I cannot wait to share this beauty of a big day with you this morning. There is colour, there are wildflowers, there are maids in denim jackets and a bride in Ray Bans. There is an EPIC wedding venue complete with London Underground train carriages for a bar (!) and a woodland wedding theme.
Getting excited to see it in all its glory? Roz and Owain tied the knot in May wreathed in blazing sunshine and beaming smiles at Stoke Newington town hall before whizzing all their guests to Islington on an old London Routemaster bus complete with plenty of prosecco!
I love bride Roz’s fun and upbeat perspective of her big day… ‘Yes, we got pissed and no we don’t care. We had just about the best day ever!‘. Sounds about right to me!
The Bride’s Fashion
Roz The Bride: I didn’t really know what I was looking for when it came to my wedding dress, and was left slightly deflated after my first few visits to dress shops. Then I discovered Katya Katya Shehurina and made an appointment at their boutique store in Soho. There were so many beautiful dresses to choose from and the staff were really friendly. When I tried on my dress I knew it was the one for me. I was also secretly pleased that I didn’t have to look any further! I paired my dress with some blue, silver and white sandals from Topshop. I also had my trusty All Saints leather jacket in case the April weather turned. Fortunately, no showers were forthcoming and the only other accessory I needed were my Raybans.
The Groom’s Fashion
It took Owain a little while to find the right suit for the day. Initially he bought one from COS but then got cold feet about a month later. He bought a load of suits online but still couldn’t find the right one so returned them all. Then, about eight weeks before, his best man Andy reminded him of a little tailors above the pub round the corner from our flat. He planned to go there for his suit so Owain thought he’d check it out too. Straight away he knew he’d struck gold and Cian at Beggars Run made him a jacket and waistcoat to measure. By accident, Andy and Owain ended up with the same suit which was a happy coincidence and they coordinated nicely. I think he spent more time looking for suits than I did looking for my dress! Along with their suits, they had ties and pocket squares from Mrs Bow Tie, shoes from Loake and trousers and socks from ASOS and shirt from Uniqlo.
It was important to us to find a venue for our reception that was a little bit different, and above all else, somewhere fun where we could have a big old party. As we’re both from London and most of our friends live here too, we knew we wanted to get hitched somewhere close to home. We stumbled on the Metal Works almost by accident. We’d been looking at warehouse type venues when Roz’s cousin spotted the Metal Works online.
As soon as we walked in, we knew it’d be perfect for us. A wonderful and unique warehouse setting with loads of natural light coming in through the skylight. The tube train bar added to the London flavour and we were able to personalise the venue exactly to our taste and theme. The venue has it’s own props room housing almost everything you might need. They even have a life size statue of Jesus. Dette and Mo from the venue helped us map everything out and having most things on site already made it nice and easy with less to worry about when the day came.
While we planned all along to get married in London, we both liked the idea of getting married in a forest, so we adopted a woodland theme. This was reflected in the decoration at the venue and the flowers provided and arranged by our florist. We didn’t have a colour scheme, but wanted the day to be bright and colourful, so as well as having the forest theme, there were bright touches all over the venue.
Our flowers were arranged by Jem from Jemima in the Wood whose wild flowers and foliage were the perfect fit for our theme. Jem created stunning wild table runners as well as a number of other floral touches. The venue had a metal arch which she also decorated beautifully and made for a stunning entranceway for our guests to pass through. Jem also arranged the bouquet, button holes and corsages from an assortment of wild flowers.
In addition, the venue also provided an array of other wild flowers which added even more to the woodland theme.
The Wedding Party Fashion
The Bridesmaids were dressed in cream lace dresses from Jack Wills, paired with denim jackets as we were unable to find suitable pashminas at the last minute! They wore sandals from Accessorize.
The ceremony was at Stoke Newington Town Hall in the wonderful Council Chamber. We had attended a friends wedding a few years previously so already had it in mind. It was a suitably grand venue for that part of the day. As the ceremony was in Stoke Newington and the reception in Islington, we hired an old route master to transport our guests. We took a load of prosecco which was handed put as people hopped onto the bus.
We didn’t really have any specific entertainment – we all entertained each other! At the Metal Works, we projected films onto the wall, so had Jurassic Park and some of our other favourite movies on to entertain the little and big kids. Once we’d cut the cake there was plenty of dancing! Like most of our guests, we had a drink and danced the night away. Yes, we got pissed and no we don’t care. We had just about the best day ever!
We originally planned to have doughnuts instead of a cake, but changed that plan when I had a premonition involving my wedding dress and a jam doughnut. Thomas Hardin, a family friend, volunteered his baking services and produced the most splendid naked cake which looked and tasty amazing.
All other food was provided by the venue and it was both plentiful and high in quality. Having been to three (yes, three!) tastings beforehand, we knew it’d be delicious.
We didn’t want our photos to be too formal – we just wanted someone who’d capture the spirit of the day. Amy B, who we discovered online, did this perfectly. She blended in and caught some wonderful moments. We’re thrilled with the colourful, natural pictures she took on the day and will treasure them always. Lots of guests also commented how chirpy and friendly Amy was; it was like having another guest, just one with a really posh camera!
We undertook lots of little craft projects in the run up to our wedding. We made the place names ourselves adding the card to the top of champagne corks. We also made the signs for the tables using offcuts from wooden pallets which were painted with blackboard paint.
The biggest project was to make wooden boxes which were used to house more flowers. The boxes were also made from wooden pallets which were broken up, sanded down and then rebuilt! They were then painted several times with different colours before being sanded down again to give them a distressed look. It ended up taking quite a while but the results were great!
The longest project was for our favours, which were small bottles of sloe gin. We made the sloe gin ourselves over a period of several months. At times, our kitchen resembled a distillery, but we think it was worth it. The kids got blackcurrant squash so didn’t feel left out. We just had to be sure not to mix them up!
Another family friend also produced amazing table decorations which reflected the woodland theme. These were discs cut from logs and then finished with other items from the forest, with our names and the date etched it.
The crafting did take a while, but it was lovely to see things we had worked on together there on the big day.