Have you ever met a couple and within moments thought, ‘wow, they were made for each other’?

I have, not many times, but a few – and one of those times was when I met Jade & Joel. They’re a couple that I will never forget, Jade with her AMAZING organisational skills and Joel with his beer brewing boat!

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All images by Nigel John

Jade first got in contact with me in March, two months before the wedding, when she was looking for help with the final styling elements of their day. Jade had a naturally ‘undone’ look in mind, with added quirky elements to make the day as informal and as fun as possible. The thing with ‘undone’ is, you really need to find JUST the right balance to create an effortless look, and avoid a messy one! With most of the practical stuff already taken care of (seriously, Jade could win awards for organisation), it was all about aesthetic at this point – so, basically, I got to do the fun part!

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The ceremony took place in the beautiful Asylum. This is SUCH a great venue for a wedding of this kind – it’s effortlessly & wholeheartedly stylish (it didn’t need any styling aside from some rose petals on the aisle) and they offer morning and afternoon ceremonies, which meant Jade & Joel could have their ceremony at 5pm. The timing really contributed to the ‘party vibe’ the couple wanted, as it allowed just the right amount of time for dinner, drinks and speeches and then, with no time-filling required, straight to the dance floor!

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The reception was at AMP Studios, which is the perfect sister-venue for Asylum, with the same industrial feel, and is a stylist’s DREAM, as it’s a total blank canvas!

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

We kept the styling minimal – just the level of minimal that has a real impact. Bold Oxlip created a dreamy combination of floral arrangements that were placed down the long trestle tables; using a mixture of blooms achieved the ‘undone’ feeling Jade wanted, and keeping the arrangements small added to the minimalist aesthetic.

We covered the tables in very pale grey tablecloths, keeping the place settings and centre pieces simple, so there was plenty of room for the important stuff: Food!

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The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

Each place setting was made up of a menu and a vellum name card, held together with a gold tear drop paperclip. We wrapped the black cutlery (my absolute favourite) in deep burgundy and blush velvet ribbon, bringing depth & texture to the white tableware. Clear and blush glass goblets of different sizes added a touch of something unexpected and completed the ‘undone’ table (remember I mentioned that need for balance between effortless and balance? Tables are often the area this comes un-stuck!).

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

Dinner was a fiesta style family feast of Mexican food, which looked and smelled AMAZING, and really added to the informal and fun vibe that was so central to this wedding. Mat of Cantina Carnitas really brought the fun that day – as did every, single guest in attendance!

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

As soon as the food and speeches were over, everyone – and I mean everyone – hit the dance floor! The couple have friends who are DJs and friends who are dancers – throw in some Dawdling Duck drinks, and an AMAZING first dance routine, and you’ve got yourself a party!

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The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

The Wedding Avenue | Real wedding

This was a wedding I won’t be forgetting in a hurry! The couple themselves and all aspects of the day; the 6ft Cherry Orchard tree, the ice cream van (ice cream sandwich specialists, and therefore my new best friends), the horsebox bar, the yummy marshmallows and, of course, the fire pit that kept everyone warm (we were expecting a bright spring evening, but got an absolute downpour of a day followed by a positively chilly night – but it was ok! Because we had the pit!). This wedding was SUCH a joy to work on. Thank you Jade & Joel, for inviting me to be a part of your special (and seriously cool) day!

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A note from Jade

First and foremost it should be noted that I’m not the type of woman who grew up dreaming of my wedding day, but I am a designer and project manager by trade with serious anxiety issues. All in all, the perfect recipe for a reluctant bridezilla! I found Kimberley through frantic searches after accepting, at around two months before our wedding date, that I probably couldn’t maintain my full time job, sanity and husband-to-be. As I was so close to the date, I had booked 95% of all the vendors and was at the point where I needed help on executing a vision that I had swirling around in my mind and my mind only.

From the moment I met Kimberley, she came across completely unfazed by my craziness. Even when I explained that we needed to get a 6ft cherry blossom tree into an old railway arch in the middle of Peckham… She was always on hand to listen to me have a rant, provide an informed opinion and swoop in to take jobs away from me that I couldn’t/wouldn’t trust with anyone else. All while remaining completely down to earth, calm and an all round delight to be around.

The venues we had chosen were complete shells – so we bought everything in. This took a lot of coordination which I had lost nights of sleep thinking about before bringing Kimberley on to the team. I simply didn’t have to think about it on the day as I knew Kimberley would have it all covered. Even when it started to rain (hard!) and our wonderful florist was literally building an overgrown urban meadow – Kimberley kept me updated without stressing me out. She was able to make decisions for me – which for a control freak like me to feel comfortable with speaks volumes.

If, like me, you think you’ve left it too late to bring a planner on; just do it. Kimberley has a skill for perfectly interpreting the ramblings of a woman a year deep into wedding planning and is the perfect partner to help you make your day happen as YOU want it. If I could go back in time, the only thing I would change is bringing Kimberley on earlier.  

We became firm friends fast in those last few weeks in the lead up to the big day, and I honestly mean it when I say we couldn’t have done it without her. 

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If you’re knee deep in wedding planning and need a hand, get in touch! You can find a full list of our services here.

Suppliers

Styling & On The Day Coordination: The Wedding Avenue

Ceremony Venue: Asylum & Reception Venue: AMP Studios , both via Maverick Projects

Ceremony Stationery: Rosemood Atelier

Reception Stationery: E.Y.I.Love Stationery

Florist: Bold Oxlip

Catering: Cantina Carnitas

Bar (ceremony): Bubble Bros

Bar (reception): The Dawdling Duck

Marshmallows: The Marshmallowist

Ice Cream Van: Blu Top Icecream

Wedding Cake: Boulangerie Jade

Props: Vowed & Amazed

Sound & Lighting: London Sound & Light

Tableware & Glassware: Classic Crockery

Table Cloths: Coloured Linen Hire

Photography: Nigel John