Spending the summer uncovering hidden treasures in a vintage shop, Anna can still vividly remember both her childhood dreams; the first was that she’d become a Prima Ballerina, and dance on stage resplendent in a jewel-encrusted tutu. The second was that at her wedding she would walk down the aisle wearing a collective-gasp-from-the-congregation dress.
Years ago Anna pirouetted out of her cosy hometown village in a whirl of ambition…but when both of those fairy-tale dreams came crashing down around her ballet shoes, she and fiancée Seb find themselves back in Nettleton, their wedding and careers postponed indefinitely…
Don’t they say that you can never go home again? Sometimes they don’t get it right… This one summer is showing Anna that your dreams have to grow up with you. And sometimes what you think you wanted is just the opposite of what makes you happy…
Jenny Oliver’s Wedding Tips
So I am no more qualified to give wedding tips than anyone else – I thought my own wedding was brilliant but I’m sure there were things that went wrong, not least my own crippling nervousness before walking down the aisle because I was certain I might trip (I didn’t). The only thing I’d do differently would be my wedding car - I opted for just a simple black taxi when I wish I’d hired a great big pink Cadillac for the pure indulgent fun of it. C’est la vie… Maybe I’ll hire one the second time round (fingers crossed hubby isn’t reading).
Anyway, the blog is about wedding tips, so here goes...
For a bride - Don’t get nervous! It’s the most fun day you’ll ever have so enjoy. And take a moment, five minutes is enough, to spend with just the groom and bask in the joy of it all. That’s the five minutes that may just become your clearest memory.
For a groom - Urm. Get a good suit and a good haircut!? There is nothing like a good suit, I think, to make a man.
Dream wedding gift list - We weren’t going to have a list until my aunt demanded it of us and so we spent an afternoon in John Lewis picking out fun things we would never have bought ourselves. Things like bright red toasters, a yellow bread bin and a juicer. We even had his and hers electric toothbrushes on the list. When the man came to deliver it all after the wedding it was like Christmas! Boxes and boxes of presents piled up in our kitchen. I’m ashamed to admit it was one of the best bits of the whole thing! So I can’t tell you what to get or ask for but make sure it’s something that will make you smile. Even now when I use my red toaster I’m reminded of the friend who bought it for us.
The Dress - In The Vintage Summer Wedding the dress is quite a contentious issue. It becomes more important than the marriage itself. I’d say that whatever the bride wears she invariably looks stunning so don’t bankrupt yourself and don’t necessarily go white just because tradition dictates. If you like a cream trouser suit or a hot pink maxi dress then go for it. Like Anna in TVSW though if I had all the money in the world I’d choose Vera Wang.
Finally try and get a couple of photos on your phone or emailed to you because they are all you’ll want to look at on the plane or in the car to the honeymoon! Happy days xx
Thanks so much to Jenny for stopping by today and how gorgeous is that cover?
The publishers also have a fab Pinterest page where they're running a competition to win a vintage summer hamper!
And if all that wasn't enough...The book is currently available for £2.99 as Google Play Read of the Week- http://bit.ly/1tnH0t5
JENNY OLIVER wrote her first book on holiday when she was ten years old. Illustrated with cut-out supermodels from her sister’s Vogue, it was an epic, sweeping love story not so loosely based on Dynasty.
Since then Jenny has gone on to get an English degree, a Masters, and a job in publishing that’s taught her what it takes to write a novel (without the help of the supermodels). She wrote The Parisian Christmas Bake Off on the beach in a sea-soaked, sand-covered notebook and The Vintage Summer Wedding is her follow up. Follow her on Twitter @JenOliverBooks