My first thought when I was blogging this wedding was, hmm a couple of those guests look a little bit familiar. Ever get that? Well, as it happens the bridesmaid and best man are in fact some friends I’ve met through the other half so whatdayaknow. Small world, and hi to Lucy & Sam if they’re reading this!
My second thought was wow, LOVE the bride’s dress – the neckline (of which the top was later removed), silhouette and back detail are super striking and unusual, so I hurriedly skimmed my eyes through the credits in the submission form only to realise that in fact the bride designed it herself. SKILLS.
It’s no mean feat designing your own wedding dress I’m sure (not that I would know, but how on earth can you even start the process?) but bride El with her background in Fashion, did just that and what an amazing creation. High five to this super talented creative bride, and bridesmaid Lucy who designed their dresses too.
My third thought was, I love these photographs from Lisa Jane Photography. A lovely capture of a cool, relaxed London wedding, so I hope you do to…
We met at Winchester School of Art back in 2003, moved to London in 2006 to pursue our careers in Art and Fashion. We got engaged in March 2014, the proposal was a very relaxed affair on Hampstead Heath in the spring sunshine. Darren commissioned Ruth Tomlinson to create the bespoke engagement ring.
The most important thing for us was that the day felt relaxed and not too formal. We wanted everyone to be able to kick back and have fun. We didn’t want to go for too strong a theme as we wanted the day to feel light and fun filled, with enough food, drink and good music to keep everyone happy.
DESIGNED BY THE BRIDE
El always knew that she wouldn’t necessarily want a stereotypical wedding dress so it felt very natural for her to design her own. With the help of expert friends she had a beautiful bespoke dress made that she felt reflected the relaxed atmosphere of the day (and managing at the same time to show off her awesome shoes!) The bridesmaids dresses were also designed by El and one of the bridesmaids (@lucy_workshop).
It was important for Darren to have a suit that felt relaxed, summery and light. He found the perfect grey checked suit at Hardy Aimes. El made the pocket squares for Darren and the Groomsmen. All of the groomsman wore their own suits but we provided them with matching ties and button holes.
ISLINGTON TOWN HALL
We were blessed with summer sunshine and Islington Town Hall was the perfect location for the ceremony. The main council chamber is a beautiful room and really creates a wonderful atmosphere and an intimate setting. The bride walked in to Tom Odell’s ‘Grow Old with Me’ and during the signing of the register we played the Beatles ‘Here Comes the Sun’ (the brides Dad’s favourite song!) and walked out to the Ramones ‘Baby I Love You’.
We had two readings the first was ‘He Never leaves the Seat Up’ by Pam Ayres with the second a quote from Bob Marley. Everyone then hopped onto a red Routemaster bus, glugged some chilled Prosecco and travelled the short distance to the reception venue on Bermondsey Street.
TANNER WAREHOUSE WEDDING RECEPTION
To keep with the relaxed feel, we sourced the flowers from Covent Garden Flower Market and arranged these ourselves. The Bride and Bridesmaids created their own bouquets. We didn’t set out to create a strong colour theme, but in the end it did go a little blue! We didn’t want anything too matchy matchy.
We had black and white disposable cameras on each table with a shoot list and props, these proved great fun (especially for our 3 year old niece!)
Our reception venue Tanner Warehouse provided the catering and we couldn’t praise it highly enough. On arrival guests were treated to Tanner’s bespoke Rum cocktails and greedy canapés (delicious!). The team there are amazing and the food was exceptional.
The cakes were baked by family and friends as well as the chutneys and relishes that accompanied the cheeses in the evening.
We think the biggest decision of the whole day was actually the days playlist! The groom worked with the music minded Best Man to create the music for the day. In the evening we had the Tanner Warehouse DJ who’s musical choices really got everyone up dancing long into the night. For the first dance we played ‘Baby I’m Yours’ by the Arctic Monkeys.
LISA JANE PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography is obviously a huge part of the day and important to get right. To find just the right someone to record this important day was a long process but as soon as we saw Lisa Jane’s photographs and met with her we knew we had found the right person. Not only is her work AMAZING, her experience and personality really helped make the day go calmly and smoothly. By the end of the day it felt like we had one of our friends photographing the wedding.
There are so many special moments that happen throughout the day from the big to the small and the only piece of advice that we would give is take the time to take these all in. Take a moment, if only for a few minutes to step back and watch all of our most amazing family and friends enjoying the day and celebrating with you, it really is the best memory.
Congratulations to El and Darren on their beautiful day (and kudos again to El and Lucy for their dresses!). Thanks to Lisa Jane for sharing her wonderful capture of the day.