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She Walks Like Summer….part 2

Oh how we love pretty cakes. And interesting D.I.Y decor that is both imaginative and super effective….

How lucky we are then that Gavin and Amy’s W-day has both, as well as lots of laughter, love and general merriment.

As before all of the gorgeous images are courtesy of (the very excited and incredibly nice!) Lucy Stendall.

A Perfect Account

Our brilliant photographer was Lucy Stendall and she captured the day perfectly for us. She was recommended to us by another photographer and had to travel all the way up from the East Midlands. Although we hadn’t seen any wedding photos from Lucy before we hired her, we knew from the style of her other photography that she was exactly what we wanted. In her own words she is creative, observant and aims to capture the spirit of the day which she absolutely did for us and we love every single photo she took for us. She also got stuck in with the decorating the night before the wedding, gave great advice and made me feel even more excited about the day ahead because she was so excited herself! We have a perfect account of the day and memories of all the little details that made it unique to us.

Sweet Tooth Heaven

Sarah, a friend of my sisters, designed our cupcakes for us. We had vanilla sponge with vanilla and chocolate buttercream icing and they were decorated with a variety of raspberries, coconut and star sprinkles. Sarah arranged them for us on cupcake stands and our DIY cakestands which looked great and fitted in well with the country farm style. More importantly they tasted great! Gav and I both have a big sweet tooth so we also had a dessert buffet that we’d asked our family and friends to contribute to since so many of them are great bakers! We had a huge selection of cakes, tarts, torts, pavlova and dumpling, yum!

Drops Of Jupiter

Our band were The Blackjacks who played a great mix of tunes from Ben E. King and Otis Redding to the Killers and Stereophonics. We loved them and everyone commented how great they were. They sang the songs in their own style which made them even better. They also provided the DJ set with all the songs we’d requested which made the night really special.

Of course we also had some ceilidh music which is always great fun and gets everyone up dancing! Our first dance was Drops of Jupiter by Train. Since Gav and I have been together for so long (about 8 years) we had a lot of songs to choose from but this is one we both really like and thought it would work well to dance to. My sisters were determined that we’d planned a secret Dirty Dancing-esque routine with a lift at the end so I hope they weren’t too disappointed!! I would have quite enjoyed surprising our guests but I know Gav’s feelings about dancing so it was out of the question!

A Gift That Would Last

For the favours we wanted a gift that would last and people would remember the day by. I found a shop on Ebay that sells heart-shaped slate with a tartan ribbon for hanging them. They were really cute and fitted in well with the other decorations we’d made for the day. I used them as place settings for the meal and wrote the guests names on one side and ‘Amy & Gav 18/06/11’ on the other. We also handed them out to the evening guests.

A DIY Conquest

My favourite part of the wedding preparation was thinking about the decor. I like doing craft projects so I decided to really get stuck in and I’m glad because it made the day even more personal for us. My mum and sister were a great help, (they’re not quite as enthusiastic as me about making things, “…how about we just buy you some bunting instead?…”) but made a great effort with everything I forced on them.

We made LOTS of bunting from fabric scraps and curtains from charity shops – even Gav was taught how to use the sewing machine! For the tables at the meal we made teacup candles and hessian table runners with gorgeous East of India cotton ribbon lining. We wrapped about 50 jam jars (kindly donated by a friend) with hessian and lace and ribbon to create mini vases and tealight holders. The pièce de résistance, however, were the hanging string balls that took centre stage in the barn for the reception. We had a lot of fun and got covered in glue and corn flour trying to make them!

Since it was quite a rainy day the venue had put up some lovely little marquees in the courtyard to keep the guests dry. They were decorated with fairy lights (and even had leather sofas!) and made a great, cosy outside space. Towards the end of the evening we set off sky lanterns. I had seen photos of them before but never in real life. They looked amazing and our guests didn’t even mind being rained on to watch them float off into the hills.

Laid Back Approach

I really enjoyed the planning stages of the wedding. Usually I’d be super organised with to-do lists and dates and files and receipts but I approached the wedding totally differently so it’d be more of an enjoyable experience rather than a tick off list with meetings and deadlines and stress. Don’t get me wrong, I did write down lists when I needed them, paid the suppliers on time and collected a huge amount of ideas and inspiration from the web but I just worked through the different projects as they came along and picked up ideas as I went.

I think we were really lucky in that everything went so smoothly but I think the laid back approach worked well for me and I’d do it all over again (I keep telling my friends to hurry up and get engaged so I can help with their wedding planning!). I think it’s important to try and enjoy the run up to the day as much as the wedding itself because looking back, doing all the crafting and preparation ourselves made it feel very satisfying and it spread out the wedding excitement over a good few months

Venue – Knockraich Farm

Photographer – Lucy Stendall

Entertainment – The Blackjacks

I know. A whole table of cakes. Well it is Friday – I think at least one fondant fancy is allowed?

Coming up later…. A boy does D.I.Y. AND photographs it himself…

If we’re nothing else we sure as hell are risky.


Charlotte xxx

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She Walks Like Summer….Part 1

“Drops of Jupiter” by Train is one of my most favourite songs ever. And it was clearly Rock My Wedding bride Amy and her husband Gavin’s too as they selected it as the first dance for their pretty rustic-inspired farm wedding in Stirlingshire.

I love Amy’s relaxed approach to both the planning and the day itself and her honesty at the fact that although you can really like your dress, not everybody has that all encompassing feeling of “the one”.

Oh and the necklace. That is just pure gorgeousness.

All of the lovely images are courtesy of Lucy Stendall Photography.

Perfection First Time

We wanted our wedding to be relaxed and have a laid back feel and as soon as we saw our amazing venue we knew it was perfect for us. Knockraich Farm in Stirlingshire had never held a wedding before but we knew it would be the perfect setting. It is a fully working dairy farm with a beautifully converted barn and conservatory, with white-washed stone walls, wooden beams and a very country feel. We held our ceremony and reception in the main barn and our meal was in the converted chicken shed! It was beautiful and, despite the rainy weather, we couldn’t have chosen a venue that was more ‘us’. We were married by a family friend, Rev. James Aitken.

Is it The One?

I had an idea in my head of the type of wedding dress I wanted but unfortunately there didn’t seem to be too many in the shops I went to. I wanted a slim-line floaty chiffon type dress that was not too formal but still looked like a wedding dress. I wanted it to fit in with the relaxed style we were planning and also be comfy so I could enjoy the day and dance lots in the evening. I eventually found it (we had about 10 shopping trips and I tried on about 50 dresses before I decided!) at Susan Gregory in Edinburgh. It was just what I wanted with a jewelled band and a little gathered material under the bust so it floated down to the ground nicely. The back had a lovely lace-up section which I hadn’t considered before but really made it look beautiful. The ladies in the shop were great and I could try on as many dresses as I wanted. As much as I do love my dress though I’m still not sure it is ‘the one’. I think after having looked for so long I knew I wouldn’t find it (and I usually grow to love things more over time anyway). I don’t think it affected my day in any way though so don’t worry if you can’t find your ultimate dress, your groom will still think you look gorgeous!

Something Blue

Gav has always been very generous and has given me lots of beautiful antique jewellery from the auction rooms he’s worked in so I knew that is what I wanted to wear on the day. He even bought my engagement ring from Bonhams in London so he has a good eye for what I like! I wore my white gold diamond bracelet, my marcasite and pearl earrings and my beautiful marcasite cocktail watch. I decided to make my own necklace as I knew exactly what I wanted but hadn’t really seen anything similar in the shops.

Gav bought me some pearls from the saleroom and I attached them to some spare ribbon from my wedding dress. He also bought me a couple of brooches from the saleroom and I chose a little bird as it was so cute and could be my ‘something blue’. Both my mum and my sister Donna separately spotted the same beautiful jewelled headband in a magazine and thought it would suit me so I definitely knew it’d be a good choice! It was from Rachael Weissman at Fenwick in London so Donna (who lives there) had to choose the best colour and send it up. Luckily I loved it!! My wedding band was designed and made at RING in Brighton to fit perfectly with my engagement ring (since it’s an odd shape) and I love it. Gav choose to wear his Grandad’s signet ring.

A Thought For The Future

After seeing lots of beautiful brides on RMW rocking the more ‘alternative’ wedding shoes I decided I wanted a pair I could wear again and enjoy rather than the standard cream kitten heels. Luckily, without too much searching I found a gorgeous pair of Carvella wedges in Debenhams… on sale! Never has a shopping decision been so easy for me!

Planning On A Few Tears

My sister Lisa agreed to do my make-up for me on the day. She did a trial at home which I really liked and since I don’t really wear much make-up we decided to go for a natural look. I was well prepared and made sure I had my eyelashes tinted the week before the wedding as I knew I would be crying (with joy of course!!) throughout the day and didn’t want to have to think about my mascara running! Because the wedding was going to be quite relaxed I wanted to wear my hair down and curly and thought it would work well with my headband. Our hairdresser, Adrienne Lavalette, was great and added a few curls pinned up at the back with a flower to make it look extra special. She also styled the bridesmaids, the mums, sister and girlfriends hair so did an amazing job to make all 7 of us look beautiful before lunchtime!

Blog Inspired Blooms

I absolutely loved our flowers. I was actually a bit upset when we left for our minimoon and had to hand them over to my family so they could take care of them while we were away since I’d only been able to enjoy them on our wedding day! We had decided quite early on that we wanted to do the flowers ourselves. It was a DIY project that we could use to make the day really be about us. My sister Lisa has a great talent for flower arranging so I knew she’d make them look great whatever we chose.

I got lots of inspiration from RMW brides and wanted hand tied, wildflower arrangements with lots of colour. After searching through the beautiful pages of Triangle Nursery, we narrowed it down to white agapanthus, blue and white eustoma, purple phlox, dusky pink roses, eucalyptus and ruscus. We also choose eryngium, which I wasn’t too keen on but Gav really likes them since they look like thistles and they actually made the arrangements look perfect. We also decided to make the buttonholes using the eryngium and white eustoma (I now believe my sister when she said they are a lot harder to make than they look!!) but they turned out great too.

Cool Maids And Kilts

My sisters wore really cool dresses from Ted Baker. We were very keen to have dresses that they liked and could wear again. They were cream and pretty modern with key patterns over them. Donna found great necklaces which matched the dresses perfectly. Gav’s brother Scott was his best man and wore a kilt (as did most of the male guests!) and choose an Argyle jacket to have something a bit different.

A Brides Perogative…

I managed to arrive at the venue 20 minutes before the ceremony but unfortunately still had to have my makeup done, put my dress on and all my accessories (after which the bridesmaids and my mum still needed to get ready!!) This meant I was a whole 40 minutes late to the ceremony!! Hopefully no-one mined too much as Gav and Cal (my 3 year old nephew) did a great job of keeping the guests entertained! As soon as I saw my Dad waiting at the bottom of the stairs for me I had a huge smile on my face and it stayed there for the whole ceremony!

I was just so excited and couldn’t wait to see Gav. When I got to the top of the stairs and saw him waiting at the archway in his kilt I could see the love in his eyes and just felt so lucky to be marrying him. He had chosen a red kilt similar to his family’s Wallace tartan and a grey argyle jacket with grey socks. During the ceremony my sister Donna did a reading called the Blessing of the hands which gave most people a tear in their eye, it was really beautiful. There was a funny moment when Cal came up to give us our rings but he wanted Gav to take the big one and me to take the small one, he didn’t quite understand why we had to give them to each other!

Venue – Knockraich Farm

Photographer – Lucy Stendall

Boutique – Susan Gregory

Jewellers – RING

Accessories – Rachael Weissman at Fenwick

Shoes – Carvella

So folks, any of you not 100% head over heels in love with the dress?

Don’t worry about it – Amy certainly wasn’t and she looked a million dollars.

Big Summer Love

Charlotte xxx