Hello hello! Thank you for dropping by this morning to soak in some beautiful bridal inspiration. Hopefully, you'll be well rested after the weekend and got a chance to catch up with my trip in to London last week to attend the first ever Etsy UK Weddings event – it was superb and I'm so full of inspiration having met so many brilliant and talented suppliers last Friday afternoon. It was a pleasure to have been asked to be a part of this event and so much fun participating in a panel presentation where Etsy designers had the opportunity to ask questions about working with bloggers, blogging and social media. Much much fun and I'm already looking r to the next event that Etsy are planning.
Let's get right on down to it this week then, because I know you're primarily here for the wedding day inspiration – so without further ado, I'm delighted to tell you that these happy and joyful photographs you see here today are of newlyweds Sasha and Jack, who tied the knot on 30th March 2013 in Lincolnshire. These photographs were submitted by their photographer Lissa Alexandra. I love how they capture the couple's laid back personalities and fondness of vintage glamour…
"We’re both history geeks and love 1940s style and
wanted to capture something of an elegant glamour in the wedding. So
with that, we came to the theme of: Downton Abbey meets Upstairs
Downstairs, with a sprinkle of literary influences and a splash of 80's
I’m a natural planner so relished every moment of the wedding planning process!"
Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2013, Lissa Alexandra Photography
"We met in York where we’d both gone to university. I was out for a
friends birthday in Revolution, we met over a misunderstanding over Jack
being described as gay and the rest is history! Three and a half years
later, we spent New Years Eve in London with my family. We went to Hyde
Park Winter Wonderland at the top of the ferris wheel, Jack got down on
one knee. It was so romantic and followed by copious amounts of
champagne and celebrations.
Jack didn’t want a long engagement but I
knew we’d need time to plan everything so we decided on March of the
following year – giving us just over a year to plan."
"Having met in York, lived in Leeds and moving to Lincolnshire, we
decided to marry in Lincolnshire as I wanted to marry from my parents
house. Our wedding ceremony took place at St Botolph’s Church in
Quarrington – our parish church is at the bottom of my parents street,
so there was no question that we’d be married there.
Our reception took
place at The White Hart Hotel
in the Bailgate of Lincoln – we chose the hotel as the Bailgate in
Lincoln captures a little of the feel of York where we met, but was
close enough to the church. We also needed somewhere for our guests to
stay as most were out of towners. The White Hart captured a little of
the vintage glamour that we wanted and they do the best cocktails in
"My mum and I spent ages looking for a florist as they were
all so expensive and a lot of them didn’t like the idea of us wanting
to do some of the flowers together with my sisters. We found Rebecca
online and we were able to buy flowers for the reception from her and
arrange them ourselves. My bouquet was amazing so I was really happy
"My dress was from J Dezire Bridal Boutique. There
aren’t a huge number of bridal shops in Lincolnshire and I avoided the
whole dress shopping bit for quite a while! It took me ten months to buy
a dress, but this was mostly because I was just didn’t go shopping! I
did a little browsing with friends during the summer holidays and didn’t
see a great deal.
I experienced a lot of the same disappointment brides
feel when shops aren’t great with you, so was quite put off. My mum and
I finally picked a day, booked three appointments and went for it.
It turns out, my dress was in shop two and was dress three – so
pretty easy in the end! The shop had this adorable university student
shop assistant and she just made you feel great – it goes such a long
way to making you feel good in a dress!"
"I thought I’d go for quite a big dress and inevitably, what I
looked good in was just not that! The shop owner pulled my dress out and
said she thought it would suit me. It was really simple with a lace top
bodice, a deep waistband and a pleated skirt with a tulle overlay. It
was very intricate but still understated. I loved how it brought my
waist in and the pleated skirt was so unusual. Sometimes when you know,
you just know!
The bolero was quite the saga though – the shop was adding a
tulle halterneck to give my a little more support so I could wear a bra
but I decided I’d need bolero too. Everyone ooh’d and aah’d over one in
the shop so I brought it, despite not being sure. In the end I brought
three, the final one arriving five days before the wedding! I’m really
glad I stuck with the hunt as I knew I wanted a back-buttoning style and
it totally transformed the dress.
I always knew I wanted a veil and Jack said he’d like me to wear a traditional veil. The amazing Chapel length, lace edged, two tier veil from Joyce Jackson
was traditional and fabulous – far more dramatic than I intended! I
ended up keeping it on all the way up to the first dance! Well you only
get to wear a veil one!"
"I knew exactly what I wanted my girls in: something soft, long and
peachy. As I knew what I wanted, they were one of the first things we
found. Googling for many hours led to finding these perfect little
numbers. As it was March I thought they might need a little cover up and
found these perfect little shrugs in Coast. They turned out to be an absolute life saver!"
"The cake was one area we decided not to splash out on as the cake often goes unnoticed and uneaten. We came across Marks and Spencers wedding cakes
and were really impressed by the reviews – they are all glowing! We
brought a plain 3 tier assorted cake and then some amazing sugar pasted
anemone and hydrangeas flowers from a cake supplier. I spent the day
before the wedding pasting the 100 hydrangea flowers onto the middle
tier and making the anemone topper.
I changed the ribbon to match our
theme and it turned out fantastically. I think I may have discovered a
new talent for cake decoration!"
"Jack is super particular about his clothes and the way
they fit, so it was never going to be a quick job finding suits. We went
into countless shops looking for hire suits and kept being given
catalogues. We found this really frustrating as so much emphasis is put
on the brides outfit and the poor groom was expected to pick an outfit
from a picture without trying it on!
Just as we were losing the will to
live, we went to an appointment at Slaters in Leeds.
Finally we had someone listen to Jacks fussing about fit and style. The
shop assistant (Matt I think!) was amazing and even fitted me for a top
hat for the photos (top idea!!) – which would have been perfect had we
not lost the hat!"
"The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company
are amazing suppliers!! They’d worked with Lissa and Kayti before so it
seemed like they were part of the day too and so accommodating –
they left Yorkshire at ridiculous o’clock to make sure they didn’t get
stuck in any Easter traffic.
"The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company were so easy to work with and I
couldn’t recommend them enough. As everyone got on the bus to come to
the church, Jack said it made everyone come together and by the time
they arrived the party had already started. On the way back we had old
fashioned glass coke bottles with red striped straws, red striped
popcorn bags and snack packs of Oreos.
We didn’t want anyone to be
hungry so I think we just kept everyone topped up on the bus. The line
of traffic on the way to Lincoln was further than the eye could see so
I’m not sure everyone in Lincolnshire appreciated the bus – but I think
they might have been our best spend of the day."
"Words cannot describe how amazing our photographer Lissa Alexandra
was!! We now have the most amazing photos that truly capture the feel
and spirit of our day – I honestly don’t know how she does it! We meet
Lissa at a wedding fayre in Harrogate and her stall stood out a mile!
She was so enthusiastic and genuinely seemed so interested in our day.
When we had a full meeting with her, I think we both just knew it had to
be her – when we left Jack just turned around and said “yeah, done”. So
that was it really! On the day, she worked so hard and most importantly
so discreetly. Our day was in no way dictated by the photos – we barely
even noticed her!"
"Lissa truly was a photo taking ninja! Everyone
commented on how quickly the group photos were taken – we were literally
outside the church for 15 minutes! Jack particularly liked seeing all our
the morning pictures and how calm I was before getting to the church! Going
round to the cathedral during the cocktail reception was really lovely –
I would recommend all couples to take the time to do some of those
photos as we truly love ours – but get a photographer like Lissa, she
did it all so quickly!
We both think Lissa Alexandra is absolutely amazing and could not
possibly recommend her enough! She will work her bottom off for you,
all with a smile on her face! Just make sure you tell her to go home at
night as I think she would have just kept going if we hadn’t! A true
professional and wedding enthusiast!"
"My shoes were the first wedding thing I brought, I spotted them on the Debenhams website
and just loved them. They were not too high, glamorous but elegant, a
little different and not to ‘bridey’. I subsequently went on to buy
another 3 pairs of potential shoes and didn’t decide which I’d wear
until the morning of the wedding. Sometimes the first thing if the right
is a fantastic make-up artist – she takes such pride in her work and is
a very calming influence on the day! She makes sure the look is just
right at the trial so that the day goes smoothly. She keeps her facebook
page updated with every bride so you get a good idea of what she can
created elegant styles for all the bridesmaids and my own vintage up
do. There aren’t all that many pictures of my hair though as I kept my
veil on for so long!"
"My deco style headband/tiara from Glitzy Secrets was perfect for our theme but I chose to wear it round the back of my head – it looked great with the vintage hair style.
Jack asked if he could buy me something to wear on the day so I
decided earrings would be a little sparkle but without being over the
top. He completely surprised me with the ones he chose. The deco style
was perfect and he’d chosen emeralds to represent his Irish roots. I
felt like a 1940s Hollywood screen siren in them!"
"My lovely and brave Dad gave me away – he was such a calming
influence and the time we had alone together was really special. When
it came to choosing what to walk down the aisle to, I really wanted
something special and wanted to pick a song that I might have a chance
of hearing again, besides at other weddings! I thought it would be nice
to hear it again and be taken back to that moment.
At Jack’s mum’s
suggestion, I chose Eva Cassidy as Jack loves her and Songbird
particularly as it summed up everything I felt. As this was going to be a
surprise, I decided to go all out. I asked one of my Sixth Form
students to sing and the moment I heard her I knew it was perfect. She
sounded amazing and Jack definitely choked up when he heard the song –
it was a total surprise!"
"Walking down the aisle and just seeing Jack waiting for me –
it’s the happiest I’ve ever been…"
"We went really traditional and said the classic vows – if it ain’t broke and all that.
readings were Christopher Brennan's 'Because She Would Ask Me Why I
Love Her', picked by Jack, because I always do just that, and his
response, though slightly less eloquent, is the same as the poem:
'Then seek not, sweet, the "If" and "Why"
I love you now until I die.
For I must love because I live
And life in me is what you give.'
also had 1 Corinthians 13 – we picked the classic Bible reading, Jack
always says if there’s something that’s always done, it’s for a reason.
He’s right, it’s really lovely and was read by my gorgeous friend Lucy.
Our final reading was an extract from Captain Correllis Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres – I picked this one as it’s from one of my favourite book and it’s just really how it describes us becoming ‘one tree, not two."
"Our confetti was a DIY job, this time by my maid of honour. She
painstakingly punched out pages of Harry Potter into little hearts to
make our confetti. The night before the two of us filled glassine bags
with the hearts and petals and sealed them with grey stickers with our
"Nobody really got where we were going with our giant balloons, they
did look a bit odd uninflated! I loved them though and actually wish
we’d got even more!!"
"We originally said we wouldn’t do a great deal in the way of
favours, but as ever with wedding planning, this developed over time!
Our original plan was to have individual slate hearts tied with peach
velvet ribbon at each place with the guests’ names on and these did look
lovely. I’ve seen quite a few hanging on kitchen cabinets, beside
tables and in bathrooms since the wedding so they definitely proved to
We also decided to do a sweet buffet for guests to enjoy on
the night or takeaway as a treat for later – this went down very well
and nearly all disappeared. Jack’s friends did an excellent job of
swiping any remaining sweets at the end of the night. They even text him
a picture of their hoard from their hotel that night!"
"We used lots of candlabras to evoke a feel of classic elgeace and we felt they’d reflect the vintage feel of the day. We used 'Game
of Thrones' table names – we both love the books and picked places from
the books that reflected the table. So Catelyn Tully’s home was
Riverrun, so my family table was Riverrun. Likewise, Jack’s family was
Winterfell. The top table was The Wall, because we physically look like
the Wall and because you make vows on the wall."
"I hated trying to find a band, so gave up and asked Jack to do it. He found a great Swing band
that would perform slower Ella Fitzgerald inspired songs at the
cocktail reception and then upbeat numbers for the first part of the
evening reception. They got everyone up dancing and helped set the mood
for the day."
"Our dance was to Jack Johnson's 'Better Together', picked by Jack’s mum and perfect for us."
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
"I loved the planning process, despite the stressful bits, I just loved it and think I have some good tips for other brides: Google – I cannot stress this enough, Google
is your friend and the font of all knowledge. Jack hates Google and
says that if it isn’t in the first three results then it’s too hard. I
see why he thinks that, but a lot of our wedding came from beyond page
1, so stick with it!
Be Tough – we were really firm on what we wanted, even when we
probably frustrated our venue. You are paying A LOT of money for your
dream day, so don’t settle for anything less than what you want. I
worked for us and made our day more ‘us’.
Venue – the venue
is about so much more than a building and a place. Consider who you’ll
be working with to plan your day and whether they’ll help or hinder.
Find someone you can work with – Becky at the White Hart was an absolute
dream and helped fix so many of the hurdles!
Bartering and Packages– there is always a deal to be done! Don’t
always be tempted by easy package options, doing it bespoke can be hard
work but it’s totally worth it! We saved money by not having a standard
evening buffet and the fish and chip boxes went down so much better. We
put the money we saved towards paying for the fabulous afternoon tea
themed cocktails on arrival."
"Photographers and Videographers – these are SO important.
Find one you love. We searched for so long for ours and when we found
Lissa and Kayti, it was such a relief! These are what’s left when the
cakes gone and good photographers/videographers will leave you with
memories that will last a lifetime.
There are always things that go wrong or aren’t as perfect as you’d
hope them to be – but you honestly don’t notice these on the day!
were really firm with our venue as to every detail we wanted but we
were told the DJ was non-negotiable. In hindsight, I would have insisted
on our own DJ. I did consider giving them a complete playlist but
thought this would be too controlling bridezilla – on reflection, this
would have been a good idea!
And the most
important one….. it’s just a party! Yes it’s a party that costs a whole
lot, but most of the wedding is just a fancy party! All that matters is
that you are married and everything else if just fabulous fluff!"
My word, what is not to love about this whole day? I have never seen a Groom look so blissfully happy!
Huge congratulations to you Sasha and Jack – you both look knock out and like you had the best day of your lives. Thank you also to Lissa Alexandra for sharing these beautiful images.
What do you love most about this wedding?
With much love,
Photographer – Lissa Alexandra
Venue – The White Hart Hotel
Wedding Dress – J Dezire Bridal Boutique
Veil/Headpiece – headpiece via Glitzy Secrets + Joyce Jackson chapel length veil
Brides' shoes – Debenhams
Groom's Attire – Slaters in Leeds
Flowers – Floraldeco
Cake – Marks and Spencers
Transport – The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company
Entertainment – Jessica & The Rabbits (swing band)
Rings – Ernest Jones
Hair Stylist – Charlotte Wesson
Makeup Artist – Rochelle O'Brien
Stationery – Dreams-to-Reality