Well hello there super swishy gorgeous bridal frock! Beautiful bride Lauren went all out on her silver and white colour themed wedding day, to her boy Sean, opting for the very gorgeous Payton bridal gown by Charlie Brear. I say bridal gown but actually it was a dress paired with the Isere skirt from the same bridal brand over the top and it looks amazing! The twosome said their vows at Hackney Town Hall before partying on down at London Fields Brewery complete with twinkly fairy lights and the most amazing florals. Check out Lauren's bouquet- just beautiful!
The Bride's FashionLauren The Bride: When looking for my dress I had an idea of what I wanted, but wanted to keep an open mind. However, from day one I knew that I wanted to make an appointment with Charlie Brear (if not before we got engaged). I was so pleased I did and the team were so helpful at every stage of the process. I went with the Payton dress with the Isere skirt over the top. It was clear that it was “the one” when I squealed with excitement as I stepped out the dressing room to show my mum and sister. I paired the dress with silver kitten heels from Whistles and a headdress by Jannie Baltzer. For my hair I decided to stick with my hairdressers at Gregory Dean in Leigh-on-Sea. They have excellent experience working on fashion, editorial and bridal hair, so it made sense to go with a team who I see on a regular basis. Keeley who came up on the morning to do my hair and my two bridesmaids and mum was excellent and I couldn’t have been happier. Gemma was recommended to me by the makeup artist I had initially booked. They needed to cancel, but suggested Gemma as a replacement. She is a fantastic makeup artist who has a wealth of experience not only working on weddings, but also in fashion and television. She was a calming presence on the morning of the wedding and I am so pleased with the look she created
The Groom's FashionSean’s suit was tailored by Beggars Run in Bethnal Green. He went with the French Blue Worsted Wool Suit and teamed it with a textured Hugo Boss shirt and a grey knitted tie by Nick Bronson. Sean’s tan loafers were from Kurt Geiger. My mum made pocket squares for the male members of the wedding party using Liberty print fabric Queue for the Zoo which added a personal and quirky touch to their outfits.
The VenueWhen we got engaged we knew what we didn’t want from a venue and quickly realised that our local venues were not going to be right. We ventured to East London and chose London Fields Brewery. It was the perfect mix of blank canvas with several areas that would allow us and our guests to relax and party. The ceremony was held at Hackney Town Hall in one of its beautiful wood panelled rooms.
Colour SchemeI hadn’t set out for there to be a particular scheme, it just happened as we went along. I was keen to keep it simple and went with grey and white, using paper lanterns, silver shimmer curtains, silver spray painted animals to pick up on the Queue for the Zoo fabric and roped my family and friends in to make wool pom poms which created a garland. Fairy lights set finished off the look. I set myself a bit of a task for our guest’s place settings. Each guest had a different lyric, either of a song that reminded us of them or their favourite artist/band. It was tricky, but everyone said how touched they were by the detail. It made everyone feel more involved.
The FlowersOur fantastic florist Stephen of Scent in Leigh on Sea created the most beautiful bouquets for me and my bridesmaids, along with button holes, corsages and flowers for the venue. I wanted to keep everything in season and focused on mauve and green hues. The top table was beautiful decorated with All You Need Is Love sheet music, ribbons, flowers and silver painted animal figurines. It was unique and unlike anything I had seen before. I loved it.
The Wedding Party FashionThe bridesmaids' dresses were from ASOS. I loved the colour and detail and felt that they complimented the style of my dress perfectly. The Best Men/Groomsmen had different shades of blue/navy suits, but we bought it together with the same tie and lilac socks.
The CeremonyIt was important that aside from our chosen wording from the ceremony that we put our stamp on the moment. Our choice of music was extremely important and became the theme to our day. I walked in to We’re Going To Be Friends by The White Stripes. My sister Elisa sang In My Life by The Beatles, accompanied by her boyfriend Ash on guitar. We got our guests to sing You’re My Best Friend by Queen as an alternative to a reading. The signing of the register was backed by Sweet Thing by Van Morrison. We walked out to Let’s Dance by David Bowie. To see all the people we loved in one room was so beautiful and surreal. It was such a special moment and the love and emotion was palpable.
EntertainmentFor Sean’s 30th Birthday we had been to the Blue’s Kitchen in Shoreditch and seen the Atlantic Soul Orchestra. We had such an amazing night that when it came to choosing our entertainment, it was them or no one. Nothing can touch them in our opinion. Soul music is all reaching and the Atlantic Soul Orchestra typified what we wanted from our wedding day. Our friend Justin then DJ’d for the rest of the night with a fantastic range of genres that catered to everyone’s musical needs.
The PhotographerOur photographer was Harriet from Weddings Vintage. To say we are pleased with our photographs is an understatement. She captured the spirit and soul of our day. The candid moments between our loved ones and the shots of Sean and I have given us the perfect collection of memories for us to treasure. Harriet was amazing from the first time we spoke, throughout the day and after.
Bridal Gown: Payton by Charlie Brear | Shoes: Whistles | Headpiece: 'Maggie' by Jannie Baltzer | Makeup: Gemma Aldous | Hair: Gregory Dean in Leigh-on-Sea | Groom: Beggars Run | Ceremony Venue: Hackney Town Hall | Reception Venue: London Fields Brewery | Florist: Scent | Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS | Band: Atlantic Soul Orchestra