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.”
Vintage weddings are getting more and more mainstream which is why I am so excited to share a genuinely unique one with you today. You certainly don’t see many Edwardian themed weddings dotted about all the wedding blogs! Laura and Matt were married at the Asylum Chapel in Peckham, South East London, a deconsecrated church that is now hired for shoots and events.
“We didn’t want our wedding to be too formal or conform to any traditions that we didn’t feel comfortable with”, began Laura. “We also wanted an interesting venue with history, but not one that was religious. We didn’t have a big budget so many historic places were not an option. Even if our budget was larger, we still wouldn’t have wanted anything overly grand, we wanted something more us and where everyone could relax and be themselves.”
Wearing a second hand dress, black velvet Dr Marten boots and a homemade flower crown in her lilac hair, Laura married Colin at Lovekyn Chapel in Kingston Upon Thames. The reception was held at the London Museum of Water and Steam, which they decorated themselves with the help of their families. Nearly all the flowers were grown in Laura’s Mum’s front garden and were arranged the morning of the wedding.
“Our inspiration was London, spring-time and marjarelle blue from gardens in Morocco, where Colin proposed”, began Laura. “We both love history and I work as a carpenter/welder so the industrial past of the museum and the still-working women’s forge in the grounds suited us perfectly. I like things juxtaposed so I used lots of spring flowers, candles and white linen to add femininity.”