Jo and Beau wanted their wedding to be traditional and set in the heart of the city. So they chose The HAC in London to hold their film inspired reception.
There were so many fun touches, I love the chic red and charcoal colour scheme and those glitter red Jimmy Choos really are something. The popcorn place setting and balloon release really added a quirky and personal touch too.
Thanks so much to Martha & George for sharing their delightful photographs on WWW.
The Proposal… We went to Matlock in the Peak District for our 5th year anniversary. We took a cable car to the top of the hills for a picnic. After we had eaten, I lay down to sleep and felt a tingle on my nose which I thought was a bee. When I opened my eyes Beau was on one knee holding a ring! It was such a nice surprise – I had no idea. He’d been the perfect gentleman and already been to ask my dad for his permission – it was so romantic!
The Vision for the Day… We wanted a traditional wedding but in the heart of the city of London, with all our family and close friends with quirky touches which reflected our personalities.
The Planning Process… We picked the venue and date within a couple of months of getting engaged. We looked at quite a few venues and the one we chose just felt right.
The Venue… We got married in St Mary Moorfield’s Church which is a hidden gem in in The City. The reception was a 5 minute walk away at the HAC. Both venues were classic old buildings with very ornate decorations. Unusually for London, The HAC has a lot of outside space which we wanted for a drinks reception. Even though we were surrounded by tall buildings, having the large outside space made it feel we were right in the middle of the country!
The Dress + Accessories… The dress was strapless sweetheart neckline with lovely embellished flowers on the top with a full, light, floaty skirt with pleats. I wore sparkly red Jimmy Choos which were lovely and surprisingly comfortable as they were very high! I wore dangly earrings from Swarovski and a lovely bracelet my maid of honour gave me as a gift in the morning.
Finding the Dress… The dress was from a wedding fayre in a hotel in Bond Street. I chose it with my Maid of Honour, Emma. There was a huge queue of other brides-to-be and we queued for hours! As you went in you got measured and were only allowed to pick five dresses to try on. I knew I had found my dress when I realised in the changing room I had actually had picked up two of the same dress without realising!
Groom’s Attire… The groom wore a grey morning suit with tails and a red cravat and red socks! He wore brown and tax shoes from Kurt Geiger.
The Readings + Music… We chose our close friends to take readings at the church as we felt this was a great way to have them included in our special day. The hymns chosen were our favourites and ones that meant the most to us. Two of our friends were solo singers at the rear of the church.
Beautiful Bridesmaids… The bridesmaids wore charcoal grey dresses with bright red kitten heels to match my shoes and carried three simple roses tie with ribbon. We wanted to keep their look simple but beautiful and the charcoal dresses looked lovely against the gothic feel of the church and red rose petals down the aisle.
The Flowers… We had a wonderful flower lady who is a friend of the groom’s mother and gave us great cost effective suggestions. We wanted to keep the flowers quite modest as the venues were very ornate so we chose red velvety roses. I had a simple bouquet of cream roses. We had candelabras as table decorations which we dressed ourselves the night before with ivy and eucalyptus. The eucalyptus smelt gorgeous and worked really well with the ivy. I had small cream roses in my hair which were artificial but actually looked very real!
The Cake… The cake was three tiered red velvet covered in ivory icing, charcoal ribbon to match the bridesmaids dresses and decorated with the red roses. The red velvet against the ivory icing had dramatic touch and fit in with our colour theme.
Your Photographer… We saw some wedding photos a friend had put up on Facebook and thought they looked great. We got in touch with the photographers and it was one of the best choices we made! Martha & George were incredible from start to finish. As we were getting married near Shoreditch we wanted some unique photos on the streets. We met with M&G on a weekend to scout locations and their advice and suggestions were brilliant. The photos looked lovely and we were so pleased.
The Details + Decor… We had lots of positive comments about the attention to detail. We had a very modern order of service designed by a good friend and art worker with our very own designed coat of arms.
After the service we gave everyone a red balloon for the walk to the venue. This looked amazing in the photos and got a lot of stares from the public!
As we are big film fans we wanted that to come through in the detail but without feeling too much like an overwhelming theme. Jo wore ruby shoes (Wizard of Oz) and each table was named after a film along with a romantic quote (or not in the case of Misery).
We personalised everyone’s name places by coming up with a thought for each person e.g. Jo’s dad’s place name said “Anth can’t wait for his speech to be over”. People really liked these as it gave a very personal touch but as a last minute decision it was quite time-consuming!
The Honeymoon… The honeymoon was two days after the wedding. After looking at nearly every possible destination, we decided on a week in Maui (Hawaii) followed by a 9-day drive across California. We stayed in San Francisco, Yosemite, Death Valley and finished in Las Vegas for 3 nights. It was an amazing holiday and the perfect mixture of fun, activity and relaxation.
Memorable Moments… The whole day was incredible. Although everyone says the day’s over so quick we made sure to take every moment in. Seeing the sea of red balloons on the walk to the venue was special but a really lovely moment was going back to the Hoxton Hotel (which has a busy bar in reception) where we were staying with a few of our friends and family and the whole bar of strangers cheering and applauding when we walked in wearing our suits and dress! It felt like we were in a film. It was perfect end to a perfect day.
Advice for Other Couples… Let your personalities come through in your decisions. You don’t need to spend loads of money to make an impact. Try and take some time together on the day itself to absorb and appreciate all your hard work coming together!
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Venue | The HAC
Photographer | Martha & George
Videographer | You My World Productions
Suit Hire | Dapper
Thanks so much to Jo and Beau for sharing their wedding with us today, so much fun XOXO Lou
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