Paper Crane and Globe Themed Wedding: Cathy and Gerard

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Cathy and Gerard had a simple but beautiful wedding in London. Their ceremony was at Stoke Newington Town Hall and their reception at the fabulously funky 06 St.Chad’s Place. The wedding was simple and the couple refused tot stress over the little details, but it was no less beautiful. Cathy wore cute, short 60s vintage dress from Fur Coat No Knickers, they had no bridesmaids or groomsmen and as the venue was so cool anyway they didn’t need to decorate it much. Their biggest undertaking was the paper crane decorations made from their guests’ RSVPs!

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“We didn’t have any ideas, colours or themes in mind for our wedding”, Cathy began. “The starting point was that I’d always wanted to receive a telegram but never had so I decided that we’d make telegrams for the wedding invites. When we started getting RSVPs it seemed like a bit of a shame that there was all this paper we were going to just recycle so we decided to re-use it. Firstly we started making the returned envelopes into paper cranes and then we stuck the RSVPs together with ribbon to make a kind of bunting. My big sister then told me about a Japanese legend that promises that if you make a thousand paper cranes you’ll be granted eternal good luck so that’s what we tried to do with all the leftover invites, envelopes and some old copies of the Financial Times.”

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“The main thing that I suppose was different about the wedding (largely because I had to explain it over and over again) was my ‘engagement ring'”, she continued. “I’d always been obsessed with maps and globes ever since I was little and when I first moved to Stoke Newington in 2008 I’d seen a globe shop (Bellerby Globes) where you could see the globes being made and basically dreamed of having one but then the shop disappeared. Gerard proposed with the most enormous box so I knew as soon as I saw it, it must be a globe! The shop had just moved to just off Church Street in Stoke Newington and Gerard had found it and got me a small globe made – it is beautiful!”

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  1. Allana

    I LOVE this wedding! The venues, the cranes, the cheese cake, the dress, the hat….love it!

  2. What a gorgeous wedding, I have a soft spot for St Chad’s Place so glad to see it’s become so popular! Cathy looks absolutely gorgeous too.

  3. I am a big map lover so of course I found all the handmade decorations adorable. There is something magical about travel!

  4. RSVP bunting is such a wonderful idea – will definitely be recommending that! As for the cheese cake – that’s just heaven!

  5. Lauren

    Lovely wedding! We’re getting married at St Chads next year – would you be able to let me know the contact details for your DJ?


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