My Niece's Wedding with Hydrangeas, Peonies, Old Roses & Sparkles...

bridal bouquet white hydrangeas peony

tuile wedding gown

old pink roses white hydrangeas pink peonies

Do you remember that I mentioned that my niece was planning an old-fashioned wedding, and was looking for ideas on how to incorporate all her favourite elements... of hydrangeas (from her grandmother's garden, where she had spent her teenage years)... of sparkles, and of soft colours which evoked a gentle glamour?

Well, I put together a few moodboards for her...and she took it away from there... creating one of the most beautiful & romantic weddings I have been to for quite a while...

because if ever there were a fairytale ending, this was it...

What love can do...

blue & green wedding theme inspiration board aqua driftwood

blush, old gold, sparkles & lace inspiration board wedding glamour

These were the mood boards used as a starting point....

because in the beginning she felt a little overwhelmed with too many choices...

But this was soon narrowed down to honing in on the unassuming hydrangea flower, with it's simple charm, and which became a symbol of the timelessly classical elegant simplicity she wanted to create...

wedding bouquet hydrangeas old roses peony

twisted chignon at nape of neck

bridal bouquet peony white with white hydrangeas tuile gown with crystal

midnight navy bridesmaid gown with bridal gown in cutaway back

Her gown was sparkles and sequins....very classical... but it was the cutaway detail on the back, framed with lace, which elicited "oohs" and "aahs", and gave a slightly edgey feel to such a tailored gown.

The bridesmaids gowns were of midnight navy blue, in swishing silk, sweeping the floor... a timeless cut made even more elegant by the gloriously richly dark blue of the lustrous fabric....

navy blue silk bridesmaid dress with bouquet of hydrangeas peonies and old roses

wedding preparations

tuille and crystal bridal gown

wedding flowers

happy grandparents

And those grandparents, who had cared for her during her teenage years... were almost as radiantly happy as the bride herself...

For she was marrying the man whom we had always hoped she would...

the man who made her eyes sparkle when she spoke of him...

the man who seems to belong in our family, just as much as she does in his...

wedding gown with veil

wedding groom

the kiss

And my very favourite part...the kiss...that very first kiss as husband and wife... the one which moves all the guests to a little teardrop themselves, as we remember, for that precious fleeting moment in our busy world...that love really does make most things better...

to see the mood board details click here and here, all other images blue fruit