How amazing does today’s London wedding look?! Heidi and Keon’s industrial wedding is such a total treat for the eyes and filled to the brim with beautiful styling, stunning florals and so much inspiration for a hip and fun warehouse city wedding. Heidi looks stunning in her beautiful Temperley wedding gown, and we love the floral and foliage hoops – our trend prediction for this year! The gorgeous photography by Rosie Images really highlights the warehouse vibes throughout and we love all of the personal touches like the stationery made by Heidi’s brother Owen Gent and the cake made by Keon’s sister Roya.
Heidi + Keon’s Story
Keon and I met online four and a half years ago. He proposed in Porto on a surprise 30th birthday trip! Just making the ‘you better propose before I’m 30’ deadline…
We decided we wanted to get married in London as this is where we met, bought our first home, and most of our friends are. After a lot of wedding blog research we visited The Asylum in Peckham and fell in love with its romantic and distressed charm. We quickly found Trinity Buoy Wharf for our reception venue. The large, open, dry hire space was perfect for the simplistic, industrial wedding we envisaged and the views of London really sold it to us.
We wanted our wedding to show off the city that we love and do justice to the beautiful venues we had found.
I ended up finding my dress when I was shopping for my best friend’s wedding dress!! You know she’s a bestie when she encourages you to try it on even though it’s her day! I found the Temperley sample sale dress in The Mews, Bristol at a fraction of the original cost. Despite having to make a decision very quickly I was very happy with my choice.
I wanted a dress I could be comfortable in all day. Although simplistic in its design I loved the beaded back detail and being fair the warm ivory suited my skin tone.
After a few mistaken buys of uncomfortable shoes I settled on a pair of gold heels from LK Bennett. My veil was from Blossom and Bluebird who I found on Etsy, they were great and were able to customise a veil with a beaded edge to match my dress.
Having 6 bridesmaids I had expected buying dresses to be one of my trickiest jobs but I shouldn’t have worried. We ended doing a huge ASOS order and making a day of dress choosing, prosecco and lunch at my house. Luckily we found the dresses in the first order and the ones we settled on were actually in the sale! The bridesmaids glittery, gold Kurt Geiger shoes were actually recycled from one of my bridesmaid’s wedding. They looked perfect with the dresses and it was great to get another wear out of them as well as saving a few pounds.
The Hair + Makeup
Hayley Ruxton of Hayley Studio Make Up was recommended by a friend and did both my hair and makeup. I wanted to feel relaxed and comfortable and after a trial decided on natural waves and a half up style. Despite the heat both hair and makeup stayed put all day.
Keon wore a Hackett suit and Barker shoes. We bought paisley bow ties for the groomsmen from Mrs Bow Tie and asked them to wear navy suits, they all looked very dapper.
Rosie Images was our photographer for the day and we couldn’t be happier with our pictures. She made us feel very relaxed throughout the day and was great fun to have around. Despite being based in Newcastle she did lots of research of the venue and knew exactly where to get the best shots. We also didn’t feel like we missed any of the day off taking photos as she was so efficient. Couldn’t recommend her enough!
Our video was made by the super talented Nikki from Bride and Tonic. It’s such a personal video which captures all the fun of the day and is so perfect to look back on and remember the day. She did such an amazing job!
Our florist was Helen from Petal and Pot and she was fab from the start. She went out of her way, conducting site visits with me, to make sure she could achieve what I had in mind. I was so pleased with the flowers and especially the hoops.
Keon’s sister made our cake and spent hours researching and planning which was hugely appreciated. We wanted something simplistic that fitted with the industrial theme and she really met the brief. It also tasted amazing with four differents layers of our favourite cakes.
Sara and Martin from Tasting Plates were an easy choice for our catering. They knew the venue which was absolutely vital given it was dry hire, and they coordinated the delivery and set-up of absolutely everything.
We wanted simple, quality food which tasted great and after a tasting session we were sold. We also wanted some aspect of sharing platters within the meal and their antipasti sharing starters were delicious. We had so many comments about the food and canapes across the day and everyone was very well fed. In the evening we went with sausage and bacon sandwiches and a cheese board from Neals Yard.
Our band ‘The Supers’ were from Bristol. They are all extremely talented musicians and Molly the lead singer has a brilliant voice. We decided we wanted music when everyone arrived and Molly was able to organise a Jazz duo to play through drinks and canapes. The 6 piece band in the evening had the perfect set list which got everyone dancing.
We arranged for traditional London buses from redroutemaster.com to take all the guests from The Asylum to Trinity Buoy Wharf, taking a scenic route that included going over Tower Bridge which was a nice treat for all the non-Londoners!
My brother, Owen Gent, is a talented illustrator and designed and printed all the invitations and save the dates for us. For the place cards we used polaroid pictures.
The First Dance
After a lot of deliberation we decided on Al Green, Let’s stay together. It’s a song we both love and has lots of happy memories for us.
The Best Bit
One of my favorite parts of the day was having the Some Voices choir sing throughout the ceremony. I loved getting all the guests to join in with the Beach Boys and walking out to ‘Crazy in Love’ was so much fun!
What might you do differently?
In hindsight, I would have spent less time in the build up worrying and questioning my decisions and just enjoyed every second!
The Ethical Bit
We choose local suppliers and were attracted to our caterers becaused they used seasonal and local produce. Reusing the bridesmaids shoes and jewellery was a great way to recycle and minimise waste and expense. Plus makeup artist Hayley Ruxton supports using natural, organic, ethical makeup and skincare products.
Stick with your ideas and try not to be swayed by others. Enjoy every second, I know everyone says it but it goes by so fast!
This has to be one of the BEST WEDDINGS EVER!! Huge congratulations to Heidi and Keon and big thank you to Rosie Images for sharing her gorgeous photography with us. And thank you to all the wonderful UK suppliers involved – check them out especially if you are planning a London wedding!