It’s full on wedding season now and so we are so excited to share with you another gorgeous real bride. Kat and Jamie got married at the beautiful Farbridge Barn near Chichester. The amazing photos were by Vicki Isted Photography
Kat wore a bespoke dress by Chanticleer which she choose at our designer day. Kat’s stunning wedding has been featured in a number of magazines and she wrote the most lovely write up about choosing her dress:
“Finding a dress was incredibly hard as it’s really not something I would wear normally! I tried on a couple with my mum and a friend but nothing really jumped out. I was googling vintage dresses and came across the Chanticleer collections and my nearest stockist. I made a Sunday appointment with Laura at Brides of Winchester and from the moment I walked in I knew I was in safe hands. Laura was very patient and helpful in giving tips and checking whether comfort, ease of movement and mindful of budget which (other than something 1920s style) were my key issues. I whittled down the search to perhaps three dresses and over an Chanticleer event weekend my mum and mother in law came to see. The decision was really hard as I loved the delicate lace and bodice of one, but the feel and swish of the skirt on another, so Tracey from Chanticleer just said ‘well we can do both!’ and started sketching on a pad the ideal dress for me. Best news? It wasn’t more expensive and I ended up with a totally bespoke dress made for me which I knew I would (and certainly did) love. Each fitting and stage was great and Virginia who did the alterations was brilliant. My dress felt amazing to wear and was exactly what I had in mind, I felt like a 1920s movie star all day and never got tired of wearing it. I paired it with some kitten heeled Irregular Choice cream lace shoes and it’s got to have been the best wedding outfit for comfort I’ve ever worn.”
- What accessories did you wear and where were they from?
“Originally I was a bit nervous of a veil as I hadn’t really found any I liked but in one of my final dress fittings, Hayley at Bride’s of Winchester found a beautiful and barely there long train veil from The Couture Veil which just sat perfectly. I wore it low down to the back of my hair and felt it gave the perfect bridal touch without distracting or covering my dress. In my hair I found a beautiful pearl hair slide from Once Upon A Time Tiaras which fitted my vintage theme to a tee and went well with my understated veil. I also wore a sapphire necklace of my mother’s which meant a lot to me as I always had memories of her wearing it as a ‘special occasion’ piece when I was a child.”So we will hand you over to Kat for an insight into her wedding – Enjoy! xx
- What decorative touches did you included in the day; how did they reflect your theme/colour scheme?
“As a lover of all things vintage, I hoped this might be reflected in the design and decorations. I like to get crafty and so I spent a lot of time collecting vintage books, jars, bottles and jugs to display on the tables with lace, pearl and burlap decorations and my masterpiece was a ribbon wall 4.5meters wide to put on the wall where we were saying our vows. By this point we had our bridesmaids colours and a lot of the flowers picked so I used everything around me to bring together calico and white cotton, cream lace, strings of pearls, pale pinks and mint greens into the ribbon wall to hold it all together. No table was the same, there were tea lights and bunting everywhere and the neutral warm colours of the barn just set everything off perfectly!”
- What did the groom wear?
Jamie’s suit was the easiest decision (and one of the first made!). We went into Moss Bros and picked up a brochure and Jamie immediately just pointed to the Newbury which was the most ‘wedding’ suit he could find. In his words ‘it’s my wedding day and I want everyone to know it!’. Full tails and cravats, we played with the colours to find what suited him best so that really was the first place to set the tone for our colour scheme. We were also able to grab swatches so it helped us match other items like the bridesmaid dresses and flowers.
- How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
I like to think of myself as a cool collected person but just before I set off down the aisle my legs felt like jelly and I told my dad he’d have to keep the pace going for me. Apparently we still power walked down and the registrar told us off but that put me at ease and broke the nervousness. Seeing Jamie there and us facing each other put us in our own world and we felt like we were the only ones there instead of over 120 people. He was smiling which made me smile and neither of us fluffed our words!
- Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
I had three bridesmaids, two friends I’ve known since college and my maid of honour I lived with and went to university with. They were also accompanied by my lovely niece Laila who was three at the time. We all decided knee length and proper straps in a vintage theme green, if we could find them so I scoured websites, high street shops, wedding shops and sales bins and eventually struck gold in BHS. It was a darker mint green than anywhere else I’d seen and it just seemed to fit perfectly. It matched our moss bros swatches for the men’s cravats and each bridesmaid loved it. They were also patterned in lace so complimented both my dress and our themes. My little flower girl wore a John Lewis dress we fell in love with but that again was hard to find as we couldn’t get anything until closer to September as three year olds grow so fast, and by September everything was in a sale or out of stock in her size! A lovely sales person searched their back rooms and finally found it in her size. Thank you kind John Lewis person!
- What was the highlight of your day?
Two key memories was when the registrar caught the attention of my little flower girl (my neice) and her flower wand and asked her to come up during the ceremony to ‘wave her magic wand’ so we could be married – and she did it beautifully, which is a skill to behold in a three-year-old. The second was our first dance (something we were both scared of doing) – which was to Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Everywhere’, which the band took the time to specially learn for us. Later we heard they had all got really excited in rehearsals when they’d finally cracked how to get the intro just right!
- What was your best buy?
I made a lot of things myself, but we really enjoyed the instant camera guest book. I bought a fujifilm instant camera off ebay and a load of film (and a book whilst in a spring sale earlier in the year) – then left it for guests to play with. It was brilliant – seeing people snap themselves or each other then stick in the book with captions, messages or even a limerick. Seeing photos at the start of the day and then after a few drinks coming back for round two was also really funny. A lot of people did group or couple shots mixed in with actions or silly poses so it was a great mix! Afterwards I sold the camera back on eBay for pretty much what I paid for it so a complete bargain.
Im pretty sure the honeymoon took just as long to plan as the wedding did. We flew out to Montreal and spent time cycling, walking, seeing waterfalls and the amazing colours of the Fall in Quebec before heading to Toronto to dine up the CN Tower and then onto Niagara Falls. We then ended our trip with a good few days in Boston seeing historical sights, witches and Cape Cod. It was incredible and I have since made an entire scrap book of keep sakes, polaroid snaps, ticket stubs and even some maple leaves. I loved planning each stage of the journey and we made our own honeymoon list for various parts of it for our guests to contribute to – from breakfast waffles and bike hire to upgrading trains to first class and a helicopter ride around Boston and the coastlines – we were then able to personalise photos and thank you cards depending on where abouts and what part of the journey they contributed to.