Emma & Tony had an intimate wedding of just 40 guests in Henley on Thames. Coincidentally this is where I went to college and I have a lot of fond memories of chilling out by the river, most probably while I was supposed to be in lectures – which maybe one of the reasons I love this wedding so much! Anyway, I digress…
The wedding was held at The River & Rowing Museum, a modern wedding venue situated right on the river Thames. A friend of Emma’s is a registrar and it was really special to have her marry them. “The museum was exactly what we were looking for,” Emma told me. “The staff at the museum were fabulous, nothing was too much trouble. Laura, the events planner for the museum, coordinated the wedding and it was great having her their on the day to make sure everything ran to plan so I didn’t have to think about a thing and just enjoy the day. Jeff from Digby Trout Catering with his team delivered the most delicious food that wowed even the London foodies. The seating plan was titled ‘Eat, drink & Be Merry’ and we all certainly were thanks to Jeff and his team – what a gem.”
The museum has its own jetty, right onto the Thames, and so for the evening reception/party, the couple hired the ‘Hibernia’ from Hobbs of Henley. “Sailing down the Thames in the evening watching the world go by while we partied into the night was the perfect end to a wonderful day,” Emma continued. “Michele and the whole team at Hobbs of Henley gave us an evening to remember.”
The bride wore a cappuccino dress made from Italian duchesse silk satin and sparkle tulle. It was designed for her by a friend. Georgina at Atelier Millinery make her a bespoke headpiece to perfectly match her dress. The bride also opted for a corsage instead of a traditional bridal bouquet. “We decided to do a mixture of professional and DIY for our flowers,” she explained. “As it was a simple, modern wedding I realized I didn’t want a wedding bouquet so I opted for a red rose wrist corsage and Tony had a matching buttonhole.”
“We wanted the day to feel like a big dinner party just enjoying the good company, great food and endless wine,” the bride concluded. “It was an informal day with everyone just mingling. I missed half the food as I was busy chatting at the tables and soaking in the atmosphere – it was wonderful. From the flower arranging, to putting together the stationery, to the bunting on the boat and setting up the cheese wedding cake, using family and friends meant it was a muck-in day rather than a manicured affair.”
“It was great to be able to thank everyone for making the day so special. Instead of a champagne toast we decided to go Rock n Roll and give everyone a half bottle to pop the corks and celebrate which was a wow.”
Gloomy and grey weather doesn’t have to spell disaster for your wedding day – and in actual fact I think the darker atmosphere and evening-only event worked perfectly for Sarah & Matt’s gothic-inspired wedding!
The wedding took place at Riverlife, an outdoor activity centre in Brisbane which also has a number of gorgeous venues, perfect for a wedding! The evening event started with pre-ceremony drinks and canapes for the guests. “We’ve been told that our absence at the start really added to the atmosphere, especially with our DIY decorations adorning the venue,” said Sarah when I asked about their idea behind this. “Neither of us were at the venue when the event started. We arrived after the guests had an hour of canapes. While the guests were awaiting our arrival, the decorations served as a talking point, and since they could see that we’d gone to so much effort on the tables, it added to their anticipation to see our outfits and everything else that was to follow.”
The couple chose to DIY a lot of the wedding, not necessarily to save money but to make it personal. “It’s important to be able to look back at what you did for your wedding proudly and without regret,” Sarah told me. “What really sticks out for us is that the event really reflected our personalities and our relationship. And that’s mainly due to the DIY elements.”
The couple made each other’s rings. Sarah also made her own fascinator and all the flowers, boutonnières, favours, centrepiece and stationary. They also chose to omit things they didn’t feel were important to them, for example the transport (they got the ferry!) a videographer and the cake, “We didn’t feel we needed one – a dessert option available with our meal appealed to us enough. It was Death by Chocolate!”
When I first saw these I was like “erm…is that a bed in a river?!” I thought it surely must have been some post production/photo shop trick but no, they actually lugged about 300lb of bed 3/4 of a mile down to a river to get these shots!
“Bottom line-it. was. all. totally. absolutely. worth. it. I’m really pushing my approach and style as an effort to redefine expectations of photography” photographer Hollie told me. “Why shouldn’t my clients be pampered during their shoot and have a photographer who will create an environment of repose-it is after all, about them. I’m just so grateful for Team Lytlefoto and for having adventurous, free-spirited clients who believe in
my crazy ideas.”
I’m so lucky that I get to feature some of the craziest, most alternative and tattoo-gorgeous weddings out there. It’s one of the biggest pleasures of my job! However, occasionally a wedding that may not be the most ‘Rock n Roll’ will hit me between the eyes and give me just as much joy. Tanya & Christan’s Boat Club ‘Love Boat’ wedding at Molesey Boat Club on the Thames has such a simple, love-filled emotion that I couldn’t help but feature.
I was lucky enough to feature photographer Jodie Chapman in my Under the Spotlight series this week…and now I’m lucky enough to be the blog that she selected to showcase her newest engagement shoot which took place on the Southbank of the River Thames in London. Jodie knew this shoot would be perfect for Rock n Roll Bride and that I’d go crazy for the old books, the London Underground map, the old telephone boxes (does anyone use telephone boxes anymore?!) and the London buses, as well as the various quintessentially London locations such as The Tate Modern (which, even though it’s quite a horrific ugly building, she still made look awesome!)
Damien & Nadia live in London (although Damien is originally from France) so they chose to have their engagement session in the UKs capital. Haven’t this pair got that European chic feel? Fabulous fashion indeed.
I may say this all the time, but Jip and Nanat are sooo cute! Gotta love a couple that will done animal heads for their engagement shoot..I kid you not.
Thanks Jeremy as ever for his awesomeness. ps yes the first photo is dorky but I love it!
Marie & David’s chilled out Bristol wedding is so super gorgeous. I am crazy about her quirky, unusual look and their stunning but simple restaurant location.
Thanks to David for sending these!
Credit: David Pullum Photography
Chris & Todd had two reasons to celebrate on their wedding day as Chris was 7 1/2 months pregnant! Her gorgeous dress and bolero were custom made by Elizabeth Dye and complimented her baby bump beautifully. I hope I look this radiant if I ever have kids. The couple incorporated everything they love into the day, as photographer Heather Hawksford described it – ‘canoeing, horseshoe, croquet, Pete Krebs Trio, The Dickle Brothers, cowboys & rockstars chatting over homemade beer’
Sounds perfect huh?
Credit: Heather Hawksford Photography
As soon as these images landed in my inbox early this morning I was desperate to blog them right away! First off the couple are ridiculously beautiful (but that, of course, goes without saying), secondly I have never seen such a gorgeous set of images where it is just the two of them, no barriers, no props, just the newlyweds being themselves. In fact I’m not even sure I’ve ever seen an ‘in bed’ style shoot used as part of a day after session. I love it. The photographs are so intimate and so personal yet done in such as way that there is no element of sleaze…I don’t even feel voyeuristic looking at them They really are just art. Art and love.
We then move onto the bulk of the shoot, where living in Odessa, Texas (a place where there is apparently ‘nothing ‘) doesn’t seem to have made these images anything less than breathtaking. The train, the graffiti, the river, the tree. The gorgeously intimate style continues only this time with a back drop that tantalises the senses all by itself.
If this isn’t enough for you, then be sure to check out the couple’s wedding too!
A huge thank you to Chelsea for sending me these exclusive shots (oh yes, exclusives make me happy!)