The glamour of a private dining room is indisputable and Sarah and Lee picked a really, really good one for their small but perfectly formed wedding.
Kettner’s in Soho is all prim-and-proper-Jane-Austin-style dining meets moonshine-swigging-speakeasy-flip-flappery. If you’re thinking ‘ummmm whaaaat?’ right now, go with it.
Yes, it does sounds like a bizarre combination. But, read on, have a look at the lovely images and it will all make sense.
A Big Party
Sarah The Bride: We wanted to get married in London – our home – and we wanted both a small intimate ceremony, but with a large party to celebrate with friends and family in the evening. Our venues – Burgh House in Hampstead and Kettner’s in Soho – completely fitted the bill and we fell head-over-heels for their individual charm. Burgh House provided us with the intimate setting we wanted for our ceremony and Kettner’s, with it’s 1920s former members’ club wood-panelled room, was the glamorous location for our wedding breakfast and party.
Glamorous Up Do
My hair was by the amazing Sarah-Louise at Daniel Hersheson. She flew through the night from a photo shoot in the Bahamas to get back in time to style my hair! I always wear my hair down, but knew I wanted my hair up for the wedding as the back of my dress was so beautifully intricate. It did mean I was a little nervous about how to have it, but once I had found the style and I’d had my hair trial, I couldn’t wait to have it done again for the wedding!
My gorgeous sister Becky also happens to be a beauty therapist so I asked her to do my make-up. She knew exactly what I wanted – a natural look, with soft red lips – and she delivered perfectly, plus it stayed in place all day.
Delicate And Original
My dress was by Jane Bourvis. I found it on my first day of dress shopping! It was antique lace over two delicate slips with a belt and I felt exquisite in it all day. It was the perfect dress for me and even fitted in perfectly with our 1920s styled wedding. I highly recommend Jane’s dresses if you want something less traditional and structured and want something more soft and original.
Less Is More
I decided not to have a veil, as I didn’t want to hide my hair or dress, but I did wear a small hair accessory by Cherished Vintage, which was created from an antique brooch. They do some really gorgeous hair accessories.
I also decided to go simple with jewellery (again to show off the dress) and just wore my sapphire engagement ring (my something blue), with small antique drop earrings. The less is more approach!
My shoes were Flo by Rachel Simpson. They were the first thing I bought for the wedding (even before the dress) as I loved them so much! And the bonus, they were so comfortable that I didn’t take them off all day and evening!
Informal Wedding Party
I decided early on that I would have my niece as a flower girl, but that I wouldn’t have bridesmaids. Although a controversial decision (!), we felt that this fitted in with the informal feeling we wanted at the wedding. Instead all those that were dear to our hearts were invited to the intimate ceremony to share our special day.
Lee asked Sam to be his best man and we had just the one usher, James. And to fit in with the relaxed style of the day, we asked all our wedding party to wear what they wanted, rather than have formal matching outfits.
Lee and I love the 1920s era and as our reception was at Kettner’s it seemed right to stick with it for the decoration. We chose a colour scheme of gold and soft antique pinks, which worked perfectly with the 1920s antique styling.
We made the majority of our decorations, which were inspired by the old typewriter we used as a guest book sign. All our lettering was done in a typewriter style and the table confetti was heart shapes made from old Mills & Boon books (we spent many evening in front of the TV creating this!).
Our one big decorative extravagance was the giant L & S letters by Vowed & Amazed. They looked great during the day and lit-up the dance floor in the evening! Love!!
Trust In A Florist
We spent months before the wedding collecting old medicine bottles and used these to decorate the venue and table, with flowers provided by Ricky Paul. We weren’t going to use a florist to start with and were planning on doing everything ourselves, but after meeting the lovely Ricky at a wedding fair, we decided to go for it and I am so glad we did.
Ricky also made the button-holes, the flower girls head garland and my beautiful bouquet, which was made using sweet avalanche and memory lane roses.
Our favourite part of the day was our ceremony, which we laughed our way through! I can get very emotional, so I was worried that I would cry throughout, but the atmosphere in the room was so relaxed and special that once I’d made it down the aisle, I felt totally at ease (Lee did too!).
Keeping our guest numbers low meant that we really felt that our family and friends were also part of the ceremony and we’ve had such lovely meaningful comments from them since the day to say that they felt part of it too.
As we’d invited most of our guests to celebrate with us in the evening, we really went to town on the party side of our wedding. We had an amazing band called the Charleston Charlies to entertain us with tunes from the 1920s and 30s, plus a photo booth where everyone got a bit snap happy!
For food we served plenty of canapés and substantial canapés (think fish and chip cones, mini burgers and arancini), had a sweet table with loads of sweeties and cakes made by friends and family, plus our gorgeous wedding cake and cheese cake supplied by the Cheese Society in Lincoln. We provided prosecco, beer and wine all night to our guests and started the evening off by me giving a speech to welcome everyone!
Lee and I love good food and wine, so it was important that we had this at our wedding. We arranged it so our guests could choose their own food from a menu, which we had selected at a tasting.
Particular highlights from the menu were the Rack of Lamb, Grilled Vegetables, Anna Potatoes and Thyme Jus, with dessert of Blueberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake with Champagne Sorbet. We really couldn’t have faulted the food; it was absolutely exceptional.
Flip-Flops For Favours
Our wedding invites were by Hello Lucky, but everything else we made. We took the feather design from our wedding invite and created a stamp, plus another with our names and wedding date, and got stamp happy making signs, place names and menu cards!
We gave everyone homemade salted caramel (made by my sister Becky) and homemade Limoncello (by us!) as favours, plus made-up larger favour bags for the children with loads of colouring books, books and stickers to entertain them.
My favourite idea for the wedding was our little brown paper bags with flip-flops in as evening wedding favours for the ladies. I stamped lettering on them, such as ‘Dancing Shoes’ and ‘Happy Feet!’ and they went down a storm in the evening – not a single pair was left at the end of the night, but there were lots of ladies with big smiles wearing flip-flops and carrying their high-heels in the paper bag!
Look Like Yourself
My top piece of advice would be to not overdo your ‘look’ on the day and to make sure you still feel comfortable and look like you. I decided against fake tan, fake eyelashes, etc, as these all felt a bit too much for my dress and not true to me.
Our wedding had a different format to most, but it felt so special to us and as we were doing what we wanted, it meant we felt totally comfortable and relaxed, both in the lead-up to the day and throughout the celebration!
Ceremony Venue – Burgh House
Reception Venue – Kettner’s
Hair – Daniel Hersheson
Bride’s Gown – Jane Bourvis
Hair accessory – Cherished Vintage
Shoes – Rachel Simpson
Groom’s jacket & waistcoat – Harris Tweed Hebrides
Groom’s shirt – Start London
Invitations – Hello Lucky
Giant Letters – Vowed And Amazed
Florist – Ricky Paul Flowers
Band – Charleston Charlies
Cheese cake – The Cheese Society
Photography – Toast Wedding Photography
See what I mean now?
Everyone should get to dine at a table that glamorous and exclusive looking once in their lives, and what better day to do it than your wedding day?!?
Lots of love,