SEX AND THE CITY WEDDING
I have been absolutely desperate to share this wedding since in landed in my Dropbox last year; it’s stylish, colourful and contemporary and the absolute perfect wedding to kick of 2015! Bride Louisa is a huge fan of SATC, so when Ben finally popped the question it was only natural her day would be inspired by the one and only Carrie Bradshaw.
As the fashion retail manager for luxe British brand Jaeger, of course Louisa totally rocked her w-day style! Everything from the flowers (hello colourful wildflower displays) to the venue (got to love a bride who picks a contemporary city blank canvas) and of course her SJP-inspired outfit finished off with bright blue Manolo’s (what else?!). Photographer Cat Hepple embraced the SATC style too with her stunning photography; replicating some suitably sassy poses with Louisa and her fuschia-pink clad maids, while injecting her own unique style too. Needless to say I’m head over my (Malono Blahnik) heels…
Louisa’s Story –
We met when were 18 years old, both on holiday with friends in the resort of Faliraki in Rhodes, Greece. Once we’d met we all spent every day together, on the beach, drinks at night, even a special meal on the last night before we went home! Not seeing each other again didn’t even cross our minds as it turned out we only lived 30 minutes apart back in England! After almost 11 years together, Ben took me on a surprise destination holiday in May 2013. It was so secluded we had to park up, cross a little train track & walk down a tiny path to get to our accommodation! On the last day of our stay, the tide had gone out so we could access the beach by a secret smugglers style staircase in the rocks. We sat on the beach & I started to get nervous as Ben had gone quiet (which NEVER happens!) After he asked me, I got giddy & made him write the question in the sand!! And I wrote my big YES too! We shopped for the ring together the week after!
I originally wanted to get married on a rooftop in Barcelona as I had lived there for almost a year, but once we realised it wouldn’t be a legal ceremony we decide to marry in Sheffield but the criteria were…. City, outside & a modern, blank canvas to create our own thing. Once we found Western Park we didn’t go & view other venues as it was so perfect for what we wanted to do.
I had a tough time dress shopping!!!! Being so in love with fashion & design, I had couture style ideas but at the same time knew a wedding dress didn’t have the worth of a £3k price tag to me, despite my mom’s kind offering! I knew my look would be about the styling, not ALL about the dress. I was inspired by Carrie Bradshaw – I have always loved her mismatching style. I didn’t want to look typically bridal or too delicate & pretty, I wanted to feel my look was still fashion based, not change my own style just because I had to be a bride. Finally in December, I found my dress at David’s Bridal, but still I needed to change it, but it was the blush colour that made it mine. I don’t think I knew it was 100% the one until the wedding morning & I had all my accessories & had styled it up. I wore a full length veil made by friend Charlotte Markwell, made of the matching blush tulle. It was designed to fit in perfectly with my hair flowers.I wore two “Janie” belts from Ted Baker, as one didn’t make enough impact! And my blue Manolo Blahnik heels!!
I went for a short, cocktail shape in hot fuschia pink dress from Dessy for my bridesmaids, to give a further fashion feel I added a gold pyramid belt from Oasis, similar design large earrings from New Look, & some fabulously, unusual shoes that were transparent with gold glitter swirl detail, ordered from Milanoo website. The flower girls matching soft blush dress from M&S Autograph. Gold glitter pumps from John Lewis. All the above took constant searching for but I found it all in the end! Working for Jaeger, we had to ensure we had fabulous suiting! Ben had a luxurious wool mohair indigo navy blue and the groomsmen had a pure wool navy that complimented. Struggling to get blush pocket squares I actually found them last minute 3 days before, at Moss. A blush one for Ben & a navy reverse colour way for the groomsmen – all had the same navy slim tie
The dress being soft blush dictated so many decisions but it was so hard to discuss it with the groom as it was obviously a surprise for Ben! I wanted things to be bright & colourful, I’m not the vintage, muted, romantic type! Originally we just wanted a city & fun wedding….but as Ben & I started to plan the food & say how we wanted the day to feel, we realised it was all very New York! We created our own Central Park area – a separate seating area with benches & festoon lighting draped above. Campbell’s Flowers were my florist & they were amazing! The lovely thing was that she was as excited as I was about the look we were going to achieve. She did a fabulous job!
After a lot of research, we went to meet with Cat Hepple. She had caught my eye because she stated her style was editorial, fashion inspired & that every image she wants to be magazine worthy! Which for me sounded perfect! When we met her in person, we were even more sure & very excited after seeing her other work.