Posts Tagged: St Pauls

Old Hollywood Relaxed Glamour City Wedding & Eliza Jane Howell Dress

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Louise Adby

An Autumn wedding that combines Old Hollywood glamour with iconic London cityscapes, a relaxed and personal reception with a sprinkling of rain like only London know knows how.

Old Hollywood Inspired London City Wedding by Louise Adby Photography

This wedding has such a perfect balance of glamour but with an effortless relaxed format. Inspired by the 1940s, this couple looked every inch the part with the bride in a dazzling Eliza Jane Howell gown and delicate Britten Wedding veil and a bouquet by Daisy Ellen Floral Design that echoed not only the season but the shades of burgundy to co-ordinate with a very dashing groom.

Victoria’s hair and make is up such a gorgeous timeless look, which I’m sure will serve as great inspiration for brides out there. After a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony at the breathtakingly beautiful St Etheldredas Church, the couple and their guests hopped on a gold London bus (who thought a bus could have a hint of glitz?) and took to the iconic areas of St Paul’s for a beautiful backdrop for their portraits with their photographer Louise Adby.

In contrast they chose the relaxed pub setting of The Happenstance in the city where they could indulge in good food and drink whilst adding personal touches to the day for their guests to enjoy such as a temporary tattoo station and a Krispy Kreme doughnut cake. We love how this story transitions through the photographs, and particularly the evening dancing images which just show how much fun was had right until the end of the night!

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London Wedding Reception at The Happenstance in The City

WEDDINGS, Informal, Modern

Photography by Sam & Louise

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. 

London City Wedding at The Happenstance by Sam & Louise PhotographyIt’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.

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Mr & Mrs [Kerry and James] St Paul’s Cathedral & Protestors


I was contacted by the very lovely Charlie [ahem, there’s a few of us isn’t there!] at We Heart Pictures to feature this wedding, and being ‘London’ Bride it seemed the perfect fit for the blog.
Having a wedding in London can put you at risk to certain unavoidable events that occur, and these guys had to deal with the Occupy London protestors! I remember being a bridesmaid for my friend who was getting married at the ICA just off The Mall a few years back and due to protests, she had to arrive and get ready in the office with no mirror and was very late for her own wedding, eek!
Kerry and James were married at the end of October and had their ceremony in the amazing St Paul’s Cathedral – which not everyone can do but they were lucky enough to marry there as Kerry’s dad had been awarded an MBE which allows his children to have the privilege of marrying there.
However due to St Paul’s iconic status – Occupy London, an ongoing protest and demonstration against economic inequality – had taken redisency outside the Cathedral since mid October.
I can only imagine the worry it would have caused the couple in the days leading up to the wedding as the area was attracting a lot of press and activity. Kerry says it was touch and go whether the Cathedral would be open on the day due to the protest, however they were determined not to let this spoil their wedding. Instead the couple chose to embrace the unusual nature of their wedding day and stopped for photographs on the steps surrounded by press and tourists, with the protestors even wishing them well on their special day and for a happy marriage. It’s so lovely to see a bride and groom so relaxed and taking everything in their stride on the day. Sometimes you just can’t plan these things!
It was an emotional ceremony, as sadly Kerry’s dad passed away, so she took the opportunity to involve her children with her two boys, Reece and Connor giving her away and her daughter Koralie as her maid of honour. Kerry felt very lucky to do this and she says that she had some surreal moments and really felt like her dad was watching over them on the day. So lovely to have those feelings!
The reception was held at Café du Marche as it’s not only their favourite restaurant but also where James proposed, how sweet! As huge food lovers they wanted to make sure their guests enjoyed the meal so knew it would be a great choice for them.
The reception was decorated with Kerry’s favourite colours and had a lovely informal feel to it. The chairs all had homemade cushions [by a very talented friend!] and the flower jugs were collected and sourced in junk shops and on ebay by Kerry.
After the meal the guests enjoyed a photobooth by We Heart Pictures and Kerry describes the day as being so perfect. “honestly and truly it really was the best day of my life, I married my best friend and I now feel so complete and happy”. 
Kerry’s advice is “take time out on the day – slow down and look around to enjoy everyone and  everything. The time goes so fast you need to remember to relax and enjoy yourself.”

Photographers: We Heart Pictures

Location: Ceremony – St Paul’s Cathedral and Reception – Le Café du Marche
Dress: Hollywood Dreams from Expressions
Adult Bridesmaid: Jim Helmn
Young Bridesmaids: I Love Gorgeous
Jewellery: Sourced on Etsy
Groom’s Suit: Jaeger
Flowers: Angel Flowers, Islington
Page Boys: Monsoon

Congratulations Kerry and James and huge thanks to We Heart Pictures for sharing this wedding.