Morning all! Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings ) And how does Love My Dress find you today? Feeling good and ready to embrace the week I hope! I've the wedding photographs of one classic Beauty of a Bride this morning to share with you – the Bride in these photographs, Flo, reminded me instantly of Grace Kelly on her own wedding day – the beautiful lace and pearls, the neatly up-styled hair and a Bride that for me, is the epitome of elegance.

Flo and Jon celebrated their marriage on 18 September 2010 with a service at St Mary's in Washington, West Sussex, followed by a reception in a friend's old barn in Steyning; "I didn't want a particular theme for the wedding, i just chose things i thought would look lovely."

Flo's exquisite, vintage style dress was by White Leaf in Brighton…"I saw three or four rather original and beautiful dresses in Blanka's shop and I knew what I wanted so we sort of mixed up parts of all the dresses to produce something unique!"

These fabulous photographs were taken by Brighton and Sussex Wedding Photographer and Love My Dress favourite, Lisa Devlin.  You can view more Lisa Devlin Photography on the Love My Dress Wedding Blog here – Bride Flo told me, "I can't recommend her enough…"

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2010, Devlin Photography

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I love the way Lisa manages to capture the detail that surrounds the Bride getting ready – it's the little details like this that help to bring back a flood of wonderful memories when you first look through your wedding album…

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Florist…

Flo's bouquet is awash with autumnal colours – I just love it.  Fiona and Emma at Kiki & Cole prepared and supplied the flowers for the day…. "they were great with their creative input. I had ideas of colours I wanted to use, including berries and hops and thistles. There was a lot of red and orange and some Chocolate Cosmos and Chinese Lanterns. We had a lot of compliments on the flowers, the centrepieces in the barn were quite extravagant and beautifully done."

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Delicate detail…

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

"I bought my necklace and earring set off a website from an old vintage shop somewhere up in Yorkshire…"

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"I got my shoes in Rokit in Covent Garden for twenty pounds!"

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"I did my own make up using mostly Laura Mercier, but Alex Martinez from Cisco's Karma in Brighton came and did my hair for me at home…"

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings ) Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Flo's Bridesmaids looked resplendent in pale green dresses from 'Chloe Mai', a local Bridal shop in Steyning that apparently has a fantastic and varied selection of dresses. 

"The Bridesmaids shoes were both found in the same way as my own – in some second hand shops in the lanes of Brighton, not very expensive but both with lots of character and looking lovely.  I bought both my Bridesmaids nice sets of double stranded pearls – almost antique gold in colour and very elegant. Like the shoes, a great price and from Snooper's Paradise in Brighton!"

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

"Jon hired his from Moss Bros – the Classic style – and we found his gold tie in Wolf & Gypsy, and a matching handkerchief  on Ebay!…"

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"Barry Norton, a friend, drove us in his pale blue Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, complete with ivory ribbon and flowers in the back window…"

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

"The organist played Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel, as my Dad walked me down the aisle…"

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"I was nervous in the morning before going to the church, but as soon as i saw Jon waiting for me at the other end of the aisle, my nerves were quickly replaced by an enormous grin – which didn't leave my face all day!"

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

A wonderful Grace Kelly Bride style shot…

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

I love this shot, it's one of my favourites and shows how Flo used a few buds from her bouquet in her hair – just beautiful…

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Decor…

"I made some bunting which took rather a lot longer than anticipated – using gold and dark brown silk.  We wrapped the upright wooden beams with ivy and used the emblem i designed for the invitations as a large gold sign above the bar.

The barn was beautiful as it was – we only needed to add a few touches to make it special. Robin Jones from Findon Marquee Hire was especially helpful with the interior, sorting everything we needed to hire…"

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings ) Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

"Our name places were written in gold on green chilli peppers – our surname being 'Pepper'…"

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

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Cake… "Ann House made the cake, to my design. I wanted a pyramid, which she decorated beautifully with Royal icing. There were flowers between each of the four tiers to echo what our florist used…"

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

"Lindy Walby was our fantastic caterer and Hannah at The Tea Set provided us with the most beautiful sets of china…"

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

"We were dead set against having a first dance, so when the band called us up to a song they had dedicated to us (can't even remember what it was!) we made an embarrased effort to 'dance' along, trying all the time to get everyone else involved…. Ironically, our photographer descibed our first dance pictures as 'the most romantic' she'd ever seen, which we thought was hilarious."

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Entertainment was provided by way of a A local 17-piece swing band called 'The Accidentals'' – "…the sound was fantastic. Swing really transcends the generations so it was enjoyed by all ages"

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Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Words of Wedded Wisdom…

"Just really enjoy the whole process and build up, don't let it escape you by focussing too much on the future. It's an absolute joy to be planning a wedding, so don't let it take over and stress you out. All the little details you worry about before the wedding will be forgotten and almost insignificant on the day itself.

When the day finally arrived after months and months of planning, it was quite bizarre to be living the reality which i had visualised numerous times in the lead up. I really took advice from friends who had told me not to worry about anyone else on the day, just to enjoy every bit and savour the moment. I didn't want to let it escape me without really making the most of it all because i knew how quickly the day would pass…"

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I love writing for this Blog – how could I not when I get to work with and share exquisite imagery such as this? 

Thank you Lisa Devlin for once again allowing me to feature your simply beautiful photographs on Love My Dress and of course, huge congratulations to Flo and Jon on your beautiful wedding day and marrige.

Much love all Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace... (Weddings )

Annabel xXx

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Annabel is the founder of Love My Dress. She lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, two daughters Eska and Leanora and three dogs. If she's not being a Blog Queen or practicing her photography, you'll find her fighting her way through a renovation dust cloud as she and her family transform their forever-home.

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20 thoughts on Pearls, Lace and the Elegance of Grace…

  1. This is everything I want my wedding to be like, it is so gorgeous! The Bride is so beautiful in a timeless kind of way and I love her dress, it’s very similar to mine {which has shorter sleeves but also in lace.

  2. How beautiful, I love the flowers, so natural looking and love that the Bride mixed vintage and country barn and still manages to look absolutely elegant and glamorous. Beautiful xx

  3. So classically glamourous, like a 1950s Vogue feature! I love the soft lace, pearls and the vintage shoes- such nice little touches.

  4. Oh wow. I’m swooning – a bride with sleeves! So glad that this style is coming back in, it’s timeless and beautiful and this particular bride is just gorgeous in it.

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