Although it’s just turned into Spring, here’s a wonderful winter’s wedding to share with you today. Ellie and Liam had an intimate vintage inspired Hackney wedding at the very cool venue The Roost. I love how their style translates through their day beautifully, even the stunning ceremony backdrop of the Town Hall Hotel is in keeping with their glamorous Old Hollywood style.
“We didn’t set out to have a theme as such – we both love to travel and it was while backpacking throughout Central America for 6 months that Liam proposed, so we decided to incorporate this into our day. Small and intimate and fun for all was our vision so we invited just our close family and friends and ‘relaxed’ on the formalities.”
Got to love how Ellie went from her cute onesie into glamorous starlet! Ellie wore the Lalique Lace 1920.1 dress by Charlie Brear which was the catlayst for her beautifully original vintage inspired bridal style “It was all a bit by accident really. I had a very different look in mind and after trying many dresses I was persuaded to try on a different style and was completely surprised by how much I loved it and from there a 1930’s theme fell into place. I really enjoyed the search for original vintage pieces though I’m particularly fond of my shoes! I gave the bridesmaids free reign to choose their own dresses for the day and they chose the same one!”
Ellie accessorised the dress with a number of original 1930s items that she sourced such herself, such as the Ermine fur cape, the rhinestone bracelet, hair comb and dress clips. She then teamed the dress with the most perfectly matched ‘Francesca’ shoes by Emmy London.
Liam’s pocket handkerchief was a token gift from the bride on the morning of the ceremony… Ellie had it made for him out of the spare material left from her wedding dress. And Liam surprised Ellie with a custom made pair of ‘just married’ converse shoes! How sweet and thoughtful are those gifts!
“Since we had decided upon a winter wedding we simply chose a colour to complement the season – a nice rich berry red for the bridesmaids dresses and matching ties for the groomsmen. We also chose this colour for the brides bouquet of Amaryllis and Roses. We chose simple Gypsophelia bouquets for the bridesmaids – such a delicate flower that looks like a whispery ball of lace!”
“We used to live next door to the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green and would regularly pop in to the bar for our favourite night cap – the best Old Fashioned cocktail in town! We wanted a small London wedding with just our closest friends and family, and after discussing our search for a suitable venue that day, the bar tender suggested we take a look at the stunning Council Chamber which was not only perfect in size but stood apart from any other we had seen and the decision was made!”
The ceremony was such a meaningful, poignant part of the day for the couple, “After I said my vows my husband said ‘thank you’. I still get teary when I think of that moment!” Liam says “When my beautiful wife walked in, seeing her in the dress – it was a very powerful moment. Although he also recalls another of his favourite moments of the day, “When she went wrong during the first dance and I didn’t!”.
The couple had some beautiful live acoustic music sung during the ceremony by Charlotte Kao and Spencer Taylor from Him and Her which added to the intimacy of the day.
“Our photographer Christine Wehrmeier is a very close friend and we had the privilege of having our photos taken by her a year or so before we became engaged and loved the results so it was very easy to make that choice!
As is popular with London weddings, the couple had a routemaster bus to transport their guests to their venue reception, but this is a beautiful special vintage one complete with old adverts, how fun!
“We found The Roost and we just loved the quirky-ness of it with it’s fabulously eclectic decor and being just a short bus ride from the Ceremony it was the perfect location and size for our reception. The venue spoke for itself so there was very little required in terms of decor on the day – just fairy lighting in the windows of our reception dining room”
“We wanted good quality hearty food for a winter day. Bangers and mash is our favourite meal so we decided this would be the menu for our wedding. We didn’t want a cake as neither of us particularly eat it so we decided to do something different… we made our own Wedding Jelly! We recreated the moment Liam proposed whilst Scuba diving with an underwater scene using lego parts complete with a scuba diving bride & groom!” That’s definitely an original wedding cake if ever I saw it! Love how they incorporated their engagement proposal into the day and who doesn’t like jelly right?
“We came across Paddy playing the Disco Shed at Bestival and when we found he did Disco Wed to we booked him straight away – EVERYONE was on the dance floor ALL night! For entertainment we made up our own DIY photo booth with silly wigs and hats and a Polaroid camera – such fun and so easy!”
Don’t stress about the details and how it will all ‘look’ – Weddings are about commitment and celebrating love. Weddings are about people. Weddings are about you. Build on that and everything else will follow. Choose the right photographer for you and your style, not because of the price! That’s the biggest investment you will make of your day as those pictures will be the memories that last. If you find the right one for you they will find the details that matter.
Huge thanks to the lovely Ellie and Liam and to their photographer Christine for sharing their wedding day, so charming and such fun!
Photography: Christine Wehrmeier / Ceremony: Town Hall Hotel / Reception Venue: The Roost / Bride’s Dress: Charlie Brear / Bride’s Shoe: Emmy London / Bridesmaids: Biba at House of Fraser / Groom’s Suit & Shoes: Paul Smith / Hair: Brett at Tommy Guns / Make Up: Samantha Pasinee Fach / Florist: Birksen / Catering: Easy Gourmet / DJ: Discowed / Vintage Routemaster Bus: Ensign Bus Company