Homemade Wedding Dress
I went to numerous bridal shops but really struggled to find anything I liked or that fit properly – being tall I found that waists of dresses didn’t often sit where they were supposed to! Eventually having a dress made for me seemed like the best option, but this in itself was a daunting prospect... what if I didn’t like the finished product?! After all, the design I chose wasn’t like anything I’d ever tried on! Thankfully my Mum's friend, Barbara, was amazing in helping me make decisions on the dress and the end product was perfect, far better than anything I’d tried on, and to have something made to measure was fantastic!
Highcliffe Castle WeddingAlice and Francois had been living in London for about 4 years but knew this wasn't where they wanted to get married. They both love the sea and were much more drawn to the south coast. After visiting numerous venues they finally decided on Highcliffe Castle. A Grade 1 listed Castle with grounds, right by the sea. Plus have you seen the grand hall where they held their wedding breakfast? The gorgeous high ceilings and stained glass window is an amazing backdrop for the top table and would have given me chills walking into such an atmospheric reception.
Styling And Flowers
The interiors at Highcliffe were already beautiful so there wasn’t really much we needed to do! Francois found Concept Flowers on Instagram and we both knew Lauren was the right choice. We loved her style – slightly untamed with beautiful use of colour, and when meeting with her she perfectly understood what we were after. Unfortunately all the flowers on my mood board were out of season but Lauren came up with some great alternatives, and suggested the king protea, to bring an unusual twist – this featured in my bouquet and the table centrepieces, which were supported by brushed metal box frames; very modern and unlike anything we’d seen elsewhere! For the dancing, we hired a big mirror ball and up and over fairy lights from Maria at Simply Flower.