It makes me happy

Party animals Carly and Dave were inspired by their holidays in Ibiza to create the ultimate party wedding

Carly Lewis, 33, married David Sked, 35, at Islington Town Hall followed by a reception at Roast, Borough Market on 3rd September, 2016.

Here, Carly tells us more about their big day...

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We viewed half a dozen ceremony venues in London but Islington Town Hall ticked all the boxes. I loved the circular room, which means all the guests had a good view.


It makes me happy: Image 2The post-ceremony drinks at Vineyard worked really well. We were still buzzing from the ceremony and were able to say hello to everyone and have a glass of fizz.

It makes me happy: Image 2b I've tried on hundreds of dresses over the years as I co-own a bridal boutique. I still visited a dozen bridal shops in and around London, though – I wanted that shopping experience. After trying on a few fishtail gowns, I decided to go big, with lots of drama – the dress I chose was just that.


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I've eaten at Roast several times over the years. As soon as we decided on a London wedding, we booked a meal and were blown away by the setting – Borough Market with the Shard in the background.


It makes me happy: Image 4Clare from Aenea is my big hair go-to girl – no one can create a huge blow dry like this lady.

It makes me happy: Image 4b For favours, we gave guests sunglasses in fluorescent colours with I LOVE SKEWIS WEDDING 2016 printed on the front. We also had a huge bowl of glowsticks for guests to help themselves to – very Ibiza.


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Dave wore a gorgeous electric blue, three-piece suit with a blue and white spotty tie and tan leather shoes.


It makes me happy: Image 6I was watching an episode of Say Yes to the Dress one day when they showed a picture of Hayley Paige holing her bouquet. I thought 'wow', I'd never seen anything like that before. My florist recreated it with white hydrangeas, pink and orange ombre roses and giant white orchids.

It makes me happy: Image 6b The venue is in a stunning building so we kept the décor simple. We had an illuminated LOVE sign, some wedding hashtags dotted around the venue and a huge silver trunk full of fancy dress props, which made for hilarious photos.


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We booked an amazing saxophonist who was recommended by Hed Kandi. Together with DJ Mat, she created an incredible entrance for Dave and I – everyone was up on the tables and chairs and cheering – the atmosphere was incredible.


It makes me happy: Image 8We hired two Routemaster buses to transport guests between the ceremony and reception. We stocked each with prosecco and Kettle chips and everyone said they had a brilliant time.

It makes me happy: Image 8b As a surprise for Dave, I arranged for a Scottish bagpiper to be playing outside Roast as we arrived.


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Dave and I had a rather less chaotic journey in a wedding taxi; it was nice to have a bit of chill time together.


Carly and Dave's contact book

Bride's dresses and veil
Bridal Boutique at Chilham

Bride's hair

Bride's make-up
Michelle MacGregor London

Bridesmaids' dresses

Ceremony venue
Islington Town Hall

Saxophonist Kit Mylner

Scottish Bagpipes for Hire

The Gated Garden, Borough Market

Groom's suit
Anthony's Formal Wear

Stephen Bunn

Post ceremony drinks
Vineyard Bar

Reception venue

Pawel Adamek Designs

Black Lion Printers

London Bus Group

Wedding Taxis

Video 4 A Day

Wedding rings
Abiba Jewellers