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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!

Islington Wedding London and Pink Needle & Thread Wedding Dress by Miss Gen Photography

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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A Rainy Yet Beautiful July Hackney Round Chapel Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal

Photography by Emma Case PhotographyWedding Co-ordinator London Bride

Tash & Richard had a beautiful yet rainy July Hackney Round Chapel wedding. Boys in bow-ties, two ceremonies, mis-matched bridesmaids, frozen cocktails and a Jewish Hora dance, we loved co-ordinating this wonderful perfectly imperfect London wedding!

Rainy July Hackney Round Chapel Wedding London by Emma Case Photography

It’s been a little over a year since the lovely Tash and Richard’s wedding that we co-ordinated and I’m so pleased to finally be sharing their fabulous day!

It was July and whilst you’d think that would mean beautiful hazy sunshine, it in fact meant torrential downpours, all day long. And I mean all day. It’s one of the wettest weddings I’ve co-ordinated, ironic really given it was a summer wedding but it absolutely didn’t dampen the day one bit, and I remember how much it actually made everyone laugh and smile because of the ridiculous-ness of it all! I love the image above by their photographer, Emma Case as it just shows, you can’t plan for the weather so you just have to smile and roll with it, just like these two and their guests did.

It really was a beautiful day despite the rain, with pretty mis-matching maids in creams and blush, boys in bow-ties, flowers made by the Groom’s mother, treats of cheese and ice-cream, frozen slush cocktails and two ceremonies, plus a rather epic Hora (Jewish circle dance) that I’ve witnessed at a wedding (not going to lie, the planner in me was concerned about anyone getting hurt but pleased to report everyone was of course fine!).

I’ve loved featuring the write-up from the bride Tash, I know many of you enjoy simply browsing through the images, but if you can, do take a few moments to read their lovely story of their day – as the bride Tash had herself said, “I found it really comforting and touching to read entries about weddings that carried a sense of reality and not everything being totally perfect. There can be so much pressure to get everything ‘right’ and for all the decisions to come naturally and hassle-free.” A wise and wonderful bride… over to you Tash and Richard.

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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. 

Low Key Islington Wedding | Eclection Photography

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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Elegant September Home House Wedding London

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Photography by Caught The Light

Libby and Ben had a beautifully elegant September wedding. The bride wore a Jenny Packham dress and bridesmaids in pink by Belle & Bunty with florals by The Flower Appreciation Society against the stunning backdrop of Home House, London. 

Home House Wedding London by Caught The Ligh

For any brides planning an elegant London wedding, then this should be all the inspiration you need! Libby and Ben were married in September last year, and it encompasses everything a sophisticated London wedding is about.

From the meaningful Church ceremony to a ride in a white London cab, to the relaxed but grand setting of Home House it was a picture perfect day captured by Caught The Light.

Libby’s style is sophisticated and feminine in her Georgia by Jenny Packham dress, and Ben looks smart and relaxed in his beautiful blue suit. I love that you can still see little pieces of confetti in Libby’s hair throughout the day, the perfect ‘just married’ memento!

I love the slightly undone flowers by The Flower Appreciation Society against the more decadent backdrop of the venue, and the little details in their stationery, the delicious looking naked cake, to the canapés (those mini fish and chips!!) were well thought-through and all tied in beautifully to the day.

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Pretty & Elegant Islington Pub Wedding

Aisle Style, WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal

Photography by Miss Gen

Elegant Islington Pub Wedding | Photography Miss Gen

Leah and Alex had a beautifully elegant Islington wedding with classic details for their relaxed pub wedding. 

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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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Brides The Show – London – Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October

AISLE STYLE, INSPIRATION, PLANNING, Suppliers

If you are planning a wedding for next year, or have just got engaged, Autumn is the perfect time to get back into wed-min mode after a bit of a summer break, and this October is the return of the brilliant Brides The Show which will be once again taking place in Islington, London from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October, see end of post for full details.

Even more fun is I’m thrilled to announce on the Saturday, I will be joining fellow blogger Karen from the fabulous Smashing The Glass to chat ‘On The Sofa’ about ‘What to stay in control of and what to leave to others on your big day’ so would love to meet some of you there!

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Brides The Show stands apart from other wedding fairs as it really does have an amazing array of both content, inspiration and of course exhibitors. It’s a feast on the wedding senses and definitely all part of the wedding planning experience (the fun bit, anyway!).

One of my favourite themes that just keeps getting stronger and stronger is Modern Metallics, inspired by just some of the curated 130 designers and companies such as florists, shoes, cakes and stationery, here’s a a few of my favourite metallic-detailed picks!

Modern Metallics by London Bride - Brides The Show

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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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A Winter’s Tale – A London Engagement Shoot in Islington

Engagements

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I honestly can’t quite believe we are heading into Spring and the wintry months are almost behind us, with a few daffodils here and a peek of blossom there it’s certainly in the air. Almost. It’s still crisp and breezy so whilst we’re not quite there just yet, let’s go back to a magical dusky afternoon’s winter engagement shoot with twinkling lights and a twinkling dress with this lovely London couple Jen and Aaron who wondered the pretty streets of Islington near their home with photographer Sarah Gawler.

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A few words from Jen and Aaron’s amazing photographer, Sarah Gawler: “A few days before Christmas I met with Jen and Aaron at their gorgeous London home. We had a chat over some tea and then headed out to take their big, big dogs for a walk around the neighbourhood. It was a lightly overcast, blustery day and as the daylight faded we ventured out again for an evening stroll around some of Islington’s pretty shopping lanes. I couldn’t imagine an afternoon better spent and in sweeter company.”

Photography: Sarah Gawler / Jen’s Dress: Marchesa / Aaron’s Suit: Zara Man

Brides The Show Islington – London Bride’s Visitor Guide

Lifestyle

 

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I get asked ALL THE TIME about what to do, where to eat, where to drink and what to see in London so for those of you planning a trip this way (or for those already based in London!) for Brides The Show on 3rd – 5th October, I wanted to put together a few of my favourite places nearby for those visiting so you can make a weekend of it! If you haven’t yet booked your tickets to the show, you can do so here and London Bride readers receive 2for1, yay! Just enter the code BLOGLB at the checkout!

This October, Brides The Show is taking place in one of my favourite pockets of London in Islington, at the Business Design Centre. It’s an amazing hub full of boutiques, high street, independent restaurants, affordable bites and pretty streets.

If you’re heading out for the evening or want to freshen up then head to the Blow Bar  for a quick blow-dry or pretty quick hair or make-up fix.

If vintage is your thing, you’ll want to make sure you spend some time wondering the cobbled back streets of Camden Passage with it’s antique stalls and vintage shops brimming with trinkets, china and even some unique vintage bridal fashions, Annie’s Vintage is a lovely boutique to pop into for those looking for vintage accessories or finishing touches.

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There are lots of lovely boutiques Albam for the guys is worth a look and you can pick up some beauty treats at Aesop. Amongst some high street hits such as Whistles, Space NK and Reiss there are some lovely home furnishings and gift shops if you’re looking to treat yourself or someone else perhaps and even a few places to do a bit of ring shopping if you are on the hunt!

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For a fun brunch with your girls, you can head to The Breakfast Club for it’s kitsch and cosy atmosphere [and an all day breakfast if you so wish!] or for something a little more tame, the charming Elk In The Woods serves delicious and seasonal gastro-style breakfasts and lunch options.

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If you’re into cooking then no doubt you’ll want to dine (or at least visit the mouth-watering deli) at Ottolenghi, the home of the amazing salads but it does get booked up so get in there early if you are hoping to book for dinner or you may have to queue.

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I know as a bride to be you may well be watching the waist line but if you fancy rebelling there is a Five Guys burger bar if you need a quick and tasty pit-stop or Wahaca if you’re feeling like you may want something with more of a kick! If you want to have a taste of something a little more retro, step into The Diner just near the green for a ‘hip’ shake and I don’t mean the dancing kind.

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If after a long day at the show you fancy taking your other half that’s traipsed around with you for a treat then you can catch a film at The Screen on The Green. A lovely cosy cinema on Upper Street with big armchairs and a bar.

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And finally no guide of mine would be complete without a cocktail or two! My absolute favourite bar in the whole of London (yes, high praise indeed!) is 69 Colebrooke Row. It’s teeny tiny and very unsuspecting but these guys serve up the best Champagne Cocktail I’ve ever tasted so if you fancy a celebratory tipple post show, head this way. There’s also the exotic and decadent Hoxley & Porter and the more eclectic and lively House of Wolf, so you are definitely spoilt for choice.

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There are SO many other spots to see and do but I won’t overwhelm you! Hopefully with this visitor’s guide, after a few hours of exciting wedding planning and inspiration at Brides The Show will give you a little respite to head out for!

For more information on Brides The Show or to book tickets please visit: www.bridestheshow.co.uk

 

*This post is in partnership with Brides The Show