It’s early afternoon in Hampstead and I’m at Burgh House waiting for Annie & Ed’s wedding to begin. My second shooter Cris and I have been exchanging nervous looks for the past fifteen minutes because the weather’s playing games with us – one minute it’s glorious, the next grey clouds roll over threateningly. Guests start to arrive, as Michael the pianist plays them in with a touch of Schubert.
Soon, Ed arrives. He’s calm as, and beaming. His adorable daughter shows me the flower girl bag Annie’s made especially for the occasion. It’s pink, and floral and, most importantly she tells me, it’s reversible! The bag is too cute (not surprising as Annie is the brains and talent behind The Village Haberdashery, a London-based fabric and knitting shop opening soon). We inspect the petals inside and I ask whether she’s nervous? She shakes her head: nah.
Shortly after, Annie’s here looking totally amazing. I spend the rest of the day wondering which Hollywood star she reminds me of. Oh and the shoes! Hot pink Manolos. You read that right : Hot. Pink. Manolos. Fabulous doesn’t even begin to cover it. I squeal inwardly (and probably outwardly too, sorry Annie!).
Suddenly, it’s time. Guests take their seats and then break into smiles as the doors are opened. The ceremony is brief, but utterly lovely.
Champagne and congratulatory hugs fill the reception room and garden at Burgh House. Some of Annie’s family have flown a long, long way to celebrate the big day and everyone looks so happy to be there.
While the sky looks clear, we take a few group photos, then whisk Annie & Ed away for a few couples shots. I know I’m biased, but I think they look amazing together!!
Meanwhile, back at the venue, the guests have struck up an impromptu singalong with the help of the pianist. Awesome. Can we have guests like this at every wedding please?
As evening sets in, the party moves on to The Stag.
Annie’s changed into a gorgeous stripey 50’s inspired dress, with little bow details down the front….
…and food and drink seem to cover every available surface!
Thank you so much to Annie & Ed for letting me photograph their big day for them!! It honestly was such a fun, laid-back affair it was an absolute pleasure to be part of. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!!
Ceremony venue : Burgh House
Reception venue : The Stag
Shoes : Manolo Blahnik
Second shooter : Cristina Rossi