WE HAVE WON AN AWARD – WOOHOO!!!! In
between working and trying to get my children to bed last night, I was eagerly
observing the tweets and instagram photos arising out of The Wedding
Blog Awards event at The Ritz in London, and was pretty blown away to see the first
tweet confirming we'd won the award for the 'best wedding style'
category. How absolutely ruddy marvellous is that? Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you who voted – that's YOU, lovely reader, and YOU lovely Wedding Magazine reader and yes YOU, reading this right now – we are incredibly grateful.
So, back to the focus of all this fuss, Love My Dress, and it's wonderful, wonderful, real weddings. Joleen,
an art teacher and part time member of Bread Collective and Luke – art
director and designer for Bread Collective tied the knot on 11
September 2013, at Battersea Arts Centre, followed by a reception at The
Doodle Bar. I adore Joleen's vintage wax flower (orange blossom) headpiece and bestpoke dress by Jane Bourvis – a designer who's name is popping up more and more on these blog pages.
"Luke and I were inspired by living in London and the urban spaces that we
work and live in. We love the uncomplicated urban aesthetics with a
touch of handmade and vintage thrown in for good measure. We often
search car boots for hidden gems and we styled our wedding with
objects found around the theme lead and thread. We had everyone on the
look out for vintage, thread, pencils, Kilner jars, rulers and glass
jars with embossed typography. We also had a chinese tea ceremony which
is traditional for my side of the family."
Photography Copyright © 2013, Tom Powell
" Luke and I met at the Bournemouth Arts Institute. I was
studying Fashion and Luke was on the Illustration course, hence the
theme, ‘Lead & Thread’!"
"On the day we got engaged I thought that we were going camping
with my maid of honour Lucy Sturgess and our good friend Jona Sturgess.
Luke led me into the New Forest where he proposed with a Russian doll
painted to look like us! Each doll said will you marry me! He then took
me to Barcelona!
We were engaged for nine months – nine months of fun planning
"My dress was by the amazing Jane Bourvis,
and purchased from her Treasure Trove shop! As soon as I tried it on I
felt like a bride. It was comfortable yet had amazing hand stitched
detail that made it feel special. It was also made specially for me so
was the only one.
I also wore earrings from Etsy and my Great Grandmothers ring."
"I wore a vintage wax flower headpiece sourced by Susan Dennis, a very talented vintage/antiques seller."
"Our Florist was Carly Beischer*. We wanted to keep the theme of
wild flowers and coral and wanted it to look like we had just foraged and
thrown it together."
"My shoes were by Rachel Simpson –
but I didn’t get to wear them!! I smashed a bottle of prosseco on the
floor on the way to get a pedicure the night before my wedding (sober
too!). Deep cut – 7 stitches, limping bride, 3 hours in A & E!"
was our photographer. Tom made us feel really relaxed and got all the
shots we wanted. We loved his documentary style photography and knew that
he would capture all the little details and moments. He was so much fun
to have around too."
"My Dad: Mr Choylip Lee walked me down the aisle to the sound of Le Vie En Rose by-Louis Armstrong.We had Sarah Handleman's 'Love letter' read out during the ceremony."
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
"Enjoy it! Get
people to help, they like it! Make sure you go and taste lots of food
even if your not going to use them. Always say it’s your honeymoon you
get free stuff. Take time out on the day to just be with your husband!
The whole day was amazing. It was great to have all you family
and friends in one room. Great food, great music, all your planning
Huge thanks to photographer Tom Powell for sharing these photographs and congratulations to you Luke and Joleen – thank you so very much for sharing your beautiful and inspiring day with our readers. I recognise a certain Ms Sturgess there too 😉
With much love,
Photographer – Tom Powell
Venue – Battersea Arts Centre + The
Wedding Dress – Jane Bourvis
Veil/Headpiece – vintage wax flower headpiece sourced by Susan Dennis,
Brides' shoes – Rachel Simpson
Grooms Suit – Bespoke Saville Row Donegal Tweed via W.Bills + tie Pin-Vintage, sourced by Joyce Marriot. Shoes by Trickers
Bridesmaids Dresses – Oasis
Flowergirl Dresses – John Lewis and then adapted by the bride
Page boy - John Lewis + vowties made by Anna Felton
Flowers – Carly Beischer* (no website)
Cake – Joyce Marriot, Cheltenham (no website) + guests donated desserts
Favours – Bread Collective
Rings – Hatton Gardens
Catering Company – Street Kitchen
Entertainment – Jeion Nejad + The Hornbeams – (singer Lucy Sturgess was bridesmaid & has her wedding has previously featured on Love My Dress here and here)
Hair Stylist – Lucy Ward
Makeup Artist – Orla Fisher
Stationery – Bread Collective