This bride’s beautiful vintage-inspired wedding dress was the inspiration behind the romantic theme of their day!
How they met
Duncan made a good first impression on Jane. “I thought he was handsome, very charming – and he made me laugh,” she says. The couple’s first date was at a Moroccan restaurant in Islington. “We had delicious tapas while watching the belly dancers, and finished the evening cuddled up under the awning as the rain lashed down,” Jane recalls.
Duncan left his bride-to-be feeling on top of the world with his proposal, asking for her hand at the summit of a mountain in the South of France. “He had planned it meticulously, including flying over from Ireland to London to ask my father’s permission, but I didn’t see it coming at all,” remembers Jane.
The bride’s outfit
“Before I got engaged, I never really had a picture of my dream dress in mind,” Jane explains. “But when I tried on Jenny Packham’s Eden dress, I knew it was ‘the one’. It was so elegant and pretty, with a touch of ethereal glamour. I didn’t recognise my own reflection in the mirror!” Jane accessorised her wedding dress with gorgeous vintage Chanel shoes and her mum’s fur shrug.
The groom’s outfit
Duncan looked dapper in a navy blue three-piece cashmere suit from A Suit That Fits, teamed with Kurt Geiger shoes and a Thomas Pink floral tie. “He had his heart set on a properly tailored suit,” says Jane.
The four bridesmaids wore dove grey full-length gowns from Coast. “I wanted them to feel pretty and elegant, and the style suited them all beautifully,” says Jane. The bride also gave each bridesmaid a Kate Spade friendship bangle.
Jane and Duncan settled on Iscoyd Park – a stately home on the Welsh border – as the perfect venue for their civil ceremony. A string quartet serenaded Jane with Des’ree’s Kissing You from the film Romeo & Juliet as she made her entrance on her father’s arm. “We then had a very emotional exit to an Irish classic, Van Morrison’s Sweet Thing,” Jane explains. “Everyone was laughing and crying, and I felt like I was floating on air,” she adds.
Jane’s dress was the inspiration for the wild flowers and romance theme of the couple’s big day. “Our florist, Juliet from Thoughtful Flowers, was so enthusiastic and creative,” says Jane. “She hung pretty jars around the marquee, and made vintage pots of flowers for the tables. She created the most gorgeous bouquets and buttonholes and put scented narcissi on each lady’s place setting,” she adds.
Self-confessed foodies Jane and Duncan chose a delicious menu of smoked salmon and Irish wheaten bread, lamb with pommes dauphinoise and chocolate fondants with pistachio ice cream. “We seated family members closest to the top table, so that our rowdier friends could have some fun at the back of the room!” laughs Jane.
Jane and Duncan’s focus was on creating a romantic spring day, overflowing with fresh, locally grown blooms. “My sister is an amazing jewellery designer, and she made us beautiful props for the day, including a vintage box for the rings, tassels for the dance floor and Mr and Mrs signs to hang above our chairs,” says Jane.
The couple’s delicious wedding cake was made by Jane’s bridesmaid – a professional chef – who created a layered vanilla lemon sponge with lemon and mascarpone icing, decorated with spring flowers. “The cake was simply divine!” says Jane.
Jane and Duncan presented their guests with favour bags from Looty Bags, filled with treats such as bubbles, Creme Eggs and Wham bars.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Italy, splitting their time between Tuscany and Florence. “We just relaxed! Organising a wedding and buying a house all within just six months is tiring! We did lots of eating and drinking and taking in the sights,” says Jane.