Wow! Snowy Saturday!!!!!! I can't believe how much snow we had last night – what is it like where you are? One very special lady called Anna gets married today (and her wedding location is FULL of snow today) - I can't WAIT to see the photos :) For now though, I thought I'd brighten up this Saturday on Love My Dress with a bit of Vivienne Westwood Wedding style and some very pretty reception detail shots.
This wedding was submitted for a feature by London Wedding Planner, Olivia Soleto, who has quite frankly done an absolutely gorgeous job of styling this whole, wonderful wedding day. The couple who appointed Oliva to plan their nuptials were Suzanne and Andrew, who tied the knot on 25 September this year with a ceremony at St, Josephs Church in Highgate, London, followed by a reception at The Lord Stanley in Kentish Town.
Suzanne's wore a Vivienne Westwood wedding dress, which got me a little bit excited, because this is the first Vivienne Westwood Bride I've featured 🙂
"I saw the Vivienne Westwood wedding dress in a Saturday paper magazine. It was a feature on alternative styles of wedding dresses. I loved that the dress was very different (it was not full length), pink shoes and had a simple net headpiece. I also wore a net headpiece by Suzie Smith Millinery"
"I wore a pair of shoes that had been in my wardrobe for a while and only worn once. They were a fantastic red pair that really went with the dress. After I tried them on with the dress, I decided that I wouldn't find a nicer pair – this was my "something old"!"
"I wanted to keep everything very simple, so I only had my little 9 year old niece as a flowergirl and asked my best friend to be a witness. My niece just wore a pair of lilac lace pumps, this was paired with a pair of very pink tights. Sounds strange but honestly it worked! My niece's dress was from Designers at Debenhams. I tried many dresses from various websites and boutiques and this was the nicest."
The couple hired a vintage VW Beatle from Polly Pootles, and a Routemaster Wedding Bus, for their guests…
Suzanne and Andrew chose St, Josephs Church in Highgate, London for the wedding ceremony venue. The Church boasts the most stunning interior…
"I did always love Pachelbel's Canon, but so many of my friends walked down the aisle to that. So my next dream piece of music was was Ave Maria. We had an organist and soprano singer and it was so so beautiful. My dreams had come true!"
The Grooms suit was from Gieves and Hawkes…
Vintage style Tea Party…
"I was struggling to think of a cohesive 'style' for our wedding, and didn't want to intentionally have a theme. I was on my way back from visiting my family in Belfast and was bored at the airport. I had been engaged for six months and hadn't bought a wedding magazine, so I went off to the shop and the one I picked had a number of vintage style articles. It was an obvious choice for me (I cannot believe I hadn't thought of it sooner) as I am often scouring shops and websites for vintage clothes and other things."
The decor took quite a bit of effort for both our Wedding Planner, Olivia Soleto and I. We had a very blank canvas to work with in the pub and wanted to transform it into a vintage style tea party. Obviously the flowers played a huge part but we also got vintage lace tablecloths, chinese style lanterns for the ceiling, vintage style tea-light holders, vintage bunting, vintage crockery, jars of retro sweets…….and many more little touches to bring the theme to life!"
….including these fabulous postcards which were used to identify table names …
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
"Try to enjoy everything about the preparation and the day itself. I know its a well said cliche but the day itself is over so so quickly. It is the most amazing day and best day of your life, so take in every minute. I wish I could do it all again…….
Get a video. Although we didn't really want to watch ourselves on video, it would be lovely to re-live it all again. We do have over 700 photos though which capture the expression of the day. Also, get a wedding planner. I could not have done it without Olivia. From the planning of it to the day itself, her ideas, support and advice were essential to the day being amazing. Given the overall expense of the wedding, it is affordable and not something that only celebrities should have.
We didn't have a "first dance" either - again we wanted to keep it simple and not too traditional! We also are quite a shy couple who wanted to relax after the ceremony, but of course we were forced onto the dance floor by our friends and family, but we cannot remember to what!"
So lovely 🙂 Thank you so much Suzanne for sharing your fabulous style with my readers. Huge thanks too, to London Wedding Planner, Olivia Soleto and London Wedding Photographer Claudine Sinnet, from Moments Captured Photography.