Today I’m so pleased to be sharing another bride who’s all about the party! Yes, whilst of course the ceremony is to be meaningful, heartfelt and something you’ll remember forever – for a couple who’ve been together a while it’s also about celebrating you, your friends, family and just having a damn good time. You’re seeing a lot of pub weddings on here, not because I just keep selecting them but because clearly they are extremely popular, especially amongst London Brides! Why so? Well, it’s a good ol’ British knees up isn’t it – good food, good company = the perfect party… oh and the all important affordable factor too. Thanks to photographer Emma Lucy for sharing this wedding!
Sarah and Gareth were never going to choose to have a traditional wedding, and so chose a simple pub blank canvas to put together a big party full of personal touches for their wedding in August last year “From the start, we didn’t want a ‘weddingy’ wedding. We just wanted a bunch of friends and family together in the same place to help us celebrate. We thought of it more as a huge party rather than a formal wedding with lots of quirky things to convey our personality and interests. I’m a graphic designer [Hello Lovely] and Gareth is an accountant in the music and creative industries so together we wanted our two loves – design and music to play a starring role.” Ha, and I thought she was about to say accountancy! Phew…
I love these getting ready shots. It’s such a fun morning that can often pass in a blur so I love seeing her Mum help her with the dress and them both doing their make up in the bathroom in Sarah’s home – not everyone chooses to have a photographer at this time but it’s so fun to see it all captured and there’s something special about having those memories of your wedding day in your own home.
Well as a mutual lover of the polka dot, it’s no wonder this Candy Anthony number stole Sarah’s heart as soon as she tried it on: “The long traditional white wedding dress was never on my list really, I wanted something fun with a vintage feel. On a friend’s recommendation I went along to Candy Anthony at the Oxo Tower, London and tried on this polka dot lace dress, I fell in love with it right away. It was just perfect.
I know how much of a nightmare bridesmaids dress hunting can be, but I love the way Sarah chose their dresses with a cute bird pattern on to reflect her love of birds! I think the dresses are cute and flattering on each of the girls, and although they may seem quite casual, a pair of heels, a pretty bouquet and an updo and these girls look gorgeous! “lThe bridesmaids dresses were really easy to choose – I’m a huge fan of things with birds on, everything from necklaces, mugs, prints – the works! So when I saw these dresses in a little shop in Derbyshire I quickly took a quick snap and sent it to my head bridesmaid, who also loved it right away. So then it was just a case of hunting down the right sizes and getting the girls to try them on.”
The bride and family and friends all put together the flowers themselves. “I wanted something really punchy for my accessories, so went for the pink shoes and red apple bag from Ollie & Nic, I love clashing colours and pink and red are such a fab combination. For the flowers I picked my favourites in pink and white; hydrangeas, roses and dahlias.”
I feature quite a few London Town Hall weddings, but there is just something a little bit rock n roll about them. “The Reception Room at Old Marylebone Town Hall was just perfect for our ceremony, a wooden panelled room that could hold 100 people with an amazing history of famous marriages. If it’s good enough for Macca…!”
Well, as a bride stood there in her wedding dress a cabbie can hardly turn you down can he…!
After a quick cab ride, Sarah and Gareth headed to nearby Regent’s Park for a little walk [or rather a cycle, thanks Boris!] and a chance to have some beautiful portrait shots. I forgot that the sun did shine occasionally back in August last year…
I love that the Groom’s ties keep the dotty theme and that Gareth chose a blue suit to compliment Sarah’s beautiful engagement ring. Sometimes it’s the subtle little detail that matters! “I’d deliberately not chosen a ‘colour theme’ for the wedding, but let it happen organically. “Gareth found his sapphire blue suit, which matched the beautiful engagement ring he bought for me and I wanted him to complement my polka dot dress with a spotty tie.”
Sarah’s beautiful birdcage veil was handmade by her mother using her grandmas vintage brooches & antique lace. So sweet! I also am rather partial to her arm candy – that adorable bright juicy red apple bag from Ollie & Nic.
It couldn’t be more simple logistically – the pub venue was just a hop skip and a jump from their home. “The reception was held at the Princess Victoria, our local pub and walking distance from our home – it’s a beautiful hidden gem of a pub on Uxbridge Road with a beautifully restored Victorian interior and the most amazing food and atmosphere, perfect for our relaxed wedding.”
Sarah included some lovely little details in the wedding and hoping for a handcraft feel to the day, clever family members got involved and got crafty! “I wanted the wedding to have a handmade homespun feel, my mum knitted our lovely red hearts for the top of the cake, along with a knitted ‘congratulations’ banner. Plus my parents made our chocolate lollipop favours, pink and red lips for the ladies and milk and dark moustaches for the men! For our guestbook we gave each person a vintage postcard on their place setting and asked them to give us some advice for a perfect marriage – we had some hilarious responses!” I love this idea – I’m sure there are some sensible ones and perhaps not so sensible ones too!
How amazing is that scrumptious fresh strawberry cake too!
With a musician friend it would be crazy not to make the most of their talent during your wedding day, and these guys certainly did just that! “Our friend Stef is an amazing musician and busker and we’d asked him to provide a bit of entertainment during the drinks reception. So up he got on the roof of the pub, in the scorching sunshine and gave us a few numbers! Joined by Gareth for one song, he sung if “If I Had A Gun” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – not sure what he was trying to tell me!!”
Yes, that little shed you see below there IS the DJ booth…! “The evening entertainment was taken care of by Discowed and their Disco Shed – they play festivals and nights all over the country. Jason was a fab DJ and really kept the dance floor rocking all night long!”
What music did you walk down the aisle to? Hello Sunshine by The Super Furry Animals
Do you have any planning advice for other brides? My advice would be: make your wedding celebration into what you want it to be, don’t feel pushed into going down down the “traditional” wedding route if that’s not what you’re about. Research lots on the internet – there are great blogs [ahem!] and style ideas out there. Plus rope in friends and family to help you – it gives the wedding more of a personal feel. Also choose a great photographer you feel comfortable with (thanks Emma!) we’re really happy with the photos of our day.
What was the most special or memorable moment of the day? I actually loved the whole day, cliched as it sounds, your wedding day is truly the best day of your life – I wish I could do it all over again!
What was your first dance song? Baby I Love You by The Ramones
Congratulations to fun couple Sarah and Gareth, a wonderful day of fun and romance and so well captured by Emma Lucy!
Photography: Emma Lucy Photography / Venue: Old Marylebone Town Hall and Princess Victoria Pub / Bride’s Dress: Candy Anthony / Bride’s shoes: Melissa Ultragirl / Bridesmaids: Great Plains / Grooms Suit: Duchamp London / Catering and Cake: Princess Victoria Pub / DJ: Discowed