Be still my beating heart, this is one seriously inspiring and cool wedding day. Introducing WWW readers Abi and Euan who were wed on the 4th August 2018 at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by a warehouse reception at the fantastic Trinity Buoy Wharf in London. They described their celebrations to me as “Eclectic, Us and Colourful” which I think perfectly sums up their personality filled, all the colours of the rainbow style wedding day. There is so much to love, from the boat trip down the Thames to the kissing booth and the train ride for Euan in the morning. Amazing!
I think the elements I love most though have to be the multicoloured balloons and flowers, which in conjunction really blew me away. In particular the top table backdrop and flowers, complete with neon sign looked all kinds of awesome. There was also a donut tower, amazing food and a tattoo station, guests really were in for such a treat! I’ve not even touched on the stylish attire, hello Paloma Blanca gown and Whitfield and Ward suits, and the sparklers come evening.
I cannot thank Babb Photo enough for sharing with us these superb images. What a delight!
After meeting at Boarding School in Kent and spending 12 years together. Euan had been planning to propose for a few months but was struggling to decide on a ring. He knew I liked Rubies, but chose and changed his mind a few times, before our wonderful jeweller suggested he let me design my own ring. Euan knew that being a creative I would love nothing more! He proposed with a Tiffany band engraved with the place and date – which was Beeston Castle in Cheshire on Valentine’s Day in 2016, with a flask of tea and ham and cheese sandwiches. Did I mention he also gave me a certificate congratulating me on passing my 12 year probation period!? The following week I went to my appointment at Christopher Evans in Stockton Heath and designed my dream ring! They also designed my wedding ring, which holds four rubies for the 4th August.
All our loved ones together having fun!
The Planning Process
We always knew the planning would be tricky at times, living in Cheshire and getting hitched in London town. We will never forget the day we met Charlotte, our planner at Tatton Park Wedding Fair not long after we were engaged. We didn’t realise we would need the help, especially as it closer to the big day, but Charlotte was there every step of the way. She is so organised I wish I could pocket her in my everyday life to keep me in check, she knows the best supplier for you and offers advice and sprinkles kindness over the phone or email when you need it most.
We had strong ideas about what we did and didn’t want and just took one day at a time. We compromised in places, blew the budget in other places and spent hours in the garden drinking beer and browsing Pinterest (the 500 pins I had before we were even engaged!) The main thing – we enjoyed it – and if it ever got to a point where it felt stressful or too much, we had another beer, had a little cry and then pulled it together and carried on.
Being a creative and having a brilliant human by my side to execute my crazy ideas – he never says ‘it’s not possible’ (I always knew I’d marry that man) we just felt like the best team. But the team was much bigger than just us, so many people helped in so many ways, from painting furniture, making props, trawling Primark for flip-flops, sending multiple shoe links, buying gin for the extensive gin bar (of which we still have about ten bottles nearly one year on!) and we could go on!
£45,000 was the budget – we spent just under £60,000 in the end – whatever you spend, as long as your day is right for you nothing else matters.
St Paul’s Cathedral for the ceremony, followed by a boat down the Thames to Trinity Buoy Wharf for our Reception.
The Readings & Music
We asked Mother Rosemary at St.Paul’s to pick our first reading for us, which was Colossians 3. 12-17 and our second reading picked by Euan was ‘A Marriage made for Two’ which likened marriage to cycling.
The music was traditional and we were fortunate enough to have an amazing Organist, Choir and a Trumpeter, which sounded fantastic and made everyone cry – in a good way of course! I walked down the aisle to Zadok the Priest. We loved the moment the choir sang ‘If Ye Love Me’, Talis – we picked it first Harry and Meghan!
A handsome bunch who wore navy tails from Whitfield and Ward in Wilmslow, Cheshire. The Groom wore a Prince of Wales check trouser and a different waistcoat to set him apart from his crew. Euan wanted to be suited to the Cathedral, but be able to feel relaxed at the reception when he removed his jacket. He had such a great experience with the team at W&W – we would highly recommend.
Our Bridesmaids looked incredible in Alfred Sung and Dessy – they picked their own dress to suit their style and then we ordered them all in ivory, which I adored! Our Flower Girl wore a pretty dress from Monsoon and had the best shoes on the day – mini Sophia Webster Evangelines! Most of their shoes came from Rainbow Club and jewellery from Thomas Sabo.
Your Outfits & Accessories
My dress was Paloma Blanca – a sheer lace top and a beautiful light skirt with a cathedral length train and veil trimmed in matching French lace. It was, in my opinion, the sort of dress you dream about when you are little. In the evening I changed into a bespoke silk top and a skirt that was the bargain of the day – £12 from Coast. The top was designed and made by Wilderness Bride in Cheshire and hand embroidered by a friend and colleague, owner of Eliza Vale, also in Cheshire. Her sewing talents are off the charts! The embroidery included a Hummingbird, Lily of the Valley and the quote ‘Love Wins’ with the date – I plan to wear it every year on our anniversary! She also made my crystal head pieces for both outfits. My jewellery was a pearl necklace and pearl earrings from Tiffany on 5th Avenue, to match a pearl ring from my parents. My amazingly comfortable and pretty day shoes were from House of Elliot and my evening shoes were Vivienne Westwood. I finished the day in a ‘Bee-Spoke’ customised vintage denim jacket emblazoned with Mrs S!
I took my girls with me for hair and nails – Zoe has been doing my hair since I moved to Cheshire seven years ago and thought I might never find ‘the one!’ Zoe rocks at wedding hair, is a good friend and made me feel like a Queen! Big shout out to my make-up lady Lauren Garfitt. I found Lauren via a Facebook group after being let down twice and when I had my trial I was thankful I hadn’t ended up with the previous bunch. It was meant to be. Lauren makes you feel like you are chatting to your best friend and most importantly makes you look like the best version of you – an angel!
The glorious and gorgeous Babb Photo – as soon as we saw her website and portfolio, which was quickly followed up with a Skype chat we knew she was the one! Photography is an amateur hobby for us both and finding the right person who could understand our want for informal, joyful and colourful documentary as opposed to stuffy and posed shots was key! She is just ACE! Everybody commented on how easy Laura made them feel, there were no cameras up in faces and she is just scrumptious!
The incredible Ollie Slatter – a family friend and a rising star! His talents are exciting and inspirational – sure there is a future Oscar with his name on it! We were thrilled with how he managed to capture snippets of every single part of the day and tell our story – I cry every time I watch it!
The Details & Décor
Everybody kept asking what our colour/theme was – we had no clue! All the colours! We just wanted the day to reflect us as a couple and celebrate our lives together. We made a lot ourselves in addition to hiring props. Euan is an Engineer and DIY extraordinaire, so he knocked up a ‘Kissing Booth’, our bicycle wheel table plan, copper pipe candelabras and painted classroom stools I rescued from the skip at school. I made a few banners with some of our favourite quotes on and my students made over one hundred origami hearts to hang in the venue. We had a Gentlemen’s Lounge, a temporary Tattoo Station and a Union Jack Mini photo booth, homage to my Mini Reggie. A special detail was a fellow artist friend who painted a live scene at Trinity Buoy Wharf, a lovely keepsake. Neon lights and awesome globe balloons filled the space – it was awesome! We wanted to pay for the bar as a thank you to our guests, so we did this ourselves, making the most of supermarket offers! Oooh and Tunnocks Teacakes were our favours!
Possibly my favourite bit of the planning process. Our planner suggested Early Hours London Ltd and they were out of this world! They got it from the second I stepped in to their Studio. We wanted a colour explosion with elements of our favourite things, flamingo’s, bicycles, copper sprayed pineapples – and boy did they deliver! They do more than just flowers – their work is phenomenal! I only had one request, Alpe d’huez roses and Lily of the Valley in my bouquet – I left the rest to them!
We weren’t too fussed on a cake (we can’t remember any cake from any wedding we have been to oops!) and Euan being a huge Krispy Kreme fan, we went for one of their doughnut towers instead, topped with our favourite Marvel characters – it was a big hit with the guests!
We had a mini-moon straight after the Wedding to Vienna and Budapest and we are really excited for our Honeymoon this July. We are motorbike riders so we are touring Ecuador on two wheels and then heading to Miami for a week to party with friends in Key West and see in our first Wedding Anniversary in style before finally heading to our favourite place on the planet, Scotland, for a few days RnR!
We both said seeing each other for the first time when the music started playing – it was really emotional. Euan said something to me which when we sat for our first reading that will stay with me forever. Hearing our friends and family belt out our favourite school hymns, which brought great memories flooding back. It also happened to be the hottest day of the year, a cool 36 degrees – so the taste of our first drink as a married couple on the boat as we sailed under Tower Bridge. Our first dance to ‘I believe in a thing called love’ by The Darkness. My Dad playing the Sax at our reception was truly special. We also both felt extremely lucky and privileged to be able to marry in a venue with so much history and splendour – we feel honoured to be Friends of St Paul’s. But THE thing we will never forget is how brilliant and supportive our family and friends were in the build up to and on the day, we couldn’t possibly list everything they did for us but we are eternally grateful. We are very lucky.
Advice For Other Couples
The most important thing is that you are together and married. Accept the chaos, soak up the joy and cherish the memories! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Wedding Planner (on the day management & chief 6 weeks in the build up to the big day) & staff for the reception
Charlotte Elise Weddings and Events
Band & DJ Set
‘Soul Fresh’ from the Earcandy group
Christopher Evans Jewellers
Flowers and Décor
Early Hours London Ltd
Balloons for Ceremony, Balloon Arch & Table Balloons
Neon Light Props
Vowed and Amazed
Bob Cooke Graphics
Tables, Chairs, Sofas, Bar
Anthology Vintage Hire
Wedding Dress (Day) & Bridesmaid Dresses
Bethany Hannah Bridal Wear Cheshire
Bride Evening Outfit
Crystal Hair Pieces
Bridal Party Hair
Just Imagine Hair – Zoe Hadland
Bridal Party Make Up
Lauren Garfitt Professional make up artist
Bridal Party Nails
Lauren Newton Nails
Men’s Wedding Suit Hire & Bespoke Tailoring – Groom Suit & Groomsmen Suits
Whitfield and Ward
Wow!! I so love a multicoloured rainbow wedding.
Abi and Euan, thank you both ever so much for sharing your epic wedding story with us xo Lou