Rosa + Andrew
That was the day when England won with Sweden in World Cup quarter-finals, London was melting in 33 C degrees, and Rosa got married to Andrew! Their marriage ceremony was in stunning art deco interiors of Wandsworth Town Hall, followed by super relaxed reception at The Lordship Pub. Football, cold drinks, and a fun times with friendly crowd from around the world – best party ever!
Hot weather has its perks – sunsets!
Rosa looked stunning in separates by Catherine Deane, the flowers were supplied by Flowers by Kirsty, make up by Maria Mckenna Makeup Artist, table plan, placecards and styling by the bride!
I love pub weddings, especially London pubs and when it is a local one – 15 min drive counts right? – it is a double bonus. The Lordship Pub is cosy, has a nice garden and in bang in the heart of East Dulwich with some cool street art nearby – perfect for relaxed wedding photography!
It was lovely to be picked as Rosa and Andrew pub wedding photographer and here is why:
It was thanks to my sister that we discovered Joasis Photo. I think she wanted Jo for her wedding but she was booked up. We immediately warmed to Jo and her relaxed, modern style. On the day we never felt “papped” or overwhelmed. In fact, I felt Jo was an extra support on the day.
Rosa and Andrew love story
We met in a pub (so it makes sense we had our reception in one!). It was my friend’s birthday and Andrew came as a friend of a friend. Andrew’s proposal on a weekend away at our favourite UK hotel (my belated birthday present) came as a surprise as he’d always been very anti-wedding and I thought we’d never bother doing it. Although he’d done his ring research several months beforehand the actual deciding for sure and buying the ring happened the morning of the proposal before catching the train to the hotel! We got engaged beginning of August and got married 11 months later. You could have planned it in less time but, as a teacher, it was easier to do it in the summer holidays.
Why did you choose to have a London pub wedding?
We wanted something local and low key so we chose Wandsworth Town Hall and a pub South of the river! We liked the Lordship Pub as it is close to where I work and it’s one of the few pubs that was big enough and could be hired out for 100% private use. As we had guests from abroad we thought it would be best to have it in London.
Tell me about your wedding dress
I wanted something quite modern and not too “big”. My sister was really helpful sending me links to different things and sent me a link to Rachel Ash sample sale which had a great dress by Catherine Deane. We then discovered that the Catherine Deane boutique was near where my sister lives so we went there and to be honest I loved everything I tried on! The service was also incredible. I chose the separates in the end as they allowed me to have a lovely lace top but a sleek satin skirt, and I just felt comfy in it. I ended up 2 weeks before the wedding getting another Catherine Deane top from eBay as I was worried I’d be too hot in the evening…I was right and appreciate the change of top before the first dance! I got my hair vine from Etsy as it was delicate and subtle and was quite adaptable for different hair styles (I wasn’t sure how I was going to wear my hair). My sandals were low heels from Kurt Geiger; I wanted something not too expensive that would last all day and that I could wear again!
Minimalist wedding styling
We were constantly asked about style and colour theme but we didn’t really have one! We kept decoration to a minimum as we liked the style of the pub, and we based flower colours on what the bridesmaids and the groom wanted to wear. Overall I’d sum up what we did as “minimalist”!
Flowers and cake
Flowers by Kirsty was great as we didn’t have much idea what we wanted. She was really helpful and gave us loose, leafy bouquets that were beautiful and tied in perfectly with what Andrew and the bridesmaids wore. My mum made the cake based which I was really grateful for; I asked her to research and decide on the style which took a job away from us! The table plan and place cards were done on Etsy by DivArt and she was great to deal with; we got pdfs that we got printed ourselves.
Wedding ceremony readings
We wanted non-cheesy readings so we had Union by Robert Fulghum and a reading from The Prophet. My friend who read the latter actually bought me that book when we were in Sixth Form so it meant a lot for me for her to read it. The guests also commented on how much they liked that one, all about remaining your own individual person within a loving relationship.
What was your first dance song and why?
We have very different music tastes- Andrew is more into guitary stuff and I love my pop and latino. We do, however, share a love of Lionel Richie and Bon Jovi cheese so we went with Dancing on the Ceiling. We wanted something not too mushy that would get the dancing going straight away.
What was your favourite part of the day?
We both just loved getting all our family and friends together, particularly those from abroad. I especially loved dancing with my friends from Spain to my fave latino tunes! We also both loved (to our surprise!) the speeches. We had 5 (my dad, my sister, Andrew, me and the best man) and all were brilliantly accurate!
Words of wisdom on planning a relaxed wedding (in a pub or not)
If you’re like us and don’t know where to start it’s useful to have someone you can ask questions to and get help from; for us that was my sister. I found a lot of wedding websites overwhelming! I’d also advise enjoying the excitement of the engagement as much as possible before beginning the stressful planning! We were surprised how much work even a low-key and chilled out wedding was! I also think guests and even the bride/groom will not care about the things websites and magazines tell you to care about I.e. 100% matching stationery, colour scheme or style, matching suits/dresses for the bridal party. The important thing is the food/drink and the guests themselves! I would advise not leaving your make-up trial too late as I really didn’t like mine so had to find a new one only a month before the wedding which was a bit stressful. Luckily I ended up with a lovely make-up artist who understood I wanted a natural look, and she was a great company the morning of the wedding.
Or you could save yourself lot of planning and money and just elope!
Joasis Photography is local to Dulwich and loves a chilled pub wedding. Get in touch for a friendly chat about your wedding plans at Lordship Pub or any other venue 🙂
Hey, you’ve come this far, may as well drop me a line. If you’ve got a date in mind, do get in touch swiftly. I only book in around 25 weddings a year and the popular dates (May - October) go FAST. So the sooner we get you booked in, the better!