… and when I say 1920s twist I mean gorgeous bride with smoky eyes and the most amazing Temperley wedding dress and vintage accessories. Today’s wedding is so incredibly beautiful and perfectly matches Rachel and Al’s personal style…
Cue the most amazing designer invitations, real vintage accessories, fabulous locations and of course wonderful wedding photography. My friend Mark from Evolve Photography in Devon submitted today’s real wedding to share with you and I’m super excited to publish it on the English Wedding Blog this morning.
Find out more about the fabulous Evolve Photography here:
Our 1920s vintage inspired wedding at Huntsham Court in Devon
Our wedding story: Rachel + Al
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Absolutely – I love the casual relaxed style and on the day I couldn’t have asked for a nicer person.
Huntsham Court, Devon – an amazing venue, lovely people and the perfect setting.
31st December 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A celebration of Love, Friendship, Family and Togetherness.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Pride. I was so happy and proud.
Your wedding style and theme:
1920’s Twist, Casual but Stylish. I wanted to feel great, but still like me. I love the 1920’s era it was so glamorous and dramatic, but I didn’t worry about the boys being part of that, they did their own thing. I tied it together with colours and accessories. The flower girl dress material (made by my mum) was also used for the handkerchiefs for the groom and groomsmen and Paige boys and that colour palette pulled everything together. Boho style I suppose.
Any happy tears on the day?
Yes, lots – the service was especially moving. We wrote our own vows, which I found very special. All the readings were very moving and we sang songs that meant something to us as a couple. We tried to make sure everything we did meant something to us.
How did the two of you meet?
We met on set (we both work in the film industry) we were friends at first and then we fell in love.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
I was planning on and off for a year. I tried to do things a bit at a time. Strike things off the list. I made a list at in the January of 2014 and worked to that.
Best bit of budget advice?
Don’t forget about VAT.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
My friend Mimi Soan drew them for me, we used the same image for the order of service. I loved them being personal to Al and I. Table names we went for a film poster theme on postcards. DIY.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, absolutely. My dress made me feel like a movie star. Temperley Dresses are special – really special.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Alice Temperley, Nottinghill. I had the best experience here and wish I could wear my dress again.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I love accessories and used them to express my personality, My Gold handbag, Vintage – I’ve had it for years. Rachel Simpson shoes, Rachel Simpson Hair piece, 1920’s Chandler Earrings from Irene and Ozzie (Etsy) My necklace was my Grandma’s, lent to me from my mum. My fur coat was lent to me from a friend who wore it on her wedding, also vintage. Perfume Coco Chanel. I didn’t worry too much about having things matching. I just went with things that complimented the other.
The groom wore:
Kooples Suit & Shoes
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Whistles dresses with a 1920’s feel, head pieces or bands all from Etsy. They all chose their own shoes, I asked they all wore gold.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My talented friend Lily Beckett who is a designer for Film & TV did my hair and make-up, the girls all did each other.
The amazing Pumpkin and Pye – the most beautiful, simple, retro foliage driven flowers
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
The Vows, The readings, The Songs, I loved it all.
Marriage joins two people in the circle of its love – Edmund o’neil
I like you and I know why – Anon
Carry her over the water – W H Auden
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We tried to keep it simple as we loved the venue but we went to town with flowers, my mum handled that, they were stunning and she did a great job.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Quirky, Rustic and delicious – made by my talented sister in law, Caroline Dargavel – Chocolate Fudge, Carrot Cake & Lemon Drizzle.
We had our friends DJ – best party ever. Each person did an hour.
On the day tips and advice:
Take a minute out with your husband, enjoy it, take a good look around you and think about how very lucky you are and how much you love the people around you and what a privilege and a gift love is.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The feeling of unity.
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