We’ve got a really pretty and colourful London back garden wedding to share with you today. Fashion designer bride Corinna & Graphic designer groom Daryl created all of the details themselves, from the hay bale seating area & hand printed table cloths, to hand drawn signs & hand made flower garlands. And it’s every bit a gorgeous as you’d expect from such a creative pair.
Their love for Spain was added to the day with giant outdoor paellas from Marylebone restaurant Iberica, which look seriously delicious – we love the idea of serving foods like this as it’s such a nice way to create a relaxed atmosphere for your guests.
You can imagine working in Fashion puts a lot of pressure on a Bride, but Corinna rose to the challenge, looking divine a Laure de Sagazan gown.
Corinna The Bride: Having studied Fashion design, and working in the industry, I felt a pressure to have the most fabulous dress on the day! A lot of people found it strange that I wasn’t designing my own, but that was too much pressure! I really wanted to find a design that wasn’t too fussy… I trawled pinterest for ages and fell upon Laure de Sagazan. I would have gone to Paris to try her dresses on, but found that the Mews (back when it was only in Bristol) stocked her designs. I loved every single one, but my Segur dress was perfect – simple & so pretty! It was great when The Mews opened their boutique in Notting Hill as I went there to have all of my fittings.
I’ve always loved the YSL Tribute Sandals, so they were an easy buy! I always knew from the start that I would have fresh flowers in my hair.
Daryl had to have a Paul Smith suit. The ‘Soho’ was like it was designed specifically for him! We had already fallen upon the Coral colour scheme at this point, and coral ties were not easy to find, so we opted for coral pocket squares (made by Corinna) and a pale grey tie. Signature Tan brogues finished the look off perfectly.
We wanted to have the wedding in London, but ideally outside in a marquee where we could have our own caterers and dress the marquee ourselves. Finding a patch of grass in London is really hard! Most venues do not offer this. My parents agreed to use their house & garden for the day which made the reception perfectly relaxed and personal. We wanted an intimate civil ceremony, and The Petersham Hotel was the perfect choice. The River Room looks out onto the Petersham meadows & the River Thames.
My mum wanted to do all of the flowers for the day. We did a course at the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers which was fantastic. They take you to the New Covent Garden market to meet the flower suppliers and to get inspired! We learnt how to make beautiful bouquets and button holes. This course inspired the décor of the marquee. We wanted to dress the marquee in fresh flowers to tie in with the garden setting. The marquee filled the whole garden, so that when the sides were up, the flower beds formed part of the décor too.
The Decor & Colour scheme
We found the ‘Miss Piggy’ rose which are a bright coral colour, and this became the colour scheme! These roses were in my hair, in the bouquets, the button holes, and sat in little glass bottles around the house & marquee. Coral berries in glass bottles hung around the marquee, and beautiful coral rose studded garlands hung on the fence as the walkway to the reception.
Daryl and I hand drew chalkboards that had the menu’s for the food & drinks. We didn’t want a sit-down reception, as we wanted it to be as informal as possible, so we covered hay bales in hand-printed cotton which I printed. The ‘fish’ and ‘bull’ print was designed by Daryl. The fish for me (Pisces) and the bull for Daryl (Taurus). These also represented the fish & meat paellas on the day!
The Wedding Party
The bridesmaid’s were my sisters, so all were very honest about what they wanted to wear! We tried on loads of dresses, but nothing was working for all 3. After a long day looking, Alex (one of the bridemaids who is an artist in Berlin) noticed a bright coral skirt in Whistles. The colour matched her favourite spray paint colour!! We tried these on with a nude colour vest, but when the shop assistant suggested trying the matching colour top, we realised we had found the perfect outfits! These were paired with Nude heels from Topshop.
I bought all 3 girls a necklace each from Jo Irvine. Jo finds vintage charms. She knows the family well, so we picked a locket for Sarah, a birdcage for Rosie, and a knife fork and spoon for Alex!
Mother of the Bride was very important! She got her dress from Erdem (stylish mum!) and her hat was made bespoke for her by Bundle Maclaren. Cameron, my nephew and our page boy wore pale blue shorts and a shirt from Gap, with a grey bowtie and cute Saltwater sandals. Isabella, my cousin and flower girl wore a dress from John Lewis with little nude ballet flats and a flower crown made by Annie.
The Ceremony was very intimate with only 30 guests. I walked down the aisle to ‘Lucky Man’ by the Verve. (Daryl’s choice!) We said our own vows which were very emotional. I cried, as did all of the men in the congregation too!
Cava was drunk in abundance in the sun on the terrace before heading to the reception – The guests first – they met with the rest of the wedding party at the house, and waited on the front drive for Daryl and I to arrive in our vintage white Rolls Royce Convertible – ready for confetti and more Cava!
Dancing and food were the main sources of entertainment for the day! The food was very important to us, and when planning the day we really wanted outdoor Paellas! We LOVE Spanish food, and holidaying in Spain (We got engaged in Spain). Iberica were AMAZING! They have not done outdoor catering for long, and their food is so so delicious! We had the most divine tapas pinchos to begin with – being passed round like canapes. These were followed by the giant paellas which were a hit! Afterwards, loads of Spanish cheese and Iberico Ham. The AMAZING cake was made by my sister Rosie! 1 huge layer of chocolate cake / 1 layer of red velvet & 1 layer of vanilla sponge – all covered in chocolate icing. She even hand painted the toppers – me, Daryl and our beloved cat Tallulah! Our first dance was to ‘I knew you were waiting’ by Aretha Franklin & George Michael. We love our 80’s hits!
Our photographer was Gio Staiano. He is an amazing Fashion Photographer who we met at another friend’s wedding. He is so, so good at what he does. He kept everyone calm, and was totally focussed at the job in hand. It was quite a small space, so he did such a good job at getting the shots he got. We wanted a journalistic approach to the day which he conveyed perfectly.
We also had our friend Anjali take polaroids of every single guest and got them to write a message. These are now in a frame. Such a wonderful idea to have something you can treasure forever.
Our videographer was a friend Jack Brewster who is just starting out in the business.
Photography by Gio Staiano
- Brides Gown Laure De Sagazan
- Boutique The Mews Notting Hill
- Jewellery Jo Irvine
- Shoes YSL Tribute Sandals in Nude
- Hair Grace Brewster
- Flowers Academy Of Flowers
- Flowers New Covent Garden Market
- Ceremony The Petersham Hotel, Richmond-Upon-Thame
- Marquee Olive Marquees
- Cake Maker Rosie Godwin
- Caterer Iberica, Marylebone
- Bridesmaids Dresses Whistles
- Mother of the Bride Erdem
- Groom’s Suit Paul Smith
- Transport Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible