Laid Back London Wedding| Claudine Hartzel Photography

We very much went with the flow for our UK wedding and had a fairly casual attitude to it.  We wanted a day of love, happiness and celebrations.

Meet the gorgeous Shivani of British – Sri Lankan heritage and her lovely British – Polish groom, Yakub. This ecstatic pair were married on the  23rd April 2016 at Southwark Registry Office in a civil ceremony followed by a laid back wedding lunch and reception at Bermondsey Yard Café with their nearest and dearest, followed by a big destination wedding later that year.

I’ve been wanting to share this fabulous photographers work on Nu Bride for ages! Welcome, debut wedding on Nu Bride from the brilliant  from Claudine Hartzel Photography, this laid back, smile inducing affair is full of friends and family, love and laughter.

Over to beautiful bride Shivani for the details.

The Proposal



We travelled to Kerala together. A truly special place as we had scattered my father’s ashes here.

Yakub had set up a beautiful scene on a cliff top over-looking the ocean. He had arranged soft cultural live music, floral decorations and a bespoke dinner before he asked me over the ocean if I would be his wife.  Very special and emotional moment.  

 Coming Together





This was our civil wedding and we are also planning a slightly bigger celebration abroad later that year.  We wanted the day to be relaxed and full of the love of our family and friends which best represents us.

We chose the brilliant Claudine Hartzel as our photographer and we would most definitely recommend her.  She was friendly, flexible and produced the most heartfelt soft images that captured each moment, she did such an amazing job amongst our hectic day!


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We very much went with the flow for this wedding and had a fairly casual attitude to it.  We wanted a day of love, happiness and celebrations.

The coming together of our two cultures was very harmonious as in spite of any difference in our cultures, they very much represent very similar values. (Nu Bride:How lovely)


The Dress:

My wedding dress again ran with the casual theme. It was from Reiss.

My brother Kumar is a bit of a fashion guru!  So he gave both me and Yakub some handy styling tips!  Both Yak and I felt comfortable in what we were wearing which is important.


The Suit: 

Yak’s suit was a combination of a Hugo boss Jacket and trousers, a Reiss shirt and a tie from the brides brother as good luck gesture.


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The Ceremony


Our wedding ceremony was intimate and relaxed.  We were like two excited kids!


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We chose music during our ceremony that was very dear to us.  It was a very jovial and light ceremony and the moment we finalised our vows, Yak picked me up off the floor to celebrate!

The whole day was very special and went so quickly.


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The Reception


Our  reception theme was light and relaxed, inspired spring time and warmth.

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Laughter is a big feature in our lives so we spend a lot of time with belly ache!

There were so many funny moments during our wedding day, one that springs to mind would be my 2-year-old nephew coming up to give me my ring for that special moment and slamming it down on the table with such a force – as if to resemble thank goodness you’re marrying her!!  (Nu Bride: LOL!)

There was plenty of laughs shared over our wedding speeches too, such great times you wish you could capture and keep.

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Bob Marley is a special artist for us.  It holds a very fond place in my heart growing up and coincidentally it was one of the songs that Yak played when we first met.

For our first dance, we did not rehearse- story of our lives!  Just went where-ever our feet were happy to go. (Nu Bride: Sounds perfect!)

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Challenges and Triumphs


Organisation, organisation, organisation!!  We are a bit last-minute and potentially did not think a few things through properly, but the triumph is that we still had a blast of a day without too many disasters!


Top Tip for Other Couples


Take time to sit and plan. Maybe even go through the process of a few trials to see how things could pan out.  Otherwise really breathe in and enjoy that day, it’s so precious and special and moves far too quickly.

Thank you so much beautiful Shivani and Yakub. Thank you for sharing your joyful day with Nu Bride

The Talent

Photographer: Claudine Hartzel Photography

Venue: Bermondsey Yard café

Bride’s Fashion:  

Dress / outfit:  Reiss  

Groom’s Fashion: 

Suit & Shoes: Hugo Boss and Paul Smith

Personal Touches:

Cake: Made My dear mother

Flowers and Décor:

Local florist in London bridge and Bermondsey Yard café

Food:  Bermondsey Yard café



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One Response to “Laid Back London Wedding| Claudine Hartzel Photography”

  1. Cebu Wedding Photographer
    March 24, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

    Great photos and love the colours. Truly beautiful.

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