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Helen + Owen – Theatrical Princelet Street Wedding



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.


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

London Bride Loves…


Today is an exciting day for me, as for the first time in three years I am introducing you to my first amazing sponsors of London Bride! Hurrah!

I held off taking on sponsors as I didn’t want the blog to take a ‘salesy’ approach (or ugly direction with hundreds of ads) and wanted to blog freely about the things I liked, and that you would too. However the wedding industry has grown, as have wedding blogs and along with this, so has the workload haha, so it seems like the right time with the blog re-brand –  to introduce sponsors that London Bride Loves!

As with all things London Bride – I’m very selective with my content and there’s no change there with my sponsors. I’m so proud to have the support of these wonderful and talented people, and that’s why you can see them over there on the right hand side as I just love what they do and I think you will too. Seriously they really are a rather talented and creative bunch!

So without further ado, please allow me to introduce you to…


Cam and Pen are a husband and wife team who are in love, and in love with photography. They say you should follow your passion – and that’s what these guys have done. They love hanging out together and documenting the stories of their life, which underpins why they love weddings and marriage. I think these guys have a knack of capturing really natural but utterly beautiful moments //


Gemma has an MA in illustration, and provides beautiful couture stationery for your wedding that is entirely bespoke, full of personality and that will compliment you and your wedding day perfectly. Whether it’s invitations or a personal portrait Gemma has such a friendly service which I highly recommend and you know that your invitations will be truly unique with her thoughtful designs. You may be familiar with her style as Gemma has had commissions featured in Dashing Magazine // 



Chloé and Emma-Jane are two gorgeous ladies based in London and the UK but also travelling all over the world photographing people in love with a fresh and creative perspective. They aim to be discreet and to capture the natural moments as they unravel of those celebrating with their favourite people on their wedding day. You may recognise them as I was lucky enough to have a portrait session with Chloé last year! //


Frou Frou Boutique

Froufrou Bridal Boutique in Kent inspires to bring out style and creativity in every bride. This contemporary chic boutique is for the style-conscious bride wanting a truly individual look for her wedding day. They have a stunning collection of gowns, stocking some of my favourite designers such as Matthew Williamson and David Fielden, as well as US names such as Ivy & Aster and Sarah Seven. They also have a small collection of original vintage gowns if you are looking for something truly unique. They also have the cutest looking boutique that looks like the perfect setting to try on pretty gowns! // 



Caro is a London and Buckinghamshire based wedding photographer who from the moment the wedding dress goes on, to the first dance will capture the spontaneous, relaxed and beautiful moments throughout your wedding day. Her unobtrusive, individual style and classic portraits make for the most wonderful and beautiful memories. I particularly love her urban city style. //


Alphabet Bags

I’m thrilled to have Alphabet Bags on board as a sponsor! This talented husband and wife team Hayley and Lucas designed this fun collection of totes especially with weddings in mind. Whether it’s for a hen party, as a favour to your guests or a thank you to your bridesmaids (or of course a treat to yourself!) there is a fun and cute tote for every occasion! //


A big thank you to all my sponsors for supporting London Bride and also to you all for coming back time and time again to read this here blog – I don’t say it often enough but I’m so grateful to everyone for allowing me to keep me doing what I love, thank you! xo