love shoot #29: vintage inspired elegance ~ part one {vicki & steve}

Did you catch yesterday’s lovely pre-wedding family shoot with Vicki & Steve and their gorgeous daughter?

Vicki & Steve planned their wedding in just two months (!!) so luckily for us there’s no need to wait to see their stunning vintage inspired wedding!   I’m so excited to feature my first Jenny Packham bride!  Regular readers will know she is my favourite designer, and produces the most stunning creations!  Vicki chose Carmen, embellished with the most beautiful art-deco inspired beading it set the tone for the whole day.  This bride obviously has impeccable taste as she also wore a beautiful birdcage veil, sparkly side tiara and gorgeous vintage-inspired Rachel Simpson shoes!

The beautiful images are all thanks to the delightful Fiona Kelly Photography.

Here’s the lovely bride with all the details

My dress was a Jenny Packham design called ‘Carmen’. I knew I didn’t want anything traditional, with a huge train or skirt. I wanted something slinky and elegant; more of an evening dress really. As soon as I saw the Carmen dress I loved the intricate beading and detail and the silk was amazing. I bought the dress from ‘Swoon’ in Weybridge, Surrey.

The shoes were my best buy and I highly recommend the designer Rachel Simpson. They were excellent value and so beautiful. She has many designs inspired by 20’s and 30’s so there were several styles that matched our theme. In fact, the pair I chose were also called ‘Carmen’ and matched the colour of my dress perfectly with a hidden platform in the sole. I even kept a second pair for the evening because I choose between them.

I wanted a hairpiece with a vintage feel and found my side band on Glitzy Secrets. The dress had an old Hollywood glamour to it so I opted for a birdcage veil for the ceremony.  My earrings and pearl bracelets from Mela Mela in Teddington were art deco inspired and a great find.

The flowers were carefully chosen and crafted beautifully by a local supplier in Teddington. We went for a colour scheme of pale greens, creams with a few vintage roses in lilac.

We chose The Bingham in Richmond Upon Thames,  as our venue. When we first moved to the area we lived very close to the Bingham and were instantly drawn to the hotel for it’s style, fabulous food and picturesque setting on our favourite part of the Thames. We do love our nosh so the award winning food was pretty hard to beat and above all we knew we could have 100% confidence in their ability and service. It was an easy choice for us, in fact we picked the venue, the date and the ring within a 3 hour period (as parents will attest, time is very precious with a toddler in tow!)

We wanted it to be relaxed and intimate with good food in a setting that had significance to us.. Our most important consideration was that our daughter enjoyed the celebrations as much as us and we wanted the children to be a large focus of the day. We did not want the traditional white wedding but something unique and understated that reflected us, where we could say with certainty that everything that was good (and bad) was down to us and us alone.

I love all things vintage so I wanted the day to have a vintage, elegant feel. Stephen is Scottish so of course we had the kilt and tartan. My dress was a 1920s inspired design with an “Old Hollywood glamour” feel. We had the male bridal party in Dinner Jackets and bow ties. My Granparents, who have been married for over 60 years, are a great inspiration, my 94 year old Grandfather was a very special guest and I had him in mind with many of the choices. Our invitations were quirky and really set the theme for the day. We went for a poem wedding invitations from Artcadia. They use recycled and biodegradable materials and their designs are very creative and original. They were idiosyncratic with an old-fashioned vibe.

Join us later this afternoon for Part Two!


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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