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Informal Elegance at The Zabludowicz Collection

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These days, it’s not uncommon for couples that have been together a long time to finally tie the knot. Jenni and Tim had been together for 12 years before they got engaged, and I think it’s just so lovely and important that even after that amount time that a couple want to make it official and ensure they celebrate their relationship! Their day was informal but elegant. Jenni’s bridal style is classic which works well with the simplicity of the Zabludowicz Collection wedding venue (aka 176 Prince of Wales Road) they chose which was enhanced with white and green florals. I hope you have all had a chance to have lunch so you can read all about their food from Disappearing Dining Club without getting too hungry as it sounds utterly delicious and creative – ‘family style sharing food’ is hugely popular at the moment and you can see why!

Looks like the generous cake table with baked goods by the guests went down well and a great opportunity for everyone to mingle after dinner and with all that choice it means there must be something to suit everyone’s taste buds too! The night ended with the bride’s Mother dancing to their hip-hop playlist, what better way to end your wedding!

We weren’t really sure where or how to start planning a wedding. We’ve been to loads of weddings since we’ve been together and had generated quite a long list of things that we didn’t want, but that didn’t get us very far in thinking about what we did want! We did know that we wanted a London wedding with a party feel rather than anything too traditional. Neither of us are from London, but it’s been our home for the past 5 years and we’re planning on staying for the foreseeable future, so it was important to us that the day incorporated elements of the things we love about living here that we could share with our friends and family (including great buildings, good food and wine, and music).  

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Again, I didn’t really have a clue about what I wanted in a dress (there’s a theme here…!) I ended up trying all sorts of things, from traditional wedding dresses to evening dresses over a few months. However, the first dress I tried on at the start of the search was a Charlotte Balbier dress ‘Edith’ which happened to be in a sample sale at Angelica Bridal , and of course ended up being the one I went for after all the trawling around! After trying a variety of different styles, both wedding and non-wedding, it was still the dress I kept thinking about so I went back to try it on again. The sample had just been sold (there are downsides to being indecisive) so I ended up buying the dress new! I had a few alterations including having the longer train shortened to make it a little less formal, and so I didn’t have to bustle it up on the day. I wanted a dress I could move around in rather than feeling as though I needed to be too careful with it and it ended up being the perfect choice!

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We knew pretty early on that we wanted to have the ceremony at Islington Town Hall. We wanted the ceremony venue to have a sense of occasion, and the Council Chambers at the town hall is such a beautiful room and fit the bill perfectly. The reception venue was a much harder task! We looked at dozens of venues to get a sense of the different options in North and East London that came somewhere close to being within our budget. We originally thought we’d go for a venue with more of an urban feel but our choice of the Zabludowicz Collection in the end was quite different from what we’d envisaged. However, being a Methodist chapel that’s been converted into a modern art gallery it had a good mix of original features and a contemporary feel, and was a great space for us to transform for the reception. 

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Our photographer Emilie really helped us enjoy the day. She is so chilled and unobtrusive, it meant that our guests, and Tim and I were able to have pictures taken without us realising (a good thing!) rather than spending ages having formal shots. We went off to have some pictures taken in Camden and on Primrose Hill after the ceremony while the guests travelled to the reception venue; it felt weird being in our local area in all our wedding finery but we’ve got some great shots. The funniest moment was when I was running late to get to the hotel to get ready before the wedding and Emily had arrived before me and was sent to another bride’s room to start taking pictures – she very calmly rang me to check where I was when she realised it was the wrong group of women in there! 

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We wanted to keep things fairly simple and fresh so decided to keep the colour scheme white, then used candles and foliage for contrast. We really like plants so having lots of green as well as white flowers worked well for us. We’re lucky that Tim’s mum is a dab hand with flowers as we were pretty clueless about what was going to be in season and what would work well, so she was in charge and ordered all the flowers for us. We all got together the day before the wedding and did the bouquets around a friend’s dining table, and Tim’s mum did the rest at the venue with help from my wonderfully talented friend, Lucy from Lucy Says I Do

Lucy also helped to take our ideas and design our stationery, which was modern and used the Dymo font that Tim likes (he painstakingly made all our place names using a Dymo labelwriter), and also helped us set up a DIY photobooth in the reception venue, from which we got some of the most hilarious pictures of the day (it’s the quieter family members who turned up in crazy fancy dress in some of the pics that are most surprising!!) We didn’t have a guest book and instead collected London postcards and asked people to write us a message on the back. 

We’d been really struggling with ideas about what to put on a raised area at the top of the main space where the altar used to be (we’d even got to the point of considering hiring trees – not within budget!) but Lucy suggested having two big flower and foliage displays in urns at the top of the room.  Tim’s mum was able to turn this into a reality using a couple of urns that we borrowed, and it was a great way to make an impact.

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Having amazing food was a must for us as eating (and drinking!) are two of our favourite things to do. We wanted a menu that was a bit different and the Disappearing Dining Club really came up with the goods; we went for a sharing theme and had a mix of potted meats and fish for starters with pickled vegetables and homemade bread and then beautifully cooked lamb served on wooden boards with harissa, aubergine and chickpea couscous and green beans.

The meal was served to share between groups, so we were a bit nervous that people would expect a more traditional wedding meal, but it really wasn’t for us, so we went with our tastebuds instead of convention, and it worked out excellently! We didn’t have a wedding cake and instead asked friends and family to bake creations for a cake table, which we had as dessert served with coffee in the foyer of the reception venue. It meant people could get up and mingle after the main part of dinner was over and help themselves to a selection of different cakes.  My mum had spent ages sourcing various cake stands from car boot sales and charity shops before the wedding for the cake table so we had a great selection. We had a cheese buffet later on in the evening to help soak up the cocktails that were flowing!

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Music was another part of the day that was really important to us. Tim and I love music, and we felt that the wedding would be a great opportunity to play songs that remind us of friends and family and different times in our lives. As we knew we would end up being controlling nightmares about the songs we wanted we decided not to have a band or DJ and instead ended up creating a playlist of our favourite songs that ran throughout the course of the drinks reception, dinner and then dancing later on. That was probably the thing we spent the most time on in the whole wedding planning process – it was agonising having to decide which songs to keep and which songs to cut! We made a set list with timings and put this on the tables at dinner so everyone knew when their favourite genre would be coming up. We had an eclectic mix of pop, rock ‘n roll, indie, old school hip hop, and dance and it was so good to see everyone on the dance-floor – my mum was loving the hip hop section!  

Congratulations Jenni and Tim, a beautiful wedding and thanks to photographer Emilie for sharing her lovely work.

Credits: Photography: Emilie White / Ceremony Venue: Islington Town Hall / Reception Venue: Zabludowicz Collection / Bride’s Dress: ‘Edith’ by Charlotte Balbier from Angelica Bridal / Bridesmaids: Adrianna Papell at House of Fraser / Groom’s Suit: Cad and the Dandy / Flower’s: Groom’s Mother / Catering: Disappearing Dining Club / Cakes: Homemade by guests / Stationery: Lucy Says I do

Intimate but beautiful Rainy Chelsea London Wedding

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Faye and Dan had their wedding in February this year, after just a month of being engaged in January! They decided to have an intimate Chelsea wedding for just immediate family, which was a hard decision for them but it ended up being the perfect day – despite a little bit of London rain! “It was completely relaxed, fun and so special sharing it with just our closest and most cherished family. We hope to have a party within the next year or two to celebrate with all our friends and family. We have since moved abroad and wanted to make the commitment to each other before we started a new chapter and adventure in our lives together.” 

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Chelsea is such a beautiful part of London that it is the most charming location for an elopement or intimate wedding. Faye and Dan chose to hold their ceremony at the Chelsea Town Hall registry office which is renowned for it’s celebrity nuptials,“A couple of days after we were officially engaged we booked the Rossetti room at the Kensington and Chelsea registry office – we didn’t even have time to go and see it but liked the idea of all the famous couples who had got married there before us!”

Faye’s style totally encapsulates a London Bride with her city-chic outfit with beautiful short lace dress, birdcage veil and of course, no London wedding would be complete without the ultimate accessory… a pretty white umbrella! Judging by their smiles it looks like they didn’t notice the drizzle at all…

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“I wanted to wear something quite simple and understated so I didn’t look specifically for a ‘wedding dress’. Instead I went shopping on Oxford Street with my mum and sister and we all fell in love with a Diane Von Furstenberg ivory lace dress in Selfridges. I wanted blue shoes and later found these in Nine West. With the dress and shoes ticked off the list I started to relax only to realise about a week before the wedding that I had not even thought about any accessories or a coat! My friends helped me so much by sending me ideas and options and coming with me to try things on. Despite being adamant that I wanted to look low key, I was then worried that I didn’t look bridal at all – that’s when Fur Coat No Knickers saved the day. I bought a vintage feather stole, a birdcage and a gorgeous hair clip from them a few days before the wedding.”

“My regular hair stylist, Giovanna at Gino Hairdressing in London, did a brilliant job of my hair and makeup, I couldn’t have been happier with the end result. Giovanna is such a lovely person and I couldn’t recommend her enough!”

Dan looked dashing in a Navy three piece suit “Dan didn’t want a traditional wedding suit and so we were looking for something that was special but could be worn again. We found the perfect suit in the sale in Reiss which he wore with a shirt from Hugo Boss. He wore a tie he already owned that we both really liked and bought new shoes from Russell and Bromley.”

“My mum and dad arranged my bouquet and Dan’s buttonhole through their local florist and brought them up to the registry office for us. I was open to suggestions and ended up going with a simple but beautiful ivory bouquet.”

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The wedding was so last minute they didn’t have a photographer until their thoughtful and generous friends booked Heather at Brighton Photo for the couple to ensure they had the precious memories of the day! “As we gradually told more and more people about the wedding one question that kept popping up was whether we would have a photographer. Two weeks before the day we still hadn’t got round to organising anyone… this is where my wonderful friends saved the day. They arranged and booked the amazing Heather of Brighton Photo to be our wedding photographer. She had shot one of their weddings in the summer and had done such a beautiful job. Heather was great at making us feel at ease on the day. She had put a lot of research into the best locations for the photos and she really committed to the shots getting absolutely drenched in the process! We are so happy with the photos which do an amazing job of capturing the most important day in our lives and will be a beautiful reminder for many years to come.”

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The couple celebrated with a visit to a local pub, The Phene where the venue kindly allowed them to relax in the upstairs private lounge with their family in a beautiful setting whilst the attentive staff looked after them whilst they sipped on Champagne. They later went to The famous Bluebird Restaurant nearby where the party of nine in fact dined amongst all the other guests in the restaurant despite it being their wedding day! “We loved the buzzy atmosphere, the food & wine were delicious and the staff were brilliant! It was the perfect end to the perfect day.”

Congratulations to the lovely Faye and Dan, such a cool city wedding – thank you for sharing your day with us and to Heather for her beautiful work – just shows a little bit of rain does no harm!

Photography: Heather at Brighton Photo / Ceremony Venue: Chelsea Registry Office / Post Ceremony Venue: The Phene, Chelsea / Dinner Reception Venue: Bluebird Restaurant, Chelsea / Bride’s Dress: Diane Von Furstenburg