We love a bit of glossy glamourama here at RMW HQ and let me tell you – this wedding has it with great big shiny BELLS on.
I’m talking flawless bride, sumptuous blooms and a hell of a lot of shoe and neck candy folks…..
Red Soled Girl
OMG the day was finally going to arrive that I could treat myself to a pair of Christian Louboutins without feeling so horrendously guilty (the only bit of guilt was that I thought I was probably going to love my shoes more than the dress itself)!! Straight to the Louboutin boutique on Mount Street in London and I found them…a pair of Rolando’s in off white satin, killers heels with a hidden platform to boot – not the normal choice of a 5ft 8” bride…thank god my man is well over 6ft!!
They were probably the most economical purchase I made as well…now dyed jet black, I live in them most weekends!
I Didn’t Want to Take It Off
I got my dress from Pronovias, my parents live in Spain, so during a visit Mum and I decided to go and have a look at the dresses in the shop in Marbella, little did I know at the time that I was going to fall in love with so many of them! That was it, my heart was set on a Pronovias dress the hardest part was narrowing it down to which one! Next trip to Spain, in the February of 2009 armed with my Mum and 2 of my bridesmaids I found it….the Haiti dress in Ivory satin, not at all the dress I was originally looking for, but the one I just didn’t want to take off!!
I also knew I had to have a Cathedral veil, and after choosing my dress I chose a Pronovias veil as well with a hint of sparkle to it to make me feel even more extra special!
Something Borrowed Something Amethyst
Ever since I can remember I knew I wanted to wear my Grandmas pearl choker with gorgeous purple amethyst stone on the day I got married, so right from the off the colour scheme was going to be purple!
I had a couple of make-up trials from different make-up artists in the area, but they never felt like me. It was actually Nick that told me that if I was trying to look like me then maybe I should let ‘me’ do the make-up!! He was right…I love doing my own make-up and playing around with new looks so the thought of it didn’t scare me at all. It actually gave me time out, during the usual hectic getting ready process, to spend some time on myself…..I was so calm getting ready I even had time to do my 3 bridesmaids eye make-up as well!!!
A Formal Approach
We hired Morning suits for the boys from “Formal Approach”. They come to your house at a time that suits you, which was a great help since Nick works such long hours. We opted for the traditional morning suits for the boys with dove grey waistcoats and purple cravats to bring in the colour theme
The Long And Short Of It
The girls dresses were made by a local dress-maker Carol Barbe. Having one bridesmaid living in Dubai, I knew the dresses were not going to be an easy task, but Carol made it feel like a breeze. I chose to put Tina (my Chief Bridesmaid) in a different style dress, mainly because being a lot taller I knew she would want to wear flats, whereas the other girls were desperate for their own pair of killer heels!! Putting Tina in a long dress meant she was comfortable in her flats while the other two tottered around in sky-scraper purple Carvellas all day!
My gorgeous man wore a traditional morning suit as well, but rather than the dove grey waistcoat he wore an ivory silk waistcoat to tie in with my dress and differentiate him from the rest of boys. I love my man when he is wearing a suit, so to see him in a Morning suit made him look extra special
We have a whole lot more where that came from too – make sure you pop back tomorrow for part 2.
‘Tis a total stunner.
Big Oh-So-Glamorous Love
P.S Louisa – ever thought of becoming a make-up artist?!