I’m loving the colourful and kitsch feel to Alison and Kerry’s big day. The aim was ‘like a grannies house’ and I think that’s most definitely been executed! There’s a definite sense of nostalgia to their decor, but in a colourful, joyful and celebratory way. It’s warm, welcoming and you just want to dive in and join the party. The pair chose The Moody Boar as their venue because it has a reputation for great food – an excellent way to chose a venue as far as I’m concerned. I’m also a sucker for a beautiful courtyard, so it’s right up my street. Strewn with bunting in the Northern Irish sunshine – it all looks rather lovely.
I know I’m not supposed to say this, but I just can’t help it. Samuel Docker is one of my favourites and I’m not afraid to admit it. There. I said it. We’ve featured a plethora of gorgeous weddings from him over the years, each one as individually stylish and beautifully captured as the next. Poppy and Thom’s big day delivers on both of those counts too. I love it when a Bride embraces a vintage look and Poppy pulls off her 60s inspired make up and gowns (yes, gowns) with aplomb.
Their stunning venue, Gray’s Court provides everything you would want from a boutique hotel wedding venue – it’s elegant, understated, not too big, not too small, in fact, it’s just the right size. And Poppy tells us that it’s family owned and run which always makes our heart sing. You just know you’re in good hands when that’s the case.
Right, lets enjoy this glorious 60s inspired day then shall we? It’s a good’un…and I’ve not even mentioned Poppy’s turn on the mic, the naked wedding cake or the handwritten note from designer Paul Smith.
The smiles from Jacinta & Philip’s wedding day are infectious, so it’s just a joy to share with you all this morning. The international couple have travelled and worked together all over the world, but decided that Italy was the best place to host their wedding day. Their venue, The Madonnina, is surrounded by a lake and mountains and has an incredible glass house, where they held their reception, and an underground disco where they partied until the small hours…which they did in style, with a whole host of people taking it in turns to DJ, including Philip himself.
It’s lovely to see a Bride looking gorgeous in a vintage-style gown too, and Jacinta looks beautiful in her gown made by the wonderfully named ‘Fairy Goth Mother.’ There’s also a balloon release, a gorgeous red confetti moment and a scattering of brightly coloured blooms too…
Lynsey and Barrett married on the day after the Royal Wedding, surrounded by rural charm at The Rectory Hotel in Malmesbury. This beautifully relaxed wedding with subtle vintage influence is all about the detail.
Who better to rely upon then than Jo and Simon at Shoot? The northern “super duo” record every detail meticulously and capture the elegance and the emotion of a day like this perfectly.
We didn’t want a summer wedding so spring was an easy choice and over a bank holiday was the perfect chance for everyone to enjoy a long weekend. At that point when we decided on a date the Royal Wedding wasn’t on the cards so we were totally surprised when they announced that it was on the same weekend. Another bank holiday on the Friday the day before the wedding was going to make it the perfect long weekend.
Like A Glove
I wanted to make a non-wedding dress statement, if this makes sense, and just stumbled across a Temperley outlet store on a trip to Bicester. I tried a few beaded draped similar styles but once I caught sight of the bright blue beads, I knew it was considerably different which echoed the style I was after. It fit like a glove and I just looked at myself and tried to make sense of the internal dialogue going on. It started with…. Right, I can actually pick both my children up without any major disasters – tick. Not too structured – tick. Shows off the right amount of skin – tick. Great colour – tick. Amazing bead detail – tick and finally I just felt great and couldn’t wait to show it off.
A Suprise In Store
My hair slide / accessory piece was given to me by my mother-in-law and was not vintage but just something she’d had for a while and once I tried it on I knew it just worked. I wore my watch that was a gift from Barrett for my 30th, and I was also completely surprised by a beautiful bracelet that the kids presented to me just before we got married. Which was made even more special as a couple of links were taken out to make Fallon a lovely little pendant necklace.
I stumbled upon a scrummy pair of Vivienne Westwood shoes that completely matched the blue beads on my dress. I wouldn’t usually go for match matchy but they worked in a different kind of way, being slightly off the wall. Oh and one of the best parts… They smelled of bubble gum!
Making It Up
I did my own makeup and had a hairstylist come do my hair. I loved it more as the day went on as it got looser and a bit less formal.
I did mega research on the flowers as I wanted them to convey a vintage style mixed with a just picked out of the garden look. This was probably one of the most difficult details as I kind of wanted to do them myself but knew that I would totally be stressed if I did. So I managed to find a fab little store called The Fresh Flower Company with two great craftspeople that totally got my vibe. Easy street from there!
I provided most of the vessels that I’d collected from car boots junk shops and gran’s old bits and bobs. There was a mixture of lace covered jam jars, vintage battered tins and lots of glass vases. Each filled with a selection of vintage Amnesia Roses, white Spray Roses, Erygium, Hyacinths, Wax flower, Pussy Willow, Stocks, Antirinum, Veronica, Vibernam, Freesia-whites, creams, pale blues, pale pinks, daisies (taneceton) , craspedia (yellow balls) and hydrangea. My bouquet – I wanted a very natural un-arranged bouquet of Eucalyptus, Brunia, White Ranunculas, Rosemary, Blue Eringium, a couple green Hypericam berries, White veronica, White freesia, White Aster, grey Sennecio, lime green Vibernam. All tied with a little cream ribbon and finished with a gold brocade ribbon. Maybe a bit too much detail, sorry.
Fallon And Randall
We didn’t really have bridesmaids but our children were the ring bearers so we went with the notion that kids hate being put in something un-comfy and stuffy. So Fallon had a cute dress from I Love Gorgeous and Randall wore a great blue checked shirt and plaid bow-tie combo. Both good enough to eat. They were both happy with the choices as they did about 100 catwalk shows in the run up to the wedding, so as to ease the tension and huge ordeal of the whole thing.
In true Barrett style he only decided the day before the wedding what combo he was going to wear. He is totally in tune with his style and comfortable with making decisions based on his own feelings and not worrying what is ‘the right thing to do’ and ‘what others think’. Hence we were transported back to 1940’s as he sported a linen half placket back jacket with single vent, fine blue striped shirt with half penny collar and bright blue flecked bow-tie. WHITE trousers And his favourite ox-blood brogues.
A Total No Brainer
Simon and Jo from Shoot were the first people we called once we decided on the date. It was a total ‘no brainer’ choosing them to capture our wedding as we had worked together lots of times before and have always been blown away with their super talented style.
The beading on Lynseys Temperley and those colour pop shoes go so well together that it actually hurts.
Barrett clearly knows a thing or two about getting dressed too. To step away from the formal suit is daring enough but to go blue up top, white underneath and set it all off with a bow tie is simply inspired.
I wouldn’t be trusted to wear white trousers at my wedding, not if there was a chance of cricket in the garden… I’d be saying I do with green knees…
Also, I wouldn’t be trusted to hold the cake for a photo… no-one wants to eat cake off the floor.