Groom In Reiss
Rob didn’t want to feel too dressed up or uncomfortable so decided to try on two piece suits rather than three. We tried a few different brands and spent a few afternoons at selfridges trying on different styles. He ended up finding a great blue suit from Reiss
just a month before our wedding.
In a nod to our London theme we decided to get ties from Liberty for Rob and his groomsmen. However the price of Liberty ties was a bit out of our reach so I found the amazing CatkinJane
on Etsy who makes ties herself from Liberty Fabric.
We didn’t really go for a colour scheme / decor as wanted to spend the majority of our budget on flowers. The venue is so beautiful and it felt important to keep it simple. We had found a florist but unfortunately she had to pull out a few months before so on her recommendation we contacted the amazing Lara at Wild Renata Flowers
who also lives in Brixton. I now can’t imagine what my wedding would have been like without her! Lara dressed the space beautifully and had this vision to have foliage essentially growing out of and around the beautiful wooded building. My bouquet was beautiful and so thought through, it unexpectedly snowed on our wedding day and Lara on a last minute whim added snowdrops to my bouquet which made it all feel so special.
Lara was so key in not just the decor and flowers but in making me feel comfortable about the whole day and calming my anxiety, she was always there to chat through things and calm me down even when it was about things that weren’t flower related.
We started with the flowers as our main point of decor and as we had quite a bit of foliage went for a green (ish) colour scheme. But really this only extended to the plates and napkins. Everything else was just very casual and natural.
The only decor we had was a photo wall made by my Mum which was placed upstairs. She worked really closely with Rob’s mum and one of my bridesmaids to get together a collection of photos throughout the years of Rob and I with everyone who attended the wedding. It was a HUGE task but she did it perfectly and it was such a nice touch.
We had an afternoon wedding so didn’t really plan any entertainment but as a nod to our Mexico engagement decided to serve margaritas post-dinner. What we didn’t know is that my parents had planned a surprise and booked us a mariachi band. It was so much fun and really kicked off the dancing for the evening - I don’t think I stopped dancing from the moment they started until the end of the night. Paul Courtney dj’d for us after the mariachi band finished.
The Food & Drink
I don’t know where to start with the food. It was not only the best wedding food we’ve ever had it was the best food full stop. Chris had pulled together a few menus for us and one of them was the London Basque Kitchen
run by Monica. She’s based in Loughborough Junction and given we were going for a south London theme we decided to go with her.
We both really enjoy great wine and long meals with lots of courses so had decided to go for a semi-Italian food theme as meant we could have lots of courses.
Monica went above and beyond and created a menu that was better than we could’ve dreamed of. We started with artisan breads and whipped butter. If that’s all she had served we would have been happy because it was honestly the best bread and butter we’ve ever had and I still dream about it! For a main we had incredible lamb and sides. The dessert was a blood orange panna cotta. I had declared before meeting Monica that I HATED panna cotta but the minute I tried Monica’s I changed my mind.
The food tasting with Monica was one of our highlights of our entire year not just wedding planning process. I can’t recommend her enough, one of the most talented, kind and generous chefs I’ve ever come across. I would honestly get married again just to have an excuse to work with her again.
We didn’t want a wedding cake as neither of us are huge fans but we had come across the Peckham Cart Project
who supply doughnuts for a couple of different places in Peckham. They give all their profits to the Southwark Refugee and Migrant Project and they are totally delicious so we ordered a load to be served in the evening along with Old Spike Roastery coffee from Peckham.
I really want to thank Sam and Laura at Peckham Cart Project who run this incredible initiative totally on their own whilst working full time purely out of the goodness of their own hearts and to support an incredible cause. They brought us fresh doughnuts on Saturday evening when everyone had had a bit to drink and they went down SO well.
Photos were hugely important to us because I knew it would be difficult for my grandmother to make it over for the wedding so I wanted photos that would capture the whole day and not just focus on portrait style shots - especially because these are the ones I felt most uncomfortable with. I found Ben
by spotting his photos on a wedding blog and fell absolutely in love with his style which was beautiful and documentary-like. I contacted him to have a chat and we were completely on the same page about what we wanted so we booked him immediately. Ben lived just down the road from us and ahead of our wedding we went for a drink to get to know him and chat through things. From the minute we met he made us feel comfortable and we loved having him as part of our day. He was totally relaxed, even when we asked him to venture out in the freezing snow to take photos of Rob and his groomsmen doing park run. One of the loveliest moments and most calming moments of the day was after we took our portraits, Rob, Ben and I went for a drink in the pub we’d first met him in and just took time for a breather before going back to greet all our guests.
We knew the photos would be good but were of course blown away when we saw the final products. I had never been comfortable having my photo taken but you wouldn’t know it from the photos. When I sent them to my grandmother she described the reaction perfectly “thunderstruck”.