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Gemma + Pete – A London Bride MC Motors Wedding

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS, Urban

MC Motors Wedding London | Photography: Aneta Mak | Planning & Styling: London Bride

This MC Motors wedding was one of my all time favourite weddings to work on, it’s taken me a while to blog it as it was featured both online on Style Me Pretty and in print in You & Your Wedding magazine so a little patience to blog was required!

The East London venue, MC Motors was such a great canvas to work with (and handily around the corner from me and the couple!) but also I loved Gemma and Pete’s creative brief of ‘Distressed Elegance’ for their November wedding.

Gemma and Pete are a super stylish couple and were keen for their wedding to reflect their London lifestyle – combining their love of the urban city with but with a sophisticated, creative aesthetic and the key was very much that they wanted to enjoy their day with all their wonderful friends and family.

I thought I’d share a few of the early concept boards which I created for them, which is nice to look back on and in fact I’d like to think we stayed quite close to the initial concepts!

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Many of the elements which I proposed in the boards such as wild ivy, hanging festoons, gold foiled stationery and berry florals were all final elements included in the wedding.

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Overall the day was full of fun, food style and sophistication all captured in effortless and timeless fine art photography from Aneta Mak, who shoots mainly on film which really does just add to the beauty of it all…

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Gemma and her bridesmaids got ready at the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green. They chose one of the amazing apartments so that all the girls could have their hair and make up done together whilst sipping on bubbles of course! The fantastic Sev at Hepburn Collection created a beautiful modern classic up-do, whilst Mariam Jensen gave Gemma a flawless radiant complexion.
Gemma’s stunning gown and veil were by Halfpenny London, an effortless fit on her, the elegant fabric draped just perfectly, teamed with a thick sash which tied in a bow, and for the ceremony she chose to combine with the sweet lace overlay shrug which provided beautiful detailing for the back.
As a hint to the lace accents of Gemma’s dress, the bridesmaids wore Navy lace dresses from Whistles which were perfect for winter city chic. Being Scottish, some of the groomsmen and Father of the Bride sported kilts whilst the groom incorporated a touch of the bride’s heritage with his tartan tie.
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The ceremony took place at the beautiful art-deco Town Hall in Islington, after which guests were treated to Champagne aboard a London Routemaster bus to the warehouse wedding reception at MC Motors in Hackney.
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The bride and groom had some precious time together along with their photographer Aneta Mak who captured these stunning portraits. I remember just how much they were beaming after the ceremony and these images of them are just so incredibly romantic. That location is just perfection!
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As the guests arrived into the street-like atrium bar, they were treated to ale and Champagne as well as oysters, shucked by hand and served by Oystermeister. As a surprise, we then arranged to have the couple arrive in their London taxi straight into the al-fresco style area which was such a fun moment as we lifted the shutters at their arrival to a round of applause!
We transformed the warehouse, which is essentially a film and photographic location, into two decadent spaces for drinking and for dining and dancing. Whilst the adults were enjoying the reception we also created a room for the young children to play, create and watch cartoons in which I have to say is a welcome addition for most parents when at a wedding!
In keeping with the theme we wanted to use the structure of the room to create atmosphere so The Flower Appreciation Society draped beautiful ivy from the industrial walls, poles and ceiling beams scattered with dahlias and festoon lighting was hung to provide warm lighting for the dark winter’s evening. There were thoughtful touches such as taxi cards so that guests could make their way home safely and for a nightcap there was of course an abundance of Scottish whisky served on a whisky trolley for those wanting a break from the dancefloor!
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As huge foodies, the catering was a key element to the day and the menu reflected their love of enjoying London’s culinary delights with home-made terrines by the Groom’s brother (who is a chef), spit roast chickens, indulgent cheese boards and a hearty evening hog roast. With the meal taking centre stage, inspired by indulgent supper clubs, the table decorations were elegant but with a relaxed bistro feel. Antique brass candlesticks and cut glass decanters for the wine added a decadence to the styling among the relaxed berry florals.
The menus which were each tied with a mini sparkler to be used for the toast, completed the bespoke gold foiled and screen printed stationery suite onto rustic brown kraft paper which I worked with a designer to create, and the couples friend hand drew the table plan onto an ornate mirror for a touch of luxury and a focal point for the guests.
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After some amusing and heartfelt speeches, for the evening, Gemma swopped her delicate lace shrug for beautiful embellished and sparkling detail for a glamorous transformation ready for the first dance. A true Scottish party wouldn’t be complete without a ceilidh so after dinner guests took part in a traditional (and very lively!) dance followed by a brilliant DJ party set by the Wedding Smashers.
It was such a fun wedding with a great team that was true to the couples style. They’ve just celebrated their first anniversary so congrats Gemma and Pete and of course huge thanks to the wonderfully talented Aneta Mak for letting me share the beautiful images.
Wedding Photography: Aneta MAK Photography / Planning + Design: Charley Beard of London Bride / Ceremony Venue: Islington Town Hall / Reception Venue: MC Motors  / Wedding Dress: Halfpenny London / Bride’s Shoes: Rupert Sanderson / Hair: Severin Hubert of Hepburn Collection / Makeup: Mariam Jensen / Groom’s Suit Tailor: Cad and The Dandy / Floral Design: Flower Appreciation Society / Wedding Catering: Roast Hog + Oyster Meister / Wedding Cake: Groom’s Mother / String Quartet: Tyburn String Quartet / Ceilidh Band (Traditional Scottish Dancing): Lochnagar Ceilidh Band /  DJ: Wedding Smashers / Vintage Hire: Classic Crockery / Lighting: Peachy Productions / Transportation: Traditional Travel Black London Taxi / Cinematography: Ewan McNicol (family friend) of Lucid Inc.

Katrina + Adam – A Musical Burgh House Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Now this Burgh House wedding from the fantastic Juliet McKee certainly cheers up the grey skies of late! Katrina and Adam planned this amazing day in London’s leafy Hampstead in just two months [apparently it really focuses the mind!] and they achieved a stylish, fun day full of their personalities without following unnecessary traditions. With the bride being a keen singer, music played a key theme throughout the ceremony and the day and unusually this couple decided to take to the aisle together…

“The theme for the soiree was, ‘A knees-up full of musical delights, frocks and frolics’.  We have never been fans of the big traditional wedding, so we cheerfully cut out any traditions that were not our cup of tea, and introduced all sorts of features to create an original, intimate, but raucous party.”

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Even before stepping into her dress, without doubt Katrina was a knock-out bride, her stunning bespoke dress by Rebecca Street oozes glamour and is definitely red carpet worthy. “I’d describe my chosen look as ‘red carpet glamour, with a hint of vintage’.  I wanted a sleek but curvaceous Oscar-ready evening look, rather than anything obviously bridal, and found my inspiration from the 1940s slinky silk gowns worn by actresses such as Ava Gardner.  At first, I wanted to wear orange or red all over.  But then I fell in love with a sumptuous heavy cream silk fabric that Rebecca works with.  

Of course the accessories just have to have a mention, is there anything more sexy than a killer pair of cherry red heels to match the lips? “I introduced pops of bright red with the silk Charlotte Olympia shoes, the Miu Miu clutch and vivid red lipstick.  For maximum glamour, (simulated) diamonds were my best friend!   Hair and make-up could then be kept strong but simple, and I didn’t stray too far from my usual style.

As simplicity was the key to our intimate wedding, we felt that there was no need for bridesmaids or groomsmen.    It worked out well, and the wedding prep in the morning was ultra-relaxed.”

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“We ditched the idea of the bride arriving separately.  Adam and I met at the venue for photos prior to the 60 or so guests arriving, then greeted everyone together with cocktails, and walked down the aisle side-by-side.

Although Adam and I both shared a suite at the Covent Garden Hotel the night before the wedding, we got ready separately on the morning of the wedding.  So there was a wonderful sense of anticipation.  The most memorable moment has to be that ‘first glimpse’ of each other in our finery, as I pulled-up to the venue in a black cab and met Adam standing eagerly outside Burgh House.  This was so special as it was in private before any of the guests had arrived.  Our lovely photographer Juliet accompanied me in the taxi, so she caught all of this on camera.  We then had our photos taken together in the sun while were all fresh; just as well, since it was 30 degrees that afternoon!”

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Hampstead Heath is such a beautiful part of London and is the most picturesque backdrop for a wedding. “The venue decision was simple.  We spent a lot of time in Hampstead when we first started going out, so we were keen to marry in that area.  When we attended a recital one evening at Burgh House, the place felt immediately special to us: we warmed to the beautiful setting, the art gallery, and the Music Room, which instantly turned our idea of putting on a mini-concert for the ceremony into a reality.  Burgh House is a charity funded largely by hosting intimate and quirky weddings, so the staff encouraged our unusual plans and created a warm and unpretentious environment for the occasion.” 

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“As I am a singer in my spare time, the aim was to have live music throughout.  The ceremony itself took the form of a 45 minute concert in the Music Room at Burgh House, with the vows sandwiched in the middle of the music and some entertaining one-liners from our exuberant Registrar.  The brilliant Liquid Strings Quartet gamely played everything from Puccini, to leading an audience sing-a-long (The Bare Necessities, That’s Amore), and beautifully accompanying a friend and I singing the Sull’Aria duet from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.”  

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“Adam and I walked down the aisle together to the string quartet playing Elgar’s Chanson d’Amour.  After the concert/ceremony, we left to the quartet’s rendition of Mr Blue Sky by the Electric Light Orchestra.” 

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“After cocktails and canapés in the art gallery and the courtyard, dinner also took place in the Music Room accompanied by a live jazz pianist.   As Adam is Australian we have travelled extensively ‘Down Under’, so we picked wines from vineyards we have visited both in Australia and New Zealand.  There was peach schnapps for the toast instead of bubbly to really super-charge the festivities, and to prepare everyone for some after-dinner swing dancing to a live jazz trio.   There were strictly no posed group photos or guests hanging around waiting for our photos to be taken, so everyone could really relax and enjoy themselves!”

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“With Burgh House being a listed building resplendent with warm wood panelling and my engagement ring hailing from the 1920s, the soiree’s style gave a passing nod to the Art Deco movement.  We reflected that theme in the Art Deco-inspired souvenir wedding programme, menu and place cards, all produced by In the Treehouse

The venue is so beautiful it didn’t need much in the way of decoration.  We just picked-up the bright red theme in a few flower arrangements, in the cupcake decorations, and in Adam’s tie/handkerchief.” 

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“We didn’t have an official first dance, as we have always found it a bit of a naff tradition.  However, the string quartet played some pop music during the post-ceremony cocktails and we did start singing and dancing along to Bohemian Rhapsody.  We weren’t the only ones though!”. The wedding party then carried on with some of their guests for late night drinking and dancing in Soho at Milk and Honey celebrating into the night or should I say early morning!

What a fabulous fun and unique day that completely encapsulates the couple. Thanks so much to Katrina and Adam and to their photographer Juliet McKee for the beautiful documentation of their special day.

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Photography: Juliet McKee / Venue: Burgh House / Bride’s Dress: Bespoke – Rebecca Street for Browns Bride / Groom’s Suit: Cad & The Dandy / Hair: The Chapel (Islington) / Make Up: Mariam Jensen / Florist: Angel Flowers / Catering: Leafi Limited at Burgh House / Cakes: Katy Made Cakes / Musicians: Liquid Strings / Stationery: In The Treehouse 

Maddi + Ryan – Relaxed + Pretty Soho House London Wedding

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS, Urban

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Understandably it’s taken me a while to do this post – it’s always hard to write a feature on a couple’s who’s wedding you worked with them on, purely as you are so close to it you want to make sure you do it justice and although I’d love to write about allll the details but I’d probably bore the pants off you all [what, you mean you don’t need to know how many lace ribbons I tied around cutlery!?].

Maddi and Ryan were married in a rather surprising balmy September day last year at the city chic Soho House. I’m so lucky I get to witness these special days with my couples – the party atmosphere, the warmth of friends and family, the special little touches, the loving looks and of course the unforgettable exchange of precious words. I distinctly remember standing behind the doorway trying not to be seen by anyone, waiting for my cue from the registrar to push play on the music for the ceremony exit but I found myself distracted and welling up at their touching vows, that were so personal and meaningful. It’s a lovely moment and always so nice to see this part of a wedding. Don’t worry though….I made me cue. Just.

So rather than talking about things from my point of view, I will leave you with the incredibly atmospheric photographs by the superb Ed Peers and words from Maddi the bride herself, but it was a wonderful day and a pleasure to work alongside many talented suppliers to bring it all together for such a lovely couple!

“A relaxed intimate city wedding was our vision.  Soho House is a beautiful building which has been sympathetically decorated to reflect the era of the house.  The dark wooden floor boards, sash windows and eclectic mix of colours from one room to the next helped our decision when choosing colours.  We went for vintage soft pinks and creams which blended with the house colours but linked our rooms together.”

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Maddi wore a classic, pretty and really feminine tea length lace dress – the Rosalba by Stephanie Allin “I had no vision of what style of dress I wanted apart from that it should be lace – I love the timelessness of lace. I tried on numerous dresses but it wasn’t until I tried on tea-length ones that I knew I had found my style of dress. It was then a long hunt for the right lace one which was finally found at Stephanie Allin’s boutique in London. It was a gorgeous tea length dress with a cream underlay and a soft cream/pink lace over the top.”

“My wedding jewellery was my favourite part of my outfit as it meant so much a beautiful bracelet made by my talented friend Becky of Cherry & Coco and a sentimental and gorgeous piece each from my mum and mother-in-law.”

As you can see from above Maddi also had two pairs of shoes for her big day – well what better way to treat yourself! “As I chose a short dress it was all about the shoes – my favourite accessory.  I have dreamt for years about owning a pair of Louboutins so for my wedding I knew they were the perfect shoe.  After a lengthy hunt in London I went for a classic nude peep toe pair with the adorable name ‘You You’, perfect for a wedding day!  I changed these in the evening for a pair of sparkly gold Kate Spade shoes. I love shoes!” 

Maddi got ready at the nearby Soho Hotel with her bridesmaids and family, and you can see the buzz in the room! I remember collecting a few bits from there on the day and they were all so giddy with lots of laughter and chat going on “We had an awesome team and a really fun morning getting ready!”

I remember Maddi mentioning she was going to incorporate plaits into her bridal hair style which I was so excited to see, and I have to say that her hair stylist Cassandra Rizzuto did an amazing job as it looked so so pretty! Maddi’s make up was by the incredibly talented [and London Bride favourite!] Mariam Jensen who used her infamous airbrush technique to create a beautiful fresh and romantic look on Maddi. There was a lot of pampering going on in the morning so Rebecca McMahon did the beautiful make up on the bridesmaids too.

To compliment Maddi’s soft feminine lace dress, the bridesmaids wore navy blue lace strapless dresses from French Connection teamed with the gorgeous sparkly navy ‘Charm’ Kate Spade shoes – possibly my favourite bridal shoes! Their sweet hair flowers were sourced from DinkyBird Boutique on Etsy. “For the bridesmaids we decided to go to the high street as I wanted dresses they could wear again and feel comfortable in. They fitted the girls perfectly and we accessorized them with hair flowers and sparkly shoes“.

The great thing about a central London wedding is that the bridal party could walk around the corner to the venue for the ceremony! So much fun walking around Soho in a wedding dress! Meanwhile the boys were getting ready and met with friends and family at Kettners for a pre ceremony tipple!

The Groom wore a brown suit from Reiss and the groomsmen all wore their own navy suits.  They were linked together with vintage pink Mr Start ties and Reiss brown brogues – such a stylish party! “Ryan went for a brown suit from Reiss – well he is Mr Brown! He also had brown brogues from Reiss which all the groomsmen had.” Oh I do love a smart shoe on a man!

I love the sweet tags for the cute wedding keepsakes and traditions, nice to remember the little things!

Maddi and Ryan chose Soho House for their venue which held the whole day from the ceremony to the drinks reception to the evening party. “Soho House is a wonderful maze of rooms and staircases and we hired three rooms for our day.  We decided early on we wanted to get married in London and viewed numerous venues.  We were looking for an intimate venue which could host our whole day and had style with ideally some outdoor space.  Soho House fitted perfectly it is a house so has the automatic intimate feel and has the most amazing roof top terrace which meant we looked out over London’s roof tops and up to the stars.”

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What music did you walk down the aisle to? The first time Ever I saw your face by Roberta Flack

Do you have any planning advice for other brides? “Make it personal and that can be from the simplest of weddings to the dramatic wedding but make it yours.  Make mood boards and take the time to work out what you both want from the day.  My favourite part of this was adding our own vows to the ceremony – we had been together nearly 9 years when we got married and it was so special standing before Ryan and in front of our loved ones telling him how much he meant to me and promising him my heart and soul.”

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When I met with Maddi, she was a girl after my own heart with lots of carefully thought through details and ideas. I was so impressed with how creative this pair were [and so sweet that they did a lot of it together!], sourcing gorgeous vintage mason jars, making printed lace handkerchiefs for their save the dates and amazing handmade paddles for their order of the day – there was so much thought behind it all and it was a pleasure to bring it all together on the day. Ryan, the groom is a designer so did all the amazing stationery for the day, including the invitations, order of the day paddles, tableplan and photobooth sign!

“We didn’t have a theme as such more a style of soft old vintage colours in pinks and creams mixed with kraft paper and hand stamped details.  We made a lot ourselves as we wanted the day to reflect us and have a personal touch.  My talented husband [Ryan the Groom!] made all the gorgeous stationery and we spent many a night putting together paddle fans, drink stirrers and cookie catchers!  We filled each room with vintage style flowers beautifully put together by Euphoric Flowers (who are an amazing duo) in aqua Mason jars, tea cups, antique silver jars and French enamel jugs. 

I love all the blooms that Euphoric Flowers did – there was a lot of wood in the venue and this really lifted it and created a really pretty feel to the fairly dark room. As they were all in little jars they were also great to transport from ceremony to dinner to evening so nothing was wasted!

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Maddi and Ryan made SO many unique touches for their wedding day. They were so creative and it was these little touches that I think made their day all the more special. “We handmade a lot and added bits and pieces to the venue to give it our personal touch.  We made bunting, drink stirrers, DIY photobooth area, hung pompoms from the ceiling and much more! We would have struggled without Charley to put it all up and turn rooms around- she did a fabulous job.” 

“We also had a vintage set of scales with a collection of glass sweetie jars filled with retro sweets Rhubarb and Custards, White Mice, lemon sherbets and cola bottles. I loved looking round each room on the day seeing all our hard work and ideas come to life and really made our day feel personal to us. The best bit about making and collecting everything means we got to keep it after the day and now our home is full of wonderful memories from the day.”

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After the ceremony as guests were enjoying delicious drinks and food, Maddi and Ryan went with their photographer Ed to capture a few portrait shots along with their bridal party too. “We choose Ed Peers as our photographer who we feels captures light and the feel of a day perfectly.  He didn’t disappoint and our day has been documented perfectly.”

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Soho House by nature is really intimate so the meal was held on beautiful big wooden tables which Maddi and Ryan supplied pretty rustic details for; bespoke stationery, cute favours, lace ribbon and beautiful flowers from Euphoric. “We had cream hessian runners and our assorted jars and cups filled with flowers and herbs placed down the centre.  We then made Cookie Catchers for our menus and had our own personalised chocolate fortune cookies from Maple Molly’s for our favours.”

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It’s not often I get to sit down and enjoy a meal at a wedding as I’m always running around but Maddi and Ryan so kindly seated myself, Jeff and Ed who were doing the video and photography together with their friends and family. I only managed a main course before rushing off but it was delicious and so nice to sit soaking up the atmosphere, even if it was for twenty minutes!

We choose a buffet style menu as we felt it was more relaxing and interactive for our guests.  The food was AMAZING and I can’t recommend it enough! We also opted for a buffet style cake table – our main cake was a yummy sponge layered cake with four other delicious cakes all made by my mum and our friends.  We decided to let our wedding cake get eaten for dessert as we didn’t want it to get left.  I was so impressed with their friends efforts, the cakes looked amazing and having helped to serve them, I know that they went down very well!

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“In the evening we had a layered cheese cake from La Fromagerie with home-made chutney made by my mum and I.  La Fromagerie are brilliant and really helpful at guiding you through what works well and we had a great morning tasting the cheese!”

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 What was your first dance song? Everlong by Foo Fighters (the acoustic version!).  The lyrics are beautiful and mean a lot to us.

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“Due to the fact Soho House is a small venue we felt it would be better to only have a DJ so we choose Mitch from DJinc who did a brilliant job and our friends and family didn’t leave the dance floor. We danced till 3am!”

When it was getting late as I finished up, I left a rooftop full of guests in arms swaying to music, with a beautiful bride and groom in the centre sharing a fun dance under the stars. It was a pretty amazing atmosphere and I love how Ed has captured the evening and these beautiful romantic moments at the end of the night.

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What was the most special or memorable moment of the day? “Walking down the aisle and seeing Ryan’s face, saying I do and having a day full of love and happiness all for you and your husband you can’t ask for anything better.  As cheesy as it sounds it really is the best day”.

I’m also thrilled to share with you their teaser wedding video by the brilliant Jeff Woods – brides and grooms PLEASE consider having a wedding film! It’s quite often one of the regrets I hear from my couples and it really is something you can look back on in one, ten and perhaps even forty years time. I love this film of Maddi and Ryan’s day by Jeff.

We originally weren’t going to have a videographer but we choose Jeff Woods as when I first saw his videos on a wedding blog they actually moved me to tears.  He has done an amazing job capturing our day and I am so pleased we booked him. I will forever treasure both the photos and videos”. 

Huge congratulations to the lovely Maddi and Ryan, and thanks for letting me share your day! Also thanks to the superb Ed and Jeff for sharing their work and to all the suppliers involved in the day.

*UPDATE – Maddi is selling her beautiful tea length lace Stephanie Allin dress. If you are interested please drop me a comment or email enquiry and I’ll put you in touch!*

Photography: Ed Peers / Cinematographer: Jeff Woods / Venue: Soho House / Bride’s Dress: Rosalba by Stephanie Allin / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bridesmaids Dresses: French Connection / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Bride’s Make Up: Mariam Jensen & Hair: Cassandra Rizzuto / Bridesmaids: Rebecca McMahon Flowers: Euphoric Flowers / Cakes: Friends / Cheese Cake: La Fromagerie / Stationery: the Groom, Ryan/DJ: Mitch Matthews at DJ Inc