There really is nothing I love more than a relaxed wedding just full of family, friends and fun. And clearly Hannah and Rich feel the same, as they chose the Clapton Country Club for their wedding for that very reason – it was a venue that allowed them to have loads of guests (tricky to find in London), it looks beautiful and can be transformed into a space fit for a wedding with just a dash of greenery and some festoon lights.
Images come from husband and wife duo, Emily and Steve, who this gorgeous pair found via Instagram. It’s such a good tool for finding and connecting with suppliers, and don’t forget to follow RMW on Instagram too!
Long Sleeved Dress By Calla Blanche
Hannah & Rich: Having lived in London for 15 years I’d always travelled past the Morgan Davies Bridal and thought if I was ever popped the question, it would be the first Bridal shop I would visit! Luckily for me Richard proposed in October 2017 so I booked myself an appointment! I tried various different styles of dresses but the lace, long sleeves, backless style and detailed neck line felt like it was the perfect dress for me. The dress is by the designer Calla Blanche. We added a veil for the church and back jewellery for the evening, both sourced by the Morgan Davies Bridal Shop. My shoes were from Charlotte Mills and I chose Monica Vinader earrings to wear on the day. The engagement and wedding rings were made by a friend who works out of a small workshop in Hatton Garden; Trevor of T H Jewellery.
Moss Bros. Hire
I had in mind matching blue suits for myself and the groomsmen and the Ted Baker suits that Moss Brothers hire out were perfect. I’m a big fan of a bow tie and Le Colonel Moutarde who have loads of amazing ties and materials and they custom make them all. As it was a late spring/early summer wedding I wanted something flowery and colourful – the final choice was a Liberty’s fabric with matching pocket squares. My shoes were from English shoe maker Joseph Cheaney.
St. Peter’s Church de Beauvoir was halfway between where we both lived in East London for 4 years so it felt right to get married there. The Vicar is an amazing lady so it all made sense to get married at this church! We were very fortunate to have our friend Greg play the cello for the arrival of the bridal party and we arranged for the East London Chorus to sing during the signing of the register which was so beautiful.
We had two readings during the ceremony; Hannah’s Brother read Love is a Temporary Madness from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and one of the Bridesmaids read Love Is the Greatest. 1 Corinthians Chapter 13. We celebrated the marriage by leaving the church to Stevie Wonder’s ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ which was fun!
Clapton Country Club
We held our reception at Clapton Country Club. It’s only two miles from the church and was big enough to accommodate our 120 day guests and 170 for the late night dancing! Having the celebration in one room was something we looked for to keep the party atmosphere going into the night! We were very lucky with the weather so guests were able to relax on the terrace at the front of the venue. Clapton Country Club provided the wedding breakfast and we decided upon sharing platters for the starter, main course and dessert. It worked really well, especially with the long tables.
We travelled to the reception venue in two London Routemaster buses. It was a fun way to get everyone to the reception venue and a different experience for guests who were visitors to London.
Our cake was designed and made by our amazing friend Selina who runs The Glorious Bakery. The cake layers were vanilla sponge with fresh cream and raspberries, ginger and Guinness (people’s favourite!) and lemon sponge – it was absolutely delicious.
We used our local florist Edie Rose. Helen created a beautiful floral arrangement for the church, the bouquets, the button holes and she also styled the Clapton Country Club by hanging vines from the ceiling and flowers in the globe above the bar. We wanted to keep the table decoration simple so we had small colourful flowers as centre pieces along the tables in jars and vases. The bouquets were neutral colours, peaches and whites with lots of foliage, they really complemented the bridesmaids and wedding dress. The groomsmen had ‘billy buttons’ to complement the blue in the suits.
We were fortunate enough to have our friend James design our invitations and the seating plan. The invitations had our names embossed in copper foil on our invitations and the seating plan was styled to match the invitations.
We found Emily and Steve via Instagram. We really liked their style of photos and when reading their website we were sold. They are a married couple who love working together on weddings. We hardly noticed they were there on the day and the final results are just perfect. They have captured many special moments.
During the evening we hired the 101s band. They were excellent, so much fun and really got the party started. They sang our first dance and kept the dance floor filled for the rest of the night until the DJ who kept people dancing into the early hours. It was a lot of fun!