It’s for photos like these (scroll down!) that I loved being booked till the bitter end. This stuff just doesn’t happen before 8pm! Abigail and Ian got married at the gorgeous Belair House in London. In Japanese tradition (the groom Ian’s dad is Japanese), Abigail made 1000 paper cranes for good luck – when she emailed me to book me as her wedding photographer, she told me “only another 940 go” and I said she’d be sick of them. It turns out she made 1400 in the end – and is still going! Of all the things to be addicted to, it’s not the worst. She even made one to calm her nerves while she was getting ready, and held on tight to it throughout the ceremony.
After the ceremony they cut the cake and served it with tea – ideal instead of canapes because let’s be honest, who’s going to eat cake when they’re half cut and throwing shapes on the dancefloor? Nobody, in my experience! The cake was topped with their favourite things – a seal, a polar bear, a golden crane, a bowling pin (they met at a sticky bowling alley) and a Harry Potter book. The 1000 cranes served as a backdrop for the ceremony, hanging from a pergola, and they featured on the dinner tables too.
Before the first dance they played the Shoe Game, which involves sitting back to back and holding one of each shoe, and answering questions such as “who made the first move?” or “who is more messy?” – scores are based on whether they answer the same – by holding up the shoe of that person. After the game they put on each other’s shoes and Ian did a little jog for us in Abigail’s shoes!
The wedding ended with a sparkler exit – which went well and didn’t end up with my hair on fire as I expected! It was an awesome fun wedding, and these guys are such a great couple. Check em out!
Dress: Katerina Scola for Berketex Brides // Suit: Dress2Kill (Groom’s suit) / Debenham’s hire // Bridesmaids’ dresses: Phase Eight // Hair and make up: Louise Heywood // Florist: Stem Flowers // Cake maker: M&S (pork pie cake by Nelson’s Butchers, Stamford) // DJ: James Fisher (Capital Nightlife) // Catering:Belair House // Hand-painted bridal shoes by Middo Shoes
Planning a London wedding?
Here are a few more awesome London weddings:
The Peasant wedding – Zoe and Paul
Star Wars themed wedding at The Peasant – Simon and Hannah
The Peasant winter wedding
Neon rave wedding at The Peasant Pub
The Asylum, a beautiful crumbling old chapel
The Swan at the Globe, a restaurant overlooking the Thames
The Alma, a cosy pub