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I Wanna Hold Your Hand.

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One of the most lovely things about looking at wedding photography on a daily basis is that it makes you incredibly happy.

Seriously, there are moments EVERYDAY where an image makes me grin from ear-to-ear, or brings tears of joy to my eyes. As soppy as that sounds, it really is true.

And that’s before I’ve even read the lovely write up from one of our Brides…

Jill and Pete’s wedding is one of THE most joyous weddings I’ve come across. It is brimming with positivity and it brings me great pleasure to share it with you lovely lot this Friday afternoon.

And if Jill’s seriously pretty hair and the wonderful multi coloured decor aren’t enough to make your heart sing…wait until you see the images of the moment her Dad serenaded the guests with an acoustic guitar. Have a lovely weekend!

Rustic Barn Wedding In Yorkshire With PapaKata Tipis And Bride In Charlie Brear Gown With Lady Dragon By Vivienne Westwood Shoes And Scarlett Necklace From Rock My Boutique And Groom In Reiss Suit With Images From Tarah Coonan 1

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Mad Scots And Englishmen.

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Shooting a wedding on film ALWAYS creates a beautiful, dream-like quality to the images. Weddings shot on film by Peachey Photography? Well they are EXTRA special.

And Annie and Dickie certainly thought so, as they chose Katharine from Peachey Photography by observing her work on these very pages.

Dickie is Scottish and works in advertising. Annie wore a 50s style gown. The couple married at Annie’s parents house in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside. So naturally, the theme was Scotland meets Mad Men meets English Country Fete. It worked a treat too.

Annie’s parents genuinely put their hearts and souls into preparing the garden for their daughters wedding – they had the garden landscaped, grew flowers from seed and even built the summerhouse where the ceremony was held! They did an excellent job, I’m sure you’ll agree.

And if you’ve just come along for a gander at a man in a kilt – you’re in for a treat. Dickie is sporting some very fetching Douglas tartan.

A Marquee Wedding In Buckinghamshire With A Country Fete Theme With Bride In Vintage Tea Length Dress From Heavenly Vintage Brides And Groom In Douglas Tartan Kilt Images Shot On Film By Peachey Photography 1

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I Believe In Mermaids – The Film.

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Having said that, we all seriously loved how the photographs from our last RMW styled inspirational shoot came out. If you need to remind yourself just how beautifully everything turned out then you can see The Fashion here, you can remind yourself of The Decor here and you can revisit our original inspiration planning piece here.

Today it all comes to life in front of your eyes, and it’s sexy as hell folks!

We have utilised the amazing film making skill set of Simon Clarke Films many times in the past. You may remember our Rock My Boutique Launch film and our SS13 campaign film behind Coco… Well Simon Clarke created them all for us. And now – to coincide with our latest additions to Rock My Boutique we have for you a tale of sea… Sand… And seduction.

All of the headwear you see in this film will be appearing in a certain online boutique near you soon!!

Let us know what you think.

Styling, Concept and Design – Team Rock My Wedding
Assistant Stylist – Lauren at Fairly Light
Decor – Rock My Boutique – Coming Soon!
Jewellery and Accessories – Rock My Boutique – Coming Soon!
Bridal Gowns – From a selection at Suzanne Neville, Naomi Neoh and bespoke by Johanna Hehir
Hair and Make-Up – Emily Kent at The Wedding Hair Company
Stationery For Mermaid Luxe – Designed and made by Team Rock My Wedding
Stationery For Desiring Driftwood – Pirrip Press
Florist – Katherine at Florist In The Forest
Cake –Little Boutique Bakery
Film –Simon Clarke Films
Location – The Gallivant Hotel At Camber Sands

Thank you to everyone involved, and please do let us know what you think – do you believe in mermaids now?

Adam.

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Fire In My Heart.

Shoot Photography York Wedding Treasurer's House

James and Debbie married at the stonkingly gorgeous Treasurer’s House in York earlier this year. And when I say gorgeous I’m talking history infused flagstone floors, gothic chandeliers and panelled doors set off by majestic oil paintings.

Heavenly.

I’m also a little bit in love with Debbie and James’ bespoke stationery and Debbie’s dress which is ethereal glamour at its very best.

And that’s not the only reason that Team RMW are a little bit excited (read wetting their pants in glee) about this morning’s wedding. Because beautiful bride Debbie is the first EVER bride to appear on these pages wearing something from the Rock My Boutique collection. And cor blimey does she show it off to perfection.

Yes folks I’m talking about our very own Scarlett back necklace which harmonises so beautifully with Debbie’s Watters dress it’s almost as if they were each designed with the other in mind.

Shall we take a look…

The Jasmine Gown by Watters Scarlett Back Necklace Rock My Boutique

The Treasurer’s House

Debbie the Bride: James and I first met at university in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, eleven years ago and now live in London. Being from Yorkshire, we wanted to get married near to where our families live and York was the perfect place – less than an hour from our respective hometowns of Sheffield and Selby. It’s also such a beautiful and picturesque place – we knew we’d have some amazing photos and courtesy of Jo and Simon at Shoot Photography we did.

Alison Martin Bridal Make-up Artist York North East

One of the first weddings I saw and fell in love with was on Rock My Wedding and took place at Grays Court, York. Unfortunately, the venue didn’t work for us but next door was the fabulous Treasurer’s House – a gorgeous National Trust property with ‘wow-factor’ from the outside and the most stunning private walled garden – as soon as we saw it, we knew it was the one. We needed a nearby venue to host the evening do and chose the Churchill Hotel – a five minute stroll from the Treasurer’s House and just the right size for our closest family and friends.

Fiona Hogg Florist York Pink Rose Bouquet Gypsophila

Flowerbomb

Not being one to usually wear a lot of make-up (mascara and a bit of blusher and I’m ready to go!), I was conscious of finding the right hair and make-up person who would ‘get’ our requirements. It actually got to about two weeks before the wedding and I hadn’t found anyone, when I stumbled across Alison Martin online – she had worked in London and was now based in York – perfect.

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A quick email, some photos of myself, my bridesmaids and some vague ideas and all was booked! There was no time for a trial but with a brief of loose up-do hair and glamorous versions of ourselves make-up wise, Ali did an amazing job and all three of us were thrilled! I chose to wear Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb perfume as I knew my groom loved it too and it will now always remind me of our big day!

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I actually ended up with two wedding dresses and had to hastily sell my first choice on eBay – but I am so glad I did! I had the dreaded dress-wobble quite quickly after I purchased it in a sample sale – a slinky Jenny Packham number, the ‘Cornelia’, I was never 100% sure I had made the right choice. Added to the realisation I was pregnant a few weeks later, it soon became clear that it would be too unforgiving for a post-baby belly! I went to another sample sale and not liking anything in the sale, typically fell in love with a dress which was full price and way over our budget – the Jasmine by Watters.

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Pushing all thoughts of it to one side, I visited Morgan Davies Bridal in Farringdon and found another ‘maybe’ dress. I said to the assistant; “there’s a dress I cant get out of my head, if only it was here so I could try the two on side-by-side” and low and behold – ta-da, they had it, and the sample fitted perfectly, and it was even more gorgeous than I remembered – I had to have it! A-line, sweetheart neckline with Swarovski Crystals and lots of lace – it was nothing like I had imagined my dress to be but absolutely amazing. James also looked so handsome in his navy-blue Reiss suit and brown Folk shoes – a classic colour combo that complemented his look perfectly.

The Treasurers House Wedding Civil Ceremony Venue York Yorkshire

The Scarlett

I wanted a kitten-heel as I never really wear high heels and found a gorgeous pair from Dune that were sparkly and pretty peeking out from under my dress. One word of advice though – in my fitting, the diamantes snagged on the hem of my dress a few times, an issue I ignored to my peril! On the day, continually unhooking the lace hem from my shoes became a bit of a nightmare and something I should have fixed in advance!

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I also had some gorgeous jewellery courtesy of the Rock My Boutique site – the Scarlett necklace, with its stunning three jewelled strands down the back, the violet cuff by Debbie Carlisle – a Sheffield-based designed I found through Twitter and a set of silk hair flowers by BHLDN.

The Jasmine Gown by Watters Wedding Dress Vintage

I had two bridesmaids – Lizzy and Liz who looked gorgeous in sparkly Ben de Lisi gowns from Debenhams. We wanted an informal wedding and didn’t want matching groomsmen so they all wore their own suits/ties/shoes – everyone looked fabulous!

Mountains Of Gypsophila

I was so happy with my flowers. We’d left booking a florist quite late and I was panicked reading bridal magazines that recommended booking one a year in advance! Luckily, I was recommended Fiona Hogg by another florist I contacted and it was simply the best decision. A meeting about a month in advance of the big day with Fiona, Miranda and their gorgeous dog Valentino, and they completely understood our vision for the day and we were both ecstatic with all the floristry on the day.

Modern Elegant Wedding York The Treasurers House

My bouquet had lots and lots of gypsophila with some roses and freesia dotted through. The corsages, buttonholes, cake decorations and table decorations also featured gypsophila and roses and looked gorgeous. We spent about a year collecting jam jars for the tables at our reception and they really helped us to achieve our desired look on what was a small budget.

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

My brother Michael, did a reading of Bob Dylan’s Wedding Song (edited down so only using verses we felt had some meaning for us). We chose it for a number of reasons, but mainly, because James is a huge Bob Dylan fan (our son was almost called Dylan in homage!).

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I had two songs to walk down the aisle to – the first, The Cleaner, from the Toy Story 2 Soundtrack (love that film!) then Le Cygne (The Swan) from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns – a beautiful piece that we both loved the moment we heard it. We also liked the idea of string versions of modern pop and indie music and found the Vitamin String Quartet on iTunes – a highlight was their version of The Smiths, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out as this song was playing on the radio when our son was born.

Scarlett Mint Green Back Necklace from Rock My Boutique Jasmine Watters Wedding Dress

DJs And Decor

We provided canapés and Prosecco at the Treasurer’s House then for our wedding breakfast at the Churchill Hotel, we had cheese and red onion marmalade tarts, followed by beef bourgignon and for dessert – apple crumble for the boys and crème brulee for the girls. Our cake was from Marks and Spencer and comprised three tiers – two layers of sponge and one fruit – all delicious and there was so much of it, we were still tucking in weeks later!

As my dress had a vintage-y feel, and the low-key nature of our day, we chose to have lots of tealights, pretty flowers (matching my bouquet) and simple touches in terms of décor.

The Churchill Hotel Wedding Venue York

We had a DJ for the evening who was great and played all the tracks we’d asked to be included in his set! There wasn’t as much dancing as we’d have liked which is one thing I would change about the evening – I think if we’d been on the dancefloor more, that would have been different, but we spent most of the time catching up with our friends! Our first dance was to Fire in my Heart by the Super Furry Animals – one of my favourite bands from my time growing up obsessed with indie music, running a fanzine and listening to the Evening Session on Radio 1 every night!

Fiona Hogg Wedding Florist York

The Personal Touch

With James being an artist, the look of the stationery for our wedding was really important. We actually found our designer on the Rock My Wedding site and met Will with a few mock-ups and Pantone Refs and he did a brilliant job of creating our personalised invites, order of services and thank you cards.

Our table plan was handmade using cast-off bits of fabric from James’ paintings and we did all our menus and signage using elements from the invitation artwork. Place settings were labels on handmade, individually wrapped marshmallows, chocolates and macaroons and we also made party bags for the children (of which there were lots!) which went down really well.

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Special Moments

The best piece of advice I received was that no-one else knows your wedding plan so not to stress if and when things don’t go exactly as planned! The guests are just so happy to be part of the day and we had such a lovely feeling of being able to share it with all of our favourite people. Our 10-week old baby son, Ethan was such a superstar on the day, and was content feeding, sleeping and getting cuddles from just about everyone.

I think the best part is knowing he was part of our day and the sleepless nights trying to fit in wedding planning around looking after a newborn soon become a faded memory as it was such a special day. Without wanting to be overly in love with the site, we did find our venue (indirectly), photographer, stationery designer, jewellery and so much more inspiration from Rock My Wedding – no bride-to-be should be without it!

Shoot Wedding Photography

Click here & view all images from this wedding

Ceremony Venue – Treasurer’s House
Reception Venue – The Churchill Hotel
Dress – The Jasmine Gown by Watters
Boutique – Morgan Davies Bridal
Make-up Artist – Alison Martin
Jewellery – Rock My Boutique
Hair Flowers – bhldn
Groom – Reiss
Florist Fiona Hogg
DJ – DJ Ollie
Photography – Shoot Photography

I have to admit that I’m a little bit in awe of Debbie. I mean planning a wedding can be hectic at the best of times but throwing sleepless nights and a newborn into the mix is a feat and a half. And the result is that all that effort was so absolutely and totally worth it!

Lastly, how gorgeous is baby Ethan folks? Like completely, right?

All my love Lolly xxx

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A Drop Of Ink May Make A Million Think.

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Old Lord Byron said that the clever sausage. And of course the meaning of this little rhyme is simply that a few words can stir emotion in who ever sees and reads them.

Now, we don’t claim to be quite in the same league as one of the greatest English poets who ever lived… But… Team RMW have collectively spilled a few drops of our own ink in order to create a bespoke range of typographic art that is available exclusively in our online shop Rock My Boutique.

We think you’ll love them… AND WE HAVE 5 PIECES TO GIVE AWAY.

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Beyond W-Day

We like nothing more than sitting around with a cup of tea (or gin), creating styling ideas for your wedding day decor but we wanted the lifespan of this range to extend beyond w-day. We set about creating pieces art that we would want to frame and hang in our own homes.

The result is a collection of fun, whimsical and sexy sayings that are perfect for your reception venue or even aisle styling that can then take up a permanent residence in your house. On the surface our designs are aesthetically pleasing and playful but they have the power take you on an emotional journey back to your big day. A bit like one of Byrons fancy scribbles, no?

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Super Sleek

We have created six designs in total and each design is available in silver or Gold in A4 or A3.

The silver finish is super sleek and contemporary, the paper has a brushed metallic coating and the result is that the text looks like it has been printed onto sheet metal. Mega.

The gold by contrast is a slightly softer more decadent item, the metallic paper is finished with textured strands that will make you want to reach out and touch. Each style will appeal to a different taste, match in with a particular wedding day colour scheme, or look the bees knees in a different room in your home. The silver and gold also work really well together, so don’t be afraid to mix and match!

Both A3 and A4 prints are available through Rock My Boutique unframed or with the frame that you can see in our piccies. The frames are professional quality, chunky, contemporary and finished in matte white. They really let the metallic paperstock and bold typography take centre stage.

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Le Plank

Once we had designed our paper prints we had another moment of creative ‘je ne sais quoi’ that led to the creation of Le Plank… Probably the best named peice of decor in all of Christendom.

Lord Byron would be proud.

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hand stencilled in shiney silver onto a hand painted matte cream… Err… Plank, this truly gorgeous bit of decor could take pride of place on your top table before finding a home above the fireplace, or on the wall in the hall, or in the kitchen… Maybe the bedroom? You get the idea.

toi et moi pour toujours… you and me forever.

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The Big RMW Giveaway

As you can probably tell, we are pretty proud of our new range of decor. The finish of the metallic paper is super lush but I’m just a little bit concious that the full deliciousness of it all doesn’t come across in these pictures… So, we want to put some of our prize prints into the paws of five seriously lucky RMW Readers.

Drop us a note in the comments section to tell us which is your favourite design and colour finish (and also let us know if you want A4 or A3) and we will select 5 people at random who will win their fave for keeps.

I think my personal favourite is “I look at you and think WOW” Although that might be becasue I like to say it in a really strong brummie accent so that ‘you’ rhymes with ‘WOW’.

Yes… I am easily amused.

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And if you didn’t know about the RMW online boutique… Where have you been? Honestly.

You can visit Rock My Boutique here or by clicking on the tab link at the top of the page that says shop. You could also read this post which introduces our current SS13 campaign and Coco inspired range.

So which ones your favourite folks? If you want a recap visit the gallery below that has nice big images off all the designs and colour options

Click here & view the gallery of all our artwork.

Good luck everyone,

Lord Adam.

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Give Thanks.

Wedding Gift Inspiration Post

I’m guessing that a fairly large proportion of you reading this are well into the final preparations for your big day. Perhaps your wedding day has already been lived and loved and you’re reading this from your honeymoon sunlounger…it has been known folks!

Given the popularity of the nail inspiration post a couple of weeks back we figured that what most of you are hankering after is some help with the last minute details rather than the bigger decisions that tend to be made at the beginning of the planning journey. However do correct me if I’m wrong folks.

With this in mind, it seemed fitting to focus my efforts on bringing some gift inspiration to your screen. For all the mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers, maids, ushers, best men and other halves out there. Blimey!

Let’s take a look…

For The Mister

Out of all the presents I bought for my nearest and dearest for their help with our wedding, it was the boy’s that I bought first. I’d spotted it glistening away in Grays Antique Market and knew that he’d love it so I bought it on the spot. I hadn’t anticipated that this decision would be so easy – is this what you lovelies have found too? If not then perhaps this round of inspiration can help you with your present buying for hubbies,dads, brothers and ushers.

I know for lots of you a beautiful watch is the way to go when it comes to selecting a present for your boy. But if this doesn’t float your boat then there’s so many other options to choose from instead.

Groom Gift Inspiration Personalised Presents Cocktail Shaker Braces Duffle Bag Art Print Cufflinks

Is he a sporting chap with a creative streak? This Merchant and Mills duffle bag comes recommended by my very own boy perfect for all those trips to the gym. Except… he’ll have to make it first. Yes you heard it right folks this little beauty is actually a DIY kit so he’ll have hours of fun piecing it together…or you could make it instead…

And then there’s those groomsmen to buy for too. Let me let you in on a little secret…we bought our boys …erm …socks. We would have loved to have splashed out on them all but our budget was stretched to bursting at that point and when we saw the woolly spotty socks it seemed like the perfect yet affordable gift. And there’s no reason why you couldn’t buy your ushers something fashion related too..be it a pair of braces, the perfect pocket square or even some swanky cufflinks like our designs in the boutique.

And whilst this watercolour lips print might be a little on the pricey side there’s absolutely no reason why you couldn’t DIY it yourself. For as little as a tenner your beau could be the very proud owner of a one-off art installation commissioned solely for him.

Talk about the personal touch…

Maman

I think I found purchasing a present for both my mum and the boy’s mum one of the hardest decisions to make when it came to wedding gifts. We wanted to buy something that they could treasure and keep forever but nothing so precious that they’d be afraid to use it. And we really wanted our gift to show just how grateful we were to them for all their help too.

If money hadn’t been an object I think we would have gone a bit mental on the present agenda but as it happened we weren’t wallowing in pots of gold. Instead I hope that this little collection below might inspire some of you that are feeling lost on the path to the perfect gift for your mums.

Mother Of The Bride Gift Inspiration Chanel Lipstick Mohair Blanket Kate Spade Bracelet Jo Malone Candle

Perhaps your mama is house proud, why not treat her to the softest of mohair or cashmere blankets for cold Winter nights or opt for a gold dipped porcelain bowl for her most treasured trinkets. If you really want to splash out then why not choose one of these super elegant quartz platters at the top here from Rablabs dipped in 24K gold. Whilst they are on the pricey side I think they’d make for the most perfect paperweight!

Is your mother a beauty queen? Why, Chanel darlings is most definitely your best friend. A pink lippy suits most complexions and adds a youthful glow to distinguished faces. If you’re looking to spend a little more why not pop some beauty goodies into her very own monogrammed suede make-up bag.

I think I ‘need’ one of these myself now that I’m thinking about it….

Wee Ones

One of my earliest memories is of my mum fastening a black ‘big girls’ swatch watch onto my chubby wrist when I was two years old. In fact it was her wedding gift to me for being the tiniest flower girl at her wedding to my dad and I’ve kept it to this very day.

With Etsy filled to bursting with the most talented craftsmen, you’ll literally be spoilt for choice for gifts for the little ones. Depending on what’s most important to you, you can buy your flower girls and page boys presents that entertain or gorgeous keepsakes that they can treasure forever.

Wedding gift inspiration for pageboys and flowergirls fancy dress soft toys bubble machine mask silhouette

Every kid (even the biggest ones!) love to play dress up so this is often a good route to go down. I adore this cat mask at the top here so much that I’m tempted to throw a cat inspired fancy dress for my 30th! The paper monster costume is also brilliant fun and will keep kids and adults entertained all day! Don’t be surprised if it pops up in your photobooth pics later….

Alternatively cater to their cuddly side by presenting them with quirky soft toys that they can snuggle with when they get tired later in the day. I like this moustached stripy chap and this raincloud but there’s so many options to choose from talented suppliers if you look on the interweb.

If your budget is able to stretch a little further, why not think about commissioning a silhouette of your smallest helpers. Pleasing to parents and little ones alike, I guarantee that they’ll still love your gift in years to come.

Bridesmaid Booty

And then there’s your girls.

Your besties.

The faithful companions who have sat through numerous dress fittings, the week long deliberations about whether you should have gone for the mirrored centrepieces or the bud vases and who have spent hours covered in glue helping you DIY your complicated table plan.

I particularly love the fact that there are so many wonderful gifts to choose from now and which suit all budgets too – so you don’t necessarily have to break the bank to show your girls just how much they mean to you.

If they’re a creative lot why not invest in some art prints or illustration that they can display in the home and think of you whenever they look at them. You can pick up some gorgeous prints for under twenty pounds now, hell we even have some in the Rock My Boutique shop. I love the gold leaf adorned creme de la creme print – the perfect addition to the pad of a girl about town.

Bridesmaid gift present inspiration hair accessories art print jewellery stacking rings necklaces glassware

Perhaps they’re jewellery fanatics (like my girls were!). Why not give them the grown-up version of the old friendship necklaces of yore (remember them?) and gift them delicate battered rose gold stacking rings or a personalised necklace with their name or initial.

It’s worth thinking about packaging too – the sweetest card and boxes inscribed with a special heartfelt note is guaranteed to put a smile on your girls’ faces….or cause some happy tears too.

So have these inspiration boards given you food for thought?

What have you purchased for your nearest and dearest? Can you share?

What’s been the most treasured gift you’ve received as a bridesmaid and how long have you kept it for?

And when exactly will you be dishing these goodies out – at the beginning of the day or during the speeches?

I want to hear all about it.

All my love Lolly xxx

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Behind Coco.

Our Spring Summer collection is all done and dusted… The online Boutique is looking lovely after its summer refresh and our new Coco inspired range is flying off the virtual shelves like lovely little hot french cakes.

If you haven’t already had a chance to look through the range then head over to our Boutique, you can visit it via the tabs at the top of the page.

The Coco shoot took place earlier this year at a gorgeous venue in Nottingham called The Old Chemistry Lab. That day was one of the finest in Rock My Wedding history, we had an absolutely phenomenal team to work with. Everyone took such a pride in their work, from the hairstylists to the makeup team, all the suppliers the photographers and it was genuinely heart warming to see a room full of people, most of whom had never met before come together and produce stuff like this…

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As per usual there was a fair share of flying-by-the-seat-of-our-pants to pull everything together (we wouldn’t have it any other way!) and as has become customary following events such as these we have a Behind The Scenes extravaganza shot by Simon Clarke Films enabling you lovely lot to take a little peek behind Coco.

You can see the proper super fancy campaign film here as well as more beautiful Stills from Anna Clarke Photography. If you’ve spied any thing you like the look of you can probably purchase it from our Boutique!

I think my favourite thing about the Behind The Scenes is that you really can see “movie magic” happening before your eyes… If you watch the campaign film you’d be forgiven for thinking that as well as behind rather dashing, Luke our male model was also a dab hand on the old piano forte… The Les Dawson-esque truth is revealed in Simons pre edit behind the scenes film.

Once again, a massive thanks to everyone who helped out and made Coco a campaign to remember. The team are listed below and I can safely say that if you are looking for a wedding supplier you will not go wrong here!

Adam.

The Coco Collection – Rock My Boutique
Videography – Simon Clarke Films
Photography – Anna Clarke
Venue – The Old Chemistry Lab at Nottingham Conference Centre
Styling – Team RMW
Assistant Stylist – Lauren at Fairlylight
Florist – Leafy Couture
Make-up – Jo Leversuch
Hair – Emily Kent founder of The Wedding Hair Company
Headpieces, veils and sequin cuffs – RMW in collaboration with What Katy Did Next
Sequin bouquet Train and sequin badges – RMW in collaboration with What Katy Did Next
Shoes – RMW in collaboration with Harriet Wilde
Bridal Gowns – From a selection at Naomi Neoh
Flower Girl Dresses and Shoes – Little Bevan
Bridesmaids Dresses – “The Fearne”, RMW in collaboration with Maids To Measure
Artwork – Team RMW for RMB
Vases, Candlesticks and Frames – Team RMW for RMB
The Belle Necklace – RMW in collaboration with Natasha Jane
Ceramic cufflinks, badges and tags – RMW in collaboration with Alice Shields
Giant “Coco” letters – Doris Loves
Stationery – Bonny and Clyde also on Facebook

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Pop (Up Shop) Tarts.

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I’m going to spend approximately 31 words dwelling on the fact it’s been a bit doomy and gloomy these past few days, big brands going bust, the demise of the The Designer Wedding Show…what we really want to do is bring you some news that is JOYFUL..

And so we’re bringing a brand new concept to the W-day industry. Because we like coming up with new ideas. And we really love making you gorgeous lot H.A.P.P.Y.

The thing is…we would absolutely love to meet you, share with you some of our favourite suppliers, 2013 W-day trends and let you lovelies have a nosey at the pieces of pretty from the AW12 collection currently only available on-line via Rock My Boutique.

So in our bid to do ALL of the above and give our community the opportunity to spend a couple of hours generally having a good time we’re making our way across the UK over the coming months with a series of sexy POP UP SHOPS.

The first pop-up event in the calendar is the 17th March which will be held at Hampton Manor in The West Midlands from 12pm until 5pm.

Joining us will be some of our awesome RMB collaborators who will be bringing along a selection of their most recent collections and designs for you gorgeous lot to make you potentially look um well….even more gorgeous I guess.

Gracing us with their industry professional presence will be:

Debbie Carlisle from DC Bouquets (check out her shiny bits and pieces HERE)

Natasha from Natasha Jane (headwear inspired by Art Deco and Egyptian goddesses…see HERE)

Hannah from Coulson Macleod (awesome artwork…you can see some HERE)

Ruth from Harriet Wilde (shoes! you will LOVE them!)

Sinclair and India from Maids To Measure….. (We designed the Melissa dress with them…)

Karen and Gemma from Passion For Flowers and The Wedding Of My Dreams working their floristy/ decor magic.

AND special fashion guests Hannah and Alice from Belle and Bunty.

Yup. They’ve been in Vogue magazine and everything.

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Maids to Measure and Belle and Bunty will have a selection of gowns for you to peek at but will also be running “taster” half hour try-on fittings throughout the day from 12pm until 4.30pm.

If you would like to enquire/book a session then please email:

For Maids To Measure: info@maidstomeasure.com with the subject “Pop Up Shop Fitting”

For Belle and Bunty: shop@belleandbunty.co.uk with the subject “Pop Up Shop Fitting”

And that’s not all folks…oh no.

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At 1.30pm Team RMW will be holding a style session in the library where we’ll share with you all sorts of tips and tricks to make W-day IMMENSE.

I guess I should point out here that you don’t have to pay to attend our Pop Up Shops or anything, we’re not attempting to create a full blown wedding fair (although who knows what the future holds eh?) and our style sessions are also just there for your viewing pleasure… all we ask is that you register your place on the latter as there is limited seating available.

Please email your name (and the name of anyone you want to bring along) to:

Style@rockmywedding.co.uk

And that’s not it either.

Nope.

lips-and-lashes

We also have a lip and lash bar hosted by Love Lust List member Jodie Hazelwood who will be demonstrating how to perfect both your flutter and your pout. This will cost you a fiver to cover the products used if you fancy a go but we PROMISE you will leave looking incredibly lush.

However, we would like to point out that we take absolutely NO responsibility for the WOW effect your beautiful newly made-up face will have on your other half.

In the words of RMW Real Bride KarenPLEASE LASH RESPONSIBLY.

cakes-and-cocktails

If you are feeling naughty Hampton Manor has a lovely contemporary bar where you can treat yourself to a cocktail (or two), alternatively they also offer soft drinks, fancy coffee and copious amounts of tea.

And if you are feeling REALLY naughty you can also book a cream tea or an afternoon tea from £9 up to £22 per head.

I’ve heard they are really special so if you want to secure your scones please email:

info@hamptonmanor.eu with the subject “Pop Up Afternoon Tea

So um…

Do you fancy it?!!

I know there seems to be a lot of email action required but that’s only because we want to make sure everyone has a great time and take the opportunity to see and do as much as possible. And if you do have any questions just drop them in the comments box below.

Bring your best girls…your Mum…your Nan……even your Groom. Because by then we’ll have some brand new accessories for him. Adam is particularly excited about the prospect as you can imagine.

We’re just organising dates and venues for LONDON as we speak and will be in touch with an update as soon as we can.

The RMB Pop Up will also be at the SAVE THE DATE event on April 14th in Nottingham, so if you can’t make March maybe we’ll see your faces there instead.

Hope so.

😉

Big POP UP Love

Charlotte xxx

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Best Foot Forward.

I’m curious.

Tell me folks, just how important were your shoes to you on your big day?

I wanted to go all out on some metallic courts for my big day but I know that this isn’t exactly the majority view.

Going all out that is.

In fact, there seems to be a general split into two camps. For some of you, splurging on a special pair of shoes for your wedding doesn’t necessarily come top of your priorities. I know from my own experience that some brides think this is excessive – wanton waste if you will. Indeed for many, it’s an unaffordable luxury.

For others though, it’s a case of ‘if you can’t buy that (bank balance) killer pair of shoes for your wedding day, then when can you?’ Some brides even opt for two sets of shoes, the obligatory heels for the day and a beautiful pair of flats for when their feet simply cannot take any more.

I see the merit in both arguments so I guess I’m fence sitting really. I’m just interested to see what you lot think.

In the meantime, whilst you’re deliberating over the finer points of your argument (whichever it may be) I have a wonderful concoction of shoe-inspired images for your viewing pleasure.

Shall we begin?

Fifty Shades Of White

There’s something very chic about a bride who selects an all-white colour palette for her wedding outfit.

Whilst chalky white and ivory toned heels have been overlooked of late due in part to the popularity of colour pop and metallic trends, we’re beginning to see a real resurgence in the number of brides reverting back to this more traditional hue.

And why not? There really is a wealth of talent and styles to choose from.

My go-to favourite really has to be the peeptoe but these big-bowed beauties from BHLDN could help to change my mind. They really are so romantic and would look great with some skinny jeans and a cropped Chanel inspired jacket for your going away outfit.

Lastly, if you want to wear your shoes after your big day is over but can’t quite envisage yourself sporting the daz-white hue with your jeans, there are plenty of companies out there who can custom dye them for you.

Talk about really getting the wear out of your shoes.

Embellished

Perhaps my favourite of all the shoe styles displayed here, the embellished shoe is a trend that has been gaining strength for over a year and there seems to be no sign of its popularity abating.

From dazzling brooch adornments to intricate beading through to feather-like chiffon I love how this style allows brides to inject a bit of their own personality into their day. The beauty of an adorned shoe is that it often takes inspiration from high fashion and not just from the bridal world, giving you plenty of scope to find the perfect shoe to suit you.

I particularly love those brides who choose to reflect the fabrics and textures of their dresses in their shoes. If you’re wearing a frothy number why not consider equally ephemeral shoes to match. Perhaps you’re a vintage bride who has opted for a fringed 1920’s frock with matching t-bars…if so we want to hear all about it.

If, like me, you have a special place in your heart for embellished heels but the budget isn’t quite so amenable, why not contemplate taking the DIY approach. Purchasing a plain pair of shoes and adding your own brooch applique is one way of making this trend work for you without the bank balance taking a battering.

Scarlet Harlots

I can’t say that I was that enamoured with Dorothy’s ruby slippers as a child. I know what you’re thinking…I must have been the only young lassie that didn’t want to click her scarlet encrusted heels together and skip around with a dog called Toto.

But when I saw Christine’s vampy red vixen stilettos pictured at the top here from her Brighton wedding earlier this year it was LOVE at first sight. And now I just can’t seem to satisfy this desire for elegant heels in vermillion hues.

And I’m not the only one.

In fact, at RMW HQ we’ve noticed that quite a few of you gorgeous lot are choosing wedding shoes in a delicious array of berry shades. We’re talking carmine bows, cherry-hued hearts, cerise glitter and pillar-box red flowers on top too.

Opting for wedding heels in this colour spectrum is a bold style statement and one I heartily approve of. It adds panache and a heap load of sass to your wedding frock, be it short or long, whilst being utterly romantic too.

What’s not to love?

Hot Metal

The sister trend to embellished, ‘hot metal’ is all about gilded golds, tarnished silvers and burnished bronzes. Nothing quite screams party princess in the way a pair of shimmering peeptoes does.

I’ll let you in on a secret – I was a hot metal bride.

And I loved it.

But I have to confess that my choice of footwear was partly determined by my decision to purchase something I knew I’d wear time and time again. You know… whilst consuming a luxurious meal with my beau… on a night out with the girls…. during the local supermarket shop.

Essentially though it was important to me to choose accessories that I could and would use beyond the day itself. That way I could be sure that when I was spending our precious pennies it would be worth it.

It’s all about pound per wear folks.

Is this something you agree with? Would you wear any of your accessories after the day itself or do you want to wrap them up and store them safely until your children and grandchildren can wear them themselves?

So what type of bride are you? Are you a scarlet harlot or a hot metal lover?

Perhaps you’ve opted to clad your feet in a more neutral palette instead.

Are you matching your shoes to your dress or looking for a colour pop contrast?

As always RMW-ettes we want to hear your thoughts.

All my love Lolly xxx

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