The nights are drawing in, we’re officially on the countdown to Christmas now Bonfire night has been and gone, and I know there are tons of you out there planning winter weddings, something we’ve been neglecting of late on the blog. I’ve had this one saved for a particularly dreary winters day for a while now. It is the wedding of my wedding florist, Becky Hay from Blossom in Chorlton, and boy does it brighten November up.
Becky had a timeless style to her day with stunning florals as the focus and I think they show just how beautiful a winter wedding can look. I also loved reading Becky’s planning tips and story, as despite having seen a lot of these images before it added a whole different dimension for me, including some really valid points. Makes a great Monday morning read…
Becky & Ed married in November at Prestwold Hall, Prestwold, Loughborough, Leicestershire.
A Classic Gown
‘Once Upon A Time In America’ by Stewart Parvin. Made to measure and bought from Aphrodite in Knutsford, Cheshire. I knew I wanted sleeves from the start but I thought I’d end up in lots of lace and beads. I thought I’d found ‘The One’ and almost cancelled my appointment at Aphrodite but when I called, the owner was so lovely and helpful, I went anyway. I saw my dress hanging on the rail and admired it but because the black sash just wasn’t what I’d had in mind, I didn’t pick it out to try on. My friend suggested I tried it on anyway and so I did, and I loved it – it was just ‘me’.
I went dress shopping with my mum, mother-in-law, sister and my best friend – never all at once thank god! My actual dress was only ‘The One’ in mine and my best friend’s eyes. The mum’s and my sister all shed tears when they saw me in the other contender. Without the trip with my best friend, I wouldn’t have had the guts to stick to what I knew was the right choice for me.
I wore a full length plain cathedral veil, also from Stewart Parvin. My first thought was ’too much for a civil ceremony?’, and then I tried it on. My earrings were Antique Georgian diamond and pearl drop earrings which I bought for myself from an antique fair. I was looking for a christening present at the time and they sparkled at me from the cabinet. I struggled to justify the purchase but now I am so glad I maxed out the credit card for them. They have become our first family heirloom, they will hold their value, and they bring back all those memories whenever I wear them. It’s also lovely to share them with family and friends to wear on their special occasions. In my Hair I wore a pin – Marquisite bow brooch – a gift from my Mum and a Ring – Sapphire and diamond ring which my Mum had inherited – it was my borrowed and blue.
The Saviour of Shoes
As I’m 6 foot tall with large feet and I really didn’t want to be taller than Ed on the day I really struggled to find the right shoes. I struggle to buy any shoes regularly, so this task became quite stressful. I’m feeling anxious just remembering it! After months of looking I called it a day and went to the lovely girls at Emmy in Islington for help. They sorted me out with my Ivory suede with ivory silk ‘Grace Twist’ Kitten heels. They were simple, elegant and most importantly, so comfortable.
The girls wore full length aubergine chiffon dresses from Jim Hjelm. I’d told them that they could pick any style and thought they’d each end up in a slightly different shade but they all went for the same dress in the end.
Morning Suit Traditions
Ed wore traditional black morning suit with ivory waistcoat and tie. I still owe him the bespoke suit he really wanted to wear….don’t worry husband, I haven’t forgotten!
The groomsmen’s ties were from Marks and Spencer and matched the girls dresses perfectly. They wore hired black morning suits from Moss Bross.
And, true to form, I’ve saved the best for last…
It’s a three post day ladies, so come back soon for Part 2 🙂