We wanted the day to feel personal - and ultimately save a few pennies in the process - so were keen to create as much of the detail ourselves (with the help of a few family members). We decided to grow the plants to decorate the venue and tables; cue hundreds of starter plants from Jersey Plants Direct that took over our Mile End patio for four months, as well as James’ dad’s garden and greenhouse. We also bought succulents and some larger, more established plants from B&Q nearer the time. We borrowed some wooden stepladders, which made for a fabulous feature next to the whitewashed walls and exposed brick, and my dad made the copper arch using plumbing supplies from Toolstation (and some ‘on brand’ breezeblocks from Selco Builders Warehouse to weigh the thing down!). The flowers were provided by a family friend, Jill Pearson, and were a selection of foliage with bursts of small white flowers. James’ mum made the wedding cake, which we iced together using a marbled design learnt from YouTube (great success!), whilst 92-year-old Grandad Cyril made a huge batch of his legendary marmalade that we put into small jars as wedding favours. - Jack & James
Industrial Styling at Wimborne HouseIt’s fair to say that getting married wasn't something we thought would be possible until relatively recently, so we were a little overwhelmed by the thought of planning a big event. Having lived in London for the past 10 years, it seemed like the natural place to tie the knot, and we started the hunt for something reasonable that would allow us a lot of flexibility to organise things ourselves. When we stumbled across Wimborne House in Hoxton, with its industrial, warehouse feel, it ticked a lot of the boxes. Now a multileveled photography studio, it’s blessed with a huge amount of natural light whilst still retaining its original industrial vibe.
Our guests arrived at 2 pm for a drinks reception and canapés, before Hackney Registrars conducted the ceremony at 4 pm. The opportunity to mingle with everyone before the ceremony was great and much less formal. Our caterers for the day, Hoxton-based Humdingers, created a truly delicious feast of colourful, summery sharers. These were served in the middle of the tables around a lamb shoulder centrepiece or vegan Wellington. Salted caramel or lemon pastry tarts followed. The food was accompanied by wine, beer and bubbles sourced from Majestic Wine Calais. - Jack & James