Nikki + Simon
Nikki and Simon planned a super stylish wedding in the heart of West End – Century Club, Soho.
This Central London venue was perfect location for an urban wedding with its industrial brick walled interiors and another room filled with plants -a bit of concrete jungle really – perfect for a London wedding.
”We both have busy jobs and were moving house when we were planning our wedding so we went for a London venue that could provide the food and booze and that could put us in touch with good suppliers etc. This meant we could pop in on our way back from work and didn’t have to source everything from scratch. We thought about what was important to us and focused our energy and spend there – we wanted to be surrounded by people we love, great food, and a good party. ”
Nikki and Simon cared about the details of their wedding, sourced local and artisan suppliers that aligned with Nikki’s job in arts and Simon’s in architecture.
”We also tried to enjoy the planning as much as possible, tried to put our own stamp on the day without sweating the small stuff and got hands on – we went on a screen-printing course and produced our own wedding invites, handmade gifts for the parents, and named our tables after creative couples .”
The ceremony was held in The Old Marylebone Town Hall where I had a pleasure to photography many marriage ceremonies already. I love the colonnade and Marylebone is full of great and colourful spots for wedding portraits.
The guests jumped on a white vintage ‘red bus’ and we went for alternative and fun photos in the area.
We were delighted to be part of their stylish urban London wedding – here is a selection of our favourite photographs from Century Club in Soho.
Our love story
We met at a BBQ in Hackney Wick in 2015 – it was surf and turf and we’re both massive foodies so it kind of made sense to us that we bonded over food… I seem to remember we got through the best part of a bottle of spiced rum that evening too.. We got engaged whilst on holiday in Scotland.. a road trip down the west coast. Sounds really romantic but at the time I definitely didn’t expect for him to propose.. but towards the end of the week we climbed up Ben A’an near Callander. It was close to 30 degrees and we had no water…Simon proposed at the top of the mountain – when we were both sweaty messes! It took us ages to get that proposal selfie as I wasn’t happy with any of them…
Charlie Brear wedding dress and tailored navy suit
Since I was buying a (very) expensive dress, Simon thought he’d get a suit made and found amazing tailors – Beggars Run. He showed me the fabric and lining but I wouldn’t let him see mine. The ties were handmade by a designer we came across at an open studios – Olivia Holland. I wanted an elegant, slim dress i could move in … and Simon wanted a three piece he’d feel smart in. I hope we pulled it off!
I guess there was a bit of a concrete jungle theme, since we were in the heart of Soho but on a rooftop. We wanted lots of green, lots of foliage, and the venue was quite industrial.
We said I do in the Old Marylebone Town Hall. We had one reading (Appetite by Nigel Slater) – which is all about flavours that go together. My best friend adapted to include food combinations we (her and I) and Simon and I liked. And then Simon’s sister Kat performed Walking in the Sun by Fink – with her mum and aunties in the chorus!
We wanted a mix of architectural foliage and tropical and soft blooms. Grace and Thorn nailed the brief.
We loved our band, Pandora’s Jukebox – they were amazing on the night and we’ve had loads of compliments on them (which we passed on!)
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack. Such a romantic song, and one of my dad’s favourites.
Favourite part of the day
The wedding felt very ‘us’ – we’re both really into locally made, artisan products and a lot of our wedding items were commissioned from local artists we became close with or friends. From our wedding bands, to the wedding sign, Simon’s tie, our cake, our confetti baskets, everything had been handmade for us, which was really special. We also loved looking around the venue (a rooftop in Soho) to see everyone still boogying on the dancefloor at 2am The band and DJ were great which helped keep the mood lively. We had wanted a party of a wedding and we got it! there was talk of going on to Fabric after but I’m not sure how many people actually made it there.
Be realistic as to what you can achieve. Don’t sweat the small stuff… and work as a team – play to your strengths!
Century Club wedding photographers
We got on really well with team Joasis! They were discreet yet strong and directional when they needed to be! And we really like our photos… they really reflect the day .
Ceremony venue: The Old Marylebone Town Hall Westminster Room
Reception: Century Club
Wedding dress designer: Charlie Brear
Your florist: Grace and Thorn
HMUA: Ian Grummitt
Cake from: Jamila aka pip & little blue
Music: Pandora’s Jukebox
Wedding shoes: LK Bennett x Jenny Packham
Rings: Maya Selway
Suit: Beggars Run
Tie: Olivia Holland
Venue: Century Club Soho
Styling and decor
Wedding list by Prezola
Wedding bus London Retro Bus Hire
It was our pleasure to provide wedding photography in Century Club and cannot wait to go back there in the future. If you are planning Century Club wedding contact us here!
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