I am so very excited to share Ingrid and Doug's gorgeous, winter wedding with you today!

It's the first real wedding I've featured on Bridal Musings and real weddings are what I LOVE most in this whole wide wedding world. They are what the inspiration, planning and preparation are all about and I feel so privileged to share this couple's special day on my little blog.

Here's the happy couple looking perfectly loved up:

Ingrid and Doug's wedding was captured beautifully by the talented Sarah of Sarah Jane's Photography and the Bride, Ingrid, was kind enough to share the planning details and the story of her day…Yay!

Sarah wrote the intro to Ingrid and Doug's wedding photos with such sincerity on her blog, it'd be a shame not to share some of her sweet words here:

Ingrid and Doug have a charming, beautiful family and it would be hard for anyone not to fall a little in love with them. But what I loved the most..

…I just love the way Ingrid laughs, she is at her most beautiful when she has a good old laugh!

And I love the way Doug adores…yes, truly adores her.

Awwww, how sweet!!!

Over to Ingrid to share her Bridal Musings

Our ceremony was held on Saturday 8th January 2011 at St Mary’s Church, Eastham and the reception was held at the Brook Meadow Hotel, Childer Thornton, both in Wirral.

Getting Ready

I wanted to look timeless, glamorous and elegant. Friends have described it as old Hollywood glamour, which is probably about right! I wanted a demure side nape knot, even though I didn’t have enough hair for it! And I wanted gorgeous makeup with special emphasis on the eyes. I was very lucky to find Sharon who did my hair. We clicked straight away and she completely got where I was coming from, she found me a hairpiece that attached like a ponytail and the effect was just perfect.

I had a bit of a nightmare with finding the right makeup artist. Initially it was about keeping costs down and I couldn’t justify paying more than £30 to have my face done, after leaving one salon looking uglier than I did when I went in, I realised you get what you pay for!! I found Mandy on my photographers face book page, these two together are a brides dream come true!

The Shoes & Accessories

I went for 4 inch peep toe heels in plum velvet with a satin bow, I scoured the internet and shoe shops for the perfect plum shoes for months and in the end I got them from Marks and Spencers for £35 – bargain! I’m not a fan of veils or tiara’s so I decided to go with a stunning hair comb and matching dangly earrings which I got handmade by a fantastic lady in Australia. I found her on Etsy: www.lulusplendorjewels.blogspot.com

The Dress

My dress was a Sincerity gown which I bought at Cherish the Bride in West Kirby. I knew it was the one the first time I tried it on. I had been to another bridal shop and was horribly disappointed, nothing I tried on suited me or my figure but when I went to Cherish, the lady there took one look at me and said you need a dress that is longer in the body and she knew what she was talking about. My dress was the second one I tried on and I loved it straight away, it flattered my figure in all the right places and I absolutely loved the tiered effect. I did try on other dresses after but none of the others made me feel as glamorous as this one.

{Ingrid looks so utterly gorgeous and glamourous doesn't she? That marabou fluffy shawl screams old Hollywood!}

The Groom's Attire

My gorgeous man wore a black morning suit with tails, an ivory shirt, waistcoat and cravat.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmens Attire

My bridesmaids wore beautiful,  plum coloured one shouldered dresses with black marabou capes and the groomsmen wore black morning suits with tails, plum cravats and pocket hankies.  My two year old Jacob, was dressed as his daddy.

{Look at Jacob's little face…he's not impressed with all this wedding malarky is he?!}

The Candle Lit Ceremony

{The candle light is so soft and romantic}

{I love how Ingrid and Doug included their son, Jacob, in their walk back down the aisle as husband & wife}

{After the ceremony, the bridal party realised they needed milk so they popped to the village shop…just kidding! I absolutely love these last two shots, they're fabulous!}

Amazing photos of such a lovely wedding!

But I couldn't possibly squeeze all the loveliness into one post so please do come back tomorrow for Part 2 to see more stunning photos of  The Reception, The Details and to find out Ingrid's helpful hints and advice for brides to be. (Trust me, you'll want to read this, she's one very savvy bride!)

Best wishes,

Elizabeth x