Escape the every day with this rustic luxe wedding, a match made in heaven between barn conversion and luxury wedding venue. Gorgeous decorative details make the wood-clad walls and ceilings sing and create an indoors-outdoors feel, which is just perfect for a winter wedding. Kendal & Rob were blessed with beautiful weather, casting a super romantic vibe over the celebrations and resulting in golden hour shots to die for. Oh, and a note on the dress – Lexi by Enzoani – a delicate lace fishtail number with customised cap sleeves. Not only is it completely dreamy, but also Kendal admits that it had a stretchy lining meaning – in her own words – “more wedding cake for me!”. Now that truly is a bride after our own hearts.
The view from within Sandburn Hall is stunning. I can only imagine how incredible it must have been sat in front of the extensive window during the wedding breakfast and then looking out onto the stars during the evening reception. Plus Griffon Forrest and the nearby woodlands have resulted in some breathtaking portraits by Neil Jackson Photography.
The locations aren’t the only wow factor, bride Becky wears a gorgeous fitted Stewart Parvin gown with a tulle skirt overlay, ensuring she is dressed perfectly for the day and night celebrations.
Firstly the little girl in the heart sunglasses; talk about off the chart adorable. She very nearly stole the show until I saw the rest of this sunshine filled outdoor wedding at Furtho Manor Farm.
Bride Amy for a start looks SOO beautiful. Her lace Justin Alexander dress is absolutely heavenly as is her peach perfection bouquet full of Juliet roses, which are also echoed in the ceremony altar. The table centrepiece flowers however came from Amy’s garden, all homegrown and adding a personal, sentimental touch to the decor. Huge radiant dahlias perfectly set off the rustic hessian and lace tables runners, with colourful ribbons and lace hung from the chairs, bringing the WOW factor to the venue.
The relaxed, fun vibe of their day continued with garden games, (Tin can alley anyone?), a barbecue buffet style wedding breakfast, dancing into the night and bubble guns & mini tipis for the children to play in.
The lovely Cat Lane Weddings was on hand to capture all the details, love and more. You ready to take a look?
The Asylum in London always gives me goosebumps. It’s so atmospheric and the ceremony pictures are always bursting with emotion. You can’t not love its broken down character & beauty. The altar in particular, whether it is adorned with church candles as it is at Hayley & Josh’s wedding, or fairy lights as we’ve seen in the past, it always looks absolutely stunning and makes a great focal point for the I do’s.
Hayley and Josh hired the Dorito’s Mariachi band, which I can fully vouch for as being the ultimate party starters as I’ve been lucky enough to attend a wedding where they have performed. I can fully imagine the riot of fun everybody had during their sets and I am a little bit jealous I didn’t get to party with them at their Westminster Boating Base reception.
Everybody is full of smiles and look truly beautiful. Especially bride Hayley in her lace Rembo ‘Clara’ gown. With all the details, fun & emotion captured by RMW fave Frances Sales, who Hayley & Josh found through these very pages. If your looking for more fabulous suppliers you should definitely check out our hand picked wedding directory The Love Lust List where you will also find Hayley & Josh’s cake baker Little Bear Cakery. Told you we only have THE BEST.
This morning’s bride Ali has got the most beautiful smile and a gorgeous set of locks to boot so it’s no surprise that her Lusan Mandongus dress suits her down to the very ground. Ali married her boy Allan at the commanding Highcliffe Castle in Dorset accompanied by her best girls dressed in ‘cherry yogurt’ hues as she so affectionately calls it. Their wonderful day was all captured perfectly by Love Lust List member Helen Cawte.
I love a city wedding, the style always seems to be on point, and Bride Hannah does not disappoint with a plethora of our favourite designers in the bridal fashion world.
Firstly her Delphine Manivet ‘Prospere’ gown from Blackburn Bridal boutique is the mostly heavenly silhouette. Featuring 3/4 sleeves, a sophisticated deep V neckline and a fabulous floaty midi skirt, just the right length to show off her delicious Jimmy Choo sparkling Abel courts.
Hannah’s shoes weren’t the only thing that twinkled, their venue The Amadeus was filled with an abundance of fairy lights as well as beautiful rose blooms, and a cheese tower wedding cake that looks spectacular.
Lee and Bee are one of the sweetest couples that I’ve ever had the pleasure to blog. Their laid back, country garden, summer soiree at Narborough Hall Gardens earlier this year was filled to the brim with artistic touches. Which is fitting really given that Lee and Bee are both artists; in fact they have a joint exhibition at the moment in Cambridge which you really should check out.
When Hannah at Lifeline Photography submitted this peach of a wedding to us she mentioned that Lee and Bee decided to have their portrait shots on the nearby cricket pitch because Bee’s dad is a cricket nut and his speech included all of the times he’d made her play cricket as a little girl.
How gorgeous is that…it actually made me cry a little bit.
And there’s the boat. Just wait until you see the boat…
Narborough Hall Gardens
Bee the Bride:We got married at Narborough Hall Gardens in Narborough, Norfolk. Lee is from King’s Lynn and Norfolk is very close to his heart. We’d visited the gardens on an open day a few years ago and fell in love with the place; it’s so romantic and pretty. The gardens are amazing; they’re huge but still retain a country garden/cottagey feel with lots of intimate secret nooks and crannies and antique chairs dotted about.
We loved that we could have the ceremony and reception at the same place. We got married by the lake; it was so romantic and the reception was in a marquee in the garden. We were so lucky with the weather since it was the hottest day of the year. Maybe not the best with ginger skin but I had a parasol to keep the sun off me.
Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves
My hair and makeup was done by my sister- Lizzie Reed. She’s a freelance makeup artist and is really talented; it was so special to have her create my wedding beauty. I wanted quite a loose, natural updo. I found some antique silver brooches at a flea market and made them into hair pins to adorn my hair.
I felt completely confident in Liz and I will always cherish that morning as we got ready in the Bridal Suite, overlooking the garden. It was a warm hazy morning, we had a huge sash window open with a breeze coming in and bumble bees buzzing around the window; it was so serene and peaceful.
I felt so nervous but Lizzie made me completely relax and I knew she’d work her magic and make me look beautiful! She’s mega talented and knows the best products to use. I had a make up trial and she listened to the style of make up I wanted and got it spot on.
My dress was called ‘Katrina‘ by Anoushka G and it was from The Tailor’s Cat in Cambridge. I didn’t want a big dress; I wanted something that had a vintage look and would go with the country garden feel of the wedding. I knew as soon as I put it on that it was the dress for me; the beading and detail on it was beautiful and it felt so nice on.
Initially I wasn’t going to have a veil and I’d left it quite late when I changed my mind. I thought it would make me feel special and it’s the only time I’d ever get to wear one. So I went from no veil to floor length veil! As it was quite last minute, I was going to buy one online but I’m so glad I didn’t. It needed to be tried on with my dress and the colour and length compliment it perfectly. I bought it from the same boutique as my dress and they were brilliant at guiding me on the right length to choose and rushed the order so I got it in time. My shoes were from Rainbow and were so comfy.
Mint Green And Soft Pink
I had five bridesmaids – so greedy! It was tricky to find a dress that suited all of them, so I compromised in the end with three different styles that complimented each other. They were from Monsoon.
We both wanted lots of colour in the wedding and we both like the same tones but there was no set theme. Lee wore a suit from the high street and the ushers wore the same waistcoat but I changed the buttons on Lee’s so it looked more bespoke. I chose ties in a similar tone to the mint green bridesmaid dresses and the antique roses in their bouquets picked up on the tone of the rose bridesmaid coloured dresses.
Joanne at Narborough Hall did all of our flowers. She mostly uses flowers grown in their cutting garden. I was quite flexible- I specified the general feel and colours of the flowers but on the day was dictated by the flowers in season. I decided to have a huge bouquet. I bought Shepherd’s Crooks and we hung jam jars of sweet peas from them which lined ceremony seats by the lake.
Yes I’ll Marry You My Dear
We had two readings at the ceremony. We asked my sister and Lee’s Mum to choose something, so it had more meaning. My sister chose “yes I’ll marry you my dear” by Pam Ayers which was very cheeky of her! It’s lighthearted and funny so contrasted perfectly with Lee’s Mums who wrote her own reading which was beautiful and very heartfelt; there were lots of tears!
During the drinks reception we had a string quartet called ‘Parisian Swing‘. They’re based in Ely and are very jolly! We’d seen them play in our local and they were brilliant. They play a lot of Django Reinhardt songs. They played as I walked down the aisle and were very accommodating- composing music for when we walked back down the aisle as Mr and Mrs.
In the evening, we had a band and a DJ play but it was such a beautiful evening, everyone ended up staying in the garden. Lee and I had a twilight row on the lake which was pretty special. Nanny was adamant she wasn’t leaving until we did.
Naked Cakes And Norfolk Platters
My Mum made our cakes. She’s the best cake maker I know. I don’t much like icing, so wanted naked cakes. I was happy for Mum to make whatever she liked, as long as they tasted good, I was happy and they were perfect. They looked amazing and were delicious! We had the cake stands made and I painted them.
Narborough took care of the rest of the food. They have a big vegetable garden where a lot of their ingredients are sourced, so the menu is seasonal which we really liked. We choose to have a big buffet with lots of different salads. We then had their ‘Norfolk platter’ in the evening which consisted of home-made breads, pork pies, sausage rolls and a cheeseboard. We decided against favours on the tables but had large sweet jars full of our favourites for people to help themselves to.
We created all the stationery ourselves since we both love making stuff so this was the fun part for us. Lee hand drew our invite, inspired by Victorian posters – I think we were both born in the wrong era. I superglued mini pegs onto paintbrushes to hold little signs and onto wooden skewers to hold the table numbers. We choose a Victorian carnival font. We suspended Chinese lanterns from the marquee with fishing line and I used an antique suitcase Lee bought me years ago for our cards to go in.
A friend lent us the bunting which was homemade and gave a lovely informal/ garden fete feel. We roped family and friends into collecting jam jars and bottles and then I spray painted some with enamel paint and grouped them with antique bottles I already had to go on the tables as the centrepiece. They were all filled with flowers from Narborough’s garden. I made the place name tags with a cutter from Etsy; it was so easy and you can then use whatever card you like.
Remember To Wear Your Garter
Advice….hmmm, remember to wear your garter… I forgot. Oh and SLEEPING PILLS!! I was too excited and nervous the night before and only had 2 hours sleep. Savour it because it will whizz by in a blur.
Our photographer was Hannah at Lifeline Photography. She’s amazing! We knew as soon as we clapped eyes on her website that we’d love what she did and we’re thrilled with our photos! It was a bonus that she was great fun and lovely.
Venue – Narborough Hall Gardens
Bride’s Gown – Katrina By Anoushka G
Boutique – The Tailor’s Cat
Hair & Make-Up – Lizzie Reed Make-up
Florist – Joanne at Narborough Hall
String Quartet – Parisian Swing
Photography – Lifeline Photography
Oh to sail away in a perfectly pea green boat…isn’t that the most perfect end to your wedding day.
All my love Lolly xxx
One of my favourite parts of being a bridesmaid, aside from the hand-holding, dress-fluffing, lipgloss-applying and worry-soothing is the dress-up part. The one where you tumble with your best girls into a plethora of shops to find the dress or dresses that will accompany the ‘big white one’ down the aisle.
There’s usually lots of giggles at ill-fitting frocks, the odd grimace or two, material tweaking, the appearance of some industrial sized bulldog clips and then that awed silence and those spontaneous grins when you know that you’ve found the ‘one’.
If you’re really really lucky you might find the gown of your dreams on your first attempt which leaves plenty of time to spend instead at the nearest cocktail bar. Granted this has yet to happen to me…
Perhaps the above hasn’t been your experience, after all many modern brides are more than happy to leave their maids to their own devices albeit with a colour stipulation or a certain dress style in mind. Whilst I love the freedom that such a decision entails, I can’t help but think of the missed opportunity for a girly day out and a bit of banter.
Anyway I digress. As you’ve probably guessed today’s post is all about ‘the maids’ or more specifically maid fashion straight from the high street smack bang onto the screen in front of you.
Come on, let’s take a look.
A Whiter Shade Of Pale
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the neutral bridal party trend is not going away.
Whereas we’ve seen peaches, champagnes and nudes rule the roost in previous seasons, we’re beginning to notice the dominance of starker off-whites, ivories and ice queen shades this time round lending a more contemporary vibe to bridal parties than the soft rustic elegance of old.
Whilst simple sheath dresses pack a modernist punch, brides are beginning to more comfortably experiment with texture and pattern – think ruffles, intricate beadwork and contrasting fabrics. The beautiful shoulder detailing on the Ted Baker dress below, the fringing on the Miss Selfridge frock and the glitzy beading on the Hobbs gown are all gorgeous examples of how to ‘work’ such a trend.
Whether you’re a city bride hosting a cocktail inspired big day or a midsummer countryside bride you can be sure that this colour scheme will work for you. The neutrality of such a theme means that your chosen dresses will work harmoniously with different types of accessories, hair styles, flowers and shoes. Talking of which, those Zara flats are to die for.
Just one last thing – don’t feel that you have to have to choose blooms within a similar colour spectrum to your maids’ dresses. Whilst most weddings utilising an overall white or neutral colour scheme tend to use similarly toned flowers don’t forget that this look works beautifully for bolder wedding colour choices too, and bright blooms really pop against an unassuming background.
I’m not going to lie to you girls.
This moodboard was inspired purely by this Coast clutch at the top here…oh and those Zara flats. There’s something special about the combination of cobalt blue and silver – a combination that I’m regularly testing out in my day-to-day wardrobe so it seemed only right to introduce it into today’s maidenly mix.
On a serious note though blue hues are strong, elegant and classic and flatter all skin tones and hair colours. It’s not surprising therefore that it continues to be one of the most popular colour trends for bridesmaid attire.
If you’re looking for a modern interpretation on this steadfast hue then I’d recommend introducing a statement necklace or snappy tailoring into the mix. Maids in short suits anyone? I’m first in the queue!
Whilst it’s not necessarily considered traditional, dozens of you lovely lot are choosing to dress your bridal party in black – yes that means the girls too.
And why the hell not? Darker shades are chic, incredibly flattering and the prevalence of the hue means that you’re pretty much guaranteed to find a frock, trouser suit or skirt and top combo to suit all body shapes and sizes.
If you like the idea but still feel a little bit apprehensive about using such a statement colour then it’s worth choosing pieces that have oodles of delicate detailing for example using chiffon overlays, lace detailing and embroidered panels. This dress is my favourite…
Still feeling nervous? Why not opt for a smokey green frock instead or charcoal grey which will still embody that seductive vibe without the full impact that an all-black colour scheme possesses.
Favourites From The RMW Team
We thought we’d finish up with some favourites from the rest of the RMW team and their hot picks from the High Street which are all available to purchase right now! Without realising it, the RMW girls have subconsciously chosen their favourite pieces using a colour scheme of blues, mauves, pinks and lilacs.
Spooky eh? Nonetheless we love it and we think you dollfaces might like it too.
Always on the hunt for something a little bit different she’s also selected this floral and mesh number from Miss Selfridge which would be just the ticket for winter bridesmaids since it comes in burgundy too. And finally, you can’t go wrong with some pink feathers for a touch of warmth in the churchyard.
The lovely Lauren C has fallen head over heels for this mocha toned lacy number which you can chicly accessorise with this elegant Jasper Conran Clutch. Come on, a girl has to carry her lippy and powder somewhere hasn’t she?!
Becky thinks these these statement gold shoes from Coast via Debenhams are Ace with a capital ‘A’. You heard the girl! She also loves blue….and lace…but she really really loves it when your lacy maids are your something blue. Lastly she’s thrown in her Laura Ashley wild card ‘not somewhere I would think to shop for dresses…more like curtains’ but I think this frock is epic nonetheless.
So there you have it..words from the mouths of the RMW girls themselves.
Which is your favourite?
And how will you be dressing your girls on your big day? In noir, off-white or true blues? Perhaps you’ve opted for something else entirely… if so, we want to know your thoughts.
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All my love Lolly xxx