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I came across this wedding by accident on wedding planner Fiona Leahy’s website.

Soon as I saw the first picture I loved the decadent feel of this wedding reception. The first thing that caught my eye were the grapes in the centrepieces. I love the idea of fruit and flower displays. As well as grapes, the displays were made of fronds of Amaranthus (also know as love lies bleeding – what a great name!) and 4,000 roses.

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Turns out these were photos from Marilyn Manson and Dita von Teese’s wedding in 2005. Its great when you see wedding reception and can clearly see the couple’s personalities shining through, which it clearly does here.

Dita von Teese’s wedding dress was an amazing Vivienne Westwood dress in royal purple silk taffeta with tri-corn hat designed by Stephen Jones.

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Beautiful wedding cake too.

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And I would like to steal these goblets for my own wedding…

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When I’ve been getting dressed to go to a wedding, I’ve often stressed over whether its OK to wear black or not so I love this quote from Dita von Teese:

“Everybody asks me, ‘Can I wear black? I said: ‘Of course you can wear black. Whose wedding do you think you’re going to?”

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In deciding the coat I would like made for my wedding, I’ve had to do quite a bit of research.

These were the criteria for my coat:

1) Made of midnight blue velvet with sky blue silk lining
2) Something with a ‘period’ feel about it
3) Fitted at the bust and flowing past the waist with a big enough bustle to accommodate my dress

It didn’t seem easy to find exact pictures of what I wanted. So I started looking at different fashions in history for inspiration.

There was the Regency style. The pelisse was an extremely popular style. It is almost a bolero type small jacket ending under the bust in order to suit the high waisted empire dress styles of the period.

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Here’s a beautiful modern interpretation of the pelisse which would be perfect for a bride.

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Stand-up collar jacket by Rohm on Etsy

Amazing article on Regency coats at this Jane Austen website.

I then looked towards Edwardian fashion. I’ve already been influenced a little by the sombre Edwardian style – I think I’ll be buying an Edwardian umbrella in case of a rainy wedding day.

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But the fashion of that period turned out not to be at all what I was looking for (even though the magazine title for this image was ‘Incontestable Seduction’ which is very appealing!)

The Victorian period and more specifically military style outerwear turned out to be closer to what I was searching for.

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Although this is a men’s U.S. Officer’s Regulation Cloak Coat it has elements of what I am after. The braiding detail on the sleeve I especially love.

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And I love this reproduction Victorian coat . Lots of Gothic drama!

But since I want the coat to cover my dress I want something floor length. This dress coat by Joan Shum has a great outline: fitted at the top with a large skirt.

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Details are important and I would like the front of my coat to be frogged and buttoned in military fashion which basically means it will look like this:

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With my future mother-in-law’s help, we found the pattern for the coat. It is an old Vogue design by none other Oscar de la Renta. So although I can only drool over his dresses I still get a little bit of Oscar for my very own!

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We’re changing the ridiculously puffy sleeves (Oscar what were you thinking?!) for something more fitted.

I’ve ordered the pattern from America and now we just have to wait till it arrives. Exciting!

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My fiancé would love these macabre wedding invitations but he knows I wouldn’t let him send them out!

If you’re a more understanding fiancée than me, buy the invitations here.

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HOTEL DE BOURG TIBOURG

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Part Gothic boudoir, part Moroccan harem, the décor of this Empire town house in the Marais (apparently Paris’ version of London’s Notting Hill) district is more like a fantasy film set than a hotel. Especially if that film were a more colourful version of the Addams Family.

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Beyond the wrought-iron front doors, the lobby is a dimly lit mixture of neo-gothic, Oriental and period French, with heavy curtains, chests and ornate gold lamps. Downstairs, things get even more dramatic in the stone-walled cellar/breakfast room where blue, leopard-print throne chairs and a huge wall tapestry are lit by black-metal chandeliers complete with flickering, flame-shaped bulbs. From the lobby, a warren of narrow corridors lined in red-velvet leads to 31 rooms. Uniformly dark and small (except on the relatively light sixth floor), they feel like secret dens, and it’s hard to tell if it’s day or night from within.

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