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Rosa Clara Bride for a Blush Pink Playful Peckham Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Modern, Urban

Photography by Samie Lee

A bride in Rosa Clara, blush pink details for a playful Peckham wedding.

Rosa Clara Bride & Blush Pink Summer Asylum Wedding in Peckham London by Samie Lee PhotographyMagda and Lee had a summery pretty, Peckham wedding in August this year with their ceremony at The Asylum Chapel and a reception in a nearby pub. Playful details with balloons and tissue paper garlands along with blush pink flowers and an utterly delicious looking ‘naked’ cake made this day fun and relaxed for this Polish bride and her groom!

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Bright and Beautiful Fun London Southbank Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Modern, Urban

Photography by Babb Photo

Borough Market Colourful London Wedding, A Jenny Packham Bride, Maid To Measure Bridesmaids. Photography by Babb Photo

Today’s wedding has to be a perfect example of a London wedding! Bride and groom Anna and Dil were married with a Catholic ceremony, followed by a walk down the Southbank with their guests, bubbles and dancing aboard a boat down the Thames, then a hearty British feast followed by late night fun. Bride Anna also chose the most beautifully sparkling Jenny Packham ‘Gemma” tea length gown (one of my favourites!) and bridesmaids in fun Maids To Measure floral print dresses and cheery bright florals from Wild About set the decor off perfectly. 

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A Japanese Inspired Wedding with Origami on the Thames

INSPIRATION, DIY, WEDDINGS, Elegant

Japanese Inspired London Wedding by Depict Photography

Well not only is today’s bride probably the cutest that may have ever graced the pages of London Bride but Emma and Rod’s Japanese inspired wedding was bursting with personal touches that the couple put so much creativity and time into. I also love their two different city venue choices, a beautiful elegant venue for the ceremony and then a relaxed pub with views over the Thames and of course a ride on a London bus in between!

It’s great to see a bride incorporating some lovely touches from their own heritage into their London wedding, the beautiful intricate origami cranes look beautiful along with the Japanese Taiko band which looked so much fun! What bride and groom wouldn’t want to bang a loud drum on their wedding day? The sunny August day was captured on film beautifully by Depict Photography.

“We wanted to create a day which was relaxed and as personal as possible.  We hand-made our invitations, decorations (chains of origami cranes), favours (origami flowers) and table plan (we used the same origami hearts that we used our initiations).  For us, our wedding was not just about the two of us – it was a day to say thank you to our family and friends for being part of our lives and supporting us.  We would not be where we are without them.” 

When we created our wedding invitations, we knew we needed some ribbon to finish them off.  We scoured the shelves of Dalston Mill Fabrics .  The light green coloured ribbon that we chose became a loose colour theme for the day.  We also had a general theme of London (the city where we met and currently live) and also wanted to include elements from Japan as that is where my family are from.  

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Emma looks so chic in her fitted gown and elegant up do! “I am very petite – under 5 foot – and so I was concerned that I would not find a dress that would like right on me.  However, after a visit to the Bespoke Wardrobe in  in Essex, my fears were allayed.  There, you can pick the dress and then it is made to measure – perfect!!  I met Reggie there who was so friendly and helpful.  She encouraged me to try different styles and also helped with the accessories.  My dress was Solitaire by Suzanne Neville – this originally comes with straps and a big belt.  Reggie was great – she suggested having the dress made without the straps or the big belt which suited me better and also adding an extra element to the dress by wearing a beautiful lace jacket by Stewart Parvin

After advice from the Bespoke Wardrobe, Emma was able to change the look of her dress with just a few small changes which made it seem like a different dress entirely (much to the Groom’s surprise!) “For the evening reception, I removed the jacket and put on a very glitzy belt (hired from the Bespoke Wardrobe).  This made the dress look completely different which I loved! When Rod came to meet me for the first dance, his first words were ‘You bought a second dress?!!’. His face was a picture!”

They sourced the bridesmaids dresses from H&M, a great high street hit! The flower girl wore a dress from John Lewis and the Groom was dressed in a lovely suit from Austin Reed along with his best man. They completed their style with handkerchiefs from TM Lewin.

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We looked at a number of venues in London – all we knew we was that we wanted something special for the ceremony and we wanted to hire a Routemaster to get to the reception!  When we were shown around 28 Portland Place, we both loved it.  It’s in a great central London location and the rooms are stunning – it has beautiful period features and is well maintained.

Emma and Rod managed to combine both their nationalities into their civil ceremony, “To personalise our ceremony venue, we made personal vows and designed our own Order of Ceremony which was in both English and Japanese. For decorations we opted for a couple of large round balloons which were supplied to us by bonbon balloons.  Rebecca from bonbon was great – we had supplied her with a box full of green origami cranes and asked her to attach these to the balloons. I know Rebecca spent time devising ways of ensuring that balloons would still float with the cranes attached which was so kind! Rod and I both spent many hours making paper cranes – Rod’s sister helped to string these all onto fishing wire to make them look as though they were flying.”

Emma walked down the aisle to ‘Crossing the Stone, Catrin Finch’ – a beautiful and moving piece of music which was recommended by her Mother.  They also played Caliban’s Dream from the Olympic opening ceremony – as a nod to where they live in Stratford and as they loved the Olympics! “We spent a lot of time on our song choices and were really happy with them.” 

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It’s so fun to see bride and groom’s taking to the streets on the wedding day, and these guys marched with their friends and family down the street with the amazing Taiko band playing along! “Hiring the Japanese taiko group was one of the best decisions we made as it added something really different to the day.  One of the drummers came to meet us off the bus and walked us down towards the Thames and into the venue – it felt incredible to be part of that. After finishing their performance, the taiko group also invited Rod and I to have a go too – brilliant fun although I think we got a little competitive! 

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The Oyster Shed is a pub in the City – where Rod and I both work.  I had been in there for dinner with friends and really liked its light airy space and relaxed atmosphere.  The fact that it is right next to the Thames by London Bridge with a view of the Shard definitely helped too.  We were both a little nervous as the venue was relatively new and they had not held many weddings there before.  However, I cannot fault them – Freddie who co-ordinated everything for us was absolutely brilliant.  She listened to all my requests, no matter how trivial, and did an absolutely incredible job bringing all our ideas together.  Rod and I had spent hours making chains of origami cranes – by the time they got to the  venue they were tangled up but Freddie kindly ensured they were de-tangled and placed all around and outside the pub as I had requested.  When Rod and I arrived at the Oyster Shed, we were so pleased by how gorgeous it looked.  The staff were all brilliant too – professional and friendly! 

For the table decorations, the Oyster Shed supplied us with their beautiful candelabras.  The flowers themselves were supplied by a fantastic florist in the East End.  Rod is originally from Stratford and Sewell’s have always supplied the family’s flowers – for a variety of occasions.  It was really lovely to go somewhere that knew the family and we knew we could trust them completely. 

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The table plan was created during a brain-storming session with Rod’s sister – we decided to use the origami hearts we had made for our invitations.  The numbers all meant something to us (e.g. 4,238 was our table number – this was the number of days since we met, 11,876 was the number of miles we had flown to between Tokyo and Japan to be with one another etc).

We made origami flowers for each place setting – these took ages as they’re made of 5 separate pieces of paper which have been folded.  We feel like it was worth it though – we often spot the flowers and chains of origami cranes which our guests took away with them when we visit their homes!  A fantastic reminder of an unforgettable day.

The food surpassed my expectations – the portions were generous and the quality was fantastic.  We had so many compliments and all I can say is a big thank you to the Oyster Shed.  The food and the service was second to none! We didn’t want to spend lots of money on the wedding cake so we opted for a plain iced wedding cake from Waitrose. The cake was decorated with fresh flowers by our florist and we both love cheese so decided to have a cheese ‘cake’ too.

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We also bought parasols for me and the bridesmaids – a little nod to my background and they made for fantastic photos.  They came in useful on the day too as it was incredibly sunny! Photography was an important element of the day for us – a single picture can evoke so many memories that we wanted to make sure we chose a style we really liked. The photographs from Depict Photography stood out to us. Kate was very friendly and relaxed and as her husband, Kev is also a photographer – it was great as he was able to join Rod prior to the ceremony when Kate was with me in the morning. 

We also hired a photobooth for the evening – this went down fantastically well.  The photos are in our guestbook and looking through that really makes us laugh! 

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We had spreadsheets and lists to ensure we were well-organised and prepared…but nothing could prepare me for the moment I walked down the aisle towards Rod.  My lip quivered with emotion as I struggled to compose myself.  Rod and I had been together for over 11 years before we got married but to publicly declare our love in front of our friends and family – that is something I will never forget.  

There were so many other memorable parts of the day though – getting ready with my bridesmaids, seeing my nephews and niece (our pageboys and flower girl) looking absolutely adorable, seeing my parents before we left the house for the ceremony, the readings, dancing the evening away to classic songs from our ‘youth’ – I could go on.  It truly was a fantastic day full of incredible memories – something to put away and keep forever. 

Huge thanks to Emma for such a lovely write up of their special day and to Kate at Depcit Photography for sharing her beautiful wedding film photography work.  

Photography: Depict Photography / Ceremony Venue: 28 Portland Place / Reception Venue: The Oyster Shed / Bride’s Dress: The Bespoke Wardrobe / Hair & Make Up: Sam Sham /Flowers: Sewell’s / Band: The Sounds of Japan / Balloons: bonbon balloons

Her Lovely Heart – Candy Inspiration Shoot at Aynhoe Park

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style, INSPIRATION, Design & Decor, Florals, Food & Drink, LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS, Modern

Her Lovely Heart Wedding Photography - Candy Inspiration Shoot at Aynhoe Park

Following on from my behind the scenes post, I’m excited to be sharing the full ‘Candy’ inspiration shoot by the team at Her Lovely Heart which I co-ordinated and styled with them.

The shoot took place at the decadent venue, Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire, and it was such a wonderful day to be a part of, with so many talented wedding photographers from Her Lovely Heart and an inspiring creative team all using their incredible skills to bring the concept to life. For me, co-ordinating and styling inspiration shoots can be a lot of work but they are so rewarding, especially when you are lucky to work with such a great team.

Rather than stick to one theme and style, we wanted to make sure the photographers got a chance to play around a bit so we produced three themes as part of the shoot, Candy, Romantic and Glitter. The first of which I’m sharing with you on London Bride alongside the Her Lovely Heart blog.

Each theme was based around an initial creative nail art design, and from this we translated the concept through each look.

We wanted the ‘Candy’ theme to be sugary but grown up, playful but elegant and of course with little sprinkles of colour….sweet but not sickly! The nail look created by Georgie for this was a fun take on the french manicure with a colourful pink base teamed with a contrasting mint green tip, a great look for a bride wanting something a little more playful and modern.

This concept was brought to life with the sleek silhouette of the dress which balanced against the bold feature of a bright pink lip, and alluring eyes. A cheeky pop of colour was also brought in with a pair of glamorous heels and the ombre effect of the flowers in the bouquet softened the look with varying hues of pink tied up with the prettiest ribbons. For a playful element, we added a giant colourful balloon which, just like candy, can’t help but bring on a child-like state of mind. 

You can see the initial concept for the theme over on the Her Lovely Heart Candy Pinterest board

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We hope you’ve been inspired with this fun splash of sweetness, for more inspiration and to keep an eye out for the Romantic and Glitter shoots you can visit the Her Lovely Heart blog or follow them over on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

If you are interested in finding out more about the photographers available for weddings at Her Lovely Heart, you can get in touch here for further information.

 

Photographers: Her Lovely Heart / Venue: Aynhoe Park / Styling & Co-ordination: Charley at London Bride / Flowers: Fairynuff Flowers / Hair: Jo at Lovehair / Makeup: Ana Ospina / Nails: Georgie at Polished2Perfection / Gowns: Kelsey Genna / Shoes: Emmy Shoes / Jewellery: Cherished Vintage / Accessories: Minna / Balloons: Bon Bon Balloons / Cakes: Cake by Sugar & Sweetie Pies

Her Lovely Heart – Aynhoe Park Wedding Inspiration Shoot – Behind The Scenes

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style, INSPIRATION, LONDON BRIDE LIFE, PLANNING, Suppliers

Her Lovely Heart Wedding Photographers - Behind The Scenes - Inspiration Shoot at Aynhoe Park

I’m very excited to share with you something that I’ve been working behind the scenes on. I co-ordinated and styled a creative wedding inspiration shoot at Aynhoe Park with the fantastic team at Her Lovely Heart, who are a brand new UK based wedding photographer agency, which has been created by renowned wedding photographer, Marianne Taylor.

The concept behind Her Lovely Heart is to manage and represent wedding photographers [that’s Adam, Liz, Nick and Sophie] so that they are able to spend more time on developing their craft and doing the things they love about photography, and less time on areas such as marketing, admin, accounting and paperwork – which let’s face it as business owners it can be as much work as doing the job itself!

The shoot came about as Marianne Taylor has for a few years teamed up with the talented florist Steph from Fairynuff Flowers to do a mini inspiration shoot to get the creative juices flowing. This year, however it got a little bigger [well, actually much bigger] as it was a great opportunity for all the photographers at Her Lovely Heart to all come together to shoot, create, and play with a little added creative styling, stunning backdrops and some rather beautiful muses.

We created three loose themes for the HLH team to shoot [we don’t do things by halves!] which were; Candy, Romantic and Glitter, all of which were based around the concept of a creative nail art design which was then translated into each look across all the elements such as the flowers, the make up, hair and overall styling.

We were fortunate enough to work with an amazing team of talented wedding suppliers and designers [see below credits] who helped translate the concept into reality. Here is a peek behind the scenes at what we got up to at the amazing Aynhoe Park with the first full inspiration instalment ‘Candy’ coming up on the blog later today so do check back at 2pm! Gold star if you can spot the stylist…

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Having met and worked with the team [they have ‘lovely’ in the company name for a reason], they are all passionate about story telling, and with the support from Marianne and Her Lovely Heart they have grown to provide their own style and service but always documenting the love. If you want your wedding photography to create a genuine and heart-warming legacy, Her Lovely Heart will be for you.

Her Lovely Heart are a team of wedding photographers passionate about documenting your love and telling the important stories that are the beating heart of your relationship. Photographers who are nurtured and supported to grow and make their mark, so that they can take full ownership of the service they provide, and the artwork they produce. We promise to make sure that couples who come to us are being seen and that their love is being cherished. Because we know that love takes work, and that the steps toward a happy life together are taken in joy, honesty and appreciation of the beautiful truth of each other. If you want your wedding photography to create a genuine and heart-warming legacy, you are in the right place.

The first instalment of the shoot, the ‘Candy’ theme will be up on the blog later today. If you want to see more behind the scenes go and visit the Her Lovely Heart blog.

Photographers: Her Lovely Heart / Styling & Co-ordination: Charley at London Bride / Venue: Aynhoe Park / Flowers: Fairynuff Flowers / Hair: Jo at Lovehair / Makeup: Ana Ospina / Nails: Georgie at Polished2Perfection / Gowns: Kelsey Genna / Shoes: Emmy Shoes / Jewellery: Cherished Vintage / Accessories: Minna / Balloons: Bon Bon Balloons / Cakes: Cake by Sugar & Sweetie Pies

Kate + Gary – A Wintery Christmas Portland Place Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Portland Place Wedding London by Lisa Devlin

It’s soooo nice to bring such a recent wedding to the blog today thanks to photographer Lisa Devlin at Devlin Photos. Kate and Gary got married less than a month ago on a wintery December’s day in London at the beautifully classic 29 Portland Place with a relaxed reception at The Peasant Pub in the heart of creative Clerkenwell. I love the combination of a classic Georgian venue for their sweet ceremony, the pastel pretty balloons for their portrait shoot [love love love!] and then the perfect reception party at a city pub. These guys certainly fit lots in for their big day and judging by their huge smiles I’d say they are enjoying themselves..

Whilst many brides have their heart set on a warm [ahem] spring or summer wedding I’ve always thought there is such a charm and excitement about weddings in December and of course, you are always going to expect the weather to be disappointing taking the pressure off, however Kate and Gary got very lucky! I had lived in London for the last 7 years and absolutely adore the city, and as my husband is from London it felt right for us to tie the knot in the place we love the most. As soon as I started to think about the wedding I knew I wanted to have it around Christmas time (although my husband was slightly concerned about the weather) but we were extremely lucky on the day and had crisp winter sunshine.”

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Whilst there are many lovely dress boutiques in London, the hunt to find the one wasn’t a great success for Kate, who was searching for a simple and comfortable dress [so she could eat lots all day, a girl after my own heart!].I discovered that J Crew had started a bridal range, so I ordered one online and it was perfect. For something a bit special, I went to Stephanie Allin Couture and had a lace shrug made for me that matched my dress perfectly. This felt really vintage and stylish. As it was cold I also got a Matthew Williamson shrug to keep me warm on the day.”

A great idea especially for a winter wedding if you think you may be a bit chilly in a strapless dress is to do what Kate did and have a custom shrug or cape made to fit with your dress. You would never tell this wasn’t all one dress and so lovely that it’s totally unique!

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“We wanted to have a relaxed and fun day, and I think our venues reflected this. 29 Portland Place is a really wonderful venue to get married. I fell in love with its huge sash windows and original features and knew it was the right place for our ceremony as soon as I walked in. As this venue was quite grand, we wanted to go on to a really fun affair, and looked into lots of City pubs for our reception, but I’m so glad we used Portland Place as our first location as it felt very London and very us.”

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It would seem Lisa their photographer must have a thing for balloons, as I in fact did a photoshoot with her with lots of balloons so it’s so great to see a real bride having the same fun! They look gorgeous against the stunning backdrop of Portland Place, and a great idea in case you can’t get outside in the winter months for some lovely portrait shots, “When Lisa, our photographer suggested we use some balloons for the pictures I couldn’t be more excited and I love how the pictures came out.”

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“Lisa took lots of London street shots and the weather allowed us to hang around outside a bit longer than normal in December! Lisa was amazing and I particularly love the shots coming out of Portland Place in the midst of the confetti throwing.” wedding_portlandplace_london_lisadevlin_0021 wedding_portlandplace_london_lisadevlin_0027 wedding_portlandplace_london_lisadevlin_0017

I love the choice of stylish nude colours for the bridesmaids and their plaited hair styles, not to mention that cute shrug on the flower girl, “My bridesmaids had high street dresses, and I wanted them to be comfortable and be able to keep the dresses and shrugs to wear again. Kaz Fernando did our hair and makeup on the day (which I loved), she was very accommodating as we all wanted plaits which actually looked really lovely as a theme.”

Sometimes as much as us girls plan, the boys do occasionally throw a curveball in to the mix…“My flowers started as pinks, lilacs and creams, but then my husband went to hire his suit and remembered last minute to tell me they had picked a maroon tie, which luckily the florist was accommodating in helping me change my order to match his choice and we ended up with lovely winter colour bouquets!”

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After a short trip on a routemaster whilst singing Christmas songs they arrived at their reception venue – The Peasant in Clerkenwell. “Our reception was a place me and my husband had spent many days drinking and getting to know the staff. We arrived here in a London bus (and sang to Christmas songs on the way) and the place was covered in bunting and flowers and fairy lights (all put up by the staff there) and it felt so cosy and Christmassy. Guests had a choice of dishes throughout the menu – hearty winter grub and lots of it. I can not speak highly enough about the Peasant, the food was wonderful and the service outstanding. We decided against a cake, mainly as we ordered so much food we knew nobody would eat it!”. 

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“We had a DJ on the evening  (Lee Harding) who was an absolute legend and had our guests dancing all night. We also hired a photo booth from Say Fromage which was a real success – the package meant a lady helped our guests all night putting their pictures into a book that I took home on the day full of their comments. A great alternative to a traditional guest book. And it was a lovely surprise to see them all uploaded online after the big day – with gradual evidence of our guests becoming more tipsy as the night went by!”

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What music did you walk down the aisle to? Pachelbel Canon in D and back down to Cosmic Love, Florence and the Machine

Do you have any planning advice for other brides? Be calm at all times. I was pretty relaxed (most of the time) and I think this showed though out  the wedding day!

What was the most special or memorable moment of the day? Having my pictures taking with balloons (I felt like I was a model on a Vogue shoot!), seeing my husband when I walked down the aisle, the wedding car with my mum, lots of dancing and photobooth fun in the evening.

What was your first dance song? Silly Love Songs, by Wings

If you had any problems when planning, what were they and how did you overcome them? The only problem I had were guests chopping and changing, but that is always to be expected! My advice would be to not stress, there are always ways round it. Especially if the staff at the venues were as helpful as mine.

Aw, congratulations to the newlyweds, and happy almost one month anniversary! Thanks again to Lisa… although now, I want to go play with lots of pretty balloons…

Photography: Devlin Photos  /Ceremony Venue: 29 Portland Place via Quintessentially Events / Reception Venue: The Peasant Pub / Bride’s Dress: J Crew / Bride’s Accessories: Stephanie Allin, Matthew Williamson / Shoes: Dune / Bridesmaids Dresses: Asos / Groom + Ushers Suits: Moss / Hair + Make Up: Kaz Fernando / Balloons: supplied by Simply Elegant /Reception Decorations: Wedding of my Dreams / Flowers: Pinstripes and Peonies via Quintessentially Events / Photobooth: Say Fromage / Getting Ready Hotel: The Zetter Townhouse

Mmm – Bon bon balloons!

INSPIRATION, Design & Decor

I’ve been meaning to share this with you for ages now, but I was a very lucky girl for my birthday earlier in the year – when I hinted to Mr M how much I was loving bon bon balloons, and lo and behold that morning I awoke to find this beauty at the foot of the bed!

Just had to share this, as I love how creator Rebecca took the colours from my blog, the heart logo, the confetti theme and my love of gold and created this yummy balloon!

I’ve used her recently for a new baby balloon and she is so super helpful and lovely that you’d be crazy not to use her for any wedding balloon requirements! Oh and yes, I kept the string, of course!

Visit: www.bonbonballoons.com