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London based Yolande De Vries Photography's WEDDING and HEADSHOT  photography blog. Browse through for wedding, branding and fashion reportage stories. Plus tips for brides & couples, and headshot clients.



Londesborough Pub + Stoke Newington Wedding

Marie & Simon's ace wedding took place at The Londesborough pub in Stoke Newington, with the ceremony at Hackney Town Hall. They are both from New Zealand and both their families travelled with journeys over 24 hours to help celebrate their stylish day. Simon and Marie definitely did their day their own way. Untraditionally they chose to have their couple photos before the ceremony and we headed off to Broadway market in Hackney for some street style wedding portraits - and this is what makes this wedding one of my favourites ever. We walked miles down through the parks and backstreets of urban East London, stopping off and incorporating their favourite cafe Ritas for a sneaky cocktail. 



An unplugged ceremony is often an overlooked option and by asking your guests to refrain from taking photos during the ceremony encourages them to be present and experience this most special part of the wedding in an engaging way! In terms of photography, it means better photos without guest paparazzi is the background - trust that the professional photographer will do their job! After their ceremony Marie and Simon invited some traditional Maori performers from New Zealand which was a very special personal and meaningful touch.


All the guests jumped on a traditional red London wedding bus, quaffing champagne and we jumped off at Victoria Park for a few more quirky bridal couple portraits on pedalos on the lake in the park. The Londesborough was the final stop for amazing food, amazing speeches and a lot of laughs!  Getting to know Simon and Marie was great, we spent a fab day around Kings Cross for their engagement session so thanks so much for their trust in me to photograph their day, 



Marie and Simon drew inspiration from the colours and designs of the London Underground for their table plan, invites and menus and pom poms. The favours for all their guests were New Zealand Jade (also known as Greenstone or Pounamu) carvings. Continuing in the vein of untraditional they chose a massive wedding pork pie and sweet and savoury eclairs instead of a traditional cake - super yum! I really loved their idea of creating a super personalised and nostalgic Jenga set by leaving out Jenga pieces and colourful sharpie pens for family and friends to write their personal messages on. There were lots of speeches including the bride, now a growing trend which I adore and a first dance photobombed by the flower girl!