This morning’s wedding has some of the bluest skies that I’ve seen in a long long time. Combine this with the daytime fairground entertainment that Kate and Ross provided for their guests on their wedding day and you’re onto a sure fire winner. And a winner it was! From Kate’s exquisite Essence of Australia frock to Ross’s bespoke suit and to the gorgeous bridesmaids’ dresses from Needle & Thread, every bit of this wedding is heartfelt and romantic and elegant.
I’m not going to lie to you but if I had to choose a favourite wedding season then it would be by far and away that of Autumn. If you take a look at the delicious big day of Hannah and Joe then it’s easy to see why.
There are delicious posies of blooms in berry shades accompanied by bridesmaids in similar hues, seasonal comfort foods and that exquisite golden light that epitomises this time of year. Oh you’ll see exactly what I mean in the pair’s portrait images in the gallery below.
Oh and one last thing – don’t forget to check out Hannah and Joe’s cake topper…AWESOME.
This morning we’re in the heart of London for Rachel and Max’s City celebrations. The cute couple are both born and bred Londoners, so naturally the big smoke was the only place they wanted to get married.
Rachel is a lawyer from a family of lawyers – so getting married at Lincoln’s Inn was particularly significant for her. Every morning on her commute to work she walks through her wedding venue and gets to reminisce. Probably THE best way to make going to work less painful…
I think it’s fair to say that the shot of Rachel and Max kissing on the dance floor is one of my all time favourite wedding photos – a moment of pure love and happiness captured by Lily & Frank Photography.
And as it’s Friday, we’ve got the wedding film from Simon Clarke Films for you too. Because we’re nice like that.
Claire and Nick took the plunge and did something I know is a big talking point for those of you getting married in one venue and holding your reception in an entirely different location. They had them quite far away from one another. Sixty whole miles to be exact.
I must admit, even when I read that I thought it was a pretty daring decision however, in order to reflect both Claire and Nick equally it was the venues themselves that were important, not the distance between them.
Oh and to make the journey what Claire describes as “One of the best parts of the day” ?
Hire a great big shiny red bus and put all of your nearest and dearest on it.
A Reflection Of Us
Mine and Nick’s wedding and was split between my local church in Monmouth, South Wales and Bristol RWA art gallery for the evening reception. A 60 mile gap but it represented both Nick and I well – Nick’s a city dweller whilst I’m more at home in the country.
An Incredible Talent
Words can’t describe how much we loved our photographers – Pen and Cam McKinley-Rodgers. I spent a lot of time researching different photographers and when I stumbled across Penny and Cam’s website we instantly fell in love with their style. I kept everything crossed until we heard back from them to tell us they were free on our date. They offered us a pre-wedding shoot and although Nick and I were more than a little nervous (we HATE having our photos taken) as soon as we met them we felt totally comfortable. Then we saw the photos and knew they were not only lovely people, they were incredibly talented too.
Nick loved having Cam at the pub with him and all the boys before the ceremony and would happily have drunk with him all afternoon – luckily they did not! It was also so lovely to have Penny at the house. It’s fair to say she fitted right in and it was actually very reassuring to have such a friendly face around when mum and Susan had left for the church and I was pacing the hall! She was so calm and it totally put me at ease.
Little And Large
Our cake was made by a friend of my sister – Nyk Macey who has just started doing it for a living. Nick’s a big fan of chocolate, so there was no question about what sort of cake it would be. Nyk invited us round to her house one Saturday afternoon for tea and cake (another perk of this wedding malarkey) and we spent an hour or so tasting her delicious sample cake.
For the day she created a deliciously chocolaty cake which we served up for dessert with berries and coulis – it was amazing. She even made a smaller version without nuts especially for our bestman who has a nut allergy.
Because we didn’t opt for a hotel or a typical wedding venue, we had to be very hands on, which if course brings its stresses, but more than this, it brings massive reward.
My mum and I made all the bunting for the church gardens where we hosted champagne and nibbles straight afterwards before heading across the Severn on a vintage London bus. We also had a great production line for making all the orders of service and name tags too – I loved seeing the finished product after all our hard work.
At the gallery, we wanted to add some of our personal touches to the grand setting. Small things like tying a bow round the massive dog at the door and covering the balcony in lanterns softened the venue. We also set up a sweet table with some our favourite’s from our childhood and I used my grandma’s honeymoon case as a place for people to leave their presents and ‘post’ their postcards to us. I had also originally had visions of loads and loads of candles – as it turns out this was a big no no in an art gallery!!
It is so clichéd but out wedding day was literally the best day ever.
We wanted it to be totally us. From the save the dates and invites to the thank you cards we are currently writing, we spent a lot of time considering every little detail together. There is not one thing that I would change. And even though the split venue and the distance between them was the thing that worried me the most – it’ turned out to be the best thing about the day.
The band were great and even learnt to play our first dance Goo Goo Dolls, Iris. Nick and I both love this song and it was really fun to dance too. And, even though I had requested Nick didn’t do any fancy moves – he completely ignored me and apologised as he threw me backwards in a Fred Astaire style. Luckily he pulled it off and I didn’t end up on the floor!!
Advice To RMW Readers
My advice to brides-to-be would be, throw yourself into it. Try on dresses you would never usually consider and go to wedding fairs – you’ll probably never get the chance to do it again.
Keep a scrap book and chuck anything and everything in it to keep you on track with your ‘vision’ – it’s easy to get distracted. I’m really going to miss mine, but I’m enjoying emailing things I find to my friends who are arranging their weddings at the moment.
Have an open mind to other people’s ideas, but be confident in what you want. Remember that it’s all about you and your husband-to-be, and whilst it’s hard, try not to get carried away with things that don’t really matter – because most of it actually doesn’t.
Let people help – it lightens the load and as it turns out, they love it!
Most importantly have fun planning your day and be brave. Our split venue wasn’t the easiest of choices but I wouldn’t change it for the world – it reflects exactly who Nick and I are (somewhere between country casual and city glam). Good luck!