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1930s Wedding Dresses 

I was thrilled this week to be given this photo of the wedding of my grandparents on 25 July 1933 at Sutton Church in Norfolk. The styling immediately reminded me of the wedding of the late Queen Mother, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon on her marriage to the Duke of York in April 1923 
Lady Elizabeth's wedding dress was made by the court dressmaker in the Coco Chanel drop waist style. It was medieval in nature and made of ivory silk chiffon moire  
On her head the late Queen Mother wore a Flanders lace veil, which was lent by her husband's mother, Queen Mary. The veil was held in place by a circlet of myrtle, white roses and heather 
1930s wedding group with bride, groom and five bridemaids and best man

1930s Veils and Headdresses 

Lady Elizabeth's headdress was worn very low on the brow and this was in line with the popular 1920s flapper style. A 1922 Charles Worth sketch shows a veil enveloping the body to create a misty aura around the body  
The royal veil swept to the floor and trailed behind the bride. My grandmother's headdress was also worn relatively low on the brow and her veil was on the long side  
Also on trend was the orange blossom included the headdress. This followed royal precedent as when George V and Queen Mary's daughter, Princess Mary, married in 1922 her silver wreath was entwined with orange blossom. Again, the court dressmaker created the bridal gown, a tradition no longer popular with royal brides  
Flapper girl wearing black dress with white pearls and black feathered headdress

1930s Bridesmaids and Flower Girls 

My grandmother had three flower girls and two older bridesmaids, although they were all described as bridesmaids. The term 'flower girl' was not in common usage at the time 
The two elder bridesmaids are described as wearing Norwich silk crepe, a type of silk made nearby. Both girls wore hats, which would not be fashionable at all today but were definitely de rigeur then. It was a church wedding and all the female guests would have had a hat  
The local newspaper describes the small bridesmaids as wearing pink satin. It's hard to tell from the photo in which everything appears white or ivory. Ivory flower girl dresses would not have been common in the 1930s 
Interestingly the flower girls have long, ankle length dresses. Again this was the trend. Whilst many modern brides go for knee length flower girl dresses, Lychgate's Bluebell dress shown in the image is a popular choice. Girls aged 8 - 11 like to feel a little more grown up  
Girl age eight wearing ivory long length flower girl dress in silk with puffed sleeve

Recipe For 1930s Wedding Pie 

So, if you fancy a 1930s themed wedding the six key ingredients are: 
1. A beautiful village church (rural Norfolk optional) 
2. An enormous bouquet, seriously, how big is that! 
3. A fine upstanding Best Beloved 
4. Two adult bridesmaids in, well, frankly odd hats, and three little ones in Lychgate Bluebell dresses 
5. A 1930s Rolls Royce Phantom motor car (you know you want to) 
6. A Lychgate bespoke silk bridal gown. Doesn't have to be like Grandma's  
Images from top: @davidhellman; @marvelous both courtesy of Unsplash 
burgundy colour rolls royce car
What would you put in a Farmyard Wedding Pie? Read more to find out our recipe for the perfect farmyard wedding 

Relaxed wedding dresses for farmyard weddings 

Last week I took us to Italy to explore the ingredients for Italian Wedding Pie. This week we're going down and dirty with good old Farmyard Wedding Pie. Research by John Lewis published in Bridal Buyer magazine has shown that British couples have fallen in love with farmyard weddings  
Of course ingredient one is the wedding dress and its suitability for unpredictable terrain. If your farmyard venue looks like the one in our picture a long train is not going to be the answer. Not unless, you want a nervous breakdown as your second ingredient  
Go for an ankle length hem, in something floaty. Chiffon, georgette and tulle are all great options and look great with a relaxed bodice. A spaghetti strap perhaps or even strapless, but nothing too heavily corsetted. This is not Westmnister Abbey. You are not being Kate Middleton. You are a romantic maiden wafting through the corn to marry your best beloved  
Find out about the changing face of bridal fashion as demonstrated by Rod Stewart (well, his wives anyway).......... 

The changing face of bridal gowns 

I went to see Rod Stewart on tour at Portman Road, Ipswich this week and let me tell you that Rod has still got it in spades. His voice is as good as ever and he is astonishingly energetic for a septuagenarian. He sung some of his new stuff but the old favourites were there and Rod has no trouble getting the audience to sing along. Added to this he had an excellent backing band and singers, who more than held their own when he left the stage to get his barnet re-coiffured  
Rod could not be accused of being shy and merrily told the audience about his three wives and eight children and this set me to thinking about what sort of wedding dresses his wives had (and what he wore) 
Rod married first in the 1970s, for the second time in the 1990s and for the third time in the 2000s, all of which had very different bridal styles 
Find out the top reasons for marrying in Italy......... 
Italian Church for your ceremony? 
I was lucky to be in Todi, Italy this week. If you haven't visited Umbria, the green heart of Italy then I thoroughly recommend it.  
It's chock full of medieval hill towns, flanked by poppy filled valleys. The Italians do churches really, really well and each town has it's own gem, usually standing proudly at the end of a charming square  
Say 'Ciao' to our chic Italian bride  
Her beautiful, silk and lace wedding dress flows behind her. She is standing at the top of the steps leading to the grand front door and might be straight out of Vogue. Following behind her, like a gaggle of geese are a plethora of charming little girls in silk flower girl dresses, and a line of tiny pageboys in silk shorts and shirts 
Truly the belle of the ball she proceeds up the mosaiced aisle. As she reaches the top, she turns to her precious love in her exquisite bridal gown, ready to to plight her troth...... 'Best beloved' she whispers 'I am here...........'  

Wander in your wedding dress 

The streets of Umbrian hill towns are a rabbit warren of adorable narrow streets, adorned with flowers in pots and window boxes, as far as the eye can see.  
Hidden in the walls are doorways that open into artisan shops, filled with ceramics, paintings, and fabrics. Solid wooden doors give way to shady courtyards and secret homes. I can imagine the Italian bride, her exquisite lace train flowing behind her, holding hands with her beloved after the ceremony, wandering through the streets towards her reception 
See how the silk billows in the breeze.... 
Her flower girls and pageboys, now released from the bounds of their ceremonal duties dart in and out of the myriad alleyways. The girl's silk bridesmaids dresses and boy's silk shorts and shirts reveal their lustre as they catch the last rays of the evening sun that sinks lazily in the sky  
The wedding party are hungry now, and looking forward to an evening of fine wine, classic Italian dishes, good company and mischevious festivity....... 

Kick up your heels with your bridesmaids  

I travelled to Umbria with Ipswich Choral Society. We sang at Calvi dell Umbria, a small hill town with the best view in Italy.  
After the performance, and a thrilling exhibition of traditional flag throwing (check it out on youtube) we were honoured guests at a feast in the grounds of a convent. Traditional Italian mamas in black dresses prepared succulent dishes for us, pasta, pizza ...... I could go on. My waste-line suffered  
A stylish departure 
There's our traditional Italian bride, kicking her wedding dress up with her bare feet. Too excited to eat, she sits on her beloved's lap, as her guests wine and dine. The guests dance in the warm evening breeze  
Finally it's time for our Italian bride to leave. She and her beloved climb into an ancient powder blue Fiat 500 of course, ready to power down to the coast. Wave goodbye, as she disappears in her Lychgate bespoke silk bridal gown.....  

Our recipe for your perfect Italian wedding pie 

So, the six key ingredients for a quintessential Italian wedding are (make notes): 
One gorgeous church in a classic Italian square 
A generous handful of flowergirls and pageboys in cool silk flowergirl dresses, and pageboy shorts and shirts, all by Lychgate 
One 'Best Beloved'  
A great big Italian feast 
One fiat 500 (ancient) 
And last, but definitely not least, a Lychgate bespoke silk wedding dress 
Go on, you know you want to..............CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY 
Images: @kamileleo; @laurag82; @jfeiber.car; @photos_by_lanty, all courtesy of Unsplash 
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