As much as I love thrown-together-boho weddings, I’ve also got a place in my heart for a theme wedding…especially a well executed one. And I think it’s fair to say that Charlotte & Will totally nailed their 50s inspired shindig!
From the gig style posters designed by Charlotte, to the life-sized cardboard cut out of Elvis – their wedding is a proper 50s rock and roll party.
Guest were even served diner-style burgers and fries, complete with French’s mustard, followed by knickerbocker glories…I know! How amazing does that sound?
I also love the use of bright yellow flowers – perfect for bringing some sunshine to a February wedding, as do those gorgeous the butterfly print Bridesmaids dresses…
There are lots of colour schemes I really like. Lots. And there are a couple of colour schemes I absolutely ADORE, cool grey and sunshine yellow being one. Especially when combined with beautiful blooms and a whole heap of perfectly executed home-spun details.
And you can’t beat a generous dose of feminine fashion, flawless make-up and a show-stoppping headpiece, bride Polly looks outrageously lovely.
Polly and Rob were married in Polly’s local church in Frome with a reception in Polly’s parent’s back garden, all of the gorgeous images are courtesy of Eliza Claire.
A Glamorous Up-Do
I decided to put my hair in an up do, as I have very fine, poker straight, shoulder length hair which wouldn’t have looked very bridal if I had left it down. (and my headpiece was definitely meant to be put in an updo too!) I wanted my make up to look very fresh and clean – and also to make me look like me – the last thing I wanted was to look totally different and the groom not recognise me! Julie, a friend of the families helped with the hair and makeup of myself and the bridesmaids.
A Grecian Influence
I had a beautiful Grecian style headpiece by Harriet Head that I found at the National Wedding Show at Olympia. I wanted to avoid the tiara look as I felt it was a bit too traditional and a little too generic – I wanted something people hadn’t seen before! I also opted for a full, floor length veil with pearls encrusted on it, as the base of my dress was quite plain and I wanted to add some interest. This was also bought at the National Wedding Show.
First Time Lucky
The dress was bought from House of Fraser Oxford Street bridal rooms, I am really tall so the drop waisted dress seemed perfect for me – the shop lady said barely anyone could pull the dress off as you have to be very tall to make it work! I had only gone into the House of Fraser bridal room on the off chance I might be able to try something on without an appointment, (as early on in my search I hadn’t realised how far in advance appointments needed to be booked!) and luckily they had one free – I hadn’t planned on finding it there but as soon as I put it on I knew there wouldn’t be any point looking elsewhere.
The Right Height
I wasn’t sure what height I wanted but the dress made the decision for me – being so tall, the dress was too short if I wore anything too high (not to mention I am rubbish at walking in anything tall, and stumbling along the aisle is not a good bridal look!) so I found some fantastic shoes in Dune – they were Ivory, open toe kitten heels with a knot of diamantes on the toe, super comfy and glam! (although a word of warning to other brides – the diamante’s catch on tulle and my dress caught on my shoes rather frequently)
Grey And Yellow
The colour scheme of the wedding was grey and yellow, so we bought all the bridesmaids pale grey dresses from Mori Lee. Each dress was the same fabric and colour, but totally different styles, as I wanted each bridesmaid to have a choice as to what style they wanted, whether it was strapless, halterneck etc. All the ushers were in Navy blue suits which we bought with pale grey ties, and bright yellow socks!
Peonies And Pastels
I ideally wanted peonies and English garden roses, but these weren’t the easiest flowers to get hold of in August, so I had a real mix! My bouquet was stuffed full of roses and other flowers with lots of texture – all in whites, creams and pastel pinks, yellows and apricot.
The bridesmaids each had their own bouquet of different white and cream flowers, as I wanted to avoid anything too matchy matchy. The buttonholes were yellow garden roses, and the table arrangements and church flowers were a mix of hydrangeas and English garden roses in pastels.
The Gorgeous Groom
Rob was in a navy blue suit, white and yellow striped tie, bright yellow socks and a slim fit white shirt. He looked utterly gorgeous. He was wearing Aqua de Gio aftershave and Kurt Geiger shoes…
An Admirable Portfolio
Eliza Claire, our photographer, has the most incredible portfolio – she has breathtaking landscape shots of brides and grooms – they are truly the most incredible panoramic shots and we knew instantly that we wanted to work with her. She is incredibly friendly and within minutes of meeting her we knew she understood exactly what we were looking to capture. We are thrilled with our pictures.