A winter Loft Studios Wedding in London, with pretty winter light, Malaysian food and a whole lot of love
Today is one of those lovely sunny wintery days and its reminds me of another sunny, wintery day around this time last year. Grace and Su-Min got married at Loft Studios and there was sparkly winter light, mulled wine, Malaysian food, candlelight and a whole load of love and laughter. I also photographed them in a bus stop (see above!) which was fun.
Keep scrolling to the bottom to find out all about Grace and Su-Min’s winter Loft Studios Wedding, including the awesome suppliers they worked with. If you’d like to chat about your wedding photography get in touch. You might also like to read more about winter wedding photography and things you need to think about.
Working with Babb Photo
Here’s what Grace and Su-Min had to say about working with me!
We chose Babb Photo because we loved the examples of Laura’s work that we saw on line, especially her eye for colour and light as well as her knack for capturing the feel of a wedding. On the day itself Laura and her second shooter were wonderful and it was so lovely to have them there. We trusted them completely and felt totally comfortable around them.
Laura radiated calm and experience. Things got a little manic just before the ceremony but Laura managed to relax me and make me feel like it was all completely normal which was quite a feat. We didn’t have long for couple shots but the experience was so much fun! Laura’s sense of humour and willingness to stand in the middle of upcoming traffic in order to get the right shot helped us overcome any awkwardness.
The photos are fantastic and make me feel like I am right back there, experiencing the day all over again, every time I look at them. Thank you so much.
The Beginning of our Wedding Planning Journey
We got married in December 2018 having spent much of the previous two and a half years splitting our lives between London and Bristol, I (Grace) was working in London and Su–Min was working in Bristol. We knew we wanted to be together in Bristol and I finally made it there about three months before the wedding. Planning the wedding gave us something to excited about during the long months of commuting.
Choosing Loft Studios as a wedding venue
We chose a London venue as that is where we met and where most of our friends and family live. Although we now live in Bristol, the wedding felt like a good opportunity to say goodbye to a city that we love.
We chose Loft Studios because we loved the look of it and the opportunity to shape the space in the way we wanted. We liked the fact that the ceremony and reception could happen in one place. The exposed brickwork and big windows made it feel really special, with beautiful light
A Laure de Saggazan dress and a Walker Slater jacket
I didn’t find it easy to picture myself in a wedding dress. I thought I’d never find one that I felt comfortable in. When we first got engaged my plan was to avoid wedding dresses altogether and just pick a ‘normal’ dress that I loved….but I still found myself googling ‘unconventional wedding dresses’ and absent-mindedly looking at Pinterest for inspiration.
After weeks of searching for fun rather than out of any real hope of finding something, I saw a picture of the Verlaine dress by Laure de Sagazan. It just felt like me. I loved the simple skirt, the capped sleeves, the pattern created by the lace and the fact that it almost looked like a skirt and top rather than a dress. When I realised one of the two boutiques in the country that stocked the dress was in Bristol it felt like it was meant to be. It was the first and only dress I tried on and I loved it instantly.
I had a dried flower hair slide made by Florence and Flowers, an online etsy business who also made the bouquets and buttonholes – the colours worked really well and tied in with the wintery time of year the look of the venue.
I bought some wooden, crescent earrings from a shop I stopped into while I was out wandering with my friend Kelsey. Later I found the brand (Wolf and Moon) online and bought three necklaces from them for each of the bridesmaids
Su-Min’s jacket was from Walker Slater which is a shop that we remembered wandering into on our first trip to Edinburgh. His trousers were a tried and tested pair from his beloved Uniqlo! We bought his tie and pocket square in September when we went to New York – we found them at a stall run by the brand Curated Basics’ at a market in Brooklyn.
A venue that didn’t need much decoration
We chose the venue because we loved the way we looked and didn’t want to cover it up with too many decorations.
There wasn’t really have a colour scheme. We went for dried flowers in the end which I LOVED because it meant we could do the flowers ourselves. I ordered dried amaranthus, thistles, blue larkspur, lavender and foliage from online wholesalers. We made up posies for the table and to tie onto the chairs, at the end of each row.
We kept the flowers simple during the ceremony and just had two beautiful, potted orchids. These were chosen in memory of Su-Min’s mum as she loved orchids and had them in her wedding bouquet. Lots of our plants were from home, including our much loved tall cactus, which was decorated with fairy lights.
We didn’t want to go overboard on the Christmas thing even though it was December. There was a lovely Christmas tree which, served as a place for guests to put presents!
Entertaining guests with music and food
We had a wonderful band called the Sweet and Lowdown. They played a set following the ceremony and provided the evening music.
The food was a big part of our day and, we hope, a form of entertainment in its own right. We had Malaysian food provided by the wonderful Wild Serai catering company.
Malaysian food has lots of family memories attached to it for Su–Min and it’s something we regularly eat together. We wanted to share it with our family and friends. We loved working with Wild Serai and managed to fit in lots of delicious tasting sessions which were definitely highlights of the wedding planning process! The food was a massive hit and people are still talking about it. which makes us smile.
Grace and Su-Min’s Loft Studios wedding suppliers
Venue: Loft Studio’s, London http://www.loftstudios.co.uk/
Caterer: Wild Serai https://wildserai.wordpress.
Bride’s Dress: Verlaine dress by Laure De Sagazan at The Mews Bridal, Bristol http://www.themewsclifton.co.
Bride’s shoes: LK bennet https://www.lkbennett.com/
Groom’s Jacket: Walker Slater https://www.walkerslater.com/
Groom’ and Groomsmen ties and pocket squares: Curated basics, New York https://www.curatedbasics.com/
Groom’s shoes: Loake https://www.loake.co.uk
Bouquets, button holes and hair slide: Florence and Flowers https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/