Graphic designers, Holly and Ben had a traditional Church ceremony followed by a fun 1930s inspired celebration which took place poolside at a London Lido
Holly and Ben had a fun 1930s inspired modern London Lido wedding at The Lido Café in Brockwell South London in May earlier this year. I have been waiting forever for someone to submit their wedding at this location, something so utterly fun about celebrating poolside, even if it is in the middle of London!
When two designers get married you know there’s going to be some fun details as part of the day. In fact the groom Ben, created design guidelines for the wedding, which in their own words was “A contemporary twist on classic elegance with a bit of 1930s flair, softened by a friendly, fun voice’. I couldn’t have described this wedding much better than that so I think they nailed their own brief!
From the stylish pair themselves to the gorgeous seasonal flowers and can we talk about the fact they had their names on the train departure board as they made their way by train with their guests from the Church to the reception? London goals….
ALL MAPPED OUT
We met in our first job as graphic designers – designing a map for Leeds together… since then Leeds has always been special to us! We were together for 7 years before Ben decided to pop the question in Paris – on 7th June 2016. Therefore we decided to get married on 07th May 2016 – to make a trio of 7’s!
LOVE AT THE LIDO
We wanted a London wedding as this is where we met and had made our lives together. The Lido Café was always special to us – we used to live in Herne Hill and love the architecture and being by the water. The genealogy style of our wedding was, according to Ben’s design guidelines, ‘A contemporary twist on classic elegance with a bit of 1930’s flair softened by a friendly fun voice’. I think we got it spot on!
HIGH STREET STYLE
The dress search was minimal. I didn’t fancy going around the wedding shops, so I took a look online. There was one dress left on the Monsoon Bridal website that I liked. Having ordered it online, I tried it on by myself in my room and knew it was right straight away.
The bridesmaids did their own research and found a wonderful complementary dress that was sophisticated and special – and without the price tag from the Jenny Packham range at Debenhams. The ushers wore their own suits (instructed by Ben with 7 shades of appropriate grey!) and were tied together with a flash of colour by Paul Smith, in their ties and pocket squares.
The ceremony took place at St Stephen’s Church, South Dulwich, which we passed every day on our way to work. It is so beautiful inside that we didn’t need any flowers or extra decorations. The music was traditional and uplifting, with the hymns played on the organ and the signing music played on the piano. The readings were chosen by Holly’s mum and Ben’s great aunt.
SEASONAL BRITISH FLOWERS
The flowers were done by the wonderful Jennifer Pinder, a local florist who worked out of her parents garden in Herne Hill (she’s now moved to Kent). The bouquets were dusky peaches and pinks, with whites and cremes. The venue was filled with hundreds of small arrangements – we had no idea what these would be as we asked for entirely seasonal, British flowers. We were so delighted with them, and wrapped each bunch up in a napkin and gave them to our guests as they left!
BRITISH SEASONAL FOOD
The catering and food by the Lido Café was also entirely season and local. It was wonderful. Classic english dishes such as fish and chips and scotch eggs. The doughnuts (instead of wedding cake) were by Crosstown Doughnuts, and the wine was sourced and picked up by ourselves in France.
The DJ was our good friend Rob Bignel, aka DJ Bobafatt. He was wonderful and we danced non-stop, all night to his soulful, funky tunes!
The amazing Katharine at Peachey Photography (also local to us) shot completely in film throughout the day. Her photos are the most wonderful memory of our day – we could not have asked for more. She also specialises in architectural and interior photography – and this was also important to us that she captured the locations and the moods – which she did perfectly.
Invest in photography. Obsess about the details – they matter. Make sure you have the right team – Bridal team as well as those extra people who really make the difference. Keep pinching yourself and remain present during the day – cherish each and every moment!
Lovely words from the bride and groom Holly and Ben, congratulations on your wonderful wedding and huge thanks to their film photographer Katharine at Peachey Photography for sharing their images.