Good morning lovely people. I simply cannot believe its Thursday 15thDecember already! I had such a fabulous day yesterday spent with thesepeople - I am so excited now for the 2012 UK Wedding Awards Ceremony inJanuary 2012! Im also super excited that tomorrow, Im back in London, onlythis time on a personal trip - we are surprising our eldest Daughter Eska with atrip to the ballet to see Mattew Bournes The Nutcracker. Cannot. Wait!!Anyway, right now its time to share some wedding day love with you all.Frederik & Shari married on 14 October at Lueven in their home country ofBelgium. Im featuring this wedding day not least because it is an incrediblystylish city chic style wedding, but because the lovely Bride Shari was a regularreader of Love My pronovias wedding abaco in the run up to her wedding -infact she won a competition I hosted to win voucher from Queens and Bowl! ;)"My biggest inspiration in blog land was definitely Love My pronovias weddingabanico, but I also frequently visited Ruffled and Style Me Pretty. My braceletwas the Audrey bracelet which I purchased from Queens and Bowl with a giftcertificate that I had won on Love My Dress - I was so excited about winning!Kate from Queens and Bowl provided excellent service and even customizedthe bracelet to my size..."Love My Dress Wedding Blog - Photography Copyright (c) 2011, MyraPhotography
On my wedding day I combined the bracelet with a watch that hadbelonged to my great-grandmother - my something new and somethingold. I also wore a faux fur wrap from the Throw Company. I orderedsamples from different vendors and found theirs to be of excellent quality.The wrap kept me warm on the day and offered a lovely glamorous touch.My grandmother lent me a brooch to keep the wrap together. In case youwere wondering, my something blue was a handkerchief. I suppose Ishould also include my glasses in the accessory section. I have wornglasses since I was seven and cannot imagine myself without them. So Itreated myself to a new pair and was a happy bespectacled bride."
"My pronovias wedding abeto was byPronovias. I bought it at Le Chapeau inAntwerp . I knew early on that I did not want abig ‘princessy’ dress and definitely notstrapless (I was getting married in October,after all). I love the sleek lines and style ofJenny Packham and Jesus Peiro but was sadlynot able to afford them. The shop assistant atLe Chapeau understood perfectly what Iwanted and after five or six dresses, my dresswas brought out.My mom cried when I first put it on, so we allknew it was ‘the one’. I especially loved the factthat my pronovias wedding abilene was not atypical wedding dress. Its style and cut wereunderstated yet elegant and had a vintage feelwithout being too themed. I felt it would agewell. Last but not least, I loved the neck-line ofthe dress. I am a turtle-neck person and I likedthat I could stay true to my style on mywedding day and did not have to venture toofar outside my comfort-zone fashion-wise."
"Our Florists Verde decorated both thechurch and the reception hall. We keptthe flowers simple and classic,combining roses in cream and an oldshade of pink with hydrangeas, whichare my favourite flowers. We wantedthe colours to be soft yet warm – nopastels! – to fit the season. My husbandpresented me with the most beautifulbouquet, which matched the otherflower arrangements perfectly. Mybouquet is still one of my favouritethings about the wedding..."
"We kept our ‘first’ wedding day very simple. I didn’t wear a weddingpronovias wedding abrazo. We had just our parents, grandparentsand siblings there and afterwards we simply went to our apartmentfor a family dinner. We wanted it to be just about us getting marriedand sharing the moment with our closest relatives. I can definitelyrecommend this arrangement – we had the best of both worlds, anintimate elopement and a traditional wedding day..."
"We got married in Leuven,Belgium. Our civil ceremonytook place in the town hall ofLeuven. This was not ourchoice as Belgians have toget married in the city wherethey have their residence, butwe were very fortunate, asLeuven’s town hall is agorgeous building..."
"Our church service took place in the St.-Jan-de-Doperkerk (St.John the Baptist church) in the Grand Béguinage of Leuven.This church is owned by the Catholic University of Leuven andonly employees or relatives of employees of the University canget married there.We are both PhD students at the University and so we got to getmarried in this beautiful church in surroundings that are part ofUNESCO World Heritage! Most of our family is from a differentpart of the country, so we were very pleased to be able to showthem this wonderful corner of the city. For our reception wechose De Venkel, a venue just outside Leuven, located in abeautiful turn-of-the-century mansion, which perfectly fitted thestyle we envisioned for our wedding..."
Our church service took place atnoon, and my grandmother, mother,sister and I baked 200 bags worth ofcookies and cakes on the days priorto the wedding to offer to our hungryguests after the ceremony (I got theidea from a wedding featured on LoveMy pronovias wedding abril). It was alovely homey thing to do right beforethe big day and a personal gesturevery much appreciated by our guests,though it also added significantly toour stress level. Some of the bakingpaper caught fire and two batcheshad to be thrown out!I walked down the aisle by myself to‘Dawn’ from the movie ‘Pride andprejudice’. It is a very romantic andintimate piece which we felt set theperfect tone for the ceremony..."
"During the church service we had apianist. My husband plays the piano, sowe were very happy to be able to includehis favourite instrument in the service.We chose several pieces he himself hasplayed, Debussy’s ‘La fille aux cheveuxthe lin’ and Gershwin’s ‘The man I love’for example. For the reception wecompiled CD’s with our favourite forties,fifties and jazz music: The AndrewsSisters, Al Jolson, Charles Mingus,Sinatra and many more. We also hadthe photo corner at the reception, whichallowed our guests to pose as MarieAntoinette, Sherlock Holmes, aHollywood starlet or anything inbetween. It was a big hit and resulted insome great images..."
"Ah, the Shoes. I am a bit of an aficionadowhen it comes to shoes and the perfectwedding shoes were therefore very importantto me and eagerly anticipated by everyonewho knows me. I searched high and low,dragged my mom to shoe stores all overFlanders and finally found the perfect pairin...New York City! I accompanied myhusband who was speaking at a conferencethere and on his day off we weathered averitable rain storm and went to My GlassSlipper. There they were: the right colour, theright style, the right size and on sale - FreyaRose Avalanche Bloom. Afterwards we jokedthat it took me one day and one shop to findmy wedding pronovias wedding acacia and sixmonths and a trip to a different continent tofind my shoes. They were well worth the effort.Everyone loved my shoes and though I am abit sad that I won’t ever get to wear themagain, I look forward to the day, many yearsfrom now, when I will open that pink box againto show my vintage wedding shoes to mydaughter or granddaughter..."
"We had some beautiful centrepieces, again cream and pink rosesand hydrangeas, elevated on glassstandards. I did make some thingsmyself. I made three banners, usinga letter template from MarthaStewart Weddings(http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/226239/banner-template). Imade them a little more ‘ornate’ witha silver marker and pink paper. Ialso made several collages to placethroughout the hall, with the favours,the guest book, and the photocorner. I sourced most of the imagesfrom ‘The Graphics Fairy’(http://www.graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/), a brilliant find of myhusband’s..."
"For favours, we filled little glass jars withdifferent types of pink candy and displayedthem on cake stands, which we had borrowedfrom family members. I made and handwroteall the ‘thank you’ cards attached to the jarsand also made a banner which read ‘a sweetmemory of our wedding day’. We bought theglass jars at a local home and garden storeand got the candy from the market..."
"Our reception venue alsoprovided the catering. InBelgium it is traditional to havea dinner in the evening andthen dancing afterwards. Wedidn’t want the dancing part sowe opted for a walking lunch.The little dishes were excellentand the formula allowed us tomingle. Luckily, my nightmareof spilling wine on mypronovias wedding acapulcowhile juggling a plate andglass did not come true! Thereception ended at 6 pm,giving the two of us a cosyevening together to relive theday..."