I cannot explain how excited I was when these photos appeared and I began looking through them.
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.
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.
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!
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!”
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.
“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.
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.”
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.
“We didn’t want bridesmaids, but I wanted Best Girls… We wanted good food, drink and music and everyone to have a good time.”
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 –
“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…..?
Venue… Goldbrick House
Dress…. White Rose Bridal
Hair Accessory… Port Out Starboard Home
Shoes… Kurt Gieger
Necklace… Pearls Lent by a Friend
Earrings… Rachel Lucie – A Wedding Present from Graham
Flowers… The Wilde Bunch
Stylist… The Little Wedding Helper
Cake… Minky Kitten Cakes and Cupcakes made by Brigitte
Bunting… Bella and the Moo and the Children from Brigitte’s Class
Graham’s Suit… High and Mighty
Photography… Sam Gibson Wedding Photography
Stationery… In the Treehouse and Dear Evie
Make up and Hair… Grace Kingsley
Disco… New City Sounds
Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.