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Friday
Apr082016

Sinead and Jim Balham Bowls Club Wedding

The Venue

Sinead The Bride: Our wedding was always going to be a relaxed affair with lots of fun thrown in and whichever venue we chose, it had to accommodate this. We are both chronic ditherers, so it felt reassuringly out of character when we had no doubts about booking the first and only reception venue we visited. Balham Bowls Club’s eclectic decor suits our personalities perfectly, and the ballroom upstairs was the ideal size and layout for our plans. Wandsworth Town Hall is a short drive from Balham, and we loved its gloriously kitsch Art Deco interior. 

Beauty

I didn’t want to want to look too ‘done up’ and the overall style I was going for was pretty laid back, so I did my own makeup on the day (accompanied by our cat, Ziggy!). I spent a year growing my hair so that I could wear it in a fishtail plait, and put together a Pinterest board of the styles I liked. I had a hairdresser called Toosdee come to my house on the morning of the wedding. She was super-quick so we were done in about 20 minutes!

The Bride’s Fashion

I wanted a simple, vintage style dress and I wanted it to be pink. I work for an online fashion retailer called Avenue 32 and we stock the Ready to Wear collection from a designer called Charlie Brear, who also happens to create beautiful, yet simple, wedding dresses. Not long after we got engaged, I went along to Charlie’s beautiful store and tried on a couple of dresses, however, they didn’t really feel like me. 

Then one of the assistants came over, asked me a bunch of questions, scurried away and came back with a blush pink silk overdress. As soon as I tried it on, I knew that it was much more my style than anything else, so didn’t hesitate snapping it up. I needed a slip to go underneath the blush pink wedding dress and found the perfect ivory silk bias cut Amanda Wakeley slip, thanks to one of my good friends. 

I wanted a simple ribbon belt, so I made one myself using an ivory ribbon and a beaded motif that I found online. Necklace and earrings were courtesy of my mum and I also went with a delicate hand bracelet from Heirloom Envy, which I found on Etsy. I wanted shoes that weren’t too high, would make a little statement and that I could wear again – I found the perfect pair from Tabitha Simmons.

Getting married in April, I hoped for a sunny day, but knew it would probably be cold, so my mum kindly offered to knit me a fluffy ivory cardigan. Apparently it was a nightmare to make as the wool was so fine – but the finished piece looked beautiful. I didn’t want a veil, so opted for a flower crown from Artisan Dried Flowers, with Lavender and Gypsophilia.

The Groom’s Fashion

I had read about a tailor in Chiswick called Adam Waite, who makes sharp suits and accessories in bold colours with a modish twist. James always wanted to get married in a blue suit so Adam Waite was the perfect choice. He teamed the 3-piece suit with a navy woollen tie by Adam Waite, floral shirt from Paul Smith and brown brogues from Loake

My gift to James on the day was a vintage sapphire tie pin to complete the look. I snuck it into his jacket pocket with a little note for him to find when he was getting ready. He loved it!

We asked the four groomsmen to wear navy suits, and bought them each a sky blue tie (also from Adam Waite) to wear on the day, along with dried flower buttonholes which matched my flower crown. 

Colour Theme

We didn’t set out with a colour theme but based on our outfits, it evolved into pale pink, blue and ivory. We were lucky that Balham Bowls club doesn’t need much decorating as they have a great collection of antique props lining the walls of the venue, so we simply added to this with flowers, more vintage-style props and our own personal touches. One of James’s friends also made us some personalised bunting with our names in floral blues and pinks, which we hung at one end of the room. 

Flowers

The idea of carrying around a bunch of flowers all day didn’t really appeal to me. Instead I opted for a delicate wrist corsage, also from the Artisan Dried Flower Company. I prepared the flowers for the reception venue myself. I ordered some wholesale Hydrangeas and Gypsophilia online from Triangle Nursery, which were delivered a couple of days before and wallowed in our bath until needed.

I cut them down to size and painted what seemed like endless tin cans and jars and decorated them with hessian and lace bows. These were placed around the venue and used as vases. Special thanks to my mum and dad for eating nothing but pasta and jam for six months so that we’d have enough jars! At the time, I thought the flower prep would never end, but it looked great on the day and we definitely saved money doing it this way.

The Ceremony

I’m usually a bit emotional at weddings, so I was too focussed on not crying to be nervous on the day. My mum and my friend Kate joined me in the car to the ceremony and it was a really lovely drive over. 

I’ve never been keen on the idea of being ‘given away’ so James and I had planned to walk into the Grand Chamber together, accompanied by our gorgeous flower girls. I had a brief flutter of nerves when entering the room but once I was in it just felt so nice to just have all of our friends and family together in one place.

We had two readings, which were perfect: an excerpt from the Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (I’m love rabbits!); and The Book of Love by The Magnetic Fields. 

Entertainment

Music is really important to us, so we wanted a quality band who looked and sounded great, as well as appealing to all the generations. We went with a rock ‘n’ roll group called The Flip Top Floozies and they were amazing! As soon as the first note struck up, absolutely everyone was on the dance floor and didn’t stop for the rest of the night. 

For our first dance we chose Earth Angel by The Penguins as it was on the band’s set list and we liked the Back to the Future connection. After the band finished our friend (and professional DJ) Fergus De Witt kept the party going until the wee hours. 

Food

Having flowing drinks and great food was also really important to us and Balham Bowls Club had the perfect menu. We had champagne and canapés in the downstairs Presidential Suite first and the wedding breakfast included salmon roulade and ham hock terrine followed by fillet of beef or sea bass. 

The meal was even better than expected and we had lots of compliments about it, so hats off to the BBC chef for his hard work! We also had a bake-off style homemade cake buffet table, which we decorated with flowers and blue bunting. Guests were encouraged to bring cakes, I baked three the day before and my friend Claire baked what seemed like an endless amount of treats – she was the hero of the day! 

James also surprised me with a croquembouche (I had always wanted one), which was delivered straight to the venue – it was amazing. 

We put photo booth props on the tables, and every guest was given a blue or pink striped candy bag filled with love hearts, a themed crossword (set by James), and ice-breaking quiz questions.

Stationery

We’re both quite creative and work in digital, so we designed our own invites, table plan and website. We borrowed a vintage postbox from a friend, and bought lots of antique decorations on a trip to Norfolk.

We had our own pub blackboard, which James painstakingly personalised with chalk pens. Place names were simply labels on the candy bags and I created the table numbers with mini doilies and skewers. 

Photographer

We really wanted some great photos of the day, so early on I started my search for the perfect photographer. I wanted the photos to have a relaxed feel and to fit into the vintage look of the day. A friend on Facebook had got married and posted her photos, they were just the style I was looking for, so I tracked down the photographer, Harriet from Weddings Vintage. We didn’t meet before the day (she was coming down from Manchester), but she was so good – the perfect photographer: discreet yet captured all of the shots that we could have wanted. We couldn’t have been happier! 

Transport

One other element that I had always wanted on my wedding day was to be driven to the venue in a Karma Kars. I had seen them at an event about 10 years ago and absolutely loved them! Sacha, our driver, was a dream to work with – he arrived early at my house in his white vintage ambassador’s car and regaled us with stories on our journey to the registry office and then onto the reception venue. He was also a big hit with the guests as they mingled outside the town hall.

Thursday
Jun252015

Susie and Roberts Vintage Tipi Wedding Wales

Susie and Roberts gorgeous outdoor vintage wedding in Anglesey also happend to fall on my birthday and I can honestly say it is one I will truely remember! Read all the detais below from Susie herself. 
As featured on the brilliant Rock My Wedding 

Patricia The Bride: Australian meets Brit love story. Rob and I met in my hometown of Brisbane while Rob was on holidays and we were both instantly smitten. I moved to the UK to start our lives together and we got joyously engaged in Barcelona. We always knew our wedding would be an epic event to celebrate the joining together of our lives and homes and with more than 30 Australians (including my 7 brothers and sisters) flying over for the event we decided to have a whole week of celebrations culminating in one almighty wedding!

The Venue

Both the wedding ceremony and reception were held at Tros Yr Afon on Anglesey. Rob grew up in the town of Beaumaris nearby and his Grandma is actually a neighbour of the venue and used to attend cocktail parties there in the 1950s so it held a lot of sentimental value. We were very lucky, it was the first and only place we went to see and we loved it from the start. A key feature for us was the extensive on-sight accommodation in the form of beautiful quaint cottages around a courtyard and also the beautiful green spaces and trees and lush rainforest area.

We hired Tros Yr Afon for the entire week and with new people arriving each day the build up was amazing. James the owner and Jen who runs the venue were unbelievably helpful and attentive and so great during the planning process. We can’t speak highly enough of Tros Yr Afon. It is amazing! We knew we wanted a tipi from the start as they are so much more warm and personable than a white marquee and All about Mee tipis were fantastic and very accommodating and had all the extras we could hire to make the tipi really personalised. 

We wanted the day to be intimate and relaxed. We wanted the night time to be LOTS of dancing and fun in the tipis until the wee hours. The location allowed perfectly for this and only needed all our favourite people together to make it the best party ever.

The Beauty

My make up was by the brilliant make up artist Rhiannon who I highly recommend. She was amazing in the trial, very patient and helped me decide on my look for the day which I wanted to be natural but glam. She was also so relaxed and lovely on the morning when getting ready which is important with so much going on.

I wanted to feel super glam and special but stay away from anything too formal or typically bridey with my hair. Elaine Marshall did a fabulous job of my hair and my bridesmaids. I went with my hair swept to the side during the day as I wanted to show the back cut out of the dress. I wore fresh flowers and some hairpins worn by Rob’s grandma for her wedding! In the evening my bridesmaids helped me change my hair to an out do with my headpiece on.

The Fashion

I wore a beautiful dress by Suzanne Neville from Carina Baverstock Couture. My best friend and maid of honour Gemma came to the UK to visit us and we went with my girlfriends to try on dresses. I fell in love with it from that very first day and no other dress came close. Her designs are gorgeous, classic and very flattering and I adored the button detail all the way down the back. It was so comfortable which was really important to me as I didn’t want to be restricted on the day. I made sure to get a bustle and hook added to the dress so I could move around freely in the day and dance the night away.

In the end I choose not to go with a veil as it seemed too formal for our garden location but knew I wanted something special to wear! I found a design of a beaded draping headdress I adored and found a designer on Etsy to create something very similar. I loved having a daytime look with the flowers and hairpins and being able to change into a night time look for a bit of extra sparkle! I kept everything else simple and other than my wedding ring only wore a bracelet my new sister-in-law wore at her wedding which had sentimental value. As gifts to the bridesmaids I found them little rose coloured studs again on Etsy that they could all wear on the day.

The Wedding Party

Our bridal party was made up of our nearest and dearest friends and family and we wanted them to feel amazing on the day. We kept with the blue and pink theme and the girls wore dusty rose coloured dresses from For Her & For Him which we decided on together. I knew I wanted a maxi dress and the halter-neck grecian styling was classic and flattering for all.

Rob knew he wanted blue three piece suits without tails. The groomsmen met up in Manchester for a weekend to try on suits. They went into Slaters and they had a great dark blue suit with a fantastic fit and styling. The assistant suggested a victorian collar for the white shirts which lifted the outfit from a smart suit to a wedding outfit. They placed the order there and then and were in the pub an hour later. The boys wore dusty rose ties which were purchased separately to complement the girls dresses.

 

Colour Scheme

The flora/trees and beautiful old house with creeping vines was the perfect backdrop so décor wise we just kept things very simple. We wanted a bright colour that popped and looked great with the natural green setting and hessian tipi so we chose a fuchsia pink and navy blue with mottled silver accessories candle holders and vases. This theme ran through the invitations and décor such as paper globes hanging in the tipi and trees and paper bag lanterns that were put out at night all purchased online. One of the best purchases of our wedding was 100m of outdoor fairy lights which was strung up by friends in the foliage which created a sparkly romantic atmosphere.

We managed to borrow an arch and friends covered it in ivy they had collected and beautiful blooms were added on the day. It was a perfect backdrop on the day and all the more sweet as it was put together by our loved ones.

The Blooms

We spent a lot of time gathering inspiration through Pinterest, The Lane and of course Rock My Wedding for different details. I wanted the bouquets to be relaxed and not stiff or formal. The flowers were styled by a family friend Karen (who is a retired florist and also did Rob’s sister’s wedding) who I met with and showed her some ideas of colour and style I liked – again with lots of green foliage and popping pink colours. She took it from there and created our gorgeous bouquets, buttonholes, flower arrangements for the tables. She also wired fresh pink flowers that were placed through the bridesmaids hair and created my lovely fresh flower hairpiece.

The Ceremony

Walking down the aisle with my dad was the best, he was so sweet and proud and excited for both of us. I walked down the aisle to Calico Skies by Paul McCartney a song we choose together. Neither of us are religious but wanted the ceremony to have structure and really represent us as a couple and focus on what a loving relationship was. We wanted to declare our love for each other in front of the people who had supported us and were invested in us from the beginning of our crazy journey.

My sister Rosie officiated the ceremony and was absolutely perfect! We worked on the structure and wording with her and pieced it together from inspiration we found online researching Humanist ceremonies. Rob’s sister read an excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres. My other sister Karen read a poem she had written and then my third sister Chrissi (there are four!) officiated a wine box ceremony. Writing our own vows was the best thing we did and although an extremely emotional task, it was so worth it on the day.

The Reception

We believe good music is essential to any good party and we had decided we didn’t want live entertainment. For music over the whole day we asked three wonderful friends, whose music taste we really like, to put together playlists. One for the post ceremony drinks, one for the early evening and one for the late night party! This worked really well. The dancing music was electro swing which pleased both the youngsters and oldies.

Our first dance was to Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye. We chose this because we didn’t want it to be too serious. We wanted the party to start from there so wanted something everyone would find entertaining, not just us. The night was filled with many hours of dancing and some very excellent dance moves!

Food, Drink & Treats

Food is very important to us and we wanted the food throughout the day to be delicious and fun. For the evening meal we wanted the it to be more like sharing a meal with friends so we had large round tables supplied by the tipi company and we shared our table with our kick ass bridal party. Our caterers were a recommendation from a friend. We wanted to avoid formality and they were great in helping us plan out the menu, listening to how we wanted the day to go. They suggested that canapes are the most memorable part of the day so make them the best! They were delicious and perfect for milling about in the sunshine with drinks.

We had a sangria that was made up the day before which which was a fave with all and really refreshing. We went with a Morrocan style main meal starting with dips and breads and a lamb tagine served on a brass sharing platter with cous cous and accompaniments. It was delicious! There was no served desert but we had a desert table created by Rob’s amazing mumma which had cupcakes decorated with Welsh and Australian flag edible paper butterflies. Our wedding ‘cake’ was tiered round cheeses with grapes, figs and biscuits supplied by Liverpool Cheese Company. We thought when people are drinking they prefer savoury and we were right. There wasn’t a morsel left and we started with 10kg! The late night snacks which are essential were provided by our good friend Sarah. Truly inspirational snack age!

The day after the wedding we invited everyone back for a Hog Roast and more celebrations. The Hog Roast was perfect for the day after and fed the masses while we lounged in the sunshine and finished off the remaining drinks!!

Stationery & Favours

My talented and lovely sister helped me design and create all the invitations and paper details all the way from Australia. She created a gorgeous motif of our names which we used throughout the wedding. Our table plan was a map of the world with all of our favourite places in the world as the tables. Our favours weremagic heart glasses which make all points of light a love heart so are amazing with lots of sparkly night time lights.

Advice & Special Moments

Enjoy the whole day! Put some planning into the morning getting ready part as this is one of the most fun parts! I will forever treasure getting ready with my beautiful bridesmaids. My mum prepared us delicious brunch platters and and we had bubbles flowing and tunes playing and much giggling and excitement.

A very lovely moment for me was when my mum presented me with a gift from my Australian grandparents who could not with us. My nana had sent four gifts ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ each with its own story. It was so special.

Make sure you take some time during the day just the two of you to smooch and soak up the amazingness of what is happening around you. Everything is buzzing so make sure you take the time to pause and take it all in! We snuck away into the woodland area and our photographer got some lovely snaps in there which are some of my faves.

Photography

Capturing the day and all of the special moments of it was extremely important to us. Harriet was amazing at getting the whole day, telling a story from beginning to end with lots of natural relaxed shots between people and minimal group photos except for some with family & bridal party which we love! We loved the vintage look of her photos and she captured some moments we will treasure forever.

Photography by Weddings Vintage
Wednesday
May132015

Casie and Tom - Rustic Vintage Devon Wedding

The beautiful Casie and her rustic vintage Devon wedding featured on Rock My Wedding - oh take me back!!

Elegant Traditional Wedding In Devon with Bride In Dress By Mirror Mirror And Images From Weddings Vintage

Elegant Traditional Wedding In Devon with Bride In Dress By Mirror Mirror And Images From Weddings Vintage
Bride & Groom Bridesmaids Transport Table Plan Vintage Wedding Photography Rustic Wedding
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Elegant Traditional Wedding In Devon with Bride In Dress By Mirror Mirror And Images From Weddings Vintage
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Elegant Traditional Wedding In Devon with Bride In Dress By Mirror Mirror And Images From Weddings Vintage
Elegant Traditional Wedding In Devon with Bride In Dress By Mirror Mirror And Images From Weddings Vintag

 

Casie-Georgia The Bride: Tom and I met whilst at university at one of Southampton’s student bars called “KAOS” – not the kind of place you would expect to meet your future spouse in! Four years later, having lived apart for a year, had a few job changes and bought our first home together, Tom proposed the day before his 24th birthday party as the sun set over London. I was speechless for the first time in my life.

The Planning

We booked our church and venue within a month of being engaged and, coincidentally, the date available for our wedding would be exactly a year to the day Tom proposed! In the year of planning we spent most of our days using Google or browsing RMW – I’m afraid our social life was quite neglected (sorry friends!)

We have always made a great team and, although we don’t agree on everything, luckily, we had the same vision for our big day; simple, elegant and, most importantly, that our family and friends would have an amazing time that they would always remember.

The Church

We decided to get married in the South Hams in Devon. We don’t have any particular links to Devon although we had enjoyed Tom’s dad’s 50th birthday in Dartmouth so we wanted to try and mirror this weekend of happiness.

Tom and I both wanted to get married in a church but we had no links to the local parish at this time. The village vicar, Anne, supported and guided us as to what we would have to do to fulfil the legal requirements. This was to involve making the trip from London to Devon nearly every weekend for a year! However tired and weary those trips made us it was all worth it to be married in a church by her; she is wonderful!

The Dress

I had always imagined that I would get married in a lacey, bohemian dress but I seemed to be veto-ing every lacey and bohemian dress that I tried. This was meant to be the dream but I had no idea! Eventually, I tried on a dress that was made of satin, with beaded arms and back. The style was very different to what I had been looking for as it was much more glamour than bohemian but we fell in love with it straight away. My Mum lovingly handmade my veil (something she hadn’t made before!) and it was the perfect finishing touch!

The Colour Scheme

Tom and I decided that our colour scheme should be mainly white with hints of pink and gold. This was to be brought out mainly in our flowers, which were arranged by the wonderful Caroline Hodges. We managed to re-use the flowers in the church windows for our table centre pieces, thus saving us a lot of money – and nobody noticed! Tom’s Mum and Aunt decorated our wedding cars using the same flowers. The bridal car was a white Land Rover Defender 90 and a red Defender 110 was used for the bridesmaids. We were lucky that these cars are in the family as they meant much more to us than a borrowed Rolls Royce and fitted in perfectly with the countryside setting. Tom’s dad also reinvented the Land Rover logo just for us!

The Food

As I said previously, the most important thing to us was that our guests had an amazing time. A huge part of this for us was to be the food and entertainment. Unfortunately, we did have a huge issue with the food that was being offered to us at tastings prior to the day. We stood our ground and insisted on changes; eventually our venue began to take note and, on the day, the food was delicious. It did, however, take us a long time to get there. My advice is that you shouldn’t be afraid to voice your concerns! You’re the paying client and the venue/chef needs to make sure you’re happy.

The Entertainment

A long time was spent online looking for our wedding band: we seemed to be listening to demos of what seemed like the same old wedding band each time. We are probably fussier than most but we didn’t want an average wedding singer/band. When we found The Sweet & the Lowdown we were smitten! Modern retro with an old style microphone! It wasn’t easy booking them – we had left it a little late but we are so grateful we managed to because they were amazing! Everybody danced all night and we were all shouting for another song at the end of their set; nobody wanted them to leave. Since the wedding, we have had to pass their details on to a lot of our friends who are now planning their own weddings.

The Wedding Party

Tom had five groomsmen (three of his cousins and two of his best friends). We can’t thank them enough for how helpful they were on the day. Indispensable!
And the bridesmaids – my three best friends and Tom’s sister – what would I have done without them? They were on hand with lipgloss, deodorant and champagne at all times!

Advice

I love planning, especially for a party, but I wasn’t quite prepared for wedding planning. A few words of advice for all in the midst of wedding chaos:
put time and effort into your table plan. People will appreciate this!

Finer details make a difference – our champagne saucers were a huge hit as it was something different!

Make sure you split the organising 50/50 as much as possible. People often think that the groom is not interested in planning the day but Tom and I agreed from the start that if one of us wasn’t happy, then we would make sure we thought of something else that we both liked instead. We both put as much effort into planning and we now have a day that we are both very proud of!
Enjoy yourself, even if things don’t go to plan – you will never get this day again.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who was a part of our wedding – for making the effort to come down/up/across to Devon! The day was only amazing because of you all.