Kate & Al
Kate & Al
An stylish alternative london city wedding with Manolo Blahnik shoes, blue colour scheme, bridesmaids in matching skirts. Macarons by anges des sucre and photography by Rabbit and Pork.
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An stylish alternative london city wedding with Manolo Blahnik shoes, blue colour scheme, bridesmaids in matching skirts. Macarons by anges des sucre and photography by Rabbit and Pork.
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An stylish alternative london city wedding with Manolo Blahnik shoes, blue colour scheme, bridesmaids in matching skirts. Macarons by anges des sucre and photography by Rabbit and Pork.
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the kiss
An stylish alternative london city wedding with Manolo Blahnik shoes, blue colour scheme, bridesmaids in matching skirts. Macarons by anges des sucre and photography by Rabbit and Pork.
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Bouquet
An stylish alternative london city wedding with Manolo Blahnik shoes, blue colour scheme, bridesmaids in matching skirts. Macarons by anges des sucre and photography by Rabbit and Pork.
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celebration
An stylish alternative london city wedding with Manolo Blahnik shoes, blue colour scheme, bridesmaids in matching skirts. Macarons by anges des sucre and photography by Rabbit and Pork.
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An stylish alternative london city wedding with Manolo Blahnik shoes, blue colour scheme, bridesmaids in matching skirts. Macarons by anges des sucre and photography by Rabbit and Pork.
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An stylish alternative london city wedding with Manolo Blahnik shoes, blue colour scheme, bridesmaids in matching skirts. Macarons by anges des sucre and photography by Rabbit and Pork.
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An stylish alternative london city wedding with Manolo Blahnik shoes, blue colour scheme, bridesmaids in matching skirts. Macarons by anges des sucre and photography by Rabbit and Pork.
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An stylish alternative london city wedding with Manolo Blahnik shoes, blue colour scheme, bridesmaids in matching skirts. Macarons by anges des sucre and photography by Rabbit and Pork.
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Kate & Al

Kate & Al legally married with with just their parents as witnesses… So this gathering in the amazing St Dunstan gardens was a celebration of their commitment with their closest friends and family stepping up to say a few words about how they are simply just meant to be together. After, cabs arrived and took everyone to 6 St Chads place in Kings Cross, where the travelling gin co served cocktails.

Kates elegant 1920’s style satin dress and bright blue Manolo Blahnik shoes were the perfect combination. Al wore a Beggars Run suit paired with oxblood DM’s, a perfect couple, with perfect taste.

The Dress

Kate The Bride: I would never describe myself as a girly girl so the idea of spending hours in bridal shops finding ‘the dress’ wasn’t all that appealing. But I needn’t have worried at all as the third dress I tried on was the one. Unfortunately it also came with a price tag of £7000 so I walked out empty handed, went straight home (after a boozy lunch with the bridesmaids to drown my sorrows) and bought it second hand from www.stillwhite.com.au at a fraction the cost. It was then shipped over from Australia and tailored to the right size. Simple! The only other accessories I wore were a small pair of diamond studs; an old liberties fabric handkerchief made the brides Gran, Lilly Patterson and a pair of shiny new shoes from Manolo Blahnik.

Alistair wore a tailored suit from ‘Beggars Run’, chosen for its simple classic style and the fact that the company’s Hackney based -­‐ his old stomping ground. His shoes, in oxblood, by Dr. Marten; they were a last minute addition, needed to give room for a bandage over a harsh burn on one foot acquired seven days before the big day (typical!).

Both of our wedding rings were made by my sister-­‐in-­‐law, Hannah De Bruyn, who is the most fabulously talented jeweler who makes the most wonderful pieces.

The Venue

The Venue – the gardens of St. Dunstan’s in the East ‐ was spotted on a friends instagram feed and Al knew it as an old hideaway from when he lived in the city many years before. We knew instantly it was where we wanted to get married. As we had already been legally married in a secret civil ceremony the year before there was nothing stopping us from having the ceremony anywhere we fancied ‐ even in an old bombed out church.

It was originally going to be a flash mob wedding in the Public Garden and the guests were only going to be told what to expect on the day, but as time went on it became logistically too scary to risk so much on a wing and a prayer.

The formal structure of the original church has been changed over the years and the alter had been removed, so guests were seated in a circle around us, with a stone fountain as the focal point in the center. The service was simple with two readings; one by a bridesmaid, Emily Brammfit, and the other by the groom’s sister, Lucy Ross ‐ Wildblood.

The ceremony was not conducted by any godly appointed person, but rather, by our dear friend, Surya Buck. He’s the most generous in spirit of anyone we knew, kind and human so we appointed him our vicar.

Simon Ribchester, one of our best men learnt and played on acoustic guitar the tune ‘Summertime’ for me walk down the aisle to. With the added surprise of Samuel Geronimo Deschamps from La Shark playing the accordion.

The Flowers

The flowers in the church were provided and arranged by the wonderful Jane Blain, mother of the groom. Jane did an absolutely fabulous and the most professional job, doing everything herself. From buying the flowers at wholesale in the wee hours of the morning to transporting them in the family car and setting them up by moonlight the night before the big day. The flower colour scheme for both the ceremony and the reception was based on a simple and fresh colour pallet of wildflowers. Although I’m sure that David Blain also played his part too, thank you to the both of you.

There was no dress code of any kind, all of our guests were strictly told to wear whatever they wanted from morning suit to birthday suit. We wanted everyone to be relaxed and comfortable and on the day were blessed with a great variety of fashions.

This included the bridesmaids who styled their own outfits based around one common garment, the skirt. It was wonderful to see their individual personalities come through and yet at the same time all work so perfectly together.

The reception which followed was at 06, St. Chad’s Place where the Guest were greeted on arrival by the Traveling Gin Co. a couple of lovely boys who arrive on bicycles with panniers turned into mini bars and feed our guest with gin cocktails.

The venue provided everything except the entertainment and the cake, which came in the form of a tower of macarons, was made by Anges de Sucre For the entertainment we knew we wanted something special so we hunted down a band called the The Severed Limb who played their own skiffle tracks plus a few of the classic Motown covers that we’d requested.

We skipped the awkward fist dance but rather Al jumped on the microphone and called up loads of ill matched coupes to the dance floor to step it out; from partners who had had failed first dates together to the tallest man in the room with the shortest woman in the room (6ft 7 to 4ft 8). We had about six couples in total and it was a great way to start the dancing off.

The band was followed by Mischa Twins and Dave both old friends of Al’s who were on the Decks till the wee hours.

The Photography

Our photographer was Verity Quick from Rabbit and Pork Photography, she had the most wonderful ability to making us feel like movie stars the whole day through. I am not the most comfortable person in front of the camera but Verity is the only person who has made me feel at complete ease. Her favorite line was to tell us that we looked “Bloody gorgeous!” it made us giggle every time she said it.

We really want to re employ her just to follow us round on regular basis and give us the same treatment to make us feel so good again and again. We would also like to give special thanks to Ray Phillips, the father of the Bride who not only made the whole day possible but also saved the day when he jumped in a taxi at 9pm and sourced sixty portions of fish and chips as we had forgotten to organised an evening buffet, whoops.

Thanks also go to the Phillips family for a factory line process to produce the table decorations. Thanks must also go to the Maid of honor for writing an original poem on how the origins of our relationship began.

To Leo Brooke for lugging forty umbrellas across the length of Hackney just to guarantee sunshine all day – and finally to my dearest husband who hand drew the seating plan.

What a day we had!

Author: Adam Crohill
Adam likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.
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