Marc Wallace

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Vintage Car
Vintage Car
Wethele Manor Warwickshire | Glastonbury Themed Wedding | Bride wears Lusan Mandongus | Images by WE ARE // THE CLARKES
Wethele Manor Warwickshire | Glastonbury Themed Wedding | Bride wears Lusan Mandongus | Images by WE ARE // THE CLARKES
Getting Ready
Getting Ready
Wethele Manor Warwickshire | Glastonbury Themed Wedding | Bride wears Lusan Mandongus | Images by WE ARE // THE CLARKES
Wethele Manor Warwickshire | Glastonbury Themed Wedding | Bride wears Lusan Mandongus | Images by WE ARE // THE CLARKES
Wethele Manor Warwickshire | Glastonbury Themed Wedding | Bride wears Lusan Mandongus | Images by WE ARE // THE CLARKES
Wethele Manor Warwickshire | Glastonbury Themed Wedding | Bride wears Lusan Mandongus | Images by WE ARE // THE CLARKES
Table Plan
Table Plan
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Wethele Manor Warwickshire | Glastonbury Themed Wedding | Bride wears Lusan Mandongus | Images by WE ARE // THE CLARKES
Wethele Manor Warwickshire | Glastonbury Themed Wedding | Bride wears Lusan Mandongus | Images by WE ARE // THE CLARKES
Wethele Manor Warwickshire | Glastonbury Themed Wedding | Bride wears Lusan Mandongus | Images by WE ARE // THE CLARKES
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Charlie & Steve

How awesome is that confetti shot right there?!? This is why we LOVE Anna and Simon at WE ARE // THE CLARKES. They capture real wedding moments completely naturally. Every wedding we feature from them feels as if you’ve attended as a guest, rather than viewing the images on the internet. And I promise they will be your actual friends by the time your wedding journey is over, they are both throughly lovely people.

Charlie and Steve’s day just looks so very them. With nods to their meeting place – Glastonbury Festival and held in the county where Charlie grew up (at Wethele Manor in Warwickshire) but filled with super pretty details too – it’s a perfect summers wedding and they both must have been absolutely thrilled with how the day turned out. Right, let’s take a proper look shall we?

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Michelle & Arron

I hope you’ve packed your Chanel, because we’re off to chic & sunny St Tropez for a stylish wedding in a Chateau this afternoon, and what a TOTAL BEAUTY of a wedding it is too.

Gorgeous Michelle wore a short dress by Suzanne Neville and she looked like a total babe. Teamed with the iconic Manolo Blahnik Carrie Bradshaw something blue heels and a pretty braided bun – it was the perfect look for a glamorous St Tropez Bride. And with Michelle being an interior designer in London, glamorous is exactly what you’d expect!

The photography comes from the lovely Sandra at Divine Day Photography who just seems to get THE most stylish weddings with THE most gorgeous Brides. The only problem with this wedding is that I now really want to be sipping Champagne in the French sunshine…

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Helen & Simon

The flowers!

For a start they have my favourite hydrangeas in, but also they are just everywhere & I love that the bright blooms pop against the pastel bridesmaid dresses.

Helen & Simon’s wedding took place at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park. A classically elegant venue for a classically elegant wedding, all captured beautifully by one of our very own talented Love Lust List suppliers Claire Penn Photography.

I’m off to Pin like crazy as I’m still lusting after those epic blooms, also the shoes, also the dress, also the cakes!

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Siobhan & Mauri

I’m always in awe of anyone who can sew well and Bride Siobhan is definitely one of those people. In fact she comes from a FAMILY of those people – with her Nana making her wedding dress and Siobhan making the Bridesmaids dresses – these women are seriously creative!

Siobhan and Mauri had a laid-back London pub wedding, filled with good food, good drink, lots of dancing and some very impressive DIY decor and flowers…Siobhan has created a stylish combination of feathers, succulents, gold spray painted animals and tulips. Perfect for the quirky Prince Albert in Camden.

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Recommended – Marc Wallace.


RMW Grooms tend to be a style conscious bunch, sometimes they rival the ladies in the time it takes to put together their wedding day outfits!

We’re not complaining though – we LOVE a dapper Groom, whether he’s in top hat and tails, tweed, a kilt, or even shorts…

This lunchtime we’re showcasing the 2014 Look Book from Marc Wallace. If you’ve got a boy on the look out for a bespoke, luxurious suit for w-day, then look no further.

Marc Wallace launched his first collection in 2000 and has since become renowned worldwide for his handmade suits and luxury accessories; Marc’s passion to challenge the direction of menswear is evident in the label’s fresh and original style.

Through Marc’s hands on approach, collaborating with skilled artisans on limited edition pieces, the label continues to drive forward with inspiration and design at it’s heart.

The Marc Wallace collections have always been at the forefront of British menswear and tailoring. Each collection embodies a mix of traditional tailoring techniques, designs and luxury fabrics.

With their made to measure offering, they carry a core selection of seasonal fabrics carefully selected by Marc and his team from the UK and Italian mills, offering only the finest quality.

You can see a RMW Groom sporting a gorgeous electric blue Marc Wallace suit right here and for more images of real Grooms in Marc Wallace suits, have a look here on the Marc Wallace website.

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Out Of Africa.

In terms of destination wedding choices, I doubt many of you are considering Sierra Leone… but I guess that is what makes today’s wedding so different and so very interesting…

Birmingham based photographer Lee Allen spoke to me about his trip out to Africa a few weeks before he went in December 2011.

Since hearing of his impending adventure I had been itching to get a look at the results and when I saw them I knew we had to feature it.

Before I pass you over to the bride I think it’s worth hearing a bit from Lee himself…

Lee Allen: When Khadijat and Hammed asked me to document their wedding there was no way on this earth I was going to say no – wedding in Africa the first week of 2012? Yes please!

Having never travelled to an African country I had no idea what to expect and when I told people I was going to Freetown in Sierra Leone most reactions were one of shock as its safe to say it has a fairly (unfairly) negative reputation in the western world. What I found though was an amazing country full of friendly inquisitive people and breathtaking scenery.

I was lucky enough to experience a full on African engagement ceremony as well as full on western style wedding complete with 1100 guests for dinner. Khadijat and Hammad treated me like family and particularly Khadijats bridesmaids looked after me better than I could have ever expected.

Shooting both ceremonies was hot and confusing but so loud and colourful with so much dancing and singing every second was full of experiences hard to take in. I may sound a bit like a student who has been backpacking but I found the whole experience life changing and made me appreciate everything I have back home a lot more. If you are offered the chance to go Sierra Leone GO GO GO!

Thanks Lee, and now let’s hand over to Khadijat for her account of the day, and of course more fantastic images from Lee Allen photography.

All of these images are from Khadijat and Hammed’s western style wedding, we have put together a gallery from the African engagement ceremony at the end of the feature for anyone who is interested in seeing them… And they really are worth a gander.

Mirror Mirror

I had a Pronovias dress called Alcanar, which I bought from Mirror Mirror Bridal Boutique in Islington. It was the last dress I tried on after 10 dresses and I just knew it was the one when I put it on. It was off white, very simple, but impactful, for me anyway! It had a sweetheart neckline with a structured bodice, flowing into full skirt, lots of tulle and lace layers and a long train… A proper princess dress.

No Silver Bling

I also had a lace edged veil which absolutely beautiful and very long. Just short of cathedral length. I had decided I didn’t want any silver bling looking wedding jewellery. We had gold threaded into a lot of our décor and Hammed was wearing a sand coloured suit, so I knew silver was a no no straight away.

I wore a gold and citrine necklace and earring set from Tiffany’s that Hammed bought me a few years back and on my wrist I wore my mum’s aquamarine gold cuff, to match my shoes. I had a hair brooch made for me to match my jewellery from Crystal Bridal Accessories.

It was very important to me to keep thing understated, but elegant. I can’t do drama dresses.

Mui Mui Shoes

Apart from engagement rings, my shoes were the first wedding related item we bought. It was very important for me to have shoes that I would be able to wear again, not just for the wedding. They were turquoise suede peep toe pumps from Mui Mui. Very high!

Polished And Radiant

Seeing as I’m a beauty therapist, I did my own nails. Nude on fingers and red on toes. My hair was done by a local hairdresser and I had a classic side bun. I drew the line at doing my own make up and that was done by MAC make up artist Stacy Okafor who flew in for the occasion. Her brief was to make me look polished and radiant – keeping in line with the understated elegance theme.

Faux Flowers

Because of the heat, we choose artificial flowers which we picked out from Atelier Abigail Ahern in Islington. She is known as the ‘Chanel of faux flowers’.

I had a dusty pink/champagne rose and peony bouquet. The bridesmaids had white/green hydrangeas and Hammed and the guys had stems of gelda which were specially made into button holes by Ying from The Willow Florists in Shoreditch. He attached them to leaves and twigs which he had sprayed in gold.

Navy Blue And Gold

The bridesmaids dresses were made in Lagos by a designer called Miriam Ilaka. As the ceremony was in a mosque they needed long dresses and we wanted it quite relaxed so we went for flowy chiffon in deep navy blue. They had gold cuffs from Oliver Bonas and gold/citrine coloured earrings from Top Shop.

In the mosque, they had to wear long white scarves over their head and shoulders. To tie the theme in, they all wore bronze/gold shoes. The grooms men wore navy suits from Moss Bros which they bought. This was complimented with gold ties, cufflinks and pocket squares.

A Change For Tradition

Hammed suit was made for him by Marc Wallace in Chelsea. It was a sand colour 3 piece suit which made him look very dapper. Tie from Marc Wallace too. Classic brown brogues from Fratteli Rosetti, cufflinks from Lanvin and pocket square from a selection at Selfridges.

In the evening we both changed into a green and cream outfits, made specially for us. Hammed wore his as a tradition ‘agbada’ and I had mine designed into a one shoulder mermaid dress. Its tradition for the couple to get changed into traditional outfits before the dancing really starts. I was supposed to wear some nude Louboutins with it, but my feet were so sore and knowing the amount of dancing I was going to do, I wore my trusted purple platforms from Office instead. Bit of a colour clash, but at the stage, I didn’t really care!

Cool, Calm And Collected

When we met Lee, we knew he was the right person straight person away. He was cool, calm and collected. He was also up for the challenge of going to Sierra Leone which was a very good thing!

How Many Cakes?

I wanted the cake to be a feature, but at the same time I didn’t want it to be fussy. So I designed it myself. I had 14 cakes in total, all arranged into a few sets of tiers. It was ivory icing with a cascade of roses spilling down the sides. It was a mixture of sponge and fruit.

Local Entertainment

We had some local artists to entertain our guests. A dancer, comedian and an acrobat. My family chose the entertainment and we were happy to go along with it.

At Last

Our first dance was to Etta James – At Last – we wanted something classic and seeing as we’ve been together 9 years, at last we were getting married 🙂

An Assortment Of Favours

Favours are very important in an African weddings and they are presented by both families. We had special carrier bags made with one of pictures from our pre wedding shoot. They were filled with personalised notebooks, pens, hankies, hand fans and bottle openers. We had no choice in the favours, but we were happy with them as they were done to a good standard.

Twinkles And Lanterns

We had lots of fairy lights, as we wanted lots of twinkles. We did try having candles, but it was way too windy and they kept blowing out! My sister hung lots of white Chinese lanterns over the high table, which looked lovely.

A World Wide Celebration

Our wedding was unique because of the love we felt all around us. Loads of people took time out of their busy schedules to fly in from all over the world and celebrate with us.

We had so much support, it was over whelming. My advice to other brides would be – stress does nothing for you! Go with the flow and concentrate on the important bits that matter. Its having all your family and friends share the day with you that’s important.

Photography – Lee Allen photography

Brides dress – Pronovias

Boutique – Mirror Mirror

Brides earrings and necklace – Tiffany’s

Brides brooch – Crystal Bridal Accessories

Brides shoes – Miu Miu

Make-up – Stacy Okafor

Grooms suit – Marc Wallace

Flowers – Atelier Abigail Ahern

Wow, well you don’t see a wedding like this one every day. 14 cakes! It may be worth mentioning again at this point that there were 1100 guests for dinner, so that only works out as 1 cake for every 78 and a half people, so it’s not so crazy!

It sounds like a logistic nightmare from start to finish but what an amazing event to have pulled off. I am so jealous that Lee Allen managed to get out there… I think maybe next time you go half way around the world Lee, you should take a wedding blogger or two with you…


P.S below as promised is a gallery of images from the African engagement ceremony. Enjoy!

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A Sprig Of Somerset Sage.

Rachael and Jamie took 12 months to plan their wedding. They were both very heavily involved at all stages and in all decisions. It was a real team effort which, let’s face it, is what marriage is all about!

Amy Murrell from Especially Amy is responsible for today’s eye candy. Oh, and look out for the Mother of the Bride badge. It’s genius.

Frome Somerset With Love.

Our wedding took place on Sunday the 4th September 2011 at St Mary’s Church and Orchardleigh House both of which are part of the Orchaleigh Estate, in Frome, Somerset.

Modern Twist.

My dress was from Maggie Sottero and the model is called Karena Royale. The design really is quite classic with a few modern twists; After looking at dresses in magazines and trying on a few I knew that I wanted a lace dress but had no idea about the style and cut, I wasn’t in a rush to buy a dress as we had a long engagement so tried on a fair few in order to differentiate between styles and cuts and just because I could :).

From trying on numerous dresses and striking off many because of the weight, poofyness and never ending layers I decided I wanted something elegant and that I would be comfortable wearing throughout the day as well as a dress that wasn’t too heavy and restricting. The reason I knew it was “the one” was because of how it looked and felt on. The lace gave it the classic bridal look but the additions of the sash and the small diamante flecks throughout the dress tied the whole look together and it was exactly what I was looking for.

Discreet Studs.

As the dress did have the sparkly detail throughout and the broach detail on the sash I didn’t want to wear anything that took away from the dress and make everything look a bit too bling! So discreet and understated small diamante and pearl studs were my earring choice, with a very small diamante floral tiara both of which were sourced from a local boutique.

Look Him In The Eyes.

Knowing that brilliant blue skies are not always guaranteed for every wedding day I didn’t want to splurge on shoes that potentially would get wrecked before arriving at the church. Luckily I found some Ivory, peep toed high heels in Nine West that didn’t break the bank and went really well with my dress. Not only were they comfortable they gave me the much needed extra height to help elevate me so that I could look my 6”4 husband in the eyes rather than his chest!!

A Considered Decision.

I am not a big make up wearer so didn’t want to turn up at the church and have Jamie not recognize me! I went with a very natural look but with a bit more definition in the eyes and cheeks. A very light heather eye liner and eye shadow was used, with the addition of a few false eye lashes to help give me fuller lashes and more definition. My hair choice was difficult and I found this really hard to decide, I knew I wanted something quite classic and not too fussy but beside that had no idea. I had one trial with Alexis 7 months before the wedding with no concluding decision so decided to have another trial closer to the wedding along with the veil and tiara which really helped to make the decision and be able to gage the final look.

A Pamper Party.

All the hair and make up for both me and the girls was provided by Alexis Daly from Big Day Beauty. It was a pleasure to see the girls looking so great as well as being a little bit pampered along with myself. I was so pleased with all the hair and make up for the entire bridal party, Alexis delivered exactly the look we were all after and took a lot of time and effort to ensure that everyone was comfortable and happy with their finished looks. The good news was that Jamie did recognize me and I received many compliments regarding both my hair and makeup choices for the day!

Natural Beauty.

As we were having a country wedding we didn’t want anything looking too manicured and precise. After seeing the house and the church we wanted the beauty of these to stand out and our ideas and themes to blend in. We opted for white flowers with lots of green foliage, and went with simple and slightly rustic as the brief. Our florist Jackie from Neston flowers in Bradford upon Avon was brilliant and grasped exactly what we wanted and delivered beyond our expectations and helped make our day. When we first visited Jackie and started to discuss the wedding we took along the wicker hearts that were used for the pews and the bridge and the theme of the flowers started from here. The bouquets were a mix of white roses, freshias, gyp, stephanotis, ivy, eucalyptus with lots of green foliage. This was mirrored throughout in all of the flowers from button holes to the amazing candelabras that were used in both the church and as our table centre pieces.

A Sage Suggestion.

The colour theme was a slightly dark sage green and this was mirrored in the groomsmen’s party ties also. Actually the green theme was discreetly carried on throughout the wedding and featured on the wedding cake too. The bridesmaid dresses I had made after finding a design I liked from Priscilla of Boston and the groomsmen’s suits were provided by Marc Wallace.

Bespoke Tailoring.

Jamie wore a suit by Marc Wallace, he wanted to have the experience of having a suit tailored for him not only just because of his height and finding the right trouser length but he had the very valid point of wanting to feel special for the day in his suit also. Seeing Jamie for the first time when I walked down the aisle is something that I will never forget.

In Amongst The Action.

Amy Murrell from Especially Amy was our photographer and we couldn’t have wished for a better photographer. Laid back, patient and extremely professional and unobtrusive throughout the day, she helped us feel relaxed and comfortable when we knew we were being photographed. We were very lucky as Amy is actually a family friend and came very highly recommend, we took a look at her work had a meeting and the decision was made. Her pictures are fantastic and she captured the day perfectly and really went above and beyond her photographic duties on the day as she actually helped get me into my dress and secure all the corset lacing.

Cake Evolution.

Jamie’s mum Pennie made our cake for us which really made the whole experience special. We had many a discussion on the design, taste and final finish of the cake before production and this really added to the personal touch which was fantastic. Originally I liked the idea of cupcakes but this idea evolved after having looked at many magazines, books and websites. we finally decided on a white chocolate and vanilla mix for all the small drum cakes, but upheld tradition with the top tier being a fruit cake (which is actually Jamies favourite). The cakes were decorated with small flowers and butterflies and a very discreet light scattering of edible glitter along with the sage ribbon. The week before the wedding both Jamie and I were very hands on helping to stick on all the flowers and butterflies so on the wedding day it was a great feeling for us all seeing how beautiful the cake looked on show.

A Song And Dance.

We went for a live band and DJ. The band is called Wired4sound and were absolutely brilliant. They played a very good range of music which catered for all ages and music tastes which ensured the band had everybody on the floor dancing all night. The band also provided a DJ that filled in whilst the band took a break and played some last minute gems at the end of the night also! We also hired a Groovy Booth for the evening which was one of the best choices we made, the guests loved it and it kept all entertained and very amused until early hours! We actually opted for the Groovy Booth to print two picture copies so that guests could put one in our guest book and leave a message and could have a copy for themselves to keep. This enabled us to have an excellent and very comical account of the wedding and covered the favours too. The booth went down a treat with all the guests and would highly recommend this for any future weddings.

Crisp White.

Our general décor for the wedding breakfast room was crisp white linens and matching chair covers. The main features were the candelabras and the wicker hearts that were also used in the church.
For the evening we bought lanterns for the balcony areas outside the house which helped to create a lovely ambience outside and tie in the outside areas to the inside.

12 Months In The Making.

Having been bridesmaid a few times and having the bonus of advice from married friends there are snippets that you take away and implement from each of your experiences to help plan your day. Lots of chats and advice are given on the run up to the wedding but the most valuable advice I found was to relax and enjoy the day and not worry about the minor details. You do not realize how quickly the day passes so enjoy every minute and hour of the day and just go with the flow! To us our day was special because we had the opportunity to have all our friends, family and loved ones under the same roof for one whole day to celebrate along with us. It brought great pleasure to both Jamie and I seeing everyone having fun and letting their hair down which was exactly what we aimed to achieve.

Having spent a good 12 months planning the wedding and then seeing it all come to life was a great experience and something that we will never forget. The colour themes, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flowers, cake and the fantastic efforts of both mums with their outfits and input gave us a great feeling of pride on the day. I was very fortunate in having a groom whom was very interested and involved in the whole planning and organizing process. It was a fabulous feeling knowing that every step towards the wedding had been a joint decision and the day was very much about both of us and learning to cope with compromise!

Venue Orchaleigh Estate

Dress Maggie Sottero

Shoes Nine West

Hair and Make-up Big Day Beauty

Tailor Marc Wallace

Photographer Especially Amy

Music Wired4sound

Entertainment Groovy Booth

Planning an event of such scale is obviously no picnic, but as Rachael describes, the feeling of accomplishment and the sense of achievemnet is something that you’ll keep forever.

And a great team effort has to be the best start in preparing you both for married life.


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All That Really Matters……Part 1

I adore Rock My Wedding reader Emily, not only was she the absolute vision of the classic, elegant and beautiful bride but her Big Day planning write up is honest, hilariously funny and full to the brim with unadulterated joy. By the end I was almost as excited as she was and I wasn’t even there…..

Although I feel like I was, every little special moment of the sophisticated soiree was captured to perfection by Jo and Simon at Shoot Lifestyle Photography and the happiness literally bursts through the images like a giant ray of sunshine. Perfection.

Emily and Jason were married at Coombe Lodge in North Somerset, think timeless, think effortless, think super SUPER pretty.

We love.

Third Time Lucky

Our wedding took place on Friday 11th February 2011 at Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, North Somerset.

It was our third venue ….. 7th date? Whoops.

We lost a fair chunk of money in deposits, but if you are not 110% happy with your venue then keep looking. I am so happy we chose Coombe Lodge, it was Perfect in every which way. A Beautiful Blank Canvas and the people could not have been nicer. Really, they even tried to fix my eyelashes. (A whole other story there…..).

Luxe For Less

I am really rubbish with accessorising.

Shock Horror with this accessory mad world we live in at the moment.

So I thought for my wedding day I would go OTT (and why not I am “The Bride” after all).

I found my veil first at All About Eve Bridal Wear on a random trip to my Mum’s seamstress in Cheptstow. It was just as I envisaged, cathedral length with sections of lace and little sparkly bits. Wonderful – job done.

I also wanted a headpiece, not a tiara as I kept reminding my mum. A Headpiece. (Foot stamp, pouty face). But I didn’t have the confidence to pull off something “cool”. I love Jenny Packham, and decided Acaccia II was the way to go. Apart from the price tag, eeek. You forget to budget for things like that, but then I found the lovely Suzzanah from Elegant Wedding Creations and hired it for a grand total of …. 45 Great British Pounds!

RMW To The Rescue

I was planning on wearing my mum’s diamond studs, but decided at my fitting (2 weeks before) I needed dangly ones. Oh dear. I looked everywhere – and resulted with a big fat Nothing. I kept remembering a fabulous pair I had seen in Liberty In Love (thank you RMW!) but again hadn’t budgeted for. It got to the point where you just think “who cares?” they were vintage enough, sparkly enough and just plain gorgeous.

One problem, it was Monday and the wedding was Friday. Order time you ask? 6-8 weeks. Eeek! So I called the lovely people at Liberty and it just so happened they had a pair.

In stock.

I had them on Wednesday.

Thank you Liberty!!

So all the bits were sorted, nice and simple just as I imagined. (or not.) Sometimes, things just come together and work, it was all subtle and pretty and just right on the day.

A Beautiful Moment

My dress was Erin by Enzoani – purchased from Wedding days of Cheltenham.

I didn’t want to try it on.

I REALLY didn’t want to try it on.

I was hot – too much on the clamy side for my personal liking, I was getting a teeny tiny bit whiney.

But it didn’t look like it would fit into the “cool” or “vintage lace” categories I had in mind for my dress.

They – my mum and Lexi (the lovely shop assistant, she was an absolute peach) – made me try it on.

It was dress number 5 of the first dress shopping trip extravaganza.

My mum cried.

I faintly recall myself saying something along the lines of “I just look so beautiful”.

And Lexi had a very I-told-you-so smug smile.

We left having set the bench mark, and it only had one contender – an Ian Stuart with flowers and lace and pretty much everything you could think of putting on a wedding dress.

But it wore me.

So Erin it was. With all her lace detailing by the bucket load.

Now, when we went to the fitting after it came in, it was ever so much shorter than previously (I’m only 5ft, wore low heels and didn’t plan on carrying a box around with me wherever I went) and the train ……. kind of filled the room.

So 2 weeks before the wedding we hacked (well the lovely sewing lady nicely removed) pretty much half the train.

It was perfect.

Remember YOU are in control, YOU wear the dress, not the other way round.

One Day Only

I hate bridal shoes. With a passion.

I wanted Funky-Sky-Scraper-Heels. “Shoes I could actually wear again” I would say from my moral high ground.

Couldn’t find any. Didn’t like any.

Ended up with low heeled bridal shoes.

And I loved them!!

They were comfy and pretty and vintage-esque, though they weren’t Funky-Sky-Scraper-Heels and I won’t get a chance to wear them again, I just like looking at them. One Day Only Shoes me thinks.

The Prettiest Maids

The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Monsoon and the very first W-day purchase! I really really recommend monsoon for both older and smaller dresses. Sometime overdone I agree, but that’s only because they are just so lovely!

Polished Perfection

I had a few trials done for my hair, and they all ended up with me looking like something out of a Coronation Street episode early-mid 90’s.

Nobody quite ‘got’ my loose low bun. (Believe it or not I really don’t like bridal hair ….. no offence but when does one ever walk around with a birds nest stuck on the top of scraped back hair?…. “When you get married” was my mother’s response.) Then my mum found a salon and booked me an appointment. They were fab and ‘got’ it. The front bit ended up looking messy at times, but that’s “romantic side swept fringes” for you.

For my make up, I just wanted to look like a more polished version of my everyday made up self. I went to Bobbi Brown for my base and cheeks and Dior for my eyes.

I spent a fortune and loved every single minute of it.

And I didn’t even feel an ounce guilty. Oh no, not even an ounce.

Fancy Florals

I fell in love with another man. A man Named Mr. Marc Wallace.

I think that says it all. Jason had the MW floral waistcoat in pewter with the plain tie, and the ushers had the floral ties (no waistcoat).

I’m not the biggest fan of traditional (seeing a pattern here?) mourning suits anyhoo, so got the boys suits from good old Marks and Spencers (Oh I love M & S I do).

But my Dad lived the dream and had a bespoke suit made by Mr Wallace himself (well, probably not himself), it was beautiful and if you have the budget – recommended.

AND … AND they have a new shop in Bath too. Whoop whoops and Hurrahs all round.

Venue – Coombe Lodge

Headpiece – Jenny Packham Accacia Hired From Elegant Wedding Creations

Earrings – Liberty In Love

Veil – All About Eve Bridal Wear

Gown – Erin by Enzoani at Wedding Days Of Cheltenham

Maids Dresses – Monsoon

Hair – Parks Hairdressing

Grooms Suit – Marc Wallace

Photography – Shoot Lifestyle

Told You, laugh out loud funny isn’t she?

And I’ve saved all of the gorgeous blooms and delectable reception details for part 2 lovelies, coming right up tomorrow Morning for y’all.

Big Joyful Love

Charlotte xxx

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Planning Perfection……part 2

Becky and Joe followed their sweet and intimate London wedding a few days later with a ridiculously pretty affair at Hotel Can Talaias in San Carlos.

And I’ve got to tell you folks, the bride looked gorgeous.

All of the stunning photography is courtesy of Gypsy Westwood.

Sun-Shine Beauty

I wanted to wear my hair down but had it pulled up at the front with a diamante hair comb from Katherine Swain, I wore it with a lace edged double layer veil.

My makeup was done by a close friend who just happens to be a bridal makeup artist !

An Italian Touch

My dress was from Surrey Brides in Weybridge, designer was Blue by Enzoani. It was beautiful Italian lace with a chiffon bodice and sweetheart neck, very figure hugging.

I think that was the hardest thing was there was so many gorgeous dresses to choose from and only one day to wear it! I had tried on quite a few dresses before this one but when I put it on I felt like it was made for me and fitted the venue and location so well.

Bringing The Colour

Eat Ibiza our caterer who also assists with the planning organised all of the flowers for us. We wanted beautiful dusky shades of pink and lilac to bring lots of gorgeous colour to the day.

A Navy Statement

I originally wanted the bridemaids in pink but soon realised that I may have pink overload with the flowers aswell so I went for a classic navy maxi dress from Coast which contrasted the pinks beautifully. We teamed this with chunky diamante necklaces and cuffs. 

My maid of honour had a baby 4 weeks before the wedding ! so she had a slightly different style but still looked fantastic and made it out to ibiza which was the best thing. The flowergirls dresses were from Monsoon were white with silver butterfly detail, so pretty. All credit must be given to them as they chose them all by themselves! 

White Hot

Joe wore a tailored ivory suit and flower pattern shirt from Marc Wallace. He wanted to stand out but also not look too formal for the day. It was quite daunting buying a bright ivory suit in the middle of winter in London but when I saw him when I walked down the aisle I was so pleased he had gone for it as he looked amazing.

Unique Chic

We both knew we wanted to be married outside and not spend our day in a dark room or in a marquee on a possibly rainy English summers day. Ibiza is a very special place to us and we both decided very early on that we wanted our day there all outside with a magnificent view. Our venue Can Talaias fitted the bill as it was intimate enough for us to take over for five days. It was the once the house of English actor Terry Thomas which has been turned into an agroturismo hotel by his son Cushan and wife Laeti.

All of the tables were named after games that Joes family company ‘ Jaques’ had invented – croquet, ping pong, snap, tiddledy winks, Staunton chessmen, ludo and the head table was Happy Families! Joe’s family also have a Lewis Caroll connection so we wanted to have small touches of Alice in Wonderland in the day like the pocket watches, eat me drink me tags, teapots and teacups.

Our advice to other couples is to – stick with your dream, there will be sleepless nights and last minute nightmares but it will all be worth it !

Keeping It Natural

Gypsy Westwood who is based in Ibiza took our photographs. She takes beautiful natural images that we really liked, we didn’t want to be too posed or spend our whole day taking photographs so she was the person for us as she is very un- intrusive. Jake Westwood her brother filmed the day for us.

Personalised Favours

We had personalised fig candles and pink pashminas for our guests to wear and take home. We wanted people to light the candles at home and for the smell to take them back to Ibiza !

Evening Entertaining

We had a Spanish guitarist play as I walked down the aisle and he played at drinks after the ceremony for an hour and a great magician entertained the children and big children around the pool. Later on we had a fire dancer who was spectacular and did a half an hour show for us all.

Joe particularly wanted not one but two DJ’s to play on the day, Jon Sa Trinxa who played through the dinner and then joined by DJ Alfredo to anyone who knows is a legend in the world of dance music. We danced under the stars until 6am!

Sweet Treats

Vickki from Eat Ibiza is a superb cake maker and we could not resist her three tier white chocolate and vanilla sponge with raspberry filling topped with strawberries!

After Dark

Vickki at Eat Ibiza (her food is out of this world!) who was our fairy godmother arranged a lot of the venue deco for us. We had lanterns, crystals and flowers in the trees and tea lights everywhere so when it was dark the place turned magical.

We also sourced lots of antique pocket watches and chandelier crystals to hang everywhere. My mum also very kindly made 90 vintage pink taffeta chair sashes for us as we couldn’t find any to hire.

Dress – Blue by Enzoani at Surrey Brides

Blooms – Eat Ibiza

Maids Dresses – Coast

Grooms Suit – Marc Wallace

Cake – Eat Ibiza

Photographer – Gypsy Westwood

Venue – Hotel Can Talaias

I know, I want to get on a plane to Ibiza right away!

Anyone else marrying abroad and considering similar styling?

With thanks to Becky, Joe and Gypsy Westwood for sharing the sunshine pretty.

Big Happy Families Love

Charlotte xxx