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Clutch Me Close.

As I sit here writing this post for you gorgeous lot I realise I have run away with myself.


You see this post was meant to be more of a discussion piece; instead it seems to have turned into a shopping list for the millions of bags that I’m currently coveting.


But I’ve taken the liberty of assuming that you won’t really mind feasting your eyes on the profusion of pretty that I’ve laid out for you below. Plus looking at a host of scrummy pictures might help to get your debating juices going – it’s a thought anyway.

And so to business.


Jewel-encrusted clutches, big-day purses, oversized pocketbooks and glittery miniature totes. You name it, I probably want it. Whilst shoes, for many of you, are your downfall, bags are my kryptonite.

They make me go weak at the knees and I break out into a little pony-stamping dance if I see a piece of leathery goodness and I can’t have it. I am such a drama queen.

But….somewhat surprisingly, I went bag-less on my actual wedding day. I just couldn’t be doing with holding the bouquet and then a bag on top. Instead I left my essential valuables in my room and gave my lipgloss to my bridesmaids to hold.

This wasn’t my best move…but that’s another story.

So I want to hear what you think.

Have you purchased a wedding day clutch or will you relying on an old favourite? Perhaps, like me you’re choosing to opt out of the big day bag scenario because the thought of it is too much to bear.

Either way I’d love to hear your arguments – both for and against.

And whilst we’re discussing the finer points, here’s some delectable clutches to have a look at.

Metallic Maidens

I know. I know. I’m a broken record.

You’d have to be living under a rock to not be aware of the fact that I love all things golden so I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to mix my bag lust with my favourite colour palette.

In my defense there’s something about glittery, sparkly hues that scream PARTY!

Be it an oversized clutch, a sequin encrusted pouch or a miniature boxed case complete with jewels there’s pretty much something for everyone here.

Which brings me onto my second question…

For those of who will be appropriating a bag on your big day…how big do you go? How big is too big? How small can you go before it all seems a bit pointless because you can’t actually fit anything in apart from your lippy?

FYI my favourite golden clutch here is the Bottega Veneta although I’d probably have to remortgage my house to buy it.

Berry Burst

Admittedly you’d have to be a brave bride to opt for a huge bag in bright orange like this girlie at the top here. That said, I love a bride that makes a bold fashion statement on her big day.

I confess that this concoction of images is inspired by my current obsession with viburnum berries which take on an amazing metallically, petrol blue colour – hence the feathered teal clutch at the bottom. And then I just generally felt berry inspired (sorry I couldn’t resist!).

In all seriousness though there are so many evening bags in this colour spectrum that are available to purchase right now. I’m not sure whether it’s this time of year but it seems that all of my regular haunts are stocking clutches in reds, corals, oranges, yellows and pinks.

The world is your oyster my friends.

Don’t you just love the book inspired bag with the ‘once upon a time…’ inscription on the front. Perfect for the start of your new chapter together.

Feathers And Frills

….and studs and appliqué and mother of pearl and fur and tassels and pearls.

You name it, this board has it!

But when does so much become too much?

I’m in awe of the spiky number at the top here but I wouldn’t quite know how to hold it. For example, popping it under your arm is a definite no-no unless you want to spear yourself in the process.

I do love the frilly number in the middle too – perfect for a bride with a ruffled frock, it just oozes romance and could very easily be reused after the big day for other nights out.

Perhaps my favourite however is the circular tasseled bag and the feathered clutch which would suit girls wearing a 1920’s inspired frock on their big day. You can just imagine a fringed bride shimmying her way around the dancefloor to The Charleston whilst grasping one of these numbers.

Internal Workings

This last moodboard is not so much concerned with the bag itself but rather your perfect recipe for its contents.

What would you pack?

Having learnt from experience I strongly recommend that any bride keep a pack of tissues as close to her person as possible. If you’re anything like me then you’ll blubber your way down the aisle all the way to the speeches and then some more if you’re lucky.

Take it from me it’s best to keep some tissues on hand.

If you want to stay ahead in the style stakes then investing in some pretty paper for this purpose is the way to go. I wished that I’d come across these equestrian inspired tissues for my own big day; aren’t they gorgeous?

Any girl worth her salt knows that a perfectly applied lip is the keystone to a glamorous look. It makes sense then to not only include your favourite lippy and blusher but also a cutesy pocket mirror too – I’m in love with this mirror from Depeapa.

Hairgrips are handy too if you’re planning to go all out on the dancefloor. Make them glittery and fun or kitschy cute to ensure you look your very best.

And lastly, a girl can never have enough pocket mints – you want to make sure that you’re minty fresh for your new spouse don’t you?!

So will you be clutching a glitzy number on your wedding day or is this another bit of paraphernalia that you can really do without?

Who will be looking after your prized possessions instead?

Your chief bridesmaid or your mum?

I should also note at this stage that I am in no way responsible for any damage that may be inflicted upon your bank balance after viewing these clutches, purses and miniature totes.

Alternatively it might be worth leaving the laptop open at this page for ‘passers by’ in order to give them some inspiration for your Christmas presents.

Failing that there’s always Santa…but then that depends if you’ve been a good girl this year.

Have you?

All my love Lolly xxx

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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.