Wedding dresses at Kelmarsh Hall

Tesco F+F keyhole rose print dress

If you clicked on this post hoping to find moi in a wedding dress then I’m sorry to disappoint – the bride that features in this post is the the beautiful Ruth, who looked stunning in her floor length lace column gown.

As I mentioned on Sunday’s Rock The Week post, Mr Ship-Shape and I journeyed to Kelmarsh Hall in Leicestershire on Friday to help Ruth and Alex celebrate their big day. The venue was positively stunning and despite the rainy journey, the weather was perfect all afternoon, handy as it meant we could take advantage of the beautiful gardens, complete with lawn games and a lake.

I was too busy scoffing cake, dancing and playing croquet to take many outfit shots, but I chose to wear a yellow and black rose print dress with heart keyhole detail. I picked this dress up years ago in Tesco, of all places, and it’s been woefully neglected since my hen do, over two years ago! I paired it with an old thin cream belt with a galloping horse buckle, frilly ankle socks and a pair of Grandma Ship-Shape’s tan peep-toe heels.

I’d forgotten all about this dress and while I don’t mind recycling wedding outfits, it was nice to have the opportunity to dust off the cobwebs – not literally, I do keep my wardrobe vaguely tidy – and make the old new again. If having too much choice of what to wear each morning is a hindrance then rediscovering hidden gems in the far corners of a wardrobe is surely the reverse of that.

Do you have a fail-safe wedding outfit that you turn to, or do you enjoy shopping for new looks for each special occasion?

Rose print dress – Tesco / Cream belt with horse detail – Primark / Frill ankle socks – H&M / Peep toe tan heels – Grandma Ship-Shape

The happy couple outside Kelmarsh HallWedding outfit, Pimms and lawn gamesVintage and supermarket wedding outfit



  1. August 6, 2013 / 8:37 am

    I can’t believe this dress is from Tesco, you look beautiful! I love the heart keyhole. I wish my friends would start to get married so I could start buying outfits ha ha. <3

    • September 4, 2013 / 9:51 pm

      Aww, thank you! Yeah, it’s a bit of a shocker, isn’t it? I’ve never seen anything like it in Tesco since x

  2. August 6, 2013 / 11:37 am

    That dress is so pretty; I can’t believe it’s from Tesco! I love it when I rediscover an old favourite at the back of the wardrobe, it’s great to be able to team it with some newer items and create totally different outfits to the ones I had previously created x

    • September 4, 2013 / 9:53 pm

      Yes! Tat’s why I think it’s worth hanging on to things, if you have the room, as then you get to rediscover old favourites all over again x

  3. August 7, 2013 / 6:38 am

    I love finding old stuff I still like in the back of my closet! And I’m sure you’ll be able to wear this dress of yours again and again.

  4. August 8, 2013 / 4:17 pm

    I possibly have a silly number of dresses that might be suitable to wear to a wedding, but sadly, no one we know is getting married any time soon! The last wedding I attended was a year ago – to which I wore a vintage 60s/70s dress.
    Sounds like a wonderful wedding and don’t the happy couple look, well, very happy indeed.

    • September 4, 2013 / 10:05 pm

      They were happy indeed – the bride looked so beautiful and I think the scenery added to all our outfits :) I think I’ve gotten to that age where weddings will be a regular feature for the next few years, so more dresses will have to come out of the depths of my wardrobe!

  5. August 9, 2013 / 9:46 am

    Wow what a great find on the dress! It looks lovely! Glad you had fun the setting looks amazing!


  6. August 16, 2013 / 10:20 am

    Thank you for your comment on my phase 8 comp entry – just getting round to my replies now!! Love this dress especially paired with the socks – very cute!! xx

    • September 4, 2013 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks Maddie – the socks are actually my secret weapon against blisters and pinched toes!

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