Beth & Antonio's London wedding
It's 9.30am, and I'm at The Windmill on the Common hotel. Admittedly the place is a bit of a building site. Major renovations are taking place, but it certainly looks good already. In the heart of Clapham Common, the historic location is full of character.
THE WINDMILL ON THE COMMON
Although we're in London, it feels as though we're in the middle of the countryside. The Windmill on the Common is surrounded by 200 acres of green space. The venue is very friendly and cozy. The olive green wooden paneling of the interior gives the place a touch of modern in a retro style. Okay, time to get to work now. Beth has arrived from the hair dresser with her sister Rhiannon. Beth's room is particularly special, well she is the bride after all. Decorated in a very creative and quirky way, that makes you feel completely at home.
MORDEN PARK HOUSE
The wedding has a very '60s feel to it, and Beth really looks like an Italian actress from that era. She's so incredibly photogenic – this wedding is going to be amazing. I can't wait to see Benny, the pug, with his tuxedo. I'm really looking forward to the red bus, the fun and the cozy reception at The Windmill. The ceremony is held at the Merton Registry office at Morden Park House, a truly beautiful grade II listed building, dated 1770. The interior has a number of outstanding features, such as the grand imperial staircase with wrought iron balustrade and the black and white marbled entrance. After the ceremony the guests travelled to the reception in a red double-decker bus. Oh, I'm loving everything about this laid back wedding. Simple, stylish, quirky with an urban twist.
BETH'S BEAUTIFUL WORDS
We had pretty much decided not to hire a photographer for our wedding as we have many talented photographers for friends who were coming to our day. When I met Paola we immediately hit it off, she's so up beat and has such a great portfolio I realised she's not just any old wedding photographer! When you hire her you're getting a photo journalist who'll document everything you don't expect or think about until after the wedding day. I am so glad I met Paola, she's thoughtful and thorough and really really kind, she captured the essence our day even better than we could have imagined. Looking at the photos now I had no idea she was taking pictures all through the day and evening, she stayed in the background the whole time and yet she must have hardly sat down! Paola's fantastic and so are our pictures, our biggest problem now is choosing which of them to leave out of the wedding albums they're all so great! I really feel that in Paola you get a photographer, artist and a friend all wrapped into one lovely parcel, I hope we stay in touch for a long time!