There are some weddings I see which (forgive me, I know this is terribly unpatriotic) I instantly think, “damn, that’s SO COOL, it can’t be a British wedding”. It’s nice to be completely wrong though, especially with this wedding. In fact “SO COOL” doesn’t even cover it a little bit… April and Dennis are off the richter scale!
The Dutch/Kiwi groom and his American bride met in Amsterdam while they were both travelling around Europe. Long story short, they fell in love and settled in London. They were hitched on the roof of Rockwell House, a studio space in east London that comes complete with epic views of the capital’s skyline.
“When we started planning the wedding we knew we wanted Something completely different than any wedding we’d ever been to”, April began. “In searching for this we really found truly alternative was hard to come by. It all still seemed to be a tweak of the same old thing.”
“It was important to us that everything we did on the day was considered beforehand, that we didn’t do anything automatically just because it’s what you do at a wedding. I think we ended up with a really different, really special, really representative of us, day. We got wedding tattoos instead of rings – two halves of one tattoo actually – a Mexican Day of the Dead sugar skull with the words ‘hasta la muerte’ beneath (until death).”
Alex and Alana were married at Asylum Chapel in Peckham, London. I’ve featured weddings in this amazing space before, but it’s hard to me to resist it’s charms! After their ceremony and main reception at the chapel, they invited their guests to East Dulwich Tavern for a low-key after party.
“The inspiration for the wedding was our venue”, began the bride. “We visited a few other places in south east London the same day, but we wanted this one as soon as we saw it. The history and rawness of the space was inspiring, and we liked the fact that the artists who run the space use the weddings to fund community art exhibitions.”
Six-month pregnant Alana wore a beautiful Alice Temperley gown with a homemade flower crown. All the flowers in the wedding were grown by the bride and the groom’s mother and stepfather, which not only saved money but made them extra special.
The Roost is probably one of London’s coolest event spaces… and I don’t say that lightly! I was lucky enough to visit and experience it myself at The Blogcademy’s recent party, and I figured it would be a crime against alternative weddings to keep it to myself! If you’re having an unconventional wedding in our nation’s capital then you HAVE to consider The Roost as your venue!
Located in trendy Dalston, the four floor converted Victorian pub is decorated in a really fun, eclectic way with statement wallpaper, vintage furniture, quirky props and unique artwork. They also love to give their couples complete creative freedom when it comes to decorating the place with their own props too!
If there’s one thing guaranteed to make me smile it’s a wedding featuring all the colours of the rainbow. It’s nearly impossible for me to turn them down, hence why I share so many of them on this blog! Rosie and Robin’s big day is no different. Held at the London Wetland Centre, a nature reserve in Richmond upon Thames, it boasts all the colours, amazing homemade decorations and a wedding dress made by the father of the groom!
“We both love colour, colourful things and colourful clothing so it was an obvious choice to reflect this in our wedding”, began Robin. “It was amazingly colourful. We asked all our guests to dress in the most colourful thing they had in their wardrobe, that they usually felt was a bit too bold and showy for most occasions. Everyone looked fantastic. Even friends that usually look all cool and beatnik in permanent monochromes turned up in electric blue jumpsuits.”
A colourful affair paying homage to some of their all time favourite pop icons was the theme of Katy and Matthew’s London wedding. This quirky wedding had fun, DIY touches and a heavy dose of vintage inspiration to boot.
“We wanted our wedding to include the things we love and be a lot of fun for everyone involved, as well as not following the usual formula”, wrote the bride. “We love throwing a party (usually fancy dress) and so this was hopefully going to be a bigger and better version of one of those. I knew I wanted it to have a vintage element and also be a colourful mish-mash, but there wasn’t a particular theme apart from that.”
The wedding was held at The Chainstore, an event space at Trinity Buoy Wharf with a view of the iconic O2 arena. It is a completely blank canvas so the couple could do exactly what they liked with it! “I wanted the décor to be DIY but without having to spend every minute in the month before the wedding making things”, Katy continued. “Luckily I have a lot of crafty friends and family whom I was able to rope in.”
Sarah and Ben chose Islington Metal Works for their July 2013 wedding. The bride wore Valentino, the groom a snappy suit from Topman, and their whole day was just a massive representation of the two of them.
“We really wanted our wedding to just reflect our personalities and what we love!” wrote Sarah. “We both share a love of taxidermy, skulls, vintage furniture and weird curiosities so we wanted to bring that across but in a light pretty way softened with fairly lights and flowers. We would have loved more taxidermy but it was surprising how much it costs to hire it!”
“We also love places that are a little run down and industrial and the Metal Works was the perfect venue for this. We didn’t want a traditional wedding so we had a small private family ceremony in our local registry office the day before and had our close friend Christian perform a short ceremony for us at the Metal Works. Friends read and our best friends daughter was the ring bearer. It was perfect and just what we wanted. Intimate with plenty of laughter.”