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Joanna + David – Geometric Elegance – Horniman Museum Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Modern

Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich

As a resident of London it’s so easy to forget the charms that the city has to offer. But it really does, it’s bursting with amazing architecture, culture, spaces, people and things to see and do so it’s no wonder it is often a choice for destination weddings, which I love to showcase here on the blog. This city brings together couples and it’s so lovely to see them choose to celebrate here, as Joanna and David did…

Joanna and David found themselves choosing the capital for their own special day as a benchmark in their life together. “When we decided to get married, the first question was, ‘where?’. David is from Chile, and we lived there together for a few years, so obviously that was one option – all of his family, and lots of our friends, are over there. I’m Irish, and my immediate family are in the Isle of Man, so that was another option. In the end we decided on London, because it’s where our life is right now (we’ve lived here for three years), we love the city and for people travelling, it was easily accessible. Lots of friends and loved ones, including David’s dad, uncle and grandparents, couldn’t travel to be with us on the day, but we hope to get back to Chile soon for another celebration! We were in awe of everyone who did travel, including my friend Paul from Australia and David’s friends from Barcelona, whose new baby Maia was born only three weeks before.”

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Joanna and David managed to find the perfect location – the green space that they wanted in the city that they loved. “My granny’s schoolfriend lives around the corner from the Horniman, and she has been involved with the Museum for many years. It was through her that we first visited the Conservatory – she was exhibiting her artwork in an annual show there, and we went along to see her. When we got engaged a year later, and saw that it was possible to get married there (and that it was available on our preferred date!) it seemed like fate: we wanted to get married in London, but we also wanted ‘a bit of green’, and the Conservatory really delivered.”

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Joanna and David chose to have a humanist ceremony, which included short ‘secret’ pieces that they each wrote to each other  which were read out during the ceremony. Having such personal input into this part of the day meant it was truly the most memorable for them both. “We put a lot of thought into it, guided by our Humanist Celebrant, Barbara, and the end result was something that meant an awful lot to us, and hopefully to our family and friends. Our two brothers did the readings: Scaffolding, by Seamus Heaney (in English, read by my brother) and The Art of Marriage, by Wilferd Peterson (in Spanish, read by David’s brother). In planning the ceremony, we talked a lot to Barbara about why we wanted to get married, and she incorporated our thoughts beautifully into her words in the ceremony. We each wrote a short piece about each other, which was to be a ‘secret’ until the wedding day – Barbara read my words about David, and Juan, my cousin’s partner, read David’s words about me in Spanish.” 

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There are so many lovely details throughout Joanna and David’s day, and I love how the geometric element was elegantly translated from the stationery by their talented friend, to the fabulous cake by Olofson Design and the colours so perfectly in tune in the florals by The Fresh Flower Company. They also managed to incorporate a bit of the Groom’s nationality by choosing the popular Chilean Pisco Sour for cocktails which were whipped up by Andy from Barfly.

“Our caterers, Suzanne and Amanda at Suzanne James were fantastic – really, they were the reason we were able to pull everything together in quite a short space of time. They sorted not only the venue, the food and the staff, all of which were fantastic, but they also recommended our suppliers. 

David works in design and I work as an editor, so we were always going to be tough customers for whoever did our wedding stationery. Luckily, our friend Jon stepped up and developed a concept that ended up inspiring our gorgeous wedding cake. We loved the way the design was bright and modern, the colours vibrant (a key requirement!) and the wording bilingual without being ‘clunky’.

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Anneli our photographer was brilliant, not just for the photos we now have, which we love, but also for the way she just fitted right in on the day – so many of our guests said how lovely she was to be around, and how unobtrusive, and the photos really reflect how relaxed everyone was in her company – that’s a real skill I think. Equally importantly, she made US relaxed – no mean feat, given I shed more than a few tears during the ceremony!”

Joanna looks gorgeous in her simple but elegant fitting dress with beautiful low scoop back detail, and I love the pop of bright from her bouquet against the ivory dress.Charlie Brear was the second of five shops I went to over two days when my mum came over to London, and it was such a lovely experience – the showroom is just beautiful. When I tried on the dress, I really felt like myself in it – I could imagine David loving it, spending the whole day in it (me, not David!), dancing in it… And my mum had a little cry when I came out of the fitting room, which is always a good sign!”

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“We have amazing friends and family who helped pull everything together – friends who travelled from the US hadn’t even been in London for 24 hours before they were put to work on the photo map (which evolved as a way of acknowledging all the people in Chile (and elsewhere) who couldn’t be with us)! 

From the first dance (when some of our friends’ kids joined us!) to the last, the dancefloor was pretty packed all night. We’d asked everyone to suggest a song on their RSVP (‘I promise to get up for a dance to this song…’), and Paul our DJ did a brilliant job of mixing some of the requests with songs that seemed to get everyone going. Our first dance was to Baby, I love you – by The Ronettes. My dad is a massive fan of girl groups from the sixties, so I grew up listening to this sort of music. Luckily David’s also a fan, and I loved dancing to this. We didn’t practice at all – my only request, seconds before we hit the dancefloor, was that he warn me before he spinned me!”

Huge congratulations to Joanna and David on their elegant day full of personality and charm! Looks like such a fun day and so well captured by Anneli, so thank you for sharing this with everyone on London Bride.

Credits: Photography: Anneli Marnovich / Venue: Horniman Museum & Gardens  / Brides Dress: Charlie Brear / Brides Shoes: Harriet Wilde / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Cake: Olofson Design / Catering: Suzanne James / Flowers: The Fresh Flower Company / Cocktails: Barfly / Hair & Make Up: Jaysam & Michael at Jam Deluxe / DJ & Lighting: Paul at Glo Productions / Stationery: Jon Appleyard [friend of couple] / Humanist Celebrant: Barbara Chandler

Amanda + Steve – Bright Sunshine Trinity Buoy Wharf Wedding

WEDDINGS, Urban

Stylish Trinity Buoy Wharf Wedding by Ellie Gillard

Oh the Great British Summer. How it plays with us, one minute dazzling sunshine, the other lashings of rain. However this didn’t seem to affect Amanda and Steve one bit, who had a Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding bursting with sunshine in August, despite the drizzle.

This is a London wedding oozing with modern, urban style from every inch, from the stunning Jesus Peiro dress chosen by the bride, to the sunshine brights of the yellow flowers and the industrial riverside warehouse setting of one of my favourite venues, Trinity Buoy Wharf. The day was photographed by Ellie Gillard who captured the details and moments throughout with such beauty.

“When we first got engaged we set out to create something a bit different, fun, relaxed and boozy of course! We had lived together in London for over 5 years and knew from the start that we had to a London style wedding to reflect our lifestyle and home city. I loved the idea of a warehouse wedding and fell in love with Trinity Buoy Wharf from the moment I saw it. The location set right in the heart of the industrial East London riverside was a perfect backdrop and the views from the terrace are incredible. Our theme was loosely set to incorporate yellow (my favorite colour) with an urban/modern feel.”

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Amanda’s stunning gown is by Jesus Peiro [style 3040] which she purchased from London based bridal boutique Morgan Davies. The dress manages to be both chic and simple but with the added luxurious detail of the floral feather neckline.

“For my dress I wanted something both simple but unusual. It took me a while to find my dress but as soon as I saw Jesus Peiro’s style of dresses I knew he was the perfect designer for what I was looking for. I loved the neckline on my dress with the floral/ feather detail doing all the wow work with the rest of the dress being perfectly simple.”

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With so much choice of where to tie the knot in the capital, it’s great to see couples combining locations and venues and I particularly admire how they chose the tradition of having a Church ceremony at the beautiful St George’s Cathedral before heading to the modern, industrial location of Trinity Buoy Wharf.

This couple also planned to make the most of transporting guests from one location to another with a scenic boat trip on the thames, and despite their original plans being scuppered by the weather, they were still all able to enjoy a ride on the river and London sightseeing!

“Orginally after the ceremony our guests were suppose to walk down to Lambeth Pier to get on to the wedding boat however due to the weather we had to make a last minute booking for a coach transfer in a effort to keep our guests as dry as possible. I had my best friend play an acoustic set while we were on board, it was a great chance to talk to our guests and give them all a bit of a London tour before arriving at our wedding venue.”

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As a wedding planner I undertake thorough research for clients on venues and locations, and I have to say that this is a London hidden gem [maybe not anymore!] that has been really popular amongst stylish London couples. With the riverside location and a space to make your own, it was the perfect choice for Amanda and Steve.

“Our wedding reception took place at Trinity Buoy Wharf, a beautiful Victorian brick warehouse in East London. It’s riverside location and its stunning interior with lots of natural light and beautiful views were amazing.”

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Guests were invited into the blank white space of the venue which was transformed to reflect the couple, with it’s sunny and stylish charm and there were so many  lovely details that the couple put together themselves, including the stationery. And those giant balloons and large light up initial letters set the tone just perfectly!

“We took on a lot of D.I.Y tasks ourselves. We designed and printed all our stationery right from the ‘Save The Date’ to the ‘Thank You’ cards, we loved being able to stamp our own style on to all the design work and be able to do exactly what we wanted. I also made all the flower girls dresses and the page boys bow-ties. I wanted all the kids to wear something bright and unique. I had lots of fun designing them all with the help of my lovely nieces. We brought lots of colour in the venue through the bright yellow table flower arrangements, huge array of pom poms and giant balloons.” 

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How utterly delicious do these Pastel de Natas look, yum! The bride’s family are from Madeira so incorporated the Portuguese tarts instead of a cake as they are a family favourite.

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I adore these portraits of the couple looking wistfully out to the Millennium Dome from the lighthouse! And I had to include this image captured by Ellie of the urban backdrop of Container City.

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The guests were treated to delicious food and cocktails and then took to the dance floor to enjoy a live band performance  – “We have some great friends in the drinks industry who helped us provide our guests with some amazing booze. We had dark and stormy cocktails for our entrance drinks, red and white wine from the Italian Pietmont region and my favourite Cider on tap, Stowford Press – Westons Cider. We had a BBQ in the evening serving Chorizo, sweet peppers and rocket rolls that went down a treat after some hilarious dancing.”

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“We loved our Photographer, Ellie Gillard. From the moment we first got in contact with her to our first dance on our wedding day she was amazing. Always on hand to offer advice, she made us feel so relaxed and comfortable on the camera. Truly beautiful photos.”

Now hasn’t that just brightened up your day? Magical! It certainly did mine! Huge congratulations to the beautiful Amanda and Steve and thanks to their wonderful photographer Ellie Gillard for sharing this sunny wedding with us.

CREDITS: Photography: Ellie Gillard / Ceremony Venue: St George’s Cathedral, Southwark / Reception Venue: Trinity Buoy Wharf, The Chainstore / Boat Transfer: Thames Cruises / Bride’s Dress: Jesus Peiro from Morgan Davies Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Kurt Geiger / Maid of Honour Dress: Les Trois Soeurs / Flower Girls: Created by the bride! / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Hair: Kleins / Flowers: Jemma Lyon / Catering: Hub Bub / Giant Light Up Letters: Vowed & Amazed / Dessert: Pastel de Natas from Madeira Cafe / Band: Apache via Function Central

Marianna + Harry at Stoke Place / Fresh as a daisy

WEDDINGS, Elegant

I am so thrilled to be sharing this fresh as a daisy wedding of Harry and Marianna with you today. It has the magical combination of a gorgeous couple, a stunning venue, an abundance of pretty details and all oh-so-perfectly captured in memorable photographs full of love and laughter.

Harry and Marianna were married in August last year [aw, happy anniversary guys!] at the chic Stoke Place in Berkshire. The picturesque setting is a beautiful backdrop to the relaxed and romantic photography by the wonderful Debs Ivelja.  This is a wedding with style, elegance and a very chic theme throughout. I’m a huge fan of the bride’s choice of accessories which enhance her radiance and the subtle grey and yellow tones are fresh and modern but still timeless.

Marianna says “When we first got engaged, we always knew that we wanted to have a fun, relaxed day surrounded by all our nearest and dearest.

Stoke Place, for us, was the perfect venue; it could accommodate our friends and family and for a large venue it had a relaxed, quirky feel. Not only is the interior lovely, but the grounds are beautiful as well, and as we were lucky enough to be graced with some sun, we all managed to enjoy some time outside on the day.”

“I chose a Lusan Mandongus dress that I had seen and fell in love with it when I tried it on with a beautiful pair of Oscar de la Renta shoes that we hunted down in the sale. My favourite part of my outfit was my Sakura hairpiece by Sara Gabriel. I’m not one for wearing lots of jewellery and so loved the idea of having a hairpiece to accessorise.

On the morning of the wedding, I spent time with my mum and bridesmaids getting ready in the lovely, roomy bridal suite at Stoke Place.  Ivanna, my hairdresser for a few years, worked her magic with my hair, and Amanda Bell did my makeup (which survived the whole day) and suddenly, I was a bride. The day felt so surreal, it was hard to believe after 9 months of planning, endless spreadsheets and glue sticks, the day had finally come and after all our planning we were finally getting married!”

“We chose grey and yellow as our main colours and so the bridesmaids had grey dresses with yellow accessories, and similarly the groomsmen had grey suits with yellow ties and buttonholes. Harry scrubbed up nicely in his one (and only) suit. 

We had a wonderful guitarist play for us during the ceremony, which created a lovely atmosphere.  After the ceremony we all spent time enjoying the grounds of Stoke Place, sheltered from the British summer by the enchanting Raj tent before heading in to enjoy the brilliant food at the wedding dinner.”

“The whole day was captured by Debs Ivelja our beautiful and lovely photographer. Professional and personable, we knew as soon as we met Debs that we wanted her to be our photographer, and she made us feel as comfortable as we could be in front of the camera.”

“Harry works as a graphic designer and we both love things that are visually interesting and stimulating so we wanted the wedding to be bright and full of character. Stoke Place offers a space that is a blank canvas, which allows you to put your own stamp on it.To add personal touches to the day, Harry designed our invitations, and my mum and I spent some time with a glue gun and endless amounts of ribbon putting together a few details and decorations, not only as a money saving element, but to add a splash of colour.

With everything that we had put together, the venue would not have had the same impact without the flowers. We completely trusted Yannick, our florist, and everything that he created was beautiful. He used seasonal flowers in yellows, whites and greens with various textures and shapes, which completely captured everything that we ‘visioned’.”

“In the evening, we had a DJ to liven the night up and encourage some dancing, and to add a little extra entertainment we hired a photo booth. With many formal events to the day, it was nice to have something a little less formal. We got a message book/ photo album at the end of the night for us to keep and our guests got to take double copies home to enjoy. It seemed to be a big hit for the evening and provided me and Harry with some interesting bribery material!”

“The day was an enjoyable blur and we loved every minute of it, however there will always be a few special moments that will always stick in my mind; my dad holding my hand walking down the aisle, mine and Harry’s first kiss as husband and wife and the overwhelming happiness being surrounded by all of our friends and family.

We have almost been married for a year now, and looking back on the day I wouldn’t change a thing.”

I wouldn’t have changed a thing either Marianna! Congratulations, a truly beautiful day, thank you both and also to photographer Debs Ivelja for sharing it with London Bride!

Venue: Stoke Place / Photography: Debs Ivelja / Brides Dress: Lusan Mandongus from Teokath / Bridal Accessories: Hairpiece by Sara Gabriel, Earrings Lagos Jewellery, Shoes Oscar de la Renta / Bridesmaids: J Crew / Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker / Ushers Suits: Moss Bros Hire / Hair: Ivanna at Orao / Make Up: Amanda Bell / Florist: Yannick at Pascal Gabory / Catering: Stoke Place / Cake: Primrose Bakery / Guitarist: Jordan Humber / Marquee: Raj Tent Club / DJ: Mart at Mighty Fine Entertainment / Photobooth: Booth Box