Ever since I turned 30, I seem to have suddenly developed a total obsession with jazz and swing music. I think it may have had something to do with my own proposal [long story, which I've yet to tell on these pages!] but I love it and soak it up at any given chance! Of course, where better to experience swing or jazz than at a wedding? It gets everyone of all ages up on their feet, and it really does make for an evening glued to the dancefloor. Well, Sally and Cian clearly love their swing too and incorporated this into their wedding along with so many other gorgeous details for a wonderful day of celebrations at their wedding at the Tab Venue in Hackney. Have you ever seen a bride beam so big? A groom so dapper? And don’t get me started on those desserts… beautiful photography by the lovely and talented Anushé Low.
Rather than opt for the traditional big, princess style dress, Sally opted for a beautiful fitted gown from Amanda Wakeley’s evening collection. She accessoriesd with a bracelet which was an engagement gift and actually made the earrings herself! Instead of a veil, Sally’s sister’s friend designed with her and created a pretty bird-cage veil for her for that all important finishing touch. I absolutely love the bright and cheerful colours of the pink and yellow flowers together set off beautifully with the greens by Flower Power.
Sally and Cian held their wedding ceremony at the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green [a regular cool London wedding venue featured here on London Bride!] and the ceremony was as elegant as the surroundings. I love the shots of the lifting of the veil and the kiss, so romantic and such a lovely intimate ceremony for all the guests to witness.
Such beautiful and natural portraits of Sally and Cian, who took some time out for a wonder nearby and have you seen such dapper ushers? I love the attention to small details such as their pocket squares and even a pocket watch! Very dapper indeed!
The delicious antipasti food was perfect for guests to snack on whilst the bubbles flowed and the guests spilled out onto the small outdoor terrace for some sunshine!
Sally and Cian wanted to have a relaxed, summer wedding with a vintage feel and who would know you are in the centre of a fairly busy/urban area of Shoreditch in this little spot, especially with the cute outdoor space adorned with bunting! I should point out that I do believe the Tab venue is currently undergoing some developments so anyone thinking of it for hire, do please get in touch with them first and visit.
A cheap and easy way to inject some colour is with the bright yellow napkins and simply tied with striped ribbon add a lovely touch of elegance and detail to the tables. The cute little seashells on the tables were the favours to the guests and had been collected by the couple over their many holidays spent together and each was assigned to the most suited guests. Such a sweet idea and so thoughtful! I love the explosion of bunting, fairy lights and paper pom poms – they really help to turn a blank space into one full of personality and charm.
In keeping with the informal space for the reception venue, guests tucked into one of the bride’s favourite meals – a curry. Yum! They also had a nake cake adorned with fruits and mini puddings for guests to tuck into. I cannot tell you how hungry these have made me, they look just mouthwatering and such beautiful images of them too!
Of course if one is going to be on the dancefloor all night, then one has to have their dancing shoes on… and a second dress for that matter! Sally slipped into a short, full skirted number which was inspired from Cian’s Hungarian culture where the tradition is that the bride changes into a red dress for the dance at the wedding and for the men to twirl her around! It certainly looks like there was a lot of twirling going on here for their first song, Buenos Sera by Louis Prima.
Thank you to Sally and Cian for letting me share your beautiful day on London Bride and of course thanks to the amazing talent that is Anushé Low for the stunning documentation of their day. You can also see more of this beautiful wedding featured over on the fabulous blog, Love Scarlett!
Photographer: Anushé Low / Bride’s Dress: Amanda Wakeley / Groom’s Suit: Newman Pearce Tailoring / Ceremony Venue: Town Hall Hotel / Reception Venue: The Tab Venue / Catering + Cake: Easy Gourmet Catering / Band: Jivin’ Miss Daisy / Flowers: Flower Power