the frock in which i wed

i am sharing with you today the frock in which i wed

this is the second frock as i am married for the second time

i didn’t marry in a wedding dress, nor did i the first time

i did try some on the first time round but they all looked frightening on me. so much so that the friends i was with at the time were rolling around laughing at me.

the second time round the dress i bought, i bought in secret before we had even set a date!

bold i know, but not bunny boiler stuff, we were engaged just needed to actually buy a house and shizzle first.

i met my friend, miss lady bubble, in harvey nichols and whilst waiting for her in the shoe department, drooling and stroking the red soles, i noticed out the corner of my eye a frock hanging proud on a pillar.

“buy me” it whispered

i wandered forward

“gone on, you know you want to”

i gazed in wonderment

“i’m gorgeous aren’t i”

Β i bearly blinked

miss lady bubble appeared next to me enquiring on my strange behaviour.

miss lady bubble : what you doing hp? (not married yet you see)

hp : just looking

miss lady bubble : you close enough?

hp : it’s nice isn’t it?

hp : nice enough to get married in don’t you think?

miss lady bubble : oh my god hp try it on, go on now *shoving me towards chaining room*

so i did and i loved it, need taking in here and there but perfect

but surely without a date i couldn’t buy it, that’s all a big previous isn’t it?

well miss lady bubble thought not and put it on hold on my behalf. i called my mum she wasn’t sure. i called olivers mum she said get it.

the next day i got it

heavy silk satin 50’s pinched waisted with panelled top in a soft white gold, just like the old mercedes and jaguars. lush

it hid at lady bubbles house for months and months but it was mine

i don’t have a full length picture but here are some others from the day that the decibel due did it in dulwich.


  1. February 10, 2012 / 22:47

    Thank you for joining in! Love the story behind the dress, and the dress itself looks lovely. The photos are gorgeous! What a striking couple you are!

    I hope you have a good weekend after your busy week.


  2. February 11, 2012 / 16:03

    when we did set a date i was glad the dress was already in hiding as we had only 11 weeks to get ourselves organised!

  3. February 11, 2012 / 20:53

    I love this and the story of your dress. I can also confess that while my partner and I are in engaged, we have not set a date but he has a suit and I have my dress.

    • February 11, 2012 / 21:24


      i think it’s the best way as you buy something you genuinely love rather than buying something under pressure!

    • February 13, 2012 / 21:43

      not just a mummy

      thank you for your lovely comment. it was down to a very talented friend of ours who took up the challenge of capturing our day. i’m forever grateful to mr brooks

      • February 14, 2012 / 07:38

        ive been engaged 8 and a half years now, its about time we had a lovely day like that πŸ™‚

        • February 14, 2012 / 08:36

          not just a mummy

          right then today’s plan is pick up the phone call the local registry office/church and find out the first possible date and DO IT!!! failing that go shopping and buy the frock!!

            • February 14, 2012 / 21:02

              not just a mummy

              doesn’t have to cost the world, we had just 40 people at ours x

              • February 15, 2012 / 14:14

                i know…last time we discussed it i said ”let just go and do it, me you and the kids” a sort of get it over and done with but then we know our parents would want to be there and i still want the dress and b4 ya know it, its escalated into a big-ish wedding

  4. February 15, 2012 / 22:09

    Your story brought a smile to my face but then I saw the pics and positively melted….you both look so very, very happy in them. I think my favourites are the bottom 2 – especially the bottom right. Totally agree with you about weddings not having to cost the world. They can be whatever you want them to be πŸ™‚

    • February 15, 2012 / 22:19

      a hell of a woman

      thank you for your lovely comments, our wedding was small but it was great and there was so much dancing!!!

  5. February 19, 2012 / 15:55

    Beautiful dress! I’ve just read this post after our recent Twitter chat about your 1950’s inspired wedding dress, and it’s just as I imagined. Perfection…

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