A very brief intro to say I’m so thrilled to be nominated for this year’s Wedding Magazine Wedding Blog Awards for ‘Best City Wedding Blog’ alongside some great nominees. If you have enjoyed the blog, I’d be so grateful for your support (it’s been a loooong hard summer, so this is keeping me going!). It’s a case of ticking a couple of boxes (you can vote for your other favourite wedding bloggers too!) and that’s about it, you can do so here or click the big pink button in the sidebar if you are feeling particularly lazy!
Whilst we’re on the subject, there’s also the Cosmpolitan Blog Awards, which whilst very unlikely to be shortlisted for, on the off chance I just thought I’d mention it… just in case you fancied nominating London Bride here…!
Anyways, enough of that chat, today we have a fun Springtime wedding on the blog for this gorgeous couple Jenny and Dan. A typically British day with Pimms, London buses and drinks on a roof terrace in the heart of the city at The Savile Club. I love Jenny’s style with her elegant lace Ellis Bridal short dress and the fun polka dot print of the bridesmaids dresses adds a touch of fun along with the pastel pretty flowers by Rebel Rebel.
You can see in the photos just how much their friends and family mean to them, smiles all around especially during the speeches which look very lively! It’s also so nice to see a bouquet toss, and the grand staircase made the perfect opportunity for it. I hope we get an update if the lucky lady who caught it becomes a wife anytime soon!
HOME FROM HOME
Our home for the last 5 years has been Islington so it felt important for us to marry somewhere with significance. We wanted the feel to be romantic and fun. We have so many amazing friends and we wanted all our guests to thoroughly enjoy themselves and be there to witness us get married. There were a lot of tears of happiness and we both regard it as the happiest day of our lives.
Dan and I planned the wedding together – we made every decision together, having two years to play around with the design of the day we could enjoy the process and take our time.
SHORT AND SWEET
Jenny opted for a short dress that she could dance around in, and once she’d found her dress the bridesmaids followed suit with their fun polka dot fifties style dresses. We didn’t pick a colour for the bridesmaid dresses, instead myself and all my bridesmaids met one day just to try on lots of different dresses and my only requirement was that they were short. We had a lovely day together and what I loved about planning the wedding was getting to spend so much quality time with our families and friends. When we saw the burgundy polka dot dresses in a similar shape to my wedding dresses we all knew instantly they were the ones. I also I made hangers for all my girls to keep as memento’s from the day with their name title and date.
Jenny’s close friend also made the bridesmaids sashes for their dresses just a few days before the wedding, which while it was a last minute addition it helped tie the style of the bridesmaids and ushers together. Jenny had a make-up artist friend, Lucy Allen do her make-up on the day.
Walking in to the ceremony to Ludovico Einaudi ‘Nuvole Bianche’ was the most overwhelming feeling and seeing Dan for the first time – we were both quite emotional. Saying our vows to each other in front of our friends and family was such a memorable moment. It brings a tear to my eye now every time I hear it. The couple then arranged for London buses to take their guests to the reception venue as ushers handed out cans of Pimms for the ride! The British theme started with their Save The Dates which were designed like a Travel Pass which had the date and location on.
The drinks were held on the roof terrace of The Savile Club and as the sun shone the guests enjoyed listening to a three piece jazz ensemble with Herby Hancock style music as they sipped on copious Champagne! We had an incredible three course meal. Our guests all commented on the quality of the food and the service. The staff at the Savile club were fantastic. They were excellent and couldn’t do enough to support us in our run up to the wedding. We were engaged for over two years and begun planning almost immediately so the club had frequent visits from us over the two years!
We didn’t want the wedding to have one block colour so we picked lots of pastel colours for the flowers by Rebel Rebel to suit the ballroom at The Savile Club. We used cut glass vases and lots of different shapes and sizes to be elegant yet relaxed.
We bought flower shapes for place cards and named our tables after different flowers – to be in keeping with being a spring wedding! We also had homemade Sloe Gin which we put in little bottles for each guest with a tag saying “Let the adventure beGIN” at their place setting. My oldest school friend Nina make our beautiful wedding cake.
THINKING OF YOU
We had incredible, touching and hilariously funny speeches from our two best men Rich and James, father of the Bride Ian (who was giving his third father of the bride speech) and Dan. We had a 9 piece soul and funk band for our music, the lead singing is our beautiful friend Lauren who I first met in South America 8 years ago. So They learnt our first song to perform on the day and it was fantastic. We had Thinking of You by sister sledge. We initially started dating over our mutual love for music so choosing the songs for the day was part of the planning we loved the most. This was followed by a DJ who played a great set ending up with a garage and jungle set for the late night revellers!
We loved our photographers, Cotton Candy Weddings who were so relaxed! I was so nervous about my wedding photos as I am not photogenic at all and neither of us wanted to miss out on the reception so didn’t want to spend too long doing photos, yet they helped us feel at ease and took some great shots of us on the day, and I really love their photos of the speeches. It really captures the mood of the day where everyone was smiling and laughing all day. It was just such a beautiful joyous occasion and we loved every minute.
- And finally a top tip and one I hear all too often as an afterthought so wise words from Jenny!
“To all brides – FILM YOUR WEDDING! I regret not having the whole day recorded!”
Congratulations to Jenny and Dan on their fun and fabulous day and to the talented team at Cotton Candy Weddings for capturing it all beautifully!