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Hollie + Chris – A Dulwich Pub Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

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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.”

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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.

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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!”

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“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!”

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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!”

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“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 

Helen + Owen – Theatrical Princelet Street Wedding

WEDDINGS, Urban

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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.

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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