real wedding: classic contemporary yellow & grey marquee wedding {lynsey & adam}

Oh yellow & grey, such a perfect wedding palette if ever there was one! Happy, celebratory, fun and vibrant yet contemporary, elegant and stylish.  Those were the exact elements that today’s bride Lynsey wanted to capture in her wedding, picking this perfect colour palette for her day.  They chose Lynsey’s parents pub garden as their perfect wedding venue, combining nostalgia and memories with their new start.  I love all the little DIY touches they included, from the pretty pompoms and bunting décor, to the cute stamped name tags and ribbon touches. Their day was caputured by the talented duo from Blackbox Photography, another b.loved fave.

Oh yes, this is my kind of wedding! Enjoy :)

We met at my family pub in Co.Fermanagh where I was helping out at a birthday party that Adam was attending. Our paths crossed again some time later. I was teaching in Newcastle Upon Tyne and when we began to regularly travel back and forth to see each other. We knew we wanted to spend our lives together so I moved back home. Adam disappeared on the afternoon of Christmas Eve 2010 and unbeknownst to me he was going to see my Dad to ask for his permission to marry me. We got up on Christmas morning to open our gifts to each other. Adam gave me a smaller box as my last gift, and I still was clueless. I opened the box and I glimpsed the flash of the diamond, and saw Adam kneeling and I said yes!

I travelled around a lot of venues, and they were beautiful, but something was missing. We decided on having a marquee at my parents’ pub where we had met and it immediately felt right. I loved the fact that we both had emotions linked to there, and there is a stunning river where I used to play as a child. My parents’ pub is called The Anchor Inn so I went for a nautical theme in the bar, where we held the drinks reception. We displayed our engagement pictures between gaps in the striped bunting. We made a focal point out of the ship wheels by putting ‘Mr and Mrs’ signs across them. For the marquee and my wedding theme  . I wanted the style to be contemporary and bold, but also with an underlying classic feel. We made coloured paper pompoms, hand-stamped all the name tags and table plans, hand-tied coloured ribbon on fairy lights, personalised chocolates as wedding favours, used picture frames family and friends had given us to display images!

I had an impression that I would suit a bohemian/column shaped dress. I felt disappointed because they really did not suit me. The lady reassured me that the right dress was there for me. She brought a range of ‘Princess’ style gowns-I was a little unsure. As soon as I put them on I knew that was the style to suit my shape. I loved the texture and ‘soft’ look of the dress I really felt amazing in it. I went with the Old Hollywood glamour feel of the dress and opted not to have a headpiece, so the focus was on the dress. My earrings were Hollywood glam, and my cuff was bespoke and made from a picture I found on pinterest. I knew I wanted my shoes to break the rules and the grey tied in with my bridesmaids dresses. I wanted the softness of my dress to be mirrored in their dresses so the Grecian styling on the chiffon worked well. The girls all carried a colour forward from the palette – each with a different bracelet, ring and clutch bag. I matched the glamour of the dresses up with sharp black tuxedo suits, but kept it contemporary with skinny ties, pins and patent shoes.

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Our first dance was ‘Flightless Bird, American Mouth’ by Iron & Wine. It is from the movie Twilight. The song is very emotive and thought stirring as the lyrics are not conventionally that of a love song. We just loved the romantic feel of the song, it has a slow tempo so there were plenty of opportunities for us to soak up the moment and truly remember the day. I played it continually on my phone when we were on honeymoon!

What advice would you give couples planning their wedding?

1) Use blogs to gather ideas, and save the images. Have a clear vision of your theme
2) Break some rules-Your shoes don’t have to be white or ivory, you don’t have to have a head piece, each bridesmaid does not have to be identical.
3) Mix contemporary and traditional-you want your wedding to be timeless.
4) Try not to get distracted by too much input from others – remember the day is about the Bride and Groom. Weddings have the tendency to send people a little crazy!

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Dress: Opulence By Natalie M, from McElhinneys Bridal Rooms //  Shoes: Roland Cartier // Veil: Richard Designs // Earrings: Newbridge Silver Vintage Collection // Bracelet: Bespoke by Sarah Deering // Bridesmaids dresses: Kelsey Rose // Stationery: LoveBox // Venue: The Anchor Inn, Kesh // Marquee: North Down Marquees // Flowers: Clare Flower // Hair & Makeup: Blue Sky Hairdressing // Catering: Posh Nosh // Cake: Bride’s Aunt // Music: The Mucky Ducks


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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