You just know when a wedding features AMAZING accessories (hello bridal heart-shaped handbag and Tatty Devine necklaces!), a Mariachi band and a suggestion from Nan to have a proper East-End ‘knees up’ that it’s going to be something special. And OH MY is Clare and Eddy’s Smithfield’s wedding exactly that.
This lovely couple – who live in County Durham and have two gorgeous children – headed back to the bride’s family roots in London. They married at St Bartholomew the Great (where Clare’s dad was christened!) and then celebrated at St Bart’s Brewery with a gorgeously rustic homemade reception.
Here’s beautiful bride Clare to tell us all…
I never thought Eddy would ask me to marry him, we did everything back to front; kids first and then a house so we’re practically married. We had a family day out to Robin Hoods Bay/Whitby and was looking for fossils on the beach when he got down on one knee and said these are the stones I should be looking for and had a ring in his hand. I was speechless! He had asked my dad permission and everything!
We chose to get married in London as it’s where my family are from. My dad was born in St Barts and christened in St Barthomolew the Great. I live in the North East now and I wanted my kids to still have a connection with London like I have.
My Nan gave us inspiration
I got inspiration from a wedding my Nan told me about. It was her sisters in Hoxton, it was a big East End celebration. I thought that’s just what I want, the traditional ceremony and a good old knees up after!
I used Pinterest a lot for further inspiration. I visited the venue when we visited the church and thought it was perfect for our reception. The rest of our suppliers came from word of mouth. Friends of friends and recommendations from friends. I was really very lucky with all of our suppliers.
Making it personal to us
I had charms made to attach to my bouquet with my grandparents photos that are no longer with us and also photos of them on the cake table. I also folded 1000 paper cranes. We wanted it to be personal to us and tried to make as much of the decorations as we could. We made the gold table numbers and we covered our initials in Liberty prints for the top table. I was involved in every detail from the flowers to the decorations.
My tips for other brides (or grooms) to-be are…
I made sure I had everything done so I could just relax the week before and it was lovely. Take a quiet moment with the groom to catch up, we had a beautiful park just over the road from the reception venue which was the perfect place to go and have a quiet moment and take in the brilliance of the day.
What we enjoyed most about planning our wedding was…
All of it, we had such a nice time doing it together!
Our least favourite part of wedding planning had to be…
Sorting out the table plans!
If we could do it all again we would…
I wouldn’t change a thing, we absolutely loved every minute of it.
A wedding with WOW factor
The church is very beautiful and was quite a big wow factor. Also we had a Mariachi band to greet us at the reception venue which really got the party started.
Ceremony: St Bartholomew the Great | Reception: St Bart’s Brewery | Photography: Magpie-Eye Photography
Videographer: Kusala Film | Shoes & accessories: ASOS | Dress & veil: Halfpenny London
Bridesmaids: ASOS & Jenny Packham | Flowergirl & page boy: John Lewis, Tatty Devine & Monsoon
Groom: Jaeger | Cakes: Le Papillon & Nelsons Butchers | Flowers: RB Floral Design
Entertainment: Mariachi Loco & Hekyll & Jiive | Hair & Makeup: Nicola Turpin Wedding Design
We have so much love for Clare and Eddy’s lovely, laid back, London wedding! Clare looked every inch the beautiful, chic bride in her DIVINE Halfpenny London dress and veil and Eddy and their two children also looked completely gorgeous too.
The couple clearly had a fun yet traditional focus on what they wanted from their wedding; giving a nostalgic nod to Clare’s family roots with the location chosen and family-feel. They added some fabulous touches too with that Mariachi band, a pork pie cake (oh yeah! Yum!) and gorgeous Liberty print table toppers.
A big thank you to the newlyweds for chatting to us after tying the knot and of course; lotsa love to their photographer Jennifer Langridge, from Magpie-Eye Photography for sending us these seriously lovely snaps.
Make sure you check back in tomorrow, as next-up we have a dreamy destination wedding from Italy.