Introduced by mutual friends at a birthday party, David and Nigel were in Tokyo on holiday when thoughts turned to marriage. “We were eating a burger in Shinjuku station and thought 'let's organise a wedding',” remembers David. “And then we said 'Oh – and let's get married too',” he laughs. “It was our last night in Japan and we were staying in one of the capsule hotels – romantic!”
The couple spent a year planning their wedding, divvying up the tasks equally. “Organising the wedding was the best bit,” says David. “The deep breath before the plunge.” Although, admittedly the couple found the creative side to the planning more enjoyable than the logistics: “Organising people was the hardest part – finding places for people to stay, allocating jobs and writing all those invites was tough,” reveals Nigel.
The couple's aim was to make their wedding fun. They found their perfect non-conventional venue in The Vaults, a series of tunnels by Waterloo Station. “We were sold immediately. It reminded us of Shunt in London Bridge. With its dark dramatic rooms and cavernous vaults it has the shock factor but it's still very practical for the older guests and super central,” adds Nigel.
Here, the couple reveal all about their big day…
We hired some amazing neon birds from Chish & Fips at Fandango Interiors.
The Vaults is a blank canvas – you can do anything you like to the décor and there are very few restrictions.
We decorated the venue with paper lanterns, metallic balloons filled with bike lights and glow sticks in bottles.
“We love weddings, but not the stuffiness or the formalities.” – David
Nigel wore a silver and burgundy check suit from Paul Smith with an orange Hermes tie.
David wore a purple suit from Tiger of Sweden.
We didn't have a cake. Instead we had candy floss swirled onto flashing glow sticks. These were a massive hit with all the guests and the flashing sticks came out on the dancefloor later.
The reception started with Dark and Stormy
and Tequila Sunrise cocktails served in one
of the tunnels called The Dark Wet One. We
projected pictures from our childhoods onto
the wet tunnel’s brickwork.
The Pie Cart
Islington Town Hall
Neon birds from Chish & Fips at Fandango Interiors
Dame Julie Paid
Tiger of Sweden
Your Wedding Guest Photography