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Movie Star Glamour.

The RMW team love a bit of outdoorsy pretty for W-day. Rustic, romantic, retro…… all of that.

What we also go ga ga over is glamour. The sparkly, fairy-light enhanced movie star type of glamour where the Big Day looks red-carpet-worthy and like it was a really really great party.

Sthar and Andar’s winter soiree was exactly that, with a show stopping Jenny Packham gown, maids in head to toe sequins, simple chic decor and some of the greatest dancing images I have ever seen ( It may be a Tuesday morning lovelies but if the opportunity arose to hit that floor I so would )

Sthar and Andar were married at The Kings Hotel in Chipping Camden, with thanks to Steve Gerrard for sharing some of his gorgeous work with Rock My Wedding.

Something For Everything

My hair was styled in a 1940’s vintage updo by Jane Hodson and my make up was by Beth Parkinson with a range of Mac, Nars and Dior make up (m: 07725 325549). My earrings were my mothers (something borrowed!) and shoes (something blue!) were by Rachel Simpson.

My something old was my grandmothers ring which I wore on the other hand and my something new was the dress…… of course!

Art Deco Inspired

I wore a Jenny Packham dress which I bought from The Wedding Club in Edgbaston, I’ve always loved art deco inspired crystals and jewellery and vintage glamour.

I also wore a Matching head piece to the dress also by Jenny Packham….. from the Wedding Club.

My engagement ring was bespoke designed and made by award winning James Newman in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter , along with both our wedding rings from his collection.

The Brit Pack

Throughout the wedding we tried to keep everything British and seasonal including the outfits. I doubt that the groomsmen’s 3 pound Matalan ties were UK made but we did pretty well on everything else!

The Groomsmen wore grey suits with a blue tie to match the Andar’s suit and the Bridesmaids outfits were simple but glamorous; sequined black dresses all from House of Fraser. For flowers we went for wrist corsages so they were stuck firmly in place while the girls were partying and a rose in their hair.

Andar had a Gieves and Hawkes suit from their store in The Mailbox, Birmingham. The idea was to go for a beautifully made suit that I could keep forever. We had the trousers cut in a little in the leg and the shirt tailored to avoid that horrible end of the night baggy schoolshirt look and put a nice contemporary edge on a classic 2 button suit. His shoes were patent Paul Smiths.

Understated Elegance

Throughout the planning we loved finding great little shops and services tucked away. It gives you a nice smug feeling to know the hard work paid off and you’ve found a little gem. In Bloom in the Jewellery Quarter was one of these. Two lovely ladies who talked us through a classic, seasonal look of vendela roses (pale cream), pale coloured hellebourus, tuber rose and with brunia and small leaf eucalyptus and green cordeline foliage.

The colours were muted creams and pinks and the designs simple; we wanted everything to have an elegance to it rather than shout out loud.

We wanted a British Winter wedding rather than a Santas Grotto. Instead of table settings we made up sprigs with name tags that we tied to each chair. In Bloom provided the sprigs which included mistletoe and we used a winter themed rubber stamp design on manilla luggage tags. They came out really nicely and added some extra wintery dressing to the room.

The flowers included Eucalyptus, a nod to Andar’s Australian family.

Eclectic Simplicity

The orginal invites were made by Dottie Creationswho tailored an existing design to suit us and included our own copy which invited guests to join us for “fine food and terrible dancing”.

We bought an eclectic set of white frames for table names, message and the table plan. Andrew stayed up all night making the table plan, cutting the mounts himself and using the frame from a cheap mirror – another Matalan bargain! We named the tables after cherished places that meant a lot to us and wrote a little piece for each that would remind our guests why they were sat on Happy Ending or Global Gathering. Much more interesting than a menu to read!

Movie Star Glamour

I must give a special mention to our photographer Steve Gerrard. All I can say is he is absolutely amazing! He shared our day from start to finish capturing all those special moments that mean so much to us.

The day just flashes by and when we went back on his photos it brought back all the memories, made us laugh and cry, taking us back as if we were experiencing it for the first time again.

I was so nervous about picking the right photographer, what if I hated the photos, I’d heard so many horror stories and genuinely it was the biggest decision for the day (not including the dress of course ;-))…but Steve really hasnt disappointed, infact he excelled!! I just LOVE the photos and really do feel when looking at them that I was a movie star for a day!

Candle Light

The nice thing about a cosy venue at this time of year is the room dressing is already in place and we weren’t pressued to fill the room with extra flowers so instead we choose to fill the main room with candles and we sourced lanterns and vases from local farm shops.

The place tags were the wintery sprigs, tied with rugged hemp twine to the backs of the chairs.

Toy Story

Our dear friend, Edwina at Vanilla Cupcake Kitchen made a wedding cake of cupcakes each sat in delicate, white, laser cut cases. Woody and Jessie from toy story were the figurines who refused to stay put on the top. The cupcakes looked great and allowed everyone to have their cake when they were ready, some taking them back to their rooms for later.

A simple sponge cake gave us something to cut, decorated with simple sugar flowers.

A Festive House Party

From the very start we knew we wanted a house-party feel. A get together for our closest friends in that space between Christmas and New Year and some real time together. We took the hotel exclusively which meant all our guests were in the holiday spirit, settled in to their rooms and spending some real time together catching up. We took the 18 rooms for 24 hours.

My family came from Barbados and Canada so it was important to us to show them how beautiful a British Christmas could be.

We found The Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden 12 months previously when we looked the hotel next door. We instantly fell in love with the place. They had managed to get the old/new balance spot on with tasteful, stylish updates to a classic cosy Cotswold village hotel. Like the feel of the wedding there were nice tongue in cheek touches like the big stags head in the bar.

The main hotel sits on the high street so guests in front facing rooms had a view of a classic Cotswold village with snow still on the ground and white light in all the trees. We were so lucky with the snow. The thaw had started so the roads were clear but enough snow was left to make an incredible setting. After a stressful day before, driving into the village and seeing the scene for the first time seeing the village for the first time the night before gave us goose bumps.

Priceless Intimacy

Neither of us have very large families and the size of the venue (and our pockets!) meant that every single guest was special to us. The feeling was so intimate, partly due to the perfect fit of the venue for our 65 guests. No one sat in a corner, there was a genuine warmth between the guests, everyone happy to catch up after a long tough year.

My Uncle’s family and god mother came from Canada and my Aunty from Barbados. Aunty Paula and my Mom were up really early making the Bajan Rum Punch that we handed out for the first dance!

Brides Gown – Jenny Packham at The Wedding Club

Headpiece – Jenny Packham ay The Wedding Club

Grooms Suit – Gieves and Hawkes

Invitations – Dottie Creations

Cake – Vanilla Cupcake Kitchen

Wedding Rings – James Newman

Venue – The Kings Hotel

Florist – In Bloom

Photographer – Steve Gerrard

Shoes – Rachel Simpson

See what I mean about the dancing?

And I am loving the ring shot.

Let us know if it’s all-out-glamourama you guys have planned for W-day.

Big Movie Star Love

Charlotte xxx

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Not The Royal Wedding…

So, we are loving the Royal Wedding. Thats a given. But although a match made in heaven (Royal Wedding meets Wedding Blog) it’s also somewhat of an ironic relationship… after all Kate is hardly going to be doing it her way, is she?

Not so todays bride! The antithesis of the Royal wedding, totally irreverant, relaxed, casual and her-day-her-way, Polly (and Josh!) are just as much of an inspiration. And a welcome break from the Regal anticipation, ready for some full on flag waving tomorrow. Bring it on.

But first, meet Polly, and her seriously laugh-a-minute, crazy write up!

A Magical Garden Party

We were married on Saturday July 25th 2009 in Granny Pixie’s garden….The ceremony was held on the drive outside Cedar Court, our family home where my mom & her 3 brothers grew up and I spent all of my childhood playing amazing games of hide & seek, building dens and 20 for sunday lunch was all part of ‘the norm’!! It was a scruffy old house, all dusty with a funny smell…. the most magical home in the world!!

As soon as I phoned Pixie to tell her Josh (who I call ‘tree boy’ because he is a tree surgeon and climbs tress all day!) and me (Polly) .. (Josh’s mum and dad call us ‘Posh and Jolly’ its a good spoonerisum, full of irony!) Anyway… what was I saying.?! oh yeah, telling granny we were getting hitched…. she said “well of course you are, and it will be here” Infact when I first took Josh to walk around the fields of this precious loving land, in our early ‘dating days’ he said, quite out of the blue “you’ll get married here.” In my fariy tale la la world I thought then. “we’ll get married here”!!

The Deed itself

Well we actually did the official marriage bit on the Wednesday 22nd in Lichfield registery office. I wore a ‘hand me down’ Aunty Pauline’s vintage sequined pearl white ‘dream girls’ dress. So that cost only £50.00 to be re lined and have the back cut out and a massive slit put in!! (she was slimmer than me when she was 21! (40 years ago) so the alterations were to allow me to breath…

The magical garden party dress I found in Kendals, Manchester. It was on the Sale Rail in ‘ANOUSHKA G’ and cost £80.00. I wasn’t sure what I wanted really but it needed to be fairy tale like and I love flowers and butterflies and sparkle… My best friend Flippy saw it and called me over, I knew it was the dress I was going to buy!
Prior to this, me and my sister-in-law has tried a few on, I LOVED Jenny Packham designs and had wedding dress envy when my friend floated down the isle in ‘PAPILLION’. I booked an appointment at the Jenny Packham boutique and me and fabuolus Andrew Stephen Lavin went to try some on….. A perfik full grey sequence dress I fell in love with… just too too too too too too expensive! This was a wedding built on fresh air and love, not ridiculous spending and so I let the idea of ‘designer’ go… the ‘trying on’ experience was all I really needed!

Vintage Fever

When we went engagement ring shopping in York we found this amazing Jewellers called ‘Cavendish Jewelers’ They specialise in vintage and 2nd hand pieces. I noticed a pair of Art Deco diamond and rose quartz earings in the window… sooooooo pretty! anyway I was quickly told thats not what we’d come for and so I turned my attention to the rings… I had the moment when I put on an Emerald and Diamond Art Deco ring and my eyes filled with tears… I left the shop and Josh appeared 10 minutes later in a full sweat having buckled under the presure of the purchase and inserted his pin number incorrectly 3 times!! After frantic phone calls and a beer or 2, I had my fairy tale ring. On our wedding night of the 22nd, Josh produced the earings I’d seen in the window… so spoilt, so happy fresh air and love and a lot of tears… needless to say, I wore then to our garden party wedding on Saturday along with my great grandma ‘Lady T’s’ emerald and diamond necklace! I had worn it to my mom’s wedding in 1981. The morning of my fairy tale day, I woke up to find it next to me, on the pillow with a letter from mom…. it was an effortless choice of accessories, Love mostly! With a load of fresh flowers to twine it all together in my curly hair!

I brought my shoes before the dress… full multi coloured glitter sparkle from Nine West. They weren’t expensive – about £50.00. I loved them, but was never intending to skip around the fields in heels! So after walking up the drive to meet my man, strutting in the sunshine all sparkles and smiles, to Areatha Franklin. I then changed into a pair of gold HAVIANA flip flops and danced and skipped till I dropped!

Hair Heaven

On Wednesday Flippy did my hair and make up. She is like this sunshine of creative magic and she heated up the rollers, painted my face and I felt like a Hollywood screen goddess!! Glam but not over made up. On the Saturday for the garden party Shabaz ‘Shabba’ Hussain ‘The Fabulous’, the best creative hair magician this side of the Mississippi!! One of my bestest friends and dream weaver….curled and pinned my locks with fresh flowers and dazzle. Flippy and my very glamorous cousins painted my face…. I was a fairy princess, Titania from Midsummer nights dream. The look was soft, easy, pretty but not try hard or heavy. I didn’t want to look ‘different’ and so ‘coiffered’ I would be uncomfortable and Josh would be like ‘what have you done with Polly?!’ Infact he made me promise I wouldn’t do that!! I trusted my friends!! (I’d had the hen doo, they’d done their worst, so no more pay back was in the wings waiting!!)

Wild Flowers

Wild flowers, meadow flowers, any flowers that were at the flower market at 5am on the Friday! Me, Lala, Flippy and Chalky went on a mission and spent £70.00. this made my bouquet, 3 bridesmaids bouquets, loads of button holes and fillied tea pots and coffee pots to the brim with flowers….

Chalky made the bouquets and button holes! She is clever! And Pops and Joe filled the tea pots and coffee pots for the tables and made the most beautiful centre piece at the head of the top table! Pop’s and Joe are just so special. It was the two of them that ‘saw’ my fairy tale and from the very beginning built it with us!

We had a planting day in May, all the family gathered at Granny Pixies and planted sweet peas, those that couldn’t make it planted pots at home and brought them to the garden on the Friday!! It was brilliant fun. Everyone loved being involved. Pixie called it the ‘Armarda’! I was also given a load of silk flowers that my girlies twisted and weaved around a chandelier fitting and hung on of the trees!

The bridesmaids brought their dresses themselves!! I said a purple, lilac, mauve-ish pallet… but be comfortable and make sure it’s something you’ll wear again! I don’t think you can dress people in something totally out of character and expect them to feel relaxed and happy… especially when they have such individual style… it worked, they are all stunning so I knew it would!!!

We Heart pictures

There is only one! HECTOR MORA!!! Hector and Charlie together (We Heart Pictures) are just mind blowingly brilliant at capturing love, at seeing magic… We had no idea what we ‘wanted’ other than nothing formal!! I honestly cannot tell you how utterly brilliant they are. I have never seen wedding photo’s like it. You see for yourself! My friend had them do her wedding after seeing our album!

Queen of Cupcakes

My friend Babbit, queen of cup cakes made us a 2 giant cup cakes for tree boy & polly pocket and a hundred or more little ones!! They all got eaten, the kids were all sugar loved up! But the fairy tale castle cake was a total and complete surprise! I had no idea until I saw it on the wedding day! Momma Brown had kept the whole idea a secret. It was a triple layer fruit cake that she decorated with turrets!

This was a wedding built on love and friendship… my friends from uni are very talented and Tim played the guita and bobin the double bass and my cousin with a voice like velvet sang Sister Sledge ‘I’m thinkin of you’ as part of the ceremony! I cried… it was goose bumply beautiful!!

Blooming Bunting!

Bunting…. over a thousand metres of it! Made lovingly by me and Flip in the kitchen!! My Mom and Momma Brown posted us triangles and between us we pinking sheered and stitched what felt like miles and miles of it!! It went all around the top terrace, the marquee and the fields… it looked ace!

Because we we’re in Pixie’s garden and the Marquee went up on the Thursday we had access when we wanted and no short time scale to get it all done! Don’t get me wrong, it was a hard grafting sweat shop but we did it and enjoyed it!
I guess because I had a ‘vision’ of how I wanted the day to feel… the process of building it was dreamy… It wasn’t stressful (although to be fair my mom is pretty organised and dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s with stuff I might have forgotten about!) like table clothes and helpers!!

The marquee company gave us 240 old seat pads…. and I hoarded any fabric I could… borrowed a few staple guns, set up a sweat shop in my lounge and covered every single one in colourful, crazy fabric!! they looked like tubes of refressers when we were getting them to the tent! Everyone helped.. even at school ( I teach Art & Photography) the lovely ladies on reception were bringing my in bags of material! I have to say the seats looks stunning! The idea was that after tea and scones, you could take your seat pad into the field to sit on while you ate your picnic!

The ‘High Tea’ was set out in the marquee and was the only ‘formal’ bit of the day. All the tables 4 rows of tressels we’re laid up with mish mash china that my mom, dad & joe and I had been buying up from charity shops and car boot sales for the 6 months prior to the wedding! The Norm and Hat had car booted coffee pots and tea pots and the babbit lent us her hord of cake stands too!!

A Booming Dance Floor

For the evening we had a band… about a 9 piece band we’d seen at a friends wedding and had danced all night on a booming dance floor. They travelled up from Bristol ……. They were awesome… really fun. We wanted live music for the main part. After they had finished around midnight we had a mate DJ Mike spin his 7” records… when he had beer breaks someone else produced bag of records and so it was open decks really!

Another of my best friends Jo ‘The Norm’ and Jon ‘The Hat’ who own a pub in Salford ‘The Kings Arms’ (which is THE most ecclectic fusion of proper beer, busking, knitting, art and theatre you could ever put in one building) built a bar, but up lights and video projects all over the garden and in the trees and marquee… it was a visual sensation… Ken even played the video of the ceremony onto the ceiling of the tent!! Bloody brilliant!

Family Favours and DIY

On the Friday we asked family and close friend to come and help build up the wedding! They did!! we had people laying tables, putting up dressing tents, and ting up bunting. Josh spent the day hanging in the trees hanging lanterns I got my students to help me make at the end of term!! All in all the wedding was a festival…. soooo much fun! Built on love and friendship.

As a result we have now set up a shabby chic wedding hire kit.. we have 300 tea cups, saucers and side plates… 100 tea pots cake stands and miles of bunting….. if any one wants to share the love email me at pollyflower10@hotmail.com!!

Top tip…. have a picnic – saves £1000.00’s of pounds, mingling aound a field was so much fun, people playing badminton and football and frisbee… and enjoy the adventure. It’s the best party you’ll ever go to!

Photographers – We Heart Pictures

Dress – Anoushka G

Shoes – Nine West

Earrings – Cavendish Jewellers, York

Shabby Chic Wedding Hire – (The bride) pollyflower10@hotmail.com

Breath of Fresh air anyone? This is like a tropical breeze…

And a totally inspired reminder that if Royal simply isn’t you… then there’s still a perfect wedding to be crafted.

After all, Regal and Royal or Magical Garden Fairytale, they’re all about the L.O.V.E.

Yours Truly,


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Head Candy Fit For A Queen.

Joining in whole heartedly with the spirit of all things RMW Royal Wedding week ( not to mention a HUGE sprinkle of generosity) is the lovely Kirstie Taylor from gorgeous accessory designers Flo and Percy.

Kirstie is giving away one of the to-die-for White Queen Combs to one lucky reader absolutely FREE. Yup that’s right lovelies, worth £155 and one of their best sellers this spectacular piece of pretty can be the perfect finishing touch for one of you lovelies come W-day.

I know. Stunning.

And all yours should you be picked out of the RMW fancy hat – just leave a comment in the box below with why the White Queen Comb would make your outfit rock on the Big Day.

Oh and that’s not all you gorgeous lot, Kirstie is offering RMW readers 15% off all of her Vintage Inspired ranges until the end of May……

Planning on a celebrating your inner bohemian beauty? well then, you can now treat yourself to the wild and wonderful Wilderness Forehead Band ( as above) or for you glamour goddesses there’s the Brook headband (below left) or the Cooper headband (below right)…… equally elegant eye candy.

To claim your 15% discount just quote RMW15 when ordering anything from the vintage inspired collections from Flo and Percy before the end of May.

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, Kirstie is currently working behind the scenes developing the sister company to Flo and Percy the deliciously named “Kitty and Dulcie”. Details are firmly under wraps at the moment but go and have a sneaky peek at the Kitty and Dulcie website, you can just tell it’s gonna be FABULOUS.

Can’t wait to crown our winner 😉

Big Piece Of Pretty Love

Charlotte xxx

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And The Bride Wore Peach….part 1

Way back when in 2010 The RMW Team were on a real mission to bring back peach to the masses. There were peachy maids dresses, peachy florals, peachy decor details, peachy stationery….

But not once did we spy an actual bride in peach.

Well that’s all about to change lovelies, as the uber talented Julia Boggio submitted the wedding of Jo and Luke to feature on these very pages and now we have the absolute pleasure of sharing it with you.

There are many many things I love about this W-day, the fashion, the fun factor, the cake ( to die for I tell you), the flawless bride, the wedding rings served up in giant strawberries….

I could go on.

But I won’t, I’ll just let you gorgeous lot enjoy the pretty for yourselves.

Shoe Love

My shoes were from Rachel Simpson, who designs vintage style wedding shoes. A comfortable height in a soft cream colour!

The Perfect Accessories

My dressmaker Jenny made me a headpiece on a comb which matched the diamond embellishment on my dress. I attached a piece of merry widow veiling as a birdcage netting to the comb. I had a simple clutch bag from Coast.

I didn’t need much jewellery as my dress was heavily embellished around the waistband – but I had a lovely bracelet and matching earrings from the Bridal Rogue Gallery in London

Bespoke Hollywood Glamour

I had my beautiful wedding dress made by the amazing Jenny Lessin – she was so great to work with and without doubt achieved the perfect dress for me. I didn’t have a clear idea of what dress I wanted, which is why I went for a handmade dress.

The material was a mixture of satin and chiffon in a beautiful soft peach colour – with lots of embellishments! The inspiration was old school Hollywood glamour (and Sienna Miller!)

Vintage Bohemian

Our theme which we created with our wedding planner, the wonderful Zoe Lingard was “Vintage Bohemian”

At the beginning of the planning process we sat down together to discuss our likes and loves and our history together. After putting a range of initial ideas together, we opted for a vintage bohemian look that combined our love of vintage style, current trends and also our laid back outlook on life!

The bridesmaid dresses were custom made by Genevieve Leicester-Thackara

From Zoë: Inspired by a wedding featured on Style me Pretty we asked Genevieve to make the dresses in a range of different but complimentary colours. Genevieve came up with the fantastic suggestion of using the wrong side of the Satin. This meant the dresses were really glamorous without being too shiny and nightie-esque! The overall look worked beautifully with the fun, bohemian feel of the day.

The Sweetest Blooms

Claire at Scarlet & Violet were responsible for our flowers and they did and incredible job. My bouquet was a soft, shower style bouquet of garden and spray roses with tumbling sweet peas. For the ceremony there were two large milk churns of blossom, lilacs, peonies and seasonal greenery

For the table centers we had anemones, garden and spray roses, sweet peas, lilacs, snap dragons.

The roses were perfect for the theme and everything else was seasonal and fitted well with the theme of the day.

A Peachy Dream

Luke wore a really lovely Italian suit in a cappuccino colour – it was 100% wool but so lightweight. He had a white shirt from Massimo Dutti and instead of a tie he had a peach coloured pashmina scarf to match my dress. He looked gorgeous!

The Perfect Beauty Duo

My makeup artist was Kit Hall at Slap artists and my hair was by Ian Davies, both were absolutely fantastic!

Brides Gown – Jenny Lessin

Maids Dresses – Genevieve Designs

Wedding Planner – Zoe Lingard

Florist – Scarlet and Violet

Make-up – Kit Hall

Hair – Ian Davies

Photographer – Julia Boggio

Shoes – Rachel Simpson

Adore those shoes, and the colour scheme and the beads….

I am LOVING the beads folks.

More peachy pretty coming up tomorrow, promise.

Big I want to look that flawless if only for a day Love

Charlotte xxx

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The Perfect Design…..part 2

Well then.

Where do I begin?

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many times I pour over a W-day submission there are always lovely new things amongst the images I have missed and Katie and Harley’s Big Day may just be the greatest example yet. Even after completing the templates, editing, editing some more……there were still so many gorgeous decor surprises that I couldn’t stop looking.

A bicycle decorated with bunting, a retro radio, old cinema tickets, the prettiest ( and most unique) table plan, a chintzy lampshade, a step ladder laden with blooms…….the list is endless.

The Bride and Groom, wedding planner Lauren at Florence Blue and photographer Lee Robbins created what is a definitely a W-day with the Wow factor.

Enjoy Lovelies.

Journey’s And Jazz

We had a big red london bus to take guests from the museum which started the entertainment off. We had a fabulous silhouette artist who walked round and created the most amazing silhouettes of the guests to take away. My friend Mary Morris marymorrismusic@gmail.com and Dom Stichbury domstichbury@gmail.com were a jazz duo and sang and played piano to entertain guests in the afternoon tea section of the day. Lovely jazzy numbers.

We also had Metropolis which is one of Harley’s favorite films playing in the background.

Afternoon Treats

We had afternoon tea with delicious cakes made by Jo Nelson Angel Cakes angel_cakes@blueyonder.co.uk and biscuits from Bettys (which Harleys family often go to in Yorkshire) so we didn’t want to have another cake for after the meal as it might have been a bit cake overload. So being total cheese lovers we went for a ‘cheese’ tower cake from Country Cheeses in Devon (down the road from where my family are from)

The design museum laid out lots of apples and crackers so it was an amazing cheese tower with all the trimmings. Our cake topper was a little wire bike, we both are keen cyclists so this fitted in perfectly!

The Perfect Design

Lauren at Florenceblue managed the decoration of the Design Museum along with, Rebecca Nee who is the Events Executive at the museum. They were both amazing and worked so hard to make it all run smoothly.. By the time I met with Lauren a few months before the wedding, pretty much most of the details had been decided but Lauren was key in the afternoon part at the Design Museum and brought it all together on the day and made it all work brilliantly.

We wanted something whimsical, vintage, meets London chic and as the room at the design museum was a modern blank canvas there was lots to do. We decided on a vintage afternoon high tea with a cozy, living room feel where guests could be entertained, soak up the atmosphere and get some refreshments. Lauren found a great vintage shop in Wimbledon which provided us with old vintage tins, blankets, old bike, cups and saucers, chairs, dressers, stools, bookshelf, cake stands, coffee table, old suitcases, ladder and much more. We used furniture and more props from Drink Shop & Do in Kings Cross.

There was a soft seating area for guests to hang out, then a massive table of cakes and biscuits. We didn’t serve champagne till later in the afternoon so we provided warming whisky macs that were set up in the room for people to help themselves. There was a vintage Bureau where we put our guest book with old polaroid cameras for guests to add their photos and comments of the day. I made hot water bottle covers that were in keeping with the room style so that guests could sit outside with them as the weather was cold and take in the amazing views at the Design Museum.

I also made some little bespoke Harley and Katie tickets which guests were given, as guests were able to go round the museums exhibitions for free. Lauren made little bike themed paper cake flags and paper chains for decoration.

The room was lit beautifully with fairy lights and uplighters and festoon lights by Colin Head at Ash Event Productions Ltd

D.I.Y Decor

The restaurant was not changed too much as the view in the room is fantastic and does all the work. It was drenched in candle light which set the mood beautifully. I bought a load of little glass bottles which Lauren from Florenceblue used to put simple flowers on the tables. The table names were our favorite ales that they had tried or that just had a great name! I designed an ale label for each table which I stuck to painted white sticks which had the table names on.

I also designed the menus and wrote peoples names on little luggage labels which Lauren then tied up all together so everyone had a little package of napkin, menu and name tag as they sat at the table.

Food For Thought

The food was absolutely amazing and we went for big plates of salads for everyone to share on the tables and then big sharing beef pies and mash so everyone to get stuck into it. To accompany the pie we used a local ale company which brew there own beers, The Kernal Brewery

They were delicious and really great using another small company just starting out. Melissa Sargin and staff plus head chef Jeremy Lee worked so hard and fantastically to make the day be totally brilliant.

Stylish Blooms

The reception flowers were done by the wonderful talents of Jessica Phillips vidafloraweddings@yahoo.com. They were also in keeping with the season and fitted in with the style at the Museum.

The wedding felt extremely special to us as so much of it was so much about the two of us. As I am a designer I designed the invites and stationery which immediately set the tone of the wedding. We both wanted it to be a lot of fun and whilst still staying within the traditional wedding boundaries we also wanted to put a little twist on it and give all the guests a day to remember.

We also wanted it to have that home spun feeling as much as possible even in quite a modern setting at the Design Museum. St Paul’s was incredible and we felt extremely privileged to be able to get married there. We wanted something very London which the Design Museum gave us as the Thames view was perfect with Tower Bridge, The Gherkin and the City. We were keen to use small independent businesses in our wedding and some that were just starting out, it felt good helping those businesses grow and felt more unique.

We also were aware that if there was a friend with a skill that could help out it also made the day much more personal and unique to us. However much hard work it is I think the more you can do yourself and as a couple the greater satisfaction you get from the day and it feels like you are giving your guests a little part of you and what you represent as a newly married couple.

The Greatest Advice

The biggest advice we can give is soak it all up, enjoy it and have fun. We laughed all day and stayed in the moment rather than stressing about the next step, as by that point the best thing you can do is take a deep breathe, soak it all up and enjoy.

Silhouette Artist – Alison Russell

Biscuits –Bettys

Cheese Tower – Country Cheeses

Wedding Planner – Lauren at Florence Blue

Reception Venue – The Design Museum

Vintage Finds – Nicholas And Steele

Lighting – Ash Event Productions Ltd

Photographer – Lee Robbins

I know. So much pretty to take in.

I suggest you come back and have a second look, and maybe even a third…….

Big Vintage Inspired At Its Best Here On RMW Love

Charlotte xxx

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The Perfect Design…..Part 1

Photographer Lee Robbins last W-day to be featured on RMW was a sure fire hit and Katie and Harley’s city chic affair is definitely going to follow suit. The fashion is both glamorous and accessible and the pretty pale blooms add the perfect dose of modern and feminine charm…….

And that is what the entire event is like, perfectly executed and perfectly designed. In fact, the reception details are like nothing I have ever seen before, a whole host of unique ideas and vintage-inspired va va voom.

Katie and Harley were married at St Paul’s Cathedral with a reception at The Design Museum, Shad, Thames. Katie is a book cover designer and illustrator and all of the stylish stationery is her very own handy work.


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A Lifetime Of Beauty

I decided to do my own makeup. I went to Liberties a few weeks before the wedding and got a trial makeover at the Laura Mercier counter. I have never owned a huge amount of make up but the trial was a great way to try things out and see what suited me and then a bought quite a few of the items for the wedding and the great thing is I also have makeup that should last me a lifetime!

It was just so nice myself and my bridesmaids all doing our own makeup together, chatting, it was just great fun and memories I will keep forever.

Vintage Shoe Candy

My Shoes were from a vintage shop just off Brick Lane. Silver peep toe not too high beauties.

My hair was done by Steven at Clipso London It was a very friendly place and worked perfectly as myself and my bridesmaids went there on the day and we all got excellent service. I wanted something very me, and so just pinning the front part back is something I often do but done professionally it made me feel like a bride but still very much me.

Something Borrowed Something Old

I borrowed my best friends sparkly hair clip which went in to clip my fringe back. My friend who designs bridesmaid dresses and does alterations and wedding accessories made my beautiful veil for me as a wedding present , Genevieve Leicester-Thackara. I wanted something soft and feminine to add to my dress as I walked down the isle. My engagement ring was my great grandmothers and a friend of a friend is an antique jewellery dealer and she found me my victorian antique wedding band.

She was amazingly helpful and talented at finding the perfect ring.

Vintage Meets Modern

We hired best men and ushers suits from Moss Bross to match in with the groom so they wore grey. And their ties matched into the colour of the bridesmaids. Bridesmaids dresses were from Reiss. Colour scheme ended up being a deep teal ocean blue for the bridesmaids. Teal for ushers and best men ties. Grey suits and white for me!.

The Groom wore a dog tooth grey 3 piece wool suit we bought from Suit Supply. A slim fitting suit which had the right feel of vintage classic meets modern.

Glamorous And Elegant

My Dress was from Babyceylon in Notting Hill. It felt vintage but modern and fitted perfectly. It was approx £150 which was amazingly good value for such a beautiful dress. I loved the elegance with an element of chic 40’s glam which was just the look I was after.

White On White

My bouquets/buttonholes were done by Aflorum florist in Kings Cross. I was keen to have flowers in season. We went for white hellebores and ranunculus which I love and they looked beautiful on the day.

Second Time Lucky

When organising the Design Museum we needed someone to set up one of the reception rooms as we could not get to it the day before or obviously on the day. I googled wedding planners to see if I could hire any help. I came across Florenceblue’s website and knew that Lauren could help me out as her style was just what I loved.

Lauren suggested Lee Robbins as we had another photographer double book us so we were on the hunt for a photographer who was available at short notice and style I was interested in.

Lee’s photos had a real sensitivity, romantisism, slightly quirky and excitement which I was immediately drawn too. After speaking with him I knew he got what sort of look I was after and he was fantastic, friendly and really hard working but also a really good chap to have around on your wedding day. We were really glad we had been double booked as it meant we had Lee on board!

Hair – Steven at Clipso

Veil – Genevieve Designs

Groomsmen’s Suits – Moss Bros

Maids Dresses – Reiss

Brides Gown – Babyceylon

Florist –Aflorum

Stationery – Katie Tooke

Photographer – Lee Robbins

Now I may be biased because I actually purchased the Reiss dress myself earlier in the year….. but how very lovely are the bridesmaids?

And a wedding gown for £150?!

Bargain of the century me thinks.

Just make sure you don’t miss part 2 lovelies. It’s pretty darn special.

Big We’re All About The Design Love

Charlotte xxx

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Exactly How I like It… Part 1

There’s often one thing that makes a wedding stand out a mile from the rest, (to us as people who stare at weddings all day long!) and today, for me at least, it’s all about the Dress people.

All. about. the. dress.

Thats not to say there’s not amazing details coming up tomorrow… but today, if anybody needs me, I’ll mostly be found just staring at The DRESS.

Helen & Matt were married on the 4th of September at St Kenelms Church, Sapperton, Gloucestershire
with their reception at The Crown Inn, Frampton Mansell, Gloucestershire.

Exactly How I like It

I did my hair and makeup myself. I wore my hair long with loose curls. I always wear my hair like this and wanted to just look like me on the day. I did my own makeup because I am quite fussy and know exactly how I like it.

I wanted to create a flawless base and used a mixture of Mac Studio Fix Fluid and Chanel Pro lumiere foundation. I added a little bit of Bourjois Blush in Rose de Jaspe and a smudge of black eyeliner. I tried to keep it natural but added a touch of glamour with a red lipstick in Rose passion and finished off with 2000 Calorie Maxfactor mascara in black. I used a mixture of make up brushes from Mac and Smashbox.

Unique Separates

My dress was ‘Complice’ by Stalo Theodorou

I loved the fact that the dress is so different from any other wedding dress I have seen. I loved the glamour of it and the colour really worked for my skin tone. It is actually a two piece which made it fit really well.

The dress definitely has the wow factor!

Feather Love

I decided not to have a bouquet (to try and save a bit of money) so opted for a large ivory feather fan. I looked everywhere online for something but couldn’t find what I was looking for. I eventually found the one on Dragon Wings . They are based in America but luckily agreed to send them to the UK for me. I bought one for me and my bridesmaid. The fans are absolutely beautiful and I love the little mirror on the back, you can use to check yourself out!

I chose not to wear a veil. I love tradition but also like to be a bit unique, that’s why I went with the feather fascinator for a touch of vintage glamour. It fitted in more with the theme of the wedding and suited my personality better. I wore one bracelet, gold with diamantes, without any other jewellery. The dress was extremely detailed and didn’t want to add any more detail as I think it would have looked too much. The dress speaks for itself.

My shoes were gold strappy sandals from Moda in Pelle. I love them because I can wear them again!

Blush Bridesmaids

This was very difficult as my bridesmaid is so tiny! I wanted a vintage style dress to fit in with the theme. I eventually fell in love with the Lela Rose bridesmaid dress in rose. I bought it from the Gorgeous Bridal Studio in Birmingham

The Dress is a full length crinkle chiffon dress with hand-worked rosettes at the halter neckline. I absolutely love the detail on this dress, the roses around the collar are so pretty and the fabric drapes beautifully. This dress was so very different to other bridesmaid dresses I have seen. The dress was so beautiful I didn’t think she needed any thing else. Sometimes I think less is more.

Top and Tails

Matt wore a charcoal grey tailcoat & trousers, an Ivory wing collar shirt, Ivory ‘Mottram’ waistcoat and an ivory cravat from Formal Affair.

The groomsmen wore the same tail suit as the groom but we changed the colour of the cravat to a light pink to match our bridesmaid’s dress. Officially there was one best man, three ushers, a page boy and the father of the bride, but some other members of our family also wanted to wear the tail suit so we ended up with 13 of them!

Photography – Caroline Alexander

Dress – Stalo Theodorou

Shoes – Moda in Pelle

Fan – Dragon Wings

Maids Dress – Lela Rose @ Gorgeous Bridal Studio

Venue – The Crown Inn, Frampton Mansell, Gloucestershire.

Grooms Suit – Formal Affair

I love that there are still gowns out there to discover and marvel over – I am head over heels in love with that glamorous jewelled bodice that still has a boho feel, teamed with those acres of tulle. So so right for Helen’s frame and skin tone.

I’m a happy blogger today :)     

Yours Truly,


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The Friday Treasure Hunt.

As you can imagine we receive lots of emails at Rock My Wedding HQ, lots and lots and lots…..

Recently I have noticed that there are many brides requesting advice from Team RMW on accessories and fashion for W-day that fit into a small to moderate budget. We are certainly not blind to the fact that we post a whole lot of delicious on these blue polka dot pages and that more often than not, that delicious comes with a hefty price tag.

So I’ve been on a little mission these last few days lovelies, I’ve been looking for the prettiest March buys that come in ( at least) under a hundred english pounds. As we all know, weddings are expensive, and often the budget can spiral completely out of control and there is simply no option but to reign it in. Unless of course you fancy selling a kidney, or for a pair of nude patent Laboutins perhaps even your soul….. ( I was tempted, VERY tempted folks)

And the answer is yes. We take it on the chin that us Blog Queens are often to blame for making you want to splash the ( not always available) cash.

Charlottes’ Treasure Hunt For Statement Jewels

I am ALL about the chunky cuff at the moment. Whether it’s beachy and bohemian like the Hedy from Coast £28.00 or the glamorous vintage inspired Mega Leaf from Mikey £40.00

And as much as I am all about the cuff I can’t resist a pair of “look at me” lobe candy. These Antique Heirloom bobby dazzlers from Glitzy Secrets look very fancy for £38.00 and Rebecca and I have been in raptures over these Art Deco numbers by Stephanie Brown at Liberty in Love for months. If someone buys them and wears them for W-day we will die. £90.00

Charlottes’ Treasure Hunt For Fancy Frocks

There are lots of lovely gowns out there. Thousands…… Millions even. But this one is my current favourite for maids. Its floaty, it’s feminine, it’s flattering and it comes in my colour palette of the moment – yellow and royal blue. Yours for the bargain price of £45.00 from Topshop.

Oh and if you decide to purchase one for your best girls then I want to be one of your best girls.


With cherries on top?

Charlottes’ Treasure Hunt For Very Sexy Veils

I wore a cathedral length veil for the ceremony and my Dad trampled on it the whole way up the ailse. Wasn’t the best way to make an entrance to be honest.

So, to avoid fathers with big feet and a distinct lack of spacial awareness…. pick a sexy short one instead. They rock.

And you can’t find more bargainous Bridal headwear than you can on Etsy, whether it be birdcage, fingertip or fabulous in feathers, this is the place to go. All of the above are under $100 including P & P to the UK.

And as sharing is caring and all that, make sure you let us know what your most economical buys have been so far, if you have a link to the lovely item then even better – please do drop it in the comment box below.

Wishing you a weekend full of treasure and treats 😉

Big Value Love

Charlotte xxx

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The Sweetest Kind Of Love.

The first thing I thought when I saw photographer Rhian Askins submission of Matt and Debs W-day was how incredibly sweet it was. Rhian has captured some really special moments, from Matt’s “Groom anticipation” image to the “I’m going to squish his head” kiss montage of a pair of cute younger guests.

Not to mention the fact that Debs looks beautiful, a vision in lace and sexy suede shoes. Oh and her eyes – check out how blue they are…..gorgeousness.

And you know how much we love a bit of D.I.Y decor right? Well then, there’s plenty of make-it-pretty to inspire too.

Matt and Debs were married at Speke Hall in Liverpool with a reception at the Contemporary Urban Centre.

Suede And Sparkle

My headdress was from Jenny Packham, who creates some gorgeous pieces. The one I chose was the Acacia II, which looked amazing. I also wore a very pretty pearl bracelet from Glitzy secrets, a fab website full of vintage style jewellery.

My shoes were a gorgeous ballroom style shoes from Rachel Simpson. I always try and add a splash of colour to whatever I wear so set my heart on a cute blue pair.

Vintage Lace

I looked at a number of dresses but kept going back to a gorgeous lace dress by Art Couture. The dress had an old fashioned, elegant feel, which fitted in with our vintage theme.

Buttercup Love

My two lovely sisters wore lovely buttercup coloured bridesmaids dresses from the Dessy collection and our beautiful flower girl, Chloe wore a pretty ivory dress. The gentlemen all wore blue ties, chosen by the groom, with all colours tying in well together.

Nice And Simple

I am always very fussy about my make up so I did my own so I could keep it nice and simple. My hair was done by Quetah’s, a local hairdressers who gave me a simple, up-do that really matched the vintage feel of the dress and showed off my fab headdress.

Romantic Blooms

The flowers were done by my best friend, Andrea Kontzle, who did an amazing job. I wanted romantic roses for the bouquet and chose cream and blush pink so that really worked well with my dress. For the reception I really wanted peonies but as they were out of season my florist chose Chrysanthemum blooms. They worked really well in the old teacups that we collected from various charity shops.

No Posing. No Pressure

Our wonderful photographer was Rhian Askins. Rhian is a friend of ours and when we met up with her to discuss our idea we knew she was the one who would really capture exactly what we wanted our day to be. The day was really relaxed and nobody felt under pressure to pose for the camera, but as you can see Rhian got some great shots.

Stripy Cool

The groom did his own hair and make-up (!) and looked very handsome in his blue suit from Paul Smith. The most important item of clothing, however, was the orange and blue stripy socks!

Fabulous Flavours

Ah the cake! It was fabulous. To tie in with the teacups and whole romantic feel to the day we wanted cupcakes rather than a traditional fruit cake. After looking at a few places, we came across a fabulous cake maker called Katja. As her service was bespoke we were able to choose gorgeous coconut, vanilla and lemon cupcakes with a large chocolate cake for the top tier.

As well as looking great they tasted amazing.

Delicate Decor

As well as some heart shaped choccies on the tables, we gave each guest a gift of wildflowers that they can plant to remind them of our wedding each year they flower! Aahhhh. We also put goodie bags out to keep the children amused and replaced flowers with windmills on their table.

Vintage lace bunting, teacups, old vases and romantic candelabras were placed around the room, which gave it a real vintage feel that we wanted, We also had a dressing up area, full of feather boas and hats for everyone to have a bit of fun with.

Old Favourites

We both wanted the day to be as relaxed as possible so we chose to have a DJ from one of our favourite bars in Liverpool who played some funky music that we could all have a good boogie to.

There was only one choice for our first dance, Rolling on a river by Ike and Tina Turner. We always dance to this song once we have had a few tipples at parties and now get requests for us to get on the dance floor!!

Keep Calm And Carry On

We arranged the wedding fairly quickly and the key to making it all come together was to stay relaxed and go with the flow. We didn’t get stressed by all the preparation and made sure that we made decisions together, so my advice would be stay calm and keep happy!

Bridal Gown – Art Couture

Bridal Headpiece – Jenny Packham

Jewellery – Glitzy Secrets

Shoes – Rachel Simpson

Ceremony Venue – Speke Hall

Maids Dresses – Dessy

Photographer – Rhian Askins

Cake – Katjaskupcakes

I think the cake was spectacular, so so pretty, particularly lusting after the spring zing buttercup maids frocks too.

And in general such a laid back and fun day, loving those last “we had the greatest laugh” images.

With thanks to Rhian Askins, Debs and Matt for sharing their vintage inspired Big Day with Rock My Wedding.

Big Squished Head Kissing Love

Charlotte xxx