Posts Tagged: London Bride

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!

London Bride Wedding Management & Co-ordination Winter Offer

AISLE STYLE, PLANNING

Photography by London Bride

As a little welcome to 2017 and to banish those winter wedmin blues we are offering couples a 10% discount off one of our most popular wedding planning services, for wedding day management & co-ordination. See below for more info!

London Bride Wedding Co-ordination and Management

We know from experience a lot of couples suddenly get to the new year and it hits home that they are getting married this year! Gulp! As exciting as it is, if you are feeling a little overwhelmed and that you may need some support with the planning whether you’ve just got engaged or are mid-way through planning and need a helping hand, feel free to get in touch for a chat to see if we can help!

Special offer of 10% off our wedding day management & co-ordination service when booked in January or FEBRUARY for wedding dates up until 31/05/17.
WEDDING DAY MANAGEMENT & CO-ORDINATION

This service is for those who are confident with the planning process with all elements pretty much in place but who would like to handover things in the last few weeks to ensure the day runs hitch free and to your expectations. In the month leading up to the wedding we will have a site visit to the venue to walk through the plans and we’ll work with you to ensure all your timings, logistics and set up details are all in place and that nothing has been overlooked.

We’ll also get in touch with all your suppliers to check final details with them to make sure they are happy and have everything they need! On the day, we’ll manage the smooth-running of events from start to finish, assist with set up and co-ordinate your suppliers and be on hand to you and your guests so you can fully relax and enjoy the celebrations.

London Bride Wedding Co-ordination and Management
INSPIRATION SESSIONS AND WEDDING CONSULTING

If you are newly engaged or are struggling with any particular element of your wedding planning we offer one-off inspiration sessions to kick start the planning and hourly pay-as-you-go assistance where you can have our expert advice on any areas you need it.

For more information or to receive our brochure with details of our services and fees, or if you’d like to make an enquiry please drop as an email as we’d love to see if we can assist you with your wedding plans.

In the meantime, good luck with the wedmin, don’t forget to check out our Pinterest boards if you’re looking for some inspiration!

Behind The Scenes – London Bride & Otaduy Special Bridal Showcase

AISLE STYLE, INSPIRATION, PLANNING, Suppliers

Photography by Cinzia Bruschini

A behind the scenes look at the London Bride & Otaduy Bridal special bridal showcase last month. We were thrilled to invite readers and brides to this intimate event to try on dresses and chat and be inspired by some of our wedding industry friends! 

Otaduy Bridal and London Bride Event

Part of why I love working in this industry is getting the chance to work and collaborate with like-minded, creative and modern thinking wedding colleagues. It pushes the industry in the right direction and just bouncing ideas, inspiration and swopping stories is really refreshing.

Having been a fan of Barcelona bridal designers, Otaduy and their gorgeous London showroom, we decided to collaborate and hold an intimate bridal event to showcase their new collection, meet with brides (and readers of London Bride!) and also to introduce them to some fabulous wedding brands, suppliers, designers and makers. It was so much fun to see bride’s try on potential contender dresses, with their friends and family with the added fun of trying on veils, shoes, holding a beautiful bouquet as well as be made-up all whilst in a relaxing and intimate atmosphere with delicious and cute mini bottles of sparkling wine courtesy of Cordoniu and refreshing and stylish hydration from Solan de Cabras. Definitely the way dress shopping should be!

As a wedding planner and blogger, it’s also really lovely for me to connect with bride-to-be’s to hear about their days and their styles and wedding inspiration and of course talking all about dresses!

Otaduy showcased their new ‘I Do’ collection, which you can see more of here but is inspired by the glamorous days of disco, and free-spirited style… Otaduy has a lovely balance of feminine dresses and cool separates (plus jackets!) that are for a modern boho bride and are perfect for both a city wedding or something a little more rural. We had a lovely mix of brides at the event who were getting married in the city, the countryside and a few destination weddings too (lucky them!).

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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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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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London Bride Loves – Peonies, Sweet Things + Urban Jungles

LONDON BRIDE LIFE

A new (hopefully!) feature series on what London Bride Loves; a roundup of life in weddings, London and lifestyle.

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In my position as a blogger, Londoner, wedding industry member and general sucker for nice things it’s actually impossible for me to keep you updated with everything I see, like, hear about and do.  So, in honour of at least attempting to share things, I’ll be featuring what London Brides Loves across weddings, London and lifestyle as a round-up post with little snippets instead!

I’d like to try and do these every other week, but let’s see how we go (don’t want to make promises, I have a very busy wedding season coming up!!) but the good news is here is the first!

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Modern + Neon Pink Jew-ish Sunbeam Studios Wedding

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS, Modern

Photography by Yellow Bird PhotographyPlanning & Styling London Bride

A cool, contemporary Sunbeam Studios wedding for Katy and Simon. Ombre pink hair, a Charlie Brear dress and a Sunday Roast feast for this unique and meaningful Jew-Ish celebration with neon pink details. 

Sunbeam Studios London Wedding - Photography Yellowbird Planning by London Bride

I’m so pleased to finally be featuring this fabulous modern wedding today that I planned last summer. Katy and Simon were a cool, contemporary couple and I love that this wedding reflects that in every detail. From the meaningful ‘Jew-Ish’ ceremony, to Katy’s amazing ombre pink hair to the roast dinner feast (despite it being August) and the first dance in trainers it was so great working with them as they put their personalities into every element of the day for their Sunbeam Studios wedding.

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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.