Wedding Shopping With Mum

I want you to know that I have not been holding out on you when it comes to wedding updates.

Don’t go thinking that I’ve made all sorts of fabulous plans and I’m keeping my friends in the dark about them…

… I really just haven’t made any plans at all!

Not for lack of trying, I’ll have you know. It just turns out that picking a venue is not as easy as I’d anticipated. I won’t bore you with the details but let’s just say that wedding fatigue is totally a real thing and I needed a break.

Enter, Mum!

She came up to town for a day of fun to distract me from my venue hunting failure, by doing other much more fun wedding things.

Just what the doctor ordered!

White sunnies

Navy shirt dress // Navy belt

Red Prada tote (similar) // Red sandals

Blush dress – also here

Brown shades // Bamboo bag

Butter soft suede loafers

We made our way to Regent Street, who commissioned this post and plays host to everything we could ever need.

Starting at Jo Malone London.

A British brand known for their timeless fragrances.

They also happen to specialise in wedding scents, for which orange blossom is traditional.

But as equal opportunists we gave them all a good go!

I think it’s fair to say that we were off to a roaring start!

Choosing lots of home and body goodies to try at home, with a couple of scents to choose from.

I’m a firm believer in taking your time and doing research properly.

If that means taking long baths with scented oil and candles every night, well then so be it!

Next, we stopped into Brooks Brothers.

The perfect place for all things groomly.

(Let’s pretend that’s a word.)

BB has every sort of suit, shirt, tie and shoe a groom could possibly ask for.

And there’s plenty to keep brides entertained while he shops!

Particularly upstairs.

Mum shopped for Mother of The Bride looks while I fell into a whole world of gingham.

^ All packed for the honeymoon!

We popped by Godiva for chocolate covered strawberries.

And into Mappin and Webb, complete with 1920’s crystal chandelier of my dreams.

To look at wedding jewellery…

…where naturally I gravitated towards the classics.

Though we couldn’t resist throwing a few diamonds into the mix too!

We looked at wedding bands of all shapes, sizes and styles.

And potential weddings gifts, for him.

We were particularly taken by their own Campaign Watch design, modelled on what officers wore in 1914.

I’ve always loved vintage styles of things (as you know from my engagement ring) and think this would look rather lovely with a classic suit or just jeans and a shirt.

But while we’re talking engagement rings, we took a quick look at the English Rose collection, all named after different English roses.

Just in case your chap is in need of a little inspirational nudge!

Send him over to Regent St, you’d both certainly be in good company with some of the other customers…

Deciding to think a little more about jewels and gifts, we popped next door into Tommy Hilfiger.

Which has the coolest in-store experience I’ve ever… experienced.

You can shop from lookbooks on interactive screens, pop any item you find into a cubbyhole and a screen will tell you what sizes and colours it comes in, even the changing rooms are “smart”.

Whatever you bring it, it’ll show you the online shopping page, pictures of customers wearing it and other styles that might suit.

Along with some very pretty holiday clothes (honeymoon?) I also found some potential bridesmaid’s dresses.

And something for Him.

In the name of celebrating we skipped lunch and went straight for tea.

At the inimitable Langham Hotel London.

A post-shopping haven at the top of Regent Street.

Just the place to rest your feet, catch your breath and toast to upcoming (hopefully!) nuptials.

Just to really polish off a truly decadent day with my very best friend, we went underground.

Down into Hotel Café Royal’s Akasha spa.

Potentially the most zen space in Central London.

You walk in only to be enveloped by a warm, gently spiced air, relaxing music emanating from unseen speakers, your path lit only by candle light.

We stayed for hours that felt like days.

Deep in the belly of London, completely unaware of anything going on above ground.

Bandana swimsuit

The perfect way to get some perspective and get back to enjoying the fun of planning a wedding.

I never wanted to be someone who got stressed by wedding stuff, it’s not like my whole life has been leading up to my one true day of happiness.

I’m utterly thrilled and very grateful to be marrying one of my best friends. To be making a promise to each other in front of all of our loved ones and to be able to spend time together celebrating.

Everything else will just be sprinkles on the sundae.

But hey, shopping for sprinkles can be pretty fun!

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  • Rain

    Congratulations again and again beautiful! This is just the best plan and beginning 🙂 xxxx You deserve all the great things that are coming. Love you and mama Londoner aka the most elegant mother of the Rosie bridie!

    • Rosie

      Thank you Rain! xxx

  • Oh, wow, you made wedding organising sound fun!

    • Rosie

      Ha! It really was a hoot! Wait for the dress shopping posts…

  • Lisa

    Rosie – I am so in love with your mum and this post. Looks like you two had the best day!
    Lots of love from southern Germany,

    • Rosie

      Isn’t she just the best? I admire her so thoroughly, I feel very lucky to have such a wonderful mum.
      Lots of love from London xx

  • Woweeeeeeeeee this looks like the most perfect day with your mumma! Diamonds, afternoon tea and the spa?! YES. You ladies know how to wedding shop. Immy x

    • Rosie

      All the good stuff, Immy! You know me 😉 xx

  • Congratulatons for you incoming wedding, wish you the best 🙂

    Miki xx

    • Rosie

      Thanks M! x

  • Alexandra Donnelly

    That looks like such a fun day! Is there a wee link for that gorgeous swimsuit? Love it! x

    • Rosie

      Yes, sorry have just included! xx

  • Rayann Houghlin

    This is wonderful, and congratulations again Rosie! I’m actually at a very similar stage in my life (wedding date on September 30 of this year) and my fiancé and I both were suffering from some serious wedding fatigue; we both would just talk about how we wished we could just run away together and be on our honeymoon already. But, after re-visiting out venue for another walk thru (they’d been doing renovations when we first booked) we were completely re-energized. Your post resonates with me in that it truly is about you and your loved ones and being able to enjoy yourselves on the day; insignificant details be damned! Best wishes for your marriage!

  • Rosie

    Thanks Mia, what a lovely comment! Sending lots of love your way xx

  • You can never go wrong with pearls for wedding jewelry! I wore my mother’s pearls for my own nuptials. Wedding planning can be exhausting. But just remember, that the wedding is one day of your whole marriage. The marriage is the best part if I say so myself!

  • Alana Thomas

    I wore ‘Love in White’ by Creed on my wedding day in March. It’s a truly beautiful and elegant scent (the bottle is pretty fabulous too!)

  • Alexis Dionne Ali

    The only thing more beautiful than your pictures is the way you are approaching marriage. I also believe the wedding should be fun but its not the end all goal. Through the way you write, it is clear that you guys will have a marriage even more glorious than the big day. And that is something I hope all your single readers aspire to! I know I do.

  • Great post and I love your mum in that classic dress with red accessories. Just gorgeous. I hope you find a venue soon! All I can tell you from experience, is to book the music you like soon. This was the last thing I organised, but should have been first! Best of luck. Love Rachel xxx

  • ahhhh so excited for you!

    katie. xx

  • Joanna Moschos

    So important to take time out and just enjoy this very special time xx

  • What a fun post! You and your mum are so elegant! Looks like the two of you had a fabulous day :). Loooking forward to more posts like this about your wedding journey! And then comes …;)

  • love how you tell stories with photos

  • Kate

    Looks like the most incredible day <3


  • What a Wonderful Day out with your Mum for Wedding shopping memories! I must say that you look like a true Fairy tale Princess Bride in that Wedding dress in your Instagram! Can’t wait to see more on your blog of your Wedding posts.

    Ellie |

  • Ahhh, I’ve recently gotten engaged and I always thought that when others said ‘it’s so stressful’ that was just an excuse to only talk ‘wedding stuff’. Then, I realised that it has serious potential to become very stressful indeed, esp finding the dream venue. However, life is so much more than being consumed by one day and like you say, I’m delighted just to be marrying my love…
    On the other-hand, wedding shopping which involves bubbles, afternoon tea, trying on diamonds and then a spa? I could get down with that…
    Your Wedding post is one I can’t wait to see!

  • That’s so fun to do with your mum! X

  • Kari Guastella

    Those smart changing rooms are so cool. Looks like a fun way to shop!

  • Sepideh

    Looks like you had such a lovely day with your mom. It’s my dream to take my mom traveling to London, Paris, Italy… and this makes me dream of it even more! I’m glad you’re able to have quality time with your mom like that, it’s so lovely!

  • Sophia Nicholls

    Aww I love this, such a special time.

    You’re doing the best thing taking your time with it all. I remember we spent forever looking at venues and finding the best one. There are just so many options out there, and it can get so overwhelming. Then once the venue is booked, it’s food, dresses, entertainment! Never ending!

    I think the best thing I did was take a step back and remember that it is ultimately about me, him and having or loved ones around us. It stopped me from getting hung up on all the details of the day.

    Congratulations, enjoy every moment! Can’t wait to see parts of the journey you choose to share 🙂 xxx

  • I love Regent Street! This looks like a great day.. love quality time with mom!

  • Such a lovely day to relax and see eveything with new eyes, Mums are the best!!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Alex Cole

    Looks like a truly decadent day! Don’t stress too much about your wedding though, no matter what I’m sure it’ll be lovely 🙂 Best wishes!
    Alex //

  • Loved following your Regent Street story – looks like so much fun! Your mom looks so lovely and stylish 🙂 There is indeed so much pressure associated with weddings – hope you enjoy the journey leading up to the day as much as possible.

  • I very much relate to the feelings of wedding stress/fatigue, we’ve got our reception venue down but have discovered that our day is a bank holiday in Italy (where we’re getting married) so we can kiss a legally binding ceremony goodbye! Never mind. Our day will be nothing but sprinkles :p I hope it starts being a bit more fun for you soon (also because I want to see all the beautiful things you choose so I can get some more inspiration!) xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • so much fun!!! I will admit, planning my wedding basically became my second full time job, but I loved it!! Remember every single moment of it, because you will miss it when its over! x michelle

  • You ladies look so beautiful, you look so much alike as well. Wedding planning sounds like lots of fun in here, keep the posts coming sweets.
    Love from

  • Rosie! It was so refreshing and comforting to read your post. I got engaged a few months ago (congratulations!!!) too and am feeling super disappointed with venues and the process of finding the perfect place. I couldn’t believe how perfectly you described it as wedding fatigue. As another bride-to-be feeling complete wedding fatigue your post definitely made me feel a little better and less ridiculous. My whole life definitely doesn’t depend on this one momentous day but I would still like it to be a very beautiful, special experience. So, thank you for sharing your experience because it definitely lightened my load and made me realise I am not the only one. Good luck, Rosie! xxx

  • Hi Rosie! Congratulations on your engagement 🙂 I just wanted to let you know that reading your post lifted a weight off my shoulders. I am also a Bride-to-be and felt a little silly for experiencing (your perfectly described) wedding fatigue. I haven’t been able to find the perfect wedding venue either but also recognise my whole life hasn’t been leading up to this day. None the less, it is important and I would love to find something that beautifully expresses my fiancé and I, which apparently is hard to do in Australia. I definitely feel a little better knowing I am not the only one. So, thank you and good luck for this wonderful time xx Carla

  • Aww, you and your Mum are so cute! <3 and of course delicious-looking food as usual! 😀



  • Congratulations again! It looks like SUCH a special day Rosie! Enjoy every moment of the celebration. And your Momma seems so sweet and supportive. Unfortunately my mother was not very fun around the wedding planning and dress picking – she gets easily overwhelmed by everything and was more concerned with what she was wearing! But that’s okay, my husband and I planned everything together and didn’t much involve our families.

    And, speaking of weddings, it’s my one year wedding anniversary today! We had an amazing celebration at a beautiful music hall outside of Paris! I would love for you to take a look at my blog, where I’m sharing all the photo! <3

  • This looks like the best day, the diamonds are gorgeous and I love how close you and your Mom are!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • I love jo malone sooooo much 🙂
    Miki xx