Are you all ready for part 2?? Recap: part 1
covered my wedding dress and other bits and pieces of my bridal style, so do go catch up with that for some of the details I don’t mention in this post.
Part 2 is going to talk about my bridesmaids and our matching accessories, the groom and groomsmen’s outfits and a little bit about what our mum and dads wore, as they all scrubbed up pretty nicely and, more than that, matched the theme too 😉
As before, all photos © Summer Love Photography
– and she did some fantastic work with the group shots in particular, that I’m pleased to be able to show you today!
I’d bought the bridesmaid dresses within a week of buying my wedding dress, because it was a no brainer the second I saw this style by Chi Chi London. I knew my wedding colours were red and baby blue from basically the start – red is one of my favourite colours and I adore it with pastel blue like this – perfect for the seaside. I stumbled on these dresses on sale at half price and I knew it was fate – the dress echoed mine so perfectly with the lace, scalloped hem and the sweetheart bust.
We added the sashes ourselves (better pictures below), again to echo my dress that came with its own (I actually had to replace this as my sale sample’s sash looked like someone had thrown tea at it. Repeatedly.). They didn’t stay in place perfectly despite the best efforts of those who stitched them on – but it really didn’t matter. I loved the overall look and even better, the sashes themselves were super cheap eBay finds.
Pretty much all of the main items my outfit and the girls’ were acquired within the first two months of getting engaged and this bag was no exception. I had it in my sights as a perfect wedding day bag long before that happened! Luckily for me, it was still in stock and I snapped three of them up with a discount code from Top Vintage. They were all the more perfect because I knew they’d go so well with the shoes I had in mind…
Shoes: Melissa x Vivienne Westwood (old styles, all secondhand)
I can’t take the credit for pairing these shoes with my wedding dress, because House of Mooshki styled my dress in the model shots this way! Even when I thought I wouldn’t end up with this dress, I still really liked the idea of these shoes. Not least because they are jelly shoes – meaning sand and sea water are no trouble for them! But, they were long out of stock. I started the re-sale hunt for them from the minute my dress was pinned down and basically through perseverance of stalking eBay, Depop and Vestiaire Collective, an unworn pair came up in my size. Hurrah!
I knew there’d been a baby blue and red colourway in an earlier release so I simultaneously started hunting down pairs for my bridesmaids. No other shoes would do, I wanted us all to match! I ended up with three, as one of the pairs had a bit of a scratch and I held onto them until a nicer one came along. The good thing with these shoes is that they don’t lose that much value and consistently re-sell for around the same amount, so I just sold the damaged pair after the wedding. I’m really happy with how the shoes helped to finish off the look, although we did need the plasters I’d packed into our bags for the day!!
Groom’s waistcoat: Moss Bros own (check stores)
Ties and pocket squares: Ties R Us (red
Shoes: groomsmen’s own
One of the biggest savings we made was on the boys’ suits, because they were all rentals. Fortunately for us, everyone was fairly average sized and it was a totally viable option to rent off-the-peg suits like this. I knew I wanted the suits to be a mid blue and this gorgeous Ted Baker style was just the ticket.
We helped B to stand out as the groom by giving him a dove grey waistcoat – which is quite fitting because in his usual clothes he wears a lot of grey. It’s a bit of a running joke between us that he’d be a head to toe elephant if I didn’t intervene. I wanted his accessories to chime with my reds and that meant the rest of the boys got the baby blue – right down to their socks as per the last photo
These photos are really because I wanted to show you how it all came together, which was better than I even imagined. Buying dresses, sashes, shoes and ties from different brands I was sure we were going to have clashes in the baby blue, but not at all.
The second shot is also a good example of the back bows of the sashes and how they all matched. Lovely.
Parents of the bride and groom
Mother of the groom’s dress & bolero: Shatung set, Jacques Vert (dress
Fascinator & clutch: Jacques Vert (fascinator
I know most of my readers are on the younger side, but I didn’t want to end the post about the bridal party’s outfits without a mention for our parents! Our dads were easy – they matched the rest of the groomsmen. It’s what they wanted and we were quite happy to oblige. Our mums, however, also ended up complimenting the party colours rather well, as you can see here with my new mother-in-law! It was all the more fitting that she chose blue because…
…completely independent my own mum had chosen a red dress! I can’t tell you how satisfied it makes me for matching to happen when I didn’t even plan it myself. I only realised when looking at these two pictures how similar our mums’ fascinators were too – it’s like they’d almost picked the same one in different colours (in fact, they’re very similar and the same brand, but not 100% the same style). Both mums also had a lot of ivory in their outfits too, which also went rather well!
My mum had something else in her outfit arsenal though, which is too good not to mention…
Accessory of the day!
The bag that needed its own section! This was a wedding present from Vendula (the sweeties!) that I gave to my mum, who thought it was just too perfect for the colour-scheme and the theme. Why does a caravan go with the theme, you ask? Because when B and I go and stay in Cromer in the summer we borrow his parents’ static caravan, which is really a large mobile home that looks nothing like this bag, but it’s the connotations that matter! Coupled with that baby blue, mum couldn’t pass it up.
So there we have it, that’s pretty much the outfits done! Next up, I’m going to be telling you all about the decor – from miniature beach-huts to origami crabs!