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Bright + Cheerful Hampton Court House Wedding

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Whilst the sky may be grey and dreary at the moment, this wedding has cheered my day up no end! Such a beautiful bright, colourful wedding full of personality and cheer. Jo and Greg were married at the beautiful Hampton Court House earlier in June this year. The very talented ladies at Cotton Candy Weddings captured the day in all it’s multi-coloured splendour so perfectly and of course those radiant just-married smiles from the gorgeous bride and groom. I also have to mention the bursting-with-brightness blooms by Steph at Fairy Nuff Flowers who created the most stunning arrangements in those sunshine shades that bring so much cheer to the day.

Having met in Spain Jo and Greg incorporated some subtle influences of Granada into their day “There wasn’t really a theme but Greg and I met in Granada in Spain so a lot of the decorations and the table plan had a Granada theme to them such as Morrocan lanterns etc. When we started planning our wedding we started with the guest list and went from there. We wanted it to be as fun and relaxed as possible whilst still recognising the fact that it was obviously a very important occasion!

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Jo looked picture-perfect in her ‘Willow’ by Jenny Packham dress with the chic but sexy sheer back detailing and feminine fit, which she discovered at Miss Bush Bridalwear boutique in Surrey.

Finding my dress was a more stressful process than I had assumed it would be, it feels like there a lot of pressure to look perfect on the day and there’s just too much choice! The Willow dress by Jenny Packham was actually one of the first dresses I saw on the internet when I started looking and was just much more me than the corseted designs I tried, relaxed yet covered in sequins! I got it from Miss Bush, which I would highly recommend to everyone, Emma really knows what she’s talking about!

I’m sure like myself, your eye has been caught on those amazing Miu Miu shoes with the jewel decorated heels, practical and oh-so pretty! My beautiful Miu Miu shoes were a replacement for a pair of stilettos I was going to wear but got more and more worried about being able to walk in. The block heel was perfect and I wore them all day and night, even walking home in them across a field.

Jo accessorised her outfit with some lovely meaningful items borrowed from her cousin and Mum. My Alex Monroe pear necklace was borrowed from my beautiful Maid of Honour Ellie (also my cousin), who graciously lent it to me for the day (I’m not sure I gave her much choice!). My watch is an old one of my Mum’s that I used to covet. I think I was about 7 when I first told her that I wanted to wear it when I got married! 

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Jo’s love for colour on her big day was all inspired from the early bridesmaid dresses purchase! I absolutely love the colour on her lovely ladies and the flowers are just so cheery, perfect for a June wedding. It’s probably obvious from the photos that I love bright colours. The bridesmaids’ dresses were one of the first things I bought, about a week after we got engaged! My friend works at Whistles and she knew I like Orange so she showed them to me and they started the colour scheme for the whole wedding! My nieces completely stole the show in their John Lewis dresses with little rings of gypsophila made by our florist, Steph. 

Greg looked sharp in a Gieves and Hawkes suit that was provided by the bride’s brother, Simon who runs Permanent Style, which is very handy as this man knows a thing or two about menswear!

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I’m not sure there is anything like having live music and singing for a ceremony. Somehow the atmosphere really is quite heightened with emotion, and with such personal and meaningful readings it would appear there weren’t many dry eyes during this special ceremony.

The ceremony itself was perfect, made even better by The Tiffinians (an acapella group from a local school) singing as my Dad and I entered, that was definitely a moment I’ll never forget – it was beautiful and veery emotional. The readings were also very special. My Aunt read a poem which my Grandad wrote to us in reply to our wedding invitation, which was always going to be emotional! Greg’s sister read ‘He’s not perfect’ by Bob Marley (which I had chosen for Greg without his knowledge) and my Brother read ‘Dance me to the end of love’ by Leonard Cohen, which he managed to fill with such emotion it had the family crying at the very least. Finally we walked out to ‘Waiting for as star’ by Boy meets Girl, an 80s classic chosen because it’s the song at the end of Three Men and a Little Lady when they get married, a film both of us loved growing up.

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They chose the beautiful Hampton Court House for their wedding for the elegant yet relaxed setting and picturesque gardens and outdoor patio to enjoy a drinks reception. The green gardens provided the perfect setting for the lovely portait photos with their photographers, Gem and Phil from Cotton Candy Weddings.

I found them just searching the internet and loved their reportage style. What I particularly like about their photos is their use of light, as well as their ability to catch all the best moments. They are also very subtle, we didn’t know they were there half the time! 

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You can’t fail to have a smile on your face when surrounded by such beautiful flowers, gold glitter decorations and…..flamingoes! I love the DIY gold paper lanterns that Jo made just from spray painting – they add that touch of luxe to the humble white lantern!

I made most of the decorations for the wedding (with a lot of help from a few friends and family in particular!). We started collecting jam jars to cover in gold glitter about a year in advance, I think Greg thought I’d gone mad – we’re still finding glitter all over my parents’ house. One of my favourite things we made was the lanterns for the roof of the conservatory which we sprayed with gold spray paint, focusing on the top to create a graduated effect, not all of my ideas worked out as well! I think Greg was also worried about me when I told him I wanted to get plastic lawn flamingos and flamingo cocktail servers but it all came together in the end and I hope made people smile.

We also had a photo of every guest when they were younger instead of place cards, which did seem like madness at times but was worth it to see people’s reactions on the day.

 

 

 

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I was unsure what type of flowers to have with the strong colour of the dresses but Steph from Fairy Nuff Flowers was amazing and pulled together the beautiful bouquets from my mass of photo ideas. I thought at the start that I wasn’t too concerned about flowers but Steph changed that and the flowers ended up being one of my favourite things about the day (she even added trailing gold sequins to my bouquet).

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We went with Parties to Go for the catering whose food is delicious but not as formal as some of the other caterers we looked at. Carole was great, she was so enthusiastic and was very accommodating of all our ideas as well as making delicious food, and made it easy for us to just enjoy ourselves on the day. 

The amount of laughter/cheering/general noise during the ceremony/speeches/dancing etc. was amazing. I have to particularly mention the creative and hilarious speech from the two best men, Rich and Olly, we both cried with laughter watching it back!

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The White Keys really set the atmosphere for the evening dancing, playing a mix of music across different decades to suit the crowd. We had debated whether it was worth getting a large band but it was absolutely worth it and I would highly recommend them. Jo and Greg danced to On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons.

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A lovely moment for Jo and Greg was right at the end of the day, an impromptu finale song with their friends.  We hadn’t planned any kind of exit so just got our stuff to quietly go, but our friends weren’t having any of it, they surrounded us singing and dancing to ‘Take That – Never forget’ and then cheered us out as we walked up the stairs, a perfect end to a perfect day.

 

Jo also has some top tips to share with any brides to be out there all of which I have to say is fanstastic advice!

  • Get a videographer – We weren’t going to at first but did on the advice of a friend and we’re so glad now. You miss so much and it’s lovely to be able to watch it all again
  • Don’t worry if you don’t try on a single dress and think ‘this is the one!’ as TV etc. seems to suggest you should, some of us just don’t have that kind of reaction!
  • Don’t look round during your vows, if you see other people crying you will too!
  • We asked the photographers to use cameras without clicks for the ceremony, definitely something I’d recommend

During the planning it wasn’t ideal as we were also living with my parents and trying to renovate a house at the same time so it isn’t necessarily advisable, even if you are blessed with a Mum as organised as mine – Thanks Mum!

What a gorgeous day – so many lovely details and it all ties together to be both beautiful and personal. Thank you for sharing with us and to Cotton Candy for their stunning work and for brightening our day!

 

CREDITS: Photography: Cotton Candy Weddings /  Venue: Hampton Court House / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham at Miss Bush Bridalwear / Groom’s Suit: Gieves & Hawkes (provided by Bride’s brother Simon) / Bridesmaids Dresses: Whistles /  Hair & Make-up: Lars Luan / Flowers: Steph at Fairy Nuff Flowers / Catering: Parties to Go / Acapella Group: The Tiffinians / Evening Band: The White Keys 

Stylish + Sparkly 1920s Inspired Stoke Newington Wedding

Posted by & filed under Informal, London Weddings, Vintage Inspired.

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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