Where do I begin with this blog post? I guess at the start…
Camilla and I have been friends since sixth form, exactly when we moved from being just school mates to bosom buddies I’m not sure. But I always remember that Camilla was that popular girl with lots of friends and I wondered if I would ever get accepted into her circle… I’m glad to say I did. If I had to describe her in 3 words I would day, artistic, welcoming and indecisive! I love her for all her qualities including the indecisive one. I think it’s down to her artistic nature that she would rather mull over things and mental doodle about them rather than making a quick rash decision. This was my fourth stint as a grown up bridesmaid and I have to say when it came to planning her wedding she was very low maintenance. Anyone who knows Milla will find this surprising. Even packing for a weekend away takes hours so planning a wedding surely was going to tip her over the edge – but no, she kept calm and composed through out and only asked for help when she really felt she needed it. I think this had something to do with her groom Keir being so involved too. They really did organise it together as a partnership and that’s something they do every day in their general lives so it was nice to see if follow through into their wedding prep.
Before I get going I want to say a big thank you to Marcus from Big Eye Photography for letting me use his photographs in my blog. They’re fab and captured the whole feel of the day effortlessly. He was lovely to have around and I whole heartedly recommend him.
Camilla and Keir have been together for 10 years so when Keir finally popped the question whilst on holiday in Croatia last summer I think even though she thought it might be on the cards she was still very surprised, nice work Keir!
The wedding was to be held at Exford Church, this is where the Tucker family have been for years and so was a very easy decision, plus she had always wanted her reception on her parents farm just minutes away so this helped the decision. Soon enough planning was in full swing and being an art teacher Camilla had her students help her with a few details for the day. She’s a very popular teacher so naturally her students wanted to help her – lovely! I’ll show these artistic touches a bit later.
The day before the wedding was soon upon us and we got to work beautifying the marquee. When we arrived the table centrepieces had just been delivered and we’re wonderful. The went for low level decorations so everyone could easily see eachother and were pastels colours to follow the general theme of the day. All the flowers for the day we’re produced by the extremely talented and regular florist featured on my Wendy Symes.
As I mentioned previously she had incorporated a lot of work from her students into her day, here are a few examples…
These were the table names, all the images handpainted by her students or by Camilla and Keir themselves.
Once we finally dragged Milla out of the marquee on Friday night we all went for some food a glass of wine and a proper wind down. Once back at the farmhouse us girls piled onto Milla’s bed and Lucy (one of the bridesmaids) gave her a book she had been putting together over the last few months. She asked all Camilla’s hens and family to send photos and write something to go in the book. Baring in mind there were 23 of us on the hen do alone it was a HUUUGE book and just so lovely . I’m glad she gave it to her then because it had her in floods of tears and saving it for the wedding morning could have been a make-up write off!
After a relatively good nights sleep we were up bright and early and I was in hair for 7am and make-up for half past. We had discussed make-up the night before and decided on pale pinks on our eyes to compliments the dresses . So I just gave us all something similar but not identical as we were all slightly different in skin tones.
Marcus our very talented photographer happened to be passing the room when I was applying Lucy’s false eyelashes, now I don’t do this with every client but since we’ve been long term friends I asked her if she minded if I straddled her as it would make applying the lashes a lot easier. She didn’t seemed bothered by this until I lost my footing and ended up in her lap – so funny! Thank you Marcus you captured this perfectly!!
There’s a long story with regards to Camilla’s make-up. Being a friend of Camilla for quite some years now and most of my friends have at some point or other taken advantage of my make-up skills for nights out, weddings, hen do’s Camilla is one that is always a little more challenging. She’ll absolutely admit this herself but her obsession with blue mascara and eyeliner is something I was going to have a real struggle to pull her away from on her wedding day, with many a conversation along the lines of… ‘I don’t suit black’ or ‘but please can I wear it’. Usually followed with ‘you’re just going to have to trust me on this one’. Thankfully she did 🙂
Her trial was on a Sunday morning following a night of BBQing and monopoly at their house (I know we’re so rock and roll). So after a healthy lie in we got to work on producing her perfect wedding look, or at least I hoped so. I’m not afraid to admit that this was one of my more nerve racking trial sessions. I decided I wanted something warm but with peachy undertones and browns closer to the lash line to add definition. I originally steered clear of black liner and stuck to brown but as the look developed I very quickly realised it needed just an accent to add an impression of volume to the lashes and definition around her eyes. Using pinky / orangey tones on her very pale but beautiful skin and a soft pinky lip colour her look was complete. I nervously turned the mirror round and she had a look. Thankfully she seemed really pleased with it and her fears of losing the blue mascara seemed to be gone – phew! Apparently she felt like a china doll – I took that as a compliment!
On the day I got to work replicating her look, building up the shades and tones as I went. Her eyes had a total of about 8 different eye shadow colours, from beiges, to peaches working up the colour chart to dark browns to finish along the lashline. The only battle I had left to deal with where the soon to be Mrs Jones’ watery eyes (my nemesis) and the inevitable tears!
Camilla wore Benetint on her lips to add colour that would last all day and then Mac Fanfare over the top. It worked a treat and she only needed a couple of touch ups!
Before the day Camilla had a treatment called LVL done to her eyelashes, it’s a process that lengthens and volumises your natural lashes and lasts for about 8 weeks. See more information here… This is a great alternative to false eyelashes and will last well beyond your honeymoon too. I definitely recommend it, such a subtle but effective change.
Zara was the saviour in the hair department, a previous hairdresser and now good friend of Camilla’s she was the obvious choice for the day. Zara works at Umberto Giannini in Worcester if you want to search her out! Zara designed Camilla’s beautiful hair style, following trialing something Mill’s thought she wanted she then asked if she could ‘give something a go’ and of course Mill’s loved it. It was very different to anything else I’d seen and just looked effortlessly glamorous and worked so well with the general look of the day.
Camilla’s dress came from The Bridal Room at Broadway, I was lucky enough to be with her on the day she chose it. If you’ve never been to Broadway before you must go. It’s a beautiful little picturesque village in the Cotswolds. The Bridal Room is a gorgeous shop with just a handful of carefully selected dresses and accesories chosen by the owner of the shop Emma. She takes appointments only so make sure you book well in advance and will then give you a one on one very personal service. Offering you shoes, jewellery and views to try to help you imagine the finished look. Camilla was asked to pick 10 dresses she liked the look of she did that then Emma chose one she thought she should try. So following 10 dresses all of which ‘just weren’t right’ Camilla tried the dress Emma picked out and wow. That was it, regardless of the fact that it was 2 sizes too big for Camilla I think we both just knew this was THE dress. Following a lot of tailoring to remove A LOT of fabric to make it fit Mills, the dress was ready and it was breath taking. The tailoring gave her a fishtail style fitted her perfectly. These photographs show this…
The veil was borrowed from her close friend from University, Chloe and was also her something borrowed.
This beautiful hair slide came from a personal favourite place of mine for all thinks sparkly Bridezillas in Keynsham. Amanda is just brilliant she gives you a really personal experience with one on one time sat at a beautiful dressing table in front of a mirror trying all sorts of hair accessories before you find the right one. Amanda hand makes many of the pieces so if something isn’t quite right she would happily custom make something for you. If you visit at the right time of day you might just get to see another wedding take place at the church across the road! All in all if you’re a bride in Bristol Brideszillas is a must visit place.
Before we left there was just time for a couple of pictures by the pond – Camilla’s favourite spot on the farm…
And so it was time for the off, we piled into Keirs parents awesome campervan for the short journey to the church, before he turned around and collected the bride and her Daddy…
The service was lovely, a very personal service with a juggling vicar and a reading from Keirs sister Polly and Camillas university friend Sian but probably the most memorable and emotional was Harriet (Camilla’s sister) singing ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’. Just gorgeous and made even more poignant by the extreme nerves she had been feeling in the run up to it.
Coming from a farming family it was only natural that the bride and groom should leave church via tractor. Complete with straw bale, rug, a bottle of fizz and some glasses!
I must take a moment to show you the stunning bouquets, handmade by Wendy Symes, with beautiful pastel roses and incorporating brooches and pearls Camilla had collected in the run up to the day.
There were a few very personal touches they created for the marquee. On each table there were 2 cards each stating love is… now Keir is a primary school teacher and Camilla arranged for his pupils to write on the cards what they thought love is. So sweet and a lovely surprise for Keir.
These bottles we’re filled with booze as favours for the boys and had lovely personal labels.
Camilla and her friends made these beautiful clay hearts, all with different patterns and these were the favours for the girls.
And a lovely surprise for some of us…we received personalised thank you cupcakes, mine had an image of Bert from Bert and Ernie 🙂
Finally Nicola one of Camilla’s bridesmaids maid these fabric hearts which hung on the back of the chairs. So pretty. (The blue hat was from the hen party we returned them to everyone for the wedding).
Once back at the marquee we filled our boots with Pimms, canapés and plenty of garden games they had put on for us plus a few special photo sessions requested by Mr and Mrs Jones. The food was lovely, a really yummy cold meats and salads style buffet followed by mini desserts on cake stands, all cooked and served by Paradise Catering. The bar was provided by a family friend and kept everyone well stocked in Jaeger bombs all night!
The gorgeous cake fitted in perfectly with the style of the day and was made by Laura Milne who is Keirs cousin.
The band we’re Dave Can’t Dance, a self confessed funk band and suited all age groups! A brilliant night was had by all!
Here are just a couple of my favourite photographs of the happy couple
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Jones!
Products used on the new Mrs Jones
Benefit The Pore Professional Primer
L’Oreal Infalliable Foundation a mix of 15 + 125
L’Oreal True Match Powder in Ivory Rose
Body Shop Blush pot in Rose
Body Shop Blush pot in Peach
Bourjois Eyeshadow in Champagne
Maxfactor eyeshaow in Pale Pebble
Other shadow makes used were Body Shop and Mac
Mac Eyeliner in Duck
Bobbi Brown Gel liner in Black Ink
Diorshow Waterproof mascara
Benetint as a base on the lips
Mac Lipstick in Shy Girl
Make-up Academy Fixing Spray