A whimsical real wedding with sage green details to die for and a chic vintage style – Ria and Stephen got married in May 2011. Read on to find out all about it!


WHO: Ria and Stephen

WHERE: Cooling Castle Barn, Rochester, Kent

WHEN: May 2011

PHOTOGRAPHER: Lollypop Photo


The proposal

“We had lived in Brighton while I was finishing my studies and have since moved away from that area. Knowing how much we both loved being by the sea, Steve whisked us back there for a surprise weekend,” explains Ria. Stephen proposed one evening in their hotel room. “Sadly my Father became very ill prior to the engagement, so Steve ensured that he asked his permission before then. Dad was so chuffed that he had asked, and it also meant the world to me.”

The bride’s real wedding outfit

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“I knew that I wanted a fitted lace gown, right from the word go, but tried on the obligatory ‘big’ dresses just to be sure,” says Ria. “My Enzoani gown perfectly complemented my figure. Although it was expensive because of all the intricate detailing, I knew it was ‘the one’ because I couldn’t stop thinking about it.” We think Ria’s dress complements her vintage theme perfectly

The accessories

We’re all over Ria’s of-the-moment vintage styling! Her Glitzy Secrets hair accessory, Chez Bec earrings and Gina shoes truly made her the star of the show!

“We chose a vintage theme, but the main focus was on elegance and simplicity, with springtime colours”

The groom’s outfit

“Steve and I discussed the sort of styles and colours that would be best suited to our springtime vintage real wedding, and both agreed on Moss Bros Lingfield morning suit,” recalls Ria

The bridesmaids

Wowsers! We think Ria’s girls look super cute in their full-length sage-green dresses from Coast “The dresses fitted perfectly with our colour palette and the soft, springtime look we were after,” explains Ria. “The length of the dresses, plus the accessories made them look so glamorous – definitely another theme of the day!”

The stationery

The lovely Lucy Ledger was the perfect choice to create the couple’s funky stationery. “Her work is just incredible, and really tied the theme of our real wedding together,” recalls Ria

“We left the ceremony to an amazing string quartet version of Elbow’s One Day Like This”

The ceremony

“Because my Father is no longer with us, my brother Ryan walked me down the aisle,” says Ria. “We hired a string quartet Estilo String Quartet who performed Pachelbel’s Canon in D on arrival and then Elbow’s One Day Like This as we left,” adds Ria

The reception

“I sourced the decor from Cox and Cox and Live Laugh Love. This included shabby-chic frames, silver-distressed candle holders and bauble place name holders,” remembers Ria. Confetti Connections dressed the chairs with sashes and a single ivory rose, perfect for this real wedding’s vintage feel

The cake

Was by Confection Perfection who also made the soft pink and mint green macaroon favours

The honeymoon

Ria and Stephen enjoyed a mini-moon to Paris sight seeing, and tasting the local cuisine, especially the macaroons!