Hello there readers, and happy Friday to you! Today we have a lovely relaxed pub wedding with a stunning, 1960s inspired, Grace Loves Lace bride to help kick start your weekend. Jade and Sam tied the knot on the 12th of June 2015, underneath a floral arch overlooking a lake in the grounds of The Globe Pub in Alresford, Hampshire. Our couple, who opted for a Humanist ceremony, vowed to avoid anything matching and the result is a collection of beautifully dressed bridesmaids and flowergirls wearing mismatched dresses in pastel shades, eclectic travel inspired decor and wild unstructured florals.
“I met Sam through his best Man Oli, who I used to work with. In the early days of our relationship we walked from Winchester to Brighton in two and a half days to raise money for Hampshire Air Ambulance (who saved my life after I was involved in a major car accident). Sam proposed six years later, on the same walk, in the beautiful setting of the South Downs. We had a year to plan the wedding and decided to marry on the same weekend as the weather had been so glorious.”
Jade purchased her 1960s inspired gown online from Australian label, Grace Loves Lace. Grace Loves Lace is renowned for its unique, free spirited, boho designs and Jade’s gown, ‘Inca’ is a beautiful example of their work.
Our bride asked her ten bridesmaids to choose their own gowns in pastel shades (“I hate matching!) and her super sweet flower girls wore mismatched pink dresses from Marks & Spencer.
I love the gown’s 60s inspired tailoring and the intricate pattern created by the fabulous combination of laces, which to my mind is reminiscent of the lawn dresses of the Edwardian era.
“I loved the fact my gown was so different and elegant. I fell in love with the low back and the beautiful lace. I am a big fan of the 60s and it reminded me of the fashion of this era.”
Good morning lovely readers. If I may, I would like to begin this feature by wishing my Mum a very Happy Birthday. She is a big Love My Dress fan and it is in fact because of her that I began reading the blog while planning my own wedding back in 2012/13- so thanks Mum!
Now, back to today’s wedding! Without further ado, please let me introduce today’s bride and groom, who married on the 30th of April this year in the glorious spring sunshine, with their ceremony at Holy Trinity Church Waringstown and their reception at The Millhouse in Slane, East Ireland. Cheryl is a retail manager and Gary works in marketing.
“Once we started to plan the wedding, we knew straight away we wanted a spring wedding. This definitely influenced the colour scheme and feel of the day. I wanted light spring colours, with a boho pretty vintage feel.”
“We decided right off the bat we didn’t want a hotel wedding, so we went on the search for something a little different. I stumbled across The Millhouse on a wedding blog and fell in love instantly. When we went to see it, we knew it was perfect, it was private and totally relaxed, exactly what we wanted”
“Decorating the venue was one of our favourite parts! We did it all the day before the wedding, with help from friends and family. We made 90 paper pompoms – though we didn’t end up using all them! We happened to win some large helium balloons with tassels and tassel garlands and used these to style the cake table. The room in the Millhouse is pretty much a blank canvas so it was easy to add colour to, so I kept with the wedding colours and used peach and blue.”
Just. So. Much. Joy! As I write this blog I am days away from becoming Mrs Williams-Williams! Yup, I’m marrying a man with the same second name as me. Just one of the MILLION things I’m feeling incredibly lucky about right now! I have just got back from my Hen Weekend and can honestly say it was the most beautiful time. My Maid of Honour and Brides-man really did organise the weekend of my dreams – with the Wonder Woman that is Katie Donoghue of ‘What Happens In Barcelona’.
Me centre, with my maid of honour and brides-man
We ate sushi off a male model, played drinking games with cocktails served by a butler in the buff, had a chef cook us the most incredible meals, partied till dawn, ate the best Tapas, had an afternoon on a yacht and so much more. But what was it that made the weekend SO special?
The girls and I on my hen night!
As I looked round the table, it struck me: a wedding isn’t just about two people making the ultimate commitment to spend the rest of their lives together, it is so much more. It is about bringing two worlds together. Two families that would never otherwise have met and two sets of friends that become one giant melting pot of love and support for the happy couple as they embark on the rest of their lives. My hen party was made up of family and friends that have made me who I am today. We have an entire life time of memories together with each one of them loving me as much as I love them. I felt overwhelmed. How am I going to feel on the actual day?!
Hi lovely readers, now that the weather is taking a turn for Autumn we thought we could brighten up your day with a stunning West Australian summer wedding. Jacinta and Aleksander got married on the 1st of February 2014 in beautiful Perth. They honoured both of their families with services at both St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Subiaco, and St Nikola Macedonian church, with a beautiful French inspired reception at Lamont’s, Bishop’s House. Jacinta’s Grace Kelly inspired gown will have you swooning, as will the romantic colour palette of blooms in light and dark pinks.
“From a young age, my mother and grandmother have thrown the most beautiful and elaborate parties for us children! This was a beautiful moment for us to come together and plan every detail. We were inspired by the many beautiful French style weddings on Pinterest and our stylist on the day from Perdu Décor brought the setting to life!”
Jacinta’s beautiful dress and veil from Loui Col Designs were complimented with fresh white roses in her hair.
“My wedding dress inspiration has always been Grace Kelly’s demure and elegant princess bride gown. It was a match made in heaven when I discovered the lovely Katie from Loui Col Designs who showed me a selection of her stunning French lace samples in her studio treasure chest.”
“Katie designed my gown with a sweetheart and delicate lace bodice, pearls and a touch of sparkle. On the morning of our wedding, I truly felt like a princess bride wearing my wedding gown.”
Jacinta chose a soft and whimsical pink tulle dress also by Loui Col Designs for her beautiful bridesmaids with hot pink Alannah Hill heels.
“My bridesmaids looked like floating princesses in their soft pink tulle bridesmaid dresses and pretty flower hairpieces on the day. The girls had lots of funny Marilyn Monroe moments on the day trying to keep their tulle dresses down in the windy Perth weather!”
Hello lovelies, the wedding we’re sharing this afternoon is that of Jon and Lauren, both Doctors who tied the knot on 27th June this year, with a ceremony at All Saints Church in the bride’s hometown of Southport, followed by a reception at Rainford Village Hall, St Helens. This is such a sweet and genuine celebration – nothing contrived at all, just a lovely village hall setting, elegant vintage touches and a beautiful Eliza Jane Howell gown. I hope you enjoy this feature as much as I have preparing it.
“We weren’t set on particular types or colours of flowers, we just wanted them to be natural and colourful. Great British Florist had a stand at the North West Wedding fair which is where they caught my eye. The flowers are all British grown and they pick the best looking flowers on the day (you can ask for particular colours etc) but I chose not too and just selected the English cottage garden themed flowers from their website.”
“It was extremely exciting when the flowers arrived at 9am the day before the wedding and was a lovely surprise (perhaps a little risky but it definitely paid off!). They offer buckets of blooms for you to arrange yourself, which I used for the centrepieces (we arranged them in cut glass vases collected from charity shops). We were absolutely thrilled with the quality and prettiness of the flowers I received, so many guests commented on how much they loved them too!”
“We were extremely happy with our choice of photographer in Rachel Joyce. She understood the relaxed nature of the photographs we wanted and her beautiful shots tell the story of the day perfectly. Rachel and her assistant Christian Thompson were a pleasure to have around at the wedding, they were really lovely and made us and our guests feel comfortable. We couldn’t recommend them more!”
“I loved all Eliza Jane Howell’s dresses, they are all vintage inspired with beautiful detail but not too ‘bridey’. I was determined to get one of them so searched out somewhere that stocked her range in Manchester. Lucille felt particularly elegant and not over the top but had lovely intricate detail. I loved the sleeves especially.”