Don’t tell the groom!*
I’m back from Leeds Festival after a rather fun weekend/ sizeable hangover and found an adorable challenge waiting for me in my inbox. Everyone seems to be getting engaged or married lately, and with a new series of don’t tell the bride just starting (hello tuesday night television!) I couldn’t wait to get involved! Carolyn from Lover.ly had sent over some gorgeous wedding venue photos and asked me to plan my dream wedding. If you’ve spotted my Pinterest account – TheFashFic – you’ll know I already have a future wedding board up there… To all the boys out there panicking and wondering if their girlfriend has one of these, she probably does. Don’t worry though, she probably isn’t planning her wedding to you just yet, it’s HER wedding. It’s a girl thing!
The first step was choosing a venue from three options: beach, city or woodland. As a lover of all things vintage and natural, I had to go for the woodland scene…
Next step was creating a mood board! I used images from Pinterest and Lover.ly to create it. I’ve always dreamed of a pastel wedding; think mismatched bridesmaids and wild flowers. I’ve gone for quite a rustic feel to match the scene above, i hope you like it!
Finding the perfect dress is never going to be easy. For me, I’ve known what I would like to wear for some time now. The closest I’ve found is a dress from Elie Saab’s 2012 bridal collection but my dream dress is a mismatch of others. The dresses above all have elements of what I want: lace, subtle mermaid style, open back, button down, long sleeves etc. I think to find my perfect wedding dress, I would have to have it made. Figure hugging and flattering are top of my wish list, with influence from the 1920s running throughout. When I described my dream dress to my nan, she showed me the photos of her wedding dress which was unbelievably similar (she has fabulous taste)! There’s a huge array of wedding dresses on the lover.ly website from my favourite wedding dress designers – think Amanda Wakely, Jenny Packham, Zac Posen and of course the amazing Elie Saab.
When it comes to colours, it has to be pastel. From bouquets to accessories, bridesmaid dresses and cocktails, pretty pastel shades would run throughout. I also love handmade decor like the seating plan above. Wild flowers really work well for vintage weddings, I especially love gypsophila. I would also like to arrive in a vintage car, like the one above or a baby blue soft top. When it comes to the cake, I’d love to keep it pretty simple with a ‘naked’ cake or just buttercream and a few flowers.
I’m a bit Louboutin obsessed though I would definitely consider wearing flats on my wedding day (lots of running around). I love the subtle peach sparkle of the heels above and also have my eye one some Jimmy Choos. I think veils can be so pretty, especially if they are very delicate. Combining with nature makes it eve more beautiful.
My taste has never been very ordinary. I’m not a fan of huge diamonds, especially when they look silly on dainty little hands. Instead I would love something a bit unusual like the pearl and diamond piece above – so pretty and definitely not something you see everyday!
I can imagine actually making this wedding happen would be rather stressful and take forever! That’s why I love websites like Pinterest and Lover.ly. Whilst Pinterest has some fab DIYs, Lover.ly has an online store and works as your online wedding planner. When I signed up, I was asked a couple of questions. Before my eyes, the most perfect collection of images appeared that reflected my dream wedding. It’s an amazing source of inspirations and they take you through all the things you need – total dream!
Here was the start of my image board (you might recognise a certain pair of shoes…)
Set your date or just fancy planning your dream wedding like I did? Why not head over to Lover.ly and get started!