I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this but most of the O’Shea Big Day inspiration came from believe it or not a “destination” wedding in Ibiza I saw in Cosmoplitan Bride magazine.
It was nothing like what I was having in terms of venue ( or country!) but I guess that’s the point….. style, pretty details and general “feel” can be easily transported into your own W-day no matter how different it may appear written down on paper.
The wedding in Nafplion, Greece of Lottie and George reminds me of how completely in awe I was way back when in the heady days of planning, their wedding is just super super pretty, laid back and full of sunshine and joy.
And I swear I have NEVER seen a bride laugh so much on her special day or look so completely relaxed and in love.
Oh and the bouquet? The loveliest selection of blooms I have ever set eyes on…..so expect many gratuitous images of that.
There may be snow on the ground but it’s nothing but bright and warm here on Rock My Wedding 😉
With thanks to Jordan and Ines at Source Images Photography for submitting the gorgeousness.
We were married In Nafplion Greece, at Evangelistria church with the reception at Blue Sky, Karathona beach, about two hours drive from Athens.
A Shoe Story
I actually found my shoes before I found the dress, a pair of 4.5″ Louboutin Ivory sandals which I saw in Browns Brides. Everyone told me I couldn’t buy them until I found the dress and when I did I went back to browns and they had sold out ( 09 season goods!). I went to the Louboutin store and didn’t see them out so I began trying others on but couldn’t find any sandals I liked (a must for the hot weather), I was chatting to the sales assistant (who was lovely!) and mentioned how devastated I was that they weren’t this season and she said ‘well let me just check out back just in case’ she came back holding two pairs, one half a size too big and one half a size too small! (I went for the too big, worked well with the hot weather!).
I also had a pair of silk ivory ballet shoes (one of my bridesmaids is a dancer and bought me real ballet shoes for £6) which I used to negotiate the hundreds of steps on the way to the church. (I did also change into them at around 3 am!)
Waiting A While
My dress was from Rosa Clara at Liberty, it was actually from the 09 season. It was very simple, light and flowing although I had the under-slip taken in slightly at the waist to create a slight silhouette. I had though I would have a more ‘fun’ dress, ie with flowers etc, when I put this dress on I kept saying to the assistant ‘no this isn’t what I want’ but I also really didn’t want to take it off. I did all my initial dress shopping alone so that I wasn’t taking any one else’s opinions into account and there were only two dresses that I was left thinking about when I went to sleep. this was one of them and also a flowery one from Jenny Packham.
I left it a month, took my bridesmaids to see the final two and knew as soon as I put ‘the dress’ on that it was the right one. I’m really glad I left some time to ‘forget’ the dresses as it really made it obvious which one was ‘it’!
Rose Bud Accessories
I have short curly hair which can sometimes overshadow hair accessories and I really wanted to look like ‘me’ on the day so I kept my hair accessories to three tiny roses which matched the bouquet.
My mum wanted to buy me a gift for the day so we spent a day together in Hatton Garden and bought a necklace with a diamond and pearl pendant, which I thought added a little quirky detail to the ensemble.
Again I wanted to make sure I looked like me, and I didn’t really trust the idea of going to a Greek make-up artist! Instead I went to Space NK where another of my bridesmaids works and bought about £150 worth of natural holiday make up, mainly By Terry and Laura Mercier.
The Make up artist did a trial run, going through all the techniques with my bridesmaid Moya (who already knows alot about make-up) and then on the day Moya repeated the look!
Boys In Beachwear
We wanted the whole wedding party to look in unison and to encapsulate the mood of a beach wedding. We had all the boys in beige Linen Suits (most of them already owned one of these and we only bought a couple from M&S).
I looked around for Ivory bridesmaids dresses but couldn’t really find anything that appealed to me so I told the girls to choose a wedding dress from the range at Monsoon and then we had them shortened. Our flower girl wore a dress from John Lewis.
Dress – Rosa Clara at Liberty
Photography – Jordan and Ines from Source Images
Shoes – Louboutin at Browns Bride
Maids dresses – Monsoon Bridal
Groom’s Suit – Richard James
Is there anyone else obsessed with their Christmas advent calendar right now? Um….did you check out the counting down the days until W-day version of Lotties?!
Now that would be a present that I would like Santa to leave in my stocking 🙂
More pretty coming up soon lovelies …..