WWW readers Mae and Alec are one super cool couple. I just adore their 1920s feel, quirky gold London city wedding.
Mae and Alec tied the knot on the 13th September 2013 at Islington Town Hall followed by a pub reception at the Prince Albert. They wanted their wedding to include the things they love; cameras, viewmasters, board games and swans.
Mae had 2 wedding dresses, a custom made dress with the sweetest jewellery and a 1920s vintage dress for the evening. Alec went for a black suit with gold tie and personalised braces. Oh so stylish.
The brilliant Alexa Loy was the perfect choice for capturing their day, thank you so much to Alexa for sharing her photographs with us here today.
The Proposal… Christmas day 2012, Central Park, NY
The Vision for the Day… Very London wedding, with a little vintage and other things we love – cameras, viewmasters, board games, lots of gold and swans.
The Planning Process… We had to bring the wedding forward, from summer 2014 to autumn 2013, so we didn’t have too much time to plan. Which was actually quite nice. I followed at least a dozen wedding blogs and used pinterest a lot to plan with the make-up artist, invitation designer and my maid of honour.
Budget… About £15000 or so… We didn’t keep track of absolutely everything!
The Venue… Islington Town Hall and Prince Albert pub in Camden, we lived in Islington at the time.
We had a Routemaster bus to take everyone from the hall to the pub, with champagne (brought from France by Alec’s mum) served on board, tickets with our names on etc.
The Dress + Accessories… The dress for the ceremony was made by my maid of honour, Yuriko. We bought British lace and had hundreds of fittings in the run up to the wedding. She did an amazing job and I love her forever for all her help! She also embroidered initials on Alec’s braces, made the origami swans for the tables and a lot of other little things too.
The bouquet was made by my mum and dad, from brooches found in my room at home, donated by other family members, etc. I didn’t see it until the night before the wedding but I absolutely loved it.
The flowers were from our local flower shop on Stroud Green road.
Finding the Dress… I looked in quite a few vintage wedding dress shops in London and found a lovely 1920s style dress. After I bought it, Yuriko offered to make a dress for me so that dress became the reception dress. A bit greedy, I know.
Groom’s Attire… Alec got a suit from House of Fraser and ordered a gold tie online. His shoes were Hudson. I bought him some cufflinks with a map of London on one and New York on the other and his best man bought him a pocket watch. He also had the braces with his initials on, by Yuriko.
The Readings + Music… Alec’s sister read some of the lyrics from Pulp’s “Something changed” I wanted my brother to read something but we couldn’t think of anything else we wanted!
Beautiful Bridesmaids… I had a maid of honour, my best friend, Yuriko. And a bridesman (?) one of my oldest friends, Ryan. My sister couldn’t make it to London for the wedding, so she was my absent bridesmaid.
The Flowers… We’re not big fans of flowers so my bouquet had to be something different and we just had a few buttonholes for the boys and baskets for the flower girls, all provided very last minute and very cheaply from the local flower shop.
The Cake… We had planned to have choux, iced in white and gold, instead of a cake but the company cancelled our order at the last minute. In the end we had a plain white cake from M&S, which I painted gold, and a tower of cinnabon bites. We also had an extra cake (also from M&S) out the back which was cut up at the same time.
Your Photographer… The wonderful Alexa Loy. She was my first choice, mainly because we seemed to have similar tastes. I love analogue photography and although I didn’t think it would be suitable for our wedding I wanted a photographer who had the same love for cameras and analogue photography. We spoke to a few other photographers in the same price range but none of them seemed right. We felt really comfortable with Alexa and everyone at the wedding loved her!
The Details + Decor… Most of the decoration was in the upstairs dining area. I made a table plan with my own photos of swans in a big gold frame. Like a family photo frame. Each table had an origami swan, a small gold photo frame with a photo representing the table number (each table number was a significant number to our life in London} and two gold boxes with vintage view master viewers inside. Each place setting had a fortune cookie in a gold wrapper and a gold striped paper bag, which I stamped the names of the guests on. Inside the bag was a view master reel, picked specially for each guest.
We had a few swan details: swan cake toppers and sign holders from BHLDN online.
We had a table downstairs with an instant camera and guest book, for guests to take photos and write messages. There was one of our favourite board games, coppit, which the kids played for hours with our friend Nanae, who came all the way from Tokyo!
The Honeymoon… With the wedding on Friday we were free to spend the rest of the weekend in Hampstead in a lovely room above a pub. Then a month or so later we had a week on board the QM2, which was partly a honeymoon but also a good way to get us and a lot of our belongings to New York, where we now live.
Memorable Moments… We both remember almost every moment of the day (except for the karaoke at the end, which is just a blur) and that surprised us as we’d expected it to fly by without us really taking it in.
Advice for Other Couples… If you have the time to look around, don’t compromise on the venue. You have to work together with them a lot so it needs to feel right. The Prince Albert pub was perfect for us, we needed a lot of help with how things worked and they do wedding all the time, so know what they’re doing. They’re also the only pub that would close on a Friday!
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Photographer | Alexa Loy
Venue | Prince Albert Camden
Bus | Route Master Hire
Dress | Yuriko Kikuchi
Invitations | Nanae Kawahara
Bride’s Shoes | Remix vintage shoes
Oh so beautiful, and I love those shots of Mae dancing with her dad.
Thank you so so much to Mae and Alec for sharing their gorgeous wedding story with us XOXO Lou