Lizi and Gideon had a lovely personal wedding ceremony in Hackney followed by a cosy Autumn London pub wedding. Lizi chose a beautifully unique original 1940s vintage dress from Elizabeth Avey and along with the berry toned florals created by close family, some twinkling lights, a hint of metallic made this the perfect Autumn London wedding.
We started dating 7 years to the day. We had met the previous year at a gig, but after a few dates, I boarded a plane to travel the world for 6 months. On October 10th we picked up from where we left off. Fast forward 7 years and picture a snow scene straight out of Narnia, Gideon proposed on top of the CairnGorm Mountain, in Scotland. 5 days of isolation in a cabin, I had the skeleton of the wedding all worked out!
AUTUMN ANNIVERSARY WEDDING
A London wedding in Autumn was the starting point, and it just so happened that our ‘anniversary’ of October 10th fell on a Saturday this year, never wanting a grand affair we enquired at town halls and pubs for availability. We came across The Easton in Clerkenwell, a large open space with stunning windows running the length of the pub, we met Andrew the manager, a former butcher (you know the food will be on point!) who was open to all of my ideas, the search stopped there and then.
With the date and location sorted, I soon turned my attention to creating the ultimate craft and cake event of the year.
VINTAGE 1940s DRESS
Knowing that I’m not a traditional bride, I came across Elizabeth Avey in Greenwich, Elizabeth stocks beautiful vintage dresses, I found ‘the one’ on the first try. I wore an Emma Domb original 1940’s dress, that was transformed by the highly skilled Olga at Gold Needle.
Gideon wore a fitted Ben Sherman suit, not one for a tie, he finished the look off with a pocket square and boutonniere. The bridesmaids chose beautiful dresses from Asos, contradictory in colour, but unified in fit and style.
Lizi and Gideon had such a lovely personal ceremony with Gideon singing as Lizi walked down the aisle and a reading written by the bride Lizi herself.
I walked into to a song written and sung by Gideon (a former Christmas present that had been earmarked from the day I heard it!). Followed by Van Morrisons Jackie Wilson said (I love it when you smile) and George Harrison I’ve got my mind set on you. We just wanted the one reading, finding a gender neutral reading, and one that resonated all the way through proved impossible. I ended up writing the reading, having wanted to write my own vows but feared too may tears, this was the perfect solution. The reading was beautifully delivered by my friend Emma.
I do absolutely love Autumn and winter weddings for the rich tones and metallic touches that are added to wedding flowers and decor. Lizi’s family did a wonderful job of creating the florals and some fairy lights and sparklers added a bit of extra sparkle!
The flowers were a wedding gift from my brother and his talented girlfriend Lisa who along with her amazing aunt Eunice brought to life the vision. Hand tied, wild, with a bold hit of berry was the brief, we featured the thistle, as a nod to the proposal in Scotland.
Every detail that glistened before the guests eyes, from the invitations, name cards, seating plan and yards and yards of glistening bunting was handmade by myself. Gold glitter and brown card was the basis of the decorations, pumpkins, gourds, fairy lights and sparklers all added to the autumnal scene.
Lizi was keen to incorporate a bakeoff into the wedding as a keen baker herself. Carrot cake, chocolate pretzels, bakewell tarts, cake pops – how delicious this all sounds !
The Easton filled 100 bellies with hunks of smoked and chargrilled beef finishing with sticky toffee pudding. Lady Buttercup is my alter ego, I love to bake and the wedding was set to be the ultimate bakeoff.
A two tired wedding cake; carrot and chocolate Guinness, decorated simply and adorned with glitter hearts, set amongst glass jars and vintage stands towering with an array of our favourite treats; chocolate covered pretzels, rice crispy cakes, chocolate peanut butter bars and Bakewell tarts. Take home boxes were provided to ensure not a crumb was left. The baking didn’t stop there, all guests received a bespoke cake-pop as a favour!
I’ve grown up watching my parents wedding on cinefilm, so I always wanted to capture the day with some movement. Aja, my sister in law volunteered for the role and she couldn’t have done a better job, as she knows us and our friends, she was able to capture an honest and fun insight to our day that money really couldn’t pay for.
I sought long and hard for a photographer. Miss Gen totally nailed it. She captured every look, smile and moment of our day. A total ninja when documenting the atmosphere, smiles and beauty of our friends and family. I can not fault one single shot – with over 1,000 thats an almighty claim!
Make the day a day for you both, however that may be. Regret nothing. Incorporate small touches that may mean nothing to your guests, but tell a story for you both. Get crafting early, time sure does fly by!
Congratulations to Lizi and Gideon on their super cosy romantic celebration and thanks to Genevieve at Miss Gen for letting us share the images from the day!