Heidi and Steve were married in the spring at the Old Finsbury Town Hall and what a stylish day from start to finish. Retro street party vibe these guys had a beautiful and fun day which was full of their personalities and style and you can just get that amazing party spirit of the day from these images from their fabulous photographer Laura McCluskey. Hands up who wants a Studio 54 style light up dance floor?
Steve and I enjoy vintage style and hope this was reflected in our outfits. I originally planned to wear a 1930’s style evening gown in blue, however, about 8 weeks before the wedding, I had a change of heart, as it didn’t feel quite right. Following a wee panic I found the Balanchine dress by Alice Temperley on net-a-porter and it was perfect! Luckily all my accessories worked with both dresses.
Heidi donned a beautiful classic pair of Jimmy Choo’s and a Rita Headdress from Jo Barnes Vintage. I’m also rather in love with her bag – the undeniably cute and retro Fifi clutch bag by Lulu Guinness. “I didn’t want to carry a bouquet – it’s just not me, so had my fab Lulu Guinness clutch instead. I did want flowers on the tables though and had Amnesia and Sweet Avalanche roses, Sarah Bernhardt peonies, Astrantia and Eucalyptus. These were purchased from a wholesalers and arranged in jam jars by my mum, sister and best friend.”
Proving just how key a venue can be in your plans, everything fell into place for Heidi and Steve when they found the beautiful and opulent Old Finsbury Town Hall. “We really just wanted a relaxed, fun, informal day with our friends and family – if there was an overarching theme I’d describe it as retro street-party. We wanted a venue where we could host the whole day and loved the vintage feel of the Old Finsbury Town Hall with its Art Noveau décor which we really didn’t need to embellish, just adding some home-made bunting. Once we had found it, lots of other elements just fell into place.”
You can’t beat a Choccywoccydoodah cake for a talking point and serious retro indulgence!
So sweet to see such cute bridesmaids! And these lucky girls were the lucky recipients of Vivienne Westwood’s Lady Dragon shoes! “I had five bridesmaids, aged from 6 to 14 years – we wanted the girls to have something they loved wearing and that they could wear again. I think my teen bridesmaids mostly loved their Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon shoes! My daughter, Tallulah who was also our ring bearer sees herself as a tomboy and was reluctant to wear a dress – the tunic and leggings we found for her at Monsoon worked perfectly.”
I have to say the Groom stands out in his incredibly stylish bespoke suit in that beautiful blue hue and tan shoes, with a pocket watch he looks every inch the gentleman. “Steve thoroughly enjoyed having a bespoke suit made and Gresham Blake were so helpful, advising him on great accessories too.”
For me, music is so important so it’s always nice to hear how couples choose their music and how they introduce their styles in the day. As well as a classic song, I love that they introduced punk music by Steve’s friend Ed who played easy listening version on the piano during the signing. “We kept the ceremony short and sweet but it was still very moving. I think my best moment was walking in and seeing our friends and family, who were all smiling, and then seeing Steve, who was totally bemused by my being in a completely different dress to the one he was expecting! I walked down the aisle, accompanied by my Best Man, Simon, to Moon River sung by Audrey Hepburn. In a little twist, earlier in the year I won a pearl bracelet and earrings (from Emma Hadley Wedding) in a magazine competition, they are from the Hepburn Collection and I had to answer a question about Breakfast at Tiffany’s!”
Not only was the decor retro but the food matched the day too! How good do those mini fish and chips look? “Marie Laure from Easy Gourmet was fantastic – she really seemed to understand our vision for the day and provided a great menu based on traditional British food including mini Scotch eggs, pie and mash and Eton Mess and Bread and Butter pudding for desserts. In keeping with the retro feel we used mis-matched vintage crockery and it gave lots of colour to the tables.
We had designed our own wedding invitations based on a vintage Mills and Boon book and we followed the theme through by naming tables after other titles and decorating the tables with lots of Mills and Boons books which our guests seemed to enjoy! For favours we gave everyone a Great British Pudding Chocolate bar from Montezuma’s, a vintage fabric badge and a temporary love-themed tattoo. For the children, we had lots of old-fashioned games, and dressing up masks!”
“Our photographer was Laura McCluskey [who’s website is currently under development!] whom I met at a vintage wedding fair (the only wedding fair I actually went to). I loved her alternative style and thought she’d be able to deliver the more informal kind of photography we wanted. Laura is so relaxed and easy to work with and we feel she truly captured the spirit of our day. Laura also took us off for half an hour or so, just after the ceremony, whilst our guests were enjoying drinks and canapés. We had a wander around nearby streets and got some lovely photos but also a wee moment to catch our breath before the rest of the day, which was great.” This is always such a great idea, not only to capture some gorgeous photos of you both but for you to have five minutes together to take it all in and chat!
Hands up who wouldn’t get up and dance on a light up dancefloor like that!? Genius way for making sure your guests get up and get down! “For evening entertainment we hired a fabulous Saturday Night Fever dance floor and had a proper old-school disco – we both love music and made the playlist ourselves (although Steve insists he only got to choose one track!). Our first dance, after I’d quickly changed into my Studio 54 gold disco dress, was to Get The Party Started by Shirley Bassey. Our last dance was to Bring Me Sunshine by Morecambe and Wise. We also hired a photo booth which came with lots of props and this was enjoyed by kids and adults alike.”
“If I have any advice at all for other brides it is that you will probably find that everyone has an idea about what a wedding ‘should’ be and lots of people try and impose their vision on you. Stay true to what is important to the two of you and don’t feel pressured into including stuff that doesn’t mean anything to you.”
Huge thanks to the coolest couple Heidi and Steve for sharing your day and to photographer Laura McCluskey who never fails to put a smile on my face with how she captures a day!
Photography: Laura McCluskey / Venue: The Old Finsbury Town Hall / Bride’s Dress: ‘Balanchine’ Alice By Temperley / Groom’s Suit: Gresham Blake, Groom’s Shoes: Jeffrey West / Bride’s Make Up: Katy Messser – Make Up By Katy / Bride’s Hair: Miyuki at Studio Stage Door / Flowers: Wholesale from Bridal Flowers Direct / Catering: Easy Gourmet / Cake: Choccywoccydoodah / Photo Booth: Retro Me / Dancefloor, Lighting & Sound: LX-Tricks