30th August 2015

Now we all know that Love My Dress is the home of fantastic real weddings (err, hello four – yes, count them, four – nominations in the Wedding Blog Awards!) and I have to say that my head is always full of the amazing things I’ve seen. If I had to put together an end of year post featuring some of the most brilliant, I’d hardly know where to start.

That said, a wedding full of original vintage details and waitresses dressed in vintage Playboy Bunny outfits sourced by the bride is always going to make my list. So today, you can understand why I’m beyond excited to introduce you to that super creative bride, Francesca and her company, The Fabulous Vintage Bride

The Fabulous Vintage Bride - retro and vintage wedding day props and styling - visit thefabulousvintagebride.com.

The Fabulous Vintage Bride is a downright brilliant alternative wedding styling and prop hire company with one aim – to give your wedding that extra dose of WOW factor and to get your guests talking. Offering unique prop hire, bespoke prop sourcing, venue design and dressing, you’re guaranteed a great day from The Fabulous Vintage Bride.

The Fabulous Vintage Bride - lovingly collected kitsch, retro and vintage props to hire for weddings

“My props range from kitsch flamingos to vintage retro flower power kites,” says Francesca. “I’ve got a huge collection of beautiful glass vases, vintage radios, typewriters, telephones and not forgetting my extensive inventory of Sindy doll centerpieces and super hero Barbie dolls!”

The Fabulous Vintage Bride - lovingly collected kitsch, retro and vintage props to hire for weddings

If you adore the thought of a wedding less ordinary, then Francesca is certainly your woman. She can style your entire day from stationery, flowers, details and more to create the perfect look for your or she can design and dress your venue using her treasure trove of props. Imagine your wildest wedding dream and then contact Francesca because nothing is impossible – she longs for a Star Wars wedding!

“The idea for The Fabulous Vintage Bride came to me when I was on Cloud Nine after my own wedding. I spent forever designing and styling it all! My guests were thrilled with a more alternative and exciting look and everyone was Instagramming like crazy!

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Fran on her wedding day
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Photography by Dragan Zlatanovic

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29th August 2015

I was delighted when Annabel asked me to prepare this particular wedding feature for our lovely wedding blog – it’s always a pleasure to get to look through lots of gorgeous wedding photos, but The Kitcheners are one of my favourite photography duos, so I was very much looking forward to spending some time poring over their work. They took these incredible photographs from the natural world inspired wedding of our very own Lovettes member Lindsay afterall.

James and Steph married in a super-cool, colour-filled ceremony on the 20th of June this year at West Brewery in Glasgow. The couple, who work other jobs during the day, run a Charity called Get-Well Gamers, which donates old video games and consoles to hospitals for sick children to play with. Steph makes it very clear that she didn’t immediately have any particular ‘vision’ of her wedding day, which will hopefully make all those of you feeling the same way feel a lot better.

“I had a lot of trouble deciding on anything – I hated it when people asked me for a colour scheme, because I love all the colours, and I wanted our wedding to be a reflection of things that we liked rather than things that were on Pinterest or typical wedding themes. I was also conscious of things being too girly because then it wouldn’t be a fair reflection of James.”

Photography by The Kitcheners

A colourful David Bowie and Wes Anderson inspired wedding in Glasgow. The bride wore a gown from Davids Bridal. Photography by The Kitcheners.

“Eventually I settled on using my David Bowie ‘Aladdin Sane’ print as inspiration, because I love the combination of orangey-red and blue on his zig-zag make-up. I didn’t want to go completely red/orange and blue, but we picked out elements of it to use throughout the day. A short time later, we saw ‘The Life Aquatic’ (which we both loved – we are huge Wes Anderson fans) where they wear light blue tracksuits and reddish-orange hats, and where the soundtrack is all David Bowie but sung in Portuguese. Everything just seemed to come together!”

A colourful David Bowie and Wes Anderson inspired wedding in Glasgow. The bride wore a gown from Davids Bridal. Photography by The Kitcheners.

The couple chose the ever fabulous Kitcheners to capture their big day. These images really do show that a city wedding can be just as beautiful as one in the countryside. I love the use of the architecture to get some really stunning shots.

A colourful David Bowie and Wes Anderson inspired wedding in Glasgow. The bride wore a gown from Davids Bridal. Photography by The Kitcheners.

“We absolutely loved working with The Kitcheners, and we are so glad we chose them. All of our guests said how nice they were, and the photographs are perfect. They even managed to arrange for us to sneak up on to a roof to get photographs, and they came out brilliantly.”

A colourful David Bowie and Wes Anderson inspired wedding in Glasgow. The bride wore a gown from Davids Bridal. Photography by The Kitcheners.

Cakes by Bakery 47

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28th August 2015

Lovely readers, you know that moment when you see wedding pictures and wish so very much that you had been on the invitation list? Well, this wonderful wedding I’m sharing with you all is a prime example. It’s a little bit quirky and alternative, filled with metres of bunting and groovy blue disco lights and features a very important member of the happy couple’s family – their very sweet pooch. I’m in a state of complete and utter wedding blog love!

Our bride Kirsty is a project co-ordinator at a pharmaceuticals company and the groom Dave is a self-employed IT consultant. They married on 9 May earlier this year at the most incredible venue, the Victoria Baths in Manchester. It’s time to take a break and check out these brilliant pictures, captured beautifully by Lucie and Bruce Wedding Photography. The majority of Kirsty and Dave’s inspiration for their day came purely from the quirky venue.

“The venue itself was the biggest inspiration. The soft blue tones of the changing rooms helped me pick the colour of the bridesmaid dresses and flowers. The big balcony sweeping around the reception area enabled us to hang two hundred metres of colourful and patterned bunting. After seeing a HOME production of Romeo and Juliet staggered across the different pools, I saw how incredibly the lighting worked in the venue, and I started looking at how we could bring out the best of the venue with colourful lights.”

Photography by Lucie and Bruce Wedding Photography

The bride wears a Charlotte Balbier gown for her 50's vintage inspired pale blue wedding at Victoria Baths, Manchester.

The bridesmaids chose their own shoes to wear and their fabulous cornflower blue dresses were found from Etsy designer, Luminia, after the bride’s search for a fun and casual style. A smaller version of the adult bridesmaid dresses, with an added tulle flower sash, was also made for the couple’s three-year-old niece Eliza. How adorable!

“I initially struggled with bridesmaid dresses, as I found the ones in shops were a bit too formal and generic and I was looking for something casual and fun. Etsy was always going to be the best place to visit in finding this kind of dress!

The bride wears a Charlotte Balbier gown for her 50's vintage inspired pale blue wedding at Victoria Baths, Manchester.

Dresses by Luminia

For the table plan and table names, we wanted to bring in our love of travelling. Each table was named after a state in the US that we have visited. This was created by Printable Quirks on Etsy, which I then got printed locally.”

The bride wears a Charlotte Balbier gown for her 50's vintage inspired pale blue wedding at Victoria Baths, Manchester.

Kirsty discovered Charlotte Balbier via this beautiful blog and the ‘Nora’ dress, spied through the window of her local boutique, The White Closet, was the first dress she tried on and definitely ‘the one’.

“I knew from the very start I wanted a tea-length lace dress with sleeves. That eliminated a lot of dresses, so it was simply finding the right one in that style. I knew about Charlotte Balbier through Love My Dress, and I had pinned the ‘Nora’ dress onto my Pinterest board.”

The bride wears a Charlotte Balbier gown for her 50's vintage inspired pale blue wedding at Victoria Baths, Manchester.

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28th August 2015

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. On the face of it, a glorious grunge era jaunt using time travel to elicit laughs from various ‘fish out of water’ scenarios. Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves (doing what he does best, before he started trying to be a serious actor) playing the bodacious flannel shirt wearing titular dudes. But once we scratch beneath the surface of this apparent lighthearted comedy, we find a thought provoking journey into existentialism, most aptly summed up by the line “All we are, is dust in the wind….dude”.

Our blogging bride and Lovettes member Saffron is getting marrried on 5th September 2015.

So where am I heading with this reminiscence? Well, while finalising the plans for our wedding, I have also been contemplating the dots of fluff in my own sunbeam, the grains of sand in my hourglass, and particularly the phrase ‘to spend time’. It’s a fairly everyday saying, one I have used many times without particularly considering the resonance.

Our blogging bride and Lovettes member Saffron is getting marrried on 5th September 2015.

But putting so much effort and concentration into one day (or in our case, 3 days) has made me consider time as a commodity that we must ‘spend’ wisely. Time is the only credit we are born with, and ultimately the only collateral with any true worth – no point being filthy rich if you have no time left. And for most of us, we have no way of knowing when our time account is going to run out.

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28th August 2015

Good morning all, I hope this finds you well and happy on this here Friday morning – and I hope you’re having a great week. This morning’s beautiful new addition to our wedding blog comes to us courtesy of the lovely Hannah Duffy, a maker of beautiful wedding photographs who’s work we only very recently shared when we featured this French wedding last month.

The images, all of which were shot on film, feature some beautiful portrait shots and capture the charming and laid back vibe of the day. Yvette, the beautiful lilac haired bride who runs 1000crows, an Etsy shop specialising in all manner of unique vintage finds, married Sean, a video game designer at Cambridge Registry office on the 1st of May this year,  followed by a reception at a local pub.

“Our reception venue was a local pub that has a great garden space and does lovely pub lunches. We started planning with lots of different ideas. I love antique and vintage things, so I suppose our styling was inspired by Spring pastels.”

Photography by Hannah Duffy

Lilac Hair and Pastel Flowers for an Intimate Springtime Pub Wedding Shot on Film. Photography by Hannah Duffy.

“Our actual engagement period was really short. We got engaged in September 2014, shortly afterwards we found out my Mum was ill and in January that she was terminal. We tried to hasten the process so she would still be able to witness it, we looked into options of getting married in the Netherlands (I am Dutch and my family all lives there), but had to abandon that because of the sheer amount of paperwork required.”

Lilac Hair and Pastel Flowers for an Intimate Springtime Pub Wedding Shot on Film. Photography by Hannah Duffy.

“We had to divert to the Cambridge Registration Office instead and opt for a live broadcasting, but unfortunately she didn’t make it that far. She passed away in April. As she had urged us to keep the date, we did but we had been very close to calling to whole thing off for a later date.”

Lilac Hair and Pastel Flowers for an Intimate Springtime Pub Wedding Shot on Film. Photography by Hannah Duffy.

The fabulous Izzy Wild came on board to create Yvette’s beautiful wedding look.

“I knew that my hair had to be timeless and elegant and look ‘effortless’ (as normally I take no effort with my looks). When thinking about my favourite hairstyle of all time, it had to be a purple bob I had in 2009. Taking that as inspiration, we went with a soft violet, loosely pinned, up-do with pastel flowers.

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