The White Closet tends to bring out the creative little wedding-elf in all our gorgeous brides and some of you clever ladies have produced some of the most stylish, innovative and unusual weddings that the world has seen. Many of you have been featured on blogs, websites, magazine features and thousands of Pintrest boards!
You should all be thrilled to bits with your creations. From venue design to service contents, table treats to lighting concepts. You have all made each day your own.
Here we have just a hand-full of brides over the years beginning with Christina in this post.
We will show you a different White Closet bride each week.
If you haven’t sent piccies in yet – please do as we beam with pride when we receive your wedding snaps. You are part of our White Closet family and always will be. For future days when you bring your friends, little sisters, cousins and, eventually, daughters in we really do love you all to bits!
Am welling up now so will crack on!
No.1. Christine Errington.
Christina was married on 9th August 2013. She wore Charlie Brear’s sand-washed silk boat neck dress with a twist. Christina was in her 2nd year of Textile BA hons at Manchester School of Art, and her creative juices were flowing so she designed her own lace over-dress for our lovely seamstress to make. She also sourced her own stunning lace which had a relaxed floral crochet feel to the pattern.
Christina is an example of how The White Closet will happily work hand-in-hand with our brides to produce something unique and bespoke. Christina also made her own veil for a true antique look.
“Needless to say everybody commented on my dress and I have to admit that I absolutely loved wearing it. I felt completely myself and it was so comfortable! I actually managed to climb over a gate in it!
So thank you again to you and Suzanne for making it possible and persevering with what I envisioned all those months ago!”
The location was Shaw End Mansion, in Kendal (www.shawend.co.uk) and Karlyn and Edward who own it were the most wonderful, helpful people who basically let us have free run of their beautiful building and grounds for the week leading up to the wedding.
Our flowers were provided by Fletcher and Foley in Manchester (www.fletcherandfoley.co.uk) and they made all of our bouquets. They arranged for us to be sent two huge boxes of wildflowers which we (bridesmaids and mothers) then used to make all of our table centre jugs.
Our food and crockery was provided by Lucy’s of Ambleside (http://www.lucysofambleside.co.uk). We didn’t want a sit down meal, so instead Lucy made delicious finger-sandwiches, bite-size crostinis, cakes and meringues; all served with elderflower juice and a hibiscus flower, or tea/coffee. We also ordered cute flowery and stripy straws from Pipii (www.pipii.co.uk).
We hired our chairs from Blue Sky Event Solutions (www.blueskyeventsolutions.co.uk) and they were incredibly helpful regarding drop-off and pick-up times.
Christina took it upon herself to install a stunning gold thread as a canopy inside Shaw End Mansion. This installation was a key part of the tone for the day – subtle elegance.
The gold thread was inspired by Susie MacMurray’s piece entitled ‘Promenade’ which was an installation work at Keddleston Hall.
The ushers wore shirts from Topman finished with bow ties handmade by Fox & Brie (www.foxandbrie.com) and their own chinos.
The bridesmaids wore dresses from Ruche. I asked a friend called Ruth Murray (www.ruthmurray-textiles.blogspot.co.uk) to hand-print some silk which I then made into sashes.
My suede shoes were from Nastygal and John’s brogues were from Bertie.
We designed and made the hand fans for our guests instead of having a booklet or random piece of paper during the ceremony. On the back they said ‘I’m a fan!’ They also helped as it was quite a warm day!
The design mirrored the design we created on our invitations.