1930s Whimsical Wedding // Maidenhead Wedding Photographer
I’ve got a really difficult job to do after each of the weddings. Having to describe a perfectly beautiful day, full of laughter and memorable speeches, in which the bride is shining, looking absolutely stunning, living one of her most dreamt about days, is quite a task, isn’t it?
I just hope my poor words can do this whimsical wedding justice, as there is so much to be said…
Abbie and Andy have found us after we got published by Love my Dress at the beginning of the year and we’re so lucky they did! First time we met and saw this sweet couple with big plans for their day, with a portfolio filled with designs and ideas, I could barely hide my excitement. And if you know me well, you know that’s almost impossible to do. Abbie even has freckles, like how gorgeous is she!
When you’re an incredibly talented clothes designer (formerly having worked for Monsoon), designing your own wedding dress and then getting it hand made in India, is just a natural thing to do. So Abbie had this beautiful whimsical wedding dress that amazed everyone present. The bridesmaids dresses were also designed by her and hand made in India.
The wedding details were carefully chosen to have an antique, delicate and natural feel. They also incorporated a scientific element that they both love, so they used antique books and glass wear while copper being the running thread.
We all know wedding shoes can be overly expensive and quite hard to find the right style, but clearly not for this creative girl. Abbie found some plain white Oscar de la Renta shoes in TKMaxx, for a bargain! She then customised them by hand sewing on hand embellished patches on the front and the back was made by a friend in India. And there you have fancy shoes without spending a small fortune on.
The entire wedding was a creative labour of love and I could not say enough how incredibly honoured we feel for having been part of the day.
Please do read the entire list of vendors and friends involved, as there’s so many people and creative ideas that contributed to make this day a fairy tale.
There’s a long list coming, but a huge shout out to everyone who contributed to this wedding!
The wedding dress was designed by the bride, made from silk Georgette with hand embroidered “Chikan” work embroidery with tiny dots of metal thread ribbon work called “Mukesh” (sometimes this chikan technique is also referred to as “shadow work – originating from Lucknowi in India); the embroidery design was based on a Victorian lace skirt found in a market; the lining was simple and slim cut in silk satin and tulle
The veil was made from silk tulle which gave it that antique and truly vintage weight, look and feel. It was also hand embroidered in a simple chain stitch- inspired by the same artwork used for the dress but on a much smaller and more repetitive format
Shoes were an absolute bargain – silk and leather Oscar de la Renta from TK MAXX for £55 which the bride customised by hand sewing on hand embellished patches on the front and back made by a friend in India.
Bridesmaid dresses and jackets were designed by the bride and made by a friend in India
Ribbons on the bridal bouquet were vintage rayon and silk ribbon bought from portobello market and hand dyed/dip dyed/ombré dyed by the bride
Silk scarves on the bridesmaids bouquets were hand made and dyed/dip dyed and finished by the bride
Table and bouquet flowers- The Flower Loft
Reception Venue- The Pinkneys Arms, Maidenhead
Ceremony- Holy Trinity Church, Cookham
Marque and tables- Twyford scout group
Chairs- County marquees, Maidenhead
Red bus hire- The Big Red Bus Company
Balloons, real rose confetti, lights, straws, tissue paper, paper Pom poms, brown glass vials (wedding favours) and all paper bags from Amazon
All brown bottles collected by friends and family
The painted bottles were painted by the bride and decorated with metallic ties or lace ribbons
Tassel bunting made by bridesmaid and new sister in law Gemma
Table runners hand made by the bride
All stationary including menu, invites, table numbers, hand written calligraphy name tags by the bridesmaid, Georgie Hoile
Table plan of paper dolls and puppets were hand made by the bride and groom
DJ – Eddie the goat boy
Hand written signage boards made by the bride
Bride wore a necklace that Andrew bought her to open on the morning of the wedding by Alex Monroe – “Crab” is one of her pet names as its her star sign
Earrings – J crew
Head piece – Rosantica on Net-a-Porter
The wedding rings and engagement ring were hand made by Lawsons Goldsmiths in Henley
Brides make up – Alison Oswald
Bride and bridesmaids hair – by bridesmaid Georgia’s mum, Sylvia
Bridesmaids wore all jewellery and handbag accessories by Accessorize
Groom, Best man, Usher – wore trousers from GAP, shirt from UNIQLO
Silk bird print ties and silk block printed hankies made by the bride
Groom’s jacket/waistcoat was from Walker Slater in London
Groom’s shoes were from YMC
All button holes/corsages were dried from friends and family weddings and gardens from the previous Summer and cut and made up by the bride
Dried pew ends – by the bride using dried flowers
Cake – by the brides uncle Nino
Papier-mâché wedding cake toppers hand made by the mother of the groom
Wedding cake edible flowers – Maddox farm organics
Macaroons- hand painted copper
Piñata – by Laura the bridesmaid
The vintage moon booth was made by the mother and father of the groom
Photographer: Green Antlers Photography