One of the things you have got to love about London is diversity. It’s everywhere, and even on these pages. I love writing this blog as it allows me to share some luxurious, decadent celebrations, some romantic traditional weddings and then, some like this. Today’s couple, Kati and Tom planned a super relaxed pub…well wedding rave up! A ceremony in an old car park, maids of ‘dishonour’, flower girls with cat ears and techno for the evening entertainment. This couple clearly know how to have fun and celebrate. Perhaps wedding raves are the next big thing… if so, send an invite my way!
“The idea was always to have fun. It was about bringing together everyone that we cared about to add to our party of two. I still can’t get over how relaxed and fun packed the day and night was. A proper rave up by the name of Love Haze. We’d commission a young designer Chris Dillon who had been through one of the programmes that I run at D&AD – he did an amazing job of creating an old school rave flyer that set us off perfectly…it all built from there. The whistle love hearts are still the most perfect icon there could have been to represent us and our day.”
I absolutely LOVE Kati’s alternative bridal dress, with black embroidery and lace. For a city bride looking for something more alternative it’s always worth exploring designer collections if you find bridal boutiques are just too formal for what you’re after. “I struggled to find the dress that was ‘the one’, so I split the difference and got two! The gorgeous lace Maje for the day and a ‘cosmic tutu’ for the evening. My stunning best friend/maid of dishonour Nat had a change too, so we switched it up for the evening., I did have the most amazing Kat Maconie shoes but they didn’t last the afternoon, so the biker boots came out for the dance floor stomp. Like the rest of the wedding, I kept a relaxed approach to it all.
As my Maje dress had black stitching down the front, it seemed fitting to have my ‘maids of dishonour’ in black. My make up was pretty natural as I was in the driving seat and it’s all I can do!
My flower girls were in also lace/satin with gold cat ears [they couldn’t believe I’d said they could wear them]. My husband and brother-in-law [his best man] looked beyond hansom in the Reiss suits they’d worn the year before when my husband had been best man for his brother. We’d changed the accessorised colours [we went for a fern green, with the blue linen suits and peach tan leather shoes] to give it a refreshed feel.”
You wouldn’t know this couple got pretty much married in a car park would you? Lucky for them as the sun was shining they quickly put Plan B into action: “The George Tavern was the perfect location, the staff were also a big part of making it such a perfect day. We were supposed to get married in the old theatre above the pub, but when we got an unexpected incredible day of sunshine, it was all hands on deck to move it outside in to what was a car park a couple of weeks before. The ceremony was short but beautiful, conducted by my husband’s ex-agent who is now a celebrant. It was super honest and told the tale of us and our friends. Although neither of us are too into poetry, there is one poem that became extremely meaningful to me around the time I met Tom; Rumi’s Zero Circle – my sister read it as part of the ceremony.
The flowers were collected over the couple of weeks before the wedding by my sister and mum. We used flowers from my mums garden on the tables and if Deb [my sister] saw a vessel of any kind it would get a plant in it for the day. Deb also did an amazing job cutting my bouquet fresh just before I walked down the isle. I also had a head dress by Grace and Thorn – it didn’t last too long in all the activity though sadly!
“The food was incredible – very informal. There was no sit down dinner, just food available at various points for people to be able to help themselves to. People still wax lyrical about the Jollof Pot guys. Super lovely people too! We wanted to put our money behind the bar and ensure all our friends and family had the best time without having to put their hands in their pockets so pretty much all our budget went on this!”
When you hear a couple have had techno at their wedding, you know they know how to party… “For us, it was always going to be about the music. It’s huge part of us, how we met and our relationship now. My husband did a mix just for our first dance and after the Love Haze pre-recorded mega mix, the music throughout the evening was provided by our friends, who DJ’d one after the other to a heady mix of old school, hardcore, jungle and of course techno. My husband had created homemade lasers with string and UV lights. With the addition of a couple of hazers, the ‘rave cave’ was complete and we were set for entertainment all night long.”
“Our photographer Lisa was amazing. I saw her pics online and loved them so I contacted her only weeks before the wedding and managed to snag her on one of her only free weekends of the year! The pictures are one of the things that people still comment on too. I’m over the moon with them and remember the first time Tom and me opened them up – we were moved by how much they had managed to capture of the day. Lisa’s pictures are visible evidence of my most perfect memories.”
“Walking down the aisle to Yazoo ‘Only You’ literally in to a Love Haze towards my husband, being by his side and looking out at all our amazing family in friends awash in sun light. It was home.
Plus, my dad’s speech. He’s a quiet man, but it started off by him jumping on the sofa and talking about laying down a track [he’s 71]. I’ve never felt so proud or in awe. He was famous that day.”
What an awesome couple and beautiful work as always from London Bride favourite, Lisa Jane Photography. Thanks to you all for sharing!
Photography: Lisa Jane Photography / Venue: The George Tavern / Bride’s Dress: Maje / Bridesmaids: Asos / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Catering: Jollof Pot and Big Apple Hot Dogs