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Emma and Alex’s glamorous 1950s Hollywood wedding with a vintage camper van

Hi everyone! I hope you’re not working too hard this lovely morning 😉 as I have a gorgeous 1950s Hollywood wedding to share which will stop you in your tracks. It’s funny when wedding photographers get in touch with a submission for me, as they usually email and very politely ask if I’d like to feature a real wedding on the blog. Little do they know that behind the scenes here I’m jumping in the air and shouting “Oh My God yes PLEASE!” – as was the case when I first saw Emma and Alex’s big day in my inbox. Thank you oh so much Darren Williams Photography!

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My reply to Darren’s email says it all: “Within a second of clicking on your link it was a yes from me! What an amazing wedding 🙂 That first image had me smiling so much… there’s so much more to love too: the venue, the little dance in the doorway of the Ashton Memorial! Just wonderful!

1950s Hollywood wedding Lancaster by Darren Williams (2)So without further mutterings from me – I witter on, don’t I?! I’m just excited – here are my favourite photographs from Emma and Alex’s wedding at the Ashton Memorial and Ashton Hall at Lancaster Golf Club. Congratulations to a beautiful bride and gorgeous groom (honestly – they could be movie stars!) and thank you ever so much to both of you, and to Darren Williams Photography, for sharing your wedding day with us. Everyone – enjoy! Claire x

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Emma and Alex’s beautiful, glamorous, 1950s Hollywood inspired wedding blog

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The wedding venues:

Ceremony – Ashton Memorial, Williamsons Park, Lancaster
Reception – Ashton Hall at Lancaster Golf Club, Lancaster

Wedding photographer:

Darren Williams Wedding Photography

Invitations and reception stationery:

Lovingly home made on a rainy afternoon with my mum and friends. The invitations had a vintage brooch and silver ribbon which gave guests a hint of the colour scheme – silver and purple. For the table plan we bought an old silver, vintage mirror which we then decorated. Name tags were purple hearts attached to our wedding favours of gingerbread men and women (home made by Alex’s mum and dad). We wrote the table names on mini blackboards from Hobbycraft.

What did you wear?

My dress was Isadora Ann by Maggie Sottero from Butterfly Bridal in Lancaster. My shoes were silver glitzy heels from Roland Cartier – Debenhams. I wore a birdcage veil and flower from Lilly Bella , I borrowed my necklace from my sister (something borrowed!)

Alex wore a classic black slim fitting Cerruti Italian tux, with a hand tied skinny bow tie.

A little about the wedding ceremony:

We had our civil ceremony in the most beautiful building in Lancaster which was built in 1908 by Lord Ashton to remember his second wife. As the guests arrived, Frank Sinatra music played then the old movies theme continued as we signed the register to Marilyn Monroe’s ‘I wanna be loved by you’. Our wedding readings were ‘The art of marriage’ by Wilferd A. Peterson and ‘He never leaves the seat up’. At the end of the ceremony our music direction changed as we danced down the aisle to Alex’s favourite song ‘Don’t look back into the sun‘ by The Libertines. After the ceremony the guests were treated to pink fizz with strawberries, and mini cakes.

Wedding venue styling and details:

  • Aisle decorated with lanterns and purple petals.
  • Wild garden flowers to tie in with the greenery in Williamson’s park.
  • Retro sweet table
  • Table with family wedding portraits on

Wedding music and entertainment:

The Deltatones two piece band played an amazing mix of vintage rock, classic indie and upbeat classics. They also provided a DJ set where an eclectic mix of songs were played from Gina G and Five to Jonny B. Goode.

Memorable wedding day moments:

Emma – On my hen do in Glasgow we went to a Burlesque Dance lesson where we learnt a routine to Lady Marmalade. In the evening myself and my hens surprised the guests with this performance complete with feather boas!

Alex – Seeing my beautiful bride in her amazing unique dress for the first time as she walked down the aisle (preceded by my gorgeous 15 month old niece as our flower girl).

Wedding day advice:

Don’t let anybody dictate your day – do what you want to do and be yourself. That is what will make your day memorable.

Recommended wedding suppliers:

The Hanging Basket Florist – Lancaster
Butterfly Bridal – Lancaster
Darren Williams Wedding Photography – North Wales

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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