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Stephanie Allin Bride & Groom In Black Tie For A Glamorous Wedding At St Donat's Castle With Images By Steve Gerrard Photography
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Castle
Stephanie Allin Bride & Groom In Black Tie For A Glamorous Wedding At St Donat's Castle With Images By Steve Gerrard Photography
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Proud
Stephanie Allin Bride & Groom In Black Tie For A Glamorous Wedding At St Donat's Castle With Images By Steve Gerrard Photography
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Black Tie
Stephanie Allin Bride & Groom In Black Tie For A Glamorous Wedding At St Donat's Castle With Images By Steve Gerrard Photography
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Tears
Stephanie Allin Bride & Groom In Black Tie For A Glamorous Wedding At St Donat's Castle With Images By Steve Gerrard Photography
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Sign
Stephanie Allin Bride & Groom In Black Tie For A Glamorous Wedding At St Donat's Castle With Images By Steve Gerrard Photography
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Bridesmaids
Stephanie Allin Bride & Groom In Black Tie For A Glamorous Wedding At St Donat's Castle With Images By Steve Gerrard Photography
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Beauties
Stephanie Allin Bride & Groom In Black Tie For A Glamorous Wedding At St Donat's Castle With Images By Steve Gerrard Photography
Kisses
Kisses
Stephanie Allin Bride & Groom In Black Tie For A Glamorous Wedding At St Donat's Castle With Images By Steve Gerrard Photography
Pink & Gold
Pink & Gold
Stephanie Allin Bride & Groom In Black Tie For A Glamorous Wedding At St Donat's Castle With Images By Steve Gerrard Photography
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Dress
Stephanie Allin Bride & Groom In Black Tie For A Glamorous Wedding At St Donat's Castle With Images By Steve Gerrard Photography
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DJ
Stephanie Allin Bride & Groom In Black Tie For A Glamorous Wedding At St Donat's Castle With Images By Steve Gerrard Photography
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Sparklers
Stephanie Allin Bride & Groom In Black Tie For A Glamorous Wedding At St Donat's Castle With Images By Steve Gerrard Photography
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Annie & Jason

Fairy tale weddings don’t come much more lovely than this one – St Donat’s Castle in Wales is literally a dream location and Annie & Jason make a truly gorgeous couple. The story of how they booked their photographer, Steve Gerrard is pure fate, definitely one you need to read for yourselves! Steve was clearly meant to photograph this wedding and we’re absolutely thrilled that he sent it our way. With the pretty pink and gold colour scheme, Annie in a stunning Stephanie Allin gown and a proper raise-the-roof party to finish off the day – this wedding has Rock My Wedding and ‘Your Day Your Way’ written all over it…

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Camilla & Chris

I have a LOT of love for this wedding. So much so that when I saw gorgeous Bride Camilla on The Mews Bridal’s blog, I just knew we needed to feature her big day on Rock My Wedding. For starters, Camilla is wearing a combination of two of my favourite designers, Stephanie Allin (best of British, feminine and lacy) and Laure de Sagazan (French bohemian loveliness). She’s also sporting a totally unique antique wax crown by Rosie Weisencrantz, which is just so effortlessly stylish. Then there’s the Bridal party in white – my favourite look for Bridesmaids. And the whimsical bouquet by The Blue Carrot – simply stunning.

And finally, just when I thought I couldn’t love it anymore, the whole wedding is by the ocean in Cornwall, my favourite place in world!

The images are beautifully atmospheric – Andy at Harrera Images has such a distinctive style that somehow both brims with fresh creativity and yet produces a strong sense of nostalgia. The wedding itself, and the capture of the day, has stolen my heart and I hope you enjoy it too.

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Emily & Simon

The Kingscote Barn just looks like such an idyllic place to get married – beautiful rolling countryside, big blue skies with fluffy clouds, with only the sheep and your wedding guests for company. We LOVE venues like this!!

We also love Marshal Gray’s dreamy photography style, with nothing forced or staged, everything just unfolding as it happens. Emily & Simon look so happy and like they’ve had the best day ever. And Emily’s Stephanie Allin gown, with a detachable lace top is just swoon worthy!

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Couture Styling At Larmer Tree Gardens

We’re in bouquet heaven. Seriously. We’ve be transported from this miserable winters day to a place of hazy sunshine, with beautiful gowns and stunning flowers and we really don’t want to leave, thank you very much!

The styling in this shoot from Bo Boutique & Ashlee Taylor is just gorgeous, the colours and textures are soft and girly without being overbearingly pink and the oversized flower heads are just so striking. We’re also loving the dewy make up looks – the models both look flawless.

The venue for this shoot is the magical Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset, where that rather fabulous fresco can be found.

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Lauren & Glen

When we receive outdoor weddings to feature, I always have my fingers crossed that the weather held for the lovely couple…so you can imagine how happy I was that this outdoor wedding in Scotland was filled with sunshine for Lauren & Glen.

How they’ve styled the aisle is particularly pretty – colourful posies on white seats and a stunning floral arch are perfect for a Summer wedding.

Impressively, Groom Glen chose Lauren’s sparkly Kurt Geiger heels which jazz up her elegant Stephanie Allin gown to perfection.

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Glitz And Green In The Garden.

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Now this folks, this is how you do a marquee-in-the-garden wedding. Laura and Will have, in my humble opinion, only gone and nailed the most perfect laidback garden wedding. There are lots of signs for cocktails (at last someone who loves the beverage as much as I do!), supersized balloons waving gaily from wooden fences, some epic ‘dance floor rules’ (lunges anyone?!), happy maids clutching white bouquets and one of the prettiest table plans I ever did see.

But perhaps my favourite part of the wedding, apart from the Choos and of course the loving is the table decor and marquee styling. It’s fresh, it’s green and by heck I’ve never seen anything like it before. There are ditsy, floral, mossy green napkins, cratefuls of blooms, oodles of sweet peas, blowsy hydrangeas and actual trees dispersed along the tables. It looks so modern yet so pretty at the same time and I adore it.

Laura and Will…I take my hat off to you.

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A Nice Day For A Welsh Wedding

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Look at that sky! You know when you go on holiday for a while and then you come home and are reminded just how beautiful the UK is. Well these images by Photography34 have had that effect on me… If ever there was a perfect day for an outdoor celebration then this is it. Abby and Andy must have been over the moon.

With a Stephanie Allin dress, stunning natural wood marquee and exquisite DIY florals there is something here for everyone. Did I mention the brass band?…

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Sun, Canapés & Free Roaming Sheep

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No, these are not the lyrics from a late 1960s Beatles record… This is the wedding of Laura and Max. Sun, canapés and free roaming sheep with wild flowers and a tipi too. This wedding has more ‘free love’ than a Californian hippy in a campervan. In a good way, obviously.

A Traditional English country wedding at Jervaulx Abbey with Stephanie Allin dress and images by Ann-Kathrin Koch_0001

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What Victoria Did… Drama In A Dress

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Hello lovelies! {waves}

I’ve sort of been saving this one up for you all, as the whole dress shopping humdinger was one of my favourite parts of wedding planning, in part because it was such a bizarre and luxurious thing to try on gowns that you will only wear for one incredible day. Is this what an Oscars experience is like?? I also remembered fondly playing dress up in my Mum’s handmade dress when I was little, she made it herself! Amazing!

After several blissful hours scouring blogworld and trying to get a sense of shapes and styles I liked – I fell head over heels in love with Stephanie Allin’s creations. Not long after getting engaged we had an annual trip planned to Wales as Marathon Man was indulging in his favourite hobby – haring up and down cliff paths, with some like minded nutters, in a Welsh November! (Each to their own). So this time I took the family with me for the trip because I had discovered that Stephanie Allin’s original store was in the Mumbles in Wales, about 20 minutes from where the marathon was! It smacked of fate and I was delighted when I called to make an appointment and found out Stephanie herself would be there that day. It was the most wonderful first dress shopping experience. I had the shop to myself, it was absolutely gorgeous and full of light and air, and I had a wonderful time trying on about 8 different gowns together with accessory heaven.

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It really blew my mind how much the accessorising changed the dress, adding an elegant grey sash suddenly transformed plain strapless into chic statement. I also adored the whispering lace shrugs with deep ‘v’ backs, and liked the idea of taking that off for the evening reception for a different “look”. I can’t thank Stephanie and the girls enough for giving me such a wonderful experience. It was lovely being there with both parents, my Mum getting teary every time I emerged in something new and my Dad diligently taking notes on his iPad!

When I first started looking for styles I liked, I quickly started building up a list of things I didn’t want as that seemed easier to tackle than defining the “one”. No no no strapless. Not a meringue in sight. On the website I loved a big fishtail skirt with a lace top and v back… But on me it looked seven shades of awful and my legs couldn’t move! I tried on some giant amazing taffeta creations for fun, but they just made me want to jump up and down and I felt like I was playing dress up. So I went away with a few ideas that I really liked, some of which were indeed strapless and far more elegant than I’d have thought.

Next I went into Stephanie’s shop in London for Champagne (oooh) and to try on again. I narrowed down my list but still the gowns I loved I had a list of things that I would change/tweak to make them “me”. After obsessing about these details it seemed like that pretty much added up to a different dress altogether! Below are my favourites for your consideration/drooling… Part of me still wants to have a Disney princess moment in Firefly as I cannot TELL you how beautiful and detailed it is in real life in oyster champagne colour. Oh and how I wish wish wish I had the cashola for Pascal to be my evening dress… Its soooo cool with the raised front and netting, and those ribbons do astonishing things to your waist girls… Anyway… {must have one dress, must have one dress}

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I used to live near Beaconsfield, which is near my parents, and remembered driving past the rather beautiful windows of Ellie Sanderson. So for comparison we made an appointment to go in. The girls are fabulous and really good fun and it was such a lovely day, and great to try on a range of gowns from different designers. In my head I was still all for tweaking the Pascal dress into something more “weddingy” (no Mum I won’t have black netting I promise! But then I stepped into a NEVILLE. Oh. NOW I seeeeeee… It was the corseting shape I had been looking for (without knowing it). This was drama in a dress. Fitted with some flaring and some details I’d been looking for. So after lots of grins and thumbs up we handed over the deposit and calmly strolled out (and into the nearest bar to celebrate).

That SHOULD have been the end of my story really. I went back a few months later with the Bridesmaids and my Mum and Dad too, which in hindsight made it a rather crowded day. This was last March… Remember last March when it was hot?? It was a fun day with everyone, but it was a million degrees trying on the dress and I felt bloated and well, all wrong really. Not as calm and perfect as before. I tried to squish these thoughts out of my mind, and was convinced it would all be fine and gorgeous when I was in a calmer headspace…

And then Lolly joined RMW. Yes Lolly I am blaming you.

The launch of the Suzanne Neville new collection HAPPENED and team RMW had A Diamond Day Out. Oh dear… I check out these formerly polka-dotted pages most days and while I see lots of lovely things, nothing has made me have a proper wowzer wobble until this post. And one of the descriptions and pictures made me go “I wanna look like that” !!!! waaaaahh!!!! I parceled these thoughts up until the collection came out in Autumn and then I went to the flagship store in Knightsbridge (wow wow wow). I explained about the dress I had already chosen and then one I was interested in and tried both. ….And that was it, no contest. Sigh….

The first dress does look amazing… If I am standing perfectly still and facing the front (in my head anyway). It’s a perfectly beautiful dress but I kind of felt like a doll, like a cake top wedding doll! I love the corseting but it was so fitted I couldn’t really imagine dancing… or bending or eating! Plus it was strapless despite all my initial misgivings.

But newbie… Oh SHE is just magical. I twirled around I went up and down the spiral stairs easily even though it was too long, and I could just….breathe. And it’s beautiful and I really honestly truly can’t believe I get to wear it and hopefully look hopelessly elegant. And I get to try on MY very own one this week!!!!!! The girls in Ellie Sanderson were incredibly helpful and we were able to switch over my order thankfully, and they coped with my three thousand questions. (I think when I said the words “I want to change my wedding dress” my Dad only had to lie down in a dark room for a week or so). And finally… When we changed the order over I was also lucky enough that it was a day that Suzanne was visiting the store. I KNOW. Dress royalty or what.

I got to know Ellie quite well through all my decision drama and I asked her for some of her top tips for those of you yet to start your shopping fun. Her favourite designers without question are Sassi Holford, Suzanne Neville and Jenny Packham – Sassi for a warm hug, Suzanne for a squeeze and Jenny to float over your frame. Here are her sage words!

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Ellie Do your research on line before you visit any shops – decide which designers you like
Visit retailers with a solid trading history and good on line recommendations. Make sure you have a proper consultation – if you are left to pick 6 dresses it’s a good sign the retailer is not really interested in you or styling you.

Think about your figure – know what your best bits are and the bits you want to hide. All good retailers selling top designers should be able to offer bespoke changes to make your gown a “one off” and also a statement of your own style. Think colour – ivory or cream or vintage tones – the right shade of dress can make a massive difference.

Think about texture – bigger frames don’t necessarily suit big heavy patterns or texture. Make sure your retailer offers a good fitting service – this can make or break a good dress.

So there you have it lovelies, my dress dramas and fun. My lesson would be if it’s important to you then ask the question!! You don’t know if you can change your order etc. unless you ask or what you can alter/tweak on a dress to make it perfectly you. (Don’t lie awake wondering for a few months like I did!)

Finally, I just wanted to finish this post by introducing you to Team Girl.

The lovely Miss Romilly, also known as Pom Pom and Bestie since first day of uni when the smell of incense wafted down the corridor. Goodness knows how many bottles of wine and Britney dance-offs have happened since then.

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The extraordinary Miss Alex, who has many many nicknames, none of which I will repeat here apart from that she is and always will be amazingbaseballs and the silly to my billy (this is her horrified that she had ordered a GIANT pie before BM dress shopping)

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And last but not least the divine Miss Sarah, whose nickname was realised when I had to describe her gorgeous flowing locks to the wedding hairdresser…yes ladies and gentlemen please meet the one and only Barbie!

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Much love, hugs and counting down the days!

Miss Vix

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