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Jennie + James – A colourful and cute Italian vintage wedding

WEDDINGS, Modern, Vintage Inspired

Colourful Lonodn Wedding at Delfina by Catherine Mead Photography

A burst of colour on the blog today, super cute, modern and smiles a plenty with this wedding! Jennie and James had a beautiful Roman Catholic ceremony at St Peter’s Italian Church in Clerkenwell followed by a fabulous reception at Delfina in Bermondsey, London. The day was documented by Catherine Mead who not only captures the beauty of a wedding day but the true personalities and love between this couple and all the lovely moments and touches throughout, “I think Catherine was the best decision I made!  Apart from saying yes of course.”

Jennie and James had a unique fusion of Italian traditions with vintage fun “My theme was sort of 1950’s London meets Italy.  My dad’s side of the family are Italian hence the Italian church and the Italian theme. A mix on vintage and Italy – a white wedding but with an informal air.  We just wanted people to have fun but to really come away thinking how ‘Jen and James’ that day was.”

Colourful London Wedding at Delfina by Catherine Mead Photography

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The dress! Isn’t this the sweetest prettiest 50s tulle design? Jennie chose this fun and oh so girly dress from one of the best vintage dress suppliers in London, Elizabeth Avey My dress was an original 1950’s vintage dress.  My mum and I spent a day out trying on dresses in three different dress shops all vintage as I knew that is what I wanted.  Elizabeth’s was the last dress shop we went to.  I had found a dress in each of the previous two shops, which I loved and thought, might be the one.  My appointment at Elizabeth’s was at 6pm so I was quite tired by this time.  Trying on even more dresses began to confuse me.  However, when I put on my dress and came out to show my mum, mum said there was a renewed energy about me and I came out prancing around like a show horse.  I didn’t want to take it off.  I just knew I had found the one, a mix of tulle and Chantilly lace.  It was perfect!

My headdress was a 1950’s inspired headdress made from original 1950’s broaches from Vintage Headdresses .  I wore pearl earrings, which I borrowed from my mum.  My bracelet was from Butler and Wilson.  James’ mum gave my necklace to me – James’ dad bought it for her many years ago.  It was very sentimental as James’ dad passed away when James was young.”

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“I didn’t really have a colour scheme apart from a LOTS of colour.  My florist described the colour scheme as a riot of Technicolor!  Like when films were first in colour and the sky was so blue compared to a girls overly red lips.” Colourful London Wedding at Delfina by Catherine Mead Photography Colourful London Wedding at Delfina by Catherine Mead Photography Colourful London Wedding at Delfina by Catherine Mead Photography Colourful London Wedding at Delfina by Catherine Mead Photography Colourful London Wedding at Delfina by Catherine Mead Photography Colourful London Wedding at Delfina by Catherine Mead Photography Colourful London Wedding at Delfina by Catherine Mead Photography Colourful London Wedding at Delfina by Catherine Mead Photography

“The whole day was the best day of my life!  Particular moments included my dad actually giving me away. I couldn’t stop shaking but he was as nervous as me!   First seeing James at the alter.  He says my bottom lip was trembling but he was pleased I kept it together otherwise he said he would have broken down.  James’ mum and brother welcomed me formally into the family by giving me a signet ring with the family crest on during the best mans speech.  That was very moving.  James telling me I looked beautiful when he first saw me!”

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The events space venue was the perfect blank canvas for Jennie and James, who wanted to transform the space into their own style, “Delfina is a very contemporary venue in a very quirky part of town.  It is a restaurant but with a large white room which can almost be treated like a blank canvas.  James and I wanted somewhere we could make our own and really show off who we are as a couple.  The team there have great experience in putting on all sorts of events so are a great help and inspiration.  There was a great black and white checker board dance floor which I loved and you could do all sorts with the lighting there which really made the room.  There was also a really cool outside space, which is sometimes hard to find in the heart of London.  Also with me being from London living in London it was important for us to have it in this city”. 

Colourful London Wedding at Delfina by Catherine Mead Photography

Both Jennie and James put lots of thought and effort into their stationery and made all the items themselves! “I made my table plan, menus, place cards and table name cards.  My table plan was actually an old garden gate, which I painted white.  In front of the gate I had two old tea crate that had been planted up by the florist.  One crate had our names and wedding date and the second one said please take your seats.  We decorated menus and placecards with paper roses but we also and I bought vintage looking typewriter stamps and stamped out each of the place names with these stamps. Our table name signs were photos of James and I holding up signs with the table names on, we named the table’s places that meant things to us, so the street we first lived on.  As well names of our parents house, towns they live or business they own – this linked back to our invites. I also placed individual bags of sweets for every guest in pink and white striped paper bags.   

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This last photo caught my eye as it just sums up such a happy day, and it also happens to be one of the bride’s favourite moments too “One of my favourite photos is a black and white one of our first dance.  James is spinning me round and I am really laughing.” 

Just when you think the night could be over as your guests are leaving, and the evening comes to a close…not for this couple! Jennie and James finished the night at a nearby Salsa club with close friends and family “There was an old couple in the club who were regulars.  The man took hold of me and the women took James and the whole club made space for us on the dance floor and they taught us a dance.  They then told us their secret to a long lasting marriage, which was never forget to laugh.”


What a perfect end to a perfect day! Congratulations to Jennie and James and huge thanks to photographer Catherine Mead for sharing this beautiful day.

Photography: Catherine Mead / Ceremony: St Peter’s Italian Church / Reception Venue: Delfina / Brides Dress: Elizabeth Avey / Shoes: Aruna Seth / Grooms Suit: Gresham Blake /Florist: Cave London / Cinematography: Jame’s Uncle

Anna + Tom – A 50s ‘Up’ Inspired Stoke Newington Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

As you may know, I’m an East London girl. I heart Hackney and all that [though sometimes, believe you me that can be debatable!] but being a London Bride I love nothing more than seeing a local wedding. So I am thrilled to share the wedding of Tom and Anna who got married a stone’s throw from me in Stoke Newington with photography by the brilliant Assassynation.

Anna and Tom were inspired by the adorable film ‘Up [sob!]’ and I’m a big fan of all the bright pops of colour they incorporated throughout this day from the flowers to the fabulous bonbon balloons to the decorations. They have so many cute details most of which were found via the excellent Etsy [clearly Anna is a great shopper!]. I also rather adore the brides style – being a petite girl myself I think she really suits the 50s style perfectly especially teamed with those killer blue heels and one of my favourite styles of short veils.

“Being only 5 foot tall, I was not sure what would suit me and really wanted to be able to dance all night. I really liked the vintage 50s style, I found my beautiful vintage dress at Fur Coat no Knickers. The lovely Laura and Emma from FCNK, take you from trying dresses and as many fittings as needed with fun and care, and really get to know you, they also made my veil for me. 

I originally wanted a birdcage veil, but after meeting with Tom’s Aunt Sally to decide what to do with my hair we decided that a short veil would be better with the flicked out style. I really wanted to have cool shoes and loved the colour of my Vivienne Westwood Melissa shoes!”

I just love the colours in this bouquet. “Flowers were by Tom Flowers, a lovely florist based in London. Tom has an amazing knowledge of flowers with an incredible passion. We discussed our theme with him and settled on an English country garden feel with some flowers and colours which would ‘pop’ out.”

“I wanted my bridesmaids to have a 50s feel as well, after lots and lots of searching we found them on-line and all the girls looked lovely. Not to be out done, Tom wanted something a bit different and decided to have a bespoke suit and bow ties for him and the groomsmen all from superb tailor, Gresham Blake.  Tom’s Dad also had a bespoke suit made and they went through this process together. I know Tom particularly loved this and the pictures of the two of them in their suits looks super cool.”

“Do take time to plan the ceremony. It can be easy to get carried away with the fun reception, but this is really the most important bit. We picked a stunning venue in the 1930s Art Deco Stoke Newington Town Hall. We had two very unique readings at our wedding and Tom poured hours over making sure we had the right songs. This led to quite a few (happy) tears in the room.

My horseshoe was really important to me, it was the one my Granddad gave to my Mum on her wedding day (freshly decorated by my mum) and was a reminder of those not with us on our day.”

“We wanted a vintage feel to our wedding, but wanted lots of colour. Tom particularly loves bright colours and this came through on the day – from the homemade bunting by Tom’s mum to the hanging decorations to the cool bonbon balloons [my favourite!]. It all came together for a bright and vibrant feel.

Our biggest inspiration for the day probably came from the pixar film ‘up’. A super cute film which we love. We found a wonderful artist Michelle at Little Toad on Etsy who designed our London based table plans which were based on bus stops and bus routes around London. Each table then had a different bus number on with coloured balloons.”

The food at The Londesborough is just incredible and our guests were blown away. We did a free tasting a few months earlier and knew the guests were in for a treat. It is also one of the few venues where guests are offered a choice of dish (from three we picked) on the day.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on venue hire. Pick a reception venue which will serve great food. Tom has a rule that great food will make for a great evening!”

“Our favors were finger puppets for each guest that we ordered from Australia from Etsy. Our guests absolutely loved these and it provided many silly photo opportunities throughout the evening!

We also got a polaroid camera for our guestbook. Guests taking silly photos with some props and leaving a message has left us with the most wonderful and memorarable guest book.”

We also had some lovely cupcakes designed for us by the Great Little Cupcake Company. Kimberley met with us in advance, gave us lots of free tastings so we could get the right flavours and sent us some tasty designs before the big day to make sure we were happy. Kimberley is just the best cupcake maker and the strawberry and lemon cupcakes were delicious!”

“Our cake topper was also from Etsy and bespoke. It was certainly unique and certainly not traditional, but who wants that! Tom’s mum made the rest of the cake, which again was just incredible. It completely captures the colour and fun of the day.”

“We designed our own website ( and asked guests to submit songs that might get them dancing. Our DJs Dave and Martyn were brilliant  – they pulled the playlist based on this. For our first dance We opted for ‘Better’ by Tom Baxter. We’ve seen Tom live a few times and always loved this song. The words just capture our feelings and it’s not a song people knew (which again was unique and great to be a bit different). We followed this up with Runaround Sue to get people dancing straight away. People can’t resist shaking some moves to this song!”

Planning Tips…

Make sure you get a great photographer – Sassy at Assassynation is the loveliest most talented photographer and captured our day wonderfully. It really is so important – we had so much fun working with Sassy and she helped make our day!

Have fun while planning and if possible try not to rush it. Picking up teapots at carboot sales (though Tom’s mum should take the credit for this), designing and tasting cupcakes, visiting vintage fairs, and designing our stationery/look and feel over many months was part of the fun and made it less stressful.

Also, you always have a team of willing helpers around you, people genuinely love to get involved. Our family helped with the cake, hair and make-up, bunting, 50s soundtrack on an ipod for when people arrived, plus much more!

Not only the cutest couple but it looks like such a fun and cheerful day choc-full of pretty details, smiles and good food. Congratulations to Anna and Tom and many thanks to the fabulous Sassy at Assassynation for letting us share their wedding.

Photographer: Sassy at Assassynation / Venue: The Londesborough /Bride’s Dress: Fur Coat No Knickers / Bridesmaids Dresses: Sohos / Groom Outfit: Gresham Blake Shoes: Justin Deakin / Ushers: Bow ties & hankerchiefs Gresham Blake / Bride Hair & Make Up: Sally & Gemma [family] / Flowers: Tom Flowers / Cake: Groom’s Mum, Cake Topper Etsy / Cupcakes: Great Little Cupcake Company / DJ: Club Rees

Details: Hanging decorations Petra Boase via NOTHS / Signs Any Occasion via Etsy / Guestbook My Swedish Farmhouse via Etsy / Props The 3 Bears via NOTHS / Sweets A Quarter Of / Teapots sourced at carboots