Posts Tagged: Islington Town Hall

Relaxed Restaurant Wedding & Pink Needle & Thread Wedding Dress

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal, Modern

Photography by Miss Gen

Laura and Alex had a summery relaxed Islington ‘London’ focussed wedding with a Town Hall ceremony and restaurant reception, with the bride in a stunning peachy pink wedding dress!

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Couple Laura and Alex had a perfectly relaxed summer’s day wedding in Islington for their day in August. Starting at Islington Town Hall for their ceremony they then took some time out for some portraits in the nearby streets with their photographer Gen. We adore bride Laura’s peachy pink Needle & Thread wedding dress, and think Alex makes an equally dashing groom in his bespoke Alexandra Wood suit!

We love the capture of all the little looks during the ceremony and those of the couple with their little girl as a family, so cute! The little touches during the day from the tube themed tables to the mixed CD’s were lovely ways to personalise their restaurant reception, and I just have to mention that wedding cheese cake…it looks amazing and I imagine the guests enjoyed tucking into that!

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Islington Town Hall Midweek Low Key Ceremony

WEDDINGS, Informal, Urban

Photography by Eclection Photography

Fashion forward couple Anna and Greg had a very small, intimate wedding in Autumn with their ceremony at Islington Town Hall followed by a private party the next day. 

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This couple chose to spread their celebrations over three days, with family over from Toronto they had a simple ceremony, followed by a party and then a family brunch. Who says a wedding day has to just be one day!? They kept the planning very low key and simple as they didn’t want a huge fuss, and it’s great to see such a modern minimalist bride, with bride Anna in an Acne dress.

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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. 

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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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Alice in wonderland islington metal works wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal

Alice in Wonderland Islington Metalworks Wedding by Babb Photo

It’s always fun to see how couples put their spin on their wedding day, and the lovely Roger and Sarah were inspired to put a little bit of Alice in Wonderland magic to their Islington Metalworks wedding! “Although we didn’t initially want a theme we saw photos of an Alice in Wonderland wedding on the Metalworks website and thought that it looked great and we loved the idea of it being a wedding for people who are a little bit twisted!” This winter wedding is full of creative details that work so well in the venue and must have been a great talking point for all the guests, especially all those amazing cakes!

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“We went with Laura at Babb Photo for the photography because she represented very good value for money is highly professional and has a cool style of photography which is unobtrusive but also ‘real’ and not over polished”. The atmosphere we were aiming for was warm and inclusive, hence we had big rows of tables rather than small circular tables. We also had lots of different styles of music throughout the day which included a jazz band, jukebox hour where the guests selected their choices ahead of the day as well as a Moroccon band which kicked off the evening then a DJ into the late hours! 

The bride Sarah chose an elegant figure flattering lace dress with ribbon detail and an unusual brooch bouquet by Love Bouquet which I think made the perfect accessory for a winter’s wedding with all the sparkle. The bride went for a dress that she knew her groom would love to see her in, “The dress was meant to be something elegant and strapless as that was one of Roger’s stipulations!” The Islington Metal Works is an unusual and quirky venue and was the perfect backdrop for this creatively themed wedding and also great as it’s close in location to the Town Hall where they held their ceremony. “We chose the Metal Works as we initially went to look at hotels and just felt that they lacked spirit so started looking on the internet for warehouse weddings. Islington was a great choice because it is such a lovely area and guests who were staying the night before had plenty of choice on where to go out.

Sarah was lucky enough to have some very talented friends involved in her wedding, and she has some great advice “Allow your friends to show how talented they are by helping out. It makes it more personable, but give them space to be creative as putting too much pressure on them only puts people off.” Along with tables of sweets, there were a selection of amazing cakes which featured Cheshire Cats and playing cards which were made by a friend and her very talented bridesmaid created a special Alice in Wonderland wedding cake!

They also they offered guests mezze food to add to the informal atmosphere which was a great hit with the guests and the theme was all brought together by cute little ‘key’ escort cards for guests to find their seats. They also decided to do something a little bit different for their first dance and hired a Moroccan band to perform and the bride says it was a highlight of the day, “The most special part of the day had to be our first dance as we marched in with the Moroccan band!”

Congratulations to Sarah and Roger on a fabulously quirky wedding which looked such great fun and to Laura at Babb Photo  for sharing her wonderful work.

Photography: Babb Photo / Ceremony Venue: Islington Town Hall / Reception Venue: Islington Metal Works / Bride’s Dress: Mia Sposa / Hair & Make Up: The Perfect Marriage / Flowers: Your London Florist / Catering: Octopus Food 

Cemile + Adam – Fun Turkish Inspired Baltic Restaurant Wedding

WEDDINGS, Modern

Quite often you hear about couples going down one route of planning their wedding and then they do a 360 and change their minds and go with their hearts. Cemile and Adam did just that and rather than getting married in Istanbul decided to do it in London with their own Turkish influences. I love the bride’s style [such pretty flowers in the hair!] and it looks like a really fun and relaxed day which is just what they were aiming for.

Although having a strong family connection to Turkey, the couple chose London for their big day but still managed to keep the heritage present throughout the day “When we first got engaged we had absolutely no idea at what we wanted to do.  I am Turkish but have lived in the UK since I was 5, so at first we even contemplated having it in Istanbul.  In the end we decided on London with as many Turkish features as possible.  I have always lived in London so having a country wedding felt very foreign to me.  Adam is from Bristol and he moved to London so we could be together and he is learning to love it as much as I do.

We had no theme, other than just the things that we love! Our aim for an atmosphere, would definitely have to be ‘fun and not too formal’, as neither of us have particularly traditional families.” 

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Cemile wore a beautiful vintage inspired gown by designer Charlie Brear who’s work is just beautiful “I originally wanted a vintage wedding dress, however, when I started trying them on I realised it wasn’t for me – just not quite the right shape or fit.  That is why Charlie Brear was perfect.  New dresses, made for me with a vintage style without looking at all dated.  The dress shop was lovely and felt like a real treat to be there and the staff were absolutely incredible.  I did love my dress but I was really sold on the accessories that I bought with it.  I had a silk sash and lace back-to-front-cardigan during the day, and very light sleeves and a beaded more glamorous sash for the evening.  They even emailed me a video of them tying the sash so my mother in law could do it on the day.  She did it absolutely perfectly but as l I moved, or did anything it kept coming unraveled, so I’m not sure I would recommend it!  And I would also advise against a change of outfit, there is no time and it just adds needless stress!” For any brides thinking of doing a change of outfit make sure you allow at least 30 minutes for the change otherwise you won’t feel you have time!

Having bridesmaids isn’t for everyone, but Cemile managed to get the balance with having her girls with her and treating them to them being able to relax and enjoy the day wearing whatever they wanted! “I just didn’t feel right having four grown women dressed in the same dress following me around – it just wasn’t me.  They organised my hen do, they helped me to get ready, they looked after me all day and then all got very drunk and cried at the end of the wedding.  They were the best non-bridesmaids ever! I organised a surprise massage on the morning of the wedding at my flat, bought them all a Chanel perfume and had their hair done professionally.  They all looked amazing, they just got to wear their own dresses!”

The pretty colourful flowers in Cemile’s hair is look so pretty and creative and that’s all down to her hair and make up artist Jeni Dodson “I chose Jeni for my hair and make up and I had 100% confidence in her skills.  She thought that flowers would look great with flowing curls and she was right, so she asked me to buy a few fabric flowers which she would then make into a master piece on the day.  So, every time I saw a flower I bought one, for 6 months!  I must have about 40!  She chose the ones she liked and created a masterpiece in my hair! I knew that I wanted a birdcage veil as I have always wanted to wear one but have never managed it.  I bought a variety of birdcage veils from Etsy with differeing shapes, sizes and colours, and on the day she incorporated all of it together on to something that was very me.  Which is impressive as we had only met once for the trial run!  People still ask me today where I got my hair piece from. And my make-up, well the photos speak for themselves, modern, fresh and glam rolled into one.”

I think it’s safe to say that Cemile is definitely an accessories girl, in fact so much so that the wedding was almost planned around the beautiful turquoise earrings she wore! “For my accessories, I really did treat myself.  All I know is that I wanted colour and when I saw the Annoushka turquoise amazonite earrings online I fell in love with them and knew I would be buying them.  I could almost say that the rest of the wedding was planned around them! The shoes were from Jimmy Choo and I wanted something glam but also something that I would wear again.  I wish I could say they were comfortable but my feet were hurting while I was walking down the aisle!  But it was all about the colour!

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“We were always going to have a civil ceremony and when I looked at different places, Islington Town Hall, as well as being very beautiful, made the most sense.  Somewhere we will walk past many times and remember our day.

Having a wedding in London meant a series of predictabilities.  Islington town hall, probably not very original but still wonderful.  We also got a routemaster form home to the town hall all together and then from the town hall to Baltic, with a tour of London along the way.  Also predictable but absolutely beautiful and enjoyed by all.  Especially all my relatives that had come from around the world! But Baltic? Totally original and different.  Many people have told me that they have been back for dinner since.”

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London can feel like a daunting place to start your wedding venue search, but seems like Cemile struck gold with their reception venue and it’s always worth keeping restaurants in mind “I knew I didn’t want a country wedding and when I started thinking London and looking on line either places were far too bland for us or they were miles out of our budget range.  When the idea of a restaurant came to us we loved it.  I know London restaurants very well and was very excited.  Through the search The Baltic restaurant popped up.  I have been going to Baltic on and off for 10 years and it is a beautiful venue with, great cocktails, high quality food and very attentive staff.  I instantly knew this was the place so I called them to find out some details and they were very helpful and the price was right.  We met with them and the owner, Jan, who was incredibly professional and helpful.  He knew exactly what he was doing and filled us with confidence.  We did not feel like we were on a wedding conveyer belt.  He had recently got married and had his reception in his own venue and was using his experience to create our perfect day.  The restaurant manager, Gosia really went beyond the call of duty to help me and do everything she possible could to make my day what it was.  Every one needs a Gosia at their wedding!

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“In terms of style, I generally find that things I love, love each other and that is what seems to have happened at the wedding.” The couple decorated the tables with fun cacti, and had coasters for the favours made into placecards by the Groom’s mother. The added to the venue’s light and airy space with the large ‘A & C’ light up initial letters from Vowed and Amazed which added to the atmosphere.

The food at the venue was a key component to choosing it for their reception, with a fusion of Polish and middle-eastern foods and some amazing sounding cocktails too! Their fabulous looking cake was made by the Bride’s mother in law who in fact is a chef by trade so that would explain why it looks so professional! It was Valencian orange sponge with orange buttercream and curd, then cherry almond cake and vanilla buttercream and then chocolate cake. Mmmm!

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“Our photographers Penny and Martin from Tino and Pip were amazing, we barely even knew they were there. They were worth every single penny!”

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Not all the wedding planning is a smooth ride, and this goes to prove that there may well be disagreements along the way but sounds like these guys had a pretty awesome soundtrack to their day! “We are both very much into music and it was really important that we got it right.  The music and the bands were the only thing that we really argued about on the run up to the wedding.  We had a pre dinner jazz duo which got people dancing even before dinner as they were fantastic. Then after our first dance which was Sexual Healing by the Hot 8 Brass Band we had another band The Chandeliers who did covers but in completely in their own quirky jazz style.  The dance floor was jam packed the whole night, we couldn’t believe it!  Then we had one of our friends DJ a mix of modern and old school classics.  We are both partial to a bit of drum and bass, therefore Baltic was pumping out dnb tunes until past 1am! As a word of advice, we kept missing out on the bands that we wanted, while we were deciding they were going from under our noses so book sooner rather than later – although we were very happy with our choices!

I always knew I wanted a photo booth because I have enjoyed them so much in the past.  Everybody loved it and we have an absolutely hysterical collection of photos to look at.  The Photo Emporium had lots of choices and we could basically have exactly what we wanted.  They came on the day, set-up and were running and we didn’t have to do anything.  Stress free and pure unadulterated fun!”

Congratulations to Cemile and Adam – I wish I could have been on your dancefloor! Thanks also to Penny and Martin from Tino & Pip for sharing their lovely work.

Photography: Tino & Pip / Ceremony: Islington Town Hall / Reception: The Baltic Restaurant / Wedding Dress: Charlie Brear / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Hair & Make Up: Jeni Dodson / Flowers: Chillea Flowers / Large Light Up Letters: Vowed & Amazed / Photo Booth: The Photo Emporium / Pre Dinner Band: Verity Jazz Vocalist / Evening Band: The Chandeliers

 

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