Engagement Shoot: Future Mr and Mrs Yule

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Amy and Danial 

26th October 2020 | RSPB Leighton Moss

Instagram: @yule_do_wedding | Photos: Olivia Whittaker

Amy and Danial had their engagement shoot back in October 2020, in what would have been their wedding month. After a postponement, they are now due to be married next weekend on 23/10/21! The couple decided for their engagement shoot they would go for a woodland backdrop for the photos, as opposed to the city style they will be having on their wedding day. They chose the ideal location and time of year to capture the beautiful autumnal Leighton Moss woodland. The very soon to be Mrs Yule tells us all about their shoot, the proposal and their wedding plans.

A Modern romantic wedding styled Shoot with pops of spring colours

Saturday, October 16, 2021

This shoot is nothing short of a dream; from the warm earthy colour palette and gorgeous tablescapes to the fact that all of the suppliers are talented women in the industry. The shoot signifies the symbolism of Spring - leaving the winter behind with the knowledge that brighter days are ahead. The ladies at Bloom and Gather, the minds behind the shoot, tell us all about the concept, styling and suppliers...

Sophia and Aaron's Intimate Romantic summer Wedding at Hinwick House

Friday, October 15, 2021

Mr + Mrs Routledge 

1st August 2020 | Hinwick House, Wellingborough

Instagram: @sophiaroutledge97 @_aaron_routledge_ | Guests: 30 | Photos: Lase Photography

After meeting in Scotland, Sophia and Aaron knew they wanted their London wedding to have some Scottish elements (like their fudge favours - yum!). Their colour scheme was inspired by Sophia's gorgeous emerald engagement ring, and they wanted the day to feel romantic and timeless. The now Mrs Routledge tells us all about their special day, choosing the dress and their dreamy Italian honeymoon...

Adele and Jak's timeless and romantic black tie wedding at Midleton Lodge Estate

Monday, October 11, 2021

Mr + Mrs Blanthorn 

20th May 2021 | Middleton Lodge Estate

Instagram: @adele_blanthorn | Guests: 30 | Photos: Josey Grace / Charlotte Nelson

Adele and Jak married in the Spring with a black tie monochrome theme that was modern and timeless. The bride wore a beautiful satin Stella York gown with an elegant updo and stunning cathedral veil. The now Mrs Blanthorn tells us all about their day, wedding planning during a pandemic and their favourite moments (and there's even an appearance from their adorable dog)...

Engagement Shoot: Mr + Mrs Brown

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Katie and Callum

12th July 2020 | Wood Dalling

Instagram: @katieeclarkyy | Photos: Nathan Pilkington

Katie and Callum had their engagement shoot in Wood Dalling, on their family farm. They are in the process of planning their rustic pastels wedding, and their wedding reception will be held on the family farm too, so it was a great opportunity to find their favourite photo locations and backdrops. The couple were engaged back in 2018, and it was a super romantic Christmas proposal with the whole family there to witness the moment; how special!

Pia and Jorge's Pandemic Style Wedding featuring a pink bridal mini dress at Woolwich Town Hall

Friday, October 1, 2021

Mr Garay + Mrs Garay-Neave

18th June 2021 | Woolwich Town Hall

Instagram: @pialily91 | Guests: 3 | Photos: Lewis Membery

Pia and Jorge began planning their dream Spanish wedding since that's where they first met, however with the pandemic travel restrictions tightening they decided to push it back one year until August 2022. They decided they could wait for the wedding, but not to be married, and so they planned an intimate registry office ceremony in June. The bride wore a gorgeous pink suit from Zara and a chic shoulder length veil! If part 1 is this beautiful, we certainly can't wait to see part 2, their big Spanish affair, next year!

How did you meet?
Jorge and I met when we were 16 in Spain, when I lived with my family in Madrid. After 12 years together, in early 2020 Jorge proposed in Paris, with a gorgeous rose gold Debeers ring that we had chosen together 4 months prior. We always knew we would get married in Spain and started wedding planning early 2020, with a trip booked to Galicia (the north of Spain) for April 2020. Obviously the pandemic happened, but we continued to plan our wedding for 21 August 2021. We booked our pazo (wedding venue) without seeing it in person, though finally got out to see it last July when travel restrictions lifted and we were visiting Jorge’s family. As the pandemic continued to ravage the world we never once thought our wedding would be at jeopardy. However, as lockdown was reintroduced in the UK in December, Spain also restricted entry to the country other than for nations, and my dad in Thailand had no idea when borders were likely to open. After a stressful and worrying January we made the decision pretty early on to postpone - people had already been messaging us about vaccines, testing, quarantine and the wedding planning had stopped being fun. So we decided to push to August 19th 2022.
We did, however continue to plan a small Spanish civil ceremony with immediate family only for our original date in a small city in Galicia. However, as the months went by we decided that too wasn’t looking too likely and decided to cancel. We knew though that we wanted to get married. I’d lost a friend in October 2020, who died in his sleep at the age of 28 and it reminded me just how short and precious life is. I didn’t want to wait one moment longer. So we planned a small ceremony for 3 guests to legally tie the knot in June 2021, with our larger celebration planned still for August next year. We had an incredibly emotional and love filled day and I can’t wait to do it all again with our family and friends - I’ll be sure to share pics and tell you how #BodaPJ part 2 goes!

Tell us all about your wedding theme and colour scheme...

We should have been getting married with 110 friends and family in the North of Spain (where Jorge is from) this August. Due to travel restrictions we postponed quite early in the year (around February) but in May this year we decided we still wanted to get married. We realised it was just not being able to have a wedding stopping us from getting married. So we had a pandemic style, intimate ceremony, followed by a casual lunch in a Spanish tapas restaurant with our three guests. Colour scheme wise, we both love pink and I wanted to be a bit different and save white for my wedding dress next year. I urmed and ahhed over my outfit for weeks, but eventually found a pink coord suit from Zara that was perfect. Jorge wore a pink shirt like he always does, and my flowers had touches of blush in - similar to what we’d planned for our Spanish wedding. We wanted to keep things low key and casual, but also special. 

What kind of ceremony did you have?

We got married in Woolwich Town Hall, as we live locally in Greenwich. The ceremony itself was short - no readings, but we read our own vows. 

What was your favourite part of the day? 

I have a few - my oldest friend Laura coordinating the zoom session with our families, she speaks both English and Spanish and did an incredible job at keeping everyone in the loop and following the ceremony. I also loved looking at each other in the eyes and reading our vows after almost 14 years together. And lastly when our puppy Flo (@Little_Flo_Cavapoo) came down to Woolwich to join us after the ceremony. 

What was the most emotional moment of the day? 

The ceremony - I cried my eyes out as soon as it started and couldn’t stop crying the whole time! Even Jorge cried. 


Advice for future brides… 

Having a pandemic style wedding made me realise what it was all about - just the two of us, sealing our love. Love always wins, people will be happy for you whatever you decide to do. Don’t forget why you’re marrying your person and to be true to yourselves when you plan your special day.

Did you have have anything unusual at your wedding?  

Well apart from my pink outfit… We just did what we wanted to do rather than what we thought we had to do. We had cake and champagne before the ceremony, we just got in an Uber to the town hall. 

What was your favourite wedding purchase? 

My Zara suit & my pink Gigi and Olive veil - after weeks of trying to find the right outfit, as soon as I tried it I knew it was perfect for the vibe I wanted. Plus the veil was so cool and I knew no one else I knew would have a pink veil on their wedding day!

Tell us all about the dress and dress shopping… 

I loved wedding dress shopping for the big wedding, but found shopping for this occasion harder. There’s very few affordable civil ceremony dresses out there, and a lot of them are white, which I had decided I didnt want. It took me a few weeks, 1000s of £ worth of ASOS and Zara orders (and returns) later to find the one. Even then people had opinions about the suit - it was too short/too trendy/not timeless, but I ended up sticking with my gut in an outfit I felt awesome in. And now I can keep wearing it again after the wedding. I felt incredible in it during the day and have had so many people ask me where its from - I actually feel bad as it went in the sale a few weeks ago and sold out!

Tell us all about your wedding cake...

We had a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and home made jam. The cake was designed and made by a friend of a friend, who we recently discovered this year. She’s incredible and lives locally and takes time to talk through what you’re after texture, flavour and style wise. The cake was beautifully elegant, light and simple - perfect for our day.

What food did you have at your wedding?  

We ate cake and drank Moet at our home before the ceremony with our guests. After the ceremony we went to Ember Yard in Soho for a late lunch at 5pm, which is a little Spanish tapas place. Because after all we should have been marrying in Spain! The croquettes were to die for. Later that evening (9:30 pm - Spanish style) the two of us went to Galvin La Chapelle, a French Michelin starred restaurant in London, where we ate a 7 course tasting menu with paired wines. Safe to say I was a bit tipsy afterwards!

Who was your favourite supplier?

Lewis (our photographer) was hands down our best supplier and the best decision we made. Despite not meeting him in person before our ceremony, it felt like we’d known him for ages. He was so lovely and personable and followed me on Instagram before the wedding and got to know us, even before we'd committed to him. J and I can be super awkward at pictures but the pictures look effortless. What I love the most is how much he captured the emotion of our day, you can really feel it through the pictures. 

Best wedding splurge: Champagne - because really it’s not a wedding without some. We drank champagne for about a week and still have lots of bottles left!

Is there anything you wish you'd done differently?

We live near the Blackwall Tunnel which is notorious for traffic. Whilst we endeavoured to leave enough time (or so we thought!) we were 5 mins late to the ceremony. Luckily they still had us, despite telling our photographer we needed to have been there 20 minutes earlier. But that was a stressful car journey, so I definitely wish we had left more time. 

Were there any surprises on the day?

Alun Wyn Jones - captain of the British and Irish Lions rugby team sent me a good luck video (I lead the Vodafone x Lions partnership on social for work, and my lovely team sorted that out for me and sent it the night before. They’d only found out that day I was getting married the next day - safe to say I burst into tears. Jorge hadn’t a clue who he was… eye rolll!

What was the funniest moment of the day?

We wrote our own vows which you have to submit a few weeks before the ceremony, so the registrar can check them, we never heard anything back. On the day the registrar told us we were going to have to read the standardised vows because they hadn’t received my vows and Jorge’s were deemed “inappropriate”.  I really wanted to read our own vows, in our original wedding plans we were to legally marry in a Spanish civil ceremony on the Friday, with my brother conducting a “blessing” ceremony on the big wedding itself - so it was really important to us to keep this personalised element of the civil ceremony. Eventually they found my vows and they were considered too long, Jorge’s were redacted to remove the inappropriate line about my “beautiful bum” and how he promised to love me until I inevitably divorced him for his snoring. The funny thing was his first vow to me was “I promise to continue to make you laugh at inappropriate moments” well he had started as he meant to go on, that’s for sure!

Funniest wedding photograph: The photos where I’m cracking up laughing at Jorge during his vows. 

Worst wedding planning moment: 

Postponing our big wedding - even though it was 100% the right decision, it was still really sad and then knowing pretty much all of our family and friends couldn’t come to our legal day. It’s so hard making that decision. 

Tell us about your Honeymoon...

We haven’t been able to go on a honeymoon yet, but we checked into the Treehouse London in soho for the night and that was pretty cool. We got one of the Lookout King rooms, so had amazing views to sip champagne that evening and eat breakfast the next day.

What was your wedding budget – and did you stick to it? 

We didn’t want to spend more than £2000 on the day, because we are still planning our big wedding next year. We kept just around this number in the end.

Top money saving tip: Don’t get sucked into all the wedding stuff you think you need - ultimately its about marrying your best friend, your partner, you won’t remember the stuff!

Photographer: Lewis Membery

Venue: Woolwich Town Hall

Flowers: Karen Woolven Flowers

Cake: Ray of Cake 

Dress: Zara 

Shoes: ASOS

Suits: Mossbros

Wedding Rings: Debeers

Earrings: Astrid & Miyu

Handbag: Etsy

Veil: Gigi & Olive