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I have to admit that as soon as I clapped eyes on Selena and James’ wedding, I immediately felt an affinity with this beautiful bride. For one, Selena was an October bride who woke up to gloriously blue skies and sunshine (like me) and for another she adores fruit cake as much as I do.
Sadly I think we’re in the minority on the cake front.
And when I saw the sweet dachshunds on James and Selena’s wedding stationery a little bit of me died and went to heaven.
And I haven’t even got started on the dress or THAT headpiece…
Selena The Bride: Even though we live in Shanghai, we weren’t tempted by the idea of having the wedding over in China – we wanted all our friends and family, who we only get to see a couple of times a year to be there, and loved the idea of a quintessentially English setting in the autumn, just as the leaves were turning and the nights were starting to draw in.
We got married at All Saints Church in Thurlestone – the local church in the tiny village on the Devonshire coast where I grew up. The reception was at Buckland Tout Saints, a beautiful Queen Anne country house complete with an Atonement-esque fountain and a sweeping staircase.
As my parents still live in Thurlestone, it also meant I could get ready at home, looking out over the bay, with the family dachshunds ambling around at our feet – much more relaxing than an unfamiliar hotel room.… View the full post.
You may have noticed over the last couple of months that we’ve showcased a veritable display of French Weddings. From Cecile and Kevin’s chic Parisian soiree to Olivia and Marc’s dreamy provencal do, we’ve really been a little bit spoilt with all this loveliness.
Spoilt and inspired too…
Which is why this week’s inspiration post is inspired by the chic nation that is the French.
Rather than taking the luxurious route reminiscent of Versailles fashion, the moodboards below are suggestive of a simpler, more understated provincial charm.
Les Belle Dames
Lighthearted and bright, ‘Les Belle Dames’ is all about adding a modern twist to elegant classics. Simpler silhouettes are the watchwords here with the look less about the volume and more about finely crafted materials and tailoring.
French brides prefer freer flowing fabrics with silk and crepe being the most popular materials of choice. Add a touch of lace draped softly over the shoulders and down the back and the look is pure elegance.
One or two key accessorises are all that’s needed to compliment the look. I particularly love a knotted veil, a string of small seed pearls knotted down the back or a delicate headpiece.… View the full post.
Happy Monday you lovely lot. This morning I’m bringing you a glorious 30′s inspired day with a hairpiece to die for…and a pair of bright pink lips. Totally lush.
With a whimsical venue in the shape of Preston Court and gorgeous blooms, Sue and Neil managed to pull off a stunning looking day. And Neil is well dapper in his custom-made suit. I LOVE the colour of it and the tie compliments it so perfectly. And he sings ladies. Yep. His band performed at the wedding…
Sue The Bride: My dress was from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company from the Decades Collection. It was 1930s style high waisted v-neck lace dress with satin slip. I really wanted to find a vintage dress, but found it difficult to find one in super good condition and in lace. I really love the romance of the 30’s and this was the look I wanted to go for, so completely fell in love with the dress the first time I saw it. I was checking out vintage stores in Soho and managed to have a quick look in their boutique style showroom, and it immediately stood out to me. From then on, I always had it on my mind even though I tried quite a few vintage dresses. So finally I gave in to my gut instinct and tried it on, and it was perfect. I had my maid of honour Rachel with me during the fits, and the look on her face said it all too!… View the full post.
When I’ve talked about wedding themes in the past it’s typically followed two lines of thought – either that of a particular colour palette or that of a specific concept such as ‘Bohemian Chic’ or ‘Nautical’.
But something niggled at me. There was something missing, something I hadn’t addressed with you lovely lot.
My lightbulb moment arrived when my eyes alighted on Amy and Ric’s wedding last week and their magnificent table runners that matched oh so perfectly with the groomsmens’ ties.
I admit, I’ve taken this particular decor theme for granted, an oversight on my part but I’m here to rectify things, to put it right.
So folks, the rest of this post is dedicated to spots, stripes, polka dots and floral prints and I’ll even throw in a bit of lace inspiration for good measure.
Shall we get started then.
Polka Dots And Spots
Girly and fun I don’t think I’ve met one person who doesn’t love a good dotty print.
Polka dotted weddings have made their presence known for a little while now and I’m not really seeing any signs of them disappearing. Perhaps this is because it’s just so blinking easy to integrate them into your big day; from spotted straws and stationery to dotty cakes and photobooth backdrops.
Pinar and Rich’s reason for choosing their reception venue is hopelessly romantic. They told me that they chose Falconhurst because it has the most amazing garden of flowers and fields that go on for miles and look as if they connect with the sky.
How beautiful is that.
As Pinar is strongly connected to her Turkish Cypriot roots, both she and Rich wanted to create a wedding that reflected both of their cultures. The result is a glorious fusion of Turkish decadence and English charm.
Tulle And Trains
Pinar The Bride: Despite visiting lots of fairs, second-hand shops and online stores, I still hadn’t found anything until six months before the big day when I came across an amazing bridal store called Blackburn Bridal in Blackheath.
Mandi and Sama from the store were so honest with their opinions which made the process so much easier! As I didn’t know what style suited me or what I really wanted I’d tried on a lot of dresses but it was only when I got to Blackburn Bridal that the dresses seemed to begin to make sense.
I finally chose a Watters dress called ‘Irina’ with a long veil. It was the small details of the flowers that were made up of intricate beading, as well as the layers and layers of the dotted tulle making up the dress and its amazing whimsical long train that I loved.… View the full post.
As I sit here writing this post for you gorgeous lot I realise I have run away with myself.
You see this post was meant to be more of a discussion piece; instead it seems to have turned into a shopping list for the millions of bags that I’m currently coveting.
But I’ve taken the liberty of assuming that you won’t really mind feasting your eyes on the profusion of pretty that I’ve laid out for you below. Plus looking at a host of scrummy pictures might help to get your debating juices going – it’s a thought anyway.
And so to business.
Jewel-encrusted clutches, big-day purses, oversized pocketbooks and glittery miniature totes. You name it, I probably want it. Whilst shoes, for many of you, are your downfall, bags are my kryptonite.
They make me go weak at the knees and I break out into a little pony-stamping dance if I see a piece of leathery goodness and I can’t have it. I am such a drama queen.
But….somewhat surprisingly, I went bag-less on my actual wedding day. I just couldn’t be doing with holding the bouquet and then a bag on top. Instead I left my essential valuables in my room and gave my lipgloss to my bridesmaids to hold.
This wasn’t my best move…but that’s another story.
So I want to hear what you think.
Have you purchased a wedding day clutch or will you relying on an old favourite?… View the full post.