Weddings we wish we’d been at: Cilla Black & Bobby Willis

Due to a twist of fate, Priscilla White almost overnight received a new stage name when the music paper the ‘Mersey Beat’ misprinted her name as Cilla Black, a name that she favoured and happily kept.  It wasn’t long before Cilla came to the attention of Brian Epstein, a local talent scout and manager of The Beatles and he effortlessly convinced George Martin, the renowned producer of Matt Monro, Shirley Bassey and The Beatles, that she was worthy of signing to Parlophone Records.

She met Bobby Willis, at 17 when he worked in the bakery department of Woolworths –  she had aspirations as a singer and he wanted to be her manager and they fell in love. After the untimely death of Brian Epstein, Willis took over her management duties and over the next thirty years, developed her popularity with television family audiences, helping Black to become the highest-paid female presenter on television.

Cilla married Bobby in a civil ceremony at Marylebone Register Office in London wearing a crimson red velvet smocked mini dress on the 25th January 1969.  Popular Sixties designer John Bates created the red velvet wedding dress that Cilla Black wore teamed with white tights, white low heels shoes and a bright Poppy bouquet.

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Celebrity weddings - Cilla Black 1960's wedding with bridesmaids via National Vintage wedding fair blog

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For wedding day number two three months later in Liverpool, she then donned a white mini dress trimmed with Ostrich feathers at the neck and cuffs and white knee high boots for their Roman Catholic ceremony at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Woolton.  No celebrites were invited, just close friends and family.  However hundreds of fans turned out to see Cilla and Bobby arrive at both the church and the Champagne reception at the Adelphi Hotel, one of Liverpool’s largest hotels.  In Cillas words it was “really smashing!”

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We love this super short swinging sixties space age dress especially when teamed with the red velvet bridesmaids dresses with similar Poppy bouquets to the dress and flowers she had in London.

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Celebrity weddings - Cilla Black 1960's white dress church wedding via National Vintage wedding fair blog

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Cilla was married to Bobby for more than 30 years until his death from lung cancer in 1999. They had three sons: Robert, Ben and Jack. Their daughter, Ellen born in 1975, tragically only lived for 2 hours.

Do you have any favourite celebrity weddings you’d love to see in this blog? Let us know.

Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Need some vintage wedding ideas? Come visit our vintage wedding fair in Chiswick, London on 9th November and find everything you need for your big day. For more details check the website – www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk.

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Share The Honest Love

I woke up this morning to a blog post by Annabel from Love My Dress sharing the beautiful yet heart breaking story of Laura Caudery. Beautiful because she had experienced real love, beautiful wedding photos, beautiful writing and most of all, beautiful honesty. She is calling for everyone to focus on what really matters for your wedding day: love rather than all the other (beautiful) “stuff” and share your wedding photos using the hashtag #ShareTheHonestLove. We have shared ours on our Instagram page.

Now this has struck a chord with us here at The National Vintage Wedding Fair. Let’s face it, our whole business is providing inspiration for your wedding day including flowers, cakes, decorations, photography and of course, vintage wedding dresses. But does any of this really matter?

So today we want to say, that the most important thing for your big day is love.

Never mind if it rains, if it snows or it’s an unbearable heat wave, if the cake melts, the caterer forgets something, your bridesmaid rings in sick, or if your mother in law refuses to smile….none of this really matters. You are marrying the person you want to share your life with, someone you trust and someone you, well,  love.

Not many of you will know that I have been married before. I married when I was 23 (it seems like forever ago) and our wedding day ticked all the traditional boxes. While everything went to plan, except the marriage ending of course, was the day filled with undying love, was it about “us”? Or were we doing what we thought we should do?  What the books and magazines told us to do/buy/plan? After the marriage ended, I always told myself that if I married again it would be very different.

My wedding day to Adam didn’t tick the traditional boxes. It was in a meadow 2 summers ago, when it rained and rained and rained some more. For some reason we chose a meadow knowing the chances were high that it would rain. Gosh, did I worry about that! We didn’t want a big hall, we didn’t want 100 guests, we didn’t want a sit down meal, we didnt even have a best man and speeches.

We wanted something that was us. We wanted everyone to feel the love we shared. We wanted it to be honest and true to who we are and what we stand for. We wanted our children to be involved. We wanted humour. We wanted to get married!

I arrived with my 2 children holding my hands. My son had the rings tied on a ribbon round his neck. When we arrived, Adam left the wedding party to greet us and walked in with us, as a unit, as a family, filled with love. The sun shone.

He read  a poem that he had written (he does this a lot!). I cried. He cried. Everyone cried.

I couldn’t read my vows to him as I couldn’t breathe. Ever felt so much love that you can’t breathe?

#ShareTheHonestLove

Kate and Adam Beavis 1950s vintage wedding

And here is Adam’s poem (he uses my real name Eleanor throughout)

 

Kate, I love you because you smile so sweetly,

Lifting my life so completely.

I love you because, you tidy the house so neatly!

Eleanor, you’re elegance dumfounds me

I’m so delighted that you found me.

Eleanor, I’m elated with the bond we’ve created.

Surely this wedding was fated.

As the sound of the trees, here with the birds and bees,

You put my mind at ease.

Beautiful inside and out,

I love you , and want to marry you, I have no doubt.

So we fit this shoe,

So in love with you,

I’m here today to say I do.

x

 

 

How to preserve the top of your wedding cake

Do you fancy saving part of your wedding cake to use as a 1st anniversary cake or even a Christening cake?  We love this age old tradition at National Vintage Wedding fair and in todays blog we show you a few tips that can help you do it successfully:

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Firstly, it may sound obvious bit make sure you let the catering staff at your venue know you intend on saving the top tier.  Make sure someone you trust is in charge of taking the cake home with them since you may be heading straight out onto your honeymoon or at the very least staying somewhere overnight.2

Remove any sugar-paste flowers or other decorations that may be on the cake, and set them aside.  Extra decoration will only break off during the freezing process.  If the cake is placed on a cardboard bottom, which is not wrapped in foil, you need to transfer the cake onto a foil covered cardboard or onto a plastic plate. This will prevent your cake from getting any kind of cardboard smell or taste in it.3Place the cake in the fridge to allow it to chill. This helps to make sure the icing hardens so it does not stick to the wrapping that will protect it in the freezer.

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Once hard, wrap the cake in several layers of cling film, and we mean several layers!  The aim is to both insulate, and protect the cake.  Then double wrap it with aluminium foil – do not just use foil as this causes freezer burn.  The wrapping should be absolutely airtight.5

Now seal the cake in an air-tight bag or container, and place it in the freezer marked clearly – you don’t want someone to unwrap it at a later date my mistake.  Make sure it is positioned flat.

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These tips should mean a cake will last for over a year in the freezer with no problems.  However please remember ANY cake that is in the freezer for any long period of times risks ending up a bit stale when it is thawed.  Different cakes flavours and fillings can be worse then others – the more delicate the cake ingredients the the dryer the cake will tend to become in the freezer.  If you do not want to freeze the cake, maybe consider reordering a similar cake on your anniversary, only smaller for the two of you to enjoy and remember your wedding day.

Are you going to be a vintage bride soon? Need some vintage wedding ideas? Come visit our vintage wedding fair in Chiswick, London on 9th November and find everything you need for your big day. For more details check the website – www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk.

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