This elegant London City wedding was such a joyful celebration of love amidst two cultures. I was excitedly anticipating this day ever since they booked me to be their wedding photographer last summer and it was such a pleasure to be a part of. Tom and Kat are that kind of people that you cannot help but adore as soon as you meet them. Both are such kind, happy people with a great sense of humour and as if I couldn’t like them more, they also happen to be fellow running enthusiasts. The story goes that Kat had to leave Tom in the middle of their first date in order to go on a long training run in preparation for a marathon. When he stuck around, she knew she found a keeper.
Kat and Tom’s London City wedding was on a Saturday in August. As I arrived into the City, the streets were empty and quiet in contrast to the bustle you would find in this business epicentre on a working day. Many of Kat’s family and friends travelled from Hong Kong, so the exclusive Soho House run hotel The Ned (https://www.thened.com/) made for a perfect City base for everyone to stay together. The atmosphere in the morning was very joyful and relaxed. To honour Kat’s cultural heritage, Kat and Tom welcomed their parents with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
Their Catholic church ceremony was held at St Etheldreda church (http://www.stetheldreda.com/ ). Walking around the City you could easily miss it because it is well hidden at the back of a small road. St Etheldreda’s is one of London’s hidden gems. It is a beautiful and historic building and the oldest Roman Catholic Church in England. With its beautiful stained glass windows, it is both grand and perfectly intimate for a wedding ceremony.
After the ceremony, the couple and their guests travelled to the reception venue on a traditional London doubledecker. Kat and Tom booked Kitty Hawk (https://thekittyhawk.co.uk) for their wedding reception, which is a modern, yet elegant restaurant in the heart of London. It is a perfect location for a London City wedding. Aesme florists (http://www.aesme.co.uk/) softened its slightly industrial look with beautiful seasonal flowers and foliage in order to create a romantic setting for the wedding dinner and party.
A beautiful venue is nothing but a pretty shell if the event is lacking in joy and emotion. Tom and Kat’s wedding had both in bucketloads. From the moment I walked into Kat’s room in the morning, there was laughter, there were tears (the good kind!). My favourite thing was watching Kat and Tom looking at each other all day with so much love and adoration. The fact that Tom could lift up Kat at the drop of the hat added the film set romance. I mean, what woman doesn’t dream of her man carrying her, so she doesn’t get wet? Or lifting her effortlessly when they are dancing? This London City wedding will stay with me for a long time, not only for its timeless elegance and beautiful details but mainly for the lovely people I got to meet.
Bride’s Wedding dress: Watters Bridal (https://www.watters.com) through London Bridal Couture (http://londonbridecouture.com)
Bride’s Reception dress: Outline London (https://www.outlinelondon.com)
Bride’s shoes and bridesmaids’ dresses: Asos (https://www.asos.com/women/)
Groom’s Suit: Moss Bros (http://www.moss.co.uk)
Flower arrangements and bouquets: Aesme (http://www.aesme.co.uk)
HMUA: Hannah Kenney (http://www.hannahkenneyhairandmakeup.com)
Photography: Maja Tsolo Photography (https://www.majatsolo.com)
Cake: Kate Bakes London (http://www.katbakeslondon.com)
Catering: Kitty Hawk (http://www.thekittyhawk.co.uk )
Bus transport: Traditional Travel (http://www.traditional-travel.co.uk)