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Married
Married
Lucy Turnbull Photography | Legal English Church Ceremony & Intimate Marquee Reception | Outdoor Greek Destination Wedding | The Real Flower Company | Bespoke Wedding Dress by Adam Dixon Made Using Material from Mothers Vintage Bridal Gown
Entrance
Entrance
Lucy Turnbull Photography | Legal English Church Ceremony & Intimate Marquee Reception | Outdoor Greek Destination Wedding | The Real Flower Company | Bespoke Wedding Dress by Adam Dixon Made Using Material from Mothers Vintage Bridal Gown
Ceremony
Ceremony
Lucy Turnbull Photography | Legal English Church Ceremony & Intimate Marquee Reception | Outdoor Greek Destination Wedding | The Real Flower Company | Bespoke Wedding Dress by Adam Dixon Made Using Material from Mothers Vintage Bridal Gown
Greece
Greece
Lucy Turnbull Photography | Legal English Church Ceremony & Intimate Marquee Reception | Outdoor Greek Destination Wedding | The Real Flower Company | Bespoke Wedding Dress by Adam Dixon Made Using Material from Mothers Vintage Bridal Gown
I Do
I Do
Lucy Turnbull Photography | Legal English Church Ceremony & Intimate Marquee Reception | Outdoor Greek Destination Wedding | The Real Flower Company | Bespoke Wedding Dress by Adam Dixon Made Using Material from Mothers Vintage Bridal Gown
Wedding Party
Wedding Party
Lucy Turnbull Photography | Legal English Church Ceremony & Intimate Marquee Reception | Outdoor Greek Destination Wedding | The Real Flower Company | Bespoke Wedding Dress by Adam Dixon Made Using Material from Mothers Vintage Bridal Gown
Dreamy
Dreamy
Lucy Turnbull Photography | Legal English Church Ceremony & Intimate Marquee Reception | Outdoor Greek Destination Wedding | The Real Flower Company | Bespoke Wedding Dress by Adam Dixon Made Using Material from Mothers Vintage Bridal Gown
Confetti
Confetti
Lucy Turnbull Photography | Legal English Church Ceremony & Intimate Marquee Reception | Outdoor Greek Destination Wedding | The Real Flower Company | Bespoke Wedding Dress by Adam Dixon Made Using Material from Mothers Vintage Bridal Gown
Love
Love
Lucy Turnbull Photography | Legal English Church Ceremony & Intimate Marquee Reception | Outdoor Greek Destination Wedding | The Real Flower Company | Bespoke Wedding Dress by Adam Dixon Made Using Material from Mothers Vintage Bridal Gown
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Nicky & Tobie

Lucy Turnbull Photography‘s mixed edit of pictures at this UK and Greece double wedding celebration have got me feeling all fuzzy inside. The dramatic black and white pictures coupled with the colour popping piercing blue sky, sea and blooms are a perfect portrayal of the rain coupled with the sunshine that our gorgeous couple endured on their wedding days.

Bride Nicky’s wedding dress is not only stunning and suits her down to the ground, but comes with an adorable tale that only she can tell best, so I won’t keep you anymore. Enjoy every minute lovely ones and get ready for all the feels.

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Rebbie & Sam

Well if this wedding doesn’t get you in the mood for a party then I honestly don’t know what will. It just looks like an absolute riot, from the moment Rebbie started getting ready her Bridesmaids, to the last raucous dance moves thrown on the dance floor.

Rebbie is lucky enough to work for The Real Flower Company, which meant her wedding was adorned with gorgeous, heavily scented British grown flowers – it looks magical and I can only imagine how amazing it must have been for guests to behold – just heavenly. Then there’s her Claire Pettibone gown to swoon over – Rebbie just makes the most beautiful Bride, with a huge smile on her face all day long…

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Louisa & Mahdi

I think walking under an archway of pink flowers while people blow bubble confetti at you should be a new wedding tradition…just look how happy it’s making Louisa & Mahdi?! 😉 Joking aside, our gorgeous couple looked ridiculously happy all day long and Jacques at Real Simple Photography has captured some beautiful, emotion filled shots.

Their venue, Bonhams Barn is actually owned by Louisa’s family, so it meant they felt completely at home and had free reign with the decor – and my goodness, what beautiful decor! The couple opted for zingy greens and bright pinks, with crisp white table linen, and napkins in terracotta to match their terracotta pots, the final look is so striking, the barn has been totally transformed…

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Win A Place At Flower School With The Real Flower Company

Marcus Dodridge Weddings

Marcus Dodridge Weddings

Chances are if you love Rock My Wedding, you will be a huge fan of flowers. We love them here at HQ – from a dainty wax flower, to the prettiest wisp of gypsophila, from a frilly peony to a dancing dahlia, we’d all fill our homes with flowers constantly if we could. So we’re green (fingered) with envy that one of you lovely lot can win today’s prize…

We’re offering you and a friend the chance to spend the whole day working with flowers. The Real Flower Company are giving away two places at their September flower school in sunny Hampshire. All you need to do is read on for full details and comment below the post telling us who you’d take with you and why. This would be the perfect day out with your Mum, maid of honour or best friend and what’s more, you get to take home your lovely creations at the end of day so you can fill your house with the scent of fresh blooms.

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Summer Herbs And Roses.

Rachel and Nick tied the knot in June 2012 in Elsted, West Sussex.

Rachel mentions in her write up that they wanted to have a classic country wedding with a kick-ass party!

They managed it.

Florals were really important to them and they combined drop dead gorgeous blooms with beautiful aroma’s to create a really contemporary look and feel. I am particularly loving the button holes complete with sprigs of fragrant Rosemary.

The light, airy and relaxed photography today is by Helen Cawte.

Truly gorgeous

My dress was from Truly Gorgeous in Chichester, West Sussex. I knew it was the one when I put it on and literally couldn’t stop smiling… it made me feel feminine and elegant and a little bit like a princess all in one!

Spoilt Rotten

I searched everywhere for my headband and it was only the week before the wedding when I went to collect my dress that I found “the one!!” (it’s from Truly Gorgeous).

My jewelry is all from my wonderful husband who spoiled me rotten with Tiffany (what a way to go!) including my “something blue” bracelet which he gave to me the Christmas before we got married. My pearl earrings were from my darling mummy.

No Pain No Gain

My Shoes were every girls dream… I’ve always wanted Christian Louboutins (well the dress came in under budget!) My feet were killing me by the end of the night but I love love love them!

Classic And Elegant

My hairdresser, Gabby at Mane Street was AMAZING and did 3 trials with me to perfect the look – i wanted classic elegant and well i felt both so job done 🙂

Herbs And Roses

Flowers were really important to me and I wanted them to bring elegant colour to the day. I splashed out and went to The Real Flower Company in Midhurst who were quite frankly incredible!! I choose an antique rose (called Julia Baby) as the signature colour then made it very country with lots of fresh herbs – them smell was divine!! We were incredibly lucky to be able to use out “village flower ladies” to create the beautiful church flowers – I really couldn’t believe the work they did, from a beautiful arch over the door to intricate displays.

Universal

I had nine (yes nine) bridesmaids ranging from 18mths to nearly 30 so I wanted something classic that would tie them all in – I found the flower girl dress in Moonsoon and the ladies dresses were from LK Bennet. I loved the cream theme and thought they looked incredibly elegant – even poor Lindsay who was six months pregnant! The flowers added necessary colour to the outfits.

Groomzilla

My groomy was a TOTAL diva when it came to his outfit… I went to one shop and job done but we literally trailed around all the department stores in London to find his get-up! I thought he looked amazing though! In the end his suit came from Hackett, his shirt and tie from Tom Ford and shoes from Boss.

He also has the most infectious smile and as i walked up the aisle i remember thinking – “right choice lady – he’s a hotty!” He did also forget his words during our vows, which totally cracked the atmosphere – we both couldn’t stop laughing!

Incredibly Relaxed

Our photographer was the MOST amazing supplier we found (and we had some good ones!) Helen Cawte Photography must be used at every wedding in the country if you want an incredibly realxed and lovely person, who is so so talented it’s silly!

Attention To Detail

Again, I was so lucky to find the most amazing cake maker – Helen at Bellissimo Cakes, Liss in Hampshire). She actually went to the flower shop to find the roses in my flowers to re-create into sugar roses for our cake – BEAutiful!

Everyone Dancing

Our band was The Serious Hat Band who got us all dancing – oh and my brother and I did a number too! Our first dance was to You are the Best Thing – by Ray Lamontange – for silly secret reasons!! 🙂

Welsh elements

Nick is Welsh so we wove in Welsh elements to our day – fabulous Welsh Black Beef at dinner, Welsh Cakes as Favours and Welsh Hymns during the service.

Kick Ass

We wanted a classic country wedding with a kick-ass party! so we decorated our dining marquee with sage green wicker hearts and bunting and I made all the place names, menu cards and table names to tie in (and also match the invites I made!)

We made our wedding signs too which were very popular!

Get Some Sleep

Every part of the day was so special but the best thing was just seeing everyone having an incredible time – some stuff wasn’t quite as we planned – including my garter falling off just as we started our first dance! but it is all irrelevant so long as you both have the most amazing day! My advice would be to allow loads more time for drinks reception / getting everyone seated / wedding breakfast – it takes much longer than you could ever imagine!

Oh, and also try and get a good nights sleep – I was awake at 4am (poor bridesmaids!)

Boutique – Truly Gorgeous

Hair – Mane Street

Shoes – Christian Louboutin

Groom Suit – Hackett

Photographer – Helen Cawte Photography

Maids – Moonsoon

Cake – Bellissimo Cakes

Florist – The Real Flower Company

Band – The Serious Hat Band

For A bride who awoke at 4pm I think Rachel managed to keep the party going with style and no sign of flagging. I love it when a bride gets up in front of the mic to do her thing 🙂

Rachel and Nick had a really relaxed and modern elegant wedding with some really nice homely touches too. A little bit of D.I.Y here and there really will make your guests feel special and that the stops have well and truly been pulled out for them.

Adam.

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The Angel Of Islington.

London London London!

Morning peeps, guess where we are going for todays dose of W-day Pretty?

Lauren and Nick married in July 2011 at Frederick’s Bar & Restaurant on Camden Passage, Angel Islington in… London! (was that not clear?)

I love the contemporary colour pop setting for this city soiree, and make sure you have a look at the cake which the bride proudly made herself… the flowers on it are a masterpiece.

Photography today is by Ben Tomlin at Touch Photography. Lauren and Nick couldn’t have chosen a better person to capture those clean bold colours, the gorgeous subtle details and of course, the candid reaction of friends and family.

Home Or Away?

We got engaged at the end of November 2010. No sooner had we finished celebrating than it was Christmas. And in a flash we found ourselves in January facing the reality that if we wanted to get married in the summer we’d only have six month to organise it. We both liked the idea of getting married abroad in Greece or Italy, so initially we set about looking for large private villas that we could hire for the wedding. But we thought we should look into some local venues as a back up plan and on Islington’s registry office website saw Frederick’s listed as a licensed venue. Nick knew the local favourite well and we went to have a look – it was only at the end of the road after all! We both loved it and could see ourselves getting married there. The restaurant is closed to the public on Sundays, but available for exclusive hire for weddings and parties. When we found out that the only available summer Sunday left in their diary was one that we’d potentially earmarked as working for everyone we decided it was fate, and booked.

An Oscar Winning Dress.

I wanted to find a dress that would look right in such a modern and understated venue – something a bit different from the full-skirted, sweetheart-necklined bridal gowns that are everywhere. But alternatives were proving very difficult to find! So initially I thought I’d get one of these dresses shortened into a 1950s style tea-lenth dress, but something was holding me back. I visited Morgan Davies in Islington and explained my situation to Annalise. I let her pick out several dresses for me to try on, including one from my favourite designer Jesus Piero. When I put on ‘the’ dress, I instantly loved it. The halter neckline was different, the high waist band elongated my body and the whole effect was very flattering. But my parents, who were with me at the time, weren’t sure about the dress. My mum said, “It looks like something you’d wear to accept an Oscar in.” While I was secretly thinking how much I’d love to look like a movie star on my wedding day, it also meant a lot to me that my parents like the dress. So I left it. But I couldn’t stop thinking about it and ended up going back to try it on again twice more with my friend and bridesmaids before deciding to go for it! I’m glad I did – as one guest put it in a thank-you letter, “the dress was beautiful – glamourous, sexy and elegant.”

Bespoke Headpiece.

The dress was very plain, with simple lines. I knew that I wanted to add some of my personality to the dress by adding a fascinator with a retro, short, net veil. My sister and her boyfriend are friends with a newly qualified milliner, and they very generously offered to put me in touch with her and pay for the fascinator as a wedding gift. I worked closely with Mary of Mary Franck Millinery to create a bespoke freshwater pearl and crystal headpiece, with a detachable net veil. It really made the outfit.

I also borrowed a vintage crystal bracelet from my mother to add an extra bit of sparkle.

Pale Pink And Pearl.

I am quite short, so I wanted to wear heels for height but I also wanted to be able to dance all night! Nick actually chose my shoes! – Rachel Simpson Venetia shoes with a 8.5cm heel and concealed cushioned platform. They are extremely comfortable and the pink suede detail tied in with our pale pink and pearl theme.

Lash Extensions.

My long-time home hair colourist (and now friend) Zoe does hair for weddings so I booked her to do mine! I had my hair curled and then put up off-centre to accommodate the head piece.

I went to several trial make-up sessions at make-up counters in Selfridges. In the end I decided I would prefer to do my own make-up. I invested in some new make-up and professional brushes from Bobbi Brown to ensure I got a great finish, and I’m still using it all today! I also had eyelash extensions put in to accentuate my eyes – much more comfortable than fake eyelash strips and eliminates the need for mascara.

Peonie Replacements.

I love peonies and they had already inspired the design of our invitations and our wedding cake. When it came to ordering the flowers for the wedding we discovered that the peony season had come early this year and the florists could not guarantee that they would still be available by 10 July! We then shopped around for similar-looking alternatives. One of the florists had recommended looking at The Real Flower Company. They have a concession in Selfridges in London so we went to have a look at their range of beautiful, unique, highly scented roses. We chose a mixture of the ‘Peony Pink’ variety, which as the name suggests look very like a pale pink peony, and ‘Groupie’, a white peony-like rose. These exclusive roses were going to be very expensive to order via the florist, so I rang The Real Flower Company direct. I ordered the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets, button holes and corsages to be delivered to Selfridges the day before the wedding. I also ordered 75 single stemmed roses and fragrant herbs, which were delivered to my parents house and kept cool in the basement. We made up the table arrangements ourselves on the morning of the wedding, using vases from Ikea and white pebbles from a garden centre!

Pink And Grey.

Wanting to keep things relatively informal, we asked our Fathers and Nick’s brother, the best-man, to wear light grey suits and we bought pale pink matching ties for each of them. My two bridesmaids chose their own pale grey dresses from Reiss. I bought matching grey freshwater pearl bracelets from Tiger Lily Trading as gifts for the bridesmaids, which I gave them on the morning of the wedding.

Hand Made Extravagance.

Nick wore a bespoke, hand-made, 3-piece suit by Charlie Allen in Islington. It was an extravagance, but he could not think of a better occasion to treat himself! He chose a natural linen fabric and tan leather Grenson shoes, which he bought at Nigel Hall on Upper Street.

Journalistic, Not Staged.

The photographer was the first thing we booked after the venue. We found Ben Tomlin at Touch Photography after looking at lots of portfolios online. We were very impressed with Ben’s journalistic, rather than staged, photographic style and knew we wanted something similar for our big day. When we met Ben he was such a nice guy, and exactly the type of person you wouldn’t mind poking a camera in your face, even when you’re at your most stressed. Ben put in a mammoth effort on the day – even racing me in my black taxi across London from my parent’s house to the venue – and I think he was one of the last to leave! We’ve had so many comments from our friends on how our wedding photos are some of the best they’ve ever seen.

A Bit Of Bad Luck?

I decided that I wanted to make something for the wedding and the cake seemed an obvious choice, despite caution from my Czech friend Lenka that it’s bad luck for the bride to bake the cake herself! We both love fruit cake and it can be made well in advance – in fact its better if it is. I followed Delia Smith’s rich fruit cake recipe and made three tiers, covered with white marzipan and ivory fondant icing. I made sugar paste peonies to decorate the cake and learnt by following an online tutorial. I also painted the piping around the edge of each tier with an edible pearlised lustre to make it look like pearls. The sugar paste flowers were so good that some people thought they were real flowers!

The Suburbians.

We both wanted a live band. We found an amazing band called The Suburbians. We were really lucky to have them play as they have subsequently gone on tour in Canada and launched their debut album – I think we were their last ever wedding! I made sure everyone joined me on the dance floor and the band repaid me by allowing me to join them in singing ‘Brown Eyed Girl’. At the end of the night, when everyone wanted an encore, they sang one of their own songs ‘Red Dress’, but changed the lyrics to ‘White Dress’ – loved it!

Crazy Love.

Our first dance was to ‘Crazy Love’ by Van Morrison. Nick chose it, he says the lyrics encapsulate how he feels about me.

Having the ceremony and reception in one venue we’d also had to select our own music for the service. I love film soundtracks, so we made it a bit of a theme. I came down the aisle to ‘Glasgow Theme’ from Love Actually; during the signing of the register we played ‘Maestro’ from The Holiday and ‘Love Theme’ from Romeo and Juliet; and after the service as we exited to the garden, we played ‘Business’ and ‘Ball’ from Plunkett and Macleane.

Quiz Cards, Canapés And Cocktails.

For Our favours we had Chinese fortune sticks and wedding quiz cards from Cox & Cox.

The beauty of holding your wedding at Frederick’s is that Renata and her team take care of as little or as much as you like – the restaurant’s flower displays were ordered to match our theme, she printed and displayed our table plan and table names, and printed the menus and name cards. There are two indoor trees – very Kate and Wills – and we asked for fairy lights to be put in them. The garden was a great space for champagne after the service and photos – it’s a central location but you can’t hear the business of Upper Street outside. The service staff were fantastic, as were the canapés and meal – the benefit of holding your wedding in a top restaurant!

The evening at Frederick’s wound up at 11pm. As it was a Sunday we thought that many of our friends would need to get home to bed. But for those who wanted to carry on chatting and celebrating, we booked an area at my favourite cocktail bar around the corner, 69 Colebrook Row. It was fun walking down the cobbled street in my wedding dress and one final night-cap in an intimate setting was a great way to end a fantastic day!

Venue Frederick’s Bar & Restaurant

Dress Jesus Piero

Accessories Mary Franck Millinery

Boutique Morgan Davies

Shoes Rachel Simpson Venetia

Blooms The Real Flower Company

Tailor Charlie Allen

Photography Touch Photography

Band The Suburbians

There is such a lovely vibe to this wedding… I had to resist simply filling every template with images of people just smiling and hugging! Looking back on it maybe I didn’t resist that much… but hey – we like to show the love on RMW

Adam.

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