Channelling the glamour of turn of the century elegance, Britten Bride Georgia looked radiant in a vintage-style gown and bespoke cathedral length wedding veil on her special day.
'We love music, travelling, all things vintage and our sausage dogs Hugo and Baxter so that was our sort of theme- if that’s what you could call it haha!'
Adding personal touches throughout the day, beautiful bride Georgia and her groom Dean allowed their much-loved canine companions to take centre stage for a while, as the happy moments of the day were snapped in the classic style of photographer friend AS Photography.
Taking inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram to generate ideas for the wedding, Georgia and Dean threw themselves whole-heartedly into the planning and preparation of their big day:
'I absolutely loved making mood boards with the various ideas I had for the big day! We’re both really hands-on and wanted to make the majority ourselves so Dean made all of the wooden items and I made all the wedding stationery and other bits and pieces.'
Georgia chose an Envy by Phoenix gown, with 1930s inspired lace with a champagne underlay, to wear as she walked down the aisle. Looking effortlessly glamourous, she bought the full-length sleeve Phoenix Gowns wedding dress at Wedding Belles in Anglesey.
She teamed soft smokey eyes and a neutral lip, by make-up artist Ruth Alexander, with a blonde updo by hairstylist Lindsay Victoria Hair Design in Chester. The loose chignon style helped to reveal the keyhole back detail of the dress, and provided the perfect canvas for her bridal hair accessories and veil.
Continuing her classic bridal look, Georgia shared her ideas for a bespoke bridal hair vine and wedding veil embroidery with us.
Georgia looked stunning in our bespoke cathedral length two tier delicate lace edged wedding veil 'Ada' complete with hand-embroidered bee design and personalised with the couple's initials and wedding date. She paired her unique veil with a one of a kind bespoke golden leaf hair vine, carefully handcrafted in our studio. We loved this design so much, we were inspired to create a similar version of our own with our mini statement gold leaf wedding hair vine 'Nova'.
Georgis completed her bridal look with 'something old' earrings, which were the first pair of earrings her 'Grampy' bought her Granny over 60 years ago, and bridal shoes by Charlotte Mills.
The happy couple exchanged vows in the 1920s built St Lukes Church in Orrell, and Georgia carried an Edwardian inspired bouquet Olive Owl Flowers with a mix of cream and dusk pink roses, blue wildflowers, and green foliage, with a matching buttonhole for the groom.
For the ceremony, the pair chose their favourite reading, an excerpt from a letter by Ludwig Van Beethoven to his Immortal Beloved. They chose the reading because of its beautiful sentiment, and also because it’s one of the love letters Mr Big sends to Carrie in Sex and The City The Movie. Georgia is a massive SATC fan.
Greeted by their beloved hounds once they'd said 'I do', the wedding party then moved to the wedding reception venue. The post-ceremony reception was held in the grand setting of The Old Courts, a former county court building in Wigan town centre. This led to one of Georgia's favourite moments of the day:
'Looking around the room at our venue during the meal and seeing all of your friends and family in the one room together to celebrate our wedding'
The tables and venue were decorated with creations made by the bride and groom, along with some more unusual pieces sourced by Georgia for the day:
'I loved acquiring quirky pieces from vintage shops, charity shops and car boots over the year leading up to our wedding such as a trumpet – which looked great with flowers trailing out of it, old globes and medicine bottles. We also had items from our home that mean a lot to us like a giant shell we got from our first holiday to Jamaica and other pieces we’ve bought on holidays it was a sort of explosion of our memories and prized possessions all in one place.'
Guests enjoyed freshly baked pizzas from Wigan-based pop-up caterers Stonebakers Pizzas, and a wonderful cake by Mrs Lyons Tearoom which continued the sausage dog theme:
'We incorporated our fur babies into the day by meeting us at church after we got married in their Harris Tweed bowties and having felted Mr and Mrs Sausages on our cake along with clay sausage dog-shaped place cards.'
The wedding party were entertained by classic soul band Feelgood Factor and the bride and groom took to the dancefloor to Otis Redding's 'My Girl' performed by the nine-piece soul band for their first dance as man and wife.
After the wedding, the newlyweds travelled to Bangkok, Koh Samui, and the Maldives for their honeymoon.
'It truly was paradise from start to finish!'
Thank you so much for sharing these gorgeous pictures of your wedding day with us Georgia, and we loved that we could bring your visions for your hair vine and wedding veil to life. We wish you both lots of love, luck, and laughter in your future together.
>> Alongside our wedding veils, Britten supply a range of bridal accessories including earrings, hair vines and hair combs.