Another week, another EPIC car. Honestly folks I’m incredibly lucky in that I get to share the most amazing weddings with you and Steph and Andy’s gorgeous contemporary city affair is no exception.
Steph and Andy married on a gloriously sunny day at Stoke Newington Town Hall last year before moving onto their drinks reception at Clissold House and finally their reception & party at Shoreditch House.
Chic, unique and utterly stylish, this wedding is my idea of heaven. Not only is Steph’s dress the perfect balance of whimsy and luxe but she also manages to match her exquisite bouquet to the colour of her wedding transport. I know – immense!
And I haven’t even told you about the bowling yet.
You are going to die when you see what’s in store.
Steph The Bride: I tried on several vintage dresses before trying on the Aspen by Jenny Packham. It has a gorgeous vintage feel with luxurious embellishment across the waist, a lacy back, capped sleaves and a silk train which I loved!
I also chose the Jenny Packham ‘Onda’ headpiece as I loved the way it had hanging diamantes and chains that created movement so that it constantly sparkled! I also wore a simple bracelet and earrings for the finishing touch; the dress had so much detail that I didn’t want to overdo it!
I also wore a pair of ivory satin Rachel Simpson shoes. They reminded me of the 1920s with their art-deco inspired t-bars and two-toned fan shaped detail in pale rose suede and metallic champagne leather.
I opted for Hollywood glamour inspired curls by Anita at Pimps and Pinups. I didn’t want my hair up as I would have felt too formal so just simple curls and my headpiece was the perfect compromise.
The lovely ladies at MAC did my make up for free!
Scarlet And Violet
Flowers were really important to us and Scarlet & Violet did a truly amazing job!
We wanted relaxed, old fashioned English garden flowers including Roses, Peonies, Delphiniums, Sweet Peas, Hydrangeas which are my favorite flowers, herbs, Waxflowers and seasonal foliages.
We chose flowers in pale tones through to deep pinks, lilacs and purples. The tables were decorated with a series of pressed glass vases and bottles of different sizes and shapes that were filled with all the English summer garden flowers named above along with Stocks, Larkspur, Alchemilla and herbs.
We also had candles burning in pressed glass tea lights everywhere to complement the beautiful flowers… that was all we needed on the decor front.
No Fixed Schemes
There was no fixed colour scheme, my older bridesmaid wore a vintage dress, the little one wore a Monsoon dress and the gents wore blue suits.
Andy had his suit made by Cad and the Dandy, it was completely hand-stitched and fitted him like a dream
Laughter And Love
We didn’t want the formality of regular wedding photographers with loads of posed photographs as they always look a bit stiff and odd! I wanted someone that caught moments as they happened.
We chose Lee Robbins and he did an amazing job. It sounds cheesy but he really did catch the laughter and love that filled our day!
No Fruit Cake Here
We had three different cakes from Violet which is a local cake shop where we live in Hackney. We had salted caramel chocolate, Victoria Sponge and carrot cake displayed on vintage cake stands; no fruit cake here!
For favours, we made our own boxes which we filled with old fashioned sweeties, bubbles and rock and name tags which we tied around the boxes with coloured twine (which made for handy name tags later in the night!)
Bowling After Dinner
Our evening entertainment consisted of bowling after dinner, then we had the Blue Attic band who played some classic crowd-pleasers followed by our friend Anthony Coleridge who DJ’d us through the rest of the night!
Our first dance was an Al Green classic – Let’s Stay Together – because it’s just a gorgeous song. If I’m being honest, we wanted La Ritornelle by Sebastien Tellier but it’s a little difficult for a band to perform! So Al was our other choice!
A Big Italian Feast
We didn’t do the whole traditional choose your meal six months prior to the wedding thing! Instead we recommend thinking outside of the traditional culinary box.
We wanted a big Italian feast instead, so Shoreditch House was perfect as they serve all the food to the tables on huge platters leaving guests to choose what they eat; I completely recommend it.
And mainly… have fun!
Reception Venue: Shoreditch House
Brides Dress: Jenny Packham
Hair: Pimps And Pinups
Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Flowers: Scarlet And Violet
Groom: Cad And The Dandy
Photography: Robbins Photographic
Band: Blue Attic Band
I know. Amazing, right?
So which of you lovely lot have already pinned Steph’s bouquet? I know I have – it’s already proudly preening itself on my floral fantasies board.
Understandably so because it is so gorgeous.
What I really adore about this wedding however is clearly how utterly smitten Andy is with Steph and how deeply she loves him back. It oozes from every photograph, evident in every embrace and glance that they share with one another.
And that’s what it’s all about right there, LOVE.
And folks, that’s all you really need.
All my love Lolly xxx