Colourful Urban London Wedding in Chelsea + Kings Cross

Aisle Style, WEDDINGS, Informal, Modern, Urban

Photography by Eclection Photography

Leila and Perry chose a sweet Chelsea ceremony followed by a walk along the picturesque Albert Bridge before joining their guests for a colourful urban reception in Kings Cross. This couple injected colour and style with her floral crown and his check suit and the cheery green bridesmaids! 

Bright Urban London Wedding by Eclection Photography - London Albert Bridge Chelsea

Leila and Perry’s wedding has been a lovely wedding to write up due to all the gorgeous colour injected, it just adds so much fun and cheer to a wedding! They even asked the guests to wear bright colours which is such a great idea.

Leila and Perry were married in September 2015, and chose to hold an intimate ceremony at The Chelsea Registry Office given they had first met on the Kings Road and also that Leila’s parents in fact married there 37 years ago which is just lovely and so meaningful.

Leila’s bridal style is modern and I love her bright floral crown which works nicely with the colourful bridesmaids dresses too. Groom Perry is seriously upping the style stakes too, what a fabulous check suit! They injected their styles and personalities into the day really well, from an epic selection of Brownie’s from Leila’s own bakery to a Lebanese belly dancer and hip hop DJ!

Although 06 St Chad’s is no longer taking wedding bookings (shame!) I do love how Jam Jar Flowers dressed the beams with hops, a great idea and way of adding decor to a tall space.

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1960s Inspired Autumn Wedding at The Institute of Contemporary Arts

WEDDINGS, Informal, Urban, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Emilie White Photography

A stylishly authentic 1960s inspired Autumn wedding at The ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Arts) in London and beautiful bridal style with a vintage Fur Coat No Knickers Dress. 

1960s Autumn ICA London Wedding by Emilie White Photography

Today’s wedding is utterly lovely and transports us to a beautifully atmospheric 1960s inspired wedding in London. Gorgeous couple Catriona (an avid London Bride reader!) and Joe stayed true to their own personal styles and had an authentically 1960s inspired day that was heartfelt and full of love.

Bride Catriona’s style is effortlessly chic and so lovely that she was able to make her vintage style work for her wedding day; from her Fur Coat No Knickers floor length sleeveless lace shift dress to the iconic hair and make up style from the era and of course that incredibly fabulous transportation – a 1967 Daimler. I also love that they ended the night dancing to the Happy Day’s theme tune!

The ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) is a beautiful venue, perfect for an intimate wedding for great food and dancing and of course you have Pall Mall on your doorstop for portrait photos. I hope you all enjoy this beautifully heartwarming day full of style and personality captured so perfectly through these atmospheric images by Emilie White.

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DIY Wedding Flower Workshop With The Flower Appreciation Society

AISLE STYLE, INSPIRATION, Design & Decor, DIY, Florals

Photography by London Bride

If you’re a creative bride, then you may want to try your hand at a fun DIY wedding flower workshop with The Flower Appreciation Society. You’ll get to learn a new skill and turn your hand to create your perfect wedding flowers! 

DIY Wedding Flower Worskhop with The Flower Appreciation Society

You’d think given I meet with florists regularly about my client’s wedding flowers that I’d perhaps have picked up some good skills along the way in terms of floral designs and arrangements, but – you’d be wrong! However that all changed after I recently attended a DIY flower arrangement workshop with the lovely Anna and Ellie, otherwise known as the flower power behind The Flower Appreciation Society (and authors of this lovely flower book) and I’m pleased to say I did in fact come away with some super helpful knowledge and a wonderful new skill (as well as lots of pretty flowers, of course!).

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diy WEDDING flower workshops for brides

If you are a bride, bridesmaid, mother or hey, let’s not discriminate a groom, who fancies attempting DIY wedding flowers then I highly recommend attending a workshop with The Flower Appreciation Society to get you off on the right foot. You’ll learn all the basics along with some great tips that will be vital for creating your big day flowers and in fact let’s be honest, it’s a skill for life so a good investment!

The workshops take place at their lovely studio in De Beauvoir (not far from Highbury & Islington or Dalston) and after a short intro and the all important tea and biscuits (or fizz!) to fuel you, you are free to delve into the plethora of seasonal flowers to begin conditioning them before you start arranging. I had great fun with the other attendees, but equally you could do it with your mum/mother in law or one of your bridesmaids.

See details at the end of the post on the upcoming workshops for DIY wedding flowers.
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there are no rules!

I’ve been lucky enough to work with The Flower Appreciation ladies a few times on different weddings, and I really do utterly adore their pretty, wild looking floral designs so was very excited to attempt to learn a thing or two from them. The workshop I attended was learning about arranging flowers in a small boat vase for a medium size display and also a jar arrangement, and with their guidance (ahem, perhaps more than I’d care to admit!) I did manage to create something I was actually pretty proud of! I’m sure if I can do it, anyone can, although it does make you realise how easy they make it look! Anna and Ellie also give really helpful knowledge on seasonal flowers, and buying from markets which is so valuable as that’s actually half of it!

The Finished Result!

What I love about these girls and indeed their style, is there are no rules. If you want a slightly lopsided display (yes that was my intention and was on purpose!) then go for it. If you want it huge, then why not, and usually the wilder the better which is great for beginners. They give relaxed demonstrations but really it’s all about getting stuck in and just giving it a go and with their guidance along the way if you get stuck they’ll be right on hand to help.

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advice on diy wedding flowers

Just putting my wedding planner hat on; I would advise if you are thinking of doing the flowers yourself, it is a fair amount of hours to put in, and can only really be done the day or two before the wedding so you have to be up for an early start to the flower market and willing to put the hours in right ahead of the day itself. I’ve heard from some brides that they did in fact enjoy spending time doing this with their mums or bridesmaids and found it quite therapeutic amongst the chaos in the run up to the day so if that sounds like you might enjoy it, then why not – just make sure you allow yourselves plenty of time!

However if you aren’t quite brave enough to create all your floral elements, then you could of course perhaps attempt maybe your own bouquet, but then have a florist on board to do the bigger jobs like the tables or larger displays as there will be much more to do and manage for this so takes a lot of the pressure off!

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DIY Bridal Flowers Workshop - The Flower Appreciation Society
DIY Bridal flowers – 21st May | 2 – 5 pm | £145 per person

Learn to make your very own bridal flowers. Using the most beautiful seasonal flowers, they will teach you how to make your dream bridal bouquet, buttonholes, hair flowers and a flower crown. They’ll also be sharing tips on flower buying, flower seasons and keeping your flowers fresh. 

All materials included plus a goody bag and glass of fizz! 

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DIY Bridal Flowers Workshop - The Flower Appreciation Society

DIY hand tied bouquet making workshop
5th april / 7th july / 1st october |
7pm – 8.30pm | £65 PER PERSON

To celebrate spring, summer and autumn they are offering three hand-tied bouquet making classes. 

Using beautiful seasonal blooms and a selection of lovely foliage, they will show you how to condition your flowers, create and then wrap your bunch. Giving you all the flowery tips and advice that you will need along the way.

All materials included and a glass of wine.

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I attended a workshop courtesy of The Flower Appreciation Society, however I only share details of services & brands that I truly believe you’ll love too!

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