Sometimes I think I should hire myself out as a wedding guest, you know, if numbers are a bit low and you need someone to fill the pews, need someone to fill the dancefloor, finish up the buffet leftovers, glug the dregs of the wine on the Wedding Breakfast tables, I’m your gal! Always happy to pop on a frock and do the above! I’ll cry and laugh on que in the speeches and oh and arghh when the bride makes her entrance! I genuinely get a lot of pleasure from sharing people’s special day, so much thought, effort and money go into these do’s and I thoroughly enjoy every minute!
In the last I’ve been to a fair few weddings and after everyone I reliably say ‘best one yet’, in all honesty they’ve all been great, some of my favourite people putting together an almighty party that’s personal to them and always full of fun! What can be better than celebrating, eating, drinking and dancing with friends and family!
Our first wedding was last July, I was a bridesmaid for our pals Jeff and Mary, now happily living in Ottawa, it was a blazing hot day at a very grand country manor! I really enjoyed being involved with Mary’s prep at this do, lots of pressure doing her hair and make up but it was fun!
Next wedding came in October, Mike and Kate, this was again in a country manor, I hadn’t seen Kate before the ceremony so loved the surprise of her dress, the vows were truelly heartfelt and a friend played acoustic guitar, it was a tearjerker! The delish veggie buffet was served in a beautiful orangery and it was a dramatic setting against a moody October sky!
March 2014 saw us in Whitstable for the wedding of Jo and Paul, they were having a massive life change, off cycling around the world so the wedding was an extra emotional weekend of congratulations and goodbyes! We partied in an oyster shack on the beach after a traditional church ceremony, the weather held out and we had a bit of sun, just in time for photos on the shingle beach
Next on the wedding train was Marianne and James of Minimum Mouse friends we made through vintage selling. Of course they had a retro twist to their do, marrying in the oldest cinema in the UK in Birmingham, the highlight was a very personal video they played on the big screen featuring friends and family, I was a blubbering mess, I think the drama of the low lighting and red velvet must have softened me up! It was blisteringly hot and the cool drinks on the terrace if the arts and crafts reception venue were welcome, although the building was breathtaking inside!
Every one of these days was memorable, I’m now a pro at staggering my drinking to last all night, know where to stand to catch/avoid catching the bouquet and am ready just at the necessary point to hit the dancefloor after the first dance!
My training came into good stead at our final wedding of the year, Martin and Corissa. Such a personal affair, held at the grooms parents home in Anglesey, a beautifully decorated marquee looking out at an endless sea view! Beautiful! Everything had been thought of from the homemade granola in our accomodation to every wine at the do having been picked up from the south of France, each with a memory for the happy couple! Romantic hey! We really danced all night at this wedding, so handy our beds were just a leap away from the marquee door!
A whistlestop tour of some life long memories! Hope the invites are coming for next year! My enthusiasm for weddings also extended to a healthy collection of vintage wedding dresses I hadn’t realised was so big! Now I don’t have a physical shop its given me time to sort out all the stock I have, including a good few boxes of wedding dresses is been squirreling away…I’m now getting on to listing all these beauties, such as…
This was a super fun shoot, Holly was in Bridal dress up heaven! See our full range here