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Little London Elopement in Chelsea on Christmas Eve

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal

Photography by Dominique Bader

After planning a ‘big wedding’ Michael and Ashleigh re-evaluated their plans and chose to have a secret little London elopement on Christmas Eve. Utterly romantic, despite the rain they said ‘I Do’ at Old Chelsea Town Hall followed by enjoying an evening at The Rosewood Hotel for lobster, jazz and cocktails. 

Little London Elopement in Chelsea at Christmas by Dominique Bader Photograhphy

There is just something so incredibly romantic and heartwarming about today’s real wedding (complete with umbrella, how typically ‘London’), and it’s such a pleasure to share Michael and Ashleigh’s incredibly intimate day.

It’s not an uncommon story to hear of couples who are planning for a traditional ‘big’ wedding but find during this time the pressure, stress, politics and even finance perhaps all too much and they question their wedding plans. For couples who are quite private people, who may worry about being centre stage an elopement or simple wedding ceremony with just the two of you makes complete sense and that’s just what Michael and Ashleigh chose.

It’s a reminder to us all to not get carried away by what others do, or what we think we should do – and that to be truly happy means being yourselves on your wedding day, whatever way that is. Plus, look how gorgeous, relaxed and happy they are, it clearly was the best decision they made!

I love that on Christmas day they were able to tell their families they were married! What a wonderful Christmas present…

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Informal Pretty Notting Hill Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal

Fredrika and Tom were married in May with a casual wedding that they described at informal and glamorous like the wedding in the film The Godfather! They had a pretty family oriented Notting Hill wedding and I do love the transition of the day from the getting ready amongst the kids at home, to the couple driving themselves to the ceremony, the beautiful moments as husband and wife in the leafy surroundings of West London and then the party with friends and family celebrating with the couple into the small hours. I’m also seeing a bit of a trend emerging with brides in leather jackets, and I rather like it…

We have been together for yonks and have two small children. When Tom proposed a couple of years ago we both agreed that the most essential part of what a wedding means to us is to bring people together.”

Film photography by Katharine at Peachey Photography

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“As Fredrika grew up in Sweden so many of the guests came from there and stayed in London for the weekend. We both wanted it to feel glamorous yet informal like the wedding in The Godfather movie! The organisation was done by us and we were quite relaxed about it as most of our time is taken up with the children. We had a kids table which was fun and got everyone to join in the Hokey Cokey which was hilarious. The cake was only ordered a week before! However, it was beautifully decorated by the florists, Achillea. Tom did an amazing slideshow featuring images of our family and pretty much everyone we know and he got some mates to DJ. The record decks were hired from Rigs and Gigs. Fredrika made bunting and small doilies for the centre of each table, which gave the whole room a warm and home-made feel. We illustrated the invitations ourselves with the owl and the pussycat, a poem which was read aloud after the speeches by Michael Horovitz, a poet and local celebrity.”

Photography: Peachey Photography / Ceremony Venue: Chelsea Old Town Hall / Reception Venue: The Tabernacle / Brides Dress: Jane Bourvis / Groom’s Suit: Spencer Hart / Brides Hair & Make-Up: Sofia Sjoo / Flowers: Achillea 

Intimate but beautiful Rainy Chelsea London Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal

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Faye and Dan had their wedding in February this year, after just a month of being engaged in January! They decided to have an intimate Chelsea wedding for just immediate family, which was a hard decision for them but it ended up being the perfect day – despite a little bit of London rain! “It was completely relaxed, fun and so special sharing it with just our closest and most cherished family. We hope to have a party within the next year or two to celebrate with all our friends and family. We have since moved abroad and wanted to make the commitment to each other before we started a new chapter and adventure in our lives together.” 

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Chelsea is such a beautiful part of London that it is the most charming location for an elopement or intimate wedding. Faye and Dan chose to hold their ceremony at the Chelsea Town Hall registry office which is renowned for it’s celebrity nuptials,“A couple of days after we were officially engaged we booked the Rossetti room at the Kensington and Chelsea registry office – we didn’t even have time to go and see it but liked the idea of all the famous couples who had got married there before us!”

Faye’s style totally encapsulates a London Bride with her city-chic outfit with beautiful short lace dress, birdcage veil and of course, no London wedding would be complete without the ultimate accessory… a pretty white umbrella! Judging by their smiles it looks like they didn’t notice the drizzle at all…

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“I wanted to wear something quite simple and understated so I didn’t look specifically for a ‘wedding dress’. Instead I went shopping on Oxford Street with my mum and sister and we all fell in love with a Diane Von Furstenberg ivory lace dress in Selfridges. I wanted blue shoes and later found these in Nine West. With the dress and shoes ticked off the list I started to relax only to realise about a week before the wedding that I had not even thought about any accessories or a coat! My friends helped me so much by sending me ideas and options and coming with me to try things on. Despite being adamant that I wanted to look low key, I was then worried that I didn’t look bridal at all – that’s when Fur Coat No Knickers saved the day. I bought a vintage feather stole, a birdcage and a gorgeous hair clip from them a few days before the wedding.”

“My regular hair stylist, Giovanna at Gino Hairdressing in London, did a brilliant job of my hair and makeup, I couldn’t have been happier with the end result. Giovanna is such a lovely person and I couldn’t recommend her enough!”

Dan looked dashing in a Navy three piece suit “Dan didn’t want a traditional wedding suit and so we were looking for something that was special but could be worn again. We found the perfect suit in the sale in Reiss which he wore with a shirt from Hugo Boss. He wore a tie he already owned that we both really liked and bought new shoes from Russell and Bromley.”

“My mum and dad arranged my bouquet and Dan’s buttonhole through their local florist and brought them up to the registry office for us. I was open to suggestions and ended up going with a simple but beautiful ivory bouquet.”

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The wedding was so last minute they didn’t have a photographer until their thoughtful and generous friends booked Heather at Brighton Photo for the couple to ensure they had the precious memories of the day! “As we gradually told more and more people about the wedding one question that kept popping up was whether we would have a photographer. Two weeks before the day we still hadn’t got round to organising anyone… this is where my wonderful friends saved the day. They arranged and booked the amazing Heather of Brighton Photo to be our wedding photographer. She had shot one of their weddings in the summer and had done such a beautiful job. Heather was great at making us feel at ease on the day. She had put a lot of research into the best locations for the photos and she really committed to the shots getting absolutely drenched in the process! We are so happy with the photos which do an amazing job of capturing the most important day in our lives and will be a beautiful reminder for many years to come.”

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The couple celebrated with a visit to a local pub, The Phene where the venue kindly allowed them to relax in the upstairs private lounge with their family in a beautiful setting whilst the attentive staff looked after them whilst they sipped on Champagne. They later went to The famous Bluebird Restaurant nearby where the party of nine in fact dined amongst all the other guests in the restaurant despite it being their wedding day! “We loved the buzzy atmosphere, the food & wine were delicious and the staff were brilliant! It was the perfect end to the perfect day.”

Congratulations to the lovely Faye and Dan, such a cool city wedding – thank you for sharing your day with us and to Heather for her beautiful work – just shows a little bit of rain does no harm!

Photography: Heather at Brighton Photo / Ceremony Venue: Chelsea Registry Office / Post Ceremony Venue: The Phene, Chelsea / Dinner Reception Venue: Bluebird Restaurant, Chelsea / Bride’s Dress: Diane Von Furstenburg