For most brides-to-be the dress is the number one most important thing they’ll choose for their weddings. In fact in the mind’s of many girls it’s the most important dress they’ll ever wear so getting it just right is key. This month, our resident intern Alice talks about her hunt for the perfect punk rock princess wedding dress…and one that wouldn’t break the bank! (and I’m pretty chuffed that I was able to help her out with that one)
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I’ll be perfectly honest with you; a wedding dress was never high on my to-do list when it came to planning my own wedding. In fact, until I went to the Designer Wedding Show I had never even seen a wedding dress in the flesh before! Through watching their Designer catwalk show I was able to see examples of all the things that were previously foreign to me, and began to develop my own ‘bridal taste’. I knew from one look that the Delphine Manivet short dresses were right up my street, and that the Lisa Redman dresses were perfectly whimsical and modern at the same time. I was like a kid in a candy shop!
I fell in love with the gorgeous short dresses from the Lisa Redman range
Delphine Manivet ‘s dresses are the perfect mix of quirky and classic but with a hefty price tag!
Yeah..this is kinda late but I’m not going to apologise for wanting to stay in and keep warm last week! Minus 2 is not my idea of a fun time.
However I did want to share a few snowy pictures with you so this weekend I put on my faux fur coat and trusty Superdry boots (my current daily uniform of choice) and bravely wondered outside into the deep freeze. Our sprinkling of snow certainly isn’t as deep as many places in the UK right now, but the slightly frosted scenes did make for some super pretty pictures. Oh and how cute is freezy cold Gareth?!
We have some weird-ass ice action going on outside our back door too. I kinda like it though…
It’s the 1st of Decemeber, and what better way to start of this freezing month than a chilly but beautiful British engagement session? Everyone knows I am Emma Case’s biggest fan, and engagement sessions like Debs & Richie’s are the reason why. Quite apart from the trademark Emma Case gorgeousness, this couple are just too cool for words. Faux fur in leopard print, denim turn ups and helium balloons all make me smile.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you won’t have failed to notice that a certain Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married next April. Now, whist I have to admit, the whole thing doesn’t excite me as much as a lot of wedding -obsessives (will their wedding be Rock n Roll? I think not!) I do love a good royal theme. I love crowns so much I have one tattooed on my arm and I actually own a number of things on this list already! I love ostentatious tiaras and I actually wore the Butler & Wilson skull tiara to my Rock n Roll party. The Evans Litchfield cushions adorn my sofa and the crown ring can regularly be spotted on my finger! I even wore a version of the Irregular Choice shoes for the Mad Hatter photo shoot.
This week, the lovely blogger and wedding stylish Charley of London Bride fame tackled the tricky task of sharing some royalty inspired loveliness…not forgetting the ever-so-important punk rock edge. Now this is one royal wedding I can get excited about!
The Rock n Royal Wedding
Now we certainly aren’t all princesses and can’t exactly feast like a King but these touches of rock n royal will add a bit of class to any wedding.
Charlie & Jo’s reception took place the day before their ceremony and that’s not the only thing about this awesome wedding that was unconventional. “We decided to get married and the Registry Office had a date free in two months time so we had a short amount of time in which to plan and make everything happen,” the couple explained. “We already had many things that we wanted to have at our wedding, incorporating lots of themes that we love. Many of these themes were not obviously related and not directly relevant to a wedding but we were more interested in these than having a traditional wedding. It all came together perfectly in the end. The less we worried about what we ‘should’ be doing, the more time we had to be creative and make our ideas possible in the time we had.”
“Our local community centre was the perfect venue but we could only get it for the night before the ceremony so everything happened a bit backwards! The hall dates back to 1909 and has a remarkable amount of original features (including the chairs!) and fitted in with the old time theme we wanted for our wedding. All our friends are very talented and generous so we knew that things would turn out perfectly if they helped arrange everything, rather than hire professional wedding companies – they designed the DJ booth posters, the stage banner, the collages, table decorations and more.”
“The age of the hall gave it a slightly eerie tone that reminded us of The Shining and so we complimented this with the DJ playlist for the beginning of the night by playing songs by Al Bowlly, Tiny Tim, The Ink Spots, The Mills Brothers etc. and brought woodland animal masks for the children. This loosely tied into the art nouveau style of the hall and complimented the Mexican party theme (tissue paper flowers and garlands, fairy lights, Santo, Salsa).”
Music was also really important to this couple so the reception almost has the vibe of a music gig. They had a DJ that played Mexican music, projections of some of their favourite films, line dancing, salsa dancing and a gramophone playing. The night concluded with the reunion of Charlie and his best man Dan’s band, who performed into the night with friends and family as extras in the line up. “Tracks included White Wedding, 20th Century Boy, Knocking On Heaven’s Door and our friends did a surprise cover of Don’t Stop Believin’ for our first dance,” Jo concluded.
The next day, the couple woke up together and headed to the Registry Office to be legally married.
“Oh Le. Swoon!” was my first thought when I saw Amelia & Gareth’s gorgeous vintage wedding a few weeks ago. The bride wore a genuine vintage dress from one of my most favourite bridal shops, Fur Coat No Knickers too! The couple were married at Bow Registry Office and had their reception The Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green, London.
Their reception was pretty special, with the food they served taking centre stage. “It was really experimental – Heston Blumenthal kind of stuff,” photographer Matt told me. “The Town Hall Hotel has a fairly famous chef who makes up all sorts of weird concoctions.”