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Dark Botanical Wedding at Islington Metal Works

Matt and Laura, who met at University, went for a dark botanical theme for their London wedding. They were inspired by their reception venue, The Islington Metal Works and used their prop store to source a lot of the decor. They also brought in lots of things from their own home (and the homes of their friends and family!) and handmade what they could. The DIY projects included their wish tree for guests to write on, and even the cabinet where they placed the wedding favours. They were collection of personal trinkets and curios that they’d bought from various flea markets in Berlin and San Francisco that would suit each guest. Guests were invited to look through the cabinet and find the one with their name on to take away – talk about going the extra mile am I right!? All-in-all this was one hell of a cool and creative event.

“After a lot of Pinterest moodboarding, we settled on ‘Dark Botanical’ as a theme”, they began. “Our boards were full of our love for designers like Alexander McQueen, who used atmosphere and sophisticated drama to create moods, colours and textures that combined imagination with an appreciation for natural history and antique curios. We wanted a strong connection to nature to embrace a more humanitarian celebration of love over a religious one.”

“We have always had a flair for the darkly dramatic, avoiding ‘gothic’ styling but embracing alternative styles of self expression. Our wedding aimed to be a deconstruction of what a wedding could be and then rebuilding it in our personal style, but in a way that everyone coming could also embrace and join in with.”

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Intimate London Wedding with The Grooms in Matching Pink Suits!

James and Karol were married in London in September. They wanted to keep things simple, inexpensive and meaningful to their relationship.

When they first started dating Karol was working nights while James worked during the day. During the week they had only about a two hour overlap when they were both in Central London to spend time together. So they’d meet up every day to drink coffee (Karol, because he was going to work) and wine (James, because he’d just finished work) next to Cleopatra’s Needle, watching the lights on the river and talking. When they came to plan their wedding they wanted to bring this time back into their day so they had a register office ceremony at the City of Westminster registrars  and then went to Cleopatra’s Needle for photos and their first dance.

“Cleopatra’s Needle was the first place I told him I loved him”, James began, “and it’s also where we went to celebrate our engagement. So we knew that it had to be part of the wedding day. The rest followed on from there.”

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Relaxed & Guest-Focused ‘Wedstival’ Wedding in Dalston Heights

Louise and Mark’s wedding was cool and relaxed with a London vibe. They didn’t want it to be too formal, but also didn’t want to lose the feeling that it was a wedding and not just a party. Their wedding was held at Dalston Heights, a venue of two large, empty, inter-connecting rooms, meaning they we were able to transform the space into exactly what they wanted.

“The venue was our biggest expense but was the centrepiece of our day,” explained Mark, “and it gave us the room to create what we wanted. It was expensive because it was sought after, but we could immediately see why. The best thing about planning our wedding was knowing that the day would be exactly how we wanted it, and knowing we were going to be giving our guests an amazing time.”

“This was especially important to me,” continued Louise, “everyone goes on about it being YOUR day but I felt confident Mark and I would enjoy the day no matter what. However, I really did want our friends and family to have an incredible time, with delicious food, lots to drink and great music to dance to.”

Mark’s favourite part of the wedding was seeing Louise for the very first time in her dress, while Louise’s was the speeches, “My dad’s and the best man’s speeches were both really special. I was conscious I didn’t want the day to be too formal or stuffy so we’d spoken about whether or not we should even have speeches on the day, but I’m so glad that we did. I think as the bride these are the rare moments you might dread wondering what might be said, but they were both so warm and funny, it really made my day.”

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A Glittery, Feminist & Vegan Wedding in London

Steph and Dan wanted their wedding to be a lovely relaxed day turning into a big kick-ass party later on! They broke lots of traditions (no cake cutting or first dance) and made choices to reflect their feminist outlook. They included speeches from the bride, mother of the groom and the bridesmaid, got ready together in their own apartment, had their first look together at home and walked down the aisle together. Instead of their first dance, had a Jagerbomb toast to open up the dance floor!. With 115 guests, it was the biggest round they’d ever bought!

Rather than hiring wedding cars, they both took public transport to the ceremony at Islington Town Hall. “We walked through Brockwell Park, the best park in London, to Herne Hill train station, where we got the train to Victoria before jumping on the tube to our ceremony venue,” explained Steph. “We got many well wishes from passers-by; it was beautiful. We then flagged cabs to take us to St John’s Square for our reception and my bridesmaid and the three best men were responsible for doing the same for the guests.”

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London Marathon Wedding With Two Running Brides!

Lisa and Jemma met in London, almost nine years ago when Lisa was a personal trainer. Four years later they were training for their first marathon together – a fundraiser for pancreatic cancer, which Jemma lost her father to that year. Running helped her cope, and it soon became their favourite thing to do together, completely occupying their weekends with training, followed by several G&Ts and a good pie. They wanted their wedding to reflect all these things that they love; running, London, pie, Haribo and friends.

They got married on the London Marathon start line then ran the marathon and ended the day with a big party at a bar on the finish line! “We both love running so much, and there is something truly special about the London Marathon,” Lisa began. “We’d run 15 marathons between us, but had yet to run London together. We had jokingly said for years that our dream wedding would incorporate the London Marathon, but we’re too obsessed with getting a good time to stop (!) and didn’t think it would be possible to get married beforehand. One day, during a post-run tipsy picnic, we sent out some scoping emails to the Greenwich registrar, and she agreed if we could find a willing venue. The registrar we spoke to that day was the person who conducted our ceremony and she was brilliant.”

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Board Game Themed Central London Wedding

Holly and Laura met on a dating website. Both very shy, it allowed them to get to know each other really well before they met and once they did they immediately hit it off. “The first time we met in real life was at Waterloo station and both of us were ridiculously early!” Holly laughed. “We went to an art exhibition at the Southbank Centre. From there we walked and talked down the Southbank to Borough before jumping on a tube to Soho where we had a few drinks and lots of laughs.”

They were married in August and the day was held at The Dickens Inn in London. “Both of us had a Catholic upbringing and would have loved nothing more than to get married in church but as this wasn’t possible we wanted somewhere a bit quirky”, they explained. “Laura’s friend went to a wedding at the Dickens Inn and raved about it so we went along and instantly fell in love with it. The room faces out over St Katharine’s Docks both ways so it was beautiful and it also has a barn-like structure which is something we had been after, it was also literally 30 seconds from the most amazing view of Tower Bridge.”

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