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A summer wedding in the City

Happy bride waiting on car with pastel peony bouquet

On a very hot July day in the City of London Rosie and Frank tied the knot at the beautiful St Etheldreda’s Church followed by a joyful reception for family and friends at Stationers’ Hall.

Rosie first got in touch with me 3 months before their wedding; they’d chosen their wedding venues and the dress the year before but between work and moving cities they suddenly realised there was a lot more to do and not much time left to do it. We quickly put a plan of action together and I got to work sourcing a crack team of suppliers for them.

bridal prep at City wedding

With 6 bridesmaids in the bridal party and mums and aunties too, I recommended fabulous makeup artist Ana Ospina to carry out her airbrush magic (and it really was magic-despite being one of the hottest days of the year all the ladies still looked immaculate at the end of the day) and hairstylist Yuki from Love Hair.

bridesmaids in lilac dresses with peony and roses bouquets

The catholic wedding ceremony was held at St Etheldreda’s Church. Liz from Blue Sky Flowers dressed the church beautifully with 2 large pedestal arrangements & pretty hydrangea pew ends that we later used at the reception venue.

Wedding at St Etheldreda's Church London

bride and groom ring exchange at wedding at St Etheldreda's Church London

happy couple at St Etheldreda's Church London

After the ceremony guests had the option of either walking or catching a red routemaster bus to Stationers Hall where they were greeted by the dulcet tones of Quattro String Quartet in the courtyard.

wedding drinks reception at Stationers Hall London

Bride and groom enter wedding reception at Stationers Hall

wedding speeches at Stationers Hall London

guests congratulate with champagne toast at wedding

happy bride at Stationers Hall Wedding

The Wedding breakfast was served family style in the Great Hall so the guests could help themselves from a selection of delicious meat and vegetarian curries. After the very moving and funny speeches the bride and groom cut the cheese tower cake then danced the night away.

bride and groom first dance at Stationers Hall London wedding

Do take a look at the fun wedding video by Smooch Films from this wedding on my film page here

Brie and groom kissing in front of St Pauls Cathedral

Wedding Suppliers

Ceremony venue St Etheldreda’s Church
Reception Venue Stationers’ Hall
Wedding planner Always Andri Wedding Design
Photography Kat Hill
Makeup Ana Ospina
Hair Yuki at Lovehair
Florist Blue Sky Flowers
Stationery Hello! Lucky
Macaron Tower Anges de Sucre
Cheese Tower The Cheese Shed
Crèche Arftull Splodgers
Videography Smooch Films
Video Booth Wish You Well
String quartet Quattro String Quartet
DJ Mobile Music Company
Red Bus : Routemaster for Hire
Catering Greenleaf
Bar staff The Cocktail Service

Defining Your Signature Style worskshop

I recently attended a fabulous two day workshop on photography and mood boarding. The course ‘Defining Your Signature Style’ was run by the lovely Emily Quinton (Makelight) who taught the photography day and mood boarding guru and trends expert Gudy Herder (Eclectic Trends).

Emily Quinton teaching photography styles

The first day was all about photography, having already done a couple of courses with Emily I was excited to see what new tips I would pick up. As per the workshop’s name we looked at 3 example styles of photography and practised taking photos in that style. On the day I was drawn to the minimalist style and you can see a few of my practise shots in this style but we also considered moody imagery and bright and colourful ones too.

minimalist style rose photo

Playing with focus points

cotton reels practising focal points
Learning how to spot meter and playing with exposure

berry photo practsing spot metering and exposure
It was great not just thinking about how to take a good photograph but consider the look and style you wanted to portray in the images well.

Gudy Herder discussing mood baording and personal style

The second day was all about mood boarding and all the different ways you can create mood boards and then use them to define your style. We were focusing on representing our personal styles and brands but as mood boarding plays an important role when I’m working with wedding couples’ wedding design I was able to pick up some incredibly helpful tips on creating and using mood boards to express design ideas.

group moodboarding

Gudy has written a fabulous blog post that explains the worshop in a lot more detail and you can also see my moodboard from the day (that gives you a little sneak peek into my new branding colours), so do take a look here.

All photos taken by Andri Benson

A colourful Dulwich wedding

Dulwich Chapel South East London

Sophia and Oskar were married on a crisp June day in Dulwich, South London; it was a day filled with bright colours, vibrant flowers, delicious food and lots of love and laughter.

South London bride getting ready

When Sophia first got in touch to say she needed help planning her wedding she was feeling very stressed not only because she was in the middle of planning a wedding but she was also in the midst of a major house renovation, her twin son and daughter changing schools following the family moving home and embarking on a career in television on top of her work as barrister!

Bride with colourful bouquet

Sophia chose a bold colour scheme of orange and purple as she wanted the day to be fun and bright. There was to be no bridal party as such but guests were asked to wear tulip colours-pink, red, orange and purple for the ladies and blue and navy for the gentlemen.

The ceremony was held at Christ’s Church chapel in Dulwich, their local church and included a baptism for the twins. Following the ceremony guests had drinks on the lawns while listening to a steel band trio who then led the guests on their walk to Dulwich College for the wedding reception.

wedding guests walk to Dulwich college led bt steel band trio

Dulwich College Great Hall wedding reception

For the reception in the magnificent Great Hall at Dulwich College I suggested one long table so all the guests could sit together. I created a runner of orange and purple ribbons down the length of the table which the lovely Liz from Blue Sky Flowers used a mix of tall displays comprising balls of purple Hydrangea, dahlias and Roses, Celosia and low single vases of orchids, hydrangeas and dahlias that ran along the length of the table.

orange and purple wedding flowers on long table

purple and orange wedding reception details

orange and purple orchid ombre wedding cake
I’m delighted to say this wedding was also featured in Your London Wedding over the summer and Sophia was very complimentary about everything I did to help her during the planning stages and on the day itself, here was her top wedding planning tip to couples:

“Book a wedding planner, best decision ever, she took away all the stress and worries of planning the wedding, recommended great suppliers for me and was there to support me throughout, I called Andri my ‘Wonderbra’ as she was my secret support!”

Dulwich College wedding venue at sunset

Supplier Credits:
Photographer Lucy Williams at My Heart Skipped
Ceremony venue Christ’s Church
Reception Venue Dulwich College
Wedding Planner Always Andri Wedding Design
Florist Blue Sky Flowers
Cake Domino Purchas
Stationery Design by Bionic
Crèche Arftull Splodgers
Steel band Nostalgia Steel Band
DJ Mobile Music Company

A Northbrook Park Wedding Kind Words

Last year I coordinated the wedding of Naomii and Nathan at Northbrook Park, one of my favourite wedding venues, I’m working there twice this year. Fran, Naomi’s fabulous mum who I worked very closely with on the coordination of the wedding sent me this lovely testimonial after the big day. bride and groom at Northbrook Park wedding venue Wedding of Naomii and Nathan – Northbrook Park “We asked Andri to organise my daughter’s wedding and that is exactly what she did, from planning stage to the day, where she managed and kept the whole day flowing perfectly, so we could enjoy the day without having to worry about the organisation. We highly recommend Andri for that bespoke service. Thank you Andri” From Fran, Ron, Naomii and Nathan Photo by Leo Hoang

A pink and mint dessert table

Some pretty pink and mint dessert table styling inspiration for you today …

This shoot was also featured on the Wedding Chicks here

Photographer: Lucy Williams of My Heart Skipped
Venue: Chandos House
Cake: The Sugared Saffron Cake Company
Flowers: Boutique Blooms
Stationery: Paperknots
Macarons: Anges De Sucre
Styling: Always Andri Wedding Design

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