Today I am thrilled to share this eclectic and relaxed London Wedding with a Just Us theme.
Images were captured by Magpie Eye Photography.
Magpie Eye Photography based in London creates beautiful alternative wedding photography focused on discreet reportage and fashion style portraiture
Jenny Landridge of Magpie Eye says of her work and the couple…
My name is Jenny and I run Magpie-Eye Photography. I have been shooting weddings for over ten years and prior to that was a touring music photographer.
I have also shot band album covers, inlays, poster images, t shirts etc. Strangely wedding photography shares a lot of techincal skills as live music; changing lighting conditions, fleeting moments and of course the desire to capture incredible memories and making my subjects look amazing!
I love my work, I love the uniqueness every couple brings and the detail and effort they put in to their day, weddings are no longer a case of stand in a row and all say ‘cheese’ they are alive with colour, movements, atmosphere, creativity and passion.
I capture relaxed, stylish and creative images from the moment you have breakfast with your friends psyching yourself up to put on THE dress until your you and your new husband take to the dancefloor with everyone you love and who loves you to dance the night away…and everything in between.
Lucy initially enquired through my website having been recommended by a previous client of mine expressing her love of candid photography.
When I heard she was getting married at the Asylum Chapel in Peckham I was thrilled as this is a venue choc full of atmosphere and ideal for more relaxed documentary style pictures – my favourite!
The wedding day began with Lucy and her sisters, mother and friends getting ready in an airbnb close to the London Shard.
I recall that wonderful sense of excitement and expectation as everyone hastily prepared themselves and others with ironing ties, getting little suits on babies and of course helping Lucy with her beautiful dress.
The bridal party walked a short distance to London Bridge past the shard where two Routemaster buses met up with all the other guests and we drove to Peckham.
Arriving at the venue it was everything I had dreamed of and could see the look of awe on guests faces matched my own!
Lucy walked down the aisle with her Dad whose pride was almost palpable and she married Dan with a backdrop of beautiful crumbling brick walls, stained glass and a circle of real candles.
After the ceremony guests were served champagne and other refreshments by bridesmaids on the front steps of the chapel, a light rain began to fall but Lucy’s gorgeous pale pink leather jacket added a real edge to her look and the rain soon stopped ready for some more photos.
Back on the buses we all made our way back to London Bridge and Black Swan Studios where a series of long dining tables had been laid out with beautiful natural flower displays.
After dinner the speeches began and best man Johnny stole the show with a stunning video featuring all of Dan’s friends and family wishing the couple well.
Lucy shared her wedding day with an old friend’s birthday so the cake cutting included a rendition of Happy birthday and the lucky Jen even got first taste of the cake.
I left the party just as the DJ was really getting the party started and can honestly say this was one of my favourite weddings of the year.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Lucy…
How did you meet?
It was a couple of months after I started work at a new company around nine years ago. We knew each other by name but didn’t have much interaction being in different departments.
One day we were both in the kitchen and Daniel asked me if I fancied going to a friend’s gig that evening. I said no!
I changed my mind later in the day as I didn’t have any plans that night. I didn’t realise it was a date!
I thought we were two new friends going to support a local band, but as we came out of the tube station at Mornington Crescent to walk to Tommy Flynns (sadly now long gone), he held my hand and
that was when the penny dropped.
Dan categorically denies this happened but it did, and it makes me smile every time I think about it (and we argue about it)
Tell us about the Engagement…
On one of the rare hot days in the English summer, Dan suggested we have a late afternoon picnic in Regents Park.
We ate, shared a bottle of champagne and snoozed in the sun. Right before we started packing up to head home Dan mentioned that he’d called my Dad the other week which gave me pause. A
nd then I knew what was happening; I’m pretty sure I started crying at that moment.
We went home, called all our closest family and friends to tell them the news, and then went to the pub!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
Some decisions were super-easy-no-brainers, some were really hard.
We’re very lucky to have amazingly kind and talented friends and family who we could call upon to do hair, DJ, create bouquets and button-holes etc.
We even had a London Cabby, who not only drove me and my Dad, then me and Dan from venue to venue, but also decorated his cab and put a picnic basket with champagne in the back for us to enjoy without it being asked for or expected.
Little surprise touches like that really made the day extra special for us.
By far the trickiest part of the whole process for us was finding the right Reception venue and Caterer, and the latter caused a fair amount of drama.
With around 4 weeks till the big day our original catererhad to pull out and we were left trying to figure out logistics for ordering multiple take-aways so ourguests could eat something…anything!
Luckily, when we booked the Black Swan Studios for the Reception they recommended we talk to the Wedding Arrangers to help plan the party since it’s a dry hire venue.
Having party-professionals on hand saved the day. They rifled through their contacts and found a similar caterer who ended up providing more choice of tastier food at a better price point than
we were expecting. Very lucky indeed!
What was the theme / colour palette of your Big Day?
To be honest, we didn’t consciously create a theme as we wanted to try and keep the planning and the day itself as relaxed as possible. Having matching shoes to buttonholes to confetti just wasn’t a
But looking back through the pictures there’s definitely some semblance of synergy, and I think what dictated the overall look was the venues we picked.
Both the Asylum and the Black Swan Studios are very “us”, so picking seemingly random flowers, suits, dresses, etc just worked because we stuck with who we are and what we like.
Also, trusting the Wedding Arrangers to pull all the pieces together on the day was key.
As party planners it’s their job to know what kind of lighting you need, where there’s too much decor, where there’s not enough and so on.
They brought the finishing touches together at the Black Swan Studios and it worked beautifully.
What was the best bit of your day?
I barely slept the night before the wedding as I was so worried that our friends and family wouldn’t make it to the wedding; there’d be a last minute tube strike or all the roads would turn to lava or they’d all suffer collective amnesia.
When I walked into the Asylum with my Dad and saw everyone I love and cherish there to celebrate with us, I was elated, almost all nerves vanished and then I could focus purely on Daniel and the next few words and moments between us.
That was magical and a feeling I’ll never forget.
Also, and I know I’ll sounds biased, but the speeches at our wedding were the funniest I’ve ever heard. Hearing 200 people laugh and laugh to the point of stitches was wonderful and inspiring.
Cutting the cake was an unexpected delight. At first, we weren’t planning to have a cake because wedidn’t want to be too “wedding-y” at our wedding.
We caved in when too many folks were horrified at the prospect of no pudding.
So we decided to make the cake bit not about us but about one of my oldest friends since we were rude enough to book our wedding on her birthday.
As a surprise to her we asked everyone present to sing Happy Birthday which was super cool and really moving.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
I’m an absolute hypocrite for saying this, but seriously, don’t sweat the small stuff. Anything that’s not done three days before the wedding is not going to get done, and those things don’t matter.
Get some sleep and enjoy the time with your friends and family. Things will go wrong on the day and you will not care about them.
When planning and booking your wedding, spend your money where it matters; on things your guests will really remember, like food, drinks and fun things for them like a photo booth or anything that gets them involved in the day and helps them feel a part of the festivities rather than just spectators.
Literally no one cares (except you) if the napkins are the right shade of pink.
Pinterest is a great marketing tool and that’s about it. While it’s fun to fall down the rabbit hole, be practical; don’t take your purse with you.
Listen to recommendations; if someone’s had a great experience with a supplier, company or individual, take the recommendation.
If you book a Dry Hire venue, also hire a professional to sort out the logistics for drinks, staff, glasses, ice, cleaning, serving, moving furniture, decorating, water, cutlery, etc
They do so much that you don’t have time for.
Thank you Claire for running out to buy me a stick-on bra and a razor on the morning of the wedding, you saved my frazzled nerves and frazzled legs.
Thank you Hannah for making me eat in the morning even though I said I was too nervous to keep anything down, I would have face-planted without it!
Thank you Mum for all the driving and decorating and the beautiful bouquets and button holes; you are so talented.
Thank you to my sisters and Dad for the night before the wedding, for the games and the Chinese food; it felt like New Years Eve 15 years ago.
Thank you to Johnny for the funniest Best Man speech I’ve ever heard, and for the video so we can hear it again and again and again.
Thank you Ash, Ash and Mikey for being Ushers with around 24 hours notice, we salute you.
Thank you to Pete and Christine for invitation-duty, you’re the heroes we don’t deserve.
Thank you to the Tomlinson sisters for the old-new-borrowed-blue surprise in the morning, I’ll treasure it always!
Thank you Tom and Fabio for being so kind and goddamn stylish.
Thank you Danny for your impeccable taste in music.
Thank you Jenny One for letting us have a wedding on your Birthday. Thank you Jenny Two for the wonderful pictures, you absolutely captured the whole spirit and special moments of the day.
Thank you to everyone at the Asylum, the Black Swan Studios, ThisBus.com and the Wedding Arrangers for your patience, help and making everything run so smoothly on the day.
Thank you to all our friends and families for joining us on our special day, we are so touched that you came and shared the experience with us. We love all of you very, very much!
Venue: Ceremony: The Asylum – Caroline Chapel Gardens – Peckham
Reception: Black Swan Studios – London Bridge
Photographer: Jennifer Langridge – Magpie Eye Photography
Dress: Berketex Bride
Shoes: Dune London
Bridesmaid Gowns: Various (Bridesmaids own)
Suit Designer: Joshua Kane (made to measure)
Cake Maker: Cutter & Squidge
Florist: Chic Flower Designs – used as a stockist only
Wedding Planner: Chris Adnitt – The Arrangers
Stationery Invitation House
Make Up: Bride
Hair: Shai Hair and Beauty
Groom Hair: Fabio Vivan
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