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A traditional white wedding with a contemporary London theme

Morning! I hope you’re having a lovely day! I’m plotting and planning for another exciting weekend by the seaside, but in the meantime I have some really inspiring weddings to show you this week. Kirsty and Luke’s big day is all about the big city – with a London wedding theme in their fab and quirky table stationery, and lots of very cool details. A more gorgeous and generous couple I’ve yet to see! I love these two!

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Kirsty and Luke chose Cecelina Photography to capture their day on camera. I love Cecelina’s story: she grew up in Sweden and came to London a few years ago. With little more than her beloved camera she has built a life here and is following her dream of being a photographer. What a wonderful adventure!

Kirsty’s wedding report has a mega list of other wedding suppliers she recommends – and this is something I really love to see. Wedding blogs are all about helping you, lovely readers! When Kirsty said to me, “We would love it if you could mention all of them as they all played a big part in our day. However, if you can’t please let us know…” I was delighted. The more the merrier, if you ask me!

Enjoy: Kirsty and Luke’s London wedding.

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Who proposed, and how?

Luke proposed whilst we were on holiday in Turkey in July 2010.

Wedding venue:

Church – The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London. This was followed by a drinks reception in St James Square and then the main reception took place across the road at The Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London.

Wedding photographer: Cecelina Photography

How would you describe your wedding style?

A traditional white wedding with a contemporary London theme.

The wedding ceremony:

Religious or civil? Religious

Which readings did you choose? The first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 13:1-13 and Song of Solomon 2:10-13;8:6-7.
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What did you wear?

Bride: Essence gown style 1209. This was an Ivory gown made of beaded lace over Dolce satin.

Groom: charcoal grey morning suit with ivory waistcoat and cravat.

Memorable wedding day moments:

Seeing each other in Church for the first time on our Wedding Day and being surrounded by all of our family and friends.

Wedding day advice:

Take time with each other throughout the day to reflect on the special moments.
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The wedding reception:

What were your wedding highlights? There are so many but a few of them are –

  • Exchanging vows and our rings
  • being introduced as Mr and Mrs Halliburton for the first time
  • The vicar Father Mark Young
  • Seeing all of our planning for the big day coming to fruition
  • the speeches
  • the party atmosphere in the evening
  • having all of our friends and family in one place to celebrate our day.

Wedding venue styling and details:

The London theme ran throughout, including our stationery, transport, favours for our guests and party bags for the children. The colour theme throughout the day was soft greens and pastel pinks.

Wedding music and entertainment:

As well as the amazing choir at the church, ‘Impromptu’ Quartet provided music at the church and also at the reception. Matthew Stirling entertained guests with his magic at the drinks reception. In the evening the band ‘Funkification’ provided the music for us and all of our guests on the dancefloor. ‘Wonderscene’ provided a fun twist on the traditional photo booth, where we along with our guests were unable to dress up and use funny props for funny photos in the evening.
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Kirsty and Luke’s recommended wedding suppliers

All the London wedding suppliers you could ever need, right?! I love Kirsty and Luke’s generosity in sharing so many of their suppliers’ details! Makes me happy… as does this lovely final photo.
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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 November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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6 COMMENTS
  • Julie Boyd
    7 years ago

    What a beautiful blog. Fantastic photographs. I adore the dress shot. I’d recognise the stationery a mile away. Well done Zoe http://www.bunnydelicious.com fantastic as always!

  • Dearest Claire,

    That was a lovely summing up of a beautiful traditional wedding. The combination with a contemporary London theme did blend in perfectly. Great post and this will no doubt help others with useful information.
    Oh, that rose-layered wedding cake looked so romantic!
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Mariette’s Back to Basics

  • Cecelina Tornberg
    7 years ago

    Thanks Claire for publishing, the wedding looks fab on your site!

    Best,
    Cecelina x

  • Amanda
    7 years ago

    Love the colours and fab pics! :0)

  • Zoe Rusga
    7 years ago

    Grinning like a Cheshire cat! Very very VERY rarely do I see my stuff in print 🙂
    The Photography is A M A Z I N G!! Well done Cecelina, simply stunning photographs. The Bride (and groom) looked stunning and you could see the sheer effort that went into planning that Wedding.
    Kirsty you Rock! and Claire (as always) I love you xxx

  • Lyndsey
    6 years ago

    The wedding looked great, some amazing photos as well – your photographer did a cracking job!

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