A back to front wedding for Laura and Tom who were married the day before Valentine’s day this year. They celebrated with a family dinner before the ceremony and a big party after in St Pancras, Kings Cross and of course the bride wore two outfits!
Laura and Tom tied the knot on 13th February this year (the day before Valentine’s day!) with the wedding taking place at Kings Cross, with a ceremony in St Pancras station and a reception at 06 St Chad’s however it wasn’t a typical wedding day. This couple decided to have it back to front, so had a lovely family lunch before the ceremony and then a party reception for everyone afterwards! The bride wore two outfits for the different parts of the day, and I love her different styles from city to chic.
Whilst it may not be the most practical venue for a ceremony (read more below!) it’s certainly unusual and an amazing iconic place to say that you got married! I love the photo above, looks like a 1940s wedding in the modern day!
Do have a read below of Laura’s wedding planning journey, and if you’re reading this as a ‘just engaged’ bride to be, then definitely take her advice below and bask in all the celebratory glory!
6TH FORM ROMANCE
We actually met at school, we went out all through 6th form so we have known each other forever. But we went our separate ways for university, Tom to Durham and I stayed in London. 10 years later, on a cold winter evening, we re-met and instantly remembered how much we liked each other and 2 1/2 years later we were getting married!
We ended up getting married just around the corner from the place that we rekindled our relationship – and that was really special for us. Tom proposed to me at the top of the Empire State Building (a terrible cliche but it was not planned to be!) We were in New York for a friends 30th birthday and Tom collected the ring he had made for me. He hadn’t intended to propose, but he just got so excited that he couldn’t help it. We planned the wedding for just over a year. We spent a couple of months just basking in the engagement before we did anything at all, it is so lovely seeing how happy everyone is for you and taking all that in is the best thing (plus everyone wants to buy you champagne!).
It was really important to us to get married in London- we both grew up here and we couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else- a country retreat really isn’t our style. I was really keen to have the ceremony close to the reception venue- I knew we didn’t want people to have to travel far for any of the event. In the end we went for St Pancras Station- we both fell totally in love with it (neither of us are into trains!) but the ceiling is stunning, and Iowna at Searcy’s was fantastic. The reception was at 6 St Chads place, which is just around the corner. We really liked the relaxed feel of it and we felt that it would match what we were looking for.
BACK TO FRONT WEDDING
Our day was flipped and back to front! We did a family lunch first and then had the ceremony where all of friends could attend (the party followed!). We both have large families, and it was really important to us to have all of our friends at the actual ceremony. It worked so well, it kept costs under control (because we only had to have a sit down meal for immediate family) and also we were limited to numbers because of the size of the venue. It meant that we could invite all of our friends to the really important bit of the ‘I do’s’.
TWO WEDDING OUTFITS
The style of the day was actually determined by my wedding dress, which was subtly art deco in style. Originally I thought I wanted all neons and balloons, but I am so pleased I went for the touch of classic and sophistication. The dress helped to define key colours, invitations and also hair and makeup and I couldn’t be happier with the result.
My wedding dress was the ‘Susanna’ by Jenny Packham. I found choosing the dress quite stressful I must confess. I am not a terribly ‘girly girl’ and I had no idea at all what I wanted apart from thinking I wanted to wear trainers and have a short dress, how wrong was I in the end! I didn’t get the ‘thunder bolt’ moment with the dress, I am still not sure that people ever get that, but I really loved all the detail and the shape that it had and I knew that I would enjoy wearing it on the day. After I picked it though, I didn’t have doubts for a second, and I was so excited to surprise Tom, I really don’t think it was what he expected.
I also had a lunch outfit, the skirt from Coast, jacket, top and coat were bought from ASOS. My shoes for the lunch were from Boden, they were amazingly comfortable and I ended up putting them on at the party.
BOND GIRL BRIDESMAIDS
My hair was done by my godmother, who is an amazing hairdresser (Sarah Haircare – 07710543640). We did a hair trial and settled on some finger curls which looked really classic and sophisticated, she bought me a beautiful hairpin from Etsy – and we topped it off with some flower buds. My bridesmaids wore their own dresses at lunch but the actual dresses were from Ghost. We found out after we had bought them that they were the same one as were worn by the bond girl in the latest movie but in a different colour (that made my sister and best friend feel like Bond girls!).
MAKE UP LESSON
I did my own makeup, but that was after a Bobbi Brown How To Make Up Lesson. I did this about 3 months before the wedding and I did practice a lot so I felt quite confident on the day. I had an apartment at the Hotel Megaro just around the corner from both venues and we stayed there the night before the wedding – really convenient and an amazing bathroom which was big enough for us all to do our makeup at the same time!
Tom and his groomsmen got suits from TM Lewin they were altered to make sure that they fitted really well.
We had a very simple ceremony at Searcy’s St Pancras which is within the train station, with no readings or fancy music as it was in a public space there were lots of people watching (I didn’t notice at all). It was really funny when we had to pause so a train could pull out as it made quite a big noise! It was also pretty cold, it was a perfect excuse for guests to get a new coat and I managed to get some heart shaped hand warmers (we got married the day before valentines day!).
Our brief was natural and non fussy and we wanted flowers that were in season. The flowers from The Flower Appreciation Society were totally perfect. I felt like there were flowers everywhere at lunch and it was so lovely. The flower girls also had beautiful flower crowns, this meant that they didn’t have to fuss with holding bouquets and it made them feel like princesses.
BLACK WEDDING CAKE
The meal and catering was provided by 06 St Chad’s Place and we got bagels from a bakery for later in the evening. We were really happy with the cake from Delicious Occasions, it tasted so delicious and I loved the fact that it was black!
We had a photo booth from Say Fromage which was such fun. It was great to get in and be silly with parents and uncles and aunts, some really lovely memories. My friend who is a DJ came over from Canada to do the music. He went to such a big effort to play music for all the guests with tunes from all over the place. The evening did end with a bit of 90’s garage which led to some hilarious dancing from my friends!
LM Weddings Photography
Laura from LM Weddings was a fantastic choice for photographer. We saw her photos and really liked her style – it was so ‘unposed’ and not like traditional wedding photos. We met her for a meeting and both really felt like we would like to have her share our day with us. That was really important to me, especially as she was going to be with me while I got dressed etc. We genuinely could not recommend her highly enough, we love the photos and she was so amazing during the day, she offered us lots of advice (she has been to loads more weddings than us and knows all the to do’s and not to do’s!).
We love that we got married in such an unusual place – it was a real talking point for all our guests and made for some advising pictures. The venue and dress did help us to shape the style of the event, and I think that this is important if you want there to be a cohesive look to the wedding. There were lots of special moments, I loved that the flower girls got over excited and started dancing during the ceremony, the train pulling out as we exchanged vows and Tom’s dad, who wrote and recited a poem for us at the reception.