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Stylish + Sparkly 1920s Inspired Stoke Newington Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

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It feels like I’m constantly posting pub weddings here on the blog, but you know what, no-one can argue that for a London Bride they aren’t a wise and popular choice! Just a stone’s throw from me, this lovely Stoke Newington wedding of Tory and Jon which had a nod to the styles of 1920s and I love the fun little touches and details that turn the pub into a glittering (bridesmaids included) pretty place for a celebration.

“Jon and I just wanted to have a day that was fun, relaxed and simple. Our families have known each other since before I was born, so the most important thing was to share our day with them, and our amazing friends, laughing, eating and having a great time. We didn’t spend too much time focusing on a specific look, but I guess it ended up being a bit of a twenties, vintage, pink and metallic Stokey affair!”

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I think Tory manages to keep her style modern but with the beautiful decadence of the twenties in her made-to-measure vintage inspired dress from Hope and Harlequin in Brighton and just goes to show, never rule out something you think won’t necessarily suit you!

“I like to think my dress was meant to be! My engagement ring is vintage art deco, chosen by Jon in the Lanes in Brighton, and on a quick trip back there to get it resized, we were wandering around when I spotted Hope & Harlequin. Peering through the windows, I spied a gorgeous 20s-style dress hanging at the back of the shop, but thought the floaty twenties style would never suit me. Wonderful Sarah let me try a few on their made-to-measure range then and there, and every single one looked and felt gorgeous. Dressmaker Sarah is an absolute wizard and their made-to-measure dresses are so flattering and unique, I could have bought any one of them.

So after dragging my Mum and the maids hundreds of miles for a second trying on sesh, I went with the Clara ‘flapper style’ dress. The first one I had spotted!” Tory then kept her look consistent with her overall style with a 1920s faux bob hairstyle, vintage t-bar shoes and a beautiful headpiece from Coast.

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I’m all for glittery sequin cladded bridesmaids, and these girls look amazing in their incredible flattering pink dresses which happened to also be a bit of a bargain! “The bridesmaids’ dresses were a lucky find in the French Connection sale. I wanted something that would stand out and that suited a fun London wedding, and these were so ridiculous sparkly they worked perfectly. The girls all sorted their own shoes and I bought them each a rose gold initial necklace to match. They all looked gorgeous!” 

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“We’ve lived together in Stoke Newington for seven years, so it just felt right to have the wedding here. London has so many quirky, beautiful places to hold a wedding, and Stoke Newington Town Hall is a stunning venue, so that was a no-brainer. The Londesborough was super convenient, just five minutes’ walk away, and Amber runs the weddings like a well-oiled machine, so we knew we could just relax and enjoy the day… and eat their wonderful food!”

The beautiful black and gold invites featured a 1920s style design which were in keeping with the style of the day and were designed by a friend of the bride, Emma O’Neil. The ceremony was such a meaningful part of their day, with bride Tory walking down the aisle to Chet Baker (my all time favourite) This Is Always. Such a a beautiful song.

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Let’s not forget ladies that men have to shop for their outfit too, and in this case, the Groom’s suit was harder work to find ‘the one’ than the brides! “After searching high and low for vintage, he struggled to find the right colour, size and quality he was after, so settled on this gorgeous sharp blue style from Suit Supply. He looked amazing, and his groomsmen, who just wore their own outfits all looked equally smart and unique.” I also love the pop of pink peonies in the groomsmen’s buttonholes!

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It’s always lovely to hear when a bride has found their suppliers for their day via London Bride, and the very talented Laura from LM Weddings was who Tory stumbled across. “I hunted high and low for photographers, but as soon as I saw Laura’s work on London Bride, I knew she was the one. Her work is different to everyone else’s – she captures couples and guests looking genuinely happy, and I wanted to make sure our pics showed a fun, loved-up day with a party atmosphere, not a styled-out shoot. She did wonders with the little time we allocated to photos and two very uncomfortable subjects. Thank you Laura, you’re a star! A testament to Laura’s work, incredible photos and the portraits especially without a hint of uncomfortable in sight!

 

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The amazing towering cake above was made by Tory’s bridesmaid, Lucie and Tory handmade the tassel garlands that were strung from the ceiling to add some fun to the pub. They followed some incredibly heartfelt speeches with their first dance to Love Letters by Elvis Presley and danced the night away.

“We focused our budget on a really great photographer rather plus a photobooth, I chose my perfect dress and found a budget headpiece. You genuinely won’t regret keeping it simple, as long as you do what you actually want rather than thinking about what other people have had.”

Congratulations to Tory and Jon on a wonderful and beautiful day, from a fellow Stokey person!

Credits: Photography: LM Weddings / Bridal Prep: The Rose & Crown / Ceremony: Stoke Newington Town Hall / Reception: The Londesborough / Bride’s Dress: Hope and Harlequin / Bridesmaids Dresses: French Connection / Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply  / Hair Styling: Claire Grech / Make Up: Roberta Kearsey / Flowers: Evergreen & Outrageous / Cake: Lucie (Bridesmaid) / Invitations: Emma O’Neil

 

Ellie + Alex – An Art Deco Stoke Newington Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Back in June this year [my, how far away does it seem already!] Ellie and Alex had a beautiful Art Deco inspired Stoke Newington wedding – a day that came together perfectly and was everything that they wanted – a wonderful day of celebrations with their friends and family in London.

You may notice that lovely grainy element to the photographs, because this wedding was shot entirely on film by Katherine at Peachey Photography . It’s so refreshing to see film photography at weddings, and Katherine has captured the day beautifully.

A few wise words from the bride, Ellie: “I just want to start this by saying that when Alex and I first got engaged and started thinking about our wedding, we really hadn’t the first clue about what it was we wanted. We had no dream wedding in mind. We hadn’t spotted a dream venue. I hadn’t pictured my dream dress. All we knew was that we wanted to keep things a manageable size and for everyone to be able to relax and have a good time. And that we wanted our wedding to be in London. Keeping these things in mind helped us to plan what really was the best day ever without either of us losing our minds!”

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Ellie looks every inch a Hollywood film star in her beautiful beaded “Esme” Jenny Packham fitted gown, and seemed to tie in so perfectly with all the other elements of the day.

“When it came to the dress, it was a case of knowing what I didn’t want rather than knowing what I did: nothing strapless, nothing too big or poufy, and nothing that would make me feel like I couldn’t eat or move around.

The dress hunt ultimately led me to Jenny Packham and to the Esme; a completely beaded dress that felt very 1930s Hollywood. I hadn’t expected to go for something quite so vintage in feel, but with the Art Deco style of the Stoke Newington Town Hall, it seemed to make sense. My veil, belt and hair comb all came from Jenny Packham in the end as well, as my Mum and I were completely seduced by all the beautiful trinkets in the Boudoir. My shoes were custom made by Emmy shoes in Islington (another shop full of beautiful, twinkly little things) and I chose to embellish them with Art Deco-style fans so that they coordinated with the rest of my look.

When it came to our hair and make-up, we went all out on the morning of the wedding and had the award-winning Kristina Gasperas do our make-up and the delightful Caroline from Brooks & Brooks take charge of hair. We were looking for the right balance of ‘of the era’ and ‘radiant and natural’ and they both did a fantastic job of meeting that brief.” 

I really love Ellie’s choice of stylish and elegant “Taya” Ghost satin and lace bridesmaid dresses, they have a great collection and the designs are really flattering – the girls look beautiful in them. “With the venue and the dress being of the same era, everything else then started falling into place. I wanted my bridesmaids’ gowns to be of a similar style to my own, but finding Art Deco-style dresses proved something of a challenge. I got a tip from a vintage wedding dress specialist to look in Ghost at their dye-to-order dresses. My bridesmaids were elated when they tried on the navy Taya style, particularly given that they had been convinced they wouldn’t find a dress that would suit them both, and they paired their dresses with some coral shoes from Monsoon, adding a splash of colour to their outfits.

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“Choosing a venue for the ceremony was quite straightforward. We decided quickly that we wanted a civil ceremony and we knew that we wanted to do it near to where we lived. We knew that the Council Chamber at Stoke Newington Town Hall was a beautiful space, so we got ourselves booked in.”

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“Music was such a big part of the day for us and we put a lot of thought into what we wanted for the ceremony and for the reception. In fact, it was the thing we probably obsessed over most. 

For the ceremony, I had become fixated on the idea of a string quartet playing arrangements of our favourite contemporary songs, but even with a lot of googling, I found most string quartets in London had quite limited repertoires. Then I came across Vitamin String Quartet who are based out in LA but who have recorded string versions of nearly every contemporary pop/indie/rock/hip hop song you can imagine, and they have special wedding collections available on iTunes and Spotify. I picked a handful of their tracks to play while guests were taking their seats, and their arrangement of Pixies Here Comes Your Man as the song I walked down the aisle to.” 

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“When it came to finding a venue for the reception, things were a little trickier. We looked at a number of venues but found so many to be a bit formal. We wanted everyone to feel relaxed and that they could just enjoy themselves, with good food, good booze and good music. That’s when I wondered about The Londesborough, which was one of our favourite pubs in Stokey. After a bit of browsing through photos of other people’s Londesborough weddings, we realised that it would be just right for what we wanted, and that we’d be able to dress it up to make it feel a bit more special on the day.”

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“In the course of my wedding planning, people often asked me what my colour scheme was and whether I had a theme for my wedding. I had neither. But I had pictures and moodboards of things I liked (thank God for Pinterest) and things were evolving to take on a 1930s, Art Deco, “Hollywood Glamour-ish” feel. This informed the design of our invitations and wedding stationery, and we enlisted Leah at Golden Apple Designs to create a bespoke look for these.  

We were in the capable hands of Mairead at Rebel Rebel when it came to the flowers. We opted for lots of little cut-glass vases of flowers on each of the tables, plus a couple of bigger centrepieces for the ceremony (which two friends gallantly carried from the town hall to the pub for the reception).”

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I’m pretty certain the above cake table and sweet treats caught your eye, well they did mine! Such delicious looking macarons by Anges de Sucre and a very pretty cake by Fancy Nancy – I love the colours and it’s a great way of adding a ‘decorative’ feature to a pub wedding.

Not satisfied with having just wedding cake, we drew inspiration from the States and decided to go all out on the sweet things, laying on a spread of macarons, mini cakes, cake pops, cookies, chocolates and sweeties that people could pick at during the evening and fill their favour bags with when they decided to leave. I remember seeing everything laid out and thinking how pretty it all looked and how I would make sure I had a couple of macarons later. Except when I returned to the table later, nearly everything was gone.

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Neither Al nor I are from London originally, but it being the city we now call home, we decided we wanted to get married here. It meant our families had to travel down, but it was great being able to host them for the weekend. And of course most of our friends were delighted: they didn’t have to travel very far and they were able to stagger home at the end of the night.

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“For the wedding breakfast, we put together a playlist of all of our favourite albums and had this playing in the background as we ate. We then enlisted the skills of Nicky from The Wedding Smashers for the rest of the celebrations to play us soul, funk, disco, electro and pop hits from every decade from the 60s onwards. I didn’t sit down once all night! “

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Katharine Peachey from Peachey Photography was there to capture every moment, and we really couldn’t have been in better hands on the day. I had scoured wedding blogs to find a photographer I liked, and couldn’t find anyone who captured people looking relaxed and happy quite as well as Katherine does. I’m pretty sure she didn’t take a single bad picture, and she shot everything on film, which makes her doubly amazing in my book.” …..And mine too Ellie!

Thank you to the gorgeous Ellie and Alex for sharing their lovely relaxed day and to Kathryn for her wonderful photography.

Photography: Peachey Photography / Ceremony: Stoke Newington Town Hall / Reception: The Londesborough Pub / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham / Bridesmaids Dresses: Ghost / Groom’s Outfit: Gieves & Hawkes / Bride’s Hair: Caroline at Brooks & Brooks / Bride’s Make Up: Kristina Gasperas / Flowers: Rebel Rebel / Cake: Fancy Nancy / Macarons: Anges de Sucre / Stationery: Golden Apple Designs / DJ: Wedding Smashers 

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 (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!”

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