Lauren the Bride:
I was worried I wouldn't like any traditional wedding dresses as I had no clue what I wanted and tried on quite a lot of dresses without much joy. I live in London but am from Somerset and my Mum booked an appointment with Carina Baverstock Couture
in Bradford-on- Avon. The second we walked in we knew we were in the best hands, Carina was amazing at listening to us and helped me narrow down the type of thing I would like.
The second I tried on my Alice Temperley
Bluebell dress I knew it was the one for me. I felt like me in this dress, it was so comfortable. Carina was great at knowing exactly what alterations I needed to really make it work for me. There was no contest of ever getting it from anyone else. I wore a simple long veil from Carina and Enchanted by Liv Hart
Helena hair comb that I had made.
I chose to do my own hair and make-up as I felt more myself that way.
Groom’s Party Fashion
Mark wore a dappled grey 3-piece suit from Reiss
and burgundy brogues from Church's
. We asked the groom party to wear their own blue suits as we didn’t want it to feel overly formal but had matching ties and pocket squares in a pale green made to complement the bridesmaids and colour scheme.
We met in London and have lived our entire relationship here so we always knew there was no where else that would feel right when we got married. Our first home together was in Islington just off Upper Street behind the Town Hall and we always said that if we ever got married it would be there because everyone always looked like they were having so much fun when we used to walk past and a wedding was going on.
So when it came to our big day, we knew the ceremony had to be there meaning we just needed a venue for the reception. We now live in East London and, after looking at a few different local venues, we were recommended Kachette
by a close friend. After looking around, we knew it ticked all the boxes. Located in an old Underground station, it had two amazing exposed brick arches, was right in the middle of Shoreditch, close to the Town Hall and had bags of character.
The arches meant we could have the wedding breakfast in one and the party in the other without people having to hang around whilst things were set up. Also, because it was not an exclusive wedding venue, it had disabled access (crucial for Mark’s nan!) and we were able to extend the license until 2am meaning we didn't have to stop the party early which was a big thing for us.
Colour Scheme and Décor
After we chose Kachette as our venue, we knew that the colours needed to be quite neutral as the exposed bricks and lighting in the arches offered so much that we just wanted to keep the colours simple and fresh to compliment those features and not take away from them or clasht.
We had no idea on an actual colour scheme until we saw these beautiful bridesmaid dresses on ASOS
and felt their soft mint colour would work perfectly and then settled on wild and natural looking flowers in white with foliage.
Our flowers were done by Birksen
in Clapham. I really wanted someone who understood the aesthetic of the venue as it wasn't very traditional. The second I walked into their beautiful shop I knew Birksen were the ones and I wouldn't need to give them much direction as they would just be able to work with the space.
They created a beautiful cascade of green foliage down each of the hand rails on either side of the entrance to Kachette together with a stunning arch and staircase garland inside the venue. For the dining space we added simple clusters of jam jars with white flowers and foliage on.
I had no preference on particular flowers, more just a look, and Birksen were amazing at creating the look I envisaged but wholst still managin it was cost effective. Everyone commented on the flowers on the day and they added so much to the space.
For my bouquet, I wanted something messy and natural and when it arrived I was so pleased with it, they created exactly what I had in mind.