Bridesmaid dress shopping can seem daunting when you are trying to please your nearest and dearest. You want to find a dress they both look and feel amazing in. It should be fun though and is an excellent excuse for a girly get together. Usually you have an idea of your decor before you begin, but don’t worry if not – sometimes the dresses you find may help to define the overall colour palette of your wedding day. Today we are sharing three of our favourite colour trends, each one guaranteed to have your best girls smiling.
Sarah and George’s wedding was a weekend long celebration at Chateau Rigaud, combining their ceremony and reception with a boozy family lunch and a big party for George’s 30th birthday. What’s not to love about making the celebrations as big as possible?! And if you can do it in such incredible surroundings, all the better!!! We feature lots of weekend-long nuptials here on RMW, but I must admit this is one of my favourites to date…
It looks like a huge amount of fun and frivolity was had, and everyone looked gorgeous too. Sarah’s wearing Hermione De Paula – the bridal designer of the moment whose bold floral designs are instantly recognisable. And just look at those HOT bridesmaids in mustard yellow? I’m absolutely loving this hue for the bridal party.
Our final (and I’m guessing favourite for many of you) Dolly……. Madam Daydream. And as much as we can turn our hand to the Rock Star/Pop Star styling I think this is where Rock My Wedding excels – the PRETTY.
There’s no denying that this look has some gorgeous gowns but actually, what we really wanted to show you guys is how to accessorise on a teeny tiny budget. We realise not everyone has a W-day money tree growing in their back yard ( oh and if you do can we come over for tea?) and more often than not the “finishing touches” get left until well, exactly then……the finish. The point at which Mr bank account is flashing an angry shade of red and shouting at your subconscious NOT. TO. BUY. ANY. MORE. JEWELLERY.
Or maybe that’s just what happens to me.
Not just for rockers the William Chambers Camillia headpiece also comes in this more traditionally bridal shade of creamy ivory, perfect if the thought of real blooms in amongst your tresses doesn’t appeal.
The dramatically precious earrings from Glitzy Secrets are exactly the right mix of relaxed romanticism, a steal at £32.00 and the colour-pop coral bracelet is even more bargainous at just £3.00 from New Look.
Let’s talk knitwear. Cute yellow cardigan type knitwear. Perfection for the Spring bride who may want a little bit of a cover up to keep out the chill of the evening air or just to update her W-day look from day to night. Ours was from Oasis where there is a wide variety of other Dolly shades available, we also brought a little retro chic to the ensemble with badges from Rock N Rose which at £1 each, would make immense favours, place setting tags or fun hen-party outfit additions.
When I think of the bohemian bride I automatically think of a more groomed version of festival chic, a gown with multiple layers of soft floaty fabrics and a free flowing dancing-through-the-meadow shape.
This empire line frill number from Ugo Zaldi epitomises that vision for me and a pretty daisy crown ( just £24!!!!) from Rock N Rose is almost the only accessory you need. I say almost, we are a little bit in love with the leather and silver necklace by Samphire at Not On The Highstreet, simple natural materials that really make an impact, £24.00
Dolly Daydream’s bouquet was by far my favourite out of all three looks, and of course it would be, after all I used my own trends for 2011 inspiration piece as a basis for that whole informal and unstructured vibe of spiky foliage mixed with soft feminine blooms. Supplied by Robbie Honey as before.
I don’t know about you lovelies but when I think of Dolly Daydream I can’t help but imagine perfectly pedicured bare feet rather than a pair of glamorous skyscraper’s. However, if you would like something more substantial for W-day then the Carmen design (just seen) by Rachel Simpson might be what you’ve been looking for. Kind of retro, kind of strictly-come-dancing but mostly kind of fabulous.
The Claire Pettibone Nightingale gown is on my “if I did it all again this is what I would wear” list. I love the delicate floral applique and the neckline is so feminine and dare I say it…..a little bit sexy. And no this may not be what you had in mind if you want to emulate the Duchess of Cambridge but my wouldn’t you look H.O.T.
For the “underneath the blossom tree” images we paired the Nightingale with a statement necklace, the Starlet Pearl by Glitzy Secrets, inspired by 1940’s old school Hollywood…. besides, who said Boho couldn’t also be glamourama?!
The lovely Michelle at Twobirds Bridesmaid lent us a selection of their maids frocks and my weren’t they beautiful, sumptuous fabric and so easy to wear. Rebecca dressed our Model Serina in about 30 seconds flat, brilliant for the trials and tribulations of the W-day morning schedule…. and did you know at Twobirds one size fits all?
Yup. And they really do too.
Serina is wearing the “classic” design in butter yellow.
And as for our bride model Sylwia, she is rocking a hot pink shock of floral fancy and a cute “come rain or shine” umbrella necklace ( with a teeny “something blue” flower embellishment) both from Rock N Rose as before.
The Dreamy Dolly Beauty
Katy Messer At Make-up By Katy: Dolly Daydream – Not many people would consider wearing a yellow eyeshadow, however, when teamed with a matte white shadow, it totally brightens a look.
The key with a look like this is to clean up the skin and eye area to ensure that it looks as even and flawless as possible, especially taking care to take away any redness around the eyes. The yellow I used was a Models Own Loose Pigment in Neon Yellow, pressed over a matte white eyeshadow from Yaby. I kept the inner corners much whiter to brighten and blended the yellow right up towards the brow. I pressed a Black Cake liner inbetween the top lashes to deepen them and create a clean line. Mascara was kept a little clumpy, especially on the bottom lashes to create a slight ‘doll eye’ look.
The eyes were the main focus so I kept the lips warm and neutral with a Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bellini.
Cassandra Rizzuto at Love Your Hair: Sylwia was as dreamy as ever with her beautiful soft curls to work her Dolly Day Dream look!. With Sylwia I barrel curled her hair with a small and large curling Iron to make sure her curls looked more natural instead of really structured. I used alot of shine gloss and worked my fingers through her hair to soften the curls down and give a high sheen dreamy affect.
The Ultimate Dolly Daydream Style
For me Dolly Daydream is all about the informal, bohemian pretty however, that doesn’t mean you can’t add a glamorous headpiece or statement vintage necklace to your ensemble – mix it up and see what works for you.
Bright feminine hues such as raspberry, lemon and coral thrown together create a relaxed and summery vibe but if that’s a wee bit too much colour pop then perhaps choose one focus colour ( make it yellow PLEASE make it yellow!) and team it with a less showy neutral such as ivory, nude or cream.
I think the key here is to feel comfortable, beautiful and ultimately to feel like “you” – especially on W-day.
And if that’s skipping down the ailse barefoot then you know what?
So be it.
Dramatically Precious Earrings – Glitzy Secrets
Large Pink Flower and Daisy Chain Headpiece – Rock N Rose
Leather and Silver necklace – Samphire at NOTHS
Ivory Camillia Headpiece – William Chambers
Gowns – Frill Layer by Ugo Zaldi and Nightingale by Claire Pettibone both at Blackburn Bridal Couture
Bridesmaids Gown – Twobirds
Umbrella Necklace and “Dolly” Badges – Rock N Rose
Yellow Cardigan – Oasis
Hair – Cassandra Rizutto at Love Your Hair
Make-up – Katy Messer at Make-up By Katy
Shoes – Rachel Simpson
Venue – Non Such Mansion
Bouquet – Robbie Honey
Photographer – Julia Boggio
Styling – Rock My Wedding
So lovelies, have you decided what Dolly you are yet?
And has it changed since you first saw the style sheets?
We would love to know 😉
Big I’m Still Daydream But Lusting After A bit of Rock/Pop Cool 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Big Squished Head Kissing Love
I don’t even know where to start folks.
Laura and Dave’s rustic wedding reception at “The Old Barn” in Brandgore is so unbelievably personal and inspirational, with so many unique and clever idea’s that I can’t begin to point out everything that I love about it. The escort card plan, the giant cake, the original and abundant guest entertainment, the sweetie bar…..oh my goodness the sweetie bar, by far the loveliest I have ever seen in the whole of weddingville.
Just the kind of joyous Big Day that I would give my right arm to be invited to….
The centrepieces were designed to reflect the rustic theme and to fit into the silver birch wrap vases that my husband and I had made. They had similar blooms.
I came across an unusual flower that I had never heard of before called ‘Craspedia’ or Billy Buttons and was so taken by them, that I decided I had to have them! I chose to use them mainly for the buttonholes, as they are not overtly blousy or feminine and I thought they would go with the boy’s outfits.
THE Sweetie Bar
I loved the idea of a candy buffet but wanted something different, preferably that would excite our guests. Again, I spent hours researching, but couldn’t find anything that was right, so we decided to make our own unit. The result- a huge dresser with 21 drawers, glass jars and lots and lots of colour co-ordinated sweets! We even padlocked a drawer with a special prize and gave everyone an old iron key (part of our escort card board).
It was fun seeing all ages trying their keys in the padlock then shovelling sweets into yellow stripy bags to take away with them! We loved the whole thing so much that we are now starting our own business! www.onesweetday.co.uk
A Fruity Number
I designed a lemonade stand to compliment the rustic theme. It had a glass dispenser full of cloudy lemonade and pretty bottles of pink lemonade that guests were able to help themselves to all night! The kids loved it!
A BIG Treat
We decided that we were going to ‘go large’ on the cake! Because we didn’t want to cut the cake, we chose to have a 5 tier, alternate depth ‘dummy’, stacked on a huge chunk of wood with twigs, a birds nest and fabric birds!
My mum was responsible for the creation (although it took 4 of us to lift and place the icing on the huge bottom tier!) My mum made delicious kitchen cakes of vanilla, chocolate, carrot, toffee and fruit! Her friends ‘the dog walkers’ also contributed lots of lovely delights for the dessert table!
Aside from the lovely cakes, we had ice cream for dessert courtesy of www.brockice.co.uk 5 yummy flavours and a really nice prop for photographs. Lovely couple who run it too!
D.I.Y Decor – To the MAX
We dressed everything ourselves, with lots of help from our fantastic wedding party! Bunting, gingham table covers, dessert tables laid up with Hessian fabric, chunks of wood topped with cakes, brown labels and old iron keys, personalised teabag place-settings, cowboy hats on hooks and a guestbook area with an old typewriter, patterned paper and a battered leather suitcase that was my granddad’s.
The Piece de resistance- yellow and white paper lanterns that hung from the ceiling.
We had bales of straw for extra seating in the barn, covered in gorgeous knitted and crocheted blankets lovingly made by my mum and the dog walkers! My mum even had personalised labels made with our names and wedding date to sew onto them! We are going to sew them together to make a keepsake throw for our bed!
The guestbook area had a section for photographs taken before the wedding by our guests. Our ‘save the dates’ were actual dates in matchboxes that I designed and sent to our friends and families, requesting they take photographs of the dates for our competition! The dates went all over the world!
A matching convertible beetle and camper van trussed up with yellow ribbons to complete the look!. They were so amenable and lovely, giving me tictacs and tissues on the way!
We accidentally came across the most wonderful photographers, Teri and David at Murakami Photography. From start to finish they have been so fantastic; friendly, creative, hard-working and professional. We chose them after we described a mad idea we had of having some wedding photographs in a pumpkin field!
Other photographers just smiled and moved on but Teri and David were as excited as we were, spouting ideas and possibilities about the shoot! They have recently won awards for one of the photographs they took in that pumpkin field! (You can access information about this on their facebook page).
All Day Entertainment
We had the brilliant ‘Switch’ a saxophone quartet to welcome our guests, which really added to the ambiance of the day. ‘Mr Wiseguy’, an amazing live cover band was our choice for the evening entertainment. We had seen them at a couple of local venues and were so impressed we had to book them! They got everyone up dancing (and even called a couple of ‘victims’ my lovely bridesmaid Cookie and our usher Dave O, to sing Mustang Sally with the band!)
Have everything you want and make what you can’t find! It took tremendous commitment to source and make everything but we took great satisfaction in seeing little details throughout the day and so did our guests who were entertained all day by them!
Reception Venue – The Old Barn
Sweetie Bar – One Sweet Day
String Quartet – Switch
Live Band – Mr Wiseguy
Ice Cream Dessert – Brockice
Car Hire – The Wedding Bug
I want to know exactly how many of you are going to steal the following from this W-day:
A huge gigantic cake on a tree stump
A sweetie DRESSER ( marshmallows in a draw?! – I die!)
An old iron key escort card plan ( so stylish, so clever)
A help-yourself lemonade table
A “snogging at sunset” shot ( NB: can I say snogging? it just seemed appropriate….)
Let me tell you, if it was my turn I would STEAL.THEM.ALL.
With huge thanks to Dave, Laura and Murakami Photography for choosing our lovely readers to showcase this little piece of delicious to.
Big do you think a permanent sweetie dresser in my house would be OTT? Love
As you can imagine we receive a lot of real wedding submissions here at RMW HQ and my absolute favourite supplier submitted kind are when the sender ( particularly the photographer…..) seem genuinely genuinely thrilled about the Big Day they want featured and supply us with the reasons behind why they think Rock My Wedding is the perfect place to be showcased.
David and Teri from Murakami Photography are the perfect example and I was immediately taken with their infectious excitement and how much they were completely and utterly in love with the Autumn soiree of Laura and Dave that they captured beautifully in October last year.
Not only does the affair have a whole heap of pretty with a delicious citrus colour palette and gorgeous show stopping fashion but every little piece of decor and I mean EVERY last piece was designed, put together and made by the Bride and Groom and their family.
This is Do it Your Way and Do It YOURSELF Your Way to the max lovelies.
The Right Investment
I spent hours and hours researching which blooms: I even took a floristry course to help determine my decision!
For the bouquets, I decided that I wanted specific David Austin roses in gorgeous apricot and cream (‘Juliet‘ and ‘Patience‘). With those, I wanted a small amount of yellow roses to pick up the overall theme and camomile or September flower for the yellow centres. My vision for the bouquets were rustic country garden. My florist, Sarah at Flowers at 166 in Charminster must have been demented with me as I kept adding or changing things until I had it exactly right, but she did a great job.
The Right Accessories
My husband and I are similar heights so I had to go for little kitten heels. I went for a closed toe ivory pair that had a big bunch of pearls on the front!
My mum made all of my jewellery. Each piece was unique and made the whole thing really special….
And Of Course The Right Dress!
My dress was by Ronald Joyce. I really was dreading wearing a wedding dress as I didn’t feel it was very ‘me’. I went out with the intention of getting something plain and came back with something that wasn’t quite so!
I Loved the lacy bolero to add sparkle to the plain(ish) fabric of the dress, but the thing that really made it was the bustle on the back! The whole effect ended up matching our rustic theme really well!
A Posh Lot
My husband decided that he wanted to stand out from the crowd and wear a completely different colour to the groomsmen! My initial thought of “Oh my god this is going to be a logistical nightmare!” soon vanished when we found a fabulous blue suit in Austin Reed.
He was so excited about his “posh” shoes from Barker! Bless him!
A Ray Of Sunshine
The bridesmaid’s dresses were actually the first things I bought and inspired the whole wedding colour scheme! I knew I wanted shorter, floaty dresses that weren’t your traditional bridesmaid type and came across these online by chance. I ordered them straight away, but was really worried about showing them to my girls as they were so bright! When they asked what colour I had ordered I kept saying things like ‘lemon’ or ‘sunflower’ rather than ‘bright citrus yellow’ in case I scared them!
I think they were quite shocked when they first saw them, but they all agreed that when they were on, the shape and colour looked great! They were finished off with kitten heels in ivory and handmade glass jewellery made by my mum.
My hair and make-up was by ‘All about Hair and Beauty’ in Christchurch. They did a fabulous job on all of us on the day and to the lead up to the wedding.
I went for a messy up ‘do’ which took my fabulous hairdresser Nikki ages to do! It was so intricate! It took me half an hour to remove all of the pins after! Unfortunately my fringe went haywire when I got nervous going into the Castle!
A Super Stylish Wedding Party
To step away from the original wedding attire, we decided that the boys would not be wearing full suits, just shirts and waistcoats to keep the look relatively informal. It was really important that my dad felt comfortable, so he chose an Italian grey suit and we bought the trousers for the boys. The waistcoats were purchased online and ties were (eventually) found to match the bridesmaid dresses. Glass cufflinks, again made by my mum, finished off the look and brought the colour scheme together.
Cermony Venue – Highcliffe Castle
Bridal Gown – Ronald Joyce
Groom’s Suit – Austin Reed
Florist – Flowers at 166
Jewellery – Silverness
Photography – Murakami Photography
Ahem. You like the lemonade table?
Yes? Well lovelies, you ain’t see nothin’ yet. Part 2 has more reception D.I.Y inspiration than we have ever featured in just one wedding here on RMW.
And the dress bustle?! Ruddy hell I am LOVING the bustle!
Big Citrus Love