Morning all – today’s real wedding is just perfect for my mood: simple, chic and elegant. I do love a glamorous, Hollywood-inspired bride and Kris and Rob’s wedding did not disappoint. As you all know I like to let the couple and the suppliers tell the story of the day, so here’s the lovely couple’s photographer, John Starns, with his take on shooting this gorgeous real wedding:
“When combining families from opposite sides of the world, there are a few considerations to take into account – including where do you get married and how do you manage it all? To fix these problems, the bride and groom decided to have two weddings – one legal Autumn wedding in London and one big frivolous fun tropical wedding in Bali.
The legal wedding was meant to be small since only the Bride’s mother could travel in the short notice from New Zealand. Luckily, there was a large Kiwi contingent already living in London to balance out the Irish family and friends. Finding a dress with a wedding less than six months away presented its own problems. But the perfect Martina Liana dress was found to suit both weddings at Angelica Bridalin Camden Passage.
The bride’s dream shoes were designed through UpperStreet.com and vintage accessories were borrowed from family members. All of the elements hadn’t been tried together before the wedding so the combination was a risk, but a risk that worked perfectly. Especially with the make up and hair done by the lovely Natasha at Pretty Me Vintage who came to the rescue last minute after a hair stylist disaster.
Having two weddings meant managing costs and expectations, so it was decided that Room 99 in the Islington Town Hall would limit guest numbers to 30 keeping it small and intimate and not stealing the show from Bali. Afterwards, guests moved to The Albion on Thornhill Road in Islington where the wonderful staff had arranged the decorations which had been dropped off to them the night before. Home-made bunting using an old atlas to show the couple’s love of travel and highlight the union between the Irish and New Zealand families as well as borrowed milk jugs with a collection of loose flowers were scattered around the room giving it a special feel. The missing family members left in New Zealand were represented in a banner which had travelled the country collecting messages before it was brought to London by the bride’s mother.
Since it was a late morning wedding, the guests arrived at The Albion to canapés before the suckling pig and beef and ale pie arrived. Hearty fare to aid the celebrations. Clearly the theme of ‘having it all’ was reflected in the cake selection; a chocolate marquis cake from Euphorium bakery in Islington and a delicate and romantic red velvet cake from Kahaila café on Brick Lane. I (John Starns) captured the day – including the moment of panic and terror when the Groom thought he’d lost the Bride’s ring! The intimate setting in The Albion and the midday celebrations meant that all of the guests were relaxed and had a wonderful time before wandering off into the afternoon.”
Images © 2012 John Starns