Little Vintage Paris – A Real Wedding – Brigitte & Graham

I cannot explain how excited I was when these photos appeared and I began looking through them.

Vintage Inspired Wedding Decor

Beautiful Venue Decor

Brigitte and Graham have been together for four years, after meeting online on a dating website. They had both been married on previous occasions, but after getting engaged in 2009, they began to plan their special day.

Vintage Wedding

A Very Special Day for Two Very Special People

They decided on an informal celebration with friends as opposed to a huge extravagant affair. From the outset, they knew they wanted a quirky, informal location to tie the knot and searched in Brigitte’s hometown of Bristol. Goldbrick House has a ‘fabulously vintage’ feel to it and they immediately fell in love with the venue.

Vintage Ceremony in Bristol

Goldbrick House Ceremony Room

Finding your perfect wedding dress is arguably one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do. I’m sure there are some of us who stay as calm as a cucumber, feel barely flustered and find ‘the one’ almost immediately. But for the rest of us mere mortals, who let’s face it, get stressed out nipping into New Look on a busy day, it isn’t always so easy. Brigitte didn’t enjoy the experience very much either.

“I really wanted vintage lace with sleeves, but nothing along those lines suited me.”

In the end, she found a dress that fitted nicely, and had a good reaction from a close friend – and that sealed the deal. Before the wedding, Brigitte had some cap sleeves added onto the gown in tulle. I think Brigitte looked beautiful and her dress suited her day perfectly, but you can tell she wasn’t quite convinced!

Vintage Wedding Dress with Cap Tulle Sleeves

Wedding Dress from White Rose Bridal

Wedding Dress from White Rose Bridal

Wedding Dress from White Rose Bridal

The couple got engaged in the city of love; Paris, and there is a subtle French theme running through the venue decor and styling. And it also very vintage, of course. However, vintage wasn’t something that had previously been on Brigitte’s radar –

 “I was into very contemporary cleans lines and wasn’t really into the whole vintage thing, but as soon as we got the ball rolling organising the wedding, I was hooked!”

French Vintage Wedding Theme

French Theme – with a personal meaning

Vintage Birdcage with Candle

A Very Vintage Birdcage – Well, it’s not a Vintage Wedding without one!

Brigitte utilised wedding blogs for her inspiration and also enlisted the help of the Little Wedding Helper, Kirsten, who styled the wedding on the day. The bride to be collected lots of beautiful nic nacs and accessories in the months leading up to the wedding which created a very personal feel to the decor.

Just Married Wooden Bunting

Personal Touches make all the difference

Vintage Inspired Table Settings

Vintage Inspired Table Settings

Beautiful Table Settings - Vintage Inpsired

Beautiful Table Settings – Vintage Inspired

“I wanted a room full of beautiful cottage garden flowers displayed in jamjars, kilner jars and vintage glass vases. I wanted vintage photos, plates,nic nacs and quotes. Cupcakes,macarons and a cutting cake on vintage platestands.”

I really love the photos everywhere – it creates a real feeling of nostalgia. The dusky pink of the flowers transfers effortlessly into the cake and cupcakes. I always think it’s fabulous when you make your own cupcakes, and Brigitte is one talented lady – I thought they had to be from a wedding supplier! And the ‘I Do’ tags are to die for.

Vintage Photos and Flowers Wedding Decor

Vintage Photos & Flowers – just what Brigitte had hoped for

Cake by Minky Kitten Cakes, Cupcakes Handmade by Brigitte

Homemade Cupcakes - Dusky Pink and Vintage

Homemade Cupcakes – Dusky Pink and Vintage

Sam Gibson was their wedding photographer, and I think he captured some really beautiful and genuine moments on film. As Brigitte walks down the aisle with her eldest son, the look on her face is one of joy and pride.

“My vision of the day was an intimate informal occasion full of love and laughter. I wanted my eldest son to walk down the aisle with me.”

Vintage Wedding Ceremony

Brigitte’s Eldest Son walked her down the Aisle

Vintage Wedding Aisle

The moment Graham spots his beautiful bride to be

The ceremony was full of special readings and poems, and was an extremely personal moment for Brigitte & Graham. Graham’s father had passed away a few years prior to the wedding so they selected music in memory of him. I love the moment they sign the register – it makes me smile every time; Brigitte tells me the ceremony was her favourite part.

Vintage Wedding Ceremony

A Moment to Remember

“We didn’t want bridesmaids, but I wanted Best Girls… We wanted good food, drink and music and everyone to have a good time.”

A Relaxed Feel to the Day

A Relaxed Feel to the Day

First Dance

One of my Favourite Moments

What I love most about Brigitte & Graham’s day is the attention to detail – everything is beautifully placed, perfectly designed and yet their wedding oozes calm. These are some of my favourite little touches –

Flip Flops for Sore Feet - Very sensible and thoughtful!

Flip Flops for Sore Feet – Very sensible and thoughtful!

Vintage Tags for Wedding Messages

Vintage Tags for Wedding Messages – Alternative Guestbook

Bunting by Children

Bunting Drawn by Members of Brigitte’s Class

“Our wedding was everything we dreamt of and much more. From the moment we got up to sadly having to collapse in am exhausted heap at the end of the day, we never stopped beaming with happiness and excitement. All the months of planning and organising paid off and every aspect of the day was perfect.”

So, who did your…..?

VenueGoldbrick House
Dress…. White Rose Bridal
Hair AccessoryPort Out Starboard Home
ShoesKurt Gieger
Necklace… Pearls Lent by a Friend
EarringsRachel Lucie – A Wedding Present from Graham
FlowersThe Wilde Bunch
StylistThe Little Wedding Helper
CakeMinky Kitten Cakes and Cupcakes made by Brigitte
BuntingBella and the Moo and the Children from Brigitte’s Class
Graham’s SuitHigh and Mighty
PhotographySam Gibson Wedding Photography
StationeryIn the Treehouse and Dear Evie
Make up and HairGrace Kingsley
Disco… New City Sounds

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.

L x

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

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