A Big East London Party with A Homemade Sequin Cape & A Late Night Chicken Shop Date

Lauren Marchant Photography

June 24, 2024

Bronie and Ed met at a 90s-themed house party in East London in 2015. Bronie arrived dressed as a Troll doll with and Ed sported a costume as Edd the Duck from the kids’ show The Broom Cupboard. Amidst the party chaos, a live episode of Blind Date took place in the kitchen, where the Troll Doll chose Edd the Duck as her date.

When they started planning the wedding, they wanted it to evoke memories of that first night. Their cake topper was made from a Troll doll and an Edd the Duck figurine and they chose a venue right around the corner from where the party was! Their main goal was to just have the biggest party they’d ever thrown, filled with music, laughter and dancing. Their London roots inspired a colour palette, which was reminiscent of the London Underground map.

“We wanted to bring in everything we enjoy as a couple – art, alternative music, pubs, and games,” Bronie explained. “Our wedding was heavily DIY and we wanted to be as sustainable where possible, so that if it couldn’t be recycled it would ideally have another use after the wedding. All the dried flowers have gone to new homes, the pom poms have new purposes and one of our artist friends is going to use the paper streamer decorations into a pulp sculpture.”

Bronie made her own statement cape, inspired by Billy Porter’s red carpet fashion and the Queen’s coronation cape. “I got my Met Gala moment walking down the aisle,” she said with a smile. “I wanted to represent the part of London we live in Brixton with the amazing vibrant patterned fabric and then have our couple’s name ‘BRED’ shining in gold. Having created a few sketches, I went to my super talented friend Jacqui and we collaborated on the cape together. It now hangs like a tapestry in our home.”

Bronie’s mum walked her down the aisle to Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love, with guests cheering and whooping. “We had to practice a lot to ensure we walked in at the right lyrical point!” Bronie shared. “It was also amazing seeing the look on Ed’s face when he saw my cape, which was a total surprise! Both our sisters did readings, one from our favourite scene from When Harry Met Sally and John Cooper Clarke’s I Want to be Yours.”

The informal dining featured free-flowing pizzas, with servers wearing custom BRED WED t-shirts designed by a friend. Their wedding favours and stationery (the order of service was a booklet inspired by 80s punk zines) were all homemade, as were all the jars of pickled veg and salads on each table. Instead of pricey canapes, they had pub snacks and as part of their entertainment they had a pinball machine for everyone to play which went down a storm!

The night concluded with a pit stop at their favourite chicken shop, a fitting end to such a personal day. “If I had to give advice it would be to look around, trust your gut and not be afraid to spend money on one or two trusted businesses who you can tell will be helpful, while putting in the effort to save money with a bit of DIY in other areas”, Bronie concluded. “Our venue and photographer were our biggest cost but Lauren was more than a photographer and our venue were so helpful in the run up. They were both super helpful and well worth the money even if the bar staff were a bit ratty by the end of the night!”