A Relaxed 1920s Wedding Dress for a gorgeous Rustic French Celebration

1920s inspired wedding dress, Sally Lacock

We do love a destination wedding and this year alone, we’ve seen brides take our dresses all over the world for their wedding days, which is always hugely exciting. We don’t have to tell you how big a part your wedding dress can play in your special day, and it really means a lot when brides travel a long way to visit our studio or choose our pieces for their faraway nuptials.

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A Drop Waist Relaxed Wedding Dress

Today we’re sharing the wedding of Emily and Guillaume, who tied the knot in the beautiful town of Aix en Provence in the South of France. Emily actually found us at a wedding fair, and was one of those lucky brides who fitted perfectly into our sample and was able to take her dream dress home with her that day, without needing any alterations! After trying on nearly everything, Emily settled on Lottie, a drop waist 1920’s style dress with a gorgeous cowl back and hint of lace peeking through. It was the loose, draped and relaxed fit of Lottie that won Emily over in the end, and she was deemed perfect for the rustic, outdoor celebration Emily and Guillaume had planned.

“I looked at lots of different websites initially and went to a few bridal shops. Many of the dresses were too heavy and formal for our relaxed and very hot garden wedding. My sister signed us up to go to the Vintage Wedding Fair in Chiswick and we had looked up the stall holders the previous night. I knew I wanted to come and find Sally’s designs straight away.

Both Sally and her assistant were hugely understanding and gave me a generous amount of their time to try on all the samples. I fell in love with all of their designs but Lottie was the girl for me, she was relaxed and floaty whilst still being hugely flattering. I bought the dress as a sample and took it away with me that way, without it needing any adjustments. Perfect, just the way she was.”

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A South of France Celebration

Talking of that outdoor celebration, the one thing we always love about weddings in sunnier climates is the fact that the whole day can largely be spent outdoors, even having your first (and last) dance under the light from the stars – how romantic. This was one thing that appealed to Emily and Guillaume, and with Guillaume being French, it felt natural for them to choose this location.

“Guillaume is French and so a wedding in the south of France was an obvious choice. We rented the garden of a beautiful old house. We didn’t have a particular theme, but knew we wanted delicious food and wine and for it to be fun and relaxing for everyone. The vibe was very rustic, as it was largely outdoors and we ate in an open marquee and danced under the stars. We were legally married in Marseille in the morning but our ceremony was written by us and done by Guillaume’s uncle who is an actor. We had different friends and family translate his French to English and Guillaume and I both wrote our vows in both languages.”

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What a great idea to incorporate both languages into the ceremony! And we don’t know about you, but what with the sun peeking through the trees, that beautiful floral arch setting the scene and of course Emily and Guillaume looking smitten, we’ve fallen head over heels for these ceremony images. Emily entrusted a florist friend with all of the flowers for the day, which is a nice way to add a personal touch, and of course used the natural setting to influence the choice of blooms and colour scheme.

“We used of lavender because we were in Provence, so there was lavender in my bouquet, for the table settings and the bridesmaids and ushers all wore lavender.”

The creative couple were planning their big day for just 9 months, and Guillaume proposed in London after spotting the perfect antique ring in a shop in Islington. He then whisked Emily away to a windy bridge in St James park where he got down on one knee before the pair impulsively checked into the St Pancras Hotel with no luggage and invited all of their friends and family over for afternoon tea to break the news! Sounds like something out of a movie doesn’t it?

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We can’t help but talk a little more about how fabulous Emily looks in our Lottie dress though, and she really did make the perfect choice for that setting sun in their gorgeous French location. Lottie has a simple and effortless silhouette, but a few key details that make her pretty special, and these weren’t lost on Emily either.

“I loved the detail on the dress, it was subtle but incredibly well done, such as the light beading around the cowl neck and the beautiful lace that was visible through the chiffon top layer. The way the silk felt next to my skin made it even more luxurious.”

Making brides feel just as amazing as they look is a really important factor for us here at Sally Lacock, and that’s why we source only the best fabrics and work with the most exquisite lace and silk materials. It all adds to a true luxury one off piece for your wedding day.

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We think you’ll agree that this is one wedding we’ll be re-pinning for a while, and we’re so chuffed to have been able to help Emily in her dress search. Having now come out the other side, she has some words of wisdom for those still searching for their dream dress;

“Make sure the dress you are looking for still feels ‘you’. It sounds really silly, but all the dresses I tried on before were lovely but I felt like a stranger wearing them until I tried on Sally’s dresses.”

We can’t tell you how much of a compliment that is Emily, as allowing brides to be themselves is something we really pride ourselves on. To start your dress search, take a look at our current wedding dress collection.

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Huge Congratulations to Emily and Guillaume and thank you so much for letting us share your wedding.

Photography by Joshua Lawrence