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Elegant Destination Wedding At The Oyster Shed

I’m not going to lie to you, this wedding is perfect. That’s right, the ideal celebration captured by the one and only Kathryn Hopkins Photography. For any party that is punctuated with the Bride wearing Stella York is one we’re bound to take note of, and we’ve got it all waiting for you to see in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…Andy and I met when we were both working for the charity Age UK. We were both part of the charity softball team and met at the first practice of the season. After a couple months of knowing each other Andy moved to Brixton where I was also living at the time and the rest, as they say, is history.

Andy proposed in India when we were on a two week trip last year. Apparently he thought proposing at sunset on a beach in Goa was too cliché, so instead decided to propose in Munnar in our hotel room, as the mist descended and monsoon rains appeared! He didn’t have the ring with him (travel insurance woes) so a temporary ring had to suffice. He even went to the effort to film a congratulations video from my family and friends to show me after the proposal. However, we had some technical difficulties and the hotel’s wifi was really weak so we had to hop in a rickshaw to the town nearby where I say in an internet café with Indian music blaring, headphones on, listening to my nearest and dearest wishing us all the best. And I wouldn’t have had the proposal any other way.

My dress was the second one I tried on. My maid of honor was living in Crystal Palace at the time and had occasionally walked past a bridal shop (Love Bridal) so we gave that a go. They are absolutely lovely, there’s no pressured whatsoever and they really listen to what you want. I didn’t have much thought about what I wanted my dress to look like so Julie (MOH) and I decided the first three I was going to try on by the names of the dresses. Julie has close links with Australia and one of the dresses was called ‘Kylie’ so it made the top three. It turned out to be the one.

I wanted something simple yet stylish that suited my frame. I loved the back of my dress, for us girls that don’t have a size able chest it’s nice being able to make a statement at the back! I wasn’t going to have a veil but it made me feel so ‘bride like’ it was a must.

Jewelry was kept to a minimum because of the style of the dress but I had a ring that was my great grandmother’s (something old) a bracelet from Andy’s mum (something borrowed) and Andy surprised me with pearl earrings from Tiffany and Co for my wedding gift!

We knew from the start that we wanted a London wedding. We both live in London and love it, so couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. We struggled at first to find somewhere that really suited what we wanted. At first we were looking for an all in one but everything we found was a bit too formal.

The Oyster Shed where we had our reception is just amazing. The location is ideal – right on the river with a brilliant view of the Shard. It’s normally closed on a weekend because it’s in the city so there aren’t a lot of people about at the weekends so they only open for private hire. It’s very London but with a nautical twist!

The great thing about the Oyster Shed is that it already has so much character. There’s lots of different colours and knick knacks that we didn’t really need to add much else as it would take away from the charm of the venue. What we loved as well were the rustic tables with mismatched chairs – we’re not formal people so the set-up really suited us. In the end we added a little bit of bunting, some photos of our grandparents on their wedding days (as they have all sadly passed away) and that was really it! I did have to have my US mailbox for our cards as a nod to my US heritage.

Ultimately, we wanted a relaxed day and the Oyster Shed really helps with that. Everything is in one room, but with enough space for people to spread out – people could be dancing the night away or relaxing on one of the leather sofas while all the while having a truly spectacular London backdrop behind them.

 

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Photography: Kathryn Hopkins Photography | Floral Design: The Flower Bird | Wedding Dress: Stella York | Cake: French Made London | Ceremony Venue: Islington Town Hall - The Council Chamber | Reception Venue: The Oyster Shed | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monsoon | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jolie Moi | Catering: The Oyster Shed | Hair: Amanda Tironi | Band: The Copper Roads | Groomsmen Attire: Next | Transportation: Timebus Travel | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: House Of Fraser | Earrings: Tiffany | Getting Ready Venue: Russell Hotel | Hair Accessories & Veil: Love Bridal

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Elegant Winter Wedding in London

David Jenkins and Reel Love Films have officially delivered winter wedding goodness. For this London celebration is truly a gem and one that we honest-to-goodness treasure. A classic, intimate ceremony that took place next to Buckingham palace, this celebration could easily pass for royalty. From the Contemporary Art setting to the Bride’s something blue Manolo’s, we’ve got it all waiting in THE VAULT!

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From David JenkinsA beautiful classic intimate wedding taking place next to Buckingham palace at the Institute of Contemporary Art on Londons’ stunning Mall. The portraits took place on Horse-guards parade. Zoe opted for a wonderful Pronovias dress with eye catching blue Manolo Blahnik shoes. Both Nathan and Zoe design fashion for the UK, for leading designer Paul Smith and Nathan even designed his own shoes, so the outfits were of paramount importance. The overall feel was intimate, elegant and full of emotion. Nathan walked to the art gallery venue in the morning via Trafalgar square where his hotel was situated. Zoe arrived in a classic London black cab. The white walled venue offered them an intimate, contemporary space with the understated pastel floral design and atmospheric lighting really coming to the fore and allowing them and their family and friends to fully relax and immerse in the occasion.

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Photography: David Jenkins | Cinematography: Reel Love Films | Floral Design: Gail Smith Flowers | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Abigail Bloom | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Makeup: Kristina Gasperas | Calligraphy: Lamplighter London | Groom's Attire: Paul Smith | Venue: The Institute Of Contemporary Art, London

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Lavish London Wedding Full of Glamour at The Dorchester Hotel

Let’s count a few of the reasons London is fabulous. First, Kate Middleton and her precious children (I mean, Prince George’s cheeks). Second, the accents (enough said). Third? This drop-dead-gorgeous dream wedding. The stunning Bride and Groom, the beautiful flowers, the over-the-top glam Dorchester Hotel reception and photos from Jacob And Pauline Photography combine to create the ultimate fairytale day. See all the magic in THE VAULT!

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From Jacob And Pauline PhotographyLondon is peppered with iconic hotels, but none quite so opulent as the Dorchester. Ijay and Tolu chose the London landmark to host their friends and family for an unforgettable day spilling over with lavish touches and relaxed elegance. Ijay looked exquisite in a dress reminiscent of silver-screen sirens of yesteryear, with an effervescent veil and gorgeous hairpiece. She arrived at the church in a snowy-white Rolls Royce, just one of the many luxurious additions to this wedding!

The ceremony itself was held in a local church, which as you can see, provided a perfectly simple backdrop for our photos with its bright ambience and soaring stained glass windows – offset by the warm hints of pink in the traditional dresses worn by the female guests, which we loved! The ceremony was two hours of incredible singing and energy, everyone there was just swelling with happiness for Ijay and Tolu, and they could not have looked more thrilled.

As wedding photographers, we often feel guilty stealing the couple away for photos, but Ijay and Tolu were so laid back and true naturals in front of the camera – we took them to one of our favourite spots in Knightsbridge and were blown away by how comfortable they were in the light of our lens – it was as if we were shooting two models!

Our next stop was the Dorchester’s sumptuous ballroom, which looked absolutely stunning with décor by Planned2Perfection and decadent floral arrangements by NB Flowers giving a breath-taking finish. It was without a doubt one of the most beautifully arranged rooms we have seen yet, with a towering, intricate cake as the centerpiece.

There was so much love at this wedding – from the emotional speeches which even got the groom wiping away a tear – to the spine-tingling moment when the bride danced with her father under a canopy of falling confetti, fluttering through the spotlights – such a magical moment!

We borrowed Ijay and Tolu to photograph them on the terrace with its sweeping views across the London skyline. Again, we were struck by how natural they were – we didn’t have to direct them at all, just capture the love that they so obviously hold for each other.

It was a long 12 hour day for us, but Ijay and Tolu were such a pleasure to work with that that the time flew by. Their kind and positive natures warmed up the cloudy London sky that day!

Photography: Jacob And Pauline Photography | Event Planning: Planned2perfection | Floral Design: Nbflowers | Cake: Sweet Hollywood | Stationery: HipTwist | Makeup: Joy Adenuga | Band: Segun Gilbert | Venue: The Dorchester Hotel | Desserts: Sweet Hollywood | Event Decor: Planned2perfection

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