We love a vintage theme here at Wedding Ideas, and we’re absolutely loving this fabulous Victorian wedding theme, with outfits handmade by the bride…


WHO: Izabela and Lucas

WHERE: St Audries Park, Somerset

PHOTOS: Philip Chappell


The proposal

Lucas proposed during a romantic break to Scotland. I opened a box to find another, then another, then another, after the ninth (and last) box I found my ring!

The outfits

I’m a historical costumier and interpreter, so I’ve worn many fabulous frocks in my time! I decided to invest in some lovely fabrics and make my own wedding dress for our Victorian wedding theme.

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The main dress consisted of skirts and two bodices (a day version and an evening version). They were made from ivory silk duchess satin. The skirts and bodices were also lined in silk taffeta, and the underwear (petticoat, bustles, drawers and camisole) were in cotton and lace.

My bridesmaids wore heather-coloured dresses that I made myself. In keeping with the Victorian wedding theme, Lucas also wore a 19th century outfit hired from Chimera Costumes and Farthingdales.

We started the evening with a traditional Victorian Viennese Waltz

Izabela and Lucas rode horses supplied by Off Piste Riding – with Izabela riding side saddle after the ceremony.

The accessories

To complete the look, women wore clip-in hair extensions and wigs to get the perfect Victorian tresses. Izabela bought her fantastic original wax flower tiara from Etsy.


The flowers

Flowers were provided by Eden Florists of Taunton, Somerset – they included roses, heather, ivy and ferns.

I’m a historical costumier, so I made my wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ outfits!

The entertainment

We split the wedding entertainment into two parts – the first was a Victorian ballroom dance, followed by a DJ who mixed a playlist of music we’d put together.

The cake

Neither of us are fans of the traditional fruitcake! The moment we tasted the chef’s pavlova, our joint decision was made!