Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed ...

... Something blue! (And a silver sixpence in her shoe.)

Welcome to my new regular post which is all about your Wedding Day.  I want to hear your wedding stories and what you did (or didn't do) to include old, new, borrowed and blue.  Was it your wedding dress? Jewellery? Flowers? or something else?  Did you get married recently or was it a while ago?  Abroad or in the UK?

Every wedding is different and incredibly personal and I thought it would be lovely to share experiences.  As some of you know, I got married recently at the fabulous Botanical Gardens in Sheffield and there is nothing I love more than hearing from you and your stories. If you have a few photos, too,  that would be fantastic.  Leave me a comment in the box below and I will get back to you by email.

In the meantime here's my story ...

Something old:

I'm not a great lover of gold jewellery, my engagement ring and wedding ring are very simple, plain and platinium.  However, my wedding dress had delicate gold thread embroidered into the bodice, and so I decided to wear my Grandmother's Art Deco bracelet watch.  It's made from pretty rose gold, with diamonds and rubies - the watch part is concealed under a front panel and is opened by a little catch.  The watch doesn't work and one of the larger rubies is missing, but I wore it for sentimental reasons and I like that its not perfect.

Something new:

That was easy! Most of what I was wearing - my dress, my sandals, my underwear (although that was the hardest thing to buy) Thank heaven for Bravissimo and their fabulously helpful team.  They got a special mention in Mike's speech as I was pretty much best friends with their lovely ladies, and not the mention my new-found relationship with the postman!

Something borrowed:

I adore pearls and have several strings but I borrowed my Sister-in-Law's to wear. Although I have two fab brothers, Mike's sister, Caroline, has always been my surrogate little sister.  Mike and I bought the little seed pearls she lent me from Liberty years ago for her 18th Birthday and she really wanted me to wear them as they had a special resonance. I'm glad I did.

Something blue:

I pushed a few sprigs of dried lavender into the back of my bouquet which is a neat little trick I now offer all my Brides in case they are struggling with the 'blue' bit.  My bouquet was all whites creams and greens and constructed into a cornucopia.  As a florist who specialises in weddings, choosing my flowers was one of the hardest things I had to do.  The problem with being an experienced florist is that you know how infinite the possibilities are, which makes choosing for yourself so much more difficult!  I knew I wanted something I had never made for anyone else before and so developed the cornucopia concept as it's shape and styling is Neo-classical and worked well with my Empire-line dress.  I incorporated tiny shell beads, pearls, various ribbons, gold bullion and gold beads into a collar and trails to create a very soft, romantic, Byronic look.  I loved it and still have the sprigs of lavender in my box of special bits and pieces from our wedding.

The lovely Sara of Under the Vintage Veil featured our wedding recently on her blog and its made me think that I might post the full story later on in the week, so if you are curious to know more ... watch this space.

In the meantime, I'd love to hear what you think about my choices and know what you are planning or did on your wedding day.  Use the comment box below and I promise I will reply.


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