Bowl Me Away.

Lee Robbins Photography

Another week, another EPIC car. Honestly folks I’m incredibly lucky in that I get to share the most amazing weddings with you and Steph and Andy’s gorgeous contemporary city affair is no exception.

Steph and Andy married on a gloriously sunny day at Stoke Newington Town Hall last year before moving onto their drinks reception at Clissold House and finally their reception & party at Shoreditch House.

Chic, unique and utterly stylish, this wedding is my idea of heaven. Not only is Steph’s dress the perfect balance of whimsy and luxe but she also manages to match her exquisite bouquet to the colour of her wedding transport. I know – immense!

And I haven’t even told you about the bowling yet.

You are going to die when you see what’s in store.

Jenny Packham Aspen Wedding Dress


Steph The Bride: I tried on several vintage dresses before trying on the Aspen by Jenny Packham. It has a gorgeous vintage feel with luxurious embellishment across the waist, a lacy back, capped sleaves and a silk train which I loved!

Cad and the Dandy Wedding Suit

I also chose the Jenny Packham ‘Onda’ headpiece as I loved the way it had hanging diamantes and chains that created movement so that it constantly sparkled! I also wore a simple bracelet and earrings for the finishing touch; the dress had so much detail that I didn’t want to overdo it!

Robbins Photographic wedding photography

I also wore a pair of ivory satin Rachel Simpson shoes. They reminded me of the 1920s with their art-deco inspired t-bars and two-toned fan shaped detail in pale rose suede and metallic champagne leather.

Hollywood Glamour

I opted for Hollywood glamour inspired curls by Anita at Pimps and Pinups. I didn’t want my hair up as I would have felt too formal so just simple curls and my headpiece was the perfect compromise.

Jenny Packham Onda Headpiece

The lovely ladies at MAC did my make up for free!

Scarlet And Violet

Flowers were really important to us and Scarlet & Violet did a truly amazing job!

We wanted relaxed, old fashioned English garden flowers including Roses, Peonies, Delphiniums, Sweet Peas, Hydrangeas which are my favorite flowers, herbs, Waxflowers and seasonal foliages.

Vintage Wedding Car

We chose flowers in pale tones through to deep pinks, lilacs and purples. The tables were decorated with a series of pressed glass vases and bottles of different sizes and shapes that were filled with all the English summer garden flowers named above along with Stocks, Larkspur, Alchemilla and herbs.

Jenny Packham Aspen Dress

We also had candles burning in pressed glass tea lights everywhere to complement the beautiful flowers… that was all we needed on the decor front.

No Fixed Schemes

There was no fixed colour scheme, my older bridesmaid wore a vintage dress, the little one wore a Monsoon dress and the gents wore blue suits.

Shoreditch House Wedding Venue

Andy had his suit made by Cad and the Dandy, it was completely hand-stitched and fitted him like a dream

Laughter And Love

We didn’t want the formality of regular wedding photographers with loads of posed photographs as they always look a bit stiff and odd! I wanted someone that caught moments as they happened.

Robbins Photographic

We chose Lee Robbins and he did an amazing job. It sounds cheesy but he really did catch the laughter and love that filled our day!

No Fruit Cake Here

We had three different cakes from Violet which is a local cake shop where we live in Hackney. We had salted caramel chocolate, Victoria Sponge and carrot cake displayed on vintage cake stands; no fruit cake here!

London Shoreditch Wedding

For favours, we made our own boxes which we filled with old fashioned sweeties, bubbles and rock and name tags which we tied around the boxes with coloured twine (which made for handy name tags later in the night!)

Bowling After Dinner

Our evening entertainment consisted of bowling after dinner, then we had the Blue Attic band who played some classic crowd-pleasers followed by our friend Anthony Coleridge who DJ’d us through the rest of the night!

Shoreditch House Wedding Reception

Our first dance was an Al Green classic – Let’s Stay Together – because it’s just a gorgeous song. If I’m being honest, we wanted La Ritornelle by Sebastien Tellier but it’s a little difficult for a band to perform! So Al was our other choice!

A Big Italian Feast

We didn’t do the whole traditional choose your meal six months prior to the wedding thing! Instead we recommend thinking outside of the traditional culinary box.

Cad and the Dandy Blue Suit

We wanted a big Italian feast instead, so Shoreditch House was perfect as they serve all the food to the tables on huge platters leaving guests to choose what they eat; I completely recommend it.

And mainly… have fun!

Shoreditch House Wedding Reception

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Reception Venue: Shoreditch House
Brides Dress: Jenny Packham
Hair: Pimps And Pinups
Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Flowers: Scarlet And Violet
Groom: Cad And The Dandy
Photography: Robbins Photographic
Cake: Violet
Band: Blue Attic Band

I know. Amazing, right?

So which of you lovely lot have already pinned Steph’s bouquet? I know I have – it’s already proudly preening itself on my floral fantasies board.

Understandably so because it is so gorgeous.

What I really adore about this wedding however is clearly how utterly smitten Andy is with Steph and how deeply she loves him back. It oozes from every photograph, evident in every embrace and glance that they share with one another.

And that’s what it’s all about right there, LOVE.

And folks, that’s all you really need.

All my love Lolly xxx

Author: Lauren Gautier-Ollerenshaw
Lolly is a self-professed frustrated florist and styling maven with an endless passion for all things pretty.

24 thoughts on “Bowl Me Away.

  1. I love the ‘no fixed colour schemes’ approach. I think sometimes it is easy to get hung-up on making dresses and flowers and favours and everything match – when actually an array of colours can be even more striking.

    I am also a sucker for wedding photos in front of a grafitti wall….uber cool! xx

  2. That dress is giving me serious wobbles….Every time I see it I think I should have tried it on. Not sure I would look as good as Steph though x

  3. @Emma I’m also a sucker for wedding photos in front of a graffiti wall! I also love how the paintwork clashes wonderfully with Andy’s tie – it really makes it pop!

    @Lucy good wobbles or bad? Have you bought your dress yet?

  4. Beautiful dress and Steph wears it so well. – oh to have such perky breasts that one could go bra less on the big day!
    And I too love the bouquet. I’ve also pinned the table flowers because they’re so simple and effective.
    Loved this wedding – so relaxed and happy.

  5. Such weddings are for me the modern variant; less stress and enjoy more the event seems to be the leading idea. Anyway I like that the bride was really concerned about her look even though it wasn’t gonna be that walk down the asile so her dress is one amazing one she fits in perfectly. Congrats!

  6. That dress is SPECTACULAR!!! If I could pull it off I so would.

    Also BOWLING…that is immense.

    Love everything about this wedding, as you can probably tell from the overuse of capitals. Looks so much fun and the bride and groom completely smitten, what more could you ask for!


  7. @Tabitha isn’t it! I so wish I had more ‘up there’ so I could pull this kind of dress off – it is to die for!

    @Aimee I love the word scrumptious! What a brilliant way to describe these flowers!

  8. Dear Jenny Packham
    Please stop making such gorgeous wedding dresses – it is not good for my health!

    I do love a gorgeous chic city wedding & this is exactly that!
    The dress, the headpiece, the gorgeous hair, the dapper blue suit, the bowling, the graffiti walls, the pretty flowers – just PERFECT!
    Oh and the car – well now I am properly jealous!!!
    Congrats guys xxx

  9. This is just gorgeous!! Love, love, love the flowers – our colour scheme is also ‘no colour scheme’ so it’s great to see it look so pretty here!!

    Gorgeous dress and sparkly headpiece – totally wishing I had the figure to full off a Jenny Packham gown but I shall have to make do with ooh-ing and ahh-ing over them on here instead 😉 Plus a totally awesome confetti shot – I LOVE! xx

  10. WOW! Such lovely comments & kind words, thank you so much everyone!
    Helen & Jane the car is a Fleetwood Cadillac from The Premier Carriage Company of Bournemouth and certainly is for hire

    So glad you enjoyed looking at our pictures and sharing in our day, and thanks Lolly for such a lovely write up xx

  11. This is beautiful, it’s almost exactly the same theme as we’re going for. No colour theme, seasonal flowers etc….but where have they got the message board from? I’ve scoured just about every stationary website to find one with brown paper tags and can’t find one any where! xx

  12. Wow that car! It’s something else. Love the no colour scheme, but it does all come together so well. Beautiful wedding. La Ritournelle…aw I’m with you on that one Stephanie – seriously considering it as a walking down the aisle song. Gorgeous dress on the bride and great tailoring on the groom.

  13. Wow I now really want to have my wedding in London even though I live in Scotland! And I soooo want that dress ( along with every other Jenny Packham dress which I can definitely not afford!) Also, how you got your make-up done for free?? Did you go into a store in the morning??

  14. Rebecca, I made the message board from luggage tags, a stamp kit and some brown card!

    Mairi, I booked with mac, it’s free if you spend £25 which is easy to do! they did the trial too.

    Happy wedding day ladies, enjoy x

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