“A colourful, fun-filled day of joy and love.” Was just how WWW readers Edmund and Nicci described their wedding to me and it had me from the get go. They were hitched on the 5th August 2017 at Clissold House followed by a modern styled reception at the West Reservoir Centre in London. Their day was truly individual and had so much heart; with their loved ones helping them to bring together a day to really celebrate their love in style.
Let’s begin with the attire shall we? Seeing as it’s just so cool. Nicci’s bridal look really was so very on trend. She started her outfit search by purchasing an exquisite dress overlay, then sourcing a skirt and leather jacket, a stunning headdress and finally having her top custom made. It made her outfit really bespoke and she looked stunning. Edmund on the other hand, found his blue suit in Moss Bros and teamed it with Dr Martens shoes and a yellow bow tie. Very handsome! Plus the pair both wore their sunglasses for their walk from ceremony to reception with a marching band. It’s no wonder it was a highlight for the pair, it looked so fun! In fact music and live music was infused throughout for this music loving couple.
The colourful theme extended from the decorations, to the rainbow bridesmaid dresses and the fun florals. I totally love that cake table complete with neon lighting too, amaze! We have Murray Clarke to thank today for sharing these remarkably beautiful images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Just after Christmas dinner in 2015 Edmund proposed to Nicci. He gave his late Grandmother’s ring. Nicci was wearing a paper hat.
THE VISION | A day that would be a celebration. Full of friends, family and laughter.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Nicci had the vision and ideas. Ed did the leg work.
BUDGET | Tight! We went quite a bit over…
THE VENUE | Ceremony – Clissold House, London. Reception – West Reservoir Centre, London.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I (Nicci) made the process complicated for myself! I fell in love with an overlay by Poppy Dover, which I managed to get at a sample sale. But then had no dress to go under it. I went to visit the lovely people at Leonie Claire in Hove and found a skirt and amazing leather jacket by Otaduy, which were also on sale and which were amazing! Which left me still needing to find a top to go with the skirt, I couldn’t seem to find anything I liked, I just wanted a very simple silk camisole, but nowhere seemed to do them. So I enlisted the help of the very talented Pearl Bespoke who made the top for me and ended up sewing it to the skirt to create a sort of dress. It was a roundabout route but I was so happy with the outcome.
My headdress was a bit of an impulse buy while I was at Leonie Claire in Hove, it was designed by the wonderful Luna Bea and ended up being one of my very favourite things. I just happened to pick it up while trying my skirt and put it on and loved it, so bought it there and then. I actually ended up having some extra clips made as well which matched and went in the back of my hair.
For my shoes I didn’t have a lot of budget left, and knew that the most important thing was going to be comfort as we had a lot of walking built into our day, so I found a gorgeous coral coloured suede pair from Clarkes and they were a dream. I made it almost the whole way through the night before changing into flats.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Moss Bros made to measure suit. Heart and Dagger shirt. Belfast Bow Tie Company bow tie. Dr Martens shoes.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had two readings during our ceremony, the first was an excerpt from Khalil Gibran, on Marriage, read by our lovely friend Mattie. Our next reading was Islands in the Stream, by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, delivered with perfect deadpan execution by our friends Joel and Gabby.
Nicci walked down the aisle to Dearest, by Buddy Holly. We walked out from the ceremony to Road to Nowhere, by Talking Heads. Our first dance was an Iggy Pop cover of Sea of Love.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had seven bridesmaids and they all looked fantastic and were the best people to have with me while getting ready. As there were so many bridesmaids, and we are all a bit geographically dispersed, I decided the best way to go about this would be to assign everyone a colour and let them choose something that they liked and hopefully might be able to wear again and just hope they would go together! I’d love to say there was a master plan to it, but it was all a bit of a fluke. I was really lucky to have the help of my friend Lucy who scoured the internet for me finding options for everyone to wear. Without her it definitely wouldn’t have worked out as well as it did, I think we were all a bit surprised by how well we pulled it off!
My sister, Vicki, was maid of honour, we found her dress in River Island, it was an amazing tropical print dress and she looked gorgeous! Ed’s sister Julia (in blue) found her dress in TK Maxx, Emily (orange) Lucy (red) and Freya (purple) found their dresses on Asos, Gabby’s (yellow) was Dorothy Perkins, Elle (pink) found hers in M&S. The bridesmaids had never all been in the same room together until the day of the wedding so we were a little nervous they wouldn’t work. But I was so happy with how everyone looked, they were a rainbow of glorious-ness.
THE FLOWERS | My amazing friends Elle and Charlotte did all of the flowers and they looked fantastic! Elle also grew all of the basil from seeds for our centrepieces and had pots of basil taking over her house in the run up to the wedding! They both got up at an ungodly hour the day before the wedding to go to the flower market and get everything, and then spent the morning of the wedding working away to make sure everything was perfect. They are heroes!
My sister and I found the ribbons for the bouquets while I was visiting her in Barcelona, we went around flea markets and managed to the get everything for a really good price. My sister also donated some amazing white pom pom trim, which she picked up in Japan which I had on my bouquet.
THE CAKE | Our cake was from Marks and Spencer, we just added fresh fruit and bought a few extra cutting bars. It tasted amazing! Ed and I made the cake toppers ourselves, with some help from my sister! We bought the dinosaurs in Wilko and sprayed them with gold spray paint. My sister made their little outfits and did such a great job, they were one of our favourite things and now live in their own little terrarium jungle in our bedroom!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Murray Clarke was recommended to us by a friend and he was great, we couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. He made us feel so at ease and just felt almost like one of our guests, half the time we didn’t even know he was photographing us. He captured such lovely natural photos of everyone, which we will cherish forever.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We had to keep our decoration quite simple as we didn’t get access to either of our venues until the day of the wedding and so had very little time to get everything together. We didn’t decorate the ceremony venue at all, the building was beautiful as it was and we were only there for two hours anyway. For the West Reservoir Centre, we wanted to let the building speak for itself and just enhance it a little bit. It’s such an amazing space! We found some copper wire fairy lights on Amazon and got our friends Greg and Andrew to hang them up for us before the wedding, they did a great job!! They also hung the paper streamer hoop decorations; we made these ourselves from some hula hoops we found in Poundland and paper streamers.
Nicci won an Instagram competition to get free hire of neon lights from Bag and Bone, they were such a fun addition. We decided to get three lightning bolts to hang behind our cake table. We’re both musicians and huge fans of David Bowie so they were a little nod to that. We got some gold streamer curtains from Amazon to hide the cupboard doors, which were behind the cake table and they added a fun disco feel!
We got the balloon letters which said “Til death do us party” from Hema, for £1 each, which was a great bargain!
The centrepieces on the tables were basil planted in tomato tins, which we got from our local pizza shop. We bought records from charity shops and our friend Mischa designed all the labels for them. Mischa also designed our invitations and the table plan and she did such an amazing job! Everything looked perfect. The table names were all song titles from the band we were in together, which was how we met.
THE HONEYMOON | We haven’t been on our proper honeymoon yet, we’re going to Costa Rica next year! We did have a mini(ish)-moon straight after though, which was a dream! We did a house swap with my sister and so we were able to spend 2 weeks in Barcelona just lying on the beach and drinking Vermouth. We visited a Cava vineyard, went on a trip to Cadaques, went snorkelling on the Costa Brava and just had the best most relaxing trip.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | All of the music! We are so lucky to have so many amazing musician friends who so kindly gave their time to perform on the day. Music means the world to us both.
We had a marching band walk us between our two wedding venues, which was a real highlight for us. They played versions of the Proclaimers 500 miles (Nicci is Scottish so this was a must), Paul Simon Call me Al, and so many other amazing songs! They walked us through Clissold Park and so many people tagged along with us, children with balloons, dogs, it was like something from a Disney film! It was the most joyful way to celebrate just getting married.
We also had some of our friends playing acoustic music out on the decking by the reservoir for us when we arrived at the West Reservoir centre, Martin, Seb and Steve did an amazing job of keeping everyone entertained! Martin’s version of Caravan of Love was a highlight.
Our wedding band was The Clicks, which is fronted by our supremely talented friend Chantal. She is in another band with Ed and so kindly agreed to play our wedding. They are an amazing band and were so much fun!
We also had a very surprise performance from Ed’s dad Paul, who got up after the speeches to sing a Bruce Springsteen song for us, If I should fall behind. None of the family had ever seen Paul sing before, and he had been taking singing lessons in secret in the run up to the wedding. It was a really emotional moment for everyone.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t worry about the little things, or trying to make every little thing perfect. Relax, it won’t matter in the end, you’ll be too busy having the most amazing time to notice that your cutlery doesn’t match or that the speeches have run over by 40 minutes! Although, with the benefit of hindsight we definitely would recommend setting strict time limits for your best man’s speech, Ed had two best men and they managed an eye watering 35 minutes between them!!
Also don’t be afraid to ask people to help, the most memorable and meaningful parts of the day for us are the bits where our friends and family were involved, it meant so much to us.
Delete Pinterest, it’s great for getting your initial ideas of what you want your day to look and feel like and I used it a lot. But once you’ve made your choices delete it!! You just end up seeing other things you want to do and it makes you doubt all your choices, it can be a slippery slope to despair.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Murray Clarke
Band | The Clicks Covers Band
Catering | The Pizza Project
Bar | Elliott George Bars
On-the-day wedding coordinator | Events by Helen
Reception venue | West Reservoir Centre
Ceremony venue | Clissold House
Brass band | The London Street Band
Dress overlay | Poppy Dover
Boutique | Leonie Claire, Hove
Hair Accessory | Luna Bea
Bridal Top | Pearl Bespoke
Hair and make up | Lipstick and Curls
Neon Lights | Bag and Bones
Goodness me, that sure was one stunning wedding.
Edmund and Nicci, thanks ever so much for sharing your fabulous wedding celebrations xo Lou