Scotland and England come together for this amazing riverside wedding at Thames Rowing Club
This was one of those brilliant, amazing, fun-packed, ‘wow’ kind of weddings. A beautiful, fun and fabulous Putney riverside wedding at Thames Rowing Club. There were so many little moments throughout the day that made it so special. I was welcomed into Emma’s parents home like I was a friend. Everyone was busy doing little jobs to finish up the last bits of decorations for the day. Hair was being put up in one room, while makeup was done in another. Cakes were being decorated and Emma’s mum was making everyone food, to keep the energy levels up for the day.
It doesn’t take much to see how perfect Emma and Fraser are for each other. They have the most wonderful family and friends, who got behind them fully and helped to make it the day it was. From the homemade cakes (check out the dessert table, it was to die for) and the hand made bunting to the beautiful relaxed country garden style flowers by Celeste French and DIY decorations, it was such a pretty wedding. They had chosen tones of purples, greys, soft greens and lilacs for the colours of the day. These were paired with touches of hessian, kraft paper and vintage bottles to finish the look. The Thames Rowing Club was completely transformed into a space that stopped me in my tracks when I walked in.
Fraser’s family is Scottish so everything was designed to reflect the Scottish and English sides coming together. Thistles and roses nestled together in the bouquet, buttonholes and on the tables. There were touches of tartan used throughout the decorations and the couple had even provided little strips of tartan ribbon for their guests to tie onto their clothes. As expected (and hoped for) Fraser and the guys wore kilts or tartan trousers (and looked fabulous!).
Vintage dress for this London wedding
I loved, loved, loved Emma’s dress. It was so beautiful, and made even more special by the alterations she had done to give it an open back. On top of that, she wore a floral headband that was an actual vintage family heirloom. Both her mum and her gran had worn it when they got married. It was such a wonderful touch and truly her ‘something old’.
Their ceremony was held at the church Emma attended when she was young. This was a big deal for her and her family as she used to sing in the choir and her old choir mistress was there on the day to conduct the singers. The couple were also married by an old family friend, who the current vicar was kind enough to let perform the ceremony. It was so touching and you could see how much it meant to them. There was a very emotional moment at the end of the service as the choir sang and I watched with a little lump in my throat as the tears welled in Emma’s eyes and she softly sang along.
Scottish tradition at Thames Rowing Club London wedding
In true Scottish style, Emma and Fraser left the church to the sound of bagpipes playing. Their piper escorted them from the church door into the gardens where the drinks and canapes were ready for their guests to enjoy and celebrate the special ceremony. Champagne flowed and nibbles were eaten as I took photos of all the guests. The weather was beautiful. When it was time to head to the Thames Rowing club, Emma and Fraser left to enthusiastic cheering and confetti throwing. While I travelled with them in their car, the guests walked the short walk down to the riverside and the reception. The day went on swimmingly, food was eaten and brilliant speeches brought tears and laughter. Before the evening kicked off Emma, Fraser and I took a wander down into the streets of Putney to capture the sunset and a few relaxed photos of the two of them. We then launched into full swing into the evening with their friends super talented band, The Scarlets, playing for the first dance. It was then time for the ceilidh. I love a ceilidh! Not only it is brilliant fun for everyone, but it’s amazing to photograph too. The ceilidh band were the Timorous Beasties and they were amazing. Midway through the evening, the band took a break and everyone headed outside to watch fireworks and wave sparklers, before heading back in for more dancing, the bouquet throw and a massive end to the night with the whole dance floor filled with the guests dancing their socks off.
So many amazing moments, such a fun wedding and I loved every minute of it. It was a real privilege to be a part of this wedding at Thames Rowing Club, and even more amazing that both Rock My Wedding and English Wedding both featured this wedding on their blog.
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