A Simple & Stylish Chelsea Wedding

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Happy Monday, i hope you have an exciting fun packed week ahead. Lets kick start things with one super beautiful celebration.

Robert and Sarah married at Chelsea Old Town Hall followed by a reception at the Chelsea Arts Club. Simple and stylish was order of the day, with little tradition and lots of guests for a big party.

Sarah looked utterly chic in her Joanne Fleming dress and that sweet birdcage veil with red lips and nails to complete her look. Robert looked the dashing groom in a grey suit from Next. The bridesmaids look so very pretty in their mismatched blue dresses and i love the relaxed blue colour scheme to the day.

Thanks so much to the wonderful Draw Down The Stars for sharing their photography with us today, here is what they had to say;

“We were super excited to be photographing Rob and Sarah’s wedding, having photographed Rob’s sisters wedding before. We knew we would be seeing some familiar faces, alongside some very artistic new ones!

I fell in love with Sarah’s dress and makeup, she looked absolutely stunning! Especially the bird cage veil, such a romantic look!

It was lovely to go to a wedding without all the ‘wedding things’, i.e receiving line, table plan, sit down meal, lots of speeches and regulated times. The day flowed really well and it left Rob and Sarah lots of time to speak to their guests and enjoy the food! With the light fading fast we stole Rob and Sarah away from the party for a few minutes to get some photo’s of just the two of them, and I love the one of Sarah spinning in her dress! It was the perfect dress for twirling in! Huge thanks to Sarah and Rob for choosing us as their wedding photographers, we loved every second of it!”


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Names…. Robert & Sarah

Wedding Date…. Saturday 29th of September 2012 4pm

The Proposal…. By Rob, in Fez, Morocco, September 2011.

The Vision for the day…. A simple but stylish wedding, non-religious and with no traditional rules. As many guests as possible (no children) and a venue that would be easy for guests to reach, more drink than food, great music, dancing.

The Planning process…. Relatively straightforward! We booked the venues and photographer a year ahead. Organised the bride’s dress in February. Invitations were made by the groom’s sister. The last couple of months before the wedding were busy with last minute details, but our aim was always to keep it simple and as stress-free as possible.

Budget…. Our budget was £5,000.

The Venue… Chelsea Old Town Hall for the ceremony and the Chelsea Arts Club for the reception. (We were very lucky to be allowed to use the Chelsea Arts Club, a private members club in central London. It’s not normally available for weddings, but as the groom works there, we were given special permission for the reception.)

The Dress + Accessories…..
The dress was a bespoke design by Joanne Fleming. 1950s birdcage made to order by Birdcage Veil Boutique (online). Pearl earrings from David de Yong. Pearl bracelet a gift from bride’s mother. Makeup by Tori Harris.

Finding the dress…. I was looking for a 1950s style dress and came across Joanne Fleming on a 1950s wedding blog. After an initial consultation, she sketched a design and sent some materials. It was exactly what I was after, and from there I had an appointment every couple of months as she created the dress.

Groom’s attire… A grey suit bought in the Next sale, white shirt by DKNY, blue tie from Sebastian Coventry’s stall in Portobello Market, Black shoes from …. Somewhere in the Westfield Centre?, Black belt by Bally. Also a flower and Chelsea Arts Club broach.

The Readings + Music…. While people were entering and sitting down: Drive all Night        Bruce Springsteen, You’re a big girl now    Bob Dylan, The wind        Cat Stevens, While the bride walked down the aisle: Njosnavelin        Sigur Ros, As the register was being signed: She smiled sweetly    The Rolling Stones, Stephanie Says        The Velvet Underground. As the bride and groom exited, Inni mer syngur vitleysingur        Sigur Ros.

The readings were The Presence of Love by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (read by the groom’s mother) and Not Only by Brian Patten (read by a friend of the bride).

The first dance: Sweet thing        Van Morrison. The reception music was a playlist put together by the groom. (We saved a lot of money by doing the music ourselves.)

Beautiful bridesmaids….. The bride chose to have 7 bridesmaids and they all bought their own dresses. The bride asked them to choose a knee-length dress in any blue – just not pale blue. Didn’t see any of the dresses beforehand but on the day they all worked together really well and the girls all felt happy with what they were wearing. Plus they all had something they would wear again.

The Flowers… By the groom’s mother. White roses, freesia, lavender and ivy. Studded with pearls.

The Cake… White chocolate, from Marks and Spencers.

Your Photographer…. Harriet Eaglestone, Draw Down the Stars.

The Details + Decor…. We avoided any kind of theme. A friend had painted pictures of us as children (!) and these were displayed at the reception venue. A very loose blue and ivory colour scheme, but this only really extended to the flowers, bridesmaids, and ribbons on the cake.

The Honeymoon…. Two weeks in San Francisco, starting the morning after the wedding.

Memorable moments… All of our guests walking with us up the Kings Road in London, from the Town Hall to our reception venue (ten minutes away). Passers-by congratulating us and saying it looked like a film!

Advice for other couples… Try and plan the wedding yourselves without too much interference from friends/ family. It is your day and you should be the one to choose how it goes. Weddings are big business for loads of companies and everything related to them is overpriced. Try and avoid typical wedding nick nacks which you don’t need, like those big bow ties on the back of chairs etc. Just because everybody else has them doesn’t mean that they look cool or are necessary. If you are on a budget, don’t try and have a traditional wedding with less people. It is better to have a cheaper wedding with loads of guests than a small gathering with expensive food. You don’t have to have a sit down meal, people come to wedding to drink not to eat! Buffet food is fine, as long as there is enough of it for everyone. People socialise more when they are up on their feet, and will enjoy dancing more later on if they don’t have a 3 course meal inside them. Save money on your wedding to spend on the honeymoon! We also chose to have an autumn wedding to make the honeymoon cheaper (mid-summer would have been too expensive for flights etc). An afternoon ceremony gives the bride more time to get ready, guests traveling from far afield to have time to arrive without having to set off the day before, and more importantly eliminates the lull period that can occur between an early morning ceremony, lunch and the evening party. Try and get the best photographer you can, the day goes by in a blur and the photos are your memories. Also it helps if your mum is a florist and you work at the Chelsea Arts Club!

Credit where credit is due…

Joanne Fleming http://www.joanneflemingdesign.com/  (dress)

Tori Harris http://toriharrismakeup.co.uk/  (makeup)

M&S cake http://www.marksandspencer.com/Wedding-Cakes-Food-to-Order-Food-Wine/b/72561031

Draw Down The Stars (photography)


What what an amazing wedding, and all on a budget of £5000, just incredible. Thanks so much to Robert and Sarah for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today XOXO Lou

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