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Hollie + Chris – A Dulwich Pub Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Dulwich Pub Wedding by Brighton Photo

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.”

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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.

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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!”

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“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!”

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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!”

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“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 

Jonno + Tamara – Relaxed Glamour at The Trafalgar Tavern Greenwich

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal

Trafalgar Tavern London Wedding by Emma Case Photography

This fun couple Jonno and Tamara had a super stylish but romantic wedding, also this is one blog to read if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with the planning, a little bit stressed with logistics and makes us remember that basically getting married is amazing!

This couple thought long and hard about having the day they wanted, and it truly shows throughout that they enjoyed every single moment of it. Nothing forced, everything was their way and just look at how radiant they are because of it!

Their photographer was Emma Case, who along with her husband Pete, are now ridiculously nice, talented and wonderful wedding friends of mine, who also happened to recently post a great article on stop saying ‘but’ and having the wedding YOU want, go check it. A good reminder to us all. So without further ado, enjoy the beaming smiles, stylish outfits, emotional speeches and lots of dancing…

From the bride, Tamara: “We spent a really long time questioning the decisions we made, as we didn’t want just to have wedding by numbers.  It’s easy to get caught up in the hype and do everything by the book – but what’s important is how the day reflects you as a couple.”

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Tamara chose the utterly feminine and beautifully beaded Eden by Jenny Packham which she paired with a glamorous pair of Jimmy Choo’s  “I LOVED my dress.  I’m going to get drunk and wear it around the house pretty soon, I’m sure.” I wonder how many of you actually do this post-wedding?

Her beautiful ‘Gatsby’ inspired hairstyle was by Victoria Drama, who also did her flawless make up. Now we have to mention Tamara’s gorgeous bridesmaids, and those ultra glamorous navy vintage style silk dresses which were the ‘Giselle’ dresses from Ghost. “Don’t the girls look beautiful!? They had different styles all in the navy but lucky they all chose the style that was my favourite! I wanted them to be comfortable and they loved the dresses!”

I love how they turned the chilly London weather to their advantage and styling it out with huge fur and feather coats and shrugs, serious glamour!

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Tamara and Jonno were able to hold their very special service at St Paul’s Crypt as Jonno’s dad has an MBE. It’s funny as it is such a privilege to be able to hold your wedding at St Paul’s yet I seem to feature quite a few weddings held here, such lucky couples with very special family members! How wonderful to always have such an iconic London building as a very special place to you…

For their recessional music they had Windmill played by Eric Gilder which was music that Tamara’s Grandfather who was a composer, wrote. How magical!

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“It’s an obvious one – but I loved the service.  We even had my Grandfather, who was a composer, have his music played in the Cathedral. You spend so long planning everything around it that you can lose sight that it’s all about the vows.  It was so emotional.  We got married in the crypt under St Paul’s Catherdal because Jonno’s dad has an MBE, and it is the Crypt of the British Empire.  So it was special because it was something his dad could provide for us – but also St Paul’s is a symbol of London, the city we live in and the city we love.  It’s brilliant every time we see it to think that it’s now part of our history.”

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I absolutely love these portrait shots of the couple as they’ve come out of St Paul’s as husband and wife, strolling through the park and scenery around Greenwich with such happiness. “Our photographer was Emma Case,  she is amazing and I can’t imagine her not having being at the wedding, even though we’d never met before!” 

Tamara kept her flowers quite simple with all whites and included lily of the valley in her bouquet as it was her Grandmother’s favourite flower. The groom chose a smart Paul Smith suit in petrol blue, with super smart Grensen brogues, “Jonno wanted a suit he loved, rather than hiring a dodgy fitting one!  He looked so handsome in it!” 

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After a trip on the good old fashioned London route master bus, they held their wedding reception at The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, which happened to be not far from where they live. “We looked at so many anonymous restaurants & hotels for the reception – but we wanted to keep it personal to opted for The Trafalgar Tavern, near where we live.  It’s a brilliantly historic building, and Holly, the event co-ordinator was fantastic!”  It’s such a fun moment when the bride and groom come in to the crowd as they cheer and congratulate them!

“Our ‘naked’ victoria sponge cake was made by a friend’s mum, Annie Genower, I sent her some pictures of the types of Victoria sponges I liked and she made a perfect one!  We cut the cake with Jonno’s brother’s naval sword.”

They chose some simple but sophisticated stationery from Artcadia “We went for the Uncomplicated range from Artcadia and my bridesmaid Emily created our logo and helped me decide on how to make the table names.  She is a craft wizard and works at Women’s Weekly!”

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“When we got engaged we sat down and talked about what we wanted from the day, and what was important to us.  I said speeches.  Jonno wanted an hour of old-school music and a green lazer.  Both were amazing.”

I think Emma has done such an amazing job of capturing all emotions of the speeches. Funny how even though you haven’t heard a word you can still feel all the emotions of what was said.

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“We had a band playing for an hour who were a ‘supergroup’ made up of my friends and Jonno’s friends who played instruments – some of whom had never met before the four rehearsals they had! Our ‘super group’ band started us off and we then had Max from The Wedding Smashers DJ. They also even bought the green laser – everyone loved it! 

We are both awkward dancers, so we chose to have a ‘last dance’ of then night – when everyone was drunk! We danced to Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder. It was more like a mating dance by that point, it was amazing!!”

I promise you, you are all going to freaking love getting married!  I’m jealous of you all that you have this amazing day to come…

And with that I’d like to send huge congratulations to Tamara and Jonno on a wonderful wedding and party. How fun does the evening look, wish I could have been there! Anyone want a blogger at their wedding, feel free to send an invite!

Huge thanks also to Emma and Pete for sharing their wonderful work as always, such a pleasure to have on London Bride.

Photography: Emma Case / Ceremony Venue: The Crypt, St Paul’s Cathedral / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bridesmaids: Ghost / Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith / Hair & Make Up: Victoria Drama at Drama Parlour / Florist: Fresh Flower / Stationery: Artcadia / DJ: Wedding Smashers