I do so love it when a couple’s priority is having a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends and they just do such a great job of keeping everything nice and relaxed. Today’s lovely couple Daisy and Tim had a simple but stylish wedding in London, tying the knot at Stoke Newington Town Hall on the 22nd October 2016 and enjoying a knees up at The Tab Centre in Shoreditch afterwards.
Daisy and Tim are lucky enough to have lots of talented family and friends. One of Daisy’s bridesmaids put together the beautiful flowers, friends sung and DJed and everyone pitched in with dressing the reception venue to ensure it looked wonderfully stylish, you’re going to love the finished look.
Daisy is also rather talented herself, altering her separates to suit her more casual taste with the help of friends and designing the fabulous velvet bridesmaids dresses too, stunning.
All the fun of the day as well as the super stylish details have been captured brilliantly by Kate Gray Photography. Thank you so much for sharing theses wonderful images with us today.
THE PROPOSAL | I took Tim to Paris because I had wanted to go and after dinner on the first night walking home he just got down on one knee! It took me completely by surprise as he had been totally cool and calm. There was no ring as I can be quite picky which was perfect, And to be honest I really didn’t notice till he pointed it out! And now when the story gets told its sounds like Tim planned the trip for a proposal which he loves!!
THE VISION | Both myself and Tim work a lot at weekends so we really just wanted to be at home and keep it simple. Most of our friends are in London and Tim’s family too. My family came down from Leeds but we wanted to keep it simple for everyone. Just a simple ceremony and a big party.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Just a lot of time of me on my laptop on lunch breaks! We booked the venue just under a year in advance and then jut got incredibly busy a few months before!! Luckily for me a couple of my bridesmaids got married the year before and they were an invaluable help!
THE VENUE | Stoke Newington Town hall, we were lucky that the town hall 10 mins from where we live is beautiful! Then a big London bus to take everyone down the road to The Tab Centre which is a church hall in Shoreditch. We loved this as you only pay a dry hire and they are a charity so donate it to local charities. Which when you can be spending a lot of money on weddings is a nice reminder of what actually matters and what you really want from your wedding.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Two piece skirt and top from Merchant Archive and Shoes from Rupert Sanderson. Gold diamond bracelet that is my Mum’s that was a gift to her from my Dad.
FINDING THE DRESS | I am not a dress person, unless its worn with trainers! I knew I wouldn’t end up wearing a traditional wedding dress. I tried the idea briefly at one traditional shop but it went horribly wrong as all her samples were size 8/10 which as a curvy 12 didn’t make me feel great. But after a shopping trip around Selfridges (where I bought it from)/various designer shops with my friend I realised I was much more at home buying oﬀ the rack and altering it. I work in film/tv costume so have the skills to alter clothing or know people that do if I don’t have time. I bought what could be quite casual and got the neckline altered by some friends on my then current job and went for it with the shoes!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Tim loves looking smart although never gets the chance as doesn’t have a suit wearing job! He got a made to measure three piece suit from a tailor on East London called Beggars Run. He got lot of compliments on the day and friends of ours have since gone there to get their suits made!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | One of our friends Anna writes the most beautiful poems and she wrote us a lovely one and read it with our friend tasha at the ceremony, which was lovely and personal. The music was very much Tims world, he really wanted a live band and I’m so glad he got one. He found a band on the internet called Groove Station who did soul and motown which was amazing and a very good friend of ours Drew played Simba in the lion king for years and he sang an Al green song for us with the band which was just brilliant.
The ceremony music we picked together which was lot of fun. It ended up being quite sixties, I walked down the isle to Darlene Love “Today I Met the Boy I’m Going To Marry” and we walked up the isle to “I Will Follow Him” by Little Peggy March which was more to do with my love of Sister Act then anything else! We then had our friend Jessie Baines, one half of BIA (Beats in Abundance) who’s brother is also a husband of one our my bridesmaids DJ! If we knew you you were helping tended to be the theme of the day!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Laura, Martha, Naomi and Lucia are some of my best friends, I wanted them to be similar but still show their individuality. I got pretty obsessed with their dresses, more so then my own. I ended up designing them myself and really enjoyed the fabric sampling and trying to make it personal to them. I got them made by a very talented friend of mine Ceris who is actually a wedding dress maker (they are beautiful!) so knew she more then had the skills for what I had come up with.
THE FLOWERS | Luckily for me my beautiful bridesmaid Laura was going through a career change/add on. She works as an art director for film and tv was becoming a florist, which was perfect for us! I really think her flowers made the day so beautiful. We got as many people on board collecting vases so we could have a miss match along the tables which i think worked perfectly and we are still now overrun with vases which is great!
THE CAKE | Again our talented friends to the rescue!! As a wedding gift our talented baker friends Eleanor and Paul made up three huge tasty cakes with the most brilliant icing versions of me and Tim on top.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We found our brilliant photographer on Instagram. We followed various blogs while we were planning and Kate Gray popped up and we both loved her photos immediately. I hate having my picture taken, I always have but Kate and her husband Jon who is her assistant on the day put us both as ease and really captured the day just perfectly!! We couldn’t have asked for more from them.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Our invites were made by again another talented friend Harry. She did such an amazing job and we carried on the look of the invite onto menu cards and seating plans and the colours of bunting! My bridesmaids dressed the venue perfectly as they are all very creative. Tim does lighting for film and Tv so has his own lights that he decorated the venue with. We all had a lot of fun decorating the venue together the day before. As favours we had temporary tattoos of mine and Tim’s faces! Not sure why and instead of a champagne toast did a tequila toast which made for some interesting tattoo placements!!
THE HONEYMOON | A five week road trip around California. We set of a couple of days after the wedding and had the most incredible adventure together.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | All of it, every single moment. It really was the most fun, there was a lot of dancing which is something we both love!! So many of our friends and family went above and beyond to help us put the day together so just celebrating life with them was perfect.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Just have fun, that’s the most important part!!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Kate Gray Photography
Flowers | Laura May Flowers
Bridesmaids Dresses | Made by Ceris Davies
DJ | Beats in Abundance
Daisy and Tim, what fun! Thanks so much for sharing your brilliant wedding day with us. Rachel x