Inspirational Wedding: The Vintage Bride

AMBER GUINNESS married London-based journalist Matthew Bell in the American church of St James in FLORENCE followed by a reception overlooking the foothills of TUSCANY. Below find all the GORGEOUS DETAILS from her big day …

Jane Bourvis made Guinness a red satin gown she changed into at midnight. She teamed it with Aquazzura heels.

For her wedding to Matthew Bell, bride Amber Guinness’ priority was “to make the most of being in Florence and show off the city and its history”. The ancient setting also inspired a vintage style for dress and decoration.

Guinness wanted single dark peonies; her mother collects coloured glass so she used her vases and bottles to hold them. For the rest, she wanted foraged greenery from the woods and olive groves of Arniano, her family home. Tables were lit by five-armed candelabra with tea lights in silver cups for added dreaminess. Her friend Vanessa Garwood made the table signs with her mother and sister. They chose Italian symbols for each – the Duomo of Florence, Michelangelo’s David – painting them gold and adding table numbers.

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Amber Guinness and bridesmaids outside St James’s Episcopal church in Florence. Her wedding dress was designed by Jane Bourvis who restores and recreates old wedding dresses using antique lace – the sleeves are Edwardian.

Guinness’s mother, interior designer Camilla Guinness, adores veils. As Camilla was her wedding stylist, the bride knew from the get-go that she wouldn’t get away with anything less than a two-metre veil! Whether a short “blusher” or cathedral length, it doesn’t get more theatrical than a lace-edged veil.

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