{Wedding Wednesday} Beth & Antonio’s ultra modern urban engagement shoot!

We’re half way through the week and Christmas is creeping up on us! Over the festive season, we’ll be taking a break here at A Vintage Wedding Guide but cannot wait to be back in January to hear all those Christmas engagement stories! Eeeeep! We love hearing from brides, grooms & photographers about engagement stories, so were thrilled to receive this fabulous e-shoot from the super talented Paola De Paola! I love this ultra-modern engagement shoot of Beth & Antonio – the colours are just so bright & vibrant! Here’s Paola to tell us more about this loved-up couple!

I first met Beth at Miss Vintage Wedding Fair in Battersea Arts Centre on 20 October 2013. We started talking and we immediately clicked, even though she said that ‘at her wedding she did not need a photographer’ as a friend will be covering the event. Well, I’m obviously very happy that Beth and Antonio (her fiancé) changed their mind and booked me as their wedding photographer.

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We had an initial meeting to decide the when and where of the engagement shoot. The street art of Shoreditch was the chosen location. As I always do, I created a Pinterest board called Beth and Antonio. I’m a visual person and completely in love with Pinterest.

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Their engagement shoot was decided on Saturday 23 November. I did a recce a few days before to pinpoint where the most interesting murals were located. I sometimes forget how wonderful and resourceful London is.

We met up early despite London Underground not working,(no Northen Line or Overground line) there was just a bus replacement. The day was sunny with a wonderful blue sky, but cold, freezing cold, so much so that their pug puppy couldn’t join us for the photo shoot.

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Antonio Terreno is an Italian born System Developer now working at MailOnline, Beth is a freelance journalist. Obviously they have a very artistic flair. We gelled well together they are really friendly and Beth is very photogenic

I can’t wait for the big day! April is just around the corner.

How amazingly cool is this? To see more of Paola’s fantastic work, head over to her website!

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{Themed Tuesday} It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

Hello there, you lovely people!

Having started a spot of Christmas shopping this weekend, I began to be filled with inspiration over Christmas weddings. Ah, Christmas; my favourite time of year. I love the festive spirit that everyone gets into, purchasing the tree and decorating it, hearing those classic Christmas songs, mince pies, mulled wine.. Ok, you get where I’m going here. I was once lucky enough to be a maid of honour at a friends wedding just before Christmas. It was truly beautiful and it even snowed! So, if you are getting married over Christmas, how can you create something rather magical that avoids the stereotypical Christmas wedding, retains tradition yet makes the day that will leave people talking about for years to come…? Well, let’s take a look and see!

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Are you having a Christmas wedding? Tell us all about it, if you are, we love hearing your inspirational stories!

Until Next Time xxx

{Feature Friday} Retroshu: Amazingly alternative grooms’ shoes!

Happy Friday!!! I, for one, am VERY happy it’s the weekend and am looking forward to two days of lie-ins, vintage shopping & catching up with friends!

We hope you’ve all enjoyed our features this week, including the dashing men who graced our blog on Monday with the spectacular suits for those all-important grooms! We too often hear from brides & grooms who find it exceedingly difficult to find alternative menswear for weddings, including suits, tweed jackets & shoes! Well, today, we have a VERY special treat for you – the amazing Retroshu! And, as an Essex girl, I’m thrilled that this wonderful company are based right here, in Romford, in fact! If your fella is a rocker, mod, goth or just into channelling their own individual style through their footwear, this is THE company for you!

At Retroshu we specialise in manufacturing traditional British designs inspired by the vintage and retro footwear worn in the 30’s,40’s through to the 70’s and 80’s.

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We offer our customers a great selection of styles in any colour or material of their choice,all designed and manufactured in our London factory.

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Our shoes and boots are made and sent to the customer in around 10 working days. If you require your shoes for a a specific date please let us know and we will do our best to send your shoes for the date specified.

For more fantastic pics & to buy these amazing shoes, head over to the Retroshu website!

www.retroshu.com

{Wedding Wednesday} Caricatures, Dublin, Popcorn & Candyfloss; Adam & Kat

Happy Hump-Day!

We hope you are all well on this grey and overcast Wednesday.  As a midweek treat, it is of course, Wedding Wednesday.  This one is particularly special since the bride, Katrina, was actually one of my gorgeous customers who we (A Touch of Vintage) designed a bespoke veil to match her dress.  Kat sent me over the most beautiful photograph of her wearing it and I knew that you, out lovely readers, would love to see the photographs from their day.  I first met Kat at Karen’s Essex Vintage Wedding Fair in June last year. She was so excited about her impending marriage to the man of her dreams that I felt so happy for her. Anyway, without further ado, I introduce you to Kat and Adam.

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Tell us about the proposal; was it expected, discussed or entirely spontaneous?

We always spoke about it but it still came as a shock. For my birthday Adam bought me a trip to Venice as I have always wanted to go! I did hope he would propose but he convinced me that the trip was so expensive that he just couldn’t afford it until the following year. So I just forgot all about it. We arrived in a town just outside Venice and we decided to head off into Venice the following day. So up bright and early and we travelled into Venice and it was a lovely sunny day. We walked around for a bit then I insisted that we would get on a gondola, I was singing just one cornetto with my camera out taking pics and Adam kneeled in front of me and I shouted at him to get up because the boat was shaking and he eventually had to tell me to shutup and listen and took out the ring and finally proposed and I said YESS!!! That was the 20th of May 2012.

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When did you start to plan your wedding, was your husband involved in the planning or did you both instinctively know what type of wedding you wanted?

I started to plan it straight away and we decided on the 7th of September 2013 for our big Day. To be honest I pretty much planned the whole day, I am a huge vintage lover and I wanted my wedding to be all about that, Adam just said yess that’s lovely, yess ok get that ha ha he got to pick the honeymoon and he was happy with that.

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Where did you get married and on what date?

We got married in Dublin as I am from there on the 7th of September. We got married in the church that my parents got married 42 years ago so it was very special to me. We then went onto Co. Wicklow just outside Dublin to the Summerhill House Hotel in a little town called Enniskerry for our reception.

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Tell us a bit more about your day; was it a big or intimate wedding?

We had 97 guests on the day, We had all our friends and family and the day just couldn’t of gone any better. We had a big red vintage London bus collect all our guests from the Church. Myself and Adam had a vintage 1930s Beauford who we hired from KP Chauffers in Dublin, I cant speak more highly of this company our driver, Paudraig, was absolutely wonderful and treated us like the most important people in the world and kept filling up our glasses with champagne on the way to the venue.

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When people arrived to the church I had fan programmes explaining how we met and how we got to our wedding day. I also had badges one with team kat and the other with team adam on them , our guests had to choose as they arrived. 

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For the reception arrival we had a popcorn and candyfloss machine which our guests loved, we also had cocktails and tea and scones on vintage cake stands. I had a saxophonist playing some tunes which created a great atmosphere. Another thing our guests loved was the caricature we hired. Niall O Loughlin who is renowned in Ireland for his amazing work.

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He drew pictures of all our guests and it went down so well people were just delighted with their drawings it brought many laughs to everyone. That was a real success. I was very strict on the way I wanted my room and the hotel manager was just so lovely in allowing me to do what I wanted. For each of my tables I had collected old vintage tea caddies and I placed these on old vintage books I had collected over the months in charity shops and I used these as my centre pieces with gypsophila flowers in the tea caddies.

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For my table numbers I put together pictures of myself and Adam growing up, so for tables 1-10 we had pics of us at these ages stuck to the card, which was a really good way for people to start talking and laughing looking at our photos from over the years. I also typed out all my menus and place cards on an old vintage typerwriter which I picked up at our local boot fair. After awhile I had really regretted it. It had took me 3 weeks to finally type out 100 menus and placemats but it really was worth it in the end.

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I also found this lovely seller on ETSY called Georgie Lane  from PrettyLaneBoutigue who had made me little love heart tea bags attached to a personalised envelope with a beautiful poem on the back my guessed loved these. I put them into a small burlap bag and attached a wooden heart to the bag with K&A attached to it. It was something really sweet for our guests to take away from our day. I had also collected many vintage tea cups and saucers to put all over my tables and my venue. Amongst them I had love heart sugar, flowers and love heart confetti which I made out of some old books and sprinkled on my tables.

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Where did you source your suppliers?

ETSY is the love of my life. I found so many of my supplies from this website. When planning my day I wanted to make it very personal and full of creations. I bought my blank place names and menus from a supplier on ETSY called Tiffany and shops name is Tiffzippy. I wanted my invitations to be really different and I found the perfect supplier on Etsy called ElloThere. This lovely couple make really amazing invites. Ours were a record in a record sleeve and the amount of text messages I got from my guests saying how much they loved them was fantastic. I was over the moon with them.

6. Tell us about your photographer, did you feel comfortable with them, what type of service did you get, would you recommend them?

As soon as I met our photographers I knew I would book them straight away. Ebony & Pearl come as a double act and I cant tell you how amazing they were. I felt like we didn’t seen them on the day but they caught every aspect of our wedding for us. Emma came to my house the morning of the wedding and Stuart went to take photographs of Adam getting ready which I just loved. We had some ideas of what we had in mind and they just did everything we asked of them and you will see from our photos they did a fab job.

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How did you know that your wedding dress was ‘the one’?

What about the shoes and accessories? I must of tried on about 20-30 dresses. I had just finished trying on a dress that just wasn’t the one and the shop owner pulled out a dress and said try this one on, I would have never picked it out ….and as soon as I tried it on I had a little dance it was the ONE!!! As a wedding gift Adam bought me a pair of Jimmy Choo Shoes yes Jimmy Choo I still cant believe I own a pair. I got my beautiful birdcage veil from A Touch of Vintage and it was just perfect and matched my dress to a T;-)

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Did you help choose your husband’s suit?

Well I told Adam the suit had to be navy. So he went off with the boys and picked his suit out himself. I wanted to wait until the wedding day to see it but he feared I would hate it so He showed me a few weeks beforehand and I loved it!

What did you do to make your wedding personal to you both?

Well I made a lot of things for the wedding. I bought a 1930s suitcase from eBay and I made my table plan from it. Again I typed out all the guests names on my table plan and I contacted a lot of my relatives and friends and asked them to gather old wedding pictures in our families so I photocopied these and stuck them all in the suitcase in the lining and it was a great way for people to show each other their different relatives 50-60years ago on their wedding day.

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What favours did you give to your guests?

I gave my guests the caricuture pictures that where drawn for them and also a little love heart tea bag in a burlap bag. I also had hot doughnuts delivered at 10.30pm and with the evening food these went down a treat and some of my guests even kept them and brought them to their room afterwards-midnight treat.

What was your most memorable part of the day?

Well getting ready in my house with all my family and walking up the aisle to meet Adam is was a surreal feeling.

 What song did you have as your first dance?

We had ‘nothings gona stop us now’ by Starship – its from the 80s movie Mannequin.

Where did you go on Honeymoon?

We went to Kenya on a Safari -it was amazing!!

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Finally, do you have any advice for brides-to-be when planning their wedding?

The only advise I can give is enjoy every bit of your day. I couldn’t believe how fast it went. If I could do it all over again I would. And don’t worry about anything that’s what the best man and maid of honor are for.

{Monday Muse} Make Room For The Groom…

Monday has arrived and so has DECEMBER! We are so close to Christmas, that I watched a Christmas film in celebration (it would have been rude not too..)

This Monday, we’re turning our focus towards the men in our lives – our gorgeous grooms.  I love a man in a suit, I don’t get the uniform thing, I never have. For me, seeing my fiancé in a suit makes me go all weak at the knees and I think; “WOW – what a hottie!” So, it will come as no surprise that I cannot wait to catch the first glimpse of him in his suit on our wedding day. *swoon*

What style suit is your groom going for? Are you going to be involved in choosing it or is he, like you, keeping it as a surprise for you? Do tell, we love a discussion.

Now, let’s take a little closer look at some different styled suits that would look incredibly dashing on our grooms. I’ve taken a little inspiration from across the world wide web and have put together a selection that will be guaranteed to leaving you swooning, too!

ps. I obviously had to include Ryan Gosling and Leo in there…

{Feature Friday} White Mischief Bridal

Happy Friday!

We hope you are well on this grey and cold day and eagerly awaiting the weekend! I’m sure many of you have got your first wedding dress appointments, or going for a second fitting…OR looking to book somewhere for your first look.

I was so excited when I booked my first appointment.  I don’t know why, but I guess it was because it all suddenly seemed real.  I, Natalie, going with my mum to look for the most indulgent and beautiful dress I would ever buy! Now, this was no easy feat.  I searched high and low to find the type of dress that I thought I would want, narrowed down the designers that I adored and even those overly-expensive ones (when else would I get the opportunity to wear something that only celebrities can wear?!?) Anyway, I decided early on that I wanted to purchase my dress in Brighton – the place where my fiancé and I had our first mini-holiday and also where we got engaged and chose my engagement ring together! hehe! Yes, call me a soppy romantic – I wouldn’t disagree with you.  I found a designer whose dresses I was very keen on (my experience with that boutique wasn’t quite as great as I had hoped) BUT I then stumbled across two boutiques that had the most divine range of dresses and styles that I loved.  The first appointment was booked at Mischief Bridal.  The fact that I am telling you about them, just shows how impressed I was. So, let me introduce you to this gorgeous boutique and hand you over to Lorna, who actually was the patient and lovely lady who helped me into my very first wedding dress (a Naomi Neoh!!).

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At White Mischief Bridal you will find a cutting edge selection of Designer Wedding dresses and wedding accessories from our carefully chosen bridal designers – all under one roof. Situated in the heart of Sussex, only 10 miles from Brighton, we’ll provide you with trend setting designer dresses from some of Europes and the UK’s favourite Wedding Dress designers.

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An eclectic collection can be found in store from Augusta Jones, Jenny Packham, Jesus Peiro, Caroline Castigliano, VWDC by Charlie Brear, Naomi Neoh, Lusan Mandongus, Blue by Enzoani, Eliza Jane Howell, Lara Hannah, LouLou and more. With these Wedding Dress designers we have ensured you have the versatility and flexibility to create your own individual look whether classic or contemporary.

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We hold one of the most comprehensive selection of Designer Wedding Dresses in Sussex, the South East of England and the UK. White Mischief, one of the UK’s premier Bridal Boutique, is ideally located in the lovely village of Henfield, in West Sussex.

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In addition to Designer Wedding Dresses, you have a fabulous selection of  Wedding accessories including tiaras, bridesmaid dresses, bridal gowns, veils, bridal shrugs, shoes, bridal lingerie, bridal strapless bras, pretty lace underwear. Don’t worry if you cannot visit us in West Sussex, all our Wedding Accessories are available to purchase online through our Online Bridal Store.

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We also look after your Wedding Party, with a huge selection of outfits for your Wedding Day – something for the Mother of the Bride or Groom, Grandmother, Aunt and Friends of the Bride and when you become a White Mischief Bride – your Wedding Guests will be invited to visit our store and benefit through your purchase.

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White Mischief is easy accessible from London, Greater London and Home Counties, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, Berkshire, East and West Sussex and towns including Brighton, Hove, Worthing, Shoreham by Sea, Horsham, East Grinstead, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Tunbridge Wells, Croydon, Horley, Redhill, Reigate, Eastbourne, Lewes, Hassocks, Steyning, Dorking, Godalming, Guildford, Windsor, Esher  and Woking.
– See more at: www.whitemischiefbridal.co.uk/#sthash.N8rLqUwY.dpuf

{Wedding Wednesday} Kimberley & Jamie’s Engagement Shoot at Hylands House!

Today, we’re delighted to be showcasing a gorgeous engagement shoot from a self-confessed anti-bride! Believe it or not, planning a wedding isn’t everyone’s idea of fun and this couple epitomise those who walk down that aisle only for the right reasons – for love. Not being a fan of the spotlight, the idea of an engagement shoot was, for Kimberley & James, an uncomfortable idea. But, of course, we all know that a good photographer can easily banish that awkwardness and get the best from a clearly very happy couple – and that’s just what Emma from Bloomwood Photography did! Over to the bride & groom-to-be for their story!

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Jamie and I met at 16. We were both at the same college and had no intention of settling down. 8 years, 2 houses, several faraway holidays and a dog later I was stood at the top of the Burj Al Arab being presented with a diamond ring on the sly. No down on one knee, no rose in the teeth, no string quartet. No fuss. No muss – much  like the rest of our relationship, but perfect for us. 

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                        As a die hard anti bride the thought of planning a wedding filled me with dread and nausea in equal measure as well as much eye rolling and sighing, but within days I was up to my eyeballs in venues, centre pieces, favours and flowers and to my surprise, ( and everyone elses) in my element!  
                   The one thing I didn’t waver into my manic wedding planning was an engagement shoot. As a bridal virgin I had no concept of what it entailed let alone if it was ‘me’ (or ‘ us’ should I say! ) but when Emma at Bloomwood photography called to say that I had won an engagement shoot, courtesy of a flippant competition entry one sunday afternoon ( who knew people genuinely gave such extravagant  prizes away!) at non other than our wedding venue,  the gorgeous Hylands House, I felt myself getting excited at the prospect of formally remembering our previously casual engagement. 
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                  Emma made us both feel incredibly comfortable and encouraged us to embrace the spotlight, something previously avoided by the both of us. Thank god we listened and went for it as we were left with an array of both fun and formal images to keep forever, reminding us in the best possible way of our pre wedding celebrations. We framed as many as we could and have never received so many compliments from our family and friends, most of whom nabbed some pictures from the shoot themselves. Our next dilemma will be replacing Emma’s engagement pictures ( a tough act to follow) with our actual wedding collection, courtesy again of Emma of course. 
Huge thanks for Kimberley & Jamie for sharing your beautiful pictures and, of course, to Bloomwood Photography for your gorgeous work, as always!
Do you have an engagement shoot planned? Were you nervous about the idea at first? Let us know your experiences too!