It’s no secret that I am a Fur Coat No Knickers super fan. Laura and Emma are the purveyors of the friendliest bridal boutique in the country. No joke, these babes are some of the nicest human beings you will ever meet.
For years now they’ve been the go-to store for vintage wedding dresses, and in 2013 they expanded their range to include made to measure designs. All lovingly handmade in Britain, they wanted to be able to help every bride, whatever her shape or size. They love their vintage gowns, but with vintage sizing being stingy at the best of times, it was really hard for them to cater to anyone over a size 12.
“We love vintage dresses but by their nature they are on the small side”, they say. “Although we search for more realistic sizes, there have been occasions where we just can’t help. We hated that. So we set about designing our very own collection that would be every bit as beautiful as the dresses in our shop but available from size 8 to 22. That collection is Flaunt It.”
“The designs are based on vintage dresses that we’ve found and loved over the years, with shapes that are very flattering. They are created from carefully chosen lace, tulle and silk organza which, to our eyes, don’t stand out as being too modern when hanging next to the original dresses.”
“The dresses can all be customised by taking away sleeves, adding different volumes of petticoat, coloured binding, sashes, headpieces and of course by tweaking the fit to the individual, just like we do with our vintage dresses.”
The majority of the weddings I blog make me wish I was a whole lot cooler, and Lizzie and James’ Shoreditch shindig is no different. These guys did things their own way – and then some! They got hitched at Museum of The Order of St John and had a rockin’ yet intimate party at Bistrotheque afterwards. To keep costs down, they kept their guest list small.
“We took inspiration from my engagement ring by artist Julia Deville“, began the bride. “It’s slightly gothic with some Victorian elegance. She celebrates death and the idea of mortality in her work. The influences in our wedding were subtle – things like candle sticks with symbols of skulls, motorbikes and guns. We also had black roses and thistle in the bouquets, I wore black Victorian lingerie and James’ underwear said ‘I hate you’ on the butt cheeks with a skull and rose on either side!”
This is definitely a wedding I wish I was at. Louisa and Richie sure do know how to throw one hell of a party! The styling for the celebration was really centred around their venue – the basement of Shoreditch Town Hall called The Ditch. An unusual choice maybe (and one with no natural light!) but it fit perfectly with what the couple wanted. Louisa’s dress was designed by Catherine Deane. She wore Badgley Mischka and her veil was vintage.
“We just wanted our wedding it to be a big ol’ party with all our friend and family”, began the bride. “We didn’t stick to a script or colour theme or particular look. Every detail was there because we thought it was cool or beautiful or unusual. We weren’t trying to be shabby chic or retro or Rock and Roll, we were just being ourselves.”
Do you watch the BBC Three show Don’t Tell the Bride? When I was engaged I was pretty obsessed. Gareth and I would sit together to watch it every week and my favourite game was quizzing him over what he’d do if he had to plan our whole wedding himself.
Like many of you, I always wondered what everyone got up to behind the scenes – Did the bride really not have anything to do with it? (SURELY you’d be dropping hints like mad before you signed the contract?!) How much influence do the production crew have? And why do the boys always pick the wrong dress?!
This is not the first time I’ve featured a DTTB wedding. Mike and Becky’s wrestling wedding has graced these pages previously but by their own admission they didn’t really enjoy the process. However when I saw Lauren and Perry’s big day, and read that they really did enjoy doing it, I was keen to speak to them about it. Plus what could be more Rock n Roll than a gig themed wedding at one of the most iconic music venues in London!?
“We knew that we wanted to get married but that after having a baby and buying a flat there was never going to be a time when it was financially possible”, Perry began when I asked what made them want to go on the show. “Lauren was going to apply for The Great British Bake Off but saw the application for Don’t Tell The Bride and decided to do that instead. I didn’t think we had much chance of being picked but when she read me her entry email I started to get really nervous. It was GOOD!”
It’s not often that I feature styled wedding shoots these days, quite simply because I have so many incredible real weddings to share with you! However when photographer Gary of Marshal Gray sent over this ‘three brides’ editorial that he shot at Belt Craft Studios, I had to bend my rule. I love the style of this session, especially how odd and slightly creepy it all is. This is certainly not something I see very often in wedding photography.
“As a photographer who primarily shoots weddings, it’s important to me that I mix it up and challenge myself as often as possible”, wrote Gary. “This concept shoot was undertaken with three of my real brides. Michelle Oakley, Laura Tannenbaum and Sam Earp.”
I’ve featured a few weddings at Asylum Arts in Peckham before, but I couldn’t resist sharing another with you today. Melissa and Yoni took that crumbling chapel and made it come alive with colour! They used the de-consecrated church as the venue for their ceremony and wedding breakfast, and moved to The Big Red Pizza Bus in Deptford for their after party.
“We moved to Mexico for a year to teach English ten days after the wedding so we tried to tie in travel and Mexico”, Melissa replied when I asked about their theme. “Our cake was Day of the Dead themed, the place names were glider planes, the orders of service were paper planes, and each table placename was a scene of a place we’ve travelled to so far. Yoni’s family also surprised us with a mariachi band performance during the speeches which was fantastic!”