Jo and Liam live on my street. I have known them for a number of years now and I felt very honoured when they asked me to document their wedding for them.
Jo and Liam have three children. Their youngest, Ida, is the same age as my little Cosmo. They have spent many afternoons playing and making potions together (don’t ask – it’s pretty messy!). With three children it’s not a surprise that Jo and Liam were looking for a family friendly wedding venue. They also wanted a venue that was local and that they had some sort of connection with. The beautiful Clissold House fitted the bill perfectly. The family have spent many afternoons in Clissold Park and Jo used to live just around the corner in Stoke Newington. And being set in the park with a big playground right next door made it really easy to keep all the kids happy and entertained.
Clissold House itself is beautiful with huge windows throughout, lots of original features and an enchanting spiral staircase. And I loved how Jo and Liam decorated the venue. They chose simple wild flowers in pretty geometric vases, which the guests got to take home at the end of the day. Liam is very good at making things, including origami. He folded all the charming origami hearts that decorated the tables.
Having lived next door to Jo for a few years now, I know that she is a very stylish woman. She even looks great when she has just returned from a work-out at the gym on Saturday morning. So it didn’t surprise me that she was one of the most glamorous brides I have ever photographed. Jo chose an original 1930s vintage wedding dress with a feathered cape and looked absolutely stunning.
To keep the children entertained, Jo and Liam hired a couple of kids entertainers that played fun games with the children, performed some magic,bought them ice cream and let them have a run around on the playground.
For their first dance, Jo and Liam surprised everyone by performing a very elegant Tango. They had been taking lessons in secret, practicing for their wedding day.
The day ended in a balmy summer evening where guests mingled happily on the terrace and slightly grubby and overexcited children rolled themselves down the hill outside Clissold House. What a wonderful wedding!