A London Mod Wedding: Maddy & Victor

I seem to be featuring a lot of weddings with pub receptions at the moment but I love the idea and the fact that they are a cost effective venue option. However the thing I love about the particular pub weddings that I share is my readers. Even with similar venues the weddings couldn’t be more different from each other! Take Maddy & Victor’s mod-esque wedding for example…

“Our reception was at Clissold Arms in North London”, Maddy began. “The ceremony was at St Michael’s Church in Highgate and Victor wanted a good exit from the church and journey to the pub. Whilst we discussed leaving in a Delorium and re-enacting a scene from Back to the Future, there just wasn’t the budget! But Victor is a huge fan of scooters, and had the idea of leaving with an entourage of vespas following us was born. So we gave the local scooter club, New Originals North London Scooter Club, a call and they were more than happy to help!”

“Our reception venue was actually a great source of inspiration for our wedding theme. It is the birth place of The Kinks! So we named our tables Kink songs or albums. Our guestbook was a poster designed by Victor with a quote from the song Waterloo Sunset. We wanted to make as much as we could ourselves. We are both very creative and Victor is a fab designer. He designed our invitations, inspired by an old carnival poster. We knew we wanted to create a wedding that was fun and down to earth and on a budget.”

“We also both wanted our favours to be original. So we decided on pots of honey for the ladies and Tabasco for the Gentlemen, each with their own personally designed labels. Whilst Victor designed them, I spent quite a few evenings soaking and peeling labels off of miniature honey jars and miniature bottles of Tabasco (from Heals). I then stuck the new labels on with prit-stick and tied bee charms on the honey and skull charms on the tabasco with ribbon. Tip: when peeling labels you only need to leave them in water with washing up liquid for less than 30 seconds, otherwise the stickers go too soggy and it is harder to peel them off.”

Initially the couple only wanted to spend £5000 on their day but they ended up spending quite a bit more in the end, “Apart from spending less money, there is nothing about our wedding that I would change”, Maddy concluded. “We both lived and loved every moment! I am so glad that we invested in the things that were important to us like our fabulous photographer Caro Hutchings. There are so many moments captured on camera that will make me smile for years to come!”

Fabulous! Thank you to Maddy & Victor and of course Caro Hutchings for sharing today.

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Caro Hutchings Photography
Ceremony Venue: St Michael’s Church, Highgate
Reception Venue: Clissold Arms
Bride’s Dress: Justin Alexander
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutins
Bride’s Headpiece: The Vintage Wedding Dress Company
Bride’s Jewellery: Vintage
Bride & Bridesmaid’s Bouquets: Bookworm Eats Flower
Groom’s Outfit: Ben Sherman
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Various
Hair: Angie at Toppers of Hackney
Make Up: Claire Byrant clare.bryant@hotmail.co.uk
Cakes: DIY
‘Cheese’ Cake: The Fine Cheese Company
Flowers: Scarlet & Violet

Bands: Emmo &  Boom Town Swingalings
DJ: Ed Spencer


  1. What a perfect wedding! Beautiful photos, beautiful dress (omg, the dress!), so much attention to detail….I love it!

  2. Dee

    Those shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Plus what a brilliant couple who admit it cost them more than they thought it would, I appreciate that so much!

  3. yay! i have been wanting to see what that justin alexander looks like with a lace bolero. it looks amazing! my dress is very similar so i have been deliberating on cover ups!

  4. love this wedding, I especially love the photo of the couple leaving the church-that really sums up the wedding for me.

  5. Madeleine

    bolero is from a angelinadesign on etsy! I sent her a pic of the dress and she colour matched it for me. I am planning to sell the dress….

  6. hannah

    what a beautiful day! WOW. you look gorgeous. did you dress the venue yourselves or did they do it for you?? and is there a hire charge for that place?? it looks lovely xxxxx


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