Posts Tagged: Clerkenwell

A Laid Back Stylish ‘Anti-Wedding’ Islington Wedding

Aisle Style, WEDDINGS, Informal

Photography by Photography by Krishanthi

Lucy & Alex were a laid back ‘anti-wedding’ couple who managed to have the day they wanted whilst doing it in style.

Informal Albion Pub Wedding In Islington

Today I’m sharing a very honest real wedding post from couple Lucy and Alex (Lucy runs one of my favourite online stationery boutiques, Quill London), who were married in September last year in Islington. Whilst they had a very beautiful low key relaxed day, they were in many ways  pretty ‘anti-wedding’. I’m actually really pleased to share a post like this, as whilst there are many brides out there who LOVE being a bride-t0-be, being engaged and all the excitement, planning and fun it brings there are a number of ladies (or indeed couples) who are much less about the ‘wedding’ and more about the ‘marriage’ who feel a bit disheartened with the planning. As today’s bride Lucy clearly wrote: “I didn’t want a “WEDDING!” I didn’t really want to be a bride. I just wanted to be married.”

I always aim for the blog to be honest and authentic so I think it’s an inspiring post as I hope that for those out there who feel overwhelmed by the idea of their wedding or being a bride, this shows that it can be done beautifully, informally and most importantly in a way that’s right for you. There was no first dance or favours, but there was a catch up over coffee, heartfelt speeches, and an improvised personalised version of ‘Ho, Hey’ for the couple – all of which were meaningful moments and that’s what makes a beautiful wedding. Oh and perhaps those Crosstown Doughnuts helped…


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Colourful Origami Winter Peasant Pub Wedding Clerkenwell

WEDDINGS, Informal

Colourful Origami Clerkenwell Pub Wedding By Laura Babb

Hands up who’s ever tried to make an origami crane? I have, not that successfully I may add and after reading the tutorial quite a number of times indeed. Well, today’s bride (and groom!) must by now be pretty damn good at them, as Laura and Paul decided to make 1,000 origami cranes after reading about the tradition (it’s thought to be very good luck), which made for a rather amazing feature for their December pub wedding in Clerkenwell.

The beautiful rainbow of colours hanging from the ceiling brighten up the pub interior teamed with stunning colourful jewel toned flowers from That Flower Shop and some really fun geometric stationery meant this winter wedding was a bright and cheerful affair all round, captured by Laura Babb.

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From the bride, Laura: “We wanted a day that reflected us as a couple – relaxed and fun, with an emphasis on family, friends, good food and flowing drinks. We did most of our dating in London so it was really special to hold the wedding in the City we both love.

Early on we agreed that a Pub wedding was definitely for us and as soon as we met the team at The Peasant we were able to relax as we knew that they would take care of everything for us (and Paul and his friends love a good Ale!).

We had read about the 1,000 origami crane tradition and thought that a rainbow of colours would work really well at the venue. This went on to inspire some of the other touches like my blue and white Ted Baker shoes and also the flowers (that were perfect and everything we could have hoped for!).

One of our best buys was our funky geometric stationary which we found by chance on Etsy, we kept this theme running from our invites through to the table plans, menus and place cards and they really added a lovely touch. I was really really nervous about finding the perfect dress and for many months scoured the high street for a dress as I couldn’t face visiting a bridal shop, eventually my sisters set me up with an appointment at Confetti Bridal in Wokingham (near my hometown of Reading). The second dress I picked up was definitely ‘the one’ and immediately the pressure was off! Laura also wore a sweet handmade knit made by her mum to keep her warm.

Finally the photography was definitely close to the top of our list of priorities – you only do it once and we wanted to find someone who could capture the vibe of our whole day. We had seen many of Laura Babb’s photos as she does a lot of London weddings and we attended a wedding she had shot earlier in the year. It was an obvious choice and to say that we are over the moon with her work is an understatement – on 1st viewing (and 2nd and 3rd) there was not a dry eye in the house!

Thank you to Laura and Paul for sharing their gorgeous cheery day with us, proving you can go bright in winter!

Photographer: Laura Babb / Ceremony: Islington Town Hall / Reception Venue: The Peasant / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero at Confetti Bridal / Bridesmaids: JS Collection / Flowers: That Flower Shop / Cake: Marks and Spencer / Stationery: My Line and Colour on Etsy

Hidden Gem The Charterhouse Wedding in Clerkenwell

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Hidden Gem London Wedding by Dasha Caffrey

I was recently asked in an interview for the recently launched ‘Save The Date’ Wedding Podcast (you can download my ‘Meet the blogger: London Bride’ episode here on iTunes for free!) what I feel is the draw for couples wanting to marry in London and why this blog is such as success. This very wedding illustrates it perfectly as I am always amazed at the variation that London has to offer for weddings and those wanting to celebrate in this city. For some it may be a luxury hotel, others an urban warehouse in East London and then there’s these little hidden gems that I feel so lucky to share.

When you think of London, you don’t think of a secluded garden, Jacobean chapel and dining in the cloisters of a monastery but this couple did just that with this Charterhouse Wedding! Such an incredible location which this lovely couple Patti and Matt were very lucky to be able to celebrate their special day at which was captured beautifully by Dasha Caffrey.

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From Patti and Matt: “We only ever had one venue in mind for our wedding: The Charterhouse. It’s a secret gated community, in the heart of Clerkenwell, with a little Jacobean chapel, stunning gardens and historic rooms. It’s in the heart of London, but inside you feel like you’re in the middle of the countryside. I was lucky enough to grow up here – and my family have lived here for 25 years – and because of this we are amongst a handful who have been allowed to marry in this special venue. We also hired a smart pub around the corner for the party in the evening, meaning that everything was within walking distance. We loved how local this made the wedding feel, but were also mildly disappointed that we didn’t need to drive my husband’s 1968 Ford Mustang anywhere! ” 

Patti had both her sisters as her beautiful bridesmaids and they decided to make a trip to the flower market to create the flowers for the reception: “The day before the wedding we got up at 5am and went to New Covent Garden market with my sisters to buy the flowers. We had our budget in cash and a few ideas, but mostly wanted to find interesting foliage and flowers that were in season. My sisters were amazing at spotting things we hadn’t thought of and charming the vendors into giving us a good deal.  I actually got a local florist in Islington, Dansk, on Upper Street to make the bouquets and buttonholes. And I’m so glad I did because I loved my bouquet of amnesia roses and viburnum steel berries.”  

Patti opted to use dress designer Elaine Kennedy to create a bespoke gown for her inspired by a similar Jenny Packham style and the 1930s the dress was customised into a unique design just for Patti and she looks incredible in the dress, fits like a glove!

 

A big thanks and congratulations to Patti and Matt on a beautiful day and to Dasha Caffrey for sharing.

 

Credits: Photography: Dasha Caffrey / Venue: The Charterhouse Clerkenwell / Bride’s Dress: Bespoke by Tantrums & Tiaras / Bridesmaids: Ghost (Navy) & Vintage (Green) / Groom’s Outift: Reiss / Cake: Lili Vanilli 

Annie + James – Gastropub wedding for a Temperley London bride

WEDDINGS, Informal

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A short but oh so sweet wedding today! The very stylish Annie and James were married in June last year with the day captured beautifully by Emma Jane at Caught The Light photography. A stylish city wedding, with a gastro pub reception, Annie and James wanted the day to be relaxed and with the help of their wonderful friends and family, all helped to bring the day together. And look at that blue sky, how lucky they were. Now come on and hurry up Spring!

I have to mention Annie’s beautiful style, that soft rust coloured Temperley gown is simply stunning and I love her neat ballerina bun! Brides, just goes to show you don’t have to wear white on your wedding day, I love the soft colours on Annie and the complimenting bridesmaids in rose also. So pretty!

From Annie: “When we started planning our wedding we decided that we wanted a relaxed day without too many formalities, having a really great celebration with close friends and family was the most important thing to us. I was brought up in London, and we are both foodies so a Town Hall wedding followed by a reception at a gastro pub seemed perfect. We did nearly everything ourselves and with friends – the invitations, the flowers, decorating the pub etc, James even DJ’d at the party in the evening all of which made the day feel even more special and very personal to us.”

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What was the most special moment of the day? Walking back down the aisle together, knowing we were married.

What music did you walk down the aisle to?  An excerpt from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana (chosen for us by my mum).

Do you have any planning advice for other brides? Decide which elements are important to you from the beginning and focus on those.   I decided I didn’t want too long to stew over tiny details – we planned our wedding in 5 months. Remind yourself that this is your only chance to do this. It’s such an exciting time and the only time in your life you will be made to feel so special, so enjoy!

Congratulations to Annie and James on a wonderfully relaxed but stylish celebration and thanks to the super Emma Jane at Caught The Light – thanks for sharing this day!

Photography: Emma Jane at Caught The Light / Ceremony: Islington Town Hall / Reception: The Peasant (Clerkenwell) / Wedding Dress: Temperley / Bridesmaids: French Connection / Groom: Dress 2 Kill / Hair: David Wadlow at The Lounge Soho / Make Up: Nicola Moores / Flowers: Arranged by Bride and her Mother / Cake: Bride’s friend Georgina Parnell

Chris + Holly – Cool Clerkenwell Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Modern, Urban

Chris and Holly had been together 11 years when Chris finally proposed in Amsterdam three years ago. But cue busy lifestyle [Holly undertook a doctorate!] and the wedding was patiently put back until 8th September last year when she finally finished and they could get married! Because of the wedding being on hold for a few years it meant they ended up organising most of the wedding in only a month! A month! Now as a wedding planner, that’s pretty impressive, not only that but they brought together an amazing day so it really does go to show you don’t always need years of planning!

I love how this is such an easy going wedding day, especially that they they took together to wander, capture some portraits, indulge in a sip of whisky from a hip flask and realise they just became husband and wife. All marvellously captured by Lee at Robbins Photographic.

Holly looks amazing in her dress and guess what…it’s high street! “Unfortunately I had a bit of a dress nightmare and the original wedding dress I had couldn’t be used. I ended up searching for a dress about 3 weeks before the wedding and found a simple but elegant dress from Coast bridal which actually suited the style of the wedding more than the original. I wore my mum’s pearls which were given to her by her mum – my something borrowed. On the morning of the wedding I got ready with my two bridesmaids, my beautiful niece, who was a fantastic flower girl, and my mum.”  She also borrowed a hair accessory from her bridesmaid who’d worn it for her own wedding day – a great way of not blowing the budget and such a sweet gesture.

“We’re a pretty laid back couple and our close friends and family know not to expect too much from us in the planning stakes! We both love good food and low-key, simple but classic style so we focused on that. The main thing was to make sure everyone had a good time so the majority of the budget went on good food and drink!”

Isn’t this shot above amazing! I just love the setting, the light. Oh London you do charm me so!

Holly and Chris knew they wanted a London wedding, and chose Camden Town Hall for their small low key ceremony “Chris is from London and we’ve lived in various parts of the city now for about 10 years so we always knew we wanted a London wedding. The only question was where! We finally settled on The Artisan of Clerkenwell which is a great pub near Farringdon station that had just the right kind of relaxed atmosphere we were looking for and Camden Town Hall was just a stone’s throw away so we decided to hold the ceremony there. We had a low-key ceremony and asked two very close friends to read poems we had chosen for each other.”

One of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding can be a seating plan, but with a relaxed party and sharing platters it’s a great excuse to do away with it which is what Holly and Chris decided “Everyone commented on the relaxed and very tasty food served at the pub. We had posh Ploughman’s – smoked meat and cheese sharing platters with fresh bread and yummy chutneys. We didn’t have a seating plan because it was a small ceremony party and we wanted guests to feel comfortable and relaxed.”

I love that their DJ was actually a friend called DJ! What are the chances… “Our DJ for the night was a great friend (actually called DJ!) who we’ve both known since university. He’s now so fabulous we couldn’t have afforded him but he did it for us as a wedding gift and we are so very glad that he did! There’s a photo of me straight after the first dance with the biggest smile on my face as David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ came on and everyone started going for it on the dance floor. People were still dancing until 3am!” 

After dancing our hearts out, we got a taxi to the One Aldwych at 2am and spent the rest of the wedding night in 5* luxury, drinking champagne and eating strawberries on a huge bed! Now that is the life! If you can’t indulge in luxuries on your wedding day, when can you? Definitely a rather fabulous start to married life!

What music did you walk down the aisle to? Time After Time – Eva Cassidy.

Do you have any planning advice for other brides? Don’t sweat the little details; they don’t really matter on the day. 

What was the most special or memorable moment of the day? Having our closest friends and family supporting us and wishing us well was amazing and something we will always remember. But probably my favourite moment was getting to spend a whole hour with my new husband right after the ceremony. We went for a walk around St Pancras and then onto Clerkenwell Green with our fantastic and very relaxed photographer, Lee Robbins. We got to chat about the ceremony, drink some much needed whisky from the hip flask I had engraved as a wedding gift, and to take in the fact that we were finally husband and wife after 11 years of being together! The speeches were also a surprise and very heartfelt.

What was your first dance song? God Only Knows – The Beach Boys.

Congratulations to Holly and Chris [so weird saying that as that’s the names of my sister and her husband!] and big thanks to the ace Lee Robbins for allowing me to share the fabulous day.

Photography: Robbins Photographic / Reception Venue:  The Artisan of Clerkenwell / Wedding Dress: Coast Bridal Shoes: Next / Bridesmaids Dresses: Hobbs / Groom: Suit by Paul Smith / Bride’s Hair: Hair by Hebe / Flowers: Geoffrey Walker / Cookies: Ben’s Cookies / Invitations: James RG Designs (Bride’s Brother) / Rings: Simon Wright