I wish I could write an introduction as well as Allie but I can’t, so I’ll let her tell you all about her and Sam’s love story and their beautiful wedding which is full of the most magical details curated by Curious Fair and stunning florals by Jay Archer Floral Design.
Some of the moments captured by Marianne Chua’s will move you to tears, and please make sure you check out the aisle arch, it’s a thing of breathtaking beauty.
Allie: “An Englishman meets a Yankee-Doodle in the Windy City. They fall in love. He teaches her the delicious ways of tea drinking, Marmite eating, and meat roasting. She teaches him style, a love for all things design, and the joys of cat ownership. They live in the Manor House, dancing on the rooftop between the turrets and the Lion and the Unicorn…“
A lovely bit of alternative styling for you this afternoon, from quirky photographer, and Love Lust List member Paola de Paola Photography. In fact, pretty much every aspect of this shoot has been created by Love Lust List members – the cakes and styling are by Lauren who runs French Made, (check out her gallery page – it will make you drool) and Carrie Southall Design, who has worked on some seriously gorgeous events, including lots of pretty weddings.
Geometric prints are just so much fun and perfect for the event space at the South Bank centre. And if you don’t want to go all out with clean lines, why not just reserve the look to your stationery suite? We love this one from Sincerely May – it’s just so fresh and clean looking.
Happy Monday you lovely lot. This morning I’m bringing you a glorious 30’s inspired day with a hairpiece to die for…and a pair of bright pink lips. Totally lush.
With a whimsical venue in the shape of Preston Court and gorgeous blooms, Sue and Neil managed to pull off a stunning looking day. And Neil is well dapper in his custom-made suit. I LOVE the colour of it and the tie compliments it so perfectly. And he sings ladies. Yep. His band performed at the wedding…
Sue The Bride: My dress was from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company from the Decades Collection. It was 1930s style high waisted v-neck lace dress with satin slip. I really wanted to find a vintage dress, but found it difficult to find one in super good condition and in lace. I really love the romance of the 30’s and this was the look I wanted to go for, so completely fell in love with the dress the first time I saw it. I was checking out vintage stores in Soho and managed to have a quick look in their boutique style showroom, and it immediately stood out to me. From then on, I always had it on my mind even though I tried quite a few vintage dresses. So finally I gave in to my gut instinct and tried it on, and it was perfect. I had my maid of honour Rachel with me during the fits, and the look on her face said it all too! Also the dress was made in the UK and was really pleased that I could help support UK production.
Unique And Special
I wanted to get something that fitted in with the style of the dress and was also different from other headpieces/veils I had seen. I really loved capped veils, but felt it may be a bit overkill with my dress so first stop was Etsy.com to see what they had. They are fantastic to use to find unique and special pieces. I eventually found Agnes Hart and she had the most beautiful headpieces where you can attach veils. The whole service that Agnes Hart provided was fantastic, and found my perfect accessory for my dress – a 1930’s Art Deco headpiece with silk veil. I received it beautifully packaged a few weeks after and was so excited. It looked even more stunning in the flesh!
If The Shoe Fits
As I live in flats and often channel my inner preppy boy look, I opted for a mid heel so that I could feel comfortable on the day but of course did not want to compromise on finding the most wonderful shoes! On my search for my dress I went to ‘Fur Coat, No Knickers’ who were great, and found Rachel Simpson shoes through them. I loved the styling and she had the most gorgeous ballroom inspired T-Bar shoes in a soft metallic gold. And they fitted perfectly! So ordered these off her website.
I used Lipstick and Curls for my wedding hair but did my make up myself. I wanted an old Hollywood glamour look for my hair to tie in with everything, so went for soft waves and curls. Amanda from Lipstick and Curls was great working with my hair.
I created my ideal flowers on a Pintrest board. I really wanted a soft feel of muted cream, whites, pinks, greens and to create a country garden effect. I found Euphoric Flowers florists to create the beautiful centre pieces and gorgeous bouquets and button holes. I did have a preference to hydregeas (as they remind me of New Zealand which is where Neil grew up and have been there countless times to visit) and herbs that were in my bouquet. I could not have asked for more as they constructed apple creates with vines and beautiful vases filled with gorgeous blooms!
For the bridesmaids, we bought their dresses from ASOS.COM and from the ASOS Salon Collection which is vintage inspired. I wanted to have a modern twist to their dresses and each dress was different. The dresses fitted in theme with my dress and my mum’s dress. I wanted muted winter pastels.
The Groomsmen bought their suits from M&S and got their ties, shirts and cufflinks from T.M. Lewin. These matched the Neils attire. Neil had his suit made for him from a tailor called Norton Bespoke. It was made to measure and fitted him like a glove! He had his tie also from the same place as the groomsmen and got his brogues from Loake, which were amazing.
I had known Nabeel for a while through friends and saw he had started photographing weddings and began to follow his work. As soon as we got engaged I knew we wanted him to be our photographer. He really does capture intimate moments well and also has a great narrative to his work, so was so unbelievably happy with how the photos turned out.
I went to the Vintage Wedding Fair in Bethnal Green earlier in the year and this is where I saw French Made. Her cakes were delicious and beautiful. We had a 3 tier cake with a base of carrot and walnut, middle tier victoria sponge and top tier lemon, all covered in buttercream icing. Then the florist decorated the cake in delicate flowers which was stunning. It was simple but beautiful.
We got our favours from Creighton’s Chocolaterie who had chocolates with a twist and again made in Britain. We decided to go for chocolate moustaches in 3 flavours – dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate with hundreds and thousands. Bit of a lighthearted treat and also reminds me of Neil and his beard!!
Neil and his friends are in a band so it would only be fitting if they played at our wedding!! Neil surprised me with the song choices and took centre stage as the lead singer! Some of the songs were ‘Here comes your man’ by The Pixies, ‘All day and all of the night’ by the Kinks and ‘I want to hold your hand’ by The Beatles. It was amazing!!!
Our first dance was to Beach House ‘ I’ll take care of you’ as we really loved the lyrics and the band. Neil bought this on record in the summer and it has been one of our favourite records ever since.
Tea Lights And A Lick Of Paint
With the help of my friend Amy we made over 20 metres of lace bunting. We sourced jars and wrapped them in lace trim, bought gold tealights and also sourced old frames, painted them in blackboard paint and made these our table plans, welcome sign and order of service. Neil was great at painting and setting these up for me to write on.
Luckily Preston Court has the most beautiful backdrop of ornate vintage music hall organs and created a stunning backdrop to our service. With the help of some friends we added lanterns in the main barn and decorated the metal orning outside the reception barn with multi coloured ribbons and also decorated trees near the barn in ribbon, bunting and tealights in jars.
My Soul Mate
Our day was special because we did it all together. It was a great representation of us, and our hard work and it was great to see everything come to life. It was the best day of our lives and more than anything I was so happy to marry my soul mate. My advice is to enjoy all the preparations even though it can get stressful but you will get there in the end and all will be perfect on the day. And keep a tight budget and try and do as much as you can yourselves, which makes it more personal. I would use blogs as inspiration and ask your friends for help as it’s much more fun doing things together!