Good morning, can you believe we are in to November? This is how cool I am, I set a reminder on my phone that the Christmas24 channel is back on November 1st. I already have 6 films stored from the weekend. Does anyone else use November as an excuse to get excited about Christmas or do you keep it strictly to December?
If you are a long term reader of the blog (thank you kindly to you) you will know how much I adore Laura Babb’s work. Her eye is like no other, throw her in to a city situation and she outshines herself, add a wedding and the result is always so gorgeous. Visually, London is my favourite city and I think it makes the most spectacular backdrop for a wedding. Chrissy looks beautiful in her Justin Alexander gown and Henry looks exceptionally dapper in his Paul Smith suit.
Justin Alexander dress bought from Angelica Bridal in Islington. I loved the neckline and the lace. I had planned to wear something short and completely different but once I tried this on, I had to have it.
The shoes were gold platform court shoes from LK Bennett. I wore them from 10am until 3.30am and they were amazingly comfortable!
Our joint favourite moment was taking a step back together to take in all our friends and family enjoying and dancing the night away… after that it would be walking though Soho in the early hours back to the hotel, hand in hand, and in the rain as husband and wife.
Suit – Paul Smith
Shoes- Grenson brogues
We both chose Century after seeing only two other venues. The mood, the lighting, the gorgeous bars (and killer cocktail lists) made it an easy choice! Henry also had received a recommendation from a friend who got married at Century a few years before… decision was a no brainer!
More importantly, we really wanted a “city” feel vibe and the amazing location meant that we were able to capture this- the hustle of theatre land and Chinatown on one end, and Soho on the other side!
Sadie Rose (shop located in Islington) is a friend of the bride. Sadie was great in helping us work out what colours to use for the day that would go well with the ivory gold bridal dress. We kept to flowers and colours that were in season- cherry brandy roses, white roses, and deep red dahlias.
We didn’t have a theme going into the planning of the wedding, we tried to keep things simple and paired back. We did end up organising a pretty swish city wedding which showed us how much we love London and a busy city life! A red bus, a black cab and a centrally located venue showed this off! Our favourite photo is us crossing the busy Shaftsbury Avenue with a cab passing us and with Chinatown shops signs in the background. We knew an October wedding would mean chilly temperatures (and possibly rain!) so we injected colour with some bright flowers.
Babb Photo – We found Laura via a google search and arranged a meeting. We met Laura after seeing two other photographers and it was clear from the introductions that we had met our photographer. Cool and calm, she was the dream choice and was absolutely amazing on the day. Delivered service with a smile and the end products show off her flair and talent.
We wanted lots of cake… why have one when you have three amazing baker friends offer to make you cake? One friend made incredible Cupcakes with our favourite flavourings ( carrot, coffee and a berry mix), another baker friend made a cake of two halves- one with chocolate and one half without ( Henry is allergic to chocolate) and family friend Xenia made our coloured tiered wedding cake!
DJ covered by the venue- a great eclectic mix of music that our guest loved. We also hired a photobooth (a last minute decision by Henry which made the night!) we used The Mighty Booth who offered incredible service. They created a keep safe book with copies of everyone’s photos from the book- genius! The best token from the night!
- Work out what is most important to you both on the day and have those elements as priorities. As long as you nail those, you’ll both be happy.
- Don’t leave booking a DJ/band at the last minute… we did that and it was quite stressful! In fact don’t leave anything last minute, make a list and work through it quickly, that way you’ll both be much calmer on the week leading up to the big day!
- Invest in the photography- it was the advice given to us by friends which we took and we are so happy we did. We still look at our photos on a weekly basis to relive the day.
- There can never be too much food at a wedding. Canapés? Get as many as you can, they will get eaten!