I’m guessing there may be a fair few of you gorgeous lot reading this that at some stage during W-day planning have thought “Sod it, let’s just elope”.
Because sometimes it gets all a bit much, the decor details, the spiralling out of control budget, the guest list….and really when it comes down to the black and white nitty gritty it’s really just about two people, completely devoted to each other, vowing to spend the rest of their lives together – forever.
So this Friday morning folks I am sharing with you just that – the very private and intimate elopement of a beautiful bride and groom captured to perfection by Dominique Bader. There are no favours, no fancy cakes or endless reams of home-made bunting for you to take inspiration from I’m afraid. But there is a delicious dress, some to-die-for shoes and more passion and happiness than I can even begin to try and describe.
Prepare to fall in love with love.
A Sky Blue Lining
We got ready at the Town hall apartments and hotels before heading off to Islington Town hall for the ceremony.
My dress was by Lela Rose, spring/ summer 2012 ready to wear collection which I purchased online at net-a-porter. Originally I’d had a beautiful and somewhat traditional ivory dress made for the big day. However, every bride must have at least one disaster and mine was on taking the finished garment to what I thought was a reputable dry-cleaner, it was promptly ruined; brilliant! So after my mild emotional break down, I decided to buy a dress and found this gorgeous deconstructed 50’s style number on net-a-porter. In the end, I much preferred the dress I wore dress to original dress I had made- so I guess every cloud as beautiful-sky-blue-Lela-Rose-lining!
I wanted to keep jewellery to a minium as I find that it can sometimes date an image so I decided to go for classic pearl earrings from Astley Clarke and a very simple bracelet by Iwona Ludyga.
Elegant And Groomed
I’ve always been a heels girl, so couldn’t resist buying these perfect water-snake peep-toe pumps by my favorite shoe designer, Pierre Hardy. For my hair eventually I decided to go for something quite elegant and the girls at my local salon Expressions in hair, Leyton did an amazing job. I also found the best make-up artist ever, Alison Cameron, she’s has such an amazing talent and I’m extremely grateful for the fantastic job she did on my make-up.
Eventually I decided to go for Amnesia roses they always look so beautiful, and the colour seemed to match my shoes! Our local Florist, Flower Power Design on Roman road did an amazing job.
My Husband wore an impeccable made-to-measure suit and bespoke shirt by Saville Row Tailors, Gieves and Hawkes. His shoes where by Paul Smith, and his accessories (tie-clip and cuff-links) by Lanvin.
A Real Romance
We felt that Dominique’s unique take on romantic reportage, was something that really appealed to us as a way of documenting our day. There’s almost an element of the fantastical which overlay the very intimate moments she captures.
We couldn’t be happier with the images Dominique has taken, it was an incredibly special day and to have such an extraordinary talent capture it, is a true honor.
The Right Decision
To any couple who really don’t want to have a the big wedding with all the trimmings, you don’t have too, its possible to create a very special day for just the two of you.
This may not be right foe everybody but, I don’t think we I could have gotten married any other way.
Venue – Islington Town Hall
Brides Dress – Lela Rose at Net A Porter
Brides Earrings – Astley Clark
Shoes – Pierre Hardy
Grooms Suit – Gieves and Hawks
Blooms – Flower Power Design
Photography – Dominique Bader
Who really needs anything else when you’ve got portraits like those?
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