I just love that today’s bride Jo chose to wear a bridal jumpsuit for her wedding outfit (a beautiful piece from House of Ollichon), as jumpsuits are a staple part of her wardrobe, didn’t she look stunning? It really set the tone for her modern and magical industrial London wedding to Ben, who by the way looked very dapper in his blue suit and purple tie.
WWW readers Jo and Ben were hitched on the 27th May 2019 at Trinity Buoy Wharf, firstly with a ceremony in the fairy lit Electrician’s Shop followed by a reception at the Chainstore. They really made the spaces their own part in thanks to the jewel tone colour scheme, which also flowed into the very stylish attire and the gorgeous blooms. One of my fave parts of their planning was that they kept the venue, and all the details of the day a secret from their guests, which must have fuelled much excitement. Another lovely moment is when Jo and Ben performed as part of their band The What Nots in the evening, how special is that?!
Their musical and very stylish day was captured in all it’s glory by Emily Jarrett Photography, thanks so much to Emily for sharing these joy filled captures with us.
It was my birthday weekend and Ben told me that he had to work. I awoke to find a quiz about our life together. The first letter of each answer spelt out a clue! He had planned everything, from his brother who delivered each stage of the quiz, to the taxi outside, to lining the streets with balloons when I arrived at the destination. I followed the balloons to find Ben sitting in St Anne’s, a beautiful old church in Limehouse, surrounded by candles and singing a song he had written for me. I had started crying at the quiz so by this point I was a blubbering wreck.
We knew we wanted a wedding centred around our guests… a party that young, drunk, pregnant and old alike would enjoy. We also knew that the wedding had to be in London. Finally, we decided to keep the venue, and every aspect of the day, a secret from all our guests. They thought we were absolutely bonkers but loved all the surprises, from the boat, to the venue, to the activities.
The Planning Process
We planned every detail of this wedding together which really helped to reduce stress. We started with discussions about everything we loved in the world and tried to keep ourselves in-check with constant (and much less fun) chats about the budget. We gave ourselves a year and a half and had a lot of planning meetings. In the end we had to ear-mark days where wedding discussions were banned.
Expensive. We try not to dwell on it although our credit card bills are a monthly reminder.
We knew we wanted a location that would be easy to get to and that would be a true celebration of London. As soon as we saw Trinity Buoy Wharf we fell in love. We got married in the Electrician’s Shop and had the reception in the Chainstore. It overlooks the Thames and is full of artist studios and shipping containers. The venues are dry-hire and we were charged for lighting and other elements which had to be hired from them. However, it did also give us a blank canvas to really make our own and, crucially, had a late licence until 2.
My best women chose their own dresses as I really wanted them to buy something they would love and could wear again. My only stipulation was that they had to be brightly coloured. They bought them from Next, Coast and Neiman Marcus.
Your Outfits & Accessories
I wear a lot of jumpsuits, almost exclusively in fact. So, it was no surprise to anyone that I chose a wedding jumpsuit as well. I found the perfect one at House of Ollichon, a small boutique in Islington that only sell jumpsuits and two-pieces. Hannah Ollichon, the designer and owner, is an absolute gem and made me, my best women, my mother and mother-in-law all feel so special. They are reasonably priced and make the pieces to measure which was an added bonus. Ben wore a TM Lewin suit with a houndstooth pattern in blue.
The Readings & Music
Ben’s father and brother gave readings during the service. We went for Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare as we both love it and Scaffolding, a sweet poem by the Irish writer Seamus Heaney. The day was absolutely bursting with music as we are both very musical and so are a lot of our friends. I am a teacher and 5 of my ex-students sang me down the aisle, performing ‘I’ll be There’ by Jackson 5. We had steel pans for the reception, a Live Lounge where a number of our friends performed, a hula-hoop class set to cheesy classics and, finally, we performed our own first dance and a 45 minute evening set. Our band is called the What-Nots and it was truly wonderful to be able to perform with my husband at our own wedding.
My hairdresser and makeup artist, Alev, was a dream to work with. She completely understood the natural look I wanted to go for. She also did the hair and make up of my mum and all my best women. She works for the company ‘Make up by Jodie.’
Best Men & Groomsmen
Ben had two best men, George and Matt, who he has known since school and a lot of groomsmen who all helped us so much on the day and in the run-up. We didn’t want to make the best men buy anything new so said they could wear any blue suit! We gave all of them, as well both our dads, similar buttonhole to wear.
We saved money by not having a cake. Instead, we asked friends and family to bring some of our favourite deserts and had mini lemon possets and white chocolate mousses, provided by our caterer Tim.
The Details & Décor
We used Classic Crockery for all our hire and loved their Moroccan-style glasses which added even more colour to the tables. Our pet names for each other are Bear and Giraffe (long story) so this inspired me to draw animals on the invitation and even create a cartoon strip for the children to colour in which showed the story of our relationship. We also added in a Polaroid guest book, a table with family photos and a date night bowl.
Our colour scheme was bright jewel colours including fuchsia, orange and purple. We also used gold everywhere. Harley’s Flowers in Deptford provided all of the flowers and made sure that each bouquet and table arrangement was unique and very bright. Harley was lovely and really easy to work with. They really brought the space to life.
We used Emily Jarrett as our photographer and she was phenomenal. Her work always seems to capture the essence of each day she shoots and to provide really unique shots. We were really keen to be a part of the party for as much time as possible as there was so much going on. Emily took all of our portraits in 10 minutes and we love them. She was so easy-going and blended in with everyone really well, giving us some natural and totally beautiful shots. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
We went to Chile for our honeymoon to find as many animals as we could and enjoy the beautiful scenery. We slept under the Milky Way, bathed in thermal springs at the feet of volcanoes, swum in salt lagoons in the desert and hiked around beautiful national parks. We would highly recommend it!
There are just so many… the petting zoo at the reception, the quiz organised by my colleagues, the all-day food vans, hula-hooping, watching all our friends and my students perform, the speeches, singing with my husband, dancing to our friend George’s Drum and Bass set, and seeing our loved ones having such a good time. The absolute best day ever.
Advice For Other Couples
We were definitely wrong in thinking we could save a lot of money by using a dry hire venue. Check out all their rules before committing. Give yourself lots of time for planning and do it together to reduce stress. And, finally, try not to worry if some things go wrong on the day… chances are only you will notice!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Emily Jarrett Photography
Trinity Buoy Wharf
The Mobile Pizzeria
How utterly wonderful.
Jo and Ben, thank you both ever so much for sharing your epic wedding story with us xo Lou