A fifties-inspired bride with Betty bangs and a leopard-print dress – shot by Natalie J Weddings

Good morning everyone! I hope you’re feeling bright and vibrant today! We’re taking a break from bunting and teacups to show you another type of vintage-inspired wedding. This gorgeous bride went fifties-style, with beautiful victory rolls and Betty bangs, a stunning headpiece with a birdcage veil, and a leopard-print dress to die for! Claudia and Llewellyn were one of Natalie J Wedding‘s first real weddings – and being one of my favourite photographers (and people) I couldn’t wait to show it to you all! The wedding took place all the way back in February 2007 at the Roman Baths in Bath and then at The Wheatsheaf in Combe Hay.

On picking Natalie as their wedding photographer, Claudia said: “We chose Natalie of Natalie J Weddings as our wedding photographer as we had long admired her style. Natalie came down for the day and she was a complete star. We requested informal photos and we were so pleased with the results – and the fact that we got them back so quickly was brilliant! We now have some beautiful photos from all parts of the day to help nudge our memories!”

The wedding even inspired Claudia to open her own business: “After planning and shopping for the wedding I was frustrated at not being able to easily find the kinds of dresses and accessories I was looking for in the UK. Not too long after we upped sticks and moved back to Somerset to open a 50s-style boutique and website. Lots of the ideas I put together for the wedding formed the basis of the look for the shop – so much so that when we opened almost everything was black, red and leopard print! We’ve been open for nearly 4 years now and the look has evolved to included faux vintage and pin up styling for every part of your look, from dresses to petticoats, lingerie to shoes, bags to make up and so much more…”

Full credits at the bottom of the post, but for now, ow gorgeous is this bride??

All images © Natalie J Watts (Natalie J Weddings)



























Dress: Leopard print tea length dress with wine coloured trim completely custom designed by Whirling Turban. I also had a matching 3/4 sleeve bolero just in case it got chilly! It was pretty nerve-racking that I hadn’t seen or tried on my dress as it was made in Bali but the team at Whirling Turban went above and beyond to make the perfect dress for me – I still recommend them to everyone!

Shoes: Black Patent heels by Agent Provocateur with a dark red trim.

Accessories: Black net petticoat -we stock them in our shop now, nude and black seamed stockings from Agent Provocateur, as was the corset I wore under my dress. I had a little black hat with a veil which I found on eBay. Also as a wedding gift Lu gave me a Femme Metale heart and wings necklace which I wore on the day.

Bridesmaid’s dress: Julia wore a black satin dress with a red Petticoat. She made a leopard waistband and wore a leopard hat. Lola wore a black Sourpuss dress with little red swallows on the front. She had a red net petticoat underneath and a vintage feather cape for the chilly February air.

Groom’s outfit: A black vintage suit, white shirt & black braces from Vintage to Vogue with a wine coloured tie. His black and white wing tips were limited edition and from the British boot company in Camden.

Flowers: A bouquet of grand prix roses – the dress was quite busy so I wanted to keep it simple. The bridesmaids had similar bouquets with some greenery in.

Cake: Chocolate ganache cupcakes with a little red rose decoration in a tier with a leopard cake at the top finished off with some Grand Prix roses & black feathers.

Décor / styling: We loved the look of the Wheatsheaf so didn’t really do anything to decorate. The overall styling of the wedding wasn’t something which was massively planned – we just included the things we loved the most! We didn’t have a huge budget but spent money where it mattered to us rather than trying to get all the trimmings which often you don’t actually need.

Hair: Betty bangs with victory rolls and curls through the rest. I went to a hairdressers in Bath and it was super stressful as they hadn’t booked my bridesmaid and I in correctly – but I was reasonably pleased with the hair in the end. That said it is probably the only thing I would have changed if I could – I wish I’d learnt to do it myself beforehand. I wish I’d been able to get hold of the Vintage Hairstyling book for the wedding!

Make up: I did my make up myself on the day. I’d been to Mac and had a sit down with a really lovely girl called Naomi who had suggested some colours and given me some tips. She really listened to what I wanted and helped give me the confidence to do it myself.

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