Leah and Alex had a beautifully elegant Islington wedding with classic details for their relaxed pub wedding.
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Paul and Fabien kept their same sex London wedding local with their ceremony and reception moments from their home in Battersea last August. From their super stylish pink and blue suits, to heartfelt words in the ceremony and handmade touches for their guests, there were certainly a fair few tears shed in this beautifully local wedding.
During their travels couple Sarah and Luke ended up in London and deciding on saying I Do in the city. With a relaxed day with their friends and family they danced down the aisle, and all the way through until the early hours. Lots of happy tears, romantic kisses and a stylish bride all captured perfectly by Miss Gen.
Lizi and Gideon had a lovely personal wedding ceremony in Hackney followed by a cosy Autumn London pub wedding. Lizi chose a beautifully unique original 1940s vintage dress from Elizabeth Avey and along with the berry toned florals created by close family, some twinkling lights, a hint of metallic made this the perfect Autumn London wedding.
Tom and Eve had a fun and relaxed pub wedding after their town hall ceremony in Stoke Newington. I love bride Eve’s slightly 60s style with her dashing groom and pretty maid all perfectly paired. They added some lovely fun touches such as pom poms, balloons and lights to the pub to ‘prettify’ their pub ‘knees up’.
Leonie & Nick had a colourful Spring wedding in Islington, co-ordinated by London Bride with blooms bursting from terrariums, an a capella choir, coloured wedding dress and lots of eclectic decor.
I’m so excited to share today’s wedding of Leonie and Nick. This was a gorgeous Spring wedding from earlier this year that was co-ordinated by London Bride! So, you know the drill – any weddings by us tend to be a little long in length as it’s so hard to edit them down! I’ll be honest also in that Leonie and Nick are ridiculously photogenic that there were just too many beautiful photos from Lovestruck Photography to choose from, so excuse the rather lengthy post!
Leonie and Nick added so much fun, character and colour to their relaxed Islington pub wedding, with lots of personal details; many combined with efforts of some very talented and kind friends, it just shows you can transform any space and I really loved seeing so much colour! I worked with them in the lead up to the day and it was lovely to style and set up all their personal decorative touches along with the incredible flowers from That Flower Shop, and THOSE amazing gold terrariums that the bride sourced.
Do have a read below for Leonie (and Nick’s!) wonderful write up of the day, they also sum it up with some wonderful advice which I wanted to post here too:
I felt a lot more of a ‘bride’ on the day than I was expecting. Turns out it’s not just the white dress that does it! Try and get round and talk to everyone but do go off and have a moment by yourself (as well as with your new husband!) when you want to.
Spend time with the family members that you don’t often see. Make sure you eat the nice food, drink the fancy champagne and dance – it’s more important to have a good time in your dress than keep it pristine.
Having tied the knot in Mexico, Lauren and David had a Mad Hatters wedding reception in the city at The Happenstance with the bride in her own something blue fifties dress.
It’s not uncommon now for couples to choose a two-part wedding celebration. Many want to jet off somewhere exotic for some sunshine with close friends and family or perhaps even an intimate elopement, but with this comes a limit to your guest list which is never easy an easy decision to make.
Therefore a double celebration with a small destination wedding and a BIG party back home is a great compromise! That’s what today’s couple Lauren and David did, who celebrated in the city at The Happenstance with not only St Paul’s as a stunning backdrop but beautiful blue skies that matched Lauren’s fun choice of dress for their spring ‘mad hatters tea party’ wedding reception.
Lucy & Alex were a laid back ‘anti-wedding’ couple who managed to have the day they wanted whilst doing it in style.
Today I’m sharing a very honest real wedding post from couple Lucy and Alex (Lucy runs one of my favourite online stationery boutiques, Quill London), who were married in September last year in Islington. Whilst they had a very beautiful low key relaxed day, they were in many ways pretty ‘anti-wedding’. I’m actually really pleased to share a post like this, as whilst there are many brides out there who LOVE being a bride-t0-be, being engaged and all the excitement, planning and fun it brings there are a number of ladies (or indeed couples) who are much less about the ‘wedding’ and more about the ‘marriage’ who feel a bit disheartened with the planning. As today’s bride Lucy clearly wrote: “I didn’t want a “WEDDING!” I didn’t really want to be a bride. I just wanted to be married.”
I always aim for the blog to be honest and authentic so I think it’s an inspiring post as I hope that for those out there who feel overwhelmed by the idea of their wedding or being a bride, this shows that it can be done beautifully, informally and most importantly in a way that’s right for you. There was no first dance or favours, but there was a catch up over coffee, heartfelt speeches, and an improvised personalised version of ‘Ho, Hey’ for the couple – all of which were meaningful moments and that’s what makes a beautiful wedding. Oh and perhaps those Crosstown Doughnuts helped…
Hands up who’s ever tried to make an origami crane? I have, not that successfully I may add and after reading the tutorial quite a number of times indeed. Well, today’s bride (and groom!) must by now be pretty damn good at them, as Laura and Paul decided to make 1,000 origami cranes after reading about the tradition (it’s thought to be very good luck), which made for a rather amazing feature for their December pub wedding in Clerkenwell.
The beautiful rainbow of colours hanging from the ceiling brighten up the pub interior teamed with stunning colourful jewel toned flowers from That Flower Shop and some really fun geometric stationery meant this winter wedding was a bright and cheerful affair all round, captured by Laura Babb.
From the bride, Laura: “We wanted a day that reflected us as a couple – relaxed and fun, with an emphasis on family, friends, good food and flowing drinks. We did most of our dating in London so it was really special to hold the wedding in the City we both love.
Early on we agreed that a Pub wedding was definitely for us and as soon as we met the team at The Peasant we were able to relax as we knew that they would take care of everything for us (and Paul and his friends love a good Ale!).
We had read about the 1,000 origami crane tradition and thought that a rainbow of colours would work really well at the venue. This went on to inspire some of the other touches like my blue and white Ted Baker shoes and also the flowers (that were perfect and everything we could have hoped for!).
One of our best buys was our funky geometric stationary which we found by chance on Etsy, we kept this theme running from our invites through to the table plans, menus and place cards and they really added a lovely touch. I was really really nervous about finding the perfect dress and for many months scoured the high street for a dress as I couldn’t face visiting a bridal shop, eventually my sisters set me up with an appointment at Confetti Bridal in Wokingham (near my hometown of Reading). The second dress I picked up was definitely ‘the one’ and immediately the pressure was off! Laura also wore a sweet handmade knit made by her mum to keep her warm.
Finally the photography was definitely close to the top of our list of priorities – you only do it once and we wanted to find someone who could capture the vibe of our whole day. We had seen many of Laura Babb’s photos as she does a lot of London weddings and we attended a wedding she had shot earlier in the year. It was an obvious choice and to say that we are over the moon with her work is an understatement – on 1st viewing (and 2nd and 3rd) there was not a dry eye in the house!
Thank you to Laura and Paul for sharing their gorgeous cheery day with us, proving you can go bright in winter!
Photographer: Laura Babb / Ceremony: Islington Town Hall / Reception Venue: The Peasant / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero at Confetti Bridal / Bridesmaids: JS Collection / Flowers: That Flower Shop / Cake: Marks and Spencer / Stationery: My Line and Colour on Etsy
It feels like I’m constantly posting pub weddings here on the blog, but you know what, no-one can argue that for a London Bride they aren’t a wise and popular choice! Just a stone’s throw from me, this lovely Stoke Newington wedding of Tory and Jon which had a nod to the styles of 1920s and I love the fun little touches and details that turn the pub into a glittering (bridesmaids included) pretty place for a celebration.
“Jon and I just wanted to have a day that was fun, relaxed and simple. Our families have known each other since before I was born, so the most important thing was to share our day with them, and our amazing friends, laughing, eating and having a great time. We didn’t spend too much time focusing on a specific look, but I guess it ended up being a bit of a twenties, vintage, pink and metallic Stokey affair!”
I think Tory manages to keep her style modern but with the beautiful decadence of the twenties in her made-to-measure vintage inspired dress from Hope and Harlequin in Brighton and just goes to show, never rule out something you think won’t necessarily suit you!
“I like to think my dress was meant to be! My engagement ring is vintage art deco, chosen by Jon in the Lanes in Brighton, and on a quick trip back there to get it resized, we were wandering around when I spotted Hope & Harlequin. Peering through the windows, I spied a gorgeous 20s-style dress hanging at the back of the shop, but thought the floaty twenties style would never suit me. Wonderful Sarah let me try a few on their made-to-measure range then and there, and every single one looked and felt gorgeous. Dressmaker Sarah is an absolute wizard and their made-to-measure dresses are so flattering and unique, I could have bought any one of them.
So after dragging my Mum and the maids hundreds of miles for a second trying on sesh, I went with the Clara ‘flapper style’ dress. The first one I had spotted!” Tory then kept her look consistent with her overall style with a 1920s faux bob hairstyle, vintage t-bar shoes and a beautiful headpiece from Coast.
I’m all for glittery sequin cladded bridesmaids, and these girls look amazing in their incredible flattering pink dresses which happened to also be a bit of a bargain! “The bridesmaids’ dresses were a lucky find in the French Connection sale. I wanted something that would stand out and that suited a fun London wedding, and these were so ridiculous sparkly they worked perfectly. The girls all sorted their own shoes and I bought them each a rose gold initial necklace to match. They all looked gorgeous!”
“We’ve lived together in Stoke Newington for seven years, so it just felt right to have the wedding here. London has so many quirky, beautiful places to hold a wedding, and Stoke Newington Town Hall is a stunning venue, so that was a no-brainer. The Londesborough was super convenient, just five minutes’ walk away, and Amber runs the weddings like a well-oiled machine, so we knew we could just relax and enjoy the day… and eat their wonderful food!”
The beautiful black and gold invites featured a 1920s style design which were in keeping with the style of the day and were designed by a friend of the bride, Emma O’Neil. The ceremony was such a meaningful part of their day, with bride Tory walking down the aisle to Chet Baker (my all time favourite) This Is Always. Such a a beautiful song.
Let’s not forget ladies that men have to shop for their outfit too, and in this case, the Groom’s suit was harder work to find ‘the one’ than the brides! “After searching high and low for vintage, he struggled to find the right colour, size and quality he was after, so settled on this gorgeous sharp blue style from Suit Supply. He looked amazing, and his groomsmen, who just wore their own outfits all looked equally smart and unique.” I also love the pop of pink peonies in the groomsmen’s buttonholes!
It’s always lovely to hear when a bride has found their suppliers for their day via London Bride, and the very talented Laura from LM Weddings was who Tory stumbled across. “I hunted high and low for photographers, but as soon as I saw Laura’s work on London Bride, I knew she was the one. Her work is different to everyone else’s – she captures couples and guests looking genuinely happy, and I wanted to make sure our pics showed a fun, loved-up day with a party atmosphere, not a styled-out shoot. She did wonders with the little time we allocated to photos and two very uncomfortable subjects. Thank you Laura, you’re a star! A testament to Laura’s work, incredible photos and the portraits especially without a hint of uncomfortable in sight!
The amazing towering cake above was made by Tory’s bridesmaid, Lucie and Tory handmade the tassel garlands that were strung from the ceiling to add some fun to the pub. They followed some incredibly heartfelt speeches with their first dance to Love Letters by Elvis Presley and danced the night away.
“We focused our budget on a really great photographer rather plus a photobooth, I chose my perfect dress and found a budget headpiece. You genuinely won’t regret keeping it simple, as long as you do what you actually want rather than thinking about what other people have had.”
Congratulations to Tory and Jon on a wonderful and beautiful day, from a fellow Stokey person!
Credits: Photography: LM Weddings / Bridal Prep: The Rose & Crown / Ceremony: Stoke Newington Town Hall / Reception: The Londesborough / Bride’s Dress: Hope and Harlequin / Bridesmaids Dresses: French Connection / Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply / Hair Styling: Claire Grech / Make Up: Roberta Kearsey / Flowers: Evergreen & Outrageous / Cake: Lucie (Bridesmaid) / Invitations: Emma O’Neil
Hollie and Christian (de Cruz, best surname ever?) had a September wedding last year and as parents to their cute three year old son Oscar, Hollie and Christian had a clear aim for their wedding day – they wanted to make sure their day was as relaxed as possible, with lots of cake of course! “We really wanted our day to be relaxed and fun. We already have a 3 year old son so we wanted to steer away from the text book wedding and have a day that really reflected who we are as a couple and a family. After making that commitment to each other in front of the people we love, excellent music and lots of cake were our next priorities.”
I loved her Hollie’s laid back luxe look, her loose up do, red lips, sparkling jewels and that back on that dress, she looked so beautiful. It’s also refreshing to see no colour theme as such, and that the bridesmaids were in mint green dresses with fresh white blooms. Very city chic!
Whilst so many brides often choose to splash out on their wedding dress, Hollie took a different approach and actually managed to find a second hand dress that was perfect for what she was after. “About 5 minutes after we got engaged I started ogling over Jenny Packham dresses that I couldn’t really afford. I trawled eBay daily and found this beautiful Jenny Packham gown within my budget. Knowing someone else has worn it actually made me feel less attached to it, so I’ll be selling it on and buying myself something really special that I can continue to wear over the years that will remind me of our day. I also had a beautiful white feather bolero by Biba but didn’t put it on until we walked home from the pub at midnight! Hollie also wore vintage brooches in her from Fur Coat No Knickers.
The bridesmaids were buying their own dresses so I wanted them to have something they could wear again. These Reiss dresses jumped out at us straight away because the back complemented the back of my dress, and we all loved the peppermint colour.”
Christian looked very handsome in his bespoke suit by tailor Keith Watson, and shoes by Mr Hare and the ushers wore their own suits accessorised with knitted ties from Liberty.
It’s lovely to see that their ceremony incorporated them as a family with their son included in the ceremony, so sweet! “We wanted venues that felt personal or represented our relationship in some way, so we got married at a church near where we met, and had the party above our local pub. Some little touches that I really enjoyed including were a basket of vintage handkerchiefs at the church (labeled “hankies for happy tears”) and in the Church we got the congregation singing That’s Amore! An old Routemaster bus then took guests from the church to the pub – the journey of our relationship so far!”
“Despite being on a very tight budget, we knew the photography was something we wanted to indulge in. We didn’t want photographs that were stuffy or staged, we wanted something we could look back on and relive our day and the atmosphere. Very luckily for us, Heather at Brighton Photo is a friend of ours and gifted part of her services as our present – I cannot imagine having photos that better capture the love on our day. Everyone has been blown away by them, one friend even said the pictures of our day make her want to get married!”
To aid the relaxed atmosphere, the couple chose to do away with a seating plan, “I don’t feel comfortable with the idea of having a seating plan, so it was “grab some food and sit down with people you’re having a laugh with please”. We had asked friends to bake a cake if they fancied it and our cake table was AMAZING – we were both blown away by the amount of effort that people had gone to, and Oscar did a sterling job at trying each one! One of my favourite memories of the day was walking into the pub as husband and wife, with everyone wielding champagne and cheering!
They added some lovely personal details to the pub, “We had a table of photographs of people no longer with us but there in our hearts – especially our late maternal grandparents, and our favours which were Playmobil people holding lollipops – people seemed to love picking out one that looked like them!”
“Spend time with your new spouse, rather than trying to say hello to everyone all night. Someone had given me that advice and it was so valuable – we spent loads of time dancing and laughing together, which I’ll remember forever.”
Photographer: Heather at Brighton Photo / Ceremony: St Mary Magdalene Church, Wandsworth / Reception Venue: The Lodge at The East Dulwich Tavern / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bridesmaids: Reiss / Hair & Make Up: Kate Balding / Flowers: Wild Willow
Rachel and Bijan were married in July with a beautiful Church service after which they walked as a wedding party through the streets and beautiful London greenery in the sunshine to their relaxed reception in the lovely area of Victoria Park in London, where their love story with London all began. This couple are cute as a button, such completely natural chemistry together which was captured effortlessly by photography team We Heart Pictures…
“From the first day of planning we wanted a day filled with laughter and sunshine; we were lucky enough to have both! We chose Victoria Park in London for the venue of our wedding because this is where our love for London was created.”
Rachel got ready at The Hoxton Hotel with her bridesmaids who all wore their own choice of dress in black which creates the perfect city style. Rachel chose the Davinci dress by Raimon Bundo from the Mirror Mirror boutique in Crouch End. To accessories her ‘boho chic’ dress she wore a cute flower garland in her hair from Blooming Loopy.
“We married at St John of Jerusalem Church, in Victoria Park Village. We filled the church with candles and Bossa Nova sounds whilst I walked down the aisle to Elvis Presley’s Love Letters. As a married couple we walked back up the aisle to the Dixie Cups, Going to the Chapel where we were greeted with confetti and cheering! After the ceremony we greeted all our guests individually and drank Prosecco under the graffiti laden hoarding and white wedding bunting.”
I do adore couples who just go witih the flow on their day, and they chose not to have any itinerary so they took to the streets and walked with their guests from the Church to the reception venue, with a glass of Prosecco in hand of course! “We peraded through Victoria village heading for The Empress where tables filled with wild flowers, crackers and jelly sweets awaited us. The Bossa Nova band continued, the Prosecco and beer flowed and the sun shone through the park.”
We gave three choices of starters, mains and desserts which our guests chosen individually on arrival and we served a selection of wines on the tables. Our cake was a white iced sponge topped with porcelain doves.”
I absolutely love this shot, old fashioned chivalry for the bride and her high heels!
After our lunch filled with wine, food, speeches and laughter we crossed the village and spent the evening partying at The Royal Inn on the Park to the sounds of Van Morrison, Disclosure, The Stones and Ginuwine until the morning crept up on us. One of the most special moments of the day was dancing with my Father as it was our final dance together to our favourite song.
Words of advice from the bride…
“The church was under construction and was not finished for our wedding day. So a friend, who is an artist, stencilled graffiti flowers on to the hoarding and we attached bunting to the scaffolding.”
Huge congratulations to the lovely couple Rachel and Bijan on their fabulously relaxed day and thanks to We Heart Pictures for letting us share their lovely work on London Bride.
Photography: We Heart Pictures / Reception Venue: The Empress / Bride’s Dress: Mirror Mirror / Hair + Make Up: Inga Pivena / Florist: The Flower Seller, Muswell Hill / Cake: Dunns Bakery / Band: Melody Domain via Contraband Events