There are a lot of things I love about the wedding of Anita and Martin, the beautiful dress, the to-die-for flowers….
What I love most though is the brides relaxed and realistic approach to wedding planning and her witty and straight forward account of it all. I literally laughed out loud at so many of Anita’s responses, really made my day.
Hope it makes yours too 🙂
All of the gorgeous images are courtesy of Julia Ford at Modern Photographic who is also the Art Director at the famous Wedding Magazine (The lady is completely lovely and has even spied some real weddings on these very pages to grace her glossy pages….. Hoorah!)
A Loyal Hairdresser
I had not one but two fabulous hairdressers, because they also did my mum and the bridesmaids – Christian Hefti and Claire Benson. Christian’s been doing my hair since I was a stroppy teenager, so he was unfazed by me being a stroppy adult on the morning of the wedding.
I found the make-up artist, Cat Turner, through a recommendation from a friend and she was fantastic.
Fate Made Me Buy Them
The shoes were champagne coloured peep-toes from Christian Louboutin. They only had one pair left in the shop, and they were my size – fate was calling me.
They were nearly £400 but I loved them. I still get the box out now and gaze lovingly at them.
I looked ridiculous in a veil so that was an instant no. My mum came up trumps with the hair pins – £1 each from Bombay Stores in Bradford!
The dress was vintage lace from Lusan Mandongus. I was actually dreading the dress shopping because I couldn’t imagine anything worse than looking a complete berk in a long white dress. I was also really lazy and went to the Morgan Davies shop in Islington because it was five minutes from my house. The assistant, Annalize, was great because she made me try on loads of dresses that I would never have picked out for myself.
I didn’t have one of those moments where you look at yourself in the mirror and burst into tears or anything, I just felt really comfortable in this one because it was so light and pretty. I loved the lace straps at the back.
Pretty In Purple
I was happy for the bridesmaids to choose whatever they liked and we found these purple dresses in LK Bennett – the colour was gorgeous. I’m not a fan of pastels. The groomsmen wore navy suits, which they all owned anyway, and matching pale blue ties, they all looked very dashing!
Martin looked so handsome! His suit came from Hackett and didn’t come without incident – for some reason he told the tailor to take it in more at the waist, meaning that he had to breathe in quite a lot when he was standing at the altar…
Finding The Perfect Location
We found our reception venue first and then the church, Our Lady and St Benedict in Ampleforth. I had a phobia about walking down an aisle in a huge church with everyone staring at me so I couldn’t believe my luck when I found the church – it was so tiny that the aisle was only about 10 feet long.
The wedding was in July 2009. It rained all week so we were totally resigned to a wet wedding, and then we woke up on the wedding day and it was glorious sunshine, hurrah!
Be prepared for the floral extravaganza of part 2 and all the pretty and clever and personal details Anita and Martin incorporated into their Big Day to represent Anita’s Indian heritage and their actual occupations.