If you like your weddings laid back, full of fun details and in the heart of London town, then you’re going to LOVE Kathryn & Iain’s big day. The couple held their ceremony & reception at seriously cool venue Brixton East (I’ve been there and can verify that it is awesome)…exposed bricks, white walls, open space, a truly industrial venue – but warm and welcoming at the same time, perfect for a wedding that wants to be a proper party.
Katrina, their photographer and one of our lovely sponsors, has captured every quirky detail, every heartfelt emotion and has even captured the fact that our lovely couple have exactly the same colour hair!?
This wedding also contains the BEST cake topper I think I’ve ever seen…
Kathryn The Bride: I wanted a dress with a vintage feel and after trying lots of 1950’s style dresses with layers of lace that I thought I wanted. I ended up with this figure hugging gown. I just love the sequins, the dress immediately reminded me of an upside down mermaid, I am a bit of a magpie so once I saw the pearly sequins I knew it was the one. I tried a veil on and just felt like a bride, I knew I wanted something plain to not take away from the gown and this silk veil was so light it meant you could see the beautiful embroidery on the back of the dress.
I had always told myself when I got married I would buy some amazing shoes…so I did, I knew I wanted shoes I would wear again and my husbands’ only request was not high high shoes that I couldn’t walk in so these fitted the bill, patent multicoloured Christian Louboutins.
Iain scrubs up very well but seldom chooses to living in trainers and jeans, for the wedding he wanted to look like himself but a smarter version and this suit just seemed to work for him.
We knew we wanted a London Wedding and somewhere that we could have our whole day without having to tackle a London commute midway through. We also knew we wanted to choose every aspect of our day so knew we wanted a dry hire venue, after an extensive internet search we found a venue we really liked but, it was over 3 floors so were hesitant about the size…then just before we parted with our cash my sister inlaw walked past Brixton East. We went down the next day looked around and parted with our deposit it was exactly what we were looking for a fantastic space with the chance to put our own stamp on it and we could party till the early hours. It helped that the owner was so accommodating and we had a whole day to set up!
We just choose things we liked, we wanted a vintage homemade feel so I spent a lot of time with my scrabble stamp set personalising wedding things. We’re not big fans of matching so wanted our wedding to reflect this also a limited amount of classic wedding items, I am very anti chair ribbon!
Iain’s Mum has an amazing garden where she grows every fruit and vegetable known to man so was more than happy to help out by growing from seed enough spring flowers to fill the venue. Spring really had sprung with the close to 100 pots and tins fulls of blooms. The bouquets and button holes were made by Mills the fantastic florist at Vessel Flowers, we were keen to support local businesses and she produced some beautiful bouquets, and great ideas as to what would work with the venue and the bridal party.
The Wedding Party
I knew that I didn’t want a block of colour for the bridesmaids and felt that something too structured wouldn’t fit the venue, this was a fortunate choice since after the dresses were purchased 2 of my 4 bridesmaids grew baby bumps! The dresses turned out to be both accommodating and flattering so everyone was happy.
The grooms party were fussier than the girls, there were a huge number of returns from poor size choices! We wanted the Groom to stand out from the rest of the party so ended up with two different suit choices.
We chose to have a humanist wedding as we wanted it to be personal, the ceremony was lovely, our celebrant Julie was so organised and able to shape the service into what we wanted, a reflection of us and our shared history. We had the grooms sister and a close friend read ‘Ordinary Day’ and ‘The Places You’ll Go.’ We also had the congregation sing ‘You and Me’ by the Wannadies – this went down really well.
Iain’s sister got married last year and had Jayson play, everyone there thought he was great and so we had no hesitation to get him to play at ours as well, it was definitely a good choice to have a musician lead the singing during the ceremony.
We were out in North London having a good night and enjoying the music, I asked Larry if he did weddings and he did, he played some great tracks that got everyone dancing. After dinner we set up games down stairs, the putting lane was very popular.
Our caterer Jenny from Ginger Jar was amazing…we love our food and knew we wanted a menu to reflect our taste. The food was delicious and very well received, we had a sharing menu to reflect the informal feel of our wedding, and tapas rather than canapes, the gazpacho shots and chorizo sliders were real hits. The slow cooked lamb, lentils and salad followed by sherry ice cream, churros and salted caramel dipping sauce saw no one going hungry. We had salt beef & smoked salmon bagels later in the evening to help sustain the dancing.
Katrina, was recommended to us and I have already recommended her to a friend who is set to marry in the summer. She merged into the crowd and captured so many of our friends having a great time at our wedding, the photos are a real reflection of how brilliant our day was. We went out for a quick couples shoot, something that we were not looking forward to, the photos taken here were not posed and fake but just us away from our wedding guests looking happy on our wedding day.
I really liked our table decorations, I wrapped lots of our books in different styles of wrapping paper and then placed 2 jam jars on these, one with pens for the bingo game we held between main course and dessert and one with a single plant. The napkins were also all collected from family members and then individually wrapped in ribbons by my mother. We gave kinder eggs as our wedding favours, since our wedding was Easter Saturday, and my sister and I wrote egg puns on luggage tags attached with ribbons.
My tips for wedding planning would be before you do anything think about what you have enjoyed at other weddings and steal…your friends will only be flattered and secondly decide what your non negotiables are we knew we wanted, delicious food, free bar and celebrating till late. It is really easy to get carried away with decorations and little touches so remember to ask yourself… as you pin the thousandth image on your pinterest page…will my guests notice and will this make my wedding – don’t lose sight of the purpose of your wedding, to celebrate the love and commitment you have made to one another.