Hands up who’s ever tried to make an origami crane? I have, not that successfully I may add and after reading the tutorial quite a number of times indeed. Well, today’s bride (and groom!) must by now be pretty damn good at them, as Laura and Paul decided to make 1,000 origami cranes after reading about the tradition (it’s thought to be very good luck), which made for a rather amazing feature for their December pub wedding in Clerkenwell.
The beautiful rainbow of colours hanging from the ceiling brighten up the pub interior teamed with stunning colourful jewel toned flowers from That Flower Shop and some really fun geometric stationery meant this winter wedding was a bright and cheerful affair all round, captured by Laura Babb.
From the bride, Laura: “We wanted a day that reflected us as a couple – relaxed and fun, with an emphasis on family, friends, good food and flowing drinks. We did most of our dating in London so it was really special to hold the wedding in the City we both love.
Early on we agreed that a Pub wedding was definitely for us and as soon as we met the team at The Peasant we were able to relax as we knew that they would take care of everything for us (and Paul and his friends love a good Ale!).
We had read about the 1,000 origami crane tradition and thought that a rainbow of colours would work really well at the venue. This went on to inspire some of the other touches like my blue and white Ted Baker shoes and also the flowers (that were perfect and everything we could have hoped for!).
One of our best buys was our funky geometric stationary which we found by chance on Etsy, we kept this theme running from our invites through to the table plans, menus and place cards and they really added a lovely touch. I was really really nervous about finding the perfect dress and for many months scoured the high street for a dress as I couldn’t face visiting a bridal shop, eventually my sisters set me up with an appointment at Confetti Bridal in Wokingham (near my hometown of Reading). The second dress I picked up was definitely ‘the one’ and immediately the pressure was off! Laura also wore a sweet handmade knit made by her mum to keep her warm.
Finally the photography was definitely close to the top of our list of priorities – you only do it once and we wanted to find someone who could capture the vibe of our whole day. We had seen many of Laura Babb’s photos as she does a lot of London weddings and we attended a wedding she had shot earlier in the year. It was an obvious choice and to say that we are over the moon with her work is an understatement – on 1st viewing (and 2nd and 3rd) there was not a dry eye in the house!
Thank you to Laura and Paul for sharing their gorgeous cheery day with us, proving you can go bright in winter!
Photographer: Laura Babb / Ceremony: Islington Town Hall / Reception Venue: The Peasant / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero at Confetti Bridal / Bridesmaids: JS Collection / Flowers: That Flower Shop / Cake: Marks and Spencer / Stationery: My Line and Colour on Etsy