Posts Tagged: Navy

Urban Brights Winter Wedding At The Asylum And MC Motors

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal, Urban

Photography by Robbins PhotographicCo-ordination by London Bride

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

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

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

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

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

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Hidden Gem The Charterhouse Wedding in Clerkenwell

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Hidden Gem London Wedding by Dasha Caffrey

I was recently asked in an interview for the recently launched ‘Save The Date’ Wedding Podcast (you can download my ‘Meet the blogger: London Bride’ episode here on iTunes for free!) what I feel is the draw for couples wanting to marry in London and why this blog is such as success. This very wedding illustrates it perfectly as I am always amazed at the variation that London has to offer for weddings and those wanting to celebrate in this city. For some it may be a luxury hotel, others an urban warehouse in East London and then there’s these little hidden gems that I feel so lucky to share.

When you think of London, you don’t think of a secluded garden, Jacobean chapel and dining in the cloisters of a monastery but this couple did just that with this Charterhouse Wedding! Such an incredible location which this lovely couple Patti and Matt were very lucky to be able to celebrate their special day at which was captured beautifully by Dasha Caffrey.

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From Patti and Matt: “We only ever had one venue in mind for our wedding: The Charterhouse. It’s a secret gated community, in the heart of Clerkenwell, with a little Jacobean chapel, stunning gardens and historic rooms. It’s in the heart of London, but inside you feel like you’re in the middle of the countryside. I was lucky enough to grow up here – and my family have lived here for 25 years – and because of this we are amongst a handful who have been allowed to marry in this special venue. We also hired a smart pub around the corner for the party in the evening, meaning that everything was within walking distance. We loved how local this made the wedding feel, but were also mildly disappointed that we didn’t need to drive my husband’s 1968 Ford Mustang anywhere! ” 

Patti had both her sisters as her beautiful bridesmaids and they decided to make a trip to the flower market to create the flowers for the reception: “The day before the wedding we got up at 5am and went to New Covent Garden market with my sisters to buy the flowers. We had our budget in cash and a few ideas, but mostly wanted to find interesting foliage and flowers that were in season. My sisters were amazing at spotting things we hadn’t thought of and charming the vendors into giving us a good deal.  I actually got a local florist in Islington, Dansk, on Upper Street to make the bouquets and buttonholes. And I’m so glad I did because I loved my bouquet of amnesia roses and viburnum steel berries.”  

Patti opted to use dress designer Elaine Kennedy to create a bespoke gown for her inspired by a similar Jenny Packham style and the 1930s the dress was customised into a unique design just for Patti and she looks incredible in the dress, fits like a glove!

 

A big thanks and congratulations to Patti and Matt on a beautiful day and to Dasha Caffrey for sharing.

 

Credits: Photography: Dasha Caffrey / Venue: The Charterhouse Clerkenwell / Bride’s Dress: Bespoke by Tantrums & Tiaras / Bridesmaids: Ghost (Navy) & Vintage (Green) / Groom’s Outift: Reiss / Cake: Lili Vanilli 

Jonno + Tamara – Relaxed Glamour at The Trafalgar Tavern Greenwich

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal

Trafalgar Tavern London Wedding by Emma Case Photography

This fun couple Jonno and Tamara had a super stylish but romantic wedding, also this is one blog to read if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with the planning, a little bit stressed with logistics and makes us remember that basically getting married is amazing!

This couple thought long and hard about having the day they wanted, and it truly shows throughout that they enjoyed every single moment of it. Nothing forced, everything was their way and just look at how radiant they are because of it!

Their photographer was Emma Case, who along with her husband Pete, are now ridiculously nice, talented and wonderful wedding friends of mine, who also happened to recently post a great article on stop saying ‘but’ and having the wedding YOU want, go check it. A good reminder to us all. So without further ado, enjoy the beaming smiles, stylish outfits, emotional speeches and lots of dancing…

From the bride, Tamara: “We spent a really long time questioning the decisions we made, as we didn’t want just to have wedding by numbers.  It’s easy to get caught up in the hype and do everything by the book – but what’s important is how the day reflects you as a couple.”

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Tamara chose the utterly feminine and beautifully beaded Eden by Jenny Packham which she paired with a glamorous pair of Jimmy Choo’s  “I LOVED my dress.  I’m going to get drunk and wear it around the house pretty soon, I’m sure.” I wonder how many of you actually do this post-wedding?

Her beautiful ‘Gatsby’ inspired hairstyle was by Victoria Drama, who also did her flawless make up. Now we have to mention Tamara’s gorgeous bridesmaids, and those ultra glamorous navy vintage style silk dresses which were the ‘Giselle’ dresses from Ghost. “Don’t the girls look beautiful!? They had different styles all in the navy but lucky they all chose the style that was my favourite! I wanted them to be comfortable and they loved the dresses!”

I love how they turned the chilly London weather to their advantage and styling it out with huge fur and feather coats and shrugs, serious glamour!

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Tamara and Jonno were able to hold their very special service at St Paul’s Crypt as Jonno’s dad has an MBE. It’s funny as it is such a privilege to be able to hold your wedding at St Paul’s yet I seem to feature quite a few weddings held here, such lucky couples with very special family members! How wonderful to always have such an iconic London building as a very special place to you…

For their recessional music they had Windmill played by Eric Gilder which was music that Tamara’s Grandfather who was a composer, wrote. How magical!

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“It’s an obvious one – but I loved the service.  We even had my Grandfather, who was a composer, have his music played in the Cathedral. You spend so long planning everything around it that you can lose sight that it’s all about the vows.  It was so emotional.  We got married in the crypt under St Paul’s Catherdal because Jonno’s dad has an MBE, and it is the Crypt of the British Empire.  So it was special because it was something his dad could provide for us – but also St Paul’s is a symbol of London, the city we live in and the city we love.  It’s brilliant every time we see it to think that it’s now part of our history.”

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I absolutely love these portrait shots of the couple as they’ve come out of St Paul’s as husband and wife, strolling through the park and scenery around Greenwich with such happiness. “Our photographer was Emma Case,  she is amazing and I can’t imagine her not having being at the wedding, even though we’d never met before!” 

Tamara kept her flowers quite simple with all whites and included lily of the valley in her bouquet as it was her Grandmother’s favourite flower. The groom chose a smart Paul Smith suit in petrol blue, with super smart Grensen brogues, “Jonno wanted a suit he loved, rather than hiring a dodgy fitting one!  He looked so handsome in it!” 

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After a trip on the good old fashioned London route master bus, they held their wedding reception at The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, which happened to be not far from where they live. “We looked at so many anonymous restaurants & hotels for the reception – but we wanted to keep it personal to opted for The Trafalgar Tavern, near where we live.  It’s a brilliantly historic building, and Holly, the event co-ordinator was fantastic!”  It’s such a fun moment when the bride and groom come in to the crowd as they cheer and congratulate them!

“Our ‘naked’ victoria sponge cake was made by a friend’s mum, Annie Genower, I sent her some pictures of the types of Victoria sponges I liked and she made a perfect one!  We cut the cake with Jonno’s brother’s naval sword.”

They chose some simple but sophisticated stationery from Artcadia “We went for the Uncomplicated range from Artcadia and my bridesmaid Emily created our logo and helped me decide on how to make the table names.  She is a craft wizard and works at Women’s Weekly!”

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“When we got engaged we sat down and talked about what we wanted from the day, and what was important to us.  I said speeches.  Jonno wanted an hour of old-school music and a green lazer.  Both were amazing.”

I think Emma has done such an amazing job of capturing all emotions of the speeches. Funny how even though you haven’t heard a word you can still feel all the emotions of what was said.

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“We had a band playing for an hour who were a ‘supergroup’ made up of my friends and Jonno’s friends who played instruments – some of whom had never met before the four rehearsals they had! Our ‘super group’ band started us off and we then had Max from The Wedding Smashers DJ. They also even bought the green laser – everyone loved it! 

We are both awkward dancers, so we chose to have a ‘last dance’ of then night – when everyone was drunk! We danced to Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder. It was more like a mating dance by that point, it was amazing!!”

I promise you, you are all going to freaking love getting married!  I’m jealous of you all that you have this amazing day to come…

And with that I’d like to send huge congratulations to Tamara and Jonno on a wonderful wedding and party. How fun does the evening look, wish I could have been there! Anyone want a blogger at their wedding, feel free to send an invite!

Huge thanks also to Emma and Pete for sharing their wonderful work as always, such a pleasure to have on London Bride.

Photography: Emma Case / Ceremony Venue: The Crypt, St Paul’s Cathedral / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bridesmaids: Ghost / Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith / Hair & Make Up: Victoria Drama at Drama Parlour / Florist: Fresh Flower / Stationery: Artcadia / DJ: Wedding Smashers

Out Of The Blue – Navy High Street Bridesmaid Picks

AISLE STYLE, Bridesmaid

There’s no doubt about it. Navy is one of the most popular choices for weddings when it comes to dressing your ladies – especially for those planning weddings in the Autumn and Winter. It’s a glamorous colour, but also one that is pretty much as flattering as black without the harshness. It works well against complimentary colours, whether they are pastels, bolds or neutrals and that old saying is – perhaps likely to wear this again [more so let’s confess than a beautiful bright coral number!].

So for these high street bridesmaids dress picks I’ve gone for the elegance and sexiness of some long and maxi dresses – perfect for the Old Hollywood Glamour style weddings, but also suitable for modern sophistication. Navy works so well as a minimal block colour but team it with some sparkle or bling and it comes to life with it’s alluring elegance. Chandelier drop earrings, and a silver strappy shoe are all these beautiful gowns need. If it’s got a sexy back, make sure the hair is lifted up off the shoulders to show it off down the aisle!

  MidnightGlamourPleated Glam: Whistles / Lacy Slip: Ghost / Sexy Back: Ted Baker / Strapless: Coast via Asos

My other picks are a little more ‘out of the blue’ shall we say. From the short denim style for more casual festival style weddings to the glitzy sequined flared shape for something a little more city cocktail chic. The more simple the dress in terms of material, the more you can play with accessories so don’t be afraid to head to VV Rouleaux to buy some pretty strips of ribbon to tie for sashes, or add some beading or adornments to the shoulders. You could even have your girls choose a vintage brooch to add that unique touch so for those wanting to play – go plain!

 

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Jersey Sleeve: Phase Eight / Bow Denim: Hobbs NW3 / Flared Sequin: French Connection / Lovely Lace: Adrianna Pappell at House of Fraser