Voni and Brian #cmbride #charlottemillsbride

Voni and Brian   -    07.10.2017

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Dress Designer and Style: Joanna Leigh Couture – www.joannaleighcouture.co.uk

Whilst I chose a traditional style in terms of length, shape and shade, I was keen to have a modern take on a 1920s style. Whilst it was typically a wedding dress, I felt the detail I had was somewhat unusual. It was perfect for me and it was captured beautifully. Whilst I have an understated and moderately feminine style, I also like things that are slightly different, gentle and unique.

I knew straight away I was not the type of individual to go dress shopping, trying on various dresses and being showered with focus, styles, details and information. I just knew I wanted to visit a local specialist dress maker despite not trying anything on. Initially it felt like a gamble but I just knew it was the right decision for me and I had an innate trust in her immediately. The process was absolutely amazing and I could not have been happier with my dress. I was struggling with finding the right veil to go with my dress and was absolutely touched to have had a bespoke veil made alongside my dress as a gift, which matched perfectly.

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Flowers and Style: Planet Flowers – www.planetflowers.co.uk

We both have a reserved, understated style and the venue requires little decoration. Therefore we knew we did not want anything too bold or imposing. My dress was inspired by vintage 1920s so the neutral and pastel colouring in the flowers complemented this. Autumn is my favourite time of year which influenced the use of metallics and lots of candles for decor. I was keen to DIY as many things as I could, partially as I do enjoy getting creative. In terms of the overall style, this was based upon literature, with a book page runner, book piles and quote tags incorporated every where. It was amazing to see it all come together considering we made everything ourselves and an added bonus it was a very cost effective way to style tables sitting 36 people on each! Who would have known used wine bottles, spray paint and old shabby books would have looked so romantic.

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Bridesmaids: Dresses, Who Were They: Dresses from Asos for Jenny, Jess and Emma.

The navy theme colour suited the girls with their fair colouring in contrast to my dark hair and light dress. The iridescent embellishment touched upon art deco styling and went well with simple wrist corsages in ivory and navy with thistles to not subtly complement the style. The girls just looked stunning!

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Suits: Who Were They: www.jackbunneys.co.uk, suits for Brian, best man Mark, usher Richard and Brian’s Dad, Bill.

Both of our families have strong Scottish connections, most are based within Scotland and my mother is buried there, so we always knew we wanted to get married in Scotland. The suits we picked touched upon this and although the details for the suits were tweed, the pattern also looked tartan which was a nice balance of both English and Scottish detail.

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Wedding Venue: Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh – www.mansfieldtraquair.co.uk

We had done some research about wedding venues in Edinburgh and had considered going further afield as we just didn’t get that ‘this is the one’ sort of vibe. I was reluctant to go too far, feeling concerned about the amount of people travelling and any additional inconvenience. After some digging I found our venue and I liked that it isn’t exclusively listed for weddings. I very much like art, history, culture and we were both brought up Catholic which ticked numerous boxes. I liked the multi purpose approach of it, that it is used for various things such as hosting Question Time on occasion. On the day we arranged to view it, there was a wedding starting within 90 minutes. Whilst the place is absolutely stunning, it was the relaxed and organised atmosphere that sold it to us. There was no sense of pressure and it was very relaxed even in the midst of preparing that day’s wedding. This translated itself throughout planning; everything was so flexible which was really helpful when we were based over 4 hours away. We certainly were not disappointed on the day when the venue staff delivered the experience with absolute military precision. Huge thanks go to Bryony for her patience with my early days 10 million questions, Jacqueline for just everything and Marites for her impressive drill on the day. We were touched to receive an unexpected gift following the wedding of a sketch of the venue. Customer service and personalisation was just amazing.

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Cake/Catering: Luisa McDougald of Heart Baker Cakes.

My cousins Patsy and Emma kindly gifted us our wedding cake to which we will also be indebted. It was very touching, absolutely stunning and a really big help to receive. Luisa is a friend of Patsy’s and does not bake as much as she used to (although she absolutely should!), so we were very lucky. The cake was also 20s inspired, raspberry Victoria sponges, with whole raspberries included in the jam, and white chocolate under the icing. It was amazing!

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Photographer: Sean Bell – www.seanbellphotography.com

Sean’s work available on his website is what attracted me to booking him. Surely a sign of a good photographer is evidenced of their work. I really liked the unassuming gentle tone of his website which was completely translated into working so closely alongside him and his wonderful assistant Justyna. For a bashful couple, he worked naturally with this and captured relaxed shots we exactly wanted. Everyone has commented on how amazing the photos are and we couldn’t be happier!

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About the Shoes!

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What Style: Betty.

What made you choose that particular style? Due to choosing to have my dress hand made, I needed my shoes very early on in order for the length to be determined and consistent. Whilst my dress was inspired by a vintage style, I knew I wanted a vintage inspired pair of shoes. I looked for ages and nothing was just giving me the ‘that’s them’ vibe until I found Charlotte Mills’ Betty in silver. Betty fitted this requirement but I also found the whole bridal theme so unique with the ‘something old, new, borrowed and blue’ throughout never mind the wonderful embossed sole. I really liked the old six pence in the sole, especially as it features a thistle, touching upon our Scottish wedding.

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How would you wear your CM shoes again? I didn’t think I would wear them as they are typically ‘bridal’ shoes. However, there may be another occasion they go perfectly. They are incredibly comfortable and elegant. I am happy to keep them and I’m glad the soles were photographed as unfortunately the detail did not survive post wedding.

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Thanks so much Voni for sending these photographs across, they're absolutely gorgeous! 
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