Wednesday 12 July 2017

An Art-Deco London Wedding with Black & Gold DIY Details

London's been my home for nearly twenty years now {apart from a brief sojourn in Dubai}, so I've got something of a soft spot for a wedding hosted here. Tom and Cecily celebrated their marriage with two ceremonies - one in the US, and the second at St Paul's Shadwell followed by a cream tea and dinner at the Dickens Inn. As an American, you can understand Cecily's love for historic London, and it's something we should all embrace. Her photography Lily Sawyer took advantage of all the capital's stunning landmarks for their wedding pictures - don't miss them in Part 2 of this wedding, which I'll publish later this afternoon. Enjoy these shots - there's plenty of lovely details, including Tom's traditional three-piece suit, Cecily's fragrant white-on-white bouquet, her 1920's-stylepretty pearl accessories and elegant chignon.

We had a unique situation where we had weddings in both the US and the UK! Our UK celebration in October took place in East London at St Paul's Shadwell. We followed up with a reception at the nearby Dickens Inn.

I got the rare opportunity to have not just one but two wedding gowns. The two different styles fit with the décor and feel of each wedding. For the UK celebration I chose a simple but elegant a-line dress which I found in a US store in Atlanta. I loved this dress because it was classic and had a subtle floral print which tied into the style of the wedding.

We used our neighbour and friend for the floral arrangements and the brief we gave her was 'white or cream and traditionally British'. We trusted her style having seen her brilliant work over many years – and she did not disappoint. She created a breathtaking bouquet and boutonnieres that matched perfectly.

My husband’s three-piece suit was tailor made by A Suit That Fits in London. The herringbone design reflected the traditional English gent, and he paired it with a silver lining and accessories that made it pop.

We really liked the history behind the Dickens Inn and the rustic yet modern interior. The location on the docks and next to Tower Bridge made for iconic photos. Our art deco themed style originated from our love of the colour scheme of black, white and gold.

Our Art Deco theme and gold & black palette came from our love of the elegance of the colours. We also loved how easy it was to pull together our wedding style while planning the reception from abroad. 

Our photographer was the wonderful and illustrious Lily Sawyer! She had photographed a friend’s wedding and we were so impressed we the photos that we asked her to do our engagement shoot. After these came back even better than we expected, and Lily was a joy to work with {and became an instant friend!}, it was an obvious decision to have her capture our wedding celebration.

Lily tirelessly worked to ensure every special moment was documented and remembered, she even went above and beyond staying with us until midnight to finish the shoot in front of Tower Bridge as she knew it was my favourite landmark!

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