A Charming, Locally Sourced London Wedding


Matt and Dom were married in April in their hometown on London, with their ceremony at Islington Town hall followed by a reception at The Albion, Angel.

They wanted their wedding to have a local approach, sourcing aspects for their wedding nearby. They had a gorgeous navy blue colour scheme with brown paper details. The flowers are out of this world beautiful, and so natural. I love the laid back, organic feel to this city affair.

Thanks so very much to the fabulous Ellie Gillard Photography for sharing her images with us today, here is what she had to say about the day;

“Kicking off the 2012 wedding season, and what a wedding it was, such a beautiful day – laid back, gorgeous and full of love. A ceremony featuring music by Paul Weller and Bon Iver; Dom’s absolutely gorgeous vintage inspired Pronovias gown, and the Albion, which made a stunning reception venue – the garden filled with fairy lights, a herb garden and all the other kinds of things a photographer loves. Dom and Matt were a wonderful couple to photograph, and so honest and warm. Weddings like this always affirm my love for what I do.”


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Names…. Matt and Dom

Wedding Date…. Saturday 7th April 2012

The Proposal…. Matt and I had planned a holiday in June 2101 to New York to visit one of our best friends (who then decided to move before we got there so missed out on being the first to know!). Matt decided this would be the time to propose and then managed to keep this a secret for 6 months (apart from asking my Dad for permission and drunkenly telling a few friends nearer the time)! Matt had bought the ring before we went and the stress of hiding it at home, during packing for the holiday and during the flight and customs meant that he proposed on the first day of our holiday because he just couldn’t cope anymore! We had gone to central park- I desperately wanted to sit down as it was so hot…he desperately wanted to find a quiet romantic spot….I moaned…he won. I was so surprised, I knew one day we’d get married but didn’t expect it so soon. We celebrated with a jumbo pretzel and then enjoyed a week in New York being smug…and taking too many photos of the ring with tourist attractions! We didn’t tell anyone until we got home and it was really nice to be secretly engaged for that week as it meant we got to enjoy it and take it in just the two of us.

The Planning Process…. My favourite input from Matt was when we were deciding the date and he said he didn’t want to wait too long as he proposed because he wanted to be my husband not my fiance. I’m so fortunate that both Matt and I are organisational freaks so there was never anyway this would be done any other way than together. This proved difficult for our long suffering parents…personally I blame them for raising such independent children! We quickly decided we wanted a London wedding that reflected us, was chilled and fun with fabulous food.

The Venue…. We looked at so many venues on the internet but whenever we saw them in reality we just hated everything. Then we found the Albion, we’d been trying to find a nice pub and this was perfect. It is the most lovely pub with a beautiful garden out back. It also meant we could get married at the beautiful Islington Town Hall. We have always lived in North London and love Islington and Angel so it felt perfect to be getting married so close to home, it made it feel like us even more.

Readings + music… We had two reading ‘I’ll be there for you’ by Lousie Cuddon read by one of the bridesmaids Kerry.Its a sweet poem without the excess emotion, and Kerry has a fabulous Northern/Scouse accent which I love! Matt’s sister Hollie did the second reading that talked about siblings, no idea where it was from but it was lovely. The music was really important and ever song meant something to us. We struggled a little to choose a song for the bridal entrance but settled on Written in the Stars by Paul Weller. We love the way every line sounds like a fact not a wish or hope, and I think it fits with how sure we are about each other. Paul Weller also happens to be one of mine and my dad’s favourite musicians. We had an acoustic version of Everlong by the Foo Fighters and Stacks by Bon Iver during the signing of the register both beautiful songs. And we decided to leave on a high as it’s a celebration after all, so we walked out to you make my dreams come true by Hall and Oates.

Groom’s Attire… Matt wanted to wear a damn good suit. He went shopping with Robbie the best man and found a gorgeous one in House of Fraser. We then found the shirt, waistcoat and tie in various high street stores. We both loved the ties, they were navy blue and kind of corduroy-esq!

Beautiful Bridesmaids… My best friend from uni Kerry and my best friend from school Alex. I couldn’t have asked for better aids…Kerry is a bride to be herself and has the inner bride Alex and I are missing, she also has loads of mum type advice that I’m preparing to give back to her like it’s my own when I’m her bridesmaid in January. Alex pretty much knows nothing about weddings and that’s why I love her, the sanity was invaluable and she helped me learn how to do my own make-up…ensuring I didn’t come out orange! They both wore long navy skirts with cream vest tops (look at the pictures-I don’t describe it well) and THE most sexy, very high navy heels! I bought them necklaces to wear, simple silver chains with a midnight blue pearl.

The Dress and Accessories…. I found the dress on my second shopping trip, at a sample sale, before we’d even booked anything! It was the first time I went shopping with my mum and Alex and we were just planning to get some inspiration. But then my mum saw my dress, went a bit mother-of-the-bride-zilla when she saw another bride to be with it and talked her out of it so that I could try it…after Alex and I got over the shame we knew she was right to do it because once it was on all three of us loved it and it fit.  It is a beautiful dress by Pronovias with lace and beading all over.  Because it was from a sample sale we saved a fortune and took it home there and then which was exciting. I then found a local dress maker, Carla Kirste, to make a few alterations. She was fantastic, really knew what she was doing and was so helpful and even ended up making my mum an Angeline Jolie inspired dress for the wedding. I decided against a veil because the dress was so detailed and just got a beautiful pair of pearl earrings. The shoes were gorgeous blue stain shoes from Schuh, I love them and can’t wait to wear them again.

The Flowers…. There is no way we would have been able to do the flowers without the help of my wonderful step mum Karen who knows about all things flowers. She listened to our vision for something different and relaxed yet beautiful and trailed Columbia road flower market and all of the florists in Islington with us giving us inspiration of thistles, hydrangeas and anenomes. The Flower Station just off Upper Street did the flowers, they were really helpful and understood exactly what we wanted. We had collected jars and Matt decorated them all with ribbons and took them to the Flower Station who then put the most beautiful flowers in them, each one was different but linked to the bouquets.

The Cake…. A White chocolate marquis from Euphorium bakery on Upper street…I love baking and Matt loves eating so we couldnt bare to have a boring wedding cake so we totally over indulged…best cake ever!

Your Photographer.… Ellie was recommended and as soon as we saw her website we knew she was what we wanted. I feel so lucky to have found someone that we could totally trust and just rely on- I couldn’t recommend her enough. She was nothing but a star through the whole process even answering my non-photo related questions as she got married herself at Islington Town Hall. And the photos speak for themselves..beautiful and not a cheesy cliche in sight. And we got all of the photos within a week of the wedding…how amazing!!

The Details + Decor. We didn’t really have a theme but the invitations featured some art work that we have depicting Upper Street and I suppose this started our ‘local. approach. We made them ourselves using brown paper and navy ribbon and this started a theme that ran across all stationary and decorations. We were lucky that the Albion was such a beautiful little pub that we didn’t need to do much decorating. The decor inside is all dark wood and flattering lighting, whilst the garden is littered by beautiful pots and fairy lights wind around the trees. We simply added jars of flowers to the tables and little tags that we made on each place setting thanking people for coming, the tables looked beautiful set for dinner. We had drinks and canapes before sitting down to a fabulous feed with so much food, the Albion is a must for food. Following dinner we had a guitarist to play…our thinking was that it would just be nice to have something different in the evening but he was so good and our friends and family were so drunk that every body ended up dancing all night, he was one of the best investments. We really just wanted to have a happy day with a great party, with great food, great drink and great friends and family and we feel like we achieved that.

The Honeymoon…. We both work in a special needs school so had to plan the wedding around the school holidays. We had a week off for Easter so headed to a little fishing hamlet called Portloe in Cornwall for a few days.

Memorable Moments.… My dad’s face when he first saw me in my dress. Seeing my Grandma crying as I walked in. Feeling so nervous before the ceremony but knowing that once I was stood with Matt I’d be fine. Repeatedly standing on my dress and hearing beautiful beads crunch. My mum wearing a custom made dress inspired by Angelina Jolie in the Tourist. Both of us forgetting which was the correct finger for the rings. The speeches- all of them were immense…my dad was so natural, so him…Matt spoke so true to us “she’s not my best friend, but we’re perfect for each other, we don’t always agree, we challenge each other and we learn from each other”…and Robbie the best Man who I’m forever in awe of for the amount of thought and effort that he went to; we had video messages from Suggs, Eddie Izzard and Jon Richardson and a letter from the Queen apologising that she wouldn’t be able to make it but wishing us luck, he did it because he knew we love those people, in the case of the Queen she’s my hero! The amount of heckling during the speeches, it made it so fun and relaxed…even my Grandma got involved. Seeing friends and family that had travelled from Oman, Singapore, Ireland, Germany just for us. The amazing food. How drunk everyone got. One of my best friends getting with one of Matt’s best friends. Everyone singing and dancing all night. Trying to avoid having a first dance to a soppy song so dancing to Superstitious by Stevie Wonder. Everyone telling me my mum’s a legend. Smiling all day, not a tear shed by me or Matt. Finding out the next day that our friend Ian had videoed the majority of the day.

Advice for Other Couples.… Chill out, the number one question I got asked was is it stressful and my answer is…only if you let it be, it’s what you make it and at the end of the day what’s important is that you are getting married the party is just a great extra bit!  Both get involved- I feel so lucky and grateful to have a husband who didn’t just want to marry me but also wanted to plan a wedding with me, it would’ve driven me insane if he hadn’t got involved. Remember when everyone’s giving their opinions and advice that it’s you’re wedding. Don’t let the time lines in the magazines freak you out…I didn’t decide on the hairdresser or cake until the last month and they were both amazing! Have fun, it’s meant to be a celebration.

Credit where credit is due…

Photographer Ellie Gillard http://www.elliegillard.com/

Ceremony Venue Islington Town hall

Reception Venue The Albion, Angel

Wedding Dress Pronovias

Bridal Accessories Earrings from Joy Everly in Soho, Bracelet from Accessorize.

Groom’s Suit House of Fraser

Bride’s Hair & Make-Up Alessandro at Shine on the Green, Newington Green. Make-up Bobi Brown.

Flowers The Flower Station , Angel

Dress maker Carla Kirste http://www.carlakirste.co.uk/

Musician… Tony Bowen http://www.tonybowenmusic.co.uk/


Thanks so much to Matt and Dom for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today XOXO Lou

9 thoughts on “A Charming, Locally Sourced London Wedding

What a gorgeous wedding and the photography give off such a lovely vibe! Can I ask if Matt’s suit was a Kenneth Cole one in House of Fraser? I think my fiance has bought the same suit for our wedding, and we’re struggling to find a matching waistcoat – wondering where Matt found his!? Beautiful dress too, love the shoulder detail and sleeves. Ruthie

Gorgeous! Love weddings that show that formality and a relaxed vibe aren’t mutually exclusive.

Hi Ruth, that is the same suit, great spot! I got the waist coat from Topman, I am not sure if they still do it because it was in the sale. Thanks for all the nice comments everyone!

The dress is amazing and I love the way that the photos have been taken. I was getting impatient with my slow internet connection becuase I wanted to see all the pictures! Was that a white chocolate cake with strawberries? Yum!

This couple is soooooooo cute and I am in LOVE with her dress. What a find, and a great mum for getting down to business!

Hi Guys and congratulations,
me and my girlfriend are planning a wedding very similar to yours, so I was wondering if you guys could or would share with us privately the details (budget and other similar things), in any case thanks a lot and again

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