Yes, folks, thats Alice in Wonderland.
Not all Wedding themes are in good taste it has to be said (even though I love a theme), but this one was executed beautifully by Jane and her husband James. Those of you who just adore pouring over beautiful imagery will also be noses pressed against the screen, Allister Freeman submitted the wedding to us and I struggled choosing a selection for the blog. They are heart stopping. In fact, it’s fair to say, this is the kind of wedding that I came back to again and again in my own planning; Enjoy the breathtaking elegance.
All the stunning images are courtesy of Allister Freeman.
Finding a Theme
James and I (Jane) were married on 14th May 2010, at Gosfield Hall, Essex. We knew we wanted a vintage/English theme to match the venue but didn’t want to end up looking like a period drama! It was important that our wedding had a sense of fun as we enjoy being silly so we came up with a Mad Hatters tea party theme, (complete with mad hat dressing up box for the guests which was a great laugh!!)
My hairdresser, Nathan, (Silhouette du Barry, Chelmsford) did wonders with my hair – it was so intricate and probably photographed more by my friends than my dress!!
My make-up was thanks to a great makeup artist called Blu. We went for a modern vintage look to compliment the dress and hair. She also did the makeup for my bridesmaids and mother.
My dress was from a great little shop in Colchester called ‘The Wedding shop.’ It was one of the first dresses I tried on and it was the colour that I fell in love with! (An unusual pearl tone.)
I did not want a veil and instead chose an amazing diamante hairpiece from Jenny Packham.
This was then topped off with a vintage necklace passed down to me by my grandmother (my something old) and some stud earrings compliments of e-bay!!!
Better than a Whirlpool!
After a great deal of searching I ended up with Jimmy Choo’s. Satin, very high and with a really lovely silver strap detail. Completely worth the investment but as my dad pointed out I could have bought a washing machine (all be it a cheap one) with that money!!!
Not sure that would offer quite the same enjoyment!!!!
We picked a midnight navy for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. The bridesmaid’s dresses were made to my design by Ali Rouse at Unique Dress and the groomsmen’s suits were from Next.
James wore a three-piece suit from Paul Smith. He looked very handsome waiting for me at the end of the Aisle and was surprisingly calm!! He was also very proud to show me that he had matched his socks to the lining of his suit!!!
I know! I’m such a tease!
So far, so normal, right?
Just a tiny taste of what’s to come in the Grooms Mad Hatter hat as shown above. There’s so much more to come in Part 2 and you don’t have to wait long as it’s later on today!
Yours Wonderfully Truly,