Morning all! The weather in this wedding is reflecting the current state of affairs in Leeds, I however do not look nearly as gorgeous Laura. They planned their wedding in nine months, Laura wore a preloved dress, and their venue was beautiful typical London pub. Laura Babb has such a great eye, not only are her photos wonderful, she makes the most simple, day to day items or locations look fascinating. She is also super lovely. Charlie is a self confessed geek and created a lot of the stationery and signage for the wedding, they also have their own site if you would like a look!
Laura Babb took the photos for us. She represented the day wonderfully. We’re very lucky to have such special moments captured forever so beautifully.
We were in Berlin for a surprise weekend for Laura’s birthday – Laura had some wedding ‘sites’ noted and we checked out their photographer recommendations. We were instantly impressed by Laura Babb’s work – We love her style, both quirky and at the same time capturing a “story” in each shot.
The bridesmaids are internationally based so we went with J Crew to keep our sanity 🙂
The suits were bought from Moss Bros, their website was by far the easiest to use for buying suits in different sizes.
Ceremony – Charlie was originally from out of London, and Camden was always one of the places he loved coming to. Laura looked at a whole load of ceremony venues in Camden, someone we knew mentioned the town hall and their huge marble staircase. We saw it online and fell in love with it straight away. We weren’t sure about “U” shaped tiered seating in the council chamber, but everyone felt really close and it was great!
Reception – We were blown away with how helpful The Prince Albert staff were, they wanted to do as much as they could to take the load off on the day, and their pro-activeness and attention to detail was superb – all the while remaining very relaxed. They also source their food locally and seasonally, which was really important to us.
We had plants instead of flowers at the venue – They came from a charity called “Cultivate London”. They are a charity who transform derelict sites in the west of the capital into market gardens growing sustainable plants and vegetables for sale at farmers market/independent shops. They also run apprenticeship programmes for unemployed youths, leading to horticultural skills/qualifications for careers in gardening. Using them meant flowers weren’t ‘wasted’, and they all perennials that could be re-planted!
The bouquets were made by Laura and Charlie’s mum! They got the flowers and worked out how to do it together – the results were great.
Tomato and mozzarella tart with watercress salad and balsamic dressing
Shredded duck, carrot, spring onion with ginger, coriander and sweet soy dressing
Salmon tartare with pickled cucumber and coriander dressing
Spinach and ricotta tagliatelle
Braised short ribs of beef, horseradish mash and curly kale
Fillet of hake, samphire rosti, cockles, poached duck egg, hollandaise sauce and pea shoots
And the wedding cake?
The wedding cake was made by Laura’s cousin, Asher. He’s one of the head chefs for Gail’s Bakeries and he created an insanely beautiful gluten free carrot cake (so Laura could enjoy it too!)
In the evening we had a band called “The In Laws”, they were really great to work with and we were introduced to them through a friend. They put a great set list together for us and were absolutely brilliant. They had a DJ who they worked with that provided the music after the band had finished – he was also incredible and was mixing up a great selection of music that kept people dancing for hours. There was a huge amount of talent between them!