Now, it goes without saying that I have a keen eye for wedding dresses. Of course I do! BUT, I also love a good pair of heels :) So when weddings like this come along, I'm a very happy Wedding Blogger indeed
Sarah and James celebrated their marriage on 17 July 2010 at Bruisyard Hall, located in the heart of the Suffolk Countryside. Sarah's absolutely beautiful dress was by Monsoon Bridal (more from Monsoon Bridal on Love My Dress here). But for this Bride, it was all about the shoes…
"I knew I didn't want to spend hundreds on a dress I would only wear once – would much rather spend it on the shoes! – and I wanted something really unfussy. Monsoon wedding dresses are beautifully made and AMAZING value and my very talented mum was able alter it so that it was just perfect for me.
My shoes were a present from James before the wedding. Just after I graduated from University I was in London and ended up in Harvey Nics trying on a pair of pale blue satin Louboutins – they were in the sale but I had no money and just couldn't afford them – though I fell totally in love with them and never forgot them. I always wished I had just bought them and blown the expense. So when we were in Harvey Nics on a trip to London for my birthday, just a few months before the wedding, and saw these I just fell in love and James, knowing about the pair that got away bought them for me. They were the best 'something blue' I could have imagined!"
Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2010, Marianne Taylor
Our Monsoon masterpiece! …
Those lovely, lovely, lurrrrrrrrrvely Louboutins! …
Sarah applied her own makeup, "I'm a Bobbi Brown addict, as you can probably tell from some of the photographs!", and her Bridesmaid styled her hair… "She was a total superstar!"
Pretty in Pink…
Sarah's Bridesmaid was kitted up from head to toe in LK Bennett…
Sweet Peas & Bumblesbees…
"All of my flowers were from Sweet Peas and Bumblebees. Ashley and her amazingly talented team grown beautiful English country
garden flowers in the most amazing old walled garden. They took my
breath away when I first saw them when we were starting our planning and
the moment we met Ashley there was just no way we could get our flowers
from anyone else.
All of our flowers came from her and she and her
incredible florist made our bouquets and button holes. My mums friend
then arranged all of the other flowers into jugs that my mum had
collected over the year – she did an amazing job and they were one of my
favourite parts of the wedding, knowing the love and hard work that
went into growing and arranging them made them very special."
"Bruisyard Hall is a privately owned house available to hire and also has a room licensed for weddings.
We hired the house for the whole weekend and our
closest family and friends stayed there with us – what they hadn't
realised when they accepted the offer was the work they would have to do
in order to make the wedding happen. But they were amazing – they
decorated the marquee, hung bunting, arranged flowers, prepared food and
BBQ'd and there efforts made the day totally unique and everything that
we had hoped it would be.
They gave us the best start to married life
and we still can't believe how lucky we were to have them all to share
the day with."
One Dapper Chapper!
James' absolutely fabulous suit was a Charles Tyrwhitt...
went in for a nice navy suit and came out with a striped boating
blazer and correspondence shoes – but I couldn't have imagined a more
perfect outfit for James."
Times Square Proposal & Tiffany Rings…
rings came from Tiffany. James proposed to me in Times Square in New
York at midnight as I turned 30 and took me ring shopping on 5th avenue
on my birthday – I'm a very, very lucky girl!"
Crikey o'rama – you can say that again!
I just absolutely adore the photographs below…
Vintage Garden Party meets Village Fete…
"I described our wedding day as vintage garden party meets village fete. I wanted it to feel honest and genuine.
mum collected vintage china, glassware and linen for the whole year
which when added to her existing collection gave us the perfect
grounding for the vintage garden party meets village fete feel we
wanted! Add to that the 50 meters of bunting she made for us along with
tissue pompoms and we were delighted with the eclectic vintage feel – it
wasn't polished or over thought and somehow everything came together to
feel really genuine and work perfectly."
I absolutely LOVE the pretty pastel pinks and pale blues that feature in the following photographs…
It's a Family 'Food' Affair…
mum arranged all of the food, made hundreds of miniature scones and
planned everything with military precision. All of our friends and
family who stayed with us at Bruisyard Hall helped prepare the food on
the morning of the wedding and my brother and brother in law manned the
BBQ. The effort and love that went in to the whole day totally bowled us
Production Line Cupcakes!…
"My Bridesmaid Natalie and I made all of the cupcakes a few days before the wedding – we had a kitchen production line going!"
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
would wish that everyone could have an amazingly talented mum to help
take it all off your plate and make it happen. Honestly she put such a
lot of work into the whole day and so much of her heart and soul into
making it the most amazing and memorable day of our lives. But
if you don't have someone to take it all off your plate then I would
say don't sweat the small stuff, and never lose sight of what the day is
Invest in an amazing wedding photographer; pick two of three
details that are really important to you; and find ways to reflect who
you are in the day.
And remember that at the end of the
day your guests are there to see you get married, not be impressed by
lavish table displays – I believe that simpler is better, especially
when it is put together with love and care."
Wise, wise words in indeed Sarah…
A Perfect and Magical Day…
Our wedding day was special because of the people who made it
happen. We didn't want caterers and planners and people to tell us how
it should be – instead our friends and family came together for the
weekend and put love, care and attention into everything – it was
magical, I get goosebumps thinking about it now, the wedding day itself
was beautiful and we had an amazing location but it would all have been
nothing without the work my mum and our friends and family put in.
Oh – and the archery was fab – thoroughly recommend it – we used a company called Big Fun."
Just perfect in EVERY single way
Thank you Sarah for sharing all your glorious wedding day detail with Love My Dress readers, and thank you once again to the wonderful Marianne Taylor for helping our blog pages look all the prettier on a Monday morning
Much love as always