Amy and Duncan had a beautiful autumnal celebration in October at the magnificent St Bride’s Church followed by a reception at the Union Club in Soho. I love the tradition and spirituality of the poignant ceremony and then the contrast of the day with a more informal reception with friends and family for everyone to let their hair down. Amy said “We didn’t have a vision of what we wanted the day to look like so much as how we wanted it to feel; the ceremony needed to feel momentous – where everyone’s on their best behavior – and then the evening needed to feel the opposite!”.
It’s so nice to see some colour at a wedding too, the fiery red captured in the beautiful photography by Caught The Light lights up the October day and looks stunning across the flowers and the bridesmaids dresses and of course the iconic Red Routemaster bus. A highlight for me is that home baked cakes were served at the end of the service at the Church for guests to help themselves to. Every wedding should have that! I also love all the old photos of the couple as their table names, bet they stirred up some conversation with the guests…
From Amy, “We chose a city wedding because that’s where we live (and meant we didn’t have to rely on good weather!) but nonetheless wanted all the fun and informality of a country one too, so combined as many little touches that would give us this feeling as we could. Homemade (thanks friends and family) cakes made an appearance in the church after the ceremony, rhubarb cocktails were served as reception welcome drinks, pictures of us as kids numbered our table plans, jars of homemade jam (thanks Mum & Granny!) were used for place settings and loosely arranged flowers kept everything feeling relaxed. Whilst we were upstairs eating dinner, we’d secretly arranged for downstairs to be transformed with balloons, so that once we were back down everyone knew it was time to party.” Love that idea! So nice to give your guests a little surprise on the day and how sweet that they had home made cakes after the ceremony, I think every wedding should include that part!
“We designed and made the save the dates, invitations, place settings and orders of service. This allowed us to have a really consistent look to the whole event. The invitations were made to look like little books and each had a penguin book cover postcard on the front to detach and send back as the RSVP. At the back of the church we had a table of cakes and drinks for people to enjoy while we had our photos. All the cakes had been made by friends and family and this was a really nice way to include people who were not coming to eat with us. The crowning glory was the place settings, which featured pictures of us at ages 1 – 5 to correspond to the table numbers and then individually labelled jars of home-made jam for everyone made by my mum and granny.
Picking the right kind of music was absolutely crucial too and The Wedding Smashers couldn’t have done a better job – you couldn’t get off the dance floor it was so packed! The last minute decision to buy a second dress I could actually dance in totally paid off!
It was honestly the most fun day, ever – I only wish we could do it all again!”
Huge congratulations to Amy and Duncan, thank you for letting me share your day, and beautiful photography by those fabulous ladies at Caught The Light.
Photography: Caught The Light / Ceremony: St Brides / Reception Venue: Union Club / Brides Dress: Blackburn Bridal / Bridesmaids: Warehouse / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Hair + Make Up: Bethany Swan / Flowers: Angel Flowers / Balloons: Balloons of London / DJ: Wedding Smashers / Acoustic: Mario Castronari