A sweet and simple Hackney wedding, planned in just a week it was a low-key but utterly heartfelt day with a beaming bride and groom celebrating in a local cafe with their family and friends and their little boy.
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Myfanwy and Nic celebrated in September last year for their East London wedding at the Mile End Eco Pavilion which was the perfect backdrop for an Autumnal day as their guests mingled amongst the richly coloured trees. Myfanwy the bride wore a stunning custom Clinton Lotter gown and to go with their relaxed day they included a first look before the ceremony captured beautifully by Lee at Robbins Photographic.
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.
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.
Welcome to the week of luuuuurve! Well whilst I may be a wedding blog, the big ‘Valentine’s Day’ is even too much for me sometimes. So, in order to bring balance to the world [or this blog, at least], you won’t find any red, frilly, heart or sweeter than sweet paraphernalia that is abundant at this time of year, here today.
I thought this shoot by the fabulous Lee at Robbins Photographic goes to show that love isn’t always about perfume, expensive meals and lingerie. Oh no, this is modern love right here. The side streets of Hackney Wick in East London are the graphic and urban backdrop for this ridiculously gorgeous couple, Claire and David for their engagement shoot. I often see couples visually cringe at the idea of an engagement shoot or even their own wedding with the belief it has to be all soppy, and commercial and…’weddingy’. However, I think these two walking around hand in hand in the sunshine goes to show that this really doesn’t have to be the case.
David is a Product Development Engineer for Jaguar Landrover and I’m a Colour Consultant for Farrow & Ball – We met whilst at university in Sheffield, at the university Indie Club night ´Fuzz Club´ (this isn´t strictly true, David first ´met´ me on Myspace through a friend, as he embarrassingly pointed out during his wedding speech). That was 6 years ago and whilst we still have the odd indie disco in our kitchen we are all grown up and live together with our sausage dog Earl Grey.
We chose Lee as our photographer as although we really wanted to be married neither of us have ever been sold on the idea of a ´weddingy´ wedding. Lee´s photographs played a huge part in convincing us that we could have the version of the wedding we wanted without following the conventional wedding path. With Lee living in Brighton, us living in the Midlands and the wedding being in Sheffield we decided it was a good idea to have an engagement shoot so we could meet up and get comfortable with having our photograph taken. I would really recommend doing this as it makes the wedding day so much less stressful.
We chose Hackney Wick as the location as we discovered via Instagram that Lee and myself had a mutual appreciation for the area, I am so glad we decided to shoot there the photographs are incredible. Lee is a total super star and we are blown away by his talent.
Thanks and congratulations to David and Claire [who also tied the knot in a very stylish way] and to Lee for letting us share the shoot on the blog!
Whilst this blog here is called London Bride, and I get told a lot ‘wow, what a great brand name’… sometimes it can be a tad misleading. For me, this blog is not just about London and it’s not just about the bride. My aim of this blog is to inspire. Whether that’s to couples getting married in London, bride to be’s in Azerbaijan [yes, really I know you are out there!] or groom’s who have no idea about weddings – the engaged and the not even likely to get engaged anytime soon….it’s a place to include beauty, love and inspiration – in all forms.
So along with being a handy resource for all the above, today’s feature is a little more unusual in that it’s not a London wedding, and there is no bride. However, as with all the features I include on this blog, it moved me. This love shoot of the incredibly handsome Theo and Ben who happen to be celebrating 17 years together is just beautiful. Almost like stills from a movie, the beauty of the couple and of the location is perfectly captured in pure black and white by the genius behind the lens, Lee at Robbins Photographic… just goes to prove no matter how long you’ve been together it’s always nice to document it.
Thanks to both Leo and Ben and their photographer Lee Robbins for letting me share their incredibly beautiful shoot today. Seriously inspiring work!
So long snow! I’m all about the blue skies and summer days here on the blog! Today’s lovely couple had a beautiful wedding in Kent at one of my favourite venues, Preston Court. With the fabulous carousel taking centre stage outside, the indoor barn is both rustic and beautiful – perfect for Tiggy and James who wanted an informal and relaxed day. Having been married before and with the bride being 4 months pregnant [doesn’t she look so radiant?!] they knew they wanted to make the day less traditional and more personal and judging by the gorgeous images by Lee at Robbins Photographic it certainly looks just that.
Summer days of sipping drinks outside on a lawn, with a carousel merrily spinning around, it’s hard to imagine now in this wild wintry weather but it was the perfect spot for Tiggy and James last July. “James and I fell in love with Preston Court on a rainy day in March and knew if we loved it then it would be even more magical in the summer. We really wanted the day to be as relaxed and informal as possible. Being the second time for us both we were keen not to be too traditional and make it different and personal. We loved the fact that guests could walk out of the church straight onto the lawn in front of the house and have a drink in their hands in minutes. The carousel was a really fun and quirky touch and provided some great photos! The barn, the long tables and the bbq added to the relaxed feeling of the day, and it was brilliant to have people involved who understood our vision for the day.”
Tiggy looks stunning in her sweet 1960s vintage dress from those fabulous ladies at Fur Coat No Knickers and you’d never know there was a little baby bump to accommodate for! “I chose a short dress as I wanted something different, and the girls at Fur Coat No Knickers could not have been more brilliant. The dress we found was a 1960s style and was originally long, with long sleeves! They understood exactly what I pictured and were able to customise it perfectly. They were even un-phased when I had to tell them that I would be walking up the aisle 4 months pregnant and reassured me that the dress would still fit! They also helped design and make my net veil, as well providing vintage clips for my shoes and a vintage hairband.” I love how they create a whole look that fits together so perfectly and is so unique to each bride. I absolutely adore her bow short veil too!
The perfect little church that resides just across from the venue meant Tiggy and James had the best of both worlds for their wedding, “We ideally wanted to get married in a church and although Preston Court does civil ceremonies, the fact that the beautiful St Mildred’s church was on site seemed perfect. The reverend took the time to get to know us over the months before our wedding and this made the whole service so personal. Euphoric flowers filled the little parish church with lavender and candles and it looked incredible. My sisters sang during the signing of the register and the size of the church made the whole ceremony really intimate.”
To be fair with this venue, the magnificent organ feature is so striking it doesn’t need much decorating but I love the complimentary hues of blues of the beautiful blooms by Euphoric Flowers and the huge light up letters. “James and I both love the colour blue, so the theme revolved around blue and white. All our bouquets were very simple and featured white sweetpeas which were my grandmother’s favourite flower. They also perfectly fitted the relaxed, country, vintage feel we wanted to create with the flowers. We brought our own hanging baskets and wooden tubs of cornflowers that my mum had planted to the courtyard outside the barn, and it was brilliant how the venue is a blank canvas and we were allowed to do whatever we wanted.”
We drank Prosecco and pimms at the reception and wine with the bbq, but then there was a separate barn with a bar for everyone after to get stuck into drinking whatever they wanted afterwards! We decided against a cake as we wanted to spend the money on nice pudding and really delicious cheese instead! The bbq was incredible and we ate ribeye steaks, and beautifully marinated lamb with an array of interesting salads.
As well as the carousel we used the wedding smashers for our after dinner music. They were brilliant and got everybody dancing. We were able to sit down with them before hand and give them an idea of what we did and didn’t want to hear.
What was your budget: £25k
Do you have any planning advice for other brides? If you involve other people make sure they share your vision and you’re on the same wavelength, it should be a fun and exciting process. Talk to your fiancée, it is more stressful if you have lots of secrets and surprises. All the fun came from us doing things together.
What was the most special or memorable moment of the day? The most memorable moment of the day was when James and I walked round the corner from having champagne on the lawn to see all our guests on the merry-go-round in the sunshine! It was so magical and everyone was just beaming! The most special was saying our vows, I literally forgot everyone was there watching!
What was your first dance song? We decided to have a last dance rather than a first dance, so the last song before we left for the night was “Fix You” by Coldplay and we ended up surrounded by everyone singing too, it was a really moving day way to end the night
What unique touches did you bring to your wedding? Only James and I gave speeches rather than the traditional ones, which was a different touch to hear from the bride! We also put face paints and glow bangles as favours on the table which was briliant as at the end of the night, everyone was covered in neon face paints, it made for some great photos and created a real party atmosphere on the dance floor.
Photographer: Robbins Photographic / Reception Venue: Preston Court / Wedding Dress: Fur Coat No Knickers / Brides Accesories: Veil: Fur Coat No Knickers Shoes: Louboutin at Browns Bride / Bridesmaids: Coast / Groom’s Suit: Gieves & Hawkes / Hair: Shaune Johnson & Lynne Wallis / Flowers: Euphoric Flowers / Catering: Chef Scott Anderson / Lights: Hannah Havana / DJ: Wedding Smashers
Chris and Holly had been together 11 years when Chris finally proposed in Amsterdam three years ago. But cue busy lifestyle [Holly undertook a doctorate!] and the wedding was patiently put back until 8th September last year when she finally finished and they could get married! Because of the wedding being on hold for a few years it meant they ended up organising most of the wedding in only a month! A month! Now as a wedding planner, that’s pretty impressive, not only that but they brought together an amazing day so it really does go to show you don’t always need years of planning!
I love how this is such an easy going wedding day, especially that they they took together to wander, capture some portraits, indulge in a sip of whisky from a hip flask and realise they just became husband and wife. All marvellously captured by Lee at Robbins Photographic.
Holly looks amazing in her dress and guess what…it’s high street! “Unfortunately I had a bit of a dress nightmare and the original wedding dress I had couldn’t be used. I ended up searching for a dress about 3 weeks before the wedding and found a simple but elegant dress from Coast bridal which actually suited the style of the wedding more than the original. I wore my mum’s pearls which were given to her by her mum – my something borrowed. On the morning of the wedding I got ready with my two bridesmaids, my beautiful niece, who was a fantastic flower girl, and my mum.” She also borrowed a hair accessory from her bridesmaid who’d worn it for her own wedding day – a great way of not blowing the budget and such a sweet gesture.
“We’re a pretty laid back couple and our close friends and family know not to expect too much from us in the planning stakes! We both love good food and low-key, simple but classic style so we focused on that. The main thing was to make sure everyone had a good time so the majority of the budget went on good food and drink!”
Isn’t this shot above amazing! I just love the setting, the light. Oh London you do charm me so!
Holly and Chris knew they wanted a London wedding, and chose Camden Town Hall for their small low key ceremony “Chris is from London and we’ve lived in various parts of the city now for about 10 years so we always knew we wanted a London wedding. The only question was where! We finally settled on The Artisan of Clerkenwell which is a great pub near Farringdon station that had just the right kind of relaxed atmosphere we were looking for and Camden Town Hall was just a stone’s throw away so we decided to hold the ceremony there. We had a low-key ceremony and asked two very close friends to read poems we had chosen for each other.”
One of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding can be a seating plan, but with a relaxed party and sharing platters it’s a great excuse to do away with it which is what Holly and Chris decided “Everyone commented on the relaxed and very tasty food served at the pub. We had posh Ploughman’s – smoked meat and cheese sharing platters with fresh bread and yummy chutneys. We didn’t have a seating plan because it was a small ceremony party and we wanted guests to feel comfortable and relaxed.”
I love that their DJ was actually a friend called DJ! What are the chances… “Our DJ for the night was a great friend (actually called DJ!) who we’ve both known since university. He’s now so fabulous we couldn’t have afforded him but he did it for us as a wedding gift and we are so very glad that he did! There’s a photo of me straight after the first dance with the biggest smile on my face as David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ came on and everyone started going for it on the dance floor. People were still dancing until 3am!”
After dancing our hearts out, we got a taxi to the One Aldwych at 2am and spent the rest of the wedding night in 5* luxury, drinking champagne and eating strawberries on a huge bed! Now that is the life! If you can’t indulge in luxuries on your wedding day, when can you? Definitely a rather fabulous start to married life!
What music did you walk down the aisle to? Time After Time – Eva Cassidy.
Do you have any planning advice for other brides? Don’t sweat the little details; they don’t really matter on the day.
What was the most special or memorable moment of the day? Having our closest friends and family supporting us and wishing us well was amazing and something we will always remember. But probably my favourite moment was getting to spend a whole hour with my new husband right after the ceremony. We went for a walk around St Pancras and then onto Clerkenwell Green with our fantastic and very relaxed photographer, Lee Robbins. We got to chat about the ceremony, drink some much needed whisky from the hip flask I had engraved as a wedding gift, and to take in the fact that we were finally husband and wife after 11 years of being together! The speeches were also a surprise and very heartfelt.
What was your first dance song? God Only Knows – The Beach Boys.
Congratulations to Holly and Chris [so weird saying that as that’s the names of my sister and her husband!] and big thanks to the ace Lee Robbins for allowing me to share the fabulous day.
Photography: Robbins Photographic / Reception Venue: The Artisan of Clerkenwell / Wedding Dress: Coast Bridal Shoes: Next / Bridesmaids Dresses: Hobbs / Groom: Suit by Paul Smith / Bride’s Hair: Hair by Hebe / Flowers: Geoffrey Walker / Cookies: Ben’s Cookies / Invitations: James RG Designs (Bride’s Brother) / Rings: Simon Wright