Chic In The Cotswolds….Part 1

If we’ve said it once we’ve said it a million times, there just has to be that little something different or ridiculously pretty in a real W-day that makes us choose it to grace the pages of RMW.

Sometimes it’s the florals, sometimes it’s the decor, sometimes it’s the delicious accessories, sometimes it’s the sheer joy that radiates from all of the images and makes you want to jump right on in…..

Susie and Scottie’s cotswolds W-day captured by Love/Lust member John Day has every single one of the above but mostly folks, for me at least, it is All. About. The. Dress.

There is backless. There is lace. There is a grey silk underlay. There are six thousand swarovski crystals. There are FEATHERS.

I die.

A Million Dollars

My dress was by Sarah Houston, a design called ‘Sapphire’. I had been looking for months, and really wanted something different from a traditional strapless wedding gown but still a ‘gown’ rather than a white ‘dress’ – something that would feel very special. This dress has 6,000 swarkowski crystals and feathers stitched onto it, a blue/grey silk underlay and a low open back. What can I say, Sarah Houston is an amazing woman! I found it in the beautiful boutique Quello in Kenilworth.

I nearly didn’t try it on as I thought it would look too daring and OTT but Clare, the boutique owner, persuaded me to and that was that. The shape is very simple which stops all the detail from getting out of hand. I really felt like a million dollars when I put it on.

Through The Looking Glass

I didn’t have a veil as I’m very pale and they made me look quite ghostly. The dress had a vintage feel and as I have short hair I wanted to dress my hair to match the dress. I went for Flo & Percy accessories – the Shearer headpiece and matching cuff from the Looking Glass collection. I got them both from Quello so it was really easy to put the whole outfit together.

I also treated myself to a white marabou feather shrug because it looked so gorgeous with the dress, but I was grateful for it in the evening!

Ballerina Style

I’m quite tall and really didn’t want to be taller than Scottie on the day. He couldn’t have cared less but it bothered me. The way my dress fell also meant that my shoes would be visible when I walked. Looking for totally flat shoes was hard because so many flats had round toes which looked too young for the dress. In the end I found some perfect flats from Aruna Seth (the Bettina style), in polished grey leather which luckily went really well with the lining of the dress, and had embellished butterflies on the top.

They were worth it just for the way they were packaged, with a great big ribbon, a letter addressed to me hoping I will enjoy them, shoe bag etc *sigh*!

They’ll look great with jeans too!

Perfect Peonies

Sam from Copelands Flowers made my ramblings and odd magazine cuttings come to life. I’ve always wanted a big bunch of peonies as my bouquet and she created the biggest most amazing smelling bouquet you could imagine with jasmine and all sorts.

The groom and ushers had vintage looking roses and jasmine to smell amazing.

White And Grey

We hired suits from Moss Bros. We never set out a colour theme but we ended up kind of matched things tonally because of the vintage feel we wanted. We didn’t try very hard though, most of it was good luck. Scottie chose the cravat colour and it ended up a perfect match with my dress! Grey suit, cream waistcoat and pale blue cravat.

The bridesmaids wore white because my dress wasn’t white. My chief bridesmaid wore Monsoon with nude heels and little bridesmaid wore Debenhams with silver converse.

Keep Calm And Carry On

Scottie wore the same as the groomsmen but with a slightly larger button hole. But he’d bought himself some cufflinks that said ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ which was cute because he looked so nervous and emotional in the church it made my heart melt.

A Natural Blush

I stuck with what I knew for my hair and makeup. Caroline at Blushes in Cheltenham has looked after my hair for years and I wouldn’t have trusted it with anyone else. Laura at Blushes did my make-up. She kept it natural but heavier than I usually wear it which made me look better in pictures than I’ve ever looked. She used individual false eyelashes which were A.MAZ.ING. I’d recommend them to anyone. Also Benefit primer kept my foundation in place all day and the My Treat Benefit lipstick stained my lips slightly, so it stayed put even after kissing, eating and drinking (all wedding essentials!).

Brides Gown – Sarah Houston at Quello

Headpiece And Cuff – Flo & Percy at Quello

Florist – Copelands Flowers

Groom’s Suit – Moss Bros

Brides Shoes – Aruna Seth

Make-Up And Hair – Blushes in Cheltenham

Photographer – John Day

That last shot?

On. The. Money.

And anyone considering flats for W-day should really consider those square toe numbers, so sophisticated and contemporary.

Big Feather-Edged Love

Charlotte xxx

28 thoughts on “Chic In The Cotswolds….Part 1

  1. The lovely bride looks just like Keira Knightley in some of those shots, amazing bone structure an’ all!


  2. That dress took my breath away. I thought it was originally THE Monique but I prefer the colour of the Houston gown.

    Cryingly beautiful.

    I bet the groom couldn’t believe his luck.

  3. Wow, this is vintage at it’s best, the backless dress is to-die-for and the shoes and flowers are completely inspired. Susie has a great eye for style, she looks beautiful

  4. Totally amazing timing! I am having my lace gown made for me and two days ago got an email about the coulour of silt to have under the lace. I had initially thought….duh….ivory….but then seeing this I am not thinking about the possibilities! GREY! GOLD! How exciting!

    Susie, you looked so beautiful and happy. Congratulations to you both x

  5. OH. MY. GOD. That dress is perfection. I can’t wear backless, which is lucky, because this is the only dress I’ve seen that has even the slightest chance of giving me a dress wobble!

    Also very cool flowergirl hair. Might be stealing that idea for my girls…

    Beautiful bride. Gorgeous photos. Major happiness from me! 🙂

  6. I am in love!! That dress is just perfection!! Also loving the blooms and photography. The flower girl is so cute!
    Can’t wait to see part 2!!

  7. Yay! This is our photographer! And we found him through the Love Lust List!! Got wed on Saturday and he was awesome! Can not wait to see our photos!!! Currently having minimoon in St Ives, just off for fish and chips! Nom Nom Nom xxx

  8. Wowee – stunning dress! Love the blue-grey underneath.
    Love the bouquet almost as much as the dress – just gorgeous!
    Once again, can’t wait for part two (but then I say that EVERY time!)

  9. That dress is A.mazing to say the least! Wowee! And I love the end shots, such happiness and relief! I remember that feeling 🙂

    Can’t wait to see more!


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