Relaxed Restaurant Wedding & Pink Needle & Thread Wedding Dress

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal, Modern

Photography by Miss Gen

Laura and Alex had a summery relaxed Islington ‘London’ focussed wedding with a Town Hall ceremony and restaurant reception, with the bride in a stunning peachy pink wedding dress!

Islington Wedding London and Pink Needle & Thread Wedding Dress by Miss Gen Photography

Couple Laura and Alex had a perfectly relaxed summer’s day wedding in Islington for their day in August. Starting at Islington Town Hall for their ceremony they then took some time out for some portraits in the nearby streets with their photographer Gen. We adore bride Laura’s peachy pink Needle & Thread wedding dress, and think Alex makes an equally dashing groom in his bespoke Alexandra Wood suit!

We love the capture of all the little looks during the ceremony and those of the couple with their little girl as a family, so cute! The little touches during the day from the tube themed tables to the mixed CD’s were lovely ways to personalise their restaurant reception, and I just have to mention that wedding cheese cake…it looks amazing and I imagine the guests enjoyed tucking into that!

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Cutty Sark Nautical Fine Art Wedding Inspiration

AISLE STYLE, Accessories, Beauty, Bridal Style, INSPIRATION, Design & Decor, Florals, Stationery, WEDDINGS, Elegant

Photography by Natasha Hurley

Beautiful fine art bridal inspiration with a touch of drama, inspired by Turner’s oil paintings and swirling skies, aboard the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. 

Cutty Sark Wedding London Inspiration Shoot by Natasha Hurley Photography

You’ll have by now seen my post on some of my ‘hidden’ places in London to enjoy, and one of them being Greenwich, an area that I’m really fond of in London. 

Steeped in history and nautical inspiration, one of the main attractions to Greenwich is the Cutty Sark. A 19th century legendary British (tea) clipper ship, that recently underwent a huge restoration after a fire, and you may or may not realise but it’s actually an event space and a wedding venue!

This beautiful fine art nautical editorial shoot, inspired by painter Turner’s swirling skies and a touch of drama inspired by the novel Jamaica Inn, offers such gorgeous soft painterly inspiration with a wonderful historic backdrop. You almost wouldn’t believe it was London would you? I love how you can see the tall city skyscrapers in the distance, reminding you of the urban backdrop. 

With a focus on the craft and history of the boat, the details tied together perfectly; handwritten notes, a tea station, the dining table with pastel flowers and patterned teacups, a delicate but stunning cake and of course the incredible dresses that got swept away by the breeze….

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London Bride’s ‘Hidden London’ Romantic Guide

AISLE STYLE, INSPIRATION, Lifestyle, LONDON BRIDE LIFE

I know us lot living in London are often on the first Eurostar to Paris when we want a romantic break, but I’m here to tell you that London does have some pretty amazing hidden London romantic gems right on your doorstep! 

I wanted to share some of my personal favourite places (all of which I’ve visited/discovered through my many years here!) which I think make the perfect spot to visit for a cultural, romantic day out, date night or perhaps even a London proposal… 

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Images:  London In-Sight | A Peace of London 

Hampstead Heath – Pergola

I visited this only recently (although, sadly winter isn’t the best time to view it!) but I can’t wait to come back in the Spring as this location is just SO stunning. A slightly secretive looking staircase has you strolling along the pergola, a raised walkway, where you are amongst the trees and flowers with expanded views over leafy Hampstead and you feel a million miles away from the city and more like being a character in an Edwardian Novel. It has a slightly faded grandeur about it, which only adds to it’s charm and character which personally I love. Highly recommend bringing a picnic to make the most of the visit (and a camera, it’s seriously photogenic). 

Cosy up in a corner of The Hollybush pub which is more than 200 years old, you don’t get a more traditional and old fashioned pub than this.

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Images: Royal Museums Greenwich | London Photo Routes

Greenwich Park & Royal Observatory

Greenwich is so underrated by us Londoners. Yes it’s across the river, but it’s such a lovely place to visit and lots to see and do. It is a bit touristy (Cutty Sark!) but such a great place to make a day-trip of. Bonus points as you can reach it by boat (whilst having afternoon tea on board) or by hopping on the Emirates Air Line cable car (if you don’t mind heights!). 

It’s worth making the journey to Greenwich Park and the (steep, this calls for no heels!) climb to the top of the hill to feel like King (or Queen) of the Castle. This vista quite possibly beats any London view for me (head to the statue of General Wolfe for the best spot).  The photo above may fool you into it being a quiet spot, but sadly it’s unlikely you’ll be alone.

The Royal Observatory is the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), so for those history and geographical lovers, you can stand on The Meridian Line (Longitude zero, where every place on Earth is measured in terms of its angle east or west from this line). You do need to book for this though. Maybe you can make a pun of it being ‘About Time’ if you are proposing… geddit? 

For something a bit more hip (by hip, I sort of mean hippy) in the summer months, head to Farmopolis on Greenwich Jetty for seriously good locally sourced organic food on a floating restaurant. Note the toilets here are far from romantic. You’ve been warned.

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Images: St PancrasThe Independent  

St Pancras & Granary Square

Oh St Pancras. Once a place I used to be scared to walk through and now, one of my favourite areas, much more than just a travel destination with it’s amazing architecture and atmosphere. 

However if you, like me, can’t make it out of the right exit from the trains without having an argument (don’t get me started on the vortex that is the Kings Cross underground exit systems, argh!) then the best thing to do is head into the amazing architecture that is the St Pancras Renaissance hotel (designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott) through the lovely lobby and out into the station on the upper level ‘Grand Terrace’ concourse. Make your way to the imposing ‘The Lovers’ statue, which makes for a very romantic rendevouz…. ‘Meet me at The Lovers at 8pm’  has a pretty nice ring to it. 

Whilst I’m no train spotter, there’s something about trains, and travel that feels romantic, and with the imposing and impressive statuesque Kissing couple you can’t not feel a little bit loved up. Lucky for you it’s a great spot to have a cocktail in the glamorous Booking Office restaurant, or if you really want to go the whole hog, maybe Oysters a glass of bubbly at Searcy’s Champagne Bar the longest Champagne bar in Europe apparently!  

Brownie points if you can play the piano and serenade your date on the Sir Elton John Piano in the station concourse (in front of hundreds of strangers, no pressure?). There HAS to have been a proposal like this….?

Finish with dinner and a cocktail just next door in the decadent 1920s inspired Great Northern Hotel at Plum & Spilt Milk or GNH bar or there’s plenty more exploring to do nearby at Granary Square, a great hotspot on the canal with a theatre, lots of restaurants and a fancy fountain display that I dare you to run through.  

 Images:   DezeenParis1972-Versailles2003 | Magazine Restaurant

Kensington Gardens & The Serpentine Boating Lake & The Serpentine Gallery

I am shamed to admit this, as perhaps one of the first things tourists do in London in the summer is head here, but it’s taken me 15 whole years to experience this, and I now regret not doing it sooner!

A walk through Hyde Park and the picturesque Italian Gardens soon lead you to the Serpentine Boating Lake, where you can have fun and frolics in a pedalo or rowing boat (for the more brave). When it Rome and all that… grab an ice cream and queue up (sorry to burst the bubble, chances are if the weather is nice, it’ll be busy but don’t worry the queue goes quite quickly) and wait for your turn to take to the lake, away from the clueless who don’t seem to be able to move far, head to the bridge and back and take in those taking a dip in the Serpentine Lido!

After exerting that energy, Walk through the romantic Rose Garden (don’t be tempted to offer her one, you’ll have the guards on your back) and then take in some art and architecture at the Serpentine Galleries (free entry!) before evening dining at the Zaha Hadid designed The Magazine restaurant at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. 

Image: House & Garden

Rooftop at One New Change 

The rooftop at One New Change in the city is perhaps my biggest secret hidden gem in London. You take the lift up and suddenly you are on a rooftop space (for FREE!) with the most stunning view of St Paul’s, almost as if you could reach out and touch it. Great to watch the sunset from, and to take the city view in. 

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St Dunstan in the East 

Just a stone’s throw from Tower Bridge, well and truly hidden by the surrounding office buildings is the very atmospheric St Dunstan in the East. This Church, having been destroyed in the Great Fire of London was rebuilt, in keeping with its gothic style and a steeple designed by Sir Christopher Wren, but it was later hit by the 1941 Blitz and since then has remained as a shell of the original 1100 building. Since the 70s it’s been open to the public as a garden, and the overgrown trees, shrubs and plants that cover the building, winding their way around doorways and the once stained glass windows, make for a very secluded and fascinating hidden gem. 

After writing this I definitely had a ‘I LOVE LONDON’ moment, and I hope some of you get to enjoy a few of my favourite places whether you live here or are visiting, this city really does have some romantic gems…

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London’s Coolest Wedding Fair – A Most Curious Wedding, London 2017

AISLE STYLE, INSPIRATION, PLANNING, Events Calendar, Suppliers

For unique, on trend and fashion forward wedding inspiration, A Most Curious Wedding Fair will be exhibiting on 18th and 19th March 2017 in East London. The wedding show for style savvy brides. 

Most Curious Wedding Show London 2017

For all you recently/newly engaged ladies and gents out there, if you are at the early stages of the planning then you’ll no doubt want to head to a wedding show to take all the wedding inspiration in, soak up that just engaged vibe and probably make a bit of a day of it with your girls or guys. Am I right? 

This is the fun bit so I say relish, enjoy, and get tickets to London’s coolest wedding show, Most Curious Wedding Fair which takes place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March 2017 at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in East London.

Tickets are £8 in advance online and £10 on the door, or why not treat yourself to a VIP ticket, which is £20 and includes a goody bag and reserved seats at the catwalk, available to purchase in advance online. 

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March 2017
The Old Truman Brewery,
F Block T1 & T2, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

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Most Curious Wedding Show London 2017

There are lots of really inspirational wedding suppliers from the key areas such as catering, florists, photography, dresses and cake (very key!) to more unique touches such as decorative touches, jewellery and accessories. Shows are perfect for meeting your designer/supplier and asking questions or their advice and seeing their products and services first hand which really does make a difference. 

A few suppliers on my must-see shortlist are Daisy Sheldon Embroidery, I am in love with Daisy’s work and her beautiful personalised embroidery makes for wonderful keepsakes (I think embroidery is going to be a key wedding trend in 2017/18!).

Personalisation continues to be a popular theme for me, and I’m besotted by the skills of Rosie from Wolf & Rosie, who hand-paints the most  beautiful floral illustrations onto leather jackets for a truly unique addition to your bridal style. 

Most Curious Wedding Show London 2017After my recent post on minimalist wedding dresses, Belle & Bunty are one to look out for with their cool, modern take on bridal with dresses and separates perfect for a London Bride. Then there’s stationery from Georgina Creative with their simple but elegant typographic wedding collection designs for those looking for paired back design.

My couples can’t seem to get enough of interactive food and catering ideas, so travelling oyster bar Mother Shuckers are a perfect reception addition and talking point for guests. If you are looking for talking points, and entertainment, stop by the Portrait Machine… I’ll leave you to check them out but it’s guaranteed fun!

With a theme of Pinktopia and Electric Dreams (!) there will be inspiration overload everywhere, so take notes, take snaps and make sure you are in pole position for the fashion show and if you want to get some more insight make sure you follow Most Curious over on Instagram so you can find out a little bit more about who’s going to be there. 

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SATURDAY 18 AND SUNDAY 19 MARCH 2017
THE OLD TRUMAN BREWERY,
F BLOCK T1 & T2, 91 BRICK LANE, LONDON, E1 6QL

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