Taxidermy and Skull Wedding at Islington Metal Works: Sarah & Ben

Lisa Jane Photography

July 18, 2014

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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!”

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“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.”

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“The team at the venue decked out the place beautifully and the ceremony room had a stained glass window projected onto the wall, a plinth and Jesus was there too!” she continued. “The main hall was perfect with the giant skull on top of the tube train bar with beautiful touches everywhere. We love a good fancy dress party so each of the dining tables was a different fancy dress moment for us (Inspector gadget and pebbles, Stevie Nicks & Tom Selleck) and our favours were CDs which we had made with all our favourite and most personal songs on them.”

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“There were butterflies and skulls and fairly lights. I think the most perfect aspect was that it almost felt like home. It was almost like what our living room looked like so it felt really personal and a glimpse into our lives and what we were interested in! Our favourite part of the wedding was spending it together and sharing our love with our family and close friends (cheesy, I know). It was having a day where you have everyone you love around you just having a great time laughing, catching up and being silly! It’s one of the few occasions you can forget about everything and just have a blast with those you love!”

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“The largest sum we spent was on the venue but we didn’t go too crazy on anything”, she concluded. “Even my dress, although not cheap by any means, I got on The Outnet during a sale. We tried to be as sensible as possible but spent on the important things such as venue, my dress and our photographer. I think one of the most important aspects was having a great photos. I love taking photos in my spare time so it was really important to find a photographer who could capture our vision and also someone we would want to share our day with. We were really blessed to find Lisa Jane who was just fantastic. Not only did we get the most beautiful photos but she was just fantastic fun and showed so much support and advice in the run up as well as on the day and at the end of the night danced the night away with us!”

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