If you’re considering using colour to make a statement on your wedding day, then this one is for you. Alexa, a primary school teacher in East London, married Ryan, who works in Finance, on 12th April this year. The couple tied the knot at Islington Town Hall as they live in Bethnal Green and wanted a London wedding to reflect what they both love. Their reception was held at Village Underground in Shoreditch.
I love how this couple pull off such elegant style set against such an industrial style, modern city backdrop – the bright colours set against the textures of their incredible reception venue is perfect, and Alexa’s beautiful smile really shines from these images too.
“We are both quite quirky, in that we like bright colours and our flat is quite modern. We liked the vintage look but decided it wasn’t really us and as we had five weddings to attend in 2013 - we wanted ours to be a bit different.”
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“Ryan and I met in June 2007 on a night out in Camden. We had seen a band in Dublin Castle and then got chatting. The story goes that I approached Ryan and was quite clear that I liked him! Can’t really say either way! He lived in Essex and I was in Surrey so we had a year of seeing each other at weekends before I moved to south London. We bought a flat in Bethnal Green in January 2011.
Ryan proposed in Victoria park on 22nd December 2012. It was totally unexpected. A drizzly Saturday morning – we went for breakfast and walked through the park on the way back, as we do most weekends. As it was just before Christmas we said we would exchange Christmas cards. We went under a tree as it was lightly raining (no one around though!) I opened a joke card first! Then Ryan gave me the proper one. I opened it and it said ‘Will you marry me?’
As I looked up Ryan was on one knee getting a ring box out of his pocket! I burst into tears, especially when I saw the ring. He had the ring made to look almost identical to a ring my Nan had that I absolutely loved. She had passed away in the September and so this was very emotional. We were both very excited and rushed around to family and friends telling them the news.”
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“My dress was by designer Lusan Mandongus . I got it in The Ivory Boutique in Farnham. They also have a branch in Winchester too. I had tried on other lace dresses but knew I wanted something a bit different. The shop assistant actually suggested it after I had tried on some others – and when I did, I knew instantly that it was the one.
The silk top and the exquisite detail on the shoulders and waist band just looked amazing. I knew my accessories would need to be minimal which suited me well. I also loved the cut and shape and it ticked all my boxes of having ‘a waist’, not being a straight across dress at the top and having an amazing back to it. (which I really wanted).”
“We did lots of research for alternative venues but once we saw Village Underground in Shoreditch, both of us knew it was the one! Live music and festivals are something that we both love and definitely have in common so it seemed perfect that a gig/ festival theme would work for our wedding day.
We also wanted a late licence so we could have a proper party!”
“We had huge coloured balloons that we found online from an American website. We also hired a large heart with an ‘A’ and an ‘R’ from Gods Own Junkyard in Walthamstow, was slightly over budget but was a hell of a focal point!”
“Graphic designer Marty McColgan made our invitations, table names and seating plan. We had a festival ticket idea straight away and after some online searching we found him. So pleased with his service and support as he helped design our favours too.”
“For wedding favours, we arranged festival type wrist bands displayed on coloured card with the guests name and a lyric that we felt was relevant to them or our relationship with them.”
“Our photographers were Pen and Cam from McKinley Rodgers. What can I say? They were absolutely amazing in all areas. They are both really lovely people who made us feel relaxed when we met them for a pre-shoot in January – we secretly wanted them to be our friends! On the day they were fantastic, everyone commented how fab they were and we couldn’t be more pleased with the finished photos.
They capture the feel of the day and just look absolutely beautiful. Really can’t recommend them highly enough.”