Industrial cool style, perfect urban city location and 600 balloons… It’s time for Helen and Paul’s nuptials held on the 14th October 2016. YAY.
What’s not to love about a modern, fun and colourful celebration in the heart of London? Helen and Paul chose to hold their wedding at The Chainstore at Trinity Buoy Wharf. The views of the Thames and the o2 arena were rather spectacular, as was the warehouse space for their ceremony and the party following. It made the perfect backdrop for their epic balloon installations they set their heart on, along with sparkly table cloths and miles of fairy lights.
Touches which really added personality included a scrumptious sounding American style menu, bespoke cocktails and karaoke for their guests. Helen wore a strikingly beautiful gown and veil by Vera Wang teamed with pretty pink blooms. The bridesmaids wore mismatched sequin outfits and and the gents looked dapper in their black bow ties and tuxedo jackets. Wow.
Thanks so much to Lovestruck Photography for sharing these incredible shots with us.
THE PROPOSAL | On the beach in Penang, Malaysia. We were visiting my Dad with our daughter over New Years and my Dad ‘surprised’ us with a night off in a hotel while he babysat, but it was all a plot between them. I actually guessed a couple of days before but didn’t let on, and we both ugly cried when it happened.
THE VISION | Modern, colourful and fun.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | 9 months.
THE VENUE | The Chainstore, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Vera Wang White collection and Vera Wang veil.
FINDING THE DRESS | David’s Bridal in Stratford, second dress I tried on! I had it altered though to create more of a sweetheart neckline and shortened the skirt at the front. My Mum doesn’t often get emotional but as soon as the veil went on the tears followed…
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Bit of a disaster… Had planned to get a bespoke tuxedo style kilt jacket made but it arrived and was horrendous so we had to do a last minute John Lewis run and had a regular tuxedo jacket altered a couple of weeks before – and actually it was perfect! Kilt was made especially from a company in Scotland. Shoes were Kurt Geiger, shirt was Burberry and bow tie was Aquascutum.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | ‘Real Love’ – Beatles (my bridesmaid almost couldn’t speak she was crying so much!) and ‘Something Changed’ – Pulp. Our first dance was ‘Fooled Around and Fell In Love’ by Elvin Bishop, followed immediately after by ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ by Candi Staton.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My sister Jen, best friends Anna, Karina, Chris, Phoebe and then my cousin Niamh and our beautiful daughter, Bonnie.
THE FLOWERS | Wild at Heart, Liberty.
THE CAKE | Made it myself.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Lovestruck Photography.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | 600 balloons! We wanted to bring colour and impact to this giant empty room and I think we achieved that.
We also wanted some sparkle so the head table was decorated with a rose gold sequin tablecloth and all the bridesmaids (and brides-man!) featured some sort of sequin or metallic element.
Paul is a big cocktail lover so we had a bespoke cocktail designed by our caterers that was handed out right after the ceremony.
We also didn’t want to have a predictable wedding menu so instead went with what we love, which is all things American. So our dinner was fried chicken and waffles, deep-fried mac and cheese balls with loads of onion rings, fries and coleslaw. And to bring the Scottish element in we had our very own Irn Bru BBQ sauce made for us!
THE HONEYMOON | We’re both roller coaster junkies and had our first kiss in the queue for Colossus at Thorpe Park, so it had to be Florida – Disneyland, Universal Studios, Kennedy Space Centre and then finally some Miami sun.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We thought the ceremony would be the bit we just had to get out the way but actually it was one of our favourite parts of the day. We wrote our own vows and there were lots of tears all round. Having our daughter there also added more meaning to the moment.
I chose to do a speech which I’m really, really glad about. It wasn’t scary at all and I got to thank everyone myself and say a few nice words about my new husband – as well as some good stories!
We had live band karaoke in the evening, which was SO much fun and seeing work friends, family and friends all come together to belt out Proclaimers at the end of the night was such a crazy, fantastic moment and memory for us.
I also arranged for the band to learn a couple of Paul’s favourite songs and he kicked off the evening with ‘Sweet Transvestite’ from Rocky Horror – I don’t think anyone expected that!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Designate someone in your wedding party to be a problem solver or hire a wedding planner, even just for the day so you don’t have to deal with any issues and can just focus on enjoying yourselves. We had a couple of small hiccups that were resolved easily enough but it would’ve been nice to be blissfully unaware!
Don’t waste money on favours, we just put caramel wafers out, which was super cheap and more personal to us.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Lovestruck Photography
Caterer | New Plate Specials
Florist | Wild At Heart
Make-Up | Your Day Your Beauty
Helen and Paul, thank you both so much for sharing your incredible wedding story with us here today xo Lou