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The Finishing Touches – Top 10 Wedding Accessories

AISLE STYLE, Accessories

It’s been a while since I had the chance to have a look at pretty things and with the rain pouring [and pouring and pouring] down outside what better way to cheer myself up than searching for those pretty little finishing touches that fill my  heart with joy! From elegant heels to delicate garters, sparkling earrings to cute hair accessories sometimes you just need that special something to complete the look.

I’ve basically chosen my top 10 wedding accessories that I believe are just oh so simply pretty. Nothing too outrageously statement, nothing too fashion forward, rather hopefully something that will work alongside many dresses and styles to just add that finishing touch for all those brides searching for that little added extra for their wedding.

London Bride's Top 10 Wedding AccessoriesONE Blue/Grey ‘Talle’ Garter by The Wedding Garter Co / TWO Vintage Floral Chandelier Earrings from Liberty In Love / THREE Leila Gold by Emmy London / FOUR Juliet Comb by Debbie Carlisle / FIVE ‘I Do’ Canvas Pouch by Alphabet Bags

The garter is having a resurgence, so if you don’t have one to borrow why not treat yourself to a beautifully feminine one from the recently launched The Wedding Garter Company, this one could also just about be your something blue? Add instant glamour with these beautiful chandelier earrings which work with well with all styles of dresses. The beautiful gold detailed Leila shoe is one I see brides choosing time and time again, classy and comfortable – what more do you want in a shoe? For those who want to add interest to a half-up do but don’t want to go too ‘princess’ then this beautiful Juliet Comb is sophisticated and just the right amount of sparkle. Believe me, you will need somewhere to put your bits and pieces on the day – tissues, lipstick, mints can all be slipped into this super cute peachy ‘I Do’ pouch.

London Bride's Top 10 Wedding AccessoriesONE Blush Vintage Rose Belt by Emmy London / TWO Vintage Rose Chandelier Earrings from Liberty in Love / THREE Coco Statement Headband by Britten Weddings / FOUR Retro Betty Bow Veil by Couturemango on Etsy / FIVE Chantilly Lace Shoes by Harriet Wilde 

Girls in white dresses with pink satin sashes – yes Maria was right these are a few of my favourite things – this pretty sash is a quick and removable way to add interest to a simple gown. If you fancy flirting with a colour but don’t want to go for a blush dress, and a hint of pink with these beautiful vintage style earrings. Now this ‘Coco’ headband is definitely a style statement. Keep hair in a loose up-do for effortless chic or it would also suit a perfectly coiffed set vintage style. Not going to lie, I’m in love with this Betty veil! It’s creamy tone, the bow and the cute length make this perfect for a city bride. Finally, I know you all like a pair of knockout heels, and these my friends are they. The detail of these ‘Chantilly’ lace shoes with ribbon ties are sexy and sophisticated, I can imagine you’ll want to keep these on into the small hours.

Would love to know what accessories you are teaming with your bridal look. To veil or not to veil? Knockout chandelier earrings perhaps just for the evening? Skyscraping heels to twirl in or a simple flower in your hair? There are just so many options out there it’s almost impossible to choose but hopefully this helps inspire for those on the accessories hunt!

Amanda + Tim – Midsummer Night’s Dream St Paul’s Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Amanda and Tim had a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ St Paul’s wedding in the city. Classic and romantic the couple had an enchanting day, at the very special St Paul’s Cathedral followed by Skinner’s Hall with the bride Amanda enthralling the ethereal Titania.

Whilst I know some of you are here to look at the pretty pictures [which they are of course thanks to Dasha Caffrey] however I do encourage you to read the details on their wedding day too – I always find the stories of ‘London Brides’ so very meaningful…

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Amanda chose a beautiful wedding dress by Temperley which was in fact a dress she’d had her eye on for over a year before she got engaged! “I first saw my dress while shopping with my mother-in-law for her own wedding dress 18 months before (we got engaged on the same day).  When I came to find a dress a year later Temperley still had the dress much to my delight.” 

She teamed the dress with a beautiful veil lace edged veil which was the perfect addition for a wedding in the grand St Paul’s Cathedral. She also wore an utterly gorgeous pair of ivory lace peep toe shoe-boots from Harriet Wilde – the Chantilly.

You may also notice the bridesmaids killer heels in that gorgeous peach colour to match their neutral outfits which were by Pied a Terre at Topshop. Amanda had spotted the girls dresses online from the Joy boutique – “I sent the link to my three bridesmaids who luckily also loved the dress.  For the jackets we went on a shopping marathon along Oxford St and right at the end of the day found the right one in Coast. Ros Osterman altered each dresses to make them slightly different and to fit the girls perfectly.”

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Amanda and Tim were married at St Paul’s Cathedral – a very special place to be able to have a wedding in London but it was also very significant for the couple personally in many ways,  “We were lucky enough to get married at the OBE Chapel of St Paul’s Cathedral due to Tim’s father (Sir Richard Francis), who was knighted for his work with the British Council.  Sadly, Richard passed away when Tim was just eight, and so this was an important way to remember him.  The chapel is a surprisingly intimate setting and includes the tombs of Sir Christopher Wren, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir John Everett Millais, which for an art historian was such an honour.  However, for us, the most special part of getting married in the OBE chapel was being married by Mother Sarah.  She is such a calm and lovely person, who helped us both in the in the lead-up to and during our wedding day.”

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“Tim and I wanted an informal and relaxed look for both the flowers and decoration of each venue.  Therefore Skinner’s Hall was decorated with tea lights, ribbons, rustic flowers (in pink and purple), and hand-made stationary. Our flowers were decided upon with the help of Sam at Violets & Velvet who patiently helped us during our initial meeting.  Sam suggested including fresh herbs in the bouquets and table arrangements which smelt wonderful.  Also as I am half Scottish and we met at Edinburgh University we also included thistles in the table decorations.”

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Having a central London wedding can sometimes meaning compromising on location and not having any outdoor space, however they came across the perfect location where they could enjoy the best of both worlds and what a lovely day it was for them to make the most of it “Tim and I fell in love with Skinners Hall instantly, having spent months searching.  The venue was perfect with its different interior/exterior spaces that allowed guests to dance, drink, eat, chill out or just watch from the big central staircase (a surprise hit)!” Looks like the guests were all enjoying the fountain roof garden!

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It was clearly a very special day for Amanda and Tim, but a few were very poignant “Our exchange of vows and the choir singing Ave Maria during the service.  Then in the evening, my dad’s band, “The Magic Pandas”, really upped the tempo – at the end of the night having all our nearest and dearest on the dance floor signing Bohemian Rhapsody, and then Ho Hey (Lumineers) at the top of their lungs.”

Amanda’s planning tip “The scheduling of the day is so important; we tried to make sure there were no periods of time when guests’ were hanging around.  We also printed a schedule of the day so everyone knew where they were to be and when.  I wish we had realised earlier that you shouldn’t try and do everything yourself, delegation is key to survival!”

Congratulations Amanda and Tim on a beautiful day and with thanks to the talented photographer, Dasha Caffrey for sharing it with us.

Credits: Photography: Dasha Caffrey / Ceremony Venue: St Paul’s Cathedral / Rception Venue: Skinners Hall / Bride’s Dress: Temperley London / Bride’s Veil: Rosalyn Osterman / Bride’s Shoes: Harriet Wilde / Bridesmaids: Dress – Joy Jackets – Coast / Groom’s Suit: Cad and the Dandy / Bride’s Hair: Lucia Farnesi / Flowers: Violets & Velvet / Catering: Party Ingredients / Cheese Cake: Paxton and Whitfield / Photo Booth: The Big Booth