23 July 2014

Wedding memories with my Mumma

Endless days spent dress shopping, lunching, chattering and sampling wedding wines made the run-up to my wedding a pretty brilliant time for Mum and I. 

She's also my bestie. Look, here we are 'having a moment' on W day...

Recently, we were missing the girliness of those pre-wedding days.

And so, with news that the Victoria and Albert Museum are showing a new exhibition called Wedding Dresses 1775 - 2014, we planned a London jaunt. 

We picked the hottest day of the year so far, and kicked proceedings off with a giant coffee and a yoghurt / pomegranate / orange blossom water combo from Lebanese canteen Comptoir. Yum!

Next stop, we pottered up the V&A to get our culture on.

Each dress on display came with a bit of information about who wore it, and it was so cute to read the stories of people called Norman and Margaret marrying in the 1800s. 

I felt a bit sorry for the Margarets, though, as the trend in those days was for a LOT of heavy fabric, bonnets and some not-so-chic booties. 

We agreed that our absolute favourite was a silk satin number worn by BaBa Beaton in the 1930s. The incredibly simple gown, with a split train, was displayed along with footage of society gal BaBa and her husband coming out of their London wedding to be surrounded by well-wishers.

Also, BaBa is the best name EVER. 

I also LOVED the dress Gareth Pugh made for fashion ed Kate Shillingford. She didn't want 'bride white' so opted for chiffon in an ethereal grey, which she teamed with dyed pink hair, for her 2011 wedding.

Here's a link to Gareth and Kate chatting about the creation of it. It's so dreamy!

And though I'm not a Kate Moss fan, fashion-wise, I did sneak a picture of her beautifully detailed wedding dress. 

Wedding dressed to the max, we pottered around the courtyard at the V&A before moseying down to the Kings Road for lunch. 

Given the heat, we stuck to starters and a shared rocket and parmesan salad at the Bluebird Chelsea, which is now notorious thanks to all the Made In Chelsea starlets living out their romance dramz there. 

We headed upstairs to the restaurant to avoid the summertime lotharios littering the courtyard.

I went for puglian burrata with tomatoes, basil and olive oil, while my beauty of a lunch date opted for asparagus, smoked duck, crisp egg, peas, black truffle and watercress.


Rejuvenated, we moved on to Covent Garden for a 'bit of retail' before cooling off with watermelon and lychee juices. 

The best girls day out! 


1 comment

  1. Bless! Love this - every girl needs days out with their mamma. xx


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