Welcome back for Part 2 of this wedding with tons of real Rock My Wedding inspiration in every detail.
We Love. And judging by yesterdays comments, so do you guys!
Friend for a Photographer
Although it was important to us to have some amazing photographs of the best day of our lives, we didn’t want the day to turn into a photoshoot with lists and lists of shots to get through. We also wanted photography that was a bit different than the norm. Dean and I are lucky enough to know some really talented people and so we asked one of our friends, Adam Foster, to be our photographer for the day.
Dean has known Adam for 4 years. He is a very creative and talented guy. Adam’s website and Flickr account was a constant source of inspiration and we passed ideas back and forth between the three of us leading up to the wedding.
My Auntie Lynne has been making fabulous cakes for family events for years so she was the obvious choice for our wedding cake. She and I spent a whole Sunday night searching for inspiration online, and when I came across the Maisie Fantasie website, I began to get really excited. We quickly picked the Paris chic wedding cake and soon Lynne was deciding how best to recreate it. I somehow managed to find the exact cake stand online and then a few weeks later a friend got in touch saying that there was a Maisie Fantasie cookbook! The rest is history, but as you can see from the pictures, Lynne did such an outstanding job of recreating the design – it looked pretty as a picture. We had two layers of fruit cake and a scrumptious layer of chocolate fudge cake.
We served the cake alongside an enormous 3-tier cheese board, devised by Bashall Barn and sourced from Leagrams. The mix of fruit cake and cheese went down really well.
The Swing Commanders
The Swing Commanders are a jive sextet which hail from our home town, but have had huge success around the world. We’d been to see them play a number of times and always loved their eclectic mix of songs and their ability to read a crowd so well. The 3 guys and 3 gals, all of whom play at least three instruments each and have an impressive set of costumes, just always make it a night to remember.
I can’t tell you how many of our guests came up and asked us about them and commented about how amazing they were. They had us up doing a conga around the bar and even taught us the Charleston in a line formation. I thoroughly recommend them for a wedding.
The band played our first song – It had to be you. It was of course recorded by many an iPhone, so we threw in a few jive moves we had learnt in the last few months. The wooohs and waaahs we got in return were worth the lessons!
In the venue itself, which is a converted cow shed, we implemented a cow-based theme. Each guest was shown their place by a seating card stuck into a champagne cork. The cards were created using Moo cards and had a cow on one side, and names on the other. We’d already used Moo cards in our invitations, with each card telling guests about a different element of the day.
The cow theme was continued with the menus and “In case you were wondering” signs that we made and placed on each table. These were to let the guests know about the personal touches we had added to the day and to thank our ‘creatives’ for the cake, flowers, hair and make-up and photography.
When I saw the feature about the DIY photo booth on RMW, I was actually scared to show Dean. We already had a list as long as your arm for DIY creations so I thought he’d go mad, but when I sent him the link, his reply was “We must do this!”.
To say I was excited was an understatement. We decided to make it a secret from everyone, including our families, which meant creating it was even harder. And I must point out to anyone thinking of doing the same thing, make sure you consider transporting it once it is finished – we didn’t, and I’m not exaggerating when I say we had to literally flag down a man with a van the night before the wedding. But, we got it there, and boy was it worth it.
Our guests LOVED it. We had a tripod and camera set up in front of the booth, but they were also using their own cameras and the disposables and it is wonderful to see just how many of our friends and family have now got pictures from our photobooth as their facebook profile pics! It just added another dimension to the day and kept everyone entertained all night long.
My Advice for Brides
My biggest piece of advice for a future bride is to enjoy the planning! It is easy to get stressed out during the planning stage, but when it got close to the end, I wanted it all back! The wedding is one day, but if you treat the planning as part of that day then the whole experience becomes more rewarding and enjoyable. Reading RMW every morning was part of that for me and it often gave me little goose bumps when I saw another bride’s day done her way.
Also try and stick to your guns and make sure that every decision you make is right for you and your husband-to-be. Customs and traditions might have worked in our parents’ day but there are no strict rules anymore and as long the happy couple are happy, that’s all that matters, right?!
Seriously, how much fun? Tell us your favourite bit – there’s so many to choose from!