This gorgeous couple look effortlessly stylish at their contemporary wedding at Brixton East 1871.
The dining room aesthetics are out of this world. All laden with flowers from Petalon and festoons.
Guests are full of smiles and happiness as this adorable couple say I do, enjoy speeches and dance the night away. With all the atmosphere and pretty captured perfectly by Deborah Grace Photography.
Lizzie the Bride: I bought the first thing I tried on, which I’m sure most people would advise against! I was apprehensive about finding something to wear, the cost, the gushing sales assistants – all a bit overwhelming, and I didn’t want anything too traditionally ‘bridey’. I found The Mews on Instagram and they were fab from start to finish. I was a fan of Laure de Sagazan’s dresses initially, but Lucy at The Mews quite rightly pointed out that they were designed for tall, flat chested ladies, something I am not! She suggested I try on one of Rime Arodaky’s top and skirt combinations and it was job done, and a huge relief. The team there and at The London Fitting Rooms (who did the alterations) were great, I’d recommend anyone after something for a London wedding to go there for an appointment – they stock all the best French designers including Rime Arodaky and Delphine Manivet amongst others.
I had my make up done by the wonderful Emily and Lauren Dunn who does hair at ASOS did my hair. They both completely understood that I didn’t want lots of fuss and to feel hugely made up – I felt like the best version of myself after they got their hands on me!
My engagement ring is by Ruth Tomlinson, and my wedding ring was also made by her – Rich doesn’t have one yet but is warming to the idea and we will definitely go to Ruth for his too, her pieces are beautiful.
The Grooms Fashion
We always knew we would want to have the party at Brixton East – we’ve lived locally for nearly six year and Andy the owner is a lovely chap, we got on really well and hope to keep in touch with him. Photo booths, giant letters and balloons etc are very nice if you have the budget, but we were really keen to keep things simple, and that the budget we had went towards good food and good booze, so we were lucky that the venue looks amazing with just flowers and some fairy lights.
A lady called Dita was indispensible when it came to running things on the day – we were initially planning to handle all that ourselves which would have almost certainly ended in disaster so we were very relieved to have been introduced to her by Andy at Brixton East.
The venue doesn’t need much adding to it to look pretty stunning! We kept the tables clean and simple so that our beautiful menus designed by our friend Lucy who also did the invites and order of service, would stand out along with the flowers.
Florence at Petalon is amazing! She totally got what we were after and nearly all our guests commented on how totally stunning the flowers were. We gave her a rough idea of what we liked but then pretty much trusted her to work her magic. She was wonderful to work with and if you get to meet her Great Dane Huxley then that’s an added bonus!
The Wedding Party Fashion
I didn’t have traditional ‘bridesmaids’ as such, just my closest girls getting ready with me on the day, and they all wore whatever they wanted, I wanted everyone to feel comfortable and themselves. My sister wore an awesome hot-pink number from BCBG Max Azria and my Mum wore a coat and dress made by Katherine Hooker. The ushers all wore their own blue suits and Rich gave them a Liberty tie each.
Our friend Jack who we’ve both known since university wrote a poem to kick off the ceremony. It was the perfect mix of funny and touching and really set the tone for the rest of the day. I think we terrified him a bit by asking him to write and read something but he nailed it so I’m glad we cajoled him into it! Another friend also read a poem, my Mum did a short reading and a family friend of Rich’s who is a vicar did the address. He has actually married Rich’s Mum, brother and sister so it was pretty awesome that he got to complete the set by speaking at ours too! Richard the vicar at Holy Trinity in Tulse Hill was a pillar of strength and advice throughout the whole process, we feel really lucky to have been married by him. Comedy highlight has to be when Rich said the wrong name during our vows (‘I Rizzie’!) followed by much laughter and a round of applause from the congregation.
We’re really lucky to have quite a creative bunch of friends and family, Jack’s poem was followed at the reception by a re-written version of ‘Ain’t no mount ain high enough’ performed a capella by two more friends, another Jack, and Nick. You kind of had to be there to appreciate the full comedic effect but needless to say they had everyone singing along / in fits of laughter. It was also a complete surprise for us which was awesome. Other friends were involved in the speeches, and we had 2 DJ’s play for the dancing; friends of friends who are students in Paris and drove over for the night.
Food was really important to us and it was done by Nick Balfe at the wonderful Salon, from Brixton Village, where we go to eat pretty often. We’ve got to know Nick over the past few years and he did the most amazing menu for us – obviously we’re biased but it was hands down the best wedding food we’ve ever eaten! We had a pudding instead of a cake.
Debs is heaven! We were really keen to have as many friends involved in the day as possible and are lucky that one of Rich’s school friends happens to take the most stunning photos. Neither Rich or I are that comfortable in front of the camera (Rich has a Chandler Bing-esque smile that he seems to call on whenever a lens is pointed in his direction) so it was perfect having Debs take the photos. She was cool, calm and casual and managed to persuade us to have the odd posed shot (we weren’t going to do any at all!) Of course some of these are now amongst our favourites so thank you Debs for that.
Some friends of friends did the video for us as they are just starting out as wedding videographers, you can see their website here.
Too much choice is your enemy! If you know of a supplier that will do a good job, book them, we didn’t look into any other florists, caterers, venue or photographers, we just went straight to the ones we knew and I’m pretty sure it reduced the stress levels by about 80%!
Photography by Deborah Grace Photography
- Dress Designer Rime Arodaky
- Bridal Boutique The Mews
- Dress Alterations London Fitting Rooms
- Bridal Makeup Emily McEwan
- Hair Stylist Laura Dunn Hair
- Bridal Shoes Tory Burch
- Diamond ‘Huggie’ Earrings Tomfoolery
- Bracelet Joy Everley
- Engagement Ring Ruth Tomlinson
- Grooms Suit Oliver Brown
- Grooms Shoes Church’s
- Tie Liberty
- Cufflinks Aspinal
- Venue Brixton East
- Wedding Planner Dita Rosted Events
- Stationery Lucy Panes
- Florist Petalon
- Bridesmaid Dresses BCBG Max Azria
- Mother of the Bride Outfit Katherine Hooker
- Caterer Salon
- Videographer Simon & Jason