This beautiful wedding is definitely an ode to doing it your way. Carol and Rob got married in May last year in a chic London ceremony with a reception at Trinity Buoy Wharf. I love the way they’ve decorated this industrial warehouse, making it a beautiful wedding venue while still retaining a cool edge. Also this venue gives plenty of space for a dance floor, a definite necessity! Let’s hear from the bride shall we:
Rob and I wanted to get married in London and discovered Trinity Buoy Wharf: a warehouse with dry hire on the river opposite the o2… It meant we could avoid the packaged deals and organise our own food and drink without being restricted by the venue’s choices. Perfect!
I found my David Fielden dress on the first day of the sample sale in January 2013. I loved the dress and am pleased that I went with a fairly simple look as it really suited the venue and the vibe we had on the day.
My hairdresser (Stan Watts, The King’s Canary) came to my flat to make my hair look gorgeous on the day, as well as my bridesmaids’, my mum’s .. and my dad’s(!!).
We did the flowers ourselves – roping in my mother in law for a trip to Covent Garden Flower Market at 7am on the Friday before the wedding on the Sunday. My mum and friends, as well as my mother in law and her sister all helped out me out the day before the wedding to put the flowers (peonies, ranunculus and lady bombastic roses) in the sherry glasses and medical bottles I had collected from eBay. Rob, my dad and my father in law helped put up lanterns to make the warehouse less bare.. Exhausting but fun!
The weather didn’t allow us to have our bellinis and canapés outside to enjoy the urban views of Canary Wharf and the o2 but it didn’t matter. We loved every minute, especially the “Jewish nods” we included to reference Rob’s cultural heritage. We would love to do it all again – and we wouldn’t change a thing! I would have loved to have been a guest!
We planned a lot of things ourselves. We got Cute Maps to prepare the digital invite which we sent out by email via Greenvelope. I made the picture frames for the table plan and the guest’s polaroid photos using old frames and vintage maps and I made the name tags myself using a simple ink stamp and brown parcel tags.
Advice to future couples is to take time out on the day to be with your new husband / wife to look at all of your guests enjoying themselves. The day passes so quickly and it is nice to try to slow it down by observing the events as well as taking part in all of them. Also, when planning, remember to take a step back and make sure you are only doing things because you want them or they have a meaning, we didn’t have a wedding cake (instead we had Italian cannoli delivered late in the night) and we didn’t have a first dance. Nor did I have a bouquet – I found the thought if walking down the aisle with flowers in my hand too weird!
Photographer: Jonny Donovan
Music: The Gold Diggers during the service and canapés; The Belles for the reception
Food: Tasting Plates – delicious Mediterranean platters and sharing plates
Bride’s dress: David Fielden
Bride’s shoes: Chie Mihara
Groom’s suit: Spencer Hart
Flower girls’ tutus: Bob & Blossom
Late night cannoli: (delivered by vespa at about 10pm) Arancina, Notting Hill
Venue: Trinity Buoy Wharf, East India Dock