Having lived together for a couple of years, London -based couple Daniel and Catherine were on holiday in the Algarve when he slipped a Victorian diamond cluster ring on her finger on the beach one evening – a surprise proposal, although as Catherine admits, “I not-so-secretly hoped it would happen.”
The couple spent 11 months planning their big day, taking inspiration from their love for all things classic. “The wedding had a loose vintage theme that naturally emerged through our love for all things old and retro.” explains Catherine. Having first met in an Indie club, the couple found choosing the soundtrack to their day particularly enjoyable. “Picking music for the ceremony was the easiest part of planning our wedding,” she says. “My dad walked me down the aisle to Vitamin String Quartet's version of God Only Knows – it's one of my favourite songs about love. As we were getting married on a Friday, we walked out to Friday I'm in Love, by The Cure.”
Co-ordinating the whole day to run like clockwork was a far greater challenge, however, as Catherine reveals, “In hindsight, timing everything right, while allowing time for things to go wrong was the trickiest part. The Routemaster bus we'd hired was hijacked by another wedding party (don't ask!), so there was quite a delay in getting our guests to the reception. It could have been our worst nightmare but everyone was so busy chatting in the sunshine that they didn't seem to notice that everything wasn't going according to plan.”
Here Catherine tells us more about their big day…
We wanted to marry in a beautiful historic venue, so Islington Town Hall seemed the perfect choice. It's an elegant listed building, full of original features.
The Londesborough is cute and quirky with a great atmosphere. We wanted a relaxed, informal day with a happy, party atmosphere and this Stoke Newington gastro pub ticked all the boxes.
Daniel wore a skinny-fit suit in French navy, teamed with a pair of patent burgundy brogues, a green pocket square with a subtle print and a pink skinny tie.
We left an instant camera on the table with our guestbook – we adore the silly pictures and drunken messages we received.
I love fun and figure-flattering fashion so a 50s-style wedding dress was a no-brainer for me. I wanted to be able to dance in my gown and feel like the best version of me.
We kept the tables simple, with burlap and lace runners over white tablecloths and jam jars filled with flowers.
I didn't want my bridesmaids to look too uniform. I was thrilled when I discovered I could create my own set of mismatched, vintage-style dresses in my chosen fabrics courtesy of Dig for Victory.
I chose a mix of daisies, garden roses, dahlias, astrantia, hydrangeas and cosmos for my bouquet and the venue. The Flower Appreciation Society girls created a glorious 'just picked' look with a mix of jam jars and milk bottles.
I put together a memory board of pictures of Daniel and I, mixed with family wedding photographs.
We didn't stick to tradition but, closer to the day, I did freak out about not having a seating plan. My fears were unfounded and many guests commented that they enjoyed being free to mingle – Catherine
Bride's dress and accessories
Fur Coat No Knickers
Dig for Victory Clothing
Marks & Spencer
Islington Town Hall
Sweet cart hire from Rose Alexander Events
The Flower Appreciation Society
Natalie J Weddings