This lovely little wedding was a bit of a practice run – Frances, a Senior Lecturer in Education and computer whizz and entrepreneur Alvin are actually planning a humanist ceremony at Asylum Chapel later this year, but for the legal part of their marriage, they chose to wed on 16th May this year with a ceremony at Hammersmith Town Hall, followed by a reception in the Roque Room at the Five Fields Restaurant in London.
This is such sweet and intimate London wedding and I love how it proves that the ‘legal bit’ that so many couples opt to do before having a more celebratory blessing on a separate day, can be a wonderful and meaningful experience. I also couldn’t think of a better dress choice for Frances – she went for an original 50′s vintage gown by designer Emma Domb – a discovery made via Elizabeth Avey.
“I knew that I wanted a 50s dress, as I wear a lot of 40s and 50s vintage fashion in my ordinary life. I sell vintage clothes on the internet so knew I wanted it to be vintage. I love the colour pale pink and blousy flowers in the lace and the beautiful soft tulle of the dress and how feminine it was. It was also a really good fit and didn’t need altering at all. I actually saw the dress appear in this feature on Love My Dress after I’d bought it!”
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Ellie Gillard
For Frances, meeting Alvin really was love at first sight…
“I like to think it was auspicious that it was the same night as the lunar eclipse in 2007 that we first met! Across the sticky dance floor of a grubby little indie club in London was my dream man: dark, long hair tattooed. He was perfect. And so, spurred on by some fizzy wine, and the encouragement/coercion of my (rather more ballsy than me) Geordie best mates, I went and said ‘Hello!’.
I didn’t have anything more than ‘hello’ so I’m glad Alvin wanted to speak to me too. It was so loud so I told him that I could speak sign language and he asked me how you say ‘Can I kiss you?’”
“We had been engaged for four years before we got married – we just didn’t feel in a rush. We found Asylum Chapel earlier this year and are planning a Humanist ceremony there for later this year – so this particular wedding-day was the legal bit.
I expected the day to be quite formal and short and had been putting all my energy into the Humanist ceremony but it was actually completely magical spending the time with our families and I would recommend doing this to anyone!”
“Years ago, I bought a pair of Next flats that I loved but ruined on too many dancefloors! I trawled Ebay to find them again, putting in so many different search criteria e.g. ‘pink pumps’, ‘pale pink flats’ and finally found the perfect pair! I’m really tall, so I like wearing flats.”
“My hair and makeup was styled by Amanda from Lipstick and Curls - she’s brilliant!”