It’s gorgeous Jess and Rich’s eclectic style which makes this London wedding so deliciously different and captivating. Their theme emerged as a heady mixture of romantic, prohibition, art deco and industrial… and their wedding is one of my favourite blog posts of the year already! With flowers by Rebel Rebel, a Charlie Brear gown and photos by Paul Rogers, you’ll LOVE Jess and Rich’s wedding style!
As amazing as this wedding looks, it’s inspiring to discover nearly everything was home made. Jess told me the crafting was “a labour of love but totally worth it!” There are some gorgeous home made touches: the wedding cake, table flowers, invitations, programs, table plan, table name cards, menus, cocktail menus, and even bathroom signs! “Trinity Buoy Wharf was a total blank canvas! We spent a full day on Friday the day before decorating it with props, flowers, setting up tables etc.” Jess’s sister made their fabulous naked cake – “it fitted the relaxed style of the wedding and looked fantastic!”
Images are by documentary wedding photographer Paul Rogers. Discover more from Paul’s stunning portfolio here:
Paul’s second photographer for Jess and Rich’s wedding was lovely London wedding photographer Joan Jellett, who you can find out more about here: http://joanjellett.com
“For me as a documentary photographer the wedding revolves heavily around the couple and their guests. You can have wonderful looking venues, fabulous lighting and beautiful details everywhere, but it’s a lively couple and guests enjoying the day that makes the photography really stand out. And that’s exactly what I got with Jess and Rich’s wedding. Right from the moment I walked into Jess’ preparations at the hotel, everyone was full of joy and laughter, and this shows in the photography.”
“I know they put a lot of thought into dressing the venues and the details, but as clients, they were fabulous in the way they had 100% trust in how I photographed the day, concentrating more on the emotions and interactions than anything else. The highlight for me was staying a little longer than usual after the first dance to photograph Rich join his band to accompany Jess singing ‘Valerie’ on stage. The guests loved it, and it was a real pleasure to be part of their day.“~ Paul Rogers
The English Wedding Blog interview: Jess and Rich
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Online research – “documentary style” searched for
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were on honeymoon in Mozambique – the connection was terrible so we only got to see a few snaps but were really pleased and excited to see the rest when we got back.
Stoke Newington Town Hall (ceremony)
Trinity Buoy Wharf (reception)
“Both Stoke Newington Town Hall and Chainstore where the reception was held were new venues to me, and a real joy to photograph. We were blessed with some great light that day, but the interesting refurbished art-deco form of the Town Hall gave me a lot to work with photographically. Chainstore itself is in a fabulous location where picture opportunities were everywhere. I like to build in a sense of place to my photography, and using the Dome and London skyline made this very easy. Inside, the setting was perfect, with great light for the speeches and the dancing.” ~ Paul Rogers
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
London cool blank canvas
Your wedding style or theme:
Eclectic style (romantic? prohibition? art deco? art nouveau? industrial?)
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
All over the place! Mainly from online searching
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Try spend monies on the things that are important to you
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Blank canvas reception venue – biggest expense but it meant we could make our day completely ours
Decorations – prop hire, chairs, neon light!
Professional bar company
Vintage green buses to transport people from ceremony to reception venue
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
A massive labour of love – supplies sourced from all over the place (stamps with our faces on, gold and green ink, art nouveau wrapping paper, split pins, kraft card)
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I tried on loads as I had to wait a while for an appointment at the shop I was really keen on – when I tried it on, I was sold.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Charlie Brear (Haliton dress)
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Jewellery from various places (silver and deco style)
Headpiece from a Not On The High Street designer
Fur stole from Annies vintage shop in Angel, London
Green shoes from Dolce & Gabbana which a friend kindly picked up from Italy
And what did the groom wear?
Bespoke green suit from Cad and the Dandy
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They picked their own – I just asked for them to be different colours from a “peacock pallet”
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Professional – the fantastic Natalia Osipova who I found through Deco Dolls
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Rebel Rebel for the bouquets – again from a peacock pallet of colours
Table and venue flowers sourced from New Covent Garden Flower Market – delivered the day before and assembled ourselves
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Brass band during drinks reception, Gold Diggaz
Groom’s own uni band, Chill Winston
DJ, Disco Wed
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Do whatever you want – it’s your day!
What’s the best thing about being married?
We’ll find out!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Rebel Rebel (flowers) (http://www.rebelrebel.co.uk/)
Disco Wed (DJ) (http://www.discowed.com/)
Charlie Brear (dress) (http://www.charliebrear.com/)
Hubbub (catering) (http://www.hubbubcatering.co.uk/)
Great Mobile Bar Company (professional bar service) (http://thegreatmobilebarcompany.com/)
Themetraders (prop hire) (http://www.themetraders.com)
Gods Own Junkyard (neon light) (http://www.godsownjunkyard.co.uk/)