Louisa and Patrick planned their Spring London wedding from their home in Australia and they chose to host their day at Charlton House in the beautiful library. A super cute library theme emerged in the details, complete with book-plate place names, a library card table plan and book favours.
The zingy yellow hues worked so wonderfully throughout, I especially adore the Spring blooms and Louisa’s bouquet sure was a sight to behold. She chose an embellished Pronovias gown which looked so very elegant, while Patrick wore his Australian Army service dress.
Thanks so much to Natasha Hurley for sharing these beautiful images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Patrick wrote the big question in the snow on a weekend away skiing in the Australian Snowy Mountains. A celebratory hot chocolate followed (and bubbles later!). I discovered a few days later that the day he proposed, 10th August, was also the day we first met six years before. A total coincidence, but of course he now claims it was planned!
THE VISION | Something low-key, intimate and relaxed. A day filled with favourite people and favourite things. We live in Sydney so a day back home with friends and family is a rare and wonderful treat! This week in spring is my favourite time of year and always manages to deliver fine weather, and the yellow colour scheme fitted in well with this too.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Complicated by the fact that we were planning a London wedding from our home in Sydney! Big thanks to my mother, Diana, for scouting venues and helping with wedmin.
BUDGET | A splurge was the cost of flights by having our wedding back home in London and honeymoon in Italy (a luxury when you live in faraway Australia!) but a saving was choosing a Friday and avoiding the peak summer months.
THE VENUE | Charlton House, Greenwich, London. It’s beautiful and looks very grand but it’s actually a relaxed and unpretentious venue run by Greenwich council and used for various community events. It’s just round the corner from my mother’s house. The ceremony was in The Long Gallery, followed by drinks outside in the walled Peace Garden, then the reception in The Old Library.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress is by Pronovias, and shoes from Monsoon. The belt was made by my mother-in-law, Lynda. The earrings and bracelet were gifts from my parents, and the hair combs were gifts from my mother-in-law.
FINDING THE DRESS | Chosen all by myself without showing it to anyone. A rare moment of decisiveness for me.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Patrick wore his Australian Army service dress.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We walked down the aisle to Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap (Grandma listened to it in advance on You Tube to familiarise herself with it!). The Owl and the Pussycat and So We’ll Go No More a Roving were read by bestie Ellie and cousin Zoe. Our first dance was to Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My sister, Isabelle, followed us down the aisle in a lovely Ted Baker dress. My friend Ellie was the ring bearer and our mothers signed the register.
THE FLOWERS | Flowers by Lisa (Lisa Jordan). I absolutely loved my bouquet which my mother dried and kept.
THE CAKE | We had a lemon cake made by my lovely friend Tracy featuring the golden wattle, Australia’s floral emblem.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The wonderful Natasha Hurley. We love our selection of digital and film photographs. My favourites are the confetti shots!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We had lots of fun making library themed decorations for The Old Library. Some favourites were the bookplates as name places, library cards tucked into book pages for the seating plan, books as centrepieces and personalised notebooks in the style of a Penguin Classic as gifts for guests. Special mention to Patrick and his blisters – he hand made all the confetti with a heart shaped hole punch and a pile of books.
THE HONEYMOON | Pizza and gelato in Sorrento and Rome.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Catching the number 54 bus to our hotel at the end of the night! Our taxi didn’t turn up and the bus route goes door to door! We have a DVD of the CCTV on the bus to reminisce over (thanks to my father for tracking it down!).
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Try to take your time and not rush through the day, it goes so fast so savour each minute!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Natasha Hurley
Hair | Sarah Roberts
Flowers | Flowers by Lisa
Catering | Relish
Thanks so very much to Louisa and Patrick for sharing their wedding story here at WWW xo Lou