Edwardian inspired lace wedding dress

I’m sure a number of you will have already seen this dress when the wedding was featured over on Love My Dress, but as regular readers will know I love the Edwardian era and feel the old eras are often forgotten when it comes to ‘vintage’ inspiration for weddings.  So I’m hoping I can champion it a bit here at The Natural Wedding Company.

Edwardian inspired lace wedding dress

Back in September of 2011 I featured a couple of dresses from Charlotte Casadejus that I’d fallen in-love with for their use of beautiful lace, and when I say beautiful lace I mean the kind that is intricate, delicate and feminine.  It was lovely to spot this gorgeous bride on Love My Dress wearing one of those dresses that had been tailored especially for her.

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The Vintage Wedding Dress Company

This is one date not to be missed from your diary if you’re a bride-to-be searching for a gorgeous, original vintage wedding dress – The Vintage Wedding Dress trunk sale. I’ve heard that there will be a large number of original vintage wedding dresses for sale for three days only in February.  There will also be a small number of their Decades Collection sample dresses and accessories.

antique wedding dress

What’s for sale at the trunk sale will not be available to purchase after the sale has finished, so this is a one-off opportunity to find yourself that wedding dress you are dreaming of.  The trunk sale runs from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th February 2012 and you must book an appointment.

Victorian and Edwardian wedding dress

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natural French countryside wedding

Natural French countryside wedding (part two)

If you missed part one of Mariette and Benjamin’s natural French countryside wedding yesterday, get over there now and immerse yourself in an utterly gorgeous wedding.  Today it’s the second part with some gorgeous photos in woodland and around the stone villa, and their fun reception and rustic decorations.

>> View Mariette and Benjamin’s natural French countryside wedding (part one) here <<

countryside woodland wedding

rustic natural woodland wedding

What a happy looking couple – and those gorgeous lace sleeves and floral headband.  Everything is just so fitting about this wedding, nothing seems out of place or contrived – just simple, natural and beautiful.

antique lace wedding dress

It always helps to have a beautiful rustic backdrop to create romantic wedding photographs, like an old French villa with mint green shutters and a rambling rose (oh France how I miss you!)…

French wedding in an old stone villa

rustic French countryside wedding

stone villa wedding in the French countryside

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Natural French countryside wedding

Natural French countryside wedding (part one)

It goes without saying this might possibly be one of my favourite weddings ever.  Shot by American photographer David Blair, this oh-so-pretty wedding of Mariette and Benjamin took place at a family-owned, rustic stone villa in the French countryside.

>> View Mariette and Benjamin’s natural French countryside wedding (part two) here <<

Rustic French countryside wedding

French wedding rustic villa

If you’re regular readers of the blog, it won’t come as any surprise that the brides dress is one of my absolute favourites – I’m not sure I’ve seen many more that I think are more exquisite.  I even told Nick that I might have swapped my own wedding dress for it – he was shocked!

Antique lace country style wedding dress

Antique lace wedding dress

I love the delicate lace sleeves and the way the front is loosely draped and edged with more lace.  I love the ribbon sash around the waist that is fastened in a bow at the back and the way the skirt falls simply to the floor – the lace hem full of dainty detailing.  It seems quite Edwardian inspired – one of my favourite eras for wedding dress inspiration.

French wedding dress with lace sleeves

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Now I appreciate that these wedding dresses are not within everyone’s budget, but I thought they were too beautiful not to share with you – if only for eye candy or inspiration.  These dresses are inspired by vintage wedding dresses and are covered in antique lace from England and France.

I love that for vintage wedding dresses, which are so often from the 1950’s, these are inspired by the 1900’s instead.  Bring on the real old school glamour I say – I think I must be a real romantic at heart.  I knew I always had a soft spot for a period drama.

These two dresses (on the left ‘Maimuna‘ on the right ‘Helen‘) are from Charlotte Casadéjus.

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As I realised this weekend that it’s been over three months since our wedding and my dress is still hanging from the curtain rail in our bedroom, it made me wonder – what do you do with your wedding dress when you wedding has been and gone?

I walk past my beloved dress twice a day – once waking up in the morning, and once before I go to bed – and yet I only see it covered carefully in its protective jacket.  Is this a fitting end for my beautiful gown, a dress that cost so many pennies of hard-earnt money, a dress that made me feel so beautiful for a whole day, and a dress, that you could say, I had been dreaming of since I was a little girl?

Image: Mark Tattersall Photography

Well it got me thinking, what do other girls do with their wedding dresses, and do soon-to-be brides have a plan for their gown after the big day?

So to begin with, it’s over to you – what did you do with your wedding dress, or what are your plans for it after you’re married?  I’m hopeful some of you dear readers will share your thoughts and ideas.  There is so much hype and talk and dreams of ‘the dress’ I thought it was about time we talked about happens to them when the wedding is over.

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On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 2011 The Vintage Wedding Dress Company will be holding a trunk sale at their Central London Showroom.  If you are looking for a vintage or vintage inspired wedding dress then don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to find your dream dress at a discounted price.

You need to book an appointment, but there will be stylists on hand to help with advice and it promises to be a great experience looking through a beautiful collection of vintage wedding dresses.  For full details visit their website.

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