WEDDINGS

A COASTAL TWIST

I absolutely adore today’s real wedding. Not just because of the pared back simplicity, elegant fashion and beautiful blooms, but also because I completely identify with the bride, Carys – I too grew up in a small village, watching other brides getting married at the local church and dreaming of my own big day there.

There’s nothing better than combining a classic wedding style with a coastal twist when you live somewhere as pretty as Bosham, in West Sussex. Or having your reception in your parents back garden. Or having the best looking M&S wedding cake that there ever was (trust me). Photographer extraordinaire Anneli Marinovich captures the timeless tradition of Carys and Jack’s day with such sophistication that you can almost hear those church bells ringing.

Jack and I were introduced through mutual friends at a BBQ. I was completing my final year at Newcastle University but was down in London for a long weekend and Jack had returned from a year in China studying Mandarin just the day before. I remember as soon as I was introduced to him it felt like we could talk and talk for hours. I felt so comfortable in his company. I knew from the very beginning that he was the one, although he was less certain about me!

Bosham is a small coastal village in West Sussex. My Grandma was born in the area and once she married she moved away but always returned with her children to Bosham for summer holidays. My father continued to visit Bosham at weekends as an adult to sail and windsurf with my Mum, sister and I. As a child I remember walking through the village on the way to the sailing club and hearing the church bells ringing. I used to admire all the beautiful brides outside the church. Subsequently, it has always been a dream of mine to get married in Bosham and using my parents’ house as the venue meant that we could have total control over what we wanted.

I was quite keen to wear something fairly traditional and as the service took place in a church I didn’t want to wear anything too revealing. I didn’t find it easy to find my dress as so many wedding dresses are sleeveless and I was adamant I wanted sleeves! It was from looking in a bridal magazine that I found my wedding dress and then I needed to find a store in London which stocked it – there were very few. I tried on my dress so many times before finally deciding on it – it was in fact one of the first ones I tried on.

I found the bridesmaid dresses online and immediately fell in love with their simple elegance. The fabric and design quality was so good in comparison to other bridesmaid dresses. We were very lucky to find that Luella’s bridal boutique in Wimbledon stocked them. We chose the colour theme for the wedding once we had decided on the bridesmaid dresses so everything linked together.

Jack also wanted to wear something traditional so chose mourning suits. He had his made to measure from Oliver Brown and his ushers all rented their suits from the same shop.

Our vicar was great. He was so relaxed about the service and everyone commented about how enjoyable the ceremony was. My sister and an usher did a reading each and we chose specific hymns which were special to us. Near the beginning of the service a butterfly flew into the church and one of our cousins caught it – that was pretty magical!

My favourite part of the day was our first dance. Before the wedding I was quite nervous about dancing in front of all our guests but when it came to it I didn’t even notice them. After the first half of the song the ushers and bridesmaids surrounded us on the dance floor but it felt like nobody else was there. Jack and I were in our own little world just enjoying the special moment together.

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Leanne

Leanne

One of our BLOVED interns for 2015, Leanne loves style in all its various forms and spends much of her free time (when she’s not busy writing!) researching the latest fashion, beauty and interior trends (mostly thanks to her Pinterest addiction!) and loves testing out new beauty products or shopping for quirky new additions to her home.

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