Well this mornings wedding is an absolute beauty! I really do love my job so much, especially when I get to share special days such as this. Charlotte and Sean wanted a timeless traditional wedding with a London feel and they have definitely achieved that, Julie’s photography captured their day beautifully.
photography | Julie Michaelson
My husband is Australian but we met in London just over 9 years ago, we work in London, made our first home together here and subsequently bought our first house here. So for us it felt like the natural decision to get married in London. A central London wedding was also different to the many other weddings we’ve been to over the years and doing something slightly unique really appealed to us (plus we thought London would be fairly (!) convenient for the Australian friends and family travelling over for our wedding.
We chose a Church in Chelsea, just over the bridge from our first flat in Clapham and a reception venue in Green Park, around the corner from where Sean works. Both the Church and the reception venue were classic and elegant, epitomised the style of London and captured the feel we were looking for.
I am lucky enough to know Julie from University and have followed her journey to becoming such a successful wedding photographer with much admiration and pride. As well as being one of the nicest people you could meet she is also incredibly talented and takes beautiful photographs. Having photos taken on your wedding day is a very personal experience and we wanted a photographer who would put us completely at ease. I was so pleased to have Julie there on the day with us and we couldn’t have been happier with her wonderful photos which we will treasure forever.
Groom & Ushers: www.yardsmen.com
Yardsmen was recommended to Sean by one of his ushers and he was really impressed with their style and quality. He went for a light yellow waistcoat and chose grey for his ushers. Handkerchiefs and ties from Charles Tyrwhitt.
Groom & Ushers: www.yardsmen.com
Totally opposite to my choice of having a single bridesmaid, Sean ended up with 7 (!!) ushers but the contrast worked nicely on the day. Groomsmen outfits were also from Yardsmen and they all scrubbed up very nicely.
Bride’s Hairpiece: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueSkyHorizons
I didn’t feel a veil was for me so instead I chose a beautiful handmade head piece from Etsy which complimented the style of my dress.
Bride’s hair /makeup
Lauren Buckley make-up artist – I met Lauren when travelling in Australia over 10 years ago and have kept in touch via social media. She’s a great make-up and hair artist and I was so thrilled that she was available on the day – she had been living and working in the Caymen Islands and was moving to Ibiza but she was able to coincided her trip back to London with my wedding date. The first thing my husband said to me in Church as I had walked down the aisle was ‘your hair and make-up look amazing.’ Lauren was just brilliant and I loved spending the morning of my wedding with her – I wish she could do my hair and make-up every day.
Bride’s Gown: Halfpenny London – Violet dress
My dress was from Kate Halfpenny and I ended up buying the first dress I tried on! I loved everything about the Halfpenny experience – Izie and Marilyne were so friendly and helpful, it was a very relaxed atmosphere and I fell in love with the dresses instantly. The Violet dress was floaty, with an edge of vintage. I felt so comfortable in it but also felt incredibly special. It couldn’t have been more perfect for me – I’m quite petite and so didn’t want a dress that would swamp me – I loved the the delicate lace over the slip, the buttons at the back and the dropped waist in particular.
Too many to mention all but probably seeing Sean for the first time in Church and saying I do to the man I have loved for 9 years. It felt hugely significant and very emotional.
Bridesmaid Dress: Needle and Thread
In the style of Kate Middleton I decided just to have my sister as my bridesmaid. As well as being elegant and classic I also wanted an air of simplicity for the day. We spent a while looking at different styles before we came across the needle and thread dress on net-a-porter which stood out with its sparkling beading.
Liz at Blue Sky flowers was a recommended supplier at Dartmouth House and I had also seen on social media that she had worked with Julie. When I spoke to her she stood out from other florists as she seemed to know exactly what I wanted (even thought I didn’t have much of an idea myself). I gave her a very rough brief/color palette and her ideas and enthusiasm were very inspiring. I also visited the flower market with her a few weeks prior to the wedding which was great to see the range of colors and flowers available and to bring some reality to ideas. On the day Liz, helped by her colleague The Flower Bird, delivered such beautiful arrangements.
I saw a Konditor & Cook cake on a pin interest site and loved the simple elegance. Having worked around the corner from one of their stores for several years I knew their cakes would be delicious. We went for a mix of flavors – lemon on one tier and curly whirly on the others with cream cheese icing.
Vo Stationery. Recommended by Dartmouth House – we went for one of their classic designs which tied in nicely with our colour scheme.
Pop London via Tailored Entertainment
A truly fab band – we had so many complements. I loved the fact they had two singers, loved their style and their set list. Our guests were all on the dance floor and calling for an encore at the end which they generously obliged.
My mum grew up in Italy with her family and her side of the family all speak Italian and are very fond of all things Italy. We gave our guests Bomboniere, (sugar coated almonds). The five almonds symbolise five wishes for the sposi: health, wealth, fertility, happiness and longevity.
The beautiful Seychelles. Most of our long haul trips have been going back to Australia and we had never done the far-flung luxury beach holiday together and thought this was the perfect time. The Seychelles were stunning – we divided our time between two islands, Mahe and Praslin and enjoyed lazy days swimming, sleeping, eating and some amazing diving.
Don’t stress and remember to enjoy being engaged. I decided to organise one big thing a month (book band, flowers, bus etc.). The last few weeks in the run-up were busy but everything will come together on the day.
Where did you find your inspiration? Instagram, social media and pin-interest but also by trying to put my own stamp on the day.
And a little note from Julie the photographer:
I wanted to send one of my weddings to be featured by the SYGM team because Phoebe and her team stand out as a blog who can really see the heart in a wedding, focusing not just on the details and the pretty (although they do feature ALOT of pretty) but also on the story behind the wedding, the people, the love, the essence of a wedding day. It also doesn’t help that I feel like I know Phoebe personally from her weekly edit blog posts which I read religiously (and despite living online because of my job) there are very few people I follow this religiously, I love the way she writes, honest, open yet with a dry wit which often makes me laugh out loud and want to go for a gin with her….Thank you for featuring this wedding, it was one of my favourites from this year!