The scene has been well and truly set… And now for the actual big day its self… If you missed part one of RMW Real Bride Victoria’s wedding then make sure you read it first before going any further.
Victoria: We had glorious sunshine for all the setting up but when I woke up (at dawn as I had ALL WEEK) on wedding day it was time for some traditional Cornish mizzle! After enjoying some tea in bed I went for a lovely stroll in my PJ’s around the gardens! Just taking time out before the day started was wonderful and helped me catch my breath.
Getting back to our (stunning) cottage our lovely makeup artist Suzi Winter and hairdresser Jodie Hanson had arrived to start getting the girls ready. My bridesmaids Romilly, Alex and Sarah were pampered while I soaked in the bath and tried to calm down! Our lovely photographer Naomi Kenton arrived and shot off to the Yurt to take pictures of all the décor before the day began. Mum was primped and pampered too and we had bubbles together, while on the other side of the estate my husband-to-be went for his traditional morning run with Costa!
The Prettiest Version Of Me
Suzi did a brilliant job with my makeup, it was very calming not having to do it myself and I felt like the prettiest version of “me”. I fussed about makeup choices before the day, and bought some products myself that I particularly liked that she incorporated. In the wedding run-up I decided to have lots of free makeup trials in Selfridges and see what products lasted best on my skin! Really fun and great idea! So the main products used were NARS and Bobbi Brown for base and eyes together with some Bare Escentuals mineral veil powder, and the Smashbox primer.
The Up Do
After months of emailing hair pictures back and forth (I heart Pinterest) Jodie perfectly nailed the rolled and twisted updo I wanted. She added extensions to fill out the length and curled and rolled and twisted it up and secured it with a zillion pins to combat the Cornish wild weather!
Before I knew it I was giggling my way into my dress (there were A LOT of buttons). The girls looked fantastic in bright floral dresses from Hobbs, matched with Lady Dragon Pom Pom shoes (what a name) and pearl jewellery made by my clever Sister-in-law Sarah Morris. Alex and Sarah had their hair curled and part pinned up with gypsophila, while Maid of Honour Romilly had spent considerable time dying the streak in her hair to match the red of her dress! (that’s dedication for you).
I was SO thrilled with my dress, some of you will remember the stress of changing my order but I made exactly the right choice for me. I have never felt so elegant in all my life. I LOVED it. It was all RMW’s fault really, as I spotted the preview of the new Suzanne Neville collection here and Ellie Sanderson not only helped me change the order over to “Captivating” but also in the process I managed to meet Suzanne herself!
I added sleeves to the cream french lace, and some corsetry that worked with the gentle fishtail and sheer back, and paired it with double pearl earrings borrowed from my Mum and a cathedral length veil borrowed from my wonderful dear friend Kate. In my hair I had the boho Daisy circlet from Emmy made with pale blue stones and milkglass. I also wore my Grandmother’s sapphire engagement ring and my Mum’s eternity ring which meant a lot to me.
Now….I managed to have several shoe changes throughout the day!! I had Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragonheart shoes for the ceremony, gorgeous floral wedding wellies for the beach, and bright blue suede Rachel Simpson dancing shoes for the reception! I did even buy the coolest flats for the evening – but, true to form when a limit of alcohol is reached, I danced bare foot as usual!
All dressed to the nines, suddenly the vintage coach (called Dumpty!) we had booked for the main wedding party arrived and my girls and my mum dashed off to the church.
I clutched Dad’s arm and he helped me into our horse and carriage – the coach was even called Victoria! Lovely Jodie had stayed to help hold my train and veil, while Dad juggled balancing me and an umbrella – I’m not gonna lie it was freezing on our way to the service! The Cornish mizzle was in full force and Dad renamed the horses Bentley and Rolls… Not at ALL bitter we weren’t in a different form of transport!
Here Comes The Sun
Miraculously near the Church the sun came out and so we took the hood down on the carriage and enjoyed the spectacular sea views and cheers of passersby! Simon and his Mum Maggie had decorated the church with jam jars and candles, while the pew-ends were willow hearts that Maggie had foraged, woven, painted and decorated herself! – they were so beautiful. We had a display of gypsophila and peonies over the entrance to the Church and more wrapped around columns inside.
Quick chat with Mum and the girls outside and suddenly it was Deep. Breath. Time.
As I held tightly to Dad we walked down the aisle to a String Duo playing Pachelbel Canon in D. I was shaking like an absolute leaf, with my heart racing like crazy until I looked up and saw the smile on Simon’s face. Then everything slowed down. We held hands throughout and Father Shane delivered a sermon that really resonated and connected us to the “Church of the Storms” as we listened to the sea crashing on the beach beyond.
Romilly read from the Song of Solomon, and my Uncle read a letter from Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett Browning on the morning of their wedding, and then her sonnet (believed to be to him) “How Do I Love Thee”. My wonderful friend Kate then brought the house down and made everyone cry with a poem she had written herself. Our nephew Samuel proceeded to eat the order of service. Costa our dog looked very smart and sat behind us in the church, with only a whimper when I started to speak…
All of a sudden there it was. The vows. The rings. Trying not to shake, and staring into his eyes to steady myself, I became his wife. Best. Moment. Ever…. I know the first kiss has been discussed on these pages before… We were told to “get a room”… By the Reverend… fairly sure he was kidding!
Our brilliant String Duo played Damien Rice “The Blower’s Daughter” and “Amazing Grace” during the signing of the register and we walked out to wild cheers and applause to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons – Spring”. The sun was beaming now so we were able to have champagne on the beach to celebrate. We took the sunny opportunity to do extra couple portraits on the beach which was so wonderful, they’re amazing! Naomi also managed to do our group shots too whilst everyone was enjoying their drinks. We then got back into our carriage and enjoyed a canapé picnic left by our caterers as I was sure we would miss eating them at the reception – great choice!!
All the boys looked very dapper in their three piece suits. The groomsmen were in navy, hired from Anthony Formal Hire who were super efficient and helpful throughout. Simon and my Dad had suits made by the incomparable Regent Tailoring, both in grey herringbone but different shades and weights of cloth. They all had buttonholes of ranunculus and gypsophila, with Simon’s being the special cappuccino ranunculus. Ties were chosen from Liberty’s from the Tana Lawn range in Blue Pepper– we then bought the fabric and had them made by Anthony Formal Hire. I even had enough leftover material to make accessories (badly) for Costa.
Pimms & Champagne
Having walked through the walled gardens we had canapés (including mini Cornish pasties) pimms and Champagne overlooking the lakes, while some garden games were enjoyed along with some hula hooping! A woodland walk took guests up to the yurt where we had a surprise (even for our parents) of some local handbell ringers playing as everyone found their seats – they were very sweet and enthusiastic about playing in a “yarg”….
There is nothing quite like walking into a room like that, with your husband, to cheers from everyone you love and seeing everything you have worked so hard to put together coming good! The place looked incredible and everyone was beaming. Our favours went down well – complete with Eat Me and Drink Me tags – they were from local companies, beer from Lizard Ales for the boys (that they let me design and put our own labels on) and heart shaped chocolates from Trenance Chocolate Factory for the girls.
The Round Kitchen served a superb BBQ buffet with an emphasis on local produce including marinated pork belly, burgers stuffed with blue cheese, butternut squash risotto… And despite last minute cancellations not a scrap was left – total testimony to yumminess! Desert was provided by the Cornish Ice Trike in the gardens afterwards – I have heard rumours about those who had thirds… Our beautiful and scrumptious Naked Cake from Cornish Fancies was cut in the evening before a mini fish and chip feast!
We took the time to escape after supper for our portrait shoot which was really good fun. Simon initially wasn’t keen on us having to leave the party but Naomi was just quietly wandering behind us as we strolled about, and we just walked and talked and kissed and used it as some “us” time which was lovely. It was nice to step away and just pay attention to each other.
The first dance was almost a disaster as my dress didn’t bustle as high as it should have… But luckily Mum came to the rescue with many pins! Our musician James Lainey did a beautiful job learning our song “Never Forget” and putting together his own arrangement.
Then we partied our socks (and my shoes) off! The lack of curfew really came into its own when we took over the bar in the small hours… And some dubious cocktail creation ensued! We only stopped partying after 4am when the generator ran out of diesel and it was time for me to be carried to bed (NB I had changed into joggers by this point!)
With having the time before the wedding day and the rest of the weekend (as it was a bank holiday) it didn’t fly by too quickly and we really did have an absolute ball! We had an entertaining survivors BBQ breakfast the following morning so it was fun judging hangover levels. I have so many touching and lovely memories from the day and the quality of the photography and videography has Blown. Us. Away. Our photographer Naomi and Theo from Reel Sixty www.reelsixty.com worked so hard and were so lovely throughout, I can’t speak highly enough of them. It is totally worth the investment to capture all those priceless, romantic and often hilarious moments. DO IT.
Things will go wrong. It will sometimes be hard work. Have lots of helpers and a good planner if you can. Take time out and breathe and go for a walk with your beloved. Nothing that went before matters when you get to stand next to the one you love and make it for keeps before the world, and then share it with all your favourite people. Thanks for letting me share our journey with you all, I’ve loved being part of the Rock My Wedding train and getting to meet some fantastic people along the way!
Here’s to your own happily ever after
Love Miss Vix x
Whoop! Congratulations guys! What a fantastic day you had… All the hard work has certainly paid off and how exciting to be starting married life with a new project in the pipeline. I’m sure Show Me The Pretty will go from strength to strength and you have certainly started on the right pretty foot!
Victoria, thank you for taking time out of your planning to keep RMW updated with your dreams and ideas. Congratulations to the both of you… and as a final treat for everyone here is the film from the day, shot by Reel Sixty.
Below is the trailer abut if you want to see the extended version you can watch it here.
Photographer: Naomi Kenton
Wedding Planning Show Me The Pretty
Videographer Reel Sixty
Dress Boutique Ellie Sanderson
Accessories Emmy & Sarah Morris
Makeup Suzi Winter
Hair Jodie Hanson
Groom & FOB Suit Regent Tailoring
Groomsmen Suits Anthony Hire
Reception Venue Bonython Manor Estate Gardens
Yurt LPM Bohemia
Décor Virginia’s Vintage Hire & Inspire Hire & Show Me The Pretty
Flowers George Mackay
Wedding Breakfast Round Kitchen
Desert Cornish Ice Trike
Cake Cornish Fancies
And don’t forget to visit the gallery where you can see all of the images form Victoria and Simon’s big day, the RMW way…
To see the rest of the Suzanne Neville collection please visit our Fashion Pack.
Happy Wednesday everyone,