I have been waiting a long time to feature the wedding of today’s special couple. It’s entirely my fault but I have just found it near impossible to describe in words how perfect the day was. Now I know that most people feel this way about their big days and also the weddings of their close family friends – and they should! – but I have to admit this was one of the most beautiful and sincere weddings I have ever seen or been to. There were so many times that I felt honored to have been invited to such genuinely gorgeous day and so without further adieu I could not be happier to introduce you to the first OMG bride and groom of 2013, Laura & Billy!
I have known and worked with Laura for a few years now, but did not really get the chance to become close with her until she got engaged. She had been together with Billy for many years and I had met him a few times, but I was so excited when she started to come over and chat with me about the details of her wedding and even more thrilled when she asked me to help do her invitations (OMG pressure!!!) Throughout the next 8-9 months, the two of us got to chat wedding stuff on a weekly basis and I loved every minute of it. Having just gotten over all the fun from my wedding, I was feeling a bit of withdrawal (if possible) and really just loved seeing someone else make the kinds of decisions that I had just been previously made. Laura also happened to be one of the most chilled out brides I think I have ever met.
Laura and Billy chose to get married at the beautiful Stoke Newington Town Hall followed by a reception at their local, The Queens Pub. Now I’m already a huge fan of Stoke Newington Town Hall having seen another close friend married there a few years ago and so it was no surprise to me that the space turned out perfectly. I love the dark wood of the seats and walls and beautiful domed ceiling – it was such a lovely place for the ceremony and Laura looked incredible walking down the aisle in her Pronovias dress with OMG amazing diamante strap going all the way down her back. Obviously I was already crying my face off in my seat next to another friend and colleague Laura of Elle Tea. The bridesmaids looked super chic in mismatching black dresses and Maisie, another avid fashion blogger and Billy’s daughter, looked beautiful in a sparkly cream dress. All the girls had their makeup done by the fabulous Theresa MaCleod Beauty.
Billy looked equally dashing in his suit by Cerrutti, as did his son Alfie and the whole ceremony was just fantastic.
After a super swish glass of champagne following the ceremony, we all hopped on big red London buses and headed over to The Queens for dinner and dancing.
Laura had described the pub to me before, but I was not prepared for A. the totally awesome floral displays by Paul Furness outside the entrance with the super cool wrought iron signage and B. the equally amazing interior surrounding a central bar that all looked a bit like we were in a movie. Each table was beautifully set up with gorgeous, super chic monochromatic white flowers and everyone had a little button with their names on it that corresponded with the seating chart.
Dinner was delish and the speeches were so heartfelt and emotional, it could not have been a more beautiful evening. It was during Billy’s speech that I again felt so lucky to have been included in such a genuinely special moment between two people, their awesome friends very loving families.
The evening carried on with a photobooth outside which of course was awesome and loads of dancing and chatting with friends. All in all it was a fabulous evening and I am so happy to be sharing these gorgeous photos by none other than Ann Katrin Koch!
I met Ann 2 years ago when we had tables across from each other at the Designer Vintage Bridal Fair. We spend two rather hectic days sipping coffee, chatting about cats and eating cake pops. Ann’s super chilled out and friendly personality was the perfect match for Laura and Billy and the moments she was able to capture digitally and on film are priceless. Also worth mentioning is the fact that in order to get the group shot outside of the town hall, Ann, without hestiation, jumped onto her second shooter, Adam’s (from Rock My Wedding) shoulders with the utmost of grace and poise grace and poise 😉
Thanks so much to Ann Katrin Koch for sharing these photos and for capturing the day so beautifully!
Advice from the Bride:
Don’t do anything you think you should do, do the things you want.
Best decision made:
To have a very laid back day, to include as many friends as possible in the planning of the party and to have a really good laugh