ELLE WeddingsPictures and tips to inspire...
If you’re planning a wedding, or even if you’re not, poring over beautifully styled wedding pictures can prove quite addictive.
But how do fashion girls do weddings? From the prized designer wedding dress to the dream venue, Team ELLE – along with a few industry friends – were only too happy to share their stunning pictures and stories.
Whether you dream of a big budget destination wedding, or a modest affair styled with DIY touches, click through the ELLE Weddings gallery for insider tips and inspiration...
Patricia Campbell, ELLE Commercial EditorLusan Mandongus for a Devon country house party wedding…
The Dress'Shopping for the dress was easy as I had a clear idea of what I wanted: figure-skimming silk with delicate touches of lace, a low cut back, and a dramatic train. Luckily, I found it in the shape of this soft, romantic Lusan Mandongus gown, purchased at a Morgan Davies sample sale. A few alterations sealed the deal: I changed the neckline from OTT cowl to a simple scoop and added transparent lace cap sleeves to echo the ethereal quality of the gown’s tulle overlay.
Seb, my husband, looked equally dashing in his Tiger Of Sweden suit and burgundy tie - a stylish alternative to a m
The Veil and Garland
'We were having a church ceremony, so I thought it wise to temper the raciness of my gown’s low-cut back with a demure veil. I chose a single layer, full length style, which cascaded to the floor in perfect symmetry with my gown’s chapel length train. In my hair I wore a garland of silk flowers, custom-made by Finnish eco designer Minna. For a more undone, bohemian feel, I opted for tumbling waves instead of the classic bridal up-do.'
'My four bridesmaids were only too happy to swap floating chiffon and empire lines for something with a bit more personality. They readily bought into my Mad Men meets SS12 Louis Vuitton vision, so much so, in fact, that it was one of the girls who found the winning dress: a lace, off-the-shoulder number from Asos that was demurely sexy. The nude, blush-pink hue complimented the understated tones of our bouquets, while the underskirt gave the dresses a bit of volume without veering into prom territory, which can sometimes look a bit costume. The girls loved them and looked so striking on the day.'
'Our incredible venue, in Devon, was one of the defining elements of our unforgettable wedding weekend. Imagine taking charge of a grand country pile for the weekend – the sort that the BBC might use as a backdrop for their latest costume romp – and filling it with your favourite people. That’s pretty much the size of our wedding, and we lost count of the number of guests who asked, ‘how did you find this place?' on the big day itself. Most of the wedding party stayed for the weekend, so the night before, we had a long-table feast in the dining room, while guests pitched-in to help with final preparations: anything from hanging fairy lights in the trees outside, to styling the reception rooms.'
'Marrying in July, I knew we’d have the pick of the season’s best blooms, so in my mind, there was no excuse not to have locally grown, non-chemically sprayed flowers.
Emma Vowles created the bouquets – she's based in one of my favourite Devon towns, Totnes. After exchanging ideas on Pinterest, she came up with this beautiful, blousy arrangement of peonies, baroness and menthe roses, with stocks and wildflowers – all in soft, faded hues. It perfectly encapsulated the natural, unstructured look I wanted.'
The Venue Flowers
'For the rest of the flowers, I opted for a semi-DIY package with local flower field JW Blooms. It meant that the night before the wedding, my friends and I spent a lovely couple of hours arranging posies in makeshift vases around the venue. At the church, there were hanging jam jars of flowers in lieu of traditional pew ends, and back at the venue, the florist decorated the grand pillars in the dancefloor area with floral garlands and hanging lanterns. The fragrance of this meadow of beautiful flowers throughout the venue was truly otherworldly, and is one of the defining memories of my wedding day.'
'Seb and I worked equally hard to get every detail right for our wedding, gravitating towards the tasks that interested us most. For me, that ended up being the styling.
I hired vintage crockery from Devon Vintage China for the tables and, over a series of making days at my house, friends helped me decorate old jam jars with ribbon and lace, ready to act as vases for flowers, or tea light holders. We also created reams of paper garlands, and I constructed a hanging table plan for the meal.
Seb took care of the place settings, gathering images of each of our guests and designing individual cards using Moo.com. It acted as a bit of a conversation-starter at the tables, and was a lovel
'We wanted our wedding to strike the balance between formal and informal. We decided on a traditional sit-down affair for the meal, and small, local supplier Dartmoor Kitchen did a great job, using only sustainably sourced, seasonal ingredients.
For the evening food, we opted for classic West Country fare in the shape of Tom’s Pies. They were gobbled up in a flash!'
'We were thrilled when Laerke Feld Andersen agreed to shoot our wedding. The designer and photographer is a dear friend of ours and over the years we've worked on a number of projects together, either in a fashion capacity, or through shoots with Seb’s band. We actually got engaged at Laerke’s wedding in Copenhagen, so it was very poignant that she should end up being our wedding photographer. Her pictures are considered without feeling contrived: she has a great eye for those little nuances that might go unnoticed, but yet really tell the story of the day. We will treasure our pictures forever.'
The First Dance
'Our friends were taking bets on the song we’d dance to, certain that it would be an indie classic or an obscure electro number. But in the end we opted for a romantic, slow-paced ballad that we both have a soft spot for: Be Careful It’s My Heart. It was penned by classic Russian-American composer, Irving Berlin, and sung by Frank Sinatra.'
'Our venue had a refreshing non-stuffy attitude, so we knew we’d be able to throw a great party. Family and friends took their turns to DJ, their set lists keeping us dancing all night. But were the real highlight - tearing through ‘50s rockabilly, indie classics and archive David Bowie - Seb even surprised me by joining them on-stage to play guitar at one point! Later, we all piled into the intimate speakeasy-style bar, where we drank elderflower champagne and Gatsby-era gin cocktails, inspired by nights out at our favourite London bars. Even as the fir
Christina Simone, ELLE workflow director.A chic J.Crew gown for a smart New York wedding...
The Dress‘My dress was by J.Crew. About a month or so before the wedding, I decided it looked a little plain, so I bought a sash in a similar fabric from AmieNoelDesigns on Etsy Weddings. A local seamstress sewed it onto my dress when I arrived at my parents' house in New Jersey, two weeks before the big day.’
‘I wanted my bridesmaids (my sisters and sister-in-law) to pick their own dresses, since they all have very different style. The only rule was that the dress had to be the same colour and fabric. They all looked beautiful in these silver dresses by Alfred Sung.’
‘The handbag was a gift from my mother on the wedding morning - it's become a bit of a tradition between my mother and my sisters. The silver bracelet was a gift from my husband, Dimitri.’
‘Our wedding reception took place at The Lighthouse, which overlooks the New York City waterfront.’
‘Our photographer was Peter Gebhardt from InfocusNYC. I love the snaps he took of us on the streets in the West Village.’
Sarah Blackwell, Senior Press Officer, L'Oréal Professionnel.Oscar De La Renta for an idyllic Italian wedding.
The Dress‘I wore an Oscar De La Renta wedding dress with a Vera Wang sash and a Toni Federici veil, all purchased from Browns Bride (12 Hinde St London, W1U 3BE). My shoes were by Christian Louboutin. My husband chose a suit
‘I chose simple, dove grey column dresses for my bridesmaids, which looked beautiful against the bouquets created by our florist Annalisa Mazzi (marieloufiori.it) I carried a simple bouquet of white peonies, while my bridesmaids had white peonies with muscaro, lavender, sage, cineraria maritima and violet sweet pea. The flower girls wore headdresses of Gypsophila and muscaro.'
‘The ceremony took place in the main garden in the grounds of our venue’.
‘We had jam jars hanging from the trees with tea lights and a mix of peonies and roses in miniature vases. We had a lavender theme – we used dried lavender for confetti and used fresh lavender in the bridesmaid’s bouquets and men’s button holes. We also attached bunches of fresh lavender on the back of the chairs for the ceremony and had potted lavender for the aperitivo.’
‘The dinner took place in a secret, sunken garden overlooking the rolling hills of Chianti. It was lit by tea lights and candles hanging from the tress.’
Sophie McCorry Day, Head of Creative and Editor at Quintessentially Weddings.Johanna Hehir for a rustic, festival wedding.
The Dress‘I made the inevitable faux-pas of falling in love with the Cinderella of wedding dresses: Vivienne Westwood’s gown. It was renamed after Sarah Jessica Parker wore it in the first Sex And The City film outing, but I knew it better as the gown I’d torn out of a fashion magazine, aged 18 or so, of Daria Werbowy. I couldn’t possibly afford it, but, after much internet trawling, I was lucky enough to discover Johanna Hehir’s gown, Scarlett, that whilst not a true repli
‘My bridesmaids all wore variegated shades of berry gowns from Dessy that echoed the style of mine. The colour embraced the autumnal aesthetic of the day, and they all looked so hot I was seriously worried about being upstaged! Our mini-maid, my husband’s niece, wore a sweet silk frock from Next – a brilliant source of children’s occasion wear at a fraction of the beautiful but pricey designs of the big names.’
‘I decided long before the wedding that I’d like to have a whirl at the flowers. My mum and I enrolled on a course with the wonderful girls at The Flower Appreciation Society, booked ourselves in for a pick-your-own session at local flower farm Blooming Green and set about growing lots of wildflowers and greenery in our own gardens. The installations at the church, reception barn and “tablescapes” took us the best part of three days to put together, with help from friends and family, and my bridesmaids and I made up the bouquets, hair crown for our little maid and button holes on the morning of the wedding day – not something I would advise!’
‘We wanted to support local suppliers and opted for a rustic-luxe feast as opposed to a polished dinner. My super-talented W.I baking champion mother created the delicious gold-leaf bedecked cake - one layer of rich figgy fruit cake, one of traditional family recipe Sachertorte with a black forest filling, and the top layer of white chocolate and pistachio. There was lashings of apple champagne from Aspall, home-brewed cider crafted on a Daylesford Organic course, local craft ales and gorgeous wine sourced from a recent road trip to Burgundy.'
‘I’m an artsy type, as is my now husband, so we set about illustrating and designing every element of our wedding. From the stationery right through to sourcing a motley selection of vases, goblets and vintage linen napkins from antique and thrift stores (I highly recommend RG Scotts in Margate), to creating lace table runners – which we then dyed, alongside the napkins, a pretty French grey. We even built a woodland bar area and made a glitter curtain rock ‘n’ roll photobooth. We wanted to put our stamp on the day as much as possible.’
‘The incredibly talented Alicia Pollett snapped our day. She was a real pleasure to have around and just felt like one of our friends, and she captured images that are just incredible beyond words. A note on the shoes – these were my something old. Just the right side of worn in, I plumped for my leopard print ponyskin Kurt Geiger heels underneath my dress – not only could I dance until dawn in them, but they instilled a confidence that underneath the fancy dress, I was still me.’
Diana Gavrilina, ELLE Pictures Intern. Vera Wang for a stylish manor house celebration. The Dress‘I always knew that I wanted a Vera Wang dress. Six fittings later, and following long discussions with my mother and bridesmaids, I chose the big and beautiful Hayley gown, which suited our grand venue perfectly. I accessorised with a Vera Wang crystal embellished belt, but kept my hair and make-up simple. The flower arrangements and wedding cake echoed the cascading organza petals of my dress.’
‘Our wedding was during the 2012 Olympics, so we needed somewhere outside of London but which was easy to get to and had everything in one place. Botleys Mansion (botleys-mansion.co.uk) in Surrey was perfect as you have it for 24 hours and it provides space for the ceremony, reception as well as accommodation for family and friends. It is a beautiful grand mansion with contemporary touches, which suited our vision perfectly. The outdoor space allowed us to set up garden games, so that our guests could enjoy the amazing weather.’
‘I wanted my bridesmaid's dresses to have a fun, youthful feel – dresses that the girls would be able to wear again. We finally settled on a BCBG MazAzra style, in a gorgeous soft, lilac hue. The dresses really suited their personalities and I thought they all looked stunning.’
The Groom's Suit
‘My husband, Kip, and his best man, James, opted for fitted, black suits from Dolce &Gabbana. We managed to persuade our dog Sydney, who was the ring bearer, to wear a cute little bow tie.’
‘Euphoric Flowers (euphoricflowers.co.uk) created amazing centerpieces in tall glass trumpet vases for the venue, topped with lavish domed arrangements of hydrangea, roses, stocks, dahlia, and soft moss green foliage. Each had a ring of flowers around the base. I had a full and rounded hand tied bouquet which included white O’Hara peony roses, pale pink Sweet Avalanche roses, white dahlia and soft apricot Quicksand rose, while my bridesmaids had a smaller version of my bridal bouquet, with a soft lilac Sterling Silver rose.’
‘Our five-tier cake incorporated different flavours for each of the layers, including Victoria sponge, lemon with lemon cream, lime and passion fruit and passion fruit with butter cream. The top layer was a traditional fruit cake, so we could keep it for after the wedding. The cake was decorated with sugar flowers with two penguins - a little obsession of mine. I have a sweet tooth, so alongside the cake we also had a vintage sweets stand and a crêpe station.’
Pronovias wedding gown, Jenny Packham headdress.
Midnight blue bridesmaid gowns by Badgley Mishka, Halston Heritage and Project D.
Wedding flowers by The French Touch
Wedding invitations created using repurposed 1960’s 7” vinyl records.
Guinness and oysters at the champagne reception.
The First Dance. Alannah's husband, Kieran, wears a bespoke three piece suit from Spencer Hart
Annasul Y for Lusan Mandongus wedding dress
The bridesmaids wear dresses from Coast
Soft, unstructured wedding bouquets
Antique props and flea market finds
'Ava' wedding dress by Rachel Gilbert
A layered sponge cake to create a rustic feel.
Handmade bonfire blankets wrapped in brown Kraft paper
Sprigs of Rosemary for the table settings and mini bottles of Encona hot sauce as wedding favours.
Natasha Pearlman, ELLE Deputy EditorPronovias for a heavenly chateau wedding in the South of France...
When I first started looking for a dress, I thought I wanted something simple, slim-fitting and fish-tailed. And I ended up with this! The dress is called Princesa by Manuel Mota at Pronovias. My sister found it and I loved that it was a bit different and dramatic. We were getting married in a French medieval chateau after all! Although energetic dancing in a strapless dress did get a bit dangerous at times.
I loved the colour of these Gorgeous Couture dresses – the cut was simple and flattering on everyone.
Planning a wedding abroad is HARD, even if – like me and my mum – you do speak the language. After we chose our venue, Chateau de Duras, in Duras, France, we got in touch with wedding planner Anne-Laure Renaud. She dealt with everything from finding us a band and caterer, to designing the flowers, lighting and room decoration. She also negotiated all the legal contracts (crucial for understanding the fine print) and ensured we came in under our very tight budget.
The foodOn the big day itself, all the catering was managed by the fantastic team at Maison DuLou. The night before the wedding, my mother also cooked a wonderful meal for all our guests.
The groom's suit
Given the stifling heat in France (it was 42 degrees on our actual wedding day), he decided to go for a simple two-piece from Hugo Boss instead of a morning suit.
In return for flights and accommodation, we persuaded our friends Daniel Lewis and Victoria Adamson to do our wedding pictures. Nornally they're to be found snapping for magazine covers or street style, but how could they turn down a free weekend in France?!
My Gina heels were surprisingly comfortable - I managed almost the entire night of dancing without having to take them off!
Emma Franklin, Jewellery DesignerJesus Piero for a relaxed Hackney wedding...
The dressMy wedding gown is Jesus Piero 2013. Apparently I was the first to order it....
Marcus asked me to design it years ago, so that he could get it made in secret one day. We were in France on a skiing trip for my 30th birthday when he proposed, half way down my first black ski run. We were resting by a lonely rock with the most fabulous views of the surrounding mountains when I turned around to see Marcus on one knee, trying not to slip any further down the slope! As he asked me to do him the greatest honour of being his wife I spotted the ring in his hand – my ring that I had designed, and for the first time had nothing to do with the making! It was truly magical.
Walking through Hackney, just after we were married, with cars tooting and people cheering felt so special.
You can see one of my bridesmaids on the right. They wore navy jumpsuits made by my friend the designer Mungo Gurney.
Round Chapel in Hackney had everything we were looking for.
Our wedding cake was by Pomp de Franc, my talented bridesmaid and cousin, Katie Franklin.
The first dance
For our first dance we chose This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) by Talking Heads, which set the standard of music for the night. I barely left the dance floor – I'll spare the photographs taken later in the evening, when I was on people’s shoulders, to maintain a bit of dignity!
Carrie Tyler, former ELLE Digital Director Phillipa Lepley couture for an elegant Mayfair wedding...
The dressI wore a couture Phillipa Lepley which I co-designed with the team. It was a duchess satin Princess line gown with a tulle overlay with hand-embellished lace motifs and beading. I added a sash around the middle and a beaded shrug for the church. It took 9 fittings over 5 months to create and I loved every second of it. Lepley even put it in production and called it the Venice Carrie.
Our brief was central London, 100 guests and somewhere that felt like a grand home. For that, I think there is nowhere better than the Savile Club on Brook Street. Elegant, a little worn around the edges and entirely yours at weekends. Its ballroom looks like it is part of a French chateau, and that staircase... The Savile club has a brilliant chef and hires in any extras you may need (we had heated lamps, new chairs etc) on your behalf.
My mother-in-law created our bouquets, button-holes and wreathes, while Scarlett & Violet took care of the flowers for the venue. I chose an artfully haphazard festive mix of white roses, ranunculus, anemones, white hydrangea, waxflower, white astrantia, thistle, grey mimosa, flowering Eucalyptus, baby blue eucalyptus, mistletoe, berried ivy and ligustrum berries.I also ‘scented the venue’ (my God, this sounds ridiculous!) with Jo Malone’s pine and eucalyptus candles.
Page boys and flower girl
Pimlico’s Little Bevan make the most beautiful creations for little ones. I chose the ivory smooth Amelia dress with navy sash for my 14 month old niece. My two three year old nephews wore ivory slub Peter Pan collar shirts with navy velvet knickerbockers and white Vans.
After planning to make our own, we ran out of time and got the Confetti Cone Company to make them for us. We simply had to submit our chosen pictures and words. Corner cutting at its best.
Sim Canetty-Clarke was recommended to me by a PR friend and she was a triumph (as evidenced by all these photographs). She claims we were her last wedding but you can try...
Lara Lucas, Fashion PRA simple Richard Nicoll shift for a carefree London wedding.
I’m not one of those girls who always fantasised about getting married in a big white dress, it seemed very odd to me when I was shopping for one initially. In the end I opted for a simple shift dress from one of my favourite designers, Richard Nicoll (commercial SS12 I think) and I wore some tongue-in-cheek Vivienne Westwood shoes.
The lingerieI love Stella McCartney underwear so had to wear something from her bridal collection for the occasion.
Lara Lucas, Fashion PR A simple Richard Nicoll shift for a carefree London wedding...
The serviceMy husband’s family is Catholic and mine are Jewish so we decided to have a non-denominational wedding service in Islington Town Hall, because it is so pretty and local to us.
It was a beautiful June 1st day, so after the marriage ceremony we had steaks and champagne at the Boundary rooftop in the sunshine with family and friends. We live in Shoreditch and always love going to the Boundary in the summer.
The bouquetI chose a simple posey of beautiful white peonies.
The cakesLater in the evening we enjoyed a tower of Hummingbird bakery cupcakes (vanilla, chocolate and red velvet) in lieu of a traditional cake.
Hannah Swerling, ELLE Commissioning EditorVera Wang for a traditional Jewish wedding…
I must confess that I didn’t love my dress until I slipped into it on the big day itself. I chose ‘The Joan’ by Vera Wang. It had layers of silk organza and duchess satin and, although you can’t see in the picture, delicate little bows at intervals down the back. I’m not a girlie girl so I thought that a wedding dress would be at odds with my very particular style preferences but that dress was the most elegant and luxurious thing I’ve ever worn. I loved it!
Persuading Rob Ryan to design our invitations was the coup of the century! I have loved his intricate paper cuttings for years and a few years ago he personalised a print I had bought for my friend Debs for her wedding. I knew it was a long shot but you never know if you don’t ask so I got in touch and asked if he’d be interested in designing our invitations. And he only went and said yes! He even made us a special one off larger scale version that’s waiting to be framed for our new home.
I only wanted little bridesmaids and luckily Max and I have 3 divine little cousins just for the job: Lulu, Maisie and Ruby – I know, they all have the best names ever. The ‘silk’ and organza layers in their dresses mimicked mine and they were from… Debenhams!
We had a big fat Jewish wedding so we needed a venue that could accommodate a lot of people. I’m from Manchester and Max is a Londoner and a significant number of our friends and family are in London so we also needed a Manchester venue where guests could stay overnight. The Hilton on Deansgate right in the heart of the city is an imposing building and we could do the whole wedding under one roof: ceremony, reception, dinner, dancing and after party in the bar on the 23rd floor with panoramic views of the city at night. And then the guest could just crawl up to bed at 4am. Perfect.
The venue and flowers
Jewish weddings involve a lot of dancing; you dance before, during and after dinner and late into the night so it was brilliant that our room had a huge dancefloor. The flowers were all white and cream – I wanted a simple and elegant palette – and the little beads in the vases on the tables picked up the light from around the room.
The maid of honour
How gorgeous is my sister Lucy? As my maid of honour, I wanted her to wear what she wanted, so she had free reign. She found this electric blue Miu Miu dress, shopping with my mum, and we all fell in love with it. She wore it with vertiginous Miu Miu heels and I ended up spending most of the day worrying that she was going to fall over. She didn’t.
Alice Wignall, ELLE Features DirectorJenny Packham’s Eve for a stylish wedding in historic York...
To begin with I was adamant I wasn’t going to buy a ‘proper’ wedding dress. But I made a couple of appointments just to see what was out there and what do you know… My dress was ‘Eve’ by Jenny Packham. It was incredibly simple and easy to wear; with a bit of sparkle on the shoulders, round the neck and waist. I liked its slightly 30s feel and the fact it wasn’t at all restrictive.
It was meant to be ranunculus and anemone. It turned out to be lisianthus and scabious. Fortunately, I only found out when my florist arrived three hours before the wedding – too late to stress about it – and she was able to get hold of white roses, which were the theme of the wedding (it was in Yorkshire; white roses are the county flower). As for my non-traditional manicure, well, I wouldn’t normally wear a dainty pale pink manicure so I didn’t see any reason to start on my wedding day. Chanel Rouge Noir was far more appealing to me.
The headpieceI always wanted to wear something in my hair – preferably something sparkly to match my dress. I experimented with making something myself (which actually worked quite well: a plain diamanté choker necklace that had belonged to my grandma, attached with jewellery wire to a plain Alice band that I bought for £5 in John Lewis) and I would have worn that, but then I found this, by American designer Jennifer Behr. She does a whole range of gorgeous headpieces and bands. It was really eye catching – but the best thing was it was really comfortable: no headband-induced headaches for me.
I didn’t picture myself as a veil girl and found the price off-putting: hundreds of pounds for a length of net, even more for a silk veil (they hang better, apparently). In the end, I searched eBay for silk netting and won an auction for a length that I turned into my veil. I bought some ivory silk binding from the haberdashers MacCulloch and Wallis and spent a Bank Holiday Monday stitching it to the veil – by hand. I’d read a couple of online ‘how to make a veil’ guides so it was very simple to attach it to a plain comb I’d bought in John Lewis – and that was it! A handmade silk veil for mere pounds.
The cakeWe just told the (amazing) caterers at our venue – Grays Court in York – to make a nice cake. I sent a couple of pictures of tiered cakes with flower decorations, and this is what they produced! It was enormous. I don’t think half of it got eaten...
I’m lucky that my brother is a very talented illustrator so I ‘commissioned’ him (i.e. told him!) to design all the wedding stationery. He used the white rose theme to create this slightly Art Deco graphic rose design, and we repeated this motif on everything – the invites, order of service, table names, place settings, thank you cards – I just took it to the print shop that’s under our flat and they helped me put everything together. It was really simple, and not too pricey either.
ELLE UK Contributing Editor, Emily CroninA romantic Monique Lhuillier gown for a North Carolina wedding.The dress
My wedding-gown wish list: vintage romance, ivory lace, v-neck, button back, small train, summer-appropriate, ready to travel. I found it all in this Monique Lhuillier gown, snapped up within the first five minutes of a Browns Bride sample sale.
The bridesmaidsWith five bridesmaids spread across three continents, the one-dress-for-all approach was never going to fly. Instead, I chose a designer and asked my girls to select any long dress from the range in a matching fabric and colourway. Luckily, they all have fantastic taste. And the deep purple complemented the blush rose bouquets (and the invitations, floral design and linens) beautifully.
The cake tableMy favourite cakes are chocolate... why should a wedding cake be any different? We chose a three-tiered vanilla and pistachio cake with dark chocolate ganache frosting, decorated with the same vintage-feel flowers used throughout the reception. We surrounded the cake with framed photographs from our parents' and grandparents' weddings - a tribute that my two grandmothers found sweeter even than the cake.
The decorationsI brought a dash of seasoning to the decorations by toting old spice jars and characterful glassware that I found in London to NC. Minimal table arrangements featured tea lights and rose posies.
The cocktailsEager to bring a touch of British summertime to our North Carolina wedding, I decided to offer teacups of Pimms as our signature cocktail. Little did I know this would lead me to scour car-boot sales and charity shops for vintage teacups over the next several months--and to carry nearly 200 of them in hand luggage to Charlotte, NC on wedding-planning trips.