What Nicola Did… Learnt About Stuff!!


First thing’s first, can we have a whoop whoop, high fives and champagne clinks to say some huge congratulations to some special people? Mr and Mrs Curtis AKA Real Bride Jackie Brown got hitched on Sunday :: *spoiler alert* :: the bride and groom looked absolutely gorgeous (totes obvs!) and I just can’t wait for us all to see their special day in all its glory on these polka dot pages. A second huge congratulations and cwtches go to Mr and Mrs O’Shea AKA the blog queen herself, who welcomed baby Mabel Rose to the world!!

Oouff, all this lovin’ is just soooo lush!! But… on to wedding blogging business…

What The F {lower}?!

Without doubt one of the trickiest part of wedding planning for me has been deciding on the flora and fauna. I didn’t have a scooby-doo of what flowers I liked or wanted for bouquets or décor. Usually when people don’t know what they want; they know what they don’t want, but not me – I was that clueless!! Back in those early days of wedding planning I could name a maximum of three types of flowers: roses, daisies and sweetpeas (and only because that’s the nickname of my bestie, hiya Sweetpea!). So I needed to educate myself. Hi, Pinterest!

At this stage of my learning curve I wasn’t really paying attention to the types of flowers being used to make up arrangements, I was focused on the overall macro aesthetic. Not sure if that’s the best thing to do, but it worked for me. It didn’t take too-long before I picked-up on some flower power trends that all began with an M, strangely!

  • Mono-white
  • Meadow
  • Manicured
  • Minty


I was mega drawn to the aesthetic of this look. It is pretty and elegant but also rather subtle. I wouldn’t say that I’m usually drawn to anything subtle so I was surprised by my love for the simplicity of this look. Maybe it’s because I am not a “flower type of girl” but I like this look for not being over bearing and for adding just the right amount of texture, pouffiness and lushness to an outfit or a room.



This has been a huge wedding trend and the on-trend-RMW-folks wrote a good blog post about it a few months ago which you can read here. “I-just-hand-picked-these-from-my-back-garden” look is everywhere and is always ethereal and whimsical. Whether bouquets are on the larger or smaller side, the overall feel portrays a virginal softness. I can totally see why bridelings dig this look so much, but it really isn’t me. My style is not very boho or just-thrown-together, I fall guilty of always looking a bit too “try-hard” to be able pull this bouquet trend off.



Which brings me on to the manicured trend. Neat and tight without a twig or leaf out of place. This look appeals to my lust for symmetrical design. I am one of those annoying people that has to have a piece of furniture centralized (ie a bed) with side tables either side for a symmetrical look. Finding a way to balance this type of design aesthetic so it doesn’t look too clinical is a challenge, but that’s where my love of textures come in to play. Is it because I’m a Virgo that I am drawn to this perfectionist look? Maybe. I love the pulled-togetherness of the manicured type of bouquets of flower species that are uniform in size, shape and colour and are so identical they look scientifically pretty as a picture. I like these, a lot!



I would say the other three trends are often evidenced in this trend but I’ve called out Minty as its own trend as I was noticing a lot of gorgeous minty green succulents being used in bridal arrangements. These types of bouquets scream freshness, modernity and elegance and I think would work during any season. I can see the minty hues of the succulents working equally as well for a winter white wedding or outdoors spring garden party- such a versatile look, what’s not to love?


What Had The Flower Factor?

Although I kept asking Jacko for his opinion on flowery-related things, it’s not that he wasn’t bothered, he just didn’t really have much of an opinion so I’ve ended up making 99% of the flower decisions myself. You can read a bit about the boys’ perspective on this kind of stuff in one of my previous posts when Jacko wrote a bit for us http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/what-nicola-did-music-man-stuff/

Before we (I) made the final decision on the flowers, I let the rest of our plans come together slowly and surely. Our decision compass has largely been “do we love it”? I’ve got to be honest and admit that when I (we) started planning our wedding I thought I’d try and make us stick much tighter to a theme but things have ended up coming together in a much more organic way and we’ve not really ended up with a theme per se – just a mix match of styles, colours and stuff that we love. Hopefully it will all come together on the day, but we’re not trying to win any style awards here – we are getting married!! Whoop!! So if it looks a little higgledy piggeldy, then that’s ok because we’re a little bit higgledy piggeldy people!!

Once I had decided on my preferred bouquet style the decision on flower type was pretty easy. I just love the flirtiness and pouffiness of open white peonies. They are soooo lush. Peonies will be in season – which I learnt was a big yay or nay factor when deciding upon florals; and they are actually a bit cheaper in France. Winner.


What about the bridesmaids, the buttonholes and the décor flowers? We consciously decided to have a small flower budget so we could afford bad-ass lighting and other décor items. But luckily, during my flower-power research I discovered that my joint-second-favourite flower types was gypsophila and hydrangeas – both really beautiful and affordable. So the maids will carry a substantial and manicured round bouquet of gypsophila and the boyos are going to have really lovely and simple gypsophila buttonholes.


Another tricky decision was what to tie the bouquets and button holes with. I think we have made a final decision… it will be something sparkly!! You will have to wait and see what it looks like (as will I as we have no idea if it will work yet!)

We didn’t want to over clutter the dinner tables so we have decided to have a mix of low white cut glass vases filled with full bunches of gypsophila and really poufy white hydrangeas. I am hoping the all-white look and feel will be glam and add lots of texture to the venue without feeling too stuffy.


I am not worried if my manicured mono-white peony bouquet will “go” with our French venue or work with my dress or match the bridesmaids outfits… it’s what I ended up loving the most, and as I won’t be seeing a mock up or anything until the actual day, I can’t wait to see what it turns out like.

Other Accomplishments Since My Last Blog

Things have really started to come together over the last few weeks. We skyped the awesome Jonny and Morgane from M&J Photos who we’re lucky to have as our photographers and basically just asked them to do their thing – we trust them implicitly. I am sure we are meant to have a few more things to discuss with them or lists to request, but we love what they do and want them to do just that! We both have small families so the formal portraits will take place as and when on the day.

We’ve decided on seating plans, escort cards, cocktail lists and signage and are just in the midst of getting everything designed and waiting to receive the proofs from the designer. We’re using the same lady who designed and printed our invitations Invited By You who we discovered via Etsy – she’s absolutely lovely! Can really start to see it all coming together… eeeek!!!

I’ve ordered a calligraphy starter set from an awesome chick called Laura Hooper who I discovered via Etsy. My plan, I say plan… is to write out the name cards and menu cards for the Sunday BBQ using my own fair hand. Goodness knows if this will be a success or not, but I am going to make it my hobby for the next seven weeks!! Laura makes it look so easy. Any calligraphers out there with any tips?? I am going to try and achieve the type of font that has those pretty lines that runoff each side of the pages… biting off more than I can chew?! Probably!!!


I am going to do my own make-up. Ahhh!!! My Mum thoughtfully and kindly booked me in for a MAC make-up lesson with an awesome chick called Stephanie who works on the MAC counter in Debenhams, Cardiff. It was a mammoth 2 hours that flew by so quickly. Steph did the left side and I did the right side. My inspiration was actually the make-up look from the RMW En Pointe editorial (it massively helped that our photographers, M&J shot that editorial feature!). I am not totally useless at doing make-up, but I am not much of a make-up wearer so I had a lot to learn. I was bummed that I had to do the right hand side of my face because for some reason my right eye is the harder of the two to do with liquid eyeliner!!! It was good practice though.

My top tips learnt were:
Do your eyes first so you can clean up anything that falls without mucking up your face
Use a primer, the difference was amazing!
Let someone pick out colours for you, I would never have chosen the colours based on what they looked like on the shelf, but they went on awesome
The art is having a soft and fluid brushing movement – don’t be too fragile though. Buff, buff, buff!
If you want to change your lipstick from day to night make sure you think about how both colours will work with your colour palette


So that’s it for this blog post bridelings, can’t believe my next one will be only nine days before w-day!!

Can I just say a big happy wedding day to Stef-baby for next weekend!!! Ooh lassy, your time is nearly here


Author: Adam Crohill
Adam likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.