We love featuring engagement sessions where the Bride is wearing fabulous clothes. It’s a nice change from seeing gorgeous wedding gowns everyday 😉 (We know, what a hardship…)
And this evening’s engagement shoot has double the dose of fashion as Jessica and Claudia BOTH have amazing style. Vintage finds, floral prints and fabulously full skirts, then smart lines, stylish trainers and shirts – both ladies look gorgeous.
Their engagement shoot is fun, natural and full of smiles, Kitty Wheeler Shaw is definitely one to watch and I’m already excited to see this wedding…
Today’s wedding is so pretty and delicate – all fluffy bouquets of gypsophila, china tea cups and pastel tones.
But the vintage tea party theme didn’t mean that they didn’t have a massive knees- up in the evening, the Groom re-formed his band for the occasion, Granny Norm baked a massive naked Victoria sponge and the guests got to munch on Pie and Mash!
Also, in true British style, the lack of sunshine didn’t stop the day from exceeding all of Charlotte’s expectations – just don a pair of wellies, grab a massive brolly and you’re good to go.
Our venue was the first one we looked at! My sister found it online and we went to see it and fell in love with it! We knew we wanted something relaxed and in a nice setting and the Ashes was just everything we wanted! The two beautiful barns provide everything you need and are in such a lovely pretty setting come rain or shine (rain in our case!)
Simple and Sophisticated
As my dress was quite simple I wanted my make up to be simple too. I was extremely lucky as my friend is a trained make-up artist so she worked her magic on the day! It was lovely to have Michelle do it for me, as she knows me already I trusted she would do exactly what I had in mind. We did have a little trial a few weeks before which I would recommend as it just makes the day much easier and run more smoothly.
My old hair dresser from home did my hair which again was so lovely! We did also have a trial which I would definitely do as what you say and think doesn’t always mean the hairdresser fully understands and once your hair is done it’s tricky to take out and do it again. I knew as with my make-up – I just wanted something natural and simple that still looked like me.
When You Know, You Know
Again as with our venue it was the first and only shop I went to! I knew I wanted something a bit different and simple; the one thing I wanted was to feel comfortable and be able to dance easily.
The minute I stepped into the Vintage Wedding Dress company I loved everything about it, the lovely ladies working there, the beautiful shop interior and then I saw the DRESSES! They are all so beautiful I loved that they offered both original vintage and inspired vintage. It turned out every dress I picked to try was original vintage, I loved that they were all so unique. My dress was 70’s and the second I put it on I loved it!
I got most of my accessories from the Vintage Wedding Dress Company as they had such gorgeous things. I love headbands and really wanted something vintage in my hair. I loved the simple delicate flower headband and felt it just finished off my look perfectly.
My veil was also from the Vintage Wedding Dress Company. At first I didn’t think I would have a veil but when the lady in the shop popped one on me I loved it and thought it gave my dress a more bridal look. My shoes were also from there – I loved the simplicity of them and thought they went so well with my dress. Plus I wanted to dance all night and these meant I could do that!
Relaxed Vintage Feel
We didn’t have a strict colour scheme but wanted something relaxed with a vintage feel. The Bridesmaid’s dresses were from Warehouse, I loved the colour and style and they fitted really well next to my dress. I also had a little maid – Rob’s niece, and as she is 11, she wore a slightly different dress from ASOS but we still kept it within our vintage look and feel.
Rob knew he wanted something relaxed and fun so we decided waistcoats and bow ties would be good for the Best Men and Ushers! The waistcoats and bow ties were all from Topman. Rob’s suit was Topman and brogues from Ben Sherman.
As we didn’t really have a strict colour scheme as we wanted everything to be relaxed and a bit mix and match. Our invites we’re really simple, we used bunting which we then translated into the venue decor. We spent months collecting jars and pots and bunting to decorate the venue. We tried to use vintage pastel colours throughout the outfits and venue decor.
Thrown Together Flowers
The flowers were really important but I knew I wanted something simple and thrown together. I decided I would have gypsophila for my bouquet and for the 5 bridesmaids. I loved the vintage look of gyp and how pretty and simple it is. The button holes were all gypsophila too.
We were really lucky and had a friend of a friend do our flowers which was amazing as I totally trusted her to do an amazing job which she did! We collected jars and hampers for months to display the ceremony room flowers and table arrangements. I loved them – they were exactly what I’d hoped they would be and more.
Our ceremony was very simple, we chose our own vows and my Granny Norm did a reading – ‘Us Two’ from Winnie the Pooh. It was really lovely and exactly what we wanted.
Our biggest wish for the reception was that it was fun fun fun! We just wanted everyone to dance drink and have a good time. We knew from the beginning that we wanted to have a band as I just love how a band makes people get up and dance. My sister found our band as she had seen them at a friend’s wedding and they were ace.
Rob also used to be in a band and they reformed for a quick showing which was so much fun – he even got his Dad up on stage! After the band had finished we played a selection of our favourite songs from over the years – both old school and new.
The Perfect Photographer
I searched and searched for a photographer that offered the vintage relaxed style we wanted and when I came across Claire Penn I was so thrilled. She is so amazing and completely captured our day in the most wonderful fun happy way. From the moment we met Claire she was so much fun and totally understood what we wanted. It was an absolute joy to have Claire as part of our day and we are so happy with all the photos!
Capture Every Moment
After seeing Shutterbox on Rock My Wedding I knew we had to have them! We hadn’t thought about having a film but when I saw what they could do we booked them straight away. Lee and Dawn are so lovely and so talented I am so pleased we decided to get a film. It’s amazing to watch it back and remember the day. Together with Claire Penn they have an incredible ability to absolutely capture every little moment of the day without you ever realising that they are there.
Guess Your Pie
Food was a big part of our day as we both love food – especially me! As we got married in March we wanted to have something warm and tasty. We decided to have pie and mash and were thrilled when we found out that Pieminister could provide the delicious pies. As it was National Pie week it also fitted in very well.
We had a selection of 4 pies on the day and you just got what was popped in front of you so it was a surprise. Pieminister provided us with loads of info on the pies which we displayed on the tables so people could guess what pie they had. We also had pie badges and tattoos which were extremely popular.
Vintage Tea Party
I wanted to do favours that tied in with our whole day so decided that I would hunt down vintage tea cups for all the girls and make marmalade for the boys. Along with our lovely family we hunted around charity shops and flea markets for tea cups. I also searched for some fabric for the tops of the marmalade jars that tied in with the Groomsmen’s outfits.
My Granny Norm is a fabulous cake maker – I was so pleased when she said she would make our wedding cake and it was fantastic. As it wasn’t a huge cake Rob’s mum also made some extra cakes to ensure there was enough for everyone and I loved how the cake table looked like a vintage tea party.
We didn’t use a huge amount of stationery but decided we would use a vintage type writer with the table plan on. We searched the internet to find one and were so pleased when we found it! For the table names we just did numbers as we felt there was already enough detail on the tables with all the pie information and tattoos.
We wanted real old school milk bottles with wooden numbered spoons inside and we finally found some from Rob’s lovely Nanna and Grandpa who kept some from their milk delivery.
We wanted to have something more than a guest book that we could keep forever so we decided to have a bike picture which people then put their thumb print on that acted as a balloon tied to the bike! It has made such a great picture and will always remind us of our day!
Everything We Dreamed It Would Be
As all Brides say the best advice I can say is enjoy EVERY second as it goes so quickly! Also make sure you don’t get too tied up with planning and actually try and enjoy the planning stage and getting excited. Don’t be afraid to ask people to help and get involved, it was so special to have home-made cakes and marmalade! The best thing Rob and I did was make sure it was exactly what we wanted and it was, it was our day and everything we had dreamed it would be.
Each of the RMW team will pick out something entirely different from each real wedding we feature as their “favourite detail” or their “favourite moment”, I 100% guarantee it. That’s not a bad thing of course, it simply goes to show that we are all individuals with varying requirements for what makes us tick. Much like you gorgeous lot in fact, and why we endeavour to showcase as much variety as we possibly can.
When I first saw Lucy and Chris’s Big Day it was the dress that first caught my attention, so swishy, so elegant, so glamorous. And then it was the blooms. Peach, pink, lilac and spring green, a ray of sunshine all tied up in one ribbon wrapped bouquet.
Of course all that pretty is easy to admire, and as much as I love the obvious aesthetics, my favourite part of this London soiree has got to be when Lucy is walking up the ailse. The way Chris is looking at her. The anticipation of Lucy looking at him. The way they look at each other …..
For my hen party ‘Emma Dennis’ did all my friends hair and make-up for a 1930s themed evening. She did a fab job so I asked her to do my wedding hair and make-up. I went for a fairly natural look so I looked like an improved version of ‘me’ it was definitely worth having a make-up artist because it stayed on all day and night!
I looked at Jenny Packham head pieces but I decided it would have been a bit too much with all the detail in the dress so I decided on a simple cream flower with wavy hair for a soft look.
The Dream Dress
My dress was from Morgan Davies in Islington. It was Papillon by Jenny Packham. I had thought I would pick a very simple grecian style dress but I fell in love with the detail, sequins, beading and beautiful 1930s style of Papillon. It felt amazing when I tried it on. After one day of dress shopping I knew I had found my dream dress.
My engagement ring is an antique Edwardian cluster ring. I wanted to fing some earrings to match but on a budget! I found exactly what I wanted on Etsy.
My shoes were peep toe heels from Monsoon. They had some beading at the front and matched the dress perfectly. For a girl who is not usually drawn to jewels and beading I had turned into a magpie!
An Honourable Maid
My maid of honour was a trooper and we went dress shopping on Oxford Street when she had given birth only three weeks before! We picked a long navy dress from Coast to match the grooms suit, she looked stunning. Our flowergirls were our three year old nieces they looked very cute in pretty Ivory dresses from John Lewis with big net skirts which they loved and matching handbags.
A Subtle Vintage Theme
Juliet from Kensington Flowers did an amazing job. I described to her that I wanted a soft vintage look using pink, peach, cream and different greens. She came up with exactly what I hoped for.
My Mum provided lots of different glass cake stands for the table arrangements and small glass vases for the ceremony table they fitted the vintage theme perfectly.
In The Navy
Chris picked a lovely three piece navy suit with a fine pinstripe from Ted Baker. His Best Man also had a navy suit from Ted Baker with a slightly different pinstripe.
Enjoy part 2 of Justine and Toms’ elegant W-day lovelies whilst I figure out an excuse to get me one of THOSE.
Unless the only reason I need is that I really REALLY want one?
Amy Murrell was recommended to us by Henry, the groom’s brother. She was utterly fantastic from start to finish. I’m not great at having my photo taken and am pretty awkward, but she was brilliantly discreet and most of the time I was completely unaware that she was even taking pictures! She was great company during the getting ready process beforehand and worked as some kind of zen team with Alexis the hair and make-up artist! It was a real pleasure to have her there on the day – she felt more like a guest with an expensive camera than the official photographer which was exactly what we wanted.
We are thrilled with our pictures, which really capture the atmosphere of the day – and this from the one of those people who usually can’t bear to look at pictures of themselves!
A Job Lot
For decor we had lots of vintage glass jugs instead of vases and vintage glass candlesticks which I spent the previous 6 months buying up on e-bay. If anyone is getting married and wants a job lot of glassware – give me a call!
We had “Rocky Road” chocolate by Hotel Chocolat for favours……. Just a bit of a joke really!
At the reception we had The Emperors, booked though Alive Network. We wanted a band that would really get people up dancing so opted for a soul band with a brass section and they fulfilled the brief to a tee.
We had fruit and madeira cake 4 tiered with ivory icing – cribbed from a picture on the internet and made by a very clever lady called Shirley in Tom’s mum’s village!
The loveliest lyrics
For the first dance we chose “This Guy’s in Love with You” by Burt Bacarach, the Noel Gallagher version. Just a lovely, lovely song and reflecting the groom’s juvenile obsession with Oasis!
I would advise any future bride to just try to relax and enjoy it – probably not very helpful advice I realise, but I seem to remember dashing around trying to see and thank everyone for coming, worrying that I would seem ungrateful if I didn’t, when really I should’ve done what I wanted to do and just sat down with my girlfriends and had a very large glass of wine!
A very large glass of wine indeed – make sure you do take that time out to relax on W-day you gorgeous lot, take a look around and soak up what you have achieved with all the hard work you both put in.
With huge thanks to Amy Murrell, Justine and Tom for sharing the seasonal chic.
Big I want A Swishy Frock AND some Rocky Road from Hotel Chocolat Love
So, as it turns out it wasn’t just me that got a little bit too excited over yesterday’s matrimonial offerings! You lot all went more than a bit giddy too. I suggest you all take a deep breath, count to three and then calm down… otherwise you’re going to be wear yourselves out and need a nap before lunchtime (not good office etiquette).
Ok, back to RMW reader Lauren and part 2 of her Vintage inspired big day.
James is a massive fan of cheese, and with a 6.30pm hog roast feast (supplied by the Fab Portfolio Events), we wanted to treat our guests to a mid evening snack that wasn’t overly filling.
Alistair at Food Hall in Northampton was thoroughly helpful and advised on our British cheeses to make our Cake of cheese. We topped the ‘cake’ off with Neufchatel, the heart shaped cheese from the local town where James’ Dad has a French home.
For our blessing we booked Manor House Music opting for the string duo to complement our intimate ceremony. Like Jenny (from What Jenny Did fame) I wasn’t a huge fan of Snow Patrol’s version of Chasing Cars but performed on a violin and a viola, it was beautiful.
For the after party, The Potter Group, resident at one of our favourite clubs provided Motown, soul and R’n’B to keep all ages happy.
Sparkling On The Dance Floor
Our first dance was to John Legend’s Stay with You and we chose it because it was fairly short, as well as having beautiful lyrics.
Our guests held an archway of sparklers to lead us into our first dance. For me this was a magical moment but sadly James’ shirt got burnt with the falling sparks!
Flavours For Favours
With no seating plan and a very informal layout, we opted to lose the favours but used Dodmoor’s sweet dresser with our own jars to treat those guests with a sweet tooth.
Home is where the is
The general rule for the décor was not to buy or make anything that we couldn’t incorporate into our home later on.
I am now the proud owner of many tealight holders, vintage bottles, homemade blackboards, apothecary jars, and chicken wire frames that will adorn our next house (sadly there’s just not enough room in our teeny terrace). Not to mention the dozens of fabric hearts that my Mum made to hang around the venue.
Last year my Auntie gave us my late Uncle’s typewriter so James and my Dad lovingly restored it to use as our guest book. We made our own vintage style postcards and have some beautiful, thoughtful and very amusing typed messages from our family and friends.
Our Brother-in-law Toby designed our stunning invitations and helped us use elements of the design in our wedding signage. I bought a couple of punches from Hobby Craft and used them to create thankyou tags on our order of ceremony, as well as tags for the sweet stall, sparkler buckets, bathroom basket plus reserved seating signs, drinking straw flags and customised photos of our wedding party. We used and abused our poor printer as we printed everything ourselves, an extremely time consuming task that I wouldn’t rush to repeat again but is perfect for the bride on a budget.
Toby also designed our drinks menu detailing our something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue themed welcome drinks.
From This Day Forward
More work than you could ever imagine goes in to a DIY wedding. I wouldn’t change it for the world though as every single detail had a personal touch. Just be prepared for projects to take 5 times longer than you think even with the help of your nearest and dearest. Start early and take advantage of all offers of help!
James is my soul mate; we have an amazing life together and are truly committed to each other. We are also very lucky to have been blessed with a wonderful group of friends and a family who we adore so we wanted to show them a fabulous time to thank them for their love and support.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little pressure to live up to their expectations of a great day, they were so excited and enthusiastic. I really didn’t want to let them down!
I am very envious of brides who aren’t fazed by the little hiccups on the big day (a theme I noticed in a lot of blog posts). So when little things went wrong on the day, I was thoroughly disappointed in myself that I was a tiny bit gutted.
My advice would be to be to be realistic – things don’t go to plan but these are things that add up to make a truly memorable occasion. Your guests deserve to be treated but don’t forget they are there to share in your happiness on the most incredible of days.
Well, there you have it. The typewritter is such a romantic touch (yes even men can spot a nice bit of romance from time to time!)
All the hard work and loving collaborations that went into the preparation for this vintage inspired wedding have really shone for all to admire, there is more eye candy on display here than even 10 Dodmoor’s sweet dressers could provide!
That is almost all I can say about this afternoon’s post I am so blown away. We have been super lucky and snaffled Penny from Tigerlily Weddings to give us the piece de resistance of the planning posts we started last week with her inimitable, original and fresh wedding inspiration. And let me tell you guys, she blew the brief out of the water.
I’ve spent a few phone calls discussing the post today with Penny working through her ideas, (which were spot on) and I have been so impressed with the amount of work she has put into this for you all. The buzz words we were passing back and forth were the same… fresh, new, interesting, unique, different. So if you’re wondering where Vintage is going… this is the lady to tell you and she’s right here. Give her a warm welcome ladies and get commenting 🙂
New year, new trends yippee, so you can imagine my delight when the fabulous ladies over at Rock my wedding contacted me to predict some 2011 wedding trends for you all I was thrilled.
I have covered two immerging wedding trends that I think will pop this year, I have also added in an “ I love it list” with a few extra little original ideas that you can inject that I could not squeeze on the design boards that will make your weddings look innovative, fun and basically spectacular.
You may not admire my candid approach on this subject but its time for us to shake it up a bit, design is so inspirational and exciting so let’s get creating and make 2011 amazing.
Candy bars have been hugely fashionable over the last few years, but this trend has been exhausted. It’s time for change and for us to move on and embrace the biscuit bar.
I have designed one of one my client’s weddings this year, I have had so much fun working on the design and creating my very own top 10 biscuit chart.
This idea is all about clever biscuit choice and display, you can have so much fun creating your own fabulous designs and it can double up also as a cute sugary favor for your guests if you are being budget conscious.
If you want to add a fun activity in to your wedding why not have an icing station?
Another fun dimension to accompany this is to add a flavoured milk shot or milkshake bar to complement your biscuit choices, this is also lots of fun for younger guests.
I totally adored the vintage mixed china and country led wedding trend that has been with us over the last few weddings seasons. The vintage look will still be strongly featured this season however I feel this look has evolved with a glamorous edge.
Vintage glam is my prediction for this season which is an exciting mix of old and new. You only need a few select vintage pieces to create this look. The allure of time-worn objects and the appeal of simple are a perfect blend, vintage silver cutlery, vintage china not heavily pattered with a neutral colour and old and new cut glass with soft vintage styled blooms will create an elegant but stylish look.
I also love lose pearls and pearl necklaces strewn within your table design, take a peek at the mood board to see an example of this. So get thrifting to find your hidden treasures that will get your guests gushing about your wedding styling.
Lace is so versatile and lush to work within your wedding design whether it is lace ribbon being used to tie vintage cutlery or sections of lace fashioned as table runner or hand made napkins. I feel it is a crucial part of constructing this look, it injects such softness and vintage feel to a wedding design which only lace can.
Whilst I love pictures of couples holding hearts, the words “Love” & “Mr & Mrs” this is another trend that has been really heavily featured in the wedding press. I feel it makes wedding images look a little unoriginal and blend together when you look at shoots.
What I love about weddings now is the creative freedom couples have to craft and design and push their own beautiful style and personality. I love this charming idea of expressing yourself with your own words or favourite poet or song lyric within your photos, adding another touch of unique and you.
Fabric flowers in soft dusky fabrics work so well and blend beautifully with lace and fresh flowers as part of your wedding design and for your personal look.
See, we’re not making you wait long for part 2 this week are we lovelies?
And it’s a good job too because Diana and Harry’s Mad Men inspired W-day is too gorgeous to be kept a whole 24 hours away frankly.
Make sure you check out the clever use of knitwear by the bride, keeping you cosy AND looking mighty fabulous.
Our Favourite Part
The ceremony was our favourite part of the day; we loved planning this more than any other part of the whole wedding. We involved everyone important to us and made it FUN. We had the bridal party walk down to the theme tune of the American TV Series ‘The Office’ played by my cousin on piano. The best part of this is that now when we watch the TV programme we always smile and think back at the wedding. I then walked down the aisle with both of my parents to Cat Steven’s ‘Don’t be shy’. This song was important to me especially because I knew I would be nervous and it helped to relax me.
For our readings, one of my closest friends who flew to London from South Korea gave a reading from when the state of Massachusetts legalised gay marriage. It’s an important issue for us and meant a lot to have it incorporated in the ceremony. We asked Harry’s dad to play guitar and a friend of ours, Orakle, gave an incredible rendition of Paul McCartney’s Calico Skies. A lovely couple that we adore did our final reading. We sent them a number of our emails spanning 5 years. As Harry and I spent a lot of time apart the long distance love letters were a special reading. The specific emails they chose to read were left a surprise and it was truly special! When it was time to sign the marriage certificate, Harry and I asked our Grandmas to be our witnesses. This was one of the best decisions we made.
Finally we walked down the aisle to the music from Up on piano, played by my cousin.
We knew we wanted cupcakes and were originally set on making our own. We realised though that with the stress of the wedding and the small space of our kitchen icing the cakes in the run up to the big day would not be very practical. Instead, we found Cat and the Cream cupcakes. Cat met us a few times in our local pub to get an idea of what we wanted. We told her about things we liked, including the film Up and that we loved the style of Mad Men.
The end result was an Up styled house surrounded by balloons as a top tier and delicious cupcakes. Cat was flexible with dietary needs, baking gluten free cakes for some of our guests. We indulged in Red Velvet, Pumpkin, Cinnamon and Ginger, White Chocolate and Cranberry and Dark Chocolate and Cherry. Cat specialises is unique flavours, amazing designs and utilises local and organic ingredients.
Capturing The Day
Our photographer is a PhD student at the university that I work at. I’d seen his photos for our student handbook and found out that he’d also done a few weddings. We met a few times to discuss what we wanted and agreed a very reasonable rate. I’d heard horror stories of brides hiring ‘student photographers’ but having looked through his portfolio I felt more relaxed. And, he did not disappoint. He was amazing on the day, capturing the atmosphere perfectly and blending well with our guests. In the end we were completely satisfied and would happily recommend Dan Werdlow.
Up Up And Away
We went back and forth between hiring a photobooth and not spending a large sum of money on something some guests might not take to… so after finding some examples online we decided to go with a polaroid styled guestbook. We bought a Fuji Instax camera, which is basically a polariod with slightly different dimensions. The camera and the film were much cheaper, however! We bought some props for our guests, themed around Mad Men (a trilby, thick rimmed glasses, gloves, etc) but we all got too caught up in the day that we forgot to bring them out from under the table!
Still, our guests loved taking photos and signing the book. I knew also that we didn’t just want our guests’ signatures so we prompted some of the pages with questions ‘What is your favourite memory of the couple’ and ‘Love means…’ We got lots of thoughtful and fun responses from our guests and included photo mounts so they could put the polaroid straight into the book.
The guestbook itself was purchased off of Etsy and is a take on Ellie’s Adventure book from Up. Since coming back from our honeymoon we have been adding photos to it and do plan on using it as our ‘adventure book’ for the rest of our lives. We also wanted something fun as a cardbox and in keeping with the Up theme asked a friend to bring over a US mailbox. He managed to fit into his luggage luckily and we had fun painting our names and handprints.
We found the venue was actually so beautiful that Harry and I felt like we didn’t need to dress it up much… in fact, we did what we could do make it feel less ornate and more homely. We recruited my best friend and her mum to make some bunting, which hung in the ceremony room and along the head table. We also recruited some friends to help with decorating some tea lights. We bought plain tea light holders and glued tissue paper over them. The result was subtle but the glow was soft and beautiful.
We also ordered tea-stained American flag bunting which hung around a framed Union Jack that the venue had on their wall.
Long Distance Love
Our first date was at a gig and Harry and I both love music. As a result, we have a number of special songs but none seemed suitable for a first dance. It was actually when Harry was playing Bioshock on Xbox that he suggested ‘Somewhere Beyond the Sea’ by Bobby Darin. The game actually does have a great soundtrack. The song also seemed to represent our long distance love story and is beautiful as well.
We loved having the wedding in the Autumn, which for me meant a dream drinks reception. My favourite winter drink is mulled wine and my favourite summer drink is Pimms… so we decided to do both, justified entirely on the fact that Autumn lies between Winter and Summer. The venue didn’t question us and the guests loved both drinks, especially the American guests who hadn’t had Pimms before. And yes, I had both!
Don’t be afraid to put your trust in people. It was sometimes hard to let go of control! Also, have fun planning and make sure both of you are equally involved. Harry started out a bit disengaged from the process but got excited about his suit, choosing the music and by the end was fully involved with all details, including bunting and especially cake!!
It just goes to show ANYTHING goes when it comes to including in your wedding day whatever it is you love the most, be it a certain colour, a particular bloom or your favourite TV show.
With HUGE Thanks to Diana and Harry for sharing the thought provoking words and general loveliness.
Welcome back for Part 2 of this wedding with tons of real Rock My Wedding inspiration in every detail.
We Love. And judging by yesterdays comments, so do you guys!
Friend for a Photographer
Although it was important to us to have some amazing photographs of the best day of our lives, we didn’t want the day to turn into a photoshoot with lists and lists of shots to get through. We also wanted photography that was a bit different than the norm. Dean and I are lucky enough to know some really talented people and so we asked one of our friends, Adam Foster, to be our photographer for the day.
Dean has known Adam for 4 years. He is a very creative and talented guy. Adam’s website and Flickr account was a constant source of inspiration and we passed ideas back and forth between the three of us leading up to the wedding.
My Auntie Lynne has been making fabulous cakes for family events for years so she was the obvious choice for our wedding cake. She and I spent a whole Sunday night searching for inspiration online, and when I came across the Maisie Fantasie website, I began to get really excited. We quickly picked the Paris chic wedding cake and soon Lynne was deciding how best to recreate it. I somehow managed to find the exact cake stand online and then a few weeks later a friend got in touch saying that there was a Maisie Fantasie cookbook! The rest is history, but as you can see from the pictures, Lynne did such an outstanding job of recreating the design – it looked pretty as a picture. We had two layers of fruit cake and a scrumptious layer of chocolate fudge cake.
We served the cake alongside an enormous 3-tier cheese board, devised by Bashall Barn and sourced from Leagrams. The mix of fruit cake and cheese went down really well.
The Swing Commanders
The Swing Commanders are a jive sextet which hail from our home town, but have had huge success around the world. We’d been to see them play a number of times and always loved their eclectic mix of songs and their ability to read a crowd so well. The 3 guys and 3 gals, all of whom play at least three instruments each and have an impressive set of costumes, just always make it a night to remember.
I can’t tell you how many of our guests came up and asked us about them and commented about how amazing they were. They had us up doing a conga around the bar and even taught us the Charleston in a line formation. I thoroughly recommend them for a wedding.
The band played our first song – It had to be you. It was of course recorded by many an iPhone, so we threw in a few jive moves we had learnt in the last few months. The wooohs and waaahs we got in return were worth the lessons!
In the venue itself, which is a converted cow shed, we implemented a cow-based theme. Each guest was shown their place by a seating card stuck into a champagne cork. The cards were created using Moo cards and had a cow on one side, and names on the other. We’d already used Moo cards in our invitations, with each card telling guests about a different element of the day.
The cow theme was continued with the menus and “In case you were wondering” signs that we made and placed on each table. These were to let the guests know about the personal touches we had added to the day and to thank our ‘creatives’ for the cake, flowers, hair and make-up and photography.
When I saw the feature about the DIY photo booth on RMW, I was actually scared to show Dean. We already had a list as long as your arm for DIY creations so I thought he’d go mad, but when I sent him the link, his reply was “We must do this!”.
To say I was excited was an understatement. We decided to make it a secret from everyone, including our families, which meant creating it was even harder. And I must point out to anyone thinking of doing the same thing, make sure you consider transporting it once it is finished – we didn’t, and I’m not exaggerating when I say we had to literally flag down a man with a van the night before the wedding. But, we got it there, and boy was it worth it.
Our guests LOVED it. We had a tripod and camera set up in front of the booth, but they were also using their own cameras and the disposables and it is wonderful to see just how many of our friends and family have now got pictures from our photobooth as their facebook profile pics! It just added another dimension to the day and kept everyone entertained all night long.
My Advice for Brides
My biggest piece of advice for a future bride is to enjoy the planning! It is easy to get stressed out during the planning stage, but when it got close to the end, I wanted it all back! The wedding is one day, but if you treat the planning as part of that day then the whole experience becomes more rewarding and enjoyable. Reading RMW every morning was part of that for me and it often gave me little goose bumps when I saw another bride’s day done her way.
Also try and stick to your guns and make sure that every decision you make is right for you and your husband-to-be. Customs and traditions might have worked in our parents’ day but there are no strict rules anymore and as long the happy couple are happy, that’s all that matters, right?!
Seriously, how much fun? Tell us your favourite bit – there’s so many to choose from!
Today we have a very special wedding from a Rock My Wedding reader, Verity. Verity told us how much she loved RMW and used it in her planning and we just had to share all the fabulous details she packed into their day that she found on these very pages – makes us feel all warm and fuzzy 🙂
Dean and I got married on Saturday 25th September 2010. The ceremony took place at 2.30pm at our local village church St. Marys and All Saints, Whalley. This was followed by a wedding reception for 100 guests at Bashall Barn, where we also had an evening party for 130 guests.
Fancy not Fussy
My dress was by Benjamin Roberts, design 1033 from his vintage collection. Before I went dress shopping I’d looked for styles online and kept coming back to Benjamin Roberts as I just thought the design were different, without being overly fancy (I’m not big on fuss!).
I found trying on wedding dresses a very weird experience indeed! My dress sense in general is usually fairly quirky, and I had every intention of doing something different, either in colour or shape or fabric, but as soon as I started trying them on, all I could think of was “What will Dean want to see me in?” It was then that I knew it would have to be something fairly traditional (for Dean) and something stylish and unfussy (for me).
I bought the dress from Emma Hartley Bridal in Colne, Lancashire. I loved it for the stylishness, the wonderfully simple and luxurious soft taffeta, the gorgeous detailing of the crystals and pearls, and last but not least the internal corset which gave me the most amazing shape on the day!
Even though our wedding didn’t really have a theme, there were lots of vintage elements to the day, and Dean and I are obsessed with art deco furniture and paintings, so I wanted to have a vintage look with my hair and jewellery. Birdcage veils have always appealed to me but there are pretty hard to come by – most dress shops I visited didn’t stock them. In the end I turned to Etsy and found there were loads of lovely handmade veils to choose from. Mine was called Lolita from Velvet Owl and was an ivory net with a silk Gardenia which attached with a pin.
Jewellery-wise, again I wanted something simple and elegant. My dress had some gorgeous pearl and crystal detailing at the top, so I wanted something to match. My pearl and crystal necklace was called Opulent Heirloom by Katzi London. I also wore some pearl studs which were my ‘something borrowed’ from my Auntie Glenys.
Well, how could I resist? As soon as I saw a lovely bride on RMW wearing Ms. Westwood’s Lady Dragon Hearts, there really was no other choice for me – I simply had to have them! I tried some on in the Vivienne Westwood boutique in the Trafford Centre, but unfortunately the colour I wanted was no longer in stock. Luckily, I found a pair on ebay – never worn – I was so excited when they came, that I even showed a few of my girlfriends, despite me wanting to keep everything a secret. The oohs and aahs just confirmed what a great choice they were and everyone on the day commented on them.
The best thing about my shoes is that they are totally wearable after your wedding. They look just as stunning with a pair of jeans as they do with the most important dress of your life! Love them.
Relaxing with the Regulars
I was so lucky when it came to hair and make-up. My regular hairdresser (and good friend) Lois Pickup is also a freelance hair and makeup stylist for magazine shoots so she has an abundance of style, talent and the appropriate equipment to create the perfect look for me. It meant that everything could be done at home, so we had a lovely relaxed morning on the day of the wedding.
We had a few trials and knew the general look we wanted – soft, romantic tones for the face; dramatic eyes, and a forties up-do, but in true girly fashion, we were still making final tweaks to the hairstyle at midnight the night before the wedding!
Lois was busy from 6.30am getting us all looking stunning and then she had literally minutes to do her own hair and make-up before racing to the church to join us as our guest. I can’t thank her enough, though; the final result was truly amazing.
Bridesmaids in Blush
My bridesmaids were my very gorgeous (and oh so skinny!) cousins, Natasha and Olivia. We spent a long and tiring day shopping for their dresses, a task which if I’m honest I thought would take a lot less time than it did. It ended without joy, but then a few days later Olivia tried on a dress in Karen Millen as a potential prom outfit (yes, she is that young!). We went back en masse and the deal was done. The dresses were exquisite and the matching shoes were to die for – all my friends have been asking about them ever since the wedding.
And a Groom in Grey
So, with the bridesmaid dresses sorted, we now had a colour scheme. Our flower girl Eleanor had a dress from Debenhams which matched the bridesmaids perfectly and the boys (who didn’t much fancy anything pink) went for a complementary grey.
Dean had a few suit wobbles in the week leading up to the wedding. I think he wished he had gone for something a bit different from the ushers and best man, but he needn’t have worried. They all looked very handsome in their Lingfield morning suits from Moss Bros and Dean in particular just looked lovely. He accessorised with ultra cool black Chatterbox Brogue from Ask The Missus, Paul Smith heart cufflinks and stripy Paul Smith socks (with secret matching pants). Who said it was just girls who were shoe mad? My man has more pairs than I do!
Vintage style Floral fancies
My future sister-in-law Nicolla Moran used to be a florist and is an über-creative lady so I knew my flowers would be fabulous. She didn’t let me down. They oozed romance and the table decorations had a vintage twist as she’d used teacups and biscuit tins (that we’d all been collecting from charity shops for months) instead of vases. It had a wonderful effect.
I literally cried when she presented me with my bouquet at the wedding rehearsal the night before. It was so stunning and the colours just hit you. We’d decided on a mix of Victorian lilac tea roses and Juliet peach David Austin roses (the lovely papery peach coloured ones which I adore). This was then supplemented with lisianthus and alstroemeria.