From classic country this morning, to pure party fun with an alternative vibe this afternoon. I do love the diversity of the weddings and stories I feature on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, but you know what they all have in common? Love, personality and emotional moments and memories galore.
David and Jasmyn tied the knot on the 28th October 2016 at Chelsea Town Hall followed by an intimate meal for 10 at The River Café and a huge party in the evening at Bush Hall in London. I love that they approached their wedding planning backwards from their honeymoon; the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico. Hence the October wedding date and epic honeymoon that followed. There really are no rules WWWers. There was a subtle hint of red throughout their wedding, with the most beautiful bouquet consisting of burgundy dahlias and roses and David’s super cool mod style suit too. Otherwise the details were a real mix of cool elements, giant balloons, meringues and a huge repertoire of musicians to keep the dance floor buzzing.
Jasmyn wore two incredibly beautiful dresses. The first, an elegant beaded number by Halfpenny London, teamed with a sweet veil and the second, a show stopping colourful frock by Temperley London. Ohhh the style.
Thanks so much to the brilliant Marianne Chua for sharing these awesome images.
THE PROPOSAL | Dave proposed in Cambridge after sending a series of clues to my office for me to guess the destination of a surprise weekend away. After a romantic afternoon punting and sightseeing we stopped off for a drink at Hotel du Vin. Dave went to the bar but after a while he phoned with directions to one of the hotel suites and when I walked in I was greeted by a stunning candlelit room with two roll top baths at the end of the bed. Dave had made a playlist of my favourite songs and got down on one knee. He proposed with an emerald ring from his mother as he knew I would want to choose my own and we travelled back to London the following day and found the perfect one.
THE VISION | David and I aren’t religious or very traditional so when it came to planning a wedding we knew we would do things our own way. We booked our honeymoon first and then worked back from that which suited us well. We had always wanted to go to the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico at the beginning of November so set the wedding date on the last Friday in October so we could fly the next day. We wanted an intimate ceremony with immediate family only so it meant there were only 10 of us on the day. This way we could also afford an extra special lunch and could relax and talk around one table. After a laid back day, we wanted to totally switch things up and have a big party we could invite everyone to.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Once we knew we planned to be in Mexico for the beginning of November, we had a year to plan the wedding. We chose a Friday as we wanted a London wedding and thought a Friday would be ideal, whilst most people are at work. Then everyone coming in the evening could come afterwards. We wanted a registry office ceremony and chose Chelsea Town Hall as it’s beautiful and on the Kings Road so a great location. We went to see the rooms available and although the Brydon room could fit 40, Dave was excited to hear that Ridley Scott (the director of Alien) had been in the room the day before, along with a host of other celebrities and was won over by the grandeur of the room. It also meant we could arrive separately and I could walk down the aisle.
From there we looked at nearby restaurants but had been to the River Cafe before and adored the informal but attentive service and incredible food so this was an easy choice for us. We booked their private dining room, which has a glass cheese storage at the back and is accessed via the kitchen so was an interesting place to eat and also has its own door out to the riverside.
And finally our reception was the easiest decision. I have lived in Shepherd’s Bush most of my life and met Dave at a club on the green just down the road so Bush Hall was perfect. It’s a terrific local music venue that we had been to a number of times and had recently been refurbished with dining rooms attached.
THE VENUE | Chelsea Town Hall – Brydon Room. The River Cafe. Bush Hall.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Halfpenny London for the traditional ivory dress and veil, then a Temperley gown for the evening reception.
FINDING THE DRESS | I tracked down the colourful Temperley gown after seeing one similar on a bride on Pinterest. The one I’d seen originally was from a previous season but there was an even better one online but it was out of my budget. I checked on it every so often but it was around 4 months later when one Saturday morning I woke up and decided to look again. It was on sale but was two sizes too small. I ordered it anyway and when it arrived I loved it so much I would have to fit in to it! My good friend Allison is a personal trainer so with weekly hardcore sessions the dress fit perfectly.
Whilst researching for the wedding I began to feel like I was missing out on a traditional wedding dress, after all I was only going to do this once! I got an email about a sample sale at Halfpenny London and managed to get the first appointment in the day. I tried on 4 or 5 beautiful dresses in a room full of other bride to be’s. There was a great atmosphere and I didn’t feel pressure to buy as I knew I had a gorgeous dress I could wear for the whole day if I didn’t get another. I then tried on a vintage style lace and sequin dress, which I fell in love with instantly. They added a simple veil and I was the first to buy a dress that day.
So now I had two dresses! Being on the small side at just over 5ft I needed some alterations, but I knew I could count on one of my best friend’s mum Skevi who has been a seamstress for years.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Dave wanted a mod-style suit in burgundy and we went through quite a number of options before finding the right one. We finally found the perfect shade of burgundy in a suit from House of Fraser, which he wore with a black tie and Paul Smith shoes.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | The evening began with Mariachi King who walked the room encouraging people to dance. Then the fantastic Laura Soul Valore sang some motown classics. Our main band were a Madness tribute act One Step Beyond and they got everyone involved. Our good friend Ryan did an hours DJ set then old school garage DJ Matt Jam Lamont along with his friend MC CKP finished off the evening perfectly.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I didn’t plan on having bridesmaids but Dave’s sister Rachel and my brothers girlfriend Doreta coincidently bought the same dress, which was a shock to them both but a fantastic surprise – I couldn’t have chosen better myself!
THE FLOWERS | Palais Flowers supplied the bouquet and a button hole for Dave.
THE CAKE | Meringues and brownies from Meringue Girls and vegan cupcakes from Ms Cupcake in Brixton.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Marianne Chua.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We had balloons from Bubblegum Balloons including a Day of the Dead painted skull. I ordered vintage cake stands for the cake table and decorated a box for cards to go in. Our main band was One Step Beyond, a Madness tribute, so we handed out inflatable saxophones, fez’s and sunglasses and set off confetti cannons when they came on. We had a photobooth from The Mighty Booth and a walk around face painter from Glitterbox.
Our transport for the day was a Karma Kar, an Indian Ambassador car with luxurious interior and flowers attached. Sasha the owner/driver of the company is such a character and made us feel extra special in his fabulous car.
THE HONEYMOON | After the reception we went home to get changed then took a cab to Heathrow airport where we stayed the night at the airport hotel before travelling the to Miami the next day. We stayed at The Delano in Miami for 2 nights, having brunch at Cecconis at Soho Beach House. Then flew to Oaxaco in Mexico where we stayed at the stunning Quinta Real. After a week soaking up the culture and festivities in Mexico we flew to Jamaica to relax on the beach at the fabulous Round Hill Resort.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Marianne Chua
Proposal Hotel | Hotel du vin Cambridge
Hair & make up | Goshka at Lipstick & Curls
Transport | Karma Kars
Flowers | Palais Flowers
Personal trainer | Ally O’Regan
Dress and Suit alterations | Skevi Constandi [email protected]
Balloons | Bubblegum Balloons
Photobooth | The Mighty Booth
Ceremony | The Brydon Room at Chelsea Town Hall
Restaurant | The River Café
Reception venue | Bush Hall
Meringues | Meringue Girls
Vegan cupcakes | Ms Cupcake
Face paint | Glitterbox
DJ 1 | DJ Ryan Moore
Dress 1 | Halfpenny London
Dress 2 | Temperley London
Shoes | Charlotte Olympia
Wedding Rings | H Samuel
Necklace and Bracelet | Alex Monroe
Perfume | Jo Malone
What a special wedding celebration, so many brilliant moments.
David and Jasmyn, thank you both so much for sharing your wedding with us xo Lou