We were delighted to see Zoe’s wedding day photos. We had heard about their great plans and it’s always lovely to see such a quirky wedding featuring our china items.

Zoe and Phil held their wedding reception at The Roost in Dalston, just around the corner from their home. Before getting engaged, they had always known this would be their ideal venue. It’s a photography studio and has a really great shabby, quirky, kind of vibe. A bit vintagey and Victorian, with lots of curiosities and props hanging around. Not wanting a stuffy, formal kind of wedding, this venue was the perfect fit for the relaxed kind of vibe they wanted.

Zoe always knew she wanted a red wedding dress and within only 6 months they had planned their dream winter wedding. Phil being a graphic designer and Zoe a fashion designer explains how they created a wedding with such visual flair. After planning their wedding on mood boards they split the tasks up to work on areas they each were more suited to. Phil did an amazing job on everything that was graphics related. He did the invites, menus, table plan, posters of embarrassing photos of them both as children, a big poster with the names of everyone at the wedding, plus amazing name tags for the tables that were individual pictures of the guests doctored to make them look really silly – a great ice breaker for people who didn’t know each other. Phil also spent a great deal of time making the playlist for the entire day!

Amazingly Zoe made her own wedding dress. We asked how this was possible and Zoe replied “ I used to be a bridal pattern cutter years ago so had a good idea about how to go about it- I’m pretty rusty with the sewing skills though- most of Christmas was spent unpicking and re sewing different bits of my dress!” Working for Oasis came in handy as Zoe was able to order from their supplier, dresses custom made in her colours and fabrics.  Zoe’s shoes were from an inspirational shopping trip to New York and she found her vintage jewellery at the London Vintage Wedding Fair which is where we met Zoe and Phil.

We love the bridesmaid gifts Zoe found on Etsy.  A great jigsaw puzzle piece necklaces that fit together from Gorgess jewellery on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/GorjessJewellery?section_id=10806464

Rather than traditional flowers, Zoe also spent an awful lot of time making handmade origami flowers for all the bouquets, buttonholes,  table and venue decorations.

Zoe’s advice to others planning a wedding is “make sure you choose your suppliers carefully. Pick people that you like personally and that ‘get’ you. They will be the ones that will make your day yours and if you’re having trouble explaining why you might not want a master of ceremonies when it’s really obvious to you but not them (for example) then they’re not the ones for you!

And finally, Zoe’s best bits of the day;  “I was really dreading walking down the aisle. Believe it or not, despite the red dress, I really don’t like being the centre of attention and wasn’t looking forward to this bit in the slightest! However, on the day, it was my favourite bit! A friend told me she really loved that bit as it’s the first time you see all your friends and family all together on the day. Everyone is really dressed up and happy, and most of all they’re really happy for you and your special day! It’s true; it’s such a lovely feeling. It was also lovely for me to see Phil at the other end of the aisle. I’d been so nervous all morning, and when I saw him I just relaxed and knew how lovely the rest of the day would be because I would be spending it with him!”

“My second favourite bit of the day = the second tune on the dance floor! Finally all the duties were done with and I could really have some fun!”

We were delighted to see Zoe’s wedding featured on the Love My Dress Blog. Read in full here…

Photographer: Christopher Currie    http://www.christophercurrie.co.uk/

Venue: The Roost http://theroost.co.uk/

Caterers: Octopus Food http://www.octopusfood.com/

Vintage china & cutlery hire: Vintage Flair  www.vintageflair.co.uk

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