Good morning my loves, now I know that Autumn doesn’t officially arrive until 20th September, but as far as I am concerned, it arrives today. 1st September is Autumn. Autumn is my favourite of the months and this calls for a mini celebration by way of a favourite real wedding feature. Drum roll then for the wedding of ballet teacher Nicole to her sweetheart Matt, which took place on 16th August this year, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall followed by a reception at Royal Inn on the Park.
This wedding oozes London cool, but what I love the most about it all is that divine original 1930′s vintage gown - a most fabulous find from one of my favourite vintage wedding dress suppliers, the darling Elizabeth Avey. It really was the perfect choice for this celebration of love that mixed old with new, modern with a touch of quirky and that all came together beautifully. These photographs were taken by London based fashion, portrait and wedding photographer Marc Hayden.
“We didn’t have a particular style or theme for the wedding – we just knew we wanted it to represent us as a couple. We made a thousand colourful origami cranes and hung them from wooden hoops, an ancient Japanese tradition bringing good luck to the married couple. I also read that it teaches the couple patience and commitment and that it did do!! Everything at our wedding was made by us, with loads of help from family and friends and I guess that is what made it so special; it was a bright, colourful and fun.”
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Marc Hayden
“Matt and I met six years ago. After weeks of flirting it all came to a head at a drunken party at Lucky Voice. Matt declared he loved me on our second date; we bought 3 cats and lived happily ever after.
“My dress was from Elizabeth Avey, who I may say is the loveliest woman I have ever met. I found the whole experience of searching for a dress like a scene out of Pretty Woman – except for at Elizabeth Avey’s. I had an idea of what I wanted – something comfortable, understated but a little bit sexy, and probably from the 1930s. Lucky for me, the dress I choose had all those things and more. It didn’t cost the earth either, and it fitted as though it had been made for me. It was extremely delicate and needed some repair to the lace. But I look at it now in all its glory and feel I gave it one last show.
My fresh flower garland was made by a friend.”
“Our photographer was Marc Hayden. We wanted a documentary wedding photographer who would capture our wedding and present it at as a story in a very natural manner. Aside from the very few mantelpiece photographs for our parents, we had no poised images and that is the beauty of what Marc has captured. The smiles the laughter and the tears.”