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Goooooood morning all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I believe it had been a bit stormy down south? It was, as per usual, grey and wet up North but it is a good job we have this glorious wedding to see us through a miserable Monday! Kate and Camilla look ah-mazing (and ridiculously in love). They know how to rock a wedding that is for sure. Check out the McQueen heels. Oooph.

Photography by Laura Babb

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Photographer – Laura Babb of Babb Photo. Laura was amazingly supportive and excited at our ideas. She was also really open to being part of a queer lesbian wedding, which was really important to us.

Venue – Bistroteque, a quintessentially minimalist east London restaurant in a converted warehouse. The food is modern but not, and the wine list substantial. We felt it was our kind of place, had exceptional service from the tasting afternoon through to the actual day they were amazing!

Dresses – Camilla was clear on wanting to wear a suit, something that made her feel sexy and feminine. We found this suit while on holiday in Australia and liked that it linked the wedding to Australia, where Kate is from. Camilla wore a sharp, sexy fluorescent suit from Australia designers Camilla and Marc.

Kate struggled with finding a dress. She initially wanted the whole wedding dress experience, but with her friends in Australia it wasn’t such an easy task. She was also quite clear she didn’t want a “traditional white wedding dress”/  A shopping trip to Harvey Nichols with her English stylist by her side proved the day she wanted with two possible choices. She chose the more dramatic green. Kate wore an elegant dress from Hugo Boss with Alexander McQueen heels and a black bespoke hair piece from Australian bridal accessories designer, Percy Handmade.

Flowers – A trip to Vauxhall Flower Market for inspiration resulted in 6 dozen roses for the heart ritual;1 2 burgundy roses for Kate’s bouquet; assorted wild flowers for the tables. Kate and her best friend spent the days leading up to the wedding arranging the flowers in recycled glass milk bottles….The bathroom resembled a florist.

Decor/theme –  We were really attracted to the urban minimalist design of Bistrotheque. We also liked the idea of urban simplicity, and used recycled brown paper as our theme from the invitations though to the table decorations and favors

Cake – We didn’t have a cake as we had designed a menu to include individual deserts and preferred the idea of cheese boards instead of additional sweets. We did however like cakes from The Tartelettes 

Honeymoon – We went to Cuba. Neither of us are very good at holidays and prefer the experience of travelling to both see and experience a place and it’s people. Cuba provided us with all of this, and was certainly an adventure. However it didn’t allow us the space to be a couple or have the intimate romantic experience of a honeymoon, which on reflection we would have liked.

Advice for couples currently planning – Try to have your speeches filmed – there’s so much to take in on the day and these are truly beautiful to revisit

We liked the intimacy of having a small wedding enabling us to spend time with all our guests. We loved having the presence of little people celebrating with us and being part of our queer wedding.

Don’t get caught up in the hype of what a wedding is supposed to look like / feel like / be like and try to remain true to the spirit that is yours

 

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