You know, some wedding submissions just pop right on out of my inbox. The are so damn glamorous, so full of the wow factor, so stonkingly fabulous that I end up feeling a titchy bit weak at the knees. You see, some nuptials make us wedding bloggers thank the sweet Lord above that we ever decided to become a wedding blogger in the first place. This sure as hell is one of them…
Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, The Twins
And to make things even sweeter, this wedding was shot in my home town of Newcastle Upon Tyne, at the fabulous As You Like It’ in Jesmond; remember this bride, who is also an Interior designer? Well she designed and styled all the interior of As You Like It,
which, to the unsuspecting eye, looks noting more than a tired old
concrete block of de-commissioned 1960's offices. But oh how wrooooong
you'd be. Behind the entrance doors lies a secret magical kingdom with
chairs that swing from the roof and Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter tea
party style decor, there's something very special about that place
indeed. It was certainly fit as sixpence for the wedding of Paul and
Amy, who tied the knot on 9 November. I'm rapidly developing a fan girl
crush on their photographers too – The Twins (you might see why when you view their other work I've already featured)…
"The film that inspired us most was 'Water For Elephants’ we love
the whole old-world circus style – it was what we based a lot of our
ideas on. Music also played a big part – with Paul being a
drummer and both our families growing up with music – the music
definitely set the right atmosphere."
"My mum Helen made the delicious fruitcake, whilst Paul’s mum
Lynne perfectly iced and decorated, with the help of my sister
Rebecca and her steady hand! The cake topper had to be elephants, nothing else would have worked with the BigTop style cake!"
"My dess was by House of Mooshki. I first met owner Vikki at at
a wedding fair in Newcastle where I instantly fell in love with their
incredible couture gowns. They were so unique! The first thing Vikki
said to me was 'oh my god! We have to make you a dress!'. After
receiving an email advertising that they had some sample dresses for
sale, I insisted on trying on every Mooshki dress that fitted me!
I originally envisaged myself in a short 1950's
swing dress with killer heels (which is what I think Paul was
expecting!). I honestly never thought I would have that 'this is the
one!' moment, but I completely did! I looked in the mirror with the
biggest grin on my face, the stunning lace fishtail was perfect – and
with no fitting alterations needed at all, I had to have it! It was
fate. Vikki was amazing, so helpful and the perfect lady
to have when it comes to choosing the dress of your dreams. Every girl
needs a House of Mooshki wedding dress in their lives."
"I wore a 40 years old vintage beaded lace head-dress hired from hair stylist…"
"Paul and I crafted everything that we added to the venue – it was
personal to us and we knew exactly what we wanted. Being musically
themed we had drum head guest books which everyone signed.
post box was a snare drum that Paul and I designed and made ourselves.
Table decorations included pumpkins and old books sprayed gold,
accompanied with rusty keys, old pop bottles covered in melted wax
(which took forever to make!) foam roses and ornate picture frames – big
thanks to Tynemouth Market for providing us with lots of treasures!"
"Paul and I met on fresher’s week at university, took almost 2
years of being best friends for me to realise Paul was the only one for
me (even though it was totally obvious to everyone else!) Looking back,
it was completely love at first sight. He was a drop dead handsome drummer in a band – what more can a girl ask for?
We've now been together for 5 years, engaged for 4 years. Paul
proposed at the top of the ferris wheel at Winter Wonderland in Hyde
Park on a bitterly cold December evening, down on 1 knee and asked me to
be his wife. I remember it like it was yesterday."
"My transport was the only (and by far the best) surprise for me
on the wedding day! I looked out of my hotel window to see the most
amazing 1950's classic American car I have ever seen in my life!! Obviously my lovely dad and Paul know me even better than I thought!
Singing along with my dad to Buddy Holly and Jonny Cash on the way to the venue was such an awesome way to start the wedding. "
"We created all the stationery ourselves. We had place names, menus, signage, table names, table plan…"
"For favours, a single customised vintage playing card was placed in all the guests wine glass, so they could remember the day and take a bit of magic home with them."
"Our photographers, The Twins, really
are wonderful people – what a team! Caroline was great, right from our
first meeting where she welcomed us into her home, made us cake and
listened to all our wedding ideas and visions for the day. We had
various meetings running up to our wedding, which were all really
Caroline and Kelly were so cool on our wedding
day – they were very professional and organised, we didn’t have anything
to worry about! They were always one step ahead and captured everything
that we wanted from our perfect day.
really made sure that our photography was personal to us. It was clear
they had taken everything we wanted on board and absolutely delivered –
we really couldn’t have asked for anything more. Paul and I cannot thank
Caroline and Kelly enough for helping to make our day as perfect as it
"Paul bought me these shoes on an anniversary of us getting together
– they were the first thing that we got for the wedding. Priorities, of
"My wonderful dad, Don Godsell, gave me away. Only he could be the
one to calm a very emotional bride, he was my rock leading me to the man
of my dreams. We walked down the aisle to the sound of our guitarist, Richard, who had composed a beautiful arrangement of Christina Perri’s song ‘A Thousand Years'…"
"We kept our vows simple and personal to us. As readings, we had Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres;
“Love is a temporary madness,
It erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision.
You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion.
That is just being "in love" which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground,
and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, they
find that they are one tree and not two.”
We had both read, and heard it so many times before, and each time we loved it more and more.
Did you choose a ‘first dance’ track? Please share what it was, and why, only if you are happy to do so…'"
"We hired a magician, Paul Lytton, who
has still left me speechless – I have never seen magic like it. We were
so lucky to have him perform at our wedding. A perfect way to bring
plenty of fun to a wedding!"
"We couldn’t have a circus style wedding without the beautiful
smell of fresh popcorn, or the fun candyfloss! Our guests loved it! They
were so friendly, made delicious candyfloss and had the popcorn popping
all night! We hired a popcorn cart from Cassas Events."
"Our first dance was to Dashboard Confessional's ‘Stolen’, And just like they do in the movies, Paul made me a mix tape when we
first got together, and this was the one that just stood out. All of the
lyrics are perfect for us. Its just makes sense. One of the best
moments was when everyone cheered as Paul unexpectedly lifted me up and
spun me around at the perfect moment of the song."
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
"Don’t be influenced
by what you think your wedding day should be like, there are no rules.
Remember to keep it personal to you both and you will have the best day
of your lives. Keep the love, that’s why you are getting married after
There isn’t one thing that we would have changed about our day – I sure everyone says that, but there really isn’t.
the fire alarm evacuation during our drinks reception got all of our
guests socialising and gave Paul and I some great photo opportunities!"
I bloody LOVE this wedding, it is everything I adore about weddings, a perfect mix of the couple being themselves, completely, a big dose of glamour and red lipstick, fun and laughter, a touch of the vintage and photography that will fill Amy and Paul's hearts for years to come. Congratulations guys, thanks so much for letting me share your beautiful day. It's also so so fab to be able to share some North East love! (brides in the area, make a point of visiting the supplier links below).
Huge thanks to The Twins for once again filling these pages with some va-va-voom. You can see more work from this new photographic duo to hit the North East region right here on Love My Dress. I recommend them highly. You might also want to check out this beautiful 'Water For Elephants’ inspiration board for more ideas to style your wedding day.
Thoughts? Please let's show some love for this beautiful couple.
Photographer – The Twins
Venue – As You Like It, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Brides dress – House of Mooshki (Owner: Vikki McCarthy, Designer: Olivia Wright)
Brides Shoes – Vivienne Westwood Melissa Dragon Heart Shoes Black & Red
Bride's accessories – 40 year old vintage lace headpiece
Grooms attire – Grey herringbone waistcoat via Tom Sawyer waistcoats + Shirt, tie and trousers from Slaters, Newcastle + Shoes from Office + Metal shirt sleeve armbands from Tie Rack + Vivienne Westwood brooch, music paper button hole plus 2 rusty keys
Groomsmen – Buttonholes made from Amy’s Grandads music paper (around 80 years old) With single pearl and feather from Dainty Supplies
Bridesmaids Dresses - Forever Yours, code 7909 – Short in Sable/Cashmere colours + Graceland cream Peeptoe Slingback heels from Deichmann + Pearl earrings, pearl rings & ivory shrugs from Primark/Matalan
Flowergirl Dresses – Beautiful champagne coloured Beaded Hanky Hem Dress from BHS
Florist – paper florals all made by the bride
Cake – Made by both our mums and the bride's sister
Favours – vintage playing cards
Entertainment – Magician Paul Lytton
Transport – American Classic Hire
Hair Stylist – Karen Cummings (contact details not supplied)
Makeup Artist – the bride! Using MAC
Candy Floss and Popcorn Carts from Cassas Events