Music & London Themed DIY Wedding: Sharon & Huw

Lydia Stamps Photography

June 14, 2013

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Sharon and Huw didn’t really wanted to have a wedding theme but through just picking things they liked they ended up with a wedding that reflected their love of music and of London. “When we started to plan the wedding we were adamant that we were not going to have a theme but I think we ended up with a London one”, Sharon began. “It was so important to us to get married in the city that we live in and which we love and incorporating iconic features such as the routemaster bus and vintage taxi for transport just felt like the natural thing to do.”

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“After we got engaged Huw and I identified what was important to us and set out to incorporate these things into our plans. We kept it basic knowing that we wanted to get married in London, ensure our guests were well fed and watered and, of course, have awesome music for the ceremony and party. If things ever seemed to be getting too complicated or stressful we went back to these basic concepts to get back on track. We were conscious not to get caught up in details that were not important to us – we had no interest in chair covers!”

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“We wanted the day to feel relaxed and fun and not too formal so we endeavoured to find a venue that would facilitate this. With our love of good food and music, The Clissold Arms was perfect. We immediately fell in love with it’s homely feel, fairy lights, open kitchen, garden and of obviously ‘The Kinks room’. The fact that this wonderful venue has a place in musical history was an added bonus.”

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Sharon wore a stunning dress by Phase Eight with a borrowed veil and a home made headpiece. Huw’s suit was from Reiss and the bridesmaid’s wore dresses from Warehouse. “Our budget was reasonable but we didn’t wait to go crazy and overspend on things we didn’t need to. My wedding dress was from the high street because I couldn’t bring myself to spend thousands of pounds on a dress that I would only wear once. I made our stationery myself and I found this one of the most enjoyable parts of planning. I spent some time searching the web for inspiration and I liked the rustic look of brown card and hoped that it would give our guests an impression of what we hoped the feel of the day would be.”

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“We also decided to do our own flowers as we didn’t want anything too arranged and formal.  I bought lots of jam jars and went to New Covent Garden Flower Market the day before the wedding.  The flowers were perfect and had the rustic feel that we were looking for. However, I have to say that there were moments when arranging them that I felt that I had bitten off more than I could chew (particularly doing them the day before) and I couldn’t have done it without the help of my fantastic bridesmaids and parents.”

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