Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Our wedding day: the ceremony

We have received all the photos from our photographer James Davidson and could not have been happier – he has captured the essence of our wonderful day and all the details so beautifully, and all with the minimum of fuss on the day – thank you James!

The ceremony was so special, surrounded by family and friends in the beautiful sandstone church in Burton Village. Our fabulous florist James at William and Benjamin, expertly tied jam jars filled with flowers to pew ends and arranged a garland of flowers over the church door (he also made my beautiful bouquet and the bridesmaid’s sweet pea posies).

The real talking point was the porch strewn with a carpet of lavender stems (the groom’s idea) that filled the church with a wonderful scent and had an amazing calming affect on the little flower girls before they walked down the aisle. My friend Lindsey had also hand made lavender-filled heart-shaped cushions for our two chairs at the front of the church.

The vintage block print letters that had taken so long to hunt down were put to good use - we hand-printed the order of service booklets with them on kraft card tied with twine.

There were so many moving moments during the ceremony – but one of my favourites was our friend Fiona singing her own version of the Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody accompanied by Matt on the piano – I don’t know how she held it together with me blubbing a few steps away!

My mum made the vintage-style floral silk bridesmaid dresses, and the little flower girls wore traditional smocked dresses, embroidered with tiny roses, and flower crowns in their hair.

My dress was a tulle 50s design by Kate Halfpenny, which she beautifully remade for me, customising it with a huge handpainted silk flower corsage and long dusky pink washed silk sash. My vintage-style pale pink net veil was handmade by Rio designer Muggia. The gorgeous groom looked dapper in his traditional morning suit and Jil Sander polka dot tie and baby blue double-breasted Gieves waistcoat.

We left the church (having dodged aggressive confetti throwers!) in a vintage green MG borrowed from my godfather and bunny-hopped our way to the reception…..


  1. What lovely pix - a great memory you will cherish for many years. All the best to you and your hubby and thanks for sharing....

  2. Thanks for your lovely comment! It was an amazing day. Will post some more of the reception next x

  3. Lovely Jo -- I am so pleased it all came together so beautifully and the blog will stand as a wonderful reminder of the whole event, so much more meaningful than just a photo album. Truly something to show the kids -- hopefully the subject of a not-too-distant new blog !! Sue Ex

  4. What a beautiful wedding. It looks like it was an incredible day, and wonderful that you are sharing it with us! x

  5. What a wonderful day, and to share it with us is a great treat.I am planning our vintage theme wedding for early next june, and wondered where you got the flower girl dresses from, I am really
    struggling to find one i like that i can order in the UK rather than USA.