Heather and Peter’s summer 06 St Chad’s Place wedding was so full of personal touches that really made their day unique. They had a walking post-ceremony procession with a brass band, 1000 origami cranes to bring them good luck and bride Heather chose a stunning ethically sourced Sanyukta Shrestha dress.
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Today’s wedding is a super sweet little Hackney wedding. Sarah and Aaron kept their wedding all about their marriage by just having a simple town hall registry office wedding at the location that they first met each other, followed by a few drinks with their closest friends and family. It’s so adorable to see a couple get ready together with their family, and a day that’s just about the marriage, no frills! In keeping with the low-key feel to the day, Sarah wore not just any vintage dress, but her own Grandmother’s which fitted her like a glove, how romantic is that…
From the bride Sarah: We got married one year to the day that we met near Hackney Town Hall. Originally, we were going to elope but decided to have a small ceremony with close family. Essentially, we just wanted to get married, so the details actually weren’t that important to us other than we wanted to stay close to the places around Hackney where we had our first date and keep the day as relaxed as possible!
My dress belonged to my grandma (her evening dress, she wore it with an emerald green stole). It was meant to be, fitted me perfectly without alterations!
Thanks for sharing such a small and special day Sarah and Aaron and to Laura for capturing it perfectly.
Photography: Laura McCluskey, LM Weddings / Ceremony: Hackney Town Hall / Reception: The Cock Tavern / Bride’s Dress: Bride’s Grandmother (Vintage!) / Flowers: Grace & Thorn / Bride’s Shoes: Saint Laurent / Groom’s Outfit: Asos, Grenson & Ralph Lauren
I often get asked when friends get engaged which wedding fairs they should attend, after all there are a plethora taking place in London but pretty much the top of my list would be the Most Curious wedding fair, the UK’s coolest wedding event featuring some of London Bride’s favourite suppliers is taking place in a few weeks on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.
Perhaps I’m a little biased being based in East London and all, but this design-led fair is for those looking for creative, fashion forward wedding inspiration with it’s 100 exhibitors, all hand-picked for their talents chosen for creative couples who love fashion, design and fun in their everyday lives and want to make sure their wedding day reflects that too.
There is an abundance of cool creative UK talent that you’ll hope to have invovled in your day, such as unique inspiration like paper flowers, vintage glassware and pop-up photo booths to the must-have florals, dresses and accessories.
This is the shows tenth exhibition which is a celebration of the cool up and coming designers and makers in the wedding industry as well as the chicest of the big names, making for an explosion of inspiration for creative couples, with refreshments and exciting fashion shows throughout the day.
True to it’s East-end location, the show will see the newly launched Cereal Killer Cafe providing bowls of crunchy refreshments and with a hip Palm Springs inspired theme it will be a feast of the senses with cool catwalk shows and live music throughout the day. They also have a new ‘Shop The Show’ feature for quick retail fixes from macarons to succulents in pots so you can pick up a few instant treats too!
If you’re heading there, you’ll probably likely to find me in front of the amazing sounding ‘Calligraphy Selfie’ wall by London Bride favourite Lamplighter London which I’m sure will be a hit on the old hashtags.
Heidi and Steve were married in the spring at the Old Finsbury Town Hall and what a stylish day from start to finish. Retro street party vibe these guys had a beautiful and fun day which was full of their personalities and style and you can just get that amazing party spirit of the day from these images from their fabulous photographer Laura McCluskey. Hands up who wants a Studio 54 style light up dance floor?
Steve and I enjoy vintage style and hope this was reflected in our outfits. I originally planned to wear a 1930’s style evening gown in blue, however, about 8 weeks before the wedding, I had a change of heart, as it didn’t feel quite right. Following a wee panic I found the Balanchine dress by Alice Temperley on net-a-porter and it was perfect! Luckily all my accessories worked with both dresses.
Heidi donned a beautiful classic pair of Jimmy Choo’s and a Rita Headdress from Jo Barnes Vintage. I’m also rather in love with her bag – the undeniably cute and retro Fifi clutch bag by Lulu Guinness. “I didn’t want to carry a bouquet – it’s just not me, so had my fab Lulu Guinness clutch instead. I did want flowers on the tables though and had Amnesia and Sweet Avalanche roses, Sarah Bernhardt peonies, Astrantia and Eucalyptus. These were purchased from a wholesalers and arranged in jam jars by my mum, sister and best friend.”
Proving just how key a venue can be in your plans, everything fell into place for Heidi and Steve when they found the beautiful and opulent Old Finsbury Town Hall. “We really just wanted a relaxed, fun, informal day with our friends and family – if there was an overarching theme I’d describe it as retro street-party. We wanted a venue where we could host the whole day and loved the vintage feel of the Old Finsbury Town Hall with its Art Noveau décor which we really didn’t need to embellish, just adding some home-made bunting. Once we had found it, lots of other elements just fell into place.”
You can’t beat a Choccywoccydoodah cake for a talking point and serious retro indulgence!
So sweet to see such cute bridesmaids! And these lucky girls were the lucky recipients of Vivienne Westwood’s Lady Dragon shoes! “I had five bridesmaids, aged from 6 to 14 years – we wanted the girls to have something they loved wearing and that they could wear again. I think my teen bridesmaids mostly loved their Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon shoes! My daughter, Tallulah who was also our ring bearer sees herself as a tomboy and was reluctant to wear a dress – the tunic and leggings we found for her at Monsoon worked perfectly.”
I have to say the Groom stands out in his incredibly stylish bespoke suit in that beautiful blue hue and tan shoes, with a pocket watch he looks every inch the gentleman. “Steve thoroughly enjoyed having a bespoke suit made and Gresham Blake were so helpful, advising him on great accessories too.”
For me, music is so important so it’s always nice to hear how couples choose their music and how they introduce their styles in the day. As well as a classic song, I love that they introduced punk music by Steve’s friend Ed who played easy listening version on the piano during the signing. “We kept the ceremony short and sweet but it was still very moving. I think my best moment was walking in and seeing our friends and family, who were all smiling, and then seeing Steve, who was totally bemused by my being in a completely different dress to the one he was expecting! I walked down the aisle, accompanied by my Best Man, Simon, to Moon River sung by Audrey Hepburn. In a little twist, earlier in the year I won a pearl bracelet and earrings (from Emma Hadley Wedding) in a magazine competition, they are from the Hepburn Collection and I had to answer a question about Breakfast at Tiffany’s!”
Not only was the decor retro but the food matched the day too! How good do those mini fish and chips look? “Marie Laure from Easy Gourmet was fantastic – she really seemed to understand our vision for the day and provided a great menu based on traditional British food including mini Scotch eggs, pie and mash and Eton Mess and Bread and Butter pudding for desserts. In keeping with the retro feel we used mis-matched vintage crockery and it gave lots of colour to the tables.
We had designed our own wedding invitations based on a vintage Mills and Boon book and we followed the theme through by naming tables after other titles and decorating the tables with lots of Mills and Boons books which our guests seemed to enjoy! For favours we gave everyone a Great British Pudding Chocolate bar from Montezuma’s, a vintage fabric badge and a temporary love-themed tattoo. For the children, we had lots of old-fashioned games, and dressing up masks!”
“Our photographer was Laura McCluskey [who’s website is currently under development!] whom I met at a vintage wedding fair (the only wedding fair I actually went to). I loved her alternative style and thought she’d be able to deliver the more informal kind of photography we wanted. Laura is so relaxed and easy to work with and we feel she truly captured the spirit of our day. Laura also took us off for half an hour or so, just after the ceremony, whilst our guests were enjoying drinks and canapés. We had a wander around nearby streets and got some lovely photos but also a wee moment to catch our breath before the rest of the day, which was great.” This is always such a great idea, not only to capture some gorgeous photos of you both but for you to have five minutes together to take it all in and chat!
Hands up who wouldn’t get up and dance on a light up dancefloor like that!? Genius way for making sure your guests get up and get down! “For evening entertainment we hired a fabulous Saturday Night Fever dance floor and had a proper old-school disco – we both love music and made the playlist ourselves (although Steve insists he only got to choose one track!). Our first dance, after I’d quickly changed into my Studio 54 gold disco dress, was to Get The Party Started by Shirley Bassey. Our last dance was to Bring Me Sunshine by Morecambe and Wise. We also hired a photo booth which came with lots of props and this was enjoyed by kids and adults alike.”
“If I have any advice at all for other brides it is that you will probably find that everyone has an idea about what a wedding ‘should’ be and lots of people try and impose their vision on you. Stay true to what is important to the two of you and don’t feel pressured into including stuff that doesn’t mean anything to you.”
Huge thanks to the coolest couple Heidi and Steve for sharing your day and to photographer Laura McCluskey who never fails to put a smile on my face with how she captures a day!
Photography: Laura McCluskey / Venue: The Old Finsbury Town Hall / Bride’s Dress: ‘Balanchine’ Alice By Temperley / Groom’s Suit: Gresham Blake, Groom’s Shoes: Jeffrey West / Bride’s Make Up: Katy Messser – Make Up By Katy / Bride’s Hair: Miyuki at Studio Stage Door / Flowers: Wholesale from Bridal Flowers Direct / Catering: Easy Gourmet / Cake: Choccywoccydoodah / Photo Booth: Retro Me / Dancefloor, Lighting & Sound: LX-Tricks