There are two reasons why I want you to take an extra five minutes to browse through the images and planning details of Lucy and Jaoquin’s delectable Brighton based Big Day.
Firstly Lucy the bride, she is fast becoming my style icon. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such chic and statement accessories pulled together with utterly unique shoe candy and such a beautifully fitting and sophisticated gown. On paper I might not be convinced, in person though? Another matter entirely.
To.Die.For. I tell you.
The whole look is absolutely and completley delicious.
Secondly Lucy’s writing. It rocks. I literally howled laughing the whole way through editing the piece. This lady certainly cuts through the cr*p and tells it EXACTLY how it is.
With thanks to Lisa Devlin for submitting the gorgeousness.
Making A Statement
I had some fabulous jewellery which is in Lisa’s photos. Two very ornate gold beaded cuffs I bought in Swarovski Crystallized – opposite Liberty in London. They also had a brilliant over the phone order service and post things out very quickly. My ear-rings were from Astley Clarke by a designer called Monica Vinader.
Our matching wedding rings were from Liberty, by Manuela for Annoushka. Gorgeous rose gold. Ours is the ‘wave’ design.
I didn’t want to wear jewellery that wasn’t ‘me’, so I tried to stay true to the kinds of things I would usually wear rather than go all pearls and tiara. I had a couple of small roses in my hair and kept my hair down and curly – a kind of good version of how I usually have it. I Didn’t want that stereotypical bride’s up-do. Who does that in real life?!
Telling It How It Is
My dress was from a little boutique in Brighton called White Leaf.
You choose a sample dress from the shelf and then tweak the design to your own requirements before they make one to fit your own measurements. They take a million measurements including the distance between your nipples!
I added a halter-neck to a strapless dress, buttons all down the back and made it much tighter round my butt! Could actually go to the loo in the end without taking the dress off!
The cost of the dress includes the changes and fittings in the run up to the day, when weight is known to fluctuate wildly(!)
I hated wedding dress shopping – pretentious snooty staff flogging grossly overpriced fluff. White Leaf was different, The owner Blanka was lovely so I would have bought a dress there whether I liked it or not.
The Finishing Touches
I bought my shoes online from terrydehavillard.com. They are the highest of the highest shoes in the world ever. I made the bridesmaids wear ballet pumps – they’re all master-race 6ft teenagers and I’m 5’3”. My shoes were really comfortable and made from babies and clouds. – see pics(!)
Cara from Mac Brighton came to my home and did my make-up. She did a trial run a week or so before and was absolutely perfect. She changed things I didn’t like and made suggestions I loved that I wouldn’t have thought of. She was lovely to have around on the morning – sunny and positive. Definitely recommend her.
Hayley from Glow in George Street Hove came to my house to do my hair. She is my normal hairdresser and knows me well. She knew what I wanted in advance and listened to what I DIDN’T want – eg an ‘up-do’ and ‘height’…….
She attached the roses by some clever magic and I recommend her unreservedly.
Smart, Sharp and Gorgeous
It was the first time I saw Jaoquin in a suit! and I would have melted even if he were in pyjamas.
Hair that looked like his hair – not cut into ‘groom-mode’. Smart shoes, sharp shirt. As gorgeous outside as in.
Deepest Darkest Decadence
We had very dark red calla lilies for my bouquet and also for the button holes, with a simple bit of eucalyptus for contrast.
Venue – Hotel Du Vin Brighton
Photographer – Lisa Devlin
Bridal Gown – The White Leaf
Earrings – Astley Clarke
Shoes – Terry De Havilland
Did you check out the nail polish?
AND THE ARM CANDY. Oh my.
Me thinks you will love what we have in store for part two lovelies.
Big Ultra Chic Love