Diego and Francesca were married back in May at Camden Town Hall followed by a reception at The Union Club, Soho. They wanted their wedding to be free of boundaries with a relaxed party.
Francesca created many of the elements herself, including the gluten free cakes and many of the fantastic decorations. I so love her burgundy corset and 50s style skirt with irregular choice shoes, she looks stunning. While Diego went for a tailor made light grey suit with red lining, which looked great.
I love the feel of this relaxed day with some brilliant quirky touches. Thanks so much to Samantha Capitano for sharing her lovely photography with us today.
Names…. Diego and Francesca
Wedding Date…. 27 May 2012
The Proposal…. In bed, just before falling asleep, in a central London hotel. Just a question, repeated three times, as the answer for the first two times was laughter. :)
The Vision for the day…. We wanted a party with friends, a day of celebration where everyone (including us!) would feel at ease, without too many boundaries.
The Planning process…. We decided to get married in London because we didn’t want the classical italian big fat wedding. We also wanted to organise everything ourselves, even if it wasn’t so easy… We were struggling finding a venue when we bumped into The Union: love at first sight. The club is quirky, the staff nice and really helpful. Planning the rest of the details was the fun part. We wanted everything to be as personal and fun as possible so one of our dearest friend drew the design for our invitations (us on a tricycle with the Big Ben behind – great success with our guests!). Francesca decided to make dessert and decorations herself, despite Diego’s warnings about being overwhelmed and stressed the days before the wedding. But since she always had the dream of opening her own bakery-patisserie – and because we wanted everything to be gluten free as Francesca has coeliac disease – she couldn’t help it! Francesca had to make everything, and that was the test: if she was able to stay calm and focused making her own cupcakes she was surely able to do it for a customer. Together with our photographer Samantha we decided to have a photo booth at the party so we started collecting all sort of things for the guests to dress up with: funny sunglasses, feathers, hats… the rest came by itself!
Budget…. It began as a budget wedding but we definitely went (on purpose!) over the budget we set when we decided to get married. We wanted a great wedding without opening a mortgage though!
The Venue… Ceremony at Camden Town Hall and party at The Union Club, Soho
The Dress + Accessories….. Burgundy boned corset with matching ’50s style skirt and ivory petticoat. Ivory shoes by Irregular Choice to match. For the party ’50s halter neck ivory dress by Vivien of Holloway with red petticoat and waistband. Wedding ring by Cartier. Lingerie by Wonderbra.
Groom’s attire… Tailor made suit by Suit Supply. Light grey with red lining, white shirt and red, burgundy and white checked tie. Brown pointed leather shoes by Ted Baker and striped socks.
The Readings + Music…. We did not want the ceremony to be lengthy or formal. We had no readings but we had a friend translating it into Italian for parents and friends. We selected few jazz tracks to be played before our entrance and chose ‘Guilty’ (Al Bowlly, as used in the movie Amèlie) as the track that accompanied us inside the hall.
The Flowers… I had the bouquet done by Igloo Flowers, with white peonies and roses and red (hot) chill peppers – my own twist to the traditional bouquet!
The Cake… Cheese cake. Literally. Stacked British and Sardinian cheese, topped by bride & groom cake pops hand made by Francesca and accompanied by crackers.
Your Photographer…. We met Samantha Capitano at our friends Elisa and Daniele’s wedding and we become friends almost immediately. Samantha invited us to participate to her project “Londra beautiful people” about italians in London and we fell in love with her style and approach to photography. She is relaxed and engaging and our guests loved the Photo Booth moment with her.
The Details + Decor…. We wanted the decor to be simple as The Union has already a unique style. Francesca made candy trees to decorate the venue and cake pops as favors for our guests. We also had a jar with pebbles instead of the classic guestbook.
The Honeymoon…. Caribbean and Cuba.
Memorable moments… One of the most important thing for us was making feel the few members of our family and dear friends that couldn’t be with us that day involved. During the ceremony we had one of our friends filming everything and broadcasting the most important moment for them – Francesca’s grandmother who’s 95 and never left Sardinia was in front of the computer weeping and Diego’s brother and his family were able to see everything from New Zealand. What a thrill when our friend said that in that moment loads of people were watching us! We felt loved.
At the party Francesca and her friends started singing together a cappella as they used to do years ago before she moved to London, and Diego and his friends followed after a while singing old fashioned italian songs.
Advice for other couples… Plan with plenty of time if you can and take it easy. Do what you like and not what you think you should do – the only way of having happy guests is being happy yourselves.
Credit where credit is due…
Bride’s shoes – www.irregularchoice.com
Groom’s suit and tie – www.suitsupply.com
Groom’s shoes – www.tedbaker.com
Groom’s barber – www.tedsgroomingroom.com
Photographer – www.samanthacapitano.com
Cupcakes, sweets, decorations etc. – www.glutenfreak.co.uk
Flowers – http://www.iglooflowers.com
The venue – www.unionclub.co.uk
Such a lovely happy wedding. Thanks so much to Diego and Francesca for sharing their wedding with us today XOXO Lou
Tags: Camden Town Hall, Gluten Free, Irregular Choice Wedding Shoes, London Wedding, Real Weddings, Red Wedding Ideas, Samantha Capitano, The Union Club, Vivien of Holloway
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