Posts Tagged: Charlie Brear

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 ‘Greenery’ Wedding and Charlie Brear Bride

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal, Modern, Urban

Photography by Miss Gen

A stylish autumn Town Hall Hotel wedding ceremony with a reception at Hawksmoor with a Charlie Brear bride, perfectly suited for Pantone’s colour of the year 2017, ‘Greenery’. 

Town Hall Hotel Wedding and Hawksmoor London by Miss Gen Photography | Bride's Dress Charlie Brear | Flowers by The Flower Bird

There’s no denying that we’ve all gone a bit green fingered lately and bringing more of the outdoors into our lives. As Pantone announced their 2017 colour of the year is ‘Greenery’ it is definitely carrying through to weddings, and this beautiful Autumn wedding beautifully styled with green details showcases why.

Greenery works perfectly for weddings as Pantone explains, “Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world.”

The greens in all their shades are so cohesive and complimentary to the more wood-styled venues, and the couple’s style, and Melissa’s bouquet by The Flower Bird is one of my favourites I think in all it’s Autumn, green, wild foliage glory, just stunning!

It’s so great to see the fabulous Isere skirt from Charlie Brear on a bride and it looks like it was made for bride Melissa and this wedding day. Can you imagine how fun it is shimmying around in that!? Once again, fabulous groom inspiration in this real wedding from a very well dressed groom Ben who sourced all his outfit in London – a true London Groom!

I really like how this wedding shows how you can style your day simply through colours, tones, fashion and details. The venues are both quite atmospheric with their wood decorated spaces which work so well with the natural greens chosen by the couple. I often meet couples who are worried their venue is too dark or too detailed, but this shows you can really inject a lot of style from details from the flowers, shoes, suits, cake and stationery and green is perfect for that.

I have to warn you this is a long image post, because I found it so difficult to edit (captured so well by Miss Gen) as it is all just so beautiful and let’s face it, a ridiculously gorgeous and stylish couple radiating joy. I hope whether you’re a new reader or a long-term London Bride fan, you enjoy this wedding!

Click to see more!

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.

Click to see more!

Brides The Show Catwalk + Fashion Highlights

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style, Bridesmaid, INSPIRATION, PLANNING

Photography by London Bride

Secret Garden Catwalk Brides The Show

As part of my visit, Brides The Show catwalk is a definite personal highlight. I mean who wouldn’t like to sit FROW and look at pretty dresses swirling by? On the Friday night preview, there was an exclusive Jenny Packham catwalk showcasing her 2016 collection that was shown in NYC, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the characters in the play.

During the weekend there was of course the ‘Secret Garden’ themed catwalk styled to perfection by Bryony Toogood Fashion Director at Brides Magazine, which was so exciting to see. A plethora of bridal designers showcasing designs from their latest collections or exclusives. It was so lovely to see the buzz of brides to be falling in love with the potential ‘one’ in front of their eyes.

Click to see more!

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.

Click to see more!

Modern + Neon Pink Jew-ish Sunbeam Studios Wedding

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS, Modern

Photography by Yellow Bird PhotographyPlanning & Styling London Bride

A cool, contemporary Sunbeam Studios wedding for Katy and Simon. Ombre pink hair, a Charlie Brear dress and a Sunday Roast feast for this unique and meaningful Jew-Ish celebration with neon pink details. 

Sunbeam Studios London Wedding - Photography Yellowbird Planning by London Bride

I’m so pleased to finally be featuring this fabulous modern wedding today that I planned last summer. Katy and Simon were a cool, contemporary couple and I love that this wedding reflects that in every detail. From the meaningful ‘Jew-Ish’ ceremony, to Katy’s amazing ombre pink hair to the roast dinner feast (despite it being August) and the first dance in trainers it was so great working with them as they put their personalities into every element of the day for their Sunbeam Studios wedding.

Click to see more!

Designer Spotlight – Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - ISERE SKIRTisere skirt

This year, amongst the couples I’ve worked with to plan and style their weddings, I’ve had 4 of my lovely brides (with impeccable taste!) all choose British designer and stylist, Charlie Brear (note: not to be confused with my own name, though they are strangely similar!) Considering all the designers out there, that’s a pretty good rate and I have to say, I’m not surprised.

The latest Charlie Brear 2015 collection is incredibly savvy and sophisticated. Inspired by iconic decades of style, the designs are flawlessly combined with Charlie’s own contemporary aesthetic (as seen in her ready-to-wear line). Beautiful cut silouhettes, layers of soft tulles, chiffons and romantic lace can all be combined with the innovative ‘Additions’ as each bride has the opportunity to create her own unique style. A simple crepe, satin or chiffon dress can be layered with anything from sequinned overdresses (these are wow, let me tell you), sheer lace backs, incredibly feminine tiered skirts, plus silk sashes or soft shrugs to add that finishing touch all fully customised to each bride effortlessly.

Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Augustine lace & Hurrel cape Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - AURELE SKIRT Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Voulaire Overdress & Pettine Versailles Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Mongolian Gilet & Manira Skirt Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Casimir Overdress Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Versailles Jacket & Catroux Jacket Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection -  Etoile Sash Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Tavaline & Fayette Overdress Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Voulaire Top &  Demi Voulaire Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - CHAPELLE

From top to above: augustine lace & hurrel cape / aurele skirt / voulaire overdress & pettine versailles / mongolian gilet & manira skirt / casimir overdress / versailles jacket & catroux jacket / etoile sash / tavaline & fayette overdress voulaire top &  demi voulaire / chapelle

As a formal stylist, Charlie Brear created what was formerly known as The Vintage Wedding Dress Company back in 2005 after sourcing many a vintage wedding gown for a photo shoot. Since then amongst her love of vintage, Charlie grew the collection to include a capsule bridal offering of made to order gowns, using details and accents of decades gone by as inspiration for a contemporary take on vintage glamour.

Since then, the company was re-launched as Charlie Brear and as well as bridal collections, she also has ‘Additions’ which is a collection of unique pieces to compliment the made to order gowns, such as lace sleeves, over skirts, lace shrugs and this is what makes her designs so sought after as effectively this enables the bride to customise her own bespoke gown with a few small additions to suit the individual.

Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Haliton & Chartres Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection -  Corio Jacket Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Deco & Tiulis Top Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - NERU Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Sada Chantilly & Arlette Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - HURREL Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Anselme Top & Oribe Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - TIRA LACE SKIRT Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Cassell & Sabine Top Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - Safna & Neru Jacket Charlie Brear Bridal 2015 Collection - VENTOUXFrom top to above: haliton & chartres / corio jacket deco & tiulis top / neru / sada chantilly & arlette / hurrel / anselme top & oribe / tira skirt / cassell & sabine top / safna & neru jacket  / ventoux  

All the collections are produced in the UK using a diverse range of hand selected fabrics and trims. In the beautiful flagship London boutique tucked away off  they also offer original one of a kind vintage dresses as part of their Original Vintage Collection.

Haivng visited the flagship boutique in Fitzrovia earlier this year, I was blown away by the fabrics, the cuts and most of all the excitement that comes of being able to tailor your dress to suit you and make the most of both your style and your figure. If you aren’t London based there are a number of other stockists available throughout the UK, which you can see listed here.

I literarily wouldn’t know where to start if I were trying these on, though I’d say the ‘Aurele’ tulle skirt with glittery sequin overlay would likely be a good place to start…

If you want a little look behind the scenes you can see a pretty cute little video here (in case the images above weren’t enough pretty for you!) and I also highly recommend you follow Charlie Brear on instagram, it’s a beautiful and inspiring feed!

Ellie + Liam – Vintage Hackney Wedding at The Roost

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier

Although it’s just turned into Spring, here’s a wonderful winter’s wedding to share with you today. Ellie and Liam had an intimate vintage inspired Hackney wedding at the very cool venue The Roost. I love how their style translates through their day beautifully, even the stunning ceremony backdrop of the Town Hall Hotel is in keeping with their glamorous Old  Hollywood style.

“We didn’t set out to have a theme as such – we both love to travel and it was while backpacking throughout Central America for 6 months that Liam proposed, so we decided to incorporate this into our day. Small and intimate and fun for all was our vision so we invited just our close family and friends and ‘relaxed’ on the formalities.”

Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier

Got to love how Ellie went from her cute onesie into glamorous starlet! Ellie wore the Lalique Lace 1920.1 dress by Charlie Brear which was the catlayst for her beautifully original vintage inspired bridal style “It was all a bit by accident really. I had a very different look in mind and after trying many dresses I was persuaded to try on a different style and was completely surprised by how much I loved it and from there a 1930’s theme fell into place. I really enjoyed the search for original vintage pieces though I’m particularly fond of my shoes! I gave the bridesmaids free reign to choose their own dresses for the day and they chose the same one!”  

Ellie accessorised the dress with a number of original 1930s items that she sourced such herself, such as the Ermine fur cape, the rhinestone bracelethair comb and dress clips. She then teamed the dress with the most perfectly matched ‘Francesca’ shoes by Emmy London.

Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierWinter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier

Liam’s pocket handkerchief was a token gift from the bride on the morning of the ceremony… Ellie had it made for him out of the spare material left from her wedding dress. And Liam surprised Ellie with a custom made pair of ‘just married’ converse shoes! How sweet and thoughtful are those gifts!

“Since we had decided upon a winter wedding we simply chose a colour to complement the season – a nice rich berry red for the bridesmaids dresses and matching ties for the groomsmen. We also chose this colour for the brides bouquet of Amaryllis and Roses. We chose simple Gypsophelia bouquets for the bridesmaids – such a delicate flower that looks like a whispery ball of lace!”

Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierWinter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierWinter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierWinter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierWinter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierHackney-Roost-Wedding-Christine-Wehrmeier_0044Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier

“We used to live next door to the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green and would regularly pop in to the bar for our favourite night cap – the best Old Fashioned cocktail in town! We wanted a small London wedding with just our closest friends and family, and after discussing our search for a suitable venue that day, the bar tender suggested we take a look at the stunning Council Chamber which was not only perfect in size but stood apart from any other we had seen and the decision was made!”

The ceremony was such a meaningful, poignant part of the day for the couple, “After I said my vows my husband said ‘thank you’. I still get teary when I think of that moment!” Liam says “When my beautiful wife walked in, seeing her in the dress – it was a very powerful moment. Although he also recalls another of his favourite moments of the day, “When she went wrong during the first dance and I didn’t!”. 

The couple had some beautiful live acoustic music sung during the ceremony by Charlotte Kao and Spencer Taylor from Him and Her which added to the intimacy of the day.

Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierWinter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierWinter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierWinter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierWinter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierWinter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierWinter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier

“Our photographer Christine Wehrmeier is a very close friend and we had the privilege of having our photos taken by her a year or so before we became engaged and loved the results so it was very easy to make that choice!

As is popular with London weddings, the couple had a routemaster bus to transport their guests to their venue reception, but this is a beautiful special vintage one complete with old adverts, how fun!

Hackney-Roost-Wedding-Christine-Wehrmeier_0045

Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierWinter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierHackney-Roost-Wedding-Christine-Wehrmeier_0046Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier

“We found The Roost and we just loved the quirky-ness of it with it’s fabulously eclectic decor and being just a short bus ride from the Ceremony it was the perfect location and size for our reception. The venue spoke for itself so there was very little required in terms of decor on the day – just fairy lighting in the windows of our reception dining room” 

Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine WehrmeierHackney-Roost-Wedding-Christine-Wehrmeier_0047 Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier

“We wanted good quality hearty food for a winter day. Bangers and mash is our favourite meal so we decided this would be the menu for our wedding. We didn’t want a cake as neither of us particularly eat it so we decided to do something different… we made our own Wedding Jelly! We recreated the moment Liam proposed whilst Scuba diving with an underwater scene using lego parts complete with a scuba diving bride & groom!” That’s definitely an original wedding cake if ever I saw it! Love how they incorporated their engagement proposal into the day and who doesn’t like jelly right?

Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier Winter Hackney Wedding at The Roost by Christine Wehrmeier

“We came across Paddy playing the Disco Shed at Bestival and when we found he did Disco Wed to we booked him straight away – EVERYONE was on the dance floor ALL night! For entertainment we made up our own DIY photo booth with silly wigs and hats and a Polaroid camera – such fun and so easy!”

Don’t stress about the details and how it will all ‘look’ – Weddings are about commitment and celebrating love. Weddings are about people. Weddings are about you. Build on that and everything else will follow. Choose the right photographer for you and your style, not because of the price! That’s the biggest investment you will make of your day as those pictures will be the memories that last. If you find the right one for you they will find the details that matter.

Huge thanks to the lovely Ellie and Liam and to their photographer Christine for sharing their wedding day, so charming and such fun!

Photography: Christine Wehrmeier / Ceremony: Town Hall Hotel / Reception Venue: The Roost / Bride’s Dress: Charlie Brear / Bride’s Shoe: Emmy London  / Bridesmaids: Biba at House of Fraser / Groom’s Suit & Shoes: Paul Smith / Hair: Brett at Tommy Guns / Make Up: Samantha Pasinee Fach / Florist: Birksen / Catering: Easy Gourmet / DJ: Discowed / Vintage Routemaster Bus: Ensign Bus Company

Joanna + David – Geometric Elegance – Horniman Museum Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Modern

Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich

As a resident of London it’s so easy to forget the charms that the city has to offer. But it really does, it’s bursting with amazing architecture, culture, spaces, people and things to see and do so it’s no wonder it is often a choice for destination weddings, which I love to showcase here on the blog. This city brings together couples and it’s so lovely to see them choose to celebrate here, as Joanna and David did…

Joanna and David found themselves choosing the capital for their own special day as a benchmark in their life together. “When we decided to get married, the first question was, ‘where?’. David is from Chile, and we lived there together for a few years, so obviously that was one option – all of his family, and lots of our friends, are over there. I’m Irish, and my immediate family are in the Isle of Man, so that was another option. In the end we decided on London, because it’s where our life is right now (we’ve lived here for three years), we love the city and for people travelling, it was easily accessible. Lots of friends and loved ones, including David’s dad, uncle and grandparents, couldn’t travel to be with us on the day, but we hope to get back to Chile soon for another celebration! We were in awe of everyone who did travel, including my friend Paul from Australia and David’s friends from Barcelona, whose new baby Maia was born only three weeks before.”

Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich

Joanna and David managed to find the perfect location – the green space that they wanted in the city that they loved. “My granny’s schoolfriend lives around the corner from the Horniman, and she has been involved with the Museum for many years. It was through her that we first visited the Conservatory – she was exhibiting her artwork in an annual show there, and we went along to see her. When we got engaged a year later, and saw that it was possible to get married there (and that it was available on our preferred date!) it seemed like fate: we wanted to get married in London, but we also wanted ‘a bit of green’, and the Conservatory really delivered.”

Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich

Joanna and David chose to have a humanist ceremony, which included short ‘secret’ pieces that they each wrote to each other  which were read out during the ceremony. Having such personal input into this part of the day meant it was truly the most memorable for them both. “We put a lot of thought into it, guided by our Humanist Celebrant, Barbara, and the end result was something that meant an awful lot to us, and hopefully to our family and friends. Our two brothers did the readings: Scaffolding, by Seamus Heaney (in English, read by my brother) and The Art of Marriage, by Wilferd Peterson (in Spanish, read by David’s brother). In planning the ceremony, we talked a lot to Barbara about why we wanted to get married, and she incorporated our thoughts beautifully into her words in the ceremony. We each wrote a short piece about each other, which was to be a ‘secret’ until the wedding day – Barbara read my words about David, and Juan, my cousin’s partner, read David’s words about me in Spanish.” 

Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich

There are so many lovely details throughout Joanna and David’s day, and I love how the geometric element was elegantly translated from the stationery by their talented friend, to the fabulous cake by Olofson Design and the colours so perfectly in tune in the florals by The Fresh Flower Company. They also managed to incorporate a bit of the Groom’s nationality by choosing the popular Chilean Pisco Sour for cocktails which were whipped up by Andy from Barfly.

“Our caterers, Suzanne and Amanda at Suzanne James were fantastic – really, they were the reason we were able to pull everything together in quite a short space of time. They sorted not only the venue, the food and the staff, all of which were fantastic, but they also recommended our suppliers. 

David works in design and I work as an editor, so we were always going to be tough customers for whoever did our wedding stationery. Luckily, our friend Jon stepped up and developed a concept that ended up inspiring our gorgeous wedding cake. We loved the way the design was bright and modern, the colours vibrant (a key requirement!) and the wording bilingual without being ‘clunky’.

Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli MarinovichGeometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich

Anneli our photographer was brilliant, not just for the photos we now have, which we love, but also for the way she just fitted right in on the day – so many of our guests said how lovely she was to be around, and how unobtrusive, and the photos really reflect how relaxed everyone was in her company – that’s a real skill I think. Equally importantly, she made US relaxed – no mean feat, given I shed more than a few tears during the ceremony!”

Joanna looks gorgeous in her simple but elegant fitting dress with beautiful low scoop back detail, and I love the pop of bright from her bouquet against the ivory dress.Charlie Brear was the second of five shops I went to over two days when my mum came over to London, and it was such a lovely experience – the showroom is just beautiful. When I tried on the dress, I really felt like myself in it – I could imagine David loving it, spending the whole day in it (me, not David!), dancing in it… And my mum had a little cry when I came out of the fitting room, which is always a good sign!”

Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich

“We have amazing friends and family who helped pull everything together – friends who travelled from the US hadn’t even been in London for 24 hours before they were put to work on the photo map (which evolved as a way of acknowledging all the people in Chile (and elsewhere) who couldn’t be with us)! 

From the first dance (when some of our friends’ kids joined us!) to the last, the dancefloor was pretty packed all night. We’d asked everyone to suggest a song on their RSVP (‘I promise to get up for a dance to this song…’), and Paul our DJ did a brilliant job of mixing some of the requests with songs that seemed to get everyone going. Our first dance was to Baby, I love you – by The Ronettes. My dad is a massive fan of girl groups from the sixties, so I grew up listening to this sort of music. Luckily David’s also a fan, and I loved dancing to this. We didn’t practice at all – my only request, seconds before we hit the dancefloor, was that he warn me before he spinned me!”

Huge congratulations to Joanna and David on their elegant day full of personality and charm! Looks like such a fun day and so well captured by Anneli, so thank you for sharing this with everyone on London Bride.

Credits: Photography: Anneli Marnovich / Venue: Horniman Museum & Gardens  / Brides Dress: Charlie Brear / Brides Shoes: Harriet Wilde / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Cake: Olofson Design / Catering: Suzanne James / Flowers: The Fresh Flower Company / Cocktails: Barfly / Hair & Make Up: Jaysam & Michael at Jam Deluxe / DJ & Lighting: Paul at Glo Productions / Stationery: Jon Appleyard [friend of couple] / Humanist Celebrant: Barbara Chandler

Cemile + Adam – Fun Turkish Inspired Baltic Restaurant Wedding

WEDDINGS, Modern

Quite often you hear about couples going down one route of planning their wedding and then they do a 360 and change their minds and go with their hearts. Cemile and Adam did just that and rather than getting married in Istanbul decided to do it in London with their own Turkish influences. I love the bride’s style [such pretty flowers in the hair!] and it looks like a really fun and relaxed day which is just what they were aiming for.

Although having a strong family connection to Turkey, the couple chose London for their big day but still managed to keep the heritage present throughout the day “When we first got engaged we had absolutely no idea at what we wanted to do.  I am Turkish but have lived in the UK since I was 5, so at first we even contemplated having it in Istanbul.  In the end we decided on London with as many Turkish features as possible.  I have always lived in London so having a country wedding felt very foreign to me.  Adam is from Bristol and he moved to London so we could be together and he is learning to love it as much as I do.

We had no theme, other than just the things that we love! Our aim for an atmosphere, would definitely have to be ‘fun and not too formal’, as neither of us have particularly traditional families.” 

Fun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip PhotographyFun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip PhotographyFun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip Photography

Cemile wore a beautiful vintage inspired gown by designer Charlie Brear who’s work is just beautiful “I originally wanted a vintage wedding dress, however, when I started trying them on I realised it wasn’t for me – just not quite the right shape or fit.  That is why Charlie Brear was perfect.  New dresses, made for me with a vintage style without looking at all dated.  The dress shop was lovely and felt like a real treat to be there and the staff were absolutely incredible.  I did love my dress but I was really sold on the accessories that I bought with it.  I had a silk sash and lace back-to-front-cardigan during the day, and very light sleeves and a beaded more glamorous sash for the evening.  They even emailed me a video of them tying the sash so my mother in law could do it on the day.  She did it absolutely perfectly but as l I moved, or did anything it kept coming unraveled, so I’m not sure I would recommend it!  And I would also advise against a change of outfit, there is no time and it just adds needless stress!” For any brides thinking of doing a change of outfit make sure you allow at least 30 minutes for the change otherwise you won’t feel you have time!

Having bridesmaids isn’t for everyone, but Cemile managed to get the balance with having her girls with her and treating them to them being able to relax and enjoy the day wearing whatever they wanted! “I just didn’t feel right having four grown women dressed in the same dress following me around – it just wasn’t me.  They organised my hen do, they helped me to get ready, they looked after me all day and then all got very drunk and cried at the end of the wedding.  They were the best non-bridesmaids ever! I organised a surprise massage on the morning of the wedding at my flat, bought them all a Chanel perfume and had their hair done professionally.  They all looked amazing, they just got to wear their own dresses!”

The pretty colourful flowers in Cemile’s hair is look so pretty and creative and that’s all down to her hair and make up artist Jeni Dodson “I chose Jeni for my hair and make up and I had 100% confidence in her skills.  She thought that flowers would look great with flowing curls and she was right, so she asked me to buy a few fabric flowers which she would then make into a master piece on the day.  So, every time I saw a flower I bought one, for 6 months!  I must have about 40!  She chose the ones she liked and created a masterpiece in my hair! I knew that I wanted a birdcage veil as I have always wanted to wear one but have never managed it.  I bought a variety of birdcage veils from Etsy with differeing shapes, sizes and colours, and on the day she incorporated all of it together on to something that was very me.  Which is impressive as we had only met once for the trial run!  People still ask me today where I got my hair piece from. And my make-up, well the photos speak for themselves, modern, fresh and glam rolled into one.”

I think it’s safe to say that Cemile is definitely an accessories girl, in fact so much so that the wedding was almost planned around the beautiful turquoise earrings she wore! “For my accessories, I really did treat myself.  All I know is that I wanted colour and when I saw the Annoushka turquoise amazonite earrings online I fell in love with them and knew I would be buying them.  I could almost say that the rest of the wedding was planned around them! The shoes were from Jimmy Choo and I wanted something glam but also something that I would wear again.  I wish I could say they were comfortable but my feet were hurting while I was walking down the aisle!  But it was all about the colour!

Fun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip PhotographyFun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip Photography Fun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip Photography Cemile_Adam_TinoPip_LB_0005 Fun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip Photography Fun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip Photography Fun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip Photography

“We were always going to have a civil ceremony and when I looked at different places, Islington Town Hall, as well as being very beautiful, made the most sense.  Somewhere we will walk past many times and remember our day.

Having a wedding in London meant a series of predictabilities.  Islington town hall, probably not very original but still wonderful.  We also got a routemaster form home to the town hall all together and then from the town hall to Baltic, with a tour of London along the way.  Also predictable but absolutely beautiful and enjoyed by all.  Especially all my relatives that had come from around the world! But Baltic? Totally original and different.  Many people have told me that they have been back for dinner since.”

Fun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip PhotographyFun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip Photography Fun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip Photography

London can feel like a daunting place to start your wedding venue search, but seems like Cemile struck gold with their reception venue and it’s always worth keeping restaurants in mind “I knew I didn’t want a country wedding and when I started thinking London and looking on line either places were far too bland for us or they were miles out of our budget range.  When the idea of a restaurant came to us we loved it.  I know London restaurants very well and was very excited.  Through the search The Baltic restaurant popped up.  I have been going to Baltic on and off for 10 years and it is a beautiful venue with, great cocktails, high quality food and very attentive staff.  I instantly knew this was the place so I called them to find out some details and they were very helpful and the price was right.  We met with them and the owner, Jan, who was incredibly professional and helpful.  He knew exactly what he was doing and filled us with confidence.  We did not feel like we were on a wedding conveyer belt.  He had recently got married and had his reception in his own venue and was using his experience to create our perfect day.  The restaurant manager, Gosia really went beyond the call of duty to help me and do everything she possible could to make my day what it was.  Every one needs a Gosia at their wedding!

Fun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip PhotographyFun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip PhotographyFun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip PhotographyFun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip Photography

“In terms of style, I generally find that things I love, love each other and that is what seems to have happened at the wedding.” The couple decorated the tables with fun cacti, and had coasters for the favours made into placecards by the Groom’s mother. The added to the venue’s light and airy space with the large ‘A & C’ light up initial letters from Vowed and Amazed which added to the atmosphere.

The food at the venue was a key component to choosing it for their reception, with a fusion of Polish and middle-eastern foods and some amazing sounding cocktails too! Their fabulous looking cake was made by the Bride’s mother in law who in fact is a chef by trade so that would explain why it looks so professional! It was Valencian orange sponge with orange buttercream and curd, then cherry almond cake and vanilla buttercream and then chocolate cake. Mmmm!

Fun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip PhotographyFun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip PhotographyFun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip PhotographyFun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip PhotographyFun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip PhotographyFun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip Photography Fun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip Photography Fun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip Photography

“Our photographers Penny and Martin from Tino and Pip were amazing, we barely even knew they were there. They were worth every single penny!”

Fun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip Photography Fun Turkish Inspired Wedding in London by Tino & Pip Photography

Not all the wedding planning is a smooth ride, and this goes to prove that there may well be disagreements along the way but sounds like these guys had a pretty awesome soundtrack to their day! “We are both very much into music and it was really important that we got it right.  The music and the bands were the only thing that we really argued about on the run up to the wedding.  We had a pre dinner jazz duo which got people dancing even before dinner as they were fantastic. Then after our first dance which was Sexual Healing by the Hot 8 Brass Band we had another band The Chandeliers who did covers but in completely in their own quirky jazz style.  The dance floor was jam packed the whole night, we couldn’t believe it!  Then we had one of our friends DJ a mix of modern and old school classics.  We are both partial to a bit of drum and bass, therefore Baltic was pumping out dnb tunes until past 1am! As a word of advice, we kept missing out on the bands that we wanted, while we were deciding they were going from under our noses so book sooner rather than later – although we were very happy with our choices!

I always knew I wanted a photo booth because I have enjoyed them so much in the past.  Everybody loved it and we have an absolutely hysterical collection of photos to look at.  The Photo Emporium had lots of choices and we could basically have exactly what we wanted.  They came on the day, set-up and were running and we didn’t have to do anything.  Stress free and pure unadulterated fun!”

Congratulations to Cemile and Adam – I wish I could have been on your dancefloor! Thanks also to Penny and Martin from Tino & Pip for sharing their lovely work.

Photography: Tino & Pip / Ceremony: Islington Town Hall / Reception: The Baltic Restaurant / Wedding Dress: Charlie Brear / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Hair & Make Up: Jeni Dodson / Flowers: Chillea Flowers / Large Light Up Letters: Vowed & Amazed / Photo Booth: The Photo Emporium / Pre Dinner Band: Verity Jazz Vocalist / Evening Band: The Chandeliers

 

Gemma + Alex – Poetry in Marriage

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Gemma and Alex had a low key wedding in the city they fell in love. They used their creativity to bring together their wedding day and I love this brides 1940s style and their romantic ‘poetry’ theme throughout the wedding. Top marks also to photographer Andrew Squires who risked standing in the middle of busy Tower Bridge to get the fabulous shots of the couple! They were well worth it!

“The most important thing for Alex and me was that our wedding day felt as though it represented us, both as a couple and as individuals.  We have attended many weddings (12 in 2012 alone!) and what we had always noted was that the best weddings, for the guests and for the couple getting married, are the ones that felt personal to the bride and groom.”

Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew SquiresGemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew SquiresGemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew SquiresGemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires

 

Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires

“My “look” was loosely based on a 1940s effect with pin curled hair and a simple dress. I just wanted my bridesmaids and flower girl to be comfortable so they each wore different dresses with a vaguely purple theme. Bouquets were simple dried flower arrangements of lavender (for bridesmaids – I made these and also had customized photo badges designed saying Chief Bridesmaid, Bride in Waiting, Best Woman and Flower Girl to pin onto the ribbon of the bouquets).  My bouquet was made of delphiniums, wheat and lavender.”  Dried flowers are a great idea for a budget option of a bouquet and the best bit is that you get to keep them afterwards without having to do anything to them!

Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires

“Our venue choice of Toynbee was perfect – in London where we met, fell in love and generally can’t imagine doing without, and also a flexible, inexpensive venue that allowed us to make the wedding utterly unique.  One guest described it as “an English country wedding in the city”

Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires

I love these shots of the couple in the middle of Tower Bridge! Risky position but it seems to have paid off for some amazing photos! “Our photographer was perfect. Not much more to say – Andy completely understood that we wanted relaxed, fun, colourful photos without too many poses. He was also very happy for us to jump into our wedding black cab and drive to Tower Bridge/ St Katharine’s Docks for some unreal looking London photos. He also helped us provide a “Photo booth” with dressing up for friends and family afterwards which was great fun!”

Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires

“The theme became Poetry/Literature and Wild Flowers (very loosely), and we managed to decorate the venue very cheaply with teapots, jars and bottles filled with flowers (bought from the market), some balloons, ribbons, fairy lights and candles.  Alex and I also hand printed canvases with lyrics from songs, poetry verses and quotes that we loved. The hand printing was also used for the cheese board and other markers.  Alex made some 3D letters with bulbs in saying DANCE and DRINK for added fun. Bunting was lent to us by a friend and my hen do also involved making some bunting which was great!”

Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew SquiresGemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew SquiresGemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires

The couple chose to serve cream tea before the ceremony (great idea so guests don’t go hungry!) “Inspired by the Bride’s obsession with Ottolenghi, our main was a mediterranean style buffet with chicken and chorizo, vegetarian ratatouille and selection of bread, salads and vegetables provided by Capital People London.”  The couples friends Kate Harrall made chocolate truffles and Lauren Carter decorated the poetry onto the wedding cake which guests tucked into alongside a number of cheeses from Berkshire and Yorkshire where the couples families are from. They served this with homemade bread and chuneys made by the couple’s parents – what a great use of their talent!

Gemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew SquiresGemma & Alex Poetry in the City / Photography by Andrew Squires

“Entertainment was low key – a Spotify play list, but during the ceremony a good friend Anne-Marie Piazza sang a cover of Regina Spektor’s Fidelity (with some novel lyrics personal to me and Alex) and my friend Rachel, and Alex’s sister Laura read a poem and song lyrics respectively. First dance was to The Ship Song by Nick Cave”

Congratulations to Gemma and Alex on a perfectly personal low key day! Thanks also to photographer Andy for sharing this with us.

Photography: Andrew JR Squires / Venue: Toynbee Hall / Bride’s Dress: Charlie Brear / Groom + Usher’s Suits: Duchamp / Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Beaucatcher / Dried Flower Bouquet: Daisy Shop / Catering: Capital People London