I am absolutely loving the wedding we have to share with you today. Charlie and Liam wanted to tie the knot in East London as it’s where they met and now live together. They wanted to keep things easygoing and simple but my oh my is it all just beautiful!
Following a ceremony at St John the Baptist Church in Leytonstone on the 21st July 2018, their reception took place in the Ballroom above the Red Lion Pub, a space which, with a little help, was completely transformed from its self-confessed rustic look. Elegant simplicity was the vision, with pretty bud vase florals and beautiful tall black candles making for such a stunning dining space. The tableware is modern and the whole look is timeless, just gorgeous.
I really love that Charlie and Liam decided to get to the bar first so that they could hand the drinks to their guests as they arrived, what a great way to make sure you manage to greet everyone.
Our pair loved their photographs by Lee of Robbins Photographic and I’m a big fan too! Thank you so much Lee for sharing these beautiful images with us today.
It was during a trip to Nicaragua. We were flying out together for a friends wedding when Liam was stopped at the airport and couldn’t fly due to complications with his visa. I nervously had to fly ahead on my own. Liam made it the next night at 11pm on New Years Eve. I was so happy to see him and we went straight out onto the streets ready for the NYE count down at which point he proposed. We spent the next few days on a small island off the mainland just the two of us before joining our friends for the wedding.
The plan was to create something clean and simple without too much fuss. I wanted things to look elegant and effortless but still beautiful and personal. It was important the wedding felt like a special day with friends and not too structured and formal.
The Planning Process
I am organised and knew what I wanted so it wasn’t hard to put the basic plans together. We wanted to get married in east London as it’s where we met and where we now live together. I worked with Beatnik Bride on the wedding styling and consultation who were amazing. They were incredible at sourcing all of the elements and bringing it together on the day with faultless attention to detail. We also made the most of having a talented group of friends by getting everyone involved with their speciality.
St John the Baptist Church Leytonstone followed by The Ballroom above The Red Lion pub.
Your Outfits & Accessories
My best friend and bridesmaid Jess designed my dress, she knows me very well and based the design on a relaxed kimono shape which is a style she knows I loved. It was important I felt myself on the day rather than dressed up as someone else so didn’t want anything too traditionally bridal. I wore Luna Bea ear cuffs, which were made from hand cut and embroidered silk organza blossoms, they really worked with the simplicity of my dress. In the evening I changed into a full sequinned Charlie Brear jumpsuit for dancing. Liam’s suit was also made by a friend, he chose a textured charcoal coloured fabric and a simple knitted tie with a narrow collared shirt.
A very good friend of mine who is a hair and make up artist did my beauty on the morning. She knows I usually go for quite a natural look so did a brilliant job of making me feel special but not like I had too much make-up on. It was lovely to have her with me in the morning and she was on hand throughout the day to touch up.
Groomsmen were asked to wear their own suits and were gifted a grey knitted tie to so they had an element that matched Liam. They all already had suits that they had chosen for other occasions and suited them as individuals we didn’t see the point in buying something they might not be as comfortable in just to match.
Bridesmaids were asked to choose a full length dress or jumpsuit in black and all selected slightly different outfits that worked for them. Both of my sisters are mums to young children so I wanted them to wear something comfortable and practical. My little nieces Aurora and Eden wore little white dresses from Accessorize with black bows in their hair. And they all had matching bouquets, they looked beautiful together.
The Readings & Music
We had a local gospel choir singing in the church who were incredible, I walked down the aisle to ‘Say a little prayer’ and we left the church to ‘Oh happy day’. My dad had selected a reading of lyrics from a Bruce Springsteen song ‘If I should fall behind’ read by my friend Amy.
A friend and incredibly talented florist Cressida Jamison worked on our flowers. She did an exceptional job of translating my brief and adding her own romantic, relaxed style. As I have a love for pottery she suggested we create bespoke vessels for the tables which we achieved with the help of one of Liam’s best men Luke (a budding potter). The handmade pots coupled with Cressida’s incredible choice of blooms created a delicate and natural looking flow of single stem arrangements down the length of the three long trestle tables.
The brilliant Lee Robbins. He was so good at keeping things natural by avoiding too many staged posed shots and focused on capturing the day and everyone’s enjoyment. He also managed to capture all of the small details I didn’t manage to appreciate on the day so it was so lovely to see the day as a whole once we received the pictures.
There is a local bakery, The wild goose Bakery a few doors down from the pub who made our wedding cake. One layer coconut and jam and the other lemon and buttercream. We didn’t end up cutting the cake on the day but it made a great sugary incentive after packing down the next day.
The Details & Décor
The pub is self confessed rustic in its appearance so Beatnik Bride did an incredible at smoothing out its rougher edges to create a truly impressive space. I loved the idea of covering the floors of the reception space in Persian rugs and created huge curtains to separate the reception space from the dining room.
We went to Portugal for a week by the coast and then had a big group of friends come out and join us for the second week and hired a couple of villas.
Liam and I arrived at the venue first and handed out drinks at the bar to all of the guests as they arrived which was a great way to say hello to everyone. I felt strongly about doing a speech and it was such a nice moment being able to thank everyone and share my love for Liam with the room.
Advice For Other Couples
Don’t feel the need to tick all of the box’s when it comes to traditional structure of a wedding, select the elements you want and don’t worry about the rest.
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Wowzers! Thank you so much for sharing your easygoing elegant day with us Charlie and Liam. Rachel x