The Kitsch, The Cool and The Creative…….Part 1

There are many reasons why I am 100% head over heels in love with Aimee and Matt’s uber cool Big Day held at The Belfry in Wishaw.

The venue is actually where Mr O’Shea and I first met on a blind date so it holds many special memories and this is the first time we’ve had the pleasure of featuring it on Rock My Wedding. I completely adore Aimee’s quirky sense of style ( check out the colour pop earrings and extra long lashes lovelies. LUSH I tell you)…… and the bride and groom have chosen a killer turquoise and pink colour scheme with a whole heap of kitsch and unique personal touches that are nothing short of spectacular….

Oh and the groomsmen, some of the most stylish, smartest and all round catwalk-worthy we’ve ever featured I do believe.

You guys know we love nothing more than to totally brighten up your Wednesday 😉

All of the gorgeous images are courtesy of Chris Barber Media.

Disney Princess Locks

My bridesmaid and best friend, Laura Findon, did all of the bridal parties hair and make-up. I let her have free rein as we have known each other since we were at school together and she always does an amazing job. Having my friend as my hairdresser made the whole build up to the wedding so much fun and stress free! We kept the makeup natural, and Laura created my dream hair. I had been growing my hair ever since we set the date for the wedding as I wanted the typical Disney princess dream of long flowing hair and with some assistance from Laura the dream became a reality!

Keeping It Real

The shoes were the one piece of my outfit where I knew exactly what I wanted – Converse! (Converse Chuck Taylor All Star lights in white to be exact!) I wanted to keep a piece of me amidst all the glitz and glamour of the dress. To make my Converse extra special my sister, Lisa, screen printed a bride and groom flamingo onto them, this is just the first of many handmade touches made by our talented friends and family that made our day so personal and special to us.

Something Borrowed Something New

My Tiara was from Caroline Jane, it wasn’t what I thought I wanted but as soon as I put it on with the dress it looked perfect. The only other jewelry I wore was a bracelet, which was my wedding present from Matt and a ring that belongs to my Mom. I had loved the ring since I was a child when I would play with my Mom’s jewelry while she was getting ready to go out.

Cute As A button

Neither Matt or myself are particularly green fingered and we knew we wanted something a bit different for the bouquets, browsing through the internet I stumbled across RealBadKitty on Etsy. The button bouquets and boutonnieres fitted the bill perfectly, especially when it was custom made to fit in with our colour scheme.

Due to work commitments Matt and I, always doing things a bit backwards, went on a pre honeymoon to Thailand. Whilst browsing through the Chatuchak market in Bangkok we came across this offbeat, bizarre shop selling artificial flowers that looked just like they were made out of sugar. After searching through the stall and 150 baht later we were the proud owners of 18 bunches of these flowers! All it needed then was for Matt and I to put them together to make the flower girls bouquets. We were really pleased with the finished bouquets and the girls were really happy to have something that they could keep

For the ceremony and mothers presents we went to Rooms in Bloom in Castle Bromwich. The staff there were great, even though we were only having a couple of pieces they talked us through everything and picked out and maked the most beautiful and unique flower arrangements we had seen.

Film Influences And Space Invaders

The Groomsmen wore their own black suits, with Matt’s favourite skinny black ties- featuring, of course, space invaders. Each of the groomsmen had a boutonniere to match the bridal parties bouquets. We brought each of the groomsmen cufflinks, which we felt reflected their different personalities to complete the outfits.

Matt wanted the groom party to look like something from a Tarantino movie (Yes, if you haven’t guessed yet we are HUGE geeks!). His suit was from A39 Savile Row from House of Fraser. A few days before the wedding we saw the turquoise tie in Next and Matt finally relented in not wearing black, at least until the evening! While in Thailand Matt had his shirt tailor-made, which was an experience in itself!


Our bridesmaid dresses were from Coast and we customised them to fit in with the day using turquoise and pink ribbon. Our flower girls dresses and tiaras were from Monsoon.

My dress was from Caroline Jane, Caroline and all the staff at the shop are amazingly awesome! I fell in love with my Justin Alexander dress straight away even though I had protested that I didn’t want a big dress! I just loved the way it sparkled and made me feel when I put it on. On the wedding day Matt had said that it was the exact dress he thought I would choose, I guess sometimes the dress chooses the bride!

Photography Chris Barber Media

Dress – Justin Alexander at Caroline Jane

TiaraCaroline Jane as before

Button BouquetsRealBadKitty on Etsy

Grooms SuitA39 Saville Row at House Of Fraser

Maids Dresses Coast and Monsoon

Yup I know. ‘Tis a feast of candy coloured gorgeousness.

Just wait until you see part 2 😉

Big Converse Wearing Love

Charlotte xxx

Author: Charlotte O’Shea
Purveyor of short shorts. Make-up junkie. Hopes to grow old disgracefully.

20 thoughts on “The Kitsch, The Cool and The Creative…….Part 1

  1. I love. So much. A lesson in how to bring spanking individuality to a classic and beautiful ‘big white dress’… So gorgeous!

    Going to have to hunt me down one of those Space Invaders ties for Phil’s stocking this Christmas-bit of Internet trawling whilst I’m snowed in methinks!

    Very much looking forward to seeing reception details, fairly sure they’re going to be awesome! And of course, excited to see where the O’Shea story began…Aw…!


  2. I’m snowed in too, and this post has given me a lovely warm feeling – thank you Aimee and Matt 🙂 Loving the bride’s fringe, I think I want one for my own x

  3. The colours in this remind me of Charlie and the Choc Factory. Like the ‘bouquets’. The pops of colour are sensational. Oh and those Converse are making my life! xoxo

  4. Loooooooooooooooooooooove. Loooooooooooooooooooooooove. Loooooooooooooooove. It’s utterly divine. What a gorgeous couple!

  5. I think I must be the only person in Britain NOT snowed in right now but its OK because I have this bit of wedding, colourful gorgeousness to cheer me up (and a cup of tea of course).

    Can’t wait to see more details in part two, am loving this one so far. x x x

    PS second fringe this week is a sign in my book, think I may get the scissors out when I get home!

  6. I’m going to agree with everyone else.
    The bride is gorgeous and her hair/fringe is to die for!
    Although the bouquets/buttonholes aren’t to my particular taste, I love the fact they’re something a bit different/quirky and fair play to the couple for thinking outside the box and being a little adventurous.

    Very excited about P2…

  7. Oh my gosh i LOVE this, so can’t wait for part 2.
    Popping over to etsy now, debated making my own button bouquet until i realised the time and effort involved! All is not lost! x

  8. Beautiful bride, beautiful touches; a very cool wedding statement to make!
    Kelly- ref skinny ties with a 3 piece suit? As long as the suit is fitted, trendy and one or two button I reckon it would defo work! My fella is going for the same………I think, who knows! 😉

  9. Such a lovely couple! It’s the time when my fiancé and I are going crazy searching for a perfect venue amongst so many NYC wedding venues for our wedding. And yes, if keeping it real is a thing then even I am a flamingo kind of a girl. I loved each and every picture of this blog. Congratulations to you guys!

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