Rosie & Jon are amazing. Their relaxed city wedding is gorgeous: full of pretty details contrasting beautifully against the built up backdrop – and their reception venue is perfect.
Rosie’s dress is out of this world: she looks stunning and I was convinced she’d bought from one of our top designers… until she told me her mother made it for her – “My heart swells at the thought of how much love she put into that dress. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever worn.”
Rosie and Jon found most of their suppliers online, using wedding blogs and Pinterest for inspiration. Their photographer – lovely Jonny Donovan Photography – was one of the best online discoveries:
The gorgeous couple told me not only did they love their photographer, all of their guests did as well! And the images speak for themselves… I think they’re fabulous.
Don’t miss Rosie and Jon’s English Wedding Blog interview, which you’ll find after you’ve enjoyed all of Jonny Donovan‘s lovely images. It’s awesome. You’ll giggle. And there’s an essential bit about the zombie apocalypse…. probably my favourite tip of all time. Enjoy.
The English Wedding Blog interview: Rosie & Jon
How did you choose your photographer?
We scoured the internet!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We adored Jonny, as did all our guests. He was brilliant at capturing the emotions and personalities of everyone on the day, exactly what we hoped for. He was unobtrusive during private moments and excellent at taking the lead and offering guidance for group shots and portraits. He also went above and beyond, managing contingencies like an absolute pro, and even teaming up with our videographer for optimal timing and angles. Jonny brought such warmth and joy to the day, his smile from behind the camera is something that will always stay in my memory!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
I may have blubbered out loud a little. It was like reliving the day all over again, I even got nervous when we got to the processional! Lot of happy tears.
Ceremony: Stoke Newington Town Hall, Reception: 06 St. Chad’s Place.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
The absolute day of days!
Your wedding style or theme:
Relaxed city wedding
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?):
Pinterest, Martha Stewart Weddings and J Crew were great for inspiration, and I found a lot of vendors from UK magazines and blogs like Rock My Wedding and London Bride.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
If you can’t DIY it, eBay it! It’s amazing what you can find on eBay! Confetti, candy bags, cake boxes, striped straws… all eBay!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Fun and memories were our priority, so photographer, videographer and open bar were worth splurging on. Our next biggest spend was on transport. We had to find a way of getting 70 people from one part of London to another, so the trusty red bus with onboard cocktail-hour was a fabulous way to keep the party together whilst getting from A to B. Lastly, flowers and cake: I wanted my wedding morning to be as relaxed as possible, so it was worth outsourcing!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I made it all myself with watercolour, some nifty Photoshopping and a few trips to Ryman for printing.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! I fell in love immediately whilst perusing Pinterest, and my mother generously agreed to make something similar for me. Mom has always had mad sewing skills, but this was a whole new level! If I’d known what it would entail I wouldn’t have asked, but I’m so glad she agreed. She spent a year researching couture techniques, secrets of the trade, doing mock-ups and learning new skills. She lives in abroad, so we timed our visits to coincide with fittings! She even discovered some old beads from her sister’s wedding dress (which mom also made back in the 80’s), so she incorporated them into my sleeves for my ‘something old’. My heart swells at the thought of how much love she put into that dress. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever worn.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The House of Mom.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I tried to keep it modest! Shoes from Badgly Mischka, clutch bag from Phase Eight, earrings from Cadenzza, bracelet from Debenhams. Mom made my gorgeous cascading veil.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
Jon wore a Reiss suit and Mr. B’s shoes. Luckily no tailoring required!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My girls are so stylish and beautiful, so I wanted them to look like themselves but just a little colour coordinated. I suggested a couple of shades of blue that I liked and let them choose something they felt drawn to. As fate would have it they were picked very similar dresses! They both live abroad, so one was from J Crew Bridal and the other from a boutique in Amsterdam. Accessories were their own.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Makeup was by Lauren Appleby, who was incredible to work with! I felt like the best version of myself! Our hair was styled by a generous and talented friend!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you?
Flowers were from Rebel Rebel in East London. They do such beautiful creations so I gave them a sense of the colours I liked and let them work their magic. I had a bright burst of reds, pinks, corals and purples with mixed greenery in a hand tied arrangement. Bridesmaids held smaller white and green bouquets. Tables were dotted with with the same flowers from my bouquet.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Almost none at all. We loved the refurbished warehouse look of 6 St. Chad’s Place, it’s an inner city wedding, why fight it? They offered to hang some strings of lights, which was enough! Some giant ‘X’ ‘O’ balloons marked the entrance.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I loved the time spent designing, detailing, cutting and gluing. It was all part of the anticipation of the big day. I made the seating chart, menu cards, place holders, table numbers and guest favours (a mix CD of songs from the day). Mom and I made the cake toppers: toy dinosaurs decked out in bride and groom attire. Dad made table runners and a photo booth backdrop. The dessert bar was supplied by kind relatives who stuffed their suitcases with sweets and cookies from home (Canada and Australia). The night before, all the girls painted our own nails and watched Father Of The Bride, it beat any trip to the salon! On the morning of the wedding I left Jon a ‘Groom’s Survival Kit’: a box of breath mints, antacids, a mini bottle of whisky, ibuprofen for the inevitable hangover, wooly socks for ‘cold feet’, etc. We also wrote our own vows, including what to do in case of zombie apocalypse… just covering our bases.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We chose a simple three tiered cake from Cakes By Robin. The top was lemon, the middle carrot, the bottom chocolate. All covered in white buttercream. Garnished with some fresh flowers. We didn’t want fancy fondant, just something that looked really yummy!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
I didn’t want wordy music to walk down the aisle to, just something to add ambience to the scene without upstaging the moment. ‘Fairy Princess’ by Carly Commando was perfect! One of our groomsmen played guitar for the register signing, it was lovely and created a nice focus at a time that can tend sometimes drag on for the guests. We exited to ‘Let’s Stick Together’ by Bryan Ferry, which acted as a great celebratory ‘rolling credits’ to our ceremony. Jon is a fantastic musician and I sing, so he and I sang a first song in lieu of a first dance: ‘Harvest Moon’ by Neil Young (for the Canadians) and ‘One For The Ages’ by Paul Kelly (for the Aussies).
On the day tips and advice:
As long as you all show up and you have the rings and you get married, then the day was a success. So stay as present as possible, and enjoy having all those family and friends beaming at you, it’s the nearest thing you’ll get to heaven!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being family. And knowing that he’s put ‘foot rubs’ in his vows.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms: