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A Groovy Kind Of Love.

Rock My Wedding readers Glesni and Owain Lloyd married on the 12th of August, 2011. The ceremony was in their local church in a small and rural village called Betws Gwerfil Goch in North Wales.

When I finished looking through this submission from Weddings Vintage I realised I was suffering from severe ‘dry mouth.’

At some point early on my Jaw had dropped – and there it had remained as I soaked up not only the amazing camera work but also the stupidy gorgeous wedding stationery. You see Vintage Weddings is a collection of super creative people and not only will they shoot your wedding and make it look fabulous, they will also create you some seriously-to-die-for papercraft too.

Anyway, over to Glensi…

Vintage Style

The dress was Charlotte Balbier, Tabitha in vintage gold from Belles Bridal Boutique, Liverpool. I loved the vintage style of the shop and Geraldine the owner was so lovely, I new I had to buy my dress from this shop.

Untamed Petals

My hair piece was from Untamed Petals, and called a ‘poppy double headband’. I wanted a vintage and natural look and this headpiece gave me the look I desired.

A Comfortable Fit

My shoes were from Rachel Simpson, mimi. I tried them with my dress fitting and I loved the way they looked and they were so comfy.

A Local Do

I went to a local hair dresses in Llangollen for my wedding hair, I just needed a natural up do, no frills.

D.I.Y Decoration

I decided to do most of the floral decoration myself; the local flower shop sourced the flowers for me. My bridesmaids, mum and mother in law and I decorated the hall all Thursday. It was a lovely but very busy day with everybody mucking in.

We made our own bouquets, I was much easier to achieve the look i wanted. I’d made a scrap book full of ideas, which was a great reference book.

Less Uniformed

I had 5 bridesmaids and 2 flower girls. I bought the bridesmaid dresses from a shop in Cowbridge, South Wales called High society bridal. Since all the bridemaids we’re around the same age, I wanted dresses that would suit them and choose the Lela Rose , crinkle chiffon collection in Mint and the girls decided on the style they liked and we went for 5 different styles, for a more natural, less uniformed look.

The groomsmen attire we hired but we bought them gingham ties.

Bow Tie Bliss

Owain had always wanted to a bow-tie , so we found a grey bow-tie in Topman. He looked so happy as I walked down the aisle, the whole day was perfect for us.

Lovely And Warm

I wanted a photographer that could capture the natural, vintage style I was hoping to create. The photographer was important to me and I spent hours on hours surfing the internet. Somehow I came across the Weddings Vintage website and fell in love with their previous wedding photography. I sent an e-mail, and talked on the phone to Harriet, I knew she was the photographer for me. We shared some ideas and I new she understood the feel and look I was going for.

Harriet was amazing during the wedding, she meet up with us on Thursday afternoon, and took some photos during our practice in the church. She had a lovely and warm personality and I trusted her instantly. We love our photos.

The Perfect Postcard

Finding Weddings Vintage was a blessing. Hayley the designer, helped me create the perfect wedding stationery. I love post cards, and I wanted invitations that captured the feeling of our wedding day, and the beautiful scenery of home. I took some photo’s of my church, the village hall, the field in front of my house which holds so many happy childhood memories and the trees that all the guest would drive through on the way from the church to the village hall. I sent them on e-mail and asked for a vintage postcard design. I was blown away with the invitations, they were perfect, we had so many compliments about them, and we couldn’t wait to receive the rsvp postcards. They set the tone perfectly for the wedding.

A Family Affair

My mum made our fruit cake, my sisters and I decorated it simply with lace and wooden pegs. My bridesmaid made some cupcakes and decorated them with berries, they looked beautiful.

Musical Medication

We hired a swing band Called Dr Jazz from North Wales. They were amazing a hit with young and old and just completed the night perfectly.


My husband choose the song and played it to me on youtube, and I instantly loved it. It was A Groovy Kind of Love from Phil Collins. We’d been together for 9 years and our relationship has always been chilled and relaxed and foremost we’re great friends. Our second song was Pencil Full of Lead by Paulo Nutini, I love that song and it was great to kick of the party mood.

More Tea?

We didn’t go for any favours. I just wanted to keep it simple but I collected a cup and saucer for every guest and placed the name tags on them. It was great seeing people sharing a pot of tea and reminded me of community events when I was young.

A Village Fete Feeling

Decoration was really important to me. The village hall gave me a perfect canvas to decorate the hall as I had imagined. I’d collected a scrap book full of ideas, and decided we wanted long trestle tables to create a village fate feeling.

We decorated the tables with candles and flowers. I collected a tea cup and saucer for each guest, a hundred and thirty. I went around charity shops and asked family members – they loved that they could help.

I wanted a relaxed garden feel where people could chill in the conservatory, so we hired a company called Posh Frocks and Wellies from Chester to decorate, they bought odd chairs, lamps, bunting etc and it just gave the room character and it fitted in great with our odd and ends. They we’re great and came to finish the work the morning of the wedding, since a whist tournament was taking place that Thursday night in the conservatory.

The locals all loved having an opportunity to have a peek at their hall transformed. We hired a company called stephanotis to drape the hall and hired a company called Outside from Conwy to cater for us. Their food was amazing, we had pate followed by steak, new potatoes and salad and nickerbocker glory for pudding, followed by homemade pies and hot dogs at night.

Make A Scrap Book

Our friends and family made our day. It was so lovely to have them all together celebrating with us. My advice would be to make a scrap book, It gave me the confidence to go for a vintage wedding. Rock My Wedding was a weekly fix, and inspired so many of my ideas. Having so many people helping and contributing to the wedding made it extra special. I love being creative and loved the opportunity to be able to make our special day perfect for us.

Photographer – Weddings Vintage

Stationery – Weddings Vintage

Dress – Charlotte Balbier

Boutique – Belles Bridal Boutique

Hair Piece – Untamed Petals

Shoes – Rachel Simpson

Bridesmaid Dresses – Lela Rose

Decor – Posh Frocks and Wellies

Hall Dressing – stephanotis

Catering – Outside

Entertainment – Dr Jazz

The Charlotte Balbier dress combined with the hair piece from Untamed Petals is a genius combo.

So much that I like about this wedding but I am going to hold back and just talk about my geeky passion… The stationery. What a great idea to take shots of your surrounding area to create a collection of postcards. And how beautifully executed by Weddings Vintage.

The Order of service right through to the table numbers and menu cards have had the same carefully considered treatment and they really do bring all the elements of this amazing vintage inspired wedding together.


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A Winter Wedding In The Lakes.

Lucy and Fraser married in January 2012. It was a vintage winter affair complete with open fire, classic décor and period fashion.

The reception venue was the Eltermere Inn in Elterwater and the photographer that Lucy and Fraser chose to document their big day was the super sassy Assassynation.

Understated And Elegant

My dress from Belles Bridal Boutique in Liverpool and the designer was Heirloom Couture – was the first and last shop I went to, Geraldine the owner understood exactly what I wanted, an understated but elegant gown with a vintage feel (which is very much how we felt about the wedding venue we chose, a place we often visited on our trips up to the lakes – somewhere very close to our hearts).

Feather Cape

My hairpiece by Jenny Packham and my earrings were from a vintage shop – I loved the vintage feel to the headpiece and it complimneted the 1930’s feel of the dress and accessorised perfectly with the clasp on my belt (cast from an original 1930’s clasp). One of the other reasons I loved the dress was because I could accessorise it and give it that real vintage feel – worn with an ostrich feather cape also by Heirloom Couture from Belles Bridal Boutique.

One Careful Owner

I wore Giuseppe Zanotti 4 inch heels – bought off ebay! I Wanted a beautiful pair of shoes but knew I will never wear them again – and going second hand meant that I could spend a bit more on everything else!

Bobbi Brown

I did my own hair and makeup with a little help from the Bobbi Brown counter.

Blooming Striking

We chose anenomes because they were a flower that was in season and they are such a striking flower – which meant we could keep it simple yet striking. My bouquet was just anenomes, the bridesmaids had anenomes and white ranunculus with a mixture of both on the tables and simple anenome button holes. They looked beautiful within the simplicity of the room where the reception was held – all teh flowers were by Alex at The Flowershop in Ambleside.

Old School Glamour

The groomsmen wore black tie as did all of the male guests – we really wanted to have a feeling of old school glamour, especially as my dress had a vintage feel and against the backdrop of the venue.

It was great to see all of the men looking so smart! My bridesmaid (my sister) wore a long black dress with a matching feather shrug and also an elaborate headband; my 3 year old niece was a flower girl with her own little faux fur shrug and a gypsophila headband.

The James Bond Effect

My handsome husband wore a black dinner suit with bow tie and patent leather shoes – he looked amazing. Especially so because I’m used to seeing him in the lakes in a muddy pair of walking trousers and a fleece – he scrubbed up very well!

Unforgettable Shots

We choose Assassynation to be our Photographer. We wanted our images to be relaxed and really capture the feel of the day which is what I felt Sassy’s reportage work did.

I also loved the vintage and sometimes tongue in cheek nature to Sassy’s work- something we felt would be suited to the venue and our wedding.

She lived up to expectations and managed to catch everyone at some point during the day, and she also got some unforgettable shots of our daughter.

Deco Inspired

For our cake we went to Marks and Spencer and then decorated with anenomes. White chocolate plaques with a chocolate sponge (yum). I loved the deco inspired design and it was perfect with my dress and the deco inspired stationery from Yield Ink.

A String Of Hits

We had a string quartet in the church who played Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah as I walked down the aisle – they also played back at the venue but due to the nature of the venue we didn’t have evening entertainment (apart from my 85 year old grandmother on the piano and iPods on docking station)

We really didn’t feel it made it any less of a party as it was a great chance to get to chat to everyone and there was even some impromptu dancing in the bar.

Simple And Subtle

Décor – the setting of the hotel in the langdale valley was the real wow factor for us – Elterwater is a place we love and we wanted everyone to share in our love for the place too. Eltermere Inn has everything you would expect from a Lakeland hotel – roaring fires, great locally produced food and a beautiful classic interior (and lots of stuffed animals…).

We therefore wanted to keep décor simple with a deco feel – simple anenomes, votive candles and deco inspired stationary.

Relax And Enjoy!

My advice to a bride to be – relax and enjoy! That applies as much to the planning process as the day itself. It’s going to be one of the happiest days of your life and so planning it should be enjoyable too. What was most important to us was being surrounded by our close friends and family and to keep the wedding to a moderate size (75) so we felt on the day we could spend a bit of time with everyone. We had wanted it to be fairly low key with amazing food and lots of champagne and vino flowing.

We really wanted our guests to have a fantastic time in a great setting (most came for a long weekend), a place where we spend so much time as a family. We wanted everyone to feel like we really appreciated them all travelling so far (especially if it had snowed). It really was one of the best days of our lives (along with the birth of our daughter… and the day we met of course ;0))

Boutique Belles Bridal Boutique

Dress Heirloom Couture

Ostrich feather cape Heirloom Couture

Headpiece Jenny Packham

Shoes Giuseppe Zanotti

Blooms The Flowershop

Photographer Assassynation

Cake Marks and Spencer

Stationery Yield Ink

Venue Eltermere Inn

Things I love about this wedding:

  1. The Art Deco Inspired letterpress stationery from the stupidly creative/talented team at Yield Ink (check them out folks)
  2. The ‘James Bond’ effect – If you want to go super smart and formal but a morning suit isn’t your bag then I think the DJ and dickie bow is an absoulte winner.
  3. The laidback approach to the décor and design, when a venue has the right character and the right look and feel for your big day, it is sometimes unneccesary to add much into the mix.

Thanks to Lucy and Fraser for sharing their most intimate winter day.