Dress details

In part one I spoke about all the prep that went into the theme. Now i’ll talk about the dresses, suits, hair, make up and accessories.

So lets start with the Bridesmaids, I had five in total (my Sister, my Sister in Law to be, my Cousin and her two Daughters). I wanted all of their dresses to be in midnight blue, the three older Bridesmaids (my Sister, Cousin and Sister in Law to be) wore dresses my Mum found online by Virgos Lounge; as soon as I saw the dress I knew it was perfect.  I ordered them from Asos and they were dreamy. They only needed a few little alterations but the colour and the style of them went perfectly with the theme.

Dresses were Lena by Virgos Lounge

Our two younger Bridesmaids (my Cousin’s Daughters) wore dresses I came across in Debenhams by RJR John Rocha, they were the perfect colour and had beautiful lace detail with a drop waist to die for.

Dress by RJR John Rocha

The Bridesmaids all wore a peacock feather clip in their hair which I had made.

Finishing touches

On to my dress, the most beautiful dress I have ever worn.

I had an appointment at Wedding World in Folkestone, the ladies were so helpful. I told them the theme and they picked a few dresses out for me to try. The dress I ended up having was the first dress I tried on and I cried.

My Mum, Sister and Nan cried too.

I did try on three other dresses which were beautiful but they didn’t give me the same feeling, the feeling of it being ‘the one’.

The dress in honesty was the first thing organised, even before the date and the venue were sorted. It had to be this dress. It is called Spencer by Maggie Sottero and I couldn’t wait to wear it when I walked down the aisle to meet J.

To complement my dress I decided on wearing just a hair circlet by Richard Designs and not a veil. The open back of the dress and all the detail of the beading was enough and I was worried a veil would be too much or hide the detailing.

Hair circlet by Richard Designs

My hair and make-up were done by Beyond Beauty Retreat in Ruckinge, I went with a red lip for the Hollywood glamour of the era and hair up to show off the back of the dress. Pearl Cluster hair pins were added to frame my hair and help secure the circlet at the back. These were beautifully handmade by Charlotte Hamilton Bridal.

Cluster Pearl hair pins by Charlotte Hamilton Bridal
Anais Bridal Garter and Silver Sixpence by Charlotte Hamilton Bridal

The bell pictured above was handmade by my Aunt, it was given to me and one to my Sister when my Mum re-married as a good luck charm to hang in your bouquet when you married. It was such a lovely touch and I made sure that it was attached to my bouquet.

My shoes were by Rachel Simpson, style Victoria in navy and champagne. They were so dreamy and perfect plus comfortable being leather. These were also my ‘something blue’

Victoria by Rachel Simpson

My Nan fastening her vintage pearl necklace around my wrist

As Jewellery for the day I was kindly lent my Nan’s pearl earrings and necklace, I wore the necklace wrapped twice around my wrist as a bracelet, these also worked perfectly as my ‘something old’ and ‘something borrowed’. Of course my ‘something new’ was my dress.


The flowers were all designed and put together by my Mum, the Bridesmaids had peacock swords curled over blush artemis roses and were hand-tied with blue ribbon, my throw away bouquet was babies breath and my beautiful bouquet was the same blush roses but was framed with peacock eye feathers.

The button holes all had an ivory rose which stood proudly in front of a peacock eye

The Groom, Best Man, Ushers and Father of the Bride suits were all from Moss Bros, we went for dinner jackets and bow ties to tie in the with era of the 1920s, these were all hired apart from J’s which we bought as it was slightly different with the satin lapel and buttons, the trousers also had a satin seam down the outside of the leg.

So there you have it, our bridal party style for the big day. I got so much inspiration from Pinterest when it came to tying in The Great Gatsby theme and I hope this post has inspired you.

We had a perfect day and I love looking through our pictures and remembering every detail.

My beautiful Mum
Proud Dad, ready to give me away
New Mr and Mrs Patrick

As always, thank you for reading.


Mel xx

Originally posted 2021-09-23 12:55:34.

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