Alison and Elizabeth’s Myatts Field Bandstand wedding, followed by an at-home wedding party in South London!
London is glorious in the sunshine! Alison and Elizabeth had the kind of summer’s day that seems like a distant drea. They held their wedding ceremony at beautiful Myatt’s Field Bandstand.
Throw in colourful flowers by London Flower House, gorgeous brides in sequins (!) and an at-home wedding party with street food. Finish with an outdoor party under twinkling fairy lights, and you have a pretty perfect day. It was an absolute pleasure to be their photographer! Here’s what they had to say about the day!
An engagement in a remote cottage in Devon
We are both architects and met while working for different practices in the same studio space. After working together for a year (to the day!) we started going out. A year after that we moved in together and adopted some rabbits. The rest is history!
We had already decided to get married this summer. We made our engagement official on holiday in a remote cottage with a log fire in Devon. We knew we wanted to get married at home in the garden, so a summer wedding was essential! We spent eight months planning our wedding”
Scroll to the bottom to read more about Alison and Elizabeth’s Myatts Field Bandstand wedding, along with details of the amazing suppliers that helped them along the way.
South London’s smallest registered wedding venue
We knew we wanted a tiny ceremony with a big party afterwards, so searched for South London’s smallest registered venue. It happened to be this amazing bandstand in Myatt’s Fields Park, a community-run garden between Camberwell and Brixton.
Having a big party in our house meant we could have everything just as we wanted it, and there was something really lovely about welcoming all of our friends, family and neighbours into our home.
Choosing our wedding dresses
Neither of us wanted to wear traditional wedding dresses. Instead of surprising each other we co-ordinated our sparkly dresses and surprised our guests!
The wedding decor and styling
We are really into gardening and love big bright flowers. We didn’t have to add much decoration to our garden for the party, but we found Charley at the London Flower House to do the flowers. Charlie was brilliant and was able to bring all the same colours into our floral arrangements. It all came together really nicely. We kept other decorations to a minimum so the flowers decorating the bandstand and the marquee really stood out.
The wedding ceremony
Our favourite part of the ceremony was walking down the long tree-lined avenue in the park, which became our makeshift aisle. It was really amazing to have a quiet few moments for reflection. As we walked up we could hear Elizabeth’s brother David playing First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes on his guitar. All of our family and best friends looked amazing and happy.
For readings, we had a personal welcome from Elizabeth’s brother Michael, ‘Scaffolding’ by Seamus Heaney and ‘I Like You’ by Sandol Stoddard. We really liked the sentiment of each. Obviously ‘Scaffolding’ was a difficult reading for two architects to resist!
Working with Babb Photo as your London wedding photographer
We were really happy that we had chosen Laura to be part of the day. On the day we felt really comfortable with her which made ‘posing for photos’ so easy. We’re are so pleased with them! The photos really reflected the look and feel of our wedding.
The wedding entertainement
No entertainment as such but we had Naan Wraps from a street food stall and we converted our garden shed into a gin bar which went down a storm. Our former next-door neighbour was on the decks and we loved transforming our garden into a dancefloor.
The best bits
Walking down the aisle! See above! Being in the park was lovely. Also, great dancing towards the end of the night. The garden looked amazing with all the fairy lights and candles, and we were so proud that we had managed to pull it off!
The words of wisdom
We had a perfect day even though – or maybe because – we didn’t do lots of the traditional weddingy things. Go with your gut instincts and do everything you can to make sure you enjoy the day too, not just your guests!
Alison: http://www.dunelondon.com; http://www.birkenstock.com!
Charley Gynn at The London Flower House http://www.londonflowerhouse.com
Myatt’s Fields Park – http://www.myattsfieldspark.info
The Crooked Well – http://www.thecrookedwell.com
Cake maker – our friend Rosie’s Mum, Carolyn made the gold splatter cake
The plain lunchtime cake was The Pink Icing Company – https://www.facebook.com/PinkIcingCompany
Curry Cook House – https://www.facebook.com/CurryCookHouse/
Salt and Pepper Events – https://www.saltandpepperevents.co.uk/
DJ and PA system
Hartley Corbin-Stewart and his friend Dean Farrell
Elizabeth’s hair and make-up
Myla and Davis – http://www.mylaanddavis.co.uk/
Elizabeth’s – Ruth Tomlinson – http://www.ruthtomlinson.com
Alison’s – Yayoi Forest – http://www.yayoiforest.com
Myatts Field Bandstand wedding photography by Babb Photo. Check out more London wedding photography, check out some other recent posts on my blog or get in touch if you’d like to chat about me photographing your wedding!