Katie and Russell chose riverside warehouse Trinity Buoy Wharf for their venue with it’s maginficent backdrop of the O2 for their celebrations in September last year. With a stunning Suzanne Neville dress and a simple colour palette with fresh florals by Violets & Velvet this is one stylish London wedding.
Russell and I really wanted an informal day that showed our personalities and most importantly shared with all our close family and friends. Our vision for the day was laid back, something that really represented us as a couple but most of all it had to be FUN.
VENUE WITH A VIEW
We knew The Chainstore at Trinity Buoy Wharf was our venue as soon as we had our 1st visit, the setting, building and feel was just what we had been looking for. We had our ceremony and reception all at Trinity Buoy Wharf which worked perfectly as we were able to have the same duo (Katie plus Juan) playing live music throughout (there was even dancing going on at dinner which was fantastic!). They were amazing and were a big part in setting a really upbeat atmosphere for our day.
We said our vows with views of the O2 and the setting it only got more stunning as night fell and canary wharf sky lit up. We were so lucky with the weather that guests were able to sit on our deck chairs outside throughout the day and take in the skyline.
I walked down the aisle to Birdy ‘Wings’ sung by Katie and we walked up the aisle to Stevie Wonder ‘Signed, sealed, delivered’.
My dress was from Suzanne Neville and called Cherish, I fell in love with it the moment I saw it and as always was the 1st dress I tried on. The dress came from Ellie Sanderson who were incredible at making the experience one to remember. I wanted my hair to be natural so we went with soft waves with a really pretty hair piece in one side. My makeup was also really natural as I wanted to feel like me on the day.
My bridesmaid dresses were from Maids to Measure and were Dove grey to match the muted colour scheme.
We wanted everything to look elegant and simple using only white, gold and grey as our colour scheme and keeping all the ‘fuss’ to a minimum. The venue was so fantastic it spoke for itself so we used hand made paper chains, flower balls from Violets and Velvet and pom poms to decorate the beautiful beamed ceiling to keep it elegant.
The tables were decorated with some amazing flowers from Violets and Velvet that mixed up succulents, stocks, potted tea roses in copper cans and gorgeous glass jars to create an individual arrangement on each table. All the flowers were kept to white and green to keep with our understated theme. We then handmade tea light holders by dipping jam jars in glitter for the table and gave all our guests a Team groom or Team bride badge as a thank you.
We kept everything simple just hiring in a big LOVE sign and some light up stars from Vowed and Amazed which looked fantastic, especially at night.
We had lots of handmade details such as thank you notes on the tables, photos on the wall of our family and us growing up and we even made our own photo booth and wallpapered it in a vintage print, complete with a table of props which really made for some amazing photos and most of the props ended up at the dinner tables!
Our caterers, Handmade Food were incredible and we served up a ‘Feasting Menu’ with numerous dishes that just kept on coming from bruschetta to cavolo nero, steak to a cheese board and finishing with Eton Mess (Russell’s favourite desert). Everything was picked by us really on what we love to eat.
We wanted the relaxed feel to filter into our food so this worked perfectly for us…no stuffy 3 courses, this was dig in and keep eating! This was a real highlight of the day.
Joanna Brown was our photographer and we couldn’t thank her enough for taking some truly amazing photos that really captured the mood and feel of our day. She made us feel so comfortable and really has given some unforgettable memories on film. The time with just the 2 of us taking pictures at the top of the light house, was a really peaceful, special moment.
Our music was provided by Katie plus Juan, a duo from our local town in St Albans and then Max from the Wedding Smashers took over after dinner, we had our first dance to Waiting For A Star To Fall and he kept the dance floor full all night!
Overall we wanted our day to represent us and it really did, we loved every moment of it and we would do it all over again if we could.
Big thanks to Katie and Russell for sharing their gorgeous day and to Joanna Brown for her beautiful work capturing it.