It’s always a treat to blog a wedding by photographer extraordinaire Mr Ed Peers but when you add an converted power station, a mirror ball, bespoke CD wedding favours and deck chairs into the mix as Sally and Adam did then I can pretty much say that it was if the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa’s elves had all come bearing gifts at once.
Oh and then there’s the amazing short 3D film of Sally and Adam floating in space together.Yes an actual 3D film where you have to wear the funny glasses and everything. Honestly the images of the guests staring at the ceiling (where it was projected onto) in their red and blue specs are some of the best wedding evening photos I’ve seen.
Just wait until you see the four poster bed!
I should also warn you folks that there is a smidgen of nudity in this post. Just a smidgen mind and there’s a funny story behind it too which Sally reveals below.
I for one found it hilarious so I think you folks will too.
Let’s power on then…
Take One Hydroelectric Power Station
Sally The Bride:We’ve always loved our venue, a restaurant and art gallery in East London, housed in a converted hydroelectric power station. I used to live nearby with friends, and we’d been to a number of exhibitions there, so having it as our reception was a dream! It’s an amazing space; the tables in the restaurant are dotted among the original machinery.
We held the evening party in the gallery space – a huge, dramatic, cavern. We knew that the party would have to fit around whatever installation was in place, but we were really fortunate that the exhibit was a video installation – we had a huge screen on the ceiling to play with! The venue has so much style and personality there just wasn’t any point creating a theme or adding lots of décor – the building looks amazing just as it is!
A Little Bit Grecian
My dress was from Cymbeline and had with a cowl neck and low back. It felt a bit Grecian but also glamorous in an old-Hollywood way. I’d tried lots of different styles but was completely sold on this dress when the lovely people in Mirror Mirror suggested I pair it with a dramatic silver beaded belt. I had been quite hesitant to go for anything too sparkly, but with the belt, the dress suddenly felt very ‘me’!
A Talented Make-up Artist
I didn’t have an overall look in mind for hair and make-up. Fortunately I found Elbie Van Eeden who was the perfect person to spend your wedding morning with – wonderfully calm and sweet. I showed her lots of pictures of loose, textured, hairstyles and she perfectly translated it into an asymmetric mass of pinned curls, which complemented the 1930s-ish style of my dress without looking like I was dressed for a themed party. I wanted quite natural make-up, and Elbie achieved the near-impossible by making sure it lasted through to the evening on one of the hottest days of the year!
The shoes were one (two?) of my favourite things! I was looking for something with a tougher edge than classic satin shoes, and I was so happy when I found the amazing flame-shoes by designer Minna Parikka! It’s a good job we weren’t too strict a particular theme – one of my bridesmaids commented that they were like something out of the movie ‘Grease’ than matching my ‘Grecian’ dress!
My hair accessories were made from the spare ends of my belt – Dolcheka made a beautiful comb and pins from the offcuts. The veil was a piece of net, which Elbie pinned in to my hair.
For jewellery I wore earrings that my parents had bought for my 21st birthday and a diamante cuff that was my Grandma’s – something old for sure!
A Little Black Dress
When Adam picked his suit everything fell into place! I’d dragged my mum and bridesmaids to see so many dresses, but Adam chose and bought his teal Ozwald Boateng suit in about 20 minutes flat! We’d already decided we weren’t aiming for a traditional look, but at that point I knew the bridesmaids would look awesome in the rock’n’roll black dresses we’d all fallen in love with in All Saints. The girls wore colour pop turquoise shoes from Debenhams and (miraculously matching!) belts from Oasis. The boys rented grey suits with teal ties from Burton.
Our flowers were done by Kilburn Flowers, who were fantastically helpful and gave me lots of advice on what colour to put with turquoise! We all had round bouquets of tightly packed roses. Mine was made from three different types of white rose – it smelt gorgeous. We chose a mixture of soft pink and hot pink for the bridesmaids – if they’re wearing black dresses – you may as well go for drama! We also had an arrangement for the church, and one for the back window of the car.
Sunshine And Strings
We had a string quartet, recommended to us by the Church, comprising of local music students from Trinity Laban. They were fantastic and took requests for the exact music we wanted. I walked down the aisle to the end of the 5th Region of Musique a Grande Vitesse by Michael Nyman. It’s a beautiful, powerful and uplifting piece of music (even if it is about a train journey!) and will remain very personal to us.
We were lucky enough to have picked the hottest day of the year to get married, so having the sun streaming through the glass back of the church and being surrounded by all of our family and friends was magical. Having them all answer the question about promising to uphold us in our lives together by bellowing out “We will!” was a wonderful way of reminding us how much support there is behind the day and our relationship. I think we spent most of the ceremony just grinning at each other!
Big Girls Blues Band
We really wanted to have a live band and music that would get people dancing. With that in mind, we booked the Big Girls Blues Band who were absolutely wonderful. We met before to discuss how to best handle the acoustics of the venue and on the evening they managed to get pretty much everyone up and dancing, which is no mean feat given how hot it was! For our first dance we went for (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher by Jackie Wilson. We wanted something that would be fun to dance to so we could minimise the risk of awkward swaying!
It was a very hot evening, so people drifted between dancing and sitting outside in the fresh air. There were also cushions and deckchairs scattered around the edge of the dancefloor so people could sit and chat when they needed to! We had a tray service for drinks, which was brilliant because it stopped people congregating at the bar and kept them in the middle of the party!
Cheese And Cocktails
The venue has a wonderful restaurant, so we were very lucky that they took care of all of the delicious food and drink. Guests were greeted with selection of cocktails and canapés. The cocktails certainly went down very quickly on such a hot day, and we think this contributed to how enthusiastically everyone danced later!
For the meal we had big platters of food to share – a rack of lamb with loads of different vegetables for the main. It made the whole atmosphere a bit more convivial with people sharing food and talking to everyone around the table.
After the main course, the evening guests arrived and we had speeches in the restaurant. It was lovely and informal with people sat on the old machinery to get a better view! We headed downstairs post-speeches and everyone helped themselves to dessert. It meant that the evening guests felt part of the party straight away. Our ‘cake’ was a stack of cheeses decorated with grapes. Later in the evening these cheeses were carved up and served with chutneys and fruit as our evening snack.
We used a series of photos taken from our holidays as table centres. We framed them and stuck the name of the place at the top in scrabble tiles ordered from eBay. Even though it’s been done quite a lot of times as a plan for table names, the photos add a nice personal touch, and the act of making them together was a fun part of the preparation.
We were very lucky in having a lot of talented friends who helped out with anything creative and artistic to make up for our own lack of skill! For our invitations, a friend of ours who is a keen photographer took the photos, which were then turned into our gorgeous invitation by another friend who is a graphic designer. The printing of the invitations and orders of service was then done by another one of our friends, Tim at South Bucks Business Products. Our favours were a series of CDs with our favourite music on them, printed by my dad. One of our bridesmaids designed a stamp, which we used to decorate plain CD cases. We wrote the guests’ names on the cases, and they doubled up as place cards.
We didn’t want to do anything too contrived, but still wanted to have the odd surprise up our sleeve. We were fortunate to be introduced to a 3D artist by the venue. He put together an amazing short 3D film of us floating in space together. It was great to see everyone’s bemusement on being handed 3D glasses turn into gasps and smiles when the film played and it looked like our heads popped out of the ceiling!
We also wanted a dramatic exit to the day rather than having a long series of goodbyes. Everyone was gathered upstairs under the pretext of a ‘survivors’ photo only to see our wedding car, a beautiful old Jaguar-Daimler hired with lovely chauffeur from the Classic Car Club in Old Street (http://www.classiccarclub.co.uk/home.asp), reverse through a giant cargo door into the middle of the room. We quickly jumped inside and waved our goodbyes out the window!
Aside from what we had planned, a few other surprises just happened along the course of the day! Perhaps the most amusing was when we were having photos taken with the wedding party just by the Thames – a topless swimmer, complete with inflatable dolphin, jumped out of the river and photobombed one of our pictures! She then shouted out “congratulations!” and ran back to the river. The photo still shocks people looking through the wedding album!
It’s a massive cliché, but the day really does go by remarkably quickly. It’s worth trying to take a bit of time out together just to relax and chat. We found it impossible to speak to everyone that came, but were just so happy that all our friends and family are there and having a good time!
The Talented Mr Peers
We were incredibly lucky to have the fantastically talented Ed Peers as our photographer. Ed has incredible vision, managing to unobtrusively document key moments as well as being extremely friendly and fun to have around. He immediately understood what we wanted – minimum fuss with the official photos and lots of pics of our guests enjoying the day – and he managed to capture everything, including a few things we missed! Having Ed there from the morning preparations all the way through until when we left was fantastic, and he caught all the special moments of the day from start to finish.
So how many of you are sitting with your mouths agape at the sheer blinking coolness of this wedding. Hang on, is ‘coolness’ even a word?
Hell who cares.
All I know is that I want my very own 3D film, Sally’s gorgeous Rose bouquet and a vintage Jaguar-Daimler in my possession.
Like now already.
Congratulations you two – you most definitely rocked it!
All my love Lolly xxx