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

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