Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London… was last modified: May 7th, 2014 by Annabel

Morning my gorgeous lot!!! I love to start the week off with a bang so let's get right in to the fun, colourful and party-vibe wedding day celebrations that belonged to Sara and Dave. I absolutely love this wedding!  It is so much fun!!

Sara and Dave tied the knot on 14 April 2012, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall in London, followed by a reception at the very cool MC Motors in Dalston Lane.  Sara wore a fittingly very cute polka dot dress by Candy Anthony

"My dress was from Candy Anthony and was so much fun to wear! I wanted a dress that felt like “me” and that I would not feel too out of place wearing, while still being bridal. It was perfect.

I loved the shorter length and the fact that I could dance to my heart’s content without tripping over, and it gave me a chance to show off my shoes too!"

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, David McNeil

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

"For the reception we wanted to have less of a traditional feel, and more a big party with all our family and friends, with good food, drink and music, and lots of personal touches. We found the beautiful MC Motors by pure luck, and as soon as we saw it we knew it was perfect – so full of character and so many lovely spaces for us to fill and decorate!

There is a main warehouse and a group of smaller industrial units on the other side of an amazing victorian street that runs right down the middle. After being bombed in the war, the street and the warehouse were skylighted, which means the whole space is beautifully light and meant we were able to have a traditional street party feel to the wedding, whatever the weather!"

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

"We wanted the flowers to look vibrant, fun and relaxed, so I chose a mixture of my favourite brights from the wholesalers: ranunculus, freesias, anemones and viburnum opulus and a friend put them into jam jars for us for the tables. My bouquet, the buttonholes and bridesmaids posies were put together with the same flowers by the brilliant ladies at Rebel Rebel…"

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

"My bridesmaids were five of my closest friends, and I wanted them to feel happy in their outfits. We originally planned to choose a colour and then for each of them to choose a dress in a style they liked, as we thought it’d be impossible to find one dress that everybody felt comfortable in. We met up one Saturday morning in Oxford Street, to have a look for a colour that might work, and one of the first dresses we found was a beautiful Karen Millen coral tea length dress.

All the girls loved the dress, and rushed to the changing room to try it on…and it was like magic – they all loved it and it looked amazing! I loved the bright colour of it. Job done in one short hour.

I bought each of my bridesmaids an embroidered necklace with their initial on, each one in a different colour, from Merriweather Council on Etsy…"

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

"I really loved the more relaxed feel that tea-length wedding dresses have.  I wanted something that I would feel comfortable in, reflected my personality and that would allow me to dance all night without falling over my dress (I am quite clumsy)! When I tried my dress on, on I just couldn’t stop smiling – I loved it straight away and didn’t want to try on any others!" 

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"Dave’s Dad drove us through Stoke Newington from the ceremony to the reception in his vintage Ford Zephyr, while the rest of our guests were taken in an old red Routemaster bus. Our two year old nephew in particular loved this and didn’t want to get off when they arrived at the reception!"

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )  

"We had a wedding tree for everyone to sign, instead of a guest-book. This was from Etsy and will look so beautiful in a frame on our wall. We also had a dress-up area with a photobooth, which was hilarious! And I decorated one of the rooms with lots of sweets and lollies for a late night sugar hit! In the corner we set up a projector with a photo-loop of photos from my hen do and Dave’s stag do…"

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

"We decorated the main warehouse with brightly coloured paper pom poms and some giant 3 foot yellow helium balloons in the street, both from Beautiful Balloons

These had such a big effect and really made the room feel colourful…"

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

"Dave’s ushers paid homage to Dave’s love of the 80s film “Cocktail” by creating a delicious cocktail to serve after the meal at the reception. We bought a neon  “Cocktails and Dreams” sign for their bar area and got fully into the role, even changing into hawaiian shirts to serve!"

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )


"My beautiful shoes from Emmy were ivory suede with a white silk bow on the back. They were soooo comfortable! My sister bought me some “I do” stickers for my something blue, which I stuck to the soles…" 

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"A close family friend and hairdresser Jon did the hair for my bridesmaids, my Mum and I.  I did my own make up as I knew exactly how I wanted it to be, and it was a good excuse to go to Bobbi Brown for a makeup trial, and to treat myself to some new makeup and brushes!"

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

"I wore a gold swallow necklace from Alex Monroe which was a wedding present from Dave.   I also wore a pair of diamond earrings which my sister gave me on the morning of the wedding – she gave them to me once I thought I was ready to leave and I promptly burst into tears when I saw them! Cue eyelashes falling off and emergency make-up reapplication!

I wore a piece of ribbon for my beehive from John Lewis!"

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

'"My Dad gave me away, and I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of Van Morrison’s 'Crazy Love'. 

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

"Dave wore a suit by A Suit That Fits.  He, his best man and four ushers all wore the same slim navy ties. To add a flash of colour they decided to wear yellow socks, which were a subtle nod to the informal nature of our wedding and made me smile every time I got a flash of them!"

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

"I was given lots of amazing Cath Kidston fabric by one of my bridesmaids, which one of our close family friends Meg kindly whipped up metres and metres of bunting which we hung in the alleyway and in the old Victorian street, which we used as the bar area at our reception.

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

"Our wedding cakes were homemade (by me!). They were 3 vanilla sponge cakes filled with buttercream and my Auntie’s homemade loganberry jam…"

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

"My bridesmaids, together with the ushers put together a brilliant quiz about Dave and I, which they laminated and put on the tables with some marker pens, for the guests to fill in at the tables before dinner. As we had long tressle tables this was a great ice breaker and got everyone talking."

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

"We both love music so it was really important to us to book the right DJ, and the Wedding Smashers were perfect. They live in the next road along from us and as soon as we met them we knew the dance-floor was going to be full all night…and it was! We couldn’t have asked for more ☺"

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

"The favours were homemade by our Mums: Dave’s Mum made chocolate truffles and my Mum made almond calissons and we put them in gold boxes. We also had personalised name badges from Wedding in a Teacup for everyone to wear  and indoor sparklers on the tables…"

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Words of Wedded Wisdom…

"Stay true to yourselves! Planning a wedding is so much fun – if you keep the focus on you as a couple rather than trying to please everybody it’s a lot easier! You can create whatever kind of day you like and there are so many ways your wedding can reflect your personality if you want it to, and your guests will love all the personal touches!

We wanted our wedding to be a reflection on us as a couple and that was kind of our “theme” in the end. We wanted to keep it as relaxed as possible, so that we could focus on having fun, and that is what we did!"

Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

What a day! So much fun! Sara and Dave, thank you so very much for sharing all this detail and your beautiful day with us, and huge congratulations Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

And thanks as always to super-star photographer David McNeil for sharing these photographs…

"Both Dave and I are camera phobic and so were really keen to find a photographer that could capture all the moments of the day without too many “posed” shots. As soon as we found David McNeil we knew we had found our man! David is super talented and a lovely guy – he put us at ease the first time we met him and it was so easy to relax in his company. He is a miracle worker and we now have so many amazing photos of the day – I cannot recommend him highly enough!"

Pop back at lunch time to see a gorgeous little super-8mm movie of this very wedding! Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London... (Weddings )

Much love love all,

Annabel

Photographer – David McNeil
Venue – Stoke Newington Town Hall + MC Motors
Brides dress – Candy Anthony
Brides accessories – Alex Monroe necklace + diamond earrings
Brides Shoes – Emmy
Grooms suit – A Suit That Fits
Bridesmaids – Karen Millen
Florist – Rebel Rebel
Cake Designer – The Bride!
Transport – Vintage Zephyr owned by family friend
Entertainment - The Wedding Smashers

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44 thoughts on Colour Pop, Cocktails and Candy Anthony ~ A Retro Style Party Wedding in East London…

  1. On my!!! I loved all the images from this wedding! The reception venue was amazing and it’s great when a couple can think outside the box and do something different. And when they choose the right photographer to capture it all perfectly it’s MAGICAL!! David McNeil has done a stunning job! I am totally in love with the bouquet too….so pretty! Congrats to the newly weds! Sara, you look so beautiful and happy!

  2. such a brilliant and colourful wedding , love it, love the details the big letters the pom poms, the Bride!! xx
    Congratulations…a visual feast Mr mcNeil

  3. What a gorgeous day, the colours make my eyes very happy.
    I think that this is my favourite wedding venue of all time. We would reallllllly love to shoot a wedding there when we move to London.

  4. Goodness me, what an absolutely stunning wedding! So much fantastic details – where are the light up letters from? They are fantastic! Everyone looks so gorgeous, so much colour to look at, really beautiful :) Perfect photography too, David has captured everything about this wedding brilliantly. Absolutely love it!

  5. MC Motors is one of the most incredible venues in London, and I’m lucky enough to be planning one for a couple in November, whoop! They have however said they aren’t taking on any more weddings next year though (whether this is definite I’m not sure) which is such a shame. Beautiful wedding, can never get enough of Candy Anthony polka dots and David’s done a great job of capturing the colour and fun! Gorgeous gorgeous.

  6. Wow this is a seriously stylish wedding. I love the location, it’s right on my door step and would have been perfect had I known about it!! All the best to the lovely couple.

  7. Right, finally getting to write down here the things I love about this… mostly the amazing venue – I agree with @anna and almost wish I was getting married in London. I love the industrial rawness of it and how well that works with the beautiful decor they brought in. Possibly the one and only time I’ve loved pom-poms!
    The dress is gorgeous, only outshone by the bride in it with the best wedding day hairdo! Also loving the 80s Tom Cruise action and the groom’s yellow socks!
    Oh and how I love the cakes. I am very inspired and wondering if the bride is actually a cake maker? Especially loving the barbie cake. I asked my sister in law if she’d make one of the cakes for our wedding and she said sure as long as it was a car or a barbie cake! I think I may genuinely ask for the barbie after all…
    Mostly? It looks like it was the best shin-dig ever and I’m sure the guests will be talking about that ace wedding they went to for a very long time. I feel sorry for any of their friends yet to be married – a lot to live up to!

  8. I just love this so much! Above everything else everyone just looks like they are having so much fun!! Sara looks absolutely beautiful and the venue is perfection. Oh if I could do it all again…… Congratulations Sara & Dave xx

  9. Came here as I follow Love My Dress on Facebook. This is all completely stunning. Every little detail has been so well thought out & reflects the couple, Sara & Dave. Photography, dresses, flowers, venue, cocktail bar, evening reception, favours etc – & so many personal touches which are what make the difference I think. I love it all!! I read the blog & was smiling all the way through. Congratulations Sara & Dave & best wishes for your married life. If the pics of the wedding day are representative, you will. They show love & fun – both very important! xx

  10. Dammit – just got totally distracted by this whole venue – which is thrillingly trendy and fabulous – yet the OCD person in me wants to get my Marigolds out. Blimey I’m square!
    Can’t wait to see David’s photos of one of my brides later in the year. So hip it hurts xxx

  11. Love this wedding so so much. So vibrant & fun filled & suitable for what seem to be a great couple. Amazing location, beautifully thought out details & great suppliers! Nothing about it seems forced.
    Totally jealous I can’t go back in time & befriend Sara & Dave so I could score an invite.
    Congratulations S&D!

  12. Lucy sod! They are indeed not taking any wedding bookings at the mo. HOW SAD! :(
    This will be an amazing event to add to your portfolio Charley – cannot WAIT to see the photos ;)
    xXx

  13. You always leave the lovliest of comments Inbal, thank you so much!
    I think it’s fair to say, this is probably going to one of the most loved weddings on Love My Dress for a long while! ;)
    xXx

  14. I’m having my wedding reception here in October so it’s fun to see this post! Looks like such a fab wedding, Sara and Dave!

  15. What a beautiful weddings!!! I can’t stop to admire of the pics and ideas! Barbie on cake? Crazy..Love it! I want very colorful wedding too..I think only white and rose is quite boring..I want something screaming “I just married, everyone look!” Sounds great, no? I am thinking about candy wedding theme..but not sure yet..I want to create badges design. It would be present for my guests, something colorful, something funny. I found one place where I can design them (take a look to my name)..What do you think?:)

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