First wedding couple at Dismaland

First Dismaland wedding couple

Introducing the first wedding couple at Dismaland…

In all fairness you really couldn’t make this up! I was en route to a family soiree in Devon, but annoyingly the dramatic weather conditions in the West Country put stop to that, so in traditional Somerset fashion, we re-grouped for an epic Sunday lunch spread to re-stratagise the days activities and when you are from Weston-super-Mare, there really is only one option right now… Dismaland!

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With the family en route to #Dismaland

Now in my business, a wedding fairy is never off duty. I have met some of my best clients in the most random of circumstances (I shall park that one for another blog post!!), but even by my standards this one was pretty out there! At first I thought Si & Rachelle Christie-Irwin were actors employed to add a little sparkle to proceedings at Banksy’s fairy-tale castle, but as my brother-in-law got chatting, suddenly all became clear – this was the real deal. Dismaland’s first official wedding couple had landed at the bemusement park! This was ridiculous and clearly a fatalistic moment. Ultimately I was mildly hysterical and riddled with excitement (as per pic below), but luckily Rachelle recognised me from an interview I did in ‘You & Your Wedding’ magazine last month, and thus they didn’t hail for security in fear of their lives!


The Wedding Fairy with Si and Rachelle Christie-Irwin
Poor Si just wanted to eat his pizza in peace… Rachelle and I on the other hand had other plans!!

Si and Rachelle married last week in Newcastle in what they described as a ‘wedding in the woods’… sounds mysterious and rather fabulous doesn’t it? And the theme? Till death do us party. My kind of people! Time to order a pint and really get the party started :-) The venue of choice was actually Sweet Hope Lough – a gorgeous lakeside setting in Northumberland. Originally the couple had opted for a festival themed ‘I-do’ at Glastonbury, but Rachelle didn’t turn up, so Si proposed again 5 years later whilst a band banged out ‘I touch myself’… the rest as they say is history. Falling slightly in love with this fabulous duo at this point fyi.

Dismaland wedding couple

‘So where was the honeymoon going to be’ I asked? ‘Cancelled’ the couple replied. ‘Why’ I asked? ‘To be here of course’ replied Rachelle and Si in harmonious union. Yes their three week getaway to Cuba had been cancelled to be at #Dismaland instead. And they have no idea of how, if, or when they will get any money back or an alternative date set. Bonkers I know – and that’s exactly why I love them! Yes, clearly it might be an understatement to call them #Banksy superfans, but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity after all to visit the Worlds most exciting contemporary art exhibition… Cuba can happen anytime right?

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Rachelle protects her wedding dress from the elements!

So what were our couple looking forward to seeing the most? The Dismaland castle of course! Si told me Dismaland was like being at their wedding day anyway, so for them, they got to re-live their nuptials all over again for the bargain price of £3 a ticket! What a steal… and they even got a wedding fairy thrown in for free too!! :-)

For details on visiting Banksy’s mind-blowing ‘Dismaland’ just click here!

Outside the Dismaland castle

Any yes, the Worlds most exciting bemusement park was pretty fabulous too!
Thank you to Jason Smith my brother-in-law for picture contributions :-)

Wedding dress styles through the decades

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Wedding dress styles through the decades… The Change of a dress

When planning a wedding, everything from the venue to the guests can be extremely overwhelming. Not knowing where to begin can sometimes be the most daunting part. One of the most important things to consider, for most brides of course will be ‘the dress’.

We’ve seen some truly iconic wedding dresses throughout the years. From Grace Kelly’s sweetheart neckline and lace detailing of the 1950’s, to the modern day detailed embellishment – as seen on The Duchess of Cambridge. The dress you choose will reflect your style and personality, but most importantly should be something you feel completely comfortable in – especially if wearing all day. You should consider what design will best fit your shape, but don’t stifle your creativity right at the beginning of this process, make sure you hit your local bridal stores to play dress up and see what you fall in love with. Quite often, the dress you really think won’t work for you can be the perfect fit!

If you’re stuck for inspiration, Buyagift have created a great interactive guide on The Change of a Dress. It’s full of fun celebrity facts and trivia, exploring the different styles of dresses that have evolved throughout the years.

Have fun ladies! twf x 

V&A Wedding Dresses Exhibition 2014

V & A Wedding Dresses Exhibition 2014

For the love of bridal

At last the wait is over! All hail the V&A for giving us this opportunity to celebrate and pay homage to the incredible World that is Bridal fashion. And what a wait it has been. All too often the wedding dress is overlooked by the fashionista elite, or considered a lesser form, to say seasonal high fashion collections being paraded on the catwalk. This lack of respect for the wedding dress has always been a real bugbear of mine, as I have always considered it one of the most exciting and creative arenas of the Fashion World. So, you can imagine my delight at being asked to attend the V&A Wedding Dresses Preview. #IWasHysterical – perhaps I am exaggerating a little here, but I was definitely excited and let me tell you, it certainly did not disappoint!

Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

The exhibition traces the development and evolution of the white wedding dress from 1775 to 2014 and includes contributions from the World’s greatest designers such as: Christian Lacroix, Stefano Pilati for Yves Saint Laurent and the ultimate name in Bridal Couture – Vera Wang. But for me, the real stars were The best of British. I know us Brits can often be a little shy about blowing our own trumpets as they say, but we really do have some of the best bridal fashion houses in the World and this show proves it. Ian Stuart, Alice Temperley, Jenny Packham, Vivienne Westwood and superstar milliner Philip Treacy feature in all their glory. In fact British Designer Norman Hartnell, shines pretty early on, with this full-on show-stopper of a dress below, designed in London for the Duchess of Argyll back in 1933.

 Wedding Dresses Victoria & Albert Museum

Other stand-out features for me include this moment in history for TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Who could forget that divine head-dress designed by Philip Treacy and silk coat by Anna Valentine.

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This gorgeous gown produced by DIOR for Gwen Stefani was also simply delicious. J-adore!

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But for me, the No1 star of the show was…

Kate Moss Wedding Dress at V&A Wedding Dresses 2014

John Galliano’s insanely spectacular couture wedding dress for Kate Moss. Honestly, the pictures do not do it justice. I was utterly captivated and is without doubt, one of the most beautiful gowns I have ever seen. It’s up there with Sarah Burton’s wedding dress for the Duchess of Cambridge. It’s actually worth attending the show just to see the awe-inspiring attention to detail that went in to producing this dress. The near 200,000 sequins alone must have been exhausting and that’s before we even start to think about the diamonté and lace detail!

The V&A Wedding Dresses Exhibition 1775-2014 runs from 3rd May 2014 to 15 March 2015. Tickets for Adults are priced at £12 and you can find out all the detail by clicking here

Imagery copyright of The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.