Jamie and I have been together 10 years, and I think he has known for 8 of those years how much I love anything vintage, pink, china and floral.....oh and maybe anything with hearts. He has gone along with the decorating of the house in shabby chic, the constant new arrival of a new floral plate or the sudden appearance of a vintage glass butter dish without much question. I don't think he had any doubt, when he asked me to marry him a year ago, that it would be vintage inspired.
But what era? Anything between 1900 to the 1950's excites me, but nothing beats the timeless elegance of the 1940's. We didn't want it to be a complete theme or fancy dress wedding, but to have the simple beauty of a relaxed family wedding, enjoying the simple things and each other. Of course there had to be vintage china, bunting, pink, hearts and lots of flowers.
My mum would make the dresses, as she has her own business. She said not to worry about how many bridesmaids I wanted.....she regretted that when I told her we had decided on 7!
As with anything I create, the image of my dress was firmly in my mind, but I had to try and explain it to my mum for her to create. She worked so hard and I couldn't believe how perfect it was, even when I had only seen the trial run. It appeared simple, but was far from that to create, due to the delicate nature of the pure silk fabric and the tiny pin tuck she had put on the front and back. It was elegant and captured the feel of the 1940 era.
The bridesmaid's dresses weren't that easy to decide on due to the fact that I had such a varying assortment of ages. It the end we choose an original 40's pattern for the 2 eldest in a pale coffee, the middle 3 wanted something with a skirt, in a ivory floral and the youngest 2 also had an original 1940's design, with a matching floral design but in a pale pink fabric.