A Minimalist London Wedding Inspired by Geometry And Sparkle

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Spring is in the air and what better way to welcome in a new season than with a gorgeous new wedding. When the wedding party are rocking sunglasses in their wedding photo’s, you know it’s going to be a wedding worth looking twice at.

Introducing today’s couple Teacher, Fallyn and IT Consultant, Matt who were married on the gorgeously sunny 13th August 2016 at Clissold House, London. Without knowingly opting for a ‘theme’ in the beginning, Fallyn found she was drawn to minimalism and simplicity which she eventually ran with for the day.

“From the very beginning, every single article I read asked about ‘themes’. My feeling at the time was that surely getting married was theme enough! It hadn’t occurred to me that I needed one. However, as time went on, it became very clear that a theme was emerging. I am obsessed with geometric shapes and anything gold and sparkly. Every piece of decor I decided on, or any accessory I chose, seemed to hint as much. So, in the end, the theme was fairly minimal and we had a lot of geometry with a hint of gold for good measure.”

Images by Verity Quirk

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And for a minimalistic wedding, the bride chose a flatteringly fitted simple but sparkly white gown by And For Love via The Lovers Bride.

“I must have tried on about 25 different wedding dresses during the search and all of them were lovely in some way. The only thing I was absolutely sure of was that I wanted something that was different, less formal and not at all fussy. If I’m brutally honest, I wanted a dress that would make people, particularly Matt, go ‘WOW!’ when I walked down the aisle. My style in general is fairly minimalist so I felt really uncomfortable in anything too typically ‘wedding-y’. I do however absolutely love sparkles. When I tried on the Brooklyn I was sold. It combined all of the things I wanted.”Splashing out on a pair of platform Giuseppe Zanotti shoes was a real treat for Fallyn and she also paired her dress with a custom-made geometric style headpiece by AM Faulkner and Diptyque Paris perfume.

“The shoes were such a treat. I had never bought extravagant shoes in my life, but knew this was the opportunity to. They are such statement shoes and went so well with my disco dress. For my scent I wanted something special that I would never buy for regular everyday wear. I love the scents in Diptyque and Matt bought me Eau De Sens as a wedding day gift.”

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Other jewellery pieces were kept simple with an ASOS necklace and earrings, her gorgeous plaited boho hair by Michael Gray and natural make-up by Holly Lowe.

“I don’t tend to wear a lot of make up so wanted someone I really trusted to make me look like me. Holly is great with make up so we bought some from Bobbi Brown and Illamasqua and Holly did some classes in contouring.”

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To match Matt’s tie and the couple’s gold theme, Fallyn chose a beautiful palette of creams, greens, yellows and blush for her blooms, all created by Petalon Flowers.

“I am a huge fan of flowers and a huge fan of Florence at Petalon Flowers. I have lots of flowers and plants all over our house and this was a really important part of the wedding for me. I knew of Florence through a uni friend and had followed her on Instagram. Her style is beautiful, unusual and a bit wild, which I loved. I wanted lots of flowers but didn’t want them to be too regimented or fussy.”

“From my first discussions with Florence I was happy to leave it up to her. My only real direction was the colour. I didn’t see any designs until the day and it’s still probably one of my favourite things, arriving at the venue to see the room covered in flowers. When she arrived at my hotel in the morning to give me my bouquet I had a little cry because they were so wonderful!”

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Her bridesmaids led the way down the aisle in dresses from ASOS and Maje, and her flower girls dress came from BHS.

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Fallyn’s florist wired flowers from the arrangements to use in the girl’s hair and they each chose their own accessories.

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“So many of our early memories are in London and it was really important that we had our wedding somewhere that was really ‘us’. We spend so much time in North and East London, and when I first saw the house at Clissold Park, I knew this was where I wanted to get married.”

“It is a really traditional building with beautiful features, an atrium and spiral staircase, and really feels part of the local area. The park itself is always very buzzy and I knew it would be perfect for a summer London wedding.”

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Having both met at work, an office romance was sparked and the couple have never looked back.

“Matt and I met at work in July 2011 and by the end of the first week we had been on our first date. What followed was an unexpected and secret office romance. If I could have described my ideal match he would have ticked all of the boxes, but who knew I would find him within a few days of moving to London! After a couple of job changes we moved in together.”

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“In August 2015 we went on a short break to Dorset. After a long walk along the coast at Durdle Door, and a fair bit of complaining by me that I was tired and didn’t want to walk any further, Matt convinced me to walk to a secluded end of the beach where he got down on one knee with a ring inspired by my grandmother. Although I never mentioned it, I had always wanted to get engaged at the beach. One year and two days later we were getting married.”

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After taking a typically stylish and very ‘London’ black cab to the ceremony, Fallyn was walked down the aisle by her dad to ‘World I Need You, Won’t Be Without You‘ by How To Dress Well, following her bridesmaids and flower girl.

“This song is one that I heard many years ago and it always makes me quite emotional! I didn’t want something very well-known or remotely cheesy and knew it would make the perfect entrance song.”

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Following the vows, Matt put together a reading, which was an excerpt cobbled together from the words of Carl Sagan and Richard Feynmann.

“We are both pretty nerdy and this really worked for us. It was read beautifully by my friend Abi.”

The couple swapped rings supplied by Jonny Leiwy Diamonds, the same place Matt sourced Fallyn’s engagement ring from.

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The dapper groom who opted for a blue 3-piece suit by Anthony Formal Wear with a complimentary mustard gold coloured tie from Marwood LondonTom Pigeon cufflinks and a Reiss tie clip.

“Matt was really keen to get a suit made. He wears a suit most days to work so wanted something special. We had a great experience picking out all of the details and got his shirt made too. It all looked incredible.”

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Capturing our very stylish wedding party on camera was photographer Verity Quirk, who the couple cannot recommend enough.

“We don’t really have the words to explain how wonderful Verity was from start to finish. As people who really don’t enjoy having our picture taken, she completely put us at ease from day one. She genuinely cares about her clients and is completely invested in your day as much as you are. She was invaluable on the day and helped me out with all sorts of things, from making me a cuppa, to taping me into my dress!”

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Guests were then transported to the reception venue in style on a pillar box red double-decker bus from the Ensign Bus Company.

“Matt made a playlist for immediately after the ceremony to play during the drinks reception. We than had a pianist playing lots of silly pop songs on a baby grand as the guests arrived, which was a lot of fun. We then had a number of our friends as DJ’s, our only request being lots of fun disco tracks.”

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With friends seemingly in all the right places, Fallyn recruited them to help create their stationery with Matt’s mum growing the favours herself.

“Our friend designed an icon for us based on a geometric proof of an equilateral triangle, in line with our geometry theme and general love of maths. We reused the same icon on our save the dates, invitations and seating charts. The place cards I did myself using rubber stamp letters and brown manilla luggage tags.”

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“The reception venue was an unexpected surprise. Our first requirement for the reception was that we wanted really good food. When it turned out that one of our favourite restaurants had a private dining room that was a perfect fit for us, we went to look around and it didn’t take much convincing! The private dining room at Bistrotheque is a warehouse style space with fantastic windows, black and white decor and a concrete floor. It really fitted the simple, minimalist style we were looking for.”

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“I made and painted a large number of hanging 3D geometric shapes that were strung from the ceiling and on the tables and window ledges. We also used honeycomb paper pom poms.”

“All wedding favours were supplied by Matt’s mum who grew 50 succulent plants in gold pots. The kids received some goody bags to entertain them, including colouring books, puppets, bubbles, glow sticks and a treasure hunt game.”

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The wedding catering was all provided by the reception venue Bistrotheque and the 3-tier ombre wedding cake baked by two of Fallyn’s oldest friends.

“It was fantastic to have friends make it and they did such a great job. The poor things had a real stress with the fondant icing but it was all so delicious!”

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“When the dancing started, we had a disco ball, smoke machine and the room was lit with tea lights.”

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Fallyn describes the wedding as the best day of their lives and who can blame them with a day so quite clearly ‘them’.

“People tell you that it will be the best day of your life but I don’t think you ever really appreciate how special it is until you’re there. It was incredibly emotional and there were a lot of tears, but it was so wonderful to stand there in front of all your closest friends and family and promise to spend your lives together. It was a whirlwind but I think my favourite moment was just after the ceremony. The photographer told us to hide away once we exited the ceremony and take a few moments to take it all in before rejoining the party.”

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Words of Wedded Wisdom

“It will inevitably be a stressful time in the run up to the big day and at times I think I did get a bit too obsessed with the little things. I think the best decision I made was to delegate as much as possible in those last few days. In the three or four days beforehand, I invited all the bridesmaids and groomsmen for dinner and then on another day, all of the parents. This was a really nice way to talk everyone through all the jobs to be done and what they needed to do. I then emailed everyone so they all knew where to be.”

“It sounds super boring but it meant I had relinquished control for these things to a number of very trustworthy people. I was much more able to relax and this meant I really enjoyed the day before the wedding and spend the time doing some nice relaxing things with my mum and bridesmaids. I also got a couple of good nights sleep before the big day!”

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A big thanks indeed to Fallyn and Matt for sharing their truly unique day with us, and to Verity Quirk for capturing it all for us to see.

Until next time…

Much love,

Holly x

Credits & Thanks

•    Photographer - Verity Quirk
•    Venue  - Clissold House and Bistrotheque
•    Wedding Dress - And For Love via The Lovers Bride
•    Headpiece - AM Faulkner
•    Shoes - Giuseppe Zanotti
•    Accessories - ASOS
•    Perfume - Diptyque Paris
•    Groom - Anthony Formal Wear, Marwood LondonTom Pigeon and Reiss
•    Bridesmaids - ASOS and Maje
•    Flowergirls -  BHS
•    Page Boys - Next
•    Florist - Petalon Flowers
•    Transport - Ensign Bus Company
•    Rings - Jonny Leiwy Diamonds
•    Catering - Bistrotheque
•    Hair Stylist - Michael Gray
•    Makeup Artist - Holly Lowe

Holly Grocott

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Holly loves nothing more than getting her fill of beautifully styled weddings and couple's individual stories. After living in London for 6 years, she's now moved back North and settled in the leafy suburbs of South Manchester with her husband and much-loved pet pooch. You'll mostly find her reading in a corner, writing or creating a moodboard (or five).

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