Category Archives: Contemporary Cool
Oh hello gorgeous bride in a short gown. Gabby looks so super sophisticated. I’d love to see more brides in this style of gown. Such a great choice. And she has accessorised it beautifully (look out for the waist sash – yep, she added it herself!)
And the flowers are gorgeous. Such pretty pretty colours. Also loving that Gabby’s maids are her little cousins with mini versions of her bouquet.
Gabby The Bride: Our venue was The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe. We knew that we wanted to have our wedding in London as we both live and work in London and so do many of our friends. Our family were travelling from a number of different locations so we wanted somewhere that everyone could get to. The Swan at the Globe was perfect, the venue had the most amazing views over the Thames and across to St Paul’s from the Balcony room and I loved its unique decor. Another key point for us about the venue was that being on the South Bank of the Thames there was incredible variety in the locations nearby for our photos; the shore of the Thames, the ash trees by the Tate Modern as well as the vibrant advertising hoardings outside the theatre.
My make up was by Siobhon Luckie, who also arranged my hairdresser as well. I wanted quite a natural look as I do not normally wear a lot of make-up. Andrew loves curly hair, so it was important to me to have a romantic wavy look for my hair for the day.… View the full post.
I’ve always loved chic, contemporary city soirees so when I clapped eyes on Mel and Nicoll’s elegant wedding I was more than a little envious.
For a start this sweet duo were married on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh (one of my favourite cities) and you can’t ask for a more elegant beginning than that now can you. They then skipped on over to the Missoni Hotel for their oh so sophisticated wedding reception – so far…so good.
But folks it gets even better…if that’s even possible.
There are flower wands for the smallest maids, beautiful bouquets, a vintage wedding dress and a romantic stroll through Edinburgh’s historical streets.
Come and take a look.
A Family Affair
Mel The Bride: Nicoll and I knew we wanted a small family affair and decided on the registry office in Edinburgh. Its a lovely building on the Royal Mile and when one of the rooms available was the Melbourne Room, we knew it the right choice as I am from Melbourne, Australia! Across the road is the Missoni Hotel. We had our ‘babymoon’ there when I was unable to travel when pregnant and had such a great time it was decided we would have our meal there. All of this took less than an hour!
A Bit Of Serendipity
I think a bit of serendipity happened with the dress. I had been to try on some lovely white wedding dresses, kinda felt nice but not me. One afternoon I popped into a fabulous local vintage shop Those Were The Days.… View the full post.
The dashing duo that is Evy and Steve have long shared a real passion for wine. Where better then to hold their Civil Partnership than at the gorgeous Hotel Du Vin in Poole.
I love so many things about Evy and Steve’s big day that it’s difficult to know where to start. From the exquisite table settings, the sartorial decisions of both grooms (Evy I might have to fight you for your ruby red man bag!), through to the stationery and the Grooms’ Girls, every decision is quite literally the ultimate in sophisticated elegance.
And that’s not even the best bit.
The twosome arranged for all their guests to take part in an actual wine tasting during the Champagne Reception. How immense is that?!
Take it away boys…
Take One Super Stylish Registry Office
We chose the Guildhall in Poole because it is simply the best looking registry office we have ever seen. We didn’t really want a registry office ceremony but when we saw Poole Guildhall we knew it was the right place for us. The building itself is typical Georgian elegance and the beautiful restoration has been done to enhance the original building whilst encompassing its new use. The chandeliers really helped to sell it. The fact that it was also only a short walk from the reception venue also made it a really great choice. We booked a double slot at the Guildhall so that we didn’t have to rush or make way for other parties as we arrived or left the venue which made the whole experience feel much more exclusive and personal.… View the full post.
This is one of my favourite weddings of 2013 so far and this is because of three things: Music… Design… Photography.
Alex and Hayley’s festival themed day centred around the things they loved and it just so happens that I love those things too. As art school graduates they decided to create much of the stationery and decor themselves and as music lovers they decided that their wedding would emulate their favourite music festival “Secret Garden Party“. Their love of photography led them to Anna Clarkes doorstep… Good choice guys!
Hayley the Bride: Alex and I got married on Saturday 26 May 2012 at Plaxtol Church in Plaxtol (strangely enough!) which is a really beautiful village just outside of Sevenoaks in Kent. Alex grew up in the village which is not far from where we live so we thought it would be the perfect place to get married in front of our friends and family. Our reception was held a short drive away at Wise wedding venue.
We met at art uni – I was studying photography and Alex was studying graphic design. We’re both quite creative and wanted this to come across in the decor and the general feel for the day.
Even before we got engaged we had spoken about having a festival style wedding. We love going to festivals and watching live music and Secret Garden Party festival (our favourite) is essentially what we had always spoken about recreating for our wedding one day.
A Secret Garden Party
Girl crush girl crush girl CRUSH!
Bride Roma is just the cutest, and what amazing fashion choices – a W-day gown from Spitalfields Market that was £30 (!) and then changing into an evening gown that she had treated herself to from Matthew Williamson 9 years previously….but never worn.
You see she was waiting for a really special occasion, and what could be more special than the day you say “I Do” to your future life partner?
The venue is truly spectacular too, Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, chosen for its similarities to Roma’s family home and the locality to where Max grew up. They also do amazing food – plenty of detail about menu choices included in the text folks.
And the car?!?! A Mercedes 300 SEL in turquoise blue…..I die.
Roma The Bride:My husband lived on the Farm (which is next to Petersham nurseries) during his 20’s and has spent a lot of his life in the Richmond area so it was important for him to get married in surroundings that held a lot of nostalgia. I have always loved going to Petersham Nurseries, it is so beautiful and a very reminiscent of my family’s home, so it seemed the perfect location for both of us.
They don’t normally do weddings, so for us, it was a true honour to have the privilege indeed!
I used Diana Moar as my hair and make-up artist. Diana was introduced to me by my good friend Resh Patel, Diana looks after Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung.… View the full post.
Erica and Matthew had originally envisaged having a rural barn type wedding. But I have to be honest with you for a moment, I’m really glad they didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good rustic affair, but I love it even more when I’m introduced to a new venue, in a new part of town, one that I’ve never heard of before.
That’s exactly what Trinity Buoy Wharf is to me. It is a compete blank canvas. Essentially an old warehouse with nothing but a lighting rig, electricity and water supply. That’s right folks, not even a toilet!
The ceremony took place at Islington Town Hall and they hired a couple of Routemasters to carriage their guests from there to Trinity Buoy Wharf.
Here is the rest of their story…
A BLank Canvas
Erica The Bride: Though we were both probably naturally drawn to a rural barn type wedding, finding The Chainstore at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London changed all that. Not only is it an amazing space and situation but having it in London, not too far from where we live and a place where there are plenty of options for accommodation seemed to make a lot of sense. The Chainstore is basically a big empty Victorian industrial building with London’s only lighthouse on the end, right on the side of the Thames, looking across the river to the dome. It’s used mainly as a general arts space for exhibitions and performances but it gave us the completely blank canvas we were looking for, plus the bonus of a 2am kicking out time.… View the full post.