Mr + Mrs London Bride (Part 1 – The NYC Elopement)

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style, Groom, Engagements, LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS

Photography by Amber GressFilm by Philip White Weddings

Amber Gress

After being in the industry for eight years, It’s not often I draw a blank at what to write or say when it comes to weddings, and yet this page has been open for quite some time (months and weeks, even). Whilst there’s so much to tell you, I imagine the above sort of says it all really. 

WE GOT married!

Since I was whisked away by Marcus on a treasure hunt surprise trip to NYC and a magical proposal back in 2011, New York has always been at the back of our minds.  After five years of attempting to plan a wedding here, it became apparent it was going to be an impossible task (for so many reasons), so we eventually made the decision to elope in secret. After just 2 months of planning behind closed doors, with only our immediate family (and a hundred or so onlookers) we said ‘I do’ on Pebble Beach in Brooklyn with the sun shining and the city of NYC as our backdrop on 11th May 2016 and it was a perfectly imperfect romantic whirlwind. Yes, that’s not a typo, we have in fact been married over a year and have just celebrated our first anniversary as husband and wife!!

‘Learn to love surprises’ 

By the time you’re reading this we’ll have held Part 2 here in London, our ‘surprise-post-elopement-wedding-celebration-party’ on our one year anniversary with a rather carefully orchestrated reveal, a personal vow renewal and hopefully more than a few glasses of celebratory bubbles with our closest friends. That is… if they are still speaking to us.

No longer always the wedding planner, never the bride… after fifteen years together and having made over 100 weddings happen for other people, it feels pretty damn good to have finally joined the club and for it to have been my turn for a change. 

It’s a bit of a tale to tell, and truth be told I think I need a bit of time to enjoy finally being able to wear my wedding ring and say ‘my husband’ in public (although having a secret husband for a year has been rather fun). So for now I’ll leave you with our very special announcement film by Philip White and where it all started with a magical NYC proposal 6 years ago… and I look forward to sharing parts 1 and 2 with you soon. 


A small, well BIG, message of thanks to everyone who made this happen (parts 1 & 2!). For all their support, talent and of course for keeping this secret for a whole year. Special thanks and for their endless patience to our photographer Amber Gress and film-maker Philip White whom created memories beyond words for us in New York a year ago. To the few confidantes who were in on this, thank you, thank you, thank you for being a sounding board, and to the many friends and colleagues I’ve told little white lies too, please forgive me!


Grace Loves Lace Comes to Shoreditch, London

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Images courtesy of Grace Loves Lace

Grace Loves Lace - London

You may well have noticed in the last year, the Australian bridal and wedding industry is really leading the way in terms of style. Relaxed yet elegant, stylish yet romantic, they just have that effortless je ne sais quoi. If you like me, are just loving everything that seems to be coming out of the Australian bridal world, then I have some exciting news! 

High up in the style stakes and sought after by the super cool, boho brides around the world, bridal designer Grace Loves Lace  are launching a UK showroom, and where else would a leading, style focussed bridal brand have their boutique? In Shoreditch in London, of course! 

The Grace Loves Lace London showroom will open its doors on April 18, 2017, so if you’re a bride to be (or bridesmaid, you’ll certainly get brownie points for sharing) looking for an un-traditional laid back elegant style with a boho edge, then you’ll want to book an appointment pronto! 
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As one of the fashion capital’s of the world, founder of Grace Loves Lace, Megan Ziems was keen to expand to London to be amongst a city filled with inspiration and creativity.

“We have always had such a loyal following in the UK and Europe, and there is such a demand for us to have a permanent base over there. My family are from Europe and I spent a large part of my childhood and adult years there, making it a very special second home to me. I can’t tell you how excited we all are to be bringing Grace Loves Lace to London in a truly magical space.

After opening our first international showroom in Los Angeles, California last July, we knew that London would be next.  We have always been so inspired by the European lifestyle and the European woman, she is the core of our brand. She is chic, sophisticated and full of passion, just like our GLL women.

Our gowns are designed and constructed for the woman who wants ‘The Dress’ that embraces and compliments the body. We stay clear of structured and restrictive designs and fabrics, instead we are all about celebrating our women as effortless, sexy and naturally glamorous.”

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As the designs are only exclusively available online, the new London showroom offers a great chance for European bides to be to visit the showroom to experience the brand’s exquisite French laces and one-of-a-kind designs in person.  They are all about making the process of finding ‘The One’ to be a stress-free experience (that’s what we like to hear), and plans for the showroom’s aesthetic will feature luxurious blush and gold accents (ahem, instagrammable?), and you’ll be able to sip on black rose tea and nibble on macarons – it certainly sounds like a calming environment for all you London Brides! 

Inspired by the absolutely stunning ‘Soho’ gown, we thought we’d have some fun and put together a style board that captures that Grace Loves Lace style, relaxed, elegant but with a little bit of La Boheme! 

Exclusive one-on-one appointments can be booked online at their website Grace Loves Lace The showroom is by appointment only. 


This post is in collaboration with Grace Loves Lace.  


Florals & Cakes for A Stylish 70s Inspired Boho Hackney Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Urban, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Lisa Jane Photography

If you’re a fan of food, florals and boho style, then the Hackney wedding of Khaly and Martin ticks all those boxes and some. A beautiful boho bride, floral bridesmaids, afternoon tea and a dessert table that Mary Berry would be proud of.

Stylish Boho Hackney London Wedding by Lisa Jane Photography

I think it goes without saying that Khaly’s bridal style is effortless, boho elegance at it’s finest. The original vintage 70s off the shoulder layered lace gown is relaxed but feminine and with her dark flowing locks, soft metallic eyes and that incredible headpiece by Joanna Reed she looks every inch the perfect boho bride with her dashing groom in blue. Not to mention her girls looking fair maids in their floor length dark floral dresses (from Marks and Spencer’s would you believe, just goes to show keep your mind open!),

The super cool boho chic backdrop of photographic location The Roost in Hackney was not only a local venue for them, but one that complimented this couple’s style perfectly. Ending the night with a DJ dance party in the basement and a pizza van is a pretty good way to see the evening out I say.

Also worth noting to anyone thinking about speeches, and how you imagine they’ll be a few minutes each at the most, as these guys prove, they can go on for over an hour so you might want to keep that in mind! Sounds like they were worth every minute.

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A Vintage Bride for a Peckham Pub Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal

Photography by We Heart Pictures

Claudine and Rob chose to celebrate with a Peckham wedding with local venues and suppliers for their relaxed pub wedding reception with a vintage nod and DIY touches.

London Peckham Pub Wedding and Vintage Bride by We Heart Pictures Photography

If you’re looking for laid back inspiration done with style then this should be it! Gorgeous couple Claudine and Rob chose to celebrate in Peckham with an intimate civil ceremony at their local registry office followed by a fun pun reception. Given the bride is an illustrator there are lots of lovely creative touches that enabled them to put their style to the day and we love their laid back vintage style and use of dried flowers. Also, is there any better location for portraits than a London rooftop car park? Great work by We Heart Pictures Photography.

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