Morning morning :-) I hope you are having an amazing week so far. I am feeling good and pretty excited to share this super cool wedding with you today.
They wanted their day to be local, no hassle, small scale and personal to them. They had raided junk shops for wedding decor, DIY’d the flowers, had a pork pie wedding cake… and Sofie has the most amazing wedding day hair do ever. What a beautiful couple and a totally fun wedding.
Thanks so much to the fabulous Ellie Gillard Photography for sharing her gorgeous images with us today, here is what she had to say about the day;
“The first time I met Sofie and Jamie, I know they would be my perfect clients. They got ‘it’, they liked what I liked and they were happy to let me loose! They are both art teachers, who met at Goldsmith’s University and still live in SE London.
After arriving into the chaos of of 7 girls getting ready in one London flat, we were off to the Horniman Museum, for the ceremony in the beautiful conservatory which was conducted by a close friend, who happened to be a registrar (what a lovely job by the way!) followed by champagne on the terrace. Sofie walked up the aisle to “All I want is You” by Barry Louis Polisar, from the Juno soundtrack, and if you know it, you’ll know what a touching track it is. The beautiful white parasols Sofie had bought came in very useful to shield us from the sun, on one of the few hot days this summer.
After that it was off to the Trafalgar Club in Greenwich, which backed onto the river, with the twinkling lights of Canary Wharf beyond. Sofie decorated the table with assorted knick knacks, sprayed a simple white, and skull pins as favours. The pork pie cake (even as a vegetarian I thought that was pretty awesome) was topped with day of the dead wedding figurines.”
Names…. Sofie & Jamie
Wedding Date…. 05/08/11
The Proposal…. In Norway, at midnight, in the snow in a little wooden bandstand.
The Vision for the day…. eclectic, voodoo, purified junk shop – no hassle, small scale, near to home. Invites were collaged and constructed by the bride and handwritten by the bride and groom… http://www.flickr.
The Planning process…. long term planning to last minute panic – There was 18 months between the proposal and the wedding…. We took our time to get things right, though I think finding the reception venue and the bridesmaids dresses were the most time consuming!
The Venue… The Horniman Museum, Victorian Conservatory for the ceremony and The Trafalgar Club in Greenwich for the reception.
The Dress + Accessories….. The dress was Ronald Joyce from an independent wedding dress shop in Belper, Derbyshire – the veil was handmade from one piece of silk chiffon, my hair clip was from Libby Rose in Greenwich market, the shoes from Next (!) Not cool, but the right price and look so had to be done!
Finding the dress…. took forever – 10 shops in 4 different cities to return to the first shop….
Groom’s attire… Bespoke Moss Bros (our friend gets 50% discount…) and a vintage tootal cravat, shoes were from Jones the Bootmaker.
The Readings + Music…. We wanted the ceremony over quick so no readings – I walked down the aisle to Louis Polisar’s – All I want is you, we walked back up the aisle to Joe Dassin’s Les Champs-Élysées. The ceremony background music was all big band, 40′s, 50′s….the reception music was a mix called ‘sexy buffet’ and then it was rock ‘n’ roll and everything else….Britney, ACDC, The Pogues and hip hop.
Beautiful bridesmaids…. Six of them in Tara Starlet’s Sarong Dress, in Black, in every size they did.
The Flowers… Done by the bride and a bridesmaid after two saturday morning’s at a wedding floristry class at an adult education centre (excellent, much recommended) and bought from a wholesaler (name not supplied as your not meant to buy from them for weddings…naughty).
The Cake… Three tier pork pie with day of the dead topper…
Your Photographer…. Ellie Gillard – Legend – wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
The Details + Decor…. All the decorations, vases and random stuff were bought from junk shops and jumble sales around the country and the ever bountyful Deptford market…..and then spray painted white, the bunting was made from pages from books from Deptford market….. the aisle decorations were made from random ribbons and bits of fabric and stitched together by the me, the groom’s mother and sister.
The Honeymoon…. Bali and Lombok, Indonesia.
Memorable moments… all of it. being terrified.
Advice for other couples… don’t get sucked into spending too much money….and don’t overload the day.
Credit where credit’s due…
Wedding Dress - www.statelybrides.co.uk
Bridesmaid dresses - http://www.tarastarlet.com/
Pork Pie Cake - Jerry Howarth Pork Butchers on King Street, Belper, Derbyshire
Wedding topper / skull beads for favors - fairtrade crafts http://www.tumi.co.uk/
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