When I read Vicky’s wedding report and saw all her lovely craft ideas I knew I had to feature her wedding to Ross on the blog. It’s just perfect – a very personal wedding day with lots of amazing ideas you can share. I love Vicky and Ross’s style – they describe their wedding as handmade vintage / romantic and the day itself looks fantastic.
Huge congratulations then to today’s beautiful bride and gorgeous groom, and thank you for such a fab wedding report! Thank you also to my wonderful friend and wedding blog sponsor the lovely Louise Bjorling. Louise is a London wedding photographer and you can read more about her via her link in the top menu of the English Wedding Blog.
Louise recently wrote a series of advice articles for couples on choosing the perfect wedding photographer – read How to find the wedding photographer for you, How to prepare yourself for the photography on your day and How to get the best wedding photography on the day itself.
Oh! And don’t miss Ross’s memorable moments from the wedding in the paragraphs towards the end of the article. They’ll make you smile, I promise! He’s so lovely!
Everyone – enjoy today’s wedding blog! Claire xxx
Vicky and Ross – a beautiful vintage handmade wedding in London
We wanted a civil ceremony that was not too long but expressed our personalities and had our favourite songs playing through out. The bride walked out to ‘This is the first day of my Life’ by Bright eyes. Whilst we signed the register we played a long track by Fela Kuti a famous Nigerian Afrojazz musician (The bride is half Nigerian and half Serria leonan)
Which readings did you choose?
The One (author unknown)
The Future – by Emma Salmon
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
Islington town hall was ideal as it had a large council chamber which was big enough to house my large African family. It was also circular which gave it a lovely feel, so everyone could see and we literally felt like our family and friends were all around us on our very special day.
We choose Spitalfields because we love the area; we have spent many a Saturday and Sunday roaming around the market and bars of Shoreditch. The building itself is also so striking and soaked in history. Inside the high ceilings and stained glass windows create such an impact. It’s just beautiful.
It was great at night, watching all the cars and people going by. You really are in the heart of London, the buzz was great.
Vicky did lots of online research and picked out lots of little details from different sites that we made. e.g. the thumb print tree, the tea cup candles. One of my best friends spent many a Saturday going to car boot sales buying these tea cups. We then spent a wine-filled evening pouring the wax into the cups.
For the table centre pieces, I wanted a little wild eco-system. So we used lots of wild seasonal flowers and I found some butterflies and birds all in cased in beautiful bell jars. The florist did a great job, making my ideas come to life. Guest were invited to take them home at the end of the night.
Invitations and reception stationery:
My mother in-law is a retired art teacher, so we sat down and designs the invitations together, which she then made into a stencil. We then got them printed onto napkins, and sent them wrapped up in a bow.
The name places were luggage tags that I brought on-line. I and a few friends spent a few evenings staining them with tea. Then I found a sweet ink pad on amazon of 2 love birds in a cage that we stamped on the other side.
Favours weere a CD of our favourite love songs, the front cover design was the same as our main invitations.
The table names were based on the love songs on our favours CD. One of Ross’ best friends (one of the ushers) Joe works for a record company so he found some old vinyl and made them into the table name stands.
Wedding music and entertainment:
To open up the dancing for the evening we had an African performer, King Mascot and his dancers. They introduced the bride and groom with the main wedding party and family back into the reception changed into their evening wear. This is a Serria Leonean wedding
tradition. The evening DJ was then a good friend of Ross that played, funk and soul.
What did you wear?
Bride: A dress from Morgan Davies Bridal by Lusan Mandongus, I added the lace
detail to the shoulder. My wedding bouquet was made by me (the bride) out of old
brooches I found online and in second hand shops. The one down on the stem was a
brooch that Ross brought his grandmother when he was around 6 years old. His mum
gave it to me as my “something old”.
My evening outfit was in a traditional West African style. I brought the material from
Petticoat Lane. It was then sewn by Mrs Bisis Frazer, a Serria Leonean seamstress.
(She also made all the bridesmaids’ dresses and the groom’s, best men and ushers
waistcoats). My shoes were made by Carvalli from House of Frazer.
Groom: Morning suit from Moss Bros. Evening suit made by Spencer Hart
Memorable wedding day moments:
- Getting ready with my bridesmaids
- Walking into the council chamber and seeing Ross for the first time
- Saying my vows, (I cried, Ross didn’t, we had words after!!)
- Coming out of the town hall to see all our family and friends
- Ross’s speech about me
- Coming back out to the reception changed, together with the African dancers.Everyone was singing and dancing around us!
- Getting back to our hotel and getting in the bath with Ross, a glass of champagne looking down at Euston Road (we stayed at the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel) from the bath thinking “we have done it!” and “it’s you and me now”.
- The bride walking down the aisle
- Vicky, Vicky, Vicky
- Being scared of my speech
- Being boiling hot. (It ended up being the hottest day of the year)
- The bride
- The evening dancers
- The wobbly cake
- My beautiful bride!!!
Wedding day advice:
Try and relax and enjoy every moment. Once you actually marry each other, everything else is a bonus. Your friends and family are all there for you and will be happy just to see the 2 of you happy, in love and married. Don’t sweat the small stuff and make sure you dance!
Recommended wedding suppliers:
- Our florist was amazing! Muscari Whites
- Our photographer Louise Bjorling (www.louisebjorling.com) went above and beyond.
- My make up artist Angela Amelia, she did me and all my bridesmaids in plenty of time and my mother who decided she wanted her makeup doing after all at the last minute.