Jen and Sam met at their church, St Helen's Bishopsgate. They knew quickly that they'd both found the one. A recurring word throughout their wedding was "quirky" which reflected both their personalities, their style and their choices for the wedding day.
Sam proposed to Jen by telling her that he had something he wanted to show her in his room (behave!); he took her upstairs and had the whole room covered in candles and fairy lights. In the middle was a piano stool. When she lifted the lid, she found a handwritten note, which he read to her, before getting down on one knee and asking her to marry him. Then he whisked her away for a romantic weekend in Paris to celebrate.
St Helen's Bishopsgate is a beautiful church, tucked away in the heart of the City of London. As the place where they met and spent much of their time together as their relationship continued, supported by their faith and the congregation, it was perfect to see them make their vows in front of all their friends, family, and family from St Helen's.
Sam wanted something a bit different too, so he picked a black and navy suit. He was pleased with his final choice, as James Bond wore a similar suit in one of the Bond films. He looked so stylish, and I loved his attention to detail. Right down to the socks! That's when you know a man is serious about looking dapper.
Jen found her gorgeous vintage dress in Camden Passage, on a post-brunch shopping trip with her maid-of-honour. It's an original vintage dress from the seventies. It fitted her perfectly, with only an alteration needed on the sleeves. Can you believe how perfectly it fits! Jen looked absolutely stunning. She did her hair and make-up herself, with a little help from a friend and her Benefit make-up addiction.
Jen picked a really cool florist, called Florence. Her company, Petalon, was born out of a love for two things, bicycles and flowers. Petalon offers two different bouquets every week, delivering Monday - Friday. These flowers change depending on what we find at the Flower Market and what’s in season. By limiting the choice we reduce any unnecessary waste, keep costs down and can afford to donate £1 of every bunch to Capital Bee. Cut flowers place quite a strain on the environment, so they are doing the best they can to offset this by cycling all theirr deliveries around London and helping the bees of our city through £1 donations to Capital Bee from every bouquet. What a brilliant concept?!
James Bond to James Dean...
I had stolen Jen and Sam away from their Pimms drink reception for photos, but Sam made sure that Jen didn't miss out on their popcorn snacks.
Violet is the gorgeous first daughter of Jen, Jen's bridesmaid. She was the beautiful flower girl, and here is a shot of Jen and her bridesmaids trying to entice Violet to join in the bridal portrait...the playground in the corner of the park was just too tempting!
The reception was held in The Crypt On The Green, Clerkenwell. It's an incredible venue. Red brick walls, underneath a church, with high arches and plenty of room for a seating area for the wedding breakfast and dance floor. A quirky location, for this quirky couple.
Jen and Sam wanted the flowers to be the main colour point, so they kept the table setting and the room decorations minimal. White table clothes and lots of fairy lights all around the room.
How cute were their favours?! Jam...see what they did there? Jen and Sam...Jam.
Sam is a primary school art teacher and he was the creative brains behind the invitations, table plan and menus, customised with the famous hairlines, and of course their own.
Jen's flatmate at the time was an amazing baker and kindly offered to do all the cakes as her present to the couple. Look how gorgeous they are! A very talented flatmate to have. One was cinnamon, one red velvet and one brownie. Delicious!
They were both couldn't help but smile the whole day long!