December wedding

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The Chic Season…Part 2

*sigh* it’s the swishy tiered frock again……

Enjoy part 2 of Justine and Toms’ elegant W-day lovelies whilst I figure out an excuse to get me one of THOSE.

Unless the only reason I need is that I really REALLY want one?


Discreet Pleasures

Amy Murrell was recommended to us by Henry, the groom’s brother. She was utterly fantastic from start to finish. I’m not great at having my photo taken and am pretty awkward, but she was brilliantly discreet and most of the time I was completely unaware that she was even taking pictures! She was great company during the getting ready process beforehand and worked as some kind of zen team with Alexis the hair and make-up artist! It was a real pleasure to have her there on the day – she felt more like a guest with an expensive camera than the official photographer which was exactly what we wanted.

We are thrilled with our pictures, which really capture the atmosphere of the day – and this from the one of those people who usually can’t bear to look at pictures of themselves!

A Job Lot

For decor we had lots of vintage glass jugs instead of vases and vintage glass candlesticks which I spent the previous 6 months buying up on e-bay. If anyone is getting married and wants a job lot of glassware – give me a call!

Fancy Treats

We had “Rocky Road” chocolate by Hotel Chocolat for favours……. Just a bit of a joke really!

Soul Shakers

At the reception we had The Emperors, booked though Alive Network. We wanted a band that would really get people up dancing so opted for a soul band with a brass section and they fulfilled the brief to a tee.

Village Cake

We had fruit and madeira cake 4 tiered with ivory icing – cribbed from a picture on the internet and made by a very clever lady called Shirley in Tom’s mum’s village!

The loveliest lyrics

For the first dance we chose “This Guy’s in Love with You” by Burt Bacarach, the Noel Gallagher version. Just a lovely, lovely song and reflecting the groom’s juvenile obsession with Oasis!

Wise Words

I would advise any future bride to just try to relax and enjoy it – probably not very helpful advice I realise, but I seem to remember dashing around trying to see and thank everyone for coming, worrying that I would seem ungrateful if I didn’t, when really I should’ve done what I wanted to do and just sat down with my girlfriends and had a very large glass of wine!

Entertainment – The Emperors

Photographer – Amy Murrell

Favours – Hotel Chocolat

A very large glass of wine indeed – make sure you do take that time out to relax on W-day you gorgeous lot, take a look around and soak up what you have achieved with all the hard work you both put in.

With huge thanks to Amy Murrell, Justine and Tom for sharing the seasonal chic.

Big I want A Swishy Frock AND some Rocky Road from Hotel Chocolat Love

Charlotte xxx

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The Chic Season…..part 1

I don’t know about you gorgeous lot but when I think of a December wedding I immediately envisage a traditional Christmas colour scheme, rich reds, greens, golds…… a flash of silver perhaps?

Justine and Tom incorporated a pinch of festive cheer into their North Yorkshire Big Day but in general kept to a crisp white and ivory palette that was sophisticated, chic and timeless. And Justine is one stylish bride, with an ability to accessorize her stunning Rosa Clara gown to absolute perfection.

So a little thought for a Monday, don’t feel the need to go full on with “seasonal” shades just because the day your W-day is on falls into a particular month, just chose whatever colours/decor/pretty you darn well please.


With huge thanks to Amy Murrell for the eye candy.

The Ivory Tower(s)

For shoes there was only one choice, ivory satin skyscrapers by Jimmy Choo!

Head Candy

My Headband was from Louis Mariette, I didn’t want a veil and as the dress had quite a 1920’s feel to it I thought a headband would be more in-keeping and I found this art-deco style one on-line.

A Glamorous Gown

It’s a cliché but I did know immediately when I tried my dress on that it was the one for me. I’d tried lots of more traditional dresses that just looked awful and that I didn’t recognise myself in. The Rosa Clara dress I loved the second I saw it – it was more like an evening/cocktail gown than a wedding dress and I just felt relaxed and comfortable in it – not the most obvious reasons for choosing a dress I suppose but important when I knew I would be feeling very self conscious anyway and the last thing I needed was to worry about the dress.

Glossy Locks

Alexis Daly was recommended by our photographer Amy and was brilliant. I didn’t want to look too “done”, more like the best possible version of myself, which Alexis did brilliantly. She was also a great person to have around on the morning – calm, supportive and encouraging. And great with the mums!


All Groomsmen stuff was hired from Moss Bros – the only brief was that it had to be warm so we went for frockcoats (which sound awful and very Dickensian, but were actually really smart and suited everyone!)

Tom also wore a frock coat suit from Moss Bros, he didn’t want the traditional patterned waistcoat so the only nod to wedding attire was an ivory tie and pocket square. Usually a particularly scruffy individual, it was very nice to see him looking smart with polished shoes for a change!

Pale And Interesting

I chose calla lilies for the buttonholes, calla lilies and vendella roses for the bouquet, and vendella roses, sweet avalanche roses and eucalyptus for the table centres, all from www.thetopiarytree.com

Bridal Gown – Rosa Clara

Head Piece – Louis Mariette

Hair And Beauty – Alexis Daly

Reception Venue – The Black Swan

Blooms – The Topiary Tree

Suit Hire – Moss Bros

Photographer – Amy Murrell

I am having a big moment over the swishy tiered style dress right now, and Justine does it so well.

More chic coming up soon lovelies 😉

Big Seasonal Love

Charlotte xxx