Quite often you hear about couples going down one route of planning their wedding and then they do a 360 and change their minds and go with their hearts. Cemile and Adam did just that and rather than getting married in Istanbul decided to do it in London with their own Turkish influences. I love the bride’s style [such pretty flowers in the hair!] and it looks like a really fun and relaxed day which is just what they were aiming for.
Although having a strong family connection to Turkey, the couple chose London for their big day but still managed to keep the heritage present throughout the day “When we first got engaged we had absolutely no idea at what we wanted to do. I am Turkish but have lived in the UK since I was 5, so at first we even contemplated having it in Istanbul. In the end we decided on London with as many Turkish features as possible. I have always lived in London so having a country wedding felt very foreign to me. Adam is from Bristol and he moved to London so we could be together and he is learning to love it as much as I do.
We had no theme, other than just the things that we love! Our aim for an atmosphere, would definitely have to be ‘fun and not too formal’, as neither of us have particularly traditional families.”
Cemile wore a beautiful vintage inspired gown by designer Charlie Brear who’s work is just beautiful “I originally wanted a vintage wedding dress, however, when I started trying them on I realised it wasn’t for me – just not quite the right shape or fit. That is why Charlie Brear was perfect. New dresses, made for me with a vintage style without looking at all dated. The dress shop was lovely and felt like a real treat to be there and the staff were absolutely incredible. I did love my dress but I was really sold on the accessories that I bought with it. I had a silk sash and lace back-to-front-cardigan during the day, and very light sleeves and a beaded more glamorous sash for the evening. They even emailed me a video of them tying the sash so my mother in law could do it on the day. She did it absolutely perfectly but as l I moved, or did anything it kept coming unraveled, so I’m not sure I would recommend it! And I would also advise against a change of outfit, there is no time and it just adds needless stress!” For any brides thinking of doing a change of outfit make sure you allow at least 30 minutes for the change otherwise you won’t feel you have time!
Having bridesmaids isn’t for everyone, but Cemile managed to get the balance with having her girls with her and treating them to them being able to relax and enjoy the day wearing whatever they wanted! “I just didn’t feel right having four grown women dressed in the same dress following me around – it just wasn’t me. They organised my hen do, they helped me to get ready, they looked after me all day and then all got very drunk and cried at the end of the wedding. They were the best non-bridesmaids ever! I organised a surprise massage on the morning of the wedding at my flat, bought them all a Chanel perfume and had their hair done professionally. They all looked amazing, they just got to wear their own dresses!”
The pretty colourful flowers in Cemile’s hair is look so pretty and creative and that’s all down to her hair and make up artist Jeni Dodson “I chose Jeni for my hair and make up and I had 100% confidence in her skills. She thought that flowers would look great with flowing curls and she was right, so she asked me to buy a few fabric flowers which she would then make into a master piece on the day. So, every time I saw a flower I bought one, for 6 months! I must have about 40! She chose the ones she liked and created a masterpiece in my hair! I knew that I wanted a birdcage veil as I have always wanted to wear one but have never managed it. I bought a variety of birdcage veils from Etsy with differeing shapes, sizes and colours, and on the day she incorporated all of it together on to something that was very me. Which is impressive as we had only met once for the trial run! People still ask me today where I got my hair piece from. And my make-up, well the photos speak for themselves, modern, fresh and glam rolled into one.”
I think it’s safe to say that Cemile is definitely an accessories girl, in fact so much so that the wedding was almost planned around the beautiful turquoise earrings she wore! “For my accessories, I really did treat myself. All I know is that I wanted colour and when I saw the Annoushka turquoise amazonite earrings online I fell in love with them and knew I would be buying them. I could almost say that the rest of the wedding was planned around them! The shoes were from Jimmy Choo and I wanted something glam but also something that I would wear again. I wish I could say they were comfortable but my feet were hurting while I was walking down the aisle! But it was all about the colour!
“We were always going to have a civil ceremony and when I looked at different places, Islington Town Hall, as well as being very beautiful, made the most sense. Somewhere we will walk past many times and remember our day.
Having a wedding in London meant a series of predictabilities. Islington town hall, probably not very original but still wonderful. We also got a routemaster form home to the town hall all together and then from the town hall to Baltic, with a tour of London along the way. Also predictable but absolutely beautiful and enjoyed by all. Especially all my relatives that had come from around the world! But Baltic? Totally original and different. Many people have told me that they have been back for dinner since.”
London can feel like a daunting place to start your wedding venue search, but seems like Cemile struck gold with their reception venue and it’s always worth keeping restaurants in mind “I knew I didn’t want a country wedding and when I started thinking London and looking on line either places were far too bland for us or they were miles out of our budget range. When the idea of a restaurant came to us we loved it. I know London restaurants very well and was very excited. Through the search The Baltic restaurant popped up. I have been going to Baltic on and off for 10 years and it is a beautiful venue with, great cocktails, high quality food and very attentive staff. I instantly knew this was the place so I called them to find out some details and they were very helpful and the price was right. We met with them and the owner, Jan, who was incredibly professional and helpful. He knew exactly what he was doing and filled us with confidence. We did not feel like we were on a wedding conveyer belt. He had recently got married and had his reception in his own venue and was using his experience to create our perfect day. The restaurant manager, Gosia really went beyond the call of duty to help me and do everything she possible could to make my day what it was. Every one needs a Gosia at their wedding!
“In terms of style, I generally find that things I love, love each other and that is what seems to have happened at the wedding.” The couple decorated the tables with fun cacti, and had coasters for the favours made into placecards by the Groom’s mother. The added to the venue’s light and airy space with the large ‘A & C’ light up initial letters from Vowed and Amazed which added to the atmosphere.
The food at the venue was a key component to choosing it for their reception, with a fusion of Polish and middle-eastern foods and some amazing sounding cocktails too! Their fabulous looking cake was made by the Bride’s mother in law who in fact is a chef by trade so that would explain why it looks so professional! It was Valencian orange sponge with orange buttercream and curd, then cherry almond cake and vanilla buttercream and then chocolate cake. Mmmm!
“Our photographers Penny and Martin from Tino and Pip were amazing, we barely even knew they were there. They were worth every single penny!”
Not all the wedding planning is a smooth ride, and this goes to prove that there may well be disagreements along the way but sounds like these guys had a pretty awesome soundtrack to their day! “We are both very much into music and it was really important that we got it right. The music and the bands were the only thing that we really argued about on the run up to the wedding. We had a pre dinner jazz duo which got people dancing even before dinner as they were fantastic. Then after our first dance which was Sexual Healing by the Hot 8 Brass Band we had another band The Chandeliers who did covers but in completely in their own quirky jazz style. The dance floor was jam packed the whole night, we couldn’t believe it! Then we had one of our friends DJ a mix of modern and old school classics. We are both partial to a bit of drum and bass, therefore Baltic was pumping out dnb tunes until past 1am! As a word of advice, we kept missing out on the bands that we wanted, while we were deciding they were going from under our noses so book sooner rather than later – although we were very happy with our choices!
I always knew I wanted a photo booth because I have enjoyed them so much in the past. Everybody loved it and we have an absolutely hysterical collection of photos to look at. The Photo Emporium had lots of choices and we could basically have exactly what we wanted. They came on the day, set-up and were running and we didn’t have to do anything. Stress free and pure unadulterated fun!”
Congratulations to Cemile and Adam – I wish I could have been on your dancefloor! Thanks also to Penny and Martin from Tino & Pip for sharing their lovely work.
Photography: Tino & Pip / Ceremony: Islington Town Hall / Reception: The Baltic Restaurant / Wedding Dress: Charlie Brear / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Hair & Make Up: Jeni Dodson / Flowers: Chillea Flowers / Large Light Up Letters: Vowed & Amazed / Photo Booth: The Photo Emporium / Pre Dinner Band: Verity Jazz Vocalist / Evening Band: The Chandeliers