This week's gorgeous bride is Ruth, who chose a beautiful original vintage 1960s lace wedding dress for her wedding to James in September...
Ruth is a design historian, so it was great fun going through my collection of original vintage wedding dresses together. As Ruth says,
"As a design historian I was really keen to have a vintage dress and had the most amazing time trying on so many of Helena's beautiful dresses. I also had a soft spot for shorter dresses, I wanted something that I could wear with ease, didn't need help going to the toilet in (!) and could dance to my heart's content in! James and I just wanted to have fun on our big day and it was important to me to find a dress that would allow me to move, dance and enjoy myself! This dress ticked all the boxes."
"I'm so pleased that I was able to pair this late 50s/early 60s dress with a 19th–Century–esque wax orange blossom headband, made by my mum! It made my outfit really personal and means I have a super special memento from the day (that I'm going to try and wear on every possible occasion)."
"It wasn't only my headdress that was really personal. We are lucky enough to know some really talented people and pretty much everyone who was involved in our day we know!"
"It was these personal touches like our friend Nadine doing all the graphic design, my mum making and decorating the cake, my friend Abi doing the bouquets and buttonholes, our friends' band Killer Grove playing in the evening, and our friend Tash's catering that made the day super special and really easy to plan."
"We were lucky enough to get married in a place that has a very important part in our day-to-day lives and is the place where we met, our church St Mary's Bryanston Square. We wanted a big family day and this large early 19th Century church was the perfect place."
"Thank you so much for all your time and help Helena. The dress was so perfect for me and it was so lovely to meet you and Grace, two people who are so talented and know so much about dress making and vintage fashion!"
I'll leave you with Ruth's wise words to any brides planning their weddings now...
"My advice would always be to do things how you want them. Don't do things because that's how it's always done. Dispense with tradition when you want to and steal from the past when it makes you smile!"
You look amazing, Ruth, and I agree completely. I couldn't have put it better myself!
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Ruth's photographs with thanks to Katie Garner Photography