This real wedding was submitted by Victoria from Victoria Baker Weddings, who studied Fine Art Photography at The Glasgow School of Art at the same time I was studying Product Design there! We were in the same circle of friends but niether of us could have predicted that we would now both be working in the wedding industry!
Whilst this is not one of my own weddings, I am a recommended supplier at Islington Town Hall (where I also got married!) and I’m delighted to show you this lovely art deco city wedding of Victoria’s today.
Alice and James were married at Islington Town Hall at the end of August this year, but originally met while they were both studying in Newcastle. Their wedding was fun, casual and sweet with a few art deco touches. Keep reading to find out how the couple created their perfect intimate wedding day.
Alice and James met way back when they were both studying in Newcastle. At first, they were just friends but started dating while James was completing his masters, marking their uni days as the first exciting years of their relationship. In 2016 the couple moved across the world to New Zealand for work, then took an exciting 6 months off to travel before returning to the UK. James proposed whilst they were on a hike in Peru… How romantic!
The Big Day
Alice and James loved the intimacy that the Islington Town Hall provided and as lovers of the 1920’s, it was the perfect venue to say their vows. Alice explains;
“We liked Islington town hall, the seats are arranged in the round so everyone has a view and it feels very intimate. Its also a lovely building and room, the 1920’s décor is something we both love.”
Alice’s vintage midi-length dress with its gorgeous beading perfectly complemented the setting, especially the grand marble halls (we love the shot below of Alice and James walking hand in hand through the Town Hall corridors). The dress was actually a very lucky find though, the couple bought it together in a vintage shop in Camden Passage, Islington. Alice says, “It needed a few alterations but by the end was perfect.”
I’m sure you’ll agree that it is simply stunning and perfect for their art deco town hall wedding, with just the right amount of glam, too! Along with the dress, Alice and her bridesmaids held bouquets made up of happy sunflowers, pink roses and gypsophila.
Alice and James chose a school in East London to host their reception which made for a relaxed street party atmosphere. The couple hadn’t planned out a strict theme, but the main elements they wanted were vintage touches and above all, a fun atmosphere.
Alice and James hadn’t actually planned for their big day to be a full DIY affair, but they were lucky enough to have some talented friends and family to create a few personal touches for them. The cake was made by James’ mum and she also created all the table flowers for the reception, including painting all 60 tin cans that the flowers were placed in! Alice and James had to be creative about how to best decorate the school to make it look wedding-ready, but they worked as a team to create a relaxed vibe with a few vintage styling ideas – including a DIY photobooth.
To continue the subtle vintage theme, all the guests were transported in an old red Routemaster bus to the outside space the couple were using at the school. The reception area was decorated with rustic table runners which housed the pastel toned floral cans, and white and lilac paper lanterns were hung alongside festoon lights to add a warm glow to the tables. Classic silverwear and whitewashed chiavari chairs were used to add a touch of sophistication to the street party vibe, and handmade personalised bunting finished the decor off beautifully.
We asked Alice what her go to piece of wedding advice was, and she replied with three super useful tips;
“If you are doing it in a venue that you are responsible for clearing up afterwards, pay the extra hours for catering staff to do the majority of the clear up on the night. It was the best £50 we spent. If hiring in any equipment, get it all from the same place; this makes deliveries and collections so much easier. You can also save a lot of money by going along to the flower market a few days before and doing flower decorations yourself.”
Thanks so much for your wise words Alice!
I think we can all agree that a wedding doesn’t need to cost the earth to be both beautiful and fun. Alice and James created their perfect day by focusing on what mattered to them – having fun.
All images kindly supplied by Victoria Baker Weddings.
CONTACTS AND SUPPLIERS
Bride’s gown: Vintage 1970’s
Bride’s shoes: Vintage 1970’s
Bridesmaid dresses: Vintage
Cake: Groom’s mum
Caterer: Kaboola kitchen
Ceremony music: DJ sets from friends
Ceremony venue: Islington town hall
Entertainment: Hot club Jupiter
Flowers: Cut flowers (The Cut)
Gift registry: John Lewis
Groom’s attire: Paul Smith
Hair: Carla Araujo
Makeup: Carla Araujo
Honeymoon: Cycling holiday in Croatia
Invitations / Stationery: Own design
Candy / dessert buffet: Oddono’s ice cream
Photobooth: Polaroid camera on tripod
Photographer: Victoria Baker Weddings
Reception venue: School in East London
Wedding night accommodation: Half Moon pub- Herne Hill
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