Posts Tagged: Colourful

Colourful Modern Kings Cross Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Modern, Urban

Photography by Lemonade Pictures

Amy and Matt had a colourful modern Kings Cross wedding with a ceremony in St Pancras station followed by an informal and urban reception.

Colourful Modern Kings Cross Wedding by Lemonade Pictures

This week feels like all my wedding enquiries seem to be for September. It’s no wonder it’s a popular month, the summer is over, life is back to normal, kids are at school and well, the weather seems to be mostly quite lovely.

This wedding took place in September last year and certainly wasn’t short of blue skies. The addition of the colourful flowers, those turquoise blue shoes worked with the couple who’s beaming smiles are almost as bright as both.

When I first moved to London I’d never have imagined Kings Cross to be a destination for a wedding, but how wrong I was. I just love St Pancras and this whole area and couldn’t imagine a place with more of a buzz to say I do.

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Colourful Urban London Wedding in Chelsea + Kings Cross

Aisle Style, WEDDINGS, Informal, Modern, Urban

Photography by Eclection Photography

Leila and Perry chose a sweet Chelsea ceremony followed by a walk along the picturesque Albert Bridge before joining their guests for a colourful urban reception in Kings Cross. This couple injected colour and style with her floral crown and his check suit and the cheery green bridesmaids! 

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Leila and Perry’s wedding has been a lovely wedding to write up due to all the gorgeous colour injected, it just adds so much fun and cheer to a wedding! They even asked the guests to wear bright colours which is such a great idea.

Leila and Perry were married in September 2015, and chose to hold an intimate ceremony at The Chelsea Registry Office given they had first met on the Kings Road and also that Leila’s parents in fact married there 37 years ago which is just lovely and so meaningful.

Leila’s bridal style is modern and I love her bright floral crown which works nicely with the colourful bridesmaids dresses too. Groom Perry is seriously upping the style stakes too, what a fabulous check suit! They injected their styles and personalities into the day really well, from an epic selection of Brownie’s from Leila’s own bakery to a Lebanese belly dancer and hip hop DJ!

Although 06 St Chad’s is no longer taking wedding bookings (shame!) I do love how Jam Jar Flowers dressed the beams with hops, a great idea and way of adding decor to a tall space.

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Bright and Beautiful Fun London Southbank Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Modern, Urban

Photography by Babb Photo

Borough Market Colourful London Wedding, A Jenny Packham Bride, Maid To Measure Bridesmaids. Photography by Babb Photo

Today’s wedding has to be a perfect example of a London wedding! Bride and groom Anna and Dil were married with a Catholic ceremony, followed by a walk down the Southbank with their guests, bubbles and dancing aboard a boat down the Thames, then a hearty British feast followed by late night fun. Bride Anna also chose the most beautifully sparkling Jenny Packham ‘Gemma” tea length gown (one of my favourites!) and bridesmaids in fun Maids To Measure floral print dresses and cheery bright florals from Wild About set the decor off perfectly. 

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Colourful Spring Geometric Wedding in Islington

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal, Modern, Urban

Photography by Lovestruck PhotographyWedding Co-ordination London Bride

Leonie & Nick had a colourful Spring wedding in Islington, co-ordinated by London Bride with blooms bursting from terrariums, an a capella choir, coloured wedding dress and lots of eclectic decor. 

Colourful Geometric Spring Islington London Wedding by Lovestruck Photo | Co-ordination by London Bride

I’m so excited to share today’s wedding of Leonie and Nick. This was a gorgeous Spring wedding from earlier this year that was co-ordinated by London Bride! So, you know the drill – any weddings by us tend to be a little long in length as it’s so hard to edit them down! I’ll be honest also in that Leonie and Nick are ridiculously photogenic that there were just too many beautiful photos from Lovestruck Photography to choose from, so excuse the rather lengthy post!

Leonie and Nick added so much fun, character and colour to their relaxed Islington pub wedding, with lots of personal details; many combined with efforts of some very talented and kind friends, it just shows you can transform any space and I really loved seeing so much colour! I worked with them in the lead up to the day and it was lovely to style and set up all their personal decorative touches along with the incredible flowers from That Flower Shop, and THOSE amazing gold terrariums that the bride sourced.

Do have a read below for Leonie (and Nick’s!) wonderful write up of the day, they also sum it up with some wonderful advice which I wanted to post here too:

I felt a lot more of a ‘bride’ on the day than I was expecting. Turns out it’s not just the white dress that does it! Try and get round and talk to everyone but do go off and have a moment by yourself (as well as with your new husband!) when you want to.

Spend time with the family members that you don’t often see. Make sure you eat the nice food, drink the fancy champagne and dance  – it’s more important to have a good time in your dress than keep it pristine.

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Colourful Wedding & Candy Anthony Bride at The Museum Of Childhood

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Peachey Photography

Lisa and Will had a colourful and playful London wedding with a hint of nostalgia with a ceremony at the Art Deco Town Hall Hotel and reception at the V&A Museum of Childhood with the bride choosing a flirty fifties lace Candy Anthony dress. 

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It’s great to see how couple Lisa and Will built a wedding that reflected them, especially in the venue they chose which allowed them to have a colourful and playful theme with a hint of nostalgia in her gorgeous fifties style Candy Anthony dress. Lots of colour for their late summer day with lots of ‘sweet’ details, quite literally with an amazing dessert table along with thoughtful favours of books for their guests and lots of entertaining speeches!

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Eclectic Playful Rooftop Wedding London

WEDDINGS, Informal

Photography by Joanna Brown

An LA bride, a London rooftop, mariachi music, a groom in pink and a theatric ceremony. David and Saskia certainly put the playful and party into their day. 

This was a hard wedding to write a title for. Perhaps I best not try to describe it, but let’s just say there’s a rooftop, a ton of paper flowers, faux cherry blossom trees, an actual heart shaped cake(as in from the body), mariachi music, a seriously dapper groom in powder pink and a bride in an old faithful dress.

The couple Saskia (from LA) and David added some serious tongue in cheek to their London wedding, with a playful take turning it into a super cool party.

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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.

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Bright + Cheerful Hampton Court House Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Modern

Bright and Cheerful Hampton Court House Wedding

Whilst the sky may be grey and dreary at the moment, this wedding has cheered my day up no end! Such a beautiful bright, colourful wedding full of personality and cheer. Jo and Greg were married at the beautiful Hampton Court House earlier in June this year. The very talented ladies at Cotton Candy Weddings captured the day in all it’s multi-coloured splendour so perfectly and of course those radiant just-married smiles from the gorgeous bride and groom. I also have to mention the bursting-with-brightness blooms by Steph at Fairy Nuff Flowers who created the most stunning arrangements in those sunshine shades that bring so much cheer to the day.

Having met in Spain Jo and Greg incorporated some subtle influences of Granada into their day “There wasn’t really a theme but Greg and I met in Granada in Spain so a lot of the decorations and the table plan had a Granada theme to them such as Morrocan lanterns etc. When we started planning our wedding we started with the guest list and went from there. We wanted it to be as fun and relaxed as possible whilst still recognising the fact that it was obviously a very important occasion!

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Jo looked picture-perfect in her ‘Willow’ by Jenny Packham dress with the chic but sexy sheer back detailing and feminine fit, which she discovered at Miss Bush Bridalwear boutique in Surrey.

Finding my dress was a more stressful process than I had assumed it would be, it feels like there a lot of pressure to look perfect on the day and there’s just too much choice! The Willow dress by Jenny Packham was actually one of the first dresses I saw on the internet when I started looking and was just much more me than the corseted designs I tried, relaxed yet covered in sequins! I got it from Miss Bush, which I would highly recommend to everyone, Emma really knows what she’s talking about!

I’m sure like myself, your eye has been caught on those amazing Miu Miu shoes with the jewel decorated heels, practical and oh-so pretty! My beautiful Miu Miu shoes were a replacement for a pair of stilettos I was going to wear but got more and more worried about being able to walk in. The block heel was perfect and I wore them all day and night, even walking home in them across a field.

Jo accessorised her outfit with some lovely meaningful items borrowed from her cousin and Mum. My Alex Monroe pear necklace was borrowed from my beautiful Maid of Honour Ellie (also my cousin), who graciously lent it to me for the day (I’m not sure I gave her much choice!). My watch is an old one of my Mum’s that I used to covet. I think I was about 7 when I first told her that I wanted to wear it when I got married! 

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Jo’s love for colour on her big day was all inspired from the early bridesmaid dresses purchase! I absolutely love the colour on her lovely ladies and the flowers are just so cheery, perfect for a June wedding. It’s probably obvious from the photos that I love bright colours. The bridesmaids’ dresses were one of the first things I bought, about a week after we got engaged! My friend works at Whistles and she knew I like Orange so she showed them to me and they started the colour scheme for the whole wedding! My nieces completely stole the show in their John Lewis dresses with little rings of gypsophila made by our florist, Steph. 

Greg looked sharp in a Gieves and Hawkes suit that was provided by the bride’s brother, Simon who runs Permanent Style, which is very handy as this man knows a thing or two about menswear!

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I’m not sure there is anything like having live music and singing for a ceremony. Somehow the atmosphere really is quite heightened with emotion, and with such personal and meaningful readings it would appear there weren’t many dry eyes during this special ceremony.

The ceremony itself was perfect, made even better by The Tiffinians (an acapella group from a local school) singing as my Dad and I entered, that was definitely a moment I’ll never forget – it was beautiful and veery emotional. The readings were also very special. My Aunt read a poem which my Grandad wrote to us in reply to our wedding invitation, which was always going to be emotional! Greg’s sister read ‘He’s not perfect’ by Bob Marley (which I had chosen for Greg without his knowledge) and my Brother read ‘Dance me to the end of love’ by Leonard Cohen, which he managed to fill with such emotion it had the family crying at the very least. Finally we walked out to ‘Waiting for as star’ by Boy meets Girl, an 80s classic chosen because it’s the song at the end of Three Men and a Little Lady when they get married, a film both of us loved growing up.

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They chose the beautiful Hampton Court House for their wedding for the elegant yet relaxed setting and picturesque gardens and outdoor patio to enjoy a drinks reception. The green gardens provided the perfect setting for the lovely portait photos with their photographers, Gem and Phil from Cotton Candy Weddings.

I found them just searching the internet and loved their reportage style. What I particularly like about their photos is their use of light, as well as their ability to catch all the best moments. They are also very subtle, we didn’t know they were there half the time! 

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You can’t fail to have a smile on your face when surrounded by such beautiful flowers, gold glitter decorations and…..flamingoes! I love the DIY gold paper lanterns that Jo made just from spray painting – they add that touch of luxe to the humble white lantern!

I made most of the decorations for the wedding (with a lot of help from a few friends and family in particular!). We started collecting jam jars to cover in gold glitter about a year in advance, I think Greg thought I’d gone mad – we’re still finding glitter all over my parents’ house. One of my favourite things we made was the lanterns for the roof of the conservatory which we sprayed with gold spray paint, focusing on the top to create a graduated effect, not all of my ideas worked out as well! I think Greg was also worried about me when I told him I wanted to get plastic lawn flamingos and flamingo cocktail servers but it all came together in the end and I hope made people smile.

We also had a photo of every guest when they were younger instead of place cards, which did seem like madness at times but was worth it to see people’s reactions on the day.

 

 

 

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I was unsure what type of flowers to have with the strong colour of the dresses but Steph from Fairy Nuff Flowers was amazing and pulled together the beautiful bouquets from my mass of photo ideas. I thought at the start that I wasn’t too concerned about flowers but Steph changed that and the flowers ended up being one of my favourite things about the day (she even added trailing gold sequins to my bouquet).

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We went with Parties to Go for the catering whose food is delicious but not as formal as some of the other caterers we looked at. Carole was great, she was so enthusiastic and was very accommodating of all our ideas as well as making delicious food, and made it easy for us to just enjoy ourselves on the day. 

The amount of laughter/cheering/general noise during the ceremony/speeches/dancing etc. was amazing. I have to particularly mention the creative and hilarious speech from the two best men, Rich and Olly, we both cried with laughter watching it back!

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The White Keys really set the atmosphere for the evening dancing, playing a mix of music across different decades to suit the crowd. We had debated whether it was worth getting a large band but it was absolutely worth it and I would highly recommend them. Jo and Greg danced to On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons.

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A lovely moment for Jo and Greg was right at the end of the day, an impromptu finale song with their friends.  We hadn’t planned any kind of exit so just got our stuff to quietly go, but our friends weren’t having any of it, they surrounded us singing and dancing to ‘Take That – Never forget’ and then cheered us out as we walked up the stairs, a perfect end to a perfect day.

 

Jo also has some top tips to share with any brides to be out there all of which I have to say is fanstastic advice!

  • Get a videographer – We weren’t going to at first but did on the advice of a friend and we’re so glad now. You miss so much and it’s lovely to be able to watch it all again
  • Don’t worry if you don’t try on a single dress and think ‘this is the one!’ as TV etc. seems to suggest you should, some of us just don’t have that kind of reaction!
  • Don’t look round during your vows, if you see other people crying you will too!
  • We asked the photographers to use cameras without clicks for the ceremony, definitely something I’d recommend

During the planning it wasn’t ideal as we were also living with my parents and trying to renovate a house at the same time so it isn’t necessarily advisable, even if you are blessed with a Mum as organised as mine – Thanks Mum!

What a gorgeous day – so many lovely details and it all ties together to be both beautiful and personal. Thank you for sharing with us and to Cotton Candy for their stunning work and for brightening our day!

 

CREDITS: Photography: Cotton Candy Weddings /  Venue: Hampton Court House / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham at Miss Bush Bridalwear / Groom’s Suit: Gieves & Hawkes (provided by Bride’s brother Simon) / Bridesmaids Dresses: Whistles /  Hair & Make-up: Lars Luan / Flowers: Steph at Fairy Nuff Flowers / Catering: Parties to Go / Acapella Group: The Tiffinians / Evening Band: The White Keys 

Confetti Inspiration – Top Ten

INSPIRATION, Design & Decor

As a spot and dot obsessive, there is nothing quite more satisfying than seeing the air filled with colourful paper shapes floating down. It’s no coincidence that my re-design was heavily influenced by confetti then!

It’s no longer baby blue and pastel pink horseshoes it’s all about bright colours which come in all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t have to just be thrown at you post ceremony either (though one does LOVE a confetti shot!), there are lots of ideas here to incorporate the cute and colourful paper pieces into your wedding day

Tissue paper streamers by Tokketok / DIY Confetti Nails by kiki9988

A confetti save the date postcard perhaps by Present & Correct / Confetti Spot Washi Tape from Papermash

Confetti dipped favours for guests by Tokketok / A subtle falling confetti cake by The Cake Girls via Martha Stewart

The prettiest BonBon confetti filled balloon!

Set up a confetti shower for a bridal portrait, photo by Anika London for Carter & Cook Events Co / Send little sprinkles of colour with your invitations by Daley Ann / Make fun little confetti bags for guests by Tokketok

So will you be sprinkling some of the fun stuff at your wedding or having a spotty theme? Please say yes!

Mr & Mrs: Amy & Dave – A Rainbow Wedding Full Of Their Favourite Things

WEDDINGS

I know you guys don’t come here for my overflowing posts on real weddings but I am hoping to change that. It’s hard keeping up with some of the full time blogs who showcase them really well but I am trying to bring you more, I promise! It’s all about the modern, pretty, fun and stylish wedding here!
With a love of Italy and having got engaged in Lake Garda, Amy and Dave had a beautiful blue skied October wedding at  Hever Castle’s Italian Gardens & Guthrie Pavillion. Having been concerned about the unpredictable autumnal weather for months any many friends questioning their choice of date, they needn’t have worried because on the day it happened to be one of the warmest days of 2011 [I remember this weekend well as I went to Whitstable for a bike ride and to watch the sunset!]. What a fabulous omen, and such magical light throughout their photos.
Amy and Dave really wanted their wedding to represent them as a couple and be a combination of their favourite things. This in fact ended up being a running theme for them…’raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens…’ I loved looking through their photos and seeing how many of these wonderful ‘favourite things’ they incorporated! They also each included many of their favourite things as elements throughout the day such as colour, art, floral prints, design details and live music.
Amy has a penchant for all things multi-coloured so they decided on including this with their bridal party and each bridesmaid wore a different bright colour – picked from the hues on the Liberty print floral tie that Dave wore. In this vintage inspired era of dusky pinks and creams it’s SO refreshing to see colour at a wedding, makes it so bright and cheerful [although I think the blue skies help!].

How much do you love the Liberty floral print details! Such a beautiful way of incorporating a pretty pattern into the wedding as they also used it across their wedding stationery and in fact this pattern also formed the basis of the floral designs for the day.

The couples choice of favours were one of the biggest hits of the day. They’d spent a year [wow, a year!] painting something that reminded them of each guest onto mini canvases. Such a personal detail and packaged neatly in brown paper tied up with string no wonder the guests loved them.

The flowers were arranged in bright copper kettles which Amy spent time sourcing on ebay and car bootsales and they even had teeny plastic raindrops on the roses, now that is a cute detail! Amy knew she wanted a multi-coloured bouquet to reflect her love of bright colours and I love the big blue sash tied around it – her perfect something blue.
As a talking point for the guests the couple re-wrote the ‘favourite things’ song to include all of their own which was a personal touch and got lots of laughs at the dinner table!
One of Amy’s favourite memories of the day was waiting to walk down the aisle behind a pillar watching her niece and nephew release balloons into the sky as all the guests clapped. Such a sweet memory and such a nice way to involve young family members in the day.
Amy chose to walk down the aisle to Daft Punk’s Digital Love but played by a string quartet. Personally I’ve always been a fan of this song, and I bet it sounded great being played on strings. As an element of surprise, after they said I do, they walked back up the aisle to the theme from Austin Powers and hidden amongst the guests were a percussionist and a trumpet player!
Words of advice from Amy are to keep everything as personal as possible to you. She says it was the main thing that all her guests commented on and is a lovely reflection of you as husband and wife. Amy also says to appreciate that if you ask for help with your wedding, respect that everyone else have lives too – so be considerate. She also highly recommends getting your ushers involved all the way as they can be a great help on the day and it’s a great way of including them.  I have to say from a wedding planners point of view I agree with this – they are a great point of call on the day and between them can sort out many things!
Congratulations to the happy couple Amy and Dave and thanks to their wonderful photographer Jacqui for capturing the spirit of the day, and telling their lovely story so well.

Photography / Jacqui McSweeney
Wedding Dress / San Patrick from The Bridal Way

Shoes / Melissa Vivienne Westwood
Bridesmaids / Dessy
Groom / Suit by Next, Tie made from Liberty Print Fabric
Hair / Red Hairdressing, Kent
Flowers / Isis Events
Cake / Bride’s Mother
Favours / Canvases by Fred Aldous
Photobooth / Boothbox
Stationery / Evil Donkey