Tom The Groom:
We stayed at the beautiful Town Hall Hotel
in Bethnal Green - a stunning Edwardian building where we got ready with our friends before heading to the venue. We had 160 of our closest friends and family for a ceremony and awesome party at the amazing Mildmay Working Men's Club - it's such a unique venue and as soon as we saw it we knew it was right. It's like stepping back in time and nothing has changed inside since 60s. We love vintage and so it suited us perfectly. The staff were incredible and gave us free reign to decorate and plan our day however we wanted. We decorated the venue with dimmable festoon lights strung across the main hall which created an amazing atmosphere. We hired giant LOVE letter lights, which took pride of place on the main stage where we were having our ceremony.
We wanted the day to be as personal as possible and so our best friend Hannah performed the wedding commitment ceremony (after having done the legal bit in our local registry office the day before with just two witnesses/random strangers off the street). We had two readings at our ceremony by our close friends; Maggie Rhodes read ‘Love’ by Roy Croft and Aidan Kenny read the lyrics totally dead-pan to ‘Ain't Nobody’ by Chaka Khan. People didn’t realise until the verse kicked in at the very end.
Tom wore a tailored bright blue suit made by Dressed2Kill
tailors situated on The Cut (London). Jamie wore midnight blue suit by The Kooples
. The Groomsmaids all wore black vintage dresses with vintage blue shoes and the guys wore classic black suits - there were 18 of them in total!
After the short ceremony we had champagne and canapés served by Jackie Filmer
and her fantastic team (menu attached). Lunch buffet followed and was fabulous. We opted for casual seating – no table settings apart from the top table, so people could mingle with whoever they wanted. Emotional speeches were followed by toasts and then the cutting of the amazing 3 tired butter icing wedding cake, the top layer was vanilla, middle was chocolate & the base was salted caramel with a toffee butter cream middle - complete with an Alien (Tom) and Sylvainian Family Squirrel (Jamie). We wanted the party to start as soon as possible and our best friends performed a Gedding Dance for us which was hilariously camp. Our first dance was ‘Love is in the Air’ and from then on everyone was on their feet until the wee hours; everyone having the best night was our goal and we definitely succeeded.