so, i got married…

20 Jul

So much has happened in the last six weeks, I almost don’t know where to begin! First of all, and the main reason for my (Emmms) absence: I got married!

Matthew and me on our wedding day.

Matthew and I wed at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill on a slightly drizzly June afternoon and although I was gutted the sun was hidden, it was such a blessing in disguise, as we were married in the Victorian conservatory and it would have been sweltering in there with full sun! As it was, it was just perfect.

The Horniman Conservatory.

I was adamant from the start that I wasn’t going to wear white — it’s beautiful on some brides, but not on this one! — and that I wanted vintage. My dress is from about 1956-8 and was found at Circa Vintage in Fulham, which I cannot recommend highly enough.

Me and my very best broads, Susanna (l) and Louisa (r).

They were lovely from start to finish and gave me the name of a seamstress who turned my dress from vintage to couture. It took ages to find Louisa and Susanna their Best Broad dresses. We found Lou’s first at Beyond Retro and Susanna’s TWO MONTHS later at the Absolute Vintage Boutique (from I estimate 1960-1966). Just how well these two dresses complement each other is insane. The lace of one is the inversion of the lace in the other; they’re the perfect hue; best of all, they suit my girls to a T!

Amazingly, given the completely haphazard way I set about this venture, we struck upon an accidental theme: outside the general vintage awesomeness, the sherbet lemon of Lou’s dress and the raspberry bon-bon of Susanna’s mixed with the mint creme of the threading in my dress to create a candy theme! From there it was a short step to carnival inspired pinwheels, sweet jars and sweet-bag name plates, all brought together by moustaches on sticks.

The wedding party.

I made my wedding shawl in Hand Maiden Silk Lace — SO LUXURIOUS! — in Ivory, using Susanna IC‘s Little Leaves pattern, and Louisa and Susanna’s Best Broad shawls in Juno Fine Fibres Alice Lace, in Sage, using Susanna IC’s Abrazo pattern (amazing yardage, that yarn. I got both shawls out of one skein and could probably knit up a third!).

Louisa helping to avoid near disaster!

Thank goodness Lou is a knitter — when Susanna’s shawl got caught in my bouquet, she knew exactly how to free it (re: calmly and without so much as splitting the yarn)! Speaking of my bouquet… for various reasons, I decided to make myself a brooch bouquet.

This baby took about 70 brooches...

I began with this excellent tutorial from Fancy Pants Weddings, figured out how it would best work for the brooches I had and set to it. Surprisingly, it didn’t all that take that long, bar sourcing the brooches (that took months!) –making the actual ‘stems’ was easy and fun. The one thing that did nearly make me throw it out the window was when I decided to hand-sew the ruff (two 2-inch wide strips of ribbon) the night before the wedding. Nothing like leaving it to the last minute!

...and more corsage tape than you'd expect.

One of my very favourite is the sparkly purple flower in the centre, which Arianna gave me as my ‘Something Borrowed’. A perfect, intimate touch to this bouquet! Arianna also had a little something to do with two of the best details that were largely a complete and wonderful surprise.

Drool! The beauty, all dressed up.

Her lovely husband tarted up his gorgeous vintage Aston Martin to drive us to our reception. I was so good throughout the ceremony, but this? This nearly had me in floods!

Inside, it's even better.

Then at the reception, I walked up the stairs, all ready to be announced as one half of the newly anointed Grundy Haighs, when I saw this:

Five tiers of round nearly vegan brownie in five flavours (Chocolate Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Caramel and Chocolate Peanut Butter), care of Arianna’s Bittersweet kitchen, each denoted by representative sweets and topped by two tiny pinwheels. This nearly made me not go into the reception at all and instead stuff my face. It looked amazing and it tasted EVEN BETTER! I think I may have actually swooned when I bit into my first piece of the Chocolate Peanut Butter cutting brownie Arianna had placed at the top.

All told,our wedding day was absolutely, headily, deliciously, unfathomably glorious. I have literally never been so happy. I spent the entire day beaming and giddy. There were so many moments that I had to stop myself so that I could really take it in; so many moments that I had to pinch myself to believe it was real.

I am so utterly lucky. I have some of the most incredible people in my life and I am honoured and blessed to call them my friends. The day was missing a few people, to be sure, but I can’t remember the last time I was surrounded by so many of the people I love and so filled with the realisation that I never want to be anywhere else.

Best of all, I’ve just married my best friend. ‘Lucky’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Us.

*All photography thanks to Sandra Farrow of Farrow Photography, with the except of the very first picture, which is thanks to my dad. If you ever are in need of a UK-based photographer, I highly recommend Sandra. Her professionalism is only match by her warmth and understanding of what we wanted and how to give it to us. She captured our day beautifully.

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8 Responses to “so, i got married…”

  1. alishairish 20 July 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    What gorgeous photos of a clearly gorgeous day! I am so sad to have missed it, but it looks like you and Matthew had a wonderful day. :)

    Also, am stupidly jealous that you got to be inside Edward’s Aston Martin. ;)

  2. pip 20 July 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    Congratulations! what a fabulous day… I’m getting married on 31st July and really looking forward to it :) I’ve linked to my blogpost about it…

  3. orata 20 July 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Congratulations! Your bouquet is AMAZING and you two look so happy!

  4. Max 22 July 2011 at 2:04 am #

    Congratulations!! Lots of love to both of you.

  5. jasmine 22 July 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    Congratulations! You look beautiful.

    jasmine

  6. Laura 24 July 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Congratulations again! It looks like it was a lovely day and you look so happy. I’m so sorry to have missed the reception.

    x

  7. Rebecca Christie 25 July 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    congradulations, sounds like a wonderful and memorable day.

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