Well, this is a little slice of wedding wonderfulness to start your week off right. Taking centre stage is RMW favourite designer, Grace Loves Lace, and a stunning Edie fringe wedding dress complete with cut out back. It suits petite bride Christie to perfection and is seriously swoony. Groom Ben and his boys are also on point, in their gorgeous dark suits with bow ties and braces. This wedding has class. This wedding has style. And this wedding has an epic sparkler send off. We love.
Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, and Emma and Ned’s nuptials are proof that if you don’t want to do things the ‘traditional’ way, you don’t have to. This wonderful wedding, shot by RMW recommended photographer Johnny Dent, boasts some of the best DIY décor we’ve ever seen – just take a look at the homemade Edison bulb floral installation – and a ceremony which involves beer. Yes, beer. Find a groom, and a bride for that matter, who is not on board with that. Cheers!
To quote the bride “we had a bit of a hotchpotch of things, but it worked!”
Oh my did it! And the results are spectacular.
We love it when couples really go for it and incorporate everything they love. Even more so when we hear they’ve had a go at creating some of the beautiful displays you see before you themselves.
RMW recommended supplier Frances Sales Photography did an amazing job at capturing all the decor and emotion of this DIY Rustic Tipi Wedding at Riverhill Gardens, Sevenoaks. So make sure you’re sitting comfortably, you could be here pinning for a while.
Belle and Alex had an intimate French destination wedding and I love it because they’ve simply gathered their very best friends and family and thrown a dinner party under the stars. They got married legally in the UK, meaning that they could have a personal, intimate outdoor ceremony for the French wedding.
The couple found their photographer, Marine Marques, right here on RMW which always makes us happy! Marine’s work is so natural and softly shot, I think you’re going to love it too…
The opening image of beautiful bride Becky and her Dad literally fills my heart with joy. The love and laughter so beautifully captured by The Lou’s Photography is so genuine and a truly special moment to treasure.
The sentiment and emotion continues through the rest of this outdoor wedding in Yorkshire, as does the gorgeous use of DIY decor and colourful wild blooms, so pinning fingers at the ready! Making the florals pop even more are the bridal parties wedding attire consisting of a delicate lace bridal gown by Claire Pettibone and handmade bridesmaid dresses by one of Becky’s best friends.
If you’re already missing the fun and sun after another glorious weekend, this will definitely prolong the feeling. Enjoy.
Every single wedding we feature is special but there’s something about this morning’s wedding that has really got me. I think it’s the emotion captured in Sam Gibson’s images combined with the honesty of Chloe’s writing. Putting this blog post together moved me to tears and I know I’m incredibly soppy but I promise you, this one is a total tearjerker – in a big fat happy tears of joy kind of way.
So I’m not going to waffle on, I’m just going to let you enjoy it. Have a beautiful Sunday everybody.
Joanna and Craig’s wedding is a lovely way to round off the week. From Joanna’s gorgeous silk flower crown, to the floral archway, to the antique key table-plan, to the white wooden swing – it’s a wedding day just brimming with pretty details.
I think Joanna has some of the most perfect voluminous curls I’ve ever seen and her and Craig make a very elegant couple. We do love it when a Groom goes for an electric blue suit!!
Joanna and Craig had a very difficult moment in the run up to their wedding day, which meant they had to postpone their date…but thanks to their wonderful suppliers and the support of their friends and family they still had the day they had dreamed of.
Have a great weekend everyone and I’ll hand you over to Joanna to tell her and Craig’s story…
Yes – that’s right…this wedding has horses. I can virtually hear the ooohs and awwws from here. I think Steph and Tom’s venue may be one of the most idyllic I’ve ever seen and luckily the British weather held out for their ceremony. Everything just looks so beautiful bathed in the Spring sunshine.
Steph and Tom seemed to keep the music pumping, the food coming and the drink flowing all day long – they even had a late-night campfire with marshmallow toasting. I know. AMAZING.
I’ll pass you over to Steph who makes a very stylish Bride in her fitted lace gown – which by the way she rocks in the unusual champagne tone. It works so perfectly with her skin tone. AND it was the first dress she tried on!
Winding Country Roads
Steph the Bride: The perfect venue was at Clavelshay Barn, North Petherton near Taunton. Tom and I had spotted it online and thought it was worth a visit and were definitely not disappointed. We knew on the first visit that it would be perfect. Winding country roads, humming birds, sweeping hills, cows and quaint country houses , beautiful gardens … and a chance to make something truly our own. Sue who owns the venue was also a lovely and very genuine host who went above and beyond to help us create our special day.
Hair and makeup wise I was inspired by 1950’s classic glamour as for me it’s timeless and would really compliment my dress. My makeup was very simple, just a simple black eye flick, false lashes and a touch of Bobbi Brown’s Plum Rose lipstick which is a fabulous colour that I would definitely recommend.
Mine and my bridesmaids makeup was done by the very talented Lucy Davis. I had hair extensions for the day to add thickness to my hair which were perfectly coloured matched and put in by my wonderful mother Loraine Williams put in a few weeks before, she is an absolute pro and has her own business from home doing this. To compliment my hair Louise Alway (available through Lucy) beautifully styled and curled my hair to have luscious volume and bouncy waves. I also wore Chanel Chance on the wedding day which was a classic scent.
Classic, Fitted Lace
My dress was from the Carina Baverstock Couture Boutique in Bradford-on-Avon and is named ‘Mystere’ by Claire Pettibone. I’ve always been into fashion and classic lace fitted styles and fell in love with Claire Pettibone’s original designs the moment I spotted them online. I discussed my day and theme with the boutique owner and she just knew. It was the first dress I tried on and I never looked back! My dress was champagne coloured, fitted, had capped short sleeves, features intricate beaded detailing and a stunning vintage lilac flower on the lower back which was absolutely stunning. I loved every minute wearing it and felt extremely glamorous.
Tom looked very dapper on our special day and had his bespoke air force blue three piece suit and white shirt handmade by the very-talented P J Robinson and Sons tailor in Alcester. They are a proper old-school four generation tailors and he knew immediately after meeting Lawrence that this was the place for him. His shoes and socks were from Reiss and the groomsmen’s ties were from TM Lewin.
Cute Kitten Heels
I wore a gorgeous Jenny Packham headpiece that complemented the colours and design of my dress. Otherwise I am pretty tall so couldn’t really go for a high heel but found some cute jewelled kitten heels from Nine West online on sale for a bargain of £19. I was really pleased about that, what bride doesn’t like a bargain?
I actually brought the bridesmaid dresses before I had brought my own which was risky, but we were having a Spring wedding and I thought the colour and style would suit everyone’s body shapes and skin tones perfectly. All the bridesmaids wore a nude / pink dress from Fever Designs and accessorised as they liked with beautiful headbands and netted underskirts. The flower girl Elsie’s (my niece) dress was from Monsoon whilst the pageboy’s suit was from Marks and Spencer’s.
A Country Tea Party
Once our venue was sorted everything else sort of came together. We did most of our research on Pinterest and fell in love with the idea of a country tea party style wedding. The colour scheme naturally progressed after purchasing the bridesmaid dresses and my own.
Decor-wise we knew we were having a marquee so wanted to spruce it up a bit and make it a bit country glam. We had fantastic hand-made table-clothes by Tom’s mum Barbara with lace runners hand-stitched along them; old bottles and jam jars lined the table centres, whilst shattered glass and gold tea lights set the mode. We also had beautiful splashes of colour in our flower displays and home-made jam with luggage labels as our guest’s favours.
A Perfect Splash Of Colour
My flowers were absolutely stunning and beautifully arranged by one of my best friends and very talented florist Christiane Simmons. The flowers were the perfect splash of colour for our country themed day and were vintage lilac, purple, pastel pink, cream, blue and yellow. I had English garden roses, roses, peonies, muscari and ranunculus in my bouquet.
On the day we also had beautiful bright bouquets lining the chairs down the aisle, finishing with two olive trees tied with lilac ribbon. Tripods dotted around the garden, whilst other cute arrangements filled jam jars and bottles down the centres of all the tables.
A Very Moving Ceremony
Tom and I had a humanist ceremony outside as our venue wasn’t licensed for our big day. The ceremony was conducted by Jennifer Constant at Tailor Made Ceremonies and felt really special for the both of us as we had a lot of personal input. Jennifer had asked us to fill in a questionnaire about the two of us, how we met and why we loved each other and brought it all together in a very moving ceremony. I had two of my dearest friends Bryony and Nat do a reading which they very kindly wrote for us and was touching to the point of tears. Tom’s friend Darren also read a reading about Relativity from Albert Einstein which was beautiful.
Music For Everyone
We had two bands for the day. During guests arrival, my entrance and the afternoon tea reception we had a funky three-piece gypsy jazz band called Barnone play which really set the mood for the day. During dinner we just had motown songs from our iPod playing until our first dance which was my dad’s song Wonderful Wonderful by The Tymes (He was in this famous motown band in the 60s and passed away 9 years ago). It was beautiful and extremely sentimental.
This followed by live music from our evening band Snappa and some fun DJ sets. Their live music was incredible and would definitely be recommended for any wedding! They had everyone including my granddad up on the floor dancing the night away!
Locally Sourced Food
All the food barring the cake was lovingly cooked up and created in house at Clavelshay Barn. Tom and I are big into locally sourced foods and were delighted that Clavelshay take such pride in where they source their food and the high quality they provide. Reception was a bite size take on afternoon tea, cucumber sandwiches, cheese bites, scones and jam, éclairs and smoked salmon blinis served with Pimms. This was followed by a huge hog roast buffet with served with stuffing, braised red cabbage, seasonal vegetables, dauphinoise potatoes and scrumpy sauce. After there was fresh fruit and cream, coffee, a selection of loose leaf teas and heart shaped chocolates. In the evening the yummy five tiered Victoria sponge cake was served with a selection of cheeses, bread, grapes and chutneys. The cake was made by Kate at Living Pretty a local tea shop in Somerset.
A Helping Hand
What would I do without my best friend Gem? She designed everything from the cute forget-me-not Save the Date seed envelopes, to the invites and the seating plan. We told her about our day and she created this whole tea thing which completely stuck with us for the whole day. The colours were in keeping with the day, creams, lilacs, pinks, blues and pale greens.
We also had a lot of help from Tom’s sister Al and his mum Barbara. Allison hand wrote all the name places on the favours and lined the old suitcase (for cards) in old vintage map paper which looked fabulous. She also wrote the menu for the evening meal and painted the wooden Wedding sign we had at the venue entrance.
Barbara with the help of her husband Martin made all the tablecloths as well as all the jam favours which were delicious. We’d also like to thank David and Richard for making the easel for the seating plan and the wooden sign, it looked great!
Everything Will Fall Into Place
My advice to Brides is to relax, enjoy and make the most of every second. The last days before the wedding are so stressful organising all those last minute touches but your wedding day is just about you and your husband to be and how much you love each other, everything will fall into place.
Also make sure you book time off after the wedding even if you’re not going on honeymoon straight away as you’ll be shattered and will be grateful for the time together to reflect on your special day.
We would also like to thank the fabulous and ridiculously talented Rachel Hudson our photographer. She captured our day so beautifully and was an absolute pleasure to work with. Our photos our stunning and something we know we’ll cherish forever!
Venue – Clavelshay Barn
Bride – Claire Pettibone Carina B Couture
Bridesmaids – Fever Designs
Make-up and Hair – Lucy Davis
Hair extensions – Ad-Hair
Groom – PJ Robinson and Sons
Cake – Living Pretty
Celebrant – Jennifer Constant
Bands – Barnone Snappa
Photography – Rachel Hudson
I still can’t believe that Mystere was the first dress Steph tried on.
Great advice from Steph too about post-wedding time off. Even if you’re not going on honeymoon straight away, I think time together to chill out and reflect would be exactly what the doctor ordered.
Lots of love,
When I was little I dreamed of being a Princess when I grew up. Things probably haven’t changed to be honest – the images of the beautiful Princess Maxima of the Netherlands from the recent Dutch inauguration made my eyes light up. The stunning Valentino gown worn by Princess Madeleine of Sweden for her wedding day made me swoon with envy. And today’s images of Bride Anna are equally as gorgeous. She looks like what I dreamt a Bride should look like. Anna looks like a Princess. And if there is any day of your life when you deserve to look and feel like a Princess – your wedding day is most definitely it.
Today’s fairytale affair took place in the glorious Essex sunshine and was captured forever by the fabulous M&J Photography.
A Breathtaking Driveway
Going up the driveway to Braxted Park really took our breath away; so we knew straight away we’d love to get married there. Laura, who showed us round was so lovely and really filled us with confidence. All the staff there made the whole process so easy and they were always really quick to reply to our many e-mails!
Beehives And Black Eyeliner
I went for a 60’s inspired look for myself and my bridesmaids with beehives and black eyeliner. I was inspired by the Louis Vuitton SS13 catwalk! My make-up artist, Katie Gulley was amazing and really enthusiastic about creating our looks. I was advised to buy a new perfume for the wedding so that the scent would always remind me of the day. I chose Jo Malone’s Lime Basil and Mandarin (and I bought travel candles in the same scent as little presents for the bridesmaids). My mum and I went for a manicure the day before the wedding, which was a nice treat and a good way to unwind.
Heart Set On Kelly
My dress was Kelly by Stephanie Allin. I’d actually seen it a few years ago when my sister-in-law was looking at wedding dresses at The Bride in St. Alban’s and was hoping it would still be available when I got engaged. It was so unusual and flattering – I loved it and didn’t want to take it off!
Jackie Kennedy Gloves
I always wear a pearl necklace so I wouldn’t have felt like myself without one. I matched it with some pearl earrings from Thomas Sabo and a pearl tiara. I also wore an old sapphire ring that belonged to a great-grandmother as my something old, borrowed and blue! My yellow shoes were from L K Bennett and were the first thing I bought for the wedding. The bridesmaids and I wore “Jackie Kennedy” ivory gloves from as they seemed to match our dresses and hair.
The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Alfred Sung at Dessy and we bought them at Les Trois Soeurs in Canary Wharf. The bright yellow really suited Shazia and Liz. Their accessories were ivory: shoes from Rainbow Club; pearl jewellery from Ayedo; and headbands which were £5 from Boots! Dan and the ushers and fathers had ties to match the bridesmaid’s dresses from Dessy and traditional morning suits, which were rented from Moss Bros. Dan also bought them all silver tie pins as gifts.
Our mums looked beautiful in bright turquoise (mine) and black and white (Dan’s). Our gorgeous 2 year old twin nephews were page boys in yellow converse and yellow tank tops knitted by their grandmother, Mary. Our gift list was donations to a fund for one of the twins, George, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 and our guests were so generous.
Rose Petals And Tulips
Our colour scheme was yellow and ivory, which looked lovely in the photos on such a sunny day. We had yellow and cream dried rose petal confetti from shropshirepetals.com. I filled a yellow basket with yellow toiletries and put it in the ladies’ toilet, which was really useful for preening during the disco!
Getting married in the Spring meant we could have tulips – my favourite flower. My lovely florist Jo put them with freesia and ranunculus flowers for our bouquets, pew ends and table flowers, which were all yellow and white. The mothers had yellow orchids as corsages.
Not A Cloud In The Sky
We were so jammy with the weather on the day (given the heavy rain the week before) – there wasn’t a cloud in the sky! This meant we could have the outdoor ceremony we’d hoped for, which was really unusual and special.
Our readings were ‘Love is Friendship Caught Fire’ by Laura Hendricks and ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton (which worked really well being read by a couple). I walked up the aisle to the wedding march from the ballet, Sleeping Beauty. I also managed to talk Dan into letting me have a piano version of Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ playing whilst we signed the register!
We had a small mini golf course from urbancrazy.com for the drinks reception, which the guests enjoyed. We could personalise the obstacles and the best thing about it was that it was yellow! We also had a caricaturist, which went down really well with the guests as they could take their pictures home.
We had a band called The Motorways for our evening reception, who I’d seen at a friend’s wedding and were great! They really read the crowd well and took requests (including Britney for the bride) and the dance floor was full all night.
Our first dance was to ‘One and Only’ by Adele. I love dancing and was keen to do a choreographed dance but Dan had torn his Achilles a few months before the wedding and was still recovering until the week before. We had an ’emergency dance lesson’ with Wedding Day Dance UK and managed to put something together for the day. With some painkillers, Dan even managed a few lifts!
Delicious Seasonal Menu
The lamb was in season for Spring and delicious and the amazing desert went down very well with our chocoholic guests! We also had some canapes for the drinks reception and a cheese and cold meat buffet in the evening. Our caterers were Le Talbooth.
Going to the tasting at their beautiful restaurant was definitely one of my favourite bits of wedmin! Our wedding cupcakes were by Gill at Amelia George Cakes. She seemed really excited about my ideas for them and they looked exactly as I’d imagined – and tasted even better!
Happily Ever After
Our invitations were called Daisy and by the very talented Dottie Creations. They also did us a table plan, table names, place names, menus, a guestbook and favours. As we’d put ‘Happily Ever After’ on our invitations, our table names were different fairytales (all with happy endings). We continued this theme with our favours, which were runner bean seed packets but we called them ‘A Handful of Magic Beans’ so our guests to grow their own beanstalks! The children had fairytale books.
Daily Dose Of RMW
The best bit of advice I can give future brides is to check RMW regularly. I checked it nearly every day I was engaged (and have even checked it since the wedding) – and so did/has my mum, who was also vital in helping us plan our perfect day. I wanted to lose a bit of weight for the wedding to feel better about myself and managed to lose 10kg, which was mainly thanks to a personal trainer, Steve who I highly recommend. Although the nervous energy in the lead up to the day probably helped too!
I thought I would hate walking up the aisle with everyone watching me but it was actually one of my favourite moments, so make sure you take your time and enjoy it. Another highlight was getting back to the bridal cottage after the disco and opening all our cards together. It was so nice to spend some time alone with Dan as the day had rushed by so quickly I felt I’d hardly seen him. Choosing our photographers was easy. Jonny is an old school friend and he and Morgane take such beautiful photographs. We couldn’t be happier with how they portrayed the day.
Venue – Braxted Park
Brides outfit – Stephanie Allin
Hair and Make up – Katie Gulley
Bridesmaids – Alfred Sung at Dessy
Groom – Moss Bros
Florist – JW Floristry
Catering – Talbooth Catering
Cake – Amelia George
Band – The Motorways
Photography – M&J Photography
I think it’s safe to say Anna met her Prince Charming too – Dan strapping up his ankle so he could spin her around on the dance floor is very noble. As is allowing her to walk down the aisle to Justin Bieber!
I love the Sixties hair and make-up too, the girls all look gorgeous. And how cute are the little nephews!!
Every Princess deserves her happy ending. What a lovely way to start the week.
Lots of love,