Louise and Jim had one of the most chilled out weddings I have ever experienced. It's not often Iturn up at the wedding without having met the bride and groom beforehand. Lou and I had chatted on the phone plenty of times, but between her hectic Masters degree and my busy wedding season, we didn't manage to even have a measly little coffee together. But they made me feel so welcome that I felt part of their friends by the end of the night.
The morning of the wedding, I arrived at busy house: make-up, hair, making sure enough food and drink was being consumed and constant checking of who was winning the Labour leadership vote. The bride wore a stunning Jenny Packham dress and her masses of curly hair in a grecian style updo, just stunning!
We arrived at the venue in a black cab (London wedding staple!). They got married at the beautiful Stoke Newington Town Hall, where they just kept looking into each others eyes and looking as in love as it is possible to be. The ceremony was very sweet, with one of the best men playing guitar during the signing of the register. This was just the beginning of what ended up being a very musical event!
Lou and Jim live on a barge, so they kept their wedding close to the river and chose Lea River Rowing Club as their reception venue. Their guest list was varied, from musicians they both work with to other river dwellers, including 2 newborn twin boys, who were hiding in a wrap on their dad's chest. The happy couple encouraged everyone to bring a cake (some of them where spectacular!), which were then judged by both mothers in true Bake Off style (with prizes for the best). The main evening event was both the bride and groom (plus most of the bridal party and a couple of friends) playing a couple songs for everyone to dance to. Perfect ending to a perfec little day!
Wedding venues: Stoke Newington Town Hall and Lea River Rowing Club
Bride's dress: Jenny Packham
Cakes: Made by all the guests and judged by the mothers of the bride and groom
Music band: The bride, the groom and their friends!