Posts Tagged: Wedding Smashers

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 ‘Greenery’ Wedding and Charlie Brear Bride

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal, Modern, Urban

Photography by Miss Gen

A stylish autumn Town Hall Hotel wedding ceremony with a reception at Hawksmoor with a Charlie Brear bride, perfectly suited for Pantone’s colour of the year 2017, ‘Greenery’. 

Town Hall Hotel Wedding and Hawksmoor London by Miss Gen Photography | Bride's Dress Charlie Brear | Flowers by The Flower Bird

There’s no denying that we’ve all gone a bit green fingered lately and bringing more of the outdoors into our lives. As Pantone announced their 2017 colour of the year is ‘Greenery’ it is definitely carrying through to weddings, and this beautiful Autumn wedding beautifully styled with green details showcases why.

Greenery works perfectly for weddings as Pantone explains, “Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world.”

The greens in all their shades are so cohesive and complimentary to the more wood-styled venues, and the couple’s style, and Melissa’s bouquet by The Flower Bird is one of my favourites I think in all it’s Autumn, green, wild foliage glory, just stunning!

It’s so great to see the fabulous Isere skirt from Charlie Brear on a bride and it looks like it was made for bride Melissa and this wedding day. Can you imagine how fun it is shimmying around in that!? Once again, fabulous groom inspiration in this real wedding from a very well dressed groom Ben who sourced all his outfit in London – a true London Groom!

I really like how this wedding shows how you can style your day simply through colours, tones, fashion and details. The venues are both quite atmospheric with their wood decorated spaces which work so well with the natural greens chosen by the couple. I often meet couples who are worried their venue is too dark or too detailed, but this shows you can really inject a lot of style from details from the flowers, shoes, suits, cake and stationery and green is perfect for that.

I have to warn you this is a long image post, because I found it so difficult to edit (captured so well by Miss Gen) as it is all just so beautiful and let’s face it, a ridiculously gorgeous and stylish couple radiating joy. I hope whether you’re a new reader or a long-term London Bride fan, you enjoy this wedding!

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Elegant September Home House Wedding London

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Photography by Caught The Light

Libby and Ben had a beautifully elegant September wedding. The bride wore a Jenny Packham dress and bridesmaids in pink by Belle & Bunty with florals by The Flower Appreciation Society against the stunning backdrop of Home House, London. 

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For any brides planning an elegant London wedding, then this should be all the inspiration you need! Libby and Ben were married in September last year, and it encompasses everything a sophisticated London wedding is about.

From the meaningful Church ceremony to a ride in a white London cab, to the relaxed but grand setting of Home House it was a picture perfect day captured by Caught The Light.

Libby’s style is sophisticated and feminine in her Georgia by Jenny Packham dress, and Ben looks smart and relaxed in his beautiful blue suit. I love that you can still see little pieces of confetti in Libby’s hair throughout the day, the perfect ‘just married’ memento!

I love the slightly undone flowers by The Flower Appreciation Society against the more decadent backdrop of the venue, and the little details in their stationery, the delicious looking naked cake, to the canapés (those mini fish and chips!!) were well thought-through and all tied in beautifully to the day.

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Stylish Riverside Trinity Buoy Wharf Wedding + Suzanne Neville Dress

WEDDINGS, Urban

Photography by Joanna Brown

Katie and Russell chose riverside warehouse Trinity Buoy Wharf for their venue with it’s maginficent backdrop of the O2 for their celebrations in September last year. With a stunning Suzanne Neville dress and a simple colour palette with fresh florals by Violets & Velvet this is one stylish London wedding. 

Trinity Buoy Wharf Warehouse Wedding London by Joanna Brown Photography
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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. 

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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

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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.

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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  

Jonno + Tamara – Relaxed Glamour at The Trafalgar Tavern Greenwich

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal

Trafalgar Tavern London Wedding by Emma Case Photography

This fun couple Jonno and Tamara had a super stylish but romantic wedding, also this is one blog to read if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with the planning, a little bit stressed with logistics and makes us remember that basically getting married is amazing!

This couple thought long and hard about having the day they wanted, and it truly shows throughout that they enjoyed every single moment of it. Nothing forced, everything was their way and just look at how radiant they are because of it!

Their photographer was Emma Case, who along with her husband Pete, are now ridiculously nice, talented and wonderful wedding friends of mine, who also happened to recently post a great article on stop saying ‘but’ and having the wedding YOU want, go check it. A good reminder to us all. So without further ado, enjoy the beaming smiles, stylish outfits, emotional speeches and lots of dancing…

From the bride, Tamara: “We spent a really long time questioning the decisions we made, as we didn’t want just to have wedding by numbers.  It’s easy to get caught up in the hype and do everything by the book – but what’s important is how the day reflects you as a couple.”

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Tamara chose the utterly feminine and beautifully beaded Eden by Jenny Packham which she paired with a glamorous pair of Jimmy Choo’s  “I LOVED my dress.  I’m going to get drunk and wear it around the house pretty soon, I’m sure.” I wonder how many of you actually do this post-wedding?

Her beautiful ‘Gatsby’ inspired hairstyle was by Victoria Drama, who also did her flawless make up. Now we have to mention Tamara’s gorgeous bridesmaids, and those ultra glamorous navy vintage style silk dresses which were the ‘Giselle’ dresses from Ghost. “Don’t the girls look beautiful!? They had different styles all in the navy but lucky they all chose the style that was my favourite! I wanted them to be comfortable and they loved the dresses!”

I love how they turned the chilly London weather to their advantage and styling it out with huge fur and feather coats and shrugs, serious glamour!

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Tamara and Jonno were able to hold their very special service at St Paul’s Crypt as Jonno’s dad has an MBE. It’s funny as it is such a privilege to be able to hold your wedding at St Paul’s yet I seem to feature quite a few weddings held here, such lucky couples with very special family members! How wonderful to always have such an iconic London building as a very special place to you…

For their recessional music they had Windmill played by Eric Gilder which was music that Tamara’s Grandfather who was a composer, wrote. How magical!

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“It’s an obvious one – but I loved the service.  We even had my Grandfather, who was a composer, have his music played in the Cathedral. You spend so long planning everything around it that you can lose sight that it’s all about the vows.  It was so emotional.  We got married in the crypt under St Paul’s Catherdal because Jonno’s dad has an MBE, and it is the Crypt of the British Empire.  So it was special because it was something his dad could provide for us – but also St Paul’s is a symbol of London, the city we live in and the city we love.  It’s brilliant every time we see it to think that it’s now part of our history.”

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I absolutely love these portrait shots of the couple as they’ve come out of St Paul’s as husband and wife, strolling through the park and scenery around Greenwich with such happiness. “Our photographer was Emma Case,  she is amazing and I can’t imagine her not having being at the wedding, even though we’d never met before!” 

Tamara kept her flowers quite simple with all whites and included lily of the valley in her bouquet as it was her Grandmother’s favourite flower. The groom chose a smart Paul Smith suit in petrol blue, with super smart Grensen brogues, “Jonno wanted a suit he loved, rather than hiring a dodgy fitting one!  He looked so handsome in it!” 

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After a trip on the good old fashioned London route master bus, they held their wedding reception at The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, which happened to be not far from where they live. “We looked at so many anonymous restaurants & hotels for the reception – but we wanted to keep it personal to opted for The Trafalgar Tavern, near where we live.  It’s a brilliantly historic building, and Holly, the event co-ordinator was fantastic!”  It’s such a fun moment when the bride and groom come in to the crowd as they cheer and congratulate them!

“Our ‘naked’ victoria sponge cake was made by a friend’s mum, Annie Genower, I sent her some pictures of the types of Victoria sponges I liked and she made a perfect one!  We cut the cake with Jonno’s brother’s naval sword.”

They chose some simple but sophisticated stationery from Artcadia “We went for the Uncomplicated range from Artcadia and my bridesmaid Emily created our logo and helped me decide on how to make the table names.  She is a craft wizard and works at Women’s Weekly!”

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“When we got engaged we sat down and talked about what we wanted from the day, and what was important to us.  I said speeches.  Jonno wanted an hour of old-school music and a green lazer.  Both were amazing.”

I think Emma has done such an amazing job of capturing all emotions of the speeches. Funny how even though you haven’t heard a word you can still feel all the emotions of what was said.

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“We had a band playing for an hour who were a ‘supergroup’ made up of my friends and Jonno’s friends who played instruments – some of whom had never met before the four rehearsals they had! Our ‘super group’ band started us off and we then had Max from The Wedding Smashers DJ. They also even bought the green laser – everyone loved it! 

We are both awkward dancers, so we chose to have a ‘last dance’ of then night – when everyone was drunk! We danced to Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder. It was more like a mating dance by that point, it was amazing!!”

I promise you, you are all going to freaking love getting married!  I’m jealous of you all that you have this amazing day to come…

And with that I’d like to send huge congratulations to Tamara and Jonno on a wonderful wedding and party. How fun does the evening look, wish I could have been there! Anyone want a blogger at their wedding, feel free to send an invite!

Huge thanks also to Emma and Pete for sharing their wonderful work as always, such a pleasure to have on London Bride.

Photography: Emma Case / Ceremony Venue: The Crypt, St Paul’s Cathedral / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bridesmaids: Ghost / Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith / Hair & Make Up: Victoria Drama at Drama Parlour / Florist: Fresh Flower / Stationery: Artcadia / DJ: Wedding Smashers

Ellie + Alex – An Art Deco Stoke Newington Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Back in June this year [my, how far away does it seem already!] Ellie and Alex had a beautiful Art Deco inspired Stoke Newington wedding – a day that came together perfectly and was everything that they wanted – a wonderful day of celebrations with their friends and family in London.

You may notice that lovely grainy element to the photographs, because this wedding was shot entirely on film by Katherine at Peachey Photography . It’s so refreshing to see film photography at weddings, and Katherine has captured the day beautifully.

A few wise words from the bride, Ellie: “I just want to start this by saying that when Alex and I first got engaged and started thinking about our wedding, we really hadn’t the first clue about what it was we wanted. We had no dream wedding in mind. We hadn’t spotted a dream venue. I hadn’t pictured my dream dress. All we knew was that we wanted to keep things a manageable size and for everyone to be able to relax and have a good time. And that we wanted our wedding to be in London. Keeping these things in mind helped us to plan what really was the best day ever without either of us losing our minds!”

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Ellie looks every inch a Hollywood film star in her beautiful beaded “Esme” Jenny Packham fitted gown, and seemed to tie in so perfectly with all the other elements of the day.

“When it came to the dress, it was a case of knowing what I didn’t want rather than knowing what I did: nothing strapless, nothing too big or poufy, and nothing that would make me feel like I couldn’t eat or move around.

The dress hunt ultimately led me to Jenny Packham and to the Esme; a completely beaded dress that felt very 1930s Hollywood. I hadn’t expected to go for something quite so vintage in feel, but with the Art Deco style of the Stoke Newington Town Hall, it seemed to make sense. My veil, belt and hair comb all came from Jenny Packham in the end as well, as my Mum and I were completely seduced by all the beautiful trinkets in the Boudoir. My shoes were custom made by Emmy shoes in Islington (another shop full of beautiful, twinkly little things) and I chose to embellish them with Art Deco-style fans so that they coordinated with the rest of my look.

When it came to our hair and make-up, we went all out on the morning of the wedding and had the award-winning Kristina Gasperas do our make-up and the delightful Caroline from Brooks & Brooks take charge of hair. We were looking for the right balance of ‘of the era’ and ‘radiant and natural’ and they both did a fantastic job of meeting that brief.” 

I really love Ellie’s choice of stylish and elegant “Taya” Ghost satin and lace bridesmaid dresses, they have a great collection and the designs are really flattering – the girls look beautiful in them. “With the venue and the dress being of the same era, everything else then started falling into place. I wanted my bridesmaids’ gowns to be of a similar style to my own, but finding Art Deco-style dresses proved something of a challenge. I got a tip from a vintage wedding dress specialist to look in Ghost at their dye-to-order dresses. My bridesmaids were elated when they tried on the navy Taya style, particularly given that they had been convinced they wouldn’t find a dress that would suit them both, and they paired their dresses with some coral shoes from Monsoon, adding a splash of colour to their outfits.

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“Choosing a venue for the ceremony was quite straightforward. We decided quickly that we wanted a civil ceremony and we knew that we wanted to do it near to where we lived. We knew that the Council Chamber at Stoke Newington Town Hall was a beautiful space, so we got ourselves booked in.”

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“Music was such a big part of the day for us and we put a lot of thought into what we wanted for the ceremony and for the reception. In fact, it was the thing we probably obsessed over most. 

For the ceremony, I had become fixated on the idea of a string quartet playing arrangements of our favourite contemporary songs, but even with a lot of googling, I found most string quartets in London had quite limited repertoires. Then I came across Vitamin String Quartet who are based out in LA but who have recorded string versions of nearly every contemporary pop/indie/rock/hip hop song you can imagine, and they have special wedding collections available on iTunes and Spotify. I picked a handful of their tracks to play while guests were taking their seats, and their arrangement of Pixies Here Comes Your Man as the song I walked down the aisle to.” 

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“When it came to finding a venue for the reception, things were a little trickier. We looked at a number of venues but found so many to be a bit formal. We wanted everyone to feel relaxed and that they could just enjoy themselves, with good food, good booze and good music. That’s when I wondered about The Londesborough, which was one of our favourite pubs in Stokey. After a bit of browsing through photos of other people’s Londesborough weddings, we realised that it would be just right for what we wanted, and that we’d be able to dress it up to make it feel a bit more special on the day.”

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“In the course of my wedding planning, people often asked me what my colour scheme was and whether I had a theme for my wedding. I had neither. But I had pictures and moodboards of things I liked (thank God for Pinterest) and things were evolving to take on a 1930s, Art Deco, “Hollywood Glamour-ish” feel. This informed the design of our invitations and wedding stationery, and we enlisted Leah at Golden Apple Designs to create a bespoke look for these.  

We were in the capable hands of Mairead at Rebel Rebel when it came to the flowers. We opted for lots of little cut-glass vases of flowers on each of the tables, plus a couple of bigger centrepieces for the ceremony (which two friends gallantly carried from the town hall to the pub for the reception).”

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I’m pretty certain the above cake table and sweet treats caught your eye, well they did mine! Such delicious looking macarons by Anges de Sucre and a very pretty cake by Fancy Nancy – I love the colours and it’s a great way of adding a ‘decorative’ feature to a pub wedding.

Not satisfied with having just wedding cake, we drew inspiration from the States and decided to go all out on the sweet things, laying on a spread of macarons, mini cakes, cake pops, cookies, chocolates and sweeties that people could pick at during the evening and fill their favour bags with when they decided to leave. I remember seeing everything laid out and thinking how pretty it all looked and how I would make sure I had a couple of macarons later. Except when I returned to the table later, nearly everything was gone.

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Neither Al nor I are from London originally, but it being the city we now call home, we decided we wanted to get married here. It meant our families had to travel down, but it was great being able to host them for the weekend. And of course most of our friends were delighted: they didn’t have to travel very far and they were able to stagger home at the end of the night.

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“For the wedding breakfast, we put together a playlist of all of our favourite albums and had this playing in the background as we ate. We then enlisted the skills of Nicky from The Wedding Smashers for the rest of the celebrations to play us soul, funk, disco, electro and pop hits from every decade from the 60s onwards. I didn’t sit down once all night! “

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Katharine Peachey from Peachey Photography was there to capture every moment, and we really couldn’t have been in better hands on the day. I had scoured wedding blogs to find a photographer I liked, and couldn’t find anyone who captured people looking relaxed and happy quite as well as Katherine does. I’m pretty sure she didn’t take a single bad picture, and she shot everything on film, which makes her doubly amazing in my book.” …..And mine too Ellie!

Thank you to the gorgeous Ellie and Alex for sharing their lovely relaxed day and to Kathryn for her wonderful photography.

Photography: Peachey Photography / Ceremony: Stoke Newington Town Hall / Reception: The Londesborough Pub / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bridesmaids Dresses: Ghost / Groom’s Outfit: Gieves & Hawkes / Bride’s Hair: Caroline at Brooks & Brooks / Bride’s Make Up: Kristina Gasperas / Flowers: Rebel Rebel / Cake: Fancy Nancy / Macarons: Anges de Sucre / Stationery: Golden Apple Designs / DJ: Wedding Smashers 

Amy + Duncan – An Autumnal Union Club Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Urban

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Amy and Duncan had a beautiful autumnal celebration in October at the magnificent St Bride’s Church followed by a reception at the Union Club in Soho. I love the tradition and spirituality of the poignant ceremony and then the contrast of the day with a more informal reception with friends and family for everyone to let their hair down. Amy said “We didn’t have a vision of what we wanted the day to look like so much as how we wanted it to feel; the ceremony needed to feel momentous – where everyone’s on their best behavior – and then the evening needed to feel the opposite!”.

It’s so nice to see some colour at a wedding too, the fiery red captured in the beautiful photography by Caught The Light lights up the October day and looks stunning across the flowers and the bridesmaids dresses and of course the iconic Red Routemaster bus. A highlight for me is that home baked cakes were served at the end of the service at the Church for guests to help themselves to. Every wedding should have that! I also love all the old photos of the couple as their table names, bet they stirred up some conversation with the guests…

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From Amy, “We chose a city wedding because that’s where we live (and meant we didn’t have to rely on good weather!) but nonetheless wanted all the fun and informality of a country one too, so combined as many little touches that would give us this feeling as we could. Homemade (thanks friends and family) cakes made an appearance in the church after the ceremony, rhubarb cocktails were served as reception welcome drinks, pictures of us as kids numbered our table plans, jars of homemade jam (thanks Mum & Granny!) were used for place settings and loosely arranged flowers kept everything feeling relaxed. Whilst we were upstairs eating dinner, we’d secretly arranged for downstairs to be transformed with balloons, so that once we were back down everyone knew it was time to party.” Love that idea! So nice to give your guests a little surprise on the day and how sweet that they had home made cakes after the ceremony, I think every wedding should include that part!

“We designed and made the save the dates, invitations, place settings and orders of service. This allowed us to have a really consistent look to the whole event. The invitations were made to look like little books and each had a penguin book cover postcard on the front to detach and send back as the RSVP. At the back of the church we had a table of cakes and drinks for people to enjoy while we had our photos. All the cakes had been made by friends and family and this was a really nice way to include people who were not coming to eat with us. The crowning glory was the place settings, which featured pictures of us at ages 1 – 5 to correspond to the table numbers and then individually labelled jars of home-made jam for everyone made by my mum and granny.

Picking the right kind of music was absolutely crucial too and The Wedding Smashers couldn’t have done a better job – you couldn’t get off the dance floor it was so packed! The last minute decision to buy a second dress I could actually dance in totally paid off!

It was honestly the most fun day, ever – I only wish we could do it all again!”

Huge congratulations to Amy and Duncan, thank you for letting me share your day, and beautiful photography by those fabulous ladies at Caught The Light.

Photography: Caught The Light / Ceremony: St Brides / Reception Venue: Union Club / Brides Dress: Blackburn Bridal / Bridesmaids: Warehouse / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Hair + Make Up: Bethany Swan / Flowers: Angel Flowers / Balloons: Balloons of London / DJ: Wedding Smashers / Acoustic: Mario Castronari