Hello lovely people, Adam here.
I’m just barging in on Kelly’s post to remind you all that it is retro week here on RMW and anyone who comments on todays post stands the chance of winning a notebook or retro film camera from the super cool people at lomography.com. Have a look at our retro week introduction post for full details. You can also learn how to enter the lomography.com competition where you can win a couples shoot styled by Rock My Wedding and shot by some of our favourite photographers.
Right, that’s all the ‘business’ out the way – as it’s retro week who better than Kelly our vintage real bride to update you on her latest W-day shenanigans. Wow, it’s like we actually plan all this or something…
Afternoon lovely readers.
Doesn’t Christmas and New Year feel like a distant dream, as we are thrust full force into ‘gloomy’ January and February? According to professionals, about now we should be depressed, broke, failures with out new years resolutions and erm, cold. If you’re planning a wedding though, the realisation of ‘oh-em-gee-I’m-getting-married-this-year’ has probably hit you full on in the face and the previously somewhat distant concept has become, well, very, very REAL. Down in the dumps? Didn’t think so.
NYE saw our ‘engagement’ anniversary. Last year it was sunscreen, straw hats and sparkly rings in Sydney and this year it was thermals, rain and wine in London. Now, I’ve never been one for setting resolutions. We’ve all heard the stats that 90% of them fail in the first two weeks, so why set your self up for a failure? Well this year is no ordinary year…
The year of 2012 will see the London Olympics (don’t mention tickets), the apocalypse (Mesoamerican Calendar, what?!), the Diamond Jubilee (how cool), and the wedding of Kelly and Andy (!) so, in an attempt to look half decent on the wedding day, get myself healthy and improve my energy levels, off I went and investigated gym memberships. Unsurprisingly, it was cheaper to pay up front for the year (at this point Andy rolls his eyes and gives one of his ‘knowing’ looks) so that’s what I did. Paid-up-front-for-the-year. Gulp. I am hoping that now I have publicly declared my year long sign-up, the shame of quitting will be too much to bear haha!
Meeting up with friends and family over the festive period also meant some important wedding talk. I am very lucky to have four beautiful ladies to be my best girls. There is Samantha, my maid of honour, twin sister and best friend. Djamilla, one of my oldest been-through-it-all-together friends. Samm, Andy’s oldest sister and super cool friend and Becca, Andy’s younger sister and super trendy friend.
So when it came to choice of bridesmaid dresses, I was somewhat worried. You couldn’t get four more individual people if you tried. So with carefully thought out wisdom, I gave them three different options to choose from:
- Was a skirt and top option, bit different but thought I’d throw it out there
- Was the option of the same or similar colour but different style dress
- Was everyone wears the same dress
Each of the girls came back with their decision, and they all agreed on option number 2. But did they mean ‘exactly’ the same colour or ‘roughly’ the same colour. Now most people know I love a bit of a moodboard, so I sent them the next one:
First option being the same fabric but different style, and the second option was the same colour ‘palette’. Again, they all agreed (am I lucky or what to have such agreeable gals?!) that they would like a different dress but exactly the same colour. So after trawling through websites, I picked out some dresses I liked that could all be made with the same fabric. All that was left was for the girls to pick which style they wanted:
The girls duly made their choices and that was as far as I got. Roll on several weeks and I’m browsing on-line and I come across a short-style cream dress. My heart beats a bit faster. I zoom in. I look at the different views. I click on the on-line catwalk and my mind whirrs. I love this dress. It fits better with the style of the wedding. I can imagine each of the four girls wearing it. It has lace and pleats and a little belt! So even though the decision about BM dresses had been ‘somewhat’ made, I emailed it to the girls and awaited their reactions… They loved it too! (Bridesmaid dresses. Check).
Lastly, if you remember my last post about invitations, we went for design number 2. I would love to take the credit for the design, but it is a mish-mash of ideas I’ve seen and liked whilst browsing on-line:
They have been a labour of love and there is still more to make, but we are really happy with them. In total, they will have cost about £20 to make and I’d encourage anyone, particularly if you are on a budget to give it a go. As long as you have good quality paper and a craft knife, you’d be amazed at what you can produce.
Big I’m-off-to-the-gym-(ahem) Love,
Kelly (Reds) xxxxx
P.S. I’ve also been a busy bee making some ‘props’ which I am quite pleased with (big satisfied smile alert). Excuse the look I am making, I think I’m ‘trying’ to pose!