Bride’s fashion and accessory details
I hate traditional wedding dresses and the ridiculous cost associated with them. It was also important to stay true to my own personal style, and wear something that fit the occasion of a relaxed London wedding. The dress was from Ted Baker’s SS17 Wedding range, with shoes from New Look and a gold floral headband from Anthropology
. After the wedding, I plan to have the dress made into a top and skirt so I can wear it again.
Grooms fashion and accessory details
Food, canapes, main menu, dessert
We opted for sharing plates as we liked the informality. Jones & Sons helped us to create an incredibly decadent menu of four courses of seasonal and modern British dishes. For starters we had venison carpaccio; monkfish cheeks; burrata on sourdough. For mains we had slow cooked beef shortrib; trout; truffled polenta. It was vital that we had a cheese course and we opted for a selection of cheeses from the Alpine Savoie region, as we are both winter sports fans. For dessert we had lemon posset and millionaire’s shortbread tart. The feedback from our guests has been that it was the best food they’ve ever had at a wedding, which was exactly what we wanted. We are also huge craft beer fans, so we created our own beer for the wedding with a company called Friendship Adventure. We had an Elle beer and Colin beer with illustrated bottles designed by our friend Matt Jacobs (@darkmattart)
. This went down a storm with our guests on the day and was a big talking point.
A huge 7kg wheel of Raclette cheese which we later melted over goose fat chips and pickles. Best evening food ever.
Music is very important to us and we wanted to get our friends and family on the dance floor all night long. Elle had hired the band – The Supertenants
– for a work event last year, so we knew what a great atmosphere they could create with their acoustic roaming set up. The DJ (Craig Duranti) plays at one of our favourite Stoke Newington pubs on a Friday night, and really understood our vision.
Don’t try and plan a “wedding”, try and plan a party that you want. It’s so easy to get swept up in what you think a wedding should be and all the boxes you need to tick. For us, we didn’t want to waste time, energy or money on the little touches, but instead focused on getting the things that were important to us right – food, booze, music, flow and atmosphere. Keep it genuine to you, don’t compromise and definitely don’t listen to other people’s opinions.
The Rose & Crown pub is opposite the Town Hall and has 6 beautiful rooms above, including a bridal suite. We hired that out for our family which really added to the atmosphere. Also, a special shout out to Tara at Jones & Sons who managed the whole event seamlessly, and also managed to source our 7kg raclette and authentic alpine grill!
A Photo Booth (from King of the booth), which we made Alpine themed (Colin designed the backdrop) was really fun and we got loads of great pictures of our friends and family. We hired an old Routemaster featuring our names, which took everyone from the Pub to Jones & Sons We used redroutemaster.com
For the place cards, Elle bought vintage ski resort postcards online (less than £10 for 100) and we stamped the names on the reverse.