It’s a pleasure to share this gorgeous wedding with you all today as it just happens to be the couple’s one year wedding anniversary! Keremi and Pete had a seasonal Autumnal wedding at stunning riverside location, Trinity Buoy Wharf last October and as you can see in the images from Photography by Krishanthi, the sun shone beautifully for (most of) the day. I love the attention to detail with their styling – Autumnal colours, with a nautical twist – even Pete’s tie pin is anchor shaped!!
Keremi looked beautiful in her Charlie Brear gown, it fits her like a glove and we love her words about wearing the dress beyond wedding day. And there’s no way you would be able to tell, but lovely Keremi is actually pregnant here with her and Pete’s little boy Finn. How cute is that?!? So a big congratulations to Keremi and Pete, happy anniversary! And welcome to the world little Finn.
Keremi The Bride: I knew when I began looking for a wedding dress that I wanted something quite boho and vintage in style, which led me to Charlie Brear. At Charlie’s showroom I tried on a number of different styles but in the end actually went with something quite simple – what I loved about the dress was its simplicity with striking touches of lace on the sleeves and the lace bolero. I also wanted something that I could potentially wear again – my dress could easily be altered to a different length or dyed a different colour making it wearable for another occasion. Plus I wanted to wear a statement pair of shoes, which this dress suited really well!
My husband wanted a slim fit suit to compliment his tall frame – The Kooples were an obvious choice as their tailoring fits his physique well and they have a vaguely rock and roll aesthetic, again in keeping with my husband’s taste!
We knew we wanted a venue that would encapsulate the very best of London and when we went to Trinity Buoy Wharf for the first time we knew we’d found the perfect place to hold our wedding. The venue overlooks the river Thames, with the O2 Arena as the backdrop. With its own pier we discovered we could transport our guests from the church ceremony in south London all the way along the Thames by boat, which was an added incentive. The venue itself is a stunning Grade II listed warehouse building, gorgeously light and airy, that we knew we could put our own stamp on it. Trinity Buoy Wharf also has an interesting history and boasting London’s only lighthouse it felt like the perfect place to hold our wedding – a hidden gem that friends and family would be impressed by.
For caterers we went with a company we’d used before. We remembered how delicious their food had been at my 21st birthday party and so when it came to thinking about caterers there was no question who it would be. We also knew that Blistering had a mouthwatering array of different types of food so they’d be plenty of choice when it came to deciding a menu. In the end, we went for an autumnal themed menu, choosing warm root vegetable salads and roast guinea fowl as our main course.
As we got married at the beginning of October we opted for an autumnal theme for decor, flowers and food. Our reception venue was essentially a blank canvas which allowed us to be as creative as we liked and meant we could create this autumnal feel. We worked with a colour palette of burnt orange, deep reds, purple and gold – we wanted rich tones that would compliment the autumnal theme. We also wanted a rustic feel that lent itself well to the seasonal feel of the wedding – rustic trestle tables, raffia runners and nothing too ordered or prim and proper. The rustic feel also extended to the floral arrangements, created out by Chantal Flores Design and included jam jars filled with an assortment of different flowers and foliage, as well as pumpkins which highlighted the Autumnal theme.
We married in the church near where I grew up in Clapham Old Town. It was important for me to have a church ceremony and there was no question it would be anywhere other than St Paul’s, the church my mother has been attending for many years. Then part of the day was to transport all our guests down the river Thames to our Docklands reception venue. Although this might have seemed like a logistical nightmare, it was carried out with extreme precision by my Mum who had thought through all the timings and potential pitfalls so that everything went smoothly on the day. The boat journey was a wonderful highlight of the day and made even more memorable by the sun coming out just as we all boarded the vessel!
During the actual wedding ceremony in the church we had two close friends perform in front of all the guests whilst we signed the wedding register. At our reception we had a gypsy-esque busker called Boxcar Joe entertain guests as they stood outside drinking champagne and eating nibbles. We’d seen Boxcar Joe play at Broadway Market numerous times on a Saturday and he seemed the perfect choice to have for early evening entertainment.
Then, for the party bit of our reception we had a fantastic band called Natty Bo and the Top Cats who played upbeat jazz, swing tunes that got everyone on the dance floor! They were definitely another highlight and one that many of our guests remember vividly from the day.
We chose Photography by Krishanthi to be our wedding photographer. I’d gone to uni with Krish and when it came to researching wedding photographers there seemed no better choice. Krish is very friendly and was the perfect person to photograph our special day and capture those intimate moments. She put everyone at ease, with her relaxed and amiable manner. We couldn’t have been happier with the final shots and we’ve had so many complimentary comments of the photos that Krish took of the day.
Where possible get friends/family involved – we had lots of friends and family help out with preparations for the day, from my mum making my beautiful bouquet and the button holes for the groom and ushers, to roping in lots of friends on the Friday night to help set up and decorate the reception venue for the next day. Not only was this lots of fun, but it saved money and got everyone excited for the big day itself!
Also, it’s a cliché but the day goes so quickly so make sure you take time out just you and your partner – For us that meant having some intimate photos taken at the top of the lighthouse. This gave us a moment to take everything in and look down on all our guests below having a great time.