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Image by Anna Clarke Photography - Justin Alexander Wedding Dress for an Autumn Vintage Glamour DIY Wedding with Lace No.1 by Jenny Packham Bridesmaid Dresses and Navy Blue Paul Smith Suit with Red Mrs Bow Ties.
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The Boys
The Boys
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Image by Anna Clarke Photography - Justin Alexander Wedding Dress for an Autumn Vintage Glamour DIY Wedding with Lace No.1 by Jenny Packham Bridesmaid Dresses and Navy Blue Paul Smith Suit with Red Mrs Bow Ties.
Image by Anna Clarke Photography - Justin Alexander Wedding Dress for an Autumn Vintage Glamour DIY Wedding with Lace No.1 by Jenny Packham Bridesmaid Dresses and Navy Blue Paul Smith Suit with Red Mrs Bow Ties.
Image by Anna Clarke Photography - Justin Alexander Wedding Dress for an Autumn Vintage Glamour DIY Wedding with Lace No.1 by Jenny Packham Bridesmaid Dresses and Navy Blue Paul Smith Suit with Red Mrs Bow Ties.
The Film
The Film
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Charmaine & Ed

You know you’re in for a treat when you get the fabulous husband and wife duo and Love Lust List members Anna Clarke Photography and Simon Clarke Films capturing your day, and what a wedding it was!

Although our beautiful couple married in Autumn there is a magical Christmas feel to their wedding. It could be Bride Charmaine’s glamorous Justin Alexander wedding dress, fur stole and red lip combo or maybe her Bridesmaids fancy black lace No.1 by Jenny Packham frocks. But I also think the super luxe mercury glass votives with overflowing white blooms, succulents and simple yet stunning gypsophila that looks like snow drops add to the pure magic and sparkle too.

Charmaine & Ed were so super savvy when it came to creating their overall look on a budget. They’ve got a wealth of handy DIY tips, crafts and places to shop so you too can achieve your dream day whilst holding on to more of your hard earned pennies.

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Kerry & Chris

Keeping with the Winter theme today we thought we’d take you up North for a rustic Scottish wedding complete with Christmas carols and an impromptu sing a long by all the little children to Disney’s Frozen ‘Let It Go’. I must confess I wouldn’t have been able to resist joining in too!

Everybody was then transported by vintage bus to a fabulously decorated hall full to bursting with DIY decor, vintage trinkets and homemade treats all lovingly put together by family and friends the day before. All of these little details added to the overall creative, fun vibe of the wedding day.

I love Audrey Hepburn and now I love Kerry! Both are absolute style icons in my eyes. Kerry’s bespoke vintage inspired Audrey wedding dress and Vivienne Westwood Melissa shoes. Are. Just. Gorgeous! The Bridesmaids look very chic too in their 50s inspired navy dresses and faux fur stoles and how can I forget the Groom paying homage to Scottish tradition and rocking his tartan kilt!

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Lisa & Marcus

We’ve got such a stylish Bride and Groom for you this morning – both wore Vivienne Westwood for their big day, and both looked absolutely amazing!

But don’t let the designer labels mislead you into thinking that this wedding is all fur coat and no knickers…the savvy couple had their wedding on a budget by sourcing lots of items from eBay and keeping things really laid back.

For Lisa and Marcus the most important thing was to include their buddhist beliefs in their big day and the outdoor ceremony with a buddhist blessing and chanting looked really special, and is something they can look back on and remember forever with their gorgeous son Maxwell.

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Liz & Fraser

Um……um…..Um some more…..where do I start?!

This. Is. Absolutely. Bloody. GORGEOUS.

Liz & Fraser were married at Stoke Newington Town Hall and held their reception at the stunning MC Motors in Dalston. The flowers are absolute perfection, everything is clean and urban yet with an unmistakably feminine twist – my favourite kind of styling. And it’s all just so sexy.

If your Tuesday started out a little drab and dull it’s just about to do a complete 180 lovelies, prepare to be dazzled!

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Lucy & Kevin

I can practically smell the lavender. Lucy’s wonderfully embellished gown (they are some of the best capped sleeves I have ever seen) and perfect beachy waves are so lush. It also turns out that she, and her family, are super clever. They arranged all of the flowers themselves. Yep. That stunning bouquet? She put it together herself. How flippin’ epic is that?

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Felicity & Joe

Cue absolutely epic wedding venue, it’s a church hall. Yep, you won’t believe it when you see it. This wedding is so up my street it’s untrue. There’s lace, kilts, immense flowers, an abundance of cakes and a whole heap of love. Felicity’s Annasul Y gown is divine and how effortlessly cool is Emma Boileau’s photography?

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The Magic Beans.

Anna Hardy Photography

Katie and Gianluca are also affectionately know as ‘The Beans’; a nickname that they first used as a term of endearment for each other but which has stuck for nearly seven years. This gorgeous pair first met in 2006 at a friend’s birthday party and got engaged five years later on New Years Eve.

Just wait until you see what we’ve got in store for you today lovelies.

Blue skies and sunshine. The sweetest bridesmaids. An ultra-luxe BBQ and the lightest of Victoria Sponges.

And did somebody say Wang?

Yes folks. Katie wore the fluffiest, dreamiest Wang dress I’ve ever clapped eyes on.

Utterly lush.

Vera Wang Gisele

A Secret Enchanted Garden

Katie The Bride: Gianluca is half Italian, half Austrian and has lived all over the world. I am half Turkish, half Welsh and a born and bred Londoner. We toyed with the idea of getting married abroad and in the end decided on a bit of countryside close to home and fingers crossed for the weather! We got lucky! Our wedding was on a beautiful sunny day in September.

We had our marriage blessing at a gorgeous tiny church in Colchester. A friend of mine, Victoria sang three songs in the church, one of which she had written for us. It was such a wonderful moment and her voice is truly stunning. The reception was held at Westwood Park, the one and only venue I went to see only three days after getting engaged. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the perfect place for us.

Anna Hardy Photography

I wanted somewhere with a country feel and lots of greenery and flowers that wasn’t too far from London. We knew we wanted to have a marquee and lovely grounds. Westwood Park reminded me of a secret enchanted garden and was a great mixture of elegance and theatricality. It looked beautiful in deepest winter and in the sunshine, it was truly stunning. They had two dates left for the year so I picked one and got it booked. My parents surprised us with a beautiful vintage car to pick me up and then take us to the reception which certainly made those two journeys very special and memorable.


As an actress, I wanted a dress with a bit of drama. I saw a lot of pretty dresses that looked nice but none of them gave me much of a feeling. After three weeks of trying dresses in every wedding dress shop I could get to and not finding anything that bowled me over, my mum and I went to the one day sample sale at Browns Brides just to ‘look’. Being very bad at making quick decisions, there was no way I ever imagined I would get a dress in a situation like this.

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However, after queuing for an hour and trying two very expensive dresses that weren’t for me, the lady brought me one more to try before leaving. I still wasn’t sure but as soon as I put it on, I knew it was everything I had been looking for. I felt like me in it, it was so delicate yet dramatic and made such an impact. It had the most beautiful mixture of materials, swirls of lace and tulle and from the back especially was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. It also happened to be designed by the one and only Vera Wang! I walked out the shop with it twenty minutes later! It is such a beautiful creation and I’m so glad it found me!

Vera Wang Gisele Moss Bros Morning Suit

Total Magpie

I am a total magpie and so, after many a day spent browsing RMW pages, a particular vintage crystal Jenny Packham headpiece kept catching my eye and I knew it would really complete the look and match with the embellishment on the dress. Knowing, there was no room in the budget to buy it, in the end I managed to hire it on eBay for a fraction of the price and paired it with a simple veil I got for £10 on eBay that I wore in the church. My earrings and necklace were borrowed from my Mum’s extensive collection.

Blue Sky Flowers Florist

At 5 foot 11 and a half with a groom of the same height, skyscrapers were never an option for me but neither were flats. After a lot of looking, I eventually went for a pair of Vivienne Westwood silver piped court shoes with a small heel that were cool and comfortable and a little bit quirky.

Make up artist Hayley Barr came to do our hair and make up on the day. I opted for a natural look with big lashes and a loose side bun for the church, which I then pulled out into loose curls for the reception. Not being good at decisions, I mostly went for both options rather than deciding on one!

The Best Of Both Worlds

Flowers were tricky as I love lots of different types. I absolutely couldn’t decide between classy pink and white blooms or a mixture of colourful country flowers. After lots of changing my mind back and forth, lovely Liz of Blue Sky Flowers decided I should have both.

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We had pink and white blooms for the church and then a mixture of bright colours for the reception to bring the marquee to life, which meant I got the best of both worlds. The bouquets and pew ends were subtle and gorgeous and then walking into the white marquee and seeing the burst of bright happy colours was a great moment.

Let’s Play Dress Up

My bridesmaids were my best friend (since the age of four) and my two sisters who are identical twins and rarely wear dresses or heels. I was so excited about getting to dress them up ad make them girly but wanted them to love the dresses too. The second dress I looked at turned out to be perfect on all three of them. They were a fairly neutral dusky pink with intricate silver beading and came from Debenhams. I loved their delicate vintage look and how they made the girls look like fairies.

Blue Sky Flowers Florist

Gianluca was dashingly handsome in a traditional morning suit hired from Moss Bros with an ivory Hermes tie his mum gave him as a gift. The Groomsmens’ morning suits were the same as Gianluca’s and hired from Moss Bros.

It Must Be Fate

Anna Hardy took our photos. I looked at lots of photographers work but Anna’s photos were so brilliant and artistic and made me laugh and cry. No other photos had moved or impressed me in the same way so I got in touch. She was sadly booked up for our date but then fate stepped in and she had a cancellation. I’m so happy we got her. She was lovely to have around and we love the pictures as a reminder of the day.

Westwood Park Wedding Venue

A Perfect Summer’s Barbecue

Food was a big priority for us and we had Talbooth Catering provide a wonderful barbecue and hog roast which couldn’t have been better for the summers day. It was all delicious, not that I got to eat much. I was too excited and the dress was pretty tight! Again, inspired by RMW, we chose a three tiered Victoria sponge with strawberries that was made for us by Elizabeth at Betty’s Bakery. It was delicious and just perfect for a relaxed summery day.

Stamp Sharp Wedding Stationery

For entertainment we went for an evening disco and used BlackJack DJs who had done a number of weddings at the venue. The dance floor was never empty which was exactly what we wanted. Our first dance was to ‘Turn Your Lights Down Low’ by Bob Marley ft Lauren Hill. We both love the song and the relaxed vibe. I took off my shoes and we got everyone up on the floor dancing with us.

The Bean Theme

We had beautiful stationery designed and made for us by Sharp Stamp Design. They helped us to create the classical/theatrical secret garden look we wanted to tie everything together and went for a Bean theme with the table names as most friends know us as ‘The Beans’. Our name places were designed as bookmarks tied with ribbon and a little blue glass evil eye good luck charm to reflect my Turkish roots.

Rustic Victoria Sponge Wedding Cake

As well as the beautiful colourful flowers, we decorated the marquee with coloured balloons and colourful bunting that I made with my hens as part of my hen weekend. It was so lovely to have something we all made ourselves decorating the marquee on the day and brought back memories of a great weekend. We had tea lights inside glass jars decorated with lace and filled with beans and crystal table confetti.

Kiss Your New Husband…Lots

We had such a beautiful day that was so full of warmth and love in every way. We were surrounded by family and friends from all over the world and it was so special. I think we achieved the balance of formal and informal, relaxed and sophisticated that we were going for and we were so blessed with the weather.

My advice to brides would be to savour and enjoy every day of your engagement and every moment of your wedding. I adored all the planning. It was so much fun and then so lovely to surprise Gianluca with some of the choices I had made and see how much he loved them. It goes by so fast and it is truly overwhelming to see all your planning come to life and to be right there in the moment you’ve been thinking about for so long. Advice for the day; relax, dance talk to as many people as possible, celebrate your love and kiss your new husband, lots!

Talbooth Catering

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Venue: Westwood Park
Dress: Vera Wang
Boutique: Browns Bride
Florist: Blue Sky Flowers
Maids: Debenhams
Photographer: Anna Hardy
Stationery: Sharp Stamp Design
Catering: Talbooth Catering

I love Katie’s wedded philosophy – not only to be right there in the moment but also to kiss your new husband…lots!

So much so that I’m going to smother the boy in kisses when I get home tonight; he won’t know what’s hit him.

Congratulations you two – you brought a whole heap of sunshiny joy to my morning.

All my love Lolly xxx

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A Lovely Love Story.

Jodie Chapman Photography

Chris and Ele instantly fell in love with Notley Abbey when they went to look around its wonderfully aged walls and were determined that this was the place for them. So much so that they didn’t view any other venues.

When you just know, you know, don’t you.

And I can totally see why they picked this beautiful venue. Exquisite gardens, sheep in the surrounding fields and a whole heap of history.

And that’s not all. Ele looks like a fairytale princess in her Lyn Ashworth gown and Chris looks as proud as punch to call Ele his wife. Their love for each other positively emanates from the photos below.

Just you wait and see.

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Ele The Bride: I was torn between a Lyn Ashworth dress called ‘Scarlett’ and a Jenny Packham dress (which had always been my dream!) but after lots of deliberating I just knew Scarlett gave me loads of confidence and felt like something I could swoosh around in all day and feel comfortable in. Scarlett was a full organza skirt with bodice top and detailed straps, with a detailed belt.

I never thought I would wear a veil as every time I put one on I just felt like the corpse bride! In the end though when my dress arrived and the lovely ladies from Brides of Berkhamsted convinced me to try a full length simple veil it was like the icing on the cake. I kept my jewellery pretty simple as I didn’t want to overwhelm the detail on the dress and just opted for some drop earrings borrowed from my mum.

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Shoes were also important to me. I knew I wanted something that I would get use out of again, so for me this ruled out white satin shoes (especially seeing as I knew I would be out on the grass during the day). In the end I found a perfect pair of sparkly Jimmy Choos which I felt were understated but special enough for the occasion. I also had a pair of corn flower and peach Vivienne Westwood jelly shoes (my sister, also maid of honour, had a pair to match!) which matched the bridesmaids dresses perfectly for the dancing in the evening. I also had a pair of peach Hunter wellies in case the rain came!

A Bevy Of Beauties

I really deliberated over my big day make-up. I got in touch with Nikki and she put me completely at ease and assured me that we could do a bridal look without being too bridal..if that makes sense. She was an absolute star on the day and even managed to help all of my eight lovely bridesmaids with their eyes which was great!

Notley Abbey Wedding Venue

The team from Ciente in Berkhamsted did all of our hair, quite a feat with eight bridesmaids, and even managed to do my Dad’s! The girls had a selection of flowers for their hair if they wanted. It was important to me that everyone wore something that felt like them, so I didn’t ask for any particular hairstyles etc.

Beautiful English Country Flowers

One of the most important elements of the day for me was getting the flowers right. I researched hard for London florists prepared to come out to the country, but they all seemed beyond the budget

I stumbled across a website for Green and Gorgeous in Oxfordshire and fell in love straight away. Beautiful English country flowers, from a few miles up the road, that would be chosen the day before the wedding depending on what was looking best in the garden.

I met with Jo and she was honestly so helpful and understood everything that I wanted to achieve with the flowers, including my request for a ridiculously oversized bouquet and a big hanging pom pom for the ceremony! I adore dahlias so knew these would need to be a big feature.

Green And Gorgeous Wedding Florist Oxfordshire

When it came to decorating the venue, Jo and her team were a delight to work with and turned up on the day with an enormous quantity of flowers which were arranged around each of the rooms in a massive assortment of loaned vases, jugs and bottles. Just gorgeous!

It was very exciting a few days before the wedding going round the garden and picking the biggest most amazing dahlias for the centrepieces, and it was extra special knowing it was all home grown from just down the road. We kept the table centres fairly simple and opted for a variety of smaller displays and tea light holders.

Eight Birds

Twobirds Bridesmaids were a complete dream to work with. It was really important to me that the dresses for the girls not only matched their personalities (there were eight of them after all!) but were something that they would genuinely want to wear again and again.

Twobirds Bridesmaids fitted the bill perfectly as each of the girls could personalise the style of their dresses exactly how they wanted them. We opted for two colours to complement their different skintones and styles, and thankfully ended up with half in one colour and half in the other which meant it looked even on the day.

I also bought each of the girls a little trinket for them to wear on the day from Banana Republic or Monica Vinader.

Classic Liberty

Chris wore a gorgeous Paul Smith suit in charcoal grey and Reiss shoes. He wanted something that he would feel comfortable in and could wear again so we opted for a three piece suit.

We really struggled to find a tie that made Chris stand out but wasn’t too ott. We both agreed that something floral but not overly girly was needed. As the day approached we visited a tailor in south London whose suits weren’t quite right for Chris and his broad shoulders, but did mention that they could create bespoke ties.

Reiss Three Piece Wedding Suit Groom

I knew then that this was the way forward and in the end bought three of Liberty’s classic design prints – one for Chris, my dad and Chris’ dad. Each of the ties were different but complementary; I also used the material for Chris’ tie as the backdrop to the seating plan.

The boys had suits from Reiss and ties to match the cornflower blue that half of the girls wore.

A Friend From The Beginning

Jodie was a pleasure to deal with right from the outset. We knew we would have to act quickly with a bank holiday wedding to get a great photographer and meeting in one of our favourite London spots and seeing her beautiful work put us at ease straight away.

Notley Abbey Wedding Venue

We did an engagement shoot near home in Angel and just loved the way Jodie felt like a friend from the beginning and didn’t ask us to pose for pictures but just snapped away in the background. We now have the most precious photo albums, including images of all of our loved ones that we will cherish always.

The Icing On The Cake

We deliberated over the cake for quite a while; it was the one item Chris and I really couldn’t agree on as he was adamant the cake had to have icing to be a wedding cake! I was veering towards a tiered Victoria sponge design but we just couldn’t agree.

Cue Rock my Wedding to the rescue.

I spotted a cake on RMW from Katja’s Kupcakes that had an intricate soft iced design which was so unusual and so I happily agreed to having an iced cake! Everyone on the day commented how original the cake was.

We chose tiers of chocolate, beetroot and raspberry and lastly white chocolate; it tasted delicious!

Lyn Ashworth Wedding Dress Scarlett

We wanted something traditional but quirky at the same time. We really loved the tiered designs on the ‘chunky’ side. Katja did some initial illustrations which were exactly what we were looking for and even drove the cake down from Cheshire the morning of the wedding!

My mum has always made the yummiest chocolate mars bar crispy cakes (not good for the waistline!) so she was a complete superstar and made ridiculous quantities in the kitchen in the days running up to the wedding for our wedding favours. We bought some Chinese noodle boxes and made some stickers with ‘Mrs P’s chocolate treats’ on them for guests to take home. They were all so popular we never had a look in but I’m sure they tasted great!

My Girl

We saw Andre at a family wedding and thought he was absolutely amazing. When it came to music for the ceremony we wanted something which would be memorable but in the right way! Andre invited us to see him perform with his band at an event in London and they were so incredible we decided they would be perfect for the ceremony itself. My Dad and I walked down the aisle to the Ellie Goulding version of ‘Your Song’ and had Train ‘Hey Soul Sister’ and Bruno Mars ‘Just the Way you are’ during the ceremony.

Rustic Bridesmaid Bouquet

Annie, one of my beautiful bridesmaids read ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton, absolutely amazingly in the ceremony. It was one of our favourite moments and she deserves a special mention as she so nervous when we were getting ready in the morning!

We had a Jazz band in the evening – The Jazz Cannons – who got everyone up and dancing all night before the DJ later on.

Chris had two best men, both old school friends. We knew Dickie (one of the best men) was due to go out on duty to Afghanistan for his first tour with the TA shortly after the wedding. What we weren’t expecting however was that the army would decide to bring this date forward to the week before the wedding! One of our friends works for the BBC as a sports presenter and together with one of the bridesmaids arranged for the filming of a mini speech for Dickie – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when his little face appeared on the wall, especially after Chris had got so emotional talking about him in his speech!!

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As Chris and I have been together for quite a long time (coming up for ten years now) and the songs we used to love back in the day all seemed far too outdated for our first dance. We opted for a classic ‘My Girl’ as it made us both smile when we heard it and knew we could shuffle along to it and look like we vaguely knew what we were doing!

The Finishing Touches

Notley is so gorgeous we wanted to let it speak for itself and didn’t want to go OTT with the décor. We did however make sure there were lots of fresh flowers dotted around the place and candles in the evening. Jo our lovely florist also brought along some ribbons for the covered walkways too.

Mum and Dad organised a surprise fireworks display for later in the evening which was amazing
We also created a homemade photo booth with a Polaroid camera which everyone enjoyed using and we now have a great guest book to flick through.

Jodie Chapman Wedding Photography

We made our own stationery designs, and used a local printers to get them all printed professionally. I was particularly proud of the table plan which incorporated the Liberty fabric from Chris’ tie and a bargain ornate frame with printed cards.

Stop Procrastinating

My top tip as a fairly (ok very!) indecisive person, would be to not give yourself too much time to plan. I found after the first six months I spent far too much time procrastinating and just wanted the day to hurry up!

On the morning of the wedding itself, I felt remarkably calm and somehow managed to get a good nights sleep. So take it from me, just relax and enjoy the day as it goes so quickly. It’s not worth stressing about the tiny details on the day as it is too late by this point.

Mismatched Bridesmaids Twobirds

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Venue – Notley Abbey
Photographer – Jodie Chapman
Band – The Jazz Cannons
Dress – ‘Scarlett’ by Lyn Ashworth
Boutique – Brides Of Berkhamsted
Groom’s suit – Paul Smith
Maids dresses – Twobirds Bridesmaids
Cake – Katja’s Cupcakes
Florist – Green And Gorgeous
Hair – Ciente

So there we have it.

Isn’t Ele’s bouquet simply gorgeous…and how about those eight beautiful bridesmaids. They are the most perfectly girly entourage you’ve ever seen.

And I well and truly take my hat off to any woman that picks not one, not two but three different sets of footwear for her big day. Ele you were well and truly prepared for whatever the weather.

All my love Lolly xxx

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Love on the Thames

Paola and Darrens’ wedding is bursting with colour…and love. It’s literally spilling over.

The flowers are stunning and I’m loving the coordinating blooms, lips and nails. Breathtaking.

What I love most about this day is the joy that went into planning it, the months of collecting pieces and the dedication put into the cakes (wait until you see the cakes!). There is something very personal about it and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Breakfast By The Thames

My wedding was on a sunny Saturday, 11th August 2012. My name is Paola and my husband is called Darren. We live in Walton so married in my local church, St Erconwalds and then we had our wedding breakfast in the amazing Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington by the Thames.

A Happy Ending

I bought my dress from a shop in Weybridge called Surrey Brides (a shop I used to look at every day on my way to school!). The designer was Benjamin Roberts.  I knew I wanted a lace dress and as soon as I put it on I immediately loved it – it felt pretty and dramatic at the same time. I must admit, it was also within budget so with the two put together, it was the dress for me! 

For any brides that have a panic when the dress they order comes in, and think that they don’t suit the dress anymore, ignore the reaction!  When my dress arrived for my first fitting, I still loved it but didn’t like myself in it anymore and was convinced it didn’t look as nice as I wanted it to. 

Apparently this is completely normal. The next time I went I took my cousin, Gabi who was also one of my bridesmaids, and she completely put me at ease!  Take people that can be excited and help you feel positive about your decisions. I still don’t know why I freaked out – I absolutely loved my dress and once Deborah at Surrey Brides had all the fittings made to suit my shape – I was more than happy with the result.

The Perfect Pair

I worked in Teddington at the time and I kept passing this beautiful shop filled with vintage accessories so I made an appointment with Gillian Million and found a stunning head piece that I bought before I found my dress. I then had a pair of earrings, a bracelet and small brooch made to match.  I defy anyone not to find something amazing to wear in Gillian’s shop. 

With all the money I had spent on my dress and accessories, I knew I wanted a simple pair of shoes so Kurt Geiger provided the perfect pair. I then bought a pair of shoe clips off ebay.

Intense And Bright

I wanted a hairstyle that was relaxed and down, so simple curls were what worked best. My hairdresser was recommended to me by my make-up artist. I love make-up and so this was the perfect excuse to have myself done up.

I like intense eyes or bright lipstick. Another of my bridesmaids, Marisa, has a friend who is a make-up artist and Kate came to turn me into something fantastic! It was a lot of fun for myself, my Mum and the bridesmaids to have their make-up done by a professional.

A Single Rose

The wonderful Jo Butler at Jo Butler Flowers in Teddington provided the flowers and they were prefect. Vintage roses with bright cerise roses to off-set the more subtle colours.

I had a bird theme running throughout the day so I bought bird cages for the centre pieces that Jo filled with the same flowers as my bouquet, which were then placed on hardback books. I had 2 large bird cages to decorate the church and venue that Jo decorated too. I decided to have a single rose for each of the bridesmaids and my maid of honour, and I think it looked really pretty.

A Flash of Pink

I didn’t want a colour scheme so I bought the gold bridesmaids’ dresses from Marks and Spencers and the groomsmen were bought blue suits to match Darren’s.  The maids were given brooches to fit on their belts and the men were given Paul Smith ties and pink socks!

Vivienne And Paul

Darren loves all things British so it had to be a Vivienne Westwood suit! He looked so handsome in it and along with the Paul Smith tie, tie pin, pink socks, brown Barker shoes and pocket watch, he looked perfect and I think he was really pleased with the end result.

Exactly What I Was Looking For

When I saw Rebecca’s portfolio I knew she was the photographer I was looking for! And she was absolutely amazing – she really captured the day. We met with her a couple of times before the wedding, and on the day she was so warm and unobtrusive; she even popped over to where Darren was staying to capture some photos of him when he was getting ready and nothing was too much hassle.

She had tons of energy all day…I don’t know how she kept it up!  I couldn’t be happier with the photos and would recommend her to anyone in a heartbeat.

A Piece Of Cake

My aunty made an Italian cake and I decided to make the rest so I had a table of cupcakes, cake pops and normal cakes. It was a bit mad the week before and I was icing cakes the Friday night before the wedding, but it was worth it.

Flash Mob

My brother had a 30 minute DJ set which was really fun and then the brilliant Wedding Smashers took over for the rest of the evening .

When Darren and I first met we discovered we had a mutual love for Ryan Adams – he’s really special to us so we chose ‘I Love you but I don’t Know what to Say’ and our good mate Paul, who I went to school with, choreographed the dance for us and made us look good. He also choreographed a group dance so my mum, dad, friends and family all got on the dance floor after the first dance to join us in a flash mob which went down really well.

Badges and Bulbs

For favours we had terracotta flower pots filled with flower bulbs for the women and for the men, a miniature bottle of whisky or vodka. We weren’t going to have any favours but then these came within budget and I’m really glad we went with them. We also had some really cool badges made for everyone that I bought from etsy.

Incredible Collections

The Landmark is an incredible venue but you do have to hire everything in and I made much of the decorations myself. I decided on the bird theme so for 10 months I just kept collecting things that would be nice to use. Etsy, Cox and Cox, ebay and charity shops were the best places for me.

Go With Your Gut

I think making the day as personal to you as you can, and going with your gut is a good starting point. Make the time to enjoy the planning process so it doesn’t get stressful nearer the day. Ask for help when you need it and enjoy it!

Venue: Landmark Arts Centre

Boutique: Surrey Brides

Dress: Benjamin Roberts

Head Piece: Gillian Million

Shoes: Hurt Geiger

Flowers: Jo Butler Flowers

Bridesmaids: Marks and Spencer

Grooms Suit: Vivienne Westwood

Photography: Rebecca Photography

Entertainment: Wedding Smashers

Bridesmaids: Marks and Spencer

Grooms Suit: Vivienne Westwood

So people…a wedding flash mob! Absolutely essential to make any wedding a success.

Didn’t you love all the little touches? The badges, the socks, the roses? And how ruddy dapper is Darren’s suit!

I would love to hear what you think.