With gay marriage becoming legal across the whole of The United States and London Pride taking place this past weekend, this has to be the perfect time to share Chris and Russ’ fun-filled London wedding! They were married in February at Islington Town Hall, followed by a meal at St John’s Tavern and an evening reception at The Star.
“We met in a pub in Camden in 2008″, they told me. “Russ is a Londoner and Chris, a Hullensian. Russ said, ‘You can tell you’re not a Londoner, because you’re smiling.’ The next night we met up in St John’s Tavern in Archway. It is a fantastic pub that really looks after its customers. As the place of our first sober encounter, we have a deep personal connection with it, and it had to have a key role in our wedding.”
Heather and Kev’s wedding was full of quirky little DIY touches. They didn’t want it to feel too orchestrated though; they just wanted it to feel natural and homemade. “After spending weeks and weeks reading through the brilliant Rock n Roll Bride blog, I decided on a bright theme with a 1950s twist”, said Heather. “We wanted to keep things DIY too, with no massive styling required. We wanted it to feel like we’d done everything ourselves and that it was authentically ‘us’.”
“Our friends helped us with lots of things. My maid of honour spent hours punching heart shaped holes into tissue paper for the table confetti, and endless time making the table plans! She was my saviour during the whole wedding process. The pom poms were made by my mum and the flowers were arranged by my godmother. We made the glitter letters and stationery ourselves too.”
Amy and James’ aim was to spend as little as possible on getting married. They had a small ceremony at Boho Cornwall, a venue specifically designed for elopements, on May 13th.
“The inspiration for our wedding was just to be an intimate, family occasion, just us and our baby girl”, explained Amy. “We had no guests, no speeches, no cake, seating plans or first dances. We wanted it to be as environmentally friendly as possible too so my bouquet was from locally grown flowers, my dress was homemade and our rings were recycled. Plus, rather than asking friends and family for gifts or money, we set up a JustGiving page to help our local animal sanctuary.”
The bride’s gorgeous green dress was made by the groom’s mother. “I was adamant from day one that I wanted an emerald green dress”, she explained. “People tried to talk me out of it but I know my own mind and I stuck with it – and it was splendiferous.”
“We had both been to weddings before where all the ‘extras’ seemed, in our opinion, to detract from the core meaning of the wedding”, said James. “The union of two people was the most important thing to us. It all too often got lost after the ceremony in the endless photo line ups, welcomes, dances… not to mention it being a massive expense and headache to plan. We wanted it to also be nice and relaxed, intimate and simple.”
Keir and Donna were married in London. “Keir proposed on a night bus from Elephant and Castle”, the bride began, “and it was perfect for us. We didn’t have any particular inspiration or theme for the wedding, we just wanted to do something in London that was simple and involved all our friends.”
“We stayed together the night before the wedding in Church St Hotel in Camberwell with some of our closest friends. We ended up drinking far too many cocktails and crashing around 3am!”
Donna wore a Charlie Brear dress and jewellery that she had designed by a friend, Roberto Costa. “I was very laid back about the whole thing. I bought the flowers for me and my bridesmaid the morning of the wedding from a local florist.”
Lauren and Ben both love Mexican art, Frida Khalo and yummy Mexican food, so a Day of the Dead theme was perfect for their January wedding.
“We chose a Day of the Dead theme because I love the celebration”, began the bride. “We had Piñata fun while eating Mexican fruity sticks – a little bit of sunshine in the middle of winter. We also have a thing for rockabilly, 50s and traditional tattoos, so we thought we would add that into the mix with swallows hearts and swing dresses.”
“Ben and I actually got swallow wedding tattoos to mark our love for each other, soppy I know! We got so many ideas from Rock n Roll Bride, it was a big inspiration for me. I found so many ideas and vendors from the blog and it made me realise what we really wanted from a wedding not what the mainstream wedding magazines tell us is on trend.”
The wedding was held at the Trinity Arts Centre in Bristol. “They have some amazing gigs in there and also have fantastic community projects”, she explained. “It felt good to have our wedding where we also go see some of our favourite bands.”
Nicola and Dan wanted their day to feel just like the weddings of their grandparents. They were inspired by pretty pastel colours, shabby chic details and street parties!
“I always wanted our wedding to be fun and reflect both of our personalities, and I think we achieved that”, said Nicola. “A lot of our guests commented on how much the whole day summed us up. We took our inspiration from an old photo I had of my Nan and Grandad’s wedding day from 1956. I wanted that old fashioned and East End feel. I would describe our wedding theme as a Jubilee street party and spring pastel chic! We had photos in frames on the head table of our grandparents who couldn’t be there with us.”
The bride wrote a 1950s inspired ballerina length dress from LouLou Bridal and after the ceremony she changed into Converse platforms which she embellished herself! “I customised my Converse with my initials N and W (my new surname is Warwick) and stuck on some pearls and a little bride and groom”, she explained. “Other DIY included all the pom poms which my mum and sister made and hung from the beams. We also made our favours which were CDs of our favourite music and little sweet boxes of sugared almonds and flying saucers. I sourced all of the china tea cups and saucers, teapots and jugs from various charity shops.”