Mr & Mrs [Beccy & Michael] - A London Bride Wedding

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Back in February, I had the pleasure of being the wedding planner and stylist for Beccy and Michael's gorgeous British vintage-style London wedding at the unique venue 20th Century Theatre in the heart of Notting Hill.  I had been working with the couple for about six months to help in their planning of their day and was also there to provide styling and on the day co-ordination.  I'm so happy to share the wonderful photographs by the amazing and quite frankly smashing Emma Case Photography [also I just want to wish Emma and Pete HUGE congratulations on their surprise wedding a few weeks ago. Mega excited for you guys and I hope you live happily ever after x]

The venue 20th Century Theatre was a dry hire - as with a lot of theatres, town halls, or music halls you really only get the building - not the caterers, tables, sound system, bar, staff etc. So there was a lot to do on the day with the decoration, liaising with all the independent suppliers and of course the turnaround of the main hall for three set ups during the day.  A wedding such as this really does benefit from having an on the day co-ordinator as we can take care of all of this and your DIY details which not only means that the couple don't have to worry about it but it's also a great support for the suppliers involved and lets all the guests and bridal party enjoy themselves too!

I had been really looking forward to this wedding - such a fun couple and Beccy the bride had great ideas and inspiration as well as some lovely DIY touches that I couldn't wait to style on the day. As the venue doesn't hold a marriage license they had a small registry office ceremony the day before and on the day the bride's brother and groom's cousin conducted a humanist ceremony. A heartfelt, personal and emotional service that touched all their family and friends and even Emma Case the photographer! A lovely part of the service also included Beccy's close friends playing the piano and recorder and everyone singing One More Step Along The World I Go which was one of Beccy's favourite songs from childhood and also very relevant for their journey ahead.

Bunting was hung, buds were in vases and vintage postcards were laid out for guests to write their travel tips on. There were also a number of Paddington Bear details dotted around. Beccy was rather fond of Paddington and it tied very nicely into the London theme and the fact that they were off [and are now!] on their 10 month long honeymoon travelling the world. An incredible start to married life! We also put a vintage map up, with a trail of their travels so friends and family could see where they were off to!

Beccy wore a beautiful 50's dress with huge red bow and net under skirt made by Dana Bolton of Once Upon A Time and of course sported a lovely pair  of Vivienne's. You also couldn't fail to spot [pardon the pun] her two rather glam bridesmaids, as they strutted about in seriously sexy polka dot wiggle dresses designed by Alexandra King from Make Me A Dress

Whilst I was setting up the hall for dinner and the guests were sipping drinks in the bar, Emma took the couple out to the hustle and bustle of Notting Hill. As well as having some shots in and around the famous Portobello Road market, they had some lovely portrait shots of them in the back streets with these wonderful townhouses.

The tables were set for the meal with bright picnic style gingham fabrics and vintage jugs with DIY flowers as the centrepieces and of course many a tealight to create an informal and cosy February atmosphere. Each chair was strung with a felt heart to add a touch of colour to the room. 

After the meal, an incredible 17 piece swing band King Groovy and The Horn Stars kicked the night off and got all the guests on their feet and dancing the night away. I wish I had sound-o-vision as the band were utterly brilliant, and where better to perform than in an old theatre?  Emma set up the infamous photobooth with props galore for guests to mess about in  and steak sandwiches were then laid on for all those guests who were a bit peckish having danced the night away.  

A wonderful day, a gorgeous and very happy bride and groom and guests that didn't want to leave.  I'd say that was a success! Beccy and Michael thank you for having me on your day and for letting me feature your beautiful wedding.

 [me + photobooth - I did do some work I promise, that is a real clipboard but the glasses are not!]

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Finally a massive thank you to Emma Case for documenting the day so wonderfully [see the wedding over on her blog too] and for letting me share the images on London Bride.


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