A colourful, laid back Horniman Museum Wedding in London for Jo and Vish
I have a little bucket list in my head of venues I’d love to photograph weddings at. The Horniman Museum, in South-East London has been on that list for a while. I used to live just up the road in Streatham and I’ve also lived near Lewisham, so I knew the venue well and have visited a few times.
What photographer doesn’t want to shoot in a glass house with 360 degree light bouncing around? On one of the hottest and sunniest days if the year it’s actually more challenging than you’d expect! A lot more challenging. I almost melted but it was totally worth it to be a part of Jo and Vish’s colourful (that flower crown by Boom Blooms!) and personality filled day.
Laura managed to be in all the right places at all the right times, with plenty of tips and direction when needed, but without being intrusive
I actually met Jo when I was a hybrid wedding-photographer-guest at the wedding of a friend. Jo’s cousin Jane married my friend Glenn and Jo and I sat next to each other at dinner. Here’s what Jo and Vish had to say about working with me for their Horniman Museum wedding photography.
I’d sat next to Laura at my cousin’s wedding a few years ago and she seemed like a very good egg. Then I was reminded of Babb Photo when I was googling wedding photographers and really liked her style. Working with Laura was great: she managed to be in all the right places at all the right times, with plenty of tips and direction when needed, but without being intrusive on what was a very personal day – a balance that is pretty hard to get.
Scroll down to read all about Jo and Vish’s laid back and colourful day in their own words, along with credits for their awesome suppliers. If you’re looking for Horniman Museum wedding photography or a London wedding photographer get in touch! You can also check out more London weddings on my blog.
I got Vish off the internet: one of my best finds, I’d say, along with a nice green dress from Cos that I got on Ebay. We’d actually only been going out a few months when Vish first mooted the idea of matrimony, but it took another 14 months for that to be formalised and then another month after that for us to tell anyone. After that it was all systems go and we got married about 7 months later.
A Horniman Museum wedding
We wanted a venue in London that was easy for our guests (as well as for us!) to get to that had some leafy outside space.
Vish and I had enjoyed the view from the Horniman when we were first getting to know each other and I had visited the Horniman museum with my dad as a girl so it had a bit of sentimental value thrown in – it later turned out that my dad had visited when he was little with his dad too so that turned out to be a nice double whammy.
The wedding outfits
Jo: I knew I wanted a flower crown so I knew I didn’t want too much going on dress-wise and was after something super simple and that I knew I’d be comfortable in. I couldn’t find anything I liked in the shops but my sister-in-law recommended the incredible Charlotte at Sewn Right. Charlotte worked with me to design exactly what I was after and then turned that design into the beautifully-made dress I wore on the day: it was super comfortable, despite the 32 degree heat, and was exactly what I was after aesthetically.
Vish: I wasn’t really sure what I wanted as far as a suit, but knew it was likely to be hot on the day! I eventually found a great light blue suit from Reiss, after much to-ing and fro-ing on Piccadilly!
The decor and styling
I (Jo) knew from fairly early on that I was going to wear yellow shoes and that seemed as good a reason as any to make yellow the main colour of the day (it;’s also a great colour).
Futura’s been my favourite typeface for as long as I can remember so that decided what the invites / place-names / menus etc would be written in.
The Horniman conservatory can pretty much speak for itself so we didn’t have any huge plans for decorating it. In terms of flowers we had a good idea of the colours / textures / flowers that we like and don’t like so we just went for table centrepieces using those.
The wedding ceremony
We kept our ceremony pretty simple with just a couple of readings: Desiderata by Max Ehrmann, read by my oldest brother, which he had also read at my middle brother’s wedding (their marriage seems to be going well so we’re hoping it’ll do the same for us) and the short and sweet Scaffolding by Seamus Heaney, which was read by the wonderful Mel.
The First Dance
We went with Whitney’s I wanna dance with somebody cos it’s just a great song – and lucky it is because due to technical problems it was played three times…
Vish’s excellent acapella group In the Smoke very kindly sang through the sun and rain during our post-ceremony drinks. The bandstand turned out to be a great venue for them and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Thanks In the Smoke!
The Best Bits
Despite all the nerves and the heat, I’d say the ceremony was our favourite bit – that’s what we were there for. The cheese and dancing at the end was pretty good too.
The Words of Wisdom
I think we’d probably do a fair amount differently if we were to do it all again but I don’t think we’d want to change anything – that’s the learning curve of the first big event we organised (and hopefully the last) being our own wedding day. So I’d say the only advice we’d give is to expect for things not to go as planned, even if you’ve planned everything down to the tiniest of details.
Jo’s: Sewn Right http://sewnright.co.uk/
Vish’s: Reiss https://www.reiss.com/
Venue: The Horniman Museum conservatory: https://www.horniman.ac.uk/
Cake: The wonderful Faff (no website!)
Cheese: Nath @ Neal’s Yard Dairy: https://www.nealsyarddairy.co.uk/
Beer: Anspach and Hobday https://www.anspachandhobday.com/
Entertainment: In the Smoke https://inthesmoke.co.uk/
Florist: Boom Blooms: http://boomblooms.co.uk/