Joyful Crouch End wedding – Rachel & David

My wedding photography for David and Rachel began at their engagement photo session, where his kind and caring nature and her inner calm struck a chord with me instantly. I thoroughly enjoyed photographing this lovely couple: let me take you through their wedding day.

Joyful Crouch End wedding shines through the showers

Rachel and David call Crouch End home and their wedding ceremony and afternoon tea were held in the church that plays a huge role in their lives, St. Saviour’s Church, Crouch End. Bunting in purple and green – handcrafted with time and love by Rachel’s mum – adorned the church, along with flowers including a fantastic pomander at the church entrance and urn arrangements, all by Kirsty Jean Flowers.

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groom at the church entrance with bunting and flower pomander
Wedding flowers and bunting in shades of purple and green

Routemaster bus and loving ceremony

A Routemaster bus brought the bride, her dad and bridesmaids to the church. Rachel was overwhelmed with emotion and, though her walk down the aisle was a little shaky, there was a very happy groom waiting to pledge a lifetime of support at the alter. I will not forget the moment David said his vows; his full commitment shone through, with so much joy and excitement, as he promised to have and hold his beautiful bride.

Rachel’s love of knitting gave the minister – who has known the couple for a long time – the chance to turn a simple length of wool into a lovely and meaningful metaphor.

Bride and father arriving with Routemaster at the church
Bridal party arriving at the church with a Routemaster
Bride and her father arriving with the Routemaster at the church
Gorgeous Crouch End wedding - Bride and father walking down the isle at St. Saviours Christchurch
Bride smiling at her husband to be during the ceremony

Bride peeking at her husband to be during the wedding ceremony
Wedding guest doing a reading
Groom saying his wedding vows
Bride and groom kissing during the wedding ceremony
Bride and groom having a moment of peace and prayer
The married couple singing and details at St. Saviour's Church, Crouch End
Kids playing on their phones during the ceremony sitting on the floor
Bride watching as her father signs as a witness.
Bride and groom during the minister's sermon referring to the bride's knitting habit
Husband and wife walking down the isle.
Husband and wife walking down the isle.
Groom and bride chuckling when exiting the church

Crouch End Church features in special shots

After the ceremony, we took the opportunity for a group shot of the bridal party as well as some brief portraits at the church, as it was important for Rachel and David to incorporate the church into their photos.

Bridal party portrait funny moment outside St. Saviours Church, Crouch End
Groom kissing his bride on the forhead during bridal party portr
Crouch End wedding photography - Bride leaning into her new husband
Bride and groom looking at each other in love
Crouch End wedding portraits in the rain with white umbrella and Routemaster in the background

Afternoon tea with cupcakes for church family

An afternoon tea made the importance of Rachel and David’s church family evident, with speeches thankful for the help and support of everyone there. Bunting – this time crafted from sugar – adorned the wedding cake (more lovely work by the mother of the bride!), which was complemented by cupcakes from Good Cake Day and washed down by lemonade.

Wedding cake with bunting theme and purple wedding colours as well as cupcakes and drinks for the afternoon tea
Groom chuckling at his new bride as they are about to cut the we
Bride and groom cutting the cake
Groom and his groomsmen chatting
Groom having a moment of laughter with the bridesmaids
Bride hugging a dear relative
Bride and bridesmaid gobbling wedding cake
Bride and groom speaking to their friends at the church

Bride and groom exciting the church showered by confetti and rai
Bride and groom with confetti
Bride and groom with confetti
Routemaster bus picking up wedding guests at the church

Reception off to a tee at the Muswell Hill Golf Course

With confetti in the rain and umbrellas at the ready, it was off to the reception at Muswell Hill Golf Course. Very friendly staff, amazing food and spacious grounds filled with trees made this an ideal venue for the evening reception, and a pleasure to photograph. Despite an early September chill, it provided the perfect backdrop for portrait sessions away from the crowd. Though I was fully prepared for rain with a plan B, a few breaks in the showers were welcome as we got the group shots.

Collage of the wedding venue details at the Muswell Hill Golf course
Bride and her bridesmaids
Bridesmaids and groomsmen portrait with bride and groom at the Muswell Hill Golf Course

Bride’s vintage-inspired dress

Rachel wore a simple, vintage-inspired dress with an alternative edge from Indiebride London. David’s bespoke half canvas in blue three-piece suit was the work of Edit Suits Co. And, as an avid cyclist, he set off his crisp look with cufflinks in the shape of bike chain links; a subtle symbol of unity.

The groomsmen had no excuse for being late, as David gave them all watches as thank-you gifts. Other thoughtful touches included laser cut name tags on the dining tables, made by a friend, and floral jam jar arrangements and table centres, again handcrafted by Rachel’s mum.

Bride and groom posing on the Muswell Hill Golf course
Bride and groom smiling at each other in an embrace on the Muswell Hill Golf Course
Groom's buttonhole and cufflinks in the form of cycle chain links
Groomsmen syncing the time of their watches, a gift from the gro
Muswell Hill Golf Course at dawn
Wedding table decorations with gorgeous laser cut name cards
The reception with round tables at the Muswell Hill Golf Course
Little wedding guest with her mum

Funny, thankful and loving speeches

Rachel’s father paid tribute to his daughter during his speech, while welcoming David into the family. The groom’s atrocious navigation skills while hiking, and some stag do secrets were revealed in the best man’s speech. And David? Well, this kind and caring man took his turn to thank the families, and proclaim his love for his beautiful bride Rachel.

Father of the bride holding his speech
Groom in broad laughter during the best man's speech
Bride holding her husband's hand during her father's wedding spe
Couple laughing during the wedding speeches
Champagne glass being raised to the couple
Groom hugging his best man
Bride bowing her head during wedding speech
Bride and her mum reacting to Groom's speech
Groom during his wedding speech
Groom kissing his bride on the cheek
Bride and groom evening portrait at the Muswell Hill Golf Course

Grateful memories of a happy day

Thank you Rachel and David for allowing me to document your happy day and all those loving details. I hope my photographs captured the love, laughter and sunshine despite the rain, and will help you share the memories with your family, your church and friends. I wish you a long and happy marriage, and to see you soon!

wedding rings and flower engagement ring on the wedding bouquet

Where can we get it?

Rachel’s wedding dress: Indiebride (Free-spirited, alternative, sustainable, vintage-inspired and affordable)

Rachel’s jewellery: Hair vine from Bridal Rogue Gallery 

David’s suit: Edit Suits Co

Wedding rings: Gold Coast Jewellers, South Lanes, Brighton

Flowers: bouquets, buttonholes, pomander and urn arrangement by Kirsty Jean Flowers. An N4 supplier!

Cupcakes: Good Cake Day  (Offering best quality bakes, fresh, creative flavours and an ethical approach).

Venue/caterers: David’s team at Muswell Hill Golf Club