A 1920’s Flapper Style Wedding Dress and Charleston Inspired Headpiece… was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by Annabel


"I loved the embroidery, crystals and drop waist detail of my dress by Lindsay Fleming, but most of all, I adored the fabulous crepe skirt with handkerchief hemline.  The only anxiety I had was how I was going to be able to ceilidh dance in the dress!   Designer Grace was so meticulous in her work and the dress fitted so well – I was delighted with it…."


Hi everyone! I hope this welcome finds you well and feeling refreshed after the weekend, though fear not if that isn't quite the case, as I have a day full of inspirational content to ease you back in to the working week, starting with this wedding that was sent in by Award winning Scottish Wedding Photographers Archibald Photography, who are, by the way, always super lovely to deal with.  Archibald Photography have won several awards based on their excellent customer service, so, Scottish brides, if you are in need of a photographer, look 'em up!

Pauline & David tied the knot on 16th September last year at Lochgreen House Hotel in Ayrshire and Pauline wore the devine 'Clara' dress by Lindsay Fleming, which was inspired by the most iconic twenties style, the 'flapper girl'.

"I love 1920's fashion and art deco designs so I knew that I wanted to marry in a twenties style dress.  I searched the internet and found the Lindsay Fleming website.  I met with Grace, the dress designer, in London and knew straight away that I had found the perfect dress…."

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Archibald Photography

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Pauline and David met ten years ago through their shared passion for travel, and a travel magazine called 'Wanderlust'.  At the time, Pauline lived in Edinburgh and David in Essex, but after five years of weekend travel,  Pauline moved down south and the couple purchased a house together in 2006.  Their wedding took place on their tenth anniversary since having met…

"In typical Scottish style it rained on our wedding day but thankfully we still managed to get a few photos outside with the aid of a plastic 'bird cage' umbrella!"

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Pauline teamed her flapper style dress with a stunning 1920s, Charleston inspired headdress from Baba C Designs

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"I was really keen to keep the twenties theme going with the bridesmaid dresses and trying to find a style that would please my 50 year old sister (Anne) and 20 year old niece (Claire) was a challenge.  Grace from Lindsay Fleming kindly agreed to make the dresses for me and the followed a similar style to my dress.  We chose a plum coloured satin and crepe with silver embroidery.  It worked out really well as the bridesmaids were able to do the dress fittings at the Lindsay Fleming studio in Scotland.

I originally bought Alice bands at a market in Hong Kong.  They had purple and crystal flowers on them which were a perfect match with the material we had chosen for the bridesmaid’s dresses but they were on black metal alice bands.  Trina at Baba C Designs worked her magic and managed to detach and move the flowers onto a silver band with crystals which looked so much better…"

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"We opted to have charity pin badges for the Beatson Pebble Appeal (a University of Glasgow charity to build the Glasgow Centre for Cancer Research).  In addition we had a thistle at every place setting in keeping with the thistle on our wedding invitations and orders of ceremony…"






"I wore a gold and amethyst vintage necklace that was in the family.  I also had an ivory feather boa and long ivory gloves which added the finishing touches to the twenties look…."


"Grace decorated an ivory handbag with gold embroidery and crystals to match my wedding dress…"






"Our Humanist Ceremony, led by celebrant Gerrie Douglas enabled us to have a very personal wedding whereby we wrote our own vows and included readings and poems (one by Robert Burns and one by Charles Dickens – marking the Ayrshire and London connections).  Gerrie was so down to earth and made us feel so relaxed.

We opted to light a unity candle symbolising two lives joining together as one…"








"Troon is close to where I grew up my parents, sister and family live nearby.  Lochgreen is a family run business owned by a local hotelier Bill Costley.  We have held other special family occasions at Lochgreen and other hotels in the group.  The particular aspects which attracted us to Lochgreen House Hotel was the quality of the food and service, the location, the intimacy of the hotel and the opportunity to book the entire venue including all the bedrooms for an “exclusive” wedding package.  We had our ceremony in the tapestry room of the hotel…."





"We had crystal candelabras on the tables decorated with ivy and antique roses with plum coloured candles.  The candelabras were supplied by Suzie at Bijou Flowers.

The chairs were decorated with purple bows in the same material as the bridesmaid’s dresses.  We also had a crystal leaf wishing tree where quests could write messages and hang them on the tree.  The message cards were shaped like luggage tags and matched the wedding invitations and order of ceremony.  These were the modern thistle design from Wanderlust Cards in Glasgow…."





"We chose Baby I Love You by the Ramones for our first dance.  We had been trying to decide on a song for a several months but just couldn’t come up with anything we both agreed on. 

We had arranged a weekend in Scotland to visit several of our suppliers and whilst driving around we listened to Tony Blackburn on Radio Two, and we heard the original version of Baby I Love You. 

Exactly one week later we were driving up to Hatton Gardens in London to look at wedding rings when the Ramones version of the song was played on the same show – we knew straight away this was fate and it was the right song for our first dance…"



Words of Wedded Wisdom… 

"Be individual and follow your heart – it’s your special day…"


What a gogeous day, full of original style and the bonniest smile I ever did see – thank you Pauline and David for sharing your story and once again, huge thanks to Donna and Mark of Archibald Photography for sharing these gorgeous images…

"We chose Mark Archibald as our photographer.  We were impressed by the photographs we saw on the Lindsay Fleming website which had been taken by Mark.

We arranged to meet Mark on a visit to Scotland and really liked the wedding albums he showed us.  Mark made us feel very relaxed and was keen to understand what we wanted captured on our wedding day.  We were particularly keen to have an unobtrusive approach following the story of our day rather than too many set poses. 

We have been really pleased with the results."

And I can see why!  Let's show some love for Pauline and David shall we? What do you think to the beautiful replica 20's flapper dress and that gorgeous headpiece? I love how Pauline made such a strong style statement on her day and think she looks fantastic! Do I have any other 20's reading this feature? By the way, I've seen a real Clara wedding dress in the flesh and it is utterly divine; the skirt especially!

You can take a peek at this related content for further inspiration; Archibald Photography, 1920's, flapper and Lindsay Fleming.

Have a great morning all and check back soon for more inspiration, I have a day full, make that a week choc-full coming up!

Much love,




Photographer – Archibald Photography
Venue – Lochgreen House Hotel in Ayrshire
Brides dress – Clara by Lindsay Fleming
Brides headpiece – Baba C Designs
Brides accessories – family heirloom necklace
Groom's suit – Obtained form a traditional men’s tailors in Epping Essex
Bridesmaid – Lindsay Fleming
Flowers – Bijou Flowers
Cake Designer – Sugar and Spice
Hair and make-up Artist – Saco
Piper – Bryce McCulloch
Ceilidh Music – Coila

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9 thoughts on A 1920’s Flapper Style Wedding Dress and Charleston Inspired Headpiece…

  1. Thanks all for your comments! It’s rare you see a bride make such an effort to so beautifully replicate a certain era look, but Pauline has done quite spectacular job!
    Really grateful to the lovely Archibald Photography for allowing me to reproduce these images on Love My Dress – thanks guys! :)

  2. Just returned from holiday to find these wonderful pics of a really lovely couple. Thanks Mark and Donna for the usual fantastic images. Thanks Trina for the lovely headdress to compliment our dress. Thanks Annabel for a fantastic description of the day. And most of all, thanks Pauline and David for being a truly lovely couple and the perfect clients. May you have many happy years together. XXX to everyone.

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