Gemma and Alex had a low key wedding in the city they fell in love. They used their creativity to bring together their wedding day and I love this brides 1940s style and their romantic ‘poetry’ theme throughout the wedding. Top marks also to photographer Andrew Squires who risked standing in the middle of busy Tower Bridge to get the fabulous shots of the couple! They were well worth it!
“The most important thing for Alex and me was that our wedding day felt as though it represented us, both as a couple and as individuals. We have attended many weddings (12 in 2012 alone!) and what we had always noted was that the best weddings, for the guests and for the couple getting married, are the ones that felt personal to the bride and groom.”
“My “look” was loosely based on a 1940s effect with pin curled hair and a simple dress. I just wanted my bridesmaids and flower girl to be comfortable so they each wore different dresses with a vaguely purple theme. Bouquets were simple dried flower arrangements of lavender (for bridesmaids – I made these and also had customized photo badges designed saying Chief Bridesmaid, Bride in Waiting, Best Woman and Flower Girl to pin onto the ribbon of the bouquets). My bouquet was made of delphiniums, wheat and lavender.” Dried flowers are a great idea for a budget option of a bouquet and the best bit is that you get to keep them afterwards without having to do anything to them!
“Our venue choice of Toynbee was perfect – in London where we met, fell in love and generally can’t imagine doing without, and also a flexible, inexpensive venue that allowed us to make the wedding utterly unique. One guest described it as “an English country wedding in the city”
I love these shots of the couple in the middle of Tower Bridge! Risky position but it seems to have paid off for some amazing photos! “Our photographer was perfect. Not much more to say – Andy completely understood that we wanted relaxed, fun, colourful photos without too many poses. He was also very happy for us to jump into our wedding black cab and drive to Tower Bridge/ St Katharine’s Docks for some unreal looking London photos. He also helped us provide a “Photo booth” with dressing up for friends and family afterwards which was great fun!”
“The theme became Poetry/Literature and Wild Flowers (very loosely), and we managed to decorate the venue very cheaply with teapots, jars and bottles filled with flowers (bought from the market), some balloons, ribbons, fairy lights and candles. Alex and I also hand printed canvases with lyrics from songs, poetry verses and quotes that we loved. The hand printing was also used for the cheese board and other markers. Alex made some 3D letters with bulbs in saying DANCE and DRINK for added fun. Bunting was lent to us by a friend and my hen do also involved making some bunting which was great!”
The couple chose to serve cream tea before the ceremony (great idea so guests don’t go hungry!) “Inspired by the Bride’s obsession with Ottolenghi, our main was a mediterranean style buffet with chicken and chorizo, vegetarian ratatouille and selection of bread, salads and vegetables provided by Capital People London.” The couples friends Kate Harrall made chocolate truffles and Lauren Carter decorated the poetry onto the wedding cake which guests tucked into alongside a number of cheeses from Berkshire and Yorkshire where the couples families are from. They served this with homemade bread and chuneys made by the couple’s parents – what a great use of their talent!
“Entertainment was low key – a Spotify play list, but during the ceremony a good friend Anne-Marie Piazza sang a cover of Regina Spektor’s Fidelity (with some novel lyrics personal to me and Alex) and my friend Rachel, and Alex’s sister Laura read a poem and song lyrics respectively. First dance was to The Ship Song by Nick Cave”
Congratulations to Gemma and Alex on a perfectly personal low key day! Thanks also to photographer Andy for sharing this with us.
Photography: Andrew JR Squires / Venue: Toynbee Hall / Bride’s Dress: Charlie Brear / Groom + Usher’s Suits: Duchamp / Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Beaucatcher / Dried Flower Bouquet: Daisy Shop / Catering: Capital People London