An elegant City of London wedding is just what the doctor ordered for a Thursday afternoon. I’m feeling the need for some refinement as the weekend draws nearer and this intimate but stylish affair at the Town Hall Hotel completely delivers, with elegance and sophistication in spades.
Mary wears a gorgeous Marchesa gown with the prettiest lace detail and which she describes as feeling light and comfortable, which can be hard to come across in a wedding gown. This particular dress looks like it was made for her though, and the way it sits and falls is simply beautiful.
The whole day has been captured by Sarah Gawler whose sensitive photography always captures light, emotion and special moments in a natural and totally unobtrusive way. I love everything about the portrait above – the framing is perfect and for me seems to sum up Mary & James’ day – lovely London, a truly happy couple and that feeling of intimacy only provided by a small wedding.
This Spanish destination wedding has my heart racing. Styled to perfection by Paloma Cruz Eventos and captured by Serafin Castillo, it has one of the most beautiful outdoor receptions I have even seen with hundreds of twinkling fairy lights creating what I bet was a truly magical ambience.
Also pretty epic is the IX century Santa Barbara’s Castle where Victoria & Iain held there ceremony. Think rustic ruins enhanced with a truly elegant white floral arch and aisle flowers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!