In the end, we only had 12 weeks to plan our wedding. Our original venue double-booked and so, in a last-minute scurry, we decided to celebrate in East London where we live – a much better refection of us.We wanted our guests to experience a taste of our local neighbourhood. Te Tab Venue is two minutes from Brick Lane, famous for its Indian food, which inspired us to serve vegetarian and chicken curries.
Town Hall Hotel London Photo Gallery
We had our reception in the lecture hall, which has fantastic light, high ceilings and a wrought-iron, balustraded gallery. We loved the feel of the space immediately. Our colour palette incorporated lots of pastels. It began with the yellow ’maids dresses, then we added pinks and greens to create a relaxed, cheery approach.We both work in the design industry and made the art-deco-style table plan and place settings using a typeface Cian created himself. We then had them printed locally.Instead of table numbers, we used lots of different hats – I love them and thought it would be a good icebreaker and get people who didn’t know each other talking.
Cian is from the Middle East and we spent weekends on holiday there collecting shells on the beach for the place settings.My top tip Make the most of your ushers. Ours helped coordinate everything on the day, which enabled us to relax completely.clockwise from far left the bunting and pompoms matched the rest of the pretty palette. the naked cake was inspired by fruit and veg – it had layers of beetroot and chocolate, orange and carrot, and lemon and polenta sponge, with a mini, lactose-free cake on top for sally.
Mini puddings of chocolate mousse and blackcurrant jelly with fruit. sally and cian take a moment out during the reception. the place settings were made up of brightly coloured napkins and shell favours. the ‘mr & mrs’ sign and bunting added a country fair vibe.
the table plan. jam jars with eucalyptus and lisianthus gave a homemade feel to the decor. sally and her ’maids carried bouquets of craspedia, peonies, freesia and scabious. jam jars with tealights were hung from trees by ribbons. sally’s garden-meadow style bouquet.
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