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Mr + Mrs London Bride (Part 1 – The NYC Elopement)

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style, Groom, Engagements, LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS

Photography by Amber GressFilm by Philip White Weddings

Amber Gress

After being in the industry for eight years, It’s not often I draw a blank at what to write or say when it comes to weddings, and yet this page has been open for quite some time (months and weeks, even). Whilst there’s so much to tell you, I imagine the above sort of says it all really. 

WE GOT married!

Since I was whisked away by Marcus on a treasure hunt surprise trip to NYC and a magical proposal back in 2011, New York has always been at the back of our minds.  After five years of attempting to plan a wedding here, it became apparent it was going to be an impossible task (for so many reasons), so we eventually made the decision to elope in secret. After just 2 months of planning behind closed doors, with only our immediate family (and a hundred or so onlookers) we said ‘I do’ on Pebble Beach in Brooklyn with the sun shining and the city of NYC as our backdrop on 11th May 2016 and it was a perfectly imperfect romantic whirlwind. Yes, that’s not a typo, we have in fact been married over a year and have just celebrated our first anniversary as husband and wife!!

‘Learn to love surprises’ 

By the time you’re reading this we’ll have held Part 2 here in London, our ‘surprise-post-elopement-wedding-celebration-party’ on our one year anniversary with a rather carefully orchestrated reveal, a personal vow renewal and hopefully more than a few glasses of celebratory bubbles with our closest friends. That is… if they are still speaking to us.

No longer always the wedding planner, never the bride… after fifteen years together and having made over 100 weddings happen for other people, it feels pretty damn good to have finally joined the club and for it to have been my turn for a change. 

It’s a bit of a tale to tell, and truth be told I think I need a bit of time to enjoy finally being able to wear my wedding ring and say ‘my husband’ in public (although having a secret husband for a year has been rather fun). So for now I’ll leave you with our very special announcement film by Philip White and where it all started with a magical NYC proposal 6 years ago… and I look forward to sharing parts 1 and 2 with you soon. 

LONDON BRIDE ELOPEMENT

A small, well BIG, message of thanks to everyone who made this happen (parts 1 & 2!). For all their support, talent and of course for keeping this secret for a whole year. Special thanks and for their endless patience to our photographer Amber Gress and film-maker Philip White whom created memories beyond words for us in New York a year ago. To the few confidantes who were in on this, thank you, thank you, thank you for being a sounding board, and to the many friends and colleagues I’ve told little white lies too, please forgive me!

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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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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Summer In The City – London Warehouse Wedding at MC Motors

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Modern, Urban

Photography by Caught The LightWedding Planning & Styling by London Bride

Draping foliage and watercolour details for an urban oasis summer in the city wedding for Crisa and Gareth’s, planned and styled by London Bride. 

Summer MC Motors London Warehouse Wedding by Caught The Light and London Bride

I’m so pleased to share one of my favourite London Bride weddings of last year. I worked with Crisa and Gareth to plan and style their urban summer wedding at MC Motors last July. Despite a fairly limited timescale to pull things together, we collaborated with a team of amazing suppliers for a beautiful summery day in the city for the couple, creating an urban oasis full of foliage and florals, pretty paper details, delicious food and drink as well as unique personal touches throughout. The day was captured perfectly by the amazing Chloe at Caught The Light (who’s stunning film photography really did make it look like the mediterranean!) and was also previously featured on Style Me Pretty.

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Urban Brights Winter Wedding At The Asylum And MC Motors

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal, Urban

Photography by Robbins PhotographicCo-ordination by London Bride

Urban and atmospheric wedding with winter brights for couple Jess and Nick’s February celebrations at the elegant yet distressed The Asylum and MC Motors. 

Urban Brights Winter Wedding by Robbins Photographic, Co-ordination by London Bride

It’s actually quite a struggle for me to put together the features on weddings that I’ve planned and been a part of, and for that reason you’ll notice they generally have a lot more images so I can only apologise in advance if this is a lengthy one!

I co-ordinated this urban brights winter wedding earlier in February and it’s taken me quite some time just to edit the images down. Partly because Lee at Robbins Phogoraphic has captured the day in such a way I almost feel like I can’t miss anything out, partly because Jess and Nick are a seriously good looking couple and partly because the day was beautiful – in style and in atmosphere. I’m sure you’ll see my struggle!

Jess and Nick managed to combine so much into their day. It was bright but stylish, informal yet romantic whilst being elegant and urban.  Not many couples choose February as a month to marry in, but with colourful wild flowers by Palais Flowers, beautifully worn venues, a cosy atmosphere and all your loved ones together it really could have been any day of the year.

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Quirky Elegant Spring Claridge’s Wedding And A Bride In Leather + Lace

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Photography by David JenkinsPlanning & Styling London Bride

A bride in leather and lace, lego buttonholes and an 80s band for this fun and quirky couple – Gwen & Li-Hur’s playful yet elegant Claridge’s wedding.  

Photo Credit: David Jenkins | Quirky & Elegant Claridge's Wedding by London Bride

Part of being a wedding planner is working with some pretty amazing clients, and in some amazing places. Well Gwen and Li-Hur’s wedding was both of these for me. Whilst we had the elegance and luxury backdrop of London’s iconic Claridge’s for the day, this couple loved quirky details, so injected their personalities into the day for their guests to enjoy, with fun touches such as the buttonholes by Fairy Nuff Flowers that were tied with a lego figure, the 80’s evening band that filled the dance floor and the fact that Gwen decided to wear her amazing green leather jacket over her stunning Monique Lhuillier gown for a leather and lace look, all made for a gorgeous spring wedding.

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London Bride Wedding Planning 2014 Round Up

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS

I know a round-up of the year is highly unimaginative at this time, but along with writing the blog it’s been such a busy but wonderful year for the planning side of London Bride that I thought it may be nice to share some of this with you. Somehow the previous four years have seemingly just rolled into each other and it’s rare I get a chance to reconvene and look back at them, however I’ve been lucky enough to have a quieter December so I’ve been able to do just that this year!

2014 has seen me plan and style weddings all over the UK; from castles to rooftops, waterside to warehouses and town halls to derelict churches. Every couple I work with are so different, each with their own style, and own hopes for their day – and I have to be thankful for a job that no two days or briefs are ever the same! Congratulations to all my 2014 couples I’ve worked with, I know seeing in the New Year as husband and wife for the first time will be very special to you and here’s to a happy healthy 2015 and thank you for letting me be a part of your day.

London Bride Weddings - The AmadeusPhotography: Yellow Bird

London Bride Weddings - MC MotorsPhotography: Caught The Light

London Bride Weddings - Claridge'sPhotography: David Jenkins

London Bride WeddingsPhotography: London Bride & William Knight

London Bride Weddings - Sunbeam StudiosPhotography: Yellow Bird

London Bride Weddings - Lulworth CastlePhotography: Shell De Mar

London Bride Weddings - Hackney Town HallPhotography: Lily & Frank

London Bride Weddings - Garden MuseumPhotography: John Sanders

London Bride Weddings - The AsylumPhotography: London Bride

London Bride Weddings - Westminister Boating BasePhotography: David McNeil

Huge thanks to all the wonderful photographers I’ve been lucky enough to work with this year and for all the amazing and talented suppliers who help make these days what they are. For further details on the wedding and event planning services I offer, you can see more details over here and you can take a look at my portfolio and behind the scenes of a wedding planner video here.

Charlotte Balbier’s Glamorous Idyllic Countryside Wedding

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS, Elegant

Today I’m sharing a very special wedding as although it’s not actually a ‘London’ wedding, it is a ‘London Bride’ wedding as I was lucky enough to work with the very wonderful Charlotte and Teddy as their wedding planner for their incredible wedding last December at Iscoyd Park, and as it’s coming up to their year anniversary I thought it would be a lovely opportunity to share this day as it was one of my favourites and most certainly one of the most glamorous ever to grace my pages! Charlotte and Teddy were a joy to work with and I was honoured to assist with styling and co-ordinating their very special and glamorous day with an incredible team of wedding industry suppliers and so many beautiful touches.

Being someone who is engaged and working within the wedding industry, you can only imagine how hard it is to plan your own wedding when you have seen so much inspiration, know many talented wedding suppliers and have the world of choice at your fingertips. It’s an overwhelming but privileged position to be in, and one that must have been ten times harder for renowned British bridal designer, Charlotte Balbier as she also had the pressure of ‘The Dress’. Turns out, she made that ‘dresses’ and who can blame her, it was inevitable and completely justified!

This is probably one of the longest write-ups I’ve done for a real wedding here on the blog, but there was so much detail and as you can see below it was a very elegant and glamorous wedding, with beautiful film photography from Polly Alexandre.

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Charlotte and Teddy met in 2011 and were engaged quite soon after meeting “Of course as a couple we discussed getting married.  I am quite particular about what I like so I managed to persuade Teddy into letting me see the ring he’d bought which was beyond amazing!  Teddy’s proposal was meant to be on a romantic walk with our dog but it ended up being at home. He was very sweet, straight from the heart and romantic!”

The couple chose photographer Polly Alexandre who I have worked with a number of times, and I’m always blown away by the images that she produces, so it’s amazing to share her work on the blog.

 

DESIGNER STYLE

As I mentioned, it would be an almost impossible decision for a bridal designer to choose just one dress for their own wedding, so Charlotte decided on two gowns, for the day and evening. Both dresses were designed by her and with a little help from her Mother, bridal designer Amanda Wyatt – her ivory silk organza ball gown, with lace sleeves and large bow sash, ‘The Charlotte’ and A line, fitted french lace and Champagne satin evening dress ‘Iscoyd Park’ now a popular part of her 2015 collection named after their beautiful venue.

“Designing my own wedding dress was one of the hardest things I have had to do. It took me well over a year as I changed my mind several times and had over 15 gowns that were ‘nearly the one’. The 2 gowns that I wore I designed only a few months before the actual wedding. My Mum was such a great help and support as she gave me guidance and direction when I had many a melt down about my dresses! I knew it was the one instantly though as I felt like me, did not want to take it off and felt genuine emotion. My evening gown was all very last minute as I found the lace only in mid October and it was love at 1st sight with the lace. I designed the gown around the lace and luckily it all turned out perfectly. I did have some just in case stand by evening gowns though too!”

For her daytime bridal style, Charlotte accessorised with shoes from Freya Rose and a bag from Beloved Bridal and a bespoke cathedral length silk veil from Joyce Jackson then switching to an art deco inspired head band designed by Amanda Wyatt to compliment Charlotte’s ring. As it was December, a much needed finishing touch to her outfit was a marabou feather wrap which was borrowed from her own Grandmother.

For the very dapper groom, Teddy wore a custom made suit by Hugo Boss with Jeffrey West Shoes and a shirt and tie from Thomas Pink. His groomsmen all wore suits and ties from Marks & Spencer

Charlotte’s ‘Old Hollywood Glamour’ inspired eight adult bridesmaids were lucky enough to have a different bespoke gown designed by Charlotte for each of them. “I wanted each bridesmaid to wear a gown that was perfect for them, their figure, style and personality and for them to feel utterly fabulous. Every gown was in midnight Blue and was made from chiffon fabric but each design was very different. They all wore midnight Blue marabou fur wraps. Each maid also wore a pearl and diamante cuff by Amanda Wyatt they wore midnight blue lace shoes with matching lace clutch from Rainbow Club that were dyed to match the gowns.

She also had two fairy-tale princess  flower girls, who she designed dresses for, with matching sash oversized bows and wore bows by Nettinukins and held bunny bears instead of bouquets.

All the girls got ready in the onsite rooms at Iscoyd Park, with a very talented team of hair and make-up artists which made for a very busy morning of beautifying! Charlotte’s make-up was by Sarah Brock with hair by Harry John.

 

THE CEREMONY

Charlotte and Teddy decided on a Church wedding, and the picturesque location of Whitewall Church was just a few minutes drive from the venue. During the ceremony they had two readings, by Charlotte’s stepfather and by Teddy’s sister, which was from their favourite book, ‘Guess How Much I Love You’. She also gave copies of the books as gifts to her two flower girls! At the ceremony, they added some sweet touches such as ‘kissing bells‘ with a poem on for the crowd to ring once they were announced as husband and wife and petal confetti for guests to shower them with from Shropshire Petals. In case of any ‘happy tears’ they had a basket with vintage handkerchiefs too for guests!

“The church we wanted to keep the style in keeping with the church and its heritage. We chose a simple colour palette of Ivory and Green’s with the whole church lit by candlelight. It was so romantic. This was done by Selena Godsall

 

THE RECEPTION

After the ceremony, guests arrived at Iscoyd Park, with a candlelit entrance and a festive wreath style floral arrangement on the door as they were welcomed in from the cold.

“After over a year of searching and over 30 venues later I had given up all hope of finding ‘the one’. I had seen a lingerie shoot in a photographers book and loved it. When working with this photographer I asked him about the shoot and he said the location was also a wedding venue and I would love it. I called them that very moment and we went to view it that weekend….. as soon as we walked inside I knew it was the one.” 

Guests enjoyed Champagne served in coupe glasses and canapés whilst listening to acoustic music from the gypsy-style band. The incredibly creative team at Red Floral created a glamorous ‘escort wish tree’ where personalised tags were hung by ribbons for guests to have fun locating their table for the dinner. The tree was a real focal point during the reception which guests enjoyed discovering and with bauble candles and masses of fresh flowers it created a beautiful and ambient statement in the room.

 

THE MARQUEE & DINING 

The on-site marquee was the heart of the wedding, and very much the vision of Charlotte’s own style brought to life by Red Floral. As we invited guests into the room, there was hush except for ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ as they took in the incredible atmosphere, it took a while to get everyone seated as they were just taking it all in for so long! “When guests entered the marquee each table had a server with the number held up (American style) guests loved this. I bucked tradition with allot of my choices and it worked well.”

Teddy absolutely loved every detail and I am lucky as he loved the colours I chose. For me it’s all about the detail and I planned every single detail to be executed perfectly. All the guests loved how from the moment they arrived at the church they were greeted with surprises, attention to detail and how well they were looked after. I like to always ensure people who are guests of mine or ours whether it is work or pleasure are always looked after. I tried to think of everything so every guest felt special.”

The room exuded decadence and glamour in her brands signature colours of nudes, gold and a lot of pink! Pink and gold chandeliers were installed and were adorned with flowers to create impact, along with the decadent floral displays, hundreds of candles were lit to provide a cosy and romantic atmosphere and for each table was styled differently, with table linens sourced by Charlotte from her own dress fabric suppliers which added such personality and style to the room. The top table was dressed with a stunning arrangement of flowers, masses of candles and a fabric pattern backdrop hung with pretty mirrors to create an enchanting focal area in the marquee.

“Red Floral transformed the marquee into a magical wonderland dressed with Chandeliers adorned with flowers, as well as walls of mirrors and hundreds of candles.   Having so many props amongst the wedding flowers can enhance the overall theme of the flowers.”

Another focal point was the amazing bespoke 4 tiered cake by Cakes by Krisanthi.  “I worked closely with Krisanthi and she created my dream cake, it was so beautiful. It was 4 tiers of a very soft nude pink shade with delicate polka dots and handmade sugar flowers. They were painted in gold leaf, pinks and ivory hues with our C&E crest as the main feature. The cake was placed on its own table that was decorated with fresh flowers and candles.”

At each place setting, guests had custom pink napkins tied into bows, and a heart-shaped box of Charbonnel truffles. Coloured glassware and vintage wine glasses added to the glamorous style of the dining room setting.

The bridal party were announced into the room to appropriate and fun songs and to a cheer from all the guests and then Charlotte and Teddy made their big entrance! Then guests were treated to catering by Vanilla In Allseasons with a trio of soups, fillet of beef and then the most decadent dessert table which in fact was a whole room of treats! Tea and coffee was served in pretty vintage china with mini-crackers and whole array of sweets and over fifteen styles of desserts such as mini eton mess, jars of sticky toffee pudding, heart shaped brownies, and biscuits adorned with their wedding crest and initials were all beautifully arranged amongst flowers and props for a striking and delicious display!
The Evening Party

In the evening, Charlotte slipped into her more second dress, a fitted gown, and teamed it with a killer pair of gold Jimmy Choo’s and the ‘Annie’ clutch bag from Vintage Styler and added a feminine bespoke hair flower again from Amanda Wyatt.

As the marquee was very much styled by Charlotte, Teddy’s role was arranging the entertainment, music and lighting.  As guests relaxed after the meal, they were entertained by magician, Steve Faulkner, before the gypsy-style band started performing who got everyone on the dance floor. ‘Love’ lights lit up the bar area, whilst the in-house mixologist created three bespoke cocktails that the couple chose which were named after their dogs and were dressed with some fun decorations from The Sweet Hostess!

The music started at 6pm and everyone was dancing until 1am! The first DJ set was some classic disco, followed by one of the couples favourite DJs, Graeme Park. “For the last set of the night we went back to my old Skool roots with the legend DJ Graeme Park who made the Hacienda famous and is still a legend.  This was one of the highlights for me as I was (in my day) a Hacienda girl and a regular in Ibiza. Still go to Ibiza now but the chilled side of the Island!”

 

I’m rather exhausted writing this feature as there was just so much incredible detail to the day, but so lovely to remember back to such a fun and beautiful day. Congratulations Charlotte and Teddy, and happy one year anniversary! Thanks also to Polly Alexandre for letting us share the beautiful photography.

 

Wedding Planner: London Bride / Photography: Polly Alexandre / Venue: Iscoyd Park / Bride’s Dress: (Day & Evening) Charlotte Balbier / Videographer: Silk Weddings / Florist & Venue Stylist: Red Floral / Stationery: Rose and Ruby / Catering: Vanilla In Allseasons / Dessert Table/Tea & Coffee Station: Pretty Little TrioVanilla In Allseasons / Table Glassware: Lavender & Linen / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Krisanthi / Wedding Cars: Manor Bridal Cars / Lighting: Lightech / Disco Classics DJ: Nick Campbell & Old Skool Classics DJ: Grame Park / Band: Gypsies of Bohemia 

Behind The Scenes with London Bride – An MC Motors Wedding

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS, Elegant, Urban

London Bride MC Motors Wedding - Caught The Light Photography

2014 was a pretty crazy summer for London Bride on the wedding planning side, but now I am in more calmer waters playing post wedding season catch up I have something quite exciting to share with you! Below is a ‘Behind The Scenes with London Bride’ video filmed at one of my favourite weddings of the year in July for my couple Crisa and Gareth and their MC Motors wedding. It’s one of my favourite venues to work at (no surprises there) and with a beautiful brief to work to, the styling of the day all came together perfectly and we bought a little bit of the Mediterranean to East London. It was a fabulous day, thanks to an amazing team of hard-working and talented suppliers who we bought on board to make it all possible.

London Bride MC Motors Wedding - Caught The Light PhotographyPhotos: Caught The Light

I think *sometimes* people assume as a wedding planner, I have a glamorous job, but I hope this behind the scenes video acts as a bit of insight into how much hard work goes into the set up of a wedding (not to mention all the meetings, emails and months and months of planning beforehand of course!), and how it is all bought together on the day by everyone involved. The wedding world is full of ‘Pinterest-perfect’ inspiration and ‘editorially’ styled shoots but I wanted to show the reality of a real-life wedding day as it actually happens!

Huge thanks to Castle Gibson and all the suppliers (please see credits below) for kindly letting me film them, and of course to Crisa and Gareth and all their wonderful friends and family. Hope you enjoy the film, worth watching with the music up!

Disclaimer: I  have a very hands-on approach to the weddings I plan, so would like to excuse my dishevelled appearance, but I’d like to think that no-one would look particularly great on a 16 hour day on their feet in July, in wedding season. So this is reality here folks, as it happens – it’s not about looking glamorous and not getting your hands dirty, it’s about getting things done!  

Behind the scenes at a July 2014 wedding with Charley Beard, leading wedding planner and stylist at London Bride.

Credits: Film by: Sandra Ciampone for London Bride / Wedding Planning & Styling: Charley at London Bride / Venue: Castle Gibson / Photography: Caught The Light / Florist: Bo Boutique / Catering: Social Pantry / Stationery Elements: Ever After Press / Swing Band: Swinging Little Big Band / Cake: Konditor & Cook / Cocktail Bar: Hire The Barman / DJ: Ed at The Wedding Smashers / Macarons: Wharf Road Bakery / Vintage Hire: Classic Crockery / Hair Stylist: Cassandra Rizzuto / Make-Up Artist: Make Up By Katy