Pub Wedding | London | Josephine & Cosmo

Pub Wedding | London | Josephine & Cosmo

What’s your love story? How did you meet?

We met on Tinder in late 2015. I had been on there for about 2 years and was feeling very jaded and weary, but Cosmo had just joined and I was his second ever Tinder date! Unfair! We had our first date at a grimy pub near my office in Euston directly opposite the men’s loos which created quite the romantic atmosphere.. We couldn’t stop talking and stayed until the pub closed. Luckily our second date was at a much lovelier venue, Miss Tapas in Peckham, where we bonded over how much we love food. He moved in with me (from Crouch End to Peckham, quite the lifestyle change) in June 2017.

What was the proposal like?

We got engaged on Valentine’s Day 2018 in Amsterdam. We were staying in a fancy hotel there and had spent the morning in the spa, when we arrived back in our room he had ordered Champagne to be delivered and gave me a lovely Valentine’s Card – then I saw he was down on one knee with a beautiful custom Hattie Rickards ring made with diamonds inherited from his great grandmother.

How did you get started with planning your wedding?

We had discussed ideas for ‘if we ever got married’ before we got engaged, so were pretty clear on the fundamentals of what we both wanted. We knew we wanted it to be small, just family and close friends, local, and good food was the top priority. We are such foodies and it is the big passion we have in common, we love to eat out and cook so we had high standards for this. I had spotted Southwark Register Office before while going past on a bus and thought it was a lovely building, and so convenient that is was nearby. Once we had decided on that for the ceremony, we wanted to keep hassle to a minimum so basically looked for reception venues within walking distance of there – which narrowed the search considerably.

How did you find planning your wedding?

It was pretty easy to be honest. Neither of us are particularly ‘weddingy’ people, I am not one of those women who dreamed of a big white dress from childhood so had no fixed preconceived ideas of what I wanted. I think that is what stresses a lot o f people out, they are on a targeted quest for the ‘right’ dress/venue/etc when we were more open minded. Our family and friends were super supportive of our approach which meant a lot, we didn’t like quite a lot of the more traditional aspects of weddings (religion, spending the night apart before, father giving the bride away, changing names..) and nobody batted an eyelid when we said we wanted to do it our way. I found breaking it down into manageable chunks made it easier, I got pretty much 90% of my ideas from Instagram and did a bit of scrolling and list making on my lunch break each day rather than mega planning sessions. Quite early on we went to the Most Curious Wedding Fair at Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch – that was fantastically helpful for getting started wide ideas, and I’d really recommend going to a fair for anyone at the start of this process feeling a bit overwhelmed.

How did you bring your individual personalities and your values in to your wedding day?

I think by rejecting all the problematic traditions associated with weddings as mentioned above, a church would have been absolutely out of the question for us and while the registry office experience wasn’t perfect, when we were saying our vows it felt truly honest and real for us so that meant a lot. For me the biggest way I brought my individual personality in was wearing a bridal jumpsuit! Everyone got a real kick out of that and I absolutely loved it, it was white and lacy but also midi length and with pockets so a perfect balance between traditional and modern, and everyone who knows me knows I adore a jumpsuit so that was great. So many women were marvelling at me saying how brave I was and how they wished they could have worn a jumpsuit for their wedding which amazed me, it’s your day people!

I think the focus on food was another key way we put our personalities and values as a couple front and centre, it wasn’t about being glam or fancy but about hearty, delicious food shared family style on long tables, everyone being together and getting stuck in for a celebratory feast – that was the best part of the day really. And the cheese cake! We decided long before we got engaged that if we ever got married we would have a tower of cheese instead of a cake and that worked out amazingly (and allowed us to include a dessert course from the pub’s yummy menu). Having the cheese tasting at La Fromagerie to choose the layers for our ‘cake’ was one of the funnest parts of the planning process and everyone loved tasting the cheeses we had chosen.

Which venues did you choose and why?

The register office was purely because it was in a pretty old building and very nearby to our flat, which we really wanted. That was a decision we made quite quickly at the start. Then the pub for the reception we chose because it was within walking distance of the register office, had a space you could hire for free that fitted our requirements in terms of numbers, and because they have amazing food. I came across them on Instagram where someone had shared a photo of a menu from a previous wedding at the Crooked Well – I immediately thought, wow that all sounds delicious. We went in for dinner there to check it out, they were immediately so welcoming and lovely, congratulating us on our engagement and offering us free prosecco. They seemed genuinely so excited to host us and to make it the best day possible, which was lovely. We looked at a couple of other venues where it was all ‘you can’t do this, can’t do that, this is only available at these times, you must do this and not that..’ and it felt like you were being treated just as a transaction to extract as much money as possible. The Crooked Well team were the opposite.

What did you both wear? Why did you choose that?

I wore a white lace midi length jumpsuit from Whistles bridal. The first thing I did when we came back from the holiday where we got engaged was google ‘high street wedding dresses’ as I am definitely not the big custom made meringue type, Whistles immediately came up as recommended in multiple places and as soon as I saw the jump suit I fell in love. I wear jumpsuits a lot, and it seemed appropriate to continue this on the big day! I went with one of my bridesmaids to try it on, and was explaining to the salesperson that I had just got engaged and this was the first outfit I was trying. As soon as it was on I just said ‘yep it’s the one’ and she was gobsmacked I could decide so quickly, but when you know, you know! Cosmo wore a blue three piece suit from Suit Supply, this was decided a bit later on once we had figured out a rough colour scheme for the wedding generally so he could fit in with that. He had some gorgeous deep burgundy patent shoes from Ask The Missus and I got some gold glittery mid heels from Office that were brilliant, I had an extra pair of flats from Betsey Johnson Blue to change into but never did as the heels were comfortable enough to dance in all night. Everyone absolutely loved my clutch bag from I Know The Queen, I found it in a wedding magazine and it was absolutely perfect, and tied the whole look together.

What sort of theme did you go for with your decor and styling?

I am not the most visually creative person so relied a lot on a talented bridesmaid who is and also trusting our suppliers to do their thing. I would say that is probably the main advice I would give here, find people like florists whose work you really like and then give them a rough brief and let them get on with it, they will probably do a better job than you and you’ll get a nice surprise on the day! My initial instinct was pale pink for bridesmaids dresses (millennial pink all the way, I’m such a cliche) with metallic accents, as I love rose gold. My bridesmaid encouraged me to remember that we were planning in the summer but the wedding would be in autumn when it was much darker and colder, plus she suggested working with the decor in the venue rather than against it which was a great tip. So we introduced a bit of burgundy into the colour scheme along with white, metallics and pink.

I had a photo album of Instagram screenshots and lots of different ideas, again great advice from my bridesmaid was to pick a couple of things and do them properly rather than trying to do everything – so we just went with flowers and balloons. We ordered lots of weighted bunches of beautiful opalescent and confetti filled balloons in a pink and burgundy colour scheme from Bubblegum Balloons to be delivered filled with helium o n the day which worked out amazingly and minimised hassle, plus lots of flower arrangements from the florist, with smaller ones along the centre of the banqueting tables and larger ones dotted around the venue. Our florist was fantastic and can’t thank her enough, Chanti Clark at Southern Wild based in Peckham – she was an absolute dream and is a true artist.

On top of this it just needed small details where I stuck with the metallic theme to bring it together – I bought loads of mixed gold tea light holders from The Wedding of My Dreams.com, little gold wire heart place holders from Amazon, then we just tied burgundy ribbon around the napkins. Our favours looked really cute on the table too, we got custom M&Ms from MyMMs.com in little heart shaped holders which I tied gold ribbon onto to pull together with the theme. We wanted a favour that everyone could enjoy, both adults and kids, and these worked out really well. If you can’t have M&Ms with your name on for your wedding, when can you?

What was your ceremony like?

The ceremony was short and sweet. At a register office you are pretty much churned through as quickly as possible, we were the last one of the day which made things a bit more relaxed. It was slightly stressful as there is no ability to really plan for the ceremony, you can’t get into the room in advance to rehearse or figure out where everyone will go, and you only meet the registrar five minutes before the ceremony so it was a bit of a panic trying to ensure she pronounced everyone’s names right. This is probably the one bit I would do differently actually, to get a celebrant in a licensed venue so that you can have more control over what is said, they get to know you, you can rehearse and practice etc.

We were only allowed one reading which my brother Phelim delivered beautifully for us, again it was one I found on Instagram! It was an extract from Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman which we liked because it wasn’t a traditional lovey-dovey romantic poem but more about partnership and sticking by each other in the adventure of life. Choosing the songs was fun, usually at weddings you have old fashioned hymns but we walked into Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, signed the register to Movin’ On Up by Primal Scream and walked out to Don’t Stop by Fleetwood Mac. When the opening bars of the Mac started playing right after the ‘you may kiss the bride’ moment was probably the best bit of the ceremony for me. It all felt very ‘us’ which was great.

What was your plan for the reception / party?

We wanted everyone to just be very relaxed, well fed and have a good time, both adults and kids. We had about an hour and a half of mingling with canapes and bubbly which was great as we got to walk around and chat to everyone. We had a few little personal touches and activities dotted around which were a bit of an afterthought but actually made the day for me. We had a polaroid guest book, an idea I got from my florist as traditional guest books are a bit boring and with 30 guests we would have filled about 2 pages of one. I found an old wooden frame in my dad’s garage, spray painted it gold and looped clippy fairy lights around it, and propped it up with a polaroid camera – everyone took a photo, signed it and clipped it on the frame. It looked so cool and the adults and kids alike had fun messing around with the camera. I put together a little activity box for the kids with colouring books, glow sticks, bubbles, temporary tattoos etc which was good to have on hand and I hope help ed the adults relax a bit. We also had coasters on the table from The Wedding of my Dreams.com again which had a space to write on advice for the newly married couple – we put little pots of pens on the table and lots of people filled these out, reading them through after the wedding has been such a wonderful treat and they are one of the highlights for me. We are putting them along with the polaroids and some prints of our fabulous photos into a big scrapbook.

Dinner was delicious, we had a bunch of different starters from aubergine, mozzarella and pesto salad to crispy salt and pepper quid which everyone shared, then beef wellington and salmon wellington f or the main course, the theory being everyone would choose between the two but they were so delicious most of us had a bit of each! Then we had chocolate tart for dessert, before cutting the cheese cake which everyone helped themselves to throughout the night. The speeches were another big highlight of the day for us, we spread them out with a couple before dinner and a couple more between the main course and dessert which worked well. We started with the father of the bride and then one of my bridesmaids, then the best man and then Cosmo and I each gave a short speech. They were hilarious and moving and one of my favourite memories of the day.

If you had a first dance, what was the song and why?

It was Two Doors Down by the Mystery Jets. We have very different tastes in music and the closest we have come to a serious argument is debating whether Blur or Oasis were better (obviously Oasis, to anyone with sense..) but one of the few bands we both like is the Mystery Jets. We discovered early on that we had both been to the same Reading Festival before we met, when I would have been about 15 and Cosmo 20 (awkward) and both saw the Mystery Jets at the same time. Later it was then the first gig we went to together, and I remember at the time listening to this song and thinking it would be a good wedding first dance! The music at the wedding was very basic, we just had an iPod plugged into a big speaker. This is the one fault of the Crooked Well, the sound system was a bit rubbish, but everyone had drunk enough by that point to really go for it on the little dancefloor and I am really proud of our playlist. We had enough old classics on there that even my dad was cutting some crazy shapes.

What is your advice to other couples getting married? What would you do differently?

Number one advice would be follow your instincts, do what YOU want. The only things I regret about our day were the instances where I went against my first instinct and felt under pressure to do things because I ‘should’. Rely on your close friends and family to help, you won’t be able to do it all by yourself. Have a talk early on with your partner about the bottom line, what are the top 3 major dealbreakers for you with the wedding (ours was small, local, good food) and this will be a good focus point for you as you’re surrounded by millions of suggestions and ideas. The only thing I would do differently is use a celebrant instead of the register office, that whole experience in the planning stage was a bit stressful and it would have be en worth spending a bit more money to choose a person that you really like and tail or making your ceremony. Go to a wedding fair early on, don’t expect to make any major decisions there but get inspiration. Keep some form of visual record, I tried P interest but couldn’t get into it so kept a photo album on my phone of visual inspiration and shared it with my bridesmaids so they could share ideas. Buy a wedding planner book, I got one from Paperchase for £16 and it was super useful, lots of room for notes and checklists, folders to keep loose papers and invoices etc. Be really clear on the day if you want people to actually do important jobs, we said ‘ok us hers can you do this’ and none of it happened, be specific and say to individuals ‘you are in charge of this!’.

What was it like to work with me?

Amazing! Hiring you was the best decision we made (aside from marrying each other..). Whole process was perfect from start to finish, and the photos are INCREDIBLE. Everyone on the day commented on how fab our photographer was, one of our guests is a semi professional photographer so brought her camera to the wedding, but said she quickly put it away when she saw how great you were! We wanted fun and informal documentary style photography, and said from the start we both can’t stand those weddings where everyone has to stand around for 2 hours while the couple has an extended photoshoot with loads of moody black and white portraits. You gave excellent and efficient direction so we got all the group shots we wanted quickly, keeping everyone’s spirits up in that freezing garden when they all just wanted to get inside, and the photos you got of me and Cosmo together are just perfect – not staged or posey, but perfectly capturing how we really are.

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Outfits:
Bride – Whistles , I Know The Queen and Office
Groom – Suit Supply, Hawes and Curtis

Wedding Squad Outfits:
Ties –  Hawes and Curtis
Bridesmaids –  Asos and Reiss

Florist: Southern Wild

Venues: Church Street HotelSouthwark Register Office and The Crooked Well Pub

Decoration / Styling: Flowers from Southern Wild  and Balloons from Bubblegum Balloons

Cake maker: La Fromeragerie Marylebone

Stationery: Papier

2018: Year in Review

2018: Year in Review

Woooooooo weeeeeeeee WHAT A YEAR?! So 2018 was the first full year for Parrot and Pineapple, and I can hand on heart say it’s been ALL KILLER NO FILLER. I’ve absolutely loved every wedding that I’ve photographed. And, just as I planned for, they’ve all been different and unique in their little ways. But there’s been one over riding common theme – couples that just wanted to get married without any of the traditional patriarchal bull shit that is all too often associated with weddings.

Here’s a tiny fraction of the images that I took from all of the weddings I photographed. All of these images are my absolute faves. I got a little bit emosh putting this video together. Because these images are exactly what I set out to capture. Little moments. Joy. Strength. Love. Big fun.

Sit back, relax, hit full screen and most importantly turn up the volume.

 

Thank you to every couple that booked me to shoot their wedding. You made 2018 an absolute blast for me and that’s exactly why I do this job. If you’re thinking about booking me for your wedding in 2019, you can read what these couples say about me here and contact me to enquire about availability here.

Pssst – cool light up sign used in the header image is from Locke & Busby.

Islington Town Hall Wedding | North London | Lauren & Danny

Islington Town Hall Wedding | North London | Lauren & Danny

I first met Lauren and Danny at a house party for the The Olympic Opening ceremony. Danny was living in a flat overlooking the Olympic Park so we got a brilliant view of the fireworks as it was all kicking off. I met them both again when I photographed our mutual friends wedding, Shan and Rob. So when Danny got in touch to say he was engaged to Lauren I was thrilled to be asked to photograph their Islington Town Hall wedding; even more so because it was top secret! I love it when couples go right back to basics and really focus their wedding day on what they want – to be together. Here’s their story:

Couple in front of green tiled wall - Islington town hall wedding - Parrot and Pineapple photography

How did you both meet?

One of Danny’s friends Rob, was engaged one of my best friends Shan! We had been mutual acquaintances for a while, but a night out in Dalston Danny pretended to be my husband to stop a sleazy guy hitting on me, later was when we had our first kiss. We moved in together six months later!

Couple getting married at Islington town hall wedding - Parrot and Pineapple photography

What was the proposal like?

We got engaged in Galway, Ireland in March 2018. It was the sweetest engagement – Danny took me for a stroll after dinner around the bay, in the rain and pitch dark. I complained the whole way because I didn’t want to walk further in the rain! From under my hood I saw him start to dip down onto the soaking floor – before he could get down on one knee I had told him to get off the floor and agreed to marry him!

Groom smiles at bride during Islington town hall wedding - Parrot and Pineapple photography

What was planning your wedding like?

We knew we wanted a small wedding, but had planned to do it abroad. Every time we started to plan it was getting more and more complicated. We thought we would just have a quick look at registry offices appointments at the end of summer but when we looked there were two slots available on 29th June so we just thought bugger it, let’s do it! We were only engaged four months.

Bride smiles at groom - Islington town hall wedding - Parrot and Pineapple photography

Why did you chose your venues?

We looked at Islington Town Hall at first, because we knew the venue was gorgeous and the surrounding area would be good for whatever we planned after. After we booked we realised that we had actually had our first official date in Islington so seemed even more fitting.

Couple exchange rings during Islington town hall wedding - Parrot and Pineapple photography

What was your ceremony like?

Since we booked it last minute and in smaller of the rooms at Islington Town hall, the only option was a simple “quickie” type ceremony without any personal readings or music. Which actually suited us quite well!

Groom places ring on bride's finger - Islington town hall wedding - Parrot and Pineapple photography

What was your plan for the reception?

After the ceremony we headed off to The Albion pub up the road, lucky the weather was absolutely perfect so our gamble booking a garden table paid off. Since we only had seven guests this was the perfect venue to go to, it felt like we had left London. Both the pub exterior and garden are stunning! We actually realised the day before that we hadn’t even visited the pub before the big day; lucky for us it was ideal.
As our ceremony was at 10:30am when we arrived at The Albion we had the place to ourselves but it quickly filled up over lunchtime so we had the best of both worlds when it came to intimacy and atmosphere.

First kiss as a married couple - Islington town hall wedding - Parrot and Pineapple photography

What’s your advice to other couples getting married?

Do exactly what you want to do! It’s easy when you start planning to get a bit carried away and you end up deviating from what you actually had your heart set on. After a number of scrapped plans we went back to original plan of a simple registry office ceremony with only our closest family members there, and it couldn’t have gone better. We do plan on having a bigger party for our friends at some point but doing it this way meant that we removed most of the pressure and stress; we just got to enjoy ourselves!
As our big day was only six weeks after we booked it meant that we had to make quick decisions and things couldn’t spiral. I felt so much calmer and relaxed about my own wedding than I had at other weddings where I was just a guest!
If you do plan small ceremony definitely pay out for extras such as flowers and a photographer really made all difference. We have stunning photographs and it added to the sense of occasion.

Newly married couple inside - Islington town hall wedding - Parrot and Pineapple photography

What was it like to work with me?

Rowan was absolutely amazing, I would 100% recommend her to anyone having a small wedding (or a large wedding for that matter). Having her there meant that all of our guests are in the photos, it added a sense of occasion. Someone in my team at work had a very similar ceremony at the same venue didn’t have a photographer and was envious when she saw our pictures. Having Rowan take our photos meant that we could share pictures with our friends and family who weren’t there. Rowan made us feel comfortable and less awkward which is really reflected in the photographs.
It also set a more formal environment and felt more wedding-ingy! Plus Rowan’s style of photos really suited our informal intimate ceremony. The photos are really beautiful and away from the standard style of wedding picture. She styled photos in ways that we wouldn’t have considered doing but the results are dreamy.

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You can get in touch with me here to enquire about having me along to photograph your small wedding. My prices can all be found here on my website, I offer packages of 4, 8 and 10 hours of coverage, but for small mid week weddings I’m happy to offer a special 2 hour package. Drop me an email to have an informal chat.

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Lauren’s Dress: Coast

Danny’s suit: Reiss

Ceremony Venue: Islington Town Hall

Reception Venue: The Albion, Islington 

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

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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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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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Credits:

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

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