Posts Tagged: Christmas

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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Cosy Winter St John Restaurant Wedding Celebration

WEDDINGS, Informal, Urban

Photography by Rachel Hudson

Annie and Charlie focussed their day around feasting at St John Restaurant for their wedding and with a winter’s coat (her ‘something blue’) to keep her warm, carols and Christmas trees at the Church and cocktails and swing music to follow, it was the perfect festive celebration with their friends and family.


Yikes, warning ladies and gents…I’m about to utter the “C” word so if you still want to imagine we are in our Great British Summertime, save this one for a rainy day (oh, that’ll be now then!). I’m sure many of you are now planning for your winter weddings so this is a beautiful wedding which took place close to Christmas with all the wintery wonderness you’d expect.

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London Bride’s Wish List – Christmas Edit


Somehow, the first few weeks of December just fly by, and just when you think you have all the time in the world to do your shopping, you realise, that there are only two weekends left before Christmas. Panic sets in, at least it did with me so I resorted to online shopping (seriously, why would you go down Oxford Street?) and I’m more than happy to pay the delivery charges for the post man to bring me treats with a smile (bonus as mine always calls me ‘Miss’ and is ridiculously cheery!).

You’ve probably been way more organised than I, and therefore this may be a little redundant but for those that have yet to disclose their wish list to their generous loved ones, I hope this may be of some inspiration, and if not… well there is always the January sales!

London Bride Wish Edit

1. Whilst I’m at work I have my beloved Rose Gold ‘Layla’ Frends Headphones that I wear when trying to focus when I’ve got my head down on a proposal, however on the go to and from meetings I’m always on my Spotify or listening to Podcasts (hello, anyone else obsessed with Serial?) so these gold in-ear headphones from Happy Plugs would be perfect to add some glamour to the 149 bus journey. They certainly would live up to their name!

2. Not going to lie, this one was chosen purely for the name, the ‘Loose Lips’ candle – I’m obsessed with anything Byredo related, if you haven’t had the opportunity to sample their fragrances, do. Really. Plus it’s an excuse to head to Liberty. The Swedes really know how to do perfume with style and substance and without being shallow, the packaging is rather swish.

3. Rings, hair clips, coins, keys – a girl has so many bits! A little dish like this super cute ‘Odds and Ends’ Daisy Place Dish from Kate Spade to have on your bedside table or in your bathroom makes sure all your previous bits and pieces stay safe, and that you don’t take your engagement ring off and put it by the kitchen sink/bathroom basin/desk at work (delete as appropriate!) and forget where it is. Not that I’ve ever done that. Nope. Never.

4. Bring me some figgy pudding, oh bring some right now! OK, not quite the same but it is figgy. The Diptique Philoosssekouss (kidding it’s Philosykos, but can anyone actually pronounce this, I dread asking for it at the counter!) It’s musky, figgy and takes me away to far away shores, perhaps more of a summer fragrance but I’ll stash this one away for when the warmer nights come in. Top tip – don’t forget to put your perfumes out the sunlight ladies, they don’t like light or heat so will last much longer if stored in a cupboard. I know, such a shame when they are so pretty.

5. This beautiful set of J Crew jewels – the ‘Glacier’ necklace, is for those days when you have zero minutes to get ready to go to an after work party or last minute dinner and all you need to do is throw some sparkle on and you’ll be all set. I particularly love something like this over a plain grey or white t-shirt. Casual, yet glam (or at least attempting).

6. Oh come on, if you follow me on Instagram you just knew there had to be something cat related in here. In the form of this Lulu Guinness Kooky Cat purse. Totally unnecessary but totally coveted (note: currently reduced at time of writing!!)

7. The packaging is rose gold and it’s make-up. By Charlotte Tilbury. Need I say more?

8. If I can give you one piece of advice this year, it’s BUY THIS. If you ever have trouble getting to sleep, or just need a hand winding down at the end of the night this Deep Sleep Pillow Spray by This Works will be your most reached for product. Aptly named, it annoyingly actually does work.

9. I have a number of glittery, metallic phone cases on the go, but one can never have enough and I don’t have a gold glitter one.. so this little glitter number is from Gap. Just remember a phone case is for life… not just for Christmas.

10. Given my recent new hobby of writing my name 100 times over, otherwise known as attempting modern calligraphy, I’ve re-discovered the joy of hand-writing notes, letters and cards and with a fountain pen this swish (it has a gold nib!) it would be just in time for some thank you notes in the New Year. This is the Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen from Quill London, don’t forget to stock up on cartridges too, I doubt you’ll be able to raid the work stationery cupboard for those.

Happy Christmas – And A London Bride Round Up


 Credit / Style Me Pretty
These last few weeks have run away with me somewhat and I cannot believe that it is Christmas Eve. I honestly do not know where this year has gone? 2011 has been a blur of blogging, styling, networking, heartfelt making and more recently magazine editing. Oh and my very own big 3.0 birthday and a rather amazing engagement to boot. I guess it would seem rather a lot can happen in a year! Here are some of my personal highlights, gosh – I have been busy haven’t I [all on top of a day job!].
I handmade over 70 Heartfelts for Breast Cancer raising over £350 for charity [thanks to all your support!]…
I launched We Plan, You Play [now part of Dashing Magazine!] with Josie and had an awesome shoot with fab photographer Ashton Jean-Pierre

I organised a fun and free screening for the film Bridesmaids
Credit / Juliet McKee
I visited Paris and Dublin on my own for a lovely wonder and to get inspired…

One of my shoots was featured and published in the very last edition of UK Cosmo Bride magazine…

I became an Auntie to two adorable nieces both born on 19th April…

I turned 30 [not sure if this is quite a highlight, but certainly a milestone!]
I started up Dashing Magazine with two fabulous friends and colleagues Josie + Fanni
I’ve planned and co-ordinated some beautiful weddings for some wonderful clients…

 Credit / O&C Photography

I was part of the fabulous bloggers photoshoot alongside Kat, Annabel, Amma, Kelly and Alexis with photographer Lisa Devlin

Credit / Devlin Photos
I attended [and wept at!] the weddings of two of my very closest friends…
 Credit / Dan Chippendale

I organised a hen party for my best friend in Champagne, France…

I’ve styled some fun shoots with brilliant photographers and suppliers…


And…I became a London Bride. I was swept away on the most amazing weekend of my life to New York, and proposed to…!

Thank you to all the wonderful suppliers who I’ve worked with, met and featured on London Bride, all my wonderful clients this year, all my readers and to everyone who has continued to support me. I have been attempting to upgrade to wordpress and update the blogs design ALL year but it has just been too busy [as you can see!] so thank you for your patience. I do realise I’m not the most glamorous looking, tecched up site so your patience is admirable and very much appreciated. I promise to reward you all in the new year!
Well, my first Christmas with Mr M awaits me [warning, apparently once your engaged you have more responsibility with sharing family time at Christmas!] but I have a feeling 2012 is going to be a big year, not just for London and the Olympics, but hopefully for London Bride too. 
Wishing you all a magical Christmas. See you on the other side [I hope!].
Charley xo