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Amanda + Tim – Midsummer Night’s Dream St Paul’s Wedding


Amanda and Tim had a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ St Paul’s wedding in the city. Classic and romantic the couple had an enchanting day, at the very special St Paul’s Cathedral followed by Skinner’s Hall with the bride Amanda enthralling the ethereal Titania.

Whilst I know some of you are here to look at the pretty pictures [which they are of course thanks to Dasha Caffrey] however I do encourage you to read the details on their wedding day too – I always find the stories of ‘London Brides’ so very meaningful…

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Amanda chose a beautiful wedding dress by Temperley which was in fact a dress she’d had her eye on for over a year before she got engaged! “I first saw my dress while shopping with my mother-in-law for her own wedding dress 18 months before (we got engaged on the same day).  When I came to find a dress a year later Temperley still had the dress much to my delight.” 

She teamed the dress with a beautiful veil lace edged veil which was the perfect addition for a wedding in the grand St Paul’s Cathedral. She also wore an utterly gorgeous pair of ivory lace peep toe shoe-boots from Harriet Wilde – the Chantilly.

You may also notice the bridesmaids killer heels in that gorgeous peach colour to match their neutral outfits which were by Pied a Terre at Topshop. Amanda had spotted the girls dresses online from the Joy boutique – “I sent the link to my three bridesmaids who luckily also loved the dress.  For the jackets we went on a shopping marathon along Oxford St and right at the end of the day found the right one in Coast. Ros Osterman altered each dresses to make them slightly different and to fit the girls perfectly.”

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Amanda and Tim were married at St Paul’s Cathedral – a very special place to be able to have a wedding in London but it was also very significant for the couple personally in many ways,  “We were lucky enough to get married at the OBE Chapel of St Paul’s Cathedral due to Tim’s father (Sir Richard Francis), who was knighted for his work with the British Council.  Sadly, Richard passed away when Tim was just eight, and so this was an important way to remember him.  The chapel is a surprisingly intimate setting and includes the tombs of Sir Christopher Wren, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir John Everett Millais, which for an art historian was such an honour.  However, for us, the most special part of getting married in the OBE chapel was being married by Mother Sarah.  She is such a calm and lovely person, who helped us both in the in the lead-up to and during our wedding day.”

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“Tim and I wanted an informal and relaxed look for both the flowers and decoration of each venue.  Therefore Skinner’s Hall was decorated with tea lights, ribbons, rustic flowers (in pink and purple), and hand-made stationary. Our flowers were decided upon with the help of Sam at Violets & Velvet who patiently helped us during our initial meeting.  Sam suggested including fresh herbs in the bouquets and table arrangements which smelt wonderful.  Also as I am half Scottish and we met at Edinburgh University we also included thistles in the table decorations.”

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Having a central London wedding can sometimes meaning compromising on location and not having any outdoor space, however they came across the perfect location where they could enjoy the best of both worlds and what a lovely day it was for them to make the most of it “Tim and I fell in love with Skinners Hall instantly, having spent months searching.  The venue was perfect with its different interior/exterior spaces that allowed guests to dance, drink, eat, chill out or just watch from the big central staircase (a surprise hit)!” Looks like the guests were all enjoying the fountain roof garden!

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It was clearly a very special day for Amanda and Tim, but a few were very poignant “Our exchange of vows and the choir singing Ave Maria during the service.  Then in the evening, my dad’s band, “The Magic Pandas”, really upped the tempo – at the end of the night having all our nearest and dearest on the dance floor signing Bohemian Rhapsody, and then Ho Hey (Lumineers) at the top of their lungs.”

Amanda’s planning tip “The scheduling of the day is so important; we tried to make sure there were no periods of time when guests’ were hanging around.  We also printed a schedule of the day so everyone knew where they were to be and when.  I wish we had realised earlier that you shouldn’t try and do everything yourself, delegation is key to survival!”

Congratulations Amanda and Tim on a beautiful day and with thanks to the talented photographer, Dasha Caffrey for sharing it with us.

Credits: Photography: Dasha Caffrey / Ceremony Venue: St Paul’s Cathedral / Rception Venue: Skinners Hall / Bride’s Dress: Temperley London / Bride’s Veil: Rosalyn Osterman / Bride’s Shoes: Harriet Wilde / Bridesmaids: Dress – Joy Jackets – Coast / Groom’s Suit: Cad and the Dandy / Bride’s Hair: Lucia Farnesi / Flowers: Violets & Velvet / Catering: Party Ingredients / Cheese Cake: Paxton and Whitfield / Photo Booth: The Big Booth

2 0 1 2 – what a year for London Bride Weddings !


It’s been a bit of a blur of a year juggling lots of projects, work and the blog and so much excitement especially living in London during the wonderful summer of the Olympics. This year has been full of wonderful posts on the blog to have researched and written, including sharing lots of gorgeous real weddings with beautiful stories but this post is perhaps my favourite of 2012. Why so? Because this one is dedicated to all the lovely London Bride couples I’ve been working with on the planning and styling of each of their unique weddings in 2012. It is incredibly special to be able to work so closely with each couple, getting to know them and to create a special day for them and then of course to be there and witness the celebration and love [albeit mostly whilst running around!]. It’s certainly a humble reminder as to why I do this, it’s been a super busy year and I will admit it’s pretty hard work but it’s wonderful to look back and know it was all so worth while. It’s pretty cool really. I’ve also been lucky enough to work with a number of couples on helping them behind the scenes; sourcing venues, designing and styling and helping them find the perfect supplier for their day so thank you to each and every one of my wonderful couples that I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

Here are a few of some of my favourite photos of my couples, oh how lovely to reminisce… congratulations to you all and I hope your first Christmas together has been magical and here’s to a happy healthy 2013…

LondonBride_WeddingPlanner_0006Katie + Brett | Joanna Brown Photography

Katie and Brett had a sweet ceremony at Islington Town Hall and afterwards guests walked locally to The Albion pub via heart decorated tree lined streets for a stylish and relaxed gastro-pub celebration complete with lots of lovely DIY details, great food, cocktails in the garden and lots of dancing. They enlisted some fantastic suppliers for their day so I was there to oversee things and set up Katie’s handmade touches. I’m so pleased the sun shone for these guys after a very rainy April, and they looked utterly glamorous on the day. You can see the full wedding featured on the blog here.

LondonBride_WeddingPlanner_0002Angelia + Wiyono | Eddie Judd Photography

Angelia and Wiyono live in London but were actually having a wedding back home with their families in Indonesia so they wanted to capture some beautiful pre-wedding photos in a few local picturesque locations in London. As well as shooting at the historical and immaculate Hampton Court Palace, I styled and co-ordinated this detail-filled shoot at the Mayfield lavender fields for a romantic session for them both, based on her love on pretty pinwheels. These guys were so cute [and patient as it was a long day stuck in Olympic traffic!], you can see part 1 at Hampton Court Palace and part 2 at the lavender fields which I featured on the blog earlier in the year.

LondonBride_WeddingPlanner_0004Michelle + Richard | Rik Pennington

Michelle and Richard’s wedding was co-ordinated from the states, where they both live and work but they opted for a beautiful north London church ceremony followed by an elegant pub wedding reception near where Richard’s family live in Regent’s Park. Planning from abroad can be a bit tricky, but Michelle was both flexible and organised which was great! The day came together without a hitch and I oversaw the logistics ensuring guests weren’t lost in London and set up the pub with all their sweet touches that hinted at both their scientific careers. They were an incredibly relaxed couple who had an informal celebration surrounded by wonderful family and friends who came from far and wide which was so lovely to witness. Sadly they did see the British rain come pouring down, but I’m just so glad it waited until the dance floor was full before it did so!

LondonBride_WeddingPlanner_0003Elaine + Lloyd | Roger Brown Photography

Elaine and Lloyd are a really fun creative couple bursting with ideas but as a recent mum and dad, they had little time in the lead up to the wedding, so I helped bring their day together along with a few unique ‘London Bride’ styling touches. After their church service guests travelled by shiny red routemaster buses to the incredibly fabulous and retro Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes for a colourful, family friendly and fun wedding party. While canapés were served, guests put on their shiny shoes and were treated to games of bowling and some seriously awesome tunes as they had a couple of DJ’s spinning out sets of funk and soul music. It was hard to restrain myself from dancing whilst working and running around as the place was filled with such a wonderful party atmosphere and music and I loved setting up all the colourful graphic details for this day that were dotted around the space and seeing the whole family enjoying the fun and games.

LondonBride_WeddingPlanner_0005Maddi + Ryan | Ed Peers Photography

Maddi and Ryan had a fairly small cool city wedding in Soho’s creative hub, at private member’s club Soho House. Maddi was a girl after my own heart with a love of pretty things and little details she had put together lots of elements to include in the day most of which she made herself with Ryan who’s a graphic designer. Soho House is a maze of a venue, with lots of rooms and stairs [which certainly kept me fit!] and with the whole day happening in the same venue, there was lots to co-ordinate and set up but I love how the day flowed through each part of the celebration and they just didn’t stop smiling with laughter all day long. They were incredibly welcoming and I had a very rare treat of being able to join their warm friends and family for the meal [well, I just about managed to quickly eat the main course!] so it was a wonderful day to be a part of and great to be able to transform the space with their unique touches. They were also blessed with an unexpected very warm September day so the club’s rooftop came in very handy and as I finished up, I left an excited crowd dancing under the stars! I am hoping to blog the full wedding and all the fab details soon so keep your eyes peeled!

Warehouse Wedding London MC MotorsGemma + Pete | Aneta Mak Photography

This was my final wedding of 2o12, and… well, what a way to finish the year! Gemma and Pete were married at Islington Town Hall followed by an incredible reception at probably the coolest and most sought-after alternative venue in London – MC Motors. A huge industrial warehouse space in Dalston, just a stone’s throw from their home it took a year of planning and an 18 hour day to transform the space into ‘distressed elegance’ for their special day. Gemma and Pete are an amazing stylish couple who have impeccable taste, from the food to the flowers, and all the many many tiny details and elements in between it came together with an awesome team of suppliers for a spectacular day that truly reflected them and their vision from start to finish. Working at what is essentially a filming location certainly has it’s challenges, but as a planner it was a fantastic opportunity and a great space to dress, as well as a chance to work to with an exciting and unusual brief with a very like-minded couple creatively. I am bursting to share more of this day [and Aneta’s beautiful film photography] with you soon in the near future!

If you are currently planning your wedding and are interested in learning more about my wedding planning and styling services and how I may be able to help, please see my services page for more information and how to get in touch!