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Intimate Wedding with a Ride on the London Eye

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Fay and Matt met at a fancy dress party in Chester but their first official date was in London, where they now live. So when they came to plan their intimate wedding in May of this year, London was the obvious choice.

“We both wanted to get married just in front of our immediate family and a few friends”, Fay explained. “We booked our date just four months ahead and our inspiration was to keep it low-key and fuss-free. Both living in London, we also wanted to show our guests a fun day out with a real taste of the capital.”

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“We picked Chelsea Old Town Hall for the ceremony because it was an area neither of us were familiar with (plus you get to walk out on those iconic steps). We never got round to visiting it beforehand, so it was a beautiful surprise on the day! Food was really important to us and with a small number of guests we were able to choose a good restaurant. Having booked Merchants Tavern (on a recommendation from a friend), we then joined the dots by booking a private capsule on the London Eye, which was a gift from my brother and sister-in-law, for champagne on our way back. It was such a special experience with amazing views.”

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Finding the Perfect Christmas Party Outfit at The Revival Retro Boutique

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Running your own business is probably one of the best things ever, but the fact that you don’t get a Christmas party along with the rest of society is very sad indeed! So my fellow self-employed babes and I are planning on throwing our own cocktail, Cava and Mexican food shindig this weekend. It’s going to be epic and of course there’s only one thing on my mind… finding a brand new outfit!

I’m honesty a bit boring with my everyday clothes (or you could just say I know what I like) but either way I tend to stick to quite similar things. My daily uniform is a midi or maxi skirt, black boots, and a well-cut tee. I often wear head-to-toe black, but I go to town on too many accessories. Rainbows headbands, a cacophony of hot pink bangles, multiple necklaces layered on top of one another…yes please!

Now, I don’t know about you, but as a size 12, ample bosomed woman over 30, I have a love/hate relationship with the great British high street. I’m too old for Topshop, not quite old enough for M&S, so finding something comfortable and well-fitted that isn’t too short and doesn’t look like a potato sack is a constant battle.

Enter The Revival Retro Boutique:

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I appreciate a more retro look but I’m not really one to shop vintage. I just don’t have the patience and the sizing is usually too small. However when retro inspired clothing fits really well it looks better than anything. The cuts are way more flattering and I love that the emphasis is on accentuating the waist and boobs without being too short or too slutty. I have a friend, Charlotte, that always looks like she’s stepped right out of the 1940s and oh my goodness, she looks so fabulous! I was ready to try on something different so on a freezey Tuesday morning I hopped on the Tube to Tottenham Court road to visit the boutique.

The shop (and accompanying e-commerce store) specialises in clothing inspired by beautiful bygone eras, particularly the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. They take their cues from old Hollywood glamour and style icons such as Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Ava Gardener. Set up by Rowena Howie, who at the age of 27 was just as sick as I am of the high street offerings, she wanted to have a place where women of all shapes and sizes could buy pieces that would flatter their figures and fit in with their modern lifestyles.

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Sparkly, DIY-Heavy Brixon Warehouse Wedding

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Nat and Drew’s Brixton wedding was pretty, sparkly, but most of all a celebration for them and their friends and family. “Our inspiration was us”, the bride said. “We planned the kind of party we wanted to go to. We chose London because it’s where we have made our home together, but we wanted to put our hearts into it and it just sort of evolved that way. The day was for us, and if we were happy then everyone else would be too.”

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“The theme, if we had to have one, was city warehouse chic with vintage and sparkle. One of the most important things to me personally was to customise our wedding myself, to feel like it was all a part of us.  I took a lot of inspiration from the articles I read in Rock n Roll Bride magazine actually. The mags helped provide about 80% of the images on my mood board! I decided quite early on to use the tutorial for making paper pinwheels from an old issue and from there it just grew.”

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Brixton Warehouse Wedding

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Carla and Cris, both from South America, met in London when a mutual friend introduced them. They were married in Brixton in March. “We wanted to have a London wedding with a twist that was memorable for our guests, especially those coming from abroad”, said the bride. “We love the city and we wanted something that was more like a good party than a traditional wedding.”

“We were inspired by the places we like to go out in East London and we wanted the wedding to be held in an alternative place. After our ceremony at Wandsworth Town Hall we had our reception at Brixton East, a nineteenth century furniture warehouse that can be hired for events.”

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The wedding was urban with homely touches. “We loved the decorating part”, Carla continued. “We went to the flower market in Vauxhall to get plenty of nice flowers and decorated the venue the day before with the help of friends and family. That was quite special, and part of the nice things of having so many people around. I also curated the music for the ceremony and the party.”

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“We had a tight budget so we didn’t splash the cash on anything, really. We probably could have got a cheaper venue and photographer but we didn’t want to! Those were the two things we didn’t want to cut corners on or risk getting wrong.”

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Pinapples, Flamingos and all the Colours of the Rainbow: A Tropical South East London Wedding

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If you love colourful and fun weddings then stand by and prepare to be dazzled by Lucy and Ravi’s totally tropical London wedding! Inspired by pineapples, flamingos, tropical flowers and all the colours of the rainbow, this is one wedding that I’m seriously excited to share with you today!

The wedding was held at Asylum Chapel in Peckham. “We’ve always had an interest in bright, bold and colourful culture”, began the bride. “With Ravi’s family hailing from Sri Lanka, and my background as a textile designer and art director, we really wanted to combine a taste of South Asia with a glorified kids party. Peckham is our home and we wanted to support the amazing local businesses in South-East London and celebrate the local people we love who do such amazing things.”

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“We also made the decision to split our wedding over two days”, she continued. “The ceremony at Asylum was a day for our family and closest friends. We then threw a huge party in a pub the next day so that we could celebrate with our entire friendship group and not worry about upsetting any Nanas.”

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Glamorous One Mayfair Wedding

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When the bride is an event designer, you just know her wedding is going to be astronomically beautiful! Clementine and Crispin’s winter wedding was held at the gorgeous One Mayfair in London.

“I am an event and wedding planner by trade so have seen A LOT of weddings”, she said. “We wanted ours to be different and personal and felt the pressure that our friends and family had high expectations of what we’d do. I wanted a winter wedding as I’ve seen too many couple’s pin their hopes on a glorious summer’s day only to be disappointed by the British weather.”

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“We started by viewing my favourite venue in London, One Mayfair, and luckily Crispin loved it too. As the venue is an old church we took a little gothic inspiration from there and ended up with a gold, black and ivory theme. As it’s a dry hire space, we had to bring everything from all the lighting to all the furniture in so that ended up being the biggest expense. It was totally worth it though.”

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