(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!