I’m so pleased to finally be featuring this fabulous modern wedding today that I planned last summer. Katy and Simon were a cool, contemporary couple and I love that this wedding reflects that in every detail. From the meaningful ‘Jew-Ish’ ceremony, to Katy’s amazing ombre pink hair to the roast dinner feast (despite it being August) and the first dance in trainers it was so great working with them as they put their personalities into every element of the day for their Sunbeam Studios wedding.
Katy chose a beautiful simple and elegant ‘Haliton’ Charlie Brear gown, which looked stunning on her along with a delicate lace veil which added some lovely detail. She wore some killer Jimmy Choo heels and was in very good hands, with make up artist and friend Sali Hughes behind her flawless make-up and bright red lip which I thought was a great contrast to the pink hair. The almost neon pink bouquet by Fairy Nuff Flowers looked so striking against the dress and complimented the hair perfectly.
PRE WEDDING PORTRAITS
The day was captured brilliantlly by Elle at Yellow Bird Photography, and the couple also chose to do a ‘pre-wedding’ shoot at the venue all dressed up just a few days before the wedding with her, which meant on the actual wedding day they could relax knowing they’d had some dedicated time to getting some fun and relaxed portraits which was such a good idea. I definitely would advise this for any couples who may be nervous in front of the camera as I know it meant they could relax on the day and enjoy it with their guests instead of worrying about being away for photos.
JEW-ISH INTERFAITH CEREMONY
With Katy’s Jewish heritage and the secular humanist values they both shared, they opted for what’s informally known as a ‘Jew-Ish’ ceremony (I love this term!). They had a really lovely and meaningful interfaith ceremony conducted by Rabbi Paul Glantz. Although this was my second Jewish wedding, it’s always so great learning about the symbolism, traditions and rituals that are incorporated into a Jewish wedding ceremony and particularly so for this couple and how they included these. From the signing of the Ketubah (which was the couples promises to each other, beautifully hand-drawn in neon pink) to the Hakafot or ‘circling’ to ‘As’ by Stevie Wonder (which I know they both terrified of messing up, hence the amazing ‘thumbs up’ photo from the Groom below!) and of course the ‘breaking of the glass’ it was a great and meaningful start to the celebrations.
A POP OF PINK
It all looked beautiful too, the Chuppah was decorated with fresh flowers by Steph at Fairy Nuff Flowers, along with beautiful bold arrangements and as a last minute change in plan we lined the aisle with the stunning and bright floral garlands which added a great pop of colour against the black and white of the room.
We knew that Sunbeam Studios was the perfect venue for them, with it’s elegant and bright room for the ceremony and the clean, modern white space for the reception, it was a great backdrop for the day. Katy’s amazing ombre pink locks were the inspiration for the pink theming which was introduced from the stationery to the flowers to the lighting and even Katy’s personalised Nike trainers which she changed into for the first dance!
We added some comfortable lounge seating for guests to chill on, as well as some outdoor furniture for the garden area which luckily guests were able to make full use of! Huge pink Bon Bon Balloons floated up to the super high ceilings and I drew up the menu and order of the day on chalkboards whilst the chalkboard effect seating plan was made by Rachel at Paper Arrow Press, who also made place cards which were in keeping with the invites and order of service including the bold K&S monogram.
A SUNDAY ROAST
As the wedding was held on a Sunday, and despite it being the height of the British summer, with their love of a traditional Sunday roast dinner, Katy and Simon decided to go for this for the sit-down dinner. They were keen to make sure everyone had happy full bellies so it was served feasting style for guests to tuck into and it went down a storm!
Come the evening, with Simon the groom being a music producer of course it was all about the music! DJ Matt Maurice and his super cool white set up played a great set which had the guests dancing into the night under the pink lights.
Congratulations again to Katy and Simon, was so much fun featuring the wedding and to Yellow Bird for their fabulous photography.