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A Rustic Revolution…….Part 2

Right then.

I don’t even know where to start folks.

Laura and Dave’s rustic wedding reception at “The Old Barn” in Brandgore is so unbelievably personal and inspirational, with so many unique and clever idea’s that I can’t begin to point out everything that I love about it. The escort card plan, the giant cake, the original and abundant guest entertainment, the sweetie bar…..oh my goodness the sweetie bar, by far the loveliest I have ever seen in the whole of weddingville.

Just the kind of joyous Big Day that I would give my right arm to be invited to….

Unusual Blooms

The centrepieces were designed to reflect the rustic theme and to fit into the silver birch wrap vases that my husband and I had made. They had similar blooms.

I came across an unusual flower that I had never heard of before called ‘Craspedia’ or Billy Buttons and was so taken by them, that I decided I had to have them! I chose to use them mainly for the buttonholes, as they are not overtly blousy or feminine and I thought they would go with the boy’s outfits.

THE Sweetie Bar

I loved the idea of a candy buffet but wanted something different, preferably that would excite our guests. Again, I spent hours researching, but couldn’t find anything that was right, so we decided to make our own unit. The result- a huge dresser with 21 drawers, glass jars and lots and lots of colour co-ordinated sweets! We even padlocked a drawer with a special prize and gave everyone an old iron key (part of our escort card board).

It was fun seeing all ages trying their keys in the padlock then shovelling sweets into yellow stripy bags to take away with them! We loved the whole thing so much that we are now starting our own business! www.onesweetday.co.uk

A Fruity Number

I designed a lemonade stand to compliment the rustic theme. It had a glass dispenser full of cloudy lemonade and pretty bottles of pink lemonade that guests were able to help themselves to all night! The kids loved it!

A BIG Treat

We decided that we were going to ‘go large’ on the cake! Because we didn’t want to cut the cake, we chose to have a 5 tier, alternate depth ‘dummy’, stacked on a huge chunk of wood with twigs, a birds nest and fabric birds!

My mum was responsible for the creation (although it took 4 of us to lift and place the icing on the huge bottom tier!) My mum made delicious kitchen cakes of vanilla, chocolate, carrot, toffee and fruit! Her friends ‘the dog walkers’ also contributed lots of lovely delights for the dessert table!

Aside from the lovely cakes, we had ice cream for dessert courtesy of www.brockice.co.uk 5 yummy flavours and a really nice prop for photographs. Lovely couple who run it too!

D.I.Y Decor – To the MAX

We dressed everything ourselves, with lots of help from our fantastic wedding party! Bunting, gingham table covers, dessert tables laid up with Hessian fabric, chunks of wood topped with cakes, brown labels and old iron keys, personalised teabag place-settings, cowboy hats on hooks and a guestbook area with an old typewriter, patterned paper and a battered leather suitcase that was my granddad’s.

The Piece de resistance- yellow and white paper lanterns that hung from the ceiling.

We had bales of straw for extra seating in the barn, covered in gorgeous knitted and crocheted blankets lovingly made by my mum and the dog walkers! My mum even had personalised labels made with our names and wedding date to sew onto them! We are going to sew them together to make a keepsake throw for our bed!

The guestbook area had a section for photographs taken before the wedding by our guests. Our ‘save the dates’ were actual dates in matchboxes that I designed and sent to our friends and families, requesting they take photographs of the dates for our competition! The dates went all over the world!

A matching convertible beetle and camper van trussed up with yellow ribbons to complete the look!. They were so amenable and lovely, giving me tictacs and tissues on the way!

Accidental Excitement

We accidentally came across the most wonderful photographers, Teri and David at Murakami Photography. From start to finish they have been so fantastic; friendly, creative, hard-working and professional. We chose them after we described a mad idea we had of having some wedding photographs in a pumpkin field!

Other photographers just smiled and moved on but Teri and David were as excited as we were, spouting ideas and possibilities about the shoot! They have recently won awards for one of the photographs they took in that pumpkin field! (You can access information about this on their facebook page).

All Day Entertainment

We had the brilliant ‘Switch’ a saxophone quartet to welcome our guests, which really added to the ambiance of the day. ‘Mr Wiseguy’, an amazing live cover band was our choice for the evening entertainment. We had seen them at a couple of local venues and were so impressed we had to book them! They got everyone up dancing (and even called a couple of ‘victims’ my lovely bridesmaid Cookie and our usher Dave O, to sing Mustang Sally with the band!)

Brilliant entertainment!

Wise Words

Have everything you want and make what you can’t find! It took tremendous commitment to source and make everything but we took great satisfaction in seeing little details throughout the day and so did our guests who were entertained all day by them!

Reception Venue – The Old Barn

Sweetie Bar – One Sweet Day

String Quartet – Switch

Live Band – Mr Wiseguy

Ice Cream Dessert – Brockice

Car Hire – The Wedding Bug

I want to know exactly how many of you are going to steal the following from this W-day:

A huge gigantic cake on a tree stump

A sweetie DRESSER ( marshmallows in a draw?! – I die!)

An old iron key escort card plan ( so stylish, so clever)

A help-yourself lemonade table

A “snogging at sunset” shot ( NB: can I say snogging? it just seemed appropriate….)

Let me tell you, if it was my turn I would STEAL.THEM.ALL.

With huge thanks to Dave, Laura and Murakami Photography for choosing our lovely readers to showcase this little piece of delicious to.

Big do you think a permanent sweetie dresser in my house would be OTT? Love

Charlotte xxx

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A Rustic Revolution…….part 1

As you can imagine we receive a lot of real wedding submissions here at RMW HQ and my absolute favourite supplier submitted kind are when the sender ( particularly the photographer…..) seem genuinely genuinely thrilled about the Big Day they want featured and supply us with the reasons behind why they think Rock My Wedding is the perfect place to be showcased.

David and Teri from Murakami Photography are the perfect example and I was immediately taken with their infectious excitement and how much they were completely and utterly in love with the Autumn soiree of Laura and Dave that they captured beautifully in October last year.

Not only does the affair have a whole heap of pretty with a delicious citrus colour palette and gorgeous show stopping fashion but every little piece of decor and I mean EVERY last piece was designed, put together and made by the Bride and Groom and their family.

This is Do it Your Way and Do It YOURSELF Your Way to the max lovelies.

The Right Investment

I spent hours and hours researching which blooms: I even took a floristry course to help determine my decision!

For the bouquets, I decided that I wanted specific David Austin roses in gorgeous apricot and cream (‘Juliet‘ and ‘Patience‘). With those, I wanted a small amount of yellow roses to pick up the overall theme and camomile or September flower for the yellow centres. My vision for the bouquets were rustic country garden. My florist, Sarah at Flowers at 166 in Charminster must have been demented with me as I kept adding or changing things until I had it exactly right, but she did a great job.

The Right Accessories

My husband and I are similar heights so I had to go for little kitten heels. I went for a closed toe ivory pair that had a big bunch of pearls on the front!

My mum made all of my jewellery. Each piece was unique and made the whole thing really special….

And Of Course The Right Dress!

My dress was by Ronald Joyce. I really was dreading wearing a wedding dress as I didn’t feel it was very ‘me’. I went out with the intention of getting something plain and came back with something that wasn’t quite so!

I Loved the lacy bolero to add sparkle to the plain(ish) fabric of the dress, but the thing that really made it was the bustle on the back! The whole effect ended up matching our rustic theme really well!

A Posh Lot

My husband decided that he wanted to stand out from the crowd and wear a completely different colour to the groomsmen! My initial thought of “Oh my god this is going to be a logistical nightmare!” soon vanished when we found a fabulous blue suit in Austin Reed.

He was so excited about his “posh” shoes from Barker! Bless him!

A Ray Of Sunshine

The bridesmaid’s dresses were actually the first things I bought and inspired the whole wedding colour scheme! I knew I wanted shorter, floaty dresses that weren’t your traditional bridesmaid type and came across these online by chance. I ordered them straight away, but was really worried about showing them to my girls as they were so bright! When they asked what colour I had ordered I kept saying things like ‘lemon’ or ‘sunflower’ rather than ‘bright citrus yellow’ in case I scared them!

I think they were quite shocked when they first saw them, but they all agreed that when they were on, the shape and colour looked great! They were finished off with kitten heels in ivory and handmade glass jewellery made by my mum.


My hair and make-up was by ‘All about Hair and Beauty’ in Christchurch. They did a fabulous job on all of us on the day and to the lead up to the wedding.

I went for a messy up ‘do’ which took my fabulous hairdresser Nikki ages to do! It was so intricate! It took me half an hour to remove all of the pins after! Unfortunately my fringe went haywire when I got nervous going into the Castle!

A Super Stylish Wedding Party

To step away from the original wedding attire, we decided that the boys would not be wearing full suits, just shirts and waistcoats to keep the look relatively informal. It was really important that my dad felt comfortable, so he chose an Italian grey suit and we bought the trousers for the boys. The waistcoats were purchased online and ties were (eventually) found to match the bridesmaid dresses. Glass cufflinks, again made by my mum, finished off the look and brought the colour scheme together.

Cermony Venue – Highcliffe Castle

Bridal Gown – Ronald Joyce

Groom’s Suit – Austin Reed

Florist – Flowers at 166

Jewellery – Silverness

Photography – Murakami Photography

Ahem. You like the lemonade table?

Yes? Well lovelies, you ain’t see nothin’ yet. Part 2 has more reception D.I.Y inspiration than we have ever featured in just one wedding here on RMW.

And the dress bustle?! Ruddy hell I am LOVING the bustle!

Big Citrus Love

Charlotte xxx