Oh Joy! How I do love a short dress bride! It’s something about the fun factor, the youth, the flirtiness, I just love it all. There’s got to be some love for getting to flash a pair of fabulous pins. finished off by some sky-scraper beauties? No?
So this wedding just fits the bill on every level. Short dress, colour and fun. Don’t get me started on that cake!
Sarah Hodson and John Robertson were married on Saturday 7th May 2011, at Folly Farm, in Stowey, Pensford.
Feeling Young and Fresh
After visiting about 5 dress shops and trying on approximately 30 dresses, I hadn’t found one that felt ‘me’ enough to buy. Our venue was rustic and informal, and thought of dragging a flouncy dress behind me while I tried to dance didn’t feel right. I wanted to feel young and fresh rather than very traditional like a lot of dresses I tried.
Although I’d never really thought of having one made for me there was a wedding dress designer at the end of my street so I decided to talk through my ideas with her. With Kate Garcia we talked through what I didn’t like and together arrived at an idea I loved – a short dress with a ‘shift’ style bodice with an embroidered and embellished waistband and a skirt that ruffled when I walked and flew out when I danced.
The dress was everything I wanted – it made a statement (most of my guests hadn’t seen anyone in a short wedding dress before), made me feel glamorous and special and showed off my best asset – my legs!
In keeping with my relaxed theme, I didn’t want to wear a veil or have anything too fussy in my hair. Having naturally curly hair is a bonus on your wedding day, so I kept it simple with a pearl clip bought for me by my sister which matched the pearls on my dress. My Mum bought me a beautiful hear-shaped keepsake locket from The Silver Shop in Bristol which felt right to wear simply with a silver chain.
With a short dress you have to have statement heels! I found amazing 4” heels from American designer Badgley Mischka from Javari Apart from having to learn to walk in them (!) they were fabulous – gorgeous white satin with a puff of netting and really worked with the short dress. They came off mid-dance to be replaced by silver flip flops making it much easier to get around the dancefloor!
Nina Norman at Space NK in Bristol did a fantastic job of not only keeping to the brief of making me look like ‘me but better’ but also made getting ready fun and relaxing for the wedding party.
Fliss at Hobbs had the hard task of keeping my naturally curly hair looking natural but making it stay in place for the whole wedding. We kept it simple with a hair clip and bouncy curls, which worked well with the relaxed surroundings and short dress.
Fun and Simple
Our groomsmen and bestman wore their own suits. I’m not a fan of the uniform look of male wedding clothes and think letting people wear what they wanted added to the relaxed atmosphere.
Their buttonholes were were co-ordinated with the bridesmaids bouquets with white roses.
Break a Leg for Luck!
John is the stylish one in our partnership, and chose his skinny Ted Baker suit, bright purple tie and pocket square and Italian leather shoes early on when planning the wedding. Then, 10 weeks out from the wedding, he badly broke his leg. He went back to the hospital 3 times in the lead up to the wedding, each time with the hope his plaster would be removed.
His last appointment was 4 days before the wedding and when we realized at last that he’d be walking up the aisle in his plaster cast we quickly took the suit to a tailor who removed the leg seam of his broken leg which allowed John to pin the leg back up with safety pins after it fitted over his plaster. It was a real talking point during the day and no one really noticed the broken leg, apart from Albert the photographer who took the quirky picture of John’s leg and stripy sock! Walking up the aisle and seeing him standing without his crutches was a special moment and was the point at which I started to cry!
In keeping with the rural style, I didn’t want a traditional wedding cake. My friend Philippa is a cracking wedding cake maker.
I showed her a couple of pictures of some ‘natural’ wedding cakes I liked and she came up with our incredible three-tiered sponge with lime cream cheese and red berries. It looked stunning, fitted the venue and tasted even better!
Photographer – Albert Palmer Photography
Venue – Folly Farm
Dress – Kate Garcia
Locket – The Silver Shop
Shoes – Badgley Mischka from Javari
Make-Up – Nina Norman
Hair – Fliss at Hobbs
Maids – Monsoon
How much do you want that cake? Like, NOW!
And it gives you just a glimpse of how much fun Part 2 is – coming at you tomorrow morning folks,