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Caesara + James – 06 St Chad’s Place Wedding + Gold Wedding Dress

WEDDINGS, Informal, Urban, Vintage Inspired

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Sometimes you get submitted a wedding and you’re like, is this a styled shoot or an actual wedding because the bride is that stunning. Well, this is one of them! James and Caesara were married in July last year, and they had a 06 St Chad’s Place wedding, which was basically a laid back party, “We both knew exactly what we wanted for our wedding. We wanted it to be like a massive birthday party!”.

Before we delve into the beautiful images by photographer Kat Hill, I have to mention THE dress. A beautiful bespoke gold wedding dress by Charlotte at Wilden Bride it’s just so unique and the gold shimmer with lace and stylish low back really do simply shine on Caesara. Oh and then there are the blue and gold shoes…

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Caesara commissioned a gold embroidered bespoke wedding dress from the talented Charlotte at Wilden Bride as she wanted to incorporate her Pakistani heritage. I just adore the shimmery gold style of the dress that is incredibly flattering against her skin tone and is just so feminine.

From Charlotte at Wilden Bride, “The dress has a gold silk slip with a delicate lace edging, and gold tulle backless over-dress with long sleeves. The tulle was an amazing find, which has a metallic gold thread embroidered all over. I sourced three different designs of gold lace, each with a different design and texture of metallic threads, chording, beads and pearls, from which each lace motif was carefully cut out, and appliqued to the tulle-over-dress to compliment Caesara’s stunning figure. I made a statement belt using a gold chain-mail style mesh, and embroidered cut-outs from sequined Saree’s, Gold sequined Lace, Swarovski Cosmic crystals in silver and gold and pieces of traditional Pakistani mirror-embroidery, which had been cut from a contemporary saree design and coated in a gold foil, which gave the original traditional embroidery a metallic finish, but left the mirror exposed.”

The bride got ready with her three sisters who were her bridesmaids, which were all given the choice to pick their own dresses, and wore a selection from Coast, Very and Tiffany Rose.

With the dress being quite a statement in itself, she didn’t have many accessories and simply wore her Grandmother’s ring on the day along with some fresh flowers in her hair that matched her bouquet. And of course those beautiful eye-catching blue and gold shoes!

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The ceremony was held at Camden Town Hall, and the bride made her entrance to ‘Stand by Me’ sung by the Maria Fidelis School Choir which I’m sure gave all the guests goose bumps! It was a memorable moment for them both as they met and took a moment to listen to the Gospel Choir hand in hand who are in fact the Bride’s students so it must have been so magical.

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After the ceremony, the couple chose to walk to their reception venue, and in fact as they did, despite the rain drops they got lots of congratulations from passers by! The reception venue of 06 St Chad’s Place was the perfect choice for their wedding as the couple live so close to it and regularly had drinks there. Caesara added her creative touch by making some hand-made hanging decorations, as well as arranging all the flowers and her own bouquet with flowers ordered online.

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Caesara’s very talented mum got busy in the kitchen and baked everything for the cake buffet that guests were allowed to indulge in after dinner. They also had traditional Asian confectionary such as Samosas from Ambala and both Mum’s were involved in preparing the food for the evening.

They also invested in a instant camera to encourage guests to write their messages and words of wisdom in their guest book which went down really well and of course they get to keep the camera afterwards!

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“Kat Hill had already taken pictures at the venue and it was her pictures I saw when I was googling Chad’s place so I thought ‘She’s great! I have to book her!’ and luckily she was available.

The relaxed feel was also facilitated by the music which was the second most important thing. Music makes the party! and then a great DJ who listened to all our choices! We really enjoyed ourselves and would do it all again! (with the same person, of course!).”

Such a gorgeous day and couple, who look incredibly relaxed and happy with all their friends and family with them to celebrate. Congratulations and thanks also to the super Kat Hill for letting me share her work and those gorgeous portraits of the couple!

Credits: Photography: Kat Hill / Ceremony Venue: Camden Town Hall / Reception Venue: 06 St Chad’s Place [Kings Cross] / Brides Dress: Wilden Bride / Hair + Make Up: House of Camden / DJ 

Stylish & Intimate London Wedding at The Bluebird Chelsea

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal

Intimate & Stylish London Wedding by Ed Osborne

There is just something so utterly romantic about London’s beautiful mews streets. This stylish and intimate London wedding captures the romance of the city and a beautiful couple.

Having met in South Korea, with Justin from the USA and Joella from the UK and a move to Beijing on the cards, they decided on an intimate Spring wedding in London as a farewell to their friends and family. The day was captured exclusively on film by photographer Ed Osborn.

Having been together for over 6 years, for the wedding, it was important to them to be able to enjoy their favourite wines and foods for their guests so kept the wedding quite small. “It was really important to both of us to have a really small wedding. Although we really wanted to get married, neither of us had ever wanted a huge wedding with loads of people staring at us! Because we were set on having such a small wedding this meant we weren’t able to invite all of our friends and family. We were worried about this but everyone was incredibly supportive of our decision.”

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Joella looks stunning in a dress she tracked down from the high street, however despite it being the ‘one’ it wasn’t the first dress she bought “As we had such a short engagement  I knew I wouldn’t be able to go to a bridal boutique due to the short timescale, so soon after we got engaged I went by myself to a sample sale. I didn’t expect to get anything that day but got swept up in the moment and bought a traditional, strapless gown. Whilst it was a lovely dress, it wasn’t what I had in mind and I soon started to have doubts. A couple of weeks later my mum came down to London to help me buy shoes and accessories. As she had missed out on wedding dress shopping I thought it would be fun to try on a few high street dresses which may also help perhaps confirm that I’d found the right dress! However as soon as I tried on the ‘Evelyn’ dress from Phase Eight I knew that was the one! As soon as I put it on everything just felt right.”

After having my trial for my hair and make-up with Cathy Shaw as I wasn’t wearing a veil she came up with the idea to place flowers in the back of my hair which was perfect!”

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“We chose Bluebird for the reception as I had always liked the look of it (we used to live nearby in Fulham and would often go past but had never actually been in). As we were keeping the guest list under 30 we were looking for an intimate venue but we didn’t want to be seated in a restaurant with lots of other people. We also still wanted to play our choice of music and have a bit of a boogie! Bluebird was perfect as they have several private rooms.

We chose the Bluebird room as it has a gorgeous private bar in the room and was on the ground floor- so felt separate from everyone else. It was also a great size for our number of guests. We had a champagne reception around the private bar while Justin and I had out photos taken with Ed, then we all sat around one large table for a three course meal with plenty of wine, followed by coffee and chocolates.  I loved having everyone on one table. As our parents had never met before, it was a great chance for them to get to know each other more and Justin and I could see everyone and chat to each other and our friends.”

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“I don’t really know how you would describe our style – we really just picked the things we thought were beautiful and worked well for a city wedding. We didn’t really have any decorations because Bluebird already looks great. I wanted pink and ivory flowers for my bouquet and Lisa at the Flower Sanctuary in Balham (a florist local to where we were living at the time) helped me choose. I’d originally thought I’d have peonies but I’m so pleased I went for the Avalanche roses as they suited my dress really well. I was thrilled with my gorgeous bouquet. Bluebird put us in contact with Hannah Martin, who did the flowers for the reception. She did a wonderful job and the flowers were gorgeous. We took them all home and our flat was filled with flowers for a week afterwards!”

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“We originally weren’t going to have a wedding cake (I don’t know what we were thinking?!) but after briefly considering a few options I discovered Hummingbird did wedding cakes! After that, there was no doubt that we would have a red velvet cake! We had a wonderful time at their Spitalfields store tasting cake flavours and choosing the design.  We went for an ivory cake with a pink flower on the top. We didn’t tell anyone it was red velvet until we cut into it so that was a good surprise. We were actually all too full after the delicious meal to eat much cake, so the staff at Bluebird kindly got little cake boxes so everyone could take a piece home! We had many texts the next day saying how delicious the cake was! I didn’t want anyone to be left out (who wants to miss out on cake?) so the day before the wedding Justin and I went to Ms Cupcake in Brixton and picked up some vegan red velvet cupcakes for the vegan and lacto-free guests. They were also delicious by all reports!

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“After the ceremony we gave our guests a little tour of London on a vintage Routmaster bus. That was one of our favourite parts of the day. It was so much fun sipping prosecco and waving at all the tourists.  It was a nice treat for our guests as most of them are not from London.

We didn’t go crazy on lots of little details but we did have a few personal touches. Justin is from the USA and I am from the UK- I found some American and British flag cufflinks online which he wore for the wedding as a nod to both our homelands! We decided not to have wedding favours but we had little bus tickets made up for the bus ride with our names, wedding date and location on. The guests all liked these and kept them as mementos. Instead of a guest book we provided a variety of London postcards for guests to leave messages for us and post in the card box. Everyone enjoyed this!”

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“We had the ceremony at Marylebone Town Hall in the Blue Room. Marylebone was the only place we considered getting married. We just loved the building and the romantic idea of all the different people who have got married there. We also used to spend a lot of time in the Marylebone area when we first moved to London in 2008. We rang up the day after we got engaged to book the Blue Room! We had never even seen it in person but we just knew it would be right for us.

We didn’t see the room until we walked in at the start of the ceremony! It was magical to enter for the first time ever and see our friends and family standing waiting for us. We chose not to have bridesmaids or a best man and instead chose our friends to be the witnesses and my sister held our rings for us whilst my brother managed the music for the ceremony.”

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“Because it was a small wedding and we didn’t have an aisle to walk down, we decided to enter the room together rather than have the tradition of my dad giving the bride away. We entered to Sigur Ros’ song ‘Untitled Three’. We cut a bit off the start to a more dramatic point. It felt like an amazing dream. Hilariously, when the registrar was telling my younger brother at what points to play the music on the ipod, she accidently played a few seconds of Gangnam style! Justin and I didn’t hear this of course but everyone told us later that they half expected we were going to dance into the ceremony to Gangnam. We actually had it on there as a joke song for the end of the reception as we originally met in South Korea! We signed the register to First Day of my Life by Bright Eyes  and walked out to Jose Gonzalez’ version of Heartbeats. We also just want to mention how amazing the registrars at Marylebone Town Hall are. They really put us at ease and made the day fantastic.”

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“Justin and I met half an hour before the ceremony on the steps of the town hall! There was no one else around just us two (or it felt like that!) as the other guests had all gone inside when I arrived. We had both felt a bit nervous (not about marrying each other but about having everyone watch us say the vows and also about if the day would all go well) but as soon as we saw each other we knew everything was going to be perfect. My dad, my other siblings and our friends all didn’t see us until we walked in to the ceremony room – I really liked that as it felt so special and like a surprise!”

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“Our amazing photographer was Ed Osborn.  We knew of him because I worked with his girlfriend 4 or 5 years ago! I had often seen his work online and we loved the look and feel of his photos. We absolutely love the fact that he shoots exclusively in film and the guests loved it too. Ed captured some really gorgeous moments and we love the photos so much.”

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“Even though the wedding was small, we still wanted to have some music and dancing. It was important to Justin and I that we had music we really liked at our wedding so made our own playlists and played them on an ipod hooked up the sound system the restaurant provided. We also asked guests to suggest songs to us and included them too. Everyone got excited when one of their song picks came on. There may not have been many of us but we still had a great time drinking and dancing! The Bluebird staff were brilliant and rearranged the table after the meal to make a large enough dance floor.

We absolutely loved out wedding day! We are so glad we did it the way we did and are so thankful to everyone who made it so special. We are now having an amazing time living in Beijing and love looking at the photos and remembering the day.

Whether you are having a tiny or massive wedding, follow your instincts and have the day you want. Oh and read lots of wedding blogs! They are so much fun and I loved being nosy at other peoples weddings.

Thank you so much to Ed for sharing his beautiful work and congratulations to such a lovely couple on their beautiful wedding day and write up! Hope you had a wonderful honeymoon this Christmas too!

Photography: Edward Osborn / Ceremony Venue: Marylebone Town Hall [currently closed for refurbishment] / Reception Venue: Bluebird Chelsea / Bride’s Dress: Phase Eight / Groom’s Suit: TM Lewin / Hair + Make Up: Cathy Shaw / Florists: Flower Sanctuary (Bouquet + Buttonhole) Cakes: Red Velvet by Hummingbird Bakery + Vegan Cupcakes by Ms Cupcake

 

Cemile + Adam – Fun Turkish Inspired Baltic Restaurant Wedding

WEDDINGS, Modern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Heidi + Steve – Retro Street Party Old Finsbury Town Hall Wedding

WEDDINGS, Vintage Inspired

Heidi and Steve were married in the spring at the Old Finsbury Town Hall and what a stylish day from start to finish. Retro street party vibe these guys had a beautiful and fun day which was full of their personalities and style and you can just get that amazing party spirit of the day from these images from their fabulous photographer Laura McCluskey. Hands up who wants a Studio 54 style light up dance floor?

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Steve and I enjoy vintage style and hope this was reflected in our outfits.  I originally planned to wear a 1930’s style evening gown in blue, however, about 8 weeks before the wedding, I had a change of heart, as it didn’t feel quite right. Following a wee panic I found the Balanchine dress by Alice Temperley on net-a-porter and it was perfect! Luckily all my accessories worked with both dresses.

Heidi donned a beautiful classic pair of Jimmy Choo’s and a Rita Headdress from Jo Barnes Vintage. I’m also rather in love with her bag – the undeniably cute and retro Fifi clutch bag by Lulu Guinness. “I didn’t want to carry a bouquet – it’s just not me, so had my fab Lulu Guinness clutch instead. I did want flowers on the tables though and had Amnesia and Sweet Avalanche roses, Sarah Bernhardt peonies, Astrantia and Eucalyptus. These were purchased from a wholesalers and arranged in jam jars by my mum, sister and best friend.”

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Proving just how key a venue can be in your plans, everything fell into place for Heidi and Steve when they found the beautiful and opulent Old Finsbury Town Hall“We really just wanted a relaxed, fun, informal day with our friends and family – if there was an overarching theme I’d describe it as retro street-party. We wanted a venue where we could host the whole day and loved the vintage feel of the Old Finsbury Town Hall with its Art Noveau décor which we really didn’t need to embellish, just adding some home-made bunting. Once we had found it, lots of other elements just fell into place.”

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You can’t beat a Choccywoccydoodah cake for a talking point and serious retro indulgence!

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So sweet to see such cute bridesmaids! And these lucky girls were the lucky recipients of Vivienne Westwood’s Lady Dragon shoes! “I had five bridesmaids, aged from 6 to 14 years – we wanted the girls to have something they loved wearing and that they could wear again. I think my teen bridesmaids mostly loved their Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon shoes! My daughter, Tallulah who was also our ring bearer sees herself as a tomboy and was reluctant to wear a dress – the tunic and leggings we found for her at Monsoon worked perfectly.”

I have to say the Groom stands out in his incredibly stylish bespoke suit in that beautiful blue hue and tan shoes, with a pocket watch he looks every inch the gentleman. “Steve thoroughly enjoyed having a bespoke suit made and Gresham Blake were so helpful, advising him on great accessories too.”

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For me, music is so important so it’s always nice to hear how couples choose their music and how they introduce their styles in the day. As well as a classic song, I love that they introduced punk music by Steve’s friend Ed who played easy listening version on the piano during the signing. “We kept the ceremony short and sweet but it was still very moving. I think my best moment was walking in and seeing our friends and family, who were all smiling, and then seeing Steve, who was totally bemused by my being in a completely different dress to the one he was expecting! I walked down the aisle, accompanied by my Best Man, Simon, to Moon River sung by Audrey Hepburn. In a little twist, earlier in the year I won a pearl bracelet and earrings (from Emma Hadley Wedding) in a magazine competition, they are from the Hepburn Collection and I had to answer a question about Breakfast at Tiffany’s!”

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Not only was the decor retro but the food matched the day too! How good do those mini fish and chips look? “Marie Laure from Easy Gourmet was fantastic – she really seemed to understand our vision for the day and provided a great menu based on traditional British food including mini Scotch eggs, pie and mash and Eton Mess and Bread and Butter pudding for desserts. In keeping with the retro feel we used mis-matched vintage crockery and it gave lots of colour to the tables.

We had designed our own wedding invitations based on a vintage Mills and Boon book and we followed the theme through by naming tables after other titles and decorating the tables with lots of Mills and Boons books which our guests seemed to enjoy! For favours we gave everyone a Great British Pudding Chocolate bar from Montezuma’s, a vintage fabric badge and a temporary love-themed tattoo. For the children, we had lots of old-fashioned games, and dressing up masks!”

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“Our photographer was Laura McCluskey [who’s website is currently under development!] whom I met at a vintage wedding fair (the only wedding fair I actually went to). I loved her alternative style and thought she’d be able to deliver the more informal kind of photography we wanted. Laura is so relaxed and easy to work with and we feel she truly captured the spirit of our day. Laura also took us off for half an hour or so, just after the ceremony, whilst our guests were enjoying drinks and canapés. We had a wander around nearby streets and got some lovely photos but also a wee moment to catch our breath before the rest of the day, which was great.” This is always such a great idea, not only to capture some gorgeous photos of you both but for you to have five minutes together to take it all in and chat!

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Hands up who wouldn’t get up and dance on a light up dancefloor like that!? Genius way for making sure your guests get up and get down! “For evening entertainment we hired a fabulous Saturday Night Fever dance floor and had a proper old-school disco – we both love music and made the playlist ourselves (although Steve insists he only got to choose one track!). Our first dance, after I’d quickly changed into my Studio 54 gold disco dress, was to Get The Party Started by Shirley Bassey. Our last dance was to Bring Me Sunshine by Morecambe and Wise. We also hired a photo booth which came with lots of props and this was enjoyed by kids and adults alike.”

TOP TIPS…

“If I have any advice at all for other brides it is that you will probably find that everyone has an idea about what a wedding ‘should’ be and lots of people try and impose their vision on you. Stay true to what is important to the two of you and don’t feel pressured into including stuff that doesn’t mean anything to you.”

Huge thanks to the coolest couple Heidi and Steve for sharing your day and to photographer Laura McCluskey who never fails to put a smile on my face with how she captures a day!

 

Photography: Laura McCluskey  / Venue: The Old Finsbury Town Hall / Bride’s Dress: ‘Balanchine’ Alice By Temperley  / Groom’s Suit: Gresham Blake, Groom’s Shoes: Jeffrey West / Bride’s Make Up: Katy Messser – Make Up By Katy / Bride’s Hair: Miyuki at Studio Stage Door / Flowers: Wholesale from Bridal Flowers Direct / Catering: Easy Gourmet / Cake: Choccywoccydoodah / Photo Booth: Retro Me / Dancefloor, Lighting & Sound: LX-Tricks

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 

A Stylish London Elopement

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Whilst it’s fairly common for weddings on these pages to be full of couples alongside their guests, enjoying a leisurely meal followed by an evening of dancing, that kind of wedding isn’t for everyone or in fact may not always be feasible.  It’s the old romantic in me that is thrilled that there is the occasion where there is simply a couple, looking to confirm their love with each other in an intimate and low key celebration. Anna and Evgeny did just that with this stylish London elopement, and I have to suggest, it may be tempting – after all there’s no guest list to agonise over, no family pushing you into traditions, and no huge bill to foot – just a sweet and simple ‘I do’ is sometimes all it takes…

Beautiful photography by Dasha Caffrey.

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With just 4 days to the wedding, Anna took a visit to her local florist, which luckily was the fabulous Wild At Heart in Westbourne Grove and spotted some white peonies. They matched the simple palette of the wedding perfectly, “At the beginning I wanted Lilly of the Valley, but then I realised it would be very difficult to get them on the such a short notice. With just 4 days left until my wedding and I didn’t have time to run around to look at lots of flowers. So I went to my local florist Wild at Heart in Westbourne Grove and I saw white peonies. My grandmother use to grow peonies in her garden and it reminded me of my childhood. The smell was divine and I asked straight away for a bouquet to be delivered to our hotel.” 

Anna took inspiration from wedding blogs and decided to include the sweet ‘I Do’ stickers on the sole of her weddings shoes. They also indulged in her favourite chocolates Walker Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles, sharing them amongst her friends on the special day.

A few weeks before our wedding I came across the “Don’t for wives” and “Don’t for husbands” books.  Great little books, we had a great laugh reading it. Despite being from 1913 it is reminded us that things aren’t so different now than 100 years ago.”

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The joy of only have you to think about during the planning is you can afford to be a little more lavish with your plans, and rightly so, Anna and Evgeny combined their celebrations and honeymoon at The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge.

“We wanted to find a place where we could escape the ‘busy’ London, have time for ourselves and have little honeymoon after the wedding. We were looking at traditional London hotels in art deco style. The Berkeley and Claridges were on the top of our list. At the end The Berkeley Hotel won by one big point that we couldn’t miss – Rooftop Swimming pool. We wanted to get married in London and have some photos of London, the city where we found each other. So we just hopped around the city taking black cabs whenever we wanted to take a few photos in a particular location.”

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Whilst they spent a year planning a big traditional wedding in Hereford, during this time Anna and Evgeny’s goals and priorities changed. “Evgeny started his own business and one of the things we chose to sacrifice was our wedding. It wasn’t an easy decision for us but we felt it was the right one. Building a successful company requires a significant effort, not only from the founder but also from his family. At the beginning, we thought to postpone our wedding for a couple of years, but then we realised that we just want to marry each other and continue living a happy life. So we went to Marylebone Town Hall and got married.” 

How simple is that? I can also vouch for the business thing taking priority, both myself and ‘Mr London Bride’ have embarked on our own businesses in the last two years, hence the very-long-beginning-to-think-it-may-not-happen engagement!

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Despite falling sick the day of the wedding, Anna and Evgeny made the most of the day and you wouldn’t know it from their beautiful photos! “I’ll be honest, the whole day flew by in 5 seconds. My husband and I woke up with a terrible cold and all we wanted to do was stay in bed. I was thinking that we spent lots of time planning to get married and everything was supposed to be under control but there I was sick in bed unable to control anything! I remember my friend kept saying through the day “The worse the wedding, the better the marriage” It still makes me smile.” 

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Although this is a fairly simple, low-key wedding, it is definitely still oozing with style. No surprises then that the bride Anna works in the fashion industry and had her own stylist on-hand to help with the dress hunt. “I am fortunate enough to work in fashion industry and I have a few stylists in my team. As soon as I mentioned that I need a dress for an intimate wedding, we knew we should check out BCBG Max Azria. My colleagues know me and my style quite well, so we checked out the website and in a matter of few seconds we all knew that this was my dress!

I always knew that I want my wedding shoes to be from Badgley Mischka. Their evening  shoes designs are the best on the market. So I knew where I was going to get my shoes from the start.”

I am in love with 1920s era and the art deco style. We had only one month to plan everything, but it was very easy as I knew exactly what I want. I did some projects at university using 1920s style, so it was very easy for me to find everything. Also The Great Gatsby film that just came out, was very inspiring, as well as the story!

Anna teamed her beautiful Avi BCBG Max Azria gown with a vintage 1920s clutch which I think is the perfect addition to her stunning engagement ring, “I usually shop online: this is how I find all the unique pieces and this is how I came across my clutch. It was pure coincidence. I really like it because it’s so 1920s.”

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Planning Tips From Anna…

“Read the wedding blogs! Scroll through tonnes of real weddings photos. Create different boards on Pinterest for your florist, photographer and baker and save your pictures. It gives them idea about your style and personality and it would be easier for them to understand what you want.

And leave yourself lots of time to get ready. If it’s all a bit of rush you won’t have time to savour every special moment.”

Huge thanks to Anna and Evgeny for sharing their very intimate wedding and to Dasha for her beautiful photography.

Photography: Dasha Caffrey / Getting Ready: The Berkeley Hotel / Ceremony: The Old Marylebone Town Hall [now closed for refurbishment] / Bride’s Dress: BCBG Max Azria for UK stockists visit here / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid: Damsel In A Dress / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Hair: Christian at Dappa Hair / Make Up: Neringa Sutkute / Flowers: Wild At Heart 

Amy + Duncan – An Autumnal Union Club Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Urban

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Amy and Duncan had a beautiful autumnal celebration in October at the magnificent St Bride’s Church followed by a reception at the Union Club in Soho. I love the tradition and spirituality of the poignant ceremony and then the contrast of the day with a more informal reception with friends and family for everyone to let their hair down. Amy said “We didn’t have a vision of what we wanted the day to look like so much as how we wanted it to feel; the ceremony needed to feel momentous – where everyone’s on their best behavior – and then the evening needed to feel the opposite!”.

It’s so nice to see some colour at a wedding too, the fiery red captured in the beautiful photography by Caught The Light lights up the October day and looks stunning across the flowers and the bridesmaids dresses and of course the iconic Red Routemaster bus. A highlight for me is that home baked cakes were served at the end of the service at the Church for guests to help themselves to. Every wedding should have that! I also love all the old photos of the couple as their table names, bet they stirred up some conversation with the guests…

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From Amy, “We chose a city wedding because that’s where we live (and meant we didn’t have to rely on good weather!) but nonetheless wanted all the fun and informality of a country one too, so combined as many little touches that would give us this feeling as we could. Homemade (thanks friends and family) cakes made an appearance in the church after the ceremony, rhubarb cocktails were served as reception welcome drinks, pictures of us as kids numbered our table plans, jars of homemade jam (thanks Mum & Granny!) were used for place settings and loosely arranged flowers kept everything feeling relaxed. Whilst we were upstairs eating dinner, we’d secretly arranged for downstairs to be transformed with balloons, so that once we were back down everyone knew it was time to party.” Love that idea! So nice to give your guests a little surprise on the day and how sweet that they had home made cakes after the ceremony, I think every wedding should include that part!

“We designed and made the save the dates, invitations, place settings and orders of service. This allowed us to have a really consistent look to the whole event. The invitations were made to look like little books and each had a penguin book cover postcard on the front to detach and send back as the RSVP. At the back of the church we had a table of cakes and drinks for people to enjoy while we had our photos. All the cakes had been made by friends and family and this was a really nice way to include people who were not coming to eat with us. The crowning glory was the place settings, which featured pictures of us at ages 1 – 5 to correspond to the table numbers and then individually labelled jars of home-made jam for everyone made by my mum and granny.

Picking the right kind of music was absolutely crucial too and The Wedding Smashers couldn’t have done a better job – you couldn’t get off the dance floor it was so packed! The last minute decision to buy a second dress I could actually dance in totally paid off!

It was honestly the most fun day, ever – I only wish we could do it all again!”

Huge congratulations to Amy and Duncan, thank you for letting me share your day, and beautiful photography by those fabulous ladies at Caught The Light.

Photography: Caught The Light / Ceremony: St Brides / Reception Venue: Union Club / Brides Dress: Blackburn Bridal / Bridesmaids: Warehouse / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Hair + Make Up: Bethany Swan / Flowers: Angel Flowers / Balloons: Balloons of London / DJ: Wedding Smashers / Acoustic: Mario Castronari

 

Stylish Town Hall Hotel Wedding – East London

WEDDINGS, Urban

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Some people do ‘low key’ with well, such class – well that’s Tammy and Rob who had their wedding at the end of last year at The Town Hall Hotel in East London. With it’s classic Art Deco style combined with contemporary architecture it was the perfect backdrop for a day that was about celebrating in style. Tammy and Rob appear to have a wonderful modesty about them throughout the day, captured insightfully by documentary wedding photographer Nick Tucker.
It was a fuss free stylish affair – the bride designed and made her own wedding dress – and looking through these images they capture the couple in a natural and beautiful way from the nerves, to the joy and the dancing. I do also love Nick’s coverage of the guests and seeing them immersed in the different celebrations throughout the day, always fascinating…
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“We wanted to do something that was minimal and low key, but that still felt personal to us. We love the Town Hall Hotel. We stayed there after our engagement and loved it so much we decided to get married there a year and one day later.”
Tammy wore a beautiful fitted lace dress with sleeves and gorgeous button detail at the back, and not only did it look beautiful, but was designed and made by her with a very sentimental element as it was made with the lace trim from her mothers very own wedding dress. “It was nice to have part of her day in mine.”
In terms of the day, everything was fairly simple but well thought through. “We wanted it to feel natural and uncontrived. We came up with idea of putting the floral center pieces and candles on mirrors to create a bit more reflected light in the room.”
Instead of an evening buffet, they chose a cheese cake, which having seen so far this year all my couples also choose one, is clearly a popular choice – who doesn’t love a bit of cheese! “Instead of a traditional cake we opted for a “cheese” cake, which went down well with our evening guests as we didn’t have an evening buffet”

“There was only one photographer we really liked and that was Nick Tucker. He is an amazing photographer who managed to make 2 slightly awkward and camera shy people look good. Couldn’t recommend him highly enough, and he is a thoroughly nice guy too”. I can certainly vouch for that too!

What music did you walk down the aisle to? Beach Boys!
Do you have any planning advice for other brides? I wish I had taken the week prior to the wedding off work.
What was the most special or memorable moment of the day? Walking down the aisle and seeing each other, and having all our family and friends together in one room as it rarely happens.
What was your first dance song? Sweet Thing, Van Morrison

What unique touches did you add to your wedding? We tried to make our favours as personal to us as we could, we made a little quiz booklet and had mini golf pencils embossed with the date and our names.
Congratulations to Tammy and Rob, and thanks to them and to photographer Nick for letting me share the beautiful day.

Photography: Nick Tucker / Venue: Town Hall Hotel / Bride’s Dress: Designed and Made by Tammy (the bride!) / Bride’s Shoes: Celine / Bridesmaids: All Saints / Groom and Usher’s Suits: Reiss / Flowers: Jam Jar Flowers / Hair + Make Up: Hiro at Radio Salon / Cheese Cake: The Cheese Shed

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

Lucy + Simon – A Stylish Stoke Newington Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal

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Lucy and Simon had a beautiful Stoke Newington Wedding in London back in September last year captured beautifully by Lisa Jane. Lisa truly has an eye for capturing the essence of love within a couple but in a beautiful, quiet and intimate way so I love these images, especially their portraits during the day. Lucy and Simon truly look so relaxed throughout the day, and with a perfect pub and some killer leopard heels I’d say that was a recipe for a great London wedding.

“The date, the venue and the photographer were our priority at the beginning of the process of planning our wedding. We found the lovely Lisa Jane after spending a lot of time searching online. Her style was exactly what we were looking for, she was the only person we met and we were sold immediately. Not only a talented photographer but a fellow lover of red hair and leopard print. Deal done!”

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On the day I got ready with my Mum, sister and Best Woman above a pub directly opposite the town hall. My Dad joined us as all our guests had a drink or two downstairs. Simon got ready with his family and best man in our flat before heading to the venue. We didn’t decorate the town hall in anyway; it looked just perfect as it was. After the ceremony we had our couple portraits taken with Lisa as our guest enjoyed a few glasses of Pimms in the Londesborough.”

Lucy’s beautiful dress was made by Viveene Campbell a close friend with whom she made an agreement when they were just 15 that she would make her wedding dress! How lovely is that! It’s such a beautiful shape and is such an elegant fit and she certainly oozes old Hollywood glamour with especially with her fiery locks.  “After getting engaged I spent some time searching for the style I wanted at vintage shops and fairs and then about 4 months before the wedding Viveene began to make the dress we designed together. I wanted something classic that oozed a bit of 1930/40s Hollywood glamour which would be comfortable to wear all day and dance all night in! I was so pleased with the end result, it was exactly what I had pictured looking like on the day.” She teamed her dress with accessories borrowed from kind and trusted family and friends and the rather fabulous leopard print heels were from Office, “I wanted my dress and hair to do all the work! The icing on the cake was the most spectacular antique necklace which was my something borrowed and a pair of leopard print shoes because I love a bit of leopard print!”

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“We always knew we wanted to get married close to where we live. Hackney seemed the perfect choice as I grew up there and Simon and I have lived there since we moved in together 4 years ago. Stoke Newington Town Hall is a beautiful art deco building on Church Street, it was our perfect ceremony location. I discovered that the Londesborough was a wedding reception venue whilst looking through a couple of wedding blogs. I remember calling Simon immediately to tell him, it is one of our favourite pubs. Fantastic food, lovely décor, perfect size and perfectly located for the town hall. We went down to see them, confirmed a date and booked there and then. It was about 6 weeks after we got engaged.

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I chose to have one ‘official’ bridesmaid, my younger sister Clare. We found her dress in John Lewis, a beautiful vintage looking gown by Ghost, which complemented the style of my own dress. You rarely see my sister out of her DM’s and jeans so it was lovely to see her look so gorgeous and elegant. My best friend was my Best Woman as I felt that was more equal (I don’t see why only Simon gets a best person) and I hate the name Maid of Honour, it suggests someone much older and less fabulous then Louise is! Louise chose her own dress but I helped her to make the final decision. It was a Reiss dress which she looked gorgeous in and it looked great with mine and Clare’s dresses too.”

 

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You’ve got to love a well dressed man, especially on his wedding day. Just tonight on twitter I declared my slight aversion to tail’s and morning suits on men at weddings, but Simon is very far from this traditional look and is quite the stylish, dashing groom. His look wasn’t just thrown together though, this is a man who thinks about his outfit, and why the hell not! “Simon take his clothes VERY seriously! He wore a bespoke suit from John Lancaster on Savile Row which was blue merino wool”. He teamed the smart suit with a pair of tan brogues with real gold [how cool is that!?] by Justin Deakin, a shirt from Mr Start and Alexander McQueen ties for him and his best man.

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“We kept décor to a minimum as the pub is well decorated with lots of original features and personality. We wanted lots of wild looking flowers, which were sourced by a local florist who is also a family friend and prepared by a gang of friends on the morning of the wedding. We had a table plan, hand made by Simon, based on the London Underground map. Simon loves London and its history and it is such an iconic map we loved the way it looked.”

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“We also hired pinball tables through a contact of mine at work for our guests to play on for free, they were awesome!We made photo bunting using string and pegs with photos of us and our family and friends from over the years. It was one of my favourite things, having our history before and since we met beaming down on us in the form of lots of happy smiling faces. Almost all of whom were there with us in person as well.

We didn’t have favours but instead donated money to Breast Cancer Care and gave everyone a pink ribbon pin. These were in memory of my Aunt who sadly passed away three years ago who I was very close to. It was always really important to me that she was remembered during the day and this seemed to be the perfect way to do that.”

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“The size of the venue dictated our post dinner entertainment, live music wasn’t an option but we were both happy to go with a DJ. We had loads of fun putting the playlist together and the DJ on the night curated the tracks like an absolute dream”.

Writing this and looking through Lisa’s photos again has brought it all flooding back. It was an incredible day, as perfect as we had planned it. The best thing of all is being married to the person you love more then anything in the world and having this wonderful day as a perfect memory.”

What music did you walk down the aisle to? Van Morrison, Into the Mystic (a favourite song of mine and my Dad’s)

Do you have any planning advice for other brides? Accept the help of your friends and family but do it your way!Involve all the talented people you know, it makes it all extra special!

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Photographer: Lisa Jane Photography / Ceremony Venue: Stoke Newington Town Hall / Reception Venue: Londesborough Pub, Stoke Newington / Brides Dress: Viveene Campbell / Bridesmaids: Ghost / Groom’s Suit: John Lancaster / Hair + Make-Up: Lydia Warhurst / Flowers: Friend – Robert French / DJ – Speedy Disco  / Videographer: Friend – Mat Cook

Tricia and Toby – Bows, Buses and Swinging 60s London Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

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Tricia and Toby had a lovely balmy September wedding last year, and just look at that Autumnal light, captured beautifully by their photographer Joanna Millington!  It will come as no surprise to you all that I love this wedding because not only is it a fantastic London wedding, but the bride is adorned by lots of bows! So very cute and love the 60s retro feel to her style. Perfect for a city ceremony in London! This wedding was a total reflection of this couple, so it’s just lovely to see these two beaming throughout and having the day exactly as they wanted…

“We knew from the start that we just wanted our wedding to be a relaxed day where everyone felt really comfortable and could enjoy themselves – that was the most important thing. To us, getting married was all about standing up in front of all of our closest friends and family and telling each other how much we love each other, then settling down for some classic pub food and pints of ale! We threw away most of the traditions like the giving away of the bride, lots of speeches and having a top table. They just didn’t feel like us and to be honest, it made the fact that my mum wasn’t there (she passed away a few years ago) much easier to deal with. We toyed with themes to begin with but think we ended up with a theme that was ‘Toby and Tricia’ – so basically a mix of woodland animals, the 60s, Doctor Who, fortune telling fish, dinosaur tattoos and dip dabs.” 

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It’s often tricky when you have your heart set on a vintage wedding dress, as the shapes of the women over the years have changed so much that it can often be difficult to source an original dress that can be altered to fit. Tricia had this concern but luckily she found the perfect 60s vintage inspired dress [complete with lots of bows!] which is just so adorable and looked fantastic on her! “To be honest, the whole dress thing terrified me, especially as I couldn’t do the traditional thing of having my mum there, and my bridesmaid and my sister didn’t live in the same city as me. Doing it on your own is quite scary, especially if you’re not particularly confident about your body! I really wanted to go vintage, but the sizes in the 60s were a bit smaller!

I thought about bespoke but couldn’t afford it. Then I discovered Tobi Hannah Bridal, whose amazing dresses have a really vintage feel to them. When I saw her ‘Faith’ tea-length wedding dress I loved it, but meeting Tobi herself really helped sway the decision to go with her – unlike any other wedding boutique I visited, Tobi was fun, amazingly friendly, and really seemed to get me. Basically – every bride should get their dress here! I actually miss my fittings as we got to have such a good chat.  My veil was handmade by the girls at Fur Coat No Knickers and was worth every single penny, although some people might think I overdid it with the bows slightly! The look was exactly what I wanted – 60s-style, long sleeved, wide-necked. Along with a brilliant visit to the Powder Room to do my hair and make up (along with my bridesmaid’s) on the morning of the wedding (which included drinking cocktails out of teacups with a party ring biscuit on the side), I actually felt amazing as I got ready to go – which is all you can ask for on your wedding day! The hotel flagged a London taxi for us to get to the wedding and it was brilliant having random strangers wave at you as you go through central London just because you’re wearing a veil!” Now there’s an excuse to don a veil if ever I heard one!

To complete her look, Tricia decided to design her own shoes given she is a size 9 which can be hard to come by but her striking ‘Something Blue’ shoes were by Shoes of Prey and will definitely be getting much use after the big day!

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“We think Islington Town Hall is the most beautiful town hall venue in London, so was an easy choice for us. Our ceremony was short and simple, just the way we wanted it, and we deliberately chose vows that were about appreciating each other and letting each other grow as individuals as well as together. We also added some vows about inspiring each other and making each other laugh every day, as that’s all we want! My sister and Toby’s brother did readings from a couple of our favourite books –  Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Tricia) and So Long and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams (Toby) – it helped make the ceremony more about us.”

“We did the london bus thing to get people from the ceremony to the reception, as it’s a brilliant way to move so many people in one go, and it proved a highlight for a lot of people, especially my two-year-old nephew who won’t stop talking about it! Half the guest list was from Glasgow as I’m Glaswegian, so we wanted them to have a really good London day out as they put a lot of effort into getting there.”

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I’ve actually co-ordinated a wedding myself at the Prince Albert pub last year and it’s a great spot for good food, dancing and central enough for everybody to get to. “We only ever saw the one reception venue – we knew we wanted a pub and as soon as we stepped in, The Prince Albert was perfect. There was no hire fee (just a minimum spend), it was off the beaten track but still central and easy to get to, and is gorgeous with a great range of food and drink – what more could you want? The staff were amazing, especially with quite a rowdy group of guests! They even pushed a bottle of champagne into our hands as we left, which was a really lovely touch.” 

“The Prince Albert has a brilliant style very similar to ours, so we didn’t really have to do much. The main decoration was the yards and yards of amazing bunting that my bridesmaid made. We chose baby’s breath as our flowers because it looks great but hardly costs anything. We were at the flower market at 4am a couple of nights before the wedding and up late the night before making bouquets, buttonholes and table flowers! We wanted the wedding to be fun, so had prints of animals in suits as table settings, old milk bottles with mars and twix slogans as vases, fortune-telling fish, fizz wizz and party poppers as favours, and placed board games like guess who and kerplunk around the pub – the last thing we wanted was for anyone to be bored! We used silly London postcards for guests to leave messages on – the images of Kate & Wills, a fry up and bulldogs in union jack waistcoats led to some random messages being left!” There’s always room for animals in suits at weddings I say!

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“We were really lucky in that the pub let us choose any menu that we wanted – and we wanted sausage and mash and fish and chips! We chose to spend a large chunk of the budget to have a sit down meal and an open bar – those were the things we’d enjoyed most at other weddings so it only felt right to repay the favour! My bridesmaid’s mum was fantastic – she made two cakes and a batch of cupcakes as a wedding present. The standout was her ombre purple layered sponge complete with our personalised cake topper which we used to ‘cut the cake’ – the colour was amazing as we cut it, and it tasted phenomenal! We had lots of cheese for a late night snack and that’s one of my only disappointments from the day – I didn’t get to eat any of the cheese because I was too busy dancing!”

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In keeping with the slight retro theme, Tricia and Toby were lucky enough to secure a swinging 60s girl group which had every guest on the dance floor! “We’re really lucky to know the guy who runs the best northern soul and motown night in London (Great Big Kiss) and he very kindly agreed to break his no-wedding rule to do an all-60s girl group and soul set for our reception. We felt quite selfish as it’s our favourite music, but everyone loved it and he managed to get every guest on the dance floor.”

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Q: What music did you walk down the aisle to? A: We walked in to Wouldn’t it Be Nice by The Beach Boys and out to Gimme Some Lovin’ by The Spencer Davis Group – we thought the lyric ‘so glad we made it’ was pretty appropriate!

Q: Do you have any planning advice for other brides? A: Following blogs [Editor: whoop!] and using Pinterest were my saviours – it made it so easy to collect all our ideas. I would also say don’t try to do too much yourselves. It was brilliant that we had all those personal touches but having no sleep because you spent all night making confetti with a hole punch is not a good way to spend the few days before your wedding! With hindsight we might have just paid for more things rather than stressing ourselves out doing them ourselves.

Q: What was the most special or memorable moment of the day? A: Tricia: Everything! Although if I had to choose, there was a point when I was on the dancefloor in the evening when I was with Toby dancing to some motown, after having the best day of my life with my family and friends, and just thinking ‘this is the happiest I have ever been’.

Toby: The best moment for me was when I turned and saw Tricia coming into the town hall. All my nerves disappeared and it finally kicked in that this was finally happening. And then sharing a hipflask of whisky after the ceremony to calm ourselves down!

Q:  What was your first dance song? A: We didn’t really have a traditional first dance but we played Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson to kick things off (and were first on the dance floor) – it’s very us and brings back brilliant memories of being out dancing together (and Ghostbusters 2 of course!)

 

Thank you to Joanna Millington for sharing her beautiful work on the blog, “We saw some of Joanna Millington’s work online and instantly contacted her – her style is brilliant, and very ‘us’. When we met her in person we knew we had to go with her, and having her at the wedding was brilliant – much more like a really fun guest than a supplier.”  

Congratulations Tricia and Toby on becoming Mr and Mrs, what a lovely couple you, wishing you lots of happiness for your future together!

 

Photography: Joanna Millington / Ceremony: Islington Town Hall / Reception: The Prince Albert, Camden / Wedding Dress: Tobi Hannah Bridal / Bridesmaid: POP Boutique / Groom’s Suit: Topman / Best Man’s Suit: River Island / Hair and Make Up: The Powder Puff Girls at The Powder Room / Flowers: By the Bride, bought at New Covent Garden Market / London Bus: London Classic Bus Hire Company / Invitations: Ello There / Tote Bags: Alphabet Bags

Helen + Owen – Theatrical Princelet Street Wedding

WEDDINGS, Urban

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Today’s mysterious wedding had the magic captured by Pen and Cam of McKinley Rodgers whom I had the pleasure of meeting the other week at LWE. These guys are utterly lovely as well as super talented,  and if you are looking for laid-back, honest photography then do go check more of their beautiful work! You can also see them over there on the right hand side too as I’m thrilled to welcome them as a new sponsor of London Bride!

So back to this amazing wedding…. being a bit of a film fanatic and someone who studied performance [yes indeed!], I often imagine my wedding day playing in my head like a film [anyone else do that!?]. The atmosphere, the camera cuts from guests, to me and my new husband, the score, the immaculate fashion and of course….The Set. Well, this little gem of a London wedding is pretty much like something out of a film, with all those elements but especially The Set. No surprises then, bride Helen is a designer in the theatre world….and it certainly looked like the most wonderful stage ever for a wedding day.

Helen and Owen had a winter wedding ceremony in December at Islington Town Hall, wrapped up in their warm coats, they were showered with a rainbow of confetti. A musical parade towards a shiny red bus then took them to the MOST mysterious venue I’ve ever seen. And there followed an evening of candlelight, acoustic music, dancing, cheese, mulled wine and lots of love and laughter.

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Helen’s lovely 60s embellished gown for the ceremony was an original vintage item from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company [now Charlie Brear VWDC – I know we have similar names, so weird!]. She teamed the dress with sentimental accessories from both her grandmothers. What better way to wrap up warm against the harsh British winter than with a beautiful vintage fur coat too?

From the bride, Helen: “Our day began at The Boundary Hotel E1, we took cars to the Town Hall, my best girls with me. Dad at my side. I sourced the bridesmaids accessories from Spitalfields markets and Grays Antique market, their dresses were found scouring Ebay and Dad hired a three piece suit from The Manchester Exchange Theatre. I borrowed furs from a friend who works at a theatre near us.”

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“It rained, which was moody and enchanting along the cobbled streets of Spitalfields, we had moments of sun as we came out of the ceremony for photos, and during the procession from our bus to the reception lead by musician mates Aruhan and Gwen. We all cosied up by the fires and candlelight in Princelet Street and feasted on Roast Beef, mulled wine and delicious mince pies, wheels of cheese and port.”

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I’m a freelance designer for the theatre, so I approached the day as I would a set and costume design. It was very important to us that the day was intimate, romantic and partly a mystery for our guests. The reception was a well known but off the beaten track film location. We hired it for the day and danced within its tumbling and atmospheric walls.

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Owen and I couldn’t have been more happy on the day with the support of our families and friends. Thank you to all the talented people we know!”

What an amazing day, so intimate, romantic and definitely air an of mystery about it. Thank you to gorgeous couple Owen and Helen for sharing their day and and the credits are a testament to the talented and kind friends and family who were a part of the day too.  Thanks to fab photographer’s McKinley Rodgers.

Photography: McKinley Rodgers / Reception Venue: 4 Princelet Street [film location] / Bride’s Ceremony Dress: The Vintage Wedding Dress Company (Charlie Brear VWDC) / Reception: Vintage / Accessories: Vintage Styler / Bridesmaids Dresses: Vintage sourced on Ebay + Markets / Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith / Make Up: Bride’s Friend, Amy Cosh / Hair: Helen Chirgwin /Flowers: Bride’s Mother Liz Goddard / Entertainment: Howard Hope Gramophones  / Catering: Arnold and Henderson / Cake: Groom’s Mother: Eleanor Jones