If the words on the wedding cake (in scrabble letters) don’t make you feel all squidgy inside, then you’re all wrong. This is so lovely – such a personal wedding day, with some magical moments and creative touches – and a stunning bride and gorgeous groom.
Images are by lovely Kate Nielen Photography, who can tell us more about the day:
I hope you like this intensely personal, Scrabble-inspired, handmade London wedding. Laura and Rich are both teachers and avid readers so what could be more fitting for their wedding theme than Scrabble?
After an elegant ceremony at Asia House, months of planning and lots of hand-made details transformed their reception venue (Icetank) into a shabby chic heaven complete with the wooden chairs, mismatched tablecloths and floral crockery. They’ve traded the traditional first dance for a violin/guitar performance and topped it all up by a flash mob dance surprise performance by the bridal party.
Richard & Laura’s Covent Garden wedding
Photographer: Kate Nielen www.katenielen.com
Design and Décor: The bride and groom with a little help from the venue
A surprisingly warm December day set the scene for Richard and Laura’s wedding. Months of planning, making and creating all came to fruition with a burst of winter sunshine.
Laura’s vintage feel dress and coat suitably marked the theme for the day and her bridesmaids burgundy attire blended beautifully with Blue Sky’s delicate flowers.
The ceremony at Asia house saw the 50 guests surrounded by a plethora of books, just perfect for the couple who are both teachers and big readers. Black taxis transported the guests to Icetank, whilst a white cab picked up the bride and groom to their white walled reception venue. Transformed into an old world like, shabby chic haven, the wooden chairs, mismatched tablecloths and floral crockery all added to the ambience.
Home-made finishing touches included film reels and books as centre pieces with scattered scrabble pieces across the tables and bunting galore. Scrabble was the name of the day, and the lower ground floor LED wonderland hosted some competitive scrabble and a barn door back drop to the photo booth, complete with type writer and instant camera for the guest book.
Beautiful finishing touches included golden glints in the jam jar flower pots, miscellaneous mistletoe hanging from the DJ station and fairy lights to make the fairies jealous!
Catering was provided by street food extraordinaire El Kantina. Their Mexican fare was a wonderfully relaxed sit down meal with sharing plates and hearty mains served from the Icetank kitchen. The friendly staff were well suited to this vibrant wedding and delicious canapé desserts were the icing on the cake (before the real deal!).
With a unique twist Laura and Richard’s first dance was instead a first performance. The talented duo donned a guitar and violin to accompany their favourite songs which was a truly exceptional turn at this intimate wedding.
Followed by the cutting of the cake (which of course was covered with scrabble letters), guests danced to the DJ groom and enjoyed the warming feeling of this stunning wedding at Icetank.
The final surprise was a flash mob dance from the bridal party much to the delight of all the guests. The choreographed dance to Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ was an homage to Richard’s ‘classic’ dance style and a touching moment at the end of a wonderful day.