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An elegant London wedding at the Institute of Contemporary Art, with Blake Ezra Photography

Today is a bit of a treat for me, and for you too I hope! I have a wonderfully chic London wedding to show you, with a Caroline Castigliano designer dress, images by the amazing Blake Ezra Photography and one of my favourite London venues: the ICA.

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Michelle is the most beautifully elegant bride, fabulous in her beautifully designed dress from Les Trois Soeurs London boutique. Her flowers were very simple red roses, matching Matthew’s buttonhole on his elegant Mr. Start suit. They’re the most amazing couple… I’m thrilled to be sharing their day with you!

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The images are out of this world. Wedding photographer Blake Ezra is one of the best – his intuitive approach and understanding of weddings is second to none; his images have an indefinable magic to them… as Michelle and Matthew told me in their blog interview (at the end of the feature) they capture the day perfectly.

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Find out more about Blake Ezra Photography here:

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The English Wedding Blog interview: Michelle and Matthew

Your wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.blakeezraphotography.com/

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Yes really pleased, we have recommended Blake Ezra to all our friends.

Wedding venue:

The Institute of Contemporary Art, London SW1

Wedding date:

14th June 2014

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Surrounded by our friends and family, this was the best day of our lives

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

Really pleased as they really captured the feel of the day

Your wedding style and theme:

An elegant London wedding

Any happy tears on the day?

Yes lots of tears, mainly from the groom and father of the bride

How did the two of you meet?

We worked together

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

6 months

Best bit of budget advice?

Do not waste money on things that the guests will not even notice

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

We used www.greenvelope.com to keep things simple and kept the stationery on the day very simple, the venue printed the menus and we printed the table centre and used our favours as our place names

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Absolutely, I would wear it every day if I could

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Caroline Castigliano at http://www.lestroissoeurs.co.uk/

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

My best friend’s diamond wedding bracelet

The groom wore:

http://mr-start.com/

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

http://twobirdsbridesmaid.co.uk/

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

Hair was done by http://www.headsandtails.co/

Professional make up artist

Wedding flowers:

http://www.angel-flowers.co.uk/

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

The look on my groom’s face as I walked down the aisle

Wedding readings?

1

I love you because you’re my future
My present and part of my past
My world has been turning so quickly
And time just keeps moving so fast.
I love you because you have something
No ordinary person could give
A warmth that I’ll cling to forever,
Hold on to as long as I live.
I love you because your devotion
Is tender and wonderfully rare;
Could anyone even imagine
The magical moments we share?
I love you because you are truthful
Your eyes hold a key to my heart –
They tell me you share my commitment
And say we shall not be apart.
I love you because you are wonderful,
You give to me all that I need;
A hug when I seek reassurance,
A smile if we have disagreed.
I love you because – I just love you
For too many reasons to say
And I’ll always be right here beside you
A breath and a heartbeat away.

2
Finally I have found a place
Into which I fit perfectly, safely and securely
With no doubts, no fears, no sadness, no tears.
This place is filled with happiness and laughter,
Yet it is spacious enough to allow me the freedom to move around,
To live my life and be myself.
This wonderful place, which I never believed really existed,
I have found, finally,
Inside your arms, Inside your heart, Inside your love

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

No it was a very classic, elegant London venue so we kept it simple with red roses

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

It was the most amazing: a cheese board

Entertainment:

Our friend sang during the signing of the register – At last by Etta James and Lovesong by Adele

A DJ from http://slidingvinyl.com/ did the evening music

On the day tips and advice:

Trust the venue and let them run the day so you can enjoy every moment without any stress

What’s the best thing about being married?

Committing to spending the rest of my life with my soul mate

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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