I bloomin’ LOVE this wedding! Not only are Bride & Groom Beth & Dom absolute beauts, but their whole monochrome, grey and silver wedding at Hedsor House is one seriously sexy and sophisticated affair.
For a start it is photographed by the fabulous Sam Docker Photography whose style we simply adore, plus he always manages to captured the most fabulous emotive moments between couples and guests.
Secondly it features theSuzanne Neville Cameilla gown. I say the because whenever we’ve shared this gown before you’ve all gone crazy for it. I don’t know about you but it’s the gowns lace long sleeves and fitted bodice and billowing skirt that make me totally weak at the knees. And how can I forget the bridesmaids in their charcoal Twobirds multiway dresses. Both designers are members of our stylish wedding Look Book too so you know you’re more than in for a treat, and finishing the wedding party look perfectly are the Groomsmen in Tuxedos and bow ties.
I haven’t even mention the beautiful white blooms, marble effect stationery, delicious popcorn bar or elegant wedding cake yet, but trust me you need to see them, pin them, have them in your life, because they are also beyond beautiful.
In the words of fabulous wedding photographer Samuel Docker “This was a trip and a half!!” I couldn’t agree more. The gorgeous Tuscan views and the stunning Villa Catureglio has literally taken my breath away whilst putting this destination wedding together for you lovely lot. As has Bride Daniela’s customised David Fielden gown. The tulle skirt and embellished bodice look truly magical amongst the greenery and natural beauty, especially when lit by the dreamy sunset.
Also making me mouth a huge sigh is Daniela & Carlo’s gorgeous Golden Retriever. Doesn’t he look dapper in his floral collar and so at ease roaming around during the romantic outdoor ceremony. And if you still need convincing as to whether or not you should include festoon lights at your wedding, this wedding’s gorgeous display will definitely convince you.
Pinning fingers at the ready. You’re not going to want to forget this gorgeous day.
This Oxfordshire wedding at the gorgeous Tythe Barn couldn’t be more perfect. For one it was shot by RMW fave Samuel Docker so you know it’s full of emotion and pretty, and two it features bride Helen in a truly stunning Catherine Deane Tamsin gown and Irina belt from Victoria Fergusson. It’s a seriously heady combination of beauty and elegance, and one that I know you’ll be swooning over and pinning.
Groom Dom is a a rather dapper chap too in his classic Paul Smith suit, and adding to his coolness is the fact he owns that red GT6 vintage car you see gracing the pages and wedding. With a ‘Pimp your Prosecco’ bar, gorgeous signage and adorable flower stemmed filled vases your creative juices are going to be sent into overdrive. So I’ll keep you no more and let you enjoy. Every. Last. Detail.
Are you sitting comfortably? Good, because this fun country wedding is about to knock your socks off. Featuring many of our very talented The Love Lust List recommended suppliers, which makes our hearts burst with pride.
Set at the truly gorgeous Cripps Stone Barn in Cheltenham and full to the brim with gorgeous florals from Juliet Glaves and balloons, peg board signs and other eclectic props from Hey Style, you won’t be able to resist pinning more than a few inspiring ideas for your own big day. I just LOVE the bright balloons, such a simple touch, but so inviting and effective.
One of the most amazing things about Cripps Stone Barn is the surrounding picturesque countryside. RMW fave Samuel Docker took Emmalene & Ben on a gorgeous stroll amongst the pretty, and has captured some truly romantic portraits for them to treasure. It also shows off Emmalene’s stunning Jesús Peiró dress to perfection, which she chose from Miss Bush Bridal, but was a million miles away from what she originally envisioned she’d wear.
When RMW fave Samuel Docker sent us the destination wedding of Red on Blonde Photographers he labelled it “relentless fun and good times in France!’ And it is, it really is. Sam really knows how to capture all those special moments, from bride Hannah’s lonely tear at the outdoor humanist ceremony to the cheeky little guests hiding under her exquisite beaded Eliza Jane Howell gown.
With the Chateau de Puissentut making the most heavily backdrop for this non stop party. Planned and styled by Country Weddings in France with Protea flowers, greenery, copper and hints of Africa to pay homage to the couples love of the country. Just wait until you see the secluded ruins where they held the ceremony, not to mention the hanging florals!
Apologies if you want to pack your bags. Serious wedding goals right here. Shall we get stuck in?
Samuel Docker has been a long time favourite of Rock My Wedding so it’s rather bloomin’ exciting to now be able to shout it from the rooftops that he has joined our handpicked wedding supplier directory, The Love Lust List! I’ll hand you over to Sam now, who can tell you all you need to know…
Today’s wedding is gorgeous with a capital ‘G’. Definitely one I’ll be adding to my various Pinterest boards so make sure you check out the gallery below. Laurie and James said ‘I Do’ at the beautiful Fforest wedding venue in Cardigan and the photos captured by Sam Docker are sublime.
There are so many things I want to talk about in this wedding but there simply isn’t enough time and the pictures will say more than I ever can. For now then I’ll simply say this – can we just take a moment to look at Laurie’s exquisite Sanyukta Shrestha frock which suits her down to the ground (as does her colour pop bouquet and her matching floral headpiece).
I also have a LOT of love for the pair’s wedding favour – a bespoke enamel camping mug packed full of marshmallows for guests to toast over the fire pits after the wedding breakfast. How flipping epic is that?!
And lastly I would very VERY much like to go to a wedding with a silent disco – that my friends would be awesome.
Somewhere over the rainbow (Did you see ‘THAT’ pic?! WOW!) Katie & Ashley had the most amazing week long celebration in the Cotswolds with a ‘party house’ within a mile of their rustic wedding venue.
Cripps Stone Barn is jaw dropping-ly gorgeous and was decorated with the most amazing flower arrangement’s hanging from the beams. Literally everything was decorated to perfection! I LOVE the bronze spray painted bottles and the ‘Mr & Mrs’ sign, they match the gorgeous warm tone of Katie’s Claire Pettibone wedding dress perfectly and the colour scheme, oh the colour scheme, I absolutely love the bright red & blue, so fun, so happy!
So much more gorgeousness and style, this wedding truly is a feast for the eyes. Enjoy!
Lucy and Jody are one seriously hot couple. I’m talking hot with a capital ‘H’ folks and I just know you’ll agree once you clap eyes on the images below.
WAIT. It gets better. Yep the wedding decor centred around an epic Maid Marian theme (as if you hadn’t already guessed from the title) inspired by Lucy’s EPIC dress. And it is epic – all beading and embellishment from the front to the back topped off with silk chiffon. I tell you when Team RMW cast their peepers on this beauty for the first time only dogs could hear us we squealed that much.
There’s a double decker bus, there’s a vintage headpiece, there’s also a delicious picnic and the whole day is clearly infused with a healthy dollop of sunshine and love.
Oh and when you see their portrait shots your hearts will melt.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Lucy The Bride: Spending so much time in hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi where Jody and I live, we wanted our wedding to feel more like us – a fun relaxed party with a festival touch and lots of food and drink to keep it going all night!
It was always going to be in Gunthorpe – the Nottinghamshire village I grew up in – and we luckily remembered Glebe Farm. They opened up the huge space by the lake, and even had holiday cottages for ushers and bridesmaids – which gave us an empty canvas to play with only moments from my house and the River Trent.
The guys at Tipi & Kata brought in the fantastic tipis, along with all the extra’s needed from toilets and generators to benches and reindeer skins. So all we had to do was start filling it with flowers, people and plenty of fun! And pray for the weather to follow us from the Middle East…
Light And Simple
I don’t wear much make-up and my haircare regime tends to be wash it and hope for the best – so luckily Rochelle, my make-up artist, did a great job of keeping it light and simple.
A friend’s mum tidied up my hair to help it survive the weather and enjoyed a glass of champagne with the bridesmaids. My main memory of getting ready was feeling sorry for my dad – thoroughly outnumbered with girls swarming in every room!
The tan came courtesy of some tough hours by the pool in Abu Dhabi.
I had three days to find The Dress on a flying visit to London in February. I’d spotted this Amanda Wakeley online, but hadn’t really thought it could work – how could I possibly wear it in church! But typically – one try and I was hooked on the beaded backless ‘Cleopatra’ design.
The somewhat accidental Maid Marian theme seemed to grow around the dress, but it felt very ‘me’ and the most important thing was feeling so relaxed in something so special. And I knew Jody would love it.
Jody had a slimfit blue suit made for him in Dubai from Ascots and Chapels. Searching for the exact shade took hours poring over samples – bespoke is much harder than it looks!
The dress didn’t need much jewelry but after dropping into A Most Curious Wedding Fair in Brick Lane, I bought a vintage headdress from Rosie Weisencrantz on impulse (after a couple of beers!). My ornate diamond and ruby engagement ring was handed down from Jody’s grandma, so meant we could have very simple white gold wedding rings made for us in Dubai at the gold souk.
You Are My Sunshine
The colours were more ‘country garden’ than anything too precise, but inspired by ‘You Are My Sunshine’ (a song my sisters used to sing to me!), all the bridesmaids wore mismatching skirts in anything from deep red through coral and orange to yellow, and then the metallic necklaces and white tops echoed my dress. It all seemed to work in the end despite a few dramas. (Bride tip – 99% of white vests reveal everything underneath them!)
The boys kept it smart in grey suits with deep red ties and scraps of silk for pocket squares. And polished it off with tie bars engraved with the date, so they never forget our wedding anniversary! One of the ushers couldn’t make it at the last minute so we also had a mask of him, which accessorized the majority of the pictures…
With a blank canvas and a tight budget, gardens, fields and attics were raided to bring the party to life. My Creative Director (sister!) went heavy on ribbon, flowers, piles of old books for table numbers, and generous armfuls of bunting and homemade napkins made by mums. Colours stayed ‘sunshiney’ and the scrabble letters for table names kept people amused – even if some words can’t be shown in the photos! Even the local village hall was raided, with creaky old tables and chairs being delivered throughout the week.
We were in the UAE for most of the wedding planning, but luckily I have a very creative younger sister who took a few Pinterest ideas and turned them into really special invites – making them by hand took her a few weeks longer that she’d hoped!
She also designed a very simple one page order of service and pinned it to a brown bag of confetti with a tiny peg – keeping the fun handmade feel of the day – through to the handmade window frame table plan.
As my wedding present, one of my mum’s best friends took on the flowers. She enlisted an army of volunteers, raided tens of gardens (with permission!), and spent months praying for seeds to grow, and the sun to shine.
Every bouquet had some thing special to match the bridesmaid or the usher, such as some deep red flowers that smelt of chocolate, or some lavender for me.
It’s very hard to imagine a florist who could ever have cared as much to put together such lovely bouquets, pew ends, and table decorations. Having your family involved makes such a difference!
As the guest list grew, we filled the church! We kept the ceremony lighthearted with short hymns, (Jerusalem for the boys) and short readings from our sisters with Dr Seuss and George Eliot. The London cab and London bus kept a touch of Jody’s London roots in case it all felt a bit too rural for the urbanite Londoners.
The Most Beautiful Girl In The Room
We drank, we feasted, a friend of a friend sang some of my favourite Bluetones and Ocean Colour Scene classics, then we drank again through the blazing sunshine.
We always knew what we wanted for a first dance – a track from Flight of the Conchords – The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room. Jody’s extreme dance moves were less well planned but had everyone in hysterics, mainly the bride.
And two friends, better known as All Salami No Cheese, and famous in the cooler circles of Brockley for their stylish bear suits, treated us to some hardcore iPod DJing (and Morrissey) until the sun came up. We escaped at 2ish but bridesmaids and ushers kept the party going until people had to walk home along the river.
The food and drink was ALWAYS going to be the most important thing for us!
Our caterer, Rebecca White put together a delicious feast. Having tasting tables for the starters worked really well on such a beautiful hot day, with piles of porkpies, scotch eggs, ham and tomatoes encouraging people to circulate, gossip and get stuck into the ‘help yourself’ atmosphere.
My sister Holly spent three days baking and cooking to deliver an unbelievable table of cakes and deserts, and even commissioned a personalized carved cakestand to make it truly unique. I suspect she will never bake again…
Cheese for the evening was carefully tasted and lovingly chosen by the groom’s sister from Neal’s Yard. And as Jody and I met over a late night kebab in Clapham (another story), that was the only choice for the evening feast.
Jody used to sell Piper Heidsieck champagne, so those red and gold bottles hold a lot of happy memories for us. They were topped up with Pimms, wines, and a very quickly demolished keg of local beer.
Moments Of Calm
Some moments that really stood out were the moments of calm…sitting in an empty teepee 24 hours before the big day gazing up at the ceiling wondering what on earth we were going to do with 200m of ribbon and a load of branches – then by morning my loved ones had created Sherwood Forest!
So much can be planned but the really fun bits and really creative bits come more naturally than that. Bunting gate almost caused a crisis but trust in the people around you to make great decisions when you are panicking!
Take your time early on thinking about the minute by minute of the day – but with a few days to go, brief it into your bridesmaids, caterers and suppliers – and try to forget it. The day just takes on a life of its own and needs to be enjoyed!
Most of our suppliers were family and friends – which makes every part special. And the suppliers we didn’t know got stuck in and enjoyed the party late into the night.
Sam The Superstar
Sam our photographer had to make do with a skype call and glimpse of our schizophrenic Pinterest pages to get a feel for the wedding – but did a fantastic job of helping us feel comfortable in front of the camera and taking fun pictures ENTIRELY in keeping with the day. The fact he left us late in the evening with near heat exhaustion was a slight concern, but it shows the dedication. And I hope he feels the pictures were worth it.