Gorgeous bride Kate married Joe Jonas, opppps I mean Rich, at Stone Barn, one of our all time favourite wedding venues. Filling the barn to the rafters with gorgeous blooms, rustic details and lots of live music, their wedding day looks like a proper party from start to finish.
Kate looks absolutely stunning in her floral crown and relaxed up do, I’ve never seen such a radiant bride! And Rich looks rather dapper in his braces and light blue suit combo too, even taking to the stage a la his doppelgänger Joe Jonas. Images come from the wonderful Harriet at Weddings Vintage. Make sure you soak up those couple portraits – THAT light!!! Swoon!
I always love featuring weddings that take place outside, especially when the couple are lucky with the weather. Heather and Bruce’s big day, held next to a Scottish loch was bathed in glorious sunshine – or at least it looks that way in the images by Weddings Vintage 😉 We’re always so envious of our Scottish couples who can legally marry in the great outdoors.
The day was so lovely that the couple headed out on the water in a boat, which made for the most gorgeous images. Enjoy this one, it’s full of gorgeous flowers and fashion too…
Well hello there super swishy gorgeous bridal frock!
Beautiful bride Lauren went all out on her silver and white colour themed wedding day, to her boy Sean, opting for the very gorgeous Payton bridal gown by Charlie Brear. I say bridal gown but actually it was a dress paired with the Isere skirt from the same bridal brand over the top and it looks amazing!
The twosome said their vows at Hackney Town Hall before partying on down at London Fields Brewery complete with twinkly fairy lights and the most amazing florals. Check out Lauren’s bouquet- just beautiful!
Hands up those of you who entertained the thought of a blush pink wedding dress when choosing your big day frock. Yep thought so…me too! Whilst I didn’t find one in my own hunt, bride Sinead was a darn sight luckier than me when she popped along to Charlie Brear’s boutique.
Sinead married her boy James and celebrated their union at Balham Bowls Club in London with a pale pink, blue and ivory colour scheme which looked pretty darn awesome.
I particularly loved Sinead’s gift to her husband on the morning of their wedding – a vintage sapphire tie pin to complete his big day look. She snuck it into his jacket pocket with a little note for him to find when he was getting ready. How cute is that?!
I love a good international love story and Rob and Susie’s round the world romance is no exception. Meeting in Australia, getting engaged in Barcelona and then marrying in Wales is definitely one way to get in all the sights.
Susie’s Suzanne Neville frock is beautiful,fits her like a glove and looks positively dreamy amongst the woods at Tros Yr Afon. I love the fact that she chose to incorporate some of Rob’s grandma’s hairpins into her do on her big day – such a beautiful touch.
To quote form one of their readings “Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves. ” Need I say anymore?
There’s not many of us that can say that they’ve got married and have held their wedding reception in a headmaster’s garden at a real life school. But Alice and George did just that in July earlier this year.
Their beautiful ceremony took place in the Charterhouse School’s chapel – an exquisite building that is most definitely a far cry from the scrappy hall that I used to have assembly in when I was a young lass.
The newlyweds then headed over to the house of George’s father who happens to be the Headmaster of Charterhouse School to continue the celebrations.
And just wait until you see Alice’s dress, folks…it is breathtakingly beautiful.
Headmaster, Vicar and Toastmaster Too
My now father-in-law is the Headmaster of Charterhouse School, but also happens to be a vicar, so he married us in the chapel and acted as the toast master for the day.
The wedding was on the first day of the Olympics, so the night before with my bridesmaids (and one usher) we watched the opening ceremony in the hotel bar as we ate some food.
Original French Lace
The wonderfully fabulous Jane Bourvis made my dress (there is no other way to describe her!)
I work in Portobello where her shop is and I was passing one day and popped in not knowing it sold wedding dresses, and before George had even asked me!. When I was in there I saw this amazing dress and thought it I ever get married that would be my perfect dress.
George proposed three weeks later the day after my 30th birthday, on the long walk to Windsor. One lunchtime I thought ‘Oh wow that dress!’, so I went back, tried it on, and that was the dress I purchased.
It was half made and so Jane and I worked together to create my perfect dress. I have a degree in fashion design and so it was a brilliant collaboration of ideas, and lovely to be able to have some input. So many dresses are off the shelf, so it was extra special to see it evolve. The original piece of lace was over 125 years old and came from a French auction house, and was a stunning champagne colour.
Jane did a fantastic job and I still pop in to see her and have a good chat.
A 1920’s Original
I was very lucky girl in that Jane Bourvis lent me this exquisite original 1920 head piece. I had been looking for one for ages and stumbled across hers deep in the piles of beautiful things in her store.
It happened to be one of the few things that were not for sale so she kindly let me wear it; I will be forever grateful!
I had my hair put up by Harrington’s in Guildford. I think I might be rather fussy about my hair as the trial was supposed to take half and hour and I was in there three.. oops, but they were very patient.
Shoes Can Be A Logistical Nightmare
For my shoes I used a company called Rainbow shoes, who dye to match.
Trying to get six bridesmaids into the same pair of shoes is a logistical nightmare!
We got there in the end with some Dune wedges with gold straps. I went with wedges as they are easy to walk on in the grass that had a more country feel.
I realised I had lost a pair of the bridesmaids shoes the night before the wedding. Luckily, one of my bridesmaid’s boyfriends came to the rescue and tracked a pair down on the morning of the day and completed an hour round trip to go and get them. The missing pair haven’t shown up!
I had both my own and the bridesmaids’ hair done by the lovely Louise from Laura Mercier in Guildford. She did a fantastic job and didn’t even mind when she left the room for 5 mins and came back to find my naughty bridesmaids with their fingers in the make-up bag and in the eye shadows!
A Very Talented Mother-In-Law
I am very lucky that my now mother-in-law is a very talented florist so she helped me with everything. I wanted a very loose and country wild feel. We went to Longacres Nursery in Bagshot, which is amazing, huge and full of every flower imaginable whilst being very reasonably priced.
We visited Longacres on the Wednesday and put the arrangements together on the Friday. I collected lots of jam jars and raided my grandpa’s shed for old oil cans which I put flowers in.
As my bridesmaids dresses were a multicoloured floral jacquard design I wanted to keep the flower girl dresses and George/groomsmen’s outfits as plain as possible. The dresses were from Jigsaw, I used to work there as the print designer, so it was a dress I had worked on which made it very special.
I actually got the flower girl dresses made in China using this website. The website is amazing, and the service was so quick. It was a bit of a risk as I didn’t know what champagne colour would look like but as a complete fluke it was exactly the same colour as the slip of my dress! They were a bargain at £30.
The flower girl shoes were little sparkly pumps from Monsoon.
George went to Savile Row and the Hackett store to get his waistcoat and tie with his brother (best man) and Father. He got a gold foulard design tie and a plain sand coloured waistcoat.
A Natural Style
I was really struggling to find an affordable photographer who was very natural in their style. I wanted somebody who could take shots as natural as possible so they did not look too contrived. I was recommended Harriet Gill of Weddings Vintage by a friend; she was fantastic and exactly what I was looking for.
She was brilliant on the day and was the perfect choice. She arrived the day before in the middle of my meltdown (every bride has one once!) and was just so lovely!
A DIY Cake
I really do not think you need to spend too much money on the cake as you can buy brilliant plain ones and be creative. I bought 4 plain tiers from Marks and Spencer and some ribbons and my mother put it together the night before, and finished it of with some wild flowers.
Blue Suede Shoes
We hired a jazz band, the Blue Suede Shoes, from Function Central who played a great 2 hour set of funk and swing set to get everybody dancing! Afterwards a friend, who is a very talent DJ, played for us!
As George’s father is a vicar our first dance was to ‘Son of a Preacher man’; the lyrics in it are very apt!
A Dab Hand In The Kitchen
George made Nigella Lawson’s chilli jam for all of our favours and I made the labels and stuck them on with string tied around a fabric top. We had an old school luggage tag that had everybody’s names on it as their place names on the table.
Alice In Wonderland
The marquee was in my parent’s in-law’s garden which is an old Gertrud Jekyll design, it is already naturally very beautiful, and so I wanted to bring the outside in. We pulled all of the sides of the Marquee up so it was more like a giant gazebo. We bought some giant white balloons and some helium and put them on the tables and on the entrance to the tent.
There is a separate summer house in the garden which we used as the children’s table for when the speeches were taking place, and put up some pink bunting for them.
As my name is Alice, I wanted a slight theme to the day (Alice in Wonderland) and thought it would also compliment the walled garden. I had small touches around like little signs, saying; rabbit hole’ and this way to the party etc.
We didn’t really have a strong colour theme as I think sometimes it can look a bit much with everything all in the same shade, we wanted something that felt a bit looser, which meant I could play with lots of different wild flowers in multicoloured shades.
I made quite a lot of things for the wedding. I designed and made the invitations with George which was a real labour of love…not so much after 100!
I couldn’t find any black and white checked bunting and so I decided to make it myself…150 metres later! I also realised on the day I only needed about 20, hahaha, so if anybody wants some bunting, get in touch!
For the table plan we used an old amazing frame we found on the street and painted it white with a hessian background, then typed out the plan on brown paper. I bought some cardboard numbers and the pinned them on to the board.
My best friend helped me create a mood board at the beginning which was a massive help as it meant I could visualise exactly what I wanted. I had had all these ideas flying around and millions of blog images and felt a bit overwhelmed with everything I could do.
Creating it helped me focus on exactly what I wanted the day to look like, and what I needed to buy, where we could save money with things to make and how to show other people what I wanted, eg with the flowers etc.
It also helped me show George, and he said yes and no to things he definitely didn’t want.
My top tip is…give men specific tasks! I would get a bit stressed and say why aren’t you helping I have so much to do, and he would say well “how do I know what needs doing when it’s all in your head! I am not a mind reader”. They don’t really care about the visual things to much, just present them with a choice like “blue or green” and they can say yes or no, not “what colour do you think”?
We started with lots of ideas and worked back to what was realistic. It’s impossible to do everything; you need to know when to stop, when to delegate and when to let go. Remember it’s really all about the love not about the napkin shades!
Get the major things sorted first, your venue, dress, food, theme and cars; the rest will follow!
When I was worrying about family politics and what people would think of various elements of the wedding, somebody said to me if anybody is there that is not wishing you all the best and wanting you to have the perfect day then that’s their problem not yours!
Right about now I’ve developed a sudden urge to go out purchase some antique lace. Alice’s dress is simply dreamy.
She also has some sound advice too. If any of you are experiencing anxieties about family politics or even worrying about people’s perception of the wedding, then you’re not alone. I certainly had my own fair share of drama.
I absolutely 110% agree with Alice’s philosophy that it’s their problem not yours. If you’re able to, try to let it float over your head – it simply won’t matter on the day anyway because it’s about you two as a couple and the love you have for one another.
She’s a wise girl is Alice.
So come on folks, what do you think? Which part of George and Alice’s day do you love the most?
Rock My Wedding readers Glesni and Owain Lloyd married on the 12th of August, 2011. The ceremony was in their local church in a small and rural village called Betws Gwerfil Goch in North Wales.
When I finished looking through this submission from Weddings Vintage I realised I was suffering from severe ‘dry mouth.’
At some point early on my Jaw had dropped – and there it had remained as I soaked up not only the amazing camera work but also the stupidy gorgeous wedding stationery. You see Vintage Weddings is a collection of super creative people and not only will they shoot your wedding and make it look fabulous, they will also create you some seriously-to-die-for papercraft too.
Anyway, over to Glensi…
The dress was Charlotte Balbier, Tabitha in vintage gold from Belles Bridal Boutique, Liverpool. I loved the vintage style of the shop and Geraldine the owner was so lovely, I new I had to buy my dress from this shop.
My hair piece was from Untamed Petals, and called a ‘poppy double headband’. I wanted a vintage and natural look and this headpiece gave me the look I desired.
A Comfortable Fit
My shoes were from Rachel Simpson, mimi. I tried them with my dress fitting and I loved the way they looked and they were so comfy.
A Local Do
I went to a local hair dresses in Llangollen for my wedding hair, I just needed a natural up do, no frills.
I decided to do most of the floral decoration myself; the local flower shop sourced the flowers for me. My bridesmaids, mum and mother in law and I decorated the hall all Thursday. It was a lovely but very busy day with everybody mucking in.
We made our own bouquets, I was much easier to achieve the look i wanted. I’d made a scrap book full of ideas, which was a great reference book.
I had 5 bridesmaids and 2 flower girls. I bought the bridesmaid dresses from a shop in Cowbridge, South Wales called High society bridal. Since all the bridemaids we’re around the same age, I wanted dresses that would suit them and choose the Lela Rose , crinkle chiffon collection in Mint and the girls decided on the style they liked and we went for 5 different styles, for a more natural, less uniformed look.
The groomsmen attire we hired but we bought them gingham ties.
Bow Tie Bliss
Owain had always wanted to a bow-tie , so we found a grey bow-tie in Topman. He looked so happy as I walked down the aisle, the whole day was perfect for us.
Lovely And Warm
I wanted a photographer that could capture the natural, vintage style I was hoping to create. The photographer was important to me and I spent hours on hours surfing the internet. Somehow I came across the Weddings Vintage website and fell in love with their previous wedding photography. I sent an e-mail, and talked on the phone to Harriet, I knew she was the photographer for me. We shared some ideas and I new she understood the feel and look I was going for.
Harriet was amazing during the wedding, she meet up with us on Thursday afternoon, and took some photos during our practice in the church. She had a lovely and warm personality and I trusted her instantly. We love our photos.
The Perfect Postcard
Finding Weddings Vintage was a blessing. Hayley the designer, helped me create the perfect wedding stationery. I love post cards, and I wanted invitations that captured the feeling of our wedding day, and the beautiful scenery of home. I took some photo’s of my church, the village hall, the field in front of my house which holds so many happy childhood memories and the trees that all the guest would drive through on the way from the church to the village hall. I sent them on e-mail and asked for a vintage postcard design. I was blown away with the invitations, they were perfect, we had so many compliments about them, and we couldn’t wait to receive the rsvp postcards. They set the tone perfectly for the wedding.
A Family Affair
My mum made our fruit cake, my sisters and I decorated it simply with lace and wooden pegs. My bridesmaid made some cupcakes and decorated them with berries, they looked beautiful.
We hired a swing band Called Dr Jazz from North Wales. They were amazing a hit with young and old and just completed the night perfectly.
My husband choose the song and played it to me on youtube, and I instantly loved it. It was A Groovy Kind of Love from Phil Collins. We’d been together for 9 years and our relationship has always been chilled and relaxed and foremost we’re great friends. Our second song was Pencil Full of Lead by Paulo Nutini, I love that song and it was great to kick of the party mood.
We didn’t go for any favours. I just wanted to keep it simple but I collected a cup and saucer for every guest and placed the name tags on them. It was great seeing people sharing a pot of tea and reminded me of community events when I was young.
A Village Fete Feeling
Decoration was really important to me. The village hall gave me a perfect canvas to decorate the hall as I had imagined. I’d collected a scrap book full of ideas, and decided we wanted long trestle tables to create a village fate feeling.
We decorated the tables with candles and flowers. I collected a tea cup and saucer for each guest, a hundred and thirty. I went around charity shops and asked family members – they loved that they could help.
I wanted a relaxed garden feel where people could chill in the conservatory, so we hired a company called Posh Frocks and Wellies from Chester to decorate, they bought odd chairs, lamps, bunting etc and it just gave the room character and it fitted in great with our odd and ends. They we’re great and came to finish the work the morning of the wedding, since a whist tournament was taking place that Thursday night in the conservatory.
The locals all loved having an opportunity to have a peek at their hall transformed. We hired a company called stephanotis to drape the hall and hired a company called Outside from Conwy to cater for us. Their food was amazing, we had pate followed by steak, new potatoes and salad and nickerbocker glory for pudding, followed by homemade pies and hot dogs at night.
Make A Scrap Book
Our friends and family made our day. It was so lovely to have them all together celebrating with us. My advice would be to make a scrap book, It gave me the confidence to go for a vintage wedding. Rock My Wedding was a weekly fix, and inspired so many of my ideas. Having so many people helping and contributing to the wedding made it extra special. I love being creative and loved the opportunity to be able to make our special day perfect for us.
So much that I like about this wedding but I am going to hold back and just talk about my geeky passion… The stationery. What a great idea to take shots of your surrounding area to create a collection of postcards. And how beautifully executed by Weddings Vintage.
The Order of service right through to the table numbers and menu cards have had the same carefully considered treatment and they really do bring all the elements of this amazing vintage inspired wedding together.