Louise and Anthony’s wedding – part one

<We’ve been eagerly awaiting this post for sometime and for our lovely Louise, our Weddings Business Manager, to share every detail of her gorgeous summer wedding to Anthony Boothe. Louise shared their day with our blog sponsors Rock My Wedding first and now it’s been tweaked and I’m delighted to say it’s our turn! In this first part Louise shares all about her beautiful dress and dazzling accessories. Enjoy!

Our wedding day was 30 July 2011, the ceremony was held at One Whitehall Place, near embankment in London. As soon as we saw it and the high ceilings, chandeliers and beautiful views of the River Thames, we knew it was where we would get married. Our reception was at The Union, a listed Georgian town house in the heart of Soho. It is such a unique venue with lots of character and style and a beautiful dining room that was perfect for our intimate wedding breakfast. We had a big party in the evening and with the run of the entire venue, we were able to cater to those who wanted to spend the night on the dance floor as well as older guests and relatives happier on the deep sofas next to the cheese table!

The dress

My dress was by Louise Selby. I came across Louise when the notonthehighstreet.com wedding team exhibited at the Designer Wedding Show in Battersea, the October before our wedding. I hadn’t tried on any dresses at this point and while I was at the show I noted down all the designers I liked and wanted to try on later. When I discovered that Louise Selby was based in Kew, nearby our offices and also down the road from my parents house I booked an appointment straight away.

Louise’s studio is a beautiful, light and airy room in her home. The whole experience of visiting her was just so lovely and I loved the fact that she creates each dress herself. I tried on all of her designs and, honestly, I loved each one, but when I tried on Iris, I literally had that ‘this is the one’ moment. I didn’t really believe that happened in real life and so was very excited when it did! I don’t know how to describe it other than the dress felt ‘me’. Some of the others, though beautiful, felt a little too grown up somehow, but Iris felt totally right with it’s beautiful, sheer lace back with tiny beads that glittered so subtly and stunning flowing shape. It felt truly unique, it was love!

These were the first dresses I had tried on and I had another couple of appointments booked elsewhere so, more to confirm what I already knew than anything else, I went along. Plus I wanted to enjoy trying on lots of different styles and generally play at dressing up as a bride a little more! And I tried on some beauties! Ones with massive skirts and sparkly bodices, or interesting poofy bits around the neckline; they totally didn’t suit me but were so much fun to flounce around the shop in! There was one other dress that became a very strong contender and that my Mum and Godmother loved, but my thoughts were still being brought back to the lovely Iris, I knew she was the one.

Pretty sparkly things

Working not only in the industry, but also at notonothehighstreet.com was definitely a huge bonus in the planning of our wedding. I come into contact with so many amazing suppliers everyday – usually of the extremely pretty variety so I was spoiled for choice when it came to choosing my accessories. I knew from the start exactly what I wanted for my hair: Gillian Million. I had seen her beautiful headbands and clips on notonthehighstreet.com, and also in the flesh when we’d featured them in last year’s Wedding Press book. Then, Gillian was also exhibiting at the Designer Wedding Show last October, so I paid a little visit to her stand (on my break, honest!) and tried on a beautiful Labrinth headband. It was the type that is designed so that it looks like a clip rather than a headband, and made up of vintage brooches and beads. It was just right and exactly what I had in mind for my big day.

I chose a veil from Louise Selby to go with it too; you can read about about my veil ‘moment’. here.

I left making any decisions about my jewellery surprisingly late for me, I’d already decided that my dress didn’t need a necklace and with my spangley hair band I didn’t want to wear earrings that were too showy.

I thought it would be lovely for my ‘something borrowed’ to be from my Mum and remembered the pair of earrings that she wore on her own wedding day; tiny little gold bells that would be perfect. Wearing them on the day felt very special.

For my eighteenth birthday my godmother gave me a beautiful gold and sapphire ring that her husband had given her many years before, the ring has some very special memories attached to it and is something I felt very privileged to receive for my eighteenth, it was the obvious choice for my ‘something blue’.

Gillian Million gave me some very good advice: wear bracelets. Your hands are in photos more than you think – holding your bouquet, wiping away a tear during the speeches and they add a point of interest and, most importantly, look pretty! When my Mum and I dug out her jewellery box for the bell earrings, I spotted a beautiful rose gold bracelet, it is actually an antique watch fob and so, so lovely, the perfect ‘something old’!

I teamed that with a little pearl bracelet that my sister had given me for my birthday and on the morning of the wedding I opened a gift from Ant, a delicate gold and amazonite bracelet with a little diamond encrusted wishbone charm! If that didn’t make me weep, the letter and the lyrics to a song that accompanied it certainly did!

Read the next installment of the Louise and Anthony’s day on Friday! We can’t wait…

Thank you to Amy Murrell of Especially Amy for the beautiful photography.

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