Nadine and John's relaxed, beautifully styled big day is just one of the gorgeous real weddings you'll find in the RMW Book 'Your Day Your Way', which is released in less than a month's time! If you didn't know we had a book coming out, then head over to Amazon for a preview. It'll be available to buy from 9th Feb (eekkkk!) but you can preorder now, if you'd like. If you got engaged over the Christmas period it'll be really helpful with guiding you through planning your big day while keeping true to your own style. Even if you've got lots of your planning ticked off, it's full of stunning, exclusive imagery that will hopefully provide you with some serious eye candy and maybe some last minute ideas to borrow for your own wedding day. Nadine and John's wedding is in the book because they most definitely did things their way - getting ready together, walking down the aisle together, Nadine wore blush pink and they chose an industrial warehouse style space in London to hold their reception. It's a gorgeous wedding day which shows you that if you stick to the things you love as your starting point, then you'll always end up with a day that is cohesive, stylish and completely personal to you.
Our WeddingNadine The Bride: We loved the idea of an intimate city wedding and having spent most of our relationship living in North London we realised that it was the obvious location for us to get married. Fortunately our closest family and friends were happy to travel from Ireland to help us celebrate. We both love Hampstead and when we discovered Burgh House we knew the charming and romantic setting was perfect for our ceremony. The contrast of the industrial space at 06 St Chads Place offered us the opportunity to have both a village and an urban feel to the day. And off course we couldn’t resist hiring an old London Routemaster to take us and our guests on a quick tour of the sights en route to the reception – a highlight of the day!
The BrideI loved my Catherine Deane wedding dress. I hadn’t planned on having a blush dress and very nearly bought another Catherine Deane dress but once I tried on the Tamsin gown I knew it was the one for me! It was beautiful, romantic, and ideal for a summer wedding. The Lita veil was made from the softest tulle I have ever felt and as it matched the dress perfectly I decided to wear it with fresh flowers in my hair.
The GroomJohn The Groom: I knew from the outset that I didn't want a formal wedding suit. I decided to go with a made to measure suit from Thom Sweeney. I love their house cut, a little slimmer, shorter and softer than traditional English tailoring, while not being too on trend. A tie from Drakes and shoes by Grenson completed the outfit.
The PhotographyLong before we had a plan for our wedding, or even set a date, I contacted Lee at Robbin's Photographic to see if he would be willing to photograph the day. I saw Lee’s photographs on RMW and was in awe! We loved Lee’s style, he was such a calming influence on us in the build up to the wedding and an absolute pleasure to be around on the day. And best of all, Lee has given us amazing photos of a relaxed happy day that we will treasure forever.
The VideographyWe were very lucky to have cinematographers Magic Chair film our wedding. Rory and Danny travelled over from Ireland and captured the day perfectly, we were blown away by our video and have probably watched it hundreds of times reliving the moments and emotions of the day!
The ReceptionArriving at 06 St Chad’s Place was a special moment. We had organised for Jonny Holliday, a wonderful musician we discovered while he was busking at Columbia Road Flower Market, to play for our guests on arrival while the fabulous Travelling Gin Company served our favourite gin cocktails and we had doughnuts from Crosstown Doughnuts. As it happened, the sun came out just as we were walking down the cobbled lane and we had an impromptu first dance to Jonny singing ‘Cheek to Cheek’. It was one of those perfectly dreamy moments that we will cherish forever.
The DecorWe didn’t really have a wedding theme, we just chose lots of things that we loved, although we did tend to stick to blush toned colours. With a little help from our friends we handmade pom-poms to hang from the ceiling of our reception venue and draped paper fans from the windows which softened the space. Our flowers were from That Flower Shop. As soon as we met with Hattie she knew exactly what I would like and created vases of pretty meadow flowers to match my bouquet. Our seating plan was a labour of love! John is a furniture maker and as a personal project he decided to make miniature wooden chairs, one for every guest. We labelled each chair with the names of all our family and friends using Latraset transfers and arranged them on a board to make our seating chart. In his speech John joked that if the chairs weren’t broken by the end of the night then we clearly weren’t having enough fun...and I’m happy to report that few made it through the night unscathed!
Special MomentsJohn and I decided to meet before the ceremony and to walk up the aisle together. This gave us the chance to have a quiet moment, just the two of us, before the day got going. More than anything we wanted a wedding that reflected us as a couple and entering the ceremony together is something that was important to us. We had a Humanist ceremony which was made even more personal by asking our families to be involved.
Dress: Catherine Deane | Jewellery: Alex Munroe | Astley Clarke | Groom: Thom Sweeney | Shoes: LK Bennett | Groom: Grenson | Florist: That Flower Shop | Ceremony Venue: Burgh House | Reception Venue: 06 St Chads Place | Videography: Magic Chair | Busker: Jonny Holliday | DJ: Wedding Smashers | Routemaster: Ensignbus Hire | Cocktails: The Travelling Gin Co. | Hair: The Chapel | Cakes: The Hummingbird Bakery | Doughnuts: Crosstown Doughnuts