Stress-Free London Party…
At the end of last year we launched our most recent Mr & Mrs Unique Magazine and inside is one of my favourite weddings, the cool wedding of Ellen & Blake, captured by Mr & Mrs Unique favourites We Heart Pictures.
It was important to the couple to have a stress-free wedding and to have a real party vibe to it. I have major hair envy.. Ellen’s hair against that amazing Etsy pink wedding dress is perfect!
If you haven’t seen the magazine yet, you can click on the link below… But for now here is Ellen and Blake telling us about their amazing day…
Ellen & Blake…
Tell us how you met…
Ellen lived in the town right next to mine but we had never met before. After I came back from travelling I spent a couple of months living back home with my folks.
I decided to move to the adjacent town and on the day I moved there my friends came round and we decided to have a few drinks in town; and that’s where I met Ellen. We went out on our first date a couple of days after that and I’ve not been able to get rid of her since! Jokes aside though, going out for a couple of drinks that night was the best decision I ever made.
What were your main hopes for the day…?
The main idea was to have a relaxed day that we could enjoy without feeling stressed out. We wanted everyone to have a good time, but still keeping some of the traditions of a wedding.
For instance, because the church was deconsecrated we were able to have some drinks and nibbles in there for when people arrived.
After that, we just wanted to have a party with all our close friends and family and didn’t want to have too many ceremonious things interrupting it — and my-oh-my did we have a great party! We weren’t too fussed about cutting the cake anyway, but in the end we totally forgot about it because everyone was too busy dancing!
Was your favourite part of the day…?
We thought it would be fun, even though we were having a civil ceremony, to have some ‘hymns’ in the church. But instead of religious songs we chose a couple of our favourite classic sing-alongs — “Mandy” by Barry Manilow and “I Love You Baby” by Frankie Valli. We didn’t know how it would go down with the congregation but everyone got in the spirit and it ended up being one of our favourite parts of the day.
We also really enjoyed the bus ride! We debated about whether to have it because it seemed a bit cheesy, but in the end it was so much fun and everyone loved it. The moment we arrived at Chad’s was special, too. We had an idea in our heads about what we wanted it to look like, but we hadn’t seen it until we arrived after the ceremony — the sun came out and it looked stunning.
My number one moment, though, was seeing everyone there and seeing everyone with a smile on their faces having a great time — that’s all we really wanted.
How was your day unique…?
Ellen’s dad Dan is an incredible artist and he had painted us a picture, which we had hanging up in the reception. We also liked the idea of having a Polaroid camera so people could take photos on the day and then write little messages on them. We made a frame with some string on it that they could peg their photos onto, and it became a kind of photo message board. It’s a lovely memento from the day and it was great fun for everyone too — much better than just taking photos on your phones!
What was your budget…?
What was your biggest expense…?
Our biggest extravagance was probably our photographer. It was one area we just knew it wasn’t worth trying to cut corners to save a bit of money. We’re so pleased with the photos as they really capture the vibe of the day in a way you just wouldn’t get from anything else and we’ll both cherish them forever.
How did you save money…?
Ellen’s dress was a complete bargain at just £35 from Etsy. We also had my sister make the amazing cake. I think ultimately we just didn’t want to waste money on things that we know we could either do better or just as well ourselves like decorations and invites. We wanted to spend the money on things we knew we couldn’t do ourselves like Ellen’s hair & makeup, the photographer, DJ.
What was it like working with your photographer…?
Hector was perfect really, and it almost felt like he was one of the guests by the end — he even joined us for a few well-deserved shots at the bar! We wanted a photographer that caught special moments and blended in and that’s what we got – he captured the vibe perfectly
Advice to any couples about to get married…?
If people offer to help, accept it with open arms. Close friends and family were all great on the day, making sure things ran smoothly. Everyone chipped in and took the pressure off, allowing us to enjoy the day. Also if things go wrong try not to worry about it. Nobody cares if dinner is served at 4pm precisely. Remember that they’re there for you, and are just happy to have a good time. Keep them fed and topped up with champagne and you can’t go wrong.
Thanks for sharing your day with us Ellen and Blake! We love it!! If you would like to find out more about We Heart Pictures you can visit their website here
Photography: We Heart Pictures http://www.weheartpictures.com
Wedding Venue: http://www.ststephenstrust.co.uk
Wedding Reception: http://www.6stchadsplace.com
Wedding Dress: www.etsy.com
Grooms Attire: www.reiss.com
Transport: Ensign Bus Hire – www.ensignbushire.com
Flowers: Fresh Flower Company, Dulwich http://www.freshflower.co.uk/Home.aspx