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A delightfully small and personal wedding at Clissold House, with AdamsPhotoArt

Some weddings instantly grab me as a wedding blogger, and today’s is one of them. Here’s a little secret: it’s not the details which make a ‘bloggable wedding’. Neither is it the bride and groom, or the dress, or the photography, or the venue. It’s everything: all of these matter when I’m looking for a wedding to blog, and the magical ingredient is the atmosphere they create when combined together… it’s like the alchemy of love in weddings!

Clissold House wedding AdamsPhotArt London (18)Images are by Adam Szczepanski, London wedding photographer AdamsPhotoArt
http://adamsphotoart.co.uk

So when styling and planning your wedding, focus on creating a day you’ll love from beginning to end. Follow today’s gorgeous couple’s example: Miranda and Ronan had a small wedding at Clissold House and their family helped with some of the finer details of the day. Miranda’s dress is exquisite – one of the loveliest I’ve seen! – but their smiles and the atmosphere which shines through the images of their day are what make this wedding so special.

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I know you’ll love it. Scroll slowly through the images and enjoy reading Miranda’s wedding report at the end of the feature. Do have a look at the website of London wedding photographer AdamsPhotoArt to see more of his work, which has a delicate and artistic touch I find very beautiful indeed.

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Our wedding report: Ronan and Miranda

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.adamsphotoart.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Delighted! Adam was brilliantly professional, listened really well to our requests and produced some beautiful images. He did everything exactly when and how he said he would, which hugely helps with stress-levels in the lead-up to the wedding. He is great at capturing passing expressions and moments, as well as securing the main shots.

Wedding venue:

Clissold House, Stoke Newington, London.

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Small, friendly and personal.

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

We were both really excited to see them and to be able to show them to family, many of whom live abroad and could not make it to the day itself.

Your wedding style and theme:

There wasn’t a theme as such, but the style was natural and warm. I was inspired by Arthur Rackham’s illustrations.

Any happy tears on the day?

Of course…I think everyone in the family cried at some point…

How did the two of you meet?

We met on an online dating site.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

About 10 months.

Best bit of budget advice?

Don’t buy a “wedding cake”. We chose the yummiest cake we could find, bought three, stacked them and decorated them. It looks lovely and tastes much nicer than normal dry wedding cake.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

All hand made. I made origami boxes as favours and we filled them with traditional regional biscuits.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

My Mum found the dress before we’d even got back from Japan where we got engaged. It was the first one I tried on and it fitted straight away.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Designer was Terri Fox and the boutique was Bury Bridal Rooms.

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

Antique lace cape. Lace was hand-made by my great-great-grandmother, supplemented by trim from MacCulloch & Wallis, London. Cape made by Sylwia Style, dress-maker, Bury St Edmunds. Shoes by Rachel Simpson. Necklace custom made.

The groom wore:

Suit from Reiss (custom buttons). Shoes from Russell & Bromley. Shirt, tie and pocket square from T.M. Lewin.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Dress from Whistles, shoes from Dune.

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

Hair and make-up by Lauren at The Chapel Islington.

Wedding flowers:

Oya at Flowers N16, Stoke Newington.

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

Our Mums read the poems for the readings and made the ceremony feel really personal.

Wedding readings?

Poem for Marie by Seamus Heaney and La Rama Robada by Pablo Neruda.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Not really, the venue is really pretty. We added flowers for tables and mantlepieces, some personal items like photos and objects in a cabinet in the hallway for the day. We used natural leaf fairy lights and tea lights in jars in the evening.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Cake bases made by Bea’s of Bloomsbury and hand decorated with fruit by Simon, from caterers Company of Cooks.

Entertainment:

Blues band (The Kleeks) and DJ are friends of ours. The harpist was Jean Kelly.

On the day tips and advice:

Other people will do things for you like remember where you left your bag and sort out any hiccups along the way, so just try and enjoy the day!

What’s the best thing about being married?

It feels special to have made a commitment to each other and to look forward to a life lived together.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Venue: www.hackneyvenues.com/clissold-house

Caterers: www.companyofcooks.com

Cake: www.beasofbloomsbury.com

Dress: www.burybridalrooms.co.uk

Hair and makeup: www.thechapel.co.uk/islington

Shoes: www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk

Accessories (Buttons, trim etc): www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk

Band: http://thekleeks.com

Harpist: www.jeankellyharp.co.uk

 

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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