WWW real bride Katy is back today to share her latest bride diary entry. Katy is struggling with decision making and needs your help, she is also on the look out for an awesome band to rock their party, how did you find yours? We’d love to hear from you below :-) XOXO Lou
In my first post I spoke about how little we had organised but how very excited I was to get organising. A month or two has passed and I’m slightly embarrassed to say I’m still in a similar situation.
I have got 100s of ideas, how do I choose which is best?! There are so many colours, flowers, decorations… so many choices! Decision making has never been a strong point of mine and planning a wedding is decision making overload.
Sorry, I’ll stop myself before I start ranting – but if anyone has any tips on how to make sensible wedding-related decisions, please let me know! (Also see the photo of my Mum and I at the wedding fayre testing out champagne, so many choices – wedding planning is HARD work!)
Following on from part 1 of Emily and Mark’s wedding this morning, I have their fun party wedding reception to share with you. They chose the The Three Tuns pub with a beautiful marquee for the backdrop of their wedding day.
Emily and Mark crafted so many of the pretty touches, from the bunting, to the fabric table plan and decorated wedding cake.
Emily looked so very beautiful in a polka dot creation by Oh My Honey, which she teamed with a pink petticoat from Petticoats A Plenty and veil from Lily Bella. Mark chose a grey tweed suit from Next which he wore with quirky scrabble cuff links to fit with the details in their décor. Oh so gorgeous.
Thanks so much to Emma Lucy for the wonderful photographs today.
The Flowers… Sunflowers! It’s a bit of an in-joke from a family holiday years ago, but I love them, they’re so cheerful. My bouquet also had gerbera to get some pink in, and rosemary, tied with leopard-print ribbon – I think I knew that Mel from The Flower Smith was the one for me when she got excited about having leopard print in there too . The bridesmaids had sunflower wrist corsages on pink ribbon, with a posy of gerbera for the flower girl. Mark took a firm stance on not wanting sunflower buttonholes for fear of looking ‘clowny’, so chose craspedia instead, with some rosemary too. They looked brilliant, we had so many comments about how unusual they were. In the marquee we chose big enamel jugs of sunflowers for the tables – really simple but the colour looked amazing against the white marquee and pastel tablecloths.
The Cake… From good old M&S with a little staff discount thanks to the lovely Sharon, one of the bridemaid’s mums. We ordered just plain ivory sponge, which was totally delicious, and I made and added the sugar paste bunting and polka dot ribbon. I also made the lobster topper (it’s a Friends reference!) – it’s made of Fimo, so hopefully we can keep it forever – some of the children were quite disappointed they couldn’t eat it though!
Tags: DiscoWed, DIY Wedding, Emma Lucy Photography, Ice Cream, Lily Bella, Marks & Spencer Wedding Cake, Marquee Wedding, Multicolour Wedding Ideas, Oh My Honey Wedding Dress, Party Wedding, Petticoats A Plenty, Pink Petticoat Bride, Pub Wedding, Real Weddings, Scrabble Wedding, Sunflower Wedding Flowers, The Bride Diaries
It’s time to share the last wedding from the WWW real brides of 2013. Where has the time gone?
WWW real bride Emily and her now husband (ekk!) Mark married in September at the Council Chamber at Bournemouth Town Hall. They had a vision of a big fat informal party, and it sure did look like an amazing day. There was so much style, from the Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon heart shoes, to the sunflower bouquet tied with leopard print ribbon. WOW.
Thanks so much to the wonderful Emma Lucy for sharing her photographs with us today.
The Proposal… On a blustery January day by the sea – Mark forced me to go for a walk which I thought was a rubbish idea, given the weather! So I threw on my worst clothes, a cagoule (nice!) and a fetching bobble hat over my unbrushed hair and we went over to a place called Dancing Ledge (an old quarry right by the cliff edge) where he got down on one knee – it was perfect!
The Vision for the Day… A very informal, big fat party! Mark had been married before in a pretty formal fashion and wasn’t keen to repeat the idea, and I hated the idea of tail coats and dry fruit cake and a receiving line… It mostly fell into place, a real mixture of stuff we liked!
The Planning Process… Was a bit drawn out! We had something like 19 months to plan but being me I wanted to tie down a date and venue straight away – I think we had them booked within two weeks! Everything else flowed from there, and was pretty much sewn up quite early on. It’s nice to be organised, but I maybe would say to leave yourself a little bit to do closer to the wedding, as if not you have a lot of time to worry about pointless tiny things!
Tags: Bournemouth Wedding, Converse, Council Chamber at Bournemouth Town Hall, Debenhams Bridesmaids, Emma Lucy Photography, Lily Bella, Multicolour Wedding Ideas, Navy Bridesmaid Dresses, Next Groom, Oh My Honey Wedding Dress, Party Wedding, Real Weddings, Relaxed Wedding, Sunflower Wedding Flowers, The Bride Diaries, Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon
So you’ve seen Mel and Rob’s wedding ceremony this morning and now it’s high time to see their lovely wedding reception.
Mel and Rob didn’t want a set theme or colour for their details and décor. Instead they opted for pretty patterns and colours which all came together perfectly on the day. They crafted many of the details themselves including the bunting and beautiful stationery. I just adore those rustic cakes with rainbow layers hidden within and the lavender flowers which must have smelt amazing.
I don’t think I’ve seen a happier couple. LOVE.
Thanks so much again to the brilliant Campbell Photography for allowing me to share their images here today.
The Venue… We were married at Terryglass Church in the village of Terryglass, Tipperary. All the locals made us feel so welcome while we were staying there, it was fantastic. Our reception was held at Coolbawn Quay, a village-style resort and marina set on the banks of Lough Derg. Most of the guests stayed here too, so the night before we actually had a barbecue on the decking to welcome everyone. We loved having all our guests in one location, and Terry and her team at Coolbawn were amazing. Even in the planning stages, they were incredibly patient with my many emails, and over the weekend they all worked so hard to ensure everything ran as smoothly as it did, we appreciated it so much.
The Cake… I nearly didn’t have a cake as I couldn’t find a baker close by who was able to provide what I had in mind. Honestly it was quite low on my priority list so I nearly let it slide. However, a few weeks before the wedding, my good friend Emma put a photo on Facebook of a cake she’d baked for a birthday party and it was EXACTLY what I wanted! I asked if she’d be keen to bake our cake and she was so enthusiastic that we ended up with not one, but two delicious tower cakes covered in buttercream icing and glitter with surprise rainbow layers inside. She even made a huge batch of rocky road (my favourite!) and cupcakes to accompany the main cakes, so we ended up with a whole table of scrumptious sweet treats, it was so much better than I’d even imagined! Emma Topsom, you are a star! :)
Tags: Bunting, Campbell Photography, Claire Pettibone, Coolbawn Quay, DIY Wedding, Ireland Wedding, Lavender Wedding, Mismatched Bridesmaids, Multicolour Wedding Ideas, Real Weddings, The Bride Diaries
WWW real bride Melissa married Rob back in August and I am too excited to share their beautiful wedding day in 2 parts today :-)
Mel and Rob planned their Ireland wedding set at Coolbawn Quay from abroad and had a 4 day holiday before the wedding to allow their families to bond. With a vision of a pastel, rustic and patterned wedding day they selected the most stylish attire.
Mel looked incredible in her Claire Pettibone dress, with Whichgoose flower crown and natural hair. Rob wore chinos, a Paul Smith jacket, home made bow tie and quirky buttonhole with his grooms men in coordinating outfits. The bridesmaids looked super pretty in mismatched pastel dresses too.
Thanks so much to Campbell Photography for sharing their amazing images with us today.
The Proposal… Rob proposed on New Year’s Eve 2011. We had gone to Primrose Hill (one of my favourite places in London) to watch the fireworks over the Thames and he got down on one knee as the clock struck midnight. Cue hysterical crying from me! The ring was a beautiful antique sapphire and diamond cluster that dates from approximately 1900. Once I’d gotten over the shock (although in truth I didn’t recover for months!) we took a taxi to meet our friends at a bar in Shoreditch where we partied for a few hours, before hopping on Boris Bikes to cycle home at 5am in the morning. Good times!
The Vision for the Day… We’re a pretty relaxed pair so we just wanted a day that felt quite chilled out, but would be lots of fun for all our friends and family. With Rob’s family flying over from New Zealand, we decided to turn our wedding into a bit of a holiday and 16 of us arrived in Tipperary four days before the wedding so that both sides could bond before the big day itself. This was a huge success, I’m pretty sure we nearly drank the local village pub dry! But it was the perfect build up to the day and some wonderful new friendships were formed.
When it came to style, I think our both our tastes leaned towards a vintage/rustic aesthetic. Although there was no distinctive colour palette, pastels and patterns – such as gingham, stripes and florals – started to emerge early on and in the end we just went with whatever we liked the look of. Pretty much none of the décor and outfits were seen together until the day so it could have been a disaster. But everything just seemed to click together perfectly, phew!
Groom’s Attire… Rob’s jacket was by Paul Smith and was purchased from Terminal 5 at Heathrow, which was pretty typical of our way of picking up things on the fly. He is a keen bow tie wearer but was a bit disappointed by the dearth of bow ties available in the UK and unimpressed by the quality of those imported from the U.S. So he proceeded to make his own, kitting out the entire bridal party and numerous family members in his own distinctive neckties.
The groomsmen’s shoes were from ASOS, trousers from H&M and the jackets were from Austin Reed. As a little thank you present Rob bought the groomsmen old-school shaving kits made in Ireland that smelt amazing. I gave my bridesmaids pretty teacups with cute little tins of tea from Fortnum & Mason.
Tags: Bow Tie Groom, Campbell Photography, Church Wedding Ceremony, Claire Pettibone, Coolbawn Quay, Ireland Wedding, Multicolour Wedding Ideas, Pastel Wedding Ideas, Paul Smith Groom, Real Weddings, Rustic Wedding Ideas, The Bride Diaries, Whichgoose Accessory