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City
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Vintage
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Maids
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Origami
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Monica & Ian
Monica & Ian
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Reception
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Monica & Ian

The first thing you notice about this contemporary city wedding is the POP of colour, namely red!

Monica wears the most fabulous red lipstick and nail polish and they match her shoes and underskirt perfectly. She also carries a cleverly crafted fabric flower bouquet with hints of red, which is simply adorable and such a lovely keepsake. Her Bridesmaids are just as eye popping and colourful in cobalt blue dresses and compliment her vintage look perfectly.

The reception at The Roost in Hackney doesn’t disappoint either with its quirky decor and personal touches. I love the Eiffel Tower bunting and origami flowers and was that a honeycomb pineapple I spotted….?

A beautiful hand made heart felt DIY wedding filled with family and friends and gin for all!

Brides Outfit

Monica The Bride: I always knew that I didn’t want to wear a ‘traditional’ wedding dress, partly because I’m only 5ft tall and I knew that I could easily end up looking like a meringue in the wrong dress but mostly because I like to do things a bit differently! My first port of call for the dress shopping was Fur Coat No Knickers, who specialise in tailor made vintage style dresses. As soon as I put my dress on, I knew it was the one.

Colour Scheme

Picking the colour scheme for the wedding was by far the hardest thing – I got caught up in looking at pretty things on Pinterest in mint greens, pinks and creams but in reality, our flat and my wardrobe are full of brightly coloured, patterned things! My good friend, fashion designer and Usher, Noah Wilcox, really got me out of a bind and helped me realise I should go for brights, so I settled on royal blue, orange and yellow as the main colours. This meant that my Fiancé couldn’t wear a navy blue suit, as he’d originally hoped, due to clashing with the royal blue so we went for a grey one instead.

Wedding Party

I had two Bridesmaids, my Sister, Melina and my close friend, Joy. They both helped with finding their outfits and advising on colours, thankfully they both looked great in the royal blue. We had two Flower Girls, my Niece, Sienna and my Fiancé’s Niece, Amy. Our Pageboy was my Nephew Rory, who looked very dapper with his amazing afro!

Buttonhole

Ian wasn’t keen on the idea of having a floral button hole, so I searched for some alternativs on Etsy and found someone selling cute ones made out of felt – these looked really nice in the pics and really set off the suits and Bridesmaid dresses!

Photographer

We had a really wonderful photographer, Bethan Haywood Jones, who understood what our wedding was about and how we wanted to capture it, which is so important as you only get to do this once! She really helped make the day special, too.

Ceremony

Our ceremony was quite simple but moving, I walked in to the theme song from My Neighbour Totoro (another Japanese cult reference) and couldn’t hold the tears in! Our walk out music was a song from the film Fantastic Mr Fox by Wes Anderson.

Venue

We wanted our venue to be quirky but not too expensive (not easy in London!). We looked at a few venues, but when we walked into The Roost, we knew it was the place for us. It’s set over 3 floors and each room has its own charm as well as a cute garden at the back.

Decor

I really enjoy craft and origami and was keen to make as many of the decorations and accessories for the wedding as possible. We got engaged in Paris so we made some little Eiffel Tower hanging decorations to symbolise that. I am obsessed with Japanese culture so decided to incorporate this with origami – I made several sets of origami blower bouquets, bought some cheap tin buckets from Ikea and tied a ribbon around each. I also made origami birds and collected real twigs from outside (yes, people thought I was mad!) to sit them on along with ribbons, all held up by glass vases. We didn’t have any real flowers at our wedding – the paper ones covered the table decorations and I handmade 3 bouquets, one each for myself and Bridesmaids.

Entertainment

Our Best Man Simon Perry, really helped bring The Roost to life with lots of fairy and disco lights and he also made a good DJ with the Spotify playlists on the night. He and Noah ensured that the wedding went according to plan and my Sister, Melina and close friend, Joy both made sure I was ready on time and generally kept my jitters at bay!

Cake

Rebecca’s Cakes did a great job of the cupcakes with colour scheme-matching cases and including a gluten free top cake suitable for me. Both Ian and I love cute animal things so we decided to go for Bride and Groom owl cake toppers from Etsy.

Food

We wanted our meal to be sociable and relaxed so we had everyone seated at two long tables and sharing platters of food. The weather had been nice that morning so we got barbequed rather than oven baked meats, which was fab (thanks to Paul from Warburton’s Catering!). My Dad is Greek so we wanted to bring a bit of that culture into the mix with lamb kofte and chicken kebabs, halloumi and Greek salads. Our dessert was an indulgent chocolate torte! Paul’s team also whipped up some amazing mojitos in jam jars for arrival drinks.

Most of the afternoon was spent drinking cases of wine that I’d bought cheap on Groupon (good tip for any thrifty Brides!) followed by the set-up of the pop up bar and friends DJing downstairs in the basement.
Things got a bit messy from there but everyone had a great time and it truly was a day to remember.

Photography by Haywood Jones Photography
Author: Lorna Shaw
Lorna loves a new posh frock, is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to be living her ‘happily ever after’ with her wonderful husband, three beautiful children and pet dog.

3 thoughts on “Monica & Ian

  1. Even though we are a marquee hire company used to country estates and expansive grounds – we have to admit that this chic retro wedding looked amazing. Urban without being constrained and I love the brides colour-pop. May God bless and protect their union in Jesus name!

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