Oh the Great British Summer. How it plays with us, one minute dazzling sunshine, the other lashings of rain. However this didn’t seem to affect Amanda and Steve one bit, who had a Trinity Buoy Wharf wedding bursting with sunshine in August, despite the drizzle.
This is a London wedding oozing with modern, urban style from every inch, from the stunning Jesus Peiro dress chosen by the bride, to the sunshine brights of the yellow flowers and the industrial riverside warehouse setting of one of my favourite venues, Trinity Buoy Wharf. The day was photographed by Ellie Gillard who captured the details and moments throughout with such beauty.
“When we first got engaged we set out to create something a bit different, fun, relaxed and boozy of course! We had lived together in London for over 5 years and knew from the start that we had to a London style wedding to reflect our lifestyle and home city. I loved the idea of a warehouse wedding and fell in love with Trinity Buoy Wharf from the moment I saw it. The location set right in the heart of the industrial East London riverside was a perfect backdrop and the views from the terrace are incredible. Our theme was loosely set to incorporate yellow (my favorite colour) with an urban/modern feel.”
Amanda’s stunning gown is by Jesus Peiro [style 3040] which she purchased from London based bridal boutique Morgan Davies. The dress manages to be both chic and simple but with the added luxurious detail of the floral feather neckline.
“For my dress I wanted something both simple but unusual. It took me a while to find my dress but as soon as I saw Jesus Peiro’s style of dresses I knew he was the perfect designer for what I was looking for. I loved the neckline on my dress with the floral/ feather detail doing all the wow work with the rest of the dress being perfectly simple.”
With so much choice of where to tie the knot in the capital, it’s great to see couples combining locations and venues and I particularly admire how they chose the tradition of having a Church ceremony at the beautiful St George’s Cathedral before heading to the modern, industrial location of Trinity Buoy Wharf.
This couple also planned to make the most of transporting guests from one location to another with a scenic boat trip on the thames, and despite their original plans being scuppered by the weather, they were still all able to enjoy a ride on the river and London sightseeing!
“Orginally after the ceremony our guests were suppose to walk down to Lambeth Pier to get on to the wedding boat however due to the weather we had to make a last minute booking for a coach transfer in a effort to keep our guests as dry as possible. I had my best friend play an acoustic set while we were on board, it was a great chance to talk to our guests and give them all a bit of a London tour before arriving at our wedding venue.”
As a wedding planner I undertake thorough research for clients on venues and locations, and I have to say that this is a London hidden gem [maybe not anymore!] that has been really popular amongst stylish London couples. With the riverside location and a space to make your own, it was the perfect choice for Amanda and Steve.
“Our wedding reception took place at Trinity Buoy Wharf, a beautiful Victorian brick warehouse in East London. It’s riverside location and its stunning interior with lots of natural light and beautiful views were amazing.”
Guests were invited into the blank white space of the venue which was transformed to reflect the couple, with it’s sunny and stylish charm and there were so many lovely details that the couple put together themselves, including the stationery. And those giant balloons and large light up initial letters set the tone just perfectly!
“We took on a lot of D.I.Y tasks ourselves. We designed and printed all our stationery right from the ‘Save The Date’ to the ‘Thank You’ cards, we loved being able to stamp our own style on to all the design work and be able to do exactly what we wanted. I also made all the flower girls dresses and the page boys bow-ties. I wanted all the kids to wear something bright and unique. I had lots of fun designing them all with the help of my lovely nieces. We brought lots of colour in the venue through the bright yellow table flower arrangements, huge array of pom poms and giant balloons.”
How utterly delicious do these Pastel de Natas look, yum! The bride’s family are from Madeira so incorporated the Portuguese tarts instead of a cake as they are a family favourite.
I adore these portraits of the couple looking wistfully out to the Millennium Dome from the lighthouse! And I had to include this image captured by Ellie of the urban backdrop of Container City.
The guests were treated to delicious food and cocktails and then took to the dance floor to enjoy a live band performance – “We have some great friends in the drinks industry who helped us provide our guests with some amazing booze. We had dark and stormy cocktails for our entrance drinks, red and white wine from the Italian Pietmont region and my favourite Cider on tap, Stowford Press – Westons Cider. We had a BBQ in the evening serving Chorizo, sweet peppers and rocket rolls that went down a treat after some hilarious dancing.”
“We loved our Photographer, Ellie Gillard. From the moment we first got in contact with her to our first dance on our wedding day she was amazing. Always on hand to offer advice, she made us feel so relaxed and comfortable on the camera. Truly beautiful photos.”
Now hasn’t that just brightened up your day? Magical! It certainly did mine! Huge congratulations to the beautiful Amanda and Steve and thanks to their wonderful photographer Ellie Gillard for sharing this sunny wedding with us.
CREDITS: Photography: Ellie Gillard / Ceremony Venue: St George’s Cathedral, Southwark / Reception Venue: Trinity Buoy Wharf, The Chainstore / Boat Transfer: Thames Cruises / Bride’s Dress: Jesus Peiro from Morgan Davies Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Kurt Geiger / Maid of Honour Dress: Les Trois Soeurs / Flower Girls: Created by the bride! / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Hair: Kleins / Flowers: Jemma Lyon / Catering: Hub Bub / Giant Light Up Letters: Vowed & Amazed / Dessert: Pastel de Natas from Madeira Cafe / Band: Apache via Function Central