Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Real Theatrical Vintage Wedding: Laura & Paul

As a wedding blogger, I felt a certain amount of pressure to fill my wedding with wedding details, but my big day had nothing on Laura and Paul's wedding! With the help of Chris from Beautifully Vintage  they filled their wedding reception with a veritable stage-set of stunning vintage details. The result is a theatrical Great Gatsby feel, which must have created a real sense of excitement for their guests. Make sure you check back later today for the second feature on their wedding reception details - you won't want to miss them! That isn't to say there isn't tonnes of wedding inspiration in this post! Just take a look at Laura's exquisite Paloma Blanca wedding gown, her bridesmaids' fantastic Ghost dresses {I've long been a fan of Ghost}, and Paul's dapper suit, waistcoat and white tie combo. I love the glam feel of this wedding, from the vintage broach on Laura's bouquet, the Bentley wedding transport and the girls' gorgeous hair and make-up. Huge thanks to wedding photographer Anna Louise Crossley for her gorgeous pictures - love the shot of the girls in the bath!

We got married on Friday 31st May at 12.30pm at St Gregory's Church in Preston, which holds family memories for my husband, so was lovely it meant something something to him. We then hosted our wedding reception at The Shireburn Arms in Hurst Green.

I love shopping and buying dresses so I wanted to keep my options open and try all styles of wedding gowns. But I was adamant I wanted Jimmy Choo or Louboutin wedding shoes! In the end I chose Jimmy Choos - I love that I can wear them again even with just skinny jeans.

My wedding dress was by Paloma Blanca and came from One and Only Bridal in Preston, as did the veil which was very long, one tier, and fine, and my gorgeous headpiece – I loved both of them.

Choosing my dress took a bit of time! I knew straight away after trying a couple on that big strapless dresses weren't for me. but what I was undecided on for a while was whether to go for a Jenny Packham slinky beaded number, or something a little more traditional. I opted to feel more 'wedding-y' and most people weren't surprised at my choice, as it was quite fitted and understated but classy-looking, which is what I usually try to go for in an outfit.

Our florist was called Flower Design and my flowers were beautiful! I found them by looking at the Facebook site of one of my friend's wedding venue. I wanted my flowers to look vintage-y and have a more 'just picked' look rather than being too 'done'. I knew I wanted sweet peas and peonies included too.

I wanted a vintage wedding theme but nothing too extreme, and I wanted it to be stylish and quite glam too. I didn’t think I would be a pink wedding girl, but it seemed to fit the theme perfectly and I do like the dusky/nude pink look, so I chose that as my wedding colour.

I found my bridesmaid dresses in Ghost. They are all gorgeous girls and I wanted them to look and feel a bit glam. Their shoes were from Debenhams – nice big heels and were a bargain. As their gift I bought them a lovely pearl beaded handbag each to compliment the look.

Paul’s suit was from Slaters in Preston. He wanted navy blue as it felt different to the usual black or grey. He looked gorgeous! And so did our son in his little version!

Anna Louise Crossley was our amazing wedding photographer!! I met her when I was bridesmaid for my friend last year, and she was her photographer {and friend} too. I love her reportage style and she just makes the photos look so stylish, yet effortless, plus I love the filters she uses.

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