Stylish + Sparkly 1920s Inspired Stoke Newington Wedding

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It feels like I’m constantly posting pub weddings here on the blog, but you know what, no-one can argue that for a London Bride they aren’t a wise and popular choice! Just a stone’s throw from me, this lovely Stoke Newington wedding of Tory and Jon which had a nod to the styles of 1920s and I love the fun little touches and details that turn the pub into a glittering (bridesmaids included) pretty place for a celebration.

“Jon and I just wanted to have a day that was fun, relaxed and simple. Our families have known each other since before I was born, so the most important thing was to share our day with them, and our amazing friends, laughing, eating and having a great time. We didn’t spend too much time focusing on a specific look, but I guess it ended up being a bit of a twenties, vintage, pink and metallic Stokey affair!”

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I think Tory manages to keep her style modern but with the beautiful decadence of the twenties in her made-to-measure vintage inspired dress from Hope and Harlequin in Brighton and just goes to show, never rule out something you think won’t necessarily suit you!

“I like to think my dress was meant to be! My engagement ring is vintage art deco, chosen by Jon in the Lanes in Brighton, and on a quick trip back there to get it resized, we were wandering around when I spotted Hope & Harlequin. Peering through the windows, I spied a gorgeous 20s-style dress hanging at the back of the shop, but thought the floaty twenties style would never suit me. Wonderful Sarah let me try a few on their made-to-measure range then and there, and every single one looked and felt gorgeous. Dressmaker Sarah is an absolute wizard and their made-to-measure dresses are so flattering and unique, I could have bought any one of them.

So after dragging my Mum and the maids hundreds of miles for a second trying on sesh, I went with the Clara ‘flapper style’ dress. The first one I had spotted!” Tory then kept her look consistent with her overall style with a 1920s faux bob hairstyle, vintage t-bar shoes and a beautiful headpiece from Coast.

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I’m all for glittery sequin cladded bridesmaids, and these girls look amazing in their incredible flattering pink dresses which happened to also be a bit of a bargain! “The bridesmaids’ dresses were a lucky find in the French Connection sale. I wanted something that would stand out and that suited a fun London wedding, and these were so ridiculous sparkly they worked perfectly. The girls all sorted their own shoes and I bought them each a rose gold initial necklace to match. They all looked gorgeous!” 

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“We’ve lived together in Stoke Newington for seven years, so it just felt right to have the wedding here. London has so many quirky, beautiful places to hold a wedding, and Stoke Newington Town Hall is a stunning venue, so that was a no-brainer. The Londesborough was super convenient, just five minutes’ walk away, and Amber runs the weddings like a well-oiled machine, so we knew we could just relax and enjoy the day… and eat their wonderful food!”

The beautiful black and gold invites featured a 1920s style design which were in keeping with the style of the day and were designed by a friend of the bride, Emma O’Neil. The ceremony was such a meaningful part of their day, with bride Tory walking down the aisle to Chet Baker (my all time favourite) This Is Always. Such a a beautiful song.

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Let’s not forget ladies that men have to shop for their outfit too, and in this case, the Groom’s suit was harder work to find ‘the one’ than the brides! “After searching high and low for vintage, he struggled to find the right colour, size and quality he was after, so settled on this gorgeous sharp blue style from Suit Supply. He looked amazing, and his groomsmen, who just wore their own outfits all looked equally smart and unique.” I also love the pop of pink peonies in the groomsmen’s buttonholes!

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It’s always lovely to hear when a bride has found their suppliers for their day via London Bride, and the very talented Laura from LM Weddings was who Tory stumbled across. “I hunted high and low for photographers, but as soon as I saw Laura’s work on London Bride, I knew she was the one. Her work is different to everyone else’s – she captures couples and guests looking genuinely happy, and I wanted to make sure our pics showed a fun, loved-up day with a party atmosphere, not a styled-out shoot. She did wonders with the little time we allocated to photos and two very uncomfortable subjects. Thank you Laura, you’re a star! A testament to Laura’s work, incredible photos and the portraits especially without a hint of uncomfortable in sight!

 

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The amazing towering cake above was made by Tory’s bridesmaid, Lucie and Tory handmade the tassel garlands that were strung from the ceiling to add some fun to the pub. They followed some incredibly heartfelt speeches with their first dance to Love Letters by Elvis Presley and danced the night away.

“We focused our budget on a really great photographer rather plus a photobooth, I chose my perfect dress and found a budget headpiece. You genuinely won’t regret keeping it simple, as long as you do what you actually want rather than thinking about what other people have had.”

Congratulations to Tory and Jon on a wonderful and beautiful day, from a fellow Stokey person!

Credits: Photography: LM Weddings / Bridal Prep: The Rose & Crown / Ceremony: Stoke Newington Town Hall / Reception: The Londesborough / Bride’s Dress: Hope and Harlequin / Bridesmaids Dresses: French Connection / Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply  / Hair Styling: Claire Grech / Make Up: Roberta Kearsey / Flowers: Evergreen & Outrageous / Cake: Lucie (Bridesmaid) / Invitations: Emma O’Neil

 

Brides Editorial Team – Little White Book for a London Wedding

I’ve been lucky enough to get some super insider information from the editorial team at Brides magazine with their top suppliers and places from their Little White Book to help with planning an amazing London Wedding and with Brides The Show coming up in just a few weeks, from 3rd – 5th October at Business Design Centre, Islington hopefully you can make the most of your time in London with these top tips and you’ll be able to meet the editorial team at the event too!

Don’t forget you can receive 2for1 tickets for the show, just by adding the code BLOGLB at the checkout, to buy tickets click here. 

3 of the best venues…by Harriet Chubb, Brides special projects editor

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For alfresco style…Number Sixteen, South Kensington

We love, love, love the private garden packed with trees and wild flowers – a real outdoorsy hidden gem in the heart of South Ken. Hold your ceremony in the chic conservatory before spilling out on to the charming courtyard for a classy cocktail reception.  firmdalehotels.com

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For historical character…Hotel Cafe Royal, Piccadilly

Get hitched in the previous hangout of Oscar Wilde and H.G. Wells. This decadent building oozes history (think Grade II- listed architecture) yet has a contemporary-cool twist due to its super-swish five-star makeover. The hotel has its long-awaited wedding license so go and check out the wonderfully ornate ballroom and its jaw-dropping views of Regent Street. hotelcaferoyal.com

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For slickness…The Shangri-La at The Shard, London Bridge

We can’t think of a better way to make an entrance than down the grand staircase with double height windows as your backdrop – oh, and the whole of London as your head-spinning vie. shangri-la.com

 

3 of the best shopping and pampering destinations… by Astrid Joss, Brides fashion and beauty editor

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For luxe shopping ideas…Fenwick

For chic dresses for your engagement party through to divine accessories for your big-day look, Fenwick has the lot. There’s also a bounty of bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride ideas (including a substantial hat department), plus a lingerie and swimwear section where you’re guaranteed to find ‘just the thing’. Don’t forget to get your nails done at the Nails Inc bar, your brows tidied at the Blink Brow bar and your locks perfected at the Blow Dry lounge. fenwick.co.uk

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For accessories and jewellery…Jenny Packham

Found your dream dress and now looking for ideas to complete your look? Jenny Packham’s beautiful accessoies store is a bride-to-be’s dream come true. From heavenly shoes and clutches through to capes and incredible jewels including earrings, tiaras, and even back necklaces. 34 Elizabeth Street SW1, jennypackham.com

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For pre-wedding pampering …The Aman Spa at the Connaught, London 

It’s one of London’s most sought-after after hotels, known for its exquisite sophistication and endless style – and this runs right through to the spa, which is a sanctuary for relaxation and pampering.   There’s a vast menu of expert massages and facials, as well as couples treatments. Afterwards retox at the hotel bar with a cocktail (or three) – I recommend the Fleurissimo! the-connaught.co.uk/aman-spa

 

Your big day inspiration address book…by Laura Burkitt, Brides Lifestyle Stylist

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Image Credit: The Woman’s Room Blog

Get your foodie ideas from gourmet markets

Fill your dessert table with Poppy’s Kitchen’s gourmet tarts (poppysmadja.com) from Maltby Street market or Cutter & Squidge ‘biskies’ (cutterandsquidge.com) found at Partidges market on the King’s Road. Food trucks, serving everything from Vietnamese noodles to Big Apple hot dogs, can be hired for weddings from street food organisation, Kerb (kerbfood.com) which can be found daily at Granary Square in King’s Cross. And don’t forget the bubbles-Grays & Feather, which pop up at the Real Food Market on the Southbank, sources the best-tasting (and value for money) sparkling wine from around the world.

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Hire your way to a hot reception look

Looking for a really WOW way to fill your reception space? London is home to a number of prop hire specialists – whether antique candelabras from Farleys (farley.co.uk), vintage china from Idyllic Days (idyllicdays.com), giant teacups from Vowed & Amazed (vowedandamazed.co.uk) or fairground light up letters from Goodwin & Goodwin (goodwinandgoodwin.com). We also recommend a trip to neon light wonderland, God’s Own Junkyard, and antique salvage showroom, Lassco at Brunswick House for quirky décor inspiration.

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Find your floral style

If you’re unsure of which of the capital’s luxury florists to choose from, take yourself on a research trip to top London hotels (perhaps stopping for afternoon tea), where you can view their contract work. Take in McQueen’s at Claridges, Jamie Aston at the Hotel Café Royal and By Appointment Only Design at the Corinthia before heading east to The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, where Hattie from That Flower Shop runs workshops.

 

So much inspiration and such amazing choices, thank you to the team at Brides for compiling such a great list and make sure if you visit Brides The Show to take in as much as possible of the above as it’s a great chance to do some wedding research with friends or family!

You can also catch me at the show where I’ll be talking ‘On the Sofa’ alongside fellow wedding blogger Karen of Smashing The Glass on Sunday at 14:30.