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Bridal preparations Cala lily bouquetGroom's preparationsPre-wedding at Chelsea Old ChurchSassi Holford bridal gownLondon wedding bus, Lord's weddingCouple shots at Lord'sPeggy Porschen green and white mini cakesWedding at the Long Room at Lord's - flowers and tablesBride and groom at Lord's cricket ground

Catherine and Jeremy’s London wedding took place at Chelsea Old Church and guests were then transported to Lord’s cricket ground by a fleet of traditional red buses.  As a London wedding planner, I loved creating this wedding – we started with a palette of fresh green and ivory – simple but oh so stylish.

Catherine chose a bespoke Sassi Holford gown; exquisite hand beaded silk and a birdcage veil to complete her modern day bridal look. Mel Kinsman was on hand to work her magic – one of my most trusted colleagues who never fails to create a beautiful, timeless look on her brides.

Marianne and her team from Sweet Pea Flowers created all the arrangements for the wedding – I love working with Marianne on London weddings and those further afield; she has an ability to immediately interpret the brief perfectly and this was no exception.  Working with our ivory and green palette she created a simple bouquet of cala lilies which enhanced the clean lines of Catherine’s gown and for the reception tall arrangements of the lilies, ivory and lime green hydrangea, roses and lots of foliage made an elegant addition to the tables.

Lord’s is an incredible venue, so it was very special to be able to create a wedding in this space. Canapes and champagne were served in the Pavillion Terrace, overlooking the ground itself. This was a lovely intimate space and perfect for entertaining the guests who had travelled from all corners of the world to be preset. Guests mingled and listened to the sounds of a string quartet, before making their way to the Long Room for the wedding breakfast prepared by the talented chefs at Lord’s.

The Long Room itself is so iconic – filled with the world’s finest collection of cricket art and with the most amazing views over the hallowed turf we stayed with our simple decor and let the setting speak for itself. Crisp white linen, stylish calligraphy and crystal glassware completed the tall floral arrangements and tables were named after the Channel Islands where the couple were moving to after their marriage.

Peggy Porschen created the most delicious and pretty combination of her mini cakes to complement the colour scheme which were served as dessert.  Featuring delicate stripes, pastel green silk ribbons and the most fragile of sugar flowers they worked perfectly alongside the colour and grandeur of the room itself.

This was a super stylish, elegant wedding and was captured perfectly by Mason Photography. Catherine and Jeremy were the most lovely couple to work with and it was a pleasure to create a beautiful London wedding for them.

Photography Mason Photography // Venue Lord’s // Gown Sassi Holford // Flowers Sweet Pea Flowers // Cake Peggy Porschen // Make-up and Hair Mel Kinsman

 

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Sophie and Chris were blessed with the most perfect weather for their pretty outdoor Surrey wedding in the Springtime. Following their wedding ceremony at Tilford church, where their two pups acted as ring bearers, guests made their way back to Sophie’s family home on a fleet of vintage buses for a drinks reception, dinner and dancing.

Inspired by the picturesque setting, particularly the most gorgeous wall of ancient wisteria, Sophie opted for a colour palette of blush, lilac and purple with a hint of orange to give a nod to Chris’s Dutch heritage. A string quartet played in the background while guests enjoyed a drinks reception which included Sophie’s Mum’s homemade lemonade and shortbread biscuits, champagne and canapes.

The marquee was light and bright and filled with hundreds of paper pom poms, beautiful blousy blooms including peonies, hydrangea and roses from Blomster and at each place setting sat a jar of home-made jam finished with a liberty print fabric top. Vintage cups & saucers and purple water glasses completed the look. Guests feasted on a fabulous wedding breakfast, the highlight of which was a DIY eton mess dessert – piles of meringues, cream and berries were served to each table and guests helped themselves to the sweet delights.

The speeches were emotional yet hilarious and culminated in a performance with orange props-a-plenty by the groomsmen! The guest were treated to a fabulous band who played throughout the night and kept everyone on the dancefloor. Bride and groom’s cocktails, a sweetie table guest book and late night cheese on toast ensured they were fuelled for a night of partying!

“Sophie and Chris your love for each other was so clear to see from our first meeting; I had such fun planning this with you and wish you lots of love for the future together”

Planning, design and styling: Kim Balasubramaniam // Photography: Eddie Judd // Catering: Kalm Kitchen // Florals: Blomster // Cake: Lesley Grant // Marquee: Carron marquees // String quartet: Estilo // Car: Country Style Cars // Vintage buses: Ages Past

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Amelia and Allan’s wedding was full of pretty flowers, thoughtful touches and the laughter of friends and family. Inspired by the beautiful setting of their family home, we worked together to create a pretty as a picture English garden wedding. The home has been in their family for generations and Amelia’s own parents had their wedding pictures taken under the very same tree in the pictures above; the love that all the family had for one another really shone through throughout the whole planning process and of course on the day itself.

At the heart of this celebration were the couple’s young children who performed their bridesmaid and page boy duties with aplomb and looked utterly gorgeous in their ivory and sage green outfits. This colour palette carried through to the adult bridesmaids dresses and in the flowers where a touch of blush pink was also added; Ruby & Grace did an amazing job creating the most beautiful bouquets for Amelia and her girls, and stunning arrangements throughout the church, garden and marquee.

We were blessed with perfect weather for guests to enjoy champagne and canapes in the gardens; with many flying in from overseas this was a great opportunity for them to catch up with old friends and for the two families to celebrate Amelia & Allan’s union. A caricaturist provided some light entertainment and a steel band played throughout, giving a nod to Allan’s Caribbean roots.

The marquee was hung with hundreds of pastel paper lanterns which looked so pretty against the simple ivory draping. Tables were laid with ivory linen and adorned with fragrant floral arrangements; tall candelabra and silver bowls full of roses, hydrangeas, eucalyptus and trailing ivy. Chairs were tied with a single ivory rose and Cutture’s laser cut stationery looked magical. Amelia made favours for all the guests, and pale pink & green water glasses completed the look.

As the night faded, flickering candles and pea lights made the whole space feel romantic; after cutting their spectacular cake Amelia & Allan made their way to the dancefloor for their first dance. The party continued into the night, fuelled by cocktails and the sounds of the band; one night that the whole family will never forget.

“Amelia & Allan it was an absolute joy to work with you both and bring your dreams to life; we had so much fun! Your family is super special & I wish you nothing but love for the future together.”

Planning, design & co-ordination: Kim Balasubramaniam // photography: Polly Alexandre // catering: Kalm Kitchen // florals: Ruby & Grace // stationery: Cutture // dress: Maggie Sottero at Miss Bush // make-up: Mariam Jensen // cake: Cakes by Krishanthi // bridesmaids dress: Nicky Macfarlane

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I was delighted to see my Old Masters inspired shoot featured in You & Your Wedding magazine this month. This wedding styling inspiration shoot has to be one of my favourite yet – I love the bold colours, statement stationery and the amazing cake.

Old Masters inspired wedding tablescape

I have always been inspired by art, in particular the Old Masters style of paintings – having planned and styled weddings at venues such as Dulwich Picture Gallery the two are often intertwined. I wanted to capture the essence of the paintings in this wedding styling; the rich, blousy florals coupled with sumptuous feasts and the bold, jewel like colours set against moody dark backgrounds when I designed the shoot and The George in Rye was a perfect location.

The Benson Room at the George is painted in dark Farrow & Ball grey and has an original stripped wooden floor, which was ideal for the slightly rustic yet refined feel of the shoot.

Old Masters inspired tablescape wooden table

For the main tablescape, a centrepiece of bright blousy flowers including anemones, ranunculus, trailing jasmine and clematis leaves was placed to one side, and a foliage trail followed the length of the table. Single stems were placed in seashells foraged from the beach giving both a nod to the venue’s location and the paintings’ origins. Vintage brass candlesticks lined the centre, which were filled with black and burgundy candles. At each place setting a black granite plate sat atop a wooden charger and personalised menu cards were made for each guest; the hand drawn blooms adding a pop of colour to each space. Cut glass water goblets and crystal wine glasses completed the look and I used ghost chairs to both add a touch of modernity to the table and so that you could see all the detail through.

Old Masters inspired wedding styling at The George in RyeOld Masters inspired wedding reception at The George in Rye

One of the predominant features of the Old Masters style is the sumptuous feasts full of fruit, breads, whole hams and a myriad of other delights. My wonderful friend and super talented food stylist Jen Middlehurst created the most amazing display of cheeses, charcuterie and fruit which would have been fit for any banquet.

Rustic styled charcuterie station

Rustic style cheese station

For the table plan I wanted it to feel as though the cards were floating in the frames; tables were named after artists and the old frames hung on the walls, adorned with small posies of the flowers from the main table. The stationery was detailed with the most exquisite hand painted bright florals on black card with gold details and calligraphy.

Berin Made stationery suiteFramed wedding table plan

One of the most impressive parts of this shoot was the stunning cake. Zoe Clarke totally nailed the brief and knew exactly what I was after as soon as I met with her. It was brave to go for a black cake, but I wanted something completely different and show stopping; it worked perfectly with the rest of the shoot and really brought everything together.

Black wedding cake with hand painted flowers

I so love designing inspiration shoots – it is a fabulous opportunity to collaborate with a bunch of super talented people, you can really let your imagination run wild and create something special. Watch this space for the next one…!

The Dream Team

Styling: Kim Balasubramaniam

Photographer: Wookie Photography

Venue: The George in Rye

Food styling: Jen Middlehurst

Crockery, glassware & candlesticks: Classic Crockery

Linen: Just 4 Linen

Cake: Zoe Clarke

Stationery: Berin Made

Flowers: Alex Ball

Chairs: Academy Furniture Hire

PR: Something Blue PR

 

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I was beyond thrilled when Daisy and Haibin’s beautiful wedding was featured on one of my favourite wedding blogs, Style me Pretty. They featured my own wedding way back when, so it’s always held a special place in my heart and is one of the world’s leading resources for wedding design ideas and inspiration.

You can read the full feature here and see some of their gorgeous imagery below. Shot by the super talented Zosia Zacharia.

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