A Chic, Eclectic & Colourful Wedding

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I have been dying to feature the beautiful wedding of Justine and Rory for what seems like forever :-) ekkk.

Justine and Rory held their eclectic and colourful wedding at Dragon Hall, Norwich. It was important to them that their wedding was tasteful and not over fussy which was also in their style.

Justine has one of the most amazing bridal looks i’ve seen in a while, with a super chic hair style, an elegant Sabina Motasem dress and pretty Rachel Simpson shoes. Rory went for a dapper in a brown mohair made to measure suit with a burgundy tie and quirky buttonhole.

They also handmade much of their super pretty wedding decor, with bunting, lavender favours, decorated jam jars and collected bottles. The flowers and cake table look just incredible too.

Thanks so much to the fabulous Rebecca Wedding Photography for sharing her images with us today.


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Names…. Justine & Rory

Wedding Date…. 15th September 2012

The Proposal…. After an initial drunken proposal whilst dancing to a Johnny Cash tribute band in a Spiegeltent, the proper thing happened in a rickety old cafe in the back corner of a Parisian flea market, to the tune of an accordion.

The Vision for the day….  Eclectic and colourful, but tasteful and not over fussy. I wanted it look like our style and not too white weddingy, there wasn’t really a colour scheme, just whatever we felt looked nice!

The Planning process….  Endless! I think we were wedding obsessed for nine months. I definitely became obsessed with looking for new idea’s on various wedding blogs! It was really fun!

Budget…. £13,000

The Venue… St George, Tombland, Norwich & Dragon Hall, Norwich

The Dress + Accessories…..  Wedding dress –  ‘Collette’ dress’ and Lace Bodice by Sabina Motasem www.motasem.co.uk. Shoes ‘Carmen’ by Rachel Simpson http://rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk/shoe.php?style=172&query=

Finding the dress….  I wanted something simple and beautiful, I had seen so many fussy dresses with huge price tags and knew I wouldn’t feel comfortable in any of those.  Initially I looked at Vintage dresses but I soon found it was hard to get a perfect fit so i decided I wanted a dress that had a Vintage look but was made for me! Sabina’s Colette dress was infact the very first dress I tried on! I still attended my other appointments but I had already fallen for that dress! Sabina was fantastic and made regular appointments with me to get the fit just right! Sabina is amazing, she knows how important it is to have everything just right and will go the extra mile to make sure you are completely happy with your dress.

Groom’s attire… Brown Mohair 2 Piece 2 Button, made to measure by Birkett Bespoke. Tie by Peckham Rye.

The Readings + Music…. Song of Solomon, Chapter 2 Verse 10-13. Paul’s First Letter to Corinthians Chapter 13. Hymns: Lord of All Hopefulness / Amazing Grace / Jerusalem.

Beautiful bridesmaids…..  The bridesmaids dresses were cheap & cheerful from New Look! We found some great beaded dresses in a flapper style that were subtle soft pinks and greens that tied in with the flowers as well as matching cream pashmina’s from a market in Abu Dhabi and everyone chose their own cream or nude shoes.

The Flowers…  The flowers were by Pick-A-Lily in Norwich. Rory had left the flowers up to me and I definitely wanted to avoid flowers that looked too weddingy and stiff, I love arrangements that are a mix of lots of things and bunched together! I had so many idea’s from other peoples weddings on blogs in a big collage and found it hard to stick to one idea but after showing the florists a few images of what I was after they put together arrangements better than I ever could have imagined!

The Cake…  I never wanted a fruit cake iced, I love baking and love cakes and wanted something more appealing to everyone that you could eat and enjoy not just eat because it’s tradition to. So I chose my favourite cake to make, a Victoria Sponge! I saw a three tier one on a wedding blog and loved how rustic it looked! But because i love cakes I also wanted a cake table! So I approached Cafe 33, a Norwich based popular cafe and they accepted! They were so helpful and made everything exactly how I wanted!

Your Photographer…. The very wonderful rebeccaweddingphotography.co.uk ! Rebecca was brilliant – full of energy, enthusiasm and warmth. She managed to capture so many lovely natural shots of our friends and family enjoying their day as well as a great selection of group portraits and little visual details from around the venue. We couldn’t be more pleased with the photos we have to help us remember the day!

The Details + Decor….  The decor was something that I was also in charge of. I knew I couldn’t decide on one colour theme so I chose a range of colors that complimented each other! I bought fabrics from Cloth House in Soho and made tonnes of bunting. I also made the favours by hand with gingham ribbon, dried Lavender and Wheat ordered from www.hopshop.co.uk We used lots of fairy lights, table cloths from home that I have collected and a mix match of enamel jugs and churns from Kempton market and Ikea. I also collected jam jars, tied ribbon around them and used them as candle holders for the garden and each table! I bought a large collection of old victorian medicine bottles that I dotted around the venue with flowers in. We also hired some deck chairs from Pretty Vintage to make the garden a bit more relaxed for our guests.

The Honeymoon…. Napoli, Capri & Positano.

Memorable moments… waking up to a miraculously sunny day, seeing each other in church, all the laughter and warmth during the speeches, having our first dance to Talking Heads, the fantastic band and all of the dancing. And the honeymoon…Pizza at Da Michele, swimming in the Green Grotto, catching the Monte Solaro chairlift up to the top of the mountain to see amazing views of the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and beyond.

Advice for other couples… Enjoy planning it! And then enjoy the day even more because it went by in a flash! I remember thinking on the day about the fact we had thought about nothing else for nine months and now it was happening and was nearly over! I didn’t want it to end. Oh and Delegate! I took on too much myself when there were people who were happy to help, so if people offer their help, take it!!

Credit where credit is due…

Reception Venue: Dragon Hall // www.dragonhall.org

Catering: Expresso // www.expresso-online.co.uk

Cake: Cafe No. 33 // [email protected]

Photographer: www.rebeccaweddingphotography.co.uk

Florist: Pick-a-Lily // www.pickalilyflowers.co.uk

Ale: Tipples Brewery // www.tipplesbrewery.com

Details: Pretty Vintage // www.prettyvintage.co.uk

Favours: Dried flowers // www.hopshop.co.uk

Dress: // www.motasem.co.uk

Shoes: // www.rachelsimpson.co.uk


How lovely are Justine and Rory?! This has to be one of my favourite weddings of 2013 so far, just beautiful.  Thanks so very much to Justine and Rory for sharing their wedding with us today. Feel free to share the love in the comment box below lovelies XOXO Lou

12 thoughts on “A Chic, Eclectic & Colourful Wedding

What a beautiful wedding. So pleased to see my lovely home city on the blog. Strange that there are so many similarities: Groom called Rory, the photos have some of the same locations as our engagement pics and very similar taste.
I very much approve! Go Norwich – home of the coolest brides! (haha!)

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