Thursday, 29 July 2010

You Shall Go To THe Ball.......

So we found the perfect venue and I have the perfect ring! It was time to dress ourselves!

As we had very little time I wanted to pick a colour scheme that wouldn’t take much thinking about and what is simpler than black and white? We decided that everything other than the flowers would be monochrome. (more about flowers tomorrow!)

The boys, including my 9 year old page boy, had gorgeous grey morning suits hired from Moss Bros, My lovely friend Keith manages a store and he gave us his staff discount of 50%!!!

Next came the bridesmaids! As you all know I had asked my lovely friend Victoria and James’ Sister Sam to be my bridesmaids and wanted them to look really special!

I had been admiring this Monsoon dress for ages

I thought it would be perfect for them, luckily they agreed and the right sizes obtained (with a bit of phoning round on Victoria’s part!)

These shoes (chosen by Sammy on a fun girls day out!)

and some fab fascinators (we had fun trying on anything we could and wandering round the shop!)

We chose white for Victoria and black for Sam to complement their colouring (and avoid the whole uniform thing!)

Now for the moment I had been dreading… dress!

I know I should have been excited but I wasn’t (sorry) I had been dieting before the pregnancy and had lost about a stone and a half, then the weight loss stopped and despite a week of eating little other than cucumber, lettuce and cottage cheese when in Egypt (not aware that I was 6 weeks pregnant!) I came back 2 pounds heavier!

I had had awful experiences in wedding shops in the past, being made to feel bad for not being a size 10 (If they can reduce me to tears believe me they are awful!)

I was feeling really down about myself and was seriously doubting I would get anything nice at such short notice! Then we went to see Peter! Peter owns a family run company called Heartbrides and stocks wedding dresses from a size 10 to a size 36 and he is quite simply a genius (as are his lovely ‘ladies’ who help you dress and offer honest advice!) I let him pick out dresses that he knew would suit me and they all looked nice on!

I picked this one as I thought the beautiful detailing would go with our theme (and it looked pretty good too!) Peter fitted it really well (leaving room for my growing bump!) so it was comfy all day!

I wore it with black, sparkly killer heels!!!

I picked a veil and tiara but then decided that was far too boring for me and asked Peter to make me a SATC style fascinator….much more ‘me’!

What do you think?

Lots of Love



Claire@AreWeNearlyThereYet said...

Oh I love it ALLLLL! Even if we had all the money in the world, a bargain always seems so much more exciting!

Plus, I have seen the pictures and you looked GORGEOUS!!! You dazzled and shone. Glowing and oozing with happiness...BEAUTIFUL!

LoloDesigns said...

I'm loving all this telling of the wedding in stages. I can't wait for each new installment, such fun!

Your gown was truly gorgeous and you looked a million dollars in it! xx

Hannah VanderHart said...

You are amazingingly beautiful. And I'm not sure whether it's the British vs. US style...but gee, yours is amazing! The wedding details were waay amazing! fascinators?! so fantastic!

and your dress is simply stunning.

Rose said...

Your dress is really pretty. How terrible the other shops made you feel so terrible :( I wonder if the wedding shops here in Aust are like that too.
THe bridesmaid dress is lovely too.


koralee said...

I love it!!! Everything is so beautiful..that black dress! xoxoo

Josie-Mary said...

You looked beautiful in your dress...well done Peter, we need more people like him for us never to be size 10 girls!!!
I love the bridesmaids dresses too but I could never walk in those shoes...hats of to Sammy & V! :) x

Scented Sweetpeas said...

What is it with wedding dress shops, I am a size 10 and was still made to feel like poop when I went into the wedding shops, most of them were so up their own bum! It is nothing to do with size.

I am loving reading about the run up to your big day.

DragonflyLanternshop said...

Love it!! Black & White is perfect!

The Girl said...

Victoria and Sam were so lucky to get such lovely bridesmaid's dresses that they really can wear again! I've been insulted to some monstrosities.

I totally hear you about these awful bridal shops though. I know someone who is absolutely stunning, like a frickin' model, not an ounce of fat on her and she came out of one of those shops devastated and wanting to go on a diet because the woman had told her she was too big. She was a size 10!!

Love the detailing on the dress, hadn't seen that in the other photos that I'd seen, and also that you went with a black fascinator - brilliant personal touch!!

Green thumb said...

I'm enjoying a lot these posts and it's funny because you're writing them after your wedding (while the old blog was about the run up to...)
Just realised that SATC means Carrie & Co.!LOL!

Vintage Amethyst said...

Aahh how lovely, I just love everything!!!
Just perfect!

Florence and Mary said...

And I even lovingly hand washed my dress!!!

Your dress was fab, so glad it wasn't a dreadful expereince for you but once again, shows it was all meant to be!!

Victoria xx

AshTreeCottage said...

Love your panache Kelly girl!!!

Susan and Bentley

Lisa said...

Black and white is very classic and stylish.
And your dress is just completely GORGEOUS!
Lisa x

RosieP said...

lovely lovely lovley

hugs baby

tante xxxx

Sherry said...

Love the dresses and the shoes are gorgeous! Your dress is beautiful and I don't know what a fascinator is, but I'm assuming it's kind of a hat??? anyway, it's beautiful!


lemonade kitty said...

OMG Kelly that dress is sooo gorgeous you must have felt like a princess, Lucey xxx