A cowl back wedding dress, a cocktail hour, custom-scented candles, and an Italian menu. If that doesn't sound incredible to you, then you should take a look at these stunning images and you might be persuaded. Martha & Alex opted for a November wedding so they could have plenty of twinkling lights and a soft romantic atmosphere. Of course, we also have to mention the pretty flower installation in the reception room. Our jaws have hit the floor!

Gorgeous Bon Bride satin cowl back wedding dress

With the wedding being in London we had so many options with suppliers. There were some things I knew I wanted like a vintage photo automat that just a thorough Google search led me to find a company for. Otherwise, I’d love to say we found our suppliers in some really original ways but I found the vast majority through Instagram...

Martha & Alex

Cowl Back Wedding Dress

Nothing says party like a cowl back wedding dress! Or a sparkly dress change! The main thing Martha & Alex envisioned when planning their wedding was a big boozy party. After hours of beer, wine and fizz, they decided to do a cocktail hour for evening guests to get the party started. They had margaritas, espresso martinis and brambles in the most beautiful glassware. Martha & Alex often find the best dance floor moments at weddings are from when the DJs play. Based on this, the couple decided to only have a DJ and the dance floor was packed all night! The photo automat photo booth they hired captured chaotic mementoes of the party, which Martha & Alex love looking back at and seeing stuck on guests’ fridges when they go around their houses!

Food, Drink & Surprises

Martha & Alex chose to have a November wedding because they liked the idea of it being dark with soft twinkling light. Making the venue smell good was important, so in addition to flowers, the couple had personalised lime, basil and mandarin candles lit to add to the twinkly ambience. Some guests got to take candles home at the end of the night too! The couple both love Italian food and always cook pasta, so they designed their menu with pasta in mind. Alex isn’t that keen on cake, so they opted for a stack of brownies from their local bakery instead. One of the two best men organised a surprise with a big chest full of wine that friends and family added to with their favourite wine with a note about why they’d chosen it and when the couple should drink it. A great stash of wine to take into married life!

A sparkly dress change, cocktail hour and DJ are giving us all the party vibes!

If a tradition doesn’t feel like you as a couple, don’t bother with it. Focus on what you love and spend your money on that. For us, that was probably food, drinks, fashion and aesthetic details.

Martha & Alex

Loving Martha's cowl back wedding dress? So are we! If you're looking for your dream dress remember to check out our wedding dress guide for advice. A DJ is essential for a party wedding. If you're looking for one, head to our Recommended Suppliers for yours!

Leah Blundell

Written by Leah Blundell

Venue: Clapton Country Club | Photographer: Kitty Wheeler Shaw | Photo Booth: Photoautomat Photo Booth | Florist: Greta in Flowers | Cake Maker: South East Cakery | Makeup and Hair: Nicola Beddoes | Wedding Dress: Bon Bride | Evening Dress: Retrofete | Flower Girl Dresses: Mango | Bridesmaid Outfits: Rag&Bone, mbyM, Ted Baker, Zara, Phase Eight | Earrings: Bottega Veneta | Bag: Roop | Groom's Suit: Nanushka | Groom Shirt: Eton Shirts | Groom Shoes: Russell and Bromley | Shoes: Dior | Favours: Tony’s Chocolonely Bar

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