Hollie and Christian (de Cruz, best surname ever?) had a September wedding last year and as parents to their cute three year old son Oscar, Hollie and Christian had a clear aim for their wedding day – they wanted to make sure their day was as relaxed as possible, with lots of cake of course! “We really wanted our day to be relaxed and fun. We already have a 3 year old son so we wanted to steer away from the text book wedding and have a day that really reflected who we are as a couple and a family. After making that commitment to each other in front of the people we love, excellent music and lots of cake were our next priorities.”
I loved her Hollie’s laid back luxe look, her loose up do, red lips, sparkling jewels and that back on that dress, she looked so beautiful. It’s also refreshing to see no colour theme as such, and that the bridesmaids were in mint green dresses with fresh white blooms. Very city chic!
Whilst so many brides often choose to splash out on their wedding dress, Hollie took a different approach and actually managed to find a second hand dress that was perfect for what she was after. “About 5 minutes after we got engaged I started ogling over Jenny Packham dresses that I couldn’t really afford. I trawled eBay daily and found this beautiful Jenny Packham gown within my budget. Knowing someone else has worn it actually made me feel less attached to it, so I’ll be selling it on and buying myself something really special that I can continue to wear over the years that will remind me of our day. I also had a beautiful white feather bolero by Biba but didn’t put it on until we walked home from the pub at midnight! Hollie also wore vintage brooches in her from Fur Coat No Knickers.
The bridesmaids were buying their own dresses so I wanted them to have something they could wear again. These Reiss dresses jumped out at us straight away because the back complemented the back of my dress, and we all loved the peppermint colour.”
Christian looked very handsome in his bespoke suit by tailor Keith Watson, and shoes by Mr Hare and the ushers wore their own suits accessorised with knitted ties from Liberty.
It’s lovely to see that their ceremony incorporated them as a family with their son included in the ceremony, so sweet! “We wanted venues that felt personal or represented our relationship in some way, so we got married at a church near where we met, and had the party above our local pub. Some little touches that I really enjoyed including were a basket of vintage handkerchiefs at the church (labeled “hankies for happy tears”) and in the Church we got the congregation singing That’s Amore! An old Routemaster bus then took guests from the church to the pub – the journey of our relationship so far!”
“Despite being on a very tight budget, we knew the photography was something we wanted to indulge in. We didn’t want photographs that were stuffy or staged, we wanted something we could look back on and relive our day and the atmosphere. Very luckily for us, Heather at Brighton Photo is a friend of ours and gifted part of her services as our present – I cannot imagine having photos that better capture the love on our day. Everyone has been blown away by them, one friend even said the pictures of our day make her want to get married!”
To aid the relaxed atmosphere, the couple chose to do away with a seating plan, “I don’t feel comfortable with the idea of having a seating plan, so it was “grab some food and sit down with people you’re having a laugh with please”. We had asked friends to bake a cake if they fancied it and our cake table was AMAZING – we were both blown away by the amount of effort that people had gone to, and Oscar did a sterling job at trying each one! One of my favourite memories of the day was walking into the pub as husband and wife, with everyone wielding champagne and cheering!
They added some lovely personal details to the pub, “We had a table of photographs of people no longer with us but there in our hearts – especially our late maternal grandparents, and our favours which were Playmobil people holding lollipops – people seemed to love picking out one that looked like them!”
“Spend time with your new spouse, rather than trying to say hello to everyone all night. Someone had given me that advice and it was so valuable – we spent loads of time dancing and laughing together, which I’ll remember forever.”
Photographer: Heather at Brighton Photo / Ceremony: St Mary Magdalene Church, Wandsworth / Reception Venue: The Lodge at The East Dulwich Tavern / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bridesmaids: Reiss / Hair & Make Up: Kate Balding / Flowers: Wild Willow