Fairy Lights, Pom Poms, Honeycomb Balls & Lanterns Wedding Decor | Images by Lemonade Pictures | Essense of Australia (D1919) Bridal Gown | Pastel Italian Destination Wedding at Il Faro | Blue Reiss Suit | Pale Blue ASOS Bridesmaid Dresses
Pale Blue Pleated Skirt ASOS Bridesmaid Dresses | Images by Lemonade Pictures | Essense of Australia (D1919) Bridal Gown | Pastel Italian Destination Wedding at Il Faro | Blue Reiss Suit | Pale Blue ASOS Bridesmaid Dresses
Fairy Lights, Pom Poms, Honeycomb Balls & Lanterns Wedding Decor | Images by Lemonade Pictures | Essense of Australia (D1919) Bridal Gown | Pastel Italian Destination Wedding at Il Faro | Blue Reiss Suit | Pale Blue ASOS Bridesmaid Dresses
Cutting The Cake | Giant LOVE Letters Sign | Images by Lemonade Pictures | Essense of Australia (D1919) Bridal Gown | Pastel Italian Destination Wedding at Il Faro | Blue Reiss Suit | Pale Blue ASOS Bridesmaid Dresses
This Italian destination wedding is so beautiful. Set on the top of a hill overlooking the mediterranean sea with the gorgeous Sicilian views as the backdrop, it definitely takes your breath away, no wonder our gorgeous couple chose to marry there. Decorated with twinkling fairy lights, pastel pom poms and delicate blooms The Il Faro venue looked just as magical in the evening after the sun had set as it did in the day when the sun was shining.
Also taking my breath away is Nadia in her Essense of Australia gown. She looks an absolute vision and every bit the princess bride, no wonder groom Darren got emotional when he saw her walking up the aisle. All that lace and tulle literally makes my heart sing. Both of them are ridiculously adorable and full of smiles with many more lovely moments between them and guests captured by Lemonade Pictures to pour over & pin.
Jacqui and Ross’ big day is a corker! An absolute belter of a beautiful wedding day. The pair have magically managed to fuse rustically romantic elements with a sophisticated and contemporary wedding theme to produce something that is just exquisite to behold.
The pair married against the beautiful backdrop of Shustoke Farm Barns complete with girls in probably my favourite maids’ frock of the year so far and supersized bouquets of frothy white hydrangea. I’m also very much admiring Jacqui’s simple but elegant David Fielden gown as well as the table centrepieces complete with antlers and spiky thistles.
Rock My Wedding readers Carly & Simon both love the arts, particularly music and theatre. They reflected their shared passions with a Shakespeare themed wedding in old London town.
With a Justin Alexander gown, maids in Jenny Packham for Debenhams and photography by Dominique Bader this vintage inspired wedding is as beautiful as one of Will’s sonnets. I love the fact that Carly and Simon got up on stage to contribute a few lines in a play performed for their guests at the reception, check it out!
It never fails to amaze me just how creative brides and grooms get with the dreaming and scheming of their wedding day. Never ever. Take Katey and Freddy for example who said ‘I Do’ at the delicious venue that is Preston Court.
Katey was inspired by the Pre Raphaelite look of long flowing hair and flower headpieces and so she dressed her maids in vintage nightgowns. Yes actual nightgowns! I know and I tell you what lovelies, it so blinking works. All of the girls look exquisite complete with flowers in their hair. I only wish I’d thought of it first!
And that’s not all. Here at RMW HQ we’re forever coming across up and coming hot, new bridal designers but it was Katey who introduced me to the tailoring genius that is John Zimmermann. Katey’s dress, designed by John, is perhaps my favourite frock to appear on these pages this year; it is utterly dreamy.
I could go on and on and on but I don’t want to spoil the surprise before you lot take a gander for yourselves so without further ado I give you Katey and Freddy’s big day….
Today’s wedding is absolutely EPIC. We have two ceremonies – a traditional Hindu ceremony followed by a Christian ceremony, then followed by a huge Shoreditch shindig. There is bright, bold vibrant colour AND monochrome chic. There are delicate canapés AND curry and chocolate samosas. There are matrimonial knots AND ‘you may now kiss the brides.’ There are Indian Dhol drummers AND a reggae funk band. Best of both worlds? Most definitely. Any excuse to have two dresses is fine by me. In fact, I’d say it is actively encouraged by RMW.
Any one who is currently planning a mash-up wedding needs to read Jess’s wise words. Her and Jay’s day looks like it went seamlessly, a testament to their planning skills and the fact that they kept everyone well fed, watered and entertained all day long.
There is also some fabulous initial branding for you lovely lot – we know how much you love a strong graphic theme.
Ready for the EPIC-NESS? Here we go…
Our Old Stomping Ground
Jess the Bride: Being in the East of London was important for us – it was our stomping ground in the early days of our relationship and is where we have now chosen to settle down (we heart Hackney) so first of all, finding the right Church was key. Shoreditch Church really embodies the rawness of the East End. Combine this with a fantastic vicar and a vast history (from members of the Shakespearian linked Burbage family being buried in the crypt to shrapnel from the Second World War still lodged in the tower) and the decision was easy.
So then, onto the venue for the other elements of our wedding day – including a Hindu Ceremony as well as the reception. We were spoilt for choice in Shoreditch, with all manner of venues all with very different vibes, but in the end we went with Village Underground.
Village Underground is a venue with mega cool factor, an urban castle in our books! Certainly not your average wedding venue but it captured our imagination with its raw edge. The mix of spaces inside also appealed, from the main hall to the more intimate arches; it provided us with the variety in space to match the variety of our wedding day. It’s also essentially a blank canvas, and allowed us to bring our own style, which we had a lot of fun doing! The team at the venue are really supportive, used to prepping for gigs as opposed to weddings; they bring a fresh take on how the venue can be used.
Vibrant Colour Versus Monochrome Chic
We had two ceremonies, a vibrant Hindu ceremony filled with deep pink, silvers and golds and a crisp monochrome theme for the Church ceremony – so planning a look that could sustain with minimal adaptation for them both was a challenge – particularly with only 30 minutes to change between the two!
After two uninspiring makeup trials I found the Glam Collective and a lovely lady called Alex Chalk (a Mac trained artist) who brought a look based around colour pop lipstick and a dramatic eye, perfect for the Hindu ceremony but easily adaptable with a change to a nude lipstick for the Church. I had an excuse to wear my colour pop lipstick, but for the brave looking to pack a real ‘pow’ I would definitely recommend Nicki Minaj for Mac’s Viva Glam Satin lipstick, which lasted the course despite kisses and tears!
For my hair, I opted for a simple side bun, again a look that would sustain for both ceremonies with no re-work in between! I also always wear my hair down so I wanted to do something that was a bit different. My hair stylist, our mate Fred who works full time at Pimps and Pinups in Spitalfields Market, curled my hair first and pinned the curls to create the bun, giving our guests something pretty to look at during the ceremonies but also giving me the option to take my hair out later in the reception and brush out for a 1930’s inspired wave, although I was having so much fun I didn’t end up doing this!
My nails were my forever nail varnish recommendation, Nails Inc. – I had a nude pink colour on my hands and black on my toenails, again sustainable for both ceremonies without any colour clashes and complimented my wonderful henna!
I made a call that there would be distinct Indian ‘make-up’ elements that would prevail from the Hindu ceremony to the Church ceremony and the rest of the day. The henna on my hands and feet was obviously one of these but I also decided not to remove the red pigment Jay placed in my parting during the Hindu ceremony, which signified I was now a married woman.
Just As I Imagined
I had two gowns, I’m a very lucky lady! My Indian gown was bespoke made for me by Raishma in London, a great boutique on Green Street near Forest Gate in London. My dress was an adaptation of an Indian designer dress I’d found online, which had a Western silhouette, strapless with a full skirt, but was covered with crazy detailed embroidery and stonework.
Raishma worked a variation of this up. Considering my skin tone we opted for a deep pink rather than red and used an embroidery pattern and stonework Raishma had used on another of their bespoke gowns. The dress was beautiful but massively heavy given the full skirt and embroidery and there were a lot of ‘final’ fittings to ensure it held up! The seamstress at Raishma wouldn’t rest until she was sure it was going to!
As my Indian dress was so extravagant, I wanted a complete contrast for my Church wedding dress. I did the usual trawl around bridal boutiques and confirmed the shape of dress I wanted – full skirt and strapless (to hide my hips and to show off the thinner bits of my upper body so I could feel like a true princess!) but all the dresses I found were detailed, embroidered or embellished in some way. I was looking for something plain, the wow-factor driven by its shape not its diamante.
So I spent hours (which must have amounted to days!) online trying to find what was in my head. Eventually I stumbled across a little boutique called Love Yu, based in Singapore, with the perfect dress made from layers of silk organza and a quirky design twist of a shell scalloped bodice. I took a massive gamble ordering a non-refundable dress online, providing my measurements over email. The gamble paid off however, and with a little help from a seamstress I found on Gumtree who made some final tweaks and my contrasting black sash to tie in with our monochrome theme, it all came together just as I had imagined.
Extra Blingy Wow Factor
I got my Indian outfit jewellery bespoke made from Kyles on Green Street near Forest Gate in London. It’s a great process where you try on all manner of head pieces, necklaces, earrings and bracelets to ensure you get the right set. I opted for a fusion design in my headpiece to contrast modern simplistic elements with the traditional for a bit of a twist! My earrings, necklace and bracelets were all relatively traditional and I chose gold metalwork with clear crystals to bring out the embroidery and stonework in my dress for that extra blingy wow- factor – you’re only a bride once after all!
In contrast, the accessories I chose for my Church wedding dress were simple. I bought a Susan Caplan Vintage Dior necklace to wear, however my mum came back from a trip to China with a string of pearls that set off the dress and my neckline beautifully, so these are what I ended up wearing on the day, although there was last minute deliberation amongst the bridesmaids before I left the hotel room!
A Shoe Thing
As all girls do, I have a bit of a ‘shoe thing’ and managed to buy 3 pairs of shoes as ‘potentials’ to wear on my wedding day. First, I considered changing my shoes between outfits, so bought a pair of Sam Edelman’s Alena sandals in black to wear with my Indian dress and a pair of contrasting cerise Miu Miu platform sandals to wear with my Church wedding dress (for a bit of a colour glimpse when I was walking). Then I saw one of the pairs of shoes the bridesmaids were potentially looking at buying – a green, gold and silver sandal from ASOS, which I couldn’t resist, just in case the other 2 pairs didn’t work! In the end I wore the Sam Edelman’s all day – the heel was just the right height and black tied in with both of the outfits, with the gold detailing and heel ensuring they were a little bit different and a little bit special.
I got my veil from Angelica Bridal in Camden Passage in Angel. Despite the fact I didn’t order my dress from them, they were happy to help me with accessories. In line with my simple campaign, I opted for a single tiered satin trimmed veil with no detailing.
Skinny Ties And Green Saris
Our ushers and father of the bride were asked to wear a slick black suit all day to tie in with the monochrome theme. The only other colour splash they had was the green in their button hole flowers – green was the colour accent of the day. Brothers of the bride and groom treated themselves to a 3 piece suit from Reiss bespoke tailoring service and Jay provided a uniform skinny tie to all ushers, best man and the father of the bride to bring their looks together in line with his.
The bridesmaids wore green saris for the Hindu ceremony in line with the green colour note that was prevalent throughout the day and switched into elegant black floor length gowns by Biba for the Church wedding and evening reception. My flower girl similarly wore a bright Indian suit for the Hindu ceremony and then changed into a cute black organza pinafore style dress with a bolshie skirt for the Church ceremony.
Green, Silver And White
Gold, silver and white were the foundation colours of our day with a starring colour focus on green. We carried the green accent through from our wedding invitations, which were made for us by a very talented graphic designer friend, Laura Hussey.
One of our starring decorations were our BonBon Balloons. These are the brainchild of Rebecca Moyster, founder of BonBon Balloons, who I discovered in a Stylist magazine feature. They are clear helium balloons filled with confetti, with a cool craft string attached. Rebecca worked with us to create bespoke designs for the string and confetti around our colour theme, which included picking up design elements we had used in our invitations on the string, such as hearts, stars, hummingbirds and rabbits. These balloons formed the centre piece for each table.
As Village Underground is such a blank canvas, lighting is key. We opted for a festoon style rope above our dining area and in the bar and softer uplighters in the arch where we held the Hindu ceremony and later the dance floor. We decided to make another feature of the lighting and got a bit self-obsessed, choosing to hire a giant ‘J&J’ lighting sign from the cool kids at Vowed and Amazed. It set the venue off a treat when hung in stark contrast to the exposed brick wall and was a great backdrop for us at top table!
The Hindu ceremony was full of flowers, from neck garlands to bouquets for both Jay and I, through to the flowers that adorned the top of the Mandap structure, aptly provided by Jay and I events, under which we married. These were all procured from specialist Indian florists.
For the rest of the day, our flowers were provided by an amazing florist – a friend of a friend who does floristry as a side to her design consultancy business. We kept to white flowers for our monochrome colour scheme, using a mixture of tulips, including parrot tulips for a bigger green accent, roses and foliage. This was the basic design for each of the bridal party bouquets. We used tulips for the groomsmen’s button holes and the pew ends in the church. We also had two large pedestals full of tulips and roses at the front of the Church, which we later transported to Village Underground to bring a bit of life to the bar area.
Alongside the balloon centre pieces for the tables, we had three mini jars for roses and tulips at varying stages of bloom. Some of the tulips were closed to enhance the green colour scheme. I didn’t want an overpowering floral centrepiece so the jars worked to give a crisp yet dainty floral accent to each table.
My most prevailing memories of my wedding day are the bits where I looked into Jay’s eyes and promised to be his forever, cheesy but true. We were pretty traditional in our approach to both the Hindu and Church ceremonies but we did choose one reading on soulmates, which we both thought was very cute and inadvertently emphasised our balloon centre pieces!
“A Soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys that fit our locks. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we are two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes our life come to life.”
Bang The Drum
We started the night off with a bit of an entrance, being led back into the venue by some Indian Dhol Drummers. It was a great way to kick start the party!
We found our band on the website Function Central – The Mustangs. They were a great group who took modern songs and gave them a reggae funk soul makeover. They were more than happy to expand their repertoire for us, and created their own version of our first dance song too. We got moving to an old Fleetwood Mac classic ‘Everywhere’.
We also had our photographer, the fabulous Chris Barber, set up one of his photo booths where guests can choose their costume weapon of choice and make complete fools of themselves in front of the camera. Some of our favourite and most hilarious wedding shots were born through this process!
Feeding The Troops
As our wedding day was so long, kick starting at 9.30am and running through to the next morning at 2am, we needed to keep our guests well fed and watered! When the Hindu wedding ceremony finished at noon, we had one of my friends, the exceptionally talented Milli Taylor, produce a wealth of delicious and delectable classic English canapés, which were served for an hour to top everyone up, alongside a selection of our favourite cocktails and mocktails.
After the Church ceremony, we all ferried back to Village Underground, the guests on an old Route Master bus and Jay and I in a cute Morris Minor, which we hired from Mark at Wedding Classic Cars (they have a great vintage car selection and were really lovely on the day). We sat down to an Indian banquet, provided for us from the guys at Premier Rouge catering. We enjoyed everything from a classic biriyani to the slightly unconventional chocolate samosa! And just in case anyone got peckish in the evening we also put on some Indian finger foods – yum!
Our cake was made by my Dad, who is a fruit cake maker novice turned fancied extraordinaire (having now made 4 wedding cakes). He’s better at the inside than the outside though and we asked a professional cake maker to help with the icing. Together my Dad and I added the finishing touches with a bit of green ribbon and a cascade of mini icing flowers.
We wanted to add a personal touch to our favours as well, so continuing the indulgent J&J theme, we ordered J&J boxes from The Letter Room to house our favours. On a weekend away in Paris earlier in the year, we had seen a cute petit fours idea, taking a square of chocolate, and using a spot of melted chocolate to attach dried fruit, nut or marshmallow to the top of the square. We decided we wanted to use this idea for our favours, adding in a few Indian sweets, wrapping in cellophane with a little green bow to fit inside the boxes. It looked good, but took two days of mummy of the bride, bride and bridesmaid effort!
Gold Frames And Green Ribbon
We built on the invites Laura (my graphic designer chum) had created, with the same graphic themes carried throughout all of our stationery, including the two orders of service, the order of the day and seating plan, our cocktail list at the bar, the toilet signs, the menu and place names and the flags we used for table numbers. We used a mixture of green, white or black font and designs on green or white backgrounds. We tied the metallic colours of the day in by putting our cocktail lists, order of the day and seating plan in gilt gold frames and Laura spent hours tying our place names to green ribbon so they could be tied to the menus! For the table numbers, we bought glass bottles to sit amongst the jars of flowers and balloon centre piece and stuck our flags to wooden dowel, so they would sit in the bottles. Laura arranged all the printing for us, but it doesn’t come cheap, so if you are going to undertake design of your stationery to such a bespoke level beware of the costs!
As Personal As Possible
We had quite a few children at our wedding, so we wanted to ensure they were kept busy. We bought ‘J’ branded cotton bags for each table with children (in keeping again with our self-centred letter theming!) and filled the bags with activity books and crayons – they were a big hit!
Our wedding was a jam packed day from start to end, we managed over 30 suppliers, did a few things DIY and ran to a very tight schedule but given it’s a once in a lifetime day it was well worth all the effort. We’d encourage everyone to get as personal as they can around every choice they make for their wedding and don’t be afraid to truly reflect yourselves in every element of your day!
How much do you wish you could have attended that wedding? Everyone looks like they are having so much fun. I’m so glad Jess went with Indian style make up – she looks gorgeous. And how amazing is the jewellery?
I honestly don’t think Jess and Jay could have done better…the whole day looks like the perfect mix of tradition, fun with family and friends and being true to themselves.
My Dress was by Prisicilla of Boston bought from the only UK stockist Angelica Bridal in Camden Passage Islington. My brief was simple, classy but a little bit different and it was the only dress I tried on that I liked!
I don’t wear much jewellery day to day so I decided not to wear too much on the day. I wore a silver heart necklace from Stephen Einhorn that was a present when I was 18 and I have worn pretty much every day since! For my something old, blue and borrowed I wore my grandmothers 1920’s sapphire and diamond ring, and then 2 days before the wedding I just bought a very simple and small pair of pearl and diamante earrings and a matching bracelet. I aways knew I would hate a proper veil and this was confirmed when I tried one on in the first wedding dress shop. I felt so uncomfortable and like my head was being pulled backwards!
I still wanted to feel like a bride however so a birdcage veil was the natural choice. I had it made in Angelica Bridal and they replicated the chiffon flowers on my dress. I took it off in the evening and put in a small sparkly clip from Accessorize instead.
Don’t Step On My Pink Suede Shoes
I love my shoes and would never wear white or cream or satin day to day so I wasn’t going to for my wedding. I have many many pairs of suede pointy toe stilettos as I think the shape is so flattering and suede is more stylish than leather, so I knew I wanted some shoes in my signature style! I saw these ballet pink suede shoes in LK Bennett just after we got engaged and I loved them but I hadn’t even started looking at dresses so I left them. 9 months later, the day I bought my dress, I went to LK Bennett and they were on sale – 1/3 off – and had one pair left in my size, so I obviously had to buy them! I them then and I love them now they make me happy just looking at them!
Natural And Glamorous
I saw make up done by Kit at Slap on the internet and knew straight away I had to have her! She creates looks which are just the right mix of natural and glamorous, perfect as I have a real fear of being over made up! I wanted a hairstyle to compliment the birdcage veil so a side bun worked perfectly. I would recommend Kit whole heartedly, not only did she create perfect looks for me and my bridesmaid she was so calm and professional on the day it was amazing!
Simple But Beautiful
I absolutely love flowers but I also hate the idea of them going in the bin at the end of the day so I didn’t want to go overboard. I went for avalanche roses in my bouquet, for me there was no other choice they are simple but beautiful and the cream matched my dress while the hint of blush pink matched my shoes. My bridesmaid had a smaller matching bouquet and then Summer had a single stem of sweet avalanche which she had picked all the petals off within 5 minutes of it being given to her! We had 2 arrangements on clear pedestals in the Horniman with a mixture of sweet avalanche roses, white dahlias and ferns to compliment the Victorian architecture. I was adamant I wanted white displays as the interior of the Horniman is white and I thought it would look amazing – which it did.
Ruth at Stem Flowers did all of the above arrangements and I was really happy with how they turned out. My parents and I did the flowers for the Larder the night before – my mum sweet talked the man at Waitrose into pre ordering her bunches of white and bright pink sunshine roses that she could pick up the day before – doing this meant the total cost of our reception flowers was £72! We arranged them in groups of pink or white and put them in tin cans that me, my mum and my mum’s neighbour collected for weeks.
Traditional English Brands
We asked the Groomsmen to wear their own black suits as we didn’t want anything too formal or matchy matchy. We did provide them with Liberty Caesar print hankerchiefs that matched the grooms bespoke tie. We got them made by buying a metre of fabric at Liberty and the local dry cleaner charged £1.50 per handkerchief to hem! We also bought them knitted black silk Barbour ties as James likes traditional English brands.
I wanted my bridesmaid to look beautiful and feel comfortable so we went shopping for a dress that suited her in whatever colour looked best. We went for a light grey chiffon pleated dress from Monsoon which looked amazing! I then found some grey patent peep toe sling backs in Pied a Terre to match. Summer’s (the tiny cute one) dress was from Gap and I loved it as it was a party dress rather than a traditional flower girl dress. She loved it too and wanted to wear it to nursery after the wedding.
Rose Gold Pocket Watch
To say James is very into his clothes is an understatement – he knows exactly what he wants down to the last detail, therefore the suit had to be bespoke from his favourite tailor David Fullerton based on The Cut in Waterloo. He wanted something classic that would stand the test of time so he went for a slim fit jacket with more a traditional “English style trousers with a single pleat and waistcoat” . The suit had a silver silk lining edged with black and white floral Liberty print. His tie was custom made Liberty Caesar print. I accessorised it for him with a rose gold pocket watch I gave him on the day that perfectly matched his rose gold wedding band. His shoes were Dries Van Noten black leather Oxfords and 5 times the price of mine.
As soon as I saw a wedding shot by Chris Barber Photography on Rock My Wedding I knew we had to have them as our photographers. The thing about their work that stood out the most to me was the bright colours they capture, which is the complete opposite to most wedding photographers who favour muted tones and black and white. We absolutely weren’t disappointed and several of our friends and family have commented how much they love the photos and how different they are from the usual mushy ones! They were also fantastic on the day, very professional and somehow slipped into the background but stll managed to take fabulous photos. We also loved that they offered the Silly Space photo booth and our friends definitely took advantage!
We didn’t have a cake and I don’t think anyone noticed! I just felt it was an unnecessary expense and cutting the cake shots make me cringe.
Love In Store
We had the most amazing DJ – David from DiskoJuice and everyone agreed the music was fantastic and the dancefloor was packed all night.
Our first dance was Love in Store by Fleetwood Mac. About 2 years after we started going out we were playing a Hot Chip Bugged Out compilation CD in the flat and this song came on and we just both loved the lyrics. It was important to us to have a happy song rather than a sad slow mushy one.
A Sweet Tooth
For favours James’ mum made 140 little bags of sugar biscuits as favours and they tasted delicious.
A Fashion Show
The Larder put out small tea lights on each table along with the flowers. I created 2 photo boards, one of all of our parents and grandparents wedding days, and one of photos of James in some of his more interesting outfits for inspiration for a game we put on each table – it was a card dress up doll with paper clothes and some felt tip pins and guests had to create the perfect outfit for James! The entries were incredible people put so much effort in and we awarded a prize (a round of Sambucas) to the best table (judged by James).
The Magnificent Seven
The key for us was not doing anything on our wedding day that we wouldn’t do normally, although we wanted it to be special we wanted it to be comfortable and feel like us. Right at the beginning we chose the things that were most important to us, having all our friends and family, good food, good music and dancing and stuck to our guns on every decision so we could have those things – because nothing else really mattered.
James really wanted to walk down the aisle as he didn’t think it was fair that only I got to do that well so him and the groomsmen walked down the aisle to the theme tune of the Magnificent Seven!
Everything was handmade from the save the dates to the invitations, the table plan, the game and the favours and that was important to us as it made it unique (and kept the costs down!) We also wrote our own vows using song lyrics from our favourite songs which made them personal to us and made a few people laugh.
Quite unintentionally this weeks weddings have been particularly pale and interesting. And to mix it up a bit (because more than anything we know you lovelies like variety) we’re throwing some full on colour pop cool into Friday.
Faye and Dave’s London W-day is simply divine, eye-catching blooms, unique fashion choices and a whole rainbow of love, laughter and fun.
Our wedding was in April 2011. The Ceremony was held at the Marylebone Registry Office, with the reception party at the Amadeus Centre in Little Venice, London. This venue is a renovated 19th century Welsh Presbyterian chapel which is now run by a charity. You can do so much in there and they are the lovelist people, so accommodating.
5th Time Lucky
My dress was the 5th one I tried on and as I wasn’t really looking for a typical ‘wedding’ dress and when I put this on I suprised myself as I knew instantly this was THE DRESS. I loved the detail, it’s so delicate and pretty, and I loved the shape, 50’s in style but with a modern cut. The dress is called ‘Fiesole’ and designed by an American bridal company called Pricilla of Boston and the only retailer in the UK is Angelica Bridal in Islington – so it was fate that it was the only bridal shop I went to.
I decided against a veil – I was getting married in a registry office so didn’t feel comfortable, but I did want something special in my hair so I found a designer of bridal headpieces called Gillian Million and she made the most amazing head band using reclaimed vintage costume jewelery.
A Love Story On South Molten Street
I went for Electric Blue Suede shoes. fell in love with them walking past the window of Author on South Molten Street and knew that they were the ones. I had them 6 months before the wedding!
Amy from Percy and Reed did my hair and was the sweetest girl to have around in the preparation. As I didn’t want to end up looking like a different person when walking ‘down the aisle’ we decided to keep my hair down and just give it some height. I had amazing makeup artist called Lucy Gibson do my my make up, and my mother and sisters too, so we all felt rather special!
Bright And Clashing
I decided early that I couldn’t choose a ‘theme’ or colour so opted to have all colours, so with the flowers I wanted bright and clashing native spring blooms. The bouquet, posy and button holes were made by Tim at Birksen who did an amazing job. we decided to save money and do the venue flowers ourselves – buying directly from Covent Garden flower market the morning before the wedding and my mother and oldest friend arranged all the small vases that made up the table decorations. It was really special actually to know that they were personal to us.
Dressed To Impress
my maid of honor was my sister and she wore a dress from Anthropologies bridal collection – BHLDN, beautiful but we did have to get it shipped over from the US! My gorgeous flower girl’s dress was handmade by her granny! Dave wore a dark navy Costume National suit and looked incredible in it.
Blending In Perfectly
The lovely Amy Murrell took our photos and did a better job than I could ever have hoped for. I found her website via a recommendation and on seeing the beautiful, natural, candid moments she caught I knew she was the perfect person for us. the best confirmation that I’d made the right choice was that our friends and family assumed she was my friend, as she slipped seamlessly into the picture.
Super Sounds Of The 70’s
God only knows walked me down the isle, and ‘Mr Blue Skies’ and ‘Baker Street’ played as we signed the marriage register. I was so excited to hear the music – songs that we love, that it made me want to dance right there in the registery office! ‘For Once In My Life’ was the first dance – just because.
After dinner we had a swing band start the dancing off – which was perfect as the ‘grown ups’ at the event got to have a proper dance. Then we upped the game and had the funky ‘Loose Cannons’ DJ for us.
Our amazing caterers Food Events made the cake on request from us. we had a tiered victoria sponge wedding cake! I wasn’t going to do favours – but my mum went and made chocolate truffels and chocolate mini cupcakes and wrapped them up in clear plastic and ribbons and i’m so glad she did as by the time the guest left they really needed a sugar hit to get them home.
All The Colours Of The Rainbow
I didn’t want too much in the way of decor, subtle was the key – so I wrapped the poles in the room with thin ribbons in all the colours of the rainbow, and flooded the room with candles. we had a pea light canope and a few coloured lights and that was it, apart from a custom made LOVE sign to fill an empty wall – which my brother designed and made for us.
Make It Last
Walk slowly down the isle – whether in a registry office or church. It’s the best bit of advice I got – and I’m so pleased that I can remember all the smiles of my friends.