Anyhoo, a few of you asked to see wedding photos (from way back in April - whoops) so here they are:
Hair first - this was done by Mel from The Vintage Salon in Birmingham (their mobile salon). She did such an amazing job - pin curls, finger waves everything - just wish I could recreate it myself!
I found the hair combs (original 1950s) on Etsy, and just knew they'd be perfect. Then I made the birdcage veil myself using some netting and a few well placed kirby grips sewn into place at the ends and middle of the veil. Super easy but so effective, and it didn't get in the way at all.
I thought about making the dress myself since I have so many 1950s dress patterns but it would have been too much to handle what with sorting the rest of the wedding out and trying to qualify as a teacher at the same time! But luckily I found my dress at Coast and when I tried it on, I loved it. I was determined to get things that I would wear on more than just my wedding day, so I decided to go for blue shoes rather than the traditional cream/white wedding shoes and I've worn them loads since which is great.
Front and back view - appliquéd lace flowers all over the outer layer of the dress:
And full length view of the dress and shoes:
I made the cape myself using Simplicity 1944 (the same pattern Katie made her amazing plaid version from). After I saw her version at the Birmingham Blogger Meetup last November, I knew it would be the perfect pattern for the cape I wanted to make to go over my dress so I searched Etsy for another version of the pattern and was lucky enough to find one so purchased it straight away!
I made it out of a white wool and lined it with a navy blue satin lining. It was the perfect cover-up for a chilly day!
My Sister in Law did all the flowers for my bouquet, the buttonholes and the table decorations - she did the most amazing job!
And we decorated the venue from scratch ourselves the day before (there was a bit of a real ale theme running through the wedding, with all the tables named after independent breweries and the brewery bottles used for the flowers and candles):
We also made all the invitations, order of service and thank you cards ourselves:
So there we have it. Hope you liked the photos! Up next, all those finished makes I haven't yet blogged about!