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Just rock it – excellent advice from Bride Jess to all our lovely RMW readers this morning. Jess definitely did, she looks gorgeous in her tea-length gown, choosing to leave traditional gowns because they weren’t for her. Everyone at this wedding just looks so happy and relaxed, which I think reflects the fact that Jess didn’t stress over the planning. Although sipping champagne in the spectacular Winter Gardens may also have contributed to the smiles! The Winter Gardens makes for a gorgeous wedding venue, so open, inviting and elegant with light streaming through the windows. You can almost see ghosts of couples past swirling around the Victorian dance floor.

Just a quick warning before we begin – I’m afraid this wedding will definitely make you want to go and get pick and mix.

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A Blank Canvas

Jess The Bride: The venue we chose was the Winter Gardens in Ilkley. We decided to get married fairly quickly as neither of us like to hang around talking about things for years! We looked at 3 venues and the second we saw Winter Gardens we knew it was perfect. It’s such a beautiful, stylish place and best of all, it was a blank canvas and you can do with it whatever you please.

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Cool And Calm

Our make-up was done by Francesca-Del-Bono who did my sisters wedding make-up 10 years ago! She was so cool and calm that there was never another option for us. I asked Francesca for a natural look and that’s exactly what I got. It stayed on all day and looks fabulous on the photos. I would recommend her without a shadow of a doubt – she’s very talented!

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A Tea-Length Dress

I went to one wedding dress shop (Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden) and within half an hour had picked my dress. I tried 2 traditional dresses on and it didn’t feel right. I’d always imagined I’d wear a tea-length dress and when I saw the Ian Stuart Jetset that I ended up buying, I just loved it.

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It came with a bolero jacket but I decided to soften the style by wearing a Monsoon angora shrug a la Kate Middleton! I only had my first fitting 3 days before the wedding as we planned it all in 4 months, but luckily, after a few quick adjustments, it was spot on!

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Let The Shoes Do The Talking

I decided not to wear any jewelry as my dress had a beautiful corsage that I’d had fitted to the waist so I didn’t want to take away from that. I had a veil that I forgot I had until about 10 minutes before leaving the house so I quickly attached it and dashed. I think it looked quite funky! I also chose the most fabulous Nine West shoes to go with my outfit and they sort of stole the show!

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Dusty Pink

We decided not to have a colour scheme but one ended up emerging as we planned things. My sister and best friends were bridesmaids and as my best friend lived in London we picked the dresses without her and she only had one fitting! The dress (just about) fit on the day! All of the bridesmaid and flower girl dresses (I had two flower girls, my 2 nieces) were Dessy from Emma Hartley Bridal in Barrowford. I bought my bridesmaids a shawl from Monsoon the week before the wedding and I bought the flower girls cardis from Next and cute pink Converse to wear with their outfits.

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My husband was left to chose the mens outfits and typically chose the most expensive he could find! He and his brother (who was his best man) plus his four ushers wore suits from Reiss with a pink tie and handkerchief that I dashed to buy the week before as he hadn’t had time to sort it! I bought my husband some beautiful peony cufflinks from Not On The Highstreet as a gift.

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Photo Bunting

There wasn’t a particular theme we went for, the whole day was just about being chilled and having fun (with a little bit of style thrown in!). I wanted guests to feel relaxed so we hired in quite a few sofas that were scattered around. To make guests feel included we made photo bunting including everyone at the wedding and pictures of them on their wedding days. It was a great talking point.

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As the Kings Hall next door to the Winter Gardens is a theatre we had some movie posters made by Sara at Assembly Marketing with our faces on which gave people a bit of a giggle! A vintage style theme ended up emerging.

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War Of The Roses

Emma from Emma’s in Baildon, who is a very good friend of mine, did our wedding flowers. She has such style and elegance and knew exactly what we wanted. We had hand tied bouquets for our flowers with lots of pink roses; upper secret, la belle, sweet dolmiti, avalanche sorbet and peonies. All of our direct family had buttonholes – Andy’s family with white roses for Yorkshire and mine with red roses for Lancashire!

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Each table in the venue (including all the small tables for coffee) had jam jars filled with a selection of lovely quirky vintage style flowers along with lots of tea lights scattered everywhere. Our centre table had a large martini glass arrangement which was fabulous! Emma also styles venues as part of her wedding business and she did an incredible job bringing the whole concept together on the morning of the wedding. The church provided the flowers in the church. We asked for wooden love hearts on the end of the pews and they created 3 arrangements matching the flowers Emma had used throughout the venue.

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Calm And Collected

The ceremony was quite traditional as was required by the vicar. We decided not to have a reading but had 3 hymns, my favorite of which being Jerusalem. I was very nervous about the church but it ended up being the part I enjoyed the most. I felt really quite calm during the service and just enjoyed being there and started looking forward to the party! When we were standing at the altar my dad got his phone out to turn it onto silent – only I noticed but it made me laugh!

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We drove from my parents house to the church then reception in a Bentley (myself and my dad) and in a VW campervan called Dylan (the bridesmaids and my mum) which were a lovely touch! The drivers were so nice and kept us all very calm.

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A Gorgeous Atmosphere

During the reception drinks upon arrival we had a guitarist (Jack) playing. Then during coffee and cake the guitarist was joined by his partner Gemma and they did 2 sets for us. The duo are called Jack and Gills Daughter and they were so lovely and chilled and created a gorgeous atmosphere.

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During the evening we had a band called Northern Xposure playing who are fabulous! We’d seen them at a few other events and knew we had to have them. A DJ then followed into the wee hours!

We didn’t want to have a first dance as we knew it would be totally awkward. Instead we just got up to dance for the first song that the band played (Black-eyed-peas – tonight’s gonna be a good night), which turned into our first dance! The best entertainment we had for the evening was the photo booth from Booth Revolution. We had it from 8:30-11:30 and it was hilarious! It also gave people something to take away with them which was great. Well worth every penny!

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A Talented Usher

The food was catered for by the venue and it was lovely. We had a roasted veg and mozzarella stack for starters, with feathered blade of beef bourguignon for main and cheese and biscuits for after’s. Cake and coffee was then served upstairs. In the evening we had nice sandwiches and home cut chips. One of our ushers is a pastry chef at a Michelin star restaurant and he made macaroons for all the guests as name places. They were amazing and people are still talking about them now! Lee is hoping to expand into wedding macaroons and can be contacted on 07974364301.

Let Them Eat Cake

Our wedding cake was made by one of my best friends Lynn from The Wee Bakery. Lynn has built TWB up from just making a few cakes for people to now having her own shop and bake-house. She is incredibly talented and just knows the vibe and style you’re after. And, when you have a consultation with her you get to eat cake! We had 4 tiers – fruit, lemon, vanilla and chocolate – and everyone was equally delicious.

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Home Made Stationery

All the paper goods were designed and made by myself! Along with the odd helper, I made all the save the dates from a pre-wedding shoot photo we’d had taken with the fabulous Jess Petrie (who was also our wedding photographer – do not use anybody but this lady if you’re getting married! – She’s amazing!). We had simple brown craft card invites with the details printed on as invites. It was simple but stylish.

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I bought large wooden photo frames and created a table plan to fit. Other DIY details we had were an introduction of the bridal party which we handed out with the hand made order of service in church. It gave people something to read and was quite funny so people enjoyed it.

We made bags of confetti, which our nephews handed out while we were signing the register. We placed baskets of lovely products in the toilets at the venue so people could freshen up during the day and evening. During the meal we had a paper quiz about me and my husband and gave out champagne to the winner.

Nothing Changes

Don’t let planning a wedding take over your life. It is just one day, a fabulous day, but just one and it’s over before you know it. So, chill out and enjoy it and make sure you carry on with your normal life in the meantime!

Ignore people who tell you everything changes after you’re married. We’ve been together for 12 years and I didn’t want anything to change, but was repeatedly told it would. Guess what – it hasn’t, and why would it! Try to circulate at the wedding as you do feel like you spoke to nobody when you wake up the morning after! Enjoy being with your family on the morning of your wedding – it was one of the funniest and nicest mornings of my life.

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Your Most Expensive Outfit Ever

If, like me, you’re not keen on being the centre of attention, try your best to embrace it. You’re going to be looked at by everyone and actually, you’re probably going to look the best you’ll ever look and be wearing the most expensive outfit you’ve every worn and feel amazing – so just rock it! Don’t forget the reason you’re getting married. It’s all about love so wear your heart on your sleeve and smile! We had so many cards after the wedding saying how happy we looked all day and how happy that made people feel. So, if in doubt, smile, laugh and enjoy!

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Bride – Ian Stuart
Groom – Reiss
Venue – The Winter Gardens
Bridesmaids – Dessy
Groomsmen – Reiss
Make-up artist – Francesca-Del-Bono
Florist – Emma’s Home and Garden
Favours – Groomsman Lee (07974364301)
Cars – Yorkshire Wedding Car Hire
Band – Northern Xposure
Cake – The Wee Bakery
Photographer – Jess Petrie

See what I mean about the Winter Gardens being such a gorgeous venue? So light, airy and elegant – I’d have felt very Strictly Come Dancing if I had been there.
The photo bunting using guests wedding photos is also ingenious and aren’t the floral centre pieces spectacular?

Lots of love,
Fern x

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And It’ll Be Love Love Love… Part 2

It might be the morning, but I want an ice-cream. Remember when you were a kid you’d think to yourself… when I’m a grown up I’m going to eat ice-cream whenever I want… Or, when I’m older I’m going to buy every Transformer that there is…

Typically though things change, we grow up and we realise that ‘owning every Transformer that there is‘ might not be a deep enough philosophical notion upon which to justify ones existence.

But on your wedding day you have the right to regress right? To have that perfect day your way, no holds barred.

Danielle & Julian did exactly that when they tied the knot at Marks Hall Coach House in Coggeshall under the watchful eye of Especially Amy.

Three Tiers! Hip Hip….

Now I love a bit of cake but am not a fan of traditional fruit and icing wedding cake. I came across a photo of a posh London bakery’s take on a Victoria sponge wedding cake and asked our caterers to do something similar – we went for three tiers, one was a standard Vicky Sponge, one was lemon drizzle and the other was cherry bakewell flavour. Delish.

A Picnic On The Lawn

Our caterers Big Day Catering were amazing – we asked them to come up with a picnic themed meal and they didn’t disappoint. Soft boiled scotch eggs and chicken and ham pie, prawns and smoked salmon, along with quiches and jars of pickles – I think there was something for everyone. I wanted everyone to muck in and get involved with sharing the food on their table and I think it helped break the ice.

Let Me Put You In The Picture

Julian’s best man is in a band called The Usual Suspects – we asked them to play at our wedding and they were great. A mixture of rock, indie and a bit of pop finished the evening off perfectly. We also hired a photobooth from Groovybooth, as part favour, part guestbook, and part entertainment. It went down a storm and I love looking through all the photos that were taken.

5 Years Time…

We chose 5 Years Time by Noah and The Whale to be our first dance, as it’s a happy, upbeat song, we love it and dance around the kitchen to it when it’s on the radio. The lyrics talk about having fun fun fun and that is a key element of our relationship. Oh, and the love love love.

The Rules

I typed out a message for our guests asking them to ‘do us a favour’ –

  • Step 1. Grab a friend or loved one…
  • Step 2. Grab a prop
  • Step 3. Step inside the Photobooth
  • Step 4. Strike a pose
  • Step 5. Stick a copy in the guest book and write us a message
  • Step 6. Keep a copy for yourselves
  • Step 7. Repeat as necessary.

Everyone really enjoyed it, and it kept the kids amused too!

A Few Of My Favourite Décor Things…

Teapots, teacups, terracotta plant pots, tealights… pink, white, green, purple pompoms (thank you RMW for the tutorial), chalkboards, brown paper luggage tags… a comfy corner with some freebie sofas and a hand painted sign. It doesn’t sound like it should work but somehow it did. I think.

We All Stand Together

RMW was a huge influence throughout the planning process. Many aspects of the day were inspired by things I’d seen on the blog but the thing that stayed in mind most of all was this… It’s your day, do what you want to do, even if it’s not traditional or conventional. Speaking of non-conventional… We walked back down the aisle after the ceremony to We All Stand Together (The Frog Song) because a few months earlier we’d been playing on Singstar and Julian’s niece jokingly suggested we played the song at the wedding…

Not only did I love that idea but I also put some of the lyrics on our wedding invitations “Side by side, hand in hand, we all stand together”. To me, it symbolised our silly, playful side, and also that it wasn’t just about Julian and I but about standing together and sharing our special day with our loved ones.

What Happens In Vegas…

If you’re anything like me there will be times leading up to the wedding that you will want to run away to Vegas/Gretna Green and leave everyone behind… but be assured that on the day all the stress and worry and tears will fade into insignificance.

  • It’s your day, do it your way
  • Find some time with your husband
  • Eat

…Oh, and find a way of slowing down time and then share it with everyone else, you’ll make millions…

Venue – Marks Hall Coach House

Photography – Especially Amy

Catering – Big Day Catering

Florist – Kerry at Floral Expressions

Photobooth – Groovybooth

Tailor – Roderick Charles

I love the idea of a chin-wag over an impromptu picnic in the great outdoors accompanied with a few drinks… (oh, and getting married of course!)

Danielle’s words of wisdom are worth their weight in gold. Everyone wants to run away from time to time, we all feel pressured into conforming, and sometimes (read all times) there just isn’t enough time in a day.

In these desperate situations do the following. Pop ‘The Frog Song’ on, have a dance around in the kitchen with your loved one of choice and re-discover the things that really matter…

Peace out,

Adam.

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Love is Sweet…..part 2

Jessica and Daniel’s super sweet W-day has lots of lovely ideas for you to steal, my favourite being the candy floss maker…

Yup, actual freshly-made candy floss. Love. The delicate and feminine table centres are also particularly pretty and as well as sound advice from the beautiful bride, Daniel has shared some of his thoughts on the day too.

Enjoy lovelies.

Found Via RMW

We knew from the outset that we wanted a photographer who could capture us, our friends and family in the way we truly are – nothing staged too much or poncy – just natural and fun.

Daniel and I trawled through websites and did meet some great photographers (and some not so great) but having come across David Long on Rock My Wedding I knew instantly I wanted to meet him.

I spent what felt like hours looking through his blog and just had this feeling we’d meet and get on with him and you know what, we did.

We met David in London on a lovely sunny day and he took us through his photos and style. Asking him to be our photographer was possibly one of the easiest decisions to make – and there and then on the spot said “will you shoot our wedding please?”.

From then on I watched David’s blog loving every single photo he put up and just knew it was the right match.

David is clearly so passionate about what he does and sees each wedding as an individual event. He captured everything so beautifully and I am so thrilled and lucky such an amazing photographer was with Daniel and I on our big day.

Since coming back from honeymoon and seeing our friends and family when I say everyone, I mean everyone, has said how fantastic he was on the day. Some people thought he was our friend that he fitted in so well. And since they have seen his shots on the blog they have all said they would recommend him without a shadow of a doubt to anyone. If our friends have said that, and it wasn’t their wedding, then they now know what we do already; David is a truly amazing photographer and is in our eyes top class and we cannot thank him enough for taking the most beautiful shots and being there for us.

The Great British Lollipop

I made our favours in keeping with our ‘love is sweet’ theme. Big red heart lollipops for the girlies and mini tobasco sauce for the boys. Topped off with individual name tags with our ‘union heart’ subtly tied in for good measure.

For a bit of interactive sweetness we got in a candyfloss machine for guests to use and enjoy some ‘love is sweet’ on a stick. I loved seeing our guests walking round with big pom-poms of pink fluffiness – brilliant!

DIY Decor

We had a box created for us which we filled up with bubbles, candy canes and sweet bags – all tied up with pink bows which I spent hours creating. Again – love is sweet!

During the champagne reception, pink champagne and a drink which is a champagne/beer mix which Daniel and I had on our first date was served – again, making it all so personal to us.

I created the table plan myself using multi coloured pink hearts, small pink pegs found on eBay and a large plain canvas with my trusty glue gun.

On our tables had whimsical balls we got from Heals which our guests managed to cover themselves and Newick in crepe paper whilst the unwrapped hundreds of meters to keep them entertained with the gifts and jokes inside.

We had two vinyl Mickey Mouse’s from the States flown in for our guests to sign as well as a traditional guest book. Most people just signed our Mickeys which are going to be our keepsakes from our day forever.

In the evening we got loads of glowsticks for the disco which people had great fun making necklaces, glasses and almost full outfits out of. One of my favourite memories is having glowsticks in my hair dancing away with my bridesmaids – truly magical!

The Ultimate 99

Oh my gosh – CAKE!

The simply divine Tina Hall at Sprinkles and Swirls created our gorgeous ‘99’ tower.

We went to meet Tina having given her some ideas about our day. When we walked in to the kitchen she had created a few different examples for us to sample and play with the designs. It was one of the most brilliant times sitting there with her cute coffee cups and cake forks eating her delicious cake.

We settled on chocolate sponge with buttercream icing on top with that all important flake. Our top big ‘99’ was just for us though – a scrumptious victoria sponge which we tucked in to with my parents at afternoon tea the following day.

Tina in my eyes is the Queen of Cupcakes – enough said!

The Most Important Element

Our whole ethos of the day was for our friends and family to have fun therefore getting the entertainment right was really important to us.

We had a brilliant pianist Iain Rae to keep the atmosphere lively from the moment our guests arrived through to when we sat down for dinner. We wanted a jazz vibe but some special tunes played as well throughout the day – he did it in such a fantastic way, and even learnt the tune I wanted to walk in too. Brilliant.

Music for us both is really important and we knew exactly what we didn’t want. A DJ who fades in and out really wasn’t going to work with us so Daniel set to work find a ‘proper’ DJ to fill our dance floor and mix like a pro.

The wonderful Brian and Jonathan were recommended to Daniel by another DJ and they certainly didn’t disappoint – their mixing skills were fantastic on the night and was delighted to see the dance floor remained fill until the very small hours of the morning.

Dancing In New York

Our first dance was actually our second – there we go, the secret is out! Although we did do a bit of twirling round to Adele’s simply beautiful ‘Make you feel my love’ which is a very beautiful song which we both love.

Our first dance was to Alicia Key’s ‘New York’ surrounded by all our friends and family dancing together. New York is very special to us as we got engaged their and this song reminds me so much of Daniel getting down on one knee in central park. So special.

The Most Wonderful Day

I think my Dad in his speech summed up our day and what it meant to Daniel and I “everything you see here today has been through Jessica and Daniel’s work to create for us all the most wonderful day” – we didn’t do this for us, we did it for everyone who came to spend the day with us.

I think it is all too easy to turn in to a bridezilla and let things blow out of all proportion if you aren’t careful. Don’t. If you can’t enjoy your day and are worrying throughout, really the only person who will lose out is you.

This is what my mantra was for organising my wedding and yes, there were moments where I was lying at 2am wide awake fretting about something or another – but, really, this was time wasted as it achieved nothing apart from add to my dark circles. If it needs sorting – just do it! I didn’t delegate anything out despite offers of help; I just got on and did it because I wanted our friends to have the best party they had ever been to!

I did start planning right after we got engaged and probably with hindsight bought too many wedding magazines! But the one thing I would recommend is to start early, you will have more time to meet people, see them face to face and make sure you can get into all the nitty gritty details rather than passing them by at the last minute and not having the day of your dreams.

One piece of advice given to me early on was that when you walk in to the room – stop, take a deep breathe, look around and take it all in as it will all pass so quickly. My gosh they were right. So do take time to look at your loved ones when you walk down the aisle.

My day was perfect. Daniel’s day was perfect. Our day was perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing and when I was sitting there at 3am with my chief bridesmaid, Daniel and his best woman my cheeks hurt from smiling, feet from dancing and knew I wouldn’t ever forgot this day.

From The Groom

Daniel: The day went amazingly and looking back at the photos now brings a smile to my face.

Newick Park was an amazing venue and they managed to cater for our every need. We bought our own champagne beer (Deus) for the drinks reception and also suggested a different dessert (dulche leche cheesecake) which now seems to be on their main luncheon menu. All these things made it personal to us, and add a little something different to the mix of the day.

I definitely recommend trying to meet all your suppliers before the big day so you can explain exactly what you are after and ensure they can deliver to your needs.

Music is very important to me and spent we ages working through our playlist. There was not enough time on the evening to play all the tracks we wanted to play but definitely a great selection. If music is your thing I definitely would send time on this. Dancing at a wedding can be great fun and if you have the right music everyone will get down and dance.

I was a little nervous for the groom’s speech and recommend reading your speech out loud in the run up to the big day so you have it imbedded in your brain.

All the little things we did on the day definitely made the difference, the photo booth from David Long was great. Jessica is right, we had an amazing day and I hope everyone else had such a great time on their own big day!

Photographer – David Long

DJ – Brian and Jonathan

Pianist – Iain Rae

Cake –Sprinkles and Swirls

Venue –Newick Park

Although my hips wouldn’t thank me for it, I would certainly love to have been a guest at this sweetly styled affair, the cupcakes look particularly delicious.

Anyone else splurging on the sweet stuff for W-day?

Big Candy Coated Love

Charlotte xxx

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Smile for Shoot Boutique…

We love a photo booth here at Rock My Wedding, so much so in fact that we’ve shown you how to DIY them, create props for them and even hire passport style booths. However, when this little beauty dropped into my inbox I was rather taken with the super styling… how very Rock My Wedding chic!

Rick from Rick Schofield Photography is the genius behind the design and he’s here to tell you all about it.

Appropriately enough, the idea for Shoot Boutique came at a wedding; That of the husband and wife team who run it, Rick and Laverne Schofield. Rick is a studio photographer and Laverne a theatre nurse. Being in the picture taking trade but out of control of the shots on his own big day gave Rick the idea of putting more power in the hands of the people who matter; The bride and groom and their guests.

Laverne was the creative force behind the idea of a boutique, which would be so much more than a simple photo booth. Thinking as a bride, she wanted a space for full length pictures and for a variety of poses to be possible. Rick’s technical know-how and the help of his new in-laws soon had a prototype constructed which proved that the resulting pictures had the range and quality lacking in the current choice of booths.

Through the crafting of the boutique came the idea to have different backgrounds and furniture options as well as offering fully bespoke designs. Never far from Rick and Laverne’s minds was their own wedding experience and this helped shaped the business into something easily included in wedding planning and that offers a unique experience.

Based in Manchester, Shoot Boutique can be hired across the UK and anyone interested in discussing how Shoot Boutique can add an extra dimension to their wedding day is encouraged to get in touch.

Our packages start from £699 for a three hour rental.

Special Offer for Rock My Wedding Readers…

To celebrate our launch and because we love Rock My Wedding, we’re offering an introductory offer for a limited period. Bookings made before the 31st of March 2011 will be upgraded to a four hour hire for the price of three and will include one of our photo-guest books handmade in England from recycled leather all for £699 (List price of £899!). To be eligible for this offer just make sure you book by March the 31st and let us know you saw us on Rock My Wedding!

The Shoot Boutique website is under construction but you can find us on Facebook or Twitter. Give us a ring or drop us an email on:

Mobile: 07944 877 507
Studio: 01204 854 833
Email: info@rickschofield.com

I’m so excited about these guys – they’ve totally blown the photo booth concept out of the box with the stylish modern backdrops and rustic flooring; Don’t even get me started on the furniture… Dealing with Rick has been a pleasure too and I always think a recently married couple is a strong selling point for a wedding professional – after all they know exactly what you want for your day. I don’t think you could go far wrong with a photo booth like this from such a switched on couple too.

Say Cheese!

Yours Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

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DIY Devotee

So, DIY Devotee has come back out of retirement! We hope you’ll give her a warm welcome back.

Truth be told I was getting a bit weary and losing the faith, wondering if in fact any of our dear readers actually used or liked DIY Devotee. However, with a recent barrage of DIY weddings, more than a few totally rocked up with DIY inspiration from these very pages, I decided it was time to bring her back. Here’s a little round up of things I’ve seen and liked, from me to you.

Making Magazine

Magazine Whore that I am, this was an exciting find to share with you all. Purchased in Charlotte’s local Tesco’s, Making Magazine is full of quirky little projects for the crafty amongst you, including sections on living (home decor), kitchen recipes and even clothing patterns. I was particularly taken by the origami lantern on the front cover, imagining it in all sorts of florals and patterns as hanging decor for a DIY affair.

One such project in this issue was a Truffle recipe perfect for DIY chocolate favours. Yum. I’d certainly recommend you keep a little eye out for it when you’re browsing the rails and have a flick through to see if there’s anything to inspire you for your wedding.

Martha Review

How could I return to DIY Devotee without Martha? In fact I’m not sure we’ve linked to one of her projects since featuring her DIY Poms tutorial, but she has some amazing little makes to share and here’s a round up of my favourites…

For a fresh take on the cupcake tower, plus a playful nod towards the traditional wedding cake, how about this cupcake stand?

Photo booths are staying popular but how about moving away from the vintage slant on the idea and taking the trend to a fresher, more whimsical level with this swirly backdrop. Super Sweet 🙂

Use your super cute Page boy or flower girls to run around with these gorgeous flags announcing various parts of the day. These designs include cake cutting and your arrival at the reception, but you could make your own messages… ‘Have you signed the guest book?’ or ‘Dessert Table now Open!’.

My favourite of the lot? This amazing little Save the Date DIY. Also a great prop for an engagement shoot or on your wedding day!

Vintage look-alikes

Lastly, I stumbled upon this little idea. For those of you who have fallen in love with all things vintage, there’s a few different ideas around using vintage hankys for printing invites onto, or even writing guest messages onto with fabric markers and making a pretty quilt afterwards. Of course all that depends on finding the hankies or splurging on Vintage look designs. How about using this little Hanky Love Letters downloadable from Eat Drink Chic for guests to write you a note, or with a little customisation, even save the dates or invites?

As always readers, let us know if you’ll be pinching any of these and I’ll look forward to seeing them on our pages in a few months time!

Yours Truly

Rebecca
xoxo

PS We’d love to see your DIY ideas and triumphs! DIY contributions can also be submitted for featuring on the blog – send your ideas and emails to rebecca@rockmywedding.co.uk wedding related or otherwise!

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Planning Inspiration from Tigerlily Weddings… Lace Decadence

O.M.G

That is almost all I can say about this afternoon’s post I am so blown away. We have been super lucky and snaffled Penny from Tigerlily Weddings to give us the piece de resistance of the planning posts we started last week with her inimitable, original and fresh wedding inspiration. And let me tell you guys, she blew the brief out of the water.

I’ve spent a few phone calls discussing the post today with Penny working through her ideas, (which were spot on) and I have been so impressed with the amount of work she has put into this for you all. The buzz words we were passing back and forth were the same… fresh, new, interesting, unique, different. So if you’re wondering where Vintage is going… this is the lady to tell you and she’s right here. Give her a warm welcome ladies and get commenting 🙂


New year, new trends yippee, so you can imagine my delight when the fabulous ladies over at Rock my wedding contacted me to predict some 2011 wedding trends for you all I was thrilled.
I have covered two immerging wedding trends that I think will pop this year, I have also added in an “ I love it list” with a few extra little original ideas that you can inject that I could not squeeze on the design boards that will make your weddings look innovative, fun and basically spectacular.
You may not admire my candid approach on this subject but its time for us to shake it up a bit, design is so inspirational and exciting so let’s get creating and make 2011 amazing.

Biscuit Bars

Candy bars have been hugely fashionable over the last few years, but this trend has been exhausted. It’s time for change and for us to move on and embrace the biscuit bar.
I have designed one of one my client’s weddings this year, I have had so much fun working on the design and creating my very own top 10 biscuit chart.


This idea is all about clever biscuit choice and display, you can have so much fun creating your own fabulous designs and it can double up also as a cute sugary favor for your guests if you are being budget conscious.
If you want to add a fun activity in to your wedding why not have an icing station?


Guests can ice their own biscuits which can then be bagged later for them to take home as their very own piece of art.


Another fun dimension to accompany this is to add a flavoured milk shot or milkshake bar to complement your biscuit choices, this is also lots of fun for younger guests.

Vintage Tables

I totally adored the vintage mixed china and country led wedding trend that has been with us over the last few weddings seasons. The vintage look will still be strongly featured this season however I feel this look has evolved with a glamorous edge.


Vintage glam is my prediction for this season which is an exciting mix of old and new. You only need a few select vintage pieces to create this look. The allure of time-worn objects and the appeal of simple are a perfect blend, vintage silver cutlery, vintage china not heavily pattered with a neutral colour and old and new cut glass with soft vintage styled blooms will create an elegant but stylish look.

I also love lose pearls and pearl necklaces strewn within your table design, take a peek at the mood board to see an example of this. So get thrifting to find your hidden treasures that will get your guests gushing about your wedding styling.

Lace Touches

Lace is so versatile and lush to work within your wedding design whether it is lace ribbon being used to tie vintage cutlery or sections of lace fashioned as table runner or hand made napkins. I feel it is a crucial part of constructing this look, it injects such softness and vintage feel to a wedding design which only lace can.


Another simple idea to inject a fun lace detail to the garden environment is lace covering and draping of tress I anticipate this will be big this year.

Photo Booths

The photo booth is still very in vogue, update this by crafting your very own back drop with paper and lace garlands to create this soft photo booth backdrop with texture and personality.


Also this season take a leap and let your booth be about fun and your guests self expression not props. Please tell me you can not look at all these pictures and fall in love?!


I rest my case…

Be a poet… Go on! You know you want to!

Whilst I love pictures of couples holding hearts, the words “Love” & “Mr & Mrs” this is another trend that has been really heavily featured in the wedding press. I feel it makes wedding images look a little unoriginal and blend together when you look at shoots.


What I love about weddings now is the creative freedom couples have to craft and design and push their own beautiful style and personality. I love this charming idea of expressing yourself with your own words or favourite poet or song lyric within your photos, adding another touch of unique and you.

Fabric flowers

Fabric flowers in soft dusky fabrics work so well and blend beautifully with lace and fresh flowers as part of your wedding design and for your personal look.


I will be doing a DIY blog on Rock My Wedding for you all to show you how to fashion your very own, so stay tuned!

Have fun, enjoy and embrace your wedding design with a fresh eye.

Penny
xxx

Do you Love?

We do, and the good news is that there’s another slice of Tigerlily Heaven coming your way tomorrow… stay tuned for the best yet.

Yours Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

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Vintage by Verity, a DIY Wedding… Part 2

Welcome back for Part 2 of this wedding with tons of real Rock My Wedding inspiration in every detail.

We Love. And judging by yesterdays comments, so do you guys!

Friend for a Photographer

Although it was important to us to have some amazing photographs of the best day of our lives, we didn’t want the day to turn into a photoshoot with lists and lists of shots to get through. We also wanted photography that was a bit different than the norm. Dean and I are lucky enough to know some really talented people and so we asked one of our friends, Adam Foster, to be our photographer for the day.

Dean has known Adam for 4 years. He is a very creative and talented guy. Adam’s website and Flickr account was a constant source of inspiration and we passed ideas back and forth between the three of us leading up to the wedding.

Inspired Cake

My Auntie Lynne has been making fabulous cakes for family events for years so she was the obvious choice for our wedding cake. She and I spent a whole Sunday night searching for inspiration online, and when I came across the Maisie Fantasie website, I began to get really excited. We quickly picked the Paris chic wedding cake and soon Lynne was deciding how best to recreate it. I somehow managed to find the exact cake stand online and then a few weeks later a friend got in touch saying that there was a Maisie Fantasie cookbook! The rest is history, but as you can see from the pictures, Lynne did such an outstanding job of recreating the design – it looked pretty as a picture. We had two layers of fruit cake and a scrumptious layer of chocolate fudge cake.

We served the cake alongside an enormous 3-tier cheese board, devised by Bashall Barn and sourced from Leagrams. The mix of fruit cake and cheese went down really well.

The Swing Commanders

The Swing Commanders are a jive sextet which hail from our home town, but have had huge success around the world. We’d been to see them play a number of times and always loved their eclectic mix of songs and their ability to read a crowd so well. The 3 guys and 3 gals, all of whom play at least three instruments each and have an impressive set of costumes, just always make it a night to remember.

I can’t tell you how many of our guests came up and asked us about them and commented about how amazing they were. They had us up doing a conga around the bar and even taught us the Charleston in a line formation. I thoroughly recommend them for a wedding.

The band played our first song – It had to be you. It was of course recorded by many an iPhone, so we threw in a few jive moves we had learnt in the last few months. The wooohs and waaahs we got in return were worth the lessons!

Cowshed

In the venue itself, which is a converted cow shed, we implemented a cow-based theme. Each guest was shown their place by a seating card stuck into a champagne cork. The cards were created using Moo cards and had a cow on one side, and names on the other. We’d already used Moo cards in our invitations, with each card telling guests about a different element of the day.

The cow theme was continued with the menus and “In case you were wondering” signs that we made and placed on each table. These were to let the guests know about the personal touches we had added to the day and to thank our ‘creatives’ for the cake, flowers, hair and make-up and photography.

When I saw the feature about the DIY photo booth on RMW, I was actually scared to show Dean. We already had a list as long as your arm for DIY creations so I thought he’d go mad, but when I sent him the link, his reply was “We must do this!”.

To say I was excited was an understatement. We decided to make it a secret from everyone, including our families, which meant creating it was even harder. And I must point out to anyone thinking of doing the same thing, make sure you consider transporting it once it is finished – we didn’t, and I’m not exaggerating when I say we had to literally flag down a man with a van the night before the wedding. But, we got it there, and boy was it worth it.

Our guests LOVED it. We had a tripod and camera set up in front of the booth, but they were also using their own cameras and the disposables and it is wonderful to see just how many of our friends and family have now got pictures from our photobooth as their facebook profile pics! It just added another dimension to the day and kept everyone entertained all night long.

My Advice for Brides

My biggest piece of advice for a future bride is to enjoy the planning! It is easy to get stressed out during the planning stage, but when it got close to the end, I wanted it all back! The wedding is one day, but if you treat the planning as part of that day then the whole experience becomes more rewarding and enjoyable. Reading RMW every morning was part of that for me and it often gave me little goose bumps when I saw another bride’s day done her way.

Also try and stick to your guns and make sure that every decision you make is right for you and your husband-to-be. Customs and traditions might have worked in our parents’ day but there are no strict rules anymore and as long the happy couple are happy, that’s all that matters, right?!

Seriously, how much fun? Tell us your favourite bit – there’s so many to choose from!

Yours Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

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