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Today I have a super cool London warehouse wedding to show you, as Annelie Eddy shares with us Katie and Tom’s wonderful homemade wedding day. Once Katie and Tom had decided that they were getting married in London, they knew it had to be the Tanner Warehouse. The industrial vibe of the place was perfect for their relaxed day, and it gave them the blank canvas they were looking for, along with a so many opportunities to use their DIY skills by adding their own personality into the wedding. With lots of help from friends and family, this wedding really is a true labour of love thanks to it’s many pretty details and amazing decoration ideas.
Katie and Tom were married on 23rd September, 2017 at Our Lady of La Salette and St Joseph Church and The Tanner Warehouse, London Bridge. It was between a barn in Yorkshire where I am from or London where we now live. We decided on London but wanted something as relaxed as a barn so we decided a warehouse might be the city alternative! When we walked in to the Tanner Warehouse we knew immediately it was where we wanted to throw a party! They were so helpful and fun to plan with. We had 115 guests to the day and an extra 40 in the evening.
How they met
We met at drama school in 2008 and got together 2 years later.
It happened in Budapest, a place that we spent a lot of time in the beginning of our relationship so it was very special.
How did you allocate your budget?
We wanted to make sure that everyone we loved could be there so we spent the most on food and drink for our friends and family and saved by doing flowers, decorations, invites etc. ourselves and had talented friends sing in the church and make our cakes!
Why did you choose your photographer?
We wanted to find a documentary photographer and an internet search brought us to Annelie Eddy Photography who is just awesome. We got on really well and she captured the joy of the day perfectly.
I actually bought separates (bodice and skirt) and veil from Catherine Deane but I then had the back lowered and the separates changed into a dress. I designed the toplet myself, bought the lace and had a seamstress make it. It was really cool seeing it all come together. My shoes were Rachel Simpson (I was very happy when I found them ex-display on eBay for a third of the price!) I got my flower crown from the Artisan Dried Flowers (it was my very favourite thing) and I had a ‘borrowed’ ring from Tom’s mum, a bracelet my dad had bought me and a sixpence in my shoe from my sister!
Theme or colour scheme
We never really talked about it but there ended up being lots of blue with little bits of gold too.
We did the buttonholes and flowers ourselves (I was lucky to know a florist who gave us a tutorial) so we had a fun evening with family making them and decorating the church and venue with the help of family and friends. Me and my bridesmaids made our bouquets in the morning. We had thistles, lavender and roses as the main flowers and greenery from my parent’s garden! We even had about Tom’s mum, a family friend and my mum drying flowers a month before to make the confetti we had outside the church.
Tom joked that our ‘theme’ was ‘mis-matched’ and I think he was sort of right. We had second hand bottles with flowers in on the tables, lots of vintage suitcases and hat boxes, light boxes, candles and festoon lights. My mum made some gorgeous bunting and table runners for the cake table. My favourite decoration was the paper Pom Pom archway that my Dad, brother in law and sister constructed when we were decorating the venue the night before. It was an impromptu creation and it looked so fun. Our other favourite thing was a banner that said “We love to boogie” (and we do..)
The Tanner Warehouse food was awesome. Their Greedy Bites included truffled Mac ‘n’ Cheese balls, veggie scotch eggs and beetroot fritters. The meal was a potted prawn starter, rare roasted beef (or a yummy artichoke soufflé for our large veggie contingency) then a pudding that was like a trifle, jelly and ice cream all rolled into one! Our friend Chris is a chef (if you are in Hull take yourself to No.6 for dinner – it’s amazing) and he supplied a gorgeous cheese tower with homemade chutneys for the evening.
Amazing friends went above and beyond. We had 2 stunning wedding cakes (they should be on bake off!) chocolate cupcakes with our invite illustration printed on rice paper and my sister in law came to the rescue and made a gluten and dairy free cake.
We had some talented friends perform some of our favourite music in the church. The final song being “It must be love” and everyone joined in singing!! A band called The Sweet and Lowdowns played in the evening, they are a swing style cover band playing music from the 20’s to modern day. They were amazing. Tom and his brother made playlists for other parts of the day.
Who supplied the stationery?
Our friend did an illustration for us and my brother made it into an invite that we sent off to a printers.
The ceremony was so fun and informal, having our friends play music and sing was so special. We loved the all the speeches and our friend wrote us a poem and read it for us which was unforgettable. To be honest the whole day was one big highlight!
Advice for other couples
Ask people to help as it makes it easier and you can all enjoy being part of the preparations. On the day, take a moment to step back and watch everyone you love laughing, talking and having a good time. It’s pretty overwhelming and awesome.
Nothing could have prepared us for how amazing the cakes were. Elly’s poem was incredible and the Best Men (Tom’s brother and oldest friend) used a projector slide show for their speech which was hilarious.