For me, having a vintage inspired wedding was about trying to create a look personal and unique to me – when I was younger I was adamant I would get married in black, so obviously my wedding was always destined to be unique! When planning our wedding I did consider challenging convention and going with a coloured wedding dress, but I am afraid to say I found it all too difficult and chose the easy Ivory option. But after my perfectly Vintage Inspired Wedding I came across this incredibly inspirational real life wedding bridal perfection on 100 Layer Cake
(go to 100 Layer Cake to see all the lovely photos – how cute is the matching cake topper!)
I think it only right that the first designer I feature on my blog should be the designer I chose for my own wedding!
Jenny Packham is the award-winning British designer (International Couture Bridal Designer of the Year in 2007 and British Bridal Dress Designer in 2008) now world-renowned for her stunning, vintage inspired bridal dresses – she is the designer any bride wishing to recreate the glamour of a bygone era turns to, and its easy to see why…..
So evocative of the glamorous 1930s, I love the decadence of her designs, the opulence of the fabrics and the exquisitely lavish embellishments. The silhouettes she creates are fabulously fluid, her dresses are unstructured, yet cut in such a way that they fit and flatter.
When I first started to think of chicvintagebrides.com I must admit to being in equal measures excited and nervous at the thought of sharing my wedding photos – excited that they may inspire future brides (as the images I found on Love My Dress did when I was planning my wedding ), but equally nervous to be sharing such precious, personal and private memories with strangers.
But, putting any nerves to the side, here goes….I hope you enjoy……
Martin and I were married on New Years Eve 2010 – after just 9 months of being engaged! It was everything I imagined it would be and so, so much more. It was emotional, fun, beautiful, full of so much love (it was palpable) and definitely the best day of my life so far.
I was incredibly proud of the day we had planned for our friends, family and most importantly for us – we made sure every element was just how we wanted it (no swaying from family or the pressure to conform) We wanted a small intimate wedding of the closest friends and family so venue was key for us – with 30 VIPs joining us on our special day we wanted a venue both intimate and impressive, a venue in which we wouldn’t feel lost but would be able to celebrate in
We chose the stunning East Close Hotel on the edge of the New Forest in Lymington. I still remember with clarity walking into the Gallery Room where the ceremony takes place – so perfect, it took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. Until that moment whilst we were planning the wedding I couldn’t visualise it, afterwards everything just fell into place. As much as when a bride tries on THE dress she knows, I believe the same can be said of the venue.