Posts Tagged: Bridesmaids

Florals & Cakes for A Stylish 70s Inspired Boho Hackney Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Urban, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Lisa Jane Photography

If you’re a fan of food, florals and boho style, then the Hackney wedding of Khaly and Martin ticks all those boxes and some. A beautiful boho bride, floral bridesmaids, afternoon tea and a dessert table that Mary Berry would be proud of.

Stylish Boho Hackney London Wedding by Lisa Jane Photography

I think it goes without saying that Khaly’s bridal style is effortless, boho elegance at it’s finest. The original vintage 70s off the shoulder layered lace gown is relaxed but feminine and with her dark flowing locks, soft metallic eyes and that incredible headpiece by Joanna Reed she looks every inch the perfect boho bride with her dashing groom in blue. Not to mention her girls looking fair maids in their floor length dark floral dresses (from Marks and Spencer’s would you believe, just goes to show keep your mind open!),

The super cool boho chic backdrop of photographic location The Roost in Hackney was not only a local venue for them, but one that complimented this couple’s style perfectly. Ending the night with a DJ dance party in the basement and a pizza van is a pretty good way to see the evening out I say.

Also worth noting to anyone thinking about speeches, and how you imagine they’ll be a few minutes each at the most, as these guys prove, they can go on for over an hour so you might want to keep that in mind! Sounds like they were worth every minute.

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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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Summer Stoke Newington Wedding + Bridesmaids In Blue

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal

Photography by Caro Hutchings

A pretty blue summer Stoke Newington wedding. Bride wears dress by Charlie Brear. Photography by Caro PhotoJen and Tom had a pretty summer Stoke Newington wedding in July last year at Clissold House and The Londesborough pub. Their day was brimming with joy and beautiful touches from the ‘freshly picked from the meadow’ flowers, to the bridesmaids in shades of blue, and of course their dog making an appearance into the day! Jen wore a beautifully simple and elegant dress from Charlie Brear.

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Urban Brights Winter Wedding At The Asylum And MC Motors

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal, Urban

Photography by Robbins PhotographicCo-ordination by London Bride

Urban and atmospheric wedding with winter brights for couple Jess and Nick’s February celebrations at the elegant yet distressed The Asylum and MC Motors. 

Urban Brights Winter Wedding by Robbins Photographic, Co-ordination by London Bride

It’s actually quite a struggle for me to put together the features on weddings that I’ve planned and been a part of, and for that reason you’ll notice they generally have a lot more images so I can only apologise in advance if this is a lengthy one!

I co-ordinated this urban brights winter wedding earlier in February and it’s taken me quite some time just to edit the images down. Partly because Lee at Robbins Phogoraphic has captured the day in such a way I almost feel like I can’t miss anything out, partly because Jess and Nick are a seriously good looking couple and partly because the day was beautiful – in style and in atmosphere. I’m sure you’ll see my struggle!

Jess and Nick managed to combine so much into their day. It was bright but stylish, informal yet romantic whilst being elegant and urban.  Not many couples choose February as a month to marry in, but with colourful wild flowers by Palais Flowers, beautifully worn venues, a cosy atmosphere and all your loved ones together it really could have been any day of the year.

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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

Minty Fresh – Cool High Street Hues for Bridesmaid Dresses

AISLE STYLE, Bridesmaid

So continue with my picks of the best high street bridesmaids dresses, today I’m willing the sun to shine [of course, I know it won’t] for these pretty pastel colours of ice cool blues to minty fresh greens. Something very evoking of the 50s about these colours, the pretty kitsch pastel colours, but if teamed with co-ordinating shades of soft pinks, or even bright reds the look can be very much updated to cool contemporary.

Add some fun textures such as layers, lace and beautiful big satin ribbons for girly touches or silver beading works well too with these shades. Add some metallic heels and a soft smokey eye to elevate the look into something a little sexier.

MintFresh_0002 Frothy Mint: Coast / Ehreal Mint: Adrianna Pappell at John Lewis / Sparkling Mint: Monsoon / Lace Pleats: Ted Baker

For those urban chic ladies – you may prefer something less girly and something a bit more structured in shape. Simple shifts, or classic cuts are modern and elegant perfect for city style. IceCool_0000 Powder Pleats: Reiss / Sharp Structure: Whistles / Slinky Mint: Monsoon / Sexy Shift: French Connection

I hope that’s inspired some of you to go to the minty side of green, who cares if Pantone says it’s all about Emerald, I prefer a softer shade and it’s perfect for the prettiest of spring or summer weddings!

Up next week is my pick of the best neutrals, perfect for brides and bridesmaids who are looking for crisp whites and interesting ivories.

Blushing Bridesmaids – Nude and Blush High Street Picks

AISLE STYLE, Bridesmaid

It’s bridesmaid dress shopping season and to save you trawling the high street I thought I’d put together a series of posts to give you a helping hand. Today I’m looking at blush colours, those lovely nude pinks, or slightly stronger pops of pinks that are oh so flattering to most shades. This colour works well with fresh neutrals such as greens and whites or if you are looking to make it a little more interesting, add a touch of glitter, gold or sparkle! All my finds are currently available on the high street, but please be aware sizes may not always be in stock!

LB_Blush_0001 copyEyeshadow Lipstick / 2 Elizbeth Messina via Snippet and Ink / 3 Confetti Systems / 4 Hjartesmil / 5 Lace is Love

Your girls can accessorise the dresses if they are simple, add jewel belts, brooches, short gloves or some fabulously decadent drop earrings.

LB_Blush_000750s Chic – Ted Baker / Jewelled Maxi – Hoss Intropia / Coral Silk – Topshop / Peach Pleats – Ted Baker

For the prettiest look, the nude colours lend themselves well to lace – providing elegance and a soft, luxurious touch. Team with loose big curls, shimmery eyes, a statement necklace and some beautiful nude shoes for a stunning and flattering outfit.

LB_Blush_0008Mink Pleats – Ted Baker / Prim Organza Prom – Topshop / Floaty Lace – Adrianna Papell at John Lewis / Floor Length Lace – Topshop

So stay tuned, I’ll be doing another round up later this week with another colour theme, or if there is one in specific you’d like to see let me know!