I adore this morning’s real wedding, it’s fresh, vibrant and plain city chic.
Abi and Mark were married on the 18th December 2010 on a beautifully snowy day in London. Abi looks sensational in her gorgeous Caroline Castigliano dress and those Jimmy Choos… swoooonnn!!!
Huge thanks to the fabulous Jo, Sheffield based wedding photographer, Shoot Lifestyle Photography for sharing her work today, here is what she had to say about the day;
“We had looked forward to Abi’s wedding for months. We met them whilst photographing her sister Hannah’s wedding and we just fell in love with the whole family. I knew this wedding was going to be fabulous and it truly was …….. beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
The snow freaked us out a little bit when we woke up to raging blizzards and rolling news about London coming to a stand still but we were staying in the same hotel as Abi so we knew that we wouldn’t be too far behind any of the action! In the end I think the snow actually made the wedding and we shot some of my favourite images of the year.
Here’s a link to lots more images from the wedding on my blog…….. http://www.shootphotography.info/2011/01/09/abi-and-mark-one-great-george-street-london/”
On our 4 year anniversary in April 2010, in bed, the morning after going for a slap up meal at Nobu (the plan was for Mark to propose there but it was too public – I should also point out that he had the ring for 3 months before proposing… we went skiing in Feb and he took it up onto the slopes every morning but the time was never right ….bless!). The ring is gorgeous, a platinum solitaire and it even fit me perfectly, there were tears as you can imagine.
The Vision for the day….
The traditional big white wedding – we wanted a fun and laid back wedding but also classy.
The Dress + Accessories…..
The dress was from Caroline Castigliano, I went shopping with my mum and sister Hannah, we went to Caroline Castigliano, Pronovia at Harrods and Joanna Hehir. My dress, which was called Beauty was the 2nd dress I tried on and we all knew then it was the one immediately – though I still went and tried on another 20… well it has to be done. I absolutely adored my dress and felt like a total princess. The skirt was alot more full than I had imagined and we had the lace panel across the middle added for that extra bit of Xmas sparkle.
My shoes were from Jimmy Choo, I wanted to be comfy so went for a lower heel and loved the sparkly gold ones. Also didn’t want anything too strappy as it was December (although my trainers came in very handy in the snow!)
I got my earrings and bridesmaids necklaces online, she was fantastic and I would definitely recommend her – she was called Sarah Kavanagh and has a bridal range.
My diamond earrings were a wedding present from Mark.
I thought I would go for something fairly traditional and full skirt…. but I did try on lots of other styles, just loved this one and the corset made it very flattering.
The Planning process….
Engaged in April and wedding December, so fairly quick but planning was fine. We viewed a number of venues and then saw One Great George Street in Westminster and knew it was the one. A fantastic building set right near to Big Ben and as Mark and I are both born and bred in London we thought a central London wedding would be perfect. (little did we know it would be a white one!). All other plans went very well, I am quite an organised person so just got on with it and every night there were example invites to look at, or lists of invitees to go through, or cake ideas online or colour schemes etc. So it was all very constant and calm. I am not really a stressful person so we both took it in our stride and loved every minute (well I did!)
One Great George Street - a conference, wedding and events venue situated in the heart of Westminster. We had a dedicated wedding coordinator which was fantastic and an amazing help during planning – she planned down to every fine detail, with all the timings you could ever image!.
Mark had a suit tailor mate – by a company called Klipper – he went for a black 2 piece suit and black tie, they also made his shirt. Shoes were from Russel and Bromley. The groomsmen wore red ties to match the maids – though it took some persuading as Mark wanted them all in black.
The Ceremony Readings + Music….
We had 2 readings, one was written by the person and quite emotional and romantic and the other was a bit more light hearted and fun – called ‘He never leaves the toilet seat up’ which I found on Google.
Do pop back later for the STUNNING reception :-) xoxo
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