Bringing all the cool vibes to RMW today, Annabelle and Jammie took over the incredible Dilston Grove for their big day and styled the space to perfection. The foliage installations, the monochrome stationery with a strong design aesthetic, the marble vases and beautiful wild poppy floral arrangements – I’m in love with it all. As expected from someone which such a great eye, bride Annabelle looks so stylish in a bespoke spaghetti strap Hermione De Paula gown, with her mermaid curls tumbling down her back. A simple but striking bridal look that is clearly completely authentic Annabelle.
Images come from the wonderful Lee at Robbin’s Photographic, whose photography you’ll also find in the RMW Book, Your Day Your Way. Once you’ve enjoyed this London wedding, grab your copy of the book so you can devour more of Lee’s work.
Dilston Grove London Wedding
Annabelle & Jammie: We had been together for 8 years before Jammie surprised me with trip to Norway (where my Mum’s family is from) and proposed to me on top of a mountain by the sea. We then began saving and planning and got married two years later.
We wanted to get married in London, as it is where we are from and where we live. We met on an Art Foundation course. We liked the fact that at the Asylum we could get married on the day, in front of our friends and family. Jammie is from South London and Annabel is half Norwegian, and Norwegian National Day celebrations happen in Southwark Park, so finding Dilston Grove, a concrete Chapel now used as a gallery tucked one corner of the park was a perfect fit for our reception venue.
Hermione De Paula Wedding Dress
When Annabel’s sister Kristina got married 2 year before our wedding, Annabel met Hermione De Paula who was making Kristina’s dress. So it was only natural that Annabel would have her’s made by her too. Hermoine designed the dress shape around what Annabel wanted and all of the embellishments and embroidered flowers; Icelandic poppies and anemones made with silver metal ribbons and pearl whites matching the flowers for the day. The date of the wedding and a couple of phrases were hand sown into the dress too. Hermoine and her team were absolutely fantastic, making the whole process so relaxed and friendly and creating exactly the dress that Annabel wanted. Annabel’s hair was done by one of her best friends and bridesmaids Ashley Kissik, it is brilliant to have one of your best friends doing your hair on your wedding day.
Jammie wanted to feel comfortable, relaxed and not too formal in a suit. We tried on lots of suits and we decided on a black Homme Plissé by Issey Miyake suit with a white Acne T-shirt, and shoes by Eytys. Jammie’s ushers wore their own suits with T-shirts too, one of Jammie’s ushers Jess, wore a jumpsuit matching the bridesmaids but in black. Annabel’s 4 bridesmaids wore handmade jumpsuits in tones of bright pink. Kristina, Annabel’s Maid of Honour had a handmade red slip dress with a pink silk coat. Our rings were made by our friend Michelle Oh. We had met on our Art Foundation and it was so nice knowing that someone we know made our rings.
The Decor & Flowers
It was really important for us to have a venue that was a blank canvas so that we could design the decor ourselves. Everything that we could do ourselves, we did! Jammie built the bar, made of black stained wood with a marbled cork countertop and the plinths for the flowers. We individually screen printed each of the napkins with a pattern and the guests name to act as the place name. We sowed the table runners and painted the table numbers on whitewashed wood. We printed the menus onto tracing paper and mounted them onto board. The marble flower vases in tones, of black, white, dark green and pink, we bought at a roadside marble shop in the mountains of Carrara, Italy and carried them all back in our hand luggage.
But most of all we had 19 of our amazing friends and family working like clockwork the day before to help us set everything up at both venues; flower arranging, hanging lights, setting up sound systems, laying tables and everything else in between!
2 days before we went bright and early to Covent Garden Flower Market to get the majority of the flowers for the tables (we also foraged grasses from the local parks to our house!) The incredible archway, walls and 2 large stage flowers (which we carried from one venue to the other on the day) were created by Rebel Rebel. They also created Annabel’s bouquet, of long stemmed wild grasses, Foxgloves and Icelandic Poppies. We had a few meetings with them to discuss our ideas and what they created was beyond our wildest dreams. Their fantastic team transformed the space.
The catering was an important ingredient for our day, and it was a little tricky as the venue does not have a kitchen! Sabel were brilliant. Canapés and cocktails at one venue and Scandivian style open sandwich starters at the other. They created the perfect sharing food for the meal; grilled Sea Bream and array of salads and were very accommodating to dietary requirements, including our own. Our desert was a traditional Norwegian Kransekake, which is a tower of baked almond rings ideal for sharing, made by Annabel’s family. One tower was brought to each table and served with berries and ice cream. For the evening food, Sabel made bao buns which were past around the dance floor. Our cake table was made by our wonderful neighbour and friend Helen, who decorated them with pressed wildflowers and oven dried citrus fruits.
At the ceremony Annabel walked in to two family friends singing opera. During the ceremony we had two readings, one in Norwegian and one in English. While we were signing the register an old friend Sophie-Rose played with her band Paradisia, they played two covers, You Make Loving Fun by Fleetwood Mac and Wouldn’t It Be Nice by The Beach Boys. Our first dance was played by one of Jammie’s best men Charlie and a couple of our friends. They played a few songs, before groups of friends DJed throughout the night from the Balcony over looking the dance floor at Dilston Grove.
We spent a long time searching for a photographer. We felt so comfortable with Lee Robbins, like he was one of our friends, we loved his photography, and on the day he helped us with so many things, even hailing a cab for the bridal party on their eventful way to venue. We couldn’t have been more happy with Lee, he captured everything.
The best part of the whole wedding was being surrounded with friends and family, especially the fun of setting up the venues and creating the flowers for tables with them. It was the greatest day, followed up with an amazing honeymoon eating our way through Japan.
Photography by Robbins Photographic
- Bride Hermione De Paula
- Shoes Maryam Nassir Zadeh
- Hair Ashley Kissick
- Groom Homme Plisse By Issey Miyake
- Shoes Eytys
- T Shirt Acne Studios
- Rings Michelle Oh
- Flowers Rebel Rebel
- Ceremony Venue Asylum Chapel
- Reception Venue Dilston Grove
- Cake Norsk Bakehouse
- Catering Sabel Food
- Entertainment Paradisia Official