On Christmas day in 2014, Alec sat down at his piano and began to play his and Holly’s song. Little did Holly know, that inside the piano hid the ring that she’d accept when Alec asked for her hand in marriage! Less than a year after she had said yes, the two married in an intimate ceremony in the grounds of Alec’s Grandparents home. From the wedding invitations to the dress and the vows, this trendy young couple did a wonderful job of creating a truly beautiful and unique 1950s vintage wedding!
The Ceremony & Reception
It was in a small marquee on family grounds, it was very personal as Alec’s friend, an actor, constructed the ceremony with a non-religious, slight comedic twist. There was a reading by my sister called ‘the lovely dinosaur’, a speech about love and marriage from Alec’s dad and our close friend Claudia sang ‘how long will I love you’ whilst we signed our register (a finger tree). We did all the decorations and flowers ourselves using bunting, gingham, babies breath and daises.
Our photographer was Chris Fossey. He was amazing and he had so many great ideas which really went with the vibe of our day.
We had a three course, sit down meal which was tomato and basil cheesecake, spinach & dolcelatte chicken and orange chocolate torte. In the evening we had a fish and chip van and sweets and popcorn. The cake was a naked Victoria sponge.
My mum made my wedding dress which was a 1950’s style short lace dress with a big petticoat. I wore Irregular Choice’s Mr & Mrs shoes and accessorised with pearls and a bird cage veil. I did my own make up as I wanted to keep it natural and my sister and friend did my hair in a 50’s style.
I had my sister and 4 best friends as bridesmaids and my mum also made their outfits which were pale green pencil dresses.
Our Favourite Parts
Having the wedding at Alec’s grandparents house made it so special. We made everything ourselves and even wrote our own vows for the ceremony and we loved the speeches as they were the only surprise on the day.
Enjoy the day, don’t worry and make as much as you can yourself. It makes it all so unique and personal and of course saves money! Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: Janette Cole, Mother of the Bride | Wedding Shoes: Irregular Choice | Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Moss Bros | Flowers & Bouquet: A Friend | Photography:Chris Fossey | Wedding Cake: A Family Friend | Catering: Julie Rees | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Alec’s Grandparents House
Lucy Leaper is our inspiration and bridalwear specialist! She has a degree in fashion design and 12 years experience in the fashion industry, including 3 and a half years as the manager of a bridal boutique. Lucy loves to hear every little detail about a bride's wedding plans and it is no surprise that the first thing she wants to know is what they're wearing!