So it may be Summer, but I know there are more than a few brides-to-be planning winter weddings, so this one is for you. Beth and Jonty planned a modern 1920’s winter wedding. The details – all homemade by Beth are gorgeous and they made sure the entire day was a nod to their relationship and personal favourites.
Bethany glows in her sparkly Eliza Jane Howell gown. It really is the perfect dress for their 1920’s winter wedding theme. And along with her high street bridesmaid dress find, the bridal party portrait photos on the beach are a magpie’s heaven. So much pretty, and so much fun! Be sure to take a look at them, as well as the scrummy looking cake and bouquets full of rich winter berries.
Photography by Cotton Candy Photography
Beth, the bride: Our wedding was based on a modern twist on the 1920’s and I knew that I wanted this to be reflected in my wedding dress. I fell in love with the details on Lauren by Eliza Jane Howell and the simplistic shape. It worked so so well with my bridesmaid dresses and is beautifully made.
Hair and makeup
These ladies of Amazing Face in Poole were so great. They did exactly what we asked for with all of our hair, and gave us a natural 1920’s look. They knew how every product worked and made sure we were all comfortable and happy with the outcome.
I’m a Footwear Designer, so I wanted my shoes to be perfect. I looked for months and I ended up going for the same colour as my bridesmaid’s shoes – these tied in the wine coloured red ties and flowers. I managed to get my patent, pointed toe, wine red shoes from Office for a great price and they complimented the dress really well.
Headpiece and veil
I brought a veil that was longer than my dress to elongate the look. I found it on a trip to Chameleon Bride in Pokesdown, Dorset. I also wore a beautiful headpiece from Etsy. It was so gorgeous! I wanted a headpiece to complete the 1920’s look and it was the perfect addition to my dress. It got so many compliments!
Both Jonty and I are Christian, so it was important to us that we were married in our church, St. Mary’s Church Longfleet. It’s beautiful and is home for us, so there was really no better place to get married. My dad gave me away, we walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D. He also did the address to add a personal touch to the ceremony. It was really special and meant a lot to us both.
For our reception, we chose Sandbanks Hotel in Poole. The hotel is in a beautiful location, with the harbor on one side and the beach on the other. Lots of our memories from our relationship include being on the beach. Including it on our wedding day was perfect for us.
The bridesmaids dresses were from Miss Selfridge. They were gorgeous, so much so that I wish I had bought one for myself! They fit in so well with the whole theme of our 1920’s winter wedding. Sparkling with the winter lights. They each wore various styles of patent wine red shoes to compliment the grey flappers dresses and the red ties for the men.
We wanted a cake that was yummy and fitting with our wedding. In the end, we decided to make a red velvet cake with white frosting and frozen red berries. Our cake topper was a great find on Etsy.
Gemma and Philippa of Cotton Candy Photography are amazing! They captured all the special moments of our wedding, as well as portraying the modern 1920’s winter wedding theme in the photos. Gemma and Philippa blended into our party and were so natural in their approach. I would definitely recommend them to anyone couple looking for two lovely photographers to capture your wedding with a vintage and natural style.
We made some little favour bags with Lindt chocolates inside. It was just something small to say thanks to all our guests for coming to be a part of our day.
Modern 1920’s winter wedding flowers
Our flower arrangements were created by Ferndown Florists, who are so brilliant. They made the most beautiful bouquets for me and the bridesmaids. We went for a wintery, loose, foliage style and added some red berries to them for an extra splash of colour.
We chose Sleeping at last – 500 miles (originally by the Proclaimers). It’s such a well-known song, but the version by Sleeping at Last is so beautiful and emphasises the lyrics that was so fitting for us and our journey.
For the evening entertainment, we had a band ‘The Sweet and Lowdown’. They were vibrant and had a vintage, quirky style. Everyone was on their feet dancing. It was a fab way to end our day.
Words of wisdom
Enjoy it! Your wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. And while it can seem long and unending, it will be the best day of your life so make the most of all the planning and have fun with it! Plan with your friends and remember that the day is for YOU not the guests attending. It’s easy to want to make everyone else happy but this day is to celebrate your love.
I adore Beth’s beautiful headpiece – I can see myself spending lots of hours trawling Etsy to find something similar! Thanks to Beth and Jonty for sharing your beautiful celebration with us and Cotton Candy Photography for letting me feature their wonderful images.
Beth and Jonty’s Little Black Book
Photographer – Cotton Candy Photography
Ceremony Venue – St. Mary’s Church Longfleet
Reception Venue – Sandbanks Hotel Poole
Brides dress – Lauren (Decadence Collection) by Eliza Jane Howell
Brides shoes – Office
Bridesmaid dresses – Miss Selfridge
Hair and makeup – Amazing Face
Grooms suit – Next
Florist – Ferndown Florists
Band – The Sweet and Lowdown