Category Archives: Vintage Inspired
Wow. Just WOW.
That all too familiar question: “Charlotte, if you were to plan your wedding now what styling/dress/accessories would you choose?”
And the answer would be “I would probably just copy Tori….”
The blush beaded gown (a SUPER flattering hue on fair-skinned blondes) the slightly un-done up do, the gold leaf garland crown…..dreamily ethereal but with a generous dose of timeless elegance.
Photographer Katherine Ashdown questioned that as Tori and Paul only chose to have the ceremony and canapés covered rather than the entire evening reception that perhaps there wouldn’t be enough details to warrant a feature.
My response: “I loooove this more than cake!!! There is no way we wouldn’t want to share it!!!!”
Ahem. There might not actually be any cake, or centrepieces or a million decor details for you lovelies to be in inspired by but my goodness, the fashion alone is enough to make your pinterest boards look the prettiest they ever have.
And did I mention they planned it all in TWO MONTHS?
We both adore Norfolk and my family has a little cottage there which is where Paul would first come to visit me from London. We spent a lot of time on our bikes exploring the pubs (mostly) around Norfolk but one of our favourite places that we kept coming back to was Holkham hall with its gorgeous beach, just down the road from us. We knew we wanted a small venue and when we saw the temple tucked away and nestled in the woods we loved it instantly, as did our dog Tallulah!… View the full post.
Effortlessly elegant, that is how I can best describe Amy and Toby’s wedding. I love all the details like the guest stamping box (a container of block lettering for printing messages – not a crate to smack your foot on) And the odd vintage touch here are really works… Maybe the Rolls Royce was a bit too vintage though – looks like it needed a bit of help to get going!
Amy and Toby married in their family church in Grendon with a reception at Mythe Barn in Atherstone.
Amy the bride: We had our church ceremony at All Saints Church, Grendon. It was really important to me that we got married in this church. The church has huge family history and importance as my granparents, great grandparents and other family members are all buried in the grave yard. I have visited the church reguarly growing up and it meant the world to me to get married there. The church was therefore key to the day. We were so lucky to have found Mythe Barn which is literally a 2 minute drive from the church. We went and saw Mythe Barn when it was in early stages of development and was literally a building site. The owners were fantastic and we knew it would be perfect for our wedding day.
I went for loose waves with half of my hair tied back. I wanted my hair down on the day, but also wanted it to look special.… View the full post.
We are about to go on a journey… A journey into a time gone by. Think picturesque rural english countryside with a slightly darker more gritty edge. It’s a little less “Pride and Prejudice” and a little more “Great Expectations”.
Eleanor and Stephen are both complete bookworms so a wedding with a theme that pulled inspiration from classic literature suited them perfectly. Let’s get this Dickensian glamour-fest on the road then.
Tumbledown Faded Elegance
We found Thrumpton Hall the same accidental, meant-to-be way that the rest of the wedding fell into place. We’d been looking at another venue, it was nice, but not very…us. We were with Stephen’s parents and I think we all felt we wanted a bit more adventure, so I suggested that Thrumpton wasn’t far away, perhaps we could have a drive past, just to nose. It really wasn’t what we expected, to get there we went through the most perfect and picturesque village and drove down a little track with beautiful brick arches over.
The tumbledown, faded elegance was just perfect, Stephen and I couldn’t help but want to get out and look at the little lake at the front of the house. At that moment a lady came out and asked if she could help us, we were mortified! We didn’t realise someone actually lived there! However, Miranda was wonderfully welcoming and interrupted her Sunday to show us round. As we went round the house, Stephen and I just fell in love, we wanted somewhere where we could have the venue for the whole day and feel a little like the lord and lady of the manor and, being bibliophiles, it absolutely HAD to have a library.… View the full post.
My first wedding for the blog is a great example of how to use a theme subtly but still create a stunning day. In fact, it’s the simplicity of Steph and Russell’s decor that makes it so elegant. A look they even manage to pull off behind a cow shed!
A ‘vintage’ theme can be overwhelming, but the touches of vintage styling in the 20s style Jenny Packham dress, the delicate scalloped hems of the Bridesmaids dresses, the combination of roses, ranunculas, tulips and peonies in pinks and creams, along with the beautifully cut glassware combine to make a wedding that Steph should be very proud of putting together.
Look out for the amazing giant pink tasselled balloon – I really wish it were socially acceptable to carry one of these around with you everywhere you went.
Enjoy the elegance lovelies!
Steph the Bride: I choose to get married at Farbridge in West Sussex, not too far from where we live in Brighton. We were drawn to the fact that Farbridge is located in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside and yet is elegantly restored with a neutral palette, very ‘rustic-chic’. We actually ruled out a number of possible venues because of an aversion to garish carpets!
Glam for my Wedding Day
The wonderful Kaz Fernando created my wedding day look, I enjoy wearing and experimenting with make-up and decided to go for a more glam rather than natural look so opted for smoky eyes and a nude lip.… View the full post.
You know the whole “Shall I wear my hair up or down?!” debate for W-day? well, you could always do exactly what Amy-Jean did and have the best of both worlds….I like this idea VERY much….especially when it involves an over-sized floral accessory.
I also like the “After Eight face climb challenge” (no idea what I’m on about? well you’ll just have to take a peek at the images then…) and the obvious good time all of the guests had on the dance floor.
There is also cake. Lots and LOTS of cake.
The Angel Cave
The Bride Amy-Jean: My dream location would have been New York! We are such a ‘city’ couple, but unfortunately NYC was soon crossed off the list. It was important to us that everyone we loved was with us and this wouldn’t have been possible if we’d have gone stateside! My parents live in Skipton, North Yorkshire. Dave’s immediate family live in The Canary Islands, the rest live in Liverpool and we live in London, so Skipton seemed as good a place as any, and it’s a beautiful part of the world. So with that decided, the search began.
Our ceremony was held at The Wine Cave at The Angel in Hetton. We wanted a place that was small, cosy and romantic, a perfect venue if that’s what you are looking for, it was absolutely stunning. The ceremony was beautiful and intimate and we really couldn’t have asked for anything more! We then moved on to eat, drink and party the night away at Utopia, in the grounds of Broughton Hall.… View the full post.