an intimate affair – london wedding at the ica


One of my very good friends got married at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) a few years ago, and I’ve always loved it as a wedding venue. It’s a modern, sleek and white space that is the perfect backdrop for a wedding. When Suzie Jay of Chasing Moments photography submitted this wedding to me, I loved it for it’s informal but intimate feel. The couple PL and Ed enjoyed their ceremony in August here followed by afternoon tea before they headed to the Zetter Hotel for dinner and dancing.

PL says, “We had a small and informal wedding, and spent the whole day feeling exhilarated, gathering hugs from family and friends, crying and laughing until we physically hurt, and constantly eating – and the whole thing was rounded off with hilarious dancing by our parents.”

Sometimes looking at a beautiful intimate wedding like this shows you can have a wonderful stress free day without spending too much. I love the way they took a break during the day for a wonder around The Mall and a sit down in the park with their friends.

The beauty of a small wedding is you can perhaps be a lot more personal with your touches. I love that they used large wooden initial letters for place names for each of their guests, and the DIY strings of pom poms add a pretty touch to a blank space and echo the beautiful David Austin roses in her bouquet – I can almost smell them through my screen!

“We had lots of practical help from family and friends and our main suppliers, such as Suzie and the venue staff, who were patient and accommodating people who we liked and trusted. We knew we didn’t need it to be a perfect day as nothing really mattered apart from being married legally at the end of the day”

Thank you to the gorgeous couple PL and Ed for allowing me to share their day and to their wonderful photographer Suzie.

Photography / Chasing Moments

Venue / ICA

Bride’s Outfit / Hoss Intropia

Groom’s Suit / Jasper Littman

Hair / Alexis Day

Make Up / DIY with MAC Products

Flowers / DIY Purchased at New Covent Garden Market + David Austin

Food /Peyton & Byrne at the ICA

Cakes / Made by Family + Friends

Wooden Initials / Unto This Last

Tissue Pom Poms / DIY

  • What a stunning wedding, perfect as the first on your lovely shiny new blog! Love the new look! x

  • A gorgeous place for a gorgeous wedding.

    Charley – without wanted to use the c-word (cute obviously) I love your new site!

  • So pretty and intimate! I love, love the hanging poms. So cool!

  • What a fantastic venue!