For those of you who didn’t check in yesterday afternoon, we shared this sweet Camden pub wedding with a bride rocking an original 60′s vintage wedding dress - and which featured some lovely wedding ideas (wavy wants instead of confetti anyone?). This morning, it’s all about this very glamorous and stylish 1920s jazz aged inspired affair held at Iscoyd Park on 31 May this year, when Marketing Manager Jo-Ann married James, who works in professional football.
I think Jo-Ann looks absolutely knock-out in these images and I adore her glamorous style - born in the wrong era maybe? I’m also 100% behind her determination to pull off her ‘vintage’ vision, despite being criticised for having this vision in the first place. It’s such a shame that overuse of the term and misunderstanding of the true concept of a ‘vintage wedding’ has been so shamefully trashed over the past few years. But those with a genuine love and appreciation for the styles, fashions and aesthetic of a beautiful bygone era will see through all that nonsense – just like we do, and just like Jo-Ann did. And just look what she did!
“We wanted a sophisticated old Hollywood glamour feel. I have always been inspired by the jazz age of the 1920s and 1930s and really wanted to evoke the oh-so-chic speakeasy vibe. But with ‘vintage’ weddings a hijacked trend all of its own I found myself defending my ‘vintage’ wedding to anyone who showed a casual interest. This included a florist who told me ‘you’re not the only person who thinks she’s quirky’, when I dared to suggest I might like ‘something unstructured’ other than agree with the traditional, boring bleugh. But with a genuine ardour for all things vintage that far exceeds a stolen phase, it became important, no essential, to have a day that reflected us as a couple. But as much as I longed for the elegant and inimitable we also just wanted to have fun!”
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“James and I met through work. James was working at Everton at the time, and as I’m a big Everton fan it was the perfect excuse for us to get to know each other! And as our wedding invite said ‘a year (and lots of Everton games) later, they got together.’
Fittingly for the eventual style of the day we got engaged against the backdrop of the spirit of the roaring twenties, in a boutique Art Deco hotel in Greenwich Village, New York. The aesthetic of Art Deco with a hint of relaxed boho style for the day was born right there and then! We were engaged for just under a year, and it was a whirlwind year of pre-destined obsessions with wedding blogs (which does not go away after you get married!), a new financial commitment to wedding magazines, of course endless episodes of ‘Don’t tell the bride’, and excel spreadsheet heaven!”
“We got married at the beautiful Iscoyd Park on the Cheshire Shropshire border. Venue hunting was probably the most stressful part of the entire planning process. Mainly due to the fact I hadn’t had it picked out since I was 12, I didn’t have a Pinterest board for it (OMG!), and really it could have been anything – a beach, a field, a castle?!
It took a marquee pushing, chair cover wielding venue manager; who inadvertently thought James (my future husband) was my Dad (and was quickly crossed off the list); to make us re-focus on what was actually important to us. As soon as we saw Iscoyd Park I realised it was everything I hadn’t known I wanted. The perfect mix of glamour and opulence but equally a totally unpretentious family home. I didn’t just want to get married there I wanted to live there!”
“We had a three tier rose covered cake from Marks & Spencer. I can’t remember the last time I ate cake at a wedding but cue undeniable Bride-zilla moment. A nonsensical, insane, amount of time was spent searching for ‘the perfect’ cake topper. I kid you not! Me, laptop, wine and a very accepting husband to be. However endless hours trawling the interweb, with all the eBay stars to prove it, did lead me to find some wonderful frills and titivations on Etsy – a smorgasbord of vintage wedding suppliers! Ergo, my cake topper was handmade in Vancouver by Jolie en Rose.
If the postage costs more than the item, when you have an Art-Deco-inspired-crescent-moon-and-stars-outlined-in-silver-glitter-with-customized-redhead-bride, who cares?!”
“I was totally aware that the bridesmaid dresses were very much my own strange sartorial preference (I am pretty gutted I didn’t have one made for myself!) so I wanted the girls to wear whatever style and colour shoes they wanted to feel fabulous! The power of the shoe!
I had seven bridesmaids, and two flower girls. Second to the venue hunting my only other indecision was with the bridesmaid’s dresses. There is an overwhelming amount of choice, even for what is expected to be a ‘bridesmaid’s dress’, where do you start for seven uber-cool, individual, yet loyally ‘happy to wear whatever you want us to’ chicks!?
I wasn’t going to be able to afford 7 Leluxe 1920s beaded gowns (sorry girls!), so where to go next? Googling ‘vintage’ , ‘alternative’ ‘NON BRIDESMAID BRIDESMAID DRESSES’ which are now as commonplace as anything conventional I was in a state of apathy; when my mum found an independent dress-maker (not as expensive as you would think) to make a Mrs Depew tiered once-piece 1920s pattern that I bought online for £4.50 that was the prefect fringed All-That-Jazz dress. Hurrah!”
“Inspired by the 1920s headpieces featured in the film ‘Singing in the Rain’ my headpiece was ‘Kelly’ by Ivory Tuesday also at The Case of The Curious Bride. Melanie is wonderful and makes some magnificently lavish stand out head pieces including giant fabric bows, and ostrich feathers, so I nicknamed my more tame choice an ‘understated statement’. It had beautiful detailing of tiny silver glass seed beads, a mother-of-pearl flower centre, and a gathered spotty birdcage veil. Delish!
I was sold and didn’t look anywhere else. I wore it the day after the wedding to open our cards and presents and would wear it every day or just to do the dishes in if I could get away with it! The tear shaped base which was very light green also set the colour palette for the bridesmaid’s dresses and the groomsmen’s tie’s early on. Result!“
Jo-Ann’s slinky and rather sexy gown was ‘Mimosa’ by White Threads at The Case of The Curious Bride.
“Maybe it was luck, maybe it was fate or maybe I knew ‘The Case of The Curious Bride’ would have just the thing for me but the first dress I tried on was THE dress. Of course I had to try on a whole bunch of others just to be sure! But nothing came close – even the long admired Jenny Packham. When you know, you just know!”
“Giulia and Sophia from On Love and Photography are quite simply bloody brilliant. Angels with cameras… and fine art degrees! We couldn’t stop smiling and they have captured the happiness and laughter of the day in the most perfect way – even the tears of joy during the very emotional speeches!
From the moment we met for a ‘consultation’ and ended up yakking on way past the cappuccinos and pastries were gone we knew we wanted them at our wedding! I am eternally grateful. The photos speak for themselves.”