Horniman Bandstand Wedding // Eve + Dave
Ahhhhhhhh - THIS WEDDING!! <3
This wedding was the absolute bomb and set the bar high for hand made bespoke dresses forever-more!!
I've known Eve for what must be about 10 years - we met whilst on different courses at uni and spent many an evening drinking tea (re: wine) and putting the world to rights, trying to work out our place in it. She was the maker-genius who made my own wedding dress (4 years ago now!!) and kept me calm through my bride-ly panics, so it was a complete honour to be able to return the love and favour by shooting her wedding to Dave in April this year.
In true Eve style (she usually takes on epic projects) - Eve made her own wedding dress with some help from a few friends. Hand appliquéd detail across the whole dress ensured this was no light task. A 50's shape dress in dusky blue with an ivory overskirt (also appliquéd), I've never seen a wedding dress quite like this and know it'll be one of a kind. Eve teamed her dress with a floral cape from Ted Baker and finished the look with a pair of Louboutins.
Dave's sharp suit was from Marks and Spencers, Eve made his waistcoat and the outfit was completed with some fetching Barkers Monk shoes in a chestnut brown and a Liberty bow tie (decided on the morning of the wedding!).
Eve and Dave got ready together at their home in South London and had a first look in their garden to reveal their outfits to each other before jumping in a taxi to their ceremony at The Horniman Museum's Bandstand.
Guests were ready and waiting, and the couple walked together down the aisle hand in hand before officially tying the knot. The bandstand held special memories for Eve being somewhere she used to visit a lot when she was younger and the Spring weather turned out in all it's glory lighting the space with warm sunshine.
Once the ceremony had finished everyone enjoyed some Prosecco in the sun before heading to the reception at The Royston Hall in Penge (whilst we went for a wander in the Horniman Gardens for a few snaps). Funnily enough Eve and Dave found out when planning their big day that The Royston Club used to host regular dances in it's hay-day and was in fact the very place where Dave's parents had met for the first time!
Both venues for the day had a beautiful feel of being old and grand, having once been resplendent and with old glamour shining through in a Wes Anderson-esque sort of way. The level of detail that was put in from the bottles of Prosecco and straws for guests after the ceremony to the incredible afternoon tea feast laid out (By caterer Mrs Jones) , the cocktail making extras on the tables, the number of amazing cakes made by guests to fish and chips (The Frying Squad) for the evening with a 50's rock'nroll band was just awesome and a tribute to Eve's attention to detail in everything she makes or organises!
I could not have loved this wedding any more than I do - It was a complete joy to be able to shoot the beginning of this adventure for two of my closest friends and the day reflected them both down to a T. I'll admit it - there are probably a few too many photos in this blog post, but I just couldn't help myself - it's definitely worth the look so go on, put that kettle on, pour that glass of wine or get the cap off that beer and settle in - it's a rainy Tuesday after all - you deserve it!
Big thanks goes out to my wing woman and second shooter extraordinaire Florence Fox.