WWW readers Lydia and Andrew are lovers of vintage and so chose the 1940s and 1950s eras for their wedding inspiration.
Think bright red Cadilac, victory rolls and brogues. Oh yes.
Lydia and Andrew got creative and crafted much of their wedding to keep to their £5000 budget. From the stationery and typewriter guest book and lavender chair décor it all looked ruddy marvellous.
Lydia looked amazing in her vintage dress with Jimmy Choo heels, while Andrew opted for baby blue. What a stylish pair.
Thanks goes to Story and Colour for sharing these exquisite images.
THE PROPOSAL | Andrew proposed on the Orient Express steam train. He didn’t tell me we were going on the Orient Express so was pleasantly surprised when we got on at London Victoria station. We had an amazing 5 course meal onboard and after the dessert course, he whipped out the tablet hidden in his jacket and asked me to watch the video. It was very sweet as put together a video of our story together. When he knelt down and proposed, everyone in our carriage went crazy and came round to congratulate us. It was really nice as everyone was so happy for us and to top it off, we got a glass of champagne from the Train Manager to congratulate us.
THE VISION | We both love anything and everything vintage so we thought it would be perfect for our wedding theme to be inspired by the 1940s/1950s with a personal touch.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We planned our wedding within 4 months and it was a big task! When we went to wedding fairs, people said it was pretty much impossible when we told them we needed them at such short notice. It took a lot of searching and organising but once we booked the Wandsworth Town Hall, everything else fell in place.
BUDGET | We budgeted it to be about £5000 as we have to plan for another wedding in Singapore.
THE VENUE | We held our wedding reception at The Alma at Wandsworth. We picked the location as it was within walking distance from Wandsworth town hall and it was convenient for people to get there by train.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was from Ebay and I found a seamstress to re-work it based on the design I had in my head. Then to add to the vintage look, I wore a pair of pale blue sheer fifties gloves (Ebay), vintage diamante clip on earrings (Ebay), vintage gold heart shaped wind up watch (Spitalfields Market) and a rose hair comb for my hair (Angelica Bridal). I bought my shoes from the Jimmy Choo outlet and to make it look different, I added a pair of mother of pearl rose shoe clips (Freya Rose) to them. Finally to top it all off, I carried a fifties lucite handbag (Ebay).
FINDING THE DRESS | I spent ages looking for my perfect wedding dress to go with our vintage theme. Visited various vintage shops, charity shops and finally found it on ebay for £26! Only downside was it was very dated with scratchy long sleeves, high neck and a sad looking bow, so I bought it with the mindset of making it completely unique. I found a seamstress who was willing to strip it all down and rebuild it with my vision of the perfect dress and was so glad I did, as it turned out amazing.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | He wanted a baby blue suit so we found one at River Island. However, it looked very flat with the matching waistcoat so instead we matched it with a textured waistcoat from Topman. We found his tie from Thomas Pink outlet shop, it had tiny blue flowers to match the suit colour. Lastly, his shoes came from Office but he hand dyed the back panel as it was originally bright orange! Then as a wedding gift, I gave him a Vintage Windup Longines watch to wear on the day.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We hired The Nightingales to sing at our drinks reception, they sang a repertoire of vintage songs.
Our first dance song was ‘Bring me Sunshine’ sung by The Jive Aces.
Then after dinner, we had a DJ friend who came and played a mix of electro-swing and dance music
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I was supposed to have 2 bridesmaids, unfortunately one couldn’t make it all the way from Singapore. So only my sister, Charis attended. Her dress is from Primark. I wanted something in a pretty pastel colour but didn’t want it to cost a fortune, so was pleasantly surprised when I found her dress there.
THE FLOWERS | I wanted a wedding bouquet that I could keep forever so I bought them from Pumpkin and Pye. She makes them from beautiful silk flowers and dried flowers.
As for the table decorations, we went the day before to New Covent Garden market to buy fresh flowers, and I arranged them myself. I got the idea of displaying the flowers in fruit tins from a wedding book, so we bought tins of unusual fruit from the Chinese supermarket. We were so sick of tinned fruit after eating so many cans… but it was part of the fun.
THE CAKE | The cake was from Sugared Saffron. We told her about our vintage wedding theme and she came up with 3 different designs to choose from. We finally settled on the 2 love birds design with the classic raspberry and cream filling.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | I trawled through the internet searching for our perfect photographer. I had a specific idea of how I wanted the photos to look and feel like. We were very happy to finally find Dan as he understood our vision and made it all happen. The nice thing is we did it laughing every step of the way.….
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Our theme was 1940s/1950s vintage. We rented a 1950s red and white Cadillac to go with our theme. Everyone loved it and what was really nice was the driver was also dressed up in classic vintage clothing.
We made our own Save the date and Invites to give it a personal touch. We wanted them to look fun and quirky.
For our guest book table, we bought a vintage typewriter (Spitalfields market) and a gramophone to display on our guest book table. I commissioned a bespoke fairground LOVE sign from Argent and Sable to stand on the table and bought a big spotty tea cup planter from the garden centre for our cards. Our guests had a lot of fun typing out well wishes and playing with the gramophone. My sister also bought her polaroid camera to take photos of everyone who wrote in our guest book and to capture random photos of everyone on the day.
For the room decorations, we bought the festoon lights, pastel bunting, honeycomb heart decorations and Andrew made the tissue pom poms. Andrew and his crew hung it all up early in the morning. We also went to a wedding wholesale decorations shop in Isleworth and bought little bottles for our flowers, arrow sign, hessian ribbon, confetti, etc. We placed apple scented candles all around the room to give it a fresh and clean scent.
For our chairs, we bought fresh lavender from Mayfield Farm in Croydon, dried and sprayed it with hairspray. Then we tied sprigs of it with the hessian ribbon over the back of the chair.
For favours, I bought individually wrapped rock sweets which said ‘Wedding Day’ and ‘Keep Calm and Get Married’. We put them into sharing jars which we bought from Ikea and stuck little stickers on them that said ‘Eat me’.
For the drinks reception, we bought 2 kinds of gourmet popcorn from Wholefoods and re-packaged them into small cellophane cone bags for our guests to snack on.
THE HONEYMOON | We are saving up for a proper honeymoon. But we went on a mini honeymoon on the August bank holiday to Devon, Torquay.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We have too many moments that we couldn’t decide. We were happy that everyone having lots of fun and laughing the whole way through.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | It is possible to plan a wedding within a few months, nothing is too daunting when the both of you set your mind to do it together.
Just have fun and enjoy the process as the actual day goes by in a blink of an eye.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Wedding Dress | Ebay
Wedding Shoes | Jimmy Choo Bicester Village Outlet
Rose Shoe Clip | Freya Rose
Groom’s Suit | River Island
Tie | Thomas Pink Bicester Village Outlet
Groom’s Shoes | Office
Hair Accessory | Angelica Bridal
Cake| Sugared Saffron
Photographer | Story and Colour
Bridesmaid Dresses | Primark
Wedding Car | Cool Classic Cars
Singers | The Nightingales
Makeup & Hair | Stephie Hoyle
Wedding Bouquet & Buttonholes | Pumpkin and Pye
LOVE sign | Argent and Sable Signs
Wedding Wholesale Shop | Lavenders of London
Lydia and Andrew thank you so very much for sharing your wedding story :-) XOXO Lou