David and Nigel's festival-fabulous do was a riot of neon and non-stop entertainment

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…

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David Newton married Nigel Tyler, both 34, at Islington Town Hall followed by a reception at The Vaults on 15th November, 2014.

 

Tunnel Vision: Image 2aWe hired some amazing neon birds from Chish & Fips at Fandango Interiors.

Tunnel Vision: Image 2 The Vaults is a blank canvas – you can do anything you like to the décor and there are very few restrictions.

 

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The venue staff did all the production on the day. We also asked them to run the bar and provide door staff.

 

Tunnel Vision: Image 4aWe decorated the venue with paper lanterns, metallic balloons filled with bike lights and glow sticks in bottles.

Tunnel Vision: Image 4 “We love weddings, but not the stuffiness or the formalities.” – David

 

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We met in Islington and our first date was at Gem on Upper Street, so Islington Town Hall was the natural choice for our ceremony venue.

 

Tunnel Vision: Image 6aNigel wore a silver and burgundy check suit from Paul Smith with an orange Hermes tie.

Tunnel Vision: Image 6 David wore a purple suit from Tiger of Sweden.

 

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Our buttonholes were rainbow roses, sourced from Interflora.

 

Tunnel Vision: Image 8aWe 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.

Tunnel Vision: Image 8 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.

 

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The Clicks played after dinner. It was so good and really made the evening.

 

David Newton and Nigel Tyler 's contact book


Caterer
The Pie Cart
www.thepiecart.co.uk

Ceremony Venue
Islington Town Hall
www.islington.gov.uk

Décor
Neon birds from Chish & Fips at Fandango Interiors
www.fandangointeriors.co.uk

Entertainment
Dame Julie Paid
www.joogleberry.com/sue-popper

Entertainment
The Clicks
www.theclickscoversband.com

Flowers
Interflora
www.interflora.co.uk

Grooms' suits
Paul Smith
www.paulsmith.co.uk

Grooms' suits
Tiger of Sweden
www.tigerofsweden.com

Photographer
Your Wedding Guest Photography
www.yourweddingguest.co.uk

Reception venue
The Vaults
www.the-vaults.org