Claudine and Rob chose to celebrate with a Peckham wedding with local venues and suppliers for their relaxed pub wedding reception with a vintage nod and DIY touches.
If you’re looking for laid back inspiration done with style then this should be right up your street! Gorgeous couple Claudine and Rob chose to celebrate in Peckham with an intimate civil ceremony at their local registry office followed by a fun pub reception. Given the bride is an illustrator there are lots of lovely creative touches that enabled them to put their style to the day and we love their laid back vintage style and use of dried flowers. Also, is there any better location for portraits than a London rooftop car park? Great work by We Heart Pictures Photography.
The most important thing to us was to have a wedding that suited our vibe– we chose London as it’s very much our adopted hometown. We’re a laid back couple and wanted to throw a party with our nearest and dearest.
We had some friends and family traveling from Ireland so we also booked some rooms and a meal the evening before in The Windmill Hotel in Clapham. Our bridemaids and groomsmen all live either in back Dublin or elsewhere, so it was great to have the hotel as a base for everyone for the few days.
Guys & Girls
As we all live in different places, I ordered a huge mix of dresses from ASOS and had an evening session in my flat when my bridemaids came to visit London. We also got all the groomsmen clothes online from Next and Uniqlo. Rob also got his basics from uniqlo and Next and splashed out on a jacket from Hackett.
House of Vintage
I bought my dress in my first attempt! I knew I wanted something vintage and didn’t have a huge budget. I visited House of Vintage Bride in Shoreditch on my own one Saturday morning and left with my dress. It was such a lovely experience I’d recommend it to any bride looking for something a little different.
I kept my accessories simple – shoes from Dune and a bag from Accessorize. I bought a second hand Jennifer Behr hairband on eBay. I chopped the strings off and used on the back of my head instead. I wore my shoes for a few weeks before around the house as I’m not great in heels – I lasted in them well into the night! I had a great makeup artist and hairdresser Helen Lancaster who beautified my ladies and me on the morning. It was important for me to look natural and like ‘me’ as I don’t usually wear much makeup. It was lovely to have her there on the day and our hair and makeup held up for the whole day and night.
We had our ceremony in our local registry office in Camberwell, followed by a reception in a pub in Peckham (no longer available). My mum passed away a few years ago so I walked into a song she used to sing, as a subtle way to have her presence felt. We had a vintage bus tour from the ceremony to the reception, which was a nice touch for those who were visiting London, and also relaxed everyone after quite an emotional ceremony. My dad said this was his highlight – the prosecco calmed his pre-speech nerves!
LONDON PUB WEDDING
We looked at a number of different option and decided a pub wedding with it’s own catering was the easiest , most cost effective and best fit for us. We had prosecco on arrival and then ate straight way. All our guests were on one long table and we choose large sharing plates of food. This gave the meal a relaxed and intimate vibe – a bit like Christmas. Instead of arrival canapés we opted for bacon and chip butties later in the evening as we had more guests joining for the party. It was definitely a great way to soak up the effects of our bar tab!
As a gift one of our friends organised the travel route, entertainment and Prosecco from the ceremony to the reception, another made our cake toppers. On the day itself our groomsmen and bridesmaids were everyone’s point of call and played an absolute stormer in hosting the day and staying on top of logistics.
The room itself had so much character which meant we didn’t need to worry too much about décor. We didn’t have a strict theme or colour palette, we kept things quite neutral and simple. We focused on injecting little bits of our personality and history as a couple into the day – lots of candles, some skulls and some photos of our parents wedding days.
As an illustrator, invites and stationery were a fun part for me – we ended up framing the invite as a decoration piece on the day itself. We had big sharing plates of food so the table décor was simple, some dried petals, candles, and menus.
We used our dried flower bouquets from the Artisan Flower Company as decorations too. Aside from me designing the invites and menus we had a few small DIY projects – which were mostly done by my now husband as I was caught up in a lot of freelance projects during the run up. He melted candles on skulls and Hendricks bottles (which I obligingly drank during our engagement) and made calligraphy name tags for everyone using kraft tags and wax seals. These doubled up as favours as we tied them around little miniatures as table settings. He also made our guestbook, which was a Polaroid camera and scrapbook that was so great to look through a few days after.
We got to know our band, the Thumping Tommys in the run up to the day as we go to a lot of their gigs and they definitely knew what songs to play to get the Irish guests stomping and singing along. Similarly we had a great night out with our DJ, having a few drinks and chatting about our tastes, so gave her freedom to read the crowd on the night rather than sticking to a rigid playlist. We made sure to invite our band, DJ and photographer to join in on the fun and make use of our bar tab and bacon butties – we wanted everyone there to have a good time and enjoy being a part of our day.
Planning even a small wedding is a big job, so you need to have faith in your vendors. We were so at ease with all our suppliers and we just let them do their thing. As a freelancer myself I always love when a client trusts me, I always produce my best work when I’m given some free reign. We choose a lot of local suppliers, like Cat Food Cakes who made our delicious cake – we choose the flavours and then let her take control of the decoration and have fun with it. We also took recommendations from friends – like our wonderful photographer Hector at WeHeartPictures.
Use a shared Google drive spreadsheet to keep on top of of all your wedmin/budget spending. Another great (free!) site is Trello – a project management site. I use this for my freelance projects too as its also very visual. Listen to the Bridechilla podcast – it’s the main thing I miss about planning!