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The PR Pocket Rocket Does Flapper And Dapper.

This post is a little bit of everything. Mainly it’s about throwing a fabulous party – this one happens to be a 30th but the ideas and styling can be used for your hen, your engagement do, even your wedding reception (everyone should have a cigar bar ok?).

However it’s also about Jo from Something Blue PR aka the RMW PR Pocket Rocket. You see Adam and I can’t take all the credit for how well RMW has done in these last six months, there’s been heaps of support and advice from Naomi, Jenny and Vix, our families, our friends and you lovelies – our awesome community.

But there has always always been Jo. Jo actually started her own business at a similar time to Adam and I and has since become the PR agency in the W-day industry. And we were really ruddy lucky to get on board her pretty PR ship when we did. The lady does on many occasions go way beyond the call of duty to look after her clients and we, being not your average um…client have probably pushed her to the absolute limit. But she has never ever faltered and over these last few months I can hold my hand up in the air (wave it a bit – sheesh hope my polish ain’t chipped..) and say I seriously don’t know what we would have done without her.

We certainly wouldn’t be in the position we are in now and we probably would have keeled over from sleep deprivation.

Jo Kent – We salute you.

And as well as saluting her I’m going to be sharing her “Flapper and Dapper” themed party which Mr O’Shea and I attended a few weeks back at Highroad House in Chiswick. Please do leave Jo some love in the comments section below and tell us which of her ideas you may be stealing…(I mentioned the cigar bar right?)

Jo Kent: Next month will mark my second wedding anniversary. And it also marks the start of my business, or at least the moment when I decided that a career in the wedding industry was for me. Ever since getting engaged and riding the emotional rollercoaster of planning the biggest event of your life, I’ve been hooked on weddings and everything that comes with them. I love the creativity of those in the industry, I love the romance and I love the daily eye candy that the world of weddings brings. And not just weddings, this somewhat unhealthy addiction extends to all manner of pretty parties. So it was little surprise to my friends and family when, six months before reaching the big milestone of 30, I announced that I was going to throw a party. And not just any party, a big birthday bash with all the trimmings – hair, makeup, cakes, flowers, stationery, a party planner and even a bespoke dress. Perhaps a little OTT if I’m honest but if there’s one thing a PR is known for, it’s our little black book of contacts and if there’s ever an excuse for another party, entering a new decade is a pretty good one!

And so the planning of the party (or ‘Wedding Take 2’ as my husband refers to it), commenced. I promise this isn’t intended to be a plug for my clients but there are some truly lovely people who deserve a personal mention for helping me pull together such a special and memorable occasion.

Decadent Design

Every party needs a planner. If there’s one thing I could change about our wedding day it was the fact that we didn’t have a planner. I am a natural control freak at heart so I would never be able to hand over the reigns fully to someone else but the added touches, ideas and styling that they can add to a day is invaluable. Together with the lovely Kim at The Pink Pumpkin, the concept of a Roaring Twenties party to celebrate the end of an era was decided on and we spent several evenings designing, crafting and making DIY décor. On the day of the party (after a full day’s work styling a wedding for one of her clients), Kim rushed to the party to wave her styling wand over the venue and make it look pretty – no matter how many times I try and arrange tealights, Kim makes them look a million times better and that’s why she’s a wedding planner and I’m not!

Speakeasy Styling

High Road House in Chiswick is part of the super cool Soho House Group – a collection of boutique hotels, restaurants and bars that have remained a firm favourite of mine. The Member’s Club at Highroad House provided the perfect backdrop for the event with its art deco inspired design in the style of a Speakeasy Bar. We stayed overnight in the Play Pen suite, which was the ideal room to nurse a rather sore head the next day with a huge bed, roll top bath and rain shower.

A Feathery Flapper Frock

Beverly Lister was the designer of my wedding dress and my very first client. I adore her dresses and the understated elegance of her designs. After searching the streets of London for a party frock with no joy, I called on Beverly to “rustle something up” and thankfully she happily agreed, although I’m no sure we can call it a rustled-up design! Beverly designed a gorgeous little black lace number with ostrich feathers and I wore an original art deco headpiece by Cherished Vintage and earrings from Glitzy Secrets to match. The super sparkly Jimmy Choo clutch was a birthday gift from one of my best friends (hence the facial expression!)

Finger Waves

When it comes to ultra glamorous hair, there’s noone else in my book that can style hair like Severin Hubert at Hepburn Collection. I met the charming Severin and Roz just before our wedding and ever since Sev has become renowned for creating the most luscious locks in the industry. Knowing just how busy they are, an appointment with Hepburn Collection was the first thing I did and naturally I wasn’t disappointed – my limp, polka straight hair was transformed into the biggest bounciest flapper bonnet.

The Snaps

I have long admired the work of Chanelle at Segerius Bruce who, above all, has a knack for making her clients look super slick. There’s some seriously gifted photographers out there and in the last few years the bar has been raised, with couples now expecting editorial style snaps. With several magazine and blog shoots under her belt, Chanelle really understands how to get the best out of people and achieves the perfect mix of fun and emotion with attention to the details.

Cakes and Candy

Krishanthi from Cakes by Krishanthi has a lot to answer for. Ever since we met last year, my waistline has continued to expand to the point where I no longer have a waist! I have officially nominated myself as her personal cake taster and I can vouch for the fact that every cake is utterly delicious.

Not content with just one birthday cake, I opted for a whole table of them together with meringues, cookies, macaroons and sweets. As I’m a Valentine’s baby, Krishanthi also made little heart shaped iced shortbread favours for the guests.

Balls Of Flowers

The carnation flower balls were provided by Nicole Liew at The White Orchid in Weybridge. Nicole is an exceptionally talented florist with a natural creative eye and the displays looked stunning in the venue. What’s more, it’s over a week since the party and the flowers still look beautiful which is a testament to the quality.

Stripy Stationery

The stationery was designed by one of my personal favourite stationers – Dottie Creations. Zoe created a fun collection incorporating the red, black and white colour theme inspired by the era.

Strictly Charleston

My husband surprised me on the night with a brilliant performance from 1920s band, the Charleston Charlies. Not only were the band fantastic, it reaffirmed why I married my man! It really set the scene for the evening before the DJ got the dance floor rocking until 2am.

A Final Note

To all the lovely brides who are fretting over facing the post-wedding blues once the big day is over, my advice would be that the wedding day is just the start of a lifetime of fun and happy occasions. Whether it be a birthday, anniversary, baby shower or christening, there’s always an excuse to celebrate in style!

Venue: High Road House

Photography: Segerius Bruce

Styling: The Pink Pumpkin

Dress: Beverly Lister

Hair: Hepburn Collection

Jewellery: Glitzy Secrets

Headpiece: Cherished Vintage

Flowers: The White Orchid

Cakes, meringues and shortbread hearts: Cakes by Krishanthi

Macaroons: Laduree

Cake stands, votives and vintage props: Idyllic Days

Stationery: Dottie Creations

Striped tablecloths: Ikea

Band: Charleston Charlies

I mean seriously – how amaze was that dress?! I think we should be allowed to wear Ostrich feather trim Every. Single. Day.

Big Something Blue Love

Charlotte xxx

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Ladies in Red… Part 2

You know what? I have LOVED putting this wedding together. Not only is is totally my-kind-of-wedding, but the images are just beautiful. So fresh and modern yet there is a touch of vintage timelessness in them that I can’t imagine ever dating.

Jodie is a legend. Officially.

The Picture Editors Photographer

We chose the lovely and talented Jodie Chapman.

Being a Picture Editor and looking at hundreds of portfolios and photographers’s websites during my career meant that photography was really important to me and something that I wanted to get completely right. Both myself and Chris knew this was an aspect of our wedding that we wouldn’t scrimp on and we both wanted to spend a good deal of time on our wedding day getting beautiful pictures.

The pictures were exactly what we hoped for and we still get so many comments about them one year on. Escaping into the woodland of Richmond Park was exactly what we had planned before the wedding and jodie captured some beautiful moments of us both…and for the record the rainbow was real not Photoshopped!

(The wedding car in some of the shots was previously owned by Abba! We didn’t pick it for this reason though, we just liked the style – honest!)

What I don’t like…

I must admit flowers did come later in our wedding planning, we were more excited about things such as photography, the food, the music…

However I had a couple of ideas of what I didn’t like in terms of flowers and styles and I liked the idea of red poppies but that was all! Although I would say knowing what you don’t like is really useful and helped our florist to present some different options to us.

The florist we used was Dawn Jennings. Dawn was great at bringing our ideas to life and everything seems so smooth and easy.

We settled for red anemones for my bouquet and cream anemones for the bridesmaids with ranunculus for button holes.

The flowers on our tables were of the same variety with some additional Spring varieties. We knew we didn’t want to go for formal displays on the tables and wanted to go for a more homemade and mis-matched feel. So prior to the wedding we started collecting glass jars – large, small, interesting shapes and bottles…plus tins…I think we went through a lot of baked beans in the last few weeks before our wedding! But the result was fantastic. I particularly liked the arrangement on the top table which was a long row of flowers in different jars and glasses that ran along the front of the table – a perfect organised mis-match!

Taking to the Stage

We decided to ask one of Chris’s oldest friends if he would play at our wedding as a gift, Chris Macaree.

After he performed a couple of songs we took to the stage to sing our own song! A rendition of the Moldy Peaches ‘Anyone Else But You’ which we had written our own lyrics to.

Also as entertainment we continued the toy theme (from Chris’s job) and had retro games for everyone to play after we had finished dinner…Pop up Pirate, Buckaroo, Screwball Scramble – they were a big hit! : )

Photography – Jodie Chapman

Florist – Dawn Jennings

Entertainment – Chris Macaree.

Three words. Bright, Fresh, Clean.

And totally and utterly no-fuss-because-this-wedding-doesn’t-even-need-it gorgeous.

Yours Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

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Ladies in Red… Part 1

We don’t see many Red Weddings here at Rock My Wedding and I’d venture to say that Red has been done a bit of a disservice over the years, with a time in the recent past when there was a monotony of deep red maids in stiff satin and roses….

This wedding however is a breath of fresh air – bright, airy and modern with a simple, slightly preppy vibe and lots of London cool. All Photographed beautifully by Jodie Chapman.

Chris & Nicola were married on 27th March at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park, Surrey.

Sleek Simplicity

My dress was by Chandrika Thomas.

I wanted something very simple and although I tried on a few bigger and fussier dresses I knew that simple and sleek was for me. My bridesmaid who is very nifty and creative made the distressed flower which was clipped to the dress at my hip to add a unique touch.

Fashion DIY

My headpiece was again made by my bridesmaid Liz who is a fashion design lecturer and maker of all little crafty bits and bobs!

I knew from the start that I wanted something like this rather than a veil, especially with my short hair, I knew it would give a different look which was what I was after.

As Liz doesn’t live nearby all the additions such as this where quite last minute and we were still fiddling with the headpiece and cutting pieces of it when we should of been in the wedding car on our way! I then opted for simple additions – tiny pearl studs and a silver bangle.

Handy Helpers

Working in magazines and arranging photo shoots as part of my day to day job meant that when it came to choosing hair and make-up artists I did already have some people to hand! I decided on Lou Morgan who I have worked with on several occasions over the years.

I wanted someone I would feel comfortable having around on the day and Lou was perfect, so calm and relaxed and it was great to have her as part of my wedding day.

Ladies in Red

For the bridesmaids the dresses were a lovely bright ruby red with a red ribbon sash and flower (you can guess who made them!) These dresses were absolute bargains, I am hesitant to reveal where they are from and how much of a bargain they were!

All the groomsmen wore hired grey suits from Moss Bros with cream waistcoats. As a thank you for the day we treated them all to a silver Ted Baker tie with a cool ornate design.

Chris decided that if ever he would buy himself a nice suit then it would be for our wedding day! So he opted for a Paul Smith suit. Also with a cream waistcoat and tie to match the ushers.

Customised Cake

Good old Marks & Spencer! We didn’t want to spend a fortune on a fancy cake, as long as there was a cake and it looked nice that was fine for us : )

We customised it with bride and groom figures that my husband made. Long story but wedding related!…Chris is a toy designer for Wow Toys.

All the toys he makes come with little figures, so prior to the wedding he adapted two figures to look like him and me. It took quite a lot of sanding, filing and painting but it was worth it!

Photography – Jodie Chapman

Venue – Pembroke Lodge

Dress – Chandrika Thomas

Grooms Suit – Paul Smith

Cake – Marks and Spencer

I have totally saved the best for last here with the modern and chic florals bound to wow you all tomorrow. Come back soon peeps 🙂

Yours (Loving the Clean Modern Wedding) Truly,

Rebecca
xoxo

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