Laura and Alex had a summery relaxed Islington ‘London’ focussed wedding with a Town Hall ceremony and restaurant reception, with the bride in a stunning peachy pink wedding dress!
Couple Laura and Alex had a perfectly relaxed summer’s day wedding in Islington for their day in August. Starting at Islington Town Hall for their ceremony they then took some time out for some portraits in the nearby streets with their photographer Gen. We adore bride Laura’s peachy pink Needle & Thread wedding dress, and think Alex makes an equally dashing groom in his bespoke Alexandra Wood suit!
We love the capture of all the little looks during the ceremony and those of the couple with their little girl as a family, so cute! The little touches during the day from the tube themed tables to the mixed CD’s were lovely ways to personalise their restaurant reception, and I just have to mention that wedding cheese cake…it looks amazing and I imagine the guests enjoyed tucking into that!
We’re both journalists who specialise in wristwatches of all things. We met on a press trip to Seville in 2011 with a brand, and spent the entire time chatting, laughing and ignoring the watches. I (Alex) proposed on Laura’s birthday in Paris four years’ later, during a private tour of Coco Chanel’s apartment – with a watch, rather than a ring, obviously! All to the great relief of Laura’s parents, no doubt, as Laura was 8 months’ pregnant by then!
We wanted the wedding to be very relaxed, unfussy, and really easy for our guests. We chose Islington Town Hall (the Council Chamber is beautiful) and a lovely restaurant with a conservatory dining room and garden. The walk between the two, down Camden Passage, also gave plenty of picturesque photo opportunities for our photographer, Genevieve.
For the ceremony the couple chose the readings from A History of the World in 10.5 Chapters by Julian Barnes (the “half” chapter) and Le Me Put it This Way, by Simon Armitage.
Laura walked into Goldfrapp, Utiopia and they walked out as husband and wife to, Could Heaven Ever Be Like This by Idris Muhammed.
From the bride, Laura: Despite the way the dress I finally chose looked, the original idea was to find something not too expensive, that wasn’t white and that I could wear again. The latter impulse went out the window when I saw Needle & Thread’s wedding dresses, which are fairytale but not cliched. I’m still working out how to make it into something more practical so there’s hope yet. My hair and make up artist, Katie Coward was a recommendation from a friend in Walthamstow who had used her for her wedding the year before.
From the groom, Alex: I swore I wouldn’t go bespoke, as I barely wear suits and it wouldn’t be worth it. Then I got a gig writing the copy for a new tailors’ website, and the process of meeting Alexandra Wood in her beautiful Tudor boutique in Hertfordshire’s Bishop’s Stortford, learning what she’s all about (contemporary twists on classic tailoring) etc. convinced me otherwise! The choice of light grey was because I and every other man and his dog already wear navy (it was everywhere this season) and the jacket goes well with smart jeans. I’ve worn the suit loads ever since, thus completely disproving my original fears!
The couple’s concept was ‘our London’, incorporating city elements into some of the details. The RSVP cards, for example, were stamped and addressed vintage postcards of London (sourced from eBay) and the tables were named after London tube stations with significance to us. The overall “look”, from the invitations to table signage we designed ourselves in sage green with Mrs Eaves typeface.
Music is really important for both of us, so the table favours were mix CDs of stuff that we both currently love. BandCDs.co.uk supplied blank vinyl-style discs (black with grooves on top) which we burned ourselves (licensing laws mean they couldn’t do this for us!). To continue the vinyl theme, each CD was in a brown manila sleeve, which we wrote guests’ names on, so the CDs doubled as place cards. I always think this is a lovely way for guests to have a fond reminder of your wedding when they hear certain songs.
Florals were simple but in keeping with the restaurant with potted, white hydrangeas on each table from Petals in Bloom, Walthamstow Village. Buttonholes and bouquets were by Laura’s cousin Hannah.
For their al-fresco sunny reception in the garden, they served Cava alongside prawn tempura, salt & pepper squid, & mint, pea and Gorgonzola arancini canapés. They then had a three course meal of tuna tartare, rump of lamb with daupinoise potatoes and spinach with a pudding trio of vanilla brulee, tarte tatin and a compote of fruits. Plus that incredible cheese cake which was served alongside chutneys and grapes.
Later in the evening they had a tapas buffet for guests to snack on with Pata Negra, Salami, Chorizo, Mortadella cornichons and capers.
If this wedding doesn’t have you pining for the summery days with blue skies and a glass of something cold in the hand then I don’t know what will! Congratulations to Laura and Alex and thank you to both them and their fabulous photographer Miss Gen for sharing their day.