With the blog re-launching today I thought it would be a nice opportunity to share with you some of the weddings I’ve worked on in the last year which I’ve yet to feature, so this week I’ll be bringing you a London Bride wedding every day!
Today’s wedding is from January this year. Having met Hannah and Tom in August last year in just 4 months I worked with them to design, plan and co-ordinate their stylish and urban winter warehouse wedding at MC MOTORS in East London. They are such a genuine, laid back and lovely couple (with the cutest toddler to boot, just look at the photos of Dory!) and with their discerning style, it was a huge pleasure to work with them on their day.
With the wedding taking place in January we made the most of the winter season by creating a romantic atmosphere with a cosy vintage aesthetic with twinkling festoon lights, gold accents, vintage glassware, moody florals by GRACE AND THORN and a feast by HANDMADE FOOD. In the evening, with red wine flowing the guests and couple danced the night away to the incredible sounds of Mister Kanish as photographer Kat Hill captured all those perfect little moments.
A local location
We were keen to have an un-weddingy wedding that was local to us, in winter, laid back and fun. A wedding in January, in MC Motors in Hackney, fitted the bill perfectly. We have family all over so it was nice to get everyone over to see us for a change – and we live in Dalston, just two minutes away from MC Motors! We wanted a romantic atmosphere with lots of candles. We never thought about colour schemes but, thinking about it now, everything was gold – my dress was gold silk, the bridesmaids’ dresses, chairs, stationery, our daughter’s sparkly shoes.. We love the vintage aesthetic of it.
girls in gold
I have to say, Hannah has enviable and effortless everyday style so I knew her bridal style would be really unique. She chose a bespoke gold toned silk long-sleeved dress by Halfpenny London which she teamed with a dark almost gothic purple lip and a floral crown along with her Mother’s custom jewellery – she looked incredible.
I went to Kate Halfpenny as I love the style of her dresses. I had something very specific in mind and so she created my ideal dress for me in beautiful heavy gold-toned silk. It’s very simple, vintage inspired and very elegant. My Dolce & Gabbana shoes complemented it really well.
I didn’t want the bridesmaids, my 4 sisters, to perfectly match and didn’t have a set idea of what I wanted. I’m incredibly indecisive so when my sister, Isabella, found her dress it all fell into place. They’re all gold or silver, long and shimmering and were from various designers: Alice & Olivia, No1 by Jenny Packham, Adrianna Papell and Jenny Packham. Again, quite vintage but cool and fun. I wanted them to be able to wear their dresses again and love them.
The girls all had floral crowns to echo the bride’s and bouquets all by Grace & Thorn. “We wanted wild, even gothic inspired flowers and we loved the ferns on the boutiques.”
Islington Town hall suited our needs perfectly. We’re not religious and it’s a beautiful building not far from MC Motors either. Guests then hopped onto Routemaster Buses with Ensign Buses to head to the reception nearby.
As soon as we saw MC Motors we knew we’d go with it, it really has the ‘wow’ factor and for most of our family who’d never been to East London, it was so memorable. The ladies who run it are lovely too (hi Joyce & Jackie!).
With MC Motors already incredible backdrop, to enhance the urban space we draped the bar area with festoon lighting installed by Peachy Productions to add warmth and light to the slightly darker January day as well as lots of romantic candlelight with vintage brass candlesticks. We turned the industrial lockers into a focal point with lots of draping green plants to add to the slightly more ‘wild’ but elegant theme.
We didn’t want to go crazy as we thought the venue could speak for itself in terms of wow factor, and there’s so many cool props there already. The flowers looked fabulous and I’m delighted we got lovely vintage champagne glasses though from Classic Crockery, and we loved the gold candlesticks from Helene Millot everywhere.
The tables were simply dressed with cut glass vases and dark unstructured florals and foliage along with simple ivory and gold letterpress stationery by Strawberry Sorbet and I hand-lettered each place card for the couple with names in calligraphy for the guests and we chose gold chairs to add a bit of luxury and to be in keeping with the overall style. Hannah and Tom chose a fun and special reference with their seating plan by Strawberry Sorbet too; We called our tables after our daughter’s favourite things. She came to the ceremony but we said no children for the reception – something that we’re very glad we stuck with – so it was nice to reference her!
For food, we wanted a proper, filling feast menu, so we had a lovely terrine, beef pie then sticky toffee pudding. Cheese and sausage rolls came out later in the evening for snacks. It was amazing and the caterers and staff from Handmade Food were all really friendly.
As you may see from the photos, Hannah and Tom have a beautiful daughter, Isadora, who was a very important part of the day for them. “Our ceremony was so special as we wanted our 18 month old daughter, Isadora, to be a big part, so she walked in with my sister, Alex, and then sat with us while we heard our readings and said our vows. It was very relaxed.” I love the images in the morning of Hannah, her sisters and mum all getting ready with Dory watching on, probably wondering what it’s all about and after the ceremony they went with their photographer for some couple and family portraits – with the sun shining and a (few!) big smiles from Dory these are definitely some of my favourite shots from the day, so adorable!
Our photographer, Kat, was amazing. She got the best out of us although we don’t love having our picture taken, and we didn’t even know she was there by the end when she got some really incredible shots.
Hannah and Tom wanted a live band for the evening, but with sound restrictions at the venue, we managed to find the perfect band who played pop songs but with a vintage twist in an acoustic set.
Our band, Mister Kanish, were absolutely amazing. They do acoustic versions of pop songs. All the age groups loved them and everyone’s still raving about them. The couple had their first dance by the band to Lovesong by The Cure, which you can hear on the London Bride’s Real Wedding Playlist on Spotify.
Walking into the town hall, seeing each other for the first time was amazing. Also, having every single person who cared about us there was overwhelming. It was lovely seeing people chatting to each other who were really important to us but had never met. We kept the guest list small (I have a huge family so this wasn’t properly possible though) precisely so we could know everyone there was important to us.
Thanks to Hannah & Tom for being so great to work with, and for letting me share your beautiful day. Thanks also to photographer Kat Hill for capturing the day to perfection, absolutely love sharing your fabulous work!