The PR Pocket Rocket Does Flapper And Dapper.

This post is a little bit of everything. Mainly it’s about throwing a fabulous party – this one happens to be a 30th but the ideas and styling can be used for your hen, your engagement do, even your wedding reception (everyone should have a cigar bar ok?).

However it’s also about Jo from Something Blue PR aka the RMW PR Pocket Rocket. You see Adam and I can’t take all the credit for how well RMW has done in these last six months, there’s been heaps of support and advice from Naomi, Jenny and Vix, our families, our friends and you lovelies – our awesome community.

But there has always always been Jo. Jo actually started her own business at a similar time to Adam and I and has since become the PR agency in the W-day industry. And we were really ruddy lucky to get on board her pretty PR ship when we did. The lady does on many occasions go way beyond the call of duty to look after her clients and we, being not your average um…client have probably pushed her to the absolute limit. But she has never ever faltered and over these last few months I can hold my hand up in the air (wave it a bit – sheesh hope my polish ain’t chipped..) and say I seriously don’t know what we would have done without her.

We certainly wouldn’t be in the position we are in now and we probably would have keeled over from sleep deprivation.

Jo Kent – We salute you.

And as well as saluting her I’m going to be sharing her “Flapper and Dapper” themed party which Mr O’Shea and I attended a few weeks back at Highroad House in Chiswick. Please do leave Jo some love in the comments section below and tell us which of her ideas you may be stealing…(I mentioned the cigar bar right?)

Jo Kent: Next month will mark my second wedding anniversary. And it also marks the start of my business, or at least the moment when I decided that a career in the wedding industry was for me. Ever since getting engaged and riding the emotional rollercoaster of planning the biggest event of your life, I’ve been hooked on weddings and everything that comes with them. I love the creativity of those in the industry, I love the romance and I love the daily eye candy that the world of weddings brings. And not just weddings, this somewhat unhealthy addiction extends to all manner of pretty parties. So it was little surprise to my friends and family when, six months before reaching the big milestone of 30, I announced that I was going to throw a party. And not just any party, a big birthday bash with all the trimmings – hair, makeup, cakes, flowers, stationery, a party planner and even a bespoke dress. Perhaps a little OTT if I’m honest but if there’s one thing a PR is known for, it’s our little black book of contacts and if there’s ever an excuse for another party, entering a new decade is a pretty good one!

And so the planning of the party (or ‘Wedding Take 2’ as my husband refers to it), commenced. I promise this isn’t intended to be a plug for my clients but there are some truly lovely people who deserve a personal mention for helping me pull together such a special and memorable occasion.

Decadent Design

Every party needs a planner. If there’s one thing I could change about our wedding day it was the fact that we didn’t have a planner. I am a natural control freak at heart so I would never be able to hand over the reigns fully to someone else but the added touches, ideas and styling that they can add to a day is invaluable. Together with the lovely Kim at The Pink Pumpkin, the concept of a Roaring Twenties party to celebrate the end of an era was decided on and we spent several evenings designing, crafting and making DIY décor. On the day of the party (after a full day’s work styling a wedding for one of her clients), Kim rushed to the party to wave her styling wand over the venue and make it look pretty – no matter how many times I try and arrange tealights, Kim makes them look a million times better and that’s why she’s a wedding planner and I’m not!

Speakeasy Styling

High Road House in Chiswick is part of the super cool Soho House Group – a collection of boutique hotels, restaurants and bars that have remained a firm favourite of mine. The Member’s Club at Highroad House provided the perfect backdrop for the event with its art deco inspired design in the style of a Speakeasy Bar. We stayed overnight in the Play Pen suite, which was the ideal room to nurse a rather sore head the next day with a huge bed, roll top bath and rain shower.

A Feathery Flapper Frock

Beverly Lister was the designer of my wedding dress and my very first client. I adore her dresses and the understated elegance of her designs. After searching the streets of London for a party frock with no joy, I called on Beverly to “rustle something up” and thankfully she happily agreed, although I’m no sure we can call it a rustled-up design! Beverly designed a gorgeous little black lace number with ostrich feathers and I wore an original art deco headpiece by Cherished Vintage and earrings from Glitzy Secrets to match. The super sparkly Jimmy Choo clutch was a birthday gift from one of my best friends (hence the facial expression!)

Finger Waves

When it comes to ultra glamorous hair, there’s noone else in my book that can style hair like Severin Hubert at Hepburn Collection. I met the charming Severin and Roz just before our wedding and ever since Sev has become renowned for creating the most luscious locks in the industry. Knowing just how busy they are, an appointment with Hepburn Collection was the first thing I did and naturally I wasn’t disappointed – my limp, polka straight hair was transformed into the biggest bounciest flapper bonnet.

The Snaps

I have long admired the work of Chanelle at Segerius Bruce who, above all, has a knack for making her clients look super slick. There’s some seriously gifted photographers out there and in the last few years the bar has been raised, with couples now expecting editorial style snaps. With several magazine and blog shoots under her belt, Chanelle really understands how to get the best out of people and achieves the perfect mix of fun and emotion with attention to the details.

Cakes and Candy

Krishanthi from Cakes by Krishanthi has a lot to answer for. Ever since we met last year, my waistline has continued to expand to the point where I no longer have a waist! I have officially nominated myself as her personal cake taster and I can vouch for the fact that every cake is utterly delicious.

Not content with just one birthday cake, I opted for a whole table of them together with meringues, cookies, macaroons and sweets. As I’m a Valentine’s baby, Krishanthi also made little heart shaped iced shortbread favours for the guests.

Balls Of Flowers

The carnation flower balls were provided by Nicole Liew at The White Orchid in Weybridge. Nicole is an exceptionally talented florist with a natural creative eye and the displays looked stunning in the venue. What’s more, it’s over a week since the party and the flowers still look beautiful which is a testament to the quality.

Stripy Stationery

The stationery was designed by one of my personal favourite stationers – Dottie Creations. Zoe created a fun collection incorporating the red, black and white colour theme inspired by the era.

Strictly Charleston

My husband surprised me on the night with a brilliant performance from 1920s band, the Charleston Charlies. Not only were the band fantastic, it reaffirmed why I married my man! It really set the scene for the evening before the DJ got the dance floor rocking until 2am.

A Final Note

To all the lovely brides who are fretting over facing the post-wedding blues once the big day is over, my advice would be that the wedding day is just the start of a lifetime of fun and happy occasions. Whether it be a birthday, anniversary, baby shower or christening, there’s always an excuse to celebrate in style!

Venue: High Road House

Photography: Segerius Bruce

Styling: The Pink Pumpkin

Dress: Beverly Lister

Hair: Hepburn Collection

Jewellery: Glitzy Secrets

Headpiece: Cherished Vintage

Flowers: The White Orchid

Cakes, meringues and shortbread hearts: Cakes by Krishanthi

Macaroons: Laduree

Cake stands, votives and vintage props: Idyllic Days

Stationery: Dottie Creations

Striped tablecloths: Ikea

Band: Charleston Charlies

I mean seriously – how amaze was that dress?! I think we should be allowed to wear Ostrich feather trim Every. Single. Day.

Big Something Blue Love

Charlotte xxx

34 thoughts on “The PR Pocket Rocket Does Flapper And Dapper.

  1. Inspiration-tastic!! What a gorgeous set of pictures and ideas.

    I was wondering what to do for my 30th, which will be 2 years after our wedding… Now I know! Something to look forward to planning in 2014!

    Loving the 20’s theme to say goodbye to the 20’s years. As well, very clever.

    Also loving Charlotte’s hair as always. Girl after my own heart-the bigger the better!!

    Happy Friday


  2. Jo works tirelessly for all of her clients so it’s brilliant to see her taking a night off (sometimes I wonder if she ever stops as she always replies to my emails, no matter what the time!) and celebrating in style. And what style! Jo’s attention to detail and the collaborative efforts of her fantastically talented team is what made this party so fabulous and having seen all the photos, I’m even more disappointed I couldn’t go. I have no doubt Jo will find an excuse for another stylish celebration and I’m putting my name down now! Jo – I adore the photos of you, they’re beautiful and the last one of you and Neil at the bar is my favourite X

  3. I’ll comment on all the other stuff when I get a momento but just want to say…

    @Charlotte – one word, H.I.V.E.

    Love it!


  4. I want a stripey table cloth for my wedding cake table!!!
    Where is it from and have I time? The weddings tomorrow!?

    Fab! Love it, makes me look forward to my 30th now! xx

  5. I remember Jo’s wedding being featured on these blue polka dot pages and it’s still one of my firm favourites!

    Now I’m also blown away be Jo’s 30th birthday bash-this is one super stylish party!!

    The thought that has gone into the party is amazing and all the little details are gorgeous.

    There is so much inspiration here that can be used by other brides or anyone planning a celebration.

    Jo-you look absolutely stunning. Your dress is beautiful and your hair is divine.

    I so wish I could have been a guest at this party 


    P.S. Charlotte-am loving you outfit too-especially the super cool hair!!

  6. Ah I love it, looks like you had a lot of fun!! The hair, the outfiit, those cakes…..!! xx

    P.s Charlotte – Loving your hair!

  7. Jo! You look amazing. Beverly’s dress is divine and your headpiece looks gorgeous with it. You work so hard, and your growing success is well deserved. Happy birthday! x

  8. @Alex (84) – Love, are you serious your wedding is tomorrow??????

    Stop worrying about flipping striped table cloths and start getting excited!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s going to be amazing, I’m sure, sans striped table cloth!


  9. WoWzErS girl you look HOT!!!! The Hair! That DRESS!!!!!

    HOT HOT HOT!!!!

    Loving this party and all the styling! I’ve been planning my 30th for quite some years now and it’s NO where near as classy as this bash! But then the dress code will be Chavs/Townies!

  10. Jo this was such a fabulous event to be part of – you looked amazing and I loved working on everything with you! Now, when can we have an excuse for another party 😉

    I would really recommend High Road House to anyone looking to hold a party – the space was fantastic and the staff were super helpful; food was yummy too!

    Alex – good luck for your wedding tomorrow; you’ll have an amazing time!


  11. Um, I loooooooove it! (sang in sing-song type voice)

    Beverly is a clever lady, that frock is divine! And just generally lovely styling all round. Happy Belated Birthday Jo! I’m frantically taking notes… totes having a 20’s themed party for my 30th now… xx

  12. What a seriously cool party, love the theme!! The cigar bar is awesome?!! What a cool idea. The dress is beautiful and I’m lovin’ me some of that glitzy headpiece, stunning!!

    Charlotte, you and your hubby should be models, you are both gorgeous!!

    Alex – all the best for tomorrow, hope you have the most amazing day!!


  13. Wow, what a party!!! Jo, your dress is AMAZING, you look gorgeous. I love how much of an effort everyone has put in to their outfits, you all look brilliant!

    Looks like you (and all your guests) had a fabulous evening – I’ve just become a little bit more excited about my future 30th birthday now I’ve seen this….



  14. Oh. WOW! Jo, you look IMMENSE! You hair looked amazing in the first shots – I thought it was finished, but then it got even more amazing!

    What an awesome do! It looks like you all had a blast. Don’t the O’Sheas look beaut? And Kim! And Sam! It’s like the who’s who of the wedding world 🙂

    Happy (belated) birthday! xx

  15. Hi everyone, I’m just back from a great day at the National Wedding Show with the fabulous Rock My Wedding team and Sev and Mariam. They did us proud as expected.

    Wow, what can I say? I’m sooooo touched by the intro from Charlotte, it’s so lovely to hear such nice words. And you’ve certainly not pushed me to the limits, I love working with you two!

    Thank you everyone so much for the comments, it’s made my 30th year!! So sweet that my wedding was remembered too, although I so wish I could do that again now I work in the industry!!

    My job is amazing and I sincerely love working with such wonderfully creative people – I really do think Something Blue PR has got the cream of the crop. And days like this make it all the more rewarding.

    Alex, the striped cloth is from Ikea but a little late now – go and enjoy a fabulous wedding girly!!

    Jo xxx

  16. Wow what a way to ark the occasion! I would love to be able to pull something like this off! Gorgeous styling!

    And Charlotte, I salute you for channeling your inner Patsy (darling) with that immense hair do! Xx

  17. Not so much as stealing the ideas (although NATURALLY…), I want her JOB! Seriously, want another PR?! I’m used to primadonnas but it’s not exactly a directly relevant field….

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