Drop Dead Glamorous ~ A Greek, Irish and Vintage Inspired Wedding

Happy Friday afternoon everyone!  Have you seen this morning’s dreamy inspiration boards yet?

I’m so excited about sharing this wedding with you. It’s made me smile like a goon the whole way through preparing this post!  Sarah-Jane and Costas tied the knt on 18 August 2012 at The Priory Barn in Little Wymondley,  Hertfordshire.  The couple’s wedding was styled with vintage touches, but also incorporated aspects of Greek Cypriot (Costas) and Irish (Sarah-Jane) culture.

I was first alerted to this wedding by the very talented dress designer, and Love My Dress sponsor, Dana Bolton, who was responsible for creating Sarah-Jane’s gown.  Good God, does Sarah-Jane not ooooooze Marilyn Monroe style sex appeal and drop dead glamour in this gown? I looooooove it!

“I always wanted a 1950’s style wedding dress and when I came upon Dana Bolton’s website I knew she could make the wedding dress of my dreams.

My headpiece was designed by Sahar Freemantle at Ugly Lovely…”

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2013, Steve Gerrard


“Costas and I met through an on-line dating website, Guardian Soulmates. We became engaged in April 2011, when Costas proposed at the Trevi Fountain in Rome.


“My bouquet was designed and made by Katja Lopez of Home Chique Home on Etsy…”

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“We hired Gadsden Flowers – a local florist who knew the venue and understood the vintage style. Incorporating the surroundings of the barn, flower displays for the vintage teapots source from charity shops and birdcages (bought from Matalan) displays...”


“Our photographer was Steve Gerrard.  We were impressed with Steve’s photography at our friends wedding in 2010. We met with Steve for an engagement shoot where he understood the style of photographs we wanted.
He managed to capture all aspects of the wedding and made taking the photos fun and interesting.


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“We created a sweet table, with retro sweets such as flying saucers and cola bottles, in vintage sweet jars.  The table numbers were all designed and hand embroidered by me…”

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“I walked down the aisle to Frankie Valli’s ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’.We had two readings during our ceremony – Captain’s Corelli’s Mandalin, and Thoughts on Marriage from Kahlil Gibran,”

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“We didn’t have a wedding gift list, but the Greek money dance, an old Greek tradition of family and friends pinning money on the bride and groom to start their lives together. There was also a performance by Greek dancing company platesmashing.com



“Our first dance was to Florence and the Machine’s ‘Dog Days’.  It’s a song we first listened to spoke about together. The chorus singing that the dog days are now over, so for us the dog days were now over as we are together and married!”

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Words of Wedded Wisdom…

“Enjoy every minute and don’t forget the little details, everyone will really appreciate them!


What a fabulously happy day, full of fun and celebration, I just love it.

Huge congratulations Sarah-Jane and Costas on tieing the knot and thank you so much for sharing your day with us.

Thanks also to the immensely talented dress designer Dana Bolton, and photographer Steve Gerrard for sharing their work.

Let’s make this couple’s day by leaving a few lovely words below.

Happy Friday everyone!




Photographer – Steve Gerrard
Venue – The Priory Barn
Dress Designer – Dana Bolton
Brides headpiece – Ugly Lovely

Brides Shoes – Dune

Bride’s accessories – pearl bracelet that belonged to Grandmother
Grooms Suit –  River Island + Shirt by ASOS and shoes from Office.  Chanel Flower.
Bridesmaids – Own dresses
Florist – Gadsden Flowers
Cake – Marks & Spencer (Rice paper butterflies made by bride)
Entertainment – DJ and Master of ceremonies – MJS Events
Transport – Anderson Travel
Greek dancing – platesmashing.com


Annabel View all Annabel's articles

Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.