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We’re excited to share Advertising Govt Anna and style enterprise improvement supervisor Jamie’s October 2021 wedding ceremony with you at this time. The couple London’s Clapton Nation Membership as their venue and celebrated with family and friends after exchanging vow’s at Islington City Corridor. We’re fairly happy that the bride was such a frequent customer to Love My Costume when planning her wedding ceremony and found the boutique she discovered her Suzanne Neville costume at, The Bride Boutique in St Albans, by these pages. Our gifted suggest provider Rebecca Anne Designs additionally created Anna’s veil. Pictures, we’re equally delighted to say, are by the ridiculously gifted Joanna Bongard. Take pleasure in!

Getting Prepared & Bridal Magnificence

Myself and my bridesmaids acquired prepared at my mother and father’ home in North London. It was so particular preparing on the home the place I’d grown up and made the morning so relaxed and enjoyable.

As my costume was fairly understated, I made a decision to pair it with easy jewelry. I wore my mum’s diamond stud earrings as my ‘one thing borrowed’. For my ‘one thing outdated’ I wore my nanny’s wedding ceremony ring on my proper hand. My nanny handed away a couple of years in the past and so sporting her ring was extremely particular because it felt like I used to be in a position to have her with me in a roundabout way on the marriage day. Jamie stunned me with a diamond bracelet the morning of the marriage which went completely with my costume so I then had that as my ‘one thing new’!

I discovered each Viktoria (my hair stylist) and Keeley (my make-up artist) by Instagram, and to place it merely they have been the final word dream workforce! They’re each so pretty and have been a lot enjoyable to share the morning with while additionally retaining the whole lot operating easily and on time. Viktoria completely perfected my imaginative and prescient for a sublime ponytail, the remainder of the bridal social gathering every selected to have totally different hair types and Viktoria made all of it look really easy.

As somebody with tremendous pale pores and skin (and who by no means tans) I’ve by no means actually loved getting my make-up performed as a number of the make-up tendencies don’t actually go well with me. I used to be very tempted to do my very own make-up on the day however then I discovered Keeley! At my make-up trial I used to be blown away by Keeley’s work and on the marriage day I genuinely felt one of the best I’ve ever felt.

I wore Probability by Chanel, it’s considered one of my favorite scents and on the morning of our wedding ceremony I acquired a shock supply of it from a detailed household buddy as a pre-wedding present. I’ll most likely hold that bottle endlessly now.

At my appointment at The Bride Boutique, I attempted on the Luna final, as quickly as I got here out of the dressing room my maid of honour merely stated ‘that’s it!’ I felt so snug and utterly myself in it, I didn’t cry however my mum did as a result of she stated she might see how blissful I used to be. I beloved how easy it was while additionally having little bits of element with the minimize out element across the neck and the complete again of buttons. As a born and bred Londoner I additionally beloved the truth that Suzanne Neville clothes are all made within the model’s London studio.

I selected my costume in September 2019 so because of the pandemic I didn’t attempt it on once more till June 2021, I used to be so nervous that I wouldn’t prefer it anymore however as quickly as I put it on once more I used to be simply as blissful as I used to be the primary time I’d visited the boutique.

I’m a long-time follower of Love My Costume, after we began wedding ceremony planning, I joined the Fb group and located it a useful supply of data (and positively searched the group a few instances for some recommendation!). It was additionally tremendous useful being part of the group throughout all of the insanity of the pandemic and never having a clue what our wedding ceremony was doubtlessly going to appear like.


Initially, I wasn’t going to put on a veil however then I attempted one on within the boutique and nicely… I immediately modified my thoughts! I discovered Rebecca Anne Designs on Instagram and completely beloved the thought of personalising my veil. Rebecca was wonderful to work with, she was so enthusiastic all through the entire course of – you may actually inform she loves what she does! I made a decision to have mine and Jamie’s initials embroidered on my veil together with our wedding ceremony date.

I then added shamrocks, a nod to my Irish household, and poppies for Jamie’s Polish household (poppies are the nationwide flower of Poland). It was actually delicate however it meant the world to me to have the ability to add these little touches to my outfit and honour our grandparents as none of them have been with us on the day.

The Delay

Our authentic wedding ceremony date was 10th October 2020, because of the pandemic we determined to postpone our day by a 12 months within the hope that we’d be capable of have the day we had envisioned with no restrictions and be capable of have fun with all our household and mates.

Nonetheless, when it got here to our wedding ceremony day on ninth October 2021 Islington City Corridor nonetheless had restrictions in place, we had booked the Council Chamber for the ceremony which might seat over 100 visitors however because of the pandemic the city corridor had restricted the quantity allowed to 50.

We have been clearly deeply disillusioned by this, however we have been decided to lastly be married! We reserved an area within the pub reverse the city corridor and requested our visitors who we couldn’t have within the ceremony to attend for us there while we acquired married and to fulfill us afterwards for our confetti second.

We have been actually fearful that our visitors wouldn’t need to do that or could be offended that they couldn’t come to the ceremony, however they have been all so pretty and understanding and totally acquired simply how irritating planning the marriage throughout a worldwide pandemic had been.

Jamie went to the pub forward of the ceremony to greet everybody and he says it was such an effective way to start out the day as he was in a position to see everybody who we have been going to be sharing the day with.

After I arrived on the city corridor a bunch of household mates have been ready outdoors to want me nicely earlier than I headed into the ceremony, and there have been visitors outdoors the pub waving and cheering throughout the street to me. It was such an extremely particular second for me and now sticks in my thoughts as considered one of my favorite elements of the day. After we got here out of the city corridor after the ceremony all of our visitors have been there and it was great to lastly have everybody all collectively.

The Ceremony

We determined to have our ceremony at Islington City Corridor as we had a number of our first dates in Islington and so the realm holds particular reminiscences for us – much more so now.

I walked into the ceremony to ‘Kola’ by Damien Jurado. I bear in mind the primary time I heard the tune I assumed that’s the tune I need taking part in as I stroll down the aisle to Jamie. The lyrics actually resonated with me. The registrar was supplied by Islington City Corridor. Islington City Corridor provide totally different ceremony scripts to select from. We opted for the ‘romantic’ script and vows.

Considered one of my finest mates, Fern, is a really gifted author who has additionally based her personal impartial poetry publishing home. Fern kindly agreed to jot down a studying particularly for our ceremony. The piece she wrote ‘We Entice What We Suppose About’ was actually lovely and so extremely private to me and Jamie that it just about made everybody within the ceremony cry.

We had so a lot of our visitors remark afterwards on what a stunning second it was and the way sensible the studying was.

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Jamie’s grandma beloved poetry and wrote down any poems that she notably favored in notebooks; we selected to have considered one of these poems as our second studying, so it was additionally very particular and private to us. The poem was ‘These I Can Promise’ by Mark Twain which considered one of Jamie’s mates, Andrew, learn out for us. Jamie’s grandma had really written this explicit poem down in a diary from the 12 months Jamie was born and within the month of October which is after we began courting, acquired engaged and acquired married so we prefer to suppose that it was meant to be!

I wished one thing easy to sit down alongside my engagement ring. We each selected plain platinum bands for our wedding ceremony rings.

The Engagement

We first met in 2013 after we labored collectively in the identical advertising and marketing division. Over the 12 months and a half that we labored collectively we turned excellent mates, I then moved to New York for a 12 months to work however we remained in fixed contact. I moved again residence in September 2015 and by October we have been courting.

It was solely as soon as we have been in a relationship that I came upon that on the day that we had first met Jamie had informed his mum that he’d met the lady he wished to marry.

We acquired engaged in October 2018 after we have been in Whitstable celebrating our three 12 months anniversary. Jamie proposed at my Godmother’s vacation cottage, surrounded by candles within the room that appears on to the ocean.

I’ve been visiting the cottage since I used to be little and it’s someplace that’s extraordinarily particular to me, so it was completely good that he selected to suggest there. As a result of pandemic, we ended up being engaged for 3 years earlier than we acquired married.

As quickly as we acquired engaged we knew we wished a London wedding ceremony because it’s the place we met and we simply couldn’t think about getting married anyplace else.


As we have been getting married within the Autumn we determined to lean into the autumnal colors and carried that all through the day with numerous oranges, reds and navy.

I completely love flowers and so this was positively my favorite a part of wedding ceremony planning! Lizzie Thorne was such a delight to work with and went above and past to convey my imaginative and prescient to life. I knew I wished vibrant, vibrant flowers and so selected numerous reds and oranges with an actual give attention to the flowers fairly than foliage.

We selected flowers that had sentimental which means to us – we had numerous dahlias (my favorite flowers), and freesias as my mum had these in her bouquet when she married my dad in 1974! For the buttonholes we actually wished poppies, to symbolize each Jamie’s Polish heritage in addition to his grandparents who had been within the British Legion.

Sadly, poppies have been out of season so Lizzie urged pink anemones (which look very comparable) after which she included dried poppy heads within the bud vases on the tables. When Lizzie delivered the bouquets the morning of the marriage I used to be beside myself, they have been so unbelievably lovely and the colors actually pop and look wonderful in our photographs too!


I wished to ensure my bridesmaids and maid of honour have been snug and favored what they have been sporting – there’s nothing worse than having to put on one thing you don’t like

I selected navy as the color and ordered numerous totally different clothes for them to attempt, giving them the choice to every put on a unique type costume. Nonetheless, all of them ended up liking the identical costume from Silk Fred.

Favorite Moments

My favorite a part of the day needs to be after we went for our {couples} photographs while our visitors loved the drinks reception. It was such a particular second for the 2 of us, taking all of it in and eventually with the ability to say we’re married.

Having a London wedding ceremony additionally meant we acquired numerous automobiles beeping as we walked down the road and a few even pulled over to say congratulations, it was unbelievable how a lot love there was from everybody all through the day.



We knew we didn’t need conventional, formal wedding ceremony type pictures and have been on the lookout for one thing extra fashionable, enjoyable and relaxed. As quickly as I noticed Joanna Bongard’s work I knew she was simply what we have been on the lookout for!

We truthfully can’t suggest Joanna sufficient, from the second she arrived at my mother and father’ home within the morning she was such a relaxing presence. Within the cab on the best way to the ceremony she was in a position to inform me precisely what to anticipate on the city corridor and at Clapton Nation Membership she knew one of the best areas to take us to for some photographs throughout the drinks reception.

As our day was barely break up up with visitors having to attend for us on the pub while the ceremony passed off, we requested Joanna if she might herald a second photographer so we might seize this a part of the day too. Joanna really helpful Lottie Topping who was additionally so relaxed and sensible.

On the night social gathering they each regarded like they have been having simply as a lot enjoyable as our visitors and captured so many real, particular little moments. A whole lot of our visitors requested us whether or not they have been mates of ours, that’s how a lot they fitted in with the day!

Jamie wore a go well with from Drake’s. He’s not into an excellent sharp tailoring and so was on the lookout for one thing extra relaxed while additionally staying good. Drake’s was the proper model as they’re famend for any such tailoring. It’s additionally nice as Jamie will be capable of put on the go well with time and again.

Jamie loves footwear and handled himself to a pair of Tricker’s boots for the large day. I feel he was simply as excited to put on them as he was to get married! He additionally wore a IWC watch that I stunned him with as a marriage current (which I hope he loves as a lot because the footwear).

The Reception

We wished a extremely relaxed, chilled out day and so after we visited Clapton Nation Membership we knew it was the proper reception venue for us.

It’s an excellent inviting and homely house whist additionally positively having that ‘wow’ issue with the inside’s distinctive, reclaimed options – particularly that big disco ball! After our preliminary viewing we took my mother and father with us to see what they considered it and as quickly as my mum walked into the primary reception room she began crying and stated it was “so us” so we knew it was the one.

We determined to not rent an occasion planner or stylist. Clapton Nation Membership is such an unimaginable house it doesn’t want numerous extra decorations. Additionally attributable to my profession I’ve a number of expertise in planning occasions and so we managed to save lots of on that expense!

We selected to go along with Clapton Nation Membership’s in-house catering, we have been so impressed at our meals tasting with how scrumptious the whole lot was and located it fairly onerous selecting what to go along with for the day!

Ultimately we selected an Italian themed sharing type menu, as Italy is considered one of our favorite locations to go on vacation and tiramisu is our all-time favorite dessert so we needed to embody it! The meal began with Italian antipasti boards, then we had steak tagliata and naturally to complete tiramisu.

It was all so yummy and so a lot of our visitors commented that it was one of the best meals they’d ever had at a marriage.


Natalie from Nat’s Paper Studio created our invites and on the day stationery. We beloved her fashionable, easy designs which fitted our aesthetic completely.

As a substitute of a visitor e-book we opted for a poster that everybody might signal. Considered one of our mates is a really gifted illustrator and we requested him to create a drawing of the 2 of us (he did this from photographs of myself and Jamie at fittings for our outfits within the run as much as the marriage). The illustration is sensible, and we now have it framed in our residence which is such a enjoyable and particular memento from the day.

As a part of the speeches we had a standard Polish vodka toast and so every of our visitors acquired a vodka shot as a favour. To avoid wasting cash we put these collectively ourselves – in little jars I sourced on Amazon after which positioned the stickers Nat’s Paper Studio created for us with our wedding ceremony hashtag ‘Keane to be a Szulc’ on the lids.

We had everybody do their vodka shot proper on the finish of the meal in order to get the social gathering began! Jamie’s brother additionally baked and embellished personalised cookies for us as extra favours.

Night & Dancing

Our first dance was to ‘God Solely Is aware of’ by The Seaside Boys which Flo Collective carried out for us. It’s a tune that we’ve listened to since we first began courting and one which we frequently dance spherical our residence to, so it was a simple alternative.

Music was considered one of our primary priorities, we love going to gigs and we knew we wished a band for the marriage. We noticed Flo Collective for the primary time at Boisdale they usually have been AMAZING!

They have been so entertaining and had everybody up dancing. Florelie was sensible to cope with within the run-up to the marriage and fairly truthfully Flo Collective made the day. From the second the music began the dancefloor was filled with each totally different age group – they created such an excellent environment!

Again within the day Jamie had a stint as a rapper and has one tune ‘All I Want Is’ that’s notably well-known amongst our households and mates. We organised a shock efficiency by Jamie AKA Grizzle Emcee which everybody beloved and positively made it a night to recollect.

Phrases of Wedded Knowledge

I’d say to ensure the day is actually a mirrored image of you as a pair. Plenty of individuals have opinions on how weddings needs to be however on the finish of the day do what YOU need to do! All of the small, little, private particulars might go unnoticed by some however the truth that we knew they have been there made it additional particular.

Love My Costume was an amazing supply of inspiration for me and through lockdown it saved me hopeful that we’d be capable of have the day we had envisioned. Thanks a lot to your tireless work in getting the marriage business recognised throughout these onerous instances and for serving to {couples} like us get the day we had regarded ahead to for thus lengthy!

I did a speech on the reception; I used to be decided to have a feminine voice included! I used to be so nervous about doing it however I’m so glad that I did.

It doesn’t matter what restrictions could also be in place in your wedding ceremony day it would nonetheless be essentially the most particular, unimaginable day! We appreciated a lot with the ability to have everybody collectively and have fun correctly and we actually felt that our visitors loved the marriage much more in order they hadn’t been in a position to attend events for thus lengthy. We even managed to show having a restrict on the variety of visitors we might have at our ceremony right into a constructive – I’ll always remember the sensation of seeing family members ready outdoors the city corridor for me as they weren’t in a position to are available in.


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Annabel is the founding father of Love My Costume. She has a ardour for pictures, strolling, yoga, nature, and likes to assist gifted artists and artistic companies. In 2013, she turned a broadcast writer. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire along with her husband and enterprise companion Philip, their two daughters Eska and Leanora and menagerie of furry hounds. Annabel helps Philip within the operating of the household flower farm at at Moonwind Flowers. She can be co-founder of What About Weddings.

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