When it comes to blogging about your wedding it’s difficult to know where to start. It’s only one day but there is so much to say! I have already done a run through of the day, but I wanted to focus a bit more on the amazing suppliers that made our wedding so special.
Finding a venue was quite tricky because our guest list meant that most traditional wedding venues were too big and most pub function rooms were too small. We were so happy to find Clissold House, a beautiful listed building in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington. Clissold house gave the day the perfect elegant yet relaxed vibe, and the glorious weather meant everyone could enjoy the terrace and the beautiful park setting.
Where do I even start with the flowers? They were incredible. I am very good friends with Migle, who owns Your London Florist, and you can really see the love that she put into everything from the table arrangements to the button holes. Migle knows me and my taste so well that I was able to just trust her to do her thing, which meant the flowers were a total surprise on the day. The archway of sliver birch and cherry blossom she created was just stunning, and provided the perfect back drop for both our ceremony and the first dance. Apparently the whole room smelt amazing, but as I had a sinus infection I couldn’t smell a thing. If you’re getting married in London and looking for a florist you should definitely speak to Your London Florist.
I knew straight away that I didn’t want a big traditional wedding dress, and there wasn’t really room for it in our budget either, so I didn’t even bother setting foot inside a wedding dress shop. I did some research online and was pretty sure that I would be able to find something on the high street, and I was right. This dress was actually the first one I tried on. It had the vintage, romantic feel that I was going for and fitted perfectly. My veil was actually my mum’s, and my shoes came from Boden. My husband wore a suit from John Lewis and a beautiful vintage tie we bought in Nashville. The bridesmaids wore dresses from Asos.
We knew that we definitely didn’t want a traditional wedding cake with fondant icing. I wanted something really pretty and whimsical, and most importantly very tasty. I first met My Little Cake Tin at Renegade Craft Fair, and I found out that she was actually based very locally to me in North London. My Little Cake Tin were absolutely wonderful to work with, and the cake was delicious as well as well as stunning. We had a rich chocolate cake with chocolate ganache as the bottom tier, which we ate for dessert, the middle tier was lemon and elderflower sponge which we had at the evening reception, and the top tier was another chocolate cake which we took home with us. Being able to enjoy eating a little slice of wedding cake every day for a week after the wedding was so lovely. I definitely recommend doing this!
Emily Quinton isn’t actually the wedding photographer I originally booked. Two weeks before the wedding the photographer that I had booked let us down, which meant I was frantically searching for a new photographer very last minute. I emailed Emily, knowing that she didn’t do wedding photography any more, but hoping that she might be able to help us out, and amazingly she said yes. Emily was so fantastic on the day, she made it all feel really natural and relaxed, and the photos are absolutely stunning. They capture the day so well and don’t feel forced or posed. Like I say Emily doesn’t do wedding photography any more, but if you’d like to learn how to improve your Instagram or learn how to use your camera I can’t recommend her workshops enough.
My husband is a jazz musician so we were always going to have live music at our wedding. Five of his friend played traditional jazz for us whilst we and our guests ate. Go to Place Avenue Swing to book them.
The Little Details
I wanted to add some little personal touches to the day, without going overboard on crafts and DIY, which is why I chose to play to my strengths. I designed and illustrated the invites and the on the day stationery myself. I also hand lettered the seating chart and the welcome sign. I would definitely advise leaving the seating chart to the last possible minute, there’s always one guess that drops out two days before! I also hand painted the wedding cake toppers.
I have a couple more wedding blog posts coming up, including my top money saving tips and my thoughts on doing my own hair and make up, so keep an eye out for those. Is there is anything in particular you would like me to talk about just let me know!