Monday, 26 March 2012

Reminiscing... (the wedding dress)

Yesterday I found out that as well as both calling Leeds 'home' (despite being originally southerners), and obviously our fabulous sense of style, fellow fashion blogger Chloe and I have another tiny thing in common. We both picked the exact same wedding dress for our big days! How crazy is that? I mean, not that I'm biased or anything, but it was a pretty great dress, so I can see why she picked it too, but what are the chances?? Anyway, this coinkydink got me thinking about said wonderful dress - which I'm hoping to wear again for a little photo shoot with my gal pal & photographer extraordinaire Hannah (who took all these excellent shots) v. soon - and the rather enjoyable day I wore it on...

-Cue me trawling through my wedding photos for hours-

Even though we're pretty twee and kinda cutesy, and Hubby & I would've looked mighty dapper in a skinny suit and a 50s short dress, we went a fairly traditional route with our wedding - which we both still agree was the right thing for us to do, but since we're only young, it was still a pretty good party, and maybe I did have one too many glasses of champagne and have to kick my shoes off I was dancing too hard (we literally had to request some rubbish music from the DJ so I could have a breather!) - but if you can't enjoy your wedding day then what can you do? It was brilliant, and not only because I got to call myself Mrs. B at the end of it.

There are so many details and moments that I could share, but where to start?! Well with the dress of course.

The dress that I (and Chloe!) wore was actually the very first wedding dress I tried on, I had a very clear image of what I didn't want, so when I went to the National Wedding Show where there are thousands of dresses, I could discount all the lacey, frilly, princessy ones at a glance. It was an Eternity Bridal dress in Oyster satin which stole my heart. Simple but not boring, classic but modern with just the right amount of detailing. I just had a zip back because although I like the way lace-ups look, I'm a practical girl and I knew I would want to take scissors to it by the end of the night! It came with a belt with a diamante applique too, which when I first saw it, I thought looked tacky and horrible - the embellished nightmare dresses I'd been trying to avoid sprung to mind, and like it would ruin the ruching but somehow, on, it looked perfect.

(this is my, I-am-really-excited-to-get-married,-but-I-am-also-trying-really-hard-not-to-fall-down-the-stairs-with-everyone-watching-and-rip-my-dress awkward face - we've all been there, right?)

I wore an ivory pearled veil borrowed from a friend, who'd gotten married the month before, dip-dyed in tea to make it match my dress, just for the ceremony and a few pictures, and a bespoke cloth flower clipped into my hair made by Belle & The Bean. You can actually still buy my silver & pearl jewellery at Azendi.

My ivory wedding shoes were from BHS and only cost about £12 in the sale! I'd eyed fancy Rainbow Club shoes and all manner of other shoes, and considered the hot pink stillettos vs. the Westwood Melissa heels debate, but I couldn't justify spending £100+ on shoes I'd probably never wear again (the same argument can go for the dress, but I think I did pretty well to spend less than £500 on that so I cut my losses there). I also considered dying them to match the dress, but in the end, couldn't really be bothered! That sounds awful, I know, but they still matched and looked great, at least until my Dad stood on my foot on the way in - making the first sighting Hubby got of me as a blushing bride being me punching my Dad in the arm.

I think I looked pretty awesome, even if I do say so myself. When I had my dress altered, I had a tie added to the underside, so I could turn the big train into a bustle for the dance party afterwards, but when the time came, not I, nor any of my friends or relatives could figure out how that actually worked (fail!), so I spent the rest of the evening with a fistful of dress in one hand, and a drink in the other. 


P.S. See the Mr & Mrs section for more of the mushy love stuff, or search the 'wedding' tagged posts for more photos.


  1. I've said it before but you looked absolutely stunning Rosie, it's kinda strange that we found each other when we were leading such similar lives at the time! It was nice to hear that other people were getting married young and it wasn't just me rushing into things like I do with everything else in my life. It was a year and a half for us on Valentines day (I only worked that out this time round actually, so its an even better reason to celebrate the day!) I don't know where the time has gone. Here's to many, many more for both of us :) x

    1. Thank you Mel :) Being married young is Da Best! haha, yeah, I totally just said that. Our dating anniversary is Feb 4th so we celebrate that instead!

  2. Ahh wow, you look gorgeous. You're so lucky <3 x

    1. Thank you! And yes, yes I am, I try my very hardest to remember that and be appropriately thankful :)


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