Marie and Liam were married at Mayfair Library, followed by a reception upstairs at The Lodge, East Dulwich Tavern in London. A route-master took us all to the pub, the plan was a lovely scenic route for all of their out of town guests to enjoy, but, London did not comply, with road closures, however, we still saw quite a lot and enjoyed a hair-raising twenty-point turn when the bus went down a road far too narrow to accommodate it.

The whole vibe of this wedding was very 40s/50s, it was very intimate with just family and close friends, it was very low key, personal and heartfelt…it felt a little like this is more what weddings would have been like for our parents/grandparents.

I’m going to gush about Marie’s dress for a moment – she made it herself! Yes, Marie made this super beautiful dress and it has sleeves! I love a wedding dress with sleeves – do you think when I get married Marie will make my dress too?! Marie also made their gorgeous wedding cake. Her and her bridesmaids put together their own bouquets and made one of the bridesmaid dresses. The evening music was played by one of Marie and Liam’s friends and it was just perfect – their first dance was a lovely acoustic version of More Than Words.

I like to think that I’m getting better at holding back the tears at weddings nowadays, but, Marie’s speech broke any resolve I might have had! I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place, Marie managed to perfectly convey just how much she loves Liam, talking about the butterflies she had when she used to get the bus to see him as a teenager and how she feels just the same now. Marie and Liam have the kind of relationship we can all aspire to and wish them all the happiness for the future.

 

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Brace yourself for a gorgeous wedding at the amazing Devonshire Terrace in London!

The first thing you should probably know is that Gemma is a wedding photographer. I knew I was going to love Gemma and Gary instantly, not only did Gemma and I bond immediately over wedding photography (and how often we have to crop out Fire Exit signs…!), but, they brought their adorable dog along to the pub to meet me! With her expert wedding knowledge, Gemma included a plethora of wonderful details in the day. This included some beautiful acoustic music from Articulate Music wandering around the reception; and singing waiters serenading the guests at the end of the meal. Oh and a surprise choreographed bridal party first dance to Uptown Funk and bubbles instead of confetti. Gemma left a little surprise for Gary in the pub before their ceremony – a cardboard cut out of Stone Cold Steve Austin, with a little note around his neck informing Gary of a surprise inscription on the inside of his wedding ring.

This wedding was in one of the most amazing venues I’ve had the joy of working at – Devonshire Terrace in London. It is just stunning, you can see the Gherkin perfectly framed through the glass roof and this just gets even more special as the sun goes down. Then to top it all, Gemma and Gary covered the place in gorgeous decorations, including paper lanterns and lights from Stress Free Hire and beautiful flowers from Spinney Cottage Flowers.

 

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Hannah and her bridesmaids got ready at Town Hall Hotel in East London, it is a gorgeous hotel. I had so much fun watching everyone get ready, complete with lots of M&S treats and some of the most diligent aisle-walking practice I’ve ever witnessed.

Islington is one of my favourite places in London and this was the first time I’ve had the chance to work at Islington Town Hall, it’s just beautiful, as was Hannah and Dave’s ceremony. There were many tears and mid-way through, a surprise sing along involving all the guests. Pretty perfect!

Hannah and Dave’s reception was at The Albion in Islington and it had a lovely summer evening feel, the meal was set up outside and speeches were held under a tree lined with twinkling lights as the sun went down. I don’t really need to say much more as the photos speak for themselves.

I had such an amazing day getting to know everyone at this wedding and I wish Hannah and Dave all the best for their future together. I’m also covering Freya’s (the maid of honour) wedding next year and I’m very much looking forward to seeing lots of familiar, happy faces again when summer rolls around.

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