I flatter myself I’ve probably looked at more wedding photos than your average person, yet I don’t think I’ve ever come across a celestial themed wedding before, and what a wonderful theme!
Blues, golds and beauty galore, I know you’re going to love this one, which was captured on camera by our fabulous Little Book for Brides member, Paul Santos. Tom, who works in digital marketing and Jenny, a shoe buyer (excuse me, dream job!) married at the beautiful Asylum in Peckham, followed by a reception at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London docklands, on the 7th of July 2017 surrounded by lush greenery and their family and friends.
“Our day was celestial inspired in blues and gold with lots of green foliage. We married at the Asylum Chapel and had our reception at Trinity Buoy Wharf. We wanted two quite contrasting venues but both with character.”
Film by Richard Leng
Jenny looked sensational in a plunging beaded lace gown by Israeli designer Liz Martinez, which she purchased from Angelica Bridal in Islington. Her simple floor length veil (by Martina Liana, also from Angelica Bridal) set off the intricacy of her dress perfectly.
“It was the only one that made my mum and auntie cry! I was aware of the designer and love her form fitting and intricate designs.”
Photography by Paul Santos + second shooter Igor Demba
The man behind today’s beautiful images is the talented Paul Santos, whose work we have been delighted to feature on the blog a number of times before. Understandably, Jenny and Tom were thrilled with their photos.
“We love the final results! Paul blended into the day and captured some great moments that otherwise we would have missed. We highly recommend him.”As a shoe buyer, Jenny simply had to have amazing shoes and she didn’t disappoint with her rather spectacular Gucci sandals which she purchased from Harvey Nichols, complete with twisted serpent heel.
For jewellery she opted for a bracelet which was a gift from her dad that morning, a pair of Maria Tash diamond earrings (Liberty London), which were a wedding gift from Tom and a second pair of earrings (Kenneth Jay Lane from Net-a-Porter) which were a gift from bridesman Hugo.
The beautiful florals were the work of Grace & Thorn who absolutely nailed the brief, filling the venues with leafy greenery. I’m especially smitten with Jenny’s bouquet which just has the most amazing shapes and textures.
“Grace & Thorn made beautiful use of foliage with white blooms and a touch of blue. I had dreamed of having two huge urn features since first seeing the Asylum chapel, plus a hanging foliage feature in Trinity Buoy Wharf.”
Bridesmaids Jenny and Emilie looked summery in pale pink gowns from Maids to Measure, paired with sandals from New Look, while bridesman Hugo cut a dash in a suit by 1205, worn with Christian Louboutin shoes.
To accessorise the ladies wore initial necklaces from Missoma, while Hugo wore a Miansai hook bracelet, all of which were thank you gifts from Jenny.
Tom looked very smart in a dark blue suit by Oscar Jacobson, purchased at Harvey Nichols, which he wore with a pocket square from Lanvin, a DKNY waistcoat, a Hardy Amies shirt, brogues from Aldo and a pair of Tottenham Hotspur cufflinks.
“We met through a mutual friend four and a half years ago at some birthday drinks and got engaged on a surprise trip to New York in February 2016.”
Jenny walked down the aisle with her very proud dad, to ‘Kissing You’ by Des’ree (from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet), played by string quartet The Dotted Crotchets. It must have sounded amazing in that huge space.
“Our Registrar Ricardo Jackson from Southwark Council was fantastic, he made everyone laugh and created a relaxed atmosphere.”
For readings Tom and Jenny chose ‘The Promise’ by Beau Taplin, read by Tom’s brother, and ‘I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)’ by E.E. Cummings, read by Jenny’s Grandad.
If you do happen to have time to watch the wedding film, Jenny’s grandfather reads this at the beginning of the trailer and it just had me in bits- its so so lovely and incredibly heartfelt.
“Both readings symbolise how we feel about each other; we are soulmates.”
To cement their vows, Tom and Jenny exchanged rings, which they purchased from Beverley Hills Jewellers in Hatton Garden (where Tom also designed and purchased Jenny’s engagement ring).
Jenny wore her hair down in natural waves, which looked fabulous with the plunging neckline of her dress. For make up, she chose a natural look, with just a hint of colour on her lips and accentuation on the eyes. Both hair and make up were the work of Tamara Tott.
A red Routemaster bus from This Bus transported everyone from the Asylum to Trinity Buoy Wharf for the reception, via several famous landmarks.
The reception space at Trinity Buoy Wharf looked beautiful, decked in flowers by Grace & Thorn. The table settings and furniture really added to the celestial theme, with crisp white linens and the most beautiful glassware in shades of blue, hired from Classic Crockery.
“Wedding favours doubled as place cards – personalised blue agate slices from EGLettering.”
Catering was by The Mobile Pizzeria, while the gorgeous cake (salted caramel cake adorned with golden berries and fools gold chocolate honeycomb) was the work of the fabulous Lily Vanilli.
“The Mobile Pizzeria provided delicious pizza (and everything else) and Tim the owner was great!”
For dancing, Jenny and Tom created a brilliant playlist and they and their guests danced long into the night.
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“On the day, make sure you both take a moment together to soak up the atmosphere and appreciate everyone who has gathered to celebrate with you. It will probably be the only time all those people are in the same place together and it flies by so quickly!”
So many thanks to Jenny and Tom, and of course to Paul Santos for today’s beautiful photographs. I have to admit that Trinity Buoy Wharf is fast becoming one of my favorite London venues, with its incredible views over the Thames, white fairy-lit interior and super-cool feel. Take a peek here for some more gorgeous Love my Dress weddings at this fabulous reception venue. For weddings at the equally gorgeous Asylum chapel, take a look here. (Just make sure you have plenty of time- there are so many absolute beauties!)
Credits & Thanks
- Photographer - Paul Santos Photography
- Second shooter - Igor Demba
- Videographer - Richard Leng
- Venues - the Asylum chapel + Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
- Bride's Dress - Liz Martinez via Angelica Bridal
- Veil - Martina Liana via Angelica Bridal
- Shoes - Gucci
- Earrings - Maria Tash via Liberty London + Kenneth Jay Lane via Net-a-Porter
- Bridesmaids' outfits - Dresses, Maids to Measure; suit, 1205
- Jewellery - Necklaces, Missoma; bracelet, Miansai
- Shoes - New Look + Christian Louboutin
- Hair stylist and make up artist - Tamara Tott
- Groom's outfit - Suit, Oscar Jacobson via Harvey Nichols; pocket square, Lanvin; waistcoat, DKNY; shirt, Hardy Amies; shoes, Aldo
- Rings - Beverley Hills Jewellers, Hatton Garden
- Flowers - Grace & Thorn
- Catering - The Mobile Pizzeria
- Cake - Lily Vanilli
- Ceremony music - The Dotted Crotchets
- Favours - EGLettering
- Transport - This Bus
- Table settings - Classic Crockery