We wanted a venue that screamed London. As soon as we saw the Oyster Shed
online we were hooked. We loved the fact that it was glass fronted so whatever the weather you would have a view of the Shard and the Thames and there was no mistaking you were in London! Chris and his team made our lives so easy and we loved how the venue was set up on the day. We had so many compliments about the food and how good all the staff were.
We didn't have a particular theme as we wanted to keep the Oyster Shed looking like a bar in London. We decorated the tables with flowers in old alcohol bottles and place names in corks, and our favours were London icon keyrings so everyone could take a piece of London home with them. We ended up accidentally having a slight Instagram theme as we hung pictures around with hashtags on them! Our table names were meaningful places in London to us as a couple.
Our cake was made by our incredible friend Jenny Savill
who spent so much time and effort on it. It was exactly what we wanted and everyone loved it. We added the "Finally" cake topper as our friends and family have always been asking us when we would get married!
I found Kristi at Wild Child Flowers
by accident and she was amazing! I wanted a laid back look to the bouquets with lots of colour and that's exactly what she delivered. I only wanted a medium sized bouquet but I wish I'd gone bigger as I absolutely loved what she made. The boys all had buttonholes with flowers taken from the bouquet. Kristi was so relaxed and really understood what I wanted despite me knowing nothing about flowers!
We had our ceremony at Islington Town Hall as our original location was being refurbished. It worked out amazingly though as the registrars at Islington were all so lovely and helpful. No question was too stupid! We loved the feel and look of the Council Chamber and how everyone could sit in a circle around us. We kept it simple and had no readings as we wanted the day to be more focussed on the party aspect rather then the ceremony. We had our siblings as witnesses which was meaningful to us.
We chose the band, Alive
, from hearing their style on their website. We like our music and wanted the band to be modern but still play some classics that would get everyone on the dance floor. We definitely chose the right band - everyone loved them and they were brilliant from start to finish. They even helped us pick our last song of the night, Champagne Supernova by Oasis, which went down very well. We also asked them to learn our first dance, You and I by Crystal Fighters, which they did and it was so fun when they played it and really made it special for us.
We felt we had to have a London bus as part of our wedding so hired one from RouteMaster
. They were brilliant and were so chilled out, even letting a family friend serenade us on the microphone as we travelled. They stopped off at St Paul's cathedral so we could have some photos here too which was really fun with all the tourists staring! As for my wedding car, how could I not use Uber to get to Islington Town Hall!
What can I say about Chris Barber
…amazing! My main priority was finding a photographer that was relaxed and focused on capturing the emotions of the day rather then concentrating on too many posed photos. As soon as I saw Chris' work on rockmywedding.com I knew we had to have him! When we met him for our pre-wedding shoot, it was like meeting up with an old friend. He was brilliant on the wedding day, not obtrusive at all, and when we got our shots back it was incredible how they brought back the happiness we felt on our wedding day. There is not one photo we don't love. Chris also got a lot of compliments from our guests who commented on him being friendly and professional, as well as discrete. We can't thank him enough.
We kept our wedding true to what we wanted and kept it quite simple. At times I thought I was forgetting things as people kept asking about different things they may have seen at other weddings, but we didn't want too much fuss and I'm glad we kept it simple as it meant that everyone concentrated more on having fun and getting to the bar! I had never been one of those people who dreamt about their wedding day so it was nice to go into the planning with a blank canvas and really work as a team to create the day we wanted together. Everyone told us it would be the best day of our lives and we kind of took this with a pinch of salt. It sounds cheesy but it really was the best day of our lives, so our advice to everyone is to plan the wedding that they want and it really will be the best day ever!
I have definitely gone over the word limit but obviously you will edit it anwyay. Can I just ask that the piece about my friend doing the cake will be in there but obviously feel free to edit the text about it, I just want to give her recognition!