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 (gettingmarried.co.uk) 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!”
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