(I) Do // The Theme

I am ridiculously excited as I write this! This week’s post was supposed to be about my last two wedding dress shopping experiences, but I’ve decided that can wait until next week… Today it’s all about our theme!

I have toyed with themes in my head for a few months now. Each one not quite fitting the bill. Each one missing that something. No theme encompassed everything we wanted. And then, whilst aimlessly perusing Pinterest thinking about the various theme ideas (and dresses), I had a flash of inspiration.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover!

I’m not about to go all dirty on you. Never fear.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover is my second favourite novel of all time (1984 is my first, if you’re interested). If you’ve never read it, head on over to Amazon to buy it. Seriously. It’s fantastic. The novel was highly controversial when first published in 1928, as it was considered pornographic. It was censored, and the full novel banned from publication until 1960.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover tells the story of Connie, a lady from a rather wealthy, but bohemian, background who is married to a minor nobleman, Clifford. Clifford was injured in the war and because of this injury, lost the use of his legs. Clifford is weak, and Connie grows to despise him; she feels confined within the marriage. To cut a long story short, Connie ends up falling for the rough and rugged Game Keeper, Oliver Mellors. The book is wonderful; filled with oodles of Northern dialect and lots of free thought… oh, and a wee bit of sexy time.

Anyway, enough harking on about the book…

You’re probably all wondering why on earth we’ve chosen this as a theme!

We’ve been wanting something vintage-inspired (I know, I know. “Vintage” is one of those eye-rolling words in the wedding world at the moment) that encompasses our love of literature, the countryside of our reception venue, the opulence of our ceremony venue and ye olde Brighton. Vintage Brighton has been our prominent theme idea for a while now, but it excludes our reception venue, which is in a village hall in the country… I have been losing sleep over this, trying to find a way to merge the two.

Talking to our wedding photographer last week brought clarity to the predicament. We talked timings; something Nick and I had discussed briefly, but hadn’t decided on concretely. Why make it all about Brighton, when the majority of the day will actually be spent in the countryside?

Lady Chatterley has it all really; the rustic opulence we were looking for, the echoes of a time before, the love of literature, the grandeur, but also the down-to-earthness of our heavily DIY occasion. To top it all off, Nick is originally from Yorkshire, and I speak properly (this is a very tongue-in-cheek comment) so talk about the perfect Mellors and Connie parallel.

Most importantly, I can see it. I can see our photos now. I can see how the room will look. I can almost see my dress (maybe), and it’s quite different to how I imagined it a week ago. I can see Nick in something tweed-related and handsome. I can see us in wellies. I can see it all! And gosh, I am excited!

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  1. The Handmade Mum

    4th September 2013 at 7:13 am

    Glad you have decided on something that fits in with what you want πŸ™‚ Hope all the other planning is going well too xx

    1. Hannah

      4th September 2013 at 10:22 am

      Thanks lovely πŸ™‚ Yes it is – thank you xx

  2. Mammasaurus

    4th September 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Ooooo I LOVE tweed! Look forward to seeing more!

    1. Hannah

      4th September 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks Mammasaurus πŸ™‚ xx

  3. 3yearsandhome

    4th September 2013 at 6:00 pm

    It sounds wonderful. I’m just considering a tweed sofa for my new grown up lounge. Can’t wait to read more x

  4. Stephanie

    6th September 2013 at 7:27 am

    Oh your wedding is just going to be beautiful isn’t it. I hope we will get pictures when the time comes!

    1. Hannah

      6th September 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Fingers crossed! I will definitely be putting photos up! xx

  5. Jaime Oliver

    6th September 2013 at 3:21 pm

    sounds like a fab idea!! πŸ™‚

    1. Hannah

      6th September 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks Jaime πŸ™‚ xx

  6. Mummy of Two

    6th September 2013 at 7:00 pm

    It sounds beautiful! I’m not a big fan of themes (after watching too many episodes of Don’t tell the Bride!) but I think done right it will be a day to remember for all the right reasons! Good luck!

    1. Hannah

      6th September 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Haha – yes, Don’t Tell The Bride doesn’t paint weddings in general in a good light!

      Thank you πŸ™‚ It’s going to be subtle! xx

  7. Judith Kingston

    6th September 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Wow, very original theme – sounds like it’s going to be good! Our wedding was very extremely DIY and I think the theme might have been autumn colours, but I’m not sure… πŸ™‚

    1. Hannah

      6th September 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks Judith πŸ™‚

      Autumn was our engagement party theme πŸ™‚ xx

  8. Suzanne Whitton

    6th September 2013 at 7:53 pm

    How inspired! Sounds fabulous darling! A wedding – so exciting πŸ™‚

  9. Cathie B

    7th September 2013 at 1:17 pm

    What a fab idea – you’re right it’s not all about the sex – it’s actually a lovely story as well and when it was televised, introduced me to the ever gorgeous Sean Bean – popping over from #PoCoLo

    1. Hannah

      8th September 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Haha I am the owner of that version – it does make me giggle!

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ xx

  10. Victoria Welton

    12th September 2013 at 5:28 pm

    What an absolutely fantastic idea πŸ™‚ And, like Cathie, it was all about Sean Bean for me! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo πŸ™‚ x

    1. Hannah

      12th September 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Haha thanks Vic πŸ™‚ xx

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