A very beautiful morning to you – welcome to a brand new week. I hope that we’e able to inject a little beauty and inspiration in to your every day starting right here, because this is a fabulous wedding that I know you’re going to love. Kirsty and Mark married on 25th July this year with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall followed by a reception-come good old fashioned knees-up at The Londesborough Pub. I am so smitten with Kirsty’s 70’s inspired bohemian wedding day style and that fabulous smile.
“We both wanted the day to have a relaxed feel and to be something we were both comfortable with. Our choice of venue, dress and flowers were an extension of both mine and Marks style. It was really important for us to keep this running through the whole day. A lot of people commented on the day looking quite 70’s which is one of my favourite era’s so I’m happy with that.”
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Philippa James
“We were introduced to each other through Marks brother, and had been together for around three years when Mark booked a surprise trip to Antibes in the Cote d’Azur. He popped the question sitting on a beach at sunset. It was all very romantic.
We’re not ones for a long drawn out engagement – if your going to do it, do it! It was around 10 months later that we got married.”
Kirsty’s incredible dress was a Rue de Seine design…
“As soon as I saw this dress I knew it was the one for me. I took a chance and ordered the dress without even trying it on. Everyone said I must be mad, but I know what I like and I had not seen anything like it anywhere else.
The dress had to be an extension of my personality and style. I didn’t want to look like I had just been plonked into a wedding dress. I also loved the fact that it was a heavy cotton embroidered lace so it was really soft on the body. The sunflower detail was also perfect for our summer wedding and it was simple enough for our relaxed day.”
“Mark and I had always talked about having a small intimate wedding. When we were looking for venues we wanted somewhere that was classic, beautiful but would fit in with our laid back personalities and the Town Hall and Londesborough fitted this perfectly. We also had a lot of family and friends coming down from Liverpool so it was nice to have the two venues within walking distance of each other.
The Town Hall and Londesborough were the first venues we looked at and we booked them straight away.”
Kirsty’s pretty, bohemian style veil is by designer Minna.
“Our photographer was Philippa James who was amazing and managed to capture the day perfectly. She asked us previously what/who we wanted pictures of so nothing was missed.
Philippa’s attention to detail is perfect. She is a great photographer and gives you a really personal service.”
Kirsty’s sister wore an original 70’s gown as her bridesmaids dress and her two nieces Madison and Lyla wore pretty dresses from I Love Gorgeous.
“I went with a rustic style bouquet by Celebrations Florist. This included dahlias, David Austin roses, daisies and jasmine trail. I knew exactly what I wanted from the start so I just needed to find a florist who could do it on my budget! Hayley was great and managed to get everything I asked for.”
“My stepfather John gave me away – we walked down the aisle to the sound of Richard Hawley’s ‘Open Up Your Door’.”
My engagement ring is a victorian antique ring from my mum. It was her engagement ring from my dad and I said I would always love to use it if I ever got married.
I wanted my wedding ring to compliment this old style but struggled to find anything antique that I liked. My mum introduced me to a London based designer called Ruth Tomlinson. She had a workshop in the Hatton Garden area of London. I fell in love with her pieces and can only describe them as looking like they have just come out of an ancient treasure chest!”
“I wanted a simple victoria sponge cake which had 4 tiers, so went to a local bakery in Stoke Newington called ‘The Cake Show‘. They were really reasonable and delivered and set up.”
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
“Take it all in, its all over so quickly!”
Amazing style, Kirsty looks like she just stepped off the set of some glamorous 70’s movie – I LOVE it through and through and it’s completely inspired me for the style I want to carry off this week when I celebrate at my very own birthday party!
Huge congrats to you both Kirsty and Mark and very many thanks to your photographer Philippa James for submitting this wedding – Philippa, please consider me a new mega-fan of your work!
Have a lovely morning all – epic wedding number two coming up at 1pm today.
Love Annabel xx
Photographer – Philippa James
Venue – Stoke Newington Town Hall + The Londesborough Pub
Wedding Dress – Rue de Seine
Bride’s Veil – Minna Bridal London
Bride’s Shoes – Miss KG
Perfume/Scent – Tom Ford’s White Patchouli
Groom – Topman suit + Ben Sherman shirt + Tie & pocket square via Gieves & Hawkes + Grenson shoes
Bridesmaids – original 70’s vintage
Flowergirl – I Love Gorgeous
Florist – Celebrations Florist
Cake – The Cake Show
Entertainment – Entertainment – Crazy Acoustic Duo
Rings – antique engagement ring + Ruth Tomlinson wedding ring
Favours – Vintage French seed packets + Brixton pale ale
Stationery – Lost Plots
Hair Stylist – Nadine Wilson