Elegant Summer Wedding at The RSA With A Bride In Catherine Deane

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Photography by Lucy Birkhead

Lauren and Joe had a beautifully classic and romantic wedding at the stunning Georgian RSA venue in London, and she wore a stunning Catherine Deane dress. 

RSA Wedding London by Lucy Birkhead Photography, Bride's Dress by Catherine Deane

The beautiful light in this wedding is telling that this was a sunny August day last year for this lovely couple Lauren and Joe to be married at the RSA. Whilst the photographs depict the perfect day and it did all came together beautifully, things weren’t quite plain sailing for this couple with their planning in the lead up to the day itself. Due to last minute changes in circumstances with their original venue, Lauren and Joe chose a new venue, the beautiful Georgian RSA just a few weeks before their wedding only visiting it just 10 days before the day itself, and luckily for them it all fell into place to became the perfect backdrop for their celebrations.

A stressful time and yet hey had more unfortunate circumstances; Lauren is incredibly brave to share with us that she also had a very tough time before the wedding, as with just 6 weeks until the day, she suffered from Bell’s palsy condition causing paralysis to the left side of her face. Difficult to imagine that a time that should be filled with excitement and happiness that this couple were overshadowed with these difficult times with just weeks to go.  Incredibly, due to the amazing treatment Lauren received and the support from Joe and her family she was able to recover with 90% of her facial movement returning for the wedding day! Lauren is an incredibly beautiful and radiant bride and very brave for sharing her story and I’m so pleased that they were able to have the most perfect day and a reminder that being able to overcome such hard circumstances together is absolutely what marriage is all about….

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A Laid Back Stylish ‘Anti-Wedding’ Islington Wedding

Aisle Style, WEDDINGS, Informal

Photography by Photography by Krishanthi

Lucy & Alex were a laid back ‘anti-wedding’ couple who managed to have the day they wanted whilst doing it in style.

Informal Albion Pub Wedding In Islington

Today I’m sharing a very honest real wedding post from couple Lucy and Alex (Lucy runs one of my favourite online stationery boutiques, Quill London), who were married in September last year in Islington. Whilst they had a very beautiful low key relaxed day, they were in many ways  pretty ‘anti-wedding’. I’m actually really pleased to share a post like this, as whilst there are many brides out there who LOVE being a bride-t0-be, being engaged and all the excitement, planning and fun it brings there are a number of ladies (or indeed couples) who are much less about the ‘wedding’ and more about the ‘marriage’ who feel a bit disheartened with the planning. As today’s bride Lucy clearly wrote: “I didn’t want a “WEDDING!” I didn’t really want to be a bride. I just wanted to be married.”

I always aim for the blog to be honest and authentic so I think it’s an inspiring post as I hope that for those out there who feel overwhelmed by the idea of their wedding or being a bride, this shows that it can be done beautifully, informally and most importantly in a way that’s right for you. There was no first dance or favours, but there was a catch up over coffee, heartfelt speeches, and an improvised personalised version of ‘Ho, Hey’ for the couple – all of which were meaningful moments and that’s what makes a beautiful wedding. Oh and perhaps those Crosstown Doughnuts helped…


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Wedding Day Fragrance – Scenting Your Wedding with Jo Malone

AISLE STYLE, Beauty, Bridal Style

Photography by London Bride

Ever thought about ‘scenting your wedding’? With Jo Malone’s new release of the most wedding worthy bottle this may be just the treat! 

Jo Malone Wedding Fragrance

I’m surprised that I’ve not talked more about perfume on the blog, as for anyone who knows me, knows I’m a total fragrance fanatic! My sense of smell is really quite impressive even if I do say so myself, though living in London I pay the price sometimes. Part of why I like fragrance is that it can immediately take me back to being somewhere, a particular moment, a feeling or an event. It’s therefore no surprise that I’m a huge advocate of scenting your wedding, as one of the most treasured days, you’ll want to be transported back to time and time again, so today I’m looking at how you can do so with Jo Malone including their beautiful new lace bottle collection.

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Style & Substance – 20 Stylish Budget Wedding Dresses Under £1000k

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

 

Hand-picked stylish wedding dresses that don’t break the budget, this little lot are all under £1k!

Stylish Budget Wedding Dresses Under £1k

From my many years blogging and planning weddings, I have realised that there are so so so many different types of brides out there, each with their own style and own ideas on ‘the dress’. For some, the dress is the star of the show and as such receives a substantial part of the budget, in which case you’re spoilt for choice with amazing bridal designers all varying in styles and budgets. However I’m also aware that (perhaps more so being based in London with city brides) that for some, whether for budget reasons or just because, they choose to not go too crazy with their wedding dress budget (kudos for being more sensible than I!). So this post is for those ladies, who still want cool bridal style but who are looking for something a little more on the budget savvy side.

I often come across fabulous budget wedding dresses and especially at this time of year when the Spring/Summer collections are out, whether it’s a chic city do, a romantic boho affair or even a destination wedding – I know there’s lots of you looking for affordable options, so I’ve hand-picked my favourite styles for you! Hopefully there’s something for everyone, from beaded and elegant, to lacy and short, vintage to modern…. and if not for the bride then great bridesmaid inspiration for those with a neutrals colour scheme!

Stylish Budget Wedding DressesASOS – Jarlo One Shoulder Floral Lace

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Stylish Budget Wedding Dresses Phase Eight – Hope

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A Little Hackney Wedding With A Bride In Her Grandmother’s Dress

WEDDINGS, Informal

Little Hackney Wedding by Laura McCluskey

Today’s wedding is a super sweet little Hackney wedding. Sarah and Aaron kept their wedding all about their marriage by just having a simple town hall registry office wedding at the location that they first met each other, followed by a few drinks with their closest friends and family. It’s so adorable to see a couple get ready together with their family, and a day that’s just about the marriage, no frills! In keeping with the low-key feel to the day, Sarah wore not just any vintage dress, but her own Grandmother’s which fitted her like a glove, how romantic is that…

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From the bride Sarah: We got married one year to the day that we met near Hackney Town Hall. Originally, we were going to elope but decided to have a small ceremony with close family. Essentially, we just wanted to get married, so the details actually weren’t that important to us other than we wanted to stay close to the places around Hackney where we had our first date and keep the day as relaxed as possible!

My dress belonged to my grandma (her evening dress, she wore it with an emerald green stole). It was meant to be, fitted me perfectly without alterations!

Thanks for sharing such a small and special day Sarah and Aaron and to Laura for capturing it perfectly.

Photography: Laura McCluskey, LM Weddings / Ceremony: Hackney Town Hall / Reception: The Cock Tavern / Bride’s Dress: Bride’s Grandmother (Vintage!) / Flowers: Grace & Thorn / Bride’s Shoes: Saint Laurent / Groom’s Outfit: Asos, Grenson & Ralph Lauren

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