If you remember our Dirty Pretty Things engagement shoot post then you will recall how Steph and Chris’s W-day plans sounded completely and utterly out-of-this world amazing.
And you know what? it was. Unbelievably so.
It’s no secret that I’ve been looking forward to posting this one-of-a-kind W-day since photographer Guy Collier let us have a sneak peek a few weeks after the event as there is not one element I don’t love, from the sexy shoe candy ( McQueen people McQueen!) to some of the most unique and delicious paper pretty I have ever seen.
Steph is a Rock My Wedding bride in the truest sense of the word and if you want “doing it your way” inspiration then it’s right here folks, Steph and Chris knocked it clean. out. of. the. park.
Best Face Forward
My make-up was by the legendary Katy Messer of “MakeupbyKaty”, who also acted as my Best Woman, rock and all round wedding advisor. Her years of experience and talent as one of the leading industry make-up artists were on hand to create an edgy yet elegant bridal look that made me feel my utmost confident as I prepared to walk down the aisle.
My hair was styled by Cassandra Rizzutto who not only created a style that suited perfectly, but provided the most incredible sense of calm throughout the whole preparation and stayed right up until the last minute before the ceremony.
The dress was sample of Cymbeline’s “Dubai” . It replaced a Jenny Packham dress that I bought originally and decided didn’t suit me; and is now available here on this very blog, so it was really important for it to be right.
I had already tried it on in several boutiques, but the fantastic ladies at Blackburn Bridal adapted the style to created a plunging back that dramatically altered its whole look, and more importantly satisfied my need for a bespoke element.
The Venue was an obvious choice when we realized it was set in a sheep farm – the perfect location to become the new Mr & Mrs Woolley!
The Angora shrug was chosen to fit in with our wool theme, and was eventually found on Portobello after trawling vintage shops and markets for one that complemented my dress.
I wanted to include some personal elements in the accessories so I made a corsage of lace from my mum’s wedding dress and vintage family jewellery, with my parent’s photographs as a memento and tribute to keep with me throughout the day. The stag brooch and diamond hair pieces were also inherited which enabled me to add that one-off feel to the look.
Show Off Shoe Candy
The shoes were Alexander McQueen, real snakeskin with the trademark swarovski crystal embellished skulls and 5 inch heels that remained proudly on the dancefloor! I literally swooned when I saw them and knew that they would be the perfect finishing touch.
My seamstress wasn’t happy that they towered above my original shoes (it wasn’t just the dress I got wrong first time!) but I was more than happy for them to be on show.
The Natural Selection
In-keeping with the general theme we wanted our crew to look natural, with just a hint of co-ordination. My blossoming sister, Kate, proudly gave me away in a gorgeous silk dress from Mamas & Papas, accompanied by Best Woman Katy in her own stylish LBD from Oasis. They wore bolero’s from Phase Eight but apart from that, they rocked their own individual style as we worked the gravel catwalk!
The groomsmen had complementary tie colours, and all wore cuff links by the Grooms favourite designer Paul Smith.
During one of our (countless) visits to spitalfields market we stumbled across the charming Roberto and his stunning suits. He dressed Chris in an immaculately tailored pure wool 3-piece suit so he truly was a sheep in wool’s clothing… (sorry!).
Chris then complemented his Paul Smith shoes with purple socks and laces, and Paul Smith cupid heart cufflinks that proved you can take the boy out of Nottingham… but you can’t take the Nottingham out of the boy.
Make-up – Make Up By Katy
Hair – Cassandra Rizzutto
Bridal Gown – Cymberline at Blackburn Bridal
Accessories – Vintage/Heirloom
Shoes – Alexander McQueen
Grooms Accessories - Paul Smith
Photographer – Guy Collier
There is nothing quite as personal as basing your big day on your new married name is there?
And the angora shrug with beautiful brooch detail?……..they rock my socks.
Wait until you see part 2 folks, completely divine.
Big McQueen Love