For reasons that perhaps belong to another blog post entirely, I was supposed to get married last year in the summer. Flash forward over a year going by – we thought, shall we just do it now? Like, actually now?! We gave ourselves 4 weeks.
Not only did I never imagine that I would have a winter wedding, I never thought it would be in Hackney and at 4 weeks notice. I’ve since learned that I think it’s just how we roll as a couple – working in extremes somehow seems to work for us, but probably very annoying for everyone else!
Luckily, from organising my wedding last year I already had some of my suppliers in place such as the florist and our outfits had already been made. If I had had to shop for a wedding dress too, I would have lost my mind. Thank goodness for our wonderful and exceptionally talented friend Leida, owner of Warp & Weft Styling, she designed outfits just for us and had them custom made in her atelier. I knew I didn’t want a ‘traditional’ wedding dress so I gave Leida some words that I wanted the dress to be (normally most brides have pictures, I didn’t even have that so I just started waffling on), and being a true creative, she just said ‘I’ve know what we’re going to do, watch.’ and started drawing. Tick.
Organising a wedding in 4 weeks is mental. I have never dreamed of ‘the big day’ or had a secret wedding Pinterest board – which was definitely to my advantage – I had no idea what I wanted other than to just be married to Greg, however it happened. In a month, the key is to make decisions FAST AF and delegate to people you can count on.
This time around Greg and I organised everything ourselves – unlike the original wedding where family had taken over and it was becoming a circus; the gueslist was growing everyday, the décor was getting more elaborate, there was an entire wedding weekend planned. I didn’t enjoy one minute of it and I can honestly say that Greg and I have never argued as much as we did that year – and it was all wedding related. Our wedding got postponed (that story is for another day), which was probably for the best as we were about to have a wedding that barely involved Greg and I at all.
New year. New wedding. This time we took the reigns. We wanted a fun, relaxed day with our closest friends and family and didn’t feel tied to having anything that resembled a traditional wedding.
The venue we chose was Hackney Town Hall as it has the most beautiful, wood paneled art deco rooms and is a great building for photos. We headed out afterwards to The Blue Factory to have our Pizza & Champagne reception! Told you we didn’t feel strongly about doing anything traditional!
We were extraordinarily lucky to have had The Blue Factory as our venue as no one has had a wedding in there before. It’s normally used for TV & Film shoots – you might spot it in the recent Burberry and Valentino campaigns! On the day, Sophie Ellis Bextor was shooting next door at MC Motors – they loved our wedding setup so much they used our wedding reception lockers for a couple of shots whilst we were out at Hackney Town Hall – so watch out for that! The Blue Factory is part of Castle Gibson locations in Dalston, who also own Ruby’s cocktail bar. Each and every location is incredible and true to the trend-setting Gibson style so we were in great company.
This time, the whole vibe of the day really was true to Greg and I and who we are as individuals as well as a couple. We have never pulled in so many favours from friends and it’s amazing who you realise you know in times like these! Greg and I coming together as a team to nail this wedding, with only one argument this time(!), felt like it was a solid start to our marriage.
I’m sure planning a wedding in a month isn’t most people’s dream but I wanted to share these photos to inspire and to show what can be accomplished in 4 weeks (and it doesn’t have to be a wedding!). Or perhaps you’re thinking about breaking out of the mould of a traditional wedding – if it’s what you both would really love and enjoy, DO IT!
Are you planning a wedding or a big event? I would love to hear how it’s going or what you have planned! Or maybe you spent days or years planning your wedding? How did it go?! x