Real wedding: a flower-filled pub reception in London

Valerie and Matt headed to their local for a laid-back city wedding

Inspired by Kate Moss and her iconic Cotswolds wedding, Valerie and Matt brought the countryside to London for their summer celebration.


“I always had the style of her day in the back of my head, and asked my florist flowersn16.co.uk to use similar flowers in my bouquet,” says Valerie, who carried a hand-tied mix of spray roses, eucalyptus and fragrant Lily of the Valley.

Valerie’s airy boho look actually started with her floral crown, made by Norwegian designer Jannie Baltzer and stocked at Luella’s Boudoir. “After I found my headpiece, I knew I had to find a dress that would go with it,” she says.

The bride’s shoes were the Carmen style by Rachel Simpson.

Her flowergirl, niece Jasmine, channelled Ms Moss’s mini-maids in a Monsoon dress, gold ballet pumps from Boden and a Tulip & Nettle crown.

Valerie searched high and low for bridesmaids dresses that would suit all three of her best girls, and eventually decided on a Gatsby-esque design from Asos.

The couple exchanged vows in a civil ceremony at Stoke Newington Hall, and the groom dressed to impress in a tailor-made petrol blue suit.

After the ceremony, guests headed to the couple’s favourite pub, The Londesborough, located just around the corner from their home.

“It’s renowned for putting on a great wedding so it was a no-brainer,” she explains. “We looked at a few fancier options but they weren’t really us.”

Decor inside the pub was a labour of love for the bride and her mother, who created all the table flowers themselves with blooms sourced at the New Covent Garden Flower Market.

Valerie designed all of the stationery using a motif of two swallows on pale grey eco paper. Place names were written on luggage tags threaded with rosemary.

Matt lent a hand by constructing the wooden frame for the table plan.

The unique sandcastle cake by Pat-a-Cake Pat-a-Cake added a real wow-factor to the celebration. “Half the cakes were filled with passion fruit buttercream and the others with Sicilian lemon,” explains Valerie. “Needless to say we didn’t get to take any home!”

Other personal touches included bunting handmade by the bride’s mum using her own veil from the 1970s. “Looking back, I’m so glad I put my heart and soul into making our wedding as individual as possible,” Valerie says.


Photography by Olliver Photography