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A vintage red bus, a carousel and a beautiful pavilion for Janie and Paul’s London wedding

Hello everyone! I’m so pleased you’re here to enjoy Janie and Paul’s London wedding blog with me today. They’re the most gorgeous couple and their wedding day has lots of personal touches which really made me smile.

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Watch out for the table plan with a bit of an animal theme – the wedding reception was held at London Zoo! Janie’s dress is a beautiful Stewart Parvin gown which she looks incredible in, and Paul wears a fantastic suit hired from Impeccable. Other ideas on the blog today include the cheese and chutneys… which are making my mouth water! I’d love to see this at a wedding, wouldn’t you?! The food looks delicious and it goes to show that every little detail counts when it comes to catering. A beautiful day with lots of thoughtful and great-looking touches.

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Congratulations to the gorgeous bride and groom – Janie, Paul, thank you so much for sharing your big day on the English Wedding Blog. Special thanks also to lovely wedding photographer Jonny Donovan for sharing the images with us all today. I hope you love them! Enjoy 🙂 Claire xxx

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Wedding venue:

Islington Town Hall for the ceremony, and then London Zoo for our wedding reception

Wedding photographer:

Jonny Donovan http://www.jonnydonovan.com

Your wedding style and theme:

Navy and lilac colour scheme with a hint of animal!

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

2 and a half years

Best bit of budget advice?

Buy things when you see them!

Invitations and stationery:

Paul’s brother designed them for us, based on a few ideas we had

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes! I only tried on a few, but it was my dream dress: Hang onto Your Love by Stewart Parvin. The gown is from Stewart’s 2011 collection, and you can find more information on it here: Hang on to your Love wedding dress

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

I wore a Swarovski necklace, and accessorised my dress with an ivory bow belt made by a local bridal designer and a jewel encrusted belt from Stewart Parvin in the evening. My ivory satin peep toe shoes with lace bow came from Next.

The groom wore:

A navy three piece suit hired from Impeccable and T M Lewin tie and handkerchief

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Full length ruched navy dresses from John Lewis

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Ela from Home Hair Dressing

Wedding flowers:

The amazing Gwenda at Vintage Floral Co

Wedding readings?

We had two readings- Edward Monkton’s A lovely love story, and a friend wrote a poem especially for us.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

No- it’s a grade 2 listed pavilion with floor to ceiling windows and a very bright, light canvas.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Traditional cake, but with a quirky heart cake topper from Miss Cake, and decorated with Liquorice Allsorts.

Entertainment:

The Funk City Party Band

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

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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