Leila and Perry chose a sweet Chelsea ceremony followed by a walk along the picturesque Albert Bridge before joining their guests for a colourful urban reception in Kings Cross. This couple injected colour and style with her floral crown and his check suit and the cheery green bridesmaids!
Leila and Perry’s wedding has been a lovely wedding to write up due to all the gorgeous colour injected, it just adds so much fun and cheer to a wedding! They even asked the guests to wear bright colours which is such a great idea.
Leila and Perry were married in September 2015, and chose to hold an intimate ceremony at The Chelsea Registry Office given they had first met on the Kings Road and also that Leila’s parents in fact married there 37 years ago which is just lovely and so meaningful.
Leila’s bridal style is modern and I love her bright floral crown which works nicely with the colourful bridesmaids dresses too. Groom Perry is seriously upping the style stakes too, what a fabulous check suit! They injected their styles and personalities into the day really well, from an epic selection of Brownie’s from Leila’s own bakery to a Lebanese belly dancer and hip hop DJ!
Although 06 St Chad’s is no longer taking wedding bookings (shame!) I do love how Jam Jar Flowers dressed the beams with hops, a great idea and way of adding decor to a tall space.
ANTIQUE ENGAGEMENT RING
We met through mutual friends on the Kings Road in 2006, and FINALLY got engaged in November 2014 on the beach in St Lucia. It wasn’t a surprise as such, as I was luckily allowed to choose my engagement ring (a vintage trilogy ring engraved with the date 25.12. 36) from Grays Antiques in South Molton Lane…and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Perry said – you’re going to wear the ring for the rest of your life so you may as well choose something you love!
INJECTION OF COLOUR
The key thing for us was to create a relaxed atmosphere where people could have maximum fun! We were always going to marry at The Chelsea Registry Office – we met on the Kings Road, and my (Leila’s) parents also got married there 37 years ago and we have the same shot of us on the famous steps which is such a nice comparison.
For the reception venue we wanted an industrial feel – St Chads Place had everything we needed and they were extremely open to venue dressing and you could basically do what you wanted in the venue.
Colour was important…and we injected colour through adding amazing flowers and asked guests to wear bright colour.
I didn’t want a traditional wedding dress…which actually proved quite difficult to find. I tried SO many dresses of all different shapes, styles and lengths, but finally settled on a cut out DKNY dress found via Net A Porter.
My shoes were found by pure chance…I knew I wanted bright coloured shoes, but couldn’t find the right ones anywhere. After multiple trips to Selfridges, Liberty, Harvey Nichols, Topshop, Matches and endless hours of searching on the Internet I unexpectedly found them in Reiss – a shop I never usually shop in. They were perfect! My make up was by Katie Onyejekwe and hair by Tiffany McSweeney.
For the bridesmaids we wanted a contemporary bright dress which we found in Whistles, along with all of the Ushers suits. We didn’t get to see everyone together in their outfits before the wedding but luckily it all fell into place.
Our ceremony was at Chelsea Registry office (details above). For the music we chose No Love Dying by Gregory Porter for the entrance, and then for the signing and exit we had Gabriel (the garage version) by Peven Everett – songs which have meaning to us!
Perry’s 8 year old niece did an amazing reading of A.A.Milne, Us Two from Winnie the Pooh.
BRIGHT AND BOLD FLOWERS
Flowers had to be bright, colourful and bold! Jam Jar Flowers made all of the bouquets, flower crowns, buttonholes and corsages. Jam Jar also dressed the ceiling beams in St Chads Place with hops. Myself and my mum bought all of the table flowers from Covent Garden Flower Market and arranged them ourselves.
We hired a routemaster bus to transport all of our guests from the registry office to St Chads and served chilled Pimms and gin & tonics with Joe & Sephs gourmet popcorn.
Welcome canapés were created and served by the amazingly talented chefs from South London based Anson & Curtis with Prosecco (with edible flowers) and (Camden) Pale Ales.
I have my own artisan baking business (Leila’s Place) so it was only right that I made dessert! I created a very informal dessert bar with hundreds of different flavoured brownies served in vintage crates for everyone to help themselves and take home goody bags at the end of the night. We had midnight bagel snacks from Brick Lane delivered to the venue…this was definitely needed!!
We didn’t want cheesy wedding music…so we had renowned Hip Hop DJ Russ Ryan. He was so accommodating and played a great set that got everyone on their feet.
Our first dance was to She’s Royal by Tarrus Ryley – a song which was played all the time when we got engaged in St Lucia. A different choice…only one guest knew it, but it meant something to us which was the most important thing.
We also had an amazing surprise belly dancer for entertainment after dinner. I’m half Lebanese and really wanted to bring something from that part of my life!
We had a black taxi photo booth parked outside the venue for all our of guests which doubled up as a guest book which has all the photos and messages in.
One thing we knew was that we didn’t want any tacky/cheesy photos o f us gazing into each other’s eyes! Perry actually came across Heathers work, Eclection Photography on London Bride from a previous wedding she shot and sent me over the link…well our minds were instantly made up. We had to have Heather as our photographer. After emailing Heather it actually turned out that we had worked together previously on a PR shoot!!
Heather came up with great locations for our photos…we even managed to get a shot of us standing in the middle of Albert Bridge whilst she held the traffic back. Can’t recommend Heather enough…5 months later and our friends and family still comment on how amazing the photos are.
Turning around and seeing everyone dancing and singing to Biggie Smalls, Juicy – a very funny highlight and something I didn’t expect at my wedding! Also my best friend (Emily) travelling back all the way from Australia to be at the wedding!
It all happens too quickly…enjoy every moment, and if things don’t quite go as planned, no one will realise…just go with the flow!
EAT DINNER! I was all a little over whelmed once we sat down for dinner and couldn’t eat. Instead I spent the time walking around and chatting to everyone. The midnight bagels were definitely needed.
Create a hashtag so that you can easily see all of your guests photos on Instagram! It was really nice looking through them the following morning and reminiscing.
Definitely with the final piece of advice with the hashtag, you’ll want to re-live the day immediately so this is a great way of doing so! Thanks to Leila and Perry for sharing their day and to Heather at Eclection Photography for capturing it all!