Monday, 25 June 2012

Best things

On Friday, I got to watch my best friend of fourteen years get married to her soulmate.

It was the smallest, most fuss-free and intimate wedding I've ever attended, with only a handful of guests drawn from family and closest friends, a simple dress bought off-the-peg from a high street shop, two flower girls for bridesmaids and a sit down meal in an amazing restaurant. But it was perfect, and wonderful.

We started off in a small registry office, where the bride and groom were married without fanfare, with just myself and the groom's nephew as witnesses, and his parents. But we then headed back to the in-laws' house in the rural countryside to get ready for the main event: a blessing in a beautiful little church (which doesn't have a wedding license, hence the slightly unusual proceedings). I did my darling Gemma's hair for her, in a simple, messily pincurled updo. And of course I had to have a pose by the wedding car, in my amazing Trashy Diva dress from Miss Bamboo. Having well got over my fear of showing my knees, I'm embracing shorter styles with aplomb now, as you can see!

 If anyone wants to hire me to look smug next to your vintage car, get in touch!

 The ceremony was heart-burstingly lovely, though the weather was shocking; and the bride's father, who is being cared for due to his Alzheimer's nearly didn't make it due to his carer getting the dates wrong... but make it he did, and he was on top form. I gave a reading, shed a tear, you know, the usual.

Bit of a Trashy Diva extravaganza with me in my Lucy Dots!
Flower girls could be THE most adorable ever.

I did take lots of pictures of the AMAZING food we ate at the restaurant, but I've posted a lot of those on the blog lately. What I will regale you with is the glorious wedding cake that Gemma made HERSELF. The chef at the restaurant came out from the kitchen to ask who'd made it as it was the best fruit cake he'd tasted, probably ever. So, if anyone needs a wedding cake made in Surrey, then let me know and I'll put you in touch ;)

Despite the heavens having opened and staying open all afternoon (it absolutely, completely poured), the sun did break through just as we were leaving to head home as the newly-weds headed off for a weekend away...


Hope you're all feeling full of joy and optimism this Monday... I know I am (for now!).

Fleur xx


  1. Love the car shots, go the knees! I haven't visited your blog in a little while and the new 'do is lovely!

  2. Lovely post Fleur. That's the way to do a wedding I feel!x

  3. Lovely, best way to wed. Gorgeous car, too.

  4. This is just about exactly want I want for my wedding, minus the religion bit!!

  5. How deeply beautiful. Thank you for sharing your dear friend's wedding day with us - sending out countless wishes for a lifetime of happiness to the newlyweds.

    ♥ Jessica

  6. As a person who had over 400 people at her wedding, at times I long for a do-over. Not that my wedding wasn't perfect in its own way, but intimate is almost always better.
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. I don't know who was more beautiful, you or the bride!

  8. How wonderful, I love a personal, non-fussy wedding. It so often goes over the top and in the end, people can feel a bit contrived, both guests and happy couple. Like, unreal.

    Your sartorial choices are so inspiring! I went to a wedding just a few days ago wearing a slightly tweaked vintage dirndl, bow instead of apron, and shortened to just below the knee. I confess, I was going for the silhouette you often wear, and it was a winner!

  9. what a beautiful wedding. LOVE your dress. Might need to get one myself! :)

  10. What a delightful wedding. :)

  11. Now that sounds like my kind of wedding! x

  12. A lovely woman next to a vintage car... who could ask for anything more!

    take care
    Consultant Style Advisor

  13. Love love your blog! I love the picture with the rainbow above the car driving off also.

  14. I read your blog quite regularly since the beginning of 2011. It’s really difficult to express yourself in the language that isn’t your native one – one way or another - I’ll try. I really admire you style of writing this ability to write about small things and at the same time about those important ones – like e.g. this wedding - in the way that the reader can feel part of them. You are able to stimulate my imagination to such extent that I can almost feel the smell of those flowers, taste this cake, see all the things that aren’t presented in these photos – you’re so gifted! I am so lucky that I came across your blog, and I am able to experience that! Thanks and greetings from Poland!

  15. I just found your blog, and I love it! Spent the last, erm... too long catching up on your posts. Your style is fantastic. Now following you =)
    Congratulations to your best friend!

  16. Now that's my kind of wedding! The flowers were super pretty.


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