By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
This pair may be just super achingly cool, but they also had the best ethos when it came to planning their day. It’s all about style and substance today folks.
WWW readers Steve and Clare were hitched on an autumnal November day in the city. They said their vows in Wandsworth Town Hall in London, followed by a party at the place where they had their first date, Balham Bowls Club. They had no set plan or vision, but simply picked the things they loved and that meant the most to them. Top notch food and music plus relaxed vibes were their priorities. I really love that their experience of wedding planning was a positive one, it sounded as though they had such fun together. It’s just the perfect start to a marriage right? They also have fond memories of the celebrations and they took on board words of advice to hold hands as much as possible during the day, love it!
The couple’s indie style really shines through their wedding day, with awesome leather jackets for the girls and dinosaurs in the décor. It all screams personality and fun loving atmosphere. With a healthy dose of gold glitter and fairy lights it all came together just so. Charlotte Hu, thank you so much for sharing these brilliant shots with us today.
THE PROPOSAL | It actually happened during a weekend away that I had surprised him with. We’d just finished a picnic on a deserted beach on Thorney Island, when Steve started babbling some words to that sort of sounded like a proposal. Once I realised what was going on, I couldn’t say yes quick enough.
We later designed the engagement ring (and wedding bands) together, using fair-trade gold and ethically sourced diamonds. Our wedding bands have a wave engraved on the inside to remind us of that special weekend.
THE VISION | I’m not sure if we really had a particular vision to begin with, it just sort of came together as we went along. We knew we wanted it cosy and colourful with great food and music – a very relaxed feel. And that’s honestly exactly what we got, but with extra fairy lights and a ton of gold glitter.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | It took us five months to plan, and a lot of Prosecco. We really did have so much fun planning the day. I think we were really lucky in that everything fell into place super quickly. Our perfect venue was available on a date that would work and so all the planning felt quite relaxed and easy after that.
We both said from the start that we wanted to not get too stressed about anything and to trust it would be a magical day whatever we did. Being engaged felt so special and we loved soaking up that feeling instead of worrying too much about the big day.
THE VENUE | We had our first date in Balham Bowls Club, London and we always talked about having our wedding there, which we did! They were brilliant. They sorted all the food and drinks for us, all we had to do was indulge in a wonderful tasting evening and make a few decisions. We had our ceremony in Wandsworth Town Hall, which has a beautifully kitsch art deco feel to it.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I bought the first dress I tried on. I took my best friend to the Charlie Brear studios to try on a few styles as a starting point, but it was love at first sight with that first dress and nothing else compared after that. My shoes were Dune, I had an ASOS leather jacket, and my veil was a couple of meters of soft tulle.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Steve wanted a suit that he could wear again, so we went for a blue Paul Smith suit. I made Liberty Print ties for him and his best man and because we couldn’t decide on a final print, they had a tie change half way through the day.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | John Williams, Jurassic Park is my all time favourite piece of music, so I walked into a piano version of this. Our first dance was ‘can’t take my eyes off you’. We started the dance to the Andy Williams version and then a live band kicked in half way through. Steve is a musician so the rest of the evening was a wonderful collection of London Jazzers with lots of horns, bass and drums.
Readings; we had an Albert Einstein quote ‘A hot stove and a pretty girl” read out and also a poem by Pablo Neruda, Sonnet XV11.
Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had my two best friends as my bridesmaids. I just couldn’t have got married without them by my side. They were utterly wonderful and if anything had gone wrong on the day, we wouldn’t have known. They wore stunning coral dresses from ASOS and gold platform H&M heels. We had a child-free wedding, apart from my two nieces who were the most perfect flower girls and totally stole the show.
THE FLOWERS | The lovely Rebecca from Ivy Pip & Rose. I gave her a photo I’d found of some ranunculus in Autumnal colours and she worked with that to create the most wonderful flower arrangements, bouquets and flower crowns.
THE CAKE | We decided to save a bit of money by asking everyone to bring along a cake or desert to share, and we’d pick one that we’d officially cut. We were blown away with what every brought along. We have a truly talented bunch of friends and family.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The wonderful Charlotte Hu.
We got married on a grey, rainy November day and Charlotte really captured the soul and magic of the day and of our friends and family. The way she worked with colour and light was stunning!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Everything was either eBayed and/or handmade. We pretty much just spray painted everything in gold glitter and covered the venue in fairy lights, lanterns and candles. As soon as it got dark (which was almost immediately) it had a real magical feel to it.
THE HONEYMOON | We’d fallen in love with Morocco a few years before, so we went back for our honeymoon. We booked a week in a stunning spa retreat in the Atlas Mountains and then a few nights in Marrakech.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The vows. I was completely unprepared with how moving they would be.
The speeches were totally epic, and had everyone in tears almost immediately.
I distinctly remember staring around the room during dinner, full of all our friends and family. I never really imagined the feeling I would feel when I seeing everyone in front of us like that and fact they were there because of us.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t forget to enjoy your engagement; it’s a really special time that can be lost in all the planning.
And have fun with the planning! Prosecco is key to this.
Advice passed to me was to hold hands as much as possible through out the day, stay within reach of one another so can you experience it together.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Charlotte Hu
Dress | Charlie Brear
Flowers | Ivy Pip and Rose
Entertainment | Latimo
Venue & Food | Balham Bowls Club
Hair | Bethany Swan
Honeymoon | Original Travel
Utterly perfect from beginning to end.
Steve and Clare, thanks to you both for sharing your splendid wedding celebrations with us xo Lou
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