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Back To Front Kings Cross Wedding at St Chad’s and St Pancras

WEDDINGS, Informal, Urban

Photography by LM Weddings

A back to front wedding for Laura and Tom who were married the day before Valentine’s day this year. They celebrated with a family dinner before the ceremony and a big party after in St Pancras, Kings Cross and of course the bride wore two outfits! 

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Whilst it may not be the most practical venue for a ceremony (read more below!) it’s certainly unusual and an amazing iconic place to say that you got married! I love the photo above, looks like a 1940s wedding in the modern day!

Do have a read below of Laura’s wedding planning journey, and if you’re reading this as a ‘just engaged’ bride to be, then definitely take her advice below and bask in all the celebratory glory!

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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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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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Jenny Packham 2016 Collection Off The Catwalk

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Dresses Jenny Packham 2016

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It’s always exciting to see the new collections from Jenny Packham, and here’s a first look off the catwalk of some of my favourites from the Jenny Packham 2016 collection. For all those brides on the dress search, you’ll be wanting to keep an eye out for these!

I’m pretty happy as it seems sleeves are in. Yes. A number of the dresses feature proper, floaty sleeves and even long wrist length sleeves that are both elegant, feminine and demure. Whilst some of the styles are beautifully elegant with their high necklines, others feature a deep v which is sophisticated and sexy.

The signature style of metallics, beading detail and heavy embellishment is on track and there are certainly some standout dresses for me, especially knowing how popular the ‘Esme‘ from 2013 has been I think we’ll be certain to see a number of brides choose to sparkle in the Portia and Hermia for their incredible elegance and starlet styles.

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Elegant Summer Wedding at The RSA With A Bride In Catherine Deane

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Photography by Lucy Birkhead

Lauren and Joe had a beautifully classic and romantic wedding at the stunning Georgian RSA venue in London, and she wore a stunning Catherine Deane dress. 

RSA Wedding London by Lucy Birkhead Photography, Bride's Dress by Catherine Deane

The beautiful light in this wedding is telling that this was a sunny August day last year for this lovely couple Lauren and Joe to be married at the RSA. Whilst the photographs depict the perfect day and it did all came together beautifully, things weren’t quite plain sailing for this couple with their planning in the lead up to the day itself. Due to last minute changes in circumstances with their original venue, Lauren and Joe chose a new venue, the beautiful Georgian RSA just a few weeks before their wedding only visiting it just 10 days before the day itself, and luckily for them it all fell into place to became the perfect backdrop for their celebrations.

A stressful time and yet hey had more unfortunate circumstances; Lauren is incredibly brave to share with us that she also had a very tough time before the wedding, as with just 6 weeks until the day, she suffered from Bell’s palsy condition causing paralysis to the left side of her face. Difficult to imagine that a time that should be filled with excitement and happiness that this couple were overshadowed with these difficult times with just weeks to go.  Incredibly, due to the amazing treatment Lauren received and the support from Joe and her family she was able to recover with 90% of her facial movement returning for the wedding day! Lauren is an incredibly beautiful and radiant bride and very brave for sharing her story and I’m so pleased that they were able to have the most perfect day and a reminder that being able to overcome such hard circumstances together is absolutely what marriage is all about….

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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 

Hollie + Chris – A Dulwich Pub Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Dulwich Pub Wedding by Brighton Photo

Hollie and Christian (de Cruz, best surname ever?) had a September wedding last year and as parents to their cute three year old son Oscar, Hollie and Christian had a clear aim for their wedding day – they wanted to make sure their day was as relaxed as possible, with lots of cake of course! “We really wanted our day to be relaxed and fun. We already have a 3 year old son so we wanted to steer away from the text book wedding and have a day that really reflected who we are as a couple and a family. After making that commitment to each other in front of the people we love, excellent music and lots of cake were our next priorities.”

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I loved her Hollie’s laid back luxe look, her loose up do, red lips, sparkling jewels and that back on that dress, she looked so beautiful. It’s also refreshing to see no colour theme as such, and that the bridesmaids were in mint green dresses with fresh white blooms. Very city chic!

Whilst so many brides often choose to splash out on their wedding dress, Hollie took a different approach and actually managed to find a second hand dress that was perfect for what she was after. “About 5 minutes after we got engaged I started ogling over Jenny Packham dresses that I couldn’t really afford. I trawled eBay daily and found this beautiful Jenny Packham gown within my budget. Knowing someone else has worn it actually made me feel less attached to it, so I’ll be selling it on and buying myself something really special that I can continue to wear over the years that will remind me of our day. I also had a beautiful white feather bolero by Biba but didn’t put it on until we walked home from the pub at midnight! Hollie also wore vintage brooches in her from Fur Coat No Knickers.

The bridesmaids were buying their own dresses so I wanted them to have something they could wear again. These Reiss dresses jumped out at us straight away because the back complemented the back of my dress, and we all loved the peppermint colour.”

Christian looked very handsome in his bespoke suit by tailor Keith Watson, and shoes by Mr Hare and the ushers wore their own suits accessorised with knitted ties from Liberty.

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It’s lovely to see that their ceremony incorporated them as a family with their son included in the ceremony, so sweet! “We wanted venues that felt personal or represented our relationship in some way, so we got married at a church near where we met, and had the party above our local pub. Some little touches that I really enjoyed including were a basket of vintage handkerchiefs at the church (labeled “hankies for happy tears”) and in the Church we got the congregation singing That’s Amore! An old Routemaster bus then took guests from the church to the pub – the journey of our relationship so far!”

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“Despite being on a very tight budget, we knew the photography was something we wanted to indulge in. We didn’t want photographs that were stuffy or staged, we wanted something we could look back on and relive our day and the atmosphere. Very luckily for us, Heather at Brighton Photo is a friend of ours and gifted part of her services as our present – I cannot imagine having photos that better capture the love on our day. Everyone has been blown away by them, one friend even said the pictures of our day make her want to get married!”

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To aid the relaxed atmosphere, the couple chose to do away with a seating plan, “I don’t feel comfortable with the idea of having a seating plan, so it was “grab some food and sit down with people you’re having a laugh with please”. We had asked friends to bake a cake if they fancied it and our cake table was AMAZING – we were both blown away by the amount of effort that people had gone to, and Oscar did a sterling job at trying each one! One of my favourite memories of the day was walking into the pub as husband and wife, with everyone wielding champagne and cheering!

They added some lovely personal details to the pub, “We had a table of photographs of people no longer with us but there in our hearts – especially our late maternal grandparents, and our favours which were Playmobil people holding lollipops – people seemed to love picking out one that looked like them!”

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“Spend time with your new spouse, rather than trying to say hello to everyone all night. Someone had given me that advice and it was so valuable – we spent loads of time dancing and laughing together, which I’ll remember forever.”

Photographer: Heather at Brighton Photo / Ceremony: St Mary Magdalene Church, Wandsworth / Reception Venue: The Lodge at The East Dulwich Tavern / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bridesmaids: Reiss / Hair & Make Up: Kate Balding / Flowers: Wild Willow 

Jonno + Tamara – Relaxed Glamour at The Trafalgar Tavern Greenwich

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal

Trafalgar Tavern London Wedding by Emma Case Photography

This fun couple Jonno and Tamara had a super stylish but romantic wedding, also this is one blog to read if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with the planning, a little bit stressed with logistics and makes us remember that basically getting married is amazing!

This couple thought long and hard about having the day they wanted, and it truly shows throughout that they enjoyed every single moment of it. Nothing forced, everything was their way and just look at how radiant they are because of it!

Their photographer was Emma Case, who along with her husband Pete, are now ridiculously nice, talented and wonderful wedding friends of mine, who also happened to recently post a great article on stop saying ‘but’ and having the wedding YOU want, go check it. A good reminder to us all. So without further ado, enjoy the beaming smiles, stylish outfits, emotional speeches and lots of dancing…

From the bride, Tamara: “We spent a really long time questioning the decisions we made, as we didn’t want just to have wedding by numbers.  It’s easy to get caught up in the hype and do everything by the book – but what’s important is how the day reflects you as a couple.”

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Tamara chose the utterly feminine and beautifully beaded Eden by Jenny Packham which she paired with a glamorous pair of Jimmy Choo’s  “I LOVED my dress.  I’m going to get drunk and wear it around the house pretty soon, I’m sure.” I wonder how many of you actually do this post-wedding?

Her beautiful ‘Gatsby’ inspired hairstyle was by Victoria Drama, who also did her flawless make up. Now we have to mention Tamara’s gorgeous bridesmaids, and those ultra glamorous navy vintage style silk dresses which were the ‘Giselle’ dresses from Ghost. “Don’t the girls look beautiful!? They had different styles all in the navy but lucky they all chose the style that was my favourite! I wanted them to be comfortable and they loved the dresses!”

I love how they turned the chilly London weather to their advantage and styling it out with huge fur and feather coats and shrugs, serious glamour!

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Tamara and Jonno were able to hold their very special service at St Paul’s Crypt as Jonno’s dad has an MBE. It’s funny as it is such a privilege to be able to hold your wedding at St Paul’s yet I seem to feature quite a few weddings held here, such lucky couples with very special family members! How wonderful to always have such an iconic London building as a very special place to you…

For their recessional music they had Windmill played by Eric Gilder which was music that Tamara’s Grandfather who was a composer, wrote. How magical!

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“It’s an obvious one – but I loved the service.  We even had my Grandfather, who was a composer, have his music played in the Cathedral. You spend so long planning everything around it that you can lose sight that it’s all about the vows.  It was so emotional.  We got married in the crypt under St Paul’s Catherdal because Jonno’s dad has an MBE, and it is the Crypt of the British Empire.  So it was special because it was something his dad could provide for us – but also St Paul’s is a symbol of London, the city we live in and the city we love.  It’s brilliant every time we see it to think that it’s now part of our history.”

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I absolutely love these portrait shots of the couple as they’ve come out of St Paul’s as husband and wife, strolling through the park and scenery around Greenwich with such happiness. “Our photographer was Emma Case,  she is amazing and I can’t imagine her not having being at the wedding, even though we’d never met before!” 

Tamara kept her flowers quite simple with all whites and included lily of the valley in her bouquet as it was her Grandmother’s favourite flower. The groom chose a smart Paul Smith suit in petrol blue, with super smart Grensen brogues, “Jonno wanted a suit he loved, rather than hiring a dodgy fitting one!  He looked so handsome in it!” 

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After a trip on the good old fashioned London route master bus, they held their wedding reception at The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, which happened to be not far from where they live. “We looked at so many anonymous restaurants & hotels for the reception – but we wanted to keep it personal to opted for The Trafalgar Tavern, near where we live.  It’s a brilliantly historic building, and Holly, the event co-ordinator was fantastic!”  It’s such a fun moment when the bride and groom come in to the crowd as they cheer and congratulate them!

“Our ‘naked’ victoria sponge cake was made by a friend’s mum, Annie Genower, I sent her some pictures of the types of Victoria sponges I liked and she made a perfect one!  We cut the cake with Jonno’s brother’s naval sword.”

They chose some simple but sophisticated stationery from Artcadia “We went for the Uncomplicated range from Artcadia and my bridesmaid Emily created our logo and helped me decide on how to make the table names.  She is a craft wizard and works at Women’s Weekly!”

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“When we got engaged we sat down and talked about what we wanted from the day, and what was important to us.  I said speeches.  Jonno wanted an hour of old-school music and a green lazer.  Both were amazing.”

I think Emma has done such an amazing job of capturing all emotions of the speeches. Funny how even though you haven’t heard a word you can still feel all the emotions of what was said.

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“We had a band playing for an hour who were a ‘supergroup’ made up of my friends and Jonno’s friends who played instruments – some of whom had never met before the four rehearsals they had! Our ‘super group’ band started us off and we then had Max from The Wedding Smashers DJ. They also even bought the green laser – everyone loved it! 

We are both awkward dancers, so we chose to have a ‘last dance’ of then night – when everyone was drunk! We danced to Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder. It was more like a mating dance by that point, it was amazing!!”

I promise you, you are all going to freaking love getting married!  I’m jealous of you all that you have this amazing day to come…

And with that I’d like to send huge congratulations to Tamara and Jonno on a wonderful wedding and party. How fun does the evening look, wish I could have been there! Anyone want a blogger at their wedding, feel free to send an invite!

Huge thanks also to Emma and Pete for sharing their wonderful work as always, such a pleasure to have on London Bride.

Photography: Emma Case / Ceremony Venue: The Crypt, St Paul’s Cathedral / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bridesmaids: Ghost / Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith / Hair & Make Up: Victoria Drama at Drama Parlour / Florist: Fresh Flower / Stationery: Artcadia / DJ: Wedding Smashers

Ellie + Alex – An Art Deco Stoke Newington Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Back in June this year [my, how far away does it seem already!] Ellie and Alex had a beautiful Art Deco inspired Stoke Newington wedding – a day that came together perfectly and was everything that they wanted – a wonderful day of celebrations with their friends and family in London.

You may notice that lovely grainy element to the photographs, because this wedding was shot entirely on film by Katherine at Peachey Photography . It’s so refreshing to see film photography at weddings, and Katherine has captured the day beautifully.

A few wise words from the bride, Ellie: “I just want to start this by saying that when Alex and I first got engaged and started thinking about our wedding, we really hadn’t the first clue about what it was we wanted. We had no dream wedding in mind. We hadn’t spotted a dream venue. I hadn’t pictured my dream dress. All we knew was that we wanted to keep things a manageable size and for everyone to be able to relax and have a good time. And that we wanted our wedding to be in London. Keeping these things in mind helped us to plan what really was the best day ever without either of us losing our minds!”

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Ellie looks every inch a Hollywood film star in her beautiful beaded “Esme” Jenny Packham fitted gown, and seemed to tie in so perfectly with all the other elements of the day.

“When it came to the dress, it was a case of knowing what I didn’t want rather than knowing what I did: nothing strapless, nothing too big or poufy, and nothing that would make me feel like I couldn’t eat or move around.

The dress hunt ultimately led me to Jenny Packham and to the Esme; a completely beaded dress that felt very 1930s Hollywood. I hadn’t expected to go for something quite so vintage in feel, but with the Art Deco style of the Stoke Newington Town Hall, it seemed to make sense. My veil, belt and hair comb all came from Jenny Packham in the end as well, as my Mum and I were completely seduced by all the beautiful trinkets in the Boudoir. My shoes were custom made by Emmy shoes in Islington (another shop full of beautiful, twinkly little things) and I chose to embellish them with Art Deco-style fans so that they coordinated with the rest of my look.

When it came to our hair and make-up, we went all out on the morning of the wedding and had the award-winning Kristina Gasperas do our make-up and the delightful Caroline from Brooks & Brooks take charge of hair. We were looking for the right balance of ‘of the era’ and ‘radiant and natural’ and they both did a fantastic job of meeting that brief.” 

I really love Ellie’s choice of stylish and elegant “Taya” Ghost satin and lace bridesmaid dresses, they have a great collection and the designs are really flattering – the girls look beautiful in them. “With the venue and the dress being of the same era, everything else then started falling into place. I wanted my bridesmaids’ gowns to be of a similar style to my own, but finding Art Deco-style dresses proved something of a challenge. I got a tip from a vintage wedding dress specialist to look in Ghost at their dye-to-order dresses. My bridesmaids were elated when they tried on the navy Taya style, particularly given that they had been convinced they wouldn’t find a dress that would suit them both, and they paired their dresses with some coral shoes from Monsoon, adding a splash of colour to their outfits.

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“Choosing a venue for the ceremony was quite straightforward. We decided quickly that we wanted a civil ceremony and we knew that we wanted to do it near to where we lived. We knew that the Council Chamber at Stoke Newington Town Hall was a beautiful space, so we got ourselves booked in.”

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“Music was such a big part of the day for us and we put a lot of thought into what we wanted for the ceremony and for the reception. In fact, it was the thing we probably obsessed over most. 

For the ceremony, I had become fixated on the idea of a string quartet playing arrangements of our favourite contemporary songs, but even with a lot of googling, I found most string quartets in London had quite limited repertoires. Then I came across Vitamin String Quartet who are based out in LA but who have recorded string versions of nearly every contemporary pop/indie/rock/hip hop song you can imagine, and they have special wedding collections available on iTunes and Spotify. I picked a handful of their tracks to play while guests were taking their seats, and their arrangement of Pixies Here Comes Your Man as the song I walked down the aisle to.” 

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“When it came to finding a venue for the reception, things were a little trickier. We looked at a number of venues but found so many to be a bit formal. We wanted everyone to feel relaxed and that they could just enjoy themselves, with good food, good booze and good music. That’s when I wondered about The Londesborough, which was one of our favourite pubs in Stokey. After a bit of browsing through photos of other people’s Londesborough weddings, we realised that it would be just right for what we wanted, and that we’d be able to dress it up to make it feel a bit more special on the day.”

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“In the course of my wedding planning, people often asked me what my colour scheme was and whether I had a theme for my wedding. I had neither. But I had pictures and moodboards of things I liked (thank God for Pinterest) and things were evolving to take on a 1930s, Art Deco, “Hollywood Glamour-ish” feel. This informed the design of our invitations and wedding stationery, and we enlisted Leah at Golden Apple Designs to create a bespoke look for these.  

We were in the capable hands of Mairead at Rebel Rebel when it came to the flowers. We opted for lots of little cut-glass vases of flowers on each of the tables, plus a couple of bigger centrepieces for the ceremony (which two friends gallantly carried from the town hall to the pub for the reception).”

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I’m pretty certain the above cake table and sweet treats caught your eye, well they did mine! Such delicious looking macarons by Anges de Sucre and a very pretty cake by Fancy Nancy – I love the colours and it’s a great way of adding a ‘decorative’ feature to a pub wedding.

Not satisfied with having just wedding cake, we drew inspiration from the States and decided to go all out on the sweet things, laying on a spread of macarons, mini cakes, cake pops, cookies, chocolates and sweeties that people could pick at during the evening and fill their favour bags with when they decided to leave. I remember seeing everything laid out and thinking how pretty it all looked and how I would make sure I had a couple of macarons later. Except when I returned to the table later, nearly everything was gone.

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Neither Al nor I are from London originally, but it being the city we now call home, we decided we wanted to get married here. It meant our families had to travel down, but it was great being able to host them for the weekend. And of course most of our friends were delighted: they didn’t have to travel very far and they were able to stagger home at the end of the night.

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“For the wedding breakfast, we put together a playlist of all of our favourite albums and had this playing in the background as we ate. We then enlisted the skills of Nicky from The Wedding Smashers for the rest of the celebrations to play us soul, funk, disco, electro and pop hits from every decade from the 60s onwards. I didn’t sit down once all night! “

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Katharine Peachey from Peachey Photography was there to capture every moment, and we really couldn’t have been in better hands on the day. I had scoured wedding blogs to find a photographer I liked, and couldn’t find anyone who captured people looking relaxed and happy quite as well as Katherine does. I’m pretty sure she didn’t take a single bad picture, and she shot everything on film, which makes her doubly amazing in my book.” …..And mine too Ellie!

Thank you to the gorgeous Ellie and Alex for sharing their lovely relaxed day and to Kathryn for her wonderful photography.

Photography: Peachey Photography / Ceremony: Stoke Newington Town Hall / Reception: The Londesborough Pub / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bridesmaids Dresses: Ghost / Groom’s Outfit: Gieves & Hawkes / Bride’s Hair: Caroline at Brooks & Brooks / Bride’s Make Up: Kristina Gasperas / Flowers: Rebel Rebel / Cake: Fancy Nancy / Macarons: Anges de Sucre / Stationery: Golden Apple Designs / DJ: Wedding Smashers 

Bella + Rupert – Winter Vintage Glam at The Amadeus

WEDDINGS, Urban, Vintage Inspired

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Bella and Rupert had a lovely late November wedding captured by Tyson and Elle at Yellow Bird Photography. A wedding of two born and bred Londoners [quite a rare thing let me tell you!] and utterly romantic as they chose their ceremony location which overlooked the exact spot where Rupert dropped to one knee and asked for Bella’s hand in marriage. It’s so nice to read the story of their planning as it all just simply fell into place with most of their elements and they ‘just knew’ what was right for them. Classic British touches with lots of fun elements all with a sprinkle of glamour…. A beautiful Winters Tale.

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Bella wore a beautiful Jenny Packham ‘Joy’ dress adorned with beading and oh-so-glam. As it was winter she teamed it with a feather wrap – keeping warm in style! In keeping with the vintage glam theme I knew Jenny Packham was the designer to go with. My dress was the second one I tried on during one lunch break from work and I ordered it on the spot. Like meeting your husband – you just know when you have found the one! I wanted my bridesmaids to be comfortable and not to look all the same so they chose their own black dresses and we added matching nude heels and vintage accessories. My accessories were also Jenny Packham and a clutch from Accessorize! I wanted my hair and make up to feel glam but not OTT and it was everything I hoped for.

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Both Rupert and I were born and bred in London and Rupert proposed to me on Albert Bridge (my favourite Bridge in London) and we chose to be married in Chelsea Old Church which has views of the exact spot Rupert dropped to one knee!

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I’ve been to a few weddings now where the couples have spent time and effort and put pen to paper to write a poem for one another. It’s really quite beautiful and so lovely knowing the sentiment behind it. This ceremony, along with the poems but also the music and choir sounds so beautiful. “We wanted our ceremony to feel really personal so I wrote Rupert a poem which was read by one of my dearest friends, another close friend performed during the signing of the register with a tweaked version of Florence and the Machine’s Shake It Out and Sonny and Cher’s I Got You Babe and the choir sang Walking in the Air form the Snowman, mixed in with more traditional elements! The ceremony was the most special part of the day”.

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Continuing our vintage London theme we hired old London Routemasters to take the guests to the venue and served mini bottles of Laurent Perrier champagne on board [what a treat!] My wedding car was a classic black London cab. We held our reception at the The Amadeus in Maida Vale. My husband actually found it and again it was the first and only place we looked at, knowing straight away it was the perfect place as it is a former church with a huge beautiful organ and high ceiling and has a really lovely vintage feel. Plus we were able to decorate it exactly as we wanted as it could be hired on a dry hire basis so was essentially a blank canvas.

The venue was transformed with beautiful lighting including lots of candles and that pea-light canopy is just so pretty! It was a winter wedding so we also wanted to create a winter wonderland feel which we achieved by using LOADS of candles both in the church and venue and a touch of bling with gold and silver vintage accents and loads of white and taupe flowers.

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I designed our cake again around the vintage London theme so it was a tower of white cupcakes of different sizes from Crumbs and Doilies and I asked them to add white roses and vintage toys of red London buses and London taxis within it.

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As we wanted to create a glam vintage wintery feel, we chose loads of different sized vintage holders for the flowers and had candleabras and loads of candles for drama on long banquet style tables. We went for cream, white and taupe flowers with loads of foliage to make sure it didn’t feel too uniform. Our florist, Mary Jane Vaughan was amazing and created exactly the look we were hoping for. (please do ask our photographers for pics of the tables as they looked beautiful). Lighting was also a massively important part and we had a huge pea-light canopy in the chapel roof over the tables and fairy lights round all the columns, plus an amazing disco light set up for the dancing after dinner!

Our stationery drawn by my twin brother was a sketch of Albert Bridge where Rupert proposed, the church and the Amadeus which also featured on our favours (girls got vintage bottles of sweets, boys got Jaegermeister miniatures!). 

I love the sound of this menu! Minature British bites! We wanted the menu to feature traditional British classics as much as possible. So instead of starters we served loads of canapés at the reception which were mini British classics like roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, mini fish and chips, sausage and mash, mini ploughman’s sandwiches etc. The main course was lamb and pudding was a choice of my favourite chocolate desserts. We served Laurent Perrier champagne and Louis Latour red and white wine.

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Our photographer was amazing – we chose Yellow Bird because of their informal and quirky style. We also had their amazing ‘Photo Emporium’ photobooth which was so much fun.  Our band were fantastic too. We heard the lead singer earlier in the year and he got a couple of people to do our wedding and played all our favourite songs. Thank you Ric Lean!

What music did you walk down the aisle to? Handel Zadok – The Priest 

What was your first dance to? Inxs – Never Tear Us Apart

Do you have any planning advice for other brides?  Yes, the table plan will take a lot longer than you think! Keep calm and think it through…

Such a lovely day and so many fun elements! Congratulations to Bella and Rupert on a wonderful day and thanks to photographers Tyson and Elle at Yellow Bird Photography! Thanks to this photo, I’m now singing softly Duffy’s ‘Warwick Avenue’ in my head…

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Photography: Yellow Bird Photography  / Reception Venue: The Amadeus / Brides Dress: Jenny Packham / Groom’s Suit: Oliver Brown / Make Up: Mel Kinsman / Hair: Eric Perin / Flowers: Mary Jane Vaughan / Catering: Tasting Plates / Cake: Crumbs and Doilies

Jenny Packham – SS14 Exclusive – Belle Epoque Collection

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

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Like most bridal bloggers [and in fact brides] I’m a huge fan of Jenny Packham’s designs, above is the ‘Rose’ from the new SS14 collection and you can just tell it’s a JP, no? There is no denying that when there is a wedding with a Jenny Packham bride you just know it’s going to be beautiful. The girls that choose this renowned designer [who is also favoured by the likes of Dita von Teese and Kate Middleton], are swept away by the epitome of the stylish modern bride that they represent – in the sea of bridal gowns, rather than something poufy [for want of a better word], showy or over the top these dresses radiate classic understated elegance, and that’s why they are just so popular.

Here’s an exclusive look at the new SS14 collection inspired by the Belle Époque era. The creamy shades of ivory, champagne and magnolia and the delicate beading on these dresses are designed for the more modern but chic bride and the slightly sheer fabrics and exposed backs make them just that little bit more va va va voom. I’ve selected a few of my favourite gowns from this new collection – I think the Belle Magnolia tops it for me, the beautiful sheer dusky fabric, and off the shoulder is just so wonderfully romantic.

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Jenny Packham’s 2014 Bridal Collection is inspired by the Belle Époque era of the early 20th Century. A statement of romantically soft, feminine design, the collection encapsulates the spirit of Edwardian style and the Art Nouveau movement which defined it.

The Belle Epoque or ‘beautiful era’ transformed fashion, abandoning restrictive corsetry and creating the flowing silhouette ever since associated with the Age of Elegance. Intricate, light beading, delicate embellishment and clean, understated silhouettes play homage to an Edwardian inspiration, whilst romantically volumous ballerina skirts, graceful tulle sleeves and elegantly exposed backs bring to mind a very modern bride, evoking scenes of a chic European destination wedding.

Available in ivory, champagne and magnolia, luxurious silk mikado, sumptuous draped chiffons and exquisite French lace are adorned with delicate silk flowers and twinkling crystals in a spectrum of antique metallic silvers and champagnes.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new collection, or if you are going to be a chic Jenny Packham bride!

Nina + Joe – Pastel Pretty Hampton Court House Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant

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Nina and Joe were married on 27th July last year, at the picturesque Hampton Court House which overlooks the beautiful landscape of Bushy Park. They had an elegant day but with a lovely relaxed style running through, from the beautiful florals to the beautiful creamy photography by Cotton Candy. Nina’s stunning Jenny Packham gown looks incredibly glamorous but I think the couple just radiate that relaxed happiness of a wonderful occasion surrounded by all your friends and family and a little bit of sunshine.

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I love the shot above as it echoes the lovely 20s glamour feel to the dress with the art deco mirror, “Finding the dress was the most exciting bit for me and it is quite daunting as there were so many styles you can go for. I decided early on that I’d like to have a silk satin dress rather than lace and wanted something that reflected me and my style. I’m quite petite so a big bridal dress was going to drown me! My dream designer dress would be Jenny Packham  but I thought this would be out of my budget. I went to a couple of boutique bridal shops and loved the range at Miss Bush Bridal Wear. I went with my best friend Fran and the first dress I picked up I knew I wanted – it was a Jenny Packham and within my price range – yey! I loved it a s soon as I put it on and it made me feel so glamorous.”

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“We wanted the setting to be a Georgian building which we found in Hampton Court House. There was no particular theme but we wanted a vintage era type feel to everything to go with the stylish, shabby chic venue. Colours were of a peach pastel pallet. We wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere for the guests and ourselves so it didn’t feel too formal but romantic & fun!” I’d say judging by the photo below that Nina was definitely having fun – so happy!

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“We chose the photographers Cotton Candy who we found online. They took less staged photos with a lovely feel to them and we couldn’t have been happier with the photos. They captured the day perfectly and gave us a set of amazing photos we will have forever.”  I love how the ladies from Cotton Candy also use their vintage cameras to capture really unique shots like this too!

The bridesmaids wore beautiful beaded detail dresses from Monsoon, which work really well with Nina’s Jenny Packham gown.

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“We chose a pastel shade for the flowers by Fairynuff Flowers and this was shown in the bouquets also. The main flower’s were roses and hydrangeas which we had in silver buckets on the tables. My aunt also generously grew a load of sweet peas which we dotted about in jars throughout the venue. A great addition was the 6 meter tall silver birch trees we had in the dining hall.”

The trees certainly add glamour and drama – they also act as a great focal point for the top table during the meal.

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“Our wedding breakfast was Italian themed with a selection of cold meats, olives and cheese for starter – this was served on handmade wooden boards thanks to Joes’ dad Tony. The main was fillet steak and the dessert a classic Eton  mess. We chase to have Prosecco instead of Champagne as both prefer this and enjoy drinking it! There was a mojito bar set up by two of the ushers in the evening – which went down well”

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“The date of our wedding was also the Opening of the Olympics & the first event was the road race which was coming through Hampton Court the day after our wedding! The  roads were being closed in the early hours of the morning so we had to ensure all our guests could get home on the night & the next  day. Plus we had to leave our hired furniture in the venue until Monday and luckily they agreed to us doing this & were really helpful!”

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The conservatory area was transformed with pretty lights into a dancefloor – so nice how the evening was still light as people began to dance! “We had an amazing band the ‘Milestones’ who played soul , funk music and  then we had our ipod in-between sets for some classics – everyone got up to dance to something which was brilliant.”

And you have to love a photo booth! The girls from Cotton Candy offer this as an addition to your package, a very worthwhile addition if you ask me and I love the silver backdrop!

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Q: What music did you walk down the aisle to? A: The intro to the song ‘Old Pine’ by Ben Howard

Q: Do you have any planning advice for other brides? A: Have a budget plan and try to keep things simple, don’t over think all the details!

Q: What was the most special or memorable moment of the day? A: When I was just about to walk down the aisle & then walking down the aisle!

Q: What was your first dance song? A: Sam Cooke – ‘Nothing Can Change this Love’

 

Congratulations to the lovely couple Joe and Nina and their beautiful day! Thanks to Gem and Philippa from Cotton Candy weddings for sharing this gorgeous wedding.

 

Photography: Cotton Candy / Venue: Hampton Court House / Wedding Dress: Miss Bush Bridal Wear / Bridesmaids: Monsoon / Hair + Make Up: Ashleigh Haines / Florist: Fairynuff Flowers  Catering: Acclaim Food / Cake: M&S / Trees: Creepers Landscapes