Pop by Monday, 9am to see the full results of what I got up during my stay in Oz*
After a church ceremony at St Peter’s & St Paul’s Church in Hampshire, Lisa & Ric had a very British wartime themed wedding at Broad Half Penny Down Cricket Club, Hampshire – the world’s oldest cricket club.
“Life never goes the way you plan it,” the bride wrote. “I always dreamt of finishing uni, finding love, getting married and starting a family. The conventional family – we are not! I am 12 years younger than Ric, and also about 12 inches taller! Ric is frequently away with work and moved me to the south of the country, away from all my friends and family. Oh and how could I forget our 2 year old son – Bear. This was definitely not what I had planned.”
“When Ric finally proposed, I was on cloud 9 and I knew that our wedding day wasn’t going to be a ‘normal’ one. For example – I couldn’t decide what engagement ring I liked, so I have three! We also had a best woman instead of a best man, we ‘high fived’ at the altar instead of the kiss, and our son screamed through most of the ceremony then was racing his toy cars down the aisle with chocolate down his nice white shirt.”
The couple wanted a home made/DIY feel to their wedding. “Ric always jokes about me being a ‘stay at home’ wifey or being a ‘Yummy Mummy’,” the bride continued. “With Ric being in the military, it sometimes feels like we should have belonged to the 1940’s era…and I wanted to become a ‘pin-up’ for the day!”
Lisa wore a Candy Anthony dress, a hat from Jane Taylor Millinery and shoes from Aruna Seth. “I absolutley loved sourcing every part of my outfit and Rock n Roll Bride played a huge part in this. My 1950’s dress was so flattering and gave me loads of confidence with my post baby body! Walking into Candy Anthony was felt like being a kid in a sweet shop. Vicky Trainor‘s Vintage drawer stationery was also a huge inspiration, it’s so so so pretty! Our inspiration for the catering came from our son, his favourite foods include cakes, ice cream and fish n chips. Being from Yorkshire, we of course had to have a grand cup of Yorkshire Tea and I insisted on having Pimm’s on arrival. We made it a bit more glamorous by using The Tea Party‘s gorgeous vintage crockery and cut glass bowls.”
So this week I spent most of my time hanging out with a bunch of amazing wedding photographers at The Photography Farm, hosted by photographer Lisa Devlin. We drank (way to much) wine and (too many) cocktails, some brave souls swam in the pool or hung out in the jacuzzi…oh and we even threw in a bit of learning too!
Lisa referred to her 20 years of experience to teach the students about every aspect of running their wedding photography businesses and I was there to talk to them about how to publicise themselves, get their websites and blogs up to scratch, how to use social media and what to do to get featured on wedding blogs and in magazines. I was super nervous but I ended up wittering on for quite a while!
We also did two styled shoots. The first was an engagement shoot with the gorgeous Heather & Rob who are getting hitched next April; and the second, a ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ styled shoot with yours truly…
…and yes I even held a chicken (there was also a horse and a ‘Toto’ but more of them later!)
Lucy & Michael’s candy coloured cute-as-hell wedding stole my heart! The pastel colour palate is so fresh and totally perfect for their DIY wedding. Lucy & Michael actually found their photographer, the fabulous Shell De Mar, through an engagement shoot featured on Rock n Roll Bride too so it’s really cool that I’m allowed to feature their gorgeous wedding too.
“We knew that it was important to have a wedding photographer who understood the style and inspiration for our big day and would capture all of the details we had so painstakingly created,” Lucy told me. “We wanted a fun and creative record of our day rather than a set of stuffy portraits. We discovered Shell De Mar when we saw a seaside engagement shoot that was featured on Rock n Roll Bride. We immediately fell in love with her use of light and colour, and the way she captured her couples.”
As readers of Rock n Roll Bride, the couple knew that wanted to create a wedding that reflected their personalities (yey!) Lucy explained, “When we started planning our wedding, we wanted to make sure our personalities were reflected in every last detail, that we incorporated the wedding traditions people would expect without being ruled by them, but most of all that we threw an amazing party with something for everyone that all of our friends and family would enjoy. I scoured the internet and took inspiration from wedding blogs (I am a daily Rock n Roll Bride reader!) and magazines, pulling out all of the elements we loved and adding a few extra ideas of our own.”
“The theme for the day was vintage village fete. When we first went to see our reception venue, a traditional village hall out in the countryside, we knew it was perfect for our theme and it even had beams to string our bunting from! We loved the idea of having a sweet table and a cheese table as these were one of our favourite ‘wedding trends’, and Michael suggested that we could set them up as market stalls to tie in with our village fete theme. After numerous prototypes Michael and my Dad constructed amazing market stall backdrops for our cheese, sweet and cake shops.”
“Another wedding trend we were excited about was having a photo booth at the reception. I mentioned the idea to my brother and he not only created a photo booth computer programme using a camera linked up to a laptop, but also made us a ‘booth’ and created a website to showcase all the photos after the day. We topped it off with a dressing up box, including of course moustaches on sticks as no indie wedding would be complete without these!”
“Music was also a really important part of our day as it is a huge passion for Michael! We had a vintage record player set up for our arrival drinks, and created a background playlist for during the wedding breakfast using soundtracks from our favourite films. Instead of hiring a wedding DJ, we decided to ask Michael’s friends to each do a DJ set for us, and Michael even played a few tunes on the night! We ended up with a really great variety of music which was all carefully chosen and meant something to us.”
As you can see, DIY was also something the couple wanted to tackle for their wedding. They made a number of things themselves including the save the dates, the photo booth and the candy buffet. “We love making things and are always working on DIY projects, so we DIY’d as much of the wedding as we possibly could!” Lucy continued. “We really enjoyed coming up with an idea for the wedding, then trying to think up a way to make it into a reality. We started off with handmade save the dates styled like vintage postcards (complete with vintage stamps). When it came to the invitations we decided to use a professional designer we found on etsy to design the suite which we then printed and assembled. We also added bus tickets for all our guests coming on the route master bus!”
“My Mum and I created most of the decorative elements – from placecards, table plans and sweet shop labels to tissue paper pom poms, cushions and napkin rings. Mum also created the beautiful Mr & Mrs letters we displayed on our top table. Mum now has her own website (spottydaisy.com) and creates a whole range of handmade and bespoke wedding decorations and occasion cards to order. I think the biggest DIY project I took on was the wedding favours. I loved the idea of having little thank you gifts, but couldn’t find anything that would appeal to all of our guests, so I decided to make favours tailored to each person. I sewed corsages for the ladies, monogrammed handkerchiefs for the men and then handmade all of the favour boxes.”
Oh this is so cute and a wedding I wish I could have been at!
A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Candy Anthony to visit their shop to check out (and try on!) some of their latest dress designs. Like I was going to turn that down! Here are a few of my favourites that I tried on…How lucky am I!?
Located on London’s South Bank overlooking the Thames, Candy Anthony‘s store is like the closet of a very beautiful princesses. Walking in I was greeted by rows and rows of tulle, netting and brightly coloured sashes. I’m in heaven! The cakes went down pretty well too…
Pink Polka Dots
I started by putting on a ‘basic’ white dress with a pink petticoat (of course) and Rachel (who was helping me) asked which accessories I wanted to add. I loved the customizability of Candy’s dresses. That you could take the ‘plain’ (for lack of a better word – these dresses certainly aren’t plain!) tea length dress and add netting, lace, bows, petticoats and sashes in every colour imaginable! The of course there’s the veils and hair flowers in every colour and style you could think of. Amazing.
The dresses come in a number of different necklines i.e strapless, sweetheart (my favourite), high necked – so there really is a style to suit everybody. I was immediately drawn to this pink polka dot skirt overlay and white bow combo. I die.
A more traditional look maybe, but one I still loved. The beautiful lace overlay transformed the basic gown to one fit for a princess. The puffy veil (one of my favourites – see the gallery below for more photos) and bright pink sash gave this look a Rock n Roll edge. I was smitten.
Dotty All Over
I loved the sheer neckline of the lace (much more flattering that a strapless dress for someone with huge boobies like me!) but I was also smitten with the polka dots so Rachel suggested this all over dotty addition. The cute little bow at the back was less dramatic than the big sashes but just as cute none the less!
I wasn’t sure if I’d like this gingham sash as it’s not a pattern I’d usually wear, but I have to say my mind was changed as soon as I put it on. How perfect would this addition be fore a countryside or farm wedding? Candy Anthony makes sashes in pretty much every colour imagineable. They’ve even made a leopard print one in the past. Oh lala!
Crazy Colour – Pink n Black
Not every bride wants to wear white on her wedding day which is why Candy Anthony carry a number of beautiful coloured dresses. This pink dress with a sweetheart neckline (see gallery below for more) was a no-brainer when it came to seeing if I wanted to try it on…and the black polka dot overlay (and my beat-up converse trainers) made this dress the perfect Rock n Roll Bride number no?
Crazy Colour – Yellow
Who would have thought that yellow would look so awesome?! Maybe one of the biggest surprises of the day was how much I adored this yellow dress. The colour was just WOW. I’m certainly going to be borrowing this dress at some point soon…well I’m going to try to anyway (pleeeease?!)
Crazy Colour – Lovely Leopard
Show me a Rock n Roll Bride who doesn’t love leopard print? Exactly…they’re pretty hard to come by! Which is why I died and went to heaven when I laid eyes on this baby. The purple petticoat is hella awesome too huh? This dress would also look amazing with a red petticoat I reckon. This is perfect Rock n Roll Bride dressing!
OK so that’s not it’s official name but one I’ve given it! Candy’s regular dresses have three layers of tulle (which is pretty big anyway, espcially when you add a petticoat) but this number, which takes pride of place in their shop window, had ten layers of tulle! The dress was created espeically for the catwalk at The National Wedding Show last year and I was shocked and horrored to hear that no one else has bought this one. Come on girls, don’t be afraid of a bit of tulle! Sure the dress is pretty big, but it’s certainly not in ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ territory and I have to say I felt fabulous as soon as I put this one on.
Huge skirt = the allusion of a tiny waist. WIN.
I seriously loved this one. It was certainly my favourite and if I was to get married again this is the dress I’d choose (with a sweetheart neckline I reckon…again with the big boobs!) You can see why though right It’s wonderful.
“The day after our tea party reception we went on a adventure to an abandoned fairground that I used to visit as a child when it was still open,” Regula told me. “I suddenly thought about it a few months ago and wondered what had become of it. I have some vivid childhood memories of it. Bruno and I wanted to go there as we love the creepy and romantic forgotten world feeling about it. We have a thing for the strangeness of old fairgrounds and fairs, hence the rock candy and candy apples at our reception. When I told our photographer Sassy of it she was so excited we decided to make a trip together.”
“We drove up to the old parking area, the sign and everything was still there, yet in decay.The rusty gate was closed but not locked. As we walked in I tried to reconstruct the fairground like it used to look. Everything was still there, the attractions, the ticket booths, even the tickets were still scattered around. A lot of it was vandalized and destroyed. We past the ghost house, the dolls used to be still here but were now all stolen. Nature was taking back it’s territory as all the big squares with souvenir stalls were now becoming woodland. Strange feeling knowing that you came here to have fun for the day and that now, it’s still there but fading away in time.”
“It’s been closed for over 10 years but I’m surprised how quick nature is taking over the grounds. There was something peaceful and beautiful about it, we felt like we could wonder here for days. I’ve never had this strange feeling before, decaying beauty yet frozen in time.”
“You could almost still hear children playing … not being creepy now, there were actually kids running around as the children from the villages around were still playing here. In a different way, the fairground was still ‘a children’s paradise’ which was it’s tagline, like it used to be in the 1950’s.”
“It closed never to open again after an accident, but in a way it never did close. It just became a place out of this world, did we find the real wonderland after all?”