The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields was the perfect venue for Charlotte and Zaks relaxed wedding vision. The stunning English garden setting with the Victorian architecture created a beautiful backdrop for their wedding images. The whole day was stunning, full of emotions and love for a wonderful couple.
We have written a blog post all about their wonderful day.
We were absolutely delighted to have receive an email with Sarah and James’ relaxed, at home wedding album. And we could not wait to share this magical day with you.
Sarah chose a bespoke version of our 1950’s inspired, tea length, Olivia dress. With lots of luscious layers of tulle for her skirt, a yellow flower and a few layers of yellow tulle in the underskirt. This dress certainly had Sarah’s individuality all over it.
Their day was full of relaxed fun where guests played connect 4, ate from Street Food vans and an Ice Cream Bike and danced the night away!
What was your proposal like?
Not at all like the movies!
We were on holiday in Portugal travelling round in a campervan and had stopped in Cascais for a couple of nights. We had just worked out that we had a day’s gap between giving back the campervan and our hotel booking. After deciding it was James’ fault, I wouldn’t let him take us for a nice meal anymore because we now needed to pay for a hotel. I wasn’t expecting there to be a reason he wanted such a nice meal!
After dinner in an Irish bar (which was not what he had in mind) he took us to the port to see the sunset. Even then I hadn’t realised something was happening so when James proposed my first reaction was “Are you really doing this”?!
Not quite what he had in mind, but he got the “Yes” he was hoping for once I caught up.
What was searching for your perfect wedding dress like?
Initially, terrifying! I’m not at all girly so suddenly being thrown into a world where everyone knows the name of fabrics and necklines was scary. My mum took me to see Lizzie and the first time we walked in to book an appointment I didn’t even touch the dresses. I did a lot of “Pintrest”ing and went to a couple of shops, but my dress turned out to be 99% the design Lizzie drew after our first appointment.
How did you choose the ‘THE ONE’?
Go with your gut!
Lizzie’s design took my favourite parts of her dresses and made it “me”. I also really liked the atmosphere in Lizzies shop. It wasn’t pushy sales and I didn’t have to know the names of every material or neckline under the sun (thank god!!)
You will be in your dress all day it needs to be something you are happy and comfortable in – both because it “you” and because it fits you. Trying on the different styles, there were some that felt alien and others I started to relax in.
What was your most favorite part of your dress?
My underskirt!! My dress was made for twirling and as an added extra I had yellow added into my underskirt. It was amazing!
What accessories did you go for?
James bought my jewellery as my wedding present. It was from Clogau in their Past Present Future collection and matched my wedding ring which was made by Lou Lou Jewellery. I also had a tiny pin that belonged to my grandad which went in the flower on my dress. My shoes were from Rainbow Club – genuinely a pair of all-day heels.
How would you describe the styling of your wedding?
Village fete/ Summer party. We wanted it to be a day everyone would enjoy no matter their age and something everyone could feel comfortable at even while we were doing the formal bits like family photography.
Where did you get your wedding inspiration from?
James had worked on bars at weddings in the past and really liked the Tipi weddings he had been to. We went to a couple of open days and spent a lot of time looking at supplier photos online to see what parts we liked.
Did you follow any traditions?
Church wedding. Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue
What music did you have during the ceremony?
Entrance of the bridal party to Canon in D, Pachelbel Hymns: One More Step Along the World I Go Lord of All Hopefulness Exit of the wedding party to Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring, J S Bach
What about your first dance song?
The one – Kodaline
What was your most memorable moment of your wedding day?
During the ceremony, the vicar asks the congregation to be seated. Well… James also went and sat down, with the best man! Leaving me stood at the front of church and the whole church laughing. It’s ok, it only took a moment for him to realise, but it’s certainly something we will laugh about for years to come.
Did you pick up any tips during the wedding planning stage?
Actually do the things you talk about! We were very laid back with planning. Once we had the Church and venue sorted, we took a back seat for a little longer than we should have. When people say things get booked a year in advance they really do! Lizzie kept me on track at our fittings with a few helpful reminders.
Remember, you are planning “your” day to celebrate your marriage and the rest of your lives. It may be hard but try to choose the things that you will enjoy.
When you pick up cards or see websites you like – write it down an write down why you liked it. By the end of planning you will have a million notes and business cards and trying to remember which one you wanted… easier said than done.
“Lizzie is quite simply amazing! She is friendly, patient and understanding as well as being incredibly talented! She worked too hard to make my vision come to life and designed me the most beautiful bespoke dress which was unlike anything I’d tried on. Lizzie cake to dress me on the morning of my wedding as well to make sure everything was perfect. Such an incredible service. The whole experience of seeing my ideas coming to life was really special.”
Sophisticated, elegant and a little bit sassy! This gorgeous bateau neckline is reminiscent of a bygone era with the plunging backline and statement front bow, bringing a contemporary edge. Created from an amazing faux silk dupion, this gown has a wonderful texture and is vegan-friendly.
Created from the most beautiful rich ivory Mikado cloth, which gives this gown wonderful form and structure, this sculpted sweetheart bodice is perfectly balanced with the figure-hugging silhouette of the skirt. Perfectly precise. Why not add one of our signature lace jackets and a statement sash?
Uncompromising in its simplicity and stunningly understated, our beautiful heavyweight crepe gives the Magnolia dress a classic and elegant look. Why not style this with a lace jacket to add a hint of texture?
This stunning gown is made from one of our all-time favourite fabrics, a beautiful light silk Habotai. With its off-the-shoulder neckline and that gorgeous ruched bodice, this gown has a timeless and classical feel. Layers of Habotai, chiffon and organza gives the skirt volume and glorious movement. And of course, this dress has one of our signature corsets hidden away inside. Giving you full support, structure and defining that waist.
On the 16th of January 2019, Mr D and I packed ourselves off, down to the big smoke for an evening of glitz, glamour and anxious waiting!
It was the 2019 National Wedding Industry Awards finals and we, Elizabeth Malcolm Bridalwear, were up for the award of Best Designer after winning the regional event in November.
The Wedding Industry Awards are the biggest and most important event in the wedding industry calendar. Celebrating excellence thought the industry, and to have been a regional finalist 4 years in a row is an extremely huge honour. However, 2019 was our year to shine. This was the year that we got the regional title and to say that we were happy about this was a massive understatement.
How the Judging works
How the winners are decided upon is through a judging panel of specifically picked out industry professionals. They would use our customer’s votes and comments, images, website and our social media presence, to help them with there decisions.
After the Regional winners are announced, they all get put through to the finals where the best of the best compete for the top prize!
Winning the Award
We were absolutely astounded to have been awarded the National Highly commended. I could hardly believe it walking up onto the stage to get our little pink trophy! What an honour! What a Joy! What an unbelievable experience, one that I will never forget.
In an ever-changing industry, it is so rewarding to have achieved this accolade. It has always been a hard industry to work in as it is so competitive. With competition from the internet, big chain wedding dress shops and the deteriorating rate of the high street, it becomes even more important to stand out from the crowd and give the best you can give to your customers. By winning this award it is like a little stamp of approval from our past customers and peers!
One of the main reasons we also enter these awards is that we actually receive the comments and marks from our customers Which is just the icing on the cake!
“Elizabeth went above and beyond to make my outfit special. As someone who doesn’t like dresses, Liz agreed to make me a bridal jumpsuit for the occasion. From start to finish she was caring, attentive and made sure to always ask that what she was doing was how I had envisioned the outfit at every stage of development. I couldn’t be happier with the finished product nor how the whole process happened.” Chloe
“Lizzie as an absolute joy to work with from the moment I stepped into her store. She is responsive, she cares, and she knows what looks good on you! Couldn’t have been happier with my dress, it’s stunning. ” Lila
“Lizzie is just an absolute legend at what she does. I was incredibly anxious and undecided about my wedding dress but she has treated me with such understanding, care and friendliness the whole way through. I have been blown away by her attention to detail and her customer service. Not to mention the amazing value for money she provides. I’ve got an incredible dress and a ginger sister from another mister. Thanks so much! X ” Claire