Oh I do love love love to see a bit of colour on this blog! I do of course love the pretty of pastels or the chic style of monochrome but nothing says fun and cheer for a celebration quite like adding some colour…and balloons! James and Wendy, had a colourful wedding at 6 St Chad’s Place near Kings Cross on 13th July in 2013. The urban restaurant was the perfect setting for their playful day, and my goodness did the sun shine for them too! I remember those couple of weeks in July when it nothing but clear blue skies….how lucky for them both – just proves that the number 13 is lucky for some song!
These guys were so creative and with a little helping hand from a few friends and family, I love how they incorporated those little details into the day that make it so fun and personal. Oh and I can’t NOT mention the big round balloons of joy from bonbon balloons. Don’t they just look so fun in the space!
The day was captured by their photographer, Laura McCluskey [who has a very cool new website, go check it out!].
“Both James and I are designers so we had pretty set ideas about what we wanted for the big day. We we’re really keen for the day to have more of a party feel, rather than a traditional ‘white’ wedding.
We loved the idea of blowing the ‘traditional wedding colour schemes’ out of the window and having a total mish-mash of colours along with bold graphic shapes. Both James and I love Bauhaus and postmodern design so we spent a long time putting together mood-boards and working on getting a look that was both bold and graphic, but also playful and fun. James worked hard on pouring all our initial ideas and themes into the invitations which then formed the basis of the look for the rest of the day.”
Doesn’t Wendy look almost doll like in her gorgeous billowing vintage gown? As with lots of brides, she was after something simple and understated but once she laid eyes on that dramatic skirt, it was love at first sight! “I love collecting antique objects and books so I was always really drawn to the idea of having a vintage dress. My bridesmaid booked me an appointment at ‘Elizabeth Avey‘ which is a vintage bridal boutique in north London.
Although I initially thought I’d get a simple more understated dress as soon as I saw this dress hanging in the corner I thought ‘wow’ I want the BIG dress’ and that was it-it was love at first sight! It’s a 1920’s dress from America. Elizabeth had come across it in a rather eccentric old ladies house. I love the fact that a vintage dress already has history and it’s own story of how it came to be!
For the bridesmaids I put together a colour pallet of oranges and pinks and we set about finding long dresses that worked together within that pallet. I love the fact that they were all in such individual dresses but together they looked fantastic.
It’s really hard to predict which elements are going to take the most time, some things like my dress and the venue (which I thought would take ages to sort out) came easily, however co-ordinating the bridesmaid dresses so they would work as a group and so that each person felt happy an comfortable in their dress was a bit more challenging! I literally was thinking of setting up a dress shop at one point- I had that many dress options in my flat! It was easier in the end to give the girls a set colour and a brief and get them on the case of looking too. After all everyone knows what fits/ suits them best anyway.
The guys suits were also really tricky, we were really set on navy and there seemed barely any options for hiring navy suits. In the end for the ushers M&S came up trumps and although we had to buy the suits it really wasn’t that different to the cost of hiring.”
“We had the ceremony in the reception room in the Old Marylebone Town Hall, we were really lucky to get booked in, as it closed shortly after for renovation for 2 years, we loved the wood paneling and traditional feel to the reception room.
I couldn’t imagine myself walking down the aisle to anything else other than pachelbel’s cannon, it’s so traditional, yet so beautiful and elegant!
The bus journey between Marylebone registry office and the venue was pretty fun! We were so newly married and had done the ‘scary bit’ of saying the vowels, so it was a good chance to sit back with a glass of bubbly and enjoy the ride!”
“Our flowers were from Ellie and Anna of The Flower Appreciation Society The picked out some of the pinks and oranges that we’d chosen for the bridesmaids and put together some beautiful jam jars.
The cake was very special to me as it was designed and made by my grandma who is extremely talented and teaches sugar craft. The flowers are all hand crafted by her from icing sugar, we loved the modern and bold twist on traditional sugar craft.” What a very talented lady, and it’s so lovely how your fresh flowers matched the cake with the big peonies!
The venue was a restaurant in Kings Cross called 06 St Chad’s Place. It was a fantastic open space with large skylight windows that we knew we could put our mark on! Arriving at the venue was also pretty special, seeing all the hard work that we’d put into designing the space come to life was so surreal it was like all our moodboards had come to life in one room.
We worked with Rebecca from bonbon balloons who has these gigantic balloons which created this amazing ceiling of colour. For the tables we chose some of her fantastic confetti balloons, which had amazing paper hearts on the strings!
We’d used gold foil and wooden stencils in the invitation design, so it was natural that the table decorations followed on with this look. I found some cool gold paper placemats from an American supplier and we thought it would be a fun to have all the placenames as wooden elephants, which we designed ourselves and got laser cut at Laser Cut Works in South London.
“I think if your going to have a theme or vision for the day, it’s best to narrow the idea down to a few key words. We had 3 key words which worked as a checklist while we were planning; Colourful, Playful, Graphic. There’s so many fantastic options for every detail along the way of planning, that we found it was so easy to loose your way and forget what your original idea was. So was really useful to have a clear idea of what we both as a couple were aiming for. So if we came across something one of us particularly wanted to use, or an idea we wanted to do, we could go back to our check list and say ‘right well is Colourful, Playful or Graphic’? and if none then it probably wasn’t the right thing for us.”
“James came across our photographer Laura McCluskey’s website and we loved the friendly ‘non stuffy’ approach she takes to wedding photography – her photo’s really caught the day as it was, and she has a great eye for a shot that’s a bit more quirky than the norm!”
“We loved the idea of a photo booth but was looking too expensive for us, so we thought. well let’s just make our own version. We worked with my brother, who’s a bit of a whizz kid with technology, and he managed to find some software that could work with our camera, laptop and a wireless printer. We designed a laser-cut wooden box for it all to sit in and like magic (and a bit of tweaking and testing on my brothers side) it worked fantastically! We had a load of fun making some weird and wonderful props for our guest to use!!”
I do love the dancing shots above, especially of the elderly relative enjoying a good old groove on the dance floor! And Wendy did the traditional bouquet throw! Hurrah! I love seeing the girls get a little competitive with this!
What a colourful, playful summer’s wedding this was Wendy and James. Congratulations! Thanks also to the fabulous Laura McCluskey for sharing this cheerful celebration on the blog. Please London, let’s have some more summer sun again this year…yes?
Photographer: Laura McCluskey Photography / Ceremony: Marylebone Registry Office [closed currently for refurbishment] / Reception Venue: 06 St Chad’s Place / Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth Avey / Hair & Make Up: Monica Storrs / Flowers: The Flower Appreciation Society / Balloons: bonbon balloons