Kathleen and Jon were married in London back in April. As personal friends of mine, it was a privilege to attend this beautiful day for a fabulous couple – and an even greater privilege to see my handmade wedding bunting on display!
The wedding ceremony took place at the gorgeous Stoke Newington Town Hall in North London – a fabulous venue if you’re looking for a sophisticated alternative to a registry office wedding. From our vantage point up in the gallery, Mr B and I had a wonderful view of the proceedings, including Kathleen’s elegant vintage wedding dress with full length train, which complemented the Art Deco style of the building to perfection.
After the ceremony, we all jumped aboard a ‘Wedding Special’ red Routemaster bus and made our way across the city to the East End. Entering what at first seemed like an industrial estate with a monstrous Tesco supermarket at its entrance, we were suddenly transported back in time to the London of a completely different era…
Beyond the industrial buildings and the Tesco, Three Mill Lane in Bromley-by-Bow is a little oasis of calm in a tranquil setting alongside the River Lea – a quiet, cobbled street lined with cutesy old brick buildings dating from the 18th century. Fans of the TV show Masterchef might recognise it – recall those clips where the remaining contestants stride purposefully down a cobbled lane towards their fate in the Masterchef kitchen? 3 Mills Studios, where Masterchef is filmed, is located just at the end of this little cul-de-sac.
Anyway, I digress. The Grade 1-listed House Mill, was the venue for Kathleen and Jon’s wedding breakfast and reception party – and with Kathleen being an academic historian, it couldn’t have been more perfect. We were even treated to a guided tour of this wonderfully historic site over champagne and canapés – it’s actually the largest tidal mill in the world, and thanks to Lottery funding and local support, it’s now in the process of being restored to full working order.
The low, old oak beams, huge millstones and milling relics on display – alive with history and stories of a bygone era – were beautifully accented by my handmade wedding bunting in various shades of blue. After the drinks reception, we headed outside – where we were incredibly lucky with the glorious April sunshine! – for some superb photos, then it was on to a delicious dinner and dancing into the night!
If you’d like a quote for handmade wedding bunting of your own, please get in touch! Tell me what colours and/or patterns you’d like, and most importantly the length and date you need it by and I will get back to you shortly!