I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bride with as perfect skin as Lizzie has.
I mean you’ve got to see it to believe it folks…proof that it’s worth investing in the very best of beauty products in the run-up to the big day. Blimey, it’s no wonder that Sam looks as proud as punch to be marrying his girl with a complexion like that.
And no, I can’t stop there.
Just wait until you see the maids. Contemporary and gorgeous, I love how Lizzie wasn’t afraid to dress her best girls in the softest of ivories to make a real style statement.
But it was Lizzie’s heartfelt sobs as she walked down the aisle that gave me a lump in my throat. I so completely get that…all that emotion can be a difficult to contain. Just a little heads up for you there girls.
Oh and I forgot to mention…HOT groom alert. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. So much passion smoulders throughout these photos that I’m afraid that my laptop is about to catch fire.
Best crack on then.
Lizzie The Bride: After looking for 6 months we found Maunsel House in Somerset. It’s near to Glastonbury, where we got engaged, and we fell in love with it straight away. The house is quirky, lived in, eccentric and has its own pub! There were no ‘rules’ or limitations and this allowed for us to really feel like it was our home for the weekend. The house is exceptional whilst being cosy and relaxed at the same time – a perfect venue for us.
Make-up wise it was important to me not to look dramatically different on my wedding day. I usually wear natural make up and nothing heavy, so I did my own on the day. However, I prepped! I invested in Kiehls products for months before so my skin looked its best.
Beauty In Simplicity
My dress was from the Decades Collection at The Vintage Wedding Dress Company. For me, it was a risky choice due to its simplicity but it was my goal to be able to pull off a dress like that! I’m a fan of fuss free, classic styling and this dress is remarkable in its simplicity. Sam’s suit was from Sandro and his shirt and tie were from Mr Start Shoreditch.
I wore cream & gold Rachel Simpson shoes, matching the satin of my dress and they were the perfect height to be worn all day and night – sooo comfy! I found these at Fur Coat No Knickers where I also got the vintage brooch I used in my hair. As I was not having a veil I wanted a bit of sparkle in my hair as the finishing touch. The pearl bracelet belonged to a close friend who passed away two years ago; it was so special to have this as my ‘something borrowed’.
Subtle Romantic Tones
I had four bridesmaids all in white. I prefer subtle, romantic tones and grew to love the idea of us all standing out in white. The house is so ‘busy’ looking I thought it would be a nice balance for us to look natural.
Because we had so many ushers I felt strongly that we didn’t try and fit them all into one style of suit as they are all such different people, I wanted them to be comfortable on the day in their own choice of attire, I don’t like enforced ‘theming’ plus – anything goes at Maunsel!
The great thing about Maunsel is that its busy, fascinating backdrop provided the ‘décor’. Our name places where individually framed photos of everyone attending. If there was any ‘theme’ it was the use of coloured threads that we had used creating the text for our wedding website.
Our meeting with the lovely Dinah at Inspiration Wedding Flowers was very quick as, judging by her portfolio, I knew she would nail the brief. I liked the idea of gentle pale tones and it was important to include aromatic herbs and wispy Gypsophilia.
People say the aisle bit goes by in a blur but I have a very clear memory (mainly of me crying my way down!). Pulp’s ‘Something Changed’ was our reading as we felt it relevant for such a life altering moment. I’d always had an image of being surrounded by lots of candles when saying my vows and my wonderful mum had been out to car boot sales for months beforehand picking up little clear tea light holders – we had them lining every surface.
Crazy In Love
We stumbled upon Billy & Martine in a small pub in Totnes and adored their folk inspired cover versions of classic pop songs. I immediately knew I wanted them at my wedding (this was two years before Sam proposed). The two of them played during canapés and their bigger outfit played later. They made the party!
They played our first dance – The Cure, Close To Me and my highlight was Martine’s Jay Z Rap during their version of Crazy In Love.
We had tiers of cheese as our wedding cake which was later brought out with chutneys and crackers during the late night Hog Roast. We got it from the lovely Ticklemore Street Cheese Shop in Totnes, Devon, for local produce. We also had sweets in jars, which we had put in people’s bedrooms too.
Inspired By Us
Sam is a Graphic Designer so all our stationery was designed by us. We made the lettering for our website, which was inspired by the typographer Erik Spiekermann, and used the thread idea on invitations, tying up the order of service and hanging the table plan etc. All stationary was screen printed at BobEightPop.
When Sam proposed I made a promise to myself to remember what’s at the heart of all this wedding madness and that kept me chilled throughout. It’s all supposed to be fun! I recommend doing as much DIY as possible as that’s what guests commented on – how our personalities were really reflected in little touches here and there.
Exercise! Not only does it help with getting in the dress but it kept me happy and peaceful.
Dress: The Vintage Wedding Dress Company
Venue: Maunsel House
Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Hairpiece: Vintage at Fur Coat No Knickers
Florals: Inspiration Wedding Flowers
Photography: Caught The Light
Band: Billy Bottle And The Multiple
That last kiss on the dance floor…seriously smoking, right?
Lizzie is also the cause of some serious hair envy on my part. Doesn’t her bonce look absolutely exquisite.
Right I’m off to practice some updos for Sunday.
All my love Lolly xxx