I am in floral heaven with Tobias and Georgina’s incredibly beautiful wedding day, which was held in London at Wimborne House on the 11th August 2018. The venue is also a studio and was light filled and steeped in character, which ticked all of the boxes for our couple today. It meant that all the décor really popped and gave a fantastic blank canvas.
Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, they used flowers as the centrepiece to their décor. They had a spectacular flower arch installation as the backdrop to their ceremony, which was bursting with greenery plus pink and red blooms. They also had a striking faux flower wall as part of their reception room set up, which really added to the atmosphere of their celebrations. Then there was the bouquet, flower headband and aisle flowers too, wow! I also love how they incorporated personal touches such as the croquembouche tower, love spoon favours and personalised stamp.
The outfits were also really very stylish. Georgina chose a lace and tulle gown with beautiful veil, while Tobias opted for a petrol green suit and floral trainers. Didn’t they look amazing?! Capturing their wedding in all it’s glory was Eva Photography and we are so thankful to be sharing these utterly wonderful photographs with you.
We had planned a trip to Paris to see some friends who were coming over from Oz, I booked the Eurostar months in advance and at the last minute our friends had to cancel. I never thought I’d get proposed to in Paris as we were meant to see friends and seeing as Toby didn’t lift a finger to plan any activities/book restaurants (very strong double bluff).
Arrived in Paris and on our first day we went for lunch at Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie. He was acting a little weird and at one point splashed all our neighbours with truffle sauce when he dropped his fork back in his plate (cute but tiny restaurant!) – I was distracted by thinking up where to pose for my Eiffel tower photo so didn’t pay attention. We then went for a walk to the Trocadero overlooking the tower. The Eiffel tower is my absolute favourite thing in the world and I always cry when I see it haha! I’m half French so it’s extra special to me. We found a little bench in the gardens to sit and he said he had a little present for me.
The date was 18/8/17. 8 is my lucky number so I was just expecting a little token thing as I always bang on about dates with 8 in them, like planets aligning. He then did a very smooth reaching into jacket pocket / swivel / kneel / open ring box movement, so I didn’t really catch what was happening, or what he said, until he said at the end will you marry me. I tried to take in the words, and surreptitiously check whether the ring was looking ok and really savouring the moment, but I don’t think I did a v good job! He looked a bit worried until I snapped to and said yes. The rest of the day was spent crying and calling the families, we cancelled all our plans and sort of wandered around in a daze. It was very emotional and draining!
We wanted something modern, young and cool. The venue had to be a blank canvas where our friends and family as well as every little décor detail would really shine.
Lastly, we asked ourselves what guests really want from a wedding: Instagram moments and impressive food! The epic flower wall and midnight feast ideas quickly went on our must-have list.
The Planning Process
We found the “big” items very easy to sort. Once we had the venue and the date we immediately booked the registrar and did all the legal bits. The venue already had preferred caterers, so we picked Canababes, who gave us planning advice along the way and helped with running the day!
We then just made a giant list and ticked off as we went along. I probably couldn’t have had such an easy time with planning if we had got married anywhere else but London, so many suppliers for every little thing!
Toby works as a cameraman and had recently been on a shoot at Wimborne House. It’s an old hat-making factory which I thought was lovely, very art deco, and even had a bomb go through it (but not explode) during the Blitz!
It’s all white walls, double height windows running down both sides of the building and exposed brickwork, which fit in well with our vision to really make the décor and guests pop. We wanted lots of bright flowers, foliage and light, and the venue totally delivered! We had access to all the floors, so we chose to hold the ceremony in View, cocktails and feast in Rome as well as the rooftop, and the disco in the basement.
We went to see it few weeks after The Proposal and immediately decided it was The One. Luckiest of all was that it had just secured the licence for civil ceremonies, meaning we could tie the knot as well as have the reception there. That was one of the main things we wanted, as I always feel the vibe is lost when you have to move on to someplace else.
We knew we wanted lots of flowers but didn’t want to blow the budget, so I looked around for smaller startups (or those who had less followers on Instagram!) and found Petal HQ who had that fresh modern feel I was looking for. Laura completely understood our vision and I made sure to share with her the invites/signage and even the bridal party outfits, so she could really understand the colour scheme. She totally nailed what we wanted and there are no words to describe the flower arch she created! My bouquet wasn’t too big so as not to hide my dress (it was more just to have something for my trembling hands to hold) and my floral headband fit perfectly. I didn’t want a floral crown in case it interfered with the veil, so I specified I wanted a headband shape. Important considerations!
The flower wall was also easy to find as there are only two companies who really do them in London, so I picked The Blossom Co. purely from what I could see on their site. I explained to Izabella that I basically wanted the Natalie Portman Dior flower wall from the perfume ad, and she created a bespoke one for us (now available on her website, she baptized it Crazy in Love!) – It was BEAUTIFUL. The guests couldn’t believe that they were a. faux flowers, and b. not the same florist as the rest of the flowers.
The Details & Décor
We focussed on the flowers and I made all the invites and signs to match that theme.
The only other décor were the giant balloons dotted around, which my sister added ruscus leaves to. These looked really good in the photos and they’re an easy way to add colour and fill up a big room.
For the tables we kept it simple as we were having a banquet/serve yourself type of meal so the middle had to be kept clear. I opted for gold perspex calligraphy laser names to put on each plate as well as gold laser table names and gold cutlery. Finally, to the side of the plates everyone had a mini Welsh wooden love spoon as a nod to my Welsh heritage and as a little wedding keepsake for people to take home. In the end guests took home their laser names instead! They were so dainty and beautiful!
Lastly, which I think was a genius touch, I had a rubber stamp made with our names and wedding date and used it at the back of the invite envelopes, paper coffee cups (hipster alert!) and on the thank you notes.
The Readings & Music
So many cringe ones out there! Took a while to find ours but when I read it, I started crying at my desk at work, so I knew it was It. It’s simple and realistic and just true. It’s called “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard, and was a tiny bit shorter than this version.
Your Outfits & Accessories
I didn’t want to spend loads on a dress and didn’t care about it being designer etc. I saw an ad for wed2b and looked it up and all the dresses were fab! My mum and I went in for an appointment (you can just walk in, it’s like a normal shop and you can try on as many as you want and take as long as you want! And there are all sizes).
I had a few on my list that I wanted but my top 3 weren’t in the store so the lady pulled similar ones and we went from there. I ended up picking the third one I tried on, and when we added the long mantilla style veil I was SOLD. My shoes were pink velvet platform sandals, very Prada, but from New Look £12.99! I then got it tailored perfectly by some lovely ladies at a place called Sewn Right in Wandsworth. I wore crystal ear climbers from Asos and my engagement ring.
Tobias initially bought a pastel blue linen suit from M&S which was actually very nice, but only specific people can pull off pale blue linen properly (Italians!) so we sort of left it on the back burner for ages. A month before the wedding he had a groomzilla moment and suddenly went for a petrol green Paul Smith suit and Gucci floral Ace sneakers. It was amazing.
I decided to book a hair and makeup artist for my sister (Gabi) and I because I honestly thought there’d be loads of secret tricks they use for photography or makeup staying power.
I had my trial and it was an absolute disaster, I looked completely different, despite all the photos I sent and my brief. And there were zero tricks! It was just normal makeup! In the end my sis and I went to Bobbi Brown for a bridal how-to and it was one of the Best Decisions of the entire wedding, we looked like ourselves but in HD. I curled my hair myself and ran a comb through, I wasn’t too fussed as I knew I’d have the veil and a floral headband. Gabi had to practice a messy low bun for weeks but nailed it on the day. £400 saved!
I didn’t really know where to start with this, so I randomly typed in Urban Wedding Photographer into Google. We knew we’d mostly be indoors, so we didn’t want someone who specialised in country house/outdoor weddings. I landed on Eva’s site and looked through all her photos, there were a few especially of couples in front of brick walls or shipping containers and in cool bars with neon signs so I knew I’d found something interesting! We met up in a café and she showed us her latest wedding pics, they were fab and all in warehouse style venues which was when we basically decided to hire her!
Our engagement shoot at the Barbican Conservatory was really nerve wracking, but she put us so at ease and the photos came out better than we ever dreamed! On the wedding day everyone commented on how professional she was, and she got ALL the shots we specified and more!
I only had one bridesmaid, my little sister Gabi. We just got loads of Asos dresses and tried them on at mum’s. Two of them were perfect on her so we got both! One more demure for day, the beaded sea green tulle with mini cape (she loves a cape) and a sexier one for the party which was lavender lace with a tie-up back. Rose gold metallic shoes also by Asos. She nearly stole the show (nearly).
We just asked them to wear a navy suit (everyone has a navy suit!) and we bought them matching floral ties from Next. Who’s looking at the men at weddings anyway!
We weren’t fussed about having a cake as the caterers were going to make desserts anyway, but my mum insisted. In the end I vaguely asked Canababes to source a croquembouche tower big enough to feed everyone, but it ended up being one of the highlights of the day so I’m so glad we got it and that it was so different to anything else our guests had seen at weddings. My mum was so pleased she cried, and it was a nice nod to the French side of the family.
We opted for Cape Town as our original Italian road trip idea was going to be too expensive due to high season. It was winter there so much cheaper! We had a great time wine touring and whale watching, the food is incredible. It really has everything, from beach to mountains, cute brunch places, shops and Michelin starred food/drink. We will def be visiting in their summer time and will be renting a car this time!
Honestly it’s all a blur. I almost just wanted it to go perfectly for everyone else’s enjoyment! I loved walking back down the aisle with my new husband and confetti showering over us, that was lovely.
Advice For Other Couples
Enjoy the engagement period, we started planning a week after we got engaged and could probably have savoured it more.
Decide the most important thing (Number of guests? Venue? Dress? Specific Date?) then plan around that.
Make sure you agree 100% on the big stuff, find a compromise you can both live with if necessary. Toby wanted a band and I had my heart set on a DJ because “I just want to hear the real songs” so in the end we opted for a DJ with live sax and beats, which was the perfect compromise!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
The Blossom Co.
Here’s To Us UK
Tobias and Georgina, thank you both ever so much for sharing your extremely pretty nuptials with us xo Lou