On this year’s wedding anniversary card to Mr S, I used one of our wedding photos, I do like a personalised card! We have some amazing wedding photos as we married in Rome and were able to have our photos taken at the Trevi fountain. I felt amazing on my wedding day, bathed in the love of my new husband and my family and wearing the most beautiful dress I have ever worn. My dress was a simple and stylish design by Suzanne Neville called Songbird. I never intended to wear a formal wedding dress, we wanted a small, intimate and relaxed wedding and to dress accordingly. I remember at the time being inspired by Bianca Jagger’s wedding outfit. However I was persuaded to visit a bridal shop to try on some wedding dresses and my friend and Mum came to help. I always wanted my dress to reflect me, I had never dreamed of a fairy tale princess wedding dress, I’m not a pretty and fluffy person. I wanted something simple and stylish which was comfortable for me to be me on my wedding day. I tried a few dresses on and to be honest I felt like a little girl dressing up, they were lovely dresses but not me. However when I tried on the Songbird I really did know it was the one and what I wanted to wear to my wedding. Twelve years later I still know I made the correct choice, I smile when I look at the dress in the pictures and remember how special it made me feel, the touch and fall of the silk, the perfect fit and the simplicity of the design. I kept my accessories very simple, pearl earrings and a necklace and a tiara in my hair and the look was perfect for our Roman wedding. My dress is now packed away among tissue paper in a special box, perhaps one day Little Miss will want to try it on or perhaps on our 25th anniversary we’ll have a party and I’ll display it or have it altered for the more mature me.
This is the sketch the shop gave me when we ordered the dress to help with the accessories. Its in my Mum’s memory box as she and Dad very generously paid for the dress. I’m sure the pin marks come from pictures and inspirations being pinned to it.