Posts Tagged: Vintage Wedding

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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1960s Inspired Autumn Wedding at The Institute of Contemporary Arts

WEDDINGS, Informal, Urban, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Emilie White Photography

A stylishly authentic 1960s inspired Autumn wedding at The ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Arts) in London and beautiful bridal style with a vintage Fur Coat No Knickers Dress. 

1960s Autumn ICA London Wedding by Emilie White Photography

Today’s wedding is utterly lovely and transports us to a beautifully atmospheric 1960s inspired wedding in London. Gorgeous couple Catriona (an avid London Bride reader!) and Joe stayed true to their own personal styles and had an authentically 1960s inspired day that was heartfelt and full of love.

Bride Catriona’s style is effortlessly chic and so lovely that she was able to make her vintage style work for her wedding day; from her Fur Coat No Knickers floor length sleeveless lace shift dress to the iconic hair and make up style from the era and of course that incredibly fabulous transportation – a 1967 Daimler. I also love that they ended the night dancing to the Happy Day’s theme tune!

The ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) is a beautiful venue, perfect for an intimate wedding for great food and dancing and of course you have Pall Mall on your doorstop for portrait photos. I hope you all enjoy this beautifully heartwarming day full of style and personality captured so perfectly through these atmospheric images by Emilie White.

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Helen + Owen – Theatrical Princelet Street Wedding



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.


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