Designer ensures her dress is sustainable as well as sensational

LOCAL sustainable fashion designer Nicola Sherlock chose an environmentally-friendly wedding for her marriage to David Windle, of Burnley, on August 29.

The couple were married at Lumbutts Chapel where the bride, who is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Brian Sherlock of Lumbutts Road, Walsden, was given away by her father.

Every detail of the wedding was carefully chosen to be both magical and sustainable, said Nicola. Rings made from ethically mined gold from Fifi Bijoux were exchanged in the church decorated with locally grown sweet peas and roses from Green Flowers of Hebden Bridge.

The bride, designer at Makepiece in Todmorden, designed and made her own dress from honey-coloured undyed Peace Silk, which is made without killing silk worms. The dress featured a fabulous rose clad bustle and train made from a Victorian shawl, decorated with Peace Silk and hand crafted vintage lace roses.

She completed the outfit with a delicate felted English alpaca knitted jacket using Makepiece signature stitches with ruched sleeves trimmed with antique linen.

The hair vine and earrings were created by Nicola's maid of honour, her business partner, Beate Kubitz, using 1950s vintage jewellery with crystals and pearls and decorated with pearly daisies and lace butterflies.

Her shoes were hand-made in England by Hetty Rose Shoes using vintage fabric to match the bride's clutch bag which was made by local designer Sam Peare.

The bouquet of local deep red and cream roses was grown by Green Flowers.

Bridesmaids Danae Windle and Melissa Windle, the bridegroom's nieces, and long-standing friends Hilary Osmond, Gemma Oldroyd and Lindsay Furness wore berry coloured Makepiece knitted dresses with the company's signature shrugs whilst maid of honour Beate Kubitz wore an open knit Makepiece skirt, Peace Silk vest and cropped felted jacket. All carried butterfly clutch bags made to order by Sam Peare and wore bespoke jewellery by Clare Lupino.

Page boy Miles Tibbles and best man Ian Singleton, a close friend of the bridegroom, wore suits with berry cravats in Hemp and Peace Silk dyed to match the bridesmaids' outfits.

The reception was held at Mellor Barn Farm, where 50 guests dined on a banquet of food made by the bride and bridegroom and family and friends, served with elderflower wine made from elderflowers grown in Walsden.

Nicola and her mum created a wedding cake covered in organic fairtrade Divine white chocolate roses. The best man delivered his speech as a many part limerick.

The couple departed on honeymoon to a cottage situated 100m from an isolated beach in Bamburgh, Northumbria, the following day.