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A Unitarian wedding in London

If music be the food of love… today’s wedding blog is a treat! Haley and Nick had a Unitarian wedding in London, with music playing a key part in their wedding day. Groom Nick is a former member of legendary influential English post-punk band Killing Joke. It follows that this has to be the coolest wedding ever featured on a UK wedding blog!

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Nick and Haley chose Fiona Campbell as their wedding photographer. Fiona told me, “Nick (now the solo singer of 30,000 Days) and Haley got married in June at Hampstead’s Rosslyn Chapel. Lots of wonderful musicians made it into a memorable day – the couple even had their very own Hollywood love song created for the day. They particularly wanted a relaxed wedding, and focused on stunning flower displays, a cool car and – of course – stunning music.

Fiona has recently won an award with the elite international Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalists – if you’re looking for a London wedding photographer visit her website at www.fionacampbelllondon.com.
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Nick and Haley’s Unitarian wedding in London

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Who proposed, and how?

Nick, on Richmond hill. Just popped the question, no knees involved.

Wedding venue: Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London

Wedding photographer: Fiona Campbell www.fionacampbelllondon.com

How would you describe your wedding style?

Just our own thing I guess, I couldn’t give it a name.

The wedding ceremony:

Religious or civil? Unitarian- spiritual without any fixed religion. Not many people take that route: Really it’s religious AND civil, because you are allowed to mention religious imagery if you want to but it can be whatever you want.

Unitarian chapels are inclusive and on a week-to-week basis they will preach sermons from Christian to Kabbalistic to Pagan to Vedic Philosophy, to 20th century philosophy, with a congregation who are happy to draw upon all of it.

In a civil ceremony you are not allowed to mention anything religious , even the word “Angels” so we were told.

Which readings did you choose? Khalil Gibrahn and Rumi
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The wedding reception:

What were your highlights? The whole thing. Possibly the Irish Band kicking in and my dad doing the can-can.

Venue styling and details: Reception is a shabby chic, black walled warehouse vibe with art covering the walls and candle wax pouring out of every corner.

Music and entertainment: Made our own playlists and got a great Irish band

What did you wear? Haley: Monsoon white Grecian number I believe, Nick a Grey Paul Smith 3 piece

Memorable moments: Apart from being pronounced man and wife, driving in an open topped Citroen 2CV to the reception was lovely, especially as it wasn’t raining. We had a closed-topped one on standby too!

Wedding day advice:

Find time to gather yourself, make sure you spend at least a few moments talking with people who have travelled to the wedding and who you won’t see again for ages.
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Recommended wedding suppliers:

We bought little bits anywhere and everywhere. Paul Smith came through well for Groom’s apparel, Bridal wear takes a litle more searching and is much more personal we think, so follow your nose!

Listen to Nick Holywell Walker’s music here http://soundcloud.com/30-000-days/sets

For London wedding photography visit www.fionacampbelllondon.com or call Fiona on 07977 538424

Fiona’s assistant Kat de Sarigny assisted on the shoot. Her website is http://www.desarignyphotography.com/
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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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10 COMMENTS
  • Tory
    6 years ago

    I love this, what a beautiful and elegant wedding, captured beautifully! 🙂 T x

    • Claire
      6 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Gorgeous isn’t it Tory! A graceful wedding – I’d love to have heard the music for the day too.
      C xx

  • Great looking wedding with some lovely photography to capture the day. It looks a beautiful, simple, elegant day 🙂

    • Claire
      6 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thanks for your comment, Andrew. It really is a beautifully elegant day – a favourite for me already. 🙂

  • Alex White
    6 years ago

    I love the colours and details that Nick and Hayley chose, the way the bouquets match the colours in the garden shows some great wedding planning went on before the big day. My favourite has got to be their car though, classic and beautiful.

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