Always believe iiiiin, ‘cuz you are GOLD! Sorry about that, I couldn’t help myself I love a touch of gold when it comes to weddings. And Spandau Ballet, but I think that’s a separate point altogether. Whether it’s a full on explosion of all things gilt-edged and gleaming, sparkling and glamorous, or an understated and elegant metallic colour-palette, for me, gold has the ability to lift the bar just that little bit higher I think. It adds a sense of luxury, doesn’t it?
Vicki and Ben’s fun and fabulous London winter wedding was held just five days before Christmas last year…
“There was no real theme or style, we just maintained throughout the planning that we wanted everything to be very informal, relaxed and we wanted a happy, party atmosphere! Although, a ‘gold’ theme did appear along the way!”
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The couple chose to marry in St John of Jerusalem Church in Hackney.
“We chose the church as it’s local to us and we attend the church regularly. Andrew (the vicar who married us) is a lovely guy and there is such a strong sense of community within the congregation there. It’s also a beautiful building!”
Giulia and Ben from On Love and Photography were armed and ready to capture every moment on camera.
“I cannot sing their praises enough! They felt like friends instantly and they really did help to make our day amazing. This is also a sentiment that our families and friends share! We also had a videographer, Emmelie Eriksson (we don’t have the video back yet!).”
Beautiful bride Vicki rocked a shorter style wedding dress for her special day. Whilst a lot of knee length bridal outfits have a vintage feel, Vicki has really nailed the ‘modern London bride’ look, and I absolutely love how the dress lets those fabulous Jimmy Choos have their moment in the spotlight!
“I knew from early on that I didn’t want a long dress, I just didn’t feel comfortable in any that I tried on. I researched shorter dresses and saw a picture online of the ‘Gloriosa’ and fell in love with it. I love the long lace sleeves as I felt they were appropriate for a winter wedding! I purchased the dress from Belissimma Weddings in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, who were brilliant!”
“We actually only finalised our flower order two weeks before the wedding! We were relying on someone else to do them, but it didn’t work out. So very luckily, the girls at Flowerescent managed to fit us in! We wanted the flowers to be wild and wintery. I hate anything looking ‘too neat’. They turned out amazing and were exactly what we wanted.”
“We met as 17 year olds in a pub in Mile End. We had quite a few mutual friends, but it was about three or four years later at our friend’s house party that the same friend told Ben that I liked him. He got my number and the rest is history! We got engaged exactly four years after that party, in our flat where Ben recreated our first Valentine’s Day together by covering the floor in rose petals and candles, but this time surprising me with a ring.
We were engaged for just over a year before we married.”
Vicki’s Dad walked her down the aisle, to the sound of the traditional Wedding March, played on the organ.
“We had one bible reading, read by one of our bridesmaids, which was a shortened version of 1 Corinthians and a poem was also read by our friend called ‘The Art of Marriage’ by Wilfred Peterson.”
“We got the rings from a local jeweller in Bethnal Green, called Rankins. They’re a family business and have had a shop there forever. We got our rings there as they were local, convenient and competitively priced!”
“Walking out of the church as ‘Mr & Mrs’ was an amazing feeling. Also when we were having our pictures taken in the park, a horse and carriage pulled up with a family inside it. There was a little girl with the family and it was her 5th birthday, she thought I was a princess and wanted us to ride in the carriage with her. It was lovely, although I felt like I worked at Disneyland trying to keep up princess appearances! There was also an epic dance off between our nephew and one of the groomsmen.”
After the service, Vicki and Ben took their guests off to have a ‘right royal knees up’ at their local, The Royal Inn on the Park in Hackney.
“The park which the pub overlooks (Victoria Park) is about a 5/10 minute walk from our house. We both went to the park separately as children and we always loved it. It’s the reason we brought our flat where we did! (I actually thought it belonged to me as a child, as it’s commonly known as Vicky Park!) The pub is also only a short walk from the Church and we really wanted to stay local and not have to have people travelling very far on the wedding day. Not to mention, the food is amazing, as are the management and staff and it has such a nice warm feel to it. We wanted it to be as relaxed a day as possible and thought the pub would be perfect!”
“A family friend made our cake for us. We chose to have the cupcake tower mainly for convenience! It’s always such a shame when people spend hundreds or even thousands on a cake that doesn’t get eaten. We wanted people to just be able to ‘grab and go’ with them. We had about four cupcakes left over at the end of the night, so it worked out well! Our favours were a bit of a cheat, we asked the lady who made us the cake to make 70 extra and we boxed them up, put name tags on them and these were put out on the tables where each person was sitting. They worked as both a favour and a place name.”
“The venue really didn’t need much by way of decoration, especially as it was so close to Christmas! We asked the pub to leave the Christmas tree and mistletoe out and there were also fairy lights up already. We hired a giant B&V from Vowed and Amazed, which worked really well!”
“We had ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green for our first dance. We chose it for quite a strange reason! We love the film Pulp Fiction and this song is on the soundtrack, which we used to listen to in the car. We never felt like we had ‘our song’ but now we do.”
“The DJ was Ben’s brother in laws brother, Mark. He has also DJ’d at both of our 21st birthdays and other family parties and weddings. He DJs at lots of different events and he’s great at reading a crowd and getting people up dancing! We also hired a photo booth, which provided hours of fun for all of the kids and most of the adults too! We found the company on eBay and I can’t remember their name!”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“Just try not to get carried away. We didn’t have the biggest budget, so we had to forego some things and call in lots of favours and ‘mates rates’ from people we knew. Don’t be afraid to ask for favours in return for an evening invite etc.!
Even if you don’t get everything you really want, you will still have the best day ever, and you will get the same end result – you’ll be married to your best friend! (even if you don’t have chair covers, seriously, it won’t matter!)
I forgot to throw my bouquet, so I would do that differently. Apart from that, it was perfect!”
Thank you so much Vicki and Ben for sharing your fabulous London celebrations! It just goes to show, you don’t need to have an endless budget or a formal, traditional setting to put on an absolutely magnificent wedding (especially if you add in a bit of sparkle!). Marvellous job guys, and many congratulations to you both.
Our huge thanks also to Giulia and Ben from On Love and Photography for sharing these lovely and uplifting images.
Love Rachel xxx
Photography – On Love and Photography
Venue – St John of Jerusalem Church and The Royal Inn on the Park, Hackney
Bride’s dress – Ellis Bridals ‘Gloriosa’ via Belissimma Weddings
Bride’s shoes – Jimmy Choo
Bride’s perfume – Lancome – La Vie Est Belle
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Chi Chi London, from ASOS
Flower girls’ dresses – Monsoon
Hair and make-up – Sonia Lal and Beena Summon from Escape2Beauty
Florist – Flowerescent
Groom’s suit- Anthony Formal Wear + Justin Deakin shoes
Rings – Rankins, Bethnal Green
Stationery – Brideandgroomdirect.co.uk
Giant Light Up Letters – Vowed & Amazed