Bride and groom holding vintage wedding props

A Mismatched Wedding Based Around Art Deco

Bride and groom holding vintage wedding props

This week’s beautiful real wedding pictures, taken by James Melia, are from the wedding of Jane and Paolo, The Wedding Community’s February Wedding of the Month. Jane and Paolo based their wedding theme on Art Deco, and because nothing matched their wedding had a relaxed, laid back feel.

We absolutely love Jane’s Jenny Packham dress which suits the style of wedding perfectly, as do the mismatched bridesmaid dresses. The styling of this wedding is so beautiful; from the gramophone they placed flowers in, to the vintage style bouquet which Jane made herself…

“Our wedding theme was loosely based around art deco, with a vintage creams and dirty pinks colour scheme. We wanted a laid back relaxed look with nothing matching. My four bridesmaids all wore different dresses and the groomsmen wore suits in different colours.

“We were married in a church service at St. Michael and All Angels, Hathersage. I walked down the aisle to Butterfly Waltz by Brian Crain, and Paolo and I walked back down aisle to Grupo Capobianco’s instrumental version of All Yu Need is Love by The Beatles. Our reception took place at Losehill House Hotel in Hope, which we chose because of its intimate feel and beautiful surroundings.

We decorated the tables by placing birdcages in middle, and the table names were some of our favourite records. We used vintage vogue cover postcards for the women’s place names, with vintage penguin book cover postcards for the men. In the evening we hired a vintage booth with props and a Polaroid camera to take funny pictures.

“I wanted a vintage dress and chose Eden by Jenny Packham in Platinum, which I knew instantly was the one as soon as I tried it on! I also wore shoes by Rachel Simpson, a birdcage veil with beaded clip, and a Georg Jenson necklace which was a present from Paolo on the wedding morning.”

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Bride with hand over her mouth - Picture by James Melia Photography

Picture of the Month – December 2013

And the winner is… James Melia Photography!

Bride with hand over her mouth - Picture by James Melia Photography

We now have our 12 finalists for the Picture of the Year 2013 vote, after this picture by James Melia Photography received the most votes in our December Picture of the Day competition. James’ picture now goes through to the final along with the other 11 Picture of the Day winners from 2013, and the Picture of the Year voting will start next Monday, 20th January. A delighted James told us a little bit about the wedding this picture is from…

“We said hello to Gemma and Matt for the first time, peering around the registrar’s office door on the day of their wedding. Whitby was the place they chose from memories of a great past holiday there, and it wasn’t that they were running away to get married, they just wanted to say the words to each other on their own… and mean them. Gemma sang Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s ‘Our House’ to Matt, admitting beforehand that she can’t really sing but really wanted to try. Matt joined in too; there were tears, from all of us!

“It was a rare opportunity for us to see how in making this commitment to each other so privately it really seemed to bring them together, and there was a certain cheekiness in their eyes! Matt and Gemma giggled and skipped along the pier, Gemma ducking and diving away from the seagulls! In this picture I hope you can see their playful connection.”

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