Shannon and Dave wanted to throw tradition out of the window for their London wedding. They had a legal ceremony at the register office the day before their main celebration which took place at Little Nan’s Bar and The Brookmill Pub in Deptford.
“Our wedding was a rainbow heavy metal disco with a science fiction twist… plus dogs!” began Shannon. “We were inspired by so many people, things, and events, but mostly music, bunting, food (we are both vegetarian so we wanted all the food to be both vegetarian and delicious) and Deptford, where we live We love our neighbourhood! It can be rough around the edges and has a less-than-polished reputation but we love it just as it is. It’s vibrant, colourful and multi-cultural. We wanted to make Deptford the star of the show. We used local merchants and venues wherever possible. We created a Deptford prize pack with local goodies, artwork and craft beer for the winner of our pub quiz.”
“We disregarded all the rules”, she continued. “We decided up front that we were going to do things our own way. I don’t like flowers, so we had no flowers. Why should my dress be white? I don’t like white. If we liked a tradition, we kept it. If we didn’t, it went out the window. We knew from watching our friends go through the experience that other people (however well-intentioned) can have a tendency to impose their own ideas into a wedding. To avoid this, we planned things out before we told anyone we were getting married!”
I don’t usually like to make assumptions about which weddings might be the most popular ones that we publish, but I’m pretty confident to state that I think you are all going to lose your collective shit when you see Lisa and Tom’s wedding. Why? Well would you get a load of her DRESS!!! Before we move onto discussing anything else about this one, we need to talk about that immediately!
Unbelievably, the dress was actually upcycled from an inexpensive secondhand gown by one of the bridesmaids! Lisa explained, “My dress, shoes, decorations were all down to my most incredible bridesmaids and mum, with a huge shout out to the most bad ass bridesmaid, Katy. She doubled up as my dressmaker/ graphic designer/ sign maker/ temporary tattooist! I’d been spamming the bessies from half way across the world with colour schemes and dress ideas. Katy then surprised me on my birthday by sending me a photo of the most incredible ‘prototype dress’ that she had lovingly adopted from a charity shop and painstakingly painted and sewn back together.”
They hoped their summer wedding would be relaxed and informal, but they still wanted to put a lot of effort into the decor and theme, so Trish and Steve chose things they liked (rainbows, Disney) and their starting point and then took everything one step at a time.
“Our wedding theme pretty much grew organically as the planning went along”, began the bride. “We struggled to pick one colour and that’s where the multi-coloured/ rainbow idea came from. I have a massive obsession with Disney so that popped in and we both love rubber ducks so they made an appearance too! We knew we wanted to make the day about us so tried to incorporate little aspects of our characters and personalities into the day.”
“Our cake was a bright rainbow coloured, multi layered cake and we added bride & groom rubber ducks (we found them in a shop in Amsterdam in 2016!) to complete the look. The flowers were bright and fun! We asked our florist, Beau-K, for gerberas for the buttonholes and I also also wanted some bright ribbons on my bridal bouquet but we left the rest up to them. We also had loose gerberas in some glass bottles on the tables (which we collected) and then two big wreaths on the barn doors!