You must know by now that we are honoured to be able to share an incredible variety of weddings on Love My Dress, that celebrate all kinds of love, unique stories and individual styles. It is our privilege today to share the wedding of Jennie and Rick, whose day is the most glorious wintry celebration full of elegant Art Deco touches.
Please meet London couple Jennie and Rick. Rick is a marketing manager and I was delighted to find out that Jennie is a Pilates teacher, like me. They married on 13 December 2014 at All Saints’ Church, Putney with an evening reception at Fulham Palace, London. Their day was inspired by the sophisticated era of the 1920s, in particular the ‘Speakeasy’ style, and was based around a beautiful and magical palette of midnight blue, soft creams and whites, as well as the festive sparkle of silver.
Photography Helen Cawte Photography
The bride and groom first met through mutual friends, and found the inspiration for their wedding as soon as they were engaged.
“We were friends for a few years before getting engaged in November 2013 at home in Islington in the bath. We flew to New York the day after we got engaged and loved the speakeasy bars out there and so we based our wedding loosely on that style and era. As it was Christmas we also included a bit of shimmer and festive cheer.”
The bride’s elegant navy shoes, with their embellished vintage-fan detailing are by none other than the wonderful Emmy London. We adore Emmy’s bridal shoes, and are so proud to list her both on our Little Book here and on our Collections pages.
Her shoes are renowned for their grace and attention to detail, as well as being super-comfortable to wear all day long. I love the contrast between the pure cream gown and the dark navy shoes.
The era-inspiration is perfectly displayed in Jennie’s gorgeous, gorgeous gown, found at Temperley London’s boutique in Bruton Street, Mayfair.
The silver scroll detail of the batwing sleeves and neckline, and the fitted waist panel are my favourite elements on this gown, which looks beautifully light and flowing to wear.
“When we got back from New York I started to look online at speakeasy weddings and I was inspired by a New York wedding where the bride was wearing an amazing 1920s dress but I never thought I would actually find that exact dress. A week later my sister told me to look at Alice Temperley for dresses and I couldn’t believe they had the same dress and my size left. I called them up and tried it on, so one week after being engaged I had found my perfect dress. It was also in the V&A bridal dresses exhibition a year after our wedding.”
The perfect bridesmaids dresses in midnight blue were bought from Jigsaw, and I love how they mirror Jennie’s gown with their loose, embellished sleeves.
They wore them with their own shoes and carried pretty white posies, put together by Jay Archer Floral Design, who also styled Jennie’s own bouquet of anemones and eucalyptus.
All Saints’ Church is so special to Jennie, as she was christened here and it is attached to her primary school. The service was a traditional Church of England ceremony, with a beautiful reading of Emma Salmon’s The Future’.
Before they were declared husband and wife, Jennie and Rick exchanged bespoke rings from Hancocks on London’s Burlington Arcade.
A red Routemaster bus was waiting for the guests to transport them to Fulham Palace, where a welcoming marquee was dressed ready for the evening reception. It looks so festive and magical with its Christmas tree, statement ‘R & J’ letters and lovely purple and orange lighting outside the palace and in the bar.
I love the elegance of the white church candles, gold candle and tealight glasses and the sparkling glassware, as well as the beautiful displays of flowers which graced each dinner table. Each guest had a personalised dinner menu card which contained an individual message from the newly-weds; such a thoughtful detail.
I adore the photos of Jennie, keeping warm in a faux-fur wrap, and Rick enjoying some fresh December air during the evening celebrations. The wedding was captured for them by Helen Cawte Photography, whose style is modern, light-filled and romantic. We’ve really enjoyed sharing her work on these pages before, so if you love her approach then please do take a look at other weddings where she’s worked her magic.
“Helen felt like a friend photographing our wedding as she made us feel totally at ease.”
The Fulham Palace team provided the sit-down dinner, but the star of the show is the beautiful three-tiered silver cake, topped off with cute Lego figures of Jennie and Rick. It was made by the bride’s very talented friend Joanna Riley.
The festive celebrations continued with lots and lots of dancing,= to live music from The Mode, after a slow and romantic first dance to Lana Del Rey’s ‘Young and Beautiful’.
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“If possible don’t stress too much about all the little things as it’s not worth it. On the day everyone will just be happy to enjoy the day with you and it goes by so quickly it’s hard to fit everything in perfectly.”
“Work around the room at the drinks reception to talk to as many guests as possible and plan your tables for dinner so you are sitting with family and friends, so it’s a really fun meal.”
“Try to finish the evening on a high with a farewell from all your remaining guests!”
Such wise words, thank you Jennie and Rick for sharing your advice, and your wedding today.There’s always something so magical about December weddings, and it’s been a real delight to feature yours here. Thank you to you both, and also to Helen Cawte Photography, for these lovely images. If you’d like even more winter wedding inspiration then do please take a look at these Love My Dress weddings.
With love, Ele xx
Credits & Thanks
- Photographer - Helen Cawte Photography
- Venue - All Saints' Church + Fulham Palace, London
- Wedding Dress + veil + headpiece + cape + bracelet - Temperley London
- Shoes - Emmy London
- Perfume - Chloé Love Story
- Groom - Moss Bros suit + Favourbrook waistcoat
- Bridesmaids - Jigsaw
- Page Boys - Moss Bros
- Florist - Jay Archer Floral Design
- Cake - Friend Joanna Riley
- Transport - Routemaster bus + London taxi
- Entertainment - The Mode
- Rings - Hancock's London
- Catering - Fulham Palace
- Hair Stylist - Ian Tucker at Headmasters