!. I also bartered an extra £70 pounds off, which helped with the accessories.

Rose and gypsophilia bouquet

I had my dress over a year before the wedding stored at my parents house. I was worried I would change my mind, but every time I sneaked a peak I fell in love with again. When I brought the dress it was fractionally a little tight, however at the fitting it fitted perfectly and I didn’t need a single alteration – it must have been fate!

Because of the detail on the dress I decided I couldn’t wear a necklace. I did however want a beautiful headpiece. My headpiece was from Donna Crain. I wanted to try and make sure that the headpiece matched in with the detail on the bodice of my dress. There were so many styles at Donna’s studio but as soon as I tried on the Annee headpiece I knew it would work perfectly. She kindly let me borrow the piece to try at home with my dress before buying.

Monsoon Wedding Shoes

My mum found an amazing bracelet amongst my Nan’s jewellery collection (we think it was my great or great great Nan’s) which went perfectly and was my ‘something old and borrowed’. Mark also brought me some bracelets as a surprise gift on the day which all went together perfectly.

I’m not really a shoe person so I opted for flats which I knew would be comfy throughout the day. I had lined up a pale pink pair of ballet shoes, but a few weeks before the wedding I changed my mind and opted for a simple ivory pair from Monsoon.

My original make-up artist had to cancel in the week before the wedding due to a family illness. Although completely understandable, this did leave me with two days to find a replacement. I re-contacted the wonderful Sadaf, who I had initially contacted in my first round of enquiries and wasn’t available. I remembered at the time that she had said she might be able to help me find someone through her network. She was so unbelievably helpful when I called her and within a few hours she’d helped me to find Aine, a colleague of hers from MAC in Covent Garden. From then on, it went smoothly, Aine was so helpful and reassuring. We managed to fit in a trial at the MAC store a day before the wedding and Aine did the most amazing job with everyone’s make up.

Air Force Blue

Mark has worked in the fashion and retail industry for years and is really picky when it comes to tailoring. He really loved the styles and cuts of the suits on offer at Hugh Harris and the service was fantastic. He opted for a Air Force blue suit with a waistcoat in the same fabric to make it contemporary. We still hadn’t choosen the main colour for the wedding at this point. All we knew was we wanted pastel colours that match in with the colours from an old map we love.

Hugh Harris Groom Suit

Mark chose a shimmer pink cravat to go with the suit and we went from there. I guess it’s unusual for the groom to lead the decision on the lead colour, but why not! Mark looked amazing on the day, I couldn’t take my eyes off him! We also hired the groomsmen’s suits from Hugh Harris too.

A Secret Venue

During my college years I spent my weekends waitressing at weddings at a countryside house. Whilst beautiful and grand, I always knew that I wanted something much more casual and informal for my own wedding. I instantly fell in love with MC Motors when we viewed it.Although Mark loved the venue, he has been to a lot of weddings in his time and I remember that at first that he was sceptical about having a wedding reception there – ‘People don’t normally have weddings in places like that!’.

Flowergirl gypsophila bouquet

It took me around 10 minutes to convince him otherwise – ‘It’s our wedding, we can have it anywhere we want’. The second time we viewed it, he was absolutely sold and once the lovely ladies at MC Motors mentioned that they regularly host secret parties, Mark was adamant that we keep the location of our wedding a secret. This was great fun although made the logistics a bit more difficult! It caused much speculation amongst our guests in the 6 months following the invitation and they were always trying to catch us out in conversations – I’m pleased to say that we managed to keep it a secret up to the day (with exception of close family and friends which helped set up and found out the day before).

We loved the differences between the two venues – one was very grand and opulent whilst the other was very urban and funky. Around a month before I started to have doubts about the secrecy and whether our quests would be disappointed with the venue following the grandness of chapel. I need not have worried!

Old Royal Naval College Greenwich Wedding

Fluffy Flowers

My flowers were by the talented Julie from My Little Flower Shop in Essex. Julie understood what I wanted perfectly despite the sometimes random descriptions from me – ‘I’d like a fluffy bouquet’. I wanted the bouquet to include old style Roses and not to be too structured. My bridesmaid and flower girls had bouquets of Gypsophila. Mark’s, the best man’s and the Dads’ buttonholes matched my bouquet, whilst the other groomsmen had simple gypsophila buttonholes to match the bridesmaid.

MC Motors Wedding Venue London

For the venue I asked Julie to bring although a mixture of ‘fluffy’ flowers in whites and pale pinks to fill all the glassware, rose bowls and bottles that were dotted around on the tables, ledges and nooks. I wasn’t too specific on the flower types and instead gave Julie a selection of images of things I liked from my pinterest board. Julie did an amazing job with the flowers, not only was my bouquet beautiful it smelt amazing too.

I wanted to remember loved ones that had been lost on my wedding day. I found some beautiful amulets on Etsy which I used as lockets for pictures and tied to my bouquet. I added a vintage brooch of my Nan’s and Great Nan’s to the bouquet too.

Just The One

As I had just one bridesmaid, my cousin Kayleigh, I wanted her to choose her dress. I was really glad when she suggested that she would like something Grecian in style. We got her beautiful dress from Satin and Lace it was from the Jasmine Bridal B2 collection, which meant she could pick the style and colour. I was really pleased she picked something so beautiful.

The flower girl dresses and shoes were from Monsoon. The page boy waistcoat sets were from Marks and Spencer and their trousers from Monsoon also.

MC Motors Wedding Venue London


If I’m completely honest I’d actually booked another photographer for our wedding at first. However when the photos came back from our engagement session we were really disappointed! After speaking with our photographer about our concerns, we decided to give them benefit of the doubt– I still however had a niggling feeling about this!

Shortly afterwards, I was looking at Rock My Wedding and I saw a real wedding photographed by Dottie Photography. I instantly feel in love with the style of photography. I thought it was pretty impossible with just over two months to go that Mandy would be available but I thought it was worth a call just in case. Unbelievably this was the only space she had free for the rest of the year. It must have been fate. Mandy did such an amazing job and we’re so over the moon with the photos. I guess my real tip from this experience is to go with your gut!

Red Velvet

I didn’t want a large traditional wedding cake because it seemed like a waste of money. Instead I wanted a small cake to cut and a table of cakes that could be served as the desert course. I collected lots of beautiful cake stands for the cake table – these belonged to relatives or came from charity shops and Homesense. Not only did the table look great but this saved us a lot of money – for the cost of a standard wedding cake we were able to feed our guests beautiful individual cakes for dessert and save on the catering costs.

Contemporary Bridal Portraits Dottie Photography

We had a round red velvet cake from the Hummingbird Bakery to cut. The amazing individual cakes were from Ottolenghi (https://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/).

Indie Style Hitmen

For entertainment we wanted an indie style band that would get everybody on the dance floor. The Hitmen were fantastic. We also brought lots of inflatable guitars that went down a storm on the dance floor.

Our first dance was to ‘One day like this’ by Elbow. The song was released just after we met it feels very special to us. We had the song title engraved on the inside of our wedding bands. We also had a Dottie photography funbooth that went down a storm with our guests and also acted as entertainment.

Limoncello Love

We wanted to make the favours ourselves to save money. We made limoncello (our favourite drink from our first holiday together in Italy) using a tested recipe from the internet and filled up small glass bottles we found on ebay. We finished the favours with a handmade label.

Over the course of a year my mum and I collected lots of old books, rose bowls, bottles and glassware from boot sales and charity shops. We used these to decorate the main tables, plus all the other ledges and nooks around the venue. Our florist then filled these with a mixture of flowers in whites and pale pinks. I also made some paper flowers using our inspiration map, which were slotted in every so often. The decorations really fitted with the style of our venue and each table was different.

Modern London Bride Portrait

Table Plans And Trunks

Our table plan was our biggest bargain. My brother rescued the trunk from a skip. We lined it with wrapping paper and used some free vintage envelope images we found online for the tables and names.

We wanted to do something different for the guest book. My Dad made a large frame which we hung lines of twine across. We asked guests to write on the back of a vintage style postcard and peg it to the lines.

Groom With A View

I think Mark’s involvement in the wedding was what made it really special. Grooms don’t necessarily want to get involved with absolutely every decision. I was lucky Mark was great at getting involved and talking through decisions with me. However, if there was something he had a particular preference or idea for I was keen to embrace it.

MC Motors Wedding Venue

The inspiration or theme for our wedding was an image of vintage map. Mark studied cartography at uni and loves maps (he has lots of books about them!). We also love travelling, so it was great to have a theme that reflected both our interests. The ‘map’ led our thinking on most things – stationery, decorations, etc. It was great to see something so special, and so Mark, reflected throughout the details of the wedding. Creating a good atmosphere was really important to me. Having our reception in an informal venue really helped everyone to relax and enjoy themselves. The free bar also helped too!

The Hitmen Wedding Band

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Reception: MC Motors
Photography: Dottie Photography
Boutique: Angelica Bridal
Headpiece: Donna Crain
Bridesmaid: Jasmine Bridal
Flowers: My Little Flower Shop
Groom: Hugh Harris
Band: The Hitmen
Cake: Hummingbird Bakery
Shoes: Monsoon
Flowergirls: Monsoon

It’s quite clear from the looks on the guests’ faces on the dance floor that Anna and Mark’s wedding was a blast.

And any bride that reapplies her make-up whilst leaning on a signature red London bus is a winner in my book. I mean that’s literally the ‘London Look’ right?

There was so much detail in this wedding that I couldn’t fit it all into this post so I implore you to take a gander at the gallery.

There you can pin to your heart’s content whilst simultaneously thanking Anna and Mark for all their gorgeous inspiration.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

All my love Lolly xxx

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It Must Be Love.

It Must Be Love

I’m just going to come out and say it.

Favourite. Wedding. Of. The. Year. So. Far.

And I know it’s still only January but this one is definitely going to stick with me for a long time. It is absolutely 100% my type of wedding. I can’t even begin to tell you my favourite bits. I literally love every single thing Emma and Tim did to create their perfect day. And the video. Well, just gorgeous and it gives you an extra insight into the perfectness that was their day.

Emma and Tim married in September last year in Islington Town Hall and held their reception at The Britannia Pub in Victoria Park. I can only describe their day as a blue and yellow boho vintage inspired dream…

Dune Shoes

Emma The Bride: After unsuccessfully trawling through various bridal shops in London, one of my bridesmaids recommended Miss Bush Bridal in Ripley. Almost immediately after walking in, the owner, Emma, picked out a dress for me called Fadela by French designer Cymbeline. Initially I had reservations as I had been looking at Grecian style dresses whereas this one was more vintage, but I did like the fact that it was quite boho. I could also tell by my sister’s face that she thought the dress was perfect. I always had Tim in mind too and I knew that he would love me in this dress!

Cymbeline Dress

Boho Me

I’m not very traditional and so I didn’t think a veil would suit me and a tiara would have been too glam. So, in keeping with the boho look I went with flowers. I tried flower headbands but they flattened my hair, so I decided to use real flowers and if any wilted during the day then I’d simply replace them with ones from the bouquet. I asked my florist to set aside some of the flowers from my bouquet and I picked them up the day before the wedding, and left them in water over night. I also added some Gypsophila which are excellent for pinning into the hair and they tend to last all day without wilting. I kept jewelery simple and wore pearl bracelets and a gold nose stud.

It Must Be Love

The Right Pair

In terms of my shoes, I decided to match our colour theme and go for yellow. I dragged Tim up and down Oxford Street until we found the right pair. As you can imagine, most yellow shoes are pretty ugly, but I managed to find a beautiful pair from Dune with straps and a comfortable heel height. They had a subtle pattern which matched the lace in my dress and the colour also matched the bridesmaid dresses.

It Must Be Love

Saved By An Usher

To keep costs low I had the idea that I would do my own hair and make-up, and paid for a Mac masterclass. However, Melissa from the Spitalfields Mac branch did such an amazing job that I ended up asking her to do it for me and she did an even better job on the day, keeping it natural but durable. For my hair, I simply wanted to accentuate my natural curls and my sister had originally offered to do it, but I didn’t want her to be stressed on the day, so I decided to go with a hairdresser. My regular hairdresser agreed to do it, but let me down at the last minute. With less than a week to go I had no one to do my hair! Strangely, in the end, one of the ushers(!) recommended his regular hairdresser, Nathalie. I thought, ok, his hair is curly so is mine and I had no other option and very little time. Thankfully, Nathalie was free to do a trial and free on the day, and as you can tell from the photos she did a wonderful job and was an absolute god-send.

It Must Be Love

Angel Flowers

We decided to go with Angel Flowers in nearby Islington. After an initial meeting with Sandra, we felt that she understood the brief, which was a rustic chic look at an affordable price. For the flowers I wanted bright colours, touches of yellow and blue to match our theme, and some green for that wild, freshly hand-picked feel. We went for corn flowers, delphinium, echinops, lemon germini, crespidia, yellow freesia, scabious, phlox, lisianthus, agapanthus, green berries, alchemilla mollis, dianthus and chamille daisies. Sandra gave us a great money-saving tip of reusing the bouquets for the tables. For the men Tim decided that he wanted to use crespedia in order to match the yellow in the ties, although according to one florist men tend to go for the ball-shaped flowers!

It Must Be Love

Countryside Chic

Our theme was yellow and blue with yellow being the dominant colour. I decided to search for yellow bridesmaid dresses on the high street. I’ve never been a fan of the typical long, formal dresses and I wanted the girls to be able to wear them again. Also buying from the high street is far cheaper, especially when you have to buy five! I eventually found beautiful yellow lace dresses in Warehouse, and with a discount voucher, I paid for five dresses at the typical cost of one traditional bridesmaid dress. The bridesmaids looked stunning.

It Must Be Love

Here Come The Boys

For the men, and in keeping with our relaxed ethos, we quickly ruled out tails and simply asked the ushers to wear their own grey suits. We wanted them to feel relaxed rather than stuffing them in ill-fitting hire suits. To add a bit of countryside chic we provided the ushers with yellow bowties from Ben Sherman. They looked very cool. Tim and the best men wore fitted suits from Mr Start in Shoreditch. Mr Start is very typically Shoredtich, so the suits are very slim fitted with trendy cuts. The best men wanted suits they could wear again so they opted for more traditional two-piece dark grey cut suits. Along with Tim, the best men wore yellow ties from Ben Sherman. The combination of Tim’s blue suit and yellow accessories perfectly matched the colour theme and he topped off the look with light brown shoes from Aldo. He looked super-hot!

It Must Be Love

Best Gift Ever

Our photographer was Gary Lashmar. Tim has a massive appreciation of photography, so I put him in charge. We could tell by Gary’s website that he would fit in well at our wedding as he had a relaxed East End charm. We had an engagement shoot, which we were both quite apprehensive about, but it allowed us to get to know Gary (and his partner Claudia) and we also had a good laugh. The photos from the wedding were simply amazing. They were so beautiful and have left us with many happy memories. We cannot thank, or recommend, Gary enough.

Claudia showed us a three minute wedding video one Sunday lunch time when we met with her and Gary that had been shot by Simon and Chas from Perfect Day Wedding. It was just stunning. It was short, beautifully shot and there was no dialogue, just the backing track (probably helped that the track was by Ben Howard, whom we had recently watched live).

It Must Be Love

We had practically finished our budget and after initial conversations with Simon we decided that we just couldn’t afford it. As the day came closer I started to feel quite sad that we wouldn’t have a video. However, out-of-the-blue I received an email from Simon advising me that Tim had purchased, as a gift, his services and that his company would be filming our wedding.

It was the best gift EVER! On the day Simon and the crew were hardly visible and were so polite. When the video was ready we watched it together and I cried. It’s like we’re transported back to the wedding whenever we watch it (and we watch it loads!). Simon and Chas are true professionals and their style of shooting is very unique and I would recommend them to everyone.

A Big Deal

We knew we wanted a cake, but our budget was tight. Thankfully Tim’s sister, who is based in Uganda, offered to get the cake as a present. Tim is from Uganda and wedding cakes are quite a big deal. We sent Annette a few example cake designs we had seen online – mainly yellow with white flowers, and left the rest to her. The cake was flown in all the way from Uganda a few days before the wedding and it was a beautiful three-tiered fruit cake with some pretty strong rum and absolutely delicious. As you can imagine it took a couple of bumps mid-flight and Tim’s brothers and mum scrambled around to find a cake-maker to apply a few gentle fixes. To help keep us within our budget we served the cake as dessert and this went down well with our guests.

It Must Be Love

Music Music Music

We both share a huge passion for music and agreed that music would be a key feature of the day. While searching online we came across Alive Network which is an online entertainment agency and where we found all our musicians.

For our ceremony, we chose to go with a very talented acoustic guitarist, Andy Cherry. Andy was absolutely great and looked the part too (he had a few female admirers). I walked up the aisle to the Wedding March and we exited with Move On Up! At the ceremony we got the guests to sing ‘Stand by Me’. It was a big risk, but luckily the guests sang their hearts out and it was one of the magical moments of the day.

We both had such a varied amount of music that we wanted to play for our guests during the afternoon and evening that it gave Tim the idea of creating a pretend “Wedding Music Festival” and he got his brother to create a poster showing the times of each act/genre of music. We had the pub place the posters in various locations around the venue.

It Must Be Love

The late evening entertainment was a Northern band called The Soul Boys who played Motown and soul. They were brilliant! We also placed a lot of importance on making sure the guests would have fun. We both really love Secret Garden Party, which is a whacky festival where everyone joins in and it brims with ideas and creativity. One of the features of the pub was that it had a massive beer garden and so we decided to turn it into a mini-festival with garden games (coconut shy, boules and table tennis), a marquee with fairy lights, vintage signs, lots of three-foot balloons in the colours of our theme, and a make-shift photo booth (which doubled as our guestbook) where guests could pick up a prop, grab a vintage frame, take a Polaroid snap and stick it in the guest book with a message.

Our first dance song was Madness “It must be love” we both agreed that the song had the right level of sweetness and fun, and represented the feel of the overall wedding. We decided to have the band play a live version, which was awesome!

Memorable Moments

We both agreed that unless favours are consumed on the day, guests usually get too drunk to remember to take them home! We also knew that it was going to be difficult to spend enough time with guests on the day and we had stumbled across the idea (possibly on RMW!) of writing personal messages to the guests. It was a tough task writing 120 messages (and stuffing them in envelopes) when you have a million other jobs to do. But it was totally worth it. Watching the guest’s reactions as they opened and read the messages was a very memorable moment. Many were extremely touched by our efforts.

It Must Be Love

The Britannia itself has lots of quirky and vintage décor, but at the same time it was such a large space that we were still able to incorporate our own ideas. We pretty much did everything and would do it all again! Mum helped make one-hundred metres of bunting, Tim made the coconut shy and a vintage sign for the garden, and together we made the vintage map table plan, table names, menus, the photo booth, poster for the music line-up and the favours. You name it, we made it.

One special thing the pub helped us to arrange was that during the band’s break we asked everyone to follow us outside. The pub garden backs on to Victoria Park and we went out into the park in the dark and lit lanterns. In the distance we could see the lanterns drifting towards the brightly lit Olympic venue in the distance. It was a great moment.

My advice would be to not feel like you have to tick all the boxes of what a wedding is ‘supposed’ to be. Pick and chose parts of the tradition that suits you as a couple and make sure it reflects your personalities. If you don’t like singing hymns (a pet hate of mine) don’t do it! RMW is great resource for finding cool and chic ideas to borrow or re-interpret. Finally, work together, both Tim and I put in a 50/50 effort and I wouldn’t have had it any other way, as it brought us closer together.

It Must Be Love

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Reception Venue: The Britannia
Boutique: Miss Bush Bridal
Brides Dress: Cymbeline
Shoes: Dune
Flowers: Angel Flowers
Maids: Warehouse
Groom: Mr Start
Photography: Gary Lashmar
Videography: Perfect Day Wedding

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See, told you didn’t I. How gorgeous is Emma and Tim’s day!

The stationery, the mini festival, the flowers in Emma’s hair, Tim looking ridiculously handsome in his trendy suit. I love it all. And the video…did the little flash of Emma and her Mum get to your heart? I had a tear in my eye.

Please make sure you look through the gallery for this big day as well. I am a huge fan of Gary’s photography style and there are so many amazing images I found it so hard to whittle them down to just a few for the front page.

I’m off to play table tennis and dream of yellow and blue perfection.


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I Know I’ll Never Find Another You.

Deborah and Iain had a city wedding in the beautiful Scottish city of Glasgow.

What we have here is a super cool story of highschool sweethearts seperated and then reunited… So please – make sure you grab a cup of coffee, kick back and soak up the story and all the glorious details of Deborah and Iains big day.

Photography today is by Ed Osborn.

Our Wedding

Our wedding was in July 2012. The ceremony took place in our church St George’s Tron Church in Glasgow, taken by a parish minister, with our celebrations afterwards taking place in the Grand Central Hotel, We love travel and the hubbub of stations. We thought the idea of starting a journey fitted in perfectly with the occasion and the classic architecture, beautiful period features and colourful history of the building appealed to us right away. Their events manager William McGowan is such a warm individual he really wanted to help you prepare for the day exactly as you wanted and really got to know you as a couple – no request was to great or too little.

We Were Lobsters

We got engaged on the 28th August 2011 and knew we wanted to be married as soon as possible. We had known each other since we were young meeting in school, sitting next to each other on a school trip to Paris and had been inseparable, even winning the “joined at the hip” award in our school year book.

We both headed to university separately before losing touch over the years. Then our lives changed forever when we literally collided into each other in the doorway of Glasgow University library over 5 years later.

We realised we were lobsters!

A Mine Field

At first the world of weddings seems such a mine field with so much scope and possibilities, however, after seeing several venues we knew we wanted a city wedding and take our vows within the city streets which we hold so dear.

We are both pretty laid back which meant we didn’t start much of the preparation until a couple of months into our engagement which meant there was a lot to do in a little time!


I love all things vintage and knew I wanted to find a dress that had a history and told a story. I met with the lovely Lisa Cochrane of Dragonfly Dress Design who specialises in adapting vintage gowns. Her studio was such a gold mine of beautiful dresses and we worked out between us which shape and cuts would suit my shape.

Lisa was great and really open. She knows her craft so well and it is really important to her that you get the right base shape to work from. The dress I chose was a 1960’s gown. I loved it right away but had to use my imagination (and Lisa’s clever pinning) to get an idea of what it would end up looking like. We adapted it by changing the high neck to a wide v, shortening the full length sleeves and laying tulle over the skirt amongst other smaller details. I only got to see it finished a couple of days before our wedding day. It was a really simple dress that I just adored. I love literature and felt like I was walking into a Jane Austen Novel when I put it on! It just felt perfect for me. It’s true what they say about knowing when your dress feels right.

Dangly, Sparkly

I adore huge earrings and am rarely without a pair, so from the start I knew that I wanted dangly sparkly chandelier earrings – which for me ruled out a veil or head pieces. Although my dress felt Jane Austen I knew I wanted big 1960’s hair up to make the look more fun and more me. My hair was done by the wonderful Zoe at Girasoli in Glasgow, she knew right away that I wanted it loose and not formal with just a few flowers. She took Brigitte Bardot as an inspiration, which fitted in with the dress.

Bashed And Scratched

My engagement ring is a vintage 1967 starburst ring which looks like a gold snowflake with 7 diamonds in the centre, and our wedding rings were custom made in Israel. I chose a simple bashed gold band where Iain chose a thicker band with a scratched surface. Iain is a teacher of technical education so uses his hands a lot! By getting a ring that was scratched by design we are avoiding any accidental marks!

The ring bearer was Iain’s little boy who did such a great job. It was so important to us for him to have a big part in our day and he carried out rings on lace ribbon tied around a vintage copy of The Lion the Witch and the wardrobe. We love CS Lewis and also loved the links to childhood and thought it was a great way for a little 5 year old to carry them. I also wore a gold and diamond cross necklace around my right wrist, I had saved up my pocket money and bought it for my mum when I was about 8 years old one of the firsts gifts to her – it was my something borrowed.

Crystal studded Heels

Iain is quite a bit taller than me im 5ft 3 and he is 5ft 11 and I definitely knew I wanted skyscraper heels – shopping for shoes was such a fun part as it felt like there were no rules. I ended up choosing a ballet-slipper-pink satin platform with oversized bow and Crystal studded heels from lipsy. I loved them and have never had a finer creation adorning my tootsies!

Find A Focus

I could start to build a picture in my head of what our day was going to be like. I love paying attention to detail and used old books, typewriters, birds and organic heart shapes in my handmade “save the dates” and invitations. Since we were on a fairly humble budget it was important for us to make the little things that mattered to us the focus – our experience together, and our family and friends.

Music books and art are some of our real passions in life and music was a hugely important part of our day. I walked down the Aisle to “Something beautiful “by Alexi Murdoch one of the most beautiful songs ever. We danced our way back down together to “Wedding Song” by Chasing Owls. Our band were ‘Little red Wedding band’ who are so talented – we are still getting emails from friends asking about them. They mixed old classics, modern with a twist and ceilidh dances throughout the evening. Cariss has such a rich and beautiful voice and the dance floor was packed all night – Our friends LOVE to dance.

Sweet Lyrics

For our first dance we chose a song by the seekers “I know i’ll never find another you”. We love the honestly in the sweet lyrics however I had heard a cover version sung by Zooey Deschanel which was acoustic ,slowed and really stripped down. It was this version the band played and was incredible. It was one of the loveliest and most tender moments of our day.

An Eclectic Mix

During dinner we had created a playlist full of our favourite music as well as suggestions from our guests. We made our RSVP cards from old penguin classic book cover postcards and left a space for song requests – this way we knew everyone would be enjoying the music it was also great to have such an eclectic background of songs which i think really represents a beauty of weddings. SO many different people with different stories and tastes coming together to share in each other’s happiness.

Not Too Fancy

My four gorgeous bridesmaid are all totally different in looks and personality! I started off thinking that I would choose a colour scheme and then find them different dresses however on a shopping trip we managed to find the perfect dress! It was from Monsoon and was the most beautiful shade of mink with ivory beading. It wasn’t too fancy and looked amazing on everyone. They all looked so pretty it made me go all warm inside and couldn’t believe how simple it had been.

The girls all chose different accessories to keep them feeling individual.

Bright Polish

We all did our own make up – I used mainly MAC with a little YSL and chose a pretty mauve nail colour, I have such a soft spot for bright nail polish, which matched the groom’s shirt quite nicely!

Journeys And Movement

For our reception we chose huge silver candelabras for our centrepieces and loved the way the candle light dappled about the room as we danced the night away. The centrepiece on the top table was an antique bird cage with a church candle inside which our mums lit together before our meal as a “unity candle” to symbolise our families joining together.

We made little match jars with “find your perfect match” typed on them for each table. Our tables were named after songs and we put the sheet music into a gold frame for the middle of each table. You had to listen for your song to be played later on and be the first on the dance floor. The seating chart was a mirror with names pegged with mini purple pegs onto vintage ribbon. We hand wrote our place cards onto old luggage tags. We hand made bunting for each area of the room. This was inspired by the hotel which is in a train station. I love stations and loved the idea of journeys and movement. We had lots of decorated trunks and boxes around containing treats for our guests. It was important for us that everyone had a great time. Our favours were gifted to us from one of my bridesmaid’s parents and were miniature scotch whiskey for men and handmade heart shape tablet made out of Puff pastry for lovely ladies.

Yummy Cakes

We looked at different cake suppliers and so many beautiful amazing cakes but found that for us the priority was taste. We LIKE pretty cakes but we LOVE Yummy Cakes so we ended up getting four large cakes made for us by Eileen from 1901 Deli – I used to work nearby and knew they were tasty. Eileen made us a Victoria sponge, carrot, chocolate and citrus cakes and added vintage ribbon. To serve them I bought 4 hat boxes that were printed with a design inspired by William Kilburn textiles, we laid them on top of the boxes on lace table cloth and placed oversize scrabble tiles made by the Iain that spelt LOVE in front of them.

the Perfect Fit

The groom and best men went looking for their suits in a few shops. With a limited budget it was difficult to find attire that was reasonably priced but reflected Iain’s personality. In the end the men settled on three-piece suits from Next and shirts from T.M. Lewin. The Iains tie was a paisley pattern from Hawes & Curtis. The droplets in the paisley pattern follow a ‘Golden Rule’ spiral which is beautiful but fun and classic. Iains favourite colours are purple and yellow so the ties and shirts were the perfect fit for our special day.

Iain wore a pair of Barker of England purple suede brogues to compliment his shirt and tie. These were a tricky pair of shoes to find but they were worth the effort as they are beautiful and so comfortable. The most extravagant buy he’s ever made I think but a well earned little bit of luxury!

Colour And Sweetness

Our Flowers were from Sparrow and Rose who do the most exquisite and delicate bouquets. After Meeting with Lisa, we chose vintage roses in muted hues and forget-me-nots to inject a little depth of colour and sweetness. These were on pins for my hair also. The groom and groomsmen wore purple thistles and the groom combined his with a pink rose. I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful yet simple arrangement.

Iain built the photo booth and we matched the wallpaper to our hatboxes. It was so much fun. The props were collected, bought from Etsy and made by the bridal party.

Cherished Keepsakes

Our photographer Ed Osborn, was so approachable and helpful. We felt so at ease with him from our first meeting in a Glasgow coffee shop and it was an absolute delight to have him share and capture our day. We were relaxed about what we wanted and really trusted his judgement to reflect the feeling and emotions of the day which he did more than he could have hoped for. The way he capture colour and movement really moved us and his shots are a dear and cherished keepsake of the happiest day of our lives.

A City Wedding

We uses white hackney taxis for transport which were very budget friendly and looked really pretty with flowers in the window. It fitted in really well with our city wedding and meant we could save money in this area. It’s so important to sit down together and realise what is important to you as a couple and prioritise. It’s about being inventive open and grounded. Knowing how you feel about all the aspects of planning your day and not about what is expected. Also communicating with each other to now that BOTH of you are reflected in the day.

Use the planning time to talk and dream. Do simple things together – hours spent making our invites meant hours of playing our favourite music together and sharing in time and ideas. ENJOY the build up and take pleasure in the little things, but also knowing that none of it really matters on a day when the love of your life takes your hand in theirs and you share those wonderful promises.

Venue – Grand Central Hotel

Dress – Dragonfly Dress Design

Hair – Girasoli

Shoes – lipsy

Makeup – MAC

Photographer – Ed Osborn

Maids – Monsoon

Cake – 1901 Deli

Florist – Sparrow and Rose

I love a city wedding and Deborah and Iain have kept it simple and meaningful to them. And by the look of things they were pretty darn successful.

I like how they placed importance on time together during the planning process. As many of you will know planning a wedding has a habit of taking over your life, so the more you can do as a couple the better… And that way you won’t feel that the organisational side of things is robbing as much valuable “us” time from you.


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Beauty Seen Is Never Lost

This post is one that is particularly close to my heart given that I had both my makeup trial and my engagement shoot on Monday this week.


Suffice to say they both went swimmingly and I’m thrilled with the results. Mostly because I have a genius makeup artist – one of those precious few people that actually listens to what you want and then goes and produces something ten times more wonderful and a magician for a photographer – more on her later.

Like many of you, I’ve spent the past few weeks scouring the internet for THE look. The face that you’re going to wear on perhaps the biggest day of your life so far. It needs to survive tears, wow your beloved, stand the test of time and make you look like the most beautiful bride that ever existed.

Ok that last bit is a step too far, but you know what I mean…

So I thought it was only fair to share my findings with you gorgeous lot. As ever at RMW Towers, we’re super nosy and want to know all about your bridal look.

Lastly, I’d definitely recommend that all brides to be have their trial and shoot on the same day if at all possible. This way you can see exactly how your makeup appears in the photos before the big day giving you the chance to provide vital feedback to your makeup artist.

It’s almost like experiencing the beauty of hindsight without any unnecessary regrets.


Without further ado I present a whole bundle of gorgeousness for you lot below…

I Spy Metallic Eye

One of THE most flattering bridal looks for all skin tones is the metallic eye. Glamorous, sexy and downright flipping gorgeous, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad photo of a bride who has chosen to sport iridescent peepers.

But the thing I love most about this look however is its versatility. Perfect for day and night, this look can be interpreted in a myriad of ways. More daring brides can choose full on smokey, come-to-bed eyes whereas those looking for something softer can opt for a subtler, sparkly look.

Smokey smudged out eyes look fantastic on darker skin tones (I like to call it greasepaint glam) and hint at film noir beauty, whereas a palette of softer golds and shimmering silvers suits those with lighter complexions.

For lighter golden eyes, I’d recommend sweeping lighter shades across the lid and taking darker tones up to the brow-line. Finish off the look with a dusting of lighter pigments in the inner corners of the eyes as this makes the eyes appear larger.

The key to a really successful metallic eye though is to keep the rest of the face as neutral as possible. Any more than the barest whisper of foundation can result in this look appearing too ‘done’. Finishing it all off with a dash of nude gloss and some mile-long lashes will ensure that you float through the day seamlessly from aisle to dancefloor.

Fresh Faced

I love freckles.

I mean I really love freckles. I love them so much that when I was younger I used to draw them on and wish every single night that I’d wake up and find my face bespeckled with them.

It never happened though. Instead I ended up with a gorgeous sweetheart who breaks out in a smattering of brown dots whenever he looks at the sun.

So when I saw the image of the woman in the middle of this clutch of inspiration, I was compelled to include the fresh-faced trend in this post for you lovelies.

This look is all about dewy, sun-splashed cheeks with the rest of the face almost bereft of makeup.

I ADORE it with a cherry on top.

For those of you concerned that you might appear a little…well…bare, fear not. You can up the ante on this look by adding clusters of feathery doll-like lashes and sheer, petal pink lips.

Adding reflective washes of light golds and silvers to the brow bones and eyelids is also the perfect way to capture that carefree glow so it almost seems as if you’re shining from within.

Take One Bold Lip

I fell head over heels in love with a bold lip right here on these polka dotted pages at this New Zealand wedding. The gorgeous bride not only sported the most amazing topknot but also rocked the most striking scarlet smile I have ever seen at a wedding.

And so I fell for the bold lip…hook, line and sinker.

Ladies, we’re talking red velvets, vintage vermilions, dark chocolates and metallic crimsons.

Let’s take a look…

Technically the matte fuschia lip shouldn’t really work with the flame-haired locks of that beautiful woman at the top of this board. Oh but it does, doesn’t it. It so definitely does work.

And… take a look at her eyes. They just pop against the colouring of her mouth – so much so that she doesn’t really need other makeup on her face.

Like with the Metallic Eye, it’s best to keep the rest of the face neutral when wearing the statement lip. By all means, apply a lick of mascara but really it’s your pout that should be the talking point.

This look is perfect for the modern bride in a contemporary city setting; for me it just screams luxe and grown-up glamour. This particular style of makeup can be high maintenance however, as it’s important that you keep the colour topped up for maximum impact.

If you’re thinking of choosing this makeup style for your big day, it might be worth designating one of your maids with the honour of ‘Lippy Monitor’ to ensure that you’re always picture perfect.

Just For Flicks

Who else loves the feline beauty of a lined, flicked eye?

I love it so much that I wear it almost everyday. But it seems I’m not the only one given the selection of wilful arches below.

Striking and feminine, a perfectly lined eye has been known to make a man go weak at the knees. If a woman can’t sport one on her wedding day then when frankly can she?

Modern cat-eyes play with the traditional forms of the familiar flick. Bottom lashes can be left mascara and liner free for a less intense feel or darkened and shaped with more dramatic arches for added impact. Other variations include the application of two layers of liner in slightly different shapes on the same eye for further intrigue.

I also love a bold brow paired with this look as it helps to frame the face and ground the eye.

Be sure to use a budge-proof liner for your big day as this style looks its best when the flick is crisp, solid and defined.


I have to make a confession…

I am a seasoned nailbiter.

We’re not talking about a quick nibble here and there, we’re talking hardcore. In fact I can’t ever remember a time when I haven’t bitten them right down, almost to the quick.

I’m a little bit worried therefore about the whole ‘let me hold the bouquet whilst you also capture my sparkly rings’ shot – my nails aren’t really going to be up to the mark. So I am going to have to try really hard not to bite them over the next three months (she says as she chomps on the nail of her index finger).

So in a manner of speaking this moodboard is one part superfluous, one part wistful and one part wishlist.

I love the transience of nail polish – its impermanence is part of its appeal. A woman can change her nail colour as often as she can change her handbag, shoes or… hell…even her pants.

It really is the most perfect way to finish an outfit and it doesn’t have to break the bank either.

Here at RMW HQ we’ve noticed that brides are currently crushing on iridescent fingertips for a more contemporary look. We’re talking full on metallic gloss, sci-fi style, to neutral backgrounds with glitz overlaid on the top for a more subtle effect.

I particularly love the shiny pastel rainbow nails in this moodboard – perfect for those maids who want to rock something a little bit different on their fingertips.

And I want to hear from those girls thinking of sporting a half-moon manicure on their wedding day or even if you’ve had one in the past – what did you think? Was it beautifully unique or did folks think that you’d missed a bit when you’d painted your nails?

Are you a Metallic Eye maiden or a Bold Lip lovely?

Perhaps you’re taking the Fresh Faced approach for that sense of natural glamour?

And please share your recommendations for the best red lippy out there – I’m currently a fan of MAC’s Ruby Woo but I’m not sure if it’s a little too orange on me. Do you know what I mean?

As ever gorgeous people, let us know in the comments box below.

Love Lolly xxx

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What Alex Did…Went And Said A Big Fat I Ruddy Well Do! Part 2

Proud. That’s how Alex described her emotions as her brand spanking new husband stood to address the room brimming with nearest and dearest. I must take this opportunity to say that we at RMW are proud to have had Alex as one of our real brides.

Her tales has never failed to be entertianing, honest and always written from the heart. And this last bumper installment is arguably her best work yet.

So, without further ado let’s jump back into part 2 of Alex’s report – acommpanied by the awesome imagery of Especially Amy. And if you have not read part 1 yet then check it out now!

Food Glorious Food!

We went back up and before we had time to even speak to everyone it was time for dinner yay! So, we were announced as Mr and Mrs M and took to our seats, which by the way is super difficult in a huge dress and veil and it took some time to get sat down.

The speeches began and my godfather started it off with a lovely and touching story of me growing up and of our favourite memories, perfect. My sister then did her tale of my childhood and everything since and that too was just perfect and had plenty of people laughing, especially me! Then, my gorgeous groom took to his feet and did me super proud with his speech, the right amount of jokes, compliments and thank yous, I have never been more proud.

We had a delicious three course meal (chicken liver parfait or spiced prawn cocktail, goats cheese stuffed chicken with crispy bacon and dauphinois potatoes, veg and roast potatoes and a beef wellington parcel served with the same, and to finish a chocolate hobnob base vanilla cheesecake with chocolate ganash topping or sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce). We have received so many compliments about the food at Malmaison, that it wasn’t the typical wedding food and barely any was left over! Glasses were kept topped up and looking around the room seeing all our nearest and dearest enjoying a lovely meal and having a good time was really wonderful.

Evening Shenanigans

Dinner over with, time had flown so time for a quick change of hair, touch up of makeup and pinning up of dress and the evening guests were arriving! It was really great to have a fresh lot of people come and see us for the first time as a married couple and ready to have a good time.

We headed on over to cut our wedding cake, which was a beautiful fruit cake made my Mr M’s auntie who had also made us a chocolate fudge cake, a carrot cake and a tower of amazing cupcakes! We didn’t manage to get any but were assured they were to die for by our guests!!

Then we whizzed round for the first dance, this was somewhat difficult because we are not good dancers, and the first song was a pretty slow number “The book of love” by Peter Gabriel which we then quickly changed for Stevie Wonder’s Signed Sealed Delivered for a bit of up-tempo dancing!
Our Ipod playlist became somewhat of a disaster as our evening guests were after a bit of a boogie and put their own music on to dance to and we had put our guests favourite songs on our Ipod for them to listen to. But, the dance floor got filled and people danced and to be honest it didn’t really matter too much other than a few disappointed day guests that didn’t hear the song choices they asked us for. I think overall they didn’t mind too much.

Time To Elope

We were ready to elope together by about nine thirty (I know, how sad!) so we hung about and made sure people tucked into the delicious buffet food, again tons of compliments about the standard of the food! And my husband and I went up to our room at a respectable ten thirty pm, and we laughed and talked and dissected the day and the day before until about one in the morning. And waking up in the morning to see my amazing husband laid next to me about to start our married life together was one of the best feelings! I was more excited the morning after the wedding than the morning of the wedding… Who would have thought! We went down and all had breakfast together which was another really nice time and something that will probably rarely happen, and then off we went on our honeymoon!

Things I Wish I Had Done/Thought About!

A few things I probably need to mention. No matter how much you think you might need to do yourself, it’s probably best not to leave yourself too much to do the day before and the morning of the wedding in order to relax as much as possible. If you’re not the relaxing type then fire away, but I wish I had had a bit more time to just wind down rather than get everything set up and ready.

The morning of the wedding was such a rush and in the final hour especially and I ended up walking down the aisle without my something old (my grandmas wedding and eternity ring), my something borrowed (my sisters garter) and a gorgeous fur stole I had bought from Suzanne Neville that my sister had taken into her room by mistake. However, I quickly got over it and put my garter on for a wee while in the evening and it didn’t affect the day at all.

I know some people really love planning their wedding and are gutted when it’s over, however my wedding planning wasn’t exactly what I expected and didn’t take over our lives or stress us out and to be honest I can safely say I am really happy to be on the other side. Our wedding day was lovely but being married is by far the best thing and essentially all we wanted out of it. The venue and the staff at Malmaison Leeds were out of this world and we could praise them enough, it is definitely somewhere we will always go back to and would recommend to anyone looking for a city wedding.
Lots of married love,

Alex xx

Photography – Especially Amy

Brides Dress – Suzanne Neville

Brides Earrings – Liberty In Love

Brides Shoes – Coast

Make-up – Thembi at MAC

Flowergirl Dresses – Monsoon

Grooms Suit – Reiss

Venue – Malmaison Leeds

Thank you for sharing your journey with us Alex, and I don’t blame you one bit for slinking off a bit early.

Alex really does have a way with words – her report is actually very calming to read and really paints the picture of a beautiful day that was clearly full of love and emotion. I love the bit about stayiong up till 1am… Laughing and dissecting the days events.

Alex and Mr M may just be the cutest couple to ever grace these polka dotted pages.


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What Alex Did…Went And Said A Big Fat I Ruddy Well Do! Part 1.

This afternoon I want to say a very special Hello and welcome (back!) to one of the RMW real brides Alex who is now….offically married!

I’m sure Alex won’t mind me saying that she has never been a lover of the camera – in fact she confessed to having serious “face hate” issues on various occasions, which of course none of us could understand. The lady has one of the prettiest mugs I have ever had the pleasure of being extremely close up to and actually makes me kill myself laughing with her one-liners and continuous sunny disposition.

So lovelies, I would like you all to spare a few minutes of your time to leave Madam Alexandra and Mr M some serious love at the end of this post, it’s a brave (and time consuming) task sharing your deepest darkest W-day secrets with the RMW community as a real bride and essentially sharing the results of all that hard work is the ultimate end goal… And this one is a cracker, I laughed until I cried.

Oh and the face hate thing? these images by Especially Amy definitely prove otherwise.

Enjoy you gorgeous lot.

So, here I am, nearly two months into married life, sat watching cupcake challenge which is due to my new obsession with baking (just call me a stepford wife!) whilst my wonderful amazing and gorgeous husband cooks our tea. Married life is so fricking awesome and I can’t imagine ever not being this happy to be a wife and a Mrs to the man of my dreams.
Day before the big day!

So then, onto the good stuff. The week before the wedding went by a lot faster than I thought, even though on the Monday and Tuesday I still kept thinking we had a bit of a way to go. The early part of the week was full of last minute eyelash extensions, final hair trim and colour, final dress fitting and picking the dress up, last minute candle holders/vases and flowers that I was doing myself. Not too stressful really, and then Thursday night came and I had a to do list for Friday and Saturday morning as long as my entire body (ok so 5”2.5 is not that tall but still…long enough in list terms)!

I had a ridiculous list of things to pack for the Friday/Saturday/Sunday plus our honeymoon stuff, and not to mention taking all the sisters/mums and nieces and nephews stuff for Saturday as well! The plan for just the one car journey to the venue on the Friday was looking far too optimistic and I was starting to get a wee bit edgy about it. Mr M and me were getting a bit tetchy with each other and I think I may have had a little melt down about our Ipod playlist not having some of my favourite songs on and decided to have a bit of a dramarama moment. This resulted in us not practicing our first dance one last time and also not practicing the first kiss (does anyone even do that or was it just me being a dweeb?) and going to bed pretty stressed out on our last night before the big day.

Anyway we woke on the Friday, full of new energy but yet not quite excitement as we still had so much left to do. It took about half an hour to load the car…maybe more and by the time we had our stuff in and the dress was laid (or stuffed) over my mum and the whole of the back of the car…we realised this was going to be a two journey thing. So off we went to the venue, and I was starting to get a bit miffed that I still wasn’t that excited, where was it?

When we were nearing the venue, I phoned Emily our events manager to let her know we would be arriving, and once we pulled up outside, there they all were waiting for us to help us unload all our things. It took a fair while to unpack into the hotel; they must have thought we were mad! Then I said my goodbyes to my lovely Mr M and off he went to pick up the sisters and their stuff. My mum and I and Emily and her team carried all the things up to our room and the weddingy stuff to the function rooms for me to sort out that evening. The staff were ever so helpful; I couldn’t believe how easy they made everything for us.

Our room was stunning, and my amazing husband to be had asked them to pop us two bottles of bubbly in our room and lots of yummy chocolates for our evening! What a gem!

Finally…a bit of excitement started flowing, realising that this was the room I would spend my last night as a Miss in and seeing my beautiful gown hanging on the door looking so elegant and pristine. My mum and I decided to head to the bar to have a drink whilst waiting for the sisters to arrive, and there we happened to spot a Mr Derren Brown!! He was staying in our hotel…I was ever so slightly star struck (my mum didn’t even know who he was!) and it made me even more giddy.

The sisters arrived and unpacked and we headed into the city to go get our nails pimped up for the big day. It was a lovely time, drinking champagne (possibly a bit too much) and having all our nails made lovely. We then had a few last minute jobs to do before heading back to the hotel to set up the wedding rooms, including still buying more flowers to make my arrangements and realising I had bought no wedding underwear…yes indeedy. As much as I joked to Mr M that he needn’t expect some foxy suspenders and corset type gear as my dress had cost enough and frankly didn’t require corsetry underneath as well as on it…erm I had actually gone and forgotten to get ANY. Luckily that super sexy lingerie boutique Marks and Spencers saved the day with a pair of lacy white knickers and a lacy top. I kid you not peeps, that is how crap I was.

Setting the rooms up in the evening took way longer than I thought and I had probably got far too much stuff for tables etc … I was a bit gutted my table names hadn’t quite gone as planned…the photos I printed off were a bit blurry and a bit too big for the holders; needless to say it didn’t matter a jot on the day. Seeing it all set out made my heart thump…looking at the top of the aisle where in less than 24 hours I would be looking up at a room full of family and friends made my tummy flip!

Nice Day For A White Wedding!

I woke up on the 25th February to my hungry stomach growling for breakfast, it was about seven am and daylight was barely breaking through the curtains. I got up and looked out over the river into the city and saw it was a lovely day about to begin, no dark clouds, no rain, just clear skies. My sister woke up and soon my mum and other sister were in our room with us, and off we went for breakfast.

The hotel served us some bucks fizz with our breakfast and we had a variety of gorgeous food to eat, our hairdresser arrived as did my littlest baby niece and we had a lovely time just relaxing before the busy morning ahead of us.

About nine am we went back up to the function room and staff had already been busy getting the rooms complete. As the Ipod dock wasn’t working with our Ipod the amazing team on that day had arranged for one of the guys to go and bring his own in from home to allow us to use it for the wedding breakfast, absolute stars! Our wedding flowers had arrived so they were taken up to our room for us and anything at all we needed the staff were more than ready to help us with.

When we went back up to the room and I clocked my flowers, I think I might have done a little squeal, my bouquet was epic! It was way bigger than I had imagined but the flowers were just stunning! The button holes were perfect as were the bridesmaids’ bouquets and the arrangements the florist had done for us, I was so relieved they were all perfect.

In went my hair rollers and I started doing my sisters and my mum’s make up for them as they each in turn had their hairs done. We laughed a lot while all this was going on and I didn’t have an ounce of nerves at all, to be honest it didn’t even hit me it was my wedding day, it just felt like a nice girly morning together. Thembi, my makeup artist from MAC in Leeds, arrived with a suitcase of make- up I more than a little bit wanted to steal! She set away doing my makeup and I absolutely loved the sex kitten eyeliner she had done with the ever so slightly sparkly eye shadow and a nude lip…LOVED IT! Once that was done it was my turn in the hairdressers chair again and out came the rollers, I had a lovely bouncy curl that in hindsight I wish I had just kept as that…but hey ho it didn’t really matter in the end. The hair was a little disaster as I had wanted a beehive type plait and it just wasn’t as big as I wanted, however when she started trying to make it bigger it just fell apart and I ended up with a bun. People said it looked lovely and to be honest in the scheme of things, it was a minor thing, but there are some pictures where you can see it is falling out and in the evening I swapped it for a half up half down curly affair.

Let’s get ready to rumble…or cry as the case may be!

So, hair done, make up done and blimming heck sooty it’s one pm and the wedding is at two! Scott, one of the team looking after us, came up to the room and said guests were already arriving at which point tears started pricking my eyes as it dawned on me this was really happening! And pretty much from then on every so often tears would just start appearing as I thought about the enormity of what I was about to do (in a good way). It hit me that this was the day I had been dreaming of when I was a little girl, that no matter how many people tell you the morning will go so quick you don’t actually realise how quick until it is upon you.

So many things I kept thinking of and it just made me really emotional, everyone who had seen Mr M that morning saying how calm and collected and great he was just created even more tears. So that was it, I was going to be a crier, which is odd for me because I am so not a crier in real life. I just don’t, not because I am heartless or anything, I just don’t often feel I need to cry about things (maybe from my dad always saying it never solves anything, which is kinda true). My mum went downstairs pretty early, I think it was because she was already a wreck and seeing me (the non crier) crying a bit would send her over the edge. Soon it was just me, my sister and my nieces. My nieces donned their gorgeous satin sage green dresses with a huge purple corsage which were from Monsoon, I didn’t want the typical bridesmaid look and these were perfect. My sister put me in my dress, joked about not remembering how to do it up…not funny, and helped get my shoes on. I put the finishing touches to the outfit, the earrings that Mr M had obviously seen I wanted via this here blog, the Bo Peep earrings from Liberty in Love and the hair comb I swooned over many a time on the internet.

The hair comb with the weight of the veil was just not happening and ended up coming out after the ceremony, but we did pop it back in for the evening.

My dad arrived and my sister went downstairs and I can remember someone coming up saying everyone was there and was I ready? Well I was and I was ten minutes bloody early!! So off we set, ready to go down and get married. This by the way set off another set of tears, I had to try super hard to rein them in being with the biggest non crier in the world…my dad haha, he has no time for tears! So, we arrived in the reception bit, and were met by the registrar and all the staff lined up in a row down the corridor I was about to walk…here came the tears again. She introduced herself, told me how amazingly calm my groom was, about the music and the bridesmaids, and all the time I am crying. Weird bride girl, why now? Why start sobbing just as I am about to make my grand entrance?? We set off down the corridor, me sobbing all the while, and stood at the entrance to the ceremony room. I could see through the crack in the door my family and friends on the left, I heard the registrar asking everyone to stand up, and I heard the start of my entrance music (kisses and cake from the PS I LOVE YOU soundtrack if anyone is interested, it’s lovely).

The two little bridesmaids set off walking ahead of us, and I could not stop sobbing, my legs were like jelly and I honestly thought I was going to throw up. Then we set off. I looked up and saw my groom, my one true love, and all I could see was him and his beautiful warm smile and I just wanted to get to him. I don’t think I even looked at anyone else, how rude, and I so wanted to make sure I looked and smiled at all our guests but darn it that walk is so quick and all you see is your groom. My groom did look ever so ravishing in his Reiss suit, the smartest I have ever seen him. He accessorised with shirt and tie from Next and shoes from Topman, he looked blimming divine and even after all the “discussions” about him not wanting to wear a waistcoat and me really wanting him to..he did cos he is awesome. So, I arrived at the top, covered in tears probably looking like something out of a horror film, and Mr M touched my hand, smiled and told me to pull it together or he would start crying and no one wants to see that. Haha, I know it’s not really romantic but it was just what I needed to hear to stop me blubbing and because he knows me he knew that it would help.


Our ceremony was the most perfect and out of this world experience I have ever had, if I had know how perfect that moment would be I would have had that and nothing else. My sister did our reading beautifully which was one I saw on here the first time I came on and read Madame O’Shea’s report “Maybe”. It summed up everything I thought and everybody said how emotional it was and wonderful, my sister’s lip quivered ever so slightly but my other sister stifled it by laughing (we are staunch non criers people). My oldest niece played a guitar solo that was just so perfect I burst into tears again, in fact one of my favourite photo’s is of me clapping at the end and my sister handing me another tissue, I may have “WOOP”’ed her as well. There were a few funny moments when the registrar asked if anyone had any reason to object and Mr M and I scanned the room really quickly and both said “nope” and also when I went to put the ring on Mr M’s right hand because I am that bad with my left and right. Seriously tear jerking stuff.

I kept my calm while we said our vows and each word we said just made my heart so happy and I felt so full of love and joy and will just always remember that moment we were announced husband and wife (I may have WOOP’ed again I won’t lie). We signed our register and REM played while we had photo’s taken.

Then walking back down the aisle to the prodigy song “Stand up” which never ceases to make us smile, it was the most surreal but amazing experience.

We said hello to all our lovely guests and then Amy our fabulous photographer took us away for our photo’s just us two. It was such a lovely time to have to ourselves and chat and I was just so pleased to be reunited with Mr M and to know we had two glorious weeks ahead of us on holiday. Amy, off of Especially Amy, was an absolute star and was more than a photographer, she helped so much in the morning when there were countless people knocking on our door. She kept helping me to take a deep breath when I was filling up, gave me a hug when certain things didn’t go to plan, and just so friendly and lovely to have around.

Many of our guests were chatting to her throughout the day, and she has given us the greatest gift, a whole lot of beautiful images to remember our big day with. Walking around Leeds City Centre in a huge wedding gown and a snazzy suit was certainly an experience; we got wooped by a lot of people and asked to kiss whilst on the bridge having photo’s taken.

Photography – Especially Amy

Brides Dress – Suzanne Neville

Brides Earrings – Liberty In Love

Brides Shoes – Coast

Make-up – Thembi at MAC

Flowergirl Dresses – Monsoon

Grooms Suit – Reiss

Alex…..you are such a beauty.

And there’s more! Hooray!

Come back soon for Part 2 folks.

Big Alex Love

Charlotte xxx

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Putting your Summer Face On.

Given the appalling weather it’s perhaps appropriate that I share my reasoning behind writing this post… I have been inspired lately.

It’s been a few things… firstly the Dolly shoot reminded me how much I love colour on my face after months of dallying with neutral eyes.

Secondly, the changing weather made me realise it was time to put a bit more colour back into my face. Hello sexy shimmer…

Thirdly, my nails have been naked and boring for all of a few weeks now and I’m crying out for a change. A brightly coloured, juicy looking, shiny type of change.

And lastly, I realised how dreadfully neglected my body is looking after unwrapping it from the winter woollies. Shocking is not the word.

So here is what I’ve been doing about it!

Nailing a Trend

Colour blocking is a godsend for me, in fact I’m pretty much loving all the fashion trends right now, but particularly the colour and it spilling over into nail colours for Spring/Summer. Every year we get the official ‘colour of the season’ for nails from the beauty oracle that is Chanel, and this year is no exception. It’s all about Mimosa.

Not only a delicious drink, this is one gorgeous shade of yellow. I had my nails painted yellow on my hen do so I have a particularly soft spot for it and this is no exception. Mimosa launches tomorrow at Chanel counters nationwide. Get yourselves down there immediately for a sniff of the action!

Of course, it’s not all about yellow, tropical nails are all in and if you fancied a budget solution how about hitting Topshop? Their make-up range also includes nail varnishes and this very reasonably priced yellow shade for £5! Even better, purchase a copy of this month Instyle Mag and you get a free shade of Nails Inc varnish specially created for the magazine. I bought the orange one and it’s been brightening up the view of my keyboard all week. I couldn’t resist including this blue shade too, also from TopShop if you wanted to replicate Gemma’s ‘Something Blue’.

Purple Peepers

Make-Up was a big focus of our Dolly shoot and much as I loved them all (erm, who would have chosen yellow for an eye shade before clocking Dolly Daydream?) it reminded me of one of my all time favourite shadows… as demonstrated by Dolly Rock.

I have very pale greeny-blue eyes and MAC’s Parfait Amour makes them intensely green so Dolly Rock had me hot footing it back to MAC to replace mine. I also rooted out my favourite green MAC shadow, Steamy, which looks fab with a tan and some chunky gold jewellery on holiday, and might (*oops*) have also purchased some MAC pigment in Violette. I am so set for summer 🙂

(Please note the colours above are really dull in comparison to the actual shades, do go and check them out if you fancy a splash of colour!)

Switching for Summer

Coming into spring my skin was starting to get a little lack lustre. Although I often see highlighters used in magazines I never seem to get any effect from them under other products, so I decided to switch my usual Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser for her Illuminating tinted moisturiser. You could use it mixed with your usual one but I have been known to use it all over without looking like a pearlescent alien, it really brightens up your face like no other.

I’ve also found a new favouite mascara. In blackest Black, Cliniques new High Impact Mascara legthens, separates and thickens lashes. I’m currently using a sample Charlotte gave me when we were away together but I’ll definately be replacing it when it’s run out. Lastly, I’ve switched back to my favourite peachy-gold toned blusher for a more natural summery glow, Orgasm by Nars. Ooh la la!

The Body Beautiful

Really, my body is far from beautiful right now, but my biggest problem is those much talked about little bumps on the tops of your arms. I was horrified to find them lurking after months of no sun and exfoliating conveniently slipping to the bottom of the to-do list as many a blog post took over.

So now I’m on a mission. I’ve whipped out the usual suspects for buffing that backside (- read my favourites by clicking the link) and am full on preening myself back to smoothed out softness. My Mum has amazing skin and has always religiously exfoliated so I won’t be letting that habit go again in a hurry.

Blog Queen in Need

So now it’s your turn. If I’ve made you consider some of the above purchases do tell, but this blog queen is still in need of some serious beauty overhaul help. And where better to get it that by appealing to the RMW genius beauty community?

I Need to know…

What shade are you rocking on your nails today?

What’s your favourite bronzer?

After suffering an almightly hair fail at the hands of 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, (lank and flat locks my punishment for laziness!) I’m thinking it’s time to treat them again… I used to love Kerastase shampoo but I fancy a change. Any smell-great but actually do the job choices from you lovelies?

And lastly. The biggest question. Can anyone help me make my hair beach wavy for summer?!

Yours (Wishing for shorter, cooler, mermaid waves) Truly,