I know most of you probably dread Monday’s. Especially Monday mornings I imagine.
So, to make today far more bearable and I can promise you, a whole lot prettier, we’re sharing the Norfolk W-day of Lucy and Owen.
Lucy is without doubt a beautiful bride, radiant, serene and uber stylish (loving the lace asymmetric gown and side-pony)….. dressing her maids in floral maxi numbers and selecting a range of unstructured and delicate blooms that are to die for.
Folks I think I may have a brand new girl crush.
All of the gorgeous images are courtesy of Katherine Ashdown.
I searched and searched for shoes and was going to borrow a pair from a good friend. These weren’t right in the end so I began looking for an alternative. I nearly bought a couple of vintage pairs from Ebay but decided against it at the last minute. As my dress was long the only part of the shoe that appeared was the toe so in the end I bought a pair of plain shoes from Rainbow club. Not at all what I wanted but actually they were really comfortable and fitted the brief perfectly.
Since my dress was so lacy and quite detailed I didn’t want a lot of fuss anywhere else! I therefore decided not to have a veil but to have some pretty hair slides instead.
I decided to have a side hairstyle to show off the back of my dress, however I didn’t want my hair scraped right back (as I really wanted to look like normal Lucy!), so the half up/down style worked well. I looked around for nice hair slides and grips and ended up buying them from Accessorize as they had the best selection and were all reasonable value. I was really pleased with the final look.
I also had a bracelet which had been handed down to my mum by her Aunt who was given it from her Mother, its from 1889 and is just beautiful. It has intricate delicate detail all over it and is just so stunning.
Maybe Its Cymbeline
I bought my dress from Wedding Days in Cheltenham where we live. It was the very first dress I tried on, I had decided at the last minute to try some on as my sister was over from Holland and I thought it would be a fun thing to do together. I saw this dress on a mannequin as I walked up the stairs and thought it looked nice so chose to try it on along with many others! It didn’t fit me very well but I could see how lovely it would be if it did.
I knew I wanted something lacy with a vintage feel to it. I really liked the one shoulder detail; in fact that was really what clinched it for me! The train was also beautiful with all the scalloped edges, I knew straight away it was going to be hard to beat! I went to 2 other shops down in the Brighton area but kept thinking about the one in Cheltenham. The dress is designed by Cymbeline a French designer.
Knowing What Suits
Another thing I searched high and low for was a hairdresser. As I’m not from Norfolk these types of contacts were few and far between so I relied on the Internet. This is where I found a lovely mobile hairdresser called Belinda. She came to the barn and ended up doing my hair and all of the bridesmaids.
For makeup I decided to go to the MAC counter at Debenhams in Bristol and have a makeup trial. They were brilliant and spent around an hour and a half showing me what they would recommend. The makeup artist really listened to what I wanted and didn’t go off brief at all. I ended up buying all my wedding day makeup and brushes from here and doing my makeup myself. I always feel that I know my face and what suits me best so would rather be in control on the wedding day – I was really glad I made this decision.
A Passion For Flowers
The venue recommended a florist in Holt called Passion of Flowers. I popped in for a visit in November to have an initial chat. Rita the owner was really helpful and listened to my ideas and gave me some recommendations and initial rough costs – I knew straight away that she was the lady for the job. She asked me to come back again in March time. During the months in between November and March I sent Rita pictures of my dress and my bridesmaids and flowergirl dresses to help her see how it was all coming together.
I decided not to have a colour scheme but instead to have lace as my theme. And as the bridesmaids girls had such lovely colourful dresses I wanted to bring these colours out in my bouquet and the flowergirls bouquets. The words I used to describe the look I was after for the flowers was unstructured, wild, hand tied, meadow and natural. Rita suggested anemones, ranunculus and wax which worked perfectly. The colours had beautifully subtle hues.
The bridesmaids had similar flowers but ivory and cream in colour. The mothers had beautiful corsages for their bags which looked really elegant. Rita completely understood the style of the wedding I wanted and the flowers were completely spot on – I loved them.
A Softer Influence
We bought the suits from TM Lewin. We chose navy as it was a bit softer than black or grey. The ties were cream with a nice flock pattern on them. This was the closest fabric I could find to lace. The ushers, fathers, readers and a few other special guests all had cream anemone button holes.
Venue – Chaucer Barn
Boutique – Wedding Days
Dress – Cymberline
Shoes – Rainbow
Blooms – Passion Of Flowers
Photography – Katherine Ashdown
Seriously. I just think Lucy’s best girls look amazing. And she did her make-up herself!?
I think that level of flawlessness deserves a huge* high five. I am green eyed with envy.
Plenty more lovely bits from this big day coming up tomorrow folks.
Big Floral Love
* “Huge” high five means the kind where you actually jump in the air and everything.