Real Wedding: A Silver-Screen Worthy Cinema Themed Wedding in London
They included touches of old school glamour and modern cinematic icons to create a day that perfectly represented them as a couple, in venues that they knew their friends and family would feel right at home in.
The festive date was apparent through the wintery colour scheme of green and gold, with touches of peach for an ultra on-trend look.
Photographer | Matt Parry
How they met and the proposal
Laura and Toby met by chance in December 2011 at a Vietnamese restaurant in Hackney, London.<br /><br />"I noticed Toby in the queue and then we ended up sitting on adjacent tables," shares Laura. "His food order didn't arrive and I could see him eyeing up my food so I offered him some of mine and then we started chatting. When I left the table my friend Faye told him to ask for my number, and he did!"<br /><br />Toby proposed to Laura on the third anniversary of when they met, with him booking lunch at the restaurant where they first met.<br /><br />"We went on to the Tate Modern, where we'd had our first date, then when we were on the way to dinner, Toby asked if I wanted to go to the cinema. I said no, and he suggested I look up and see what films were on. I looked up at the billboard and saw the proposal up there in lights and Toby down on one knee."<br /><br />"It was very romantic and completely surprising," she continues. "The cinema staff were watching and all cheered when I said yes. There was a bottle of champagne waiting for us at the cinema so we enjoyed that and then went off for dinner."
The venue choice
Laura and Toby held their ceremony at <a href="http://maverickprojects.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Asylum</a> in Peckham, followed by the <a href="http://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/tanner-warehouse_6959.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tanner Warehouse</a> where they held their reception. <br /><br />"We saw the venue online after a friend suggested it," explains Laura. "When we visited it we were blown away by its beauty and grandeur. We loved the stunning huge stained glass windows and crumbling paintwork, and knew it would really suit a December wedding with flickering candles and fairy lights."<br /><br />"The Asylum is so beautiful it doesn't need much decoration," Laura shares. "It was decorated with festoon lighting and flickering candles, as well as two huge floral displays in gold urns."<br /><br />"We chose the Tanner Warehouse as we wanted a venue a short drive away with a late license," Laura says.<br /><br />"When we walked in it just felt right and we could envisage our friends and family enjoying themselves there. It was a huge space with lots of cool details."
Tying in with Toby's cinematic proposal, there were touches of silver screen glamour throughout the day, as well as a nod to the festive season.<br /><br />"With our wedding being held on December 4th, I knew Christmas would influence our colour scheme, so I chose green and gold, and our wedding planner Michelle from <a href="http://www.pocketfulofdreams.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pocketful of Dreams</a> suggested the dirty peach colour, used for our flowers and candles," explains Laura.<br /><br />Laura and Toby had the help of two wedding planners in the run up to their wedding. Michelle, as mentioned above, met with the couple for a feature in You and Your Wedding magazine. She created a mood board for the couple which gave them loads of ideas, and helped them to find some of their suppliers.<br /><br />"In addition, we hired <a href="http://www.lizlinkleter.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Liz Linkleter Event Planning and Design</a> for the two weeks leading up to the wedding, and to style and set up the reception venue," explains Laura.<br /><br />"She's an ex Alexander McQueen PR, so has impeccable taste. It was great to have someone look after the logistics in the run up to the big day."
The table decorations
"We had brass tumblers of flowers on all the tables, with gold candlesticks, peach candles, gold cutlery and green napkins," Laura says.<br /><br />"We also hired a gold sequin tablecloth for the cake table."
The table plan
The table plan looked like something out of a vintage cinema and tied in beautifully with Toby's proposal and the light boxes dotted about the venue.
The wedding stationery
The wedding stationery was created by <a href="http://lucysaysido.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Lucy Says I Do</a>, and also had a cinema theme.<br /><br />"Our save the date cards were cinema ticket style, complete with mini bags of popcorn," shares Laura. "The invites were ticket style too, but bigger and black with gold foil press lettering."<br /><br />"The tables were named after films or music which were special to us," she continues. "One of the tables was called The Beach after our travels to Thailand, and another was named Unknown Pleasures after a festival in Croatia that we went to with some of my bridal party and the groomsmen."
The menus were green and white on a cinema billboard style background. The food served ranged from mini bubble and squeak scotch eggs to mini bacon burgers, to salmon wellington and roast pork.
The wedding dress
Laura wore the Gramercy Gown, by <a href="http://www.sarahseven.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sarah Seven</a>, purchased from <a href="http://www.froufroubride.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Frou Frou Bridal Boutique</a> in Kent. <br /><br />"I went to the shop on a whim one weekend after having seen Sarah Seven's designs on Instagram," Laura explains.<br /><br />"I tried on a few dresses but fell in love with the Gramercy dress straight away. It was my first appointment at a bridal boutique and I went alone, but it felt right."<br /><br />"I wanted quite a simple, modern dress, but something special at the same time," she continues. "This dress had lovely detailing and completely fitted the bill. It has a low back with a beaded top and thin spaghetti straps."<br /><br />"It's a full length dress in crepe silk with a long train and a split up the front."
The bridal accessories
"I wore the Sylvie headpiece by <a href="http://www.debbiecarlisle.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Debbie Carlisle</a>, and a very simple but stunning silk tulle veil by <a href="http://annmariefaulkner.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">AM Faulkner</a>," shares Laura.<br /><br />"I also wore LK Bennett heels."
The bridesmaids' dresses
"I found finding bridesmaids dresses one of the most stressful parts of wedding planning!" reveals Laura.<br /><br />"I couldn't find anything and spent ages looking until I saw the <a href="http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Biba/BRAND_BIBA,default,sc.html?cm_mmc=Google+Adwords-_-Head+Term+-+Biba+-+%28Exact%29-_-Head+Term+-+Biba+-+%28Exact%29-_-biba&_$ja=tsid:69564%7Ccid:252785193%7Cagid:22020018393%7Ctid:aud-131079952360:kwd-41340692%7Ccrid:101056247913%7Cnw:g%7Crnd:17673420505845271535%7Cdvc:c%7Cadp:1t1%7Cmt:e" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Biba</a> dresses in House of Fraser. I plumped for full-length midnight blue gowns which were dramatic and looked amazing on all of my bridesmaids."<br /><br />They all wore silver sparkly hair clips, and had ivory shawls from <a href="https://www.coast-stores.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Coast</a> to put on if it got too chilly. Luckily, despite the wedding being held in December, the weather was sunny and mild - the winter wedding weather of dreams!
The groom and groomsmen
Toby wore a bespoke suit by <a href="http://www.alexandrawoodbespoke.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Alexandra Wood</a>, as recommended by his dad. "A few weeks later we read that she had won Best Tailor in the You and Your Wedding awards and felt it was so richly deserved!" says Laura.<br /><br />"I always knew I wanted Toby and his groomsmen to wear black tie, with Toby in a velvet dinner jacket, but he chose the burgundy colour himself."<br /><br />"He also had the shirt and trousers made to measure."<br /><br />The groomsmen wore their own suits, complemented by burgundy pocket squares.
The wedding flowers
Toby and Laura found their florist, <a href="http://www.palaisflowers.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Palais</a>, through their feature in You and Your Wedding. <br /><br />"We added a pop of burgundy to the bouquets to match Toby's jacket, and other bouquet flowers included David Austin roses, ranunculus, fritillary and tulips," explains Laura.<br /><br />"The gold urns at The Asylum included ranunculus, french tulips, hellebore and David Austin Roses."
The wedding cakr
Laura's friend Faye made their beautiful white and gold wedding cake.<br /><br />"It was a vanilla sponge with lemon curd and buttercream with fondant icing. She handprinted it with edible gold and it was finished with some of our wedding flowers," says Laura.
Their most memorable moments
"Waiting at the start of the ceremony I was so nervous that I had to meditate!" admits Toby. "Aside from that, seeing Laura for the first time and seeing everyone from all parts of my life interacting on the happiest day of my life were most memorable to me."<br /><br />"My brother suffers from a rare disease called Guillain-Barre syndrome and has been in hospital for two years, so our wedding day was a rare outing for him. When my dad toasted my brother in his speech there was a standing ovation and not a dry eye in the house. That will always be one of my most special moments of the day," adds Laura.
Words of wisdom
"You don't have to follow tradition," advises Laura. "I didn't toss my bouquet and we didn't have favours. Instead we added lots of personal touches to our day, but don't get too carried away - I nearly did, taking calligraphy lessons and all sorts!"