Chris + Holly – Cool Clerkenwell Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Modern, Urban

Chris and Holly had been together 11 years when Chris finally proposed in Amsterdam three years ago. But cue busy lifestyle [Holly undertook a doctorate!] and the wedding was patiently put back until 8th September last year when she finally finished and they could get married! Because of the wedding being on hold for a few years it meant they ended up organising most of the wedding in only a month! A month! Now as a wedding planner, that’s pretty impressive, not only that but they brought together an amazing day so it really does go to show you don’t always need years of planning!

I love how this is such an easy going wedding day, especially that they they took together to wander, capture some portraits, indulge in a sip of whisky from a hip flask and realise they just became husband and wife. All marvellously captured by Lee at Robbins Photographic.

Holly looks amazing in her dress and guess what…it’s high street! “Unfortunately I had a bit of a dress nightmare and the original wedding dress I had couldn’t be used. I ended up searching for a dress about 3 weeks before the wedding and found a simple but elegant dress from Coast bridal which actually suited the style of the wedding more than the original. I wore my mum’s pearls which were given to her by her mum – my something borrowed. On the morning of the wedding I got ready with my two bridesmaids, my beautiful niece, who was a fantastic flower girl, and my mum.”  She also borrowed a hair accessory from her bridesmaid who’d worn it for her own wedding day – a great way of not blowing the budget and such a sweet gesture.

“We’re a pretty laid back couple and our close friends and family know not to expect too much from us in the planning stakes! We both love good food and low-key, simple but classic style so we focused on that. The main thing was to make sure everyone had a good time so the majority of the budget went on good food and drink!”

Isn’t this shot above amazing! I just love the setting, the light. Oh London you do charm me so!

Holly and Chris knew they wanted a London wedding, and chose Camden Town Hall for their small low key ceremony “Chris is from London and we’ve lived in various parts of the city now for about 10 years so we always knew we wanted a London wedding. The only question was where! We finally settled on The Artisan of Clerkenwell which is a great pub near Farringdon station that had just the right kind of relaxed atmosphere we were looking for and Camden Town Hall was just a stone’s throw away so we decided to hold the ceremony there. We had a low-key ceremony and asked two very close friends to read poems we had chosen for each other.”

One of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding can be a seating plan, but with a relaxed party and sharing platters it’s a great excuse to do away with it which is what Holly and Chris decided “Everyone commented on the relaxed and very tasty food served at the pub. We had posh Ploughman’s – smoked meat and cheese sharing platters with fresh bread and yummy chutneys. We didn’t have a seating plan because it was a small ceremony party and we wanted guests to feel comfortable and relaxed.”

I love that their DJ was actually a friend called DJ! What are the chances… “Our DJ for the night was a great friend (actually called DJ!) who we’ve both known since university. He’s now so fabulous we couldn’t have afforded him but he did it for us as a wedding gift and we are so very glad that he did! There’s a photo of me straight after the first dance with the biggest smile on my face as David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ came on and everyone started going for it on the dance floor. People were still dancing until 3am!” 

After dancing our hearts out, we got a taxi to the One Aldwych at 2am and spent the rest of the wedding night in 5* luxury, drinking champagne and eating strawberries on a huge bed! Now that is the life! If you can’t indulge in luxuries on your wedding day, when can you? Definitely a rather fabulous start to married life!

What music did you walk down the aisle to? Time After Time – Eva Cassidy.

Do you have any planning advice for other brides? Don’t sweat the little details; they don’t really matter on the day. 

What was the most special or memorable moment of the day? Having our closest friends and family supporting us and wishing us well was amazing and something we will always remember. But probably my favourite moment was getting to spend a whole hour with my new husband right after the ceremony. We went for a walk around St Pancras and then onto Clerkenwell Green with our fantastic and very relaxed photographer, Lee Robbins. We got to chat about the ceremony, drink some much needed whisky from the hip flask I had engraved as a wedding gift, and to take in the fact that we were finally husband and wife after 11 years of being together! The speeches were also a surprise and very heartfelt.

What was your first dance song? God Only Knows – The Beach Boys.

Congratulations to Holly and Chris [so weird saying that as that’s the names of my sister and her husband!] and big thanks to the ace Lee Robbins for allowing me to share the fabulous day.

Photography: Robbins Photographic / Reception Venue:  The Artisan of Clerkenwell / Wedding Dress: Coast Bridal Shoes: Next / Bridesmaids Dresses: Hobbs / Groom: Suit by Paul Smith / Bride’s Hair: Hair by Hebe / Flowers: Geoffrey Walker / Cookies: Ben’s Cookies / Invitations: James RG Designs (Bride’s Brother) / Rings: Simon Wright

  • I love this Charley – the relaxed atmosphere is delightful and I am loving the sharing platters! I really hate the traditional 3 course wedding meal often served so these would be right up my street. Holly looks stunning in that dress too! x

  • Nice post, love a nice city wedding :)

  • Rachael

    Fabulous shots and such a cute and cosy little venue. Have to agree with Lisa on the food too – the ploughmans platters look so scrummy!

  • This is such a perfect example of a London wedding. Just perfect. And how glamorous is that couple? Beautiful photography too ;)

    • Charley

      I agree, a fab London wedding (and gorgeous couple indeed!) x