After scouring many vintage shops leaving my contact details to all and sundry in case they came across the right one, I then found a particular seller on ebay who had 2 I loved. I was devastated when I lost the bid on a blonde mink cape but it was fate because the same seller then put up the s Norwegian blue fox stole and I sat around a pub table in Pimlico on my bridesmaids birthday while everyone egged me on and I won!
I am a huge Christian Louboutin fan so I headed straight to the store on Mount st and fell in love straight away with the pair I bought. The colour was perfect and the pointed toe and bow were so s! I fell in love with a VW Anglomania tartan dress but it was completely sold out so I set about to find my own VW inspired tartan, which I found on Berwick street, Soho. I loved the colours in it, it was rich, wintery and not too Scottish looking!
I ordered it in pure silk and it eventually came in after a disastrous flood at the mill in India!
James and I followed a similar design process as with my dress. They had to be s and I wanted the silhouette to compliment mine. James came up with the idea of cutting the tartan on the cross with the waistband on the straight which really gave them that couture edge! I made their fascinators on one Sunday sitting in front of the fire and 4 Fred Astaire movies! They each had a different s diamante bow shaped brooch. I bought them silver bow earrings and silver bracelets with a bow charm and their initial from Joy Everley near Carnaby Street.
They had quite classic Carvela navy suede shoes and navy long gloves. I wanted them all in a different s fur cape, I already owned 2 so I just had to find 1 more. He did however get his shirt tailor made at Emmett. James then made his tie and pocket square out of the bridesmaids tartan silk and the other men had plain deep red silk. Our whole lives are very vintage! I think Tim and I were born in the wrong era! It naturally followed suit that our wedding would have very vintage styling.
We picked out the deep red from the tartan as our main colour and the tartan also had navy running through it so that became our secondary colour which worked perfectly for the time of year. We already owned some vintage cut glass vases, decanters, glasses and silver candelabra so we began collecting more of this ilk which included antique silver plated vases, rose bowls, trays, a perpetual calendar showing the wedding date and anything you could put a tealight candle in.
It was so much fun, one of my bridesmaids took me to Bermondsey antiques market one early morning before work and another bridesmaid took us to Topsham in Devon which had the most amazing charity shops and antiques centre. My parents loaned us an antique wooden chest for our card box and I made the sign using vintage playing cards.
By the card box we had photos of our grandparents on their wedding days alongside an antique silver gong my stepfather used to announce the line-up. The florist dressed it beautifully and it sat on the mantelpiece in the Great Hall. It also did become a source of entertainment when it started to be passed around the tables in an attempt to make any sort of musical note out of it!
Amanda at Distinctly Floral just got me as soon as I walked into her house. It was like she could read my mind! She created my beautiful s teardrop shape bouquet of spray roses, hypericum berries, ranunculus and eryngium thistle. The bridesmaids had much of the same in smaller hand tied bouquets with the addition of honeymoon tulips which look like they have been edged in a delicate lace!
The buttonholes and corsages all tied in, but Tim had chincherinchee in his, just because he loved the name! The ladies from the church very kindly tied in by using the same flowers and did some beautiful arrangements. The pew ends were gorgeously tied with red bows. We had various arrangements around the castle, flowers were a big thing for us!
We then had the low level vases and candle holders in clusters around them in the antiquities we had collected! The top table arrangement was a stunning cascade of blooms over the edge of the table with clusters of candle holders at either end. We stuck to mostly ivory and green in the bouquets and church and then introduced colour at the castle. Our church ceremony was everything we wanted it to be; traditional, joyous and full of love. We had a string quartet playing as our guests entered the church and for the traditional Bridal Chorus as I entered and Wedding March as we walked out.
They also played during the signing of the register and then quickly tootled up to the castle to play as our guests arrived there. I gave them a playlist of purely classical pre s pieces including some from Ballets as I used to be a Ballet dancer so that was a nice touch. As our guests entered the Great Hall for the Wedding Breakfast the string quartet stopped and we then had a playlist Tim and I put together playing on a Bose docking station of s and s music which created a lovely atmosphere.
We then had DJ Phil Webster in the evening who was brilliant.
- Valentines Day : the reason for the season;
- Botch A Me (ba-ba-baciami Piccina), por Rosemary Clooney (LETRA) - loymaggblogasta.gq.
- Out of the Darkness;
- THE BEST OF SHERLOCK HOLMES?
- Why Believe?: Answers to key questions about the Christian faith (Lion Pocketbooks).
- The World of Kew (A New Year at Kew);
We first heard it whilst watching Mad Men and it became a firm favourite. My family, Tim and I are big foodies so this was a very important aspect of our day.
My mum is a caterer, my stepfather had his own pub and my brother has his own very successful free range Butchers and delicatessen. When we fell in love with Chiddingstone Castle we were worried that you had to use the one and only recommended caterer, so before committing to a deposit we went for the tasting at Kalm Kitchen and they were perfect! They are a small young family run business who are super passionate about what they do and were really flexible in working around exactly what we wanted.
On arrival we had an Apple and Cinnamon Fizz syrup made by my mum in s champagne coups which we bought 80 of! Oh and Champagne for the toasts in s coupes! My parents bought special s cut glass coupes for everyone on the top table to keep.
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In the evening we had a huge cheese board with bread, chutneys etc and a magnificent 3 tier pork pie made by my very talented brother. On the top tier was a small silver vase that was on top of my grandparents wedding cake. Next to the cheeseboard we had Port in vintage decanters with our collection of vintage port glasses! Our beautiful cake was made by my very talented mum and dressed by the florist.
At 7pm we had Mojitos in jam jars tied with bows and stripey straws, because a chap called Juanito the Mojto taught us how to make the perfect Mojito on one of our favourite holidays in Cuba. So many of our guests have commented on how amazing the food and drink was which was one our main aims! We wanted very classic but glam stationery which we got from a very small family run business called Bond Street Print.
They use an old fashioned process to do raised lettering onto heavy weight card and we had hand tied tartan bows. Tim and I made our own Guest Information cards which had an old black and white photo on the back of each one; a car park, an old taxi, an old hotel sign and a s wedding present table! Our save the date card was a postcard with a black and white photo from our engagement shoot with Lisa Devlin and simply just said save the date with the date and our thank you cards are postcards with a black and white photo from the wedding.
For our table plan I made a board covered in navy silk that stood on an easel. Every guest then had a seating card in an envelope pinned to the board with a diamante pin through a tiny hand made bow. The place names were very classic cards with handmade tartan bows which took my mum, sister-in-law and I a very long time to do over Christmas.
For our confetti I bought some vintage music sheets from ebay and my mother in law made them into cones with small red bows. Lisa Devlin was the very first thing we booked after the venue.
I fell in love with her style instantly and knew we had to have her. It was like they were a part of our day, they were fun, lovely and really helpful…Lisa actually fastened my suspenders to my stockings for me! Now that is above and beyond! On a shallow note to all brides out there, set someone the task of keeping you looking spic and span the whole night long!
On a deeper note, as you can probably tell from the above, it is all in the smallest of details for me and I am pretty anal about everything.
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Even things that went wrong can make you laugh forever, like Tim forgetting the cheque and cash for the church and his Uncle having a cheque book in his pocket who does that these days! Cherish it all! The detail and effort Hannah went to is phenomenal.
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