WWW readers Edwina and Martin married back in October 2013. They wanted a London city wedding with great food and quirky touches.
Edwina donned a fun 1950s inspired dress from Vivien of Holloway, which she teamed with leopard print shoes. Martin donned his ceremonial uniform while the bridesmaids wore vintage feel leopard print and black dresses.
There were some brilliant touches from the rose bouquets, to the pumpkins and leopard print cake and they kept to a £7000 budget. Amazing.
Thanks so much to Light & Stories Photography for sharing their lovely photographs with us today.
The Proposal… Edwina: Martin thoughtfully organised to take me home to Ireland for Easter, as I hadn’t spent Easter with my family for 7 years. We had a lovely weekend catching up with my family and friends. Unfortunately on Easter monday morning there was a problem with the car, so Martin went to sort it out while I got ready for our journey back to London. Totally oblivious to what was actually happening, he had actually gone back to my parents house to honour the tradition of asking for my hand in marriage! On his return, he took me to my favourite local landmark, King John’s Castle, got down on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful sapphire ring! As it was April Fool’s Day I replied in slight disbelief and shock with “Are you serious??!” but of course I accepted with delight! He then produced a bottle of champagne and 2 glasses he had kept hidden from me all weekend! It was such a thoughtful, romantic proposal, the kind of fairytale stuff you see in movies, like everything else he does for me! There was never any doubt that I wouldn’t accept his proposal, he is the kindest, most considerate and selfless person I have ever met (and he’s drop-dead gorgeous!!) He is my absolute best friend in the whole wide world! We are mirror images of each other in many ways but also have our quirky differences which make our relationship fun and exciting and solid as a rock. From day one he has always put me first and his attention to detail makes the simplest of things special and spectacular. I wouldn’t change him for the world! I love him with all my heart.
The Vision for the Day… We envisioned a relaxed atmosphere, one in which the emphasis was on our guests having fun and enjoying themselves. We both agreed that a formal wedding was not our scene and would much prefer to keep things on a more basic scale with a kind of ‘less is more’ relaxed approach. We wanted to have quirky touches throughout the day that would have our guests speaking about the day in years to come. It was also important that the food and wine did this day justice. Many weddings tend to have the same generic menu, and because of the numbers catered for, the quality is sometimes lost. We both agreed that the food for our day, must be a talking point, and the addition of a talented table magician would really make our reception stand out. With the London theme, Edwina wanted a Black Cab to take her to the ceremony, and what better way to chaperone our guests than with a traditional London Routemaster as transport between the ceremony and the reception. That would set our day apart from any other weddings our friends have attended recently.
The Planning Process… The wedding was planned in only 6 months. Working away from each other with a separation of 200 miles really wasn’t easy. Many of the plans were agreed over the phone, and with our ideas being quite unique, it took a lot of shopping around! Edwina came across The Londesborough online (incidentally on whimsical wonderland weddings!) and sent me a link, after trawling through so many ‘OK’ venues prior to that, there was just something about this one! We went for a meal and decided then and there, that this would be the place. This pub has such a great character and energy about it, almost as if it was designed with the sole purpose of taking centre stage and entertaining, and the food, well that was just incredible!
The Venue… The Londesborough Pub, 36 Barbauld Road, Stoke Newington, N16 0SS [email protected]
The Dress + Accessories… Dress and petticoat: Vivien of Holloway, Holloway Road, London N7 6NJ. Shoes: Carvela Kurt Geiger. Veil: mini-stars (Ebay shop).
Finding the Dress… I already had an idea for the kind of wedding dress I wanted. As I’m only 5’3” and not a typical “girly” girl, I was adamant about avoiding overly-fussy meringue-style dresses, as I didn’t want to be swallowed up and have the dress wear me on the day! Something simple, well-fitted with a vintage feel and a slight edge to it (oh, and also something I could dance in!)… A relatively reasonable request? Seemingly not! An extensive and exhaustive search of countless shops and websites later and I kept coming right back to where I had started, Vivien of Holloway. I got exactly the dress I had dreamed of and fantastic customer service. I couldn’t have wished for a more perfect dress for my big day!
Groom’s Attire… Ceremonial uniform.
The Readings + Music… We decided not to have readings at the ceremony. We just wanted to jump on that Routemaster and get partying with our guests as quickly as possible! We had the following play list for when our guests were arriving. Paul Weller: you do something to me, Elbow: Mirrorball, The XX: Crystallised, London Grammar: Strong, Paul Weller: Wings of Speed, Elbow: one day like this.
My dad walked me up the aisle to: The Crystals: “(Today I met) the boy I’m Gonna Marry” City and Colour: “Thirst”, was the song we walked down the aisle to as husband and wife, as it always reminds us of our other happiest day, when we got engaged!
Beautiful Bridesmaids… Dresses www.queenofholloway.com
The Flowers… Buttonholes: Harrisons Flowers, 28 High Street, Biggleswade, Beds SG18 0JL. Bouquets: Regina Carolan (Maid of Honour) [email protected]
The Cake… Linda Smith, Groom’s mother
Your Photographer… Josephine Declerck www.lightandstories.com
The Details + Decor… The bunting and decorations were shopped around for and bought randomly here and there from places as diverse as Primark and John Lewis. The glass jam jars with leopard print and maroon ribbon were all done by hand. The favours were brought from a local sweet shop, and the luggage tags Edwina wrote to double-up as a place names.
All in all, by doing much of the work together in the days leading up to the wedding, we made our day a huge success.
The Honeymoon… We haven’t had our honeymoon yet as Martin only had one week off work in October, in which we did last minute wedding preps, got married and moved from London to North Yorkshire! It just gives us a bit more time to decide on a dream destination! We’re currently looking at Norway and Iceland as possible options as we’d both love to see the beautiful Northern Lights.
Advice for Other Couples… Martin: Guys get involved! Don’t dismiss being part of the planning process!
Edwina: Stick to your budget and shop around! Agree on everything before you make an idea a reality, so then you really feel the day is an accurate reflection of both your personalities and genuinely what you both want.
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Photographer |Josephine Declerck
Ceremony Venue | Islington Town Hall, 222 Upper Street, London N1 1XR
Reception Venue | The Londesborough Pub, 36 Barbauld Road, Stoke Newington, N16 0SS [email protected]
Bride’s Dress | Vivien of Holloway, Holloway Road, London N7 6NJ
Shoes | Carvela Kurt Geiger
Veil |mini-stars (Ebay shop)
Hair |Kliff Stephanou [email protected]
Nails | Pauline Loakman [email protected]
Groom’s suit | Ceremonial uniform
Bridesmaids’ dresses | Queen of Holloway
Shirts and ties | Next
Rings | Fraser Hart, Westfield Stratford
Cake | Linda Smith, Groom’s mother
Flowers Buttonholes | Harrisons Flowers, 28 High Street, Biggleswade, Beds SG18 0JL
Bouquets | Regina Carolan (Maid of Honour) [email protected]
Transport Vintage Routemaster | The Expeditional
Stationery Invitations Design | Julie at OddLotEmporium on www.etsy.com,
Print | Printing.com 26 Church Lane, Leytonstone, London E11 1HG
Disco/DJ |DJ Nev
Favours | Sweet Alley, 1-3 Abbots Walk, Biggleswade, Beds, SG18 0LF,
Magician | Fay Presto
Thanks so much to Edwina and Martin for sharing their wonderful wedding with us XOXO Lou