The Bride Diaries
The Bride Diaries. Introducing Bride to Be Jess

It’s F-f-f-friday!! Yippee. Before you head out of the office for a weekend of fun plans, I have our last blogging real bride to introduce to you :-)

Bride to be Jess is set to marry her beau Robbie in June and has a stonker of a day planned. I am so excited to hear her diary entries as the months go by. Be sure to read on to hear their love story and wedding theme… XOXO Lou


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WWW readers what an absolute pleasure to have been selected by the lovely Louise to discuss my wedding plans, ideas, disasters and all! I can’t wait! My grammar is far from good (apologies in advance!) but ideas are literally bursting, so I look forward to sharing with you on the journey to the big day, 13th June 2015 (10 months and counting)


About me and the Groom to be, in November I will have known Robbie for 12 years! (See classic prom picture) We live in London, I work for a well known yellow department store on Oxford Street, doing visual displays in and around the store, generally making things pretty and sparkly. Robbie works for some well-known booze brands, selling cocktails to the masses in and around central London. If anything from my monthly updates I can promise ever changing decorating ideas and many a cocktail concoction! Perfect combination!


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I hate mushy romance, but need to accept in telling you how we met that we probably sound like the quintessential Joey and Dawson, right off the creek! We met on the dance floor of the Halloween school disco, ‘time stopped and the crowds parted as we locked eyes’ – not quite! Robbie was dared to ‘pull’ a young unsuspecting girl from the year below and that lucky lady was me! Fast-forward to December 2013, Robbie nervously walking me round our childhood country park trying desperately to find the lake where we’d had many heartbreaking teenage moments. When we finally got to the lake and shook off the unsuspecting dog walker, he dropped to one knee right in mud. You’ll see from pictures; Rob’s utter fear, as this picture was pre-asking and then said muddy knee. Not a hint of cringe, just some mud and a bobby-dazzler of a ring! (more…)

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The Bride Diaries. Kirsty’s Pastel Homemade Walled Garden Wedding Part 2

Pastel Homemade Walled Garden Wedding


It’s the perfect way to bring in the weekend – WWW real bride Kirsty’s wedding reception. YAY.

Kirsty and Steve created a wedding full of personality and love. From the tin flower arrangements created by Kirsty to the James Bond details and lawn games; every single detail was super thoughtful. There were happy memories created in the gardens, scrummy ice cream and stylish stationery. All so perfect. And Kirsty’s advice for other couples is spot on.

Thanks so much again to Sue Kwiatkowska for providing the images today.


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THE FLOWERS | I had originally planned on doing all the flowers myself but once we saw our venue had a beautiful arch, I knew I couldn’t do it justice! So we had the lovely India Burrill who designed the arch, my bouquet, the bridesmaid’ and buttonholes. I couldn’t have been happier, I loved the flowers so much I barely put my bouquet down and never ended up throwing it as I didn’t want to damage it. It know takes pride of place dried in our living room!

I wanted to do some of the flowers myself as I’ve always enjoyed flower arranging and ended up doing all the table flowers in vintage tins we collected from car boots. It was so nice as on the evening prior to the wedding, practically all the women in my family rallied in the big dining room of the mansion we were staying in to help create the centrepieces I had practised so many times and I wads so pleased with them! Thank you ladies ☺


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THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Along with the James Bond themes seating plan and table packs, we had some garden games to play, a photo corner with props, a tombola for our favours featuring my dad’s homemade lemon vodka!


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The Bride Diaries. Kirsty’s Pastel Homemade Walled Garden Wedding Part 1

Pastel Homemade Walled Garden Wedding

It’s time to share today the wedding of resident WWW real bride Kirsty. We have followed Kirsty’s planning journey for a whole year and now I am over the moon to share her beautiful wedding day :-)

Kirsty and Steve tied the knot on the 7th June 2014 at The Walled Garden, Cowdray. They envisioned a personal wedding day; with a focus on their marriage, picking meaningful readings and music.

The bridesmaids looked so beautiful in mismatched pastel frocks and Kirsty looked amazing! She donned a Lou Lou Bridal tea length dress with lace appliqué double layered veil and Jenny Packham for Debenhams heels. I am so excited to share their reception with you this afternoon. Ekk.

Thanks so very much to the amazing Sue Kwiatkowska for sharing her photographs with us today.


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THE PROPOSAL | Steve proposed to me in Amsterdam whilst we were on our way to Anne Frank’s house January 2013! It was really quiet about and were walking over a snowy bridge, we were a bit lost so I got the map out to have a look where we were and then looked up and Steve was on his knee asking if I’ll marry him! I was so shocked I just started laughing leaving him hanging waiting for me to say yes. We celebrated in this strange pub drinking cider at 10:30am, defiantly not something we’ll forget!


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THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I got my dress from a wedding boutique in Chichester, only the second shop I went in! I had a pretty clear idea about what I wanted but wanted to try some longer dresses to make sure it definitely was. My dress was a tea length Lou Lou dress and I had a lace appliqué double layered veil, I felt so happy and comfortable in it all day. I bought my shoes before my dress from Jenny Packham at Debenhams, I saw them early on in the planning and knew they were just perfect and not too high!

I made a lace hair piece to go in my hair using some appliqué I got on holiday in Malta and attaching it to a plain ivory hairband but wrapping brown ribbon around it so it wouldn’t show. Grace Benson did an amazing job with my hair and make-up, I felt so happy as I still looked like me, just better!


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THE VISION | We wanted to encompass both of our personalities into the wedding as Steve was really keen to help out and I didn’t want to look back and see nothing of ‘him’ in the wedding. I like the rustic, vintage and handmade and Steve likes James Bond! We managed to combine both ideas by using vintage James Bond film postcards for our seating plan and Steve came up with the idea of having some James Bond ‘kits’ for everyone to play with at the tables. After choosing our walled garden venue all the other ideas we had with a handmade and vintage feel just fell into place.


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The Bride Diaries. Introducing Bride to Be Rosie

I am over the moon this afternoon to be introducing you to the lovely Rosie, WWW’s latest member of the real bride family.  Rosie and Elliot are planning a farm wedding in September but first lets hear about their love story… XOXO Lou




Hello to all the Whimsical Brides reading this blog, seeking inspiration for a Wonderland of a wedding – you are in the right place! I feel so honoured to be writing the first of my blogs for Lou. I visited WWW the day of the ‘Yes’ and have so enjoyed following so many brides and their journeys to the ‘I do’.

My name is Rosie, I’m 24 and I’m the lucky bride to be of Elliot (also 24).


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By the time we get hitched in September 2015, we’ll have been a couple for 8 ½ years. We now live in each other’s pockets in a titchy flat in Brixton, London. But before this, we’ve been hundreds of miles apart and still managed to stick together – and I can’t tell you how chuffed I am that we’re where we are now!
We first met when we were 16 at sixth form college. As lots of teen romances happened, our eyes met across the common room. Elliot asked my friend for my number on the Wednesday and text me on the Wednesday night. We chatted at college on the Thursday. We went to the cinema on the Sunday. We said we liked each other on the Monday, and because I just finished dating an old acquaintance of his, we thought we’d be decent and hold off getting together for a little while… We were boyfriend and girlfriend by the following Thursday.

Fast forward 7 years and we’d escaped London life for a holiday down the cultured streets of Florence. On the morning of 4th February, for once, Elliot was the energetic one. He jumped out of bed, showered, put on his gleaming new white trousers, purple checked jacket and said that we were going to walk around the Boboli Gardens. I thought he was just being a bit more eccentric than usual, so we walked across Florence, and into the Gardens. (more…)

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The Bride Diaries. Amy’s Crafty Hand Sewn Vintage Wedding. The Reception.

Crafty Hand Sewn Vintage Wedding


It’s time for part 2 of Daniel and Amy’s wedding day. YAY.

Amy has to be one of the most crafty brides I have ever featured. A crafters dream day, with embroidered, cross stitched and hand sewn details galore. There was a marvellous chalkboard seating plan, reels of cotton, DIY blooms and craft paper stationery. The vegan cake table really was out of this world and there were sweet activities for the children.

Amy found her 1950s vintage wedding dress online which she teamed with mustard shoes and pretty twist hair style. While Daniel opted for a vintage style blue tweed suit from Topman. Oh my.

Thanks so much to Neil Jackson Photographic for providing the beautiful imagery.


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THE VENUE | After week of trawling websites for somewhere close to home and the right size, I stumbled across a real wedding at Victoria Hall in Saltaire. I’d been to vintage fairs at the hall and knew that it was stunning, so once I’d seen that it was available for hire for weddings I knew it was the one. We used the hall for both the ceremony and the celebrations afterwards, so it had the huge plus that guests who , like us, had small children didn’t have to ferry them between venues. It was also really important to us that we weren’t tied into in-house catering – we knew that we wanted to use a caterer who specialised in vegetarian food and would provide the type of food we love.


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BUDGET | We spent more than we’d intended to on the venue, but everything else was done relatively cheaply. We chose a caterer we were really excited about, but because we decided to go for a totally vegetarian menu even this was much cheaper than average.


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