The Gipsy Queen Pub Wedding | North London | Jade & Nick

The Gipsy Queen Pub Wedding | North London | Jade & Nick

Pub weddings are by far my favourite! So when Jade and Nick asked me to shoot their Gypsy Queen North London Pub wedding in Kentish Town I was GAME ON. There day was all kinds of sweet, elegant, thoughtful, relaxed and just generally really fucking nice! Like many of the weddings I’ve photographed this summer it was absolutely sweltering, scroll down to check out their hot photos!

What’s your love story?

We met working at a call centre at Reading University – a less romantic setting you would struggle to find!

What was the proposal like?

We got engaged on the morning of Christmas day after biking in the rain down to a deserted beach in Tulum, Mexico.

Where was your ceremony and reception held?

Burgh House – beautiful venue close to home and the Heath / Gipsy Queen – our local pub with a beautiful outdoor space and they were very helpful when we were thinking about picking them unlike other pubs who didn’t really seem to want the hassle of a wedding!

Burgh House Wedding Venue

What about your outfits?

Nick wore a petrol blue paul smith suit with matching paul smith ties for the ushers and best man (Paul Smith is a Nottingham man!)
I wore a bridal dress by designer Maggie Sottero and Midgley. A surprise to chose an actual wedding dress, but tried it on and loved it. Didn’t want to take it off in the shop!

Bridal Party outfits - marks and Spencer and Paul smith

Tell us about what your squad wore:

Our groomsmen – blue suits (non-matching), white shirt and a paul smith floral tie (matching) and our bridesmaids wore Light Grey Multi Way Maxi Dress from Marks & Spencer.

Talk us through your wedding decor:

Wedding theme was really keeping it simple and picking what matters to us. With Burgh House and Gipsy Queen both venues had the style we really liked and both within walking distance from where we live! Convenient! We wanted to keep it local to the area.
Flowers: Short brief but to include wildflowers, grasses and fresh herbs. Also love Daisy’s and Sweet Peas so to in clude those. After seeing King-Weys work we also wanted a flower hedgerow for the windows. It exceeded our expectations!
Table Names: We picked parks in London, since adopting a rescue dog we have spent most weekends/evenings trying to find green spaces in London to exercise him! So we picked parks we have taken the dog for walks!
Table Plans: Jade’s mum Sarah and husband Daren made all the gin favours (months in advance) from sloe berries in the Garden. Really wanted those to take centre stage on the tables alongside the wildflowers.
Cake: Victoria Sponge lovingly made by Kerrie (Jade’s sister) and Shelly. There was lots of debate about if it should be semi naked or a naked cake. In the end naked won!

floral and mini gins on the wedding tables

Tell us about the ceremony?

We were hot in that small room but a nice and simple registry service from a Camden registrar with Jade’s sister Kerrie reading out a poem she had written.

Nick:Favourite bit was the struggle with the ring as the heat had expanded the size of our fingers but also in contrast the claminess meant they were eventually able to slip on!

Jade: Favourite bit was hearing Cinematic Orchestra to build a home played on the piano just before I was about to walk in!

Bridesmaid doing a reading at the reception

What was your plan for the reception?

After going round the houses and looking at so many different wedding options – we finally decided the best thing for us was to try and keep it as simple and stress-free as possible; hence the venue being at our local. With the weather being nice we wanted to utilise the garden space and have the pub kitted out so you could tell it was a wedding but in a kind of rustic-London-pub kind of way!

Personally my favorite bits were arriving with the confetti and being handed an ice cold Beavertown neckoil beer (my favorite beer) and then in the evening getting all our friends and fam on the dancefloor for a boogie.

heart confetti on the dance floor at Pub Gipsy Queen in London

How did you find working with me?

AMAZING. You are very relaxing and calming but with a crazy party vibe as well! And we’ve got a bond through our rescue dogs!

What entertainment did you have?

Our friend from uni Marshal was the DJ and absolutely nailed it (especially considering he is not your ‘traditional’ wedding DJ)

What’s your planning advice for other couples getting married?

Nick: Try to keep the planning as stress free as possible and have it at a pub; this means when you go for planning meetings you get served free drinks!
Jade: Keep it simple and don’t get stressed if plans change last minute. We had a wet weather plan all year only for the sun to beam down so you just need to go with the flow!
Only thing I think we would do differently is go with our gut in the first place, we planned a Wedding in North London then other variations of weddings only to come back to the original plan!

Burgh House and Gipsy Queen Wedding Photos

Keep scrolling to see more photos and check out the credits at the end of the brilliant suppliers that contributed towards this lovely day.

If you are planning your own Pub Wedding, or you are looking for informal and casual wedding photos then be sure to check out my packages and get in touch for a chat.

Jade getting a wedding morning gift

Earrings to wear on her wedding day

Jade's Wedding Dress hanging up in her bedroom

Wedding Shoes by Carvela

Jade getting her blue Carvela shoes on

bride putting her earrings in ready to go

Bridemaids getting ready in their Marks and Spencers gowns

Bridal party make up being done

Bridal Make up by Laura Anne Make Up

Helping the bride getting ready with the finishing touches

Jade's Bridal Hair with flowers

Jade showing her family her dress before the ceremony at Burgh House

Mother of the Bride getting ready for the wedding in her floral dress and hat

Jade coming down the stairs in her wedding Dress by Maggie Sottero and Midgley

Sun shining in the trees at Burgh House

Piano Yard at Burgh House Hampstead

Welcome sign for Nick and Jade's wedding

Arriving in a London Cab for the wedding ceremony

Jade arrives in her London cab for the wedding ceremony at Burgh House

Bride's arrival at Burgh House, Hampstead

Nick and Groomsmen talking to registrar at Burgh house

Bridesmaids walking down the aisle at Burgh House

Bridesmaids at Burgh House wearing Marks and Spencers dresses

Bride and Father of the Bride walking down the aisle at Burgh House

Nick watching Jade arrive at Burgh House

Nick and Jade at Burgh House wedding ceremony

Wedding Ceremony at Burgh House, close up on piano and bride and groom as they sit

bridesmaid reading during the ceremony at Burgh House

wedding guests listening to the ceremony at Burgh House

Jade and Nick during the ceremony at Burgh House

the rings being given at the wedding ceremony at burgh house

ring exchange at burgh house wedding

Parents of the Groom watching the wedding ceremony at Burgh House

the rings - wedding ceremony at burgh house

bride and groom share their first kiss

signing the register at Burgh house

family photo after the ceremony at burgh house

nick and jade at their wedding ceremony at Burgh House

Nick and Jade Burgh House Wedding Ceremony

Nick and Jade with the Piano at Burgh House - North London wedding

Piano Music at the Burgh House hotel for guests

Bride and Bridesmaid outside of Burgh house

Nick and Jade heading to Gipsy Queen in London cab

Bridal part outside Gipsy Queen in North London

Bridal Party having a hug outside the pub Gipsy Queen London

Groomsmen outside the Gipsy Queen Pub London

Nick and his Groomsmen at the Gipsy Queen Pub London

 

Nick and Jade walking on London Streets near the Gipsy Queen pub

Nick and Jade outside coloured wall near Gipsy Queen Pub, London

Guests on the way to Gipsy Queen reception in a coach

Gipsy Queen Pub London

Welcome Drinks at the Gipsy Queen Pub

Baby enjoying the pub garden at the wedding reception Gipsy Queen London

Nick and Jade arriving at the Gipsy Queen Pub

Bride toasting drinks with guest in the pub garden at the Gipsy Queen Pub

Jade greeting guest at the Gipsy Queen pub

Wedding Guests enjoying the pub garden at the Gipsy Queen Pub

Dog wedding guest at the Gipsy Queen Pub London

Dog wedding guest at the gipsy Queen Pub

Nick greeting guests at their Gipsy Queen Pub wedding reception

Woo Yeah Cake Topper on the Naked Wedding Cake

Naked Victoria sponge Wedding Cake

Fruits and Floral Naked Victoria sponge wedding cake

Nick and Jade cutting the wedding cake at the Gipsy Queen Pub

Jade eating her wedding cake slice

The Naked Victoria sponge Fruit and Floral wedding cake

Jade and guest in the pub garden listening to a friend

Guest enjoying the pub garden at the Gipsy Queen Pub

Table decor at the Gipsy Queen Pub

Table names for wedding decor at the Gipsy Queen pub

Mini Gin bottle favours

florals in the windows at Gipsy Queen pub

Regents Park table names at the Gipsy Queen pub wedding

Mini Gin Bottle Wedding Favours

Guests going inside the Gipsy Queen pub to take their places

Food is served at the Gipsy Queen pub

reception food at the gipsy queen pub

guests enjoying the food

Male guess raising his finger while sitting down at the wedding reception

Dog wedding guest having a rest at the reception gipsy queen pub

wedding guest enjoying the speeches

father of the bride clapping

bridesmaid laughing at the speeches gipsy queen pub

wedding guests enjoying the speeches at the pub

wedding guest listening the speeches at the gipsy queen pub

mother of the bride clapping the speeches

dog guest enjoying the speeches at the pub

Bride and bridesmaids dancing at the reception

Bride with her mum and dad at the evening reception - gipsy queen pub

Jade having a great time on the dance floor at the Gipsy Queen pub

red confetti hearts on the dance floor

guests covered with the heart confetti

guests dancing with the confetti hearts

Guests cooling off with a fan at the wedding reception - gipsy queen pub

two wedding guests having a cuddle on the dance floor

family dancing during the reception

female guest in yellow dress dancing at the reception

groomsmen embrace on the dance floor

female guest having fun with the lobster claws

female wedding guest having fun with the lobster claws

groom Nick enjoying the lobster claws

Nick in full lobster dress up at the gipsy queen pub wedding reception

male guest dressed up as the lobster

lobster selfies on the dance floor

two men dancing on the dancefloor

female bridesmaid wearing leopard mask

mother of the bride dressed up as a lobster

Jade posing with her pineapple cut out

couple dancing ay the evening reception

female kissing her partner at the wedding reception

rowan the wedding photographer getting in on the snaps

wedding guests taking a selfie

Nick and friend smiling at the camera

father of the bride kissing bride on the head

bride jade posing for photo with friends

bride dancing with wedding guest

rowan the wedding photographer having a photo with guests

mother of the bride and bridesmaid smiling for the camera

wedding guests smiling at the camera

North London Pub Wedding Suppliers

Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero and Midgley from Rookery Bridal in Somerset

Brides’s Make Up: Laura Anne Make Up 

Bride’s Shoes: Carvela from Kurt Geiger

Bridesmaids Dresses: Marks and Spencer

Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith from Kilver Court

Groomsmen’s Suits: Paul Smith from Kilver Court

Ceremony & Reception: Burgh House and Gipsy Queen

Flowers (bouquets, button holes and venue flowers): Alright Petal 

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Pembroke Lodge Wedding | South West London | Georgie & Gary

Pembroke Lodge Wedding | South West London | Georgie & Gary

Georgie and Gary created a natural, classic and elegant style for their Pembroke Lodge wedding. Their day was inspired by and filled with brilliant music, right through from the ceremony to the absolutely banging party. Scroll down to hear about their inspirations and see more snaps from their green and natural wedding.

Where was your ceremony and reception held?

It was at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond, and this was special because Richmond was where we had our first date and we had some lovely times there.

Tell us about your Love Story:

We both love music so for our first date we went somewhere that played supposedly people aged good music, which turned out to be total pants, so we just walked and talked for hours. The only thing I didn’t like was Gary’s shoes that he wore – not a deal breaker!

What about your outfits?

I wore a Enid Wtoo gown by Watters. I chose this gown because it was classic and elegant, which is not what I though I would go for as I like the whole boho look, however it worked. Gary wore a Hugo Boss suit, which was a huge step away from the Rock Tees and converse, he always looks handsome in a suit.

Tell us about what your squad wore:

Our bridesmaid wore dresses from ASOS with shoes from Marks and Spencers.

Talk us through your wedding decor:

We wanted a midsummers night dream look, very green and natural. We also wanted to have arrangements that had multiple use to cut down on waste. The bridal bouquet was used on the ceremony table, which was green foliage and some small white flowers. Fresh White and Greens with gold accents. Mix of wild and natural interesting and textured foliages, twisted willow, Green bell, Thistle, Euchalyptus, White Veronica, Herbs, Scabious, Ammi Majus, Amarathus. The aisle candles were filled with moss and the used as centrepieces. We used succulents as name places and favours. We chose these because we wanted guest to go home with something they would have to continue to care for and each time they did they would have memories of the part they played in making our day. The button holes were white thistle. We mixed all of our family and friends up, as it’s easy to sit within your comfort zone and wanted people to mix, which worked so well. Our wedding cake was made by our friend which meant so much on the day.

What was your plan for the ceremony?

I used to be a DJ, We love music and regularly go to gigs. We decided that as our tastes are so eclectic we would have a bit of everything. Whilst guest were arriving we had quartet music playing of covers like Pink floyd, Blacksabath, Fleetwood Mac, The Game of thrones theme tune etc, etc. I walked down the isle to Jimi Hendrik, Foxy Lady and we signed the register to a cover by Jasmine Thompson of sweet child of mine, as Gary is a huge fan of Guns N Roses. We played no where to run to by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. The reading we chose was the lyrics to Led Zeppelins Thank you. We wanted a relaxed vibe and we felt the music reflected that. Our favourite part of the ceremony was walking in with Harry and Megan masks. My not so favourite bit was Gary emphasising my middle name Cordelia. I loved that my brother walked me down the isle, he made me laugh so much!

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What was your plan for the reception?

The plan for the reception was again relaxed. But huge emphasis again on music. I loved the fact that my great nephew was teaching Gary’s uncle Warren how to floss. We loved the music, the Dj was fabulous. We purposely mixed every table so people got to know each other as Our families hadn’t met. We wanted everyone, including people we hired for the day to be a part of it and feel comfortable.

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How did you find working with me?

We can’t thank you enough Rowan. We didn’t want stuffy, formal, uncomfortable pictures. It was so natural and organic and happy and colourful. You captured us, all of our friends and family to perfection. You captured the happiness and the vibe of the day. Have to say meeting you was one of our favourite parts. You made the whole process easy, so glad you were there to enjoy it with us.

What entertainment did you have?

We hired a magic mirror and encouraged EVERYONE to take snaps. It did kind of get messy at the end, we loved it!

What’s your planning advice for other couples getting married?

Accept the things you can’t change, embrace the day and the planning. The wedding car, with the groom and best man were involved in an accident on the way to the venue. No one was hurt but it really puts it into prospective. Don’t stress about the little things, be greatfull for everything and everyone. Do it how you want it. Choose florists, photographers etc because you like their work and allow them to do what they do best. Have fun, take time enjoy the day, don’t worry about people enjoying themselves, they make their own fun.

Pembroke Lodge Wedding Photos

Some sage advice their from Georgie and Gary on planning their wedding day. Keep scrolling to see more photos and check out the credits at the end of the brilliant suppliers that contributed towards this lovely day.

If you are planning your own Pembroke Lodge wedding, or you are looking for informal and casual wedding photos then be sure to check out my packages and get in touch for a chat.

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Pembroke Lodge Wedding Suppliers

Bride’s Dress: Enid Wtoo Wedding Dress from Emma Elizabeth Bridal in Twickenham

Bride’s Make Up: Charmaine Thompson Hair & Beauty

Bride’s Shoes: Marks and Spencers

Bridesmaids dresses: ASOS

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Pembroke Lodge, Richmond

DJ: DJ2K Danny Costello

Flowers: Stems and Bows

Furniture and styling: Host with Style

London Cab: London Wedding Cab

Photo booth: My Fun Photo Booth

Second Shooter: Hana Laurie Photography

Wedding Invites: Beija Flor Studio

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The Bird Pub Wedding | East London | Kat & Aaron

The Bird Pub Wedding | East London | Kat & Aaron

It’s no secret that I flippin love a pub wedding. So when Kat and Aaron told me about their wedding plans I was well keen to be their wedding photographer. Kat and Aaron wanted their day to be about spending time with their friends, family and two ADORABLE children, Georgie and Roahn (pronounced the same as my name, which caused me a bit of confusion!). Kat and Aaron chose The Birds in Leytonstone for their relaxed, simple and pretty East London pub wedding.

Let’s hear from Kat and Aaron as they take us through their big day!

Beautiful Valentines Mansion Wedding with Bridal Party outside taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding PhotographyWhere was your ceremony and reception held?

“Valentines Mansion, Gants Hill: I went to the park a lot when I was little, and my dad used to go with his friends when he was a child too. We had a small and very quick ceremony, as it was the bit that we were both least looking forward to! When it was happening it didn’t feel so bad but we were definitely happier when It was over.

[We had our reception at] The Birds pub in Leytonstone: We really loved the community vibe of the pub, we wanted somewhere all our family and friends could come together to celebrate and have a great time!” – Kat

Tell us about your Love Story:

“We met through friends and were friends for a few years first, with other partners.
We got engaged after we had been together for 4 years, at the top of the Empire State building in New York. We decided to put the wedding on hold while we bought our little flat then had our two children! I started planning the wedding at the end of September 2017 so our wedding day matches up with us being together for 10 years.”

Kat & Aaron with their two children outside The Birds Pub - photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography

What about your outfits?

“We knew we wanted it to be really casual so the men wore matching trousers and braces from next and pink ties from Asos, they then wore their own choice of shoes and white shirts. They all wore matching monogramed cufflinks as gifts too.
I wore an Oleg Cassini tea length dress. Knowing we would have a small ceremony and then a big party I wanted something I could party in! I wore the most amazing pink glitter irregular choice shoes.”

Tell us about what your squad wore:


“Groomsmen wore the same as the Groom, they wore their own choice of shirts and shoes.
Bridesmaids dresses where from V by Very. Wraps from Primark and necklaces from Tiffany. Shoes were all girls own choices.”

Wedding decorations at The Birds pub wedding in Leytonstone - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography

Talk us through your East London pub wedding decor:

“The reason that we wanted a pub wedding is because the vibe of the venue brings its own sort of style. I wanted a really chilled out and friendly vibe, where everyone felt happy to just let their hair down. I chose a pretty simple colour scheme of white with bits of green, pink and metallics and used loads of fairy lights to make the pub feel cosy and look magical!
I used empty spirit bottles to put flowers in and decorated metal tin cans too. I love photos and wanted to incorporate lots into the party. We had a photo booth which was great and on the tables we had little easels with photos on too.
As we were going for a relaxed feel we decided on asking guests to bring cakes instead of having a huge wedding cake!”Table decorations at The Bird pub wedding with a photo of Kat and Aaron - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Photography

How did you find working with me?

“We booked you on the recommendation from someone else! It was great to work with you! You were really friendly and easy to speak to, and seemed to really just ‘slot in’ to our family 😀 Everyone has loved the photos.”

What entertainment did you have?

“Spotify!”

What’s your planning advice for other couples getting married?


“Do what you like! Try hard not to listen to other peoples criticisms and just do what you love…chances are it’ll all come together.
I’d like to say to my past self to not stress, but she’d just laugh as her eye twitched and would then carry on regardless :D”

Kat's cat having a stretch in their home - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography A fireplace showing old wedding photographs and Kat's wedding shoes - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat's wedding dress hanging in the hallway ready to be worn - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat and Aaron's daughter holding her wedding shoes - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography A close up of the wedding dress hanging against vintage inspired wallpaper - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat's bridesmaid dresses hanging in the hallway - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat's bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup ready in the living room - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat's bridesmaid helps her get her hair ready looking in the mirror - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat's bridesmaids opening their gifts from the bride - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat's daughter trying on her necklace for the wedding - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography A pair of glittery pumps and trainers for Kat and Aaron's children's wedding shoes - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat's daughter getting ready in her wedding attire - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat's happy face smiling at seeing her daughter dressed for the wedding - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat standing by the window in her wedding dress - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The bridesmaids in the wedding car smiling at the camera - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The wedding rings in their box next to the button holes - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Groomsman helping the groom put his cufflinks on - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The Groomsmen putting their ties on - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The Groomsmen having champagne in the garden - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The Groomsmen chatting in the garden before the wedding - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography A Groomsman having his buttonhole put on by his friend - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Vintage wedding car for the Groomsmen to arrive in - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Shot of the bride's wedding car from the bridesmaid car as they drive down the road - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Wedding Guests arriving at the venue for the ceremony - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The Groom, Aaron and his mum sharing an embrace before the ceremony - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat walks down the aisle to Aaron. Shot of her arrival - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat and Aaron kiss as she meet him at the end of the aisle - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Shot of the bridesmaid watching the wedding ceremony - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat and Aaron look at each other to say their vows - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Close up of Kat and Aaron's faces during the ceremony - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat and Aaron's daughter sitting on a bridesmaid lap smiling at her mummy and daddy - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat and Aaron sign the wedding register - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat and Aaron walk down the aisle together after the ceremony smiling and cheering - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The bridesmaid enter the room after the ceremony cheering - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat and Aaron standing with their bridesmaid and their daughter smiling - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The vintage wedding cars parked outside the venue - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat cheering at the camera with her bouquet, veil blowing in the wind- Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat having a cuddle and kiss with her daughter outside the wedding venue - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Confetti thrown over the bride and groom - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The wedding party are cheering and clapping - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Kat cuddling her daughter outside the wedding venue - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Close up of Kat's wedding bouquet - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Close up of Kat's sparkly wedding vintage inspired peep toe shoes - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The bride and groom in their vintage wedding car smiling - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The Bridal party outside the wedding venue striking a pose - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The bridal party having a laugh outside the wedding venue smiling to each other - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Bride and Groom share a kiss in the garden at the wedding venue - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Family member pops his face threw the garden gate making wedding couple laugh - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Bride and Groom taking a stroll in the garden - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The Bride in the Garden smiling - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The Groom Aaron helping Bride Kat get out of their vintage wedding car - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The Bride and Groom outside The Birds Pub in Leytonstone with their children - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography The bride with her son having a cuddle outside The Birds pub - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Wedding Guests cheer as couple enter the pub, The Birds - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Baby guest pulling funny face at the camera - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Wedding guest and bride and grooms daughter on the dance floor - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Wedding Guest chatting at reception, The Birds Pub Leytonstone - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Child wedding guest blowing bubbles at the wedding reception - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Wedding Bouquets on the table - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Wedding guest tucking into the wedding buffet at The Birds pub - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Bridesmaid and guest looking at the buffet at the wedding reception - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Bridesmaid chatting to the bride on the dance floor at the wedding reception - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Wedding Guests laughing on the dance floor - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Wedding guest pulling some shapes on the dance floor - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Glittery peep toes wedding shoes on the bar with champagne and a pint - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Wedding guests dancing at the wedding reception - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Man and women wedding guest dancing together on the dance floor at The Birds pub - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Two male wedding guests dancing - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Female wedding guest dancing at the wedding reception - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Bridesmaid twirling on the dance floor - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Wedding guest embrace on the dance floor - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography Glittery peep toe wedding shoes on the bar - Photo taken by Parrot and Pineapple Wedding Photography

 

Credits

Brides Dress: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal

Brides shoes: Irregular Choice

Bridesmaids Dresses: V by Very

Ceremony Venue: Valentines Mansion, Gants Hill

Flowers: Flowers by Karen, Gants Hill

Reception Venue: The Birds Pub, Leytonstone

Second shooter: Paola de Paola

If you’re planning your own pub wedding then be sure to check out my urban wedding venue blog series featuring loads of really nice urban pubs that host weddings (amongst other cool industrial chic wedding venues):

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London Pub Wedding | The Royal Inn on the Park | Madeline & Javi

London Pub Wedding | The Royal Inn on the Park | Madeline & Javi

I love a London pub wedding. What could be more romantic than promising your loved one to spending the rest of your lives together and then heading off to the pub a jolly good knees up with all your friends and family?! There is always a lovely ambiance at a pub wedding. I think there is something about the relaxed setting that lends itself to intimacy, laughter and all round nice times.

Summer, winter, rain or shine, a London pub wedding delivers high jinks all year round. The buildings are usually years old, bursting character features, cosy in the winter with a roaring fire and spacious in the summer with a blooming pub garden. Plus there is probably nothing more quintessentially British than drinking a pint in a London pub. All these reasons make a London pub an excellent choice for a wedding.

Madeline and Javi wanted a London pub wedding for their big day back in October last year. They booked Camera Hannah to capture their nuptials, and knowing that I love a pub wedding, Hannah asked me to come along and second shoot for her. Having a second shooter is a great way to increase the volume of images that you get from your day for just a little bit more money. You get both aspects of the day as each photographer follows the journey of each partner. I’m in a big network of full time, professional photographers and we often call on each other to assist one another at weddings. I love second shooting for other photographers; it’s a nice way to see how other people work, learn techniques, share your own experiences and work as a part of a team. Being self-employed means spending a lot of admin and editing time alone, so working with someone else on occasion does great things for your creativity and well-being!

Working as a team with Hannah it was great to be involved in such a lovely wedding. Madeline and Javi filled their day with personal touches, the wedding party arrived at The Royal Inn on the Park on red London buses and were greeted with plates of Spanish tapas from Javi’s home country of Spain. The family speeches were in both English and Spanish and were followed by traditional pub fish and chips. The function room at the pub was decorated like a very cool 50s school prom with strings of paper tassels and coloured balloons. Guests were invited to decorate themselves with a temporary tattoo bar, and Madeline and Javi’s friends sneakily surprised them with a shower of gold glitter burst from a glitter canon on the dance floor. It was a beautiful, sentimental day that ended with a brilliantly fun party.

If you are planning a London pub wedding be sure to check out my portfolio of images from Sam & Laura’s wedding at The Camberwell Arms. You can find my prices here, and enquire about my availability by contacting me here. 

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First Photographer – Camera Hannah | Ceremony Venue – Stoke Newington Town Hall | Reception Venue – The Royal Inn on The Park

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Fun Wedding Photography | Top tips for a mega fun wedding party

Fun Wedding Photography | Top tips for a mega fun wedding party

I miss spent my youth working in nightclubs and while it did nothing for my hearing, I did learn a thing or two about planning a good party. Fun is high on the agenda for a lot of weddings now, a recent survey by Mintel suggested that the top priority for 54% of couples is that their guests to remember their day as a fun wedding party. As someone who goes to about 30 weddings a year I have seen some brilliant ideas that created the ultimate fun wedding party.
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Proper planning
As weird as it sounds, you do have to plan for fun, right from the very beginning. When you choose your venue some things to think about are:
– What’s the capacity of the space vs your intended guest list? If you book a venue with an enormous capacity but only use 25% of it, it’s going to feel quite empty at party time. Find a venue that is going to be filled by your intended volume of guests.
– The layout of the venue: ideally you want to have the bar and the dance floor in the same room. When the bar is in a different room to the main party, you run the risk that a big group of guests will congregate around the bar and leave the dance floor empty.
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Dressed to impress
Nothing says party like a room full of streamers!
– A few simple paper party decorations hanging from the ceiling will add colour and interest to the background of your fun wedding party photos, and create harmony in your wedding album.
– Air filled balloons, party poppers and confetti canons all give guests something to mess around with on the dance floor and create their own fun.
– Surprise confetti canons can inject some glee to the dance floor.
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Less is more
There is a big trend at the moment to fill your wedding with all sorts of entertainment. There are so many fun and quirky entertainment offerings now on offer, there is literally something for every interest. But how do you make them work together to create an overall awesome experience?
– If your day is unfolding over a long period of time be sure to spread out the entertainment. The more options people have, the more fragmented the group will become.
– Timing is everything – when the main party starts, don’t let anything clash with it. Make sure the evening food isn’t served at the same time as when the band starts.
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Go with what you know
Your wedding day is a celebration of you as a couple and everything that you enjoy, and your friends will want to come to celebrate with you because of that. So keep the following in mind:
– If you follow a particular genre of music, include it in your day. When your guests see you having a wild time on the dance floor, they’ll want to join you.
– Live music is a party starter; one of the most fun wedding parties that I have ever been to featured a drum and bass band, they got all generations up and dancing.
– If you have specific songs that are special to you and your friends, be sure to tell the DJ and / or band what they are so that they can play them.
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Book the right entertainment
I spoke to Lucy at Lemon Entertainment to get her top tips after her years of experience creating fun wedding parties. Lemon Entertainment offers a bespoke service of handpicked Bands and DJ’s to guarantee your celebration is a memorable one. From an interactive roaming band to a 12 piece show band – Lucy at Lemon looks after some of the best talent the UK has to offer. Having worked on hundred of events, Lucy’s top four tips for planning a really fun wedding party are:
– Consider having a mix of entertainment throughout the evening. Having a mix of a live band and a DJ is always a winner if the aim is to keep the dance floor full . Some bands even DJ which is fab is you are on a tight budget.
– Make sure whoever you book, has a decent PA and lighting set up. Even a fantastic band will sound awful if the PA is old and doddery – the last thing you want is the speaker to break half way through a set.
– Check with your venue if there are any sound restrictions. Barn venues tend to have a limit which means sometimes five piece bands won’t be possible. Check with the venue and liaise with the band or agent to make sure this won’t be a problem.
– Think outside the box – how about looking into a surprise element for the day. Singing Waiters, a dance mob or even a Mariachi Band showing up when least expected?
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It’s all about you and your tribe
Ultimately every great party is truly made by the people. If you are surrounded by people that you love on your wedding day, you are guaranteed to have a great time.
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If you are planning a fun wedding party, check out the range of options that Lucy can help you with at Lemon Entertainment.
To make sure that all the action from your fun wedding party is captured on camera, get in touch with me to enquire about my availability. You can see my price packages here and read reviews here from other couples that have booked me to photograph their wedding.
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Garden Wedding Photography | The Secret River Garden Wedding | Hilary & Richard

Garden Wedding Photography | The Secret River Garden Wedding | Hilary & Richard

Hilary and Richard got married at Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham back in July 2016. When we met to discuss and plan their garden wedding, Hilary and Richard told me that they were most looking forward to having an informal wedding and celebrating with their family and friends. The day started with a casual and relaxed vibe that continued right through to the garden wedding party. The couple wanted to break with tradition, so they arrived at the venue together to welcome their guests with cider and mini scones with jam and cream – a nod to the bride’s family roots in Devon. The guests entered the ceremony room to the sound of a pianist playing songs from the couple’s favourite show tunes. Once everyone was seated, Hilary and Richard walked down the aisle together.

The ceremony was simple, elegant and meaningful with two readings and the traditional exchange of rings. Once outside, the wedding party walked to the reception held at The Secret River Garden; a secret oasis hidden behind a high wall and opening out on to the banks of the River Thames. The garden was in full summer bloom with a tiny woodland and lush green lawn. Richard and Hilary took no chances with the weather and had hired a really fab tipi to host their sit down meal and dance floor. They thought about all their guests, especially the many youngsters and even hired children’s entertainer The Little Top– complete with their own tipi bursting with activities. This made for a really fun wedding for all the guests.

Lots of the details at Hilary and Richard’s wedding were homemade which gave their garden wedding a lovely personal touch. Hilary wore a mint green embroidered dress which had been kindly made for her by one of her mum’s friends. The bouquet was made up by Hilary’s mum combining a bought bouquet with flowers from the local florist. The table decorations comprised a table runner which was formerly a cheap pair of Ikea curtains, on which stood jars tied with lace and ribbon collected by the family, holding sprigs of Gypsophelia / babies breath which had been bought as a large bunch from the local florist. Richard made the tassel garland around the cake table which held the most epic wedding cake from Cakes by Robin, topped with the couples’ initials and a specially designed camel and penguin bought on Etsy from Miss Sarah Cakes.

The table plan was laid out on a map of the world, printed by Papier and framed in a heavy wood frame provided by the tipi supplier. The couple’s love for travel was carried through to the dining area in the tipi by the hanging paper aeroplanes which had been patiently made by Hilary from an old road map. The table names and place names were also printed by Papier.

Thankfully, the sun was shining down for the guests to enjoy canapes, Pimms, Prosecco and raspberry lemonade in the beautiful garden. 

You can read what Hilary and Richard thought of my photos from their big day by reading their review of me on my nice words page.

Ceremony Venue: Orlean House Gallery | Reception Venue: The Secret River Garden | Tipi: Beautiful World Tents | Children’s Entertainment: The Little Top | Wedding Cake: Cakes By Robin | Cake Topper: Miss Sarah Cakes | Table Plan: Papier

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