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Village Underground Wedding – London

 Laura Babb was amazing at capturing Luke and Natalie’s rebel wedding at the Village Underground in London. Their requirements were so that she could do her thing (this is a photographers dream, really), and she loved their laid back feeling, the fact that this was such a cool and urban celebration with friends and family and the fact that they were so genuinely happy.
The ceremony took place at St Botolph without Aldgate and the reception happened at the iconic Village Underground in Shoreditch. A mix of traditional and rebel, which made the day even more special and made us fall in love with it even more. They truly did it THEIR way, and that is why we love every detail Laura captured.
According to her, she had two favourite moments of the day: The speeches, which were super emotional, and the couples shoot at the rooftop of VUL, while the sun was coming down. But let’s start from the beginning…
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 Luke and Natalie’s story started when they met at ballet school at the ages of 16/17 (this is so deliciously rebel! A dancing couple!).
According to Luke, “after a successful and very classy first date at Pret A Manger, we began dating and during that time dance took us all over, sometimes to different countries and away from each other. Three years in and Natalie had just been on a tour of China when she came back to a secretly planned getaway to the countryside. It was simple, quiet (and raining) when I proposed. It sounds romantic when you say it now but at the time it was pretty wet.”
But life wasn’t easy for these two after the proposal. They still spent some years apart after Natalie moved to Wales to dance with a company and Luke remained dancing in London. Another three years passed, along with many many train/bus journeys, before they tied the knot. “Now for the first time in roughly four years we will be in the same place!” – he says with a smile on his face.
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 Luke and Natalie got married in church, and though you might think this takes the rebelness away from their day, it doesn’t. They did it their way all the way, and that is what it means to be a rebel. Also, there was another special reason: according to Luke, “we chose our Chuch, St Botolph without Aldgate, not
just for the great name. Getting married with a faith aspect involved was always something we wanted and we also love the inclusive ethos of this particular church. In fact the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement was founded there. This is something that was very important to us. It was a bit of a bonus that the Church happened to be beautiful and right in the heart of the City!” (there you go, rebel, all the way)
As for the ceremony itself, “the most special thing was saying those vows to each other! A particular special moment for Natalie was standing at the front with her Dad, who gave her hand a big squeeze just before he gave her away. Natalie’s brothers and two of her best friends did readings, one from the Bible and one from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.Two of my favourite books! My Dad then said a really personal prayer for us which was a particularly lovely moment. I think what was really special for us was the amount of support from our friends and family.
There was so much cheering and whooping, it drowned out the Marvin Gaye track we had playing as we left the Church!”
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When describing their wedding, both agree that it was simple, with lots of personal touches. There were no centrepieces as such, but Natalie and Luke’s sister, Naomi, went to Covent Garden Flower Market at 6am the day before and bought flowers in bulk which they and the bridesmaids then spent the afternoon assembling into hundreds of jam jars collected by friends and family. “This was a really cheap way of doing things and was also lovely as it got friends and family involved” – Luke said. “We had a lot of bunting hanging, that Natalie had been cutting out since January! My cousin Sheena, Nat’s Mum and friend Camille all volunteered their sewing skills and put together nearly 200m of it! With that above and the flowers below, it made the room feel colourful and bright which is something we wanted.”
Building something together for the big day is all about being a rebel. Bringing family and friends together, making them feel the party as theirs as well, and that things couldn’t have gone so well if they hadn’t been involved in the process. It just makes things so personal and beautiful.
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“All the invites and order of services were a massive money saver.” – said the bride. “Luke drew the designs, ordered the paper online and printed them off at a local printers.”
When talking about their reception, both remember VUL with joy. “Village Underground was an easy choice. It’s an amazing place that really reflects our love of this city and as soon as we walked in we could see ourselves, family and friends having a party there. We’d always said in the planning we wanted a big party and Village Underground is perfect for just that. We met the lovely Laura who deals with the hiring of the venue and she confirmed that it most definitely was the right place. She made the whole process a total joy and really helped us bring our vision to life.” Way to go, rebels!
On this subject, we at SRB would like to let you know that Village Underground London has a sister (or brother) in Lisbon, Portugal. Yep, if you liked the amazing atmosphere of the photos shown here by talented Laura Babb you’ll be pleased to know that we also have a beautiful Village Underground Lisbon! Take a stroll over there in Alcântara, inside Carris headquarters, and let Mariana show you around and let you know of all the possibilites for the ceremony and reception. It is filled with street art, you can see the river and 25th of April’s bridge and the sunset is just perfect on a summer day.
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As a final advice for other rebel brides and grooms out there, Luke and Natalie left a touching message: “It will all be fine! Talk lots, laugh lots and stay true to what you want to do. There’ll be stressful moments building up to it, but mostly it’s a lot of fun. If the day is an honest representation of you both, everyone who comes will see that and love it, as will you.” We couldn’t have said it better. This is a true rebel message.
Thank you so much for sharing this amazing day with us, Luke, Natalie and Laura! We truly appreciate your time, and the inspiration you are giving our brides.
Did you on that side love this wedding as much as we did? Let us know in the comments!
Photographer: Laura Babb from Babb Photo | Wedding Venue: St Botolph without Aldgate | Wedding Reception: Village Underground | Wedding Dress: Alexa Dress by Minna, London. | Shoes: Brown sandals from Schuh | Grooms Attire: Our Legacy | Transport: Black cab | Flowers, bouquets and flower crown: Hattie from ‘That Flower Shop’  | Stationery: Handmade by Luke | Cake: 15 homemade cakes from the guests | Décor: Tables and Chairs from Virginias Vintage Hire
 Laura Babb foi maravilhosa a captar o lindo casamento rebel do Luke e da Natalie no Village Underground de Londres e com cerimónia na igreja de St Botolph without Aldgate . Tudo o que eles lhe pediram foi que ela fotografasse à sua maneira, de forma a captar os momentos mais genuínos (isto é mesmo o sonho de qualquer fotógrafo), e nas palavras dela, adorou que este tivesse sido um casamento tão descontraído, muito urbano, e uma celebração com amigos e família onde todos estavam verdadeiramente felizes. O pôr-do-sol com os noivos no telhado do VUL e os discursos foram a sua parte preferida.
Tudo aconteceu num misto de tradicional com rebelde, o que fez do dia ainda mais especial, e aqui deste lado, fez com que nos apaixonássemos por todos os detalhes. Estes noivos fizeram tudo à SUA MANEIRA, e para os conhecerem um pouco melhor, vamos começar pelo início desta história a dois…
O Luke e a Natalie conheceram-se quando tinham cerca de 16/17 anos na escola de ballet (oh, tão rebel!). 
De acordo com o Luke, “depois de um primeiro encontro de sucesso no Pret A Manger, começámos a namorar e a dança levou-nos a todo o lado, por vezes a outros países juntos, e noutras ocasiões, para longe um do outro. Depois de três anos, e logo após uma estadia da Nat na China para um projecto, planeámos uma escapadela romântica a dois no campo. Decidi pedi-la em casamento nessa altura, e estava tudo muito simples e a chover quando fiz A pergunta. Soa tudo a romântico, quando dito desta forma, mas a verdade é que estávamos mesmo todos molhados!”
A vida ainda assim não foi fácil para estes dois depois do pedido. Ainda tiveram mais um teste à relação quando a Natalie teve de se mudar para o país de Gales por três anos enquanto o Luke ficou a dançar em Londres. Muitas e intermináveis viagens de comboio e autocarro uniam e desuniam o casal até que finalmente deram o nó. “Agora, pela primeira vez em cerca de 4 anos, estamos finalmente a viver no mesmo sítio!” – contou o Luke com um sorriso no rosto.
Os dois casaram na igreja, e ainda que estejam a pensar que isto não é lá muito rebelde, a verdade é que é. Fizeram-no tal e qual a sua vontade, e isso sim, representa um rebel. Além disso, os dois têm mais uma razão muito especial por ter sido aquela a igreja em questão. Segundo o Luke “casar na fé sempre foi algo com que nos identificámos, mas para além disso, apoiamos a ética desta igreja em particular. O movimento cristão gay e lésbico em Londres começou aqui, e apoiar esta causa é algo com que temos muita empatia. Depois, foi como que um bónus que esta igreja se encontra mesmo no centro da cidade de Londres e o facto de que é tão bonita!” (Rebel o suficiente para vocês? Aqui convenceu-nos!)
 Durante a cerimónia, ele contou-nos também alguns detalhes que recorda com carinho. “A parte mais especial foi dizermos os votos um ao outro! Outro momento especial em particular para a Natalie foi quando o mai dela lhe apertou a mão com força antes de a entregar a mim. Os irmãos dela e duas das melhores amigas leram passagens da bíblia e do meu livro preferido “O bandolim do capitão Corelli” e o meu pai também fez uma oração personalizada para nós que foi muito bonita e especial. Depois no geral, foi incrível todo o apoio que tivemos da nossa família e amigos naquele dia. Houve tanto festejo e palmas no final da cerimónia que nem se ouviu a música do Marvin Gaye que tínhamos escolhido para a saída da igreja!”
Quando descreveram o casamento no seu todo, ambos concordaram na simplicidade e nos toques pessoais. Não tinham centros de mesa em si, mas a Natalie e a irmã do Luke foram ao mercado das Flores em Convent Garden às 6 da manhã do dia anterior, e juntamente com as madrinhas passaram a tarde a fazer os arranjos florais em centenas de jarros coleccionados ao longo do ano pelos amigos e família. “Esta foi uma forma barata de fazermos a decoração e também foi bonita porque envolvemos a família e os amigos em tudo” – contou-nos o noivo. “Tivemos bandeiras penduradas no tecto que a Nat já estava a cortar desde Janeiro. A minha prima Sheena, a mãe da Nat e uma amiga, a Camille, voluntariaram a sua perícia em costura e coseram quase 200 metros de bandeirolas! Com isso por cima e as flores por baixo, fizemos daquela sala algo de muito colorido e brilhante, o que fazia parte da nossa visão. O nosso bolo de casamento foi feito também em equipa, e em vez de um, tivemos a colaboração da família para compor toda a mesa de bolos!”.
Construir algo em comunidade para o grande dia também faz parte de uma personalidade rebel. Trazer os amigos e a família e tê-los como parte integrante da construção do casamento faz com que também sintam o casamento como seu, e que nada teria sido ou ficado tão bonito se não fosse a ajuda e apoio deles no processo. Torna tudo especial e personalizado ao detalhe.
“Conseguimos também poupar muito dinheiro nos convites e estacionário.” – contou-nos a noiva. “O Luke desenhou tudo, encomendou o papel online e imprimiu numa gráfica local”.
“O Village Underground era um dos nossos maiores sonhos para termos a nossa festa. É um espaço maravilhoso que reflecte o nosso amor pela cidade de Londres e assim que entrámos para o visitar da primeira vez sabíamos que era ali que queríamos ter os amigos e família a celebrar a nossa união. Era simplesmente perfeito para nós. Depois de tratarmos dos detalhes, a Laura, encarregue do espaço ajudou-nos a trazer a nossa visão para a realidade e adoramos cada detalhe!”
Neste assunto, na SRB queremos também relembrar-vos da existência de um irmão (ou irmã) do Village Underground de Londres em Lisboa, na sede da Carris em Alcântara! Se gostam das fotografias e atmosfera captadas pela talentosa Laura Babb, podem sempre inspirar-se no conceito e falar com a querida Mariana do VULisboa. O espaço está cheio de street art, tem vista para o rio, e num dia de verão o pôr-do-sol é simplesmente dos melhores que há.
Como conselho final para os nossos noivos e noivas, o Luke e a Natalie deixaram também uma mensagem: “Tudo vai correr bem. Conversem muito, riam muito e mantenham-se fiéis a quem são e ao que querem mesmo fazer. Vão existir momentos stressantes no planeamento, mas na maioria é muito divertido. Se o dia for a representação honesta de quem são os dois, todos os presentes vão sentir isso e vão adorar cada detalhe tal como vocês”. Isto é uma verdadeira mensagem rebel!
Obrigada por partilharem o vosso dia connosco, Luke, Natalie e Laura (pelas fotografias). Deram-nos verdadeira inspiração!
Se gostaram, espreitem a galeria completa acima e deixem-nos também a vossa opinião nos comentários!

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