Posts Tagged: Urban

Back To Front Kings Cross Wedding at St Chad’s and St Pancras

WEDDINGS, Informal, Urban

Photography by LM Weddings

A back to front wedding for Laura and Tom who were married the day before Valentine’s day this year. They celebrated with a family dinner before the ceremony and a big party after in St Pancras, Kings Cross and of course the bride wore two outfits! 

St Pancras Kings Cross Wedding by LM Weddings Photography | Flowers The Flower Appreciation Society | Brides Dress Jenny Packham SusannaLaura and Tom tied the knot on 13th February this year (the day before Valentine’s day!) with the wedding taking place at Kings Cross, with a ceremony in St Pancras station and a reception at 06 St Chad’s however it wasn’t a typical wedding day. This couple decided to have it back to front, so had a lovely family lunch before the ceremony and then a party reception for everyone afterwards! The bride wore two outfits for the different parts of the day, and I love her different styles from city to chic.

Whilst it may not be the most practical venue for a ceremony (read more below!) it’s certainly unusual and an amazing iconic place to say that you got married! I love the photo above, looks like a 1940s wedding in the modern day!

Do have a read below of Laura’s wedding planning journey, and if you’re reading this as a ‘just engaged’ bride to be, then definitely take her advice below and bask in all the celebratory glory!

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Colourful Urban London Wedding in Chelsea + Kings Cross

Aisle Style, WEDDINGS, Informal, Modern, Urban

Photography by Eclection Photography

Leila and Perry chose a sweet Chelsea ceremony followed by a walk along the picturesque Albert Bridge before joining their guests for a colourful urban reception in Kings Cross. This couple injected colour and style with her floral crown and his check suit and the cheery green bridesmaids! 

Bright Urban London Wedding by Eclection Photography - London Albert Bridge Chelsea

Leila and Perry’s wedding has been a lovely wedding to write up due to all the gorgeous colour injected, it just adds so much fun and cheer to a wedding! They even asked the guests to wear bright colours which is such a great idea.

Leila and Perry were married in September 2015, and chose to hold an intimate ceremony at The Chelsea Registry Office given they had first met on the Kings Road and also that Leila’s parents in fact married there 37 years ago which is just lovely and so meaningful.

Leila’s bridal style is modern and I love her bright floral crown which works nicely with the colourful bridesmaids dresses too. Groom Perry is seriously upping the style stakes too, what a fabulous check suit! They injected their styles and personalities into the day really well, from an epic selection of Brownie’s from Leila’s own bakery to a Lebanese belly dancer and hip hop DJ!

Although 06 St Chad’s is no longer taking wedding bookings (shame!) I do love how Jam Jar Flowers dressed the beams with hops, a great idea and way of adding decor to a tall space.

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Summer In The City – London Warehouse Wedding at MC Motors

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Modern, Urban

Photography by Caught The LightWedding Planning & Styling by London Bride

Draping foliage and watercolour details for an urban oasis summer in the city wedding for Crisa and Gareth’s, planned and styled by London Bride. 

Summer MC Motors London Warehouse Wedding by Caught The Light and London Bride

I’m so pleased to share one of my favourite London Bride weddings of last year. I worked with Crisa and Gareth to plan and style their urban summer wedding at MC Motors last July. Despite a fairly limited timescale to pull things together, we collaborated with a team of amazing suppliers for a beautiful summery day in the city for the couple, creating an urban oasis full of foliage and florals, pretty paper details, delicious food and drink as well as unique personal touches throughout. The day was captured perfectly by the amazing Chloe at Caught The Light (who’s stunning film photography really did make it look like the mediterranean!) and was also previously featured on Style Me Pretty.

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Behind The Scenes with London Bride – An MC Motors Wedding

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS, Elegant, Urban

London Bride MC Motors Wedding - Caught The Light Photography

2014 was a pretty crazy summer for London Bride on the wedding planning side, but now I am in more calmer waters playing post wedding season catch up I have something quite exciting to share with you! Below is a ‘Behind The Scenes with London Bride’ video filmed at one of my favourite weddings of the year in July for my couple Crisa and Gareth and their MC Motors wedding. It’s one of my favourite venues to work at (no surprises there) and with a beautiful brief to work to, the styling of the day all came together perfectly and we bought a little bit of the Mediterranean to East London. It was a fabulous day, thanks to an amazing team of hard-working and talented suppliers who we bought on board to make it all possible.

London Bride MC Motors Wedding - Caught The Light PhotographyPhotos: Caught The Light

I think *sometimes* people assume as a wedding planner, I have a glamorous job, but I hope this behind the scenes video acts as a bit of insight into how much hard work goes into the set up of a wedding (not to mention all the meetings, emails and months and months of planning beforehand of course!), and how it is all bought together on the day by everyone involved. The wedding world is full of ‘Pinterest-perfect’ inspiration and ‘editorially’ styled shoots but I wanted to show the reality of a real-life wedding day as it actually happens!

Huge thanks to Castle Gibson and all the suppliers (please see credits below) for kindly letting me film them, and of course to Crisa and Gareth and all their wonderful friends and family. Hope you enjoy the film, worth watching with the music up!

Disclaimer: I  have a very hands-on approach to the weddings I plan, so would like to excuse my dishevelled appearance, but I’d like to think that no-one would look particularly great on a 16 hour day on their feet in July, in wedding season. So this is reality here folks, as it happens – it’s not about looking glamorous and not getting your hands dirty, it’s about getting things done!  

Behind the scenes at a July 2014 wedding with Charley Beard, leading wedding planner and stylist at London Bride.

Credits: Film by: Sandra Ciampone for London Bride / Wedding Planning & Styling: Charley at London Bride / Venue: Castle Gibson / Photography: Caught The Light / Florist: Bo Boutique / Catering: Social Pantry / Stationery Elements: Ever After Press / Swing Band: Swinging Little Big Band / Cake: Konditor & Cook / Cocktail Bar: Hire The Barman / DJ: Ed at The Wedding Smashers / Macarons: Wharf Road Bakery / Vintage Hire: Classic Crockery / Hair Stylist: Cassandra Rizzuto / Make-Up Artist: Make Up By Katy  

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

LONDON BRIDE LIFE

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!