Rosie found her Josephine dress when we were exhibiting at a wedding fair at Sutton House in tthe East End of London. She looked absolutely stunning, the dress looked like it was made for her.
The look was customised ith a lace topper and finished the look with vintage inspired accessories. We asked Rosie a few questions about her dress and how she felt on the day.
You looked amazing in the Josephine dress, can you tell us a little bit about how you knew that was the dress for you?
I went to a vintage wedding fair with two of my bridesmaids where I met the lovely Sabina Motasem. One of my bridesmaids spotted her Josephine dress hanging on the rail and egged me into trying it on. It was the first dress I’d tried on but I instantly loved it! It had a real 1920’s/ 1930’ feel to it and was simple and glamorous. I was a bit worried about buying the first dress I’d tried on but then I sort of knew that I wouldn’t change my mind and I didn’t. I’m now considering shortening and dying it so I can wear it again, although I’m torn because it seems a shame to alter such a beautiful dress, but it would also work as a stunning evening dress now my big wedding day has past.
How did you style your look for the day? How did you have your hair and do your make up? What did your other half wear?
My look was quite 1920’s/ 30’s on the day and I used a friend who specialises in hair styling for fashion and music, Lulu Plews. I wanted a 20’s ‘up do’ for my hair and I had a hairpiece which was an original 1920’s broch reworked into a hairpiece by Rosie Weisencrantz. I wore my grandmother’s pearl earrings and it was nice to wear a family piece of jewellery that was also my something burrowed. My husband wore a bright blue suit from Gieves and Hawks and I had bright blue shoes to match his suit!
What are the special memories you have from that day? Can you share with us some special things that happened?
The day does go past very quickly and you it’s slightly odd being a ‘celebrity for a day’ if you like! But there were so many wonderful moments on the day itself the key moment is of course the feeling when you see your partner for the first time at the ceremony and the excitement and nervousness in the led up to that moment. Moments with your bridesmaids before the ceremony and the bond between yourself and your closest girlfriends. Dancing with your new husband and friends and family and the general joy and celebration of the day really is in so many parts of the day in so many different ways.
What are the best things a bride can do with their planning during lockdown?
The good thing about having a bit longer to plan your wedding if you have to postpone your date is that you can be super organised ahead of your big day! It takes time to choose readings and music and having a plan for the day (that you can hand over to someone else!) means that on the day itself you can just focus on the act of getting married and secondly just having a fun day and enjoying it.
As one of our gorgeous Sabina Motasem bride, do you have any helpful advice and tips for other brides who are planning for weddings next year?
If friends and family offer to help accept their offer. There is a lot to organise and you shouldn’t take it on alone! If someone offers to help it’s because the
genuinely want to help and be part of your wedding. The only thing that really matters is that you get married! That sounds stupidly obvious but it’s easy to get caught up in decorations, food etc. but all those things are really quite small compared to the wonderful moment you marry each other.
Love the cards you design for Cath Tate Cards, can you share any new ones that you’ve just launched?
Lockdown has been a tough time for everyone and I can imagine the disappointment and frustration you must feel having to postpone your wedding. Running a greeting card company I have seen a dip in the number of people buying wedding cards, for obvious reasons. But specialising in humour greeting cards we have seen a slight rise in the number of cards people have been sending to each other. We’ve released a few new designs in the period that are light hearted captions/ quotes to try and find some humour in these challenging times. I think people need something to left the spirts at the moment and sending a card is a good way to send a ‘socially distanced’ smile to each other!
Photography by Leela Bennett.