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Elegant September Home House Wedding London

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Photography by Caught The Light

Libby and Ben had a beautifully elegant September wedding. The bride wore a Jenny Packham dress and bridesmaids in pink by Belle & Bunty with florals by The Flower Appreciation Society against the stunning backdrop of Home House, London. 

Home House Wedding London by Caught The Ligh

For any brides planning an elegant London wedding, then this should be all the inspiration you need! Libby and Ben were married in September last year, and it encompasses everything a sophisticated London wedding is about.

From the meaningful Church ceremony to a ride in a white London cab, to the relaxed but grand setting of Home House it was a picture perfect day captured by Caught The Light.

Libby’s style is sophisticated and feminine in her Georgia by Jenny Packham dress, and Ben looks smart and relaxed in his beautiful blue suit. I love that you can still see little pieces of confetti in Libby’s hair throughout the day, the perfect ‘just married’ memento!

I love the slightly undone flowers by The Flower Appreciation Society against the more decadent backdrop of the venue, and the little details in their stationery, the delicious looking naked cake, to the canapés (those mini fish and chips!!) were well thought-through and all tied in beautifully to the day.

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Summer In The City – London Warehouse Wedding at MC Motors

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Modern, Urban

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Draping foliage and watercolour details for an urban oasis summer in the city wedding for Crisa and Gareth’s, planned and styled by London Bride. 

Summer MC Motors London Warehouse Wedding by Caught The Light and London Bride

I’m so pleased to share one of my favourite London Bride weddings of last year. I worked with Crisa and Gareth to plan and style their urban summer wedding at MC Motors last July. Despite a fairly limited timescale to pull things together, we collaborated with a team of amazing suppliers for a beautiful summery day in the city for the couple, creating an urban oasis full of foliage and florals, pretty paper details, delicious food and drink as well as unique personal touches throughout. The day was captured perfectly by the amazing Chloe at Caught The Light (who’s stunning film photography really did make it look like the mediterranean!) and was also previously featured on Style Me Pretty.

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Behind The Scenes with London Bride – An MC Motors Wedding

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS, Elegant, Urban

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2014 was a pretty crazy summer for London Bride on the wedding planning side, but now I am in more calmer waters playing post wedding season catch up I have something quite exciting to share with you! Below is a ‘Behind The Scenes with London Bride’ video filmed at one of my favourite weddings of the year in July for my couple Crisa and Gareth and their MC Motors wedding. It’s one of my favourite venues to work at (no surprises there) and with a beautiful brief to work to, the styling of the day all came together perfectly and we bought a little bit of the Mediterranean to East London. It was a fabulous day, thanks to an amazing team of hard-working and talented suppliers who we bought on board to make it all possible.

London Bride MC Motors Wedding - Caught The Light PhotographyPhotos: Caught The Light

I think *sometimes* people assume as a wedding planner, I have a glamorous job, but I hope this behind the scenes video acts as a bit of insight into how much hard work goes into the set up of a wedding (not to mention all the meetings, emails and months and months of planning beforehand of course!), and how it is all bought together on the day by everyone involved. The wedding world is full of ‘Pinterest-perfect’ inspiration and ‘editorially’ styled shoots but I wanted to show the reality of a real-life wedding day as it actually happens!

Huge thanks to Castle Gibson and all the suppliers (please see credits below) for kindly letting me film them, and of course to Crisa and Gareth and all their wonderful friends and family. Hope you enjoy the film, worth watching with the music up!

Disclaimer: I  have a very hands-on approach to the weddings I plan, so would like to excuse my dishevelled appearance, but I’d like to think that no-one would look particularly great on a 16 hour day on their feet in July, in wedding season. So this is reality here folks, as it happens – it’s not about looking glamorous and not getting your hands dirty, it’s about getting things done!  

Behind the scenes at a July 2014 wedding with Charley Beard, leading wedding planner and stylist at London Bride.

Credits: Film by: Sandra Ciampone for London Bride / Wedding Planning & Styling: Charley at London Bride / Venue: Castle Gibson / Photography: Caught The Light / Florist: Bo Boutique / Catering: Social Pantry / Stationery Elements: Ever After Press / Swing Band: Swinging Little Big Band / Cake: Konditor & Cook / Cocktail Bar: Hire The Barman / DJ: Ed at The Wedding Smashers / Macarons: Wharf Road Bakery / Vintage Hire: Classic Crockery / Hair Stylist: Cassandra Rizzuto / Make-Up Artist: Make Up By Katy  

Amy + Duncan – An Autumnal Union Club Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Urban

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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…

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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

 

Riverside London Wedding at The Swan at Shakepeare’s Globe

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Don’t you love the smell of fresh rain on the warm pavements in the summer [yes, perhaps something we’re all a bit too familiar with of late] but I can just sense that this smell was in the air for this utterly pretty Thames side London wedding of Nicola and Lindsay. With plenty of peonies, handwritten notes to guests, a talented typographic groom and the bride bearing a ruffled bolero this is such a chic wedding from top to toe. Held at the Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe the day was captured effortlessly by Chloé Browne at Caught The Light, who certainly made the most of this incredible riverside location and it’s beautiful couple at it’s helm.

Over to bride Nicola…

“I’ve always loved the Swan – it has big windows for admiring the beautiful view over the River Thames, the atmosphere’s always great, and the food and booze always top notch. I thought about our favourite bars in London, then went about finding out whether they could do weddings. Once I remembered the Swan, it was the obvious choice for everything that we wanted. I was going back to London for a visit just after getting engaged so I was able to pop in to the Swan and could instantly imagine having our wedding in their Balcony room – overlooking the river on one side, and the theatre on the other. I went back to New Zealand and told Lindsay I’d found the perfect place in my home town!”

“My dress was ‘Flauta’ by Pronovias. I bought the red shoes from in Melbourne whilst there for a long weekend – they were in the sale and the only pair left. It was a sign! The ruffled bolero was Benjamin Roberts and it was such a fun accessory that lots of people have commented on (and that has been lent to friend getting married since). I also wore the most gorgeous blue silk ribbon garter from Gilda & Pearl.

My Mum, sister, bridesmaid and myself all had our nails done together the day before the wedding at the quite lovely, retro Powder Room – highly recommended for some 50s glamour prior to the big day!

I loved getting ready with my family and bridesmaids at the Dean Street Townhouse. The champagne brunch, rolltop bath, getting pampered by my lovely make up artist – it could not have been in more perfect, quintessentially British surroundings.

Without any official planning, Lindsay and I had both left cards and gifts for each other to open the morning of the wedding, which was really special. My sister also gave me a beautiful silver and diamond horseshoe for good luck, which we stitched to my bridal bouquet.”

“Lindsay and the male members of the wedding party wore their own grey suits, with matching Paul Smith ties to link them all together.

Our flowers were created by the amazing girls at Scarlet and Violet. They did a fabulous job with all of the flowers. We wanted pink peonies and a general colour theme of bright, cheerful pinks and purples. Everything arrived beautifully packaged with coloured ribbons and hand written labels – those small touches make all the difference. They also transported the balloons from the party store across the road from their shop, found us a lavender plant and lent us a lovely enamel jug from their collection of interesting and obscure flower-holders!

We re-cycled the flowers – the florist gave us paper bags so our guests could take some flowers home with them. We attached ‘Thanks a bunch!’ signs to the bags so they would match our overall style. It was great to think the flowers would be pride of place in another home the following day, rather than wilting at the venue or, worse, in the bin!”

“Our wedding didn’t follow a strict theme – we wanted it to feel casual and contemporary, but nicely put together, we really wanted our wedding day to be all about having fun, good food and drink.

We put together our sweetie table ourselves, mostly using things we ordered online from Not On The Highstreet – including the cute, personalised ‘Lindsay & Nicola, Est. 16.07.11’ wooden crate.

Lindsay designed all of the stationery himself. We went for a set of four postcards tied together with wool. We chose letterpress for its tactile loveliness and the amazing Shona from Magpie Press in Auckland, printed the cards for us, and threw in some coasters too. Of course, Lindsay had to demonstrate his web design skills with a wedding website too!”

“Every guest had a personalised wrapped chocolate bar from New Zealand and a hand written note telling them what their presence at our wedding meant to us (the notes were honestly the biggest hit of the day). We made the menus and coasters for each person too to tie in with our ‘Eat, drink and be married’ theme. The table names were all typefaces that we like and that tied in with our wedding, like Bliss and Delicious.

We had a sharing style feast with dishes loaded into the middle of the tables for guests to share, this was a great experience and a little bit different to the usual individual servings or buffet style wedding food. The crockery was so pretty – everybody had a completely individual plate from the Swan’s gorgeous collection.

The weather definitely played havoc with our schedule – we had to leave our dinner mid-way through for photos during the only break in rain. Our guests told us afterwards how amazing the main course and dessert were but we didn’t even get to try them! Later in the evening we had little fish & chip cornets for those still hungry.

“One of our favourite moments was the ‘Golden Hour’ as we’ve all dubbed it. It rained literally all morning on the day of our wedding. During dinner, the sun made an appearance in spectacular style and we rushed outside to take the pictures we thought we weren’t going to get – the post-shower glow of London and the river in the sunshine made for some gorgeous photos. Walking along the embankment and over the Millennium bridge with tourists and Londoners all wishing us congratulations was pretty magical and definitely once-in-a-lifetime material.

“To save costs, we made heaps ourselves, which is why our luggage was so heavy on the way back over from New Zealand! Some of the things we made for the day were ‘I do’ cocktail swizzlers, handwritten personalised notes, hand sewn confetti packs, wool pom-poms and photo booth props.  We also spent hours making up the paper decorations from Paper Poms so it was all very rewarding!”

Our raspberry ripple cake was made by Maisie Fantaisie, it was a Madagascar vanilla bean cake, with vanilla bean buttercream, raspberry preserve, fresh raspberries and strawberries. Our florist provided the peonies for the top, and we had the cutest little bride and groom peg people made by Pegged on Etsy.”

We wanted people to have an activity to do whilst cocktails and canapés were being served, so we made a photo-booth area with a Polaroid camera, props, notes and a string board to post the pictures. We also had a coconut shy, which caused the competitive streaks in our guests (especially the boys) to come out!

Special Moments…

The speeches were all very special – we had the fathers’ speeches before dinner as Nicola’s Dad was so nervous he wouldn’t have been able to enjoy his dinner! Lindsay’s father mentioned Lindsay’s late mother and gave us all a special moment to remember her. Nicola’s sister’s speech was interrupted by the chimes of Big Ben, which was pretty memorable. We’re so glad we wrote our own vows, it made such a difference and provided an element of surprise for each other on the day.

I loved travelling to the venue in a Classic Fairway black London taxi complete with ivory ribbon. Watching the craziness that is London outside the windows as we drove through central town, and having complete strangers waving away, was priceless.

Our gift list allowed guests to give us money towards a particular honeymoon experience, rather than just cash or a cheque – Buy Our Honeymoon – it went down a storm.

Planning Tips…

I’m so glad I took a nice umbrella to avoid getting ruined in the London summer rain!

Playlist…

My Dad and I walked down the aisle to an acoustic guitar instrumental version of ‘Here comes the sun’. Lindsay and I ‘danced’ our first dance to Adele’s ‘Make you feel my love’.

Our videographer, Frances from Reel Love Films produced a fun, elegant four-minute highlights video of the day which completely blew us away!

Now isn’t that just one fabulous wedding, and video? Thank you so much to Nicola and Lindsay for letting me share their day, and congratulations for your upcoming anniversary!

Big thanks to photographer Chloé and Reel Love Films for letting me share their fabulous work too!

Photography: Caught The Light / Venue: Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe / Wedding Dress: Flauta by Pronovias / Accessories: Shoes by Nine West, Bolero by Benjamin Roberts, Garter from Gilda & Pearl / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ted Baker / Hair & Make Up: Jo Clayton / Flowers: Scarlet & Violet / Cake: Maisie Fantaisie / Videographer: Reel Love Films

London Bride Loves…

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Today is an exciting day for me, as for the first time in three years I am introducing you to my first amazing sponsors of London Bride! Hurrah!

I held off taking on sponsors as I didn’t want the blog to take a ‘salesy’ approach (or ugly direction with hundreds of ads) and wanted to blog freely about the things I liked, and that you would too. However the wedding industry has grown, as have wedding blogs and along with this, so has the workload haha, so it seems like the right time with the blog re-brand –  to introduce sponsors that London Bride Loves!

As with all things London Bride – I’m very selective with my content and there’s no change there with my sponsors. I’m so proud to have the support of these wonderful and talented people, and that’s why you can see them over there on the right hand side as I just love what they do and I think you will too. Seriously they really are a rather talented and creative bunch!

So without further ado, please allow me to introduce you to…

MC-KINLEY RODGERS PHOTOGRAPHY

Cam and Pen are a husband and wife team who are in love, and in love with photography. They say you should follow your passion – and that’s what these guys have done. They love hanging out together and documenting the stories of their life, which underpins why they love weddings and marriage. I think these guys have a knack of capturing really natural but utterly beautiful moments // www.mckinley-rodgers.com

GEMMA MILLY WEDDING STATIONERY & DESIGN

Gemma has an MA in illustration, and provides beautiful couture stationery for your wedding that is entirely bespoke, full of personality and that will compliment you and your wedding day perfectly. Whether it’s invitations or a personal portrait Gemma has such a friendly service which I highly recommend and you know that your invitations will be truly unique with her thoughtful designs. You may be familiar with her style as Gemma has had commissions featured in Dashing Magazine // www.gemmamilly.com 

 

CAUGHT THE LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

Chloé and Emma-Jane are two gorgeous ladies based in London and the UK but also travelling all over the world photographing people in love with a fresh and creative perspective. They aim to be discreet and to capture the natural moments as they unravel of those celebrating with their favourite people on their wedding day. You may recognise them as I was lucky enough to have a portrait session with Chloé last year! // caughtthelight.com

 

Frou Frou Boutique

Froufrou Bridal Boutique in Kent inspires to bring out style and creativity in every bride. This contemporary chic boutique is for the style-conscious bride wanting a truly individual look for her wedding day. They have a stunning collection of gowns, stocking some of my favourite designers such as Matthew Williamson and David Fielden, as well as US names such as Ivy & Aster and Sarah Seven. They also have a small collection of original vintage gowns if you are looking for something truly unique. They also have the cutest looking boutique that looks like the perfect setting to try on pretty gowns! // www.froufroubride.co.uk 

 

CARO HUTCHINGS PHOTOGRAPHY

Caro is a London and Buckinghamshire based wedding photographer who from the moment the wedding dress goes on, to the first dance will capture the spontaneous, relaxed and beautiful moments throughout your wedding day. Her unobtrusive, individual style and classic portraits make for the most wonderful and beautiful memories. I particularly love her urban city style. // www.carohutchingsphotography.com

 

Alphabet Bags

I’m thrilled to have Alphabet Bags on board as a sponsor! This talented husband and wife team Hayley and Lucas designed this fun collection of totes especially with weddings in mind. Whether it’s for a hen party, as a favour to your guests or a thank you to your bridesmaids (or of course a treat to yourself!) there is a fun and cute tote for every occasion! // www.alphabetbags.com

 

A big thank you to all my sponsors for supporting London Bride and also to you all for coming back time and time again to read this here blog – I don’t say it often enough but I’m so grateful to everyone for allowing me to keep me doing what I love, thank you! xo