A Victorian Dream

30 August 2012

I've always loved a bit of History and when choosing subjects waaaay back at A-Level, I must admit a large part of me chose Tudor history because it wasn't in recent memory I had a very romantised view of that period - the era of stiff bodices, collar ruffs and farthingales (hooped skirt). So whenever I visit period properties, my imagination goes kind of wild, especially at the Victorian Birmingham Botanical Gardens for my friend's wedding.
Aviary View
I was very much imagining the ghosts of Victorian people of the day wondering around the grounds. Plenty of moustachioed men in cravats and top hats and women in the exaggerated dress shapes of the period, checking out the foreign cacti in the glasshouses and peering in to the huge Aviary (below) at the exotic birds inside. Then there was us, the modern day wedding party in our floral frocks and heels, suited and booted men and of course a couple of big wedding hats.
Botanical Gardens Aviary
Botanical Gardens Dress - Kwai Chung Plaza HK, Belt - New Look, Shoes - Topshop, Bag - Vivienne Westwood
It's a pretty idyllic place to have a bit of a wonder and it was really lucky that it was a lovely Summers day. I live in a busy suburb in the middle of the UK and it's so easy to forget that there are such beautiful gardens to visit in the city. I need to make another trip back there soon.

34 comments:

  1. You look gorgeous in that green dress, and that garden is beautiful!

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  2. I spot a perfect hill to roll down on! Did you do it? I wouldn't be able to resist..unless I'm wearing a skirt.

    Y xx
    (yes it's MEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!)

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  3. the place, and you are beautiful <3
    lovely outfit to go <3

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  4. This place looks so so lovely! I love visiting historic places. Somebody should hurry up and invent a time travel machine.

    You look lovely as per usual. That dress is a gorgeous colour.

    Charlotte xo

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  5. you look so gorgeous and beautiful with that stunning dress and bag <3

    Letters To Juliet

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  6. Beautiful photos and I LOVE your green dress x

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  7. What a beautiful place, I love the aviary! Your dress is super cute too :)
    Faye x

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  8. that is so fun kind of imagining how it was at a place long before you were there! your outfit matches perfect with your surroundings!!

    Jessica
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  9. you look totally adorable. and i love the history of places like that and trying to think of the people who were there before you

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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  10. The gardens look stunning - what an amazing place for a wedding! I love your dress too - that colour is gorgeous on you!

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  11. Aww you look lovely! gorgeous grounds as well, i love the domes a lot! - Charlotte xx

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  12. the place looks beautiful as do you my dear. lovely dress xx

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  13. Ahhh you look gorgeous, that is such a nice colour on you! That looks like an amazing wedding venue, I really need to get further than the Bullring when I next visit!

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  14. Such lovely photographs, and you look BEAUTIFUL xx

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  15. What a stunning place! I love that there are hidden gems like this across the UK.
    Really love that dress too. It's so gorgeous.

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  16. your blog is getting lovelier by the day! particularly this post is so adorable. what beautiful snapshots of the garden, and your dress is soooo cute!





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  17. SO beautiful! wow!! such a wonderful location! I am in love with that belt!

    xxx
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  18. Ahhh this makes me miss Birmingham so...

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  19. omg, winnie - i love period properties too! can we add "visit old places" to our tea crawl?! xx

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  20. you look adorable<3. i love green <3
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  21. This looks so lovely and I love that dress on you! I iwll have to visit at some point!

    Maria xxx

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  22. beautiful place. I love the green green grass of it. and the building somehow remind me of a cage. just too sweet.

    btw, I'm a new follower here. Nice to stumble on your blog. (:

    xoxo
    kelimutu

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  23. Oh, that place is beautiful. I'm such a fan of that aviary - those domes are amazing!
    I really like the Victorian era as well. Everything was just so elegant and proper back then. XD

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  24. this place is gorgeous, must add it to my list of places to visit

    i too have a penchant for anything period, many times i've dreamt my life was a jane austen novel <3

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  25. The place looks beautiful. I can see why they chose it for a wedding venue, it's so romantic. I love the Victorian era as well but I don't think I can live in corsets all the time.

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  26. so very elegant Winnie! such a pretty color :)

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  27. Wow, that dress is gorgeous, simply gorgeous!

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  28. beautiful pictures :) i love ur mint dress :)

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  29. you look beautiful! I love fantasizing about the victorian times too (or any period of time before now, actually!) - enjoying these escapes to old days are the best :))

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  30. What a gorgeous location! The dress is lovely on you, I love that colour. Hope you have a great week. xx

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  31. This looks soon good! I cannot wait to book my ticket asap!

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