One of the stand out elements of this real wedding today just has to be the playlist. Their music choices were sublime, in fact I even decided to crank out the ceremony entrance song when compiling this feature as it’s a personal fave and it really gave me a feel for the day. Live music was key to the proceedings and I love how much memory music holds, especially for weddings and post wedding nostalgia.
Anyway, I digress, let me introduce you to WWW readers Louise and Sam and their spectacular wedding day, which was held on the 16th September 2017 at the extraordinarily unique Asylum Chapel in London. Being Londoners there was no where but the capital city than to hold their celebrations. The Asylum Chapel is both striking and stand out so it really made for a dramatic and emotional ceremony, the party then continued on at The Anthologist pub following a London Route Master bus journey for their guests. Talking of transport, also note the London cabs, you’ll find out more about those in their wonderful report below.
It was important to Louise and Sam that their day was personal and bespoke with a cinematic theme. I especially love how their children were involved in their day and the ceremony. Not to mention just how gorgeous the whole bridal party looked, so much style! We have Rusted Rose Photography to thank for these breathtaking images, wow!
THE PROPOSAL | After eight years of telling Louise “not to rock the boat”; two children; and trips to countless classic proposal locations (Milan, New York, the Italian lakes, Paris – twice…) Sam finally proposed at home on Christmas morning 2015. Once the kids had opened all of their presents, and Louise had thought she’d opened all of hers, Sam quietly announced she had one more. With Tony Bennett crooning Christmas songs in the background, Sam pulled the ring from his PJ pocket, took to his knee and popped the question.
THE VISION | Both of us, being proud of our London heritage, decided we wanted to get married in the capital from the beginning. We wanted something personal that displayed as much about us as possible and that celebrated our relationship. As a result we always knew it was going to be eclectic, but that is US!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Began by ourselves – but before long knew we needed help. Louise found Jenna Hewitt through a search engine website! As soon as we met with Jenna we just knew she was the one for us. We can’t fault Jenna – she made our dream wedding come to life.
THE VENUE | Growing up and working in the area we were both taken in by the beauty of The Asylum Chapel in Peckham long before we even knew you could even get married there! We booked this pretty much straight after we got engaged. We choose to have drinks and canapés after the ceremony at the Chapel before transporting all our guests on traditional London Route Master buses to The Anthologist – a stylish, modern urban warehouse feel pub in Central London.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress – Oriental Pearl – Bluewater
Lace hair piece – eBay
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Earrings- Simple diamond studs
Bracelet – Swarovski
FINDING THE DRESS | Wedding Show at London Olympia – I always thought I’d love the slim fitted mermaid dresses but after trying on a few of the styles they just wasn’t me – I couldn’t walk let alone dance! My best friend picked my dress off the rail and asked me to try it once I put it on I didn’t want to take it off, I just knew it was “the one” this was so early on in the planning too – I did try some other dresses on but nothing compared and I couldn’t wait to get back in my dress.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Black tuxedo is a simple but timeless look. It also fit with the cinematic theme. Suit hired from Moss Bros, Eltham.
Grooms shoes – Prada
THE READINGS & MUSIC | If this was going to be a celebration of ‘us’ then it was always going to be lively and eclectic. To welcome guests and provide background music at the chapel we had a two-piece band playing acoustic covers of some of our favourite songs by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Gram Parsons and The Pogues, as well as traditional Irish music. This reflects Sam’s own Irish heritage as well as our many family holidays to Ireland over the years. Playing at Louise’s entrance into the chapel was Nick Cave’s Into My Arms, and playing both of us out was Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s You’re All I Need. For our readings we had nephews read Dreams by Langston Hughes and Touched by an Angel by Maya Angelou.
Playing on the bus on the way to the reception venue we created a playlist of London-themed songs from a variety of artists. Songs ranged from A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square by Nat King Cole to Guns of Brixton by The Clash to It’s a London Thing by Scott Garcia and I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts by Billy Cotton.
We held our reception at The Anthologist in Central London. It was the perfect venue for us – urban, not your typical wedding reception venue and contemporary. We were greeted by Greek Cypriot musicians and singers upon arrival at the reception venue as a tribute to Louise’s heritage. This culminated in the classic Zorba, which got all present up and moving. Throughout the meal another playlist provided the background mood this time a selection of sixties soul and RnB, jazz singers and crooners.
After the meal we had a DJ play a careful mix of classic and contemporary soul, funk and RnB. Enough to get anyone up and dancing. The place exploded however when special guest MC Creed made a surprise appearance providing a 90 minute set of non-stop old skool garage favourites.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Bridesmaids of London, Eltham. Designers – Dessy.
Maid of Honor, Sophie (sister of the bride);
Bridesmaid, Natalie (sister of the bride);
Bridesmaid, Toni (Sister in Law)
Bridesmaid, Danielle (best friend)
Bridesmaid, Grace (cousin)
Flower Girl, Tallulah (daughter of the bride)
THE FLOWERS | Tracy O’Brien ; Maddison Maye Flowers.
THE CAKE | The Custom Cake Boutique.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Colin Clay.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | (Written by Jenna, Wedding Planner). As soon as I met Louise and Sam I had a very clear idea of their style and couldn’t wait to work with them on bringing their ideas to life. Louise and Sam are a funky couple, not afraid to mix things up a little and go against the norm. Louise knew, for example, she wanted deep oxblood red to feature as part of the colour scheme and we blended this with duksy pinks, whites and gold. The ceremony décor was simple – the venue itself is so beautiful – we choose to bring it to life with foliage aisle runners, lots of candles and two feature floral arrangements. Being through and through Londoners, they both wanted to inject elements of the city into the décor. Tables were named after significant memories (‘the first kiss’”) and Louise and Sam printed pages of the London A to Z and circled the places where each memory had happened. Louise’s Dad is a London black cab driver (and Louise at the time was in training and now is) and I found amazing cushion covers with patterns of London street and tube names. The table plan was made from wine bottles and burnt down candles, in fact candles and light were a big feature of the reception styling with signs made using light up boxes.
THE HONEYMOON | Italy. A week travelling around Puglia and Tuscany, then a week relaxing in Sardinia. Without kids. (June 2018)
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Sam: As cheesy as it sounds, seeing Louise enter the chapel. Either that or my seven year-old daughter stopping me mid-way through my speech to ask if I liked her nails. Then moments later my son stopping me again and asking if I’d look after his shoes – in front of 150 people.
Lou: Seeing Sam as I walked in the chapel, my daughter in her dress, my son doing his part as our ring barer, walking down the aisle with my Dad, my nephews speeches, Dad’s speech… and of course MC CREED.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Sam: 1) Persevere. 2) So long as you are both on the same page, don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.
Lou: 1) you can’t please everyone so stick to “your” vision. 2) Try not to rush important decisions, take time to really think and make sure your 100% and remember it’s “your” day!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Rusted Rose Photography
Wedding Planner | Weddings by Jenna Hewitt
Hair | Danielle’s Secret Hair Salon, Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Rotherhite
Hair | Edith Saunders
Hair | Glambox
Make up | Mel Kinsman
Cake | Custom Cake Boutique
Flowers | Tracy O’Brien ; Maddison Maye Flowers
Tableware | Classic Crockery
Post Ceremony Drinks | Prosecco Peddler
Oh my, you can really feel the love in those images can’t you?
Thanks ever so much to Louise and Sam for sharing their amazing wedding story with us xo Lou