Read the lovely article by the guys at Love My Dress...
Good morning all - just a quick reminder for those of you who haven't seen this rather wonderful £500 giveaway by Lovely Favours yet? This morning's wedding is a short and sweet one but I was really keen to share it with you because the brides choice of gown reflects a more edgy, fashion forward choice and I really adore that jewelled back and cowel neck detail.
"I sell vintage clothes in my spare time and that passion for fashion had to be celebrated (I’m a massive fan of 30's and 40's style and anything art deco). Gareth is a music producer and DJ so we also had to bring that to the fore. The unofficial theme was ‘Deco Disco’.
I’d loved David Fielden dresses at The Luxury Wedding Show and just a few weeks later there was a sample sale at the flagship store. The fact that it was a one-day sale meant I had to buy it then and there and that definitely helped me make my mind up."
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"Gareth got his suit from The Kooples. I’d been steering Gareth towards navy (it’s different and classic at the same time) and he wanted something modern with a really sharp cut. I saw the suit in the shop window and took a photo of it to show him. When he tried it on it looked so good. It’s a dinner suit so the satin trim worked with my dress.
The cream tie was vintage (I’d bought it for him so he was adamant about wearing it), and his shirt was Ted Baker."
"I’d been to so many dress boutiques and wedding shops, and always with my best friend or my mum. This was the first time I’d been dress shopping on my own so it was a bit of a gamble, but I knew what I wanted from the start. I was looking for a classic 30's or 40's style dress that would stand the test of time. I wanted to be able to enjoy the photos over the years without feeling that the dress look dated. That’s what I love about vintage clothing – it never goes out of fashion – and that’s what I wanted from my wedding dress.
Style-wise I knew I didn’t want strapless and being a redhead I had to find the right colour fabric to flatter my skin. The silk had a candlelit look about it, the colour was just perfect – a soft, golden cream. I also loved the wow factor of the back."
"My mum bought the pretty headband from a hotel in the Lake District. I think it was about £25 out of one of those glass display cabinets that hotels sometimes have. It was perfect – vintage-y and not too much."
"My shoes were Nova by Jimmy Choo - they are so comfortable! The dress was less than half price so I decided the shoes were worth splurging on. Plus you get a lot more wear out of your shoes than your dress. You have to be comfortable on your wedding day as you’re on your feet for most of it."
"My wedding veil was a cathedral length number by Joyce Jackson from Dream Catcher Bridal..."
"Our cook from Hilltop Country House, Charlie, was also the florist. She’s multi-talented. When I bought the dress I was wearing Rouge Noir nail polish and the dark colour looked really good against the dress so I knew I wanted deep burgundy as the accent colour.
I love cream and blush and then also wanted a brighter pink to pop the colours a bit. I gave Charlie a photo of a bouquet and we discussed tweaks including adding the brighter pink. It all worked beautifully on the day. Charlie did a fantastic job."
"The simply amazing Harriet from Weddings Vintage took our photographs. We’d had a bit of a dilemma on the photographer front, having hired someone already. But we did an engagement shoot and the photos hadn’t turned out as we’d hoped so we decided to look for someone else. I saw photos Harriet had taken at a wedding in Wales on a blog and they were just jaw-dropping.
We went on the Weddings Vintage website and every wedding Harriet featured had the same high quality photos and beautiful brides and she had managed to capture the emotion in every couple’s day."
"We’re so glad we decided on Harriet. She was a joy to have around on the day, really discreet, and the photos are just lovely. It was a big decision to switch photographers quite close to the wedding but having the engagement shoot confirmed we needed to change things – they’re a great idea, to help you decide either way if you’ve found the right photographer.
Harriet has a real talent for shooting beautiful portrait shots and steers her couples away from cheesy poses and towards something much more natural and informal. We have loads of photos of people just relaxing and having a great time and that’s exactly what we wanted."