Bride Dara had BIG hair. She also had herself a pair of BIG statement lobe candy, a Vivienne Westwood frock and blooms in every colour of the rainbow.
I’m in love with her a little bit.
Not to be outdone in the fashion stakes her husband James was sporting a rather fetching summer inspired tweedy suit with a sunshine yellow tie.
And who can resist images of a groom dabbing away the tears upon seeing his future wife for the first time eh? Not us.
Dara and James were married on the Diamond Jubilee on the lovely isle of Jersey and held a garden reception. All of the super images are courtesy of We Heart Pictures.
Bigger Is Better
Hair-wise I went as big as possible simply because big hair is how hair SHOULD be – I would back-comb every day if I had the time. I went to a sweet old-fashioned salon in St Aubin’s, as they have been doing amazing, old-school hair for years. I did my own make-up and went heavy on the eyes – all a bit sixties really.
Shoes And Chandeliers
I wore Kenneth Jay Lane chandelier earrings and a vintage brooch. Loved them because they were classic but still a little over the top. I wore a veil because without a traditional dress, I felt it made me look like “bride”.
For shoes I had white satin Louboutins, super high, with a side V. I am now dying these black and sewing on some chiffon roses to match the dress.
James had his suit made at the Cad and the Dandy, so did my brother. They both went for a summer tweed, but didn’t try to coordinate too much. James’s tie was in classic yellow by Versace.
The dress was by Vivienne Westwood, not a traditional dress but just a white evening gown. I loved the simplicity and that I felt like myself. I am now going to dye it black and sew a multi-coloured rose corsage on it and wear for our anniversary.
ALL The Colours
We chose ALL the flowers in ALL the colours! This was a last minute decision, when I showed up at the florist she had buckets of summer flowers and I just said, “I want all of them!”. My best-friends helped to display the flowers on tables. Also my bouquet was made by my mother-in-law from a vintage victorian real silver vase and dozens of jewels, we then threaded ivy and roses through it.
Love And Listen
We loved the We Heart Pictures portfolio and also the nice atmosphere of Charlie and Hector – they were the right choice because they listened, took great shots and didn’t invade the day.
A Musical Atmosphere
For entertainment we had Acapella singers in the church to create atmosphere, and then our friends and family dj’d at the wedding – fortunately they all have great taste in music!
We had butterflies pinned to the marquee, candles, flowers, bird cages, candelabras, vintage painted porcelain, diamond napkin ring holders and lots and lots of plants.
A Fancy Treat Display
For cake we chose a lemon buttercream sponge cake with plain white icing covered in real flowers. We also had it displayed in a wrought iron cake gazeebo covered in flowers and fairy lights. Lemon seems like a nice light choice with the rest of the menu and the cake didn’t need to be too fancy when displayed in a gazebo.
Stand By Me
For the first dance we chose “Stand by me” by Ben E King, just because the lyrics seemed to express what we felt.
We didn’t have any favours.
Trust Your Instincts
Go with your very first instinct and don’t distracted by all the wedding noise there is around. We ended up having exactly the wedding we thought we would the second we got engaged, but we chopped and changed quite a bit first because people make you feel nervous.
Once we focused in on what we wanted and ignored the pressure it all came right. Also if something doesn’t feel like good value, then walk away, because it isn’t.
Earrings – Kenneth Jay Lane
Photography – We Heart Pictures
Bouquet – The Brides Mother-in-Law
Brides Gown – Vivienne Westwood
Grooms Suit – Cad And The Dandy
Are any of you gorgeous lot having BIG hair?
How about wearing your gown again after the big day?
And I really want to sit underneath one of those old skool hair dryers with rollers in whilst applying false lashes.
Big 60’s Love