A 1998 contemporary film adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations tells the tale of the hapless Finn (Pip) as a painter in New York as he pursues his unrequited and haughty childhood love for Estella.
photo source: IMDB
Truth be told, when I think of Great Expectations, I think of Miss Havisham, the feisty, eccentric, wealthy benefactress of Estella. She’s one of the significant movers of this story, carefully influencing the lives of both Finn (Pip) and Estella. And crazy as it may sound, I’m deriving my wedding inspiration today from her, and I call the Miss Havisham style as “A Beautiful Mess.” It is a beautiful mix of vintage vibe and a raw and carefree style. This style follows no strict rules, no patterns, just an authentically raw style that is both romantic and subdued.
Think of old, open-spaced venues or halls or gardens, the rays of sunlight lighting the space within. Think of long wooden tables, left bare or covered with simple tablecloth, adorned by greens and very minimal florals. Think of vintage lace wedding dress and a simple bridal bouquet in shades of blush and cafe au lait. Think of old books and of calligraphy. Simple and romantic. The Great Expectations inspired wedding is a quiet, intimate celebration of love, where the aura is heartfelt, pure and true.
photo source (from top left) : Chair and vintage veil, Old book and roses, BHLDN lace wedding dress, Blush and cafe au lait bouquet, Pip and Estella matching chairs, Greens tablescape, Flower girls and fountain