WEDDINGS

love shoot #67: multicultural london wedding {natasja & grant}

Hey lovely ladies!

Today I’m excited to share the stunning images of the utterly lovely Dasha of Exhibit Emotions.  Based in London, Dasha’s images never fail to capture emotion and heart, her style is enchanting.

Natasja and Grant’s London wedding captures the interesting mix of Dutch, North American, Japanese and London cultures in one beautiful, relaxed and intimate day.  I love how Natasja subtly combined the flowers in her bouquet to represent their nationalities, and thought carefully about their day and including the things they love (family and food!) to create a relaxed and fuss-free celebration.   They found that many ‘traditional’ wedding elements were not for them, so disregarded them, and set about making a day that was memorable for reflecting their own personalities.  Their beautiful Tiffany wedding rings were lovingy tied onto a ring pillow made by Natasja’s mum out of fabric from her own wedding dress.  They decided to meet before the ceremony in their flat for an emotional first look at the very spot where they first kissed.  Natasja carried a vibrant red clutch made from kimono fabric, as a nod to Grant’s Japanese heritage.

Natasja describes how they met and their day so wonderfully, so I will hand straight over to her ~

Grant and I met at business school whilst studying for our MBA’s, though didn’t start dating until a year after we’d both finished our degrees. I’m Dutch, he’s Canadian (and half Japanese) and we live in London so we have quite the international background going on.  Grant proposed to me after we’d discussed marriage, which in itself combines a Dutch sense of practicality with a North American sense of romance. Ever since the first Sunday we’ve started dating, he’s read the New York Times Wedding announcements to me, which I’d been reading for years. They’re so romantic, like the movies but in real life. So for his proposal, Grant wrote our story, exactly in the style of the announcements, and it really bowled me over.

We decided to get married in the city we live in, London, even though neither of the two of us is from here, but we have lived here for 6 years now and it’s our city. It also made sense in terms of making arrangements (the whole thing was planned in 4 months flat) and having people travel in from all over the world. We got married at Camden Town Hall, mostly because they had availability on the date we wanted, but it turned out to be great because a) I used to live around the corner so the area has good memories for me and b) we were able to take pics at the wonderful and newly restored St Pancras Hotel across the street which was an amazing setting.  We wanted to have a celebration with the people that are closest to us in a way that we’d be able to actively share with all of them, and have a chance to mix and talk and catch up over some wonderful food.

The most important thing for us both was that is was ‘us’.  I think every couple says that, but for us it meant incorporating Dutch, North-American and English traditions into a seamless blend, leaving out what others would probably call traditional elements (no bridesmaids or groomsmen, no walking down the aisle with parents, no not-seeing-each-other-on-the-day, no first dance (well, not formally anyway, we snuck one in whilst no one was looking), no DJ’s but very good food, and no cake but instead macarons). I wanted to have breakfast together in our own home before the wedding, just the two of us and for him to then get dressed elsewhere and come pick me up from our own home with the flowers which is traditionally Dutch.   My bouquet was in our national colours: orange roses for the Netherlands combined with red and white roses for Canada and Japan, and coincidentally made for a nice autumn-coloured bouquet too. As we travelled to the wedding together, we had plenty of time for pictures and to walk down the aisle together.

The driver of our vintage Routemaster turned out to be a wonderful guy and when he heard we met at London Business School belted out ‘hey, I know where that is, I used to drive the 113 bus that passes it!’, so he offered to drive us there, and we managed to sneak in a couple of shots at the place we first met

Our dessert were macarons, that we ordered from a small bakery in Battersea. We handpicked the flavours and they went down a treat. Since we didn’t have a cake, we hadn’t planned on cutting anything, but Grant on the night decided he wanted to cut the macarons, so we did that instead!

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

We didn’t have a formal dance (and no dancing in general), but did sneak in a private first dance when we thought no one was looking!

Any advice for future brides?

Work out what works best for you and make sure you incorporate both your personalities on the day. Figure out what’s really important and what you can do without. Don’t fuss too much, but try and relax and enjoy the day as much as possible. Think about the day as a celebration for the two of you, but also as a party for you guests and try and be as good hosts as possible: it’s all about you but it’s not all about you.

The intimacy, emotion and personal touches in Natasja and Grant’s day make this wedding one of my all time favourite small weddings.  Each of Dasha’s beautiful images captures their love naturally, and unobtrusive.  To see more of Dasha’s gorgeous work, check out Exhibit Emotions blog.

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Dress ~ Netty by Modeca, from Beijer Besselink, Beltrum (The Netherlands)

Veil & Accessories ~ custom made veil Beijer Besselink, and custom made necklace by Robers, Vreden (Germany), my bracelet was a gift from my parents on my 21st birthday

Stationery ~ handmade, we ordered stamps and created our own

Ceremony Venue ~ Camden Town Hall

Reception Venue & Catering ~ Opera Tavern, Covent Garden, London

Bouquet ~ Phillo Flowers, Notting Hill

Hair ~ by my mum after a tutorial with my hairdresser at Dechering, Groenlo (The Netherlands) who’s been my hairdresser for as long as I can remember

Makeup ~ by my best friend who came over from the Netherlands for the wedding. She’s been doing my make up ever since we were teenagers. So special to have it done by someone who knows me so well.

Groom’s Suit: Richard James, Savile Row

Cake ~ Macarons from Café On, Battersea, London

 

 

 

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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