TAGS: Alternative Wedding, asylum and maverick projects, London Wedding, mad locations, one friendly place, the wedding arrangers,

OMGGGGG!!! We woke up and was like, he’s been!!! Popped up in bed, wedding playlist on, coffee in hand and we just went through them all…. TWICE.  We cried and laughed and cried and smiled and it was just the BEST THING.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! You were so great on the day to, a real guest rather than our photographer.  

Ginger Beard, what can we say?! Best wedding photographer ever. Invisible at the most intimate and important moments then part of the gang at ALL the fun parts. 

Paul captured us looking so cool and amazing, all in love and happy, made our venues shine and our guests delighted at how fab they all look when they’re laughing and dancing. 

You know you have a picture in your head of how you want your wedding photos to turn out, Ginger Beard is WAY BETTER than that. We have been staring at them ever since he dropped them to us. The sneak peak a couple of days after the wedding was the best thing to happen since saying ‘I do’, and the full set will keep is going forever.

Suppliers. 

Ceremony:  The Asylum & Maverick Projects

Venue:  Mad Locations, One Friendly Place

Event Organiser:  The Wedding Arrangers

Hair:  Victoria Ralph Hair

Flowers:  SAGE Flowers

Cake:  Paxton & Whitfield

Band:  Natalie Williams Soul Family

Tell me briefly about the build up to your wedding day?

It was awesome. We prioritised food and music, followed by photographer and flowers. Everything else we tried to keep as simple and cheap as possible. We chipped away at the planning, doing a little bit each week so it never felt overwhelming. We knew we wanted to have a big party and everything else fitted in around that. We made all the big decisions together and then did lots of our own little jobs. Loved it!

How did you meet?

In a meeting! Silas walked into a meeting Georgina was having with his business partner and POW it was love at first sight. For Georgina anyway! We hung out together at parties and festivals and then got it on!

How did you propose?

Silas proposed at midnight at a house party on New Year’s Eve in front of all of Georgina’s friends. It was so much fun, romantic, over the top and brilliant. We got smashed afterwards!

Why did you choose your venue?

Georgina knew someone who had just got married at The Asylum and then someone else suggested One Friendly Place.

We knew we wanted to get married close to home in Brixton. We saw them, booked them, didn’t bother looking at anywhere else. They were PERFECT. Especially for a winter wedding as we didn’t rely on having outdoor space.

What did you love about your dress, suit and accessory choices?

They were very US. The dress (lace top and skirt) was from Monsoon bridal and Silas’ trousers were from Topman. But we added to those pieces with special accessories and Silas had a custom Tux jacket made with Liberty print lining, which we also used for the pocket squares and to tie the bouquet and flowers.

The brides shoes were bought many moons ago before we even met. Georgina had always wanted Terry de Havilland shoes and these were a collaboration with Anya Hindmarch and BEAUTIFUL.

All the jewellery was borrowed or cheap! Oh except some diamond earrings. The hair piece was from Eden B, handmade and utterly gorgeous. The veil was Georgina’s sister’s from her wedding. Ultimately we looked like a rocking bride and groom in really special but cool outfits not dissimilar to stuff we might normally wear.

Where did your ideas for your theme come from?

We didn’t have one! We just included things we love like Liberty print and bright colours. We ditched traditional wedding things like the cake or canapes and had pizza delivery in the chapel and loads of bags of crisps at the reception. There was an Italian theme to the meal and wine, because that’s what we love to eat.

Why did you choose your first dance song?

Silas played Georgina Anderson Paak ‘Am I Wrong’ the first time he came to her flat. We love the artist and have seen him at many gigs and festivals. It was a no brainer. We asked Georgina’s friend Rebecca to help with the routine. We loved doing it so much.

What was your favourite part of the day?

Seeing each other for the first time in the chapel. The ceremony itself. The speeches. The first dance. ALL OF IT.

What made you choose Ginger Beard Weddings to capture your day?

We saw some shots from a friend’s wedding in the same venue. We really wanted Ginger Beard straight away. He also loves similar things to us, so we knew we’d get on well. His portfolio really sold him in but as soon as we met, we were like, YES HE IS THE ONE.

We had such a laugh on the day, so relaxed, so fun and the pictures are incredible.

What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?

Be yourselves. Don’t spend money on things like stationary. Be realistic. Remember it’s just one day, it’s your love for each other and friends and family that will be with you together. Saying that, it is the best day of your life so breathe and enjoy every month. It is the best feeling in the world.

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TAGS: Boho Wedding, Clitheroe Wedding, Finch Bakery, Mitton Hall Hotel, Ribble Valley Wedding,

”I would recommend Paul to anybody who is bored of seeing the same wedding photographers and shots – his style is effortlessly natural whilst being directed in such a professional way you forget you’re being photographed.”  

– Lauren & Ed Sinclair.  

Suppliers.

Venue:  Mitton Hall

MakeUp Artist:  Leanne Jackson Bridal Make Up

Hair:  Sam Gateley and Co

Flowers:  Sam Williams Flowers

Wedding Film:  Tom Harrington Films

Dress:  LuLu Browns Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses:  Love Nookie

Suits:  Amelias Bridal

Leather Jacket Design:  Kate Illustrate

Entertainment:  Arthur Geldard | Andrew Kelly Magic | Boom Live Entertainment 

Cake:  Finch Bakery

Cheese Cake:  Brie Mine UK

Donut Wall:  Little Love Company

Room Set Up:  Creative Cover Hire

Tell me briefly about the build up to your wedding day?

The build up to our wedding seemed to only last a few weeks, it didn’t seem real until then. The weather had been beautiful sunshine all week and then it changed to cloudy yet mild, which was still surprisingly warm for this time of year, 11 degrees in March. Crazy weather!

We met at St Peter’s Church in Salesbury first for our vows, which is Lauren’s childhood church. Throughout our wedding we had a jazz singer, a magician and a band.  We wanted to keep our guests interested and entertained all day. I know it’s such a typical thing for people to say, but it genuinely was the best day ever and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

How did you meet?

We met in Bangkok in 2013 whilst we were both travelling. It was Ed’s first night and my last night before I flew to Australia. Our paths only crossed briefly for a few hours, but we kept in touch for 9 months before we were both back in the UK. We were long distance for a year living together first in the south and then in the north for 4 years.

How did the proposal go down?

Ed proposed to me in our bedroom on Mother’s Day last year. I don’t think he really thought this through although his reason was that “we had a day off together the next day to celebrate.”

What made you choose Mitton Hall?

Being from the Ribble Valley and working in the wedding industry, Mitton Hall is my favourite local venue for weddings.

A lot of Ed’s friends and family live down south so I wanted to keep the people travelling to a minimum, and I was able to advise where they could stay as well as being able to easily pop into the venue whenever required. It looked absolutely amazing on our wedding day, better than we could have imagined.

What did you love about your dress, suit & accessory choices?

Dress –

I wanted something relatively simple as I don’t like “bling” or beads on dresses (though my straps ending up being diamanté which I NEVER thought I’d go for!) I saw the designer online, and saw one of the local wedding shops (Lulu Browns) stocked the brand. After stalking on Instagram, I went to try on dresses and just knew the one I chose was the one for me.

I only went to one dress shop.  I know I’d over complicate things if I went to more as I’d find something else I loved equally.  I honestly don’t believe there’s just one dress for everyone! I loved my dress the moment I got it in May last year and continued to love it on my wedding day, my advice would be don’t confuse yourself.

Suit –

Ed picked his own suit for himself, dads and groomsmen, rented from Amelia’s menswear in Clitheroe. I think he only really picked it based on its coloured tie to match our colour scheme, but it really complemented our theme beautifully.

Where did your ideas for your theme come from?

I don’t really know what our theme was.  I suppose I always knew what colours I wanted to use. My favourite colour is burgundy, and as I assumed it would be cold or snowing I thought it would suit a winter theme – little did I know, burgundy would be the hardest bridesmaid dress to find!!

I thought gold accessories.  Gold leaf on invites, cake, earrings, necklace and cutlery would complement this look.  My florist added in pampas grass to our flowers, and we wore personalised leather jackets on the day designed by Kate at Kate Illustrate. Maybe a mismatched of themes, but I think it worked well!!

Why did you choose your first dance song and where did it come from?

Our first dance was One & Only by Adele.  A song that reminds us of our early dating years for some reason. We invited everyone to dance with us after a minute or so.

What was your favourite part of the day?

My favourite part of the day was seeing all my friends and family in the same place, knowing that they are all there to celebrate us.

What made you choose Ginger Beard Weddings to capture your wedding day?

Our wedding was at Mitton Hall in the Ribble Valley, where there are plenty of local suppliers including photographers, but Paul caught my eye on Instagram so decided to get in touch with him not soon after our engagement.

Due to our busy schedules, we only met Paul a week before the wedding for the engagement shoot.  This gave us an insight into the more unposed/documentary style of photography that GingerBeard Weddings offers and something we felt more comfortable with.

During the wedding, Paul and his second photographer made my guests feel at ease, shooting some beautiful candids and even the formal shots were made to look effortlessly cool, rather than your typical boring family photos.

He was able to work with my videographer Tom easily, sharing ideas, to get the best shots of the day.  We even walked across a narrow bridge above a river!  The images of which turned out beautifully.

Half way through the wedding, Paul grabbed us and showed a handful of photos he had edited during the meal, much to our delight as we didn’t think we would see any photos until much later.

Paul was inconspicuous at times, snapping guests unknowingly to get the “caught in the moment” look, and at other times, he was taking charge giving opinions on family portraits/confetti.  All my family loved him.

I would recommend Paul to anybody who is bored of seeing the same wedding photographers and shots.  His style is effortlessly natural whilst being directed in such a professional way you forget you’re being photographed.

What advice would you give to any couples planning their wedding day?

I generally left my wedding in the hands of my suppliers.  I didn’t even know what my bouquet was going to look like until Sam Williams turned up on the morning!

I think it’s easy to get carried away with the tiny details, that really don’t matter, so although most people won’t listen as they like being in control, I would say trust your suppliers more, as it is their job!

Plus it’s nice having a few surprises on your wedding day. Saying that, I did panic buy things I didn’t think I wanted or needed in the last few days like disposable cameras for the tables. Although I was happy to see all 13 cameras had used 27 pictures by the next morning so there are more surprises for when we are home from our honeymoon!

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