Monday, 8 August 2011

A Stunning 1920's Wedding in London - Claire and Darren

Claire and Darren were married in London in May of this year and what a wedding they had! Filled with personal touches their day was inspired by the 1920's and their guests were treated to a heart warming wedding that was filled with era-chic nostalgia and personal touches that really brought family and friends closer together.

Claire wore a stunning Pronovias lace dress called Ronda. She wanted something vintage, something that felt ‘old Hollywood’ and her gorgeous dress was perfect for her. She completed her look with 40's style dancing shoes and a beautiful crystal comb and bag from No detail was forgotten and as a cute shout out to her groom, Claire even painted Darren’s initials on her toenails the morning of the wedding in blue polish... her something blue.
Claire is from a gorgeous big family and her 5 sisters all wore gorgeous navy dresses that perfectly compliment her two bridesmaid's dresses that were purchased from J Crew. Darren wore a smart Spencer Hart of Saville Row suit, purchased from Liberty and his groomsmen wore their own navy suits, including his best man in a kilt!

Originally Claire and Darren’s day was due to take place at the Bloomsbury Ballrooms but a few months before their day the venue went out of business... something that could have felt like a disaster for some but not to Claire and Darren. They quickly set out to find a new venue that would have the same beauty and impressive grandeur and came across the magnificent Old Finsbury Town Hall. One of my favourites! The Old Finsbury Town Hall is a stunning venue with the most impressive grand hall. It suited their day perfectly and complimented every detail giving everything a feeling of 1920's ritzy glamour with a touch of Hollywood, and musical charm.

Every detail of the day was considered, from the dessert table of cakes made by friends to the table numbers crafted from a book of historical animal illustrations by another friend. From the CD favours of songs the couple love to the a 40's typewriter for friends and family to leave special messages for the couple. I have to say that one of the many things I loved about their day was the music. Throughout the day the Panama Cafe Orchestra played gorgeous period music which really made you feel like you had stepped back in time. But it was the personal music touches that really tugged the heart strings.... starting with a surprise to Darren as Claire got up and sang to him three beautiful songs which you can see and listen to one of them here. How talented and beautiful is Claire!

Then, as a surprise to Claire her 5 sisters got up during the speeches to sing her favourite song ‘Moon River’, accompanied by ukuleles,which had everyone in floods of tears and grandparents and parents feeling incredibly proud. A little video of it can be seen here and I love watching it and re livign the goosebumps I got on the night.

Then finally, as a last surprise of the day and to really get the evening celebrations going, Claire and Darren coordinated a first dance that was done flashmob style with friends to 'You Give a Little Love' from the movie Bugsy Malone. It was incredible to see people slowly join in in perfect unison and got the whole crowd on their feet clapping and cheering!
Claire and Darren you had such an incredible day, it was an honour to be there to capture it, thank you xx

A huge big shout out to the ever wonderful Lisa Jane who second shot with me on the day... you were amazing as ever!

And finally, some of the lovely suppliers that made the day so fabulous!

Dress: Pronovias, Ronda
Shoes: Upper Street  ... customise your own shoes!
Haircomb and clutch: Vintage Head Dress
Hair and Makeup: Lan Nguyen
Bridesmaids dresses: J Crew
Bridesmaid headbands from Etsy
Bridesmaids shoes: Dune:
Darren's suit: Spencer Hart of Saville Row purchased from Liberty.
Darren's shoes: Office and his tie is from Reiss.
Flowers: Gail Smith
Venue: The Old Finsbury Town Hall
Catering: Boulevard Catering
Registrar: Cynthia Green from The Wedding House!
Graphic Design: Cosima Dinkel and Marc Marazzi
Music: Panama Cafe Orchestra


  1. Gorgeous! I especially love the black and whites here and how Claire rocks the old hollywood glamour look x

  2. Absolutely chuffin' gorgeous. Some completely beautiful shots.

  3. Wow! I loved this wedding. Such a beautiful couple and so in love. It was a real honor to be part of their day.
    Beautiful photos Debs x

  4. Deb, you did an amazing job of a beautiful wedding. I adore your editing, too.

  5. Gorgeousness. I mean she is delicious!

    I love getting ready photos in the real home.

    (Is it weird that my favourite detail is her toes?!)

  6. Can't believe I haven't commented here yet! This wedding is captured beautifully! I particularly adore that image of her walking down the hall, and the B&W images of the groomsmen.


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