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You’re The Best Thing… Part 2

It’s always really nice when the wedding of an RMW reader lands on your desk, especially when you can see little RMW snippets of evidence here and there within the images. In this case it is the actual image makers – Ruth Found Craig Williams Photography through these very pages, and you can see them on The Love Lust List.

We admired, amongst other things, the colours, the dress, the flowers and the bungalow (!) in part 1 of Ruth & Danny’s big day… And now we have details, family, cake! Dancing and décor. (Check out those chandeliers!)


No Corners Cut.

We decided that we didn’t want to do a cake cutting so a cupcake tower was an ideal choice. I had already bought cakes from Cupcake Occasions and as I knew their cakes taste delicious and they are fantastic at recreating anything that you could possibly want, they were an obvious choice. Through discussing our overall wedding plans and making us some yummy sample cakes together we agreed on a final design made in 4 flavours, Lemon, Carrot, vanilla and Chocolate.


One Day Like This.

During the ceremony we had a string quartet called La Scala. For walking down the aisle we chose Pachabel Cannon in D which is a beautiful piece of music. Whilst we were signing the register they played Snow Patrol Chasing Cars and for our exit Elbow One Day Like This, both which are lovely songs anyway, but sound even better on strings. They then moved outside and played a selection of modern songs which was great to entertain the guests whilst we enjoyed drinks and canapés on the lawn. 

In the evening we had The Monday Music Club who consist of a DJ with a live band on percussion, bass guitar and saxophone and they play a mix of soulful house music.  They often play in my favourite night spot and we have had many enjoyable nights out dancing the night away. It was a bit of a risk going for something different from the typical crowd pleasing wedding music but we really didn’t want to have all that as it’s just not us! I’m pleased that I stuck to my guns as I think that their vibe suited our wedding really well.    


The Style Council.

We had difficulty choosing a first dance song as there wasn’t anything that stood out as being our song. So I tuned to my friend Google to help come up with some ideas. When we came across The Style Council ‘You’re the best thing’ we both really liked it as it is an oldie but a goodie! It’s a bit more happy and upbeat than other typical first dance songs whilst the lyrics are romantic and meaningful.


Say Fromage.

Favours were another thing that I agonised over for a long time. I think it’s nice to give guests a memento but I just couldn’t find anything we liked. Then we came across the photobooth idea which meant that we had some fun entertainment for our guests and it also allowed them to print as many copies of their photos to take home for themselves and another copy was stuck in a guest book for them to write a message next to. I wrote a poem and had it printed on the back of the menus to ask people to make sure that they used the pohotobooth as a favour for us and a favour for them. It was a massive hit and there was a steady queue all night and we have a fabulous guest book as a result as well as over 300 pictures on a CD to keep.

Pamper Party.

We replaced the existing chairs and dance floor with some hired whitewash chiavari chairs and a black and white dance floor which all added to the beauty of the marquee. The florist Calla’s Floral Designs arranged candles in hurricane vases which lined the stairs to the ceremony room and were later moved to line the path to the marquee which looked wonderful.  I also spent months making and collecting various accessories which were used around the venue including a pamper basket for the lady’s toilets which was very popular with the girls!

Guessing Guests.

The table plan I made using a birdcage frame which tied in with our invitations and name tags on the chair and we used a vintage suitcase for the cards. The table names were all arenas and events at Latitude festival which Danny and I go to every year and also went to this year after our honeymoon… or for honeymoon number 2 as I liked to call it.  With names like ‘In the woods’ and ‘Guilty pleasures’ though they certainly kept our guests guessing!


The I Do List.

I feel our wedding was unique as we made an effort to do things the way that we wanted, breaking out of the typical wedding mould whilst maintaining the class and romance of a traditional wedding.

My advice for brides would be…

  1. Do lots of research
  2. Write lots of lists
  3. Check Rock My Wedding daily
  4. Make it personal
  5. Relax and enjoy it as it goes so quickly!

Photographer – Craig Williams Photography

Venue – Yaxley Hall

Cakeage – Cupcake Occasions

photobooth – Say Fromage

Flowers – Calla’s Floral Designs

Quartet – La Scala

What about that for a cracking bit of D.I.Y for the table plan… a true RMW girl is our Ruth!

I think the photobooth concept is a really neat answer to the wedding favours quandry… it engages your guests in a fun activity, it gives them a keepsake and it adds to the memories of the day for you as well… It’s got more strings to its bow than a kinder suprise. Now, if only someone out there were to somehow combine a photobooth with chocolate…

Right, I’m off down the patents office.


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You’re The Best Thing… Part 1

Ruth (self confessed daily RMW reader) & Danny married at Yaxley Hall in Suffolk in July of this year.

With vintage influences and regal surroundings, this classic affair was documented perfectly by Love Lust List members Craig Williams Photography.

And so this morning, from “the other side” of the Rock My Wedding fence, Ruth recalls the day she said I do…

Silver Screen.

We really cannot recommend Yaxley Hall enough. Everything from first booking through to organisation on the day was fantastic. It is a privately owned house which we had exclusive use of for the day which made it really personal and intimate as well as romantic and classy. The house and the grounds are beautiful, the food is delicious and the wedding butler Richard Orton is just fabulous and was such a great help throughout. The ceremony was in the upstairs music room but to cater for the number of guests that we invited we also had some guests in the downstairs drawing room where they watched the ceremony on a large screen with a video link to the music room. This was a big hit and guests said it was great being able to watch the service from the front where they could see our faces, plus they were able to drink champagne whilst they watched too!
I didn’t want to over theme or colour scheme the day, but our choice of venue plus the initial ideas that I had in mind led way to the general theme for the wedding which became vintage inspired with a twist of modern funkiness with a few birdcages thrown in too!


Experiencing “The One.”

When I set out to look for a dress I had a definite idea in mind but didn’t have much luck finding it.  So after a few unsuccessful trips I came across a dress which at the time I thought was the one, so my Mum kindly bought it for me. When I collected the dress however after 7 months waiting for it, doubts had set in but I tried to put them to the back of my mind. Then one day I was out with my bridesmaid as she needed to visit a hairdressers which took us to an end of town that I wouldn’t have normally have been passing. 

Whilst waiting for her I found myself outside a bridal shop when I spotted a dress in the window …WOW… it was just what I had been looking for originally. I tried the dress on and loved it, at last I knew what people meant by ‘The one!’ The beauty of a dress is by Justin Alexander and is number 8530. I loved the lace detail at the neck and the back, the subtle mermaid style… in fact I loved everything about it, it was just perfect for me! By this time though it was only 2 months until the wedding and time was tight, but thankfully it arrived just in time to be altered. Phew! I’m not a big believer of fate, but I really think that it played a part in me finding my perfect dress. 

Simple And Delicate.

I can’t remember the first time that I first set eyes on the gorgeous Jenny Packham Arcacia ii but as soon as I did I just knew I had to have it! I made a trip to London to the Jenny Packham boutique in Slone Square to try it on and I loved it even more when I saw the real thing. With this and the dress I didn’t feel that I needed to make a statement with my other jewellery so wanted to keep it simple and delicate. Danny surprised me with some beautiful white gold and diamond hoops that we had spotted together previously and I was also lucky to receive a really pretty bangle also in white gold and diamond as a present from my Step Mum.
I was always certain I didn’t want to wear a veil and when I had already fallen in love with dress number two, I was told that it comes with a detachable train which is completely gorgeous and like nothing I had ever seen before.  Yet again it was meant to be and I loved it so much and it was a great alternative to a veil.


Subtly Rebellious.

I had always wanted to have statement shoes, I have quite a reputation as being a shoe lover and as the proud owner of a well stocked walk in shoe cupboard I wanted to get something fab for my wedding day! I had initially thought that it was a good excuse to treat myself to a pair of Christian Louboutins, but after getting two dresses I decided it was a bit extravagant.  So I came across the bright pink Ted Baker shoes and thought they were fab. I loved the flash of pink under the classic lace dress, ‘subtly rebellious’ as someone described it! I also had my finger nails painted bright pink to match.


From Zurich To Yaxley.

I decided to have my hair and make-up done professionally not only to look my best but also to take the pressure off me having to do it myself in the morning. My hairdresser Hannah was recommended by a friend and arrived bright and early at 7:30am at my Mum’s house and did a great job despite being shattered after delayed flights arriving from Zurich the day before. We then travelled to Yaxley and were made up to perfection by the very lovely Sophia who worked her magic with a very large selection of Mac make up.           

Unforgettable Flowers.

During my thorough internet research I came across the Amnesia Rose. It is a dusky pink colour with a really vintage look about it which was just perfect. So we met with Kevin the florist at Calla’s Floral Designs who was able to create the beautiful displays using all ivory flowers and green foliage making the Amnesia Rose the focus. The men also all had an amnesia rose as their button hole. 


Nice Day For A White Waistcoat.

We decided to go for a grey suit for Danny, the two best men, the ushers and for our Dads. We wanted to keep them relaxed and not overly ‘weddingy’. Danny’s suit is by Without Prejudice which he bought so he could have it adjusted to be a perfect fit whilst the best men and ushers hired their suits from Coes. After much deliberation and changes of mind, we settled on the white waistcoats and light grey/silver ties and Danny wore a pink patterned tie just to stand out and be a bit different!

Walking down the aisle was far more emotional and nerve wracking than I had expected especially when I saw Danny turning to look at me with tears in his eyes!

We also chose to have a grey/silver bridesmaid dress to coordinate with the men’s suits. The dress we chose was from Debenhams and was a bit of a lucky find. After making a day trip to Bluewater but not finding anything, I stumbled across this dress during my lunch hour from work and both my bridesmaid and I were very happy with it.  

Relaxed Reportage.

The right photographer was very important to us as we both love photographs. We had been researching photographers for quite a while and had met with a couple who just didn’t feel right. Then, as if by magic during my daily Rock My Wedding visit, I saw some fantastic pictures which to my amazement (as nothing is normally local to me) were from a wedding at a venue nearby. I contacted Craig & Kate Williams who are completely lovely and as soon as we met with them we knew they were right for us. We loved their relaxed reportage style mixed with modern style photos and they certainly did not disappoint. We hardly noticed them on the day and were really astounded when we saw how many photographs they had taken, they captured the day perfectly.

Photographer – Craig Williams Photography

Venue – Yaxley Hall

Gown – Justin Alexander 8530

Headpiece – Jenny Packham Arcacia ii

Shoes – Ted Baker

Hair – Hair By Hannah

Flowers – Calla’s Floral Designs

Grooms Suit – Without Prejudice

I don’t remember foliage ever looking so luxurious, so velvety, so…. green! The deep rich heritage colours of Yaxley Hall and its surroundings really give Ruth and Danny’s wedding a sense of occasion and a certain gravitas. A stunning set of images from a stunning day.

P.S the “hanging dress” shot can so often be a tricky one for photographers to get just right… Craig and Kate’s answer – just whack a portrait of an Ex Prime Minister into the mix…. Et Voilà.

Works every time!