Fun Alternative London Cinema Wedding

195 Piccadilly BAFTA London Wedding Matt Parry Photography

You know one of my very favourite elements of a wedding? Unique and unusual wedding venues. Take this totally awesome cinema wedding ceremony today, which was held at 195 Piccadilly BAFTA in London. It oozes cool sophistication and personality, not to mention that it’s the home of the BAFTA, so extra points for pure glamour! It’s no wonder Kerry and Jon booked it for their wedding and then the celebrating commenced at The Folly bar and restaurant on Saturday 2nd September 2017.

Their day was all about creating a fun atmosphere, their brilliant proposal film (you have to read about their engagement you guys!) was played to guests in the cinema after the ceremony and they even had tubs of popcorn for each of them. What a quirky and authentic experience for all. Music was another important aspect of the day and their live band was picked based on their playlists matching with their fave bands. This is a really good way of finding your perfect band. WWW faves Megabooth‘s Festival Photo Pod sounded so entertaining and ensured much merriment in the evening too.

I also have to say that Kerry and Jon both looked resplendent in their chosen attire, Kerry wore YolanCris and Jon donned Dashing Tweeds. I really was blown away by Matt Parry‘s amazing captures of their day, featuring the city streets and intimate party moments to boot. Thanks so much for sharing them with us Matt.

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THE PROPOSAL

Being childhood sweethearts, I had been anticipating a proposal for some time. In true Jon style, I had been thrown a few curve balls along the way, so when I was asked to take part in a charity skydive by my soon to be mother in law, the thought of a proposal was not at the forefront of my mind. Whilst the thought of jumping out of a plane was not something I was necessarily eager to do, my competitive streak rang true and I thought, if she can do it so can I!!

We arrived at GoSkyDive at the end of May 2016 and luckily it was a beautiful day. Myself, Jon, his mum and the other family members who were also doing the skydive attended the induction and were informed that due to the way the planes had been scheduled and the number of people booked to jump that day, we would have to be split up, with Jon and I scheduled to take the first jump. Whilst disappointed I thought ‘hey, that’s okay, at least we get to go together’.

Positioning ourselves at the front of plane, we took to the skies and after reaching 14000ft Jon turned around and popped the question. It was romantic, hilarious and awkward all at the same time (after all we did have another man strapped to our backs) but there wasn’t much time to think about it as we were soon free falling through the sky. As I neared the landing spot I saw Jon waiting there on one knee with a ring and a bottle of champagne. It was brilliant.

We got the transport back to the main area and met with Jon’s family who had all been waiting eagerly for our return. None of them were actually jumping and had used the opportunity of attending the inductions to secretly film us all day. That combined with the footage from the skydive put together a beautiful short film which we used on our wedding day and is something we can treasure forever. The money raised was also gifted to our local hospice which held a special place in our hearts.

THE VISION

Both Jon and I have been to a lot of weddings in the last few years and whilst every single one has been beautiful, special and individual, we wanted something a little bit different and a whole lot less formal.

We both decided from the offset that we didn’t want to get married in a church, barn or hotel and absolutely loved the idea of a London wedding. London is so quirky, bustling and vibrant that we were both drawn to it.

We basically had three absolutes: London, with great food and cracking music.

THE PLANNING PROCESS

Planning was initially difficult as we really struggled to set a budget, date, area of London…basically everything. We knew the main things we wanted but going about finding them was tricky.

We relied heavily on Google to search different venue ideas and found a few we liked but none that screamed as being the perfect venue.

When we found the Drake & Morgan collection of bars and restaurants, we thought brilliant! They were just what we were looking for and we promptly went on a bar crawl to test them all out and get a feel for the space and what each were able to offer. The Drake & Morgan collection of bars and restaurants is vast so that was a particularly fun day.

The Folly, situated just outside Monument Station, is a stunning venue with a botanical but modern theme throughout. It ticked all our boxes, the only problem was that they do not have a ceremony license, so we went on the hunt for a venue that would be happy to host the ceremony aspect of the day only.

I found 195 Piccadilly BAFTA again via Google and just thought it would be really good fun to get married in cinema. We contacted the venue and they were so friendly and helpful, we just fell in love with the place.

BUDGET

£25,000 (including honeymoon in the end)

THE VENUES

Ceremony Venue: 195 Piccadilly – BAFTA

Reception venue: The Folly (Bar and restaurant)

Both of the venues are stunning and only do a small number of weddings per year so the attention to detail and the service given really was exceptional. Nothing was ever too much trouble and they were both so flexible with our ideas and any last minute changes.

Natasha Jackson @ BAFTA and Leia Ryan @ The Folly were brilliant and I would personally recommend them as they managed most of the event with only minimal input from me. There were no hidden costs (which I know some wedding venues like to throw in) and generally were really good value for money. We even had one of the staff at The Folly offer to do glitter face painting for us midway through the day and at no cost. This was so so popular and just made the day even more magical.

To get between the two venues we hired a London bus from Routemaster.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES

YolanCris – Tilo Wedding Dress 2017

Hayford & Rhodes – Flower Crown

Necklace – Dream catcher necklace from Not On The Highstreet

Earrings – Accessorize

FINDING THE DRESS

Miss Bush (based in Ripley)

Miss Bush was my third appointment at a wedding dress shop and I must say I was very impressed. From start to finish, it had a very exclusive feel and the attention I was given exceeded expectations. The venue itself is also something to behold!

Emma, the owner, discussed the style of dress I was looking for (sleeves, lace and not too tight) in detail prior to my trying anything on. After that it was a case of trying on the wide and varied selections of dresses available.

I had previously found it difficult to find a dress that stood out from the run of the mill styles you see in a lot of shops and Miss Bush certainly delivers on the original front.

In the end we settled on a floaty, boho, lace YolanCris number, which perfectly matched my accessories on the day. I loved it!

GROOM’S ATTIRE

Jon had his suit tailor made at a place called Dashing Tweeds. He decided he wanted to get a tweed suit for the wedding and shopped around a bit before he was recommended Dashing Tweeds. It is a gem of place, with an abundance of original and innovative fabrics. Whilst Jon was tempted to go for some of the more out there styles he settled with a Blue Glen Check fitted suit, with a double breasted waistcoat.

THE READINGS & MUSIC

We decided not to have any readings, but instead played the video created by Jon’s brother (who works in media so did an absolutely amazing job) after the ceremony and during the time we were signing the register. All the guests were given tubs of popcorn on arrival so it really added to the cinema esq experience.

I walked down the aisle to a song from one of my favourite childhood films – The Princess Bride (Once Upon a Time…Storybook Love).

Jon and I love any music really but we do have two must plays: Nirvana and Limp Bizkit. When we were selecting our band we were looking for one that had at least one or both of these artists in their playlists. As part of the supplier list sent over from The Folly, we found Eight Ray Music. Through them we found Bloc Off The Wall. This band are insanely good! They play a really mixed set of songs and do some great mash ups. We had guests talking for weeks about how good the band were, with almost everyone up and dancing until the very last song.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS

I chose three bridesmaids; my twin sister, my cousin and Jon’s sister. They were all really easy to dress and were totally up for wearing anything. I wanted a dress that they would feel comfortable in though and would hopefully be able to wear again.

The dresses turned out to be an absolute steal at £38.50 and the girls looked stunning in them: ASOS TALL Lace Floral Scallop Midi Dress.

THE FLOWERS

Hayford & Rhodes

We went for muted pastel colours, loose and leafy with greys, greens, ivory and dusty pinks with hint of navy.

The presentation of the flowers was second to none, including the packaging. I was slightly nervous about the flower crown as I wasn’t sure how it would look on the day (I even had a back up hair clip, just in case) but when I saw it on, all my worries instantly vanished. It was exactly what I was looking for.

THE CAKE

This was made by Jon’s Auntie. We wanted something simple, understated and floral.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Matt Parry – Epic doesn’t even begin to describe Matt’s skills.

We had seen some of his work when he photographed one of our friends weddings and can understand why they called him the ‘ninja’. He is so discreet and yet captures everything. He is very professional and yet has this relaxed confidence about him that just sets you at ease.

His work speaks for itself but we were so so pleased with our wedding photos and really will treasure them forever.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR

We were very lucky in that both venues didn’t really need a lot of décor.

For BAFTA we made usherette trays and filled them with tubs of popcorn which the ushers handed out to each guest on arrival.

We also had two giant tassel balloons alongside two smaller ones from Bon Bon Balloons which filled up the stage and added an extra bit of pizzazz to The Folly when we bought them across town with us.

As The Folly is a bar and restaurant they already have tons of table décor (which is all included in the price) so we went with a lot of their things. This saved us a ton of money. We did buy fairy light dome lights from Primark which we stationed across each table. These proved to be really popular and we were missing quite a few of them by the end of the evening.

As an added extra bit of fun, we had a company called Megabooth provide a photo pod for a few hours. This is a great twist on the photo booth idea, and looks fab! We went for the Festival Photo Pod, which is covered in flowers, so tied in with the venue beautifully.

THE HONEYMOON

We went on a mini moon to Rome the day after the wedding. It was scorching hot and we enjoyed fabulous wine, food and architecture for 4 days.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

Getting married was definitely one of them – that moment of seeing each other, holding hands, looking into each others eyes and telling each other to ‘just breathe’ because you are both so nervous and excited you didn’t realise you were holding your breath. But really, too many to speak about. Getting my dress stuck on the steps and having a bit of a J-Law Oscar moment, watching our wedding video and seeing everyone laughing/crying alongside us and our mini wedding mosh pit at the end of the night. It was just such an emotional, fun, roller coaster of a day that we both still smile about it when we look back at it now.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES

Just do what makes you happy. Don’t fret over the small details and spend as much time together as you possibly can on the day, because it really does fly by.

Credit Where Credit Is Due

How utterly brilliant!

Kerry and Jon, I cannot thank you both enough for sharing your marvellous wedding story with us xo Lou

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