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Whimsical + Colorful London Gallery Wedding

Spring is officially here m’dears, and this next pastel pretty? Well, it’s the perfect warm welcome for a long-awaited season. After nine years, this pair put together one sunny affair filled with vibrant Fairy Nuff Flowers and whimsical bunny accents. From the hanging florals to the forestry themed favors, every detail is filled with classic color and Caught The Light captured it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… It was over eleven years ago when Allan and I met at university (I was trying to find the ladies’ toilets in the student union!) We were friends first, then flat mates and one day a more amorous relationship then blossomed over a Dawson’s Creek marathon….(don’t ask!)

Seven years later and Allan proposed on a trip to Australia. On the first night in Sydney, he took me out to the Sydney Opera House and projected a home-made video onto it, which animated our relationship through its seven years. It ended with Allan on one knee; with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the twilight sky bearing witness to our happy tears.

We were engaged for almost two years so we had plenty of time to plan for our summer wedding, which was a good thing given I was never one of those girls who grew up with a vision of their “dream wedding”. The dress alone took almost 6 months to find, but I finally found “the one” at Morgan Davies – a Kobus Dippenaar number with a beautiful lace appliqué top and intricate lace straps, and a simple silk skirt that was easy to move around in – I wanted something I could not only dance in, but also go to the bathroom by myself in!

As we had met at a London university and had lived in London all our lives, we had to have a London wedding! The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) was the perfect choice – it was such a bright, light contemporary space with beautiful balconies that had views of St James Park, the London Eye and Big Ben. They also have in-house caterers, Peyton and Byrne, who created a delicious wedding breakfast for us, which included seared scallops, juicy pork belly and the most salivating coconut marshmallow brownie.

Allan was definitely an equal partner in the planning – he designed the save the dates, invitations, table plan and order of service. He also crafted two lit up “A” signs out of foamboard that formed our main mantelpiece décor in the wedding breakfast room. Who says accountants aren’t creative?

We had two wedding favors for our lovely friends and family – chocolate Lindt bunnies (which went with our loose forestry theme) and vinyl style CDs that we made which included our wedding music, meaningful songs to us and songs that encapsulated the hen do and stag do (if you haven’t already heard it, Youtube “Channing Tatum & Jamie Foxx – I wanna”!)

We were inspired by hanging flower displays we’d seen on Pinterest and worked with the amazing Steph from FairyNuff Flowers to create one as the backdrop for our ceremony room. As the ICA was such an open light space, we wanted bright flowers to bring a bit of color to the day. We used animal vases from our living room as part of our centre pieces, along with old vintage books we spent months picking from old book stores – each had some relevance to us or to the group of friends on that table.

We chose two songs for our first dance – we started off slow-dancing to Bright Eyes – “First Day of my Life” and then broke into a choreographed routine to Hall & Oates – “You Make My Dreams Come True” that we learnt from a flash mob video from YouTube. It took a few sessions at the gym, but we almost nailed it on the night! Almost!

Allan also surprised me on the night with another video he had made, which he shared with everyone just before we cut the cake. One of my (not so secret) music vices is the band McFly, so whilst Allan was on his stag-do, he and his groomsmen re-created the “Love is Easy” video in Sofia, pink ukulele and heart shaped umbrellas included!

We had a lot of fun planning the wedding (“researching” wines and food/cake tastings were definitely highlights) and we’re so grateful that we had the talented Chloé take our wedding photographs for us – we now have a collection of amazing memories immortalized in her beautiful photos for the rest of our lives.

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Debenhams | Cake Toppers: by Tina Albin | Catering: Peyton & Byrne | Ceremony Venue: The ICA | Dress designer: Kobus Dippenaar | Floral Design: Fairy Nuff Flowers | Groom's Shirt: TM Lewin | Groom's Shoes: Aldo | Groom's Suit: Ted Baker | Groom's bowtie: Debenhams | Groomsmen's Attire: Burton | Hair & Make up artist: Sam Sham | Photography: Caught The Light | Reception Venue: The ICA | Shoes: LK Bennett | Veil: Morgan Davies | Wedding Cake: Bea's of Bloomsbury

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London Summer Wedding at MC Motors

While most ladies dream of Paris, my heart’s always been in London. So this British bash right here made my day. With London Bride orchestrating this “summer in the city” reception and Ever After Press creating paper goodies that literally make me squeal, I knew I was in for a good time. Caught the Light snapped away and we even have a little behind the scenes film by Sandra Ciampone. See more here!

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From Caught the LightThis incredibly cool ‘summer in the city’ wedding reception was held at the unmistakeable MC Motors in London’s Dalston. Working in the city, the couple wanted to make the most of a London wedding and chose a fantastic urban space for their reception.

With the assistance of their creative wedding planner, Charley at London Bride and the bride’s friend, Emily at Ever After Press, the day was personalised with subtle references to the bride’s mediterranean heritage and the couples love of the outdoors. The venue was styled with lots of greenery and floral touches to bring the summer to life inside by Amy at Bo Boutique with olive trees, hanging branches and draped foliage which hung over rustic wooden doors behind the top table. The theme continued through the watercolour paper elements designed by Emily, and their unexpected ‘something blue’ ombre wedding cake which took guests by surprise with it’s colourful sponge!

Delicious canapés and cuisine were provided by Social Pantry along with an Iberian ham carving station for guests to enjoy whilst sipping on refreshing Grapefruit and Cucumber cocktails or homemade lemonade. The couple made an amazing entry to the reception by being driven in their vintage car into the venue to a warm welcome from their guests as they arrived to the jazz sounds of the Swinging Little Big Band.

After the sit-down meal and heartfelt speeches, the evening began with the couples favourite signature cocktails served from a vintage bar cart with personalised napkins and cocktail stirrers and guests were treated to a sweet treat with seasonal macarons in ‘Great British Summer’ flavours such as Pimms and Apple and Elderflower. As the wedding was during the World Cup season, a table-football table was set up and proved to be a great place for the boys to have some fun, then the Wedding Smashers DJs kicked off the evening as the couple took to the dance floor with their choreographed first dance routine to the cheers of their guests.

The night didn’t end there as the couple and their friends decided to carry on the after party with a visit to to their local karaoke bar!

Behind The Scenes Film: Sandra Ciampone | Bride's Headpiece: Custom-Made By Jo Barnes Vintage | Catering: Social Pantry | DJ: The Wedding Smashers | Dress: La Sposa | Florals: Bo Botique | Hair Stylist: Hair By Cassandra | Macarons: Wharf Road Bakery | Make-Up: Make Up By Katy | Photography: Caught The Light | Stationery & Paper Elements: Ever After Press | Swing Band: Swinging Little Big Band | Vintage Hire: Classic Crockery | Wedding Cake: Konditor & Cook | Wedding Planner: Charley Of London Bride | Wedding Venue: MC Motors

Feminine, Floral Filled Garden Wedding Inspiration

Ladies and gents, if you don’t know Amy of Bo Boutique already, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars you landed on this post. Because she has talent like I’ve never seen. She not only whipped up the gorgeous blooms below, but she is also responsible for that gorgeous gown gracing our screens. Amazing, right? Well, thanks to Taylor Barnes Photography‘s stunning images, we can get lost in all the lovely right here

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From Taylor Barnes PhotographyThis inspiration shoot was first inspired by Amy Bowley of Bo Boutique, an up and coming Stylist & Floral Designer here in the UK. She wanted to create an ultra feminine and indulgent shoot with lots of bespoke details, which included making the amazing wedding gown which she created herself.

The gown is made up of layers of tulle in blush pink, white, ivory, cappucino, and grey, layered over blush satin and ivory lace, all of which were tirelessly hand sewn by Amy. The result was a beautiful couture style gown, rich in delicate hues and texture. We thought this shoot would inspire brides to be extravagant with their wedding details making them big, blousey and beautiful!

We went with a romantic and indulgent love affair theme, choosing to set the shoot in the stunning gardens of Hampsted Heath… with a soft pale and in-depth colour palette which allows the pops of floral colour to shine.

Our gorgeous real life couple were the idyllic fit, with Charlotte’s wild blonde locks and Justin’s handsome rugged looks, they made for the picture-perfect characters for our love story!

I photographed the entire shoot on film to capture the intricate and delicate colour palette, and enhance the romanticism of the shoot and the whimsical location.

We really hope you looking through our much loved shoot!

Bridal Accessories: Stephanie Allin | Cake: Let It Be Cake | Cake: Andi Freeman Cakes | Floral Design: Bo Boutique | Gardens: Hampsted Heath | Groom's Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Photography: Taylor Barnes Photography | Stylist: Bo Boutique | Wedding Dress: Bo Boutique

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Behind the Scenes: Maids to Measure

We are all about supporting small businesses around here, and this next one is a true gem! Located in London, England, Maids to Measure is a one stop shop for all things custom bridal party and we’re lovin’ on every inch. With photos from Claire Graham, there’s more where this came from right here. And you might want to hold tight because we’re going behind the scenes!

SMP: Tell us a little about Maids to Measure!
Maids to Measure is a specialist Bridesmaid company that allows brides to come to the studio and design their own dresses!
Alternatively brides can order dresses already designed (and named after the bride) through our website (or through one of our wonderful stockists).

SMP: You’ve designed some of the most uniquely beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen. Where do you get your inspiration?
We’re lucky as its the brides themselves that bring their own inspiration to the appointments and we convert them into dream dresses for their maids, catering for all shapes and sizes.

We’re constantly evolving and always welcome new ideas. We recently launched 6 new colours with Ciate London which have proven very popular (iced frappe, empress, apples & custard, ferris wheel, cookies & cream, regatta).

SMP: What’s it like to run your own dress shop?
There’s never a dull moment! I set up Maids to Measure with my sister India when from our own experience we found their were little options for fashionable bridesmaids. We’d find a dress but not in the right colour of vice versa, with Maids to Measure you can choose any design have it in any colour, size length or fabric etc allowing the girls to create unique dresses.

SMP: What was the turning point in your business where you knew it would really take off?
It started with us working from home, just doing friends weddings and then friends of friends and before we knew it we had random people contacting us, from then it simply snowballed and we knew our idea and concept had legs!

SMP: The most difficult part of entrepreneurship?
Never switching off, I live and breath bridesmaids and I think thats what it takes. Even when Im away I cant relax but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

SMP: One thing you wish you knew when first starting out?
Theres no end, once you have the website done or say the first collection completed you just want to update and change things again, always wanting to improve and better everything constantly.

SMP: Do you have any tips for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps?
You need to be prepared that it becomes your life and you have to be super organised, not just in terms of work but also for a work/life balance. Id be on my laptop 24/7 if I didn’t specifically schedule in lunch/dinner with friends or family, after all its them that have supported us on this journey.

SMP: What’s one thing you’d tell someone who’s hoping to start their own business?
You have to bee passionate about what you’re doing and have 100% conviction that its going to work, any doubts will cause problems down the line. Theres an amazing event by Flourish & Prosper that has some amazing speakers sharing their business stories, which I cant wait for.

SMP: Three things every fashionable woman should have?
Knowledge! of what to spend on (shoes and bags) and what to save on (jeans and jersey), the latest apple product and the confidence to wear what you want, how you want.

SMP: One thing you just can’t live without?
My fiance Andrew!!!

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Maids To Measure | Photography: Claire Graham

Jacquelyn Clark

Chic Summer Wedding in London

Move over Ladies of London, there’s a fab new Brit in town and she comes in the form of a stunning summer wedding captured by Caught The Light. This affair may be indoors but it’s wholeheartedly summer thanks to florals in every shade of sunshine by Hayford & Rhodes and simple details that scream chic. See even more of this light, bright beauty right here.

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From The Bride…Hywel and I met two weeks after I arrived in London, five years ago. I’d just moved over from New York (ostensibly for a year…!) and happened to move into a flat with one of his best friends from university. One day I walked into the living room, saw this gorgeous Brit sitting there, and that was basically it. I was a goner. It took us a couple of months to make it official, but ever since then we’ve been happily living out our little London love story. I work as an account director for a branding & design agency, while Hywel oversees brand partnerships for the men’s health charity, Movember. We got engaged on a Saturday morning, lying in bed:

Me: “What shall we do today?”

Hywel: “Shall we get engaged?”

I’ve never been interested in a big, traditional proposal, so for us it was just right. After crying, laughing, family phone calls and a couple of Bloody Mary’s, we went into town to buy me a wedding ring! That night, we had friends over for a big Italian feast, shared our good news, and basked in the excitement. We got engaged in November, and knew right away we wanted to try to fit in a wedding within the next seven or eight months. Then the panic set in! Thankfully, we found One Marylebone fairly quickly, and once that was booked, everything else fell into place. We were able to give my American friends & family six months’ notice in order to book flights across the pond.

Our wedding planning was definitely a partnership – I was very lucky that my groom has event planning skills and industry contacts in spades! We share a similar aesthetic and are both pretty decisive, so we were able to keep the process moving along pretty quickly. The day itself was just absolutely amazing. It felt like ‘us’, which is exactly what we wanted. I walked down the aisle to The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” on the piano – just hearing the opening bars to the music now make me start to tear up! My grandfather, who is a federal judge in New York, delivered a sort of secular sermon with an incredible presence that moved everyone. Our friend Libby, who introduced us, read “I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)” by E.E. Cummings. Hywel and I also wrote our own vows, which is much less of a thing here in the UK. It was wonderful to commit to each other in a way that was personal to us. I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Another friend, Miranda Heldt, a professional singer, performed the soulful “All over again” by Sharon Jones during the register signing. And then finally, we walked back down the aisle to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder, which was such a fun, unexpected thing for our guests to hear after a heartfelt ceremony. It definitely changed the tone – it was time to party! worked with the lovely Charlotte at Hayford & Rhodes on our flowers. For our ceremony, we chose beautiful silver birch trees for the front of the room. They added drama and a simple, natural feel to the space.

Seasoned Events worked with us to create our menu. Hywel and I love to host dinner parties, and we wanted our wedding to feel like the best one yet. We chose to have antipasti sharing platters to start, which really got people chatting and interacting with each other and the food. We served a delicious chicken breast with summer pea risotto cake and pea puree for the main, followed by truly decadent chocolate fondant. We worked with family friend and wine merchant, Simon Taylor, to choose a subtle Champagne, bright Sauvignon Blanc and yummy Pinot Noir to serve throughout the day. Our beer choice was just as personal: Camden Town Brewery is situated just down the road from our flat, and I’m a Boston girl by birth, so it only made sense to have Sam Adams for both our Yankee & British guests. We placed little cork-topped bottles of Welsh whisky at every guest’s place as name cards. Hywel’s entire family hails from the same area as that particular whisky distillery, and our relationship was definitely cemented over a shared love of neat whisky.

We hired huge light letters (H&L) to transform the space for the evening dancing. It really added fun to a space that is usually so elegant and refined. Plus they look awesome in pictures! Our phenomenal DJ had the dance floor packed from start to finish, and the whole thing just had such a fun & joyful feel to it. Some of our wonderful friends got us a guestbook & Polaroid camera to help us capture moments throughout the day. There are some pretty epic shots and very sweet notes in there.

My advice to every bride is simply to soak it all in. Everyone says it’s important to take a moment, just the two of you, to step away and just look at what’s happening all around you. Hywel and I were able to do that a few times throughout the night, and it was pretty incredible. I also made myself stay very present during the ceremony. It sounds like an obviously or silly thing, but someone once gave me that advice and I found it invaluable. Also, I found wedding morning yoga a really special and calming way to start the day! Oh, and pay as much as you can for a great photographer. It is the best investment you can make! After all, what are you left with after the fact, other than your photos?!

Caterers: Seasoned Events | Ceremony & Reception: One Marylebone | DJ: The Wedding Smashers | Earrings: Gold Tiffany Elsa Peretti | Florist: Hayford & Rhodes | Groom's Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. | Groom's Shirt: Thomas Pink | Groom's Shoes: Stemar | Groom's Suit: Canali | Hair & Make Up: Roseanna Velin | Photography: Caught The Light | Professional Singer: Miranda Heldt | Shoes: LK Bennett | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Evelyn | Wine Merchant: Simon Taylor

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